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  1. 7 points
    Especially relevant mentions: @Salvia @Limonaia @Fulgistan This upcoming November will mark my second year since joining here, with my activity having been on and off. It has long been my mission to set in stone my history which largely has been vague and left unwritten and mostly implied. I kind of want to put what I intend to change on here as well as what I hope to also do in the future with Oyus by making some of these revisions and requesting the potential for further revisions that are not as simple as changing the date a couple years or the like. Much of what I have changed has been discussed pretty well with those involved, however, in order to avoid any lack of transparency, I wanted to write what is being changed and has been discussed. History Previously my history was vaguely as follows Tribes European-esque invaders Unified tribes invaders repelled peace for a little while Limonaians rent a port instead of invading Limonaians collapse with colonialism, port reintegrated Oyus becomes a democracy and fails democracy dissolved and creates current state I've reworked this to be more sensible (personally) with some discussion with Salvia about this. As a result I have come up roughly with what follows, with input and collaboration needed from Limonaia before setting it in stone. I will preface by saying this is a brief point by point broad idea of what will later be elaborated upon and detailed. the purpose of this is to show the general idea intended to be conveyed. Pre-Salvia - A unified ancient civilization sort of deal - not necessarily too important to work out until the rest is. Early 1570s - Salvian merchants establish a trading post in modern day Costa Scura. Natives are welcoming of these newcomers, opening up trade. Mid 1570s to 1589 - Trade is the nice way of putting it by this point as Salvian merchants actively exploit natives and missionaries attempt to forcibly convert causing grief. Conflict arises when the last straw is exhausted and Salvians are targeted. A prolonged engagement will occur for the next two decades, and recorded well enough until eventually scaring off the merchants and deterring others from bothering with Oyus until later on. 1589 to ???? - Until contact with the Limonaians, a new era dawns upon the Oyussard civilization. While in decline with the introduction of some diseases not seen beforehand, Oyussa is reformed from an enthused theocracy to a muted queendom. Some changes are made (to be determined) ???? - Contact with Limonaia. Limonaians land and offer an olive branch having learned from the mistakes of the Salvians. Over time they keep their distance, at times there being small conflicts between the two but ultimately never getting out of hand as both sides resolved their differences for the better. Through this period, there was trade and Oyussard civilization slowly modernized while maintaining a degree of cultural independence. 1902 - The outbreak of civil war in Limonaia enables far right radicals to call for the dispersal of Limonaian officials and the gradual reintegration of the community in Costa Scura into the Oyussa Queendom. 1924 - Tensions in Oyussa erupt when the royal family is killed off via assassination. What could have turned into a civil war was saved by the aristocracy “giving the people a voice”. Aristocrats found the Democratic Republic of Oyus. 1925 - 1946 - The Democratic Republic is rife with corruption throughout this period, gamed by the aristocrats clearly showing that no one could ever know if they trust someone who claimed to be for the people. Illiteracy began to rise during this period. 1945 - The Sudden Dissolution occurs. As tensions rose within Oyus once more, many factions had formed against the aristocrats’ sham republic. In the end though, it would be Yulaa Lam who would rise above them all promising the restoration of an old order with a reformed twist. Winning favor with the military, still with sympathies to the old queendom, her restorationist promise put her in position to coup the republic and dissolve it overnight, establishing the present day matriarchy. 1945 to 2000 - Yulaa establishes a system meant to endure time and be efficient, refining the Matriarchy convincingly and pushing away other ideologies. 2000 - Yulaa abdicates to her heir, Eka, who she believes to be more than ready to lead the Matriarchy, ending a steady and stable reign of fifty-five years. I anticipate that there will be changes to later parts of this history and even possible adjustment after further discussion of this. I'm open to hearing to criticism about what could potentially added or may be seen as unnecessary to lead Oyus to where it is today. Present day Oyus To begin with, demographics play a large part of how Oyus is modeled. Previously, I had figured Oyus to be more of a majority indigenous country with a foreign minority, like 60/40 split or so and largely politics would be favorable to the indigenous. However, with the revisions I am making this set to change. While I haven't come up with exact numbers, there will not be a majority of any one group and it will be a very mixed country, though the indigenous would have the plurality with say something like the low 40s while the foreign groups as a whole would be a majority per se, though made up of several groups. Limonaians would likely make up a big portion of this with being anywhere between a quarter to a third of the population. A likely third group I have more recently been considering to be part of this are Huang. Something that I would like revisit and flesh out is a potential Huang migration that helped build up Oyus. This would be drawing off of the Speed Date discussion Fulgistan and I have had and would certainly need to be had more to paint the fuller picture. The remaining groups would likely be smaller insignificant groups that you could chart on a demographic pie chart but that would be the extent of them, perhaps from neighbors like @Metztlitlaca, @Shffahkia, and/or @Gallambria There is one change I would like to make I expect there be needing some approval from moderation. For what I envision even in present as Oyus stands, and what I wish to do with it in the future (this will be explained later on in the next section) the meager population 3 million no longer fits and sits well with me in my mind, and for me with the space Oyus has, it is entirely possible to have up to 20+ million due to a similar size of that of Taiwan. That being said, that is not what I am requesting that my population go to, but instead something more sensible in my personal opinion to something in the range of 7 to 11 million. I would be happy to ahve a discussion at great length to fwork how this would be acceptable and attainable if needed. Economically, there would not be any real changes. Oyus is an offshore tax haven. Less than 1% in corporate tax can't be beat and likely why among other reasons Oyus on paper has plenty of wealth. Not to mention the influx of tourism being a very liberal and open minded tropical paradise. The only change that I have already brought into effect is the disappearance of an manufacturing sector that doesn't quite make a whole lot of sense for an island paradise. It wasn't very elaborated upon to begin with, as such it isn't too hard to sunset it and accept that we would more than likely be importing from Limonaia and likely later on LAANN as it comes to fruition IC. Oyus From Here Out If anyone has been reading or paying attention to The Mermaid's Dark Metamorphosis (TMDM, and its okay if you haven't I don't have any real expectation anyone would) you may realize there is a rather knee jerk change and shift. What I intend to be doing from here out is pretty straightforward. With a multicultural nation that formerly had some degree of imperialism, albeit rather muted, and a government that has long been ruled by the indigenous plurality, there has been unaddressed clash of cultures and beliefs and sort of an ignoring of many of its people. I haven't done much to illustrate this yet, but it will come in due time. Oyus as it will exist from here out is no longer some indigenous ruled nation but one ruled by a minority. Though, it is a technical minority, they wouldn't necessarily be ignoring others as it would take a coalition to rule the future Oyussa and appeasement to smooth things out for what will come next. The Limonaian-led coalition that has long felt oppressed and with a nostalgia for the past will be reigniting a passion for the former colonial empire it used to be apart of by uniting former colonies under one banner. Some of these will be small island possessions while others will be unmapped Limonaian colonies in Aurelia. Once TMDM come to its end, it is my personal wish to move towards that expansion and molding Oyus into a sort of malevolent power in disguise. There is a lot I still want to work out and make airtight before I embark and I enjoy every bit of criticism or advice to bring me to realism. Additionally, I understand that embarking on possibly becoming ot just a thorn in the side but as a threat to neighbors that at some point there will be battles I'll lose which is perfectly fine. OOCly speaking, I want to mold Oyus into an eventual bad guy that has some sort of muscle, my expectation isn't to be ***the power*** though.
  2. 7 points
    Map: https://i.imgur.com/aNbWKDS.png Added: @Anatea in Aurelia. Europan NPC's to completely fill the void, after long discussions with Tag about Aroman history. Edited: Shorter canal for @Tagmatium Rules. Renamed New Halsham to Rettenmyr for @Prymont. The background layer is now V3 from the Climate Map Rework. The topography will return once that's done, to avoid any confusion of sharing intermediate versions. Removed: City of "Manitou" for Prymont.
  3. 7 points
    Climate Gang Update 3: 2 Fast 2 Furious So I'd like the begin this will an apology for lack of updates from the group. Many of us have been busy irl and unable to contribute to the project. Hopefully in the near future we can get back on our feet. There were only four people who actually did the questionnaire, so the QnA for this update will be small, along with changes made. Firstly I would like to introduce map V3.0 and all the changes done to it from V2.3. I should also say the vote on Antargis is over, with just under 74% voting in favour of the new design over the old. -Fjallshima and Esonice were reverted to their original spots, don't know why they were changed - most likely an error on our part. -Inland seas added back to Alharu, they were always returning but temporarily removed to help with modifying terrain. We considered changing them to align more closely with topography shown in Version 1 but the cost-benefits would be minimal. -An island was moved to aid Little Adapty with the bridge from Europa to Argis. (From Iceland to Greenland is 1179 km.) -A new inland sea was added to Europe at the request of @Gallambria for the second nation he is working on (Bashan) which defines the southern border of Bashan (green) and the northern border of the NPC Qubdi (red). QnA time! - The first question was an actual question asked, the ones after are to help with clarification. "[Regarding Antargis] Is it all coastline? Or is pack ice included?" The current Antargis continent is just the landmass until a climate map is resolved. If you require ice shelves for something, they are most likely to form in the gulfs and bays within Antargis. "Who has the final decision on my country's climate?" You! If you don't like any of the proposed climates for your nation and/or you wish to remain with your current climate, that is 100% okay and the end product climate map will accommodate for that whether it's realistic or not. Our goal isn't to force changes upon people but to aid in standardising the current maps and adding more realism when possible to make things less confusing for newer members. The latter may not be obvious now but our end product maps will be designed in such a way as to be easily readable and understood to those who don't know much about the subject of climates / continental shelves / etc. "I still don't like the new Antargis! My science base will have to move now!" Although no one has stated this outright, the next couple days will be the last time to say anything related to your positions on Antargis. If you feel strongly against the new Antargis due to your plans to set up a Military or Scientific base on Antargis (or planning to) in a specific location, we will happily stitch the old part of the coastline your military base was/will be on to the new map in as close to it's original location as possible. As stated above our goal isn't to force changes which is why this option is open. But you *will* need to tell us soon as this is the final draft (unless someone asks for an island / remove an island / ask for changes) that will be shown to the public until we have drafts for climates and the like ready.
  4. 6 points
    22 June 2020 For several days on the regional news and on Solisea News the government had announced a referendum about the reduction of fuel use to modernize the country with clean energy. Since 2005 Anatea tried to obtain renewable energy so as not to spend too much money on the import of petrol and raw materials, trying to avoid the use of nuclear energy which, according to a referendum and a law that later became reality, was prohibited in energy and military field in 1990. Now, on June 22, the Set party (center-right and supporter of the continued use of oil) and the Lucet party (center-left and supporters of the use of renewable energy) had to convince members of the Senate to obtain a majority to prevent or put into practice the development of renewable energy for the country. The first blow was given by the minister of the Lucet party, Lucas Fisher, highlighting the advantages to the ecosystem, very dear to Anatea, and the reduction of waste of primary resources such as gasoline or mantain the continuous disuse of nuclear energy which Anatea has always tried to avoid to use. This move would also be able to help industries and businesses to spend less money on the import and use of oil, removing a net 10% of expenses to give more income to improve businesses or hire other workers to increase the efficiency. All was received very well by most of the senators, finding many of them applauding, but Fulvio Silani, current prime minister and head of the Set party, had to reply to the last proposal: if on one hand the use of renewable energy would have reduced emissions and given a 10% profit percentage to companies, on the other it would have required heavy expenses to convert energy suppliers or build / connect their plants to already built energy sources. Along with that huge expenditure, it should have even been noticed that many kind of jobs where the use of primary energy sources had priority would have been closed, causing many citizens to lose countless jobs. The Senate actually calculated that the timing was not yet too ripe for such a change, welcoming Mr. Silani's criticism with uncertain applauses, but Mr. Fisher managed to reply to everyone's surprise: if this change would have given problems to the current industries, even closing some of them, on the other hand this would have intensified the formation of new IT jobs or through the use of the web, in which Anatea had gaps. This would have led Anatea to develop the tertiary sector, being able to create more jobs with very low maintenance costs, and give a lot of competition to foreign companies outside the territory. The unexpected intervention was greeted by other applauses from the Senate, who seemed increasingly convinced of knowing which way Anatea would have taken, which was then followed by the vote which lasted about twenty minutes. After 3 hours of debate and voting the results were elaborated and counted: 45 in favor of the introduction of renewable energy at national level, 41 against and 14 abstentions. Despite the victory, however, this reform would have taken years to be introduced and completed, as Anatea's economic status would have struggled to renew the national industry in very short times and costs. It was a bitter victory but full of future promises.
  5. 6 points
    Sarah Mezzani << Welcome to the morning edition of Solisea News, with Sarah Mezzani! Let's start with news about the Anatean GDP's recovery after the end of the conflict in Delstev. I pass the line to Jack Lini about his report. >> Jack Lini << It is with constancy and many sacrifices that Anatea has managed to improve its GDP by +0.3 in recent weeks. The secret? A cut on the armament funds of the army to divert them towards the incentives for the companies that were going in clear crisis. Along with the good news of the recovery, unemployment is also falling, but the army is more worried than ever about the interruption of supplies or the focus for new experimental projects that have given a serious halt to surveillance operations in the vicinity of Delstev. Prime Minister Fulvio Silani has promised that once a stable GDP level is regained he will return to support the army to keep it updated with the latest technological innovations. That's all, I pass the line back to the study. >> Sarah Mezzani << Thanks Jack. With the GDP rapidly recovering, we also have good news from Delstev about humanitarian aid associations. I pass the line to Carlo Iaconni. >> Carlo Iaconni << Thanks Sarah! Yes, humanitarian aids from Senza Frontiere has been able to help rebuild a part of the Ickras district, the capital of Delstev, today. The reconstruction works had already started immediately after the end of the conflict but thanks to donations from other nations and from Anatea, the local population managed to continue the works, making the first area almost completely rebuilt for now. It is expected that for now it will take more than ten years to rebuild most of the island, but if the donations and support remain unchanged, they may also be reduced to 4 years, which would help the region to rise economically once and for all. That's all, I pass the line back to Sarah. >> Sarah Mezzani << Thank you so much Carlo. These were the news for this morning edition of Solisea News! Thanks for following us and stay tuned! Have a good day! >>
  6. 6 points
    Home | Orioni | World | Business | Tech | Science | Culture | Health | Sports World Day to combat Desertification and Drought CYGNUS -- The desert is not deserted. Traveling north from O'polis to Cygnus, you quickly hit the Ayawo Gulf, a relatively shallow body of water that separates the Orinese regions of Irisha and Semeni. These coastal lands of Semeni are home to plenty of unique local species, such as the adorably small web-footed sand gecko (Stenodactylus arabicus). Shallow islands on the Gulf coast also support critically endangered nesting sea turtles and vast numbers of breeding seabirds in summer, including greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) and booted warbler (Iduna caligata). Species like these are under threat from increased desertification. Increased desertification poses major challenges to the lives of people, plants and animals. The World Desertification and Drought Prevention Day is observed annually on 17 June. Organised by the United Eurth League, the day promotes public awareness of the fight against drought an desertification. As Eurth's population continues to climb, becoming wealthier and city-based, ever greater demands are places on land to food and resources. At the same time quality and productivity of existing farmland is declining. Humanity is relentless in its production and consumption. Orioni is committed to protecting the biodiversity of this rich coastline while also preventing further soil degradation.
  7. 6 points
    Home | Orioni | World | Business | Tech | Science | Culture | Health | Sports UNEX Arenigwade docks at Port Santa Isabella SANTA ISABELLA, Cristina -- On Sunday, 15 June the UNEX Arenigwade, the new flagship of Orinese liner shipping company Universal Exports called at the Port Santa Isabella on her maiden voyage. In @Cristina, she was handled by Port Santa Isabella Co where a total of 12.000 standard containers were discharged and loaded. This mega-containership was built by the Orinese shipyard group Talako-Semayi Heavy Industries as the first ship in a new series of six, and recently delivered to UNEX. According to UNEX, the Arenigwade is one of Eurth's newest XXL containership. This mega-containership will be deployed in the Oriental-Europan trade. The Port of Santa Isabella was called during the maiden voyage of the UNEX Arenigwade. With a length of 410 metres and a breadth of 60 metres, along with her five sister-ships to follow, the UNEX Arenigwade conforms to the environmental regulations in force since the beginning of this year. All twelve ships are delivered with fitted scrubbers. One of her sister-ships will be named UNEX Santa Isabella. “We are delighted that the UNEX Arenigwade has been able to complete her maiden voyage to Cristina with no problems. All those involved in Santa Isabella have contributed to the safe and efficient handling of this unusually large vessel,” said Mr Giovanni Maggiore, CEO of Port Santa Isabella Co. Multiple liner services link the ports of Cristina with Orioni. Cristina mostly imports raw commodities (oil, ore meat and grains), mainly intermediated by companies such as Sandrine Trade Co, Agritec, Vital Chimica and others. In 2019 there was a +5% year-on-year increase of containers transported. Cristina currently ranks 9th among the Orioni’s top trading partners for container handling.
  8. 5 points
    For the past few days I have been creating an entirely new entity and creation to spawn as an NPC and collected feedback from some staff such as @Iverica and @Sunset Sea Islands, as well as regional neighbors like @Metztlitlaca, @Eulycea, and @Shffahkia, also speaking to @Seylos in playing a small part in the foundation of this new nation and would be NPC. Discussions will remain on-going because there is somethings that will need to be worked out and solidified. I figured given the positive feedback from this that I would post about it here so updates about this, along with the rest of Oyus lore, can be made and further scrutiny to harden my lore. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rsKjs06K5Z7mwFZhD1vhfDvMfR9dPTAUm9JVMOfY-bQ/edit?usp=sharing Earlier in this thread, I mentioned the removal of Limonaia from my history following recent events and coming with the understanding that officially, they will not be returning. Having been operating on the assumption (until it apparently being made official) this would be the case and being fed up with waiting on mere acknowledgment on the matter of history collaboration, I made a decision: Replace Limonaia with a smaller colonial power of my making. The reason for this is by having no officially approved history between Limonaia and myself, it also messes with my plans for the future, specifically expansion. Originally I had hoped to do something such as diplomatically (or forcefully) unite former colonies of Limonaia in Aurelia to Oyus, a sort of colony of its own. Removing the biggest common factor destroys any chance of that and as such this is meant to be a two birds one stone solution. I want to be clear for those already feeling nauseous of my bringing up expansion: it is still a long ways out given I am only just starting Chapter 2 of 3 in TMDM, which is going to be likely the longer chapter of the three. TMDM isn't the only project I will be involved in either prior to embarking on an official expansion. Expansion will not be so quick to come with little to have been written, with little merit. I want to be transparent with my intentions. Since I will be creating an NPC to help supplement my history, I am likely to be focusing now my efforts on polishing it's overall history first so that it can fit in with that of its neighbors and Oyus' and then polishing Oyus' overall history so that it can be set in stone.
