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  1. 7 points
    I'll happily lead an Argic league. There are several active nations on the continent and communism seems to be a pretty popular ideology, so there will always be participants, especially in and around central Argis. I'd suggest merging Alharu, Aurelia, and maybe even Marenesia together due to the low amount of countries in each. Not too sure about Europa, as there are plenty of countries but very few are active. We'll leave that to the elders to decide. Edit: Limonaia and I have been talking in PMs, and have devised an equal system that could work with everyone's approval. ANA - Argis & Northern Alharu @Iverica United States of Prymont Prymontian Rus / @Soreana (Soreana is pending a map placement, otherwise it'd be Prymontian Rus) @Ahrana @Sayf @Derthalen @Seylos @Limonaia @Variota @Fulgistan SATAM - Southern Alharu, Thalassa, Aurelia & Marenesia @Mauridiviah @Faramount @Sunset Sea Islands @Kipan @Asgeirria @Rihan @Shffahkia @Andalla @Gallambria @Pallamara Most of these guys either participated in the World Cup, or are regularly active enough to be able to participate and write about it now and then. Of course, this depends upon everyone's approval, but we figured it'd be a good starting point.
  2. 7 points
    Six dead, sixteen injured from plane crash at 84 South Street; structure damage deemed "not critical" OSTPORT, CANASTOTA - Six people have been confirmed dead after a light private plane crash at 84 South Street, the high-rise luxury commercial building which was due to be completed in early 2019, while sixteen construction workers have sustained non-life threatening injuries. The crash, which was caused by a technical fault and pilot illness, killed all four on-board the plane, as well as two construction workers who were on the 37th floor upon impact. All six funerals will be funded by the state of Ostport. While investigators work to recover the plane's black box and any remaining pieces of the vehicle, structural engineers have been studying the building to determine whether it needs to be demolished and rebuilt or not. Preliminary reports show that the β700 million project sustained extensive damage on floors 37 and 38. Zeckenhauer Construction, the company managing the construction of the building, have decided to remove all floors above the 34th, and continue from that point. Zeckenhauer have also confirmed that this will delay the completion of the structure until at least the end of 2019, and will bring the total cost of the project to over one billion Prynds. The company will seek insurance compensation from their insurers and the company that owned the crashed plane. An example of an L-20 Ravn, owned by Sky High Aerial Tours, that crashed into 84 South Street. Travel ban issued to @Greater Serbia, tourists advised against visiting @Sayf NEW HALSHAM, COURTMARSH - The Foreign Affairs Office have enacted a nationwide travel ban against Greater Serbia, a central Argic country that's currently at the centre of mass controversy and criticism. Due to allegations of the Greater Serbian government killing Bosniak citizens in their borders, several countries have taken an aggressive stance against them and have promised military intervention to ensure the safety of the persecuted. @Adaptus are spearheading military action, with @Sayf declaring war against Greater Serbia. The Foreign Affairs Office have also issued travel advisories against Sayf, due to the tense military situation, but are yet to fully prohibit travel. Flag carrier Montair have stopped flights to both countries under both Montair and their luxury airline Aspelund & Horne, while their budget subsidiary Superjet will run a reduced schedule to Sayf. Greater Serbia will be the third country that Prymontians can not currently travel to. A ban was implemented earlier this year against @Poland-Lithuania as their soldiers sought to violently expand eastwards, and a long-standing ban against @Derthalen has been in place since 1996. President Duval recently met with the Poland-Lithuanian crown in hopes of improving tensions, but the ban was not uplifted. It is also believed that politicians will be debating the lifting of the Derthaler ban in the coming months, as the two countries seek more neutral relations. The Holy Empire is currently constructing a railroad that will span central Argis, and will connect the United States to dozens of countries by rail. Scenic Greater Serbia; Prymontians will no longer be able to enjoy these sights due to the travel ban. Quieter, faster, safer, more efficient engines already being developed for Nålestråle, says Aamotech FORT KANACKY, VERANDI - Aamotech Aerospace's Nålestråle has become a global phenomenon since its release in June, as the fastest commercial airliner to ever soar our skies. Faster than the Concorde by 200mph, it has broken records for the fastest flights between Prymont and several other countries, such as Iverica, Girkmand, Variota, St Francoisbourg, and Limonaia, and will be attempting many more in the near future. However, many concerns were raised about the plane, specifically surrounding its engines. In collaboration with @Gallambria's GAe Systems, who helped develop the Nålestråle, Aamotech hope to drastically improve the four turbojet power units used on the jet by 2020. Noise will be reduced so flying over residential areas will be more appropriate, speed will be increased to further cement the jet as the fastest commercial plane in existence, emissions will be reduced to minimise damage to the ozone layer, and efficiency will be improved to use less fuel and lower ticket prices. Aamotech CEO Lucy Aamot says "there are very exciting times ahead for Aamotech. Supersonic travel is such a fascinating reality, and we're determined to make it work like no other." The Nålestråle landing at a Lysienne Republic airport, breaking the Lyrie - O'polis record previously held by the Concorde.
