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  1. 7 points
    "Bartender, one Morlavitra please! And for my lovely company, one Costa Scura!" Jokes aside, these names sound legit! Really cool choice (can't wait for the day I rename my cities either).
  2. 7 points
    Rather than create another thread for something still semi-minor, I have decided to post in this one as it is still marked todo which means presumably this is still in the cards to be done? As I begin to add more depth to Oyus, I have come to a conclusion to utilize Malagasy as the base for what my people speak. As such, I can finally make changes to what have been seen by me as placeholder names, and additionally add some more sense and meaning to the names of my major towns. Farla will become Vaovaohitra - a combination of words that mean "New village" Brisore will become Costa Scura - Cristenese/Limonaian for what was originally referenced in Oyan as "the dark coast" and later embraced and adopted by the local population as the town's importance increased. Matana will become Morlavitra - a shorthand combination of words that mean "Distant coast" as it is the major population center of the southern isle. As always, thank you @Orioni aka Big O for your cartographic skills and dedication to the mapmaking you do for us and of your patience for my requests
  3. 7 points
    Saiyō! (Hello in Esonian) I am new to the region and recently decided to make a complete return to nationstates after 2 years of inactivity and half the time being dead! Esonice is a nation with Asiatic and European themes, though heavily Asiatic. Its mixed with predominantly Japanese and Polish elements, others minimally being French, Chinese and British elements. Esonice separately from nationstates has went through several different stages as originally Esonice was an offsite nation I created in 2014, so things from Esonice's official worldbuilt world might and will be reflected in Nationstates Esonice if appropriate (culture, language, society and maybe history). I'm glad to meet you all!
  4. 7 points
    This is the home of FSF, the prime news public broadcasting service for the Republic of Fjallshima.
  5. 7 points
    Home ● Metztli ● World ● Business ● Politics ● Science ● Religion ● Culture ● Arts --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Surprise meeting within the Teocalli of Finance. Yesterday morning at around 7am there was a surprise high-level meeting within the Teocalli of Finance Headquarters within Altepetl Tekaken made up of Agricultural-based members of the Temple of the All-High and independent members of the Teocalli of Finance lasting until 2 PM. Several of the subjects debated within the Teocalli of Finance were released this morning, related to recent issues with incompetency in the allocating of commercial farmland to the detriment of subsistent or local commercial farmers. The end meeting votes on further action against the encroachment on rural lifestyles came out inconclusive with no unified yes/no answer of 47/32 (59.5% yes 40.5% no). For a resolution to pass there must be at least 60% or higher of the members involved to vote yes. The handling of farmland for international commercial use has been considered a "high-level" issue since the end of the civil war by the Teocalli of Finance, but has only recently made steps towards the safe guarding of local farms and companies. Several members within the Teocalli of the Commoners and the Teocalli of Finance