  9. 5 points
    Definitely, the island isn't too far out, considering Galahinda and Alenveil. Influence wanes over distance, true enough. But then again, we have colonies like the Philippines and Australia that are in regions quite a bit more alien to their colonising country's influence. Anyway, I'll leave it up to Anatea and the cartographer. Additionally, some points Tagmatium relays:
  10. 5 points
    League of Alharu and Aurelian Native Nations (For real this time) Basics The League of Alharu and Aurelia Native Nations (Naxua: Lekh Otepanyauh a'Icohuic Natif Kowiamiz) (Huang: 安路藕李本土国家联盟), known more commonly by it’s acronym of LAANN (said as LAN) or simply ‘The League’. The League has 5 members; @Fulgistan, @Metztlitlaca, @Oyus, @Yeosan, and @Heiheguo, with 7 observer nations: Eulycea, Batengdei, Andalla, Giokto, Shffahkia, Esonice, and Acadia. The main goal of LAANN is as an economic-defence bloc between nations with a large minority or majority native Alharun and/or native Aurelian ethnicity(s) and to minimise economic and/or hostile intervention of Europan and Argic nations. These goals are achieved through a list of numerous contracts and treaties as well as numerous international overseer departments. The largest of these departments is the Department of Trade and Tariffs, Department of Internal Intelligence Services, and the Continental Defence Council. All legislature and laws provided by the departments must be voted on by the representatives of each nation. Each nation has a certain number of representatives dependant on population size who must come to a single agreement on whether to pass or block a new piece of legislature. Once all five blocks of representatives have come to their agreements, those five blocks vote as five distinct entities for the legislature to be passed or blocked. Spectator nations are given representatives but hold only an advisory role with no power to affect the five main blocks. --- Fulgistan - 15 representatives Metztlitlaca - 11 representatives Yeosan - 9 representatives Oyus - 7 representatives Heiheguo - 5 representatives --- LAANN was founded in 1981 as a response to growing globalist and historic exploitation of the native Alharun and Aurelians. The formation of LAANN came hand in hand with a growing rise of Pan-nationalism against nations with descendants from Argis or Europa. This ideology is often called Continentalism within the LAANN nations. Initially there were only three nations – Oyus, Fulgistan, and Metztlitlaca – who signed the League Proclamations (Treaties that are require to be signed to be a full member of LAANN). In 1989 Yeosan signed the League Proclamations and joined LAANN. Heiheguo joining in 2012 after being in observer status for 21 years due to conflicting interests within the League Proclamations and the Heiheguo government. The logo of The League was a committee design in 1986 and was originally a Penrose Triangle with red, green, and blue to represent Fulgistan (red), Metztlitlaca (green), and Oyus (blue) interconnected in a ring of unity. When Yeosan joined in 1989 the logo was changed to a Penrose Square with yellow, and changed to a Penrose Pentagon in 2012 adding white for Heiheguo. History of Continentalism Fulgistan The political philosophy of Continentalism has its origins in the politics of the late-19th century Five-Coloured Empire, whose first ruler Emperor Fengxing promoted "harmony amongst the 5 races" embodied in the nation's iconic five-coloured flag, symbolizing the unity of the empire's people under one ruler. The notion of a shared interest and common origin among native peoples was further developed by Wang Xiteng in his 1898 essay "The People of the Southern Kingdoms“. Wang was a noted man of letters in his native Fulgistan, and his influence as a member of the Imperial Yuan ensured that his ideas penetrated many levels of society, including to the emperor himself. In 1899, Emperor Fengxing officially permitted colonials, as well as the Bozan, to join the Imperial Yuan, and to serve in the highest offices of government on an equal basis to the ruling Huang. It was in this way that the emergent philosophy of continentalism was widely disseminated amongst the educated and political classes of the Empire. Upon the Empire's demise in 1929, Continentalism had taken a strong hold among the revolutionaries, particularly those in the republican faction, who formed the Continentalist Union Party in 1931. Today, the CUP exists only as a minor subordinate branch of the Fulgistani Communist Party, but Continentalism itself has waxed and waned within the nation. Jian Bozan was a proponent of the ideology in his days as an Army colonel, but felt later on that the ideas of Continentalism were incompatible with the Communist view of society he had since adopted. Continentalism fell by the wayside in Fulgistan until its large resurgence in the late 1960s, brought on by a new, more open atmosphere of political discussion, the rise of fascism and neocolonialism in Alharu, and the arrival of Faramanian intellectuals and politicians in Bogd Gioro, almost all of whom remained in the country. Metztlitlaca The Crescent Empire was a largely isolationist state, rarely trading with Europan and Argis nations as they lacked things that the empire desired – outside of firearms of course – and as such had few ties with the outside world. One of those ties, however, was with the Yellow Empire. The Crescent Empire saw the Yellow Empire as an equal in trade, commerce, and militarism as it had spices and resources the empire craved along with the navy to back up it’s exports, proving so in the Yellow Empire subjegation of the Tihuanaco Empire (a long standing rival to the Azlo people). This is considered by historians to be the starting point of the long standing positive relationship modern day between Fulgistan and Metztlitlaca. With the Limonaian conquest of the Crescent Empire, the Azlo people were forced into the increasingly interconnected wurld. With no independent homeland to look for guidance, they turned to next best thing; the Five Coloured Empire – a successor to the Yellow Empire. Wang Xiteng’s “The People of the Southern Kingdoms” and similar essays made their way into the Limonaian colony (mostly illegally) via Huang slaves and imported scholars. From there the ideology of Xiteng were merged with Azlo cultural beliefs to form a distinct Azlo-Huang brotherhood ideology. Said ideology (known as “Xiteotoc” or “Xitenism” in Metztlitlaca) was a major factor in the formation of the Hong ethnicity, as the Chalica aided Huang slaves in escaping from Limonaian plantations and mines as part of the Xiteotoc ideology of brotherhood and unity, which resulting in the two ethnic groups intermarrying and partially merging to form the Hong. The Chalica still exist to this day as a distinct ethnic group in the northern third of the Nanhong Dominion of Metztlitlaca, but largely practise Islam and often have Huang physical and cultural traits. The Unified Republic of Palu and then the South Palu Confederation based their socialist ideology off that of the Worker’s Republic of Fulgistan – who helped them gain their independence – along with Xitenism as a core belief within the socialist Azlo ideology. Xitenism and socialism continued further as guerrilla fighters in Mezzalunia in the Great Alharun War combatted against fascist Limonaia. The eventual nation of Metztlitlaca that arose from the war was initially dominated by the Xiteotoc National Party who proposed the formation of LAANN in 1981. Oyus The Matriarchical islands of Oyus, to some an island paradise, to others a tax-free haven. To LAANN however, Oyus is an example of a nation who was able to initially thwart the imperial hands of Marenesia and Europa with it’s successful defence against Salvia from the 1570s to 1589 and to establish native rule. This does not mean though that Oyus was completely independent, as Aromani languages and migrants seeped into the nation over the years – resulting in ideological backlash by the natives and a push towards further cooperation with non-Aromani nations such as Fulgistan and Metztlitlaca. Although these ideological battles between the natives and migrants have been largely put aside, Oyus is still seen as a friend and ally by their partners over seas on the mainland of Alharu. The headquarters for many of the LAANN departments and the LAANN Head Office are located in Yulaa, the capital of Oyus. Departments The Department of Trade and Tariffs (also known as the DTT) ensures free and equal trade between LAANN nations. Tariffs are used against non-LAANN members to encourage trade with one another rather then with potential advisories. However, spectator nations to LAANN are often excluded from many of the tariffs. The use of tariffs have not been without controversy, however, as many have pointed out to higher prices of certain goods and services due to lessened competition from abroad or just that tariffs artificially inflate prices. Most of the Department of Trade and Tarriffs’ legislature must be voted by the representatives of all five members with at least four members voting for it to be passed before it is implemented into all five nations. The Department of Internal Intelligence Services (DIIS) is a mutual transdomestic intelligence agency. In every country that has opted into the Extended DIIS Protocol, the DIIS functions as an attaché to national law enforcement, and although officers are usually drawn in from that country's citizens, the DIIS officers are loyal to LAANN Judicial Body and have authority to follow normal arrest procedure for League-level crimes. If a member has not opted into the E-DIIS-P, the DIIS acts as an overseer and provides help in gathering evidence and data to aid criminal cases. Yeosan and Heiheguo have not yet opted into E-DIIS-P. DIIS is the most controversial of the departments as it can often be seen as intrusive and as an opening for potential exploitation by outsiders. As such, all five members must agree together on any modifications to the DIIS regulations and Metztlitlaca, Fulgistan, and Oyus must all agree to any modifications to E-DIIS-P regulations. The last of the largest departments is the Continental Defence Council. The CDC acts as a unifying military standards and coordination body for the military’s of all LAANN nations. The use of the CDC is primarily for combat training, military equipment shipping and inspections, coalition combat*, and an intermediate body for the discussion of military bases. *Coalition combat will be restricted and not be used until the LAANN establishment historic thread is completed, or if all nations involved in a particular RP thread agree to it’s usage. Present Times The five nations of LAANN may not be strongest or most politically dominant (outside of Fulgistan), but their collective interests binds them in economic and political partnerships and friendships. It also helps to have similarly corrupt, authoritarian or blind-eye nations as your allies – power keeps the powerful stable, after all… Currently LAANN’s main interests are in cultural exchange programs such as museum/historic artefacts being traded to one another’s major cultural capitals to further public opinions of one another via education; the implementation of Huang into the other LAANN nation’s curriculums; and encouragement of tourism between one another through VISA-free policies. LAANN is currently in the midst of reintroducing the near-extinct Azlo writing system, which was almost entirely replaced with the Aromani Alphabet by Limonaian colonists. The other main interest of LAANN is economic development, aiding each other in industrialisation and modernisation through investments and relief aid in the event of disasters. Dark Green - Full Members of LAANN Light Green - Spectator Members of LAANN
  11. 5 points
    Heeeeell-oh, Anatea's here! ^^ Weew, a lot of time passed from the last time i was on an RP forum, but i'm sure that RP forums are the best for have some fun with roleplaying >:D Anyway super thank you for accepting me and hope to add some new lore to Eurth' s already super elaborate lore with my rps
  12. 5 points
    Efforts to Revitalise Southern Port Begin The port city of Dymafos has often been considered the jewel on Ragas Thalassia, the Raga Sea, and one of the cradles of Christianity. It is an ancient city, at the crossroads of the Occident and Amutia, and grown rich on trade. It was long a centre of Arhomaiki power, and before that a capital of the ancient Euandrid Empire, one of the successor states of the Boy-King. The Patriarkhes still guides his flock from his palace that overlooks the harbour and regularly leads services not just in the cathedral, but from even the smallest chapels. His Holiness, Theodorankos IV, has also been keen on building cross-denominational bridges with the Orthodox Church, the Diarchic Church and smaller, New Wurld denominations, all who have small congregations in the ancient centre of our God-given, shared faith – even if perhaps the other churches have strayed somewhat from that light. The tourist and pilgrim trade has somewhat dried up in recent years, but the peace and stability that Agios Basileos Kommodos III brought to Europa has meant that it has slowly begun to improve. It has been hoped by the Anthypathoieon tou Dymafou, the mayoral government of the city, that the recent trade deal with the Agios Katholikon Autokrateia (@Salvia) and Demokrateia ton Iberikon (@Iverica) will see an increase in foreign tourists. This has been coupled with similar drives with the nations surrounding Arhomaneia and they slowly seem to bearing fruit. Some of the churches and chapels within the city are ancient, dating to the early days of and contain some of the oldest relics still in existence and have always drawn crowds of barbaroi. Dymafos was a major port for thousands of years and it is this aspect that the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion wishes to revitalise. The construction of the Isthmos Kanalos, the Isthmus Canal, was almost a deathblow to the port, as shipping started to bypass the port almost entirely. But it had been declining for many years beforehand. It was starting to not be able to keep up with the larger and larger container ships that are being used across Eurth, as underinvestment meant that the facilities were not available for them. This started to become a cyclical situation – as fewer and fewer ships came, it was argued that the decline meant that it wasn't worth expanding the port. Trade had started to be diverted either to our nearest neighbours, Sporseia and Souberina (@Suverina) and from there overland to southern Arhomaneia, or shipping companies found themselves constrained by the port facilities available to them. The other routes, overland via Adaptos (@Adaptus) or around the north of the Occident make significantly less economic sense. Now, ever larger container ships are swinging the argument back the other way. Whilst the width of the canal was designed with the Protathlites tou Christou aircraft carriers in mind, the new generation of so-called “mega container ships”, such as the Orhioniki-flagged UNEX Arenigwade approaches that constraint. It might not be a leap of the imagination to suggest that the next generation might even surpass the 60m width of these giants. Making the canal wider to accommodate these vast ships is likely to be, at the very least, exorbitantly expensive and significantly disruptive. Both of these are reasons why the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion is unlikely to consider this as an option. Instead, breathing life back into the port of Dymafos and enabling it to take these giant vessels is likely the significantly cheaper route. Oddly, the Patriarcheion tou Dymafou is thought to be one of the main lobbyists for the expansion of the port facilities. To an extent, the well-being of the Patriarcheion is linked to the port – the port is one of the largest employers in the city and its workers keep much of the rest of the local economy afloat. His Holiness is known to be very concerned about the happiness of his flock and feels that a revitalisation of the port would lead to more work for the ex-dockers that form a large part of the unemployed in Dymafos. As well as the happiness of the inhabitants, the Patriarcheion is also one of the main providers of welfare within the unemployed, providing food banks to the poor, amongst other services. Although no one from the Patriarcheion would comment on the matter when asked, it can be imagined that these are likely a drain on the resources of the Church and lightening that burden is something that is being aimed for. But, of course, a modern port would likely mean automation, a trend that has been sweeping across much of Europa and Eurth – many ports in our own Megas Agios Basileia are even embracing it, although it is argued that they have little choice in the matter. An automated port, in some ways necessary for the quick turnaround expected these days, would mean that less dockworkers would be needed for its smooth running. Which, in turn, would do little to alleviate the the issues of unemployment in the southern city. List of Banned Works Scaled Back Although Arhomaneia doesn't usually wish to advertise it to the rest of the wurld, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion maintains a list of banned literature. Much of this is heretical writings, often from many centuries ago, and is kept away from the general population to make sure that none of them are led from God's light by long dead heresiarchs. It is known that the Katholikon Patriarcheion in Europatorion keeps a vast library of these forbidden texts to make sure that if any of these heresies rear their head again, the Aroman Church can tackle them and bring any false believers back into Christ's arms. It is closely guarded to make sure the knowledge contained within does not fall into the wrong hands, as the wurld is often fertile ground for wrong-thinking. The Logothesion ton Deeseon, the Ministry for Information, also keeps a list of banned material, in order to aid the Church in keeping the souls of the Arhomaioi safe, as is to be expected of a government headed by God's representative on Eurth. Much of it is foreign in origin, as can only be expected. It is usually pornographic or lewd, or is considered to hold ideology or ideas that are damaging to the Megas Agios Basileia, God's chosen nation on Eurth. For example, much of the writings of Mark Karls are banned, due to the fact that it promotes revolution against God-ordained regimes such as that of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion. Similarly, the perverted writings of the infamous Lysian, the Marchis de Masan, remain entirely prohibited for an Arhomaios or even barbaroi to possess within Arhomaneia, although it is unknown why anyone of sound mind would do so. It is one of the duties of the Esoteriki Epitheorisi Pliroforion to police this list and make sure that no one is in danger of being led astray. That some such books, or even other media, need to be kept out of the hands of some individuals is self-evident. Arhomaneia isn't the only nation to do this on the Occident, or even Eurth. Megas Vourlinton (@Great Burlington), for example, maintains stricter controls on access to the internet than our own nation, something which appears to be at odds with the country's brand of unfettered capitalism. However, recently the Logothesion ton Deeseon has deemed it fit to release some of the books and films on the proscribed list. Amongst these was a work of epic fantasy, Arkhontas ton Dakhtylidion, by Ioannes Hermeneutopoulos, an otherwise noted scholar and academic. It was banned during the reign of Theodosios VI after a period of popularity lasting from when it was published in EK7464 (AD1956). At the time, it was proscribed due to its supposed depiction of angels, as well as being about an earlier iteration of the wurld, but it has now been deemed to not go against any teachings of the Church. Similarly, the ever-popular film series, La Guerra de las Galaxias, was banned under the Navarkhokrateia for showing a militaristic regime being overthrown by an armed insurrection – something that the military dictatorship wanted to discourage. Although some suggest that the Logothesion needn't have bothered with unbanning the three prequels. It is mainly fictional works that have been de-listed by the Logothesion ton Deeseon, as it is now felt that it is justifiable to say that it is obvious that no one could reasonably assume that these are attempts to subvert correct Christian thought. A full list of unbanned media is available on the website of the Logothesion. This move by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion is not entirely unprecedented in Arhomaiki history, as the Navarkhokrateia in its early years saw almost a liberalisation of films and media, partially as a way of distracting from the seizure of power from the elected, and therefore chosen by God, Agios Basileos Konstantios V. It could be that this is a move by Kommodos III, by the Grace of Christ the God, Agios Basileos kai Autokrator to show that his stated attempts to reform the Synkletos is not just an isolated event and that he truly is trying to move Arhomaneia into the new century after many years of treading the same path.