  3. 6 points
    Limonaian Parliament accepts Soreanan border proposal Early this morning the Limonaian Parliament voted on yesterday's proposal by @Soreana to allow for free movement between our borders. As it stands the Parliament has agreed to the Soreanan proposal, but has decided to pospone the implementation of this until after the Limonaian elections finish on September 15th, thus leaving it to be implemented on September 22nd. Polls for September are out The September poll is now out and as it stands there is much reason to view the upcoming election as a big deal, the results show that Limonaian politics are currently polarizing with popularity for both Red, or Partito Rosso and the nationalist Sovereign League, or Lega Sovrana on the rise. Results can be viewed in detail below.
  4. 6 points
    made by @Prymont made by @Iverica made by Iverica made by Iverica made by Iverica made by @Girkmand made by Iverica made by @Mauridiviah made by @Fulgistan Made by @Poland-Lithuania Made by Fulgistan Made by Fulgistan "Sunset Sea Islands when someone mentions technocracies" made by Fulgistan made by @Ratopia made by @Orioni made by @Asgeirria made by Fulgistan Roses are red, this land is your land, made by Fulgistan made by Fulgistan "Someday I'll be a world power!" made by Fulgistan made by Girkmand made by Girkmand made by Fulgistan made by Poland-Lithuania made by Poland-Lithuania made by Fulgistan made by Fulgistan made by Orioni made by Fulgistan made by Fulgistan made by Asgeirria made by Asgeirria made by Asgeirria made by Asgeirria made by Asgeirria made by Asgeirria made by Asgeirria made by @Limonaia made by @North Dniester made by North Dniester made by North Dniester made by Prymont made by Prymont made by Prymont
  5. 6 points
    Hi there! Welcome to Europa. It's good to see that you're keen to get involved in our roleplay. The way I see it, countries don't just appear out of thin air. You likely won't be starting brand new negotiations with another nation just because you're new to the region, because when you consider the roleplay, you've been part of the world for however many hundred/thousand years. The best way to go about it would probably be renewing some deals, or perhaps your nation has undergone a drastic change recently that has forced you to change your stance on international trade and now you have to reconsider who you trade with. I see that you don't yet have a factbook, either here or on our wiki, so I'd suggest getting started on one of those first before you get involved in some RP. That'll help people to understand what your country is really like, and is one of our requirements of getting a place on the map.