  13. 5 points
    A compilation of all wiki articles related to Salvia. Most are incomplete or not created yet but will be sometime in the future. Salvia History Establishments Friulian Kingdom (predecessor kingdom, 11th-7th century BC) First Salvian Imperium (greatest Salvian empire pre-modern era, 7th century BC-2nd century AD) Second Salvian Imperium (first Salvian Christian empire, 3rd-7th century) Third Salvian Imperium (short-lived pagan empire, 7th century) Medieval kingdoms: Kingdom of Alvernia, Republic of Demetae, Kingdom of Lattiva, Confederation of Rassena Divine Imperium (monarchical rule, 13th-18th century) Dynasties Gaullis United Provinces of Salvia (revolutionary government that overthrew monarch, 1706-1709) Events Great Tagmatine Migration Crusades Coronation of Joseph I - marks creation of Sanctum Salvae Imperium Catholicum Magnum Progressum - Salvian Renaissance Trinity Massacre - sparked People's War People's War People St. Liosous, missionary and saint who brought Christianity to Marenesia King Joseph I, creator of the Sanctum Salvae Imperium Catholicum King Gaetno II, last king of the Gaullis dynasty Lord Flavio Burgellio, leader of the Alharun Crusade against the Yellow Empire, later king of Salvia Jacob Bern - leader of democratic movement, first president of the Divine Republic Leo Angelo - leader of democratic movement, second president of the Divine Republic Bergio Valla - notable lawyer and reformer, ninth president of the Divine Republic Geography Places Cities Deopolis Sicani Islands Straits of Sicani Politics Provinces Legislature Concilio Populi Concilio Clerici Executive President of Salvia Vice President of Salvia Economy People Religion Salvian Catholicism Catholic Church Demographics Population Ethnic groups Culture Public holidays Art Cinema Cuisine Cultural icons Identity Literature Media Music Sport Symbols Theatre
  14. 4 points
    Logothesion ton Agelon investigates the Isthmos Kanalos Environmental Impact of the Canal Questioned The Istmos Kanalos is one of the greatest feats of Arhomaiki engineering ever carried out. Whilst the ancients were able to build the roads that allowed the soldiery of our nation to conquer much of the known wurld and constructed the aqueducts that meant our cities could flourish in a way unimagined by the barbaroi that surround our countries and our lands, it is the great canal that joins the Ragas Thalassa, the Raga Sea, and the Kolpos tes Stratonis, the Bay of Stratonis, that surmounts any of these glorious works of the past. Its completion at the start of the reign of his Aroman Majesty, Kommodos III, by the Grace of Christ the God, Agios Basileos kai Autokrator has been a vast boost to the economy of our nation. Although it has meant that some of the traffic that used to the call at the ports at the north-eastern end of the Ragas Thalassa now bypass them, the long way around the northern coast of the Occident is no longer as economically viable, opening up a huge amount of trade from southern Europa. But it has not been without its costs, and not just to the Arhomaiki ports in the south of our nation. From the start, there were worries that a route that joined the Ragas Thalassa and the seas of central Europa would have an adverse environmental impact. At the time, it was suggested that there ought to be locks fitted to the canal, to control the flow of water through it, even though the geography of the isthmus meant that the locks were not necessary for travelling through it. The idea behind these was to prevent the water of the seas mixing and preventing any invasive species from going from one to the other. This, however, was mooted by the order of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion. The locks would impede the flow of trade as they impeded the flow of water, and the idea of stopping ships and putting them in dry docks to scrub their hulls clean of any flora and fauna would annihilate any economic and strategic advantage given by the canal. In order to counterbalance any damage done to God's Eurth, the Logothesion ton Agelon, the Ministry for the Environment, was ordered to monitor any changes and keep tabs on the progress of invasive species through the canal. At the time, it was rather naively hoped that the constant passage of ships through the canal would entirely disrupt the movement of any animals. As a precautionary measure, it seems almost comical in its woeful under-preparation. However, the new Megas Logothetes ton Agelon, Presbyteros Paulos Narses, has announced that a large-scale survey will take place of both the northern Ragas Thalassa and the Kolpos tes Stratonis in order to check the extent of the movement of invasive species. This will be in conjunction with Panepistímion ton Petrion, the Hekademion and, surprisingly, the University of Canastota in the Enomenes Politeies tes Prymonteias, the United States of @Prymont. The Logothesion ton Agelon has defended its inclusion of a barbariki institution because of their expertise in undertaking oceanographic and wildlife survey, and that the knowledge gained and shared here will help with the protection of the environment across Eurth. The Prymontiki are known for their keen awareness of the impact that human activity has on the wurld, especially since any rise in global temperature will affect their country more than many others. Much of the country lies within the Argic Circle. “Although we are much separated by both faith and distance, the Prymontiki are motivated by the same drive to preserve the environment as the Arhomaioi,” said a statement released by the Logothesion ton Agelon. “Seeking cooperation and tapping into the expertise that they can provide is not something that we can allow to pass us by.” Initial studies have been reportedly carried out to establish the extent of potential contamination between the two bodies of water. The Logothesion ton Agelon has remained tight-lipped about the amount of individual animals and the number of species that been found. There have been unconfirmed reports from fishermen that the Lavrakoi that are usually caught in the Kolpos tes Stratonis are diminishing, being replaced by Koiloi, a fish much more common in the Ragas Thalassa. This, in turn, has forced the beginnings of a change in how the local fishing industry operates. God willing, the survey that will be undertaken will be able to shed more light on the matter. Arhoma hosts Conference on Arhoma Potentially seditious meeting monitored by the Esoteriki Epitheorisi Pliroforion The city of Arhoma is the centre of our nation, the ancient and symbolic capital of our nation, which is the chosen nation of God on Eurth. As everyone knows, the Arhomaiki civilisation is the guiding light of Eurth, both spiritually and politically. All other nations look towards us and what we have achieved. Even now, all barbaroi regard us as the model to base their nations on. This can be seen in such things as the famous Manille Arsenal in Iberikeia (@Iverica) drawing on Arhomaiki architecture, as well as many other political and administrative buildings across wurld. It should not be surprising then that there are those Arhomaioi who wish to see a return to the past or move to a future different to the one that God has chosen for us. Last week, a conference was held in our ancient capital to discuss the future of our civilisation and what shape that might take. A range of different speakers attended, including academics, politicians and historians. The conference was not condoned by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion and no-one from the government is known to have attended. It was at least partially funded by Isaakios Niketas, the former Proedros and leader of Nea Demokrateia, so the possibility of subversive aims of the conference should not be surprising. This is the reason why the Esoteriki Epitheorisi Pliroforion, the secret police, were carefully monitoring the conference. This was so that if there were any attempts to undermine the holy rule of the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator, they could be nipped in the bud. Niketas himself stated that the conference was nothing more than a meeting of like-minded individuals, keen to promote cooperation between the nations of Europa that claim Arhomaiki heritage, as well as to pool ideas on how to promote peace between the nations. Nationals from Adaptos (@Adaptus), Sporseia, Euandreia and Salbeia (@Salvia) are known to have attended and given speeches and seminars, as well as some individuals from the breakaway province of the Hexanesa. It demonstrates the enlightened rule of His Aroman Majesty that the visitors from that province were not arrested as traitors. Agios Basileos Kommodos respected the promise of his predecessor, Theodosios VI, who allowed the Hexanesanoi to visit Arhomaneia without fear of arrest for treason. It is no more than what they so richly deserve, however. One of the main speakers of the conference was a past leader of the Hexanesa, Ioannes Hegesinos, an ex-leader of the rogue province, who has advocated Arhomaiki cooperation in the past. Whilst Hegesinos was leading figure in a nest of traitors, he saw that a strong Arome is something that can be a force for good. He supports the intervention by Adaptos and Arhomaneia in the New Wurld, stating that it helps make our planet a safer place. His speech was reportedly on that theme, that Arhomaneia has a duty to help guide the rest of the wurld towards peace, working in cooperation with all other nations. Other speakers promoted closer economic cooperation between the five nations, or an expansion of the agreement between Arhomaneia and Adaptos. Trade between our nation and our closest neighbour and ally is frictionless and includes an alignment of standards and regulations. It isn't currently thought by the Logothesion tou Kommerkiarionikou, the Ministry for Trade, that an expansion of the agreement would be economically advantageous for the Megas Agios Basileia, especially since the south-eastern two nations have been through some chaotic times that see no sign of abating. It also remains to be seen whether Salbeia should truly be considered as a descendent of our great civilisation, considering their geographic distance and insistence on heresy. The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion is supposedly frustrated with the fact that Praifektos Orbanos, Khristoforos Florentios, allowed the conference to go ahead. It is understood that the Praifektos Orbanos would have been aware of the conference and what it entailed, knowing it was controversial, but still gave it the go ahead. It can only be hoped that he is praying for forgiveness for his actions. Likely, this is part of his misguided plan to seemingly secularise our ancient capital and bring it in line with the capitals of the barbaroi, as if that is something that is laudable. His actions in allowing a fashion show to go ahead was criticised by the Patriarkhes of Tzankheia but was greeted by silence by the Patriarkhes of Arhoma.
  15. 4 points
    Strasberg Estate Many Days Later Many days had passed since Sigrid announced the biggest change to the Legislature in the History of the Ahranaian State, however she knew many things needed to change and in due time these things would to change. Sigrid had been very rigid since her las episode of PTSD and it was the worst episode she has had to date, she feels tired and exhausted but knows she must continue on and that she will. As Sigrid sat at her desk with the radio playing and going through emails a few things popped into her mind that brought her back to the Imperial times and how much more of a simpler life it was under the King. She had her Minister Duties she preformed and her Military Duties she preformed in harmony with that. She remembered one thing Gustoff had told her, "Sigird remember the basis of this Imperial Government is the People and their happiness and their ability to trust in you to protect them and do what is right and just in their names. If we fail them in that then we have failed not just the People but the entire History of this great State and that we must not fail." She knew Ivanoff had failed the Ahranaian People and that Core had started to gain their trust. But what about herself? She knew what some of the People thought about her and the Shit job her Government has done. Her government has had several failures and the biggest plunder was attempting to rid the country of its Drug issue, that blew up in her face as a failed operation and one that was bigger than life. She knew that some feared she was the next Ivanoff or worse bring another Revolution, if anything she would ensure that Democracy would flow through the land once again like it was under the Imperial Government. It was true that many in the Federal and Republican Governments wished for the return of the Imperial Government as well as did a good majority of the Population, but if that was to ever happen it would be a Imperial Government with a Written Constitution and one to stand to the test of time. Yet, she felt now was not the time but as Gustoff had once said it is not up to the Government to decide what is the best action but to the People to decide. But now was not the time to think of these thoughts, now the time called for the President to be able to create what should have been created and if at one time in the future the Country was to revert to the Imperial Government she would make it to where the transition would be a simple one not to complicated. Sigird walked to the Phone and picked it up, Hello please patch me to Minister Core please and make it to the urgent call please.... The call was transferred and she waited for a few second till another voice picked up, Minister Core here President what can I do for you? Core I need you to draft up something in secret, I need a protocol for the Transition to Imperial Rule drafted and ready for me to read in two days time. Can you do this? Yes well of course, but are you sure you want this....It will cause a few ruffled feathers if it happens soon. Core this is a Protocol for the future if it is to happen, I do not see it happening while I am in government. I do know that if this gets out to the Public and to some Politicians in the Legislature that I had this drafted in secret and it actually exists they will revolt saying its for the people...… I know damn well what will happen if this is found out but I am prepared to pay the price if it gets lose and if it does well the protocol will not be hypothetical at that point. Very well Sigrid I understand, it will be ready in two days time maybe earlier than that. When it is completed I will come to the Estate and hand it to you and we will discuss where it will be kept. Talk to you later Sigird. The phone was placed back on the hook and she walked over to her desk and looked at files that held pieces of legislature that needed reading and approval by herself. this is what she would be doing for the next several hours. TO BE CONTIUNED...….
  16. 4 points
    Since January this year, 3 ships have met accidents on the lateral Northern Argic Passage; a risky, narrow, but efficient shipping lane that connects the North Oriental Ocean and the Adlantic Ocean. Just last week on the 26th of June, the MV Explorator, a ship registered to a commercial freight company in Mannarsto, Narva, met an accident when it collided with a substantial piece of the summer ice floes just 50 kilometres away from the coast of Nanuvat, an indigenous territory in the northeastern Argic coast that has yet to be recognised by the international community. A breach in her hull left the civilian ship slowly listing for hours until it eventually capsized. It took 9 hours before the nearest fishermen could reach the Explorator's lifeboats, one of which deployed improperly, resulting in the death of 1 crewman. The accident is still under investigation by Mannarsto authorities. This, among some other incidents, has prompted the Armada Iverica to consider old plans proposed in 2005, the deployment of a permanent and peaceful sea-service mission to the polar peripheries in the Argic northeast. Prompting has come from the awareness among maritime stakeholders and the general public. In the 25th of April, an illegally operating Nanuvat whaler was sunk when it struck a low berg, about 120 kilometres east from what would be the MV Explorator accident site. The whalers were unable to raise assistance in their boat's radio and all but one perished in the freezing waters. The incident made headlines across Northern Argis and raised a two-fold concern over maritime safety and wildlife protection in the region. The passage has few emergency infrastructures and the ports to seek assistance from are few, far-between, and usually under-equipped. But as the route saves thousands of kilometres worth of fuel and supplies compared to a Mediargic transit, many businesses and priority freight continue to cruise the Northern Argic Passage. Given the staunch determination to maintain the route, the Iverican government is now considering the option of establishing a facility to assist ships, protect wildlife, conduct emergency response, provide a base of operations for vital infrastructure building, and host supply and relief efforts to communities and vessels that may become iced-in during the brutal Polar winters. Sidelined for modernisation priorities in 2005, the plan dubbed "The Polar Service Initiative", is currently being re-examined by the Armada Almirantasgo and Executive Ministry Praesidio. Press release from Corregidor sheds some light on the tentative Polar Service's mission: "The Armada Polar Service is to provide humanitarian aid by lending skills and emergency assistance to distressed ships and communities. It is to provide safe berthing, fuelling, and victuals to any civilian vessel passing through their area of operation. It is to accomplish this by establishing vital and environmentally considerate facilities in uninhabited territories and with the permissions of regional entities. Such facilities shall be staffed by essential and skilled Armada personnel and shall remain unarmed but for self-defence; they are to be restricted from carrying missiles, large calibre guns, or offensive electronic warfare systems. The facilities will be open for observation and visitation by the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association (ATARA) inspectors. The Armada is to cooperate closely with the government of the United States of @Prymont , which maintains state interest in the region. Though many questions are abound--regarding location, exceptions, and execution, what is known is mainly speculation. There is some statement basis for the Iverican government to cooperate with indigenous authorities and some loopholes in vague and fragmented local maritime laws to situate stations in international waters. Some sites have been speculated as likely choices, the most curious of which is a former Helleno-Russian naval base located in far-northeastern Argis and abandoned since the Second Argic War. Some have also pointed to the Armada's wide inventory of prefabricated modular infrastructure, developed for the Islandero Operations and extensive naval logistics capability to aid in the quick deployment of a polar aid station. Should such an undertaking follow-through, the northern ports of the Iberic Federated Commonwealth are likely to see new or expanded opportunities arise in Eastern Argis and Northern Europa.
  17. 4 points
    The Marenesia Conference, Stage II | IVERICA 1600 Charlie Time (+3) | 5th of November, 2019 Fort Beleturi, Salvia --- "Is it just me, or does this place feel... too Salvian", remarked ExecMin flunky Tomas as they passed a Salvian propaganda billboard. The small tour crowd had just passed the barracks, rows of Salvian personnel had stood-to for the inspection. His colleague, Quinto, snorted. "Its a Salvian Base you Mér-á-Capessa*!" "I mean, there's just something that feels comically stereotypical about this place", remarked Tomas defensively. He stopped, facing Quinto. Behind him, a billboard mounted above the barracks compound's postern gate loomed in full view. The billboard featured a larger-than-life Salvian crusader complete with tabard and barrel-like great helm. He stood in the foreground with a finger pointed in the general direction of the viewer. Whereas in the background, a city looking suspiciously like a Europan holy city of religious import burned merrily. Meanwhile, in the midground, an anachronistic array of mixed trebuchets and modern field guns were featured in various states of firing. Prominently, lines of Salvian men in uniforms from varying eras charged the gates with fixed bayonets and handsomely shaded musculature and jawlines. In large bold text, supposed to appear as speech from the helmed crusader were the words: "I want YOU to retake the HOLY LAND!" Report to your local recruiter today. Quinto squinted, looking around. "I don't quite see it. Whatever do you mean?", Quinto asked as the tour group moved on, passing a main battle tank with a large brass crucifix (complete with suffering Christ) welded on to its upper glacis plate. "I can't rightly say. The way everyone walks? Their accents? The way the place smells maybe?", said Tomas. "Can't you just accept them as brothers in the Saviour?", asked Quinto, slightly exasperated. They passed a prototype fighter jet that featured prominent nose art. Painted on it, a rather attractive looking nun struck a bold pose as she spanked a strangely dressed boy (presumably a heathen) on the buttocks. "I suppose I can. I just get the strangest nigglings from this place", acceded Tomas. Quinto shrugged. "I can't relate.", the pair continued in silence walking passed a line of cuirassed troops in attention as they received a blessing from a priest in woodland-pattern battle-dress cassock. The smell of incense from the priest's swinging censer lingered on the nose. * Mér-á-Capessa- (n.) Expletive. Literally: faeces on/atop a head. Semi-common Iberic expletive used to refer to someone annoying or unpleasant, as bird droppings on one's head might be. Likely originated from sailor's expressions during the age of sail, as it was common for seabirds to perch on yards and booms of a square-masted sailing ship. OOC: @SalviaThis doesn't have to be canon. As you might have already surmised, I'm f*cking about. I thought it would be funny. --- 17:15 | Alexis Hall After the cue from a very jolly Defence Minister Vernon McCoy, CCO. Ferran Arnau Macharius gave a very terse speech about the unity of the Marenesian continent. Briefly, but also sincerely, he addressed the delegation from @Tagmatium Rules (OOC: and @Seylos if he's still up for it) thanking them for their open-mindedness and initiative in being the first to become Partners for Peace. To Macharius, and no doubt, most of the others assembled in this chamber, it was a welcome breeze of sense against the stifling air of confusion that seemed to waft about the wurld. Macharius would later spare a brief thought to that confusion. There seemed to be an otherwordly notion that TRIDENT was out to get them or start rows. All the more ironic when, just 2 years prior, TRIDENT was founded simply a mutual-defence measure against WMD armed rogue states and Communist proliferation in Argis. Where these narratives came from, Macharius could only guess. For all of TRIDENT's existence, all it had done was stop a revolutionary government that assassinated its former king from sending a nuclear fleet into the Mediargic (See: Kirov Class Battlecruiser and the Verde Blockade), hosted a naval exercise to keep an Aurelian rogue state with a penchant for false-flag operations ion their toes, launched an initiative to standardise electronic communications and designation systems, and hosted a summit to expand diplomatic and strategic cooperation with states of fairly good repute. Hardly the league of nefarious, hand-rubbing, cat-stroking villains. One might even say that TRIDENT contributed to cross-cultural understanding and wurld force-parity. But, what would Macharius know? He was just the Capo-Comandante of the Republican Armed Service--hardly qualified for such lofty understandings. Macharius' speech instead focused on the great step of including Salvia and the Partners for Peace while also touching on action plans for 2020. Covering in brief the Treaty Council desire to exchange liaison officers with the Partners for Peace, the plans to hold further joint training exercises, to establish joint bases that could allow for member states to troops and support capability in an ally's part of the wurld. Lasting all of 7 minutes, Macharius ended his speech and gave a small nod to his aides de camp, who began walking the assembled plenipotentiaries and Council members through the amendments made in the Tricontinental Treaty OOC: Embedded the Treaty w/ amendments to this post. Big (finally official) Welcome to Salvia and the Partner(s) for Peace!!! At this point we can assume that everyone agrees to the amendments. Feel free to post your conclusions and perspectives on how this affect's your nation's bottom-line.
  18. 4 points
    Home | Orioni | World | Business | Tech | Science | Culture | Health | Sports Checking wastewater pollution in Mar province MAR YAHOSN -- The Weledi Gulf Tourism Cooperative (WGTC) has called for addressing the pollution caused by wastewater in the Weledi Gulf and the Dimeti Barrier Islands. The Cooperative raised the issue of wastewater from tour boats and tourism activities. Pollution caused by discharges from vessels remains a challenge despite many regulatory efforts taken by provincial authorities. The Dimeti Barrier Islands in northern Orioni are made up of 67 islands that span 250 square kilometres in length along the northern edge of Mar province in the Amilaki region. The largest island, called Dimeti, has roughly 9.000 inhabitants, with an additional 3.000 people living on floating fishing villages off the coast. The island is the adventure-tourism capital of Orioni, with places to mountain bike, rock climb, hike, and more. In 2019 around 750 tourism boats operated in Weledi Gulf, including over 200 vessels that anchored overnight. In April and May, the WGTC invited two international experts to evaluate the sustainable tourism management and environmental protection in the bay. The experts concluded that the gulf wasn't threatened by pollution. Nonetheless, they did express concern over growing tourism numbers and ineffective waste management, concluding it would pose a significant threat. Both experts also hoped the province would soon announce the standards for wastewater systems. Mr Gideta Yelemi, the Provincial Director of Environment, said the department has asked the Council of the Environment to set national wastewater treatment standards that could be adopted by 2020. Mr Yelemi added that: "All boat owners understand the impact on the environment of untreated wastewater from cruise ships. They support the initiative to instal treatment systems on vessels." During a recent workshop with stakeholders from business circles and the provincial government, the Zuidhaven Institute of Technology (ZIT) presented several technology and management solutions to alleviate wastewater pollution in the area. The solutions are aimed at helping tour boat owners comply with stricter regulations: either having built-in treatment systems or using external treatment services.
  19. 4 points
    Fort Beleturi 1650 Hours The entourage of diplomats, military officials, aides, and the media ambled throughout Fort Beleturi as the base commander, Colonel Harold Rino, showed them all around. Quick stops at troop housing facilities, hangers, runways, and the port proved satisfactory to the international visitors. Little questions here and there - rather simple ones, really - were asked occasionally and easily answered. Which just made the Salvian leaders even more nervous: shouldn't this be a bit... harder? "What do you mean by that?" The woman turned towards Martin. "I mean, I thought these guys would be shredding this guy right now." He motioned with his head towards the colonel, who was in the midst of showing off several Salvian infantrymen in the newest equipment possible. "But they might as well be asking where the loo is." The woman simply shrugged, "Saving face, maybe? Tough questions would make it look like there's no faith in Salvia. They probably already came here a few months ago for the actual questions." The colonel interrupted their musing, turning around to face the entourage. "And that concludes our tour of Fort Beleturi. Shall we head to Alexis Hall?" There were nods and muttering of affirmation as the colonel turned back around and led the whole group towards the numerous limos and cars that were ready to transport the whole group back to the capital. Alexis Hall 1715 Hours Despite the fact that the entire retinue had accompanied the diplomats and military officials to Alexis Hall, most of them had retired to their lodgings, leaving all the important people at Salvia's legislative building. Several Concilio members, chairmen of the Committee of Defense, met the group and escorted them to the Central Office, a room with a large, thick rectangular table that stretched across the entire room's width, plush armchairs seated around the whole table. The various officials sat down at their assigned seats while the more necessary aides who were still not quite as important shuffled around and stood in the corners. A plump, cheerful man, Defense Minister Vernon McCoy, was seated in the middle of the rectangle and looking at every single person with a large grin on his face, he began, "I hope your visit of our facilities proved satisfactory! I wish to extend an official welcome to you all and hope the heat is treating you all alright." He paused as he opened a folder that was set in front of each seat, which had a copy of the TRIDENT treaty. "So! Shall we?" @Andalla, @Gallambria, @Girkmand, @Iverica, @Prymont, Salvia, @Tagmatium Rules
  20. 4 points
    @Anatea I'm alright with this spot in Aurelia, seeing as @Shffahkia also has some Lysian/Cristinese ties. I hadn't considered the area since it so far away. And you can keep Oyus company. Play navy games with Gallambria. Get involved with the southern continent. I'll go ahead and measure the areas so it's not too big. The peninsula is only 120.000 km2. Medium area = 210.000-250.000 km2. So you can add another 90-130K. Would you like the coast to bend north or south?
  21. 4 points
    Hi @Anatea. I'll write up a short reply before heading to the restaurant for my one-year anniversary. Climate. You mentioned "mediterranean climate [...] with maybe a little desert". Since I'm not exactly sure where this would go with the climate update, I'm tagging @Metztlitlaca and @Heiheguo for advice. Culture. Several people have correctly pointed out that the !Italian area is more to the east. Anything where Limonaia could have been. Especially where this meets Central Argis. The island north of @Seylos could work if you can agree to have more Anglo-Saxon (Buranian) influence than Greco-Latin (Aroman). That big island along measures 250.000 km^2. 3 potential locations: The culture would fit somewhere along the sea between Argis and Alharu. The screenshots @Iverica shared with @Tagmatium Rules's drawings make sense. Plenty of competitive neighbours around. If an island-location is a must, there's the option of replacing @Valacia. https://iiwiki.us/wiki/Valacia Unfortunately they left us for another region little under a year ago. https://www.nationstates.net/nation=valacia Those 4 eastern islands measure about 33.700km^2. The island west of it is another 23.500 km^2, currently unclaimed nor reserved as expansion. Nice strategic location. For the desert you could later expand into a coastal area in Alharu. Something more out of the box could be East Argis, closer to Alenveil. That theatre of operation is quite interesting. I'm sure the North Adlantic states would be very happy to welcome a new neighbour.
  22. 4 points
    From: Adriana Monadic, Minister of State of the Kingdom of Cristina To: Dr. Tim Murithi, Secretary of State of Democratic Republic of @Afropa Salutations, Signore Secretary. May peace be upon you and your nation. Trade can and should always be a win-win process and what the Cristinese envisions shows just that. The Democratic Republic of Afropa and the Kingdom of Cristina working together and reaching a mutually beneficial outcome. We can do it as partners who are willing to discuss, to defend their interests while at the same time being willing to compromise to meet each other's expectations. With this in mind, Cristina invites Afropa to join the growing list of partners willing to work with the Free Port of Cristina in defending open, fair and rules-based trade. In less than fifteen years the Kingdom of Cristina has delivered a deal fit for the economic and political challenges of the 21st century. We now open a new chapter in our long and fruitful economic policies, boosting trade and creating jobs. An agreement between noir two nations also sends a strong message to other partners that it is possible to modernise existing trade relations when both partners share a clear belief in the merits of openness, and of free and fair trade. Our commitment is to deliver benefits for our citizens at home through closer cooperation with our partners abroad. We are sure that a Cristina-Afropa deal will be very positive for our agri-food sector, creating new export opportunities for our high-quality food and drink products, which in turn will create support more jobs and growth, particularly in rural areas of Afropa. Once finalised and approved – it would benefit both companies and consumers across Europa and advance a mutually beneficial values-based trade policy agenda. The agreement in principle may bring the Cristina's trade relationship with Azanian countries into the modern era, tearing down most of the remaining barriers to trade. There is still a wide margin for improving the trade relationship that a new agreement may address, by making virtually all trade in goods duty-free. In principle, our proposal includes the most important elements of possible future agreement. In some chapters, technical details still need to be tied up. Based on its principle, negotiators from both sides will continue their work to resolve the remaining technical issues and finalise the full legal text for the next months. Then, a Commission can proceed with the legal verification and translation of the agreement into all official languages, and subsequently submit it for approval by the partners' legislative bodies. The main elements of the agreement as we envision it are: 1) Agricultural exports from Afropa are set to benefit the most. The agreement will, in particular provide preferential access for many Afropan commodities, which currently are gaining significant new access within annual quotas; secure a considerable volume for the exports in one of the largest Europan markets, allowing Afropa to substantially increase its commodities exports to Cristina, with duty-free trade for virtually all products; eliminate tariffs for products like chocolate (currently up to 20%) and pasta (currently up to 10%); ensure the protection from imitation for 340 distinctive Europan foods and drink products in Afropa, so-called geographical indications. This means that Cristinese and other Europan producers of traditional delicacies are not struggling against copies, and when consumers buy these products they can do so knowing they are buying the real thing. When it comes to customs procedures, the new agreement will bring in new rules to simplify and speed up paperwork and physical checks at Afropan customs. 2) The agreement will include a comprehensive trade and sustainable development chapter, which sets the highest standards of labour, safety, environmental and consumer protection; introduces a new dialogue with civil society in all areas of the agreement, strengthens the Cristina and Afropa's actions on sustainable development and climate change, notably the obligations both sides undertook under international agreements on climate change; and maintains and fully safeguards both nation's right to organise public services the way they choose. The agreement may also include an explicit reference to the precautionary principle that, already enshrined in Cristinese treaties, allows the Kingdom of Cristina to keep products out of its market as long as there is no scientific certainty that they are safe. If in place it will also be the very first Cristinese trade agreement to include provisions to fight corruption, with measures to act against bribery and money laundering. The agreement may also cover the protection of human rights, as well as chapters on political and development cooperation. 3) The agreement may be a big step forward in giving companies mutual access to government contracts in both the Cristina and Afropa public procurement markets. Afropan and Cristinese companies will be placed on an equal footing, irrespective of whether they present a bid in Cristina or in Afropa. Cristina has also committed itself to enter into negotiations with Afropa to allow Afropan firms to tender for contracts at State level by the time the agreement is signed. 4) This opening goes hand in hand with setting a level playing-field: we propose a high level of protection of intellectual property rights. This is to protect Cristinese research and development and guarantees fair pay for Cristinese and Afropan artists, as well as the 340 traditional Cristinese delicacies mentioned above. 5) The new agreement may open up trade in services, such as financial services, transport, e-commerce, and telecommunications. The agreement will also help develop an favourable environment for a knowledge-based economy, with a new chapter on digital trade. This will remove unnecessary barriers to online trade, like charging customs duties when downloading an app, and will put in place clear rules to protect consumers online. 6) On investment protection, the agreement improves investment conditions and includes the Cristina's new Cristinese Trade and Investment Promotion Institute - IPCI, ensuring transparency and the right of governments to regulate in the public interest, and will also ensure that Afropa and the Cristina work towards the setting up of a Multilateral Investment Court. We expect that negotiations for a new agreement with Afropa starts soon, based on negotiating directives conducted according to the high transparency standards. In addition to close scrutiny from International Councils and Trade Organisations, we expect that Afropa and Cristina ensure access to information about the progress in the negotiations by publishing regular reports from the negotiating rounds, as well as negotiating proposals. Overall, an agreement will strengthen Europa's role in shaping globalisation by putting in place trade rules that are in line with the Europa''s core values and safeguard our nation's interests and sensitivities. In doing so, it will contribute to addressing challenges identified in both Afropan and Cristinese recent history. May the trade pillar set the framework for Cristina's relationship with Afropa and covers issues of broader shared interest that go beyond trade, including political issues, climate change and human rights. Regards, Adriana Galini Monadic Minister of State _____________________________________ Ooc: I know Afropa has been inactive here, but this trade proposal is something I was planning to play with him sometime ago. I hope he come back someday soon.
  23. 4 points
    As soon as Remmen took a seat his aide leaned over with a sly grin. She was already in deep shit for her lackluster editing of the wurld map to display the zone management propisition, so she may as well continue digging her own grave. "What about the Seylosian?" she whispered as Salvia's Dr Varazzo rose to speak. "Why didn't you tell me that before I'd finished?" Remmen groaned as he wondered how to remedy the fatal error once he next spoke. "You seemed to get into a rhythm, I didn't want to disturb you." Remmen gave her the cold shoulder as he took note of Varazzo's amendment, which was very fair all things considered. His proposal was short and sweet, and Remmen was ready to get up and support the proposal when @Orioni's Tobiya Wayanor took centre stage. What came out of the delegate's mouth was the largest, fattest piece of tripe he'd ever heard. Remmen recalled the tripe his grandmother made; it was a favourite dish of hers, but to him it was vile and repulsive, much like what he was hearing from Wayanor. The man was shooting down valid proposals on the foundation of EOS taking advantage of a very vacant audience in the previous meeting. Unfortunately for him, Remmen was not about to roll over and obey his every command like a dog. Oliver Remmen took to the podium, cleared his throat, and began his response. "Thank you Dr Varazzo, and Mr Wayanor for your comments. Before I make any response I hope you don't mind if I briefly apologise to Commodore McKellar. The treaty would wholeheartedly support Seylosian involvement and the morals and focus of your government fall in line with the aims of the treaty. We'd be very honoured for you to become a fellow signatory today. I would be interested to speak with your scientists in Llalta regarding the discoveries they've made about ice breakup in the north pole. Since we're effectively in the north pole now, there's room for some research collaboration that could be very useful in comparing how climate change is affecting the north and south poles. Furthermore, I'd like to remind you that while farming tests on a very small scale would be fully acceptable in Antargis, we would prohibit anything on a larger scale in the fear of it disrupting the environment. Overall, we'd be happy to have you. My apologies again. Now Dr Varazzo, your suggestion is something I can get behind and would support as long as it is supported by the others. However, we may have a hurdle to overcome before we can get that far." Remmen turned his attention to Wayanor and stared at the man for a moment as he contemplated his response. He leaned forward slightly on the podium, his piercing scowl an attempt to unnerve a man who had... well, a lot of nerve spouting such rubbish. The Seylosians and the Salvians had come with excitement and anticipation to join what was a great treaty, and while he was certain those pesky Variotans had sinister motives they were outwardly just as warm and receptive as the others. Tobiya bloody Wayanor had the nerve to throw a spanner in the works, when Remmen was making progress in leaps and bounds. Even his own aide, who had been difficult and careless in her role, squirmed in her seat. The atmosphere in the room had turned from one of hope to one of hostility. The Minister had to take a further moment to compose himself and swallowed the strong urge to throw an insult. He was not Julian Nordeng. He would use his words to overcome his opponents rather than belittle them, although he wished he had Nordeng by his side to unleash a barrage of insults anyway. "Mr Wayanor... I'd like to point out that you have failed - no, refused to redefine the EOS. As it stands, the organisation continues to be seen primarily as a military alliance, and that strictly contradicts point 2.4 of the treaty, as I've already pointed out." The prohibition of any military projects on the continent of Antargis "I appreciate that you respect the rules of the treaty, and as such I know you'll agree with me when I say your stance against reorganising the zones based on points 6 and 8, as you kindly pointed out to us, is completely invalidated by point 2.4. A military organisation has no place on Antargis as agreed by all signatories. You're also keen to remind us that President Duval was a founding member of the treaty, and in turn, I shall remind you that he has not been a member of parliament for over a year. President Duval made many mistakes, and allowing the treaty to develop in such a way is one of them. I hope that today we can correct that mistake." Remmen took a moment to collect himself and regain his professionalism. He took a sip of water, referred back to the notes he'd scribbled during Wayanor's ramble, and resumed. "Moving on, I disagree that the TCSI needs its zone reducing. We've made leaps and bounds since we first arrived on the continent and our progress isn't stopping yet. I acknowledge the setbacks that we have faced recently, particularly a string of failures with launching weather balloons which has disrupted our observations of the local climate. These setbacks are unfortunate and frustrating and have been pinpointed to older technology and a lack of adequate funding. Today I would like to announce that Prymont will be contributing an additional β5 million directly to the Simon Station as an act of faith and confidence in the good, honest work that the scientists carry out there. Additionally we're considering increasing the funding for the University of Canastota's environmental sciences department, which has sent many students and professors to the Simon Station, and if ratified by the budget review panel, will be available for the 2021-2022 financial year. "Finally I would like to reveal plans for the TCSI to construct a seed bank in Antargis. Prymont has already seen the successful construction of a seed bank in our northern lands which currently holds over 500,000 samples from around the wurld. This structure is essential in preserving the vital crops of Eurth, and an additional bank in Antargis would be another failsafe. A further β5 million will go towards this project directly from Prymont's pocket, and we encourage our fellow TCSI members to contribute to a vital piece of environmental preservation and protection. May I note that the EOS is yet to set foot on the continent, despite having the largest zone. Perhaps they're concerned about their abilities to succeed in such unforgiving climates? The TCSI and the United States will continue to thrive under the pressure and will not be deterred in the ugly faces of adversity and uncertainty. "Mr Wayanor, everybody here wants equal zone management." Remmen gestured to his peers who had been supportive of his proposal to divide Antargis into equal portions, and the @Salvians had even offered improvements. "Your current position is counterproductive and, by assuming such a stance, you are preventing the widespread, fair protection of Eurth's last frontier. Let us protect these unspoiled lands together." He took another mouthful of water and gathered his notes. His response was complete, but there was one last comment he wanted to make and he couldn't quite help himself. "At the end of the day, Mr Wayanor, a child can see that EOS is going against what ARTHA stands for. Let's not ruin what we have."
  24. 4 points
    Certainly something I have to think about. The questions likely would have been asked anyhow, nonetheless your asking them helps ensure they're considered. Something to think about. Well, when I wrote this thread, that was likely going to be the case. However, given that what appears to be an abrupt departure from here, I am no longer interested in having Limonaians be my colonial overlords and will be exploring new suitors or even my own. I can detail further why, but in essence, Limonaia in the future will be rooted out of my history for the most part. Oyussa has had a long tradition of a "benevolent" (something I will eventually detail, though not high on my list like other things) absolute monarchy more or less. Nothing ceremonial at all, it is how the current state was able to come to pass and not a reformed democracy instead.