  6. 5 points
    Hello and welcome to todays edition of Ahrana Today, where we bring the news of the World and of the Federation to the People of Ahrana. Today we have an update on the upcoming Elections in October and on which parties have registered and have released their platforms for the new Election cycle, the state of the Federation has been released in a letter from the Presidium of the Federation to let the population know of our status and a possible complete overall of the Ivanoff Five Year Plan, and news from the United States of @Prymont of an attack. All this on Ahrana Today so do stay tuned. The Federal and Republican Elections have been announced to take place in October and since the announcement several Parties have Registered to take part in all Election, the Liberation Party, Communist Party of the Federation of Ahrana, Democratic Party of Ahrana, Liberal Socialist Party, National Front, Workers' Party, Monarchist Party, Socialist United Party, Republican Party, Populist United, Fascist Party and the Green Party have all registered to run in the next Election Cycle. The current Governing Coalition is set to run separately but have stated they will work to form a Coalition again if needed to be under the current Secretary General, Alexsandra M. L. Core as they agree with her stance on many issues still. The Other Political Parties have stated they will not form a Coalition if need to in order to form a Government under one Leader, they have stated they are each in different agreements on how the Country should be ran. The Communist Party of the Federation of Ahrana has released a statement calling M. L. Core a traitor to the People with her reforms and Decrees and have called for her resignation till the Election. The Government has yet to respond to these accusations and it is not expected that a response will be given. So far all Political Parties are running under the same Platforms except the Fascist and Green Party they are newcomers to the Federal and Republican Cycles. The Fascist Party are running under the 1925 Platform of, "Ahrana is a home to Ahranaians only none Other" and the Green Party is running under the Platform of, "Keep Ahrana Clean and Green for the Future!" The Presidium has released a Statement on the Status of the Federation as a whole and on the Ivanoff Fiver: "The Federation of Ahrana has been in a period of stagnite but thanks to the recent reforms by the Executive Government the Country has begun to move forward a bit but it is slower than what was expected. However, the Federal Government expects that several more Foregin Business groups will be setting up warehouses and such in and all over Ahrana with the new Laws, it is with this that we hope the stagnite Economy will move forward with greater speed. The Ivanoff Fiver that was released at his term start has been ruled out and a few things will be changed by the incoming Government with hopes of actually creating a Fiver that will befit the Country not hurt the Country. We ask the People to bare with us in the coming months as we implement a few more changes for the good of the People as It will help establish a better life for the people. Thank you for your time Citizens of the Federation." The Government of the Federation has been following the somewhat limited reports coming in from the Untied States of @Prymont and asks the People to keep the People of the United States in your thoughts as they go through tough times. The Federal Government is looking to see if aid or any form of help with the incident will be allowed as the Federal Government wishes to show the United States that we are here to help our closest neighbor in their time of need.
  7. 5 points
    From: Comrade Jinhuang Choinom, Secretary for Defence, Worker's Republic of Fulgistan To: Augustus, Caesar of Adaptus and et cetera Dear Sir, Regarding the commitment of elements of the Revolutionary Guard to coalition forces in the area of the Greater Serbia, the Central Committee of the Worker's Republic, having read my proposal advising as such, have authorized me to commit the following forces to the blockade effort: 17th Bomber Regiment "Red Kestrels" 33rd Air Logistics Regiment 45th Workers' Mounted Rifles 23rd Air Cavalry Guards 2nd Proletarian Engineers 13th Artillery Guards 7th Red Armoured Regiment "Steel Hyenas" This in addition to the numerous logistical seagoing vessels provided by the Fulgistani merchant marine. Should more forces be required, you and your government may direct all petitions and other communiques to the Central Committee. Regards, Generalissimo of the Workers' Republic Jinhuang Choinom
  8. 5 points
    Hello. My name is Aleksander (you can call me Alex, it is fine)! I have decided to join Europa after a small search for a roleplaying region that is sufficiently well-developed.
  9. 5 points
    La Nazione PRIME MINISTER POZZI INTRODUCES FREE MOVEMENT LEGISLATION The Chamber of Deputies was abuzz with activity this morning as the Prime Minister, Alberto Pozzi, introduced groundbreaking legislation on the matter of border access between the Grand Duchy and Limonaia. Pozzi stated that due to the close relationship between their peoples over the course of their history and the importance of trade and cultural development, the borders must be freer for both people. The legislation calls for the free movement of Soreanans and Limonaians in each other's countries. Within the Prime Minister's governing coalition, he has unanimous support, and even most of the opposition the paper has spoken with are on board with approving the policy. Free movement would only come into force if reciprocal action was taken in Limonaia.
  10. 5 points
    "...I am Shiro Shinobi. The Kipanese National Football team, nicknamed the Shukuro, today announced the appointment of a new head coach: Akira Tadao, one of a series of steps to prepare for the upcoming UENA season. Tadao was previously the coach of F.C. Jinyo, one of twelve clubs that make up the top-tier K1 League. In a statement given to the press, the new coach expressed his excitement at leading the team and assured fans that they would perform better than ever. Kipan's national team attempted to place at the UENA's 2016 World Cup, only to be eliminated at the conclusion of the qualifiers when another team in their respective group beat them on the total number of goals achieved. Tadao will begin building a new team roster from the ground up. Nakazami Diamonds forward, Yanagi Ochiyo, is rumored to be the first of many to join this new squad. The Shukuro are scheduled to play a friendly match with the Sunset Sea Island's Blacksuns at the beginning of October."