  25. 4 points
    Which resources are they trading? What kind of benefits does your ruler get out of it? Why would they tolerate the arrival of missionaries? This group could undermine their authority. This could be timed with other Limonaian explorations. I'd have a look at the dates of when they arrive in nearby places. Did the royal family have an active political or purely ceremonial role? Just an idea. Using the power hidden in your offshore tax could enable you to wield some influence in buying up strategic companies in other countries. The threat of downsizing will allow you to influence political decisions elsewhere, and spread those Oyussard tentacles.
  26. 4 points
    (TL;DR: Some veiled critique for TCSI. An attempt to sidestep Prymont's obviously correct arguments. New research stations can be discussed, but there are some concerns about potential exploitation. Zone management will more challenging to redraw without something in return. Let's discuss.) So far everything looked very promising, Tobiya Wayanor thought to himself. The participants were all very outspoken about their wishes and desires. Mr Remmen of @Prymont didn't beat around the bush: he wanted the Argic Council's permanent HQ to be located right here in Canastota. With Prymont being the furthest away from Antargis that didn't really make any sense. But agreeing to this request would be an easy token gesture. And who knows, perhaps another representative might come up with this remark all on their own... "Rest assured, Mr Remmen, that the EOS is complying with and remains committed to the ARTHA rules. This was already made crystal clear when representative Hackney signed the treaty in 2017, in the presence of your very own president Duval. The improvement of civilian, humanitarian and scientific achievements were part of the core goals at EOS founding, and they remain so to this day. The ultimate overreaching goal is defined in our EOS Antargic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan. Someone from my staff will be able to attain a copy for you while we continue our discussion." Wayanor covered his mouth and whispered to his aide: but be sure to send them only the abbreviated bullet points. He then continued: "And regarding your other question, I can only point to the wurld map: EOS is concerned with maintaining peace around the Oriental Ocean. And Antargis happens to border that same ocean. Even a child can see that. There's really no need to discuss this any further." "Now, Lady and gentlemen, for something that actually matters" Wayanor said, recognising the abnormally tall Variot Dr Fantuitlant, "It is quite obvious that we all are of a similar mind. That the burden of Antargic care-taking should be the responsibility of all nations. It seems only fair that the protection of Antargis becomes a shared duty. This task should not rest on the shoulder of the EOS alone. It is admirable that the TCSI even considers taking on more responsibility, having weathered the difficult supply problems and tragic loss of human life." Wayanor thought it was rather ironic how the TCSI wanted to double the size of their assigned zone, even though they were obviously already out of their depth. Wayanor had no problem with subtly pointing this out. "We appreciate the offer of Aamotch assistance, and hope that in the future the availability of a polar-capable helicopters can improve safety for all scientific missions." "Thank you Mr Remmen for you proposal of redrawn zone management. You have obviously put great effort into preparing this draft. Very interesting." Wayanor leaned back from the microphone for a moment, pulling a handkerchief from his vest pocket while suppressing a sneeze. He must have caught a cold here in northern Prymont. "Many of the participants here have already clearly stated their interest in redrawing the zone management." He looked around at Mr Remmen, Dr Fantuitlant, Cdre McKellar and Dr Varazzo. This last one had already highlighted inconsistencies in the zones numbered 5, 6, 7 and 8." "The plans of the lady and gentlemen for establishing research stations, scientific experiments and crop cultivation are quite intriguing. I'm sure these plans can be discussed on a case-by-case basis. And if these stations are to be located between135°W to 165°W the EOS will likely not use its veto right." (See §8.) For now Mr Wayanor kept his concerns about the proposed plans to himself. Antargis wasn't to be exploited for profit. And yet Cdre McKellar was already talking about crop farming. Meanwhile Dr Fantuitlant proclaimed without concern that Variota would be "protecting its zone with the same verve as we would protect our own territory". And let's not forget Prymont's minister of the Environment also happens to be the Minister of Energy, an obvious conflict of interest. §8 Construction of Scientific Stations Those scientific stations can be built in any zone as long as any Responsible does not veto. If a veto was to be made, the Responsible needs to further explain their reasons. If the veto was to be contested, a mediation shall be initiated. "What seems to have been overlooked is that this proposal, and for now we'll only consider this a proposal, entirely consists of dividing the zones under EOS management. While we understand the intent, the existing ARTHA does not permit you to redefine another member's zones. (See §6) To the best of my knowledge the EOS are fulfilling their obligations. And as mentioned earlier, we have even been assisting the TCSI. Perhaps we should be discuss reducing the TCSI responsibilities to something... easier to manage?" §6 Zone Management Those zones Responsibles [...] may be removed, amended or added during any conference if a Nation/Organization or international cooperation shall be failing to fulfill this treaty. Wayanor had made his point in the most polite way possible. He didn't have to commit to anything. The EOS were holding almost all of the cards.
  27. 4 points
    Evangela waited in the vestibule of the Palati tou Exarkhou, Leontios standing just behind her. He was partially there to take the expected visitor's coat but also as moral support. The old lady had a carefully neutral expression on her face but even someone who didn't know her that well would be able to tell that the look was covering a sense of nervousness. A nervousness that would surprise any of the people of her country, as the woman had a reputation for being formidable. The guest was to arrive at nine o'clock at night, late enough that there would be few pedestrians in the street to catch a sight of them arriving at the Megas Kritissa's house but not so late that it was remarkable in itself. A sign of the Megas Kritissa's nerves and discomfort was that she had been waiting in the hall since half eight. Every now and then, Leontios opened his mouth to ask if his employer was feeling well, but he closed it again. She wouldn't appreciate his concern. He occasionally shifted on his feet, feeling uncomfortable in the draughts. Arkadios sat behind the pair of them, confused as to why his mistress was waiting in the draughty hallway when there were much warmer rooms he could be snuggled up in. After a while, he yawned and lay down on the floor, sprawling out so that if either Leontios or Leotykhidissa had wanted to get past him and deeper into the building, they would have had to step over him. A fourteen stone dog would be hard to manoeuvre around. The sound of the clock in the hall to the right of the door started to become more prominent. The eyes of both the Megas Kritissa and Leontios were drawn to it. It was past nine o'clock. The guest had said that they were coming and it was always a foolish move to spurn the head of a nation. The old woman finally moved and shifted on her feet. There was a knock at the door from one of the Taxiotai honour guard standing outside the building and three in the hallway jumped. The big dog had fallen asleep where he was lying. Almost as soon as the knock echoed around the room, the door swung open as one of the police pushed it to allow the guest in. “Good evening, Megas Kritissa Leotykhidissa,” said the guest, almost as soon as he had stepped through the door. “It has been some time since we last met. It was this very place, wasn't it?” The guest was a former Megas Krites himself, Evangela's predecessor, Ioannes Hegesinos. He was a tall man, over six foot, with a salt-and-pepper beard, although his head was shaved. He might have been handsome, had his right cheek not been slightly marred by some slight scars. He entered into the vestibule and the door was closed behind him. Leontios stepped forward and took his coat. Hegesinos bowed towards Leotykhidissa, once his coat had been taken. She returned the bow, although she did not answer directly. “Good evening, Kyrios Hegesinos,” Leotykhidissa replied. “I hope this not too late in the evening for you?” “I must admit, I was somewhat taken aback by your request for a meeting,” he said, ignoring her question as she had ignored his. He spoke with a breezy charm, which did not really covering up his own curiosity, or hostility. “Especially one so late at night. It's almost as if you have something to hide.” The smile he gave the old lady at the end of the sentence made her frown. It was quite obvious she had something to hide – this very meeting. At the very least, it would look somewhat strange. The two had been very opposed when Hegesinos had been in office, as he had been in favour of warmer relations with the Megas Agios Basileia and she was utterly against such an idea. And she had stood against Hegesinos when the election had come around in 2010 and decisively defeated him, although there would have been very little that he could have done to win by that point. The tyrant on the Leopard Throne had done that much. Before the Megas Kritissa could reply, Arkadios had got to his feet and padded forward to sniff at the stranger, tail wagging despite the edge of hostility in the air. He stepped forward and Hegesinos ruffled the big dog's ears, who responded by trying to lick the hand that was touching him. “Please follow me through to the study, Kyrios Hegesinos,” the Megas Kritissa said. She turned before she could see if the man was moving behind her. “I'm sure you remember the way.” Hegesinos raised an eyebrow at Leontios, who did not respond at all, but followed him in turn. The ex-head of state shrugged to himself and disengaged from the dog, who quickened his pace so that he could be behind Evangela. The building was warm at night and the heating had been on all day, even though it was beginning to be a fine spring. The temperature still dipped below freezing at night, especially on a clear night like it was. The Megas Kritissa seemed to be in a hurry but Hegesinos wasn't. It was the first time he had been in the residence since he had been voted out of office and he was interested in how the old building had changed. At first glance, little seemed to be different, despite the fact that an old widow lived there now, rather than a family with children. The biggest difference was the large dog that walked along in front of him. There was the occasional sign of his presence in the building – a discarded dog toy in a corner, for example, or a lead hanging from the hooks where Leontios had hung his coat. Once he was in the study, he found the Megas Kritissa had already taken a seat, not at the desk that dominated one side of the room, but in an armchair in a corner. She sat, staring at nothing, whilst playing with the ears of the big dog, who had his chin on her leg. Hegesinos frowned and looked around for a chair. The aide had disappeared off somewhere before he had got to the study. With no obvious option other than the other armchair opposite Leotykhidissa, who did not seem inclined for a conversation, Ioannes took the seat behind the desk. As soon as he sat down, his eyes caught on a sheaf of paper on the desk. Involuntarily, he read the first line and his head snapped back up to stare at the old woman, who was still looking off into the distance. “Read it,” she said. Suddenly, Hegesinos was angry. Angry at this little old woman, who dragged him away from his house on a cold night, who had painted him the stooge of a tyrant during the last years of his incumbency as Megas Krites and who had cost him much more than an election with her nationalistic zeal. “No,” he said, his voice calm but the hostility that had been in the air since he arrived crystallising. A clock on a side table struck a quarter past nine. “You can't just 'invite' me to a late night meeting and command me to do things, Megas Kritissa. You know that very well. That was a stick you beat me with, after all. All you did was say I was a puppet for Tagmatika. I acted with the best intentions of my country at heart.” “I know,” the old lady replied, quietly. “So do I. Read it.” Hegesinos didn't want to. Partially out of spite of the hateful old woman but also partially out of fear. He was worried he might read something that he would come to regret. Some state secret that would cost him, or his family, dear. But what secrets like that did the Hexanesa actually have? He loved his country but he also knew that it was an isolated backwater. Even the country, Tagmation, that the credulous feared was ready to take them over at any moment was no longer looking towards them. Its attention was to its own border in the north or across the sea to an island ravaged by conflict and misery. Before Ioannes could snarl out a comeback and storm out of the room, Leontios opened the door, carrying a tray with tea, biscuits and carafe of wine with two glasses. The aide frowned slightly when he saw Hegesinos sat behind the desk and his employer sat in an armchair but quickly placed the tray on a side table and put out the drinks before retreating out of the room again. It almost seemed as if he didn't want to know what was going on within the study. The phrase “plausible deniability” crept into Hegesinos' head. He shuddered involuntarily. As if to confirm that idea, the Megas Kritissa waited until the door clicked closed before saying anything else. She picked up her cup and saucer but didn't drink from it. Instead, she just stared down into the cup. “Hegesinos, at this moment you are the only person whose opinion I want to hear.” Her voice was little more than a whisper. “Read it. Please.” At that last word, Ioannes' resolve to spite the woman wore down. The stern old lady who had been a bulwark for the islands through the turbulent events of the the last decade seemed so small and frail at that moment. With a sigh, he looked down at the paper in front of him and started to read it. It wasn't, as it turned out, that long a document. When he got to the end he looked up at Evangela, laughed to himself, at himself, at her or all of those and read it again. And for a third time. He then sat back and drank the tea in one long swallow before getting up, pouring himself a glass of wine and taking a long drink. Only when he had half drained the glass did he sit back down and look over at Leotykhidissa. It was a long, long look and she seemed to wilt under it. He only stopped staring when the big dog looked around to see why his owner wasn't stroking his head any more. Arkadios' eyes then looked over to see the strange man staring at her and his hackles started to rise. Hegesinos realised that whilst the dog did seem to be a big softie, it was ultimately big – probably weighing more than he did and certainly with bigger teeth. He sat down and felt tired, much more tired than he would usually at this time of night. “You plan to do everything that you accused me off,” Ioannes said, a sardonic edge to his voice. “And more.” At heart, Hegesinos was a pan-Aromanist, if such a phrase existed. He firmly believed that if the Aroman people could work together, then they would truly be a force for good in the wurld. At times, Tagmation and Adaptos had worked together and the wurld had been moved for the better. If the other Aroman nations, the Hexanesa and Sporseia could also join that, then only great things could come from it. Part of the shine had been knocked from that as Tagmation had lost a monarch who had humanity, to be replaced by a cold autocrat with a willingness to sweep aside those who stood against him. And then Adaptos had once again plunged into isolation. “I know.” She still stared into the cup of tea in her hands. “I wanted you to read it, to see what you thought of it. And whether I could convince you of what needs to be done.” “It isn't me that you need to convince.” He lifted his right hand from his lap and put it on the table. The Megas Kritissa's eyes were drawn to it. In the end, it hadn't been the growing strength of a resurgent Tagmation that had defeated Hegesinos' hopes for re-election, or the fact that Leotykhidissa was able to play on the fears for the country's independence, although those had made him unelectable to the people of the Hexanesa. What had truly destroyed his campaign in his own eyes were the threats to his life and his family. He had finally, although not formally, withdrawn from the campaign when a letter bomb had been delivered to his house. Unfortunately, it had been missed by both the Taxiotai and the Skouterioi. It took off the top joints of Hegesinos' index and middle fingers on his right hand and scarred his face when he had opened it. Leotykhidissa made all the right noises and her own campaign hadn't suffered in the long run, although she hadn't won in the landslide that had initially been predicted. The bomber had proved to be nothing more than a lone nationalist, obsessed with the Long War and the events after it. But it was enough for Hegesinos to realise that he could no longer have a political career. Leotykhidissa's eyes were still on the damaged hand. The warning could not be more explicit. Nor more of an accusation against her. “I imagine that they will come after you a lot harder than they did me,” the man carried on, although he moved his injured hand back onto his lap and out of sight. He had sat back in the padded desk chair and a slight grimace touched his mouth. It wasn't clear whether it was at his hand or what his words were pointing out. “They will see you as even more of a traitor than you painted me as.” The little old lady didn't look quite so withdrawn any more. The steel that the Hexanesa had come to expect from her flashed again. “No, I don't think they will. I hope to convince our people that this will be the best way towards the future.” Hegesinos breathed deeply and was silent for a bit. Long enough for Arkadios to settle down at the foot of the Megas Kritissa's chair and drift off to sleep. The clock on the side table chimed the hour. It had felt a lot longer than that since Ioannes had come to the Palati tou Exkarkhou. He drank the rest of his wine and noticed that, despite the old woman's firm tone and seemingly strong belief in her own actions, she had slipped into staring at the wall again. “I never blamed you for this,” Ioannes murmured, gesturing with his left hand towards the right side of his body. He was looking at nothing in particular, either. “As I said at the time, after the trial, it was clear it was the actions of an unstable individual. You might have been the spark that lit the fuse but I believed, and still believe, that if it hadn't been you, it would have been someone or something else.” He caught her eye, gave an ironic smile and twisted the knife further. “Although perhaps I might not have been the target that time.” That was mean. Perhaps too mean, but then the Megas Kritissa hadn't spent years having to stop herself before she picked up a cup or tried to do up buttons with the wrong hand. To disarm the barbs in that comment, he stood up and walked over to her. “I will, of course, help in any way that I can,” Hegesinos said. “I am not sure that what I can do will be all that helpful, though. There is too much baggage attached to me, even ten years later. I can talk to my friend in Tagmation, Isaakios Niketas, but he's got as much baggage attached to him as I have. I can show myself out.” He stood up straight and walked over to the door. As he put his hand on the door handle, he turned. “Good night, Megas Kritissa. May God give you the strength to see this through.”
  28. 4 points
    What a shock! Someone that can read!