  11. 5 points
    Celino: A Calmer Limonaia Medil Valley, Celino Celino is a region located in the south-western corner of Limonaia, east of lake Cascate. It is well known as one of the prime locations to visit in Limonaia due to it's marvelous valleys and mountains. Dotted with both beautiful nature as well as castles and other historical buildings, Celino is certainly worth the visit. Contrary to our last report on Anaca, Celino is easily accessible, as the biggest city, Citulo has an international airport, and it is also connected to other major Limonaian cities by high-speed rail. It is highly recommended to rent a car during your visit, as a lot of the major sights are found in quite far off places and so on. If you decide not to you can always take the bus or train to the larger places, or be prepared for some walking. The roads in the area are of decent quality, but can be quite narrow for a non-Limonaian driver so caution is advised both in the cities as well as in the countryside. Part of Citulo, Celino Citulo, the largest city is a place you sort of have to pass through during your trip, both because of it's practical location for travel further into the region as well as the many historical sights that can be seen inside of the city. It's the smallest Limonaian city with an international airport, but it's still quite the large city with a population of six hundred thousand. Hotels and restaurants are plentiful in the city, but it can be a bit expensive, as the city itself has gotten quite used to the high amount of tourists. It's still possible to find reasonably priced accommodation in the city, and food is not a problem at all. Piazzo San Ubaldo When it comes to historical buildings, most are centered around Citulo, with Piazzo San Ubaldo being the epicentre. Famous sites are the San Ubaldo Cathedral, Celini Ducal Palace, Regional Culture Museum, the Leccio Factory Museum and the cable car to Adamello, which are all located within or around Citulo itself. Peak of Genuardo and it's Ski Slope Thank you for reading this issue of AGL Travel, be sure to check us out next time when we take a look at Regione del Cascate and lake Pozzillio!
  12. 5 points
    We don't really have any facilities in place that would allow us to send military support; our military is overwhelmingly made up of conscripts and reservists who can only really be mobilized in the event of a full-scale military conflict. The air force and navy are a different story, though. I've thought about establishing an international volunteer brigade of sorts, but that idea's never gone anywhere, and I don't know if it's something I want to do. Independent support for this operation in the physical form is highly unlikely (this includes materiel, boots on the ground and relief aid). This may change if TRIDENT becomes officially involved, similarly to the Verde Blockade, as we will answer a call to arms. Subsequently, we will partake in any trade sanctions or blockades that may occur. @Prymont Bosniak refugees are definitely safer in Girkmand, but the shifting domestic political situation may affect that later on. Nowhere to the scale of state sanctioned mass murder, but more to what we're seeing in Europe, with the rise in far-right sentiment among the civilian population due to the refugee crisis. The conclusion of the hostage situation will likely rile up both Slavic and 'Saxon' Girkmandians alike. A significant influx of eastern Slavic refugees would play into that nicely, I suppose.
  13. 5 points
    @Kipan I was thinking about starting some corporate meeting RP, where the heads of large companies would meet to discuss stategies or create joint ventures and such. This could be the beginning of a bit of blocbuilding. Looks at @Synturia, @Asgeirria, @Rihan, @Aluxia, @Cashar and @Cristina Naturally, this wouldn't be a closed meeting, I'm sure it would be interesting for KAP, Varinco and others as well, since they are amongst the largest companies in the world. @Prymont @Variota @Gallambria
  14. 5 points
    BREAKING: PALM STREET MALL SIEGE PERPETRATORS IDENTIFIED, VOICE DEMANDS Pictured: Federal policemen continue to enforce a strict quarantine around the mall. Local Beyer county and federal police continue to besiege the Palm Street Mall in Beyer. Late last night, police spokesmen released the identities of two confirmed perpetrators involved in the hostage crisis: Boris Baburin, 26 and Vladimir Garin, 29. Neither of the two men have known previous criminal history. A video surfaced on popular social media site Twatter around midnight, uploaded by one of the perpetrators on their own personal account: "@boba25". The removed video contained footage of the frightened hostages, most of whom had their hands tied behind their backs with cable ties, laying or sitting down against the walls of what has now been confirmed to be Goldberg's Jewelry store. The recording confirms that at least 18 people have been taken hostage by the duo. At the one minute mark, the camera focuses on a male who is standing up. Police confirmed the identity of the slightly bruised ace reporter Travis Dice, one of the executive writers at Federal Herald. One of the perpetrators appears from off-screen to hand Reporter Dice a sheet of paper, from which he is forced to read the group's demands. The