  29. 4 points
    Teopac of Finance: The Metals of Azlo Skulls Aluminium, an often forgotten yet important metal for the modern era. From phone cases to air planes to weapons of war, the light yet durable metal has found it’s way into almost every sector of the modern economy. However, not many people know where it comes from. “From the ground!” Metztlican CEOs say, with a cheeky smile and dazzling white teeth. “Processed through electrolysis!” Metztlican scientists say, wearing their platinum watches and golden rings. “Sourced from the mountains!” Ambassadors say, wearing freshly cleaned suits. In truth, the Aluminium sector of Metztlitlaca is possibly one of the worst cases of human rights abuse in the region as forced prison labour is most often used, imported criminals charged with Second and First Case Class crimes (robbery, murder, advocation of violence, etc.) from southern calpuyauh and dominions. Although physical punishments are not (legally) used, the death rate within the mines is appallingly high at 917.6 per 100,000 per year (~0.92%) which is often chalked up to poor management and negligence. Many of the more minor mining accidents that do occur, however, are covered up so the number itself may be significantly more or less then what is known. The Aluminium Sector – along with other low density metal mining and extraction sectors – is considered one of if not the most corrupt in all of Metztlitlaca and often takes bribes from international and intranational individuals and companies. High concentrated deposits of Aluminium and Titanium were only first discovered in Metztlitlaca in 1998 within the Tapatepetli Mountains and made full use of in the mid 00s, but since then has grown to become a powerful player in the trade and processing of Aluminium and other low-density metals such as Titanium and Magnesium. Currently Metztlitlaca controls 40% of Aluminium trade, producing 14.28 Million Metric Tons (MMT) of Aluminium annually, out of the global 35.69 MMT. Most of Metztlican Aluminium is mined from Bauxite in the eastern half of the Tapatepetli Mountains in the Metztlican and Acolican Dominions and then sound southwards to be processed in what Metztlicans nickname “Xinizjixomiz” aka “Cities of Metals” as the towns who take in Aluminium, Titanium, and Magnesium from the mountains to be processed often have their entire local economies related to and dependant on the processing plants. Similarly, Metztlitlaca controls ~65% of the Magnesium trade and 10% of the Titanium trade. Most of Metztlitlaca uses the Bayer Process for processing Bauxite into Aluminium. The bauxite is blended and ground down into a uniform powder and then mixed with sodium hydroxide at a high temperature. The mixture slurry is then treated through a vessel at high pressure, which dissolves the aluminium hydroxide product in bauxite. After this, the leftover slurry is at a higher temperature then its boiling point, resulting in a gas. It is then cooled by removing the steam as the pressure of the vessel is reduced. The bauxite residue is separated from the solution and discarded. The solution, free of solids, is seeded with crystals of aluminium hydroxide; this causes said aluminium hydroxide to decompose into aluminium hydroxide. After half of aluminium has precipitated, the mixture is sent to classifiers. Small crystals of aluminium hydroxide are collected to serve as seeding agents; coarse particles are converted to aluminium oxide by heating; excess solution is removed by evaporation, purified, and recycled. Titanium extraction uses the Kroll Process with Titanium TetraChloride and Magnesium the Silicothermic Reduction Pidgeon Process using Silicon and Magnesium Oxide. Your average Acolican Metljix Aluminium Processing Plant at the coastline near Seylosian Kaseka. Unlike many of the other sectors of the Metztlican economy, the mining industry is open up to international companies with relatively lax restrictions. Most international companies are focused on the processing of aluminium and/or cheap manufacturing of goods. In total 65 of the Wurld’s 105 Aluminium Processing Plants (APPs) are found in Metztlitlaca (not counting recycling plants). Metztlican Companies own 25 of the APPs split between Ālomino (11) and Metljix (14). Fulgistan, a very close trading partner of Metztlitlaca, has 15 APPs controlled by their state companies. Numerous Limonaian companies hold 9 APPs with Sunset Sea Island’s Sunset Aluminium Group Co. maintaining all 6 of the SSI aluminium plants. [Seylosian Company] controls 4. Similarly the Kaimanu Mining Company, with it’s headquarters in Salvia, own 4. The Tagmatine company of Arhomaniki-Oureintiniki Exoryxi Alouminiou (AOEA) owns two processing plants near the Acolica coast. Ālomino sells aluminium at $2,200 per metric ton (PMT) to foreign nations. Metljix sells at $2,100 per metric ton (PMT) also to foreign nations. Companies that work inside of Metztlitlalio have to provide a set profit for Metztlitlaca dependant on current economic treaties, resulting in Metljix consistently providing the cheapest aluminium exports out of the country. Countries who own processing plants in Metztlitlaca must pay a fixed profit share per metric ton (FPSPMT). Limonaia-based companies ● $400 FPSPMT LAANN-based companies (based in the Alharu Native Nations Aluminium Agreement (ANNAA)) ● $500 FPSPMT Seylosian-based companies (based in the Kaseka 2014 Non-ferrous Metals Agreement) ● $800 FPSPMT SSI-based companies ● $900 FPSPMT Salvian-based companies ● $1,000 FPSPMT Salvian-based companies ● $1,000 FPSPMT Tasgmatium-based companies ● $1,000 FPSPMT Titaniometl sells Titanium at $11,000 PMT to foreign nations. The titanium industry within Metztlitlaca is far less competitive with fewer companies – most of which are Metztlican or LAANN based – and not as large as the aluminium industry. One major non-LAANN foreign company in the titanium sector is Kaimanu Mining Company of Salvia, which holds significant amounts of shares in numerous titanium plants and even owns two processing plants in the Tapelt Dominion. Kaimanu Titanium Plant on the coast of the Tapelt Dominion, near the Yatotla Dominion border. All-in-all, the low-density metals industry of Metztlitlaca fuels it’s economy towards industrialisation and eventual modernisation but at the same time leaves piles of skulls on it’s tracks. The CEOs, Scientists, and Ambassadors consider it a necessary evil of Metztlitlaca, and perhaps it is, perhaps it isn’t. Only the future knows, and the future does not say. But until then, the metals that produce Azlo skulls will continue to be wrought from the ground and shovled into the growing economic machine of south Palu...
  30. 4 points
    From: Nova Maxima Korvini To: Holy Emperor Kommodos III Sir My Brother, the Grace of God on you. On the behalf of the daughters and sons of the free city of Cristina, I who humbly serve them, wish to extend my thanks to your willingness to accept our nation as a friend. Committed I am to the establishment of the peace treaty with the Greater Holy Empire of Tagmatium, I took the liberty to write myself so important words. Like Your Majesty, we believe that all of us will, for the sake of our young generation, keep the peace, the respect and the sincere friendship. The peace saves the lives of tens of thousands of young people. I know it’s not simple, I know there are people who try to frustrate peace. I really believe that both our governments will do whatever they can to keep it deep, sincere, strong and serious for the sake of your people, for the sake of our people. Being desirous of strengthening the cordial relations which so happily begin between our two countries, I have personally selected Mrs Luana Lopeli to be our ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary. Despite her youth, Mrs Lopeli is a highly qualified loyal officer who is well versed in world affairs. I have long relied on her. The Ministrer of Foreign and Internal Trade and Telecommunications of the Kingdom of Cristina, Mr Nico Salano presents its compliments to the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomnion and has the honor to invite their attention to the above matter. The credentials of Mr. Nikoteles were properly evaluated by the loyal Minister Nico Salano and fully approved. By his arrival in Cristina, Mr Nikoteles will be received by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Aline, principessa reale Carolina Korvini, following the old traditions of my House, and took to the recently restored mediaeval complex of the Church of Sant'Andrea where is being installed your nation's chancery. I am sure that he will find so many friends here. Finally, I express my highest esteem and consideration toward your Majesty. May the troubles be less and the blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your great nation.
  31. 4 points
    YOUR RP NATION Full Name of Nation: Federation of Anatea Government type of nation: Constitutional Monarchy Culture/ethnicity of your nation: Anatean (a sort of italian alike culture with a mix of anglo-saxon elements) Give us a short description of your nation: A peaceful federation governed by the Lucet party (left-wing) and Set Party (right-wing) togheter with princess Sofia Soleri, that aims to give stability to itself and the regions around the nation. After a recent war with Ruthenia, Anatea is trying to be part of peacekeeping operations where it can for avoid unecessary bloodsheds. Do you have an IIWiki page?: Yes, HERE. (still WIP after having changed region) WRITING EXPERIENCE How would you describe your level of experience in regards to roleplaying? > I roleplay from May 2013, beginning as player and then becoming a master. I rped mostly in survival rpgs but in 2018 i focused more on political rpgs by joining NationStates. I was part of a region for more than 1 year, for then change region after the rp died. During the stay in the previous region i was capable of beginning several rpgs, like sports events like Formula 1 or even war rps. How would you describe yourself? > A cheerful guy that is extremely open and extrovert on the internet and in real life. I always try to be nice with people and i like to socialize I'm super interested in history or fictional history of cinematic or games/books universes, other than love to travel and explore the world. RP/Writing samples (if available already): > My other wiki page on NS, a little more updated, RPs i had with some members of my ex region, a little rp i had with some members about peacekeeping operations during a civil war, War rules n°1, War rules n°2 Do you wish to have a mentor assigned to you to help guide you through the start of your time here? > For now nope, thanks but i'd like to be warned in case i'm ruining an rp or destroying and already existing and canon lore NATIONSTATES Why do you want to join this region? Because i like high quality rpgs and i was in a region where the rpg was literally dead or just relegated to news articles of a few lines, other than being repetitive with newspapers, meaningless civil wars and godmodding. In Eurth i found a well organized rpg with a rare lore well mantained and documented. Have you ever had trouble with any moderators? For now nope .o. Do you have any prior experience on NationStates? If so, give a brief accounting of it. I joined NS in october 2018 by joining Anteria, where i stayed for 1 year, and by then joining and rp for a brief period in The Fallout Wasteland. In 2020 i joined Eurth. Are you currently or do you plan to be a member of the NationStates World Assembly? Of course Anything else? Glad to be here and can't wait to begin to rp here! Providing any falsified or deliberately misleading information will result in your application being rejected and your access to the forum revoked. By submitting this form, you are indicating that you agree to abide by the community and RP rules of this community. Any breach thereof may result in disciplinary action including but not limited to revoking of forum posting rights, banning from the forum, removal of regional citizenship, and ejection from the region.
  32. 4 points
    It had been a few years since Anatea had experienced the thrill of war on its skin. It was not as cold and distant as they told in school and information books, nor heroic as the novels about soldiers and generals did. It was ruthless, tough, relentless. Nobody was spared, nobody saw the next day without having had a reckless dose of luck that would have made everyone pass unscathed through the hell of lead and flames that was the war. They were numbers against numbers, powerful against other powerful, hordes of innocent people who were sent to the massacre despite Anatea had always claimed to be a peaceful nation. But it wasn't that day. In the distant Spring 2019 Ruthenia, a nation close to Anatea, was experiencing a period of economic instability after finishing a civil war that had torn the nation in 2009. Of course, the Ruthenian leader Kars Delai and his faction had emerged victorious from the war, but by that time the post-conflict economic trauma was proving more difficult to manage than the civil war itself. The ruthenian people were hungry and work was lacking, the territories under the Federal Republic of Ruthenia could no longer support the torment of dictatorship and poverty. It was at that moment that the island of Delstev decided to detach itself from the central government and ask for humanitarian aid to Anatea, much richer and more stable. Obviously Ruthenia was furious, and became even more furious when the anatean humanitarian aids arrived on the island to prevent masses of refugees from attempting a suicidal crossing of the sea that divided the two territories. From that day the ruthenian bases remained loyal to the central government did everything to avoid Anatea any support for the region, invoking constitutional laws absent and destroyed by the party itself years earlier, sabotaging or stopping humanitarian convoys and even going so far as to bomb refugee camps. With the escalation of Ruthenia's aggression, Anatea could safely leave Delstev and go home. But it didn't. The center-right government, at that time and still in power in Anatea, decided that everything possible should be done to save Delstev's innocents, not calculating that such stubbornness would cause many other deaths. They had elevated Anatea to be the hero of the situation, motivating the citizens to be right ... but it didn't help. The breaking point came when the air cargo of the anatean delegation, formed by King Edward II, Queen Isabel II and other delegates, was intercepted and destroyed during the journey to a peace conference in Sigta, to resolve the Delstevian issue face to face between Anatea and Ruthenia. The attackers? Ruthenian stealth fighters, that's what the AWACS and the anatean escort fighters recorded when they fought that day to ward off the inevitable. On the same day Ruthenia began a large-scale invasion of Delstev to regain possession of the island, while Anatea could not help but respond to revenge by sending other men to die in a place away from home. The war lasted for 7 months and ended with the anatean victory over the ruthenian troops retreating from the island, but the damage had already been done and Princess Sofia Soleri, daughter of the parents who died in the attack on the cargo, understood that the war had not solved anything for Anatea. The only results were only obtaining Delstev' s independence from Ruthenia, and the political collapse of Ruthenia which ended up divided into small factions and regions calling for freedom. It was in that moment that Sofia Soleri understood that the political line adopted by the center-right minister Fulvio Silani was not suitable for Anatea and neither did the interest of the nation, she understood that if Anatea wanted to prevent war disasters or save innocent lives, it had to do it as quietly as possible. 20 June 2020 The pilots of the Sol Squadron, the aerobatic patrol of the Anatean Air Force, had been called to the base of Eris Island regarding their use in an experimental department. The thing had been covered very well, as the pilots were even escorted to the base by the agents of the FSS (Federal Strategy Service) while the superiors had been minimally informed of the transfer, not wanting to get involved in even deeper bureaucratic matters of the already complicated chain of command. It had been a quick, silent and clean operation. The four were taken to another air base on Eris Island, much more covered and supervised than the official one present on the island. - Where do you think they are taking us? - asked Bradley, Captain of the Sol Squadron. - I don't know, it's not the official base of Eris Island ... I don't like this situation ... - admitted Sasha, second in command of the squadron. - I hope it's not connected to that day when ... we weren't able to protect the King and Queen of Anatea ... - - You will know soon, don't worry. - said one of the escort agents coldly. Inside the base the pilots were made to sit in a semi-dark room, built inside a hill where half of the base seemed to be hidden. Only a couple of lights on the ceiling minimally illuminated the empty gray room. It felt like being in a box. Suddenly one of the doors of the room opened and a man in aviation short sleeve uniform with two FSS agents appeared before them. They were silent and the man, probably thirty years old, had dark penetrating eyes, as if they wanted to explore the soul of who was in front of him, as well as a dark wooden staff that he used to help him walk. - Forgive all this secrecy but this transfer is confidential. Let me introduce myself, I am Colonel Adam Kalt. - explained the man, shaking hands with all the pilots. - Adam Kalt ... THAT Adam Kalt? - asked Edward - The same Major Kalt who during the war with Ruthenia obtained 26 air kills? - - Yes, it's me. - the man smiled slightly. - But ... you ... they said you have been killed in action over the skies of Ickras! - Bradley continued, almost incredulous to face the same ace they had given up for dead. - That's what they said ... but ... let's say I saved myself, and that the report was not entirely fair. But that's okay. The fact that that last fight no longer gave me the chance to fly is as if it had declared me dead. - explained the man. - I see ... - replied the Captain, looking at the colonel's staff. - Moving on to more serious matters, we have called you here for an urgent matter. Anatea is weaker than ever, and the last war, won by sheer luck and sacrifice of many, highlighted the limits that our nation can reach and on which it can even collapse. From this moment on you will never fly in the Anatean Air Force again. - - S-Sorry... what? - Bradley burst out. - What does it mean? Is it for that time that we failed to protect Anatea's regents? I know we had to do it, but you have seen it too that we had been outnumbered that day! - tried to explain Sasha. - That's not for that. - interrupted a female voice coming from behind the shoulders of the four pilots, from the same door from which the four had entered. At first the lack of light made it impossible to clearly distinguish who she was, but when she got even closer to the pilots the faint light showed the face of Sofia Soleri. The princess of Anatea was in front of them. - Y-Your Majesty, what ...? - asked incredulously Samuel, fourth pilot of the Sol squadron. - On the contrary, that day you gave your best to protect my mother and father ... and I am grateful to you. - explained the princess - But for this very reason I called you. I need you to fly for me and for my new secret division: the GHOST Division. You are experienced pilots who have demonstrated great skills in that single battle, even without having participated directly in that war. All those in this division are for the most part veterans of the Delstev war given for dead, but who have demonstrated skill in handling difficult situations and numerically superior enemy forces despite the numerous disadvantages. I want you to join this undercover division. - - All right, your majesty, but ... why all this? - asked Daniel, third pilot of the Sol squadron. - The reason? Because we barely struggle to defend our borders, and we absolutely need to prevent future disasters that can hit Anatea or harm innocent people in the most silent way possible. Look at Ruthenia, Anatea and that nation were once in good terms before the civil war, but if we had intervened earlier when Ruthenia asked us for help we could have avoided many deaths and the recent war with Ruthenia that would have erupted. But no, my father and the delegation of that time preferred to ignore and hope that everything would resolve itself, but it doesn't work like that .. someone has to intervene and help the people out there .. and that's us. - she finished explaining. - Count on us your highness. - Bradley confirmed, saluting with the military salute which was promptly imitated by the rest of the squadron. - Perfect. Welcome to the GHOST Division, Revenant Squadron. - said Colonel Kalt. - Revenant eh? I like it ... - Sasha commented, smiling. Only time would show what the new squadron added to the secret division was capable of.
  33. 4 points
    Summary of TIPTA Provisions Tariff Reduction Assuming both countries use a Fixed Tax scheme for imports: Bilateral reduction of tariffs; both nations will agree to a fixed deduction of the amount taxable per unit of good. E.g. If one "unit of Iverican consumer electronics export is valued at $500 million, Tagmatium will reduce its fixed tariffs by X amount. Likewise, Iverica will reduce its fixed tariffs to every $500 million worth of Tagmatine biodiesel by the same X. Supposing that Tagmatine tariff is currently at 5% of the unit value ($25 million in this case) for every "unit" of Iverican electronics bound for their markets, both parties will agree to a reduction that works for both parties. If this is to reduce the tariff to 1%, then both will agree to reduce the amount taxable for the goods agreed upon. If we apply those values, Iverican taxes on Tagmatine biodiesel will be reduced to $5 million per $500 million unit of Tagmatine biodiesel. Same application for Iverican electronics entering Tagmatium. Affected Goods Renewals: All Seed Oil/byproducts originating from Tagmatium (refined)- for chemical, cosmetic, and preservative use. All Coffee products originating from Iverica- in whole bean form or as preserved grounds or powder which may have added sugars, sweeteners, syrups, dairy, etc. Included as of 2020 All Biodiesel originating from Tagmatium- for fuel use. All finished consumer electronic products originating from Iverica (completely assembled, finished products)- screensets, smartphones, smart accessories, audio devices, charging cables/systems, personal computers, tablets, etc. Implications Iverica Currently, domestic extraction and production are far behind the demand curve. Cheap crude oil from Hellenic Rus because of a tariff agreement and Iverican holdings there are currently supplying most of the Iverican oil and fuel needs. Though even with those suppliers, overhead and costs of production could be lower if competitive alternatives were found. Tagmatine biodiesel, given the scale of Tagmatine production and the current Iverican demand, could be a competitive alternative for the civilian fuel market, driving prices to a more desirable balance. Overall, the manufacturing sector hopes to see a marginal if not sufficient gain from supply moving closer to meet the demand curve--reducing their operating costs. Likewise, transport and freight companies could also benefit from this arrangement. Fortis Electronics is currently trying to expand its export sales. Without notable competitition on a comparable scale of production, FOREL senses that expanding into Occidental markets would be commonsensical at this point. Tagmatium Tagmatine Biofuel companies experience a large sales increase by tapping into a developed market that drinks millions of barrels a day. Aside from industry, Tagmatine biofuel taps into a civilian market where there is a sharply growing demand but a slowly growing supply. Its 58 million people, >70% of which live in developed areas where every household probably has 1 or more motor vehicle(s). If Tagmatine prices are low enough because of their sheer biomaterial output, then it's safe to say that they fill a high-demand slice of the Iverican fuel market without as much taxes that say, an OPEC exporter would incur. TLDR: Sales. Up. OOC: I don't know how the tech situation in Tagmatium is, but I'm assuming that Iverican electronics, being affordable but still industry leading, will find a market if there is demand in Tagmatium for more powerful consumer devices at the competitive price large-scale manufacturing allows for. This could do two things: either it supplies an existing demand and therefore balances the curve, or if Tagmatine tech companies are big enough, but are not lately innovating or adequately supplying affordable consumer goods, it forces them to innovate in response to the entry of Iverican tech. If there might be potential interference with startups or smaller tech companies, I'm sure something can be arranged.