transcript is as follows: "We--- wish to extend our demands to the federal government of Girkmand and the Beyer county police department, as well as the federal police department. The government's anti-Slavic--- rhetoric, and its insistence on the destruction of the Slavic minority, has forced us to retaliate on behalf of the oppressed Slavic peoples living in Kerlia, Untenvik and elsewhere. The GDP (Girkmand Democratic Party) has failed to serve its people. Our politicians are simple yes-men who dare not question the authority of the federal government's unconstitutional integration with Sachsen, which serves only as a springboard for further, Saxon-supremacist action. Our immediate demands--- are as follows: nullify the effects of the Girkmand-Sachsen unification referendum. End Girkmandian military co-operation with the imperialist TRIDENT and its co-organizations. Allow federal states to secede from the federation. Establish the free state of Jukraina from the southern Slavic states. End compulsory conscription and establish a volunteer army, and lastly, our safe passage from the country. In order to ratify our demands, we offer the full and safe release of all hostages. Failure to meet the demands--- will result in their summary execution." Federal police have yet to publicly answer to the demands, and no further negotiations about the release of the hostages have been made from neither side. The combined police forces besieging the mall have made a request to the Federal Armed Forces to dispatch the counter-terrorist Special Security Detachment unit of the Federal Political Directorate. In the meantime, police buildup continues at an astonishing rate outside the mall. -David Fitzgerald 1 September 2018, Federal Herald
  15. 5 points
    Dina Diva accepts Nordeng apology, calls off bounty Dina Diva announced in her reality show that the bounty on Nordeng was revoked after he publicly apologized for the blatant attack on her and her character. The bounty, consisting of one million Waarttemun, has seen a partial pay-out to pranksters although Dina Diva didn't disclose how much had been claimed. www.forcejuliannordengtobeadecenthumanbeing.vr has been changed to include a disclaimer stating that the bounty has been recalled and features the apology of Julian Nordeng prominently. ''I'm very pleased to see that civility and common dignity has returned in the world with the apology of Julian being made public. I am sure we will be able to move on from this, I am not one to hold grudges against people that are smart enough to see and understand when they have made a mistake. I think and hope that this was the wake-up call that he needed and that he will be to grow both on a personal level and on a larger level. As a fellow politician, I know how important it is to ensure that you are able to reach a wide audience and the best way to do that is to show that people can be just as great as you are, that growth is possible no matter how old you are, no matter how poor you are, no matter how you look. We can all grow at any time in our lives and through politics, we make sure our nation grows along with us. And, of course, if he's ever in the neighborhood, he's free to have a drink on me and with me, obviously. In time, I'm sure we can look back on this and find some form of humor deep down in it.'' Rooie Rakker Films: Rest assured, the only ones watching along on our websites is Het Apparath! Internationally popular Variotan adult film production company Rooie Rakker Films released a statement in regards to the recent reveal of Gallambrian secret service GSIS collecting data on citizens visiting pornographic sites that its sites were completely safe. Spokesperson Henricus Kolewasser, better known as Hete Henk, was quick to ease the conscience of many of RRF's customer base. ''Don't fear, people. RRF and its sites are maintained and set up fully within Het Huisselant. Our customers are our first priority, well... Making great movies is obviously our first priority but that all ties into pleasing you, our faithful customer, by pleasing ourselves on camera.When you visit our site and enjoy our content, rest assured that the only people watching along are our great brothers and sisters of Het Apparath. And I don't know about you but I feel much safer knowing that we're being watched by the most efficient and most skilled intelligence and protection service of the world. It protects our trade by ensuring we catch people attempting to circumvent our copyright, by ensuring all our actors are on the up and up and much more. And if they happen to have a wank or two while watching the site, all the better. Our boys and girls in black deserve a nice release once in a while too! And if you're really paranoid about anyone wanting to watch you enjoy some self-pleasure, we obviously offer a wide selection of the best adult films on DVD and blu-ray. In order to show the quality of our product, both online and on disc, we're currently offering thirty percent off on an online subscription and we've made various stimulating bundles of movies on disc available at a great discount including great classics like 'Tina Tiny Does Ferrefaaierhafen', 'Gay Ranchers Ride The Best', parts one through thirteen, and 'Hete Henk Handles It All: Touristic Tour In The Hop On Hop Off Bus'.''
  16. 5 points
    Kishiro Technologies is one of Kipan's large, vertical group of enterprises, or keiretsu, dedicated to ground-breaking technologies across a wide spectrum of sectors. The company was founded by Katsuhiro Kishiro, who made his name by bioengineering a rice species that was on the verge of extinction due to climate change. Their main rival is Samura Heavy Industries. The two have been engaging in years of proxy wars between their smaller corporate subsidiaries over top-currency contracts offered by the Kipanese Defense Forces. However, though they may not have the brute force of Samura, Kishiro has some of the brightest minds in all of Kipan working for them. The corporation has focused its investment portfolio in biotechnology, alternative energy, optronics, medicines, and information technology. Nishino, their smaller but no less powerful competitor, has come to a 'polite' agreement - neither will compete with the other as long as the other stays out of their core focus areas.
  17. 5 points
    Three more small projects are done: *GDP's: http://iiwiki.com/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_on_Eurth, Media Outlets: http://iiwiki.com/wiki/Media_of_Eurth, and OPEC: http://iiwiki.com/wiki/Oil_Producing_Europan_Countries The last one is actually based upon a thread that was in the Business area some time ago and I thought it should be listed on the wiki. To my knowledge, it didn't go anywhere but I think there is some role for it now. I have also gone through a number of newsfeed postings for companies that haven't been included in the relevant listings. I have done some tweaking of the template in regards to organizations - instead of one single group, I subdivided it into military, economic, and other (though I am sure there might also be supranational at some point down the road). I've added ISTC to the template under 'other' organizations. Some of the next areas I am looking into are institutions of higher learning, human rights (found some pages that cover a range of social stances, legalities, etc), Eurth's Geographic Society (Orioni had actually mentioned this in their factbook I found on NS). There a whole treasure trove of other threads both here, on the old forum, and on NS that I've bookmarked and will be going through to see what else could be useful.
  18. 4 points
    Nation/Flag: https://www.nationstates.net/nation=soreana Factbook: http://www.europans.com/topic/5042-the-grand-duchy-of-soreana/ Newsroom Thread: http://www.europans.com/topic/5033-la-nazione-soreanas-premier-newspaper/?do=getNewComment Culture: Italian along the lines of Limonaia Climate: Mediterranean History: - Formation in 1576 - Constitutent Duchy of Limonaia in 1758 - Independence in 1939 Interested in continuing this conversation.
  19. 4 points
    TO: All it may concern. FROM: The High City of the Alexandrian Realm, Seat of the Caesar of Adaptus, Patriarchate of Novumcastrum. On behalf of the great Caesar, the High City, and it's collective Principals would like to thank all for the input they have had. We have united under a noble and morally sound cause. As such, I would like to extend our gratitude to the nations involved. In order to carry on further, we have enacted a collated plan of action for our united front to follow. For those involved economically, we ask that as a stable bond of unity, and further economic co-operation, we join ourselves together and form a united trading bloc. This we hope can function as a way for us all to co-ordonate our economic might as one force, and to additional lead as a way to further economic development and prosperity between ourselves. Our Caesar has invited all of those willing to partake to the High City in due time to establish such a economic coalition. For those who have pledged assistance militarily. Our great Admiral Agamanon has requested an audience with your respected military figureheads to formulate an action plan to help co-ordonate any military efforts, both from land, sea and air. Compensation for usage of bases etc can be organised during this time. Presences will not be required in person, remote conferencing facilities are available to the Admiral if needed. Please forgive us for our short replay as matters internally a pressing at current. We humbly thank you all for your joint actions. Kindest regards. Eldar Principal and Prima Scriba, Hephystae of Nicaeta
  20. 4 points