  34. 4 points
    Grenesian Rails Back On Track The Grenesian railways have been run inefficiently for more than thirty years, and it's high time local governments received revitalization projects and considerable funding from state budget. Computer render of the planned railway overpass on the northern end of the city of Carne Góle. The new connector will enable direct rail transit from the city's Main Railway Station to Hodźij and then to Wětošow. The total expense on the projects included in the National Railway Program exceeds five billion Grenesian plats. The main goals of these projects are to schedule maintenance of functioning railroads, revitalie old infrastructure, improve the quality of passenger rail transport and to increase train access to remote rural areas. One of the largest ventures in Pzhypzhesmytska, and by far the most expensive included, is the Tsieshytse-Skzhypy project which includes modernization 132 kilometres of tracks, renovation 64 railroad crossings and construction of four new stops. In Maraska, ten new stops will be built within two years and trains in the Glinsk agglomeration will be able to run more often. The project aims to increase the popularity of rail transit in the region, relieve road traffic and thus make the roadways safer and less congested. In Zrembsko-Brunitska, the reconstructed Mloty-Zremb-Debina route will re-enable passenger traffic and streamline freight traffic. All of its passenger platforms at nine stations will be back in use and required with benches, lighting, information boards and ramps for the disabled. Also, a large part of the modernization currently being carried out on railway lines includes freight routes. For example, five neglected long-distance freight lines in the southern part of Grenesia are going to be restored to working condition. Additionally, Grenesian State Railways are going to open a tender for purchase of eleven new train sets and two used high-speed train compositions. What's more, the Grenesian State Railways will introduce a joint ticket throughout the country and the new tariff will be degressive, which means that the combined route with a shared ticket would pay less than for separate tickets purchased for individual sections. While the railway network all over Grenesia is being modernized and undergoing major overhaul, passengers are bound to experience significant delays and many routes will have to be detoured. However, once the main construction works are over, a permanent, uniform timetable is promised to be established.
  35. 4 points
    The fate of the Gerenians has certainly been lamentable – forced from their homes at the hands of an invasion force, their culture and history swept aside, before being put into transit camps and sent far away from their homeland. This is something that has been watched by the rest of Eurth. Perhaps the invasion of the Endoxi Epikrateia ton Koussoeion by the Exkousiokrateia ton Gharon (@Haruspex) could be construed as justified or, if not justified, then understandable. The pattern of a country collapsing due to internal or external factors and then being invaded by its neighbour, whether for peacekeeping or less altruistic reasons, is a pattern that has been repeated across Europa and even in the New Wurld. Often, the country that has been occupied is then set back on its feet and once again becomes a functional member of the community of nations, or it is annexed and incorporated into the conquering state. At times, it undoubtedly helps the population but others, it results in oppression and repression. In the case of the invasion of the Endoxi Epikrateia, a large population of Christians was intentionally displaced by the invading Gharoi, and their long and ancient history intentionally erased. This was on the order of the now-deceased Exkousiokrator, Ji'Mar, son of Sa'Karn, who was long a friend of the Arhomaioi. His son, however, was not and he and his cabal of warmongers have come to a well deserved end. Many of these Christians, of the Gerenian denomination, ended up being shipped to Arhomaneia or held in a miserable stasis in northern Koussoeia. The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has attempted to make those who ended up in Arhomaiki lands as comfortable as possible, even though the winter that had passed as been one of the worst in recent years. The plight of the Gerenians was not one that went unnoticed by the rest of the wurld, however. Other Christian powers stepped up and came to their aid. The response was truly an international one, with nations from Argis and Marenesia stepping forward to work with the Megas Agios Basileia to help the displaced population. Although all of the nations involved are not just separated by geography, but language, ideology and varying creeds, it shows that the light of Christ shines through all of these differences and when a people in peril need aid, all countries can work together to help those less fortunate. Amongst these nations, the Demokrateia ton Iberikon (@Iverica) has set up a protectorate on an island in the North Oriental Ocean, the Voreios Anatolikos Okeanos, known as Monarch Island, Monarchia Nisos. Iberikeia is working to the advantage of the Gerenians and is endeavouring to make the settlement on Monarchia Nisos viable, so that the displaced population now have a land of their own. It is not doubted that the first years of their life on the island might be hard, but the Iberikoi will surely work to make sure that it might become a refuge from the ill-treatment and misery that they have known since the invasion of their homeland. To this end, this protectorate is fully recognised by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion and Iberikeia is completely trusted by Arhomaneia, and that nation has shown that even though it adheres to the Diarchic Church, it still holds Christ within its heart. Similarly, the Enomenon Regason tou Seilosiou, the United Kindgom of @Seylos (etc), has put into place similar measures, with an island of its disparate lands set aside for refugees from Koussoeia. The government of Seiloseia has yet to release the full details of this move, and if it is of a similar nature to those of the Iberikoi, then the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion will equally stand with our friends in the Makhaira Thalassa and recognise the protectorate that they might establish. The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion will also offer scholarships to the higher education establishments of Arhomaneia to those displaced Gerenians and Koussoeioi, in order to help them get back on their feet after the awful trials that they have been forced to endure. Whilst this is little recompense for what they have suffered, it will hopefully show them that the wurld has not forgotten them and will not let them suffer in isolation but welcome them with open arms, wherever they might go. May God give the Gerenians and the Koussoeioi the peace and security that they so desperately need.
  36. 4 points
    8 JUNE 2020 | 2200 Romeo Time CC to Terminal /2FLTHQ-7CAPGRU (GRULDR)/ -POSTION: [ 55°20'56.67"N | 68°48'52.92"W ] 7-CAPGRU | NEW ORDERS ORD: UPDATE PATROL MISSION; Assume Counter-Piracy Posture -7-CAPGRU clear to conduct AIR RECCE and VBSS- at GRU LDR discretion -STBY for further orders ATTITUDE: ALERT-2; Presume hostile armed vessels are present in AO -Retain speed to last confirmed heading -All ahead slow and await orders approaching last heading point NOTE: PEACETIME ROE APPLIES -Confirm with 2FLT HQ prior any operation. /SEE ATTACHED/ --- Number 7 Capital Task Group, flagged by the Amphibious Assault Ship-turned-Light Carrier, VRI Bonifacio, received its orders the night following the attack on BMV Santo Joao. Though ship intelligence had already been aware of the situation given the radio transmissions exchanged on the civilian band and had tracked the Belearean (@Beleareas) naval operation using the available OSINT AIS, the group held its routine patrol pattern and awaited orders from Number 2 Fleet Headquarters, Office of Armada Operations as was the norm. Attempts to offer assistance would be futile, given the distance and not within the Armada Iverica's area of responsibility. Instead, Bonifacio raised its alert level, dispersed its escorts in a protocol mandated formation, and sent intelligence to Fleet HQ. That evening, Bonifacio's CIC recieved the above encrypted response along with a data packet detailing known intelligence and a number of new mission protocols to be assumed at the Group Leader, Vice Almirante Alberto Dei Costas', tactical purview. Given the number of unknown variables, this meant that any operation would be almost entirely in the Vice Almirante's hands. Given clearance, the carrier Bonifacio immediately launched one of its two SUA-20E aircraft equipped for maritime surveillance. Alternating flights would continue regularly over the shipping routes closest to the group--largely to reassure and dissuade maritime authorities from declaring a moratarium on commercial acitivities. Under the justification of the recent pirate attack, part of the Bonifacio's escort, three guided-missile frigates, held boarding teams on standby to deploy via RHIB. They were to conduct visit-board-search-and-seizure (VBSS) operations on suspicious vessels in the area.
  37. 3 points
    As most of you are aware, I'm working on a GSuite based system, that allows us to have a functioning Currency system that allows nations to have their currency weighted against a standardised unit, their foreign investment inflow, commodity and currency reserve etc. Below is a list of Commodities I have already in the system. Please reply to this if there are other commodities that you'd like to be seen in the system. GOLD PALLADIUM PLATINUM RHODIUM SILVER NATURAL GAS COAL CRUDE OIL ALUMINIUM LEAD IRON ORE COPPER NICKEL ZINC TIN COTTON OATS COFFEE COCOA LIVE CATTLE LEAN HOG CORN FEEDER CATTLE RAPESEED OIL RICE SOYBEAN WHEAT SUGAR
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    The officer spoke his Tagmatine rank and name, in his own tongue. Molaghos-Kentarkhes Oiskrates, Ikatanoi, it rolled off of the tongue and made the right guttural hiccups as it were. A faint acknowledgement from the red beret wearing Haru. He responded in Tagmata, or at least the hill folk accent of the poppy farmers. " Is good, sorry we are late." A hand gesture or three, followed up by the plastic map with lines drawn here and there. He continued. " We were to Aden, but that is no more. We are to villages Crethia, and Kamor. Forty kilometers west. Oversee refugee evacuation before possible incursion by the NTC." He paused and saw the somewhat blank look upon Ikatanoi's face, and confirmed probably one of many suspicions. " Ji'Mar the Fool is dead. What remains of Taskforce Hades and the loyalists to his banner have formed a secessionist force within Aden and several other areas in the mid-lands. We are to contain them here, lest it lead to full-scale civil war. Refugees are priority, we must acquire, and lead them to Ulusk to be repatriated to the coalition, alongst with information for funding and settling as well." If hearing a Haru speak the poppy farmer Tagmata tongue was jarring, no worries, Ji Yagens, Hark to those who knew him, was also jarred. However the point was to work with the observers, not against them. So much had already been lost using the dogs of Hades, that even their honor as Elemmiire could not be counted. He turned a moment and spoke in the quick tongue of the Haru, the lowland mountain dialect that was from the city-state Yaris. Another Haru replied and clambered up to toss down a digital land-nav. He gestured to Ikatanoi and his second, plotting a path and gesturing to his regiment at the same time. " We will take point, vehicles will adopt eleven meter spread as we approach Crethia first, observers behind secondary line of vehicles." He patted the command vehicle as the secondary lead in. " We will surround, and then begin house to house evacuation, you will observe as we do such. If there are any to leave, we will check face recognition to prevent hostiles, offer medical attention and then continue the same towards Kamor." He paused and shook head a moment before continuing. " Kamor will be dangerous, it is near a line of resistance. Tatika is ten kilometers away and is a known point of contention for NTC militia and regulars. Overwatch will cover us to Kamor, but may be called elsewhere." Folded the map once more and slung the nav-pad. " If we are quick, we should be able to save lives and get them out of harms way." A splay of hands some. " If not, you will get them to Ulusk, and we will delay any enemy force from having the area. Those, Molaghos-Kentarkhes Oiskrates, Ikatanoi, are my orders."
  41. 3 points
    That evening the crowd of journalists waited at the royal palace for the appearance of Princess Sofia Soleri in the common room, for the interview that the survivor of the royal family had arranged to inform the whole nation about what was happening. The journalists were eager to hear what the new monarch had to say, while the anatean people remained with bated breath and eyes glued to a television, whether they were at home, public places, bars or other infrastructures. Princess Sofia Soleri - I can do that, i can do that... - said the young princess to herself, from behind the scenes, trying to hold back the tears that had repeatedly scratched her face at the news of her parents' disappearance a few hours before. - Are you ready, miss? - said a male voice behind her suddenly. It was Fulvio Silani, the president of the anatean Set party, the right-wing party of the nation currently in charge. The girl nodded shyly, continuing to look with resignation at an undefined point in front of her. - I know it's really hard to lose a family and remain the only one able to carry on a nation on their own, without anyone's support. And on this, princess, i' m close to you because on that plane i' ve lost some of my friends and colleagues from my party too, and as minister chosen by our citizens, i want to tell you that you' ll not be alone in all this. - Princess Sofia Soleri - Thank you... - she managed to get out of her lips the young woman, raising her head for then, with a firm and slow step, go through the door that would take her to the common room, where the people waited for answers to the thousand questions they had. Princess Sofia Soleri - People of Anatea, who have inhabited our land for centuries and who rules this nation sovereignly. Today is a black day for our nation ... My father and my mother, our beloved rulers of this peaceful nation, died a few hours ago at the hands of a vile attack by Ruthenia, that not only cowardly killed my parents without even showing itself, but it took the opportunity to attack and start an invasion of the Dalstavia region, south-west of Anatea. Our diplomats worked day and night to prevent this, but Ruthenia didn' t want to listen and deceived us, even though we had all the peaceful intentions of resolving this thing in peace. Now lots of our compatriots are fighting in the south-west to defend us from this imminent threat, wishing them to return home safe and sound. I hope we will be able to get out of this situation without too many deaths, and hoping that madness and anger will not bath in blood the lands of both countries. - When the speech was over, the woman returned to her personal room to lock herself in it. She didn't want anyone to talk to, she didn't want to hear anything except the voice of her parents that she hoped to hear at any moment, as if everything that had happened had been just a mis-en-scene. But nothing was perceptible to the hearing, if not the sad silence that had enveloped the room and the chirping of some birds outside which accompanied the setting of the sun. Sofia could not help but burst into tears, sitting exhausted near the closed door on which she had leaned her back, while her hands tried to unsuccessfully repress the tears that came plentifully from her eyes. She didn't know what to do in this situation, she didn't even know how to handle the sudden conflict in which Anatea had been thrown. She felt lonely and abandoned in a world she was not yet ready to handle. How many people depended on her? And how many were dying elsewhere to protect the land that she alone had to govern? The questions crowded her head without stopping, while the crying didn't decide to stop. She had never suffered so much in her life, and it came to her when she sometimes thought that the deaths of a few people in the world were worth very little. It was a damn tragedy that no one was ready to face. After a few minutes of venting she finally managed to stop crying, getting up and moving close to the large window that looked out on the capital. The world outside was dangerous and hard, but she knew in her heart that she had to do everything to protect her home and all its inhabitants. Gone were the happy moments when everything depended on others. From today Anatea was her commitment, and not only did the present of the nation depend on her, but also the future.
  42. 3 points
    Just want to say this because we've all been piling on you: our suggestions are just that: suggestions. If Seylos doesn't mind you being on that island, than go ahead and be on that island (even if an Italian nation might be better somewhere else ). At the end of the day, O decides, so I recommend having multiple options to submit - not required, but you might be shot down.