    Mind your language! - Surveille ton langauge! Départemang de Journalismusse - Département de Journalisme Ils veullent trois vés de saffe. - Ils veullent trois verres de jus. Vouce as délé le doké ? - Tu as partagé le toit ? (une expression) L'amiko mien a raté le lérnéil. - Mon ami a raté l'école.These are all examples of spoken Shffahkian Lysian. Officially, however, Shffahkians are encouraged to speak standard Lysian and to avoid these Shffahkisms which are often considered improper speech. Although Lysian is the official language of Shffahkia, Shffahkian Lysian is often considered its own version of Lysian, and in the most extreme cases, its own language due to its unique pronunciation and vocabulary. During the first 100 or so years of Lysian rule in Shffahkia, Shffahkian Lysian was mostly the same as Lysian spoken in the late 1700's. The first differences in Shffahkian Lysian popped up during the Great Exchange, a period of vast change in Shffahkian Lysian as Shffahkian Creole alongside Alemannic influences began to appear in everyday speech between 1808-1860. Form there onward, Lysian Shffahkian would diverge further from standard Lysian. Easily spotted differences are words that are spelled differently. These are called accepted alternative spellings in Shffahkia; they are mostly the use of -ang instead of -ent at the ends of certain words, such as bâtimang, and the use of k insead of qu, i.e. Sfakie not Sfaquie. Essentially, these boil down into a minimal effort to distinguish Shffahkian Lysian from standard Lysian in the 1800's although standard Lysian is often preferred in academic circles. The only exception is Shffahkia which must always be written with a k. The pronoun "vouce" is often used in place of tu as a way to speak in a more friendly manner as tu is rarely used. Vouce has its roots in the migrant communities of Shffahkia; it popped up into wide use in the 1800's. From Shffahkian Creole, we get words such as doké (toit), vé (verre), pémis (permis), liv (livre) and lalinne (lune du monde). Shffahkian Creole was originally spoken by the slave populace of Shffahkia but it spread, so much so that it influenced Shffahkian Lysian grammar most notably with possessive pronouns and prepositions. Whilst people normally say "mon chat" for my cat, it is common to say "chat mien" in Shffahkia which is grammatically incorrect. It originates from Shffahkian Creole where possessive pronouns become after nouns. Over time, it made its way to the everyday language. Yet another feature of Shffahkian Creole is "da" the feminine version of de which is considered incorrect speech but used widely in Shffahkia. Alemannic influences can be spotted from words such as Saffe/Zaf (jus), Delander/Déler (partager), Flaïsse (porc/bœuf), Flaske/Flasque (Bouteille), Arbrelaine (cotton), gata (rue) and journalismusse (journalisme) The third biggest influence would be Esperanto mostly between 1996 and 2010. Many Lysian words became replaced by Esperanto equivalents during the reign of Nikolao Kondukanto such as lérnéil (école), Faïrestingiste (pompier), voio (chemin, rue, moyen), auto (voiture), brune (marron), amiko (ami/amie), mirinde (agréable), foregiste (une pensée oubliée, utilisé comme le verbe oublier) and many more. These are but a few examples of Shffahkian Lysian. There are also words that don't originate from any foreign influence such as favelle and chemisette. In today's Shffahkia, where classes have become futile, you can often tell from which class someone comes from based on their accent. If they speak proper Lysian and avoid using special vocabulary, they might be from the old upper class, and if they speak using many creole words, they might come from the lower classes. There have been several suggestions about instituting Shffahkian Lysian as the national language but due to its large diversity, most official business in Shffahkia is conducted in proper Lysian. Despite that, Shffahkian Lysian is still spoken in everyday speech by around 86% of the population. Whether or not Shffahkian Lysian will ever receive recognition that doesn't classify it as incorrect remains very unlikely in the current political atmosphere.
  21. 4 points
    Commander Chao Yazhu stepped forward after the helicopter's engines died down and Gastone Terrone exited the helicopter. From what she knew about this meeting it could be what was able to break Monarch into greater recognition, and into greater profits. However if there was anything she understood about Farramount's security services is that even her limited amount of troops could give them a thrashing before they succumbed to sheer numbers. With the limited amount of information that Terrone had shared before his meeting here, she was certain she could turn at least a portion of his security services into a well oiled fighting machine, though she was possibly being too generous with herself. Henry had decided that in this case his identity was best left secret. To the outside world he was simply the mysterious benefactor of Monarch who had started a PMC out in the tropics. For now Commander Yazhu was to be the face of the organization, an arrangement she had little problem with. She had always wanted to be seen as a fearsome warrior, and she cared little what people thought of her moral integrity. "Minister Terrone, I am glad you could make it to our fine island today, " she said approaching the minister, "Perhaps you would be more comfortable having these discussions in our offices. Follow me please we can conduct our discussions in a secure location inside."