  43. 3 points
    Subic Military Port | 1300hrs 20th June 2020 Subic @Iverica In the past two weeks, the Subic Military Port had become a bustling hive of activity. A deal in 2018 between the Prymontians and the Ivericans saw the regeneration of Subic into a joint-armed forces base which would host over half of the USP Navy's vessels. This avoided maintaining an expensive icebreaker fleet to navigate the treacherous, frozen Argic Ocean whenever the USPN wanted to mobilise their forces, and also provided Prymont with a sprawling military base in a strategic strong point near the mouth of the Verde Sea. Hundreds of millions of Prynds had gone into the redevelopment of the port and while it placed Prymontian forces physically further away from Ceris, it gave them access to an established route straight into the heart of the fragmented region. PRUSPET would be taking advantage of existing Iverican supply chain routes that passed by Ceris as they served the Cussian humanitarian mission. Foreign Minister Julian Nordeng had called ahead to his Iverican counterpart to check that these routes could be utilised by PRUSPET forces in preparation for his document, which had been incredibly cohesive and detailed in an uncharacteristic move for the minister. The investigative report had also detailed the deployment of forces, both armed and humanitarian, and plenty had been passing through Subic in the past week on their way to Estaria. Two black unmarked Esé Vidorra's arrived on the scene. The Vidorra was a KAP K6 SUV with a redesigned face to fit the Esé brand and a β5,000 price drop. Tinted windows protected the occupants from prying eyes, now rendered unnecessary within the safe confines of the military port. Defence Minister Fabian Thorvaldsen and Foreign Minister Julian Nordeng exited the vehicles as they parked up underneath the shade of some cargo containers by the docks. These containers held food, clothing, and structural supplies that would be used by PRUSPET's humanitarian forces to rebuild and reinvigorate Estaria. It would be an almighty task to rebuild a nation on the verge of collapse with the ever-present threat of a terrorist group, but it was nothing the Prymontians hadn't already dealt with in the former Hellenic Rus. Nordeng cast his eyes over a Sarov company as they boarded an Iverican ATD. Rugged 4x4s and camouflaged trucks were driven onto ro-ro ships while overhead cranes worked to load the cargo into holding bays on sealifts. It was a well-oiled operation and Thorvaldsen watched in shock and awe as he tried to comprehend that this was the brainchild of Julian Nordeng. The man had proven himself to be utterly useless in his term up until now as he busied himself with insulting close allies, neutral neighbours and any nation with a hint of socialism. How he'd landed the role of Foreign Minister had bewildered not just Thorvaldsen but the entire country, and perhaps it'd caught Nordeng off guard too. Now he was unprepared and unprofessional no longer. The wurld would see Nordeng in a different light from today. The air hung hot and heavy around Subic as the cabinet ministers emerged from their cars. A sticky, lingering humidity made Nordeng long for the refreshing air conditioning he'd just left behind in the Vidorra, and before the doors were closed behind them he threw his suit jacket into the back of the SUV. Meanwhile Thorvaldsen, as cool and collected as ever, donned a pair of sunglasses and basked in the summer heat. "I still can't quite believe you did all of this," Thorvaldsen said as the cars drove away. Nordeng wasn't quite sure if it was a compliment or an insult and faltered slightly before responding. "Well, I, err, you know... thank you for helping. I don't think Frey would've taken me seriously if you hadn't have read the report." "I still don't think he's entirely sold on the idea. This could turn very expensive very quickly." "Don't worry about that, the foreign aid budget is covering the humanitarian response and the defence budget is more than adequate for fighting off the Sentists. Plus we have the Ivericans lending a hand, I know they have some new toys they want to play with. We'll be in and out within a year, don't you worry." "I'll hold you to that Nordeng. Have you read your script?" The pair began walking towards an Iverican frigate, the backdrop of which would be used for a PNN interview. While the nature of the visit to Subic was to oversee preparations for the arrival in Ceris, it was also to be used as a sly propaganda campaign in reassuring the people of Prymont that this wasn't to be a deadly war that they were entering. PRUSPET was purely a humanitarian and peacekeeping effort, despite the vast military presence that was planned. Taxpayer money would not be going to waste. "Yes, of course I have, it's -" Nordeng felt for his notepad, only to realise his jacket was now in the back of a car he might not return to. "Bollocks, I left it in the car. Oh well, I'll be fine." "You'll be fine as long as you're not yourself." Thorvaldsen's words were harsh but true. Countless times had Nordeng embarrassed the Ostport Independence Party and the Prymontian government with his absurd interviews, often throwing in tangents about eradicating socialism and promoting good, honest Prymontian values throughout Argis. PRUSPET was a step in the right direction towards a new, refined Julian Nordeng, but the man had not proven himself yet. Nordeng scowled at the comment but didn't take the bait. He was well aware of his public perception, and was keen for this operation to take him from the butt of all political jokes to a well-respected figure in Argic politics. They approached the camera crew who were setting up their equipment in front of the frigate. Thorvaldsen shook hands with the reporter and made small talk while Nordeng relished in the shade that the frigate provided. He took a moment to appreciate the giant hulk of refined metal and high-tech electronics before him. This vessel was one of many that was making his idea a reality. He recalled the phone conversation he'd had with Iverican Foreign Minister Desdemona Tomas-Morra to arrange the collaborative effort. Oh, what a woman she was. Boldly spoken, strikingly confident, and ever so endearing. The day he met her at the inaugural ATARA conference was a day to remember. Back then he was merely a delegate, a nobody, but now he was her equal. Not only would he impress politicians back home with his organisational skills and mastery of foreign politics, but he'd impress Ms Tomas-Morra too. Ultimately, that was his only goal. Nordeng was torn from his dream-like state by the piercing shouts of an Iverican naval officer. He'd been stood in the way of something, and while he couldn't speak a word of the language beyond nachos and salsa he could understand flailing arms and an angered voice. He skipped out of the way, returning to the safety of Thorvaldsen who had stifled a chuckle at his predicament. "Minister Nordeng, Victoria Iversen. Pleasure to meet you." The reporter offered an outstretched hand which Julian accepted with a warm smile. "Thank you for coming. Err, you can edit out my sweat stains can't you? Too bloody hot this country, I tell you," Nordeng lifted his arm to reveal a growing damp circle. He recoiled at the stench and held his arms tightly against his body. He wished he'd kept his jacket. "We'll be going live in just a moment minister. I'll start with how this operation came to be as we discussed." "Yes that's fine. Fab, do you have a handkerchief I can borrow? I left mine in my jacket." Before Thorvaldsen could even deny Nordeng's pleas the reporter informed the Foreign Minister that they were going live in seconds, leaving Julian Nordeng to appear sweating like a pig on national TV. "Thank you Jesper. I'm here at the military port in Subic, Iverica where PRUSPET has joined forces with the Ivericans as they prepare to make landfall in Ceris. I'm joined by Foreign Minister Julian Nordeng, as well as Defence Minister Fabian Thorvaldsen," The reporter addressed the camera with a calm, collected ease, brushing aside the sweltering sun that made Julian drip with sweat. He stood by uncomfortably, suddenly unsure of where to look while Fabian waited besides him, as cool as ever with a confident expression behind those sunglasses. "Foreign Minister, let's start with you. Why exactly is the United States joining forces with the Prymontian Rus to enter the conflict in Ceris, and why is that mission starting from here in Iverica?" "The Foreign Office has been keeping a close eye on the ongoings within Ceris since the conflict started last year. We believe that there may be links between the Sentist terrorist organisation and the Circle of Death, which we have worked tirelessly to quell in the Prymontian Rus. The Sentists continue to grow in size and power and no longer could we stand back and refuse to help. We've already dealt with the Circle of Death, and very successfully might I add, so it made sense to offer a helping hand to one of the more struggling Ceriser nations while simultaneously joining the combined effort to defeat a vicious terror group. We're working with the Prymontian Rus, who are providing soldiers from the Sarov Army, since they have recent, first hand experience in fighting the unpredictable, unorganised Circle of Death. If the links our intelligence reports claim are true, then the Sentists won't be much different. "As for kickstarting the operation here, the Iverican foreign office got in touch with us to discuss the landscape around Ceris and to offer logistical support, since there are existing routes used by the Armada in the area. Ultimately the operation was always going to begin here considering the vast military presence the United States maintains in Subic; the Ivericans lending a hand is just an added bonus, and an opportunity to work with a close ally that we couldn't deny." "Why have you chosen to move into Estaria? @Variota has implemented itself within Zaspa - wouldn't it make more sense, and be much cheaper, to provide assistance there?" "If we only worked with the Variotans then somebody else would have to step up and help Estaria. It's a small country suffering from mass overpopulation and widespread famine, alongside political instability from a crumbling dictatorship. Much like we did with the Prymontian Rus, we're stepping in and helping a falling nation to get back onto its feet and overcome threats from terrorists. It's a situation we're familiar with, and it would be morally and ethically wrong to ignore their cries for help. While we're on the topic of Zaspa, I'd like to say that we will be helping the Variotans too. It's another chance to work with another great friend of the United States, and to bring stability to Estaria we must ensure the neighbours are stable and peaceful too." "The people of Prymont are very aware of the promises made during the People's Party's election campaign of not raising income tax throughout the duration of this parliament. Prymont's involvement in the Hellenic Rus cost the country billions. How will Estaria be any different?" "Well, both myself and Mr Thorvaldsen are not from the People's Party and we didn't make those promises so maybe you'll have to ask the Prime Minister about that one," Nordeng chuckled at the chance to make a dig at his party's coalition partners, "but we would not be carrying out this operation if it were not financially viable. Many lessons were learned from the Prymontian Rus operation and many mistakes made then will not happen again. PRUSPET has been financially ratified by the Treasury, and we're utilising assistance from the Prymontian Rus and Iverica to reduce our own public expenditure. I understand the good people of Prymont are concerned about where their tax money is being spent, and I can assure you that operation reports will be made public once PRUSPET withdraws from Estaria, detailing where every last penny has been spent and showing the people that we are not throwing money down the drain." "What is the end goal in Estaria? What exactly will PRUSPET be doing, and what's the expected timeframe?" "The end goal in Estaria is to bring peace and prosperity to a struggling nation, and to eradicate the threat of the Sentist terrorists. PRUSPET will be working with the Estarian government to keep the people of Estaria safe while rebuilding the country from the ground up. There will be a significant humanitarian effort since Estarian public services have effectively been dissolved over the past twelve months, and we will be reintroducing a sense of democracy and order in the country to allow Estaria to thrive and prosper. As for the timeframe, I don't see this taking any longer than twelve months." "Finally Foreign Minister, why is it Prymont's responsibility to help Estaria?" Nordeng paused for a moment to consider his answer and wipe the sweat that was now pouring from his forehead. Being interrogated by the media was not how he'd have liked to spend his time in Iverica, particularly under the belting heat of the summer sun, but it was a necessary evil in gaining public trust in PRUSPET. "Any responsible, thoughtful nation would help people in need. We've already seen countries from across the wurld come together to provide aid to Ceris. We are joining them because we care." Victoria Iversen turned her attention to Thorvaldsen while Nordeng scurried away to find a cold, wet rag to wipe himself down with. Ideally he'd also find an icy cold beer to celebrate a successful interview. For once, he hadn't berated the commies. He truly was a reformed man, and this reformed man would produce a reformed Estaria.
  44. 3 points
    Although Khoiroboska should have been sat snug inside the IFV, she had decided to step out into the freezing winds to see the escort arrive. The Gharoi seemed to want to overawe the Arhomaioi with their arrival – an entire regiment to escort a platoon-sized element of the Ikatanoi. Again, it wasn't as if it wasn't something that they wouldn't do, either. It was the reason why the élite of the armed forces of Arhomaneia had been sent, not some group of semi-reservists from the Noumeroi. The tetrarkhes stood next to Demetrios as the thump of rotor blades drowned out every other noise before passing over them. Slowly but surely, the grinding of tracks broke through the wind blowing across the road and the escort emerged through the flurries of snow. “F*ckers,” said Demetrios. The single word had a lot of feeling in it and the tetrarkhes just nodded. Just being in the presence of the soldiers of her nation's ally made her feel grubby. The elaborate masks and barbaric image that they liked to project was usually just viewed with amused scorn by the Arhomaioi but now they could definitely seen as gore-soaked monsters. “Well, at least you're not going to have to shake hands with them,” replied Eudokia, shifting how her rifle hung across her chest. She didn't want to be holding it in a threatening manner when the escorts drew to a stop but there was the ever present danger of Kousseioi trying to defend their homeland to worry about. “Pity the boss for that. He might get the blood from their paws on him.” The other soldier nodded emphatically, causing a cascade of snow to drop from the top of his helmet where it had built up during the time he had been outside. A wet slurp in the slush at the side of the armoured vehicles announced the arrival of several more soldiers. It was the commander himself and his platoon sergeant. From what Eudokia could see of either of their faces through the goggles that they wore against the awful weather, both of them were not happy with their circumstances. That wasn't really a surprise, however. No one in the observer force was particularly happy and morale was very low. But they were the proud Tagmata and made of sterner stuff than most other soldiers, either in the Basilikostrates or in any other armies on Eurth. The pair stopped alongside Eudokia and Demetrios and stood and watched as the Gharoi armoured column drew closer. “Is there much word from Kometon, kyrios?”, asked Eudokia, after pulling her scarf away from her mouth. The regiment had been surprisingly silent over the past few days, issuing the barest of orders and keeping the platoon in the dark. It wasn't sitting brilliantly well with the Ikatanoi, who weren't used be being treated in such a manner by their superiors. It had begun to fuel all sorts of rumours. The officer turned away from the approaching vehicles and shook his head. He pulled down his own scarf and fog of breath was snatched away by the blowing wind. One hand rested on the top of his bullpup rifle, a nod to the fact that all of them were feeling somewhat jumpy. The silence from the regimental command, being made to feel incredibly unwelcome by an ally and standing in the lands of another former ally as their country was erased from the map made for a confusing situation on the ground. The latest rumour that had been going around the IFV over the last few hours as they had waited for the escort to turn up was that the reason the regiment was keeping quiet was that shit had hit the fan somehow. The first idea floated was that the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion had finally had enough of the Exkousiokrateia's shit and declared war. That was immediately thrown out as being ridiculous, because one of the first things that would happen was the Gharoi would purge themselves of the observers. They knew where the platoon was, as they been told to meet there, and no aircraft had flown over head and dropped a stick of bombs on them. The second theory was on that theme – that either the Ghallamvrioi or the Iberikoi had come to blows with the Exkousiokrateia – but that was rejected for the same reasons as the first. The final one was that maybe the Exkousiokrator had been killed or assassinated and the northern barbarians were slowly crumbling into civil war. That was the reason for the delay, as the panic amongst the Gharoiki set in and battle lines were drawn up between erstwhile compatriots. It had just seemed like wishful thinking to the tetarkhes. People like him didn't meet sticky ends. After all, he was leading his country to a final victory over the Kousseioi, their ancient enemy. Even if it soured their relationship with the rest of the wurld, that would surely keep his people from killing him. Gharon might end up isolated for a while but they had been for sometime beforehand. That wouldn't really change much in the country. They didn't really have much to offer the rest of Eurth, anyway. Apart from snow and a bloated sense of self-satisfaction and superiority, which struck most Arhomaioi as entirely misplaced. “Not a f*cking word, tetrarkhes,” replied the molaghos-kentarkhes, the frown on his face intensifying. The long rank title denoted the higher place that the palace guard units had within the army. The first was actual rank of the officer, whilst the second was one that gave any Tagmata officer seniority over officers from other units. The first rank was the equivalent of lieutenant, the second was of captain. “It's almost as if the buggers want to keep us in the dark. All I know is that we've got to meet these f*cks here and we'll watch them as they trundle about the place.” He gestured towards the vehicles with his free hand and continued. “Not that we'll see anything. They won't want us seeing anything and, in all honesty, we don't want to see anything, either. It'll be too f*cking awkward if we did.” The ainiator, the platoon sergeant, shrugged. “Pretty much. But it's not as if the rest of the planet doesn't know what monumental arseholes the damned Gharoi are already.” There was silence for a moment. If the Gharoi hadn't been damned before, then their actions against the heathen Kousseioi and the heretic Gerenians would certainly assure them of that place now. The silence deepened as the Gharoi command vehicle drew up next to the rear Khalkaspides and the column of somewhat incongruous half-tracks stopped behind them in the road. The eyes of the molaghos-kentarkhes flicked up towards the 37mm gun on the turret of the IFV. Khoiroboska imagined that the officer was probably thinking of giving the order to open up on them. The large guns on the turrets of the Gharoiki AFVs certainly discouraged such thoughts, however. Tetrarkhes Khoiroboska drew herself up taller, as did the other three Arhomaiki soldiers. She was somewhat taken aback by the size of the Gharoiki soldier who unfolded himself from the back of the command vehicle. With an audible sigh, the platoon commander detached himself from the three Ikatanoi and walked over as smartly as he could whilst trying not to slide over in the icy slush. He stopped in front of the towering Ji Yagens and gave the traditional half bow. “Molaghos-Kentarkhes Oiskrates, Ikatanoi,” he said. The next part was in the best attempt at the Gharoiki tongue he could muster, having undertaken a course in the language before being deployed to the former Koussoeia. It was likely appalling. “I am the commander of this force of Arhomaiki observers.”
  45. 3 points
    Happy birthday, Suv, wherever you are!
  46. 3 points
    A very happy 29th birthday to you @Suverina. Ja må han leva, ja må han leva, Ja må han leva uti hundrade år!
  47. 3 points
    Oh hey there new neighbour. I already thought I recognised you from a message in my telegram inbox.
  48. 3 points
    Three weeks later, without objections or feedback. I'll plan some time to execute my above suggestions. This will take some time because the table contains circa 100 rows. The easiest change is dividing the table into columns with: Name Capital Population (taken from https://iiwiki.us/wiki/List_of_countries_on_Eurth_by_population ) Continent (including 2 labels for our transcontinental countries @Iverica and @Variota) Government type Relevant information included in the columns "Formal name(s)" and "Short description" will be copied over to individual country pages. This means no information is lost.
  49. 3 points
    Most island nations struggle daily with depleted fish stocks, inadequate waste management, ship pollution, degraded reefs, dwindling freshwater supplies, and poverty. In general, the farther an island nation is from global markets, the poorer it is. Distance makes everything more expensive; oil prices in particular tend to be extremely high owing to transportation costs. The more remote islands also tend to lack communications infrastructure, access to information technology, and adequate numbers of trained professionals, including engineers, doctors, and teachers. Island nations are also uniquely threatened by price shocks from economic globalization. Most island nations depend heavily on tourism, foreign aid, and a limited range of exports like sugar and bananas. Thus, The Imperium in addition to its one year agreement of supplying products and materials to aid the recently displaced refugees build a nation anew, one where their faith can flourish, A preferential trade strategy between the island nation of Gerenians and the Imperium will be presented after a years time, to whomever the island nation elects as a representative. Known as the ICN-T Agreement is to be set in increments by the Imperium for ten years in existence as part of a deliberate effort coordinated by the Imperial government establish a trade route, benefiting both sides, especially since the island nation could impose import tariffs and other taxes. The 30-page strategy lays out a detailed agenda focused on issues such as climate change, sea level rise, natural disasters, waste management, water resources, energy, technology, sustainable development, and tourism. The Council of the Nine was forthcoming in its support for the island and its citizens, Gerenians refugees from the former Glorious Dominate, now occupied by the Imperium, and renamed, now as a province of the Greater Imperium territories. Which is critical because the Imperium can provide aid and comprise key markets for island exports. But these claims could be met with some resistance, the Gerenians are after all displaced. Forced to leave because of religious differences, and this could be a barrier to the strategy to be offered. However, the Council of the Nine has stated that they shall under the auspices of attempting to repair damage done via the previous leadership, offer concessions to the island protectorate nation. Such as access to duty-free export markets and high levels of developmental aid. Kalye Support, a Kaldana based nonprofit company that promotes sustainable development projects within the Imperium, argues that nations need to emphasize sustainable tourism as a cornerstone of development. With this approach, the Gerenians island nation should recognize that resource attractions—for instance, coral reefs—can’t be protected in isolation from their larger ecosystems. Conservation should address large natural areas rather than small pockets with tourist appeal, such as specific beaches, Kalye Support says. Moreover, they add, the island nation should strive for greater community ownership of tourist enterprises to ensure that natural resources are available for future generations. With a greater stake in tourism, Gerenians islanders may do more to prevent coastal pollution and to regenerate the coral reefs that will attract visitors and sustain local ecosystems. Other experts point out that economic diversification is also essential for islands that depend heavily on tourism. “The traditional generic island tourism product that readily attracts foreign earnings—sand, sea, coastal hotels, and so forth—are the very amenities that are under threat. The challenge here is the development of a tourism product that is attractive outside of the traditional attractions,” says sources from the Imperial Trade Authority. Economic diversification is essential for those economies that are heavily dependent on tourism. “Otherwise,” he says, “the Gerenians may be setting up themselves for a greater fall—putting all their eggs in a very vulnerable basket.” Ultimately, the island protectorate nation could be a world treasure whose health may portend the future of its inhabitants and the millions who come visiting every year have a stake in their survival. As the waters and the pressures rise it remains to be seen whether the Gerenians island nation will sink or swim on its own, a boon if it did so after the year of support initially stops, and if the strategy of support is accepted or not.
  50. 3 points
    To: The @Iverican Executive Ministry and the Cámra Nasional From: The offices of The Third Circle (Foreign Affairs Ministry), via Duke Sias Hu'yan, on behalf of the Empress of the Sovereign Imperium To whom this may concern in the Executive Ministry, Vicelord Nize Gra'kuth is no longer your point of contact via the Sovereign Imperium and by default, Her Imperial Majesty, Empress Kira'Karn. It is our Empress's response however that has been conveyed of the moment. In regards to provisions and so forth for the refugees that you and the coalition have taken it uponst themselves to transport to a new land of holding, the Empress in her wisdom towards a better future, has decreed that such is to be agreed upon. For the period of one year, the Sovereign Imperium shall send transports of the needed equipment, materials, foodstuffs, and so forth for the heretical refugees to build a new land, and survive it. This will be done in coordination with that of Baroness Beira Vek Elemmiire of House Vek Elemmiire head of The Fifth Circle [Social, Health and Population Services Ministry - SHPSM]. Through our sister ministry, in conjunction with that of the merchant guilds, we shall convey these products towards those displaced. As this is penned, the Merchant Guild House, Kunya Trade Authority, shall be making the first of many deliveries. We believe that two shipments a month, for the period of twelve months. Following the colonial manuscript, these vessels shall be of the 14,500 TEU displacement, similar sized vessels were used to build our Kaldana colonial holding, and this should prove sufficient to aid in the refugees in question over the course of a year. Duke Sias Hu'yan The Third Circle [Foreign Affairs Ministry] Baroness Beira Vek Elemmiire House Vek Elemmiire The Fifth Circle [Social, Health and Population Services Ministry - SHPSM]
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