  22. 4 points
    Fulgistan is prepared to commit significant assets militarily to the liberation of the Bosnian refugees and to any other objectives of the coalition against Greater Serbia. If necessary, the contingent of personnel and equipment can be quite substantial, depending on the needs of both @Sayf and @Adaptus in completing the war aims of the blockade coalition. In addition, Fulgistan is prepared to declare war on Greater Serbia if it appears that the coalition has aims beyond simple blockade. Fulgistan, when discussions eventually begin IC, will likely not support the creation of a Bosnian ethnostate, but will aid in any possible way in the evacuation of refugees and the repatriation of Bosnians to Sayf, Fulgistan itself, or any other willing, extant sovereign state, excepting rogue states like Derthalen and the ISE.
  23. 4 points
    The SSI will not participate in any form of armed combat. Even if it wanted to, it would lack the military power and transport capabilities to do so. The SSI is ready to dispatch humanitarian aid workers provide unbiased medical aid regardless of national allegiance offer temporal asylum to Bosniaks provide neutral meeting grounds for peaceful talks and negotiation This furthermore rises the question whether the Red Cross or any analogues exist in our world. (Looks at @Magnaeus) Should this not be the case, I wouldn't mind setting up a "Red Sun" medical aid organisation.
  24. 4 points
    Great! I'm glad to see there's so much interest. I'd thought that maybe 1959 would work as a year. As for location, I suppose @Orioni's largest city, Zuidhaven, would make sense, as he is an island nation, and also a major economic power. If that sounds good to everyone, we can create a thread to begin the convention. This would likely be attended by a one-off character (special envoy), though those countries especially interested might send their foreign minister. I do have a proposed text for the treaty, but rather than expect anyone to read it, I figured the best approach would be to provide a summary of the particularly controversial points. The in-game explanation would be that an assembly of international legal scholars had proposed the initial text, and the national delegates are just discussing what's actually significant. So here are the controversial points of the International Convention on the Law of the Sea: Grants a nation complete economic control of its Exclusive Economic Zone, defined as the area extending from its baseline to whichever is further: 200 nautical miles or the end of the continental margin (aka: where the seabed drops off and the real ocean begins). This is a controversial provision as previously, no such zones existed. It gives natural benefit to nations proximate to fishing/undersea resources, and particularly to those with extensive continental margins. Some powers instead wanted an international authority to control all areas outside international waters. Creates an exception to the above powers for "innocent passage", essentially allowing a ship (including a warship) to travel anywhere as long as the ship is genuinely just innocently passing onto another port. A ship of any state can thus sail through any other state's waters (including through, say, a strait, but not internal waterways like rivers or canals), subject to only limited maritime regulations (that must apply equally to the coastal state's ships and to foreign ships). This is probably the biggest change -- before the 1950s in real life, you could only travel into a nation's waters with its permission. Contains some general environmental protection provisions. This is mostly toothless, but it'd still be groundbreaking in the 1950s as at that point, modern environmentalism was in its infancy. There are four tag-alongs with the convention. The First Optional Protocol, which seeks to stop the slave trade. Only nations that ratify it would be bound by its provisions. The Second Optional Protocol, which seeks to stop the illicit narcotics trade. Only nations that ratify it would be bound by its provisions. The Statute of the International Maritime Organization (WIP), which would be an international organization dedicated to promoting the peaceful and safe use of the seas. We would use this organization's existence as a way to explain away the existence of the many smaller, less important maritime treaties (e.g.: "we know ships have to honk their horns at each other when passing because the IMO in-game has promulgated a recommendation to that extent.") The Statute of the International Maritime Court (WIP), which would be an international court to hear maritime disputes. We don't have a world court in our world, so this would be needed. Plus, in real life, they created one of these because there are so many maritime disputes, and they didn't want to overwhelm the general world court. Does this sound reasonable to everyone? And are there any OOC questions about the provisions before we launch into an in-game debate about any of it?
  25. 4 points
    I thought this topic needed some updating. Here's us. https://i.imgur.com/KR8i6Rm.png Do let me know if you would like some custom hats. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_headgear Inspired by https://www.nationstates.net/page=dispatch/id=1003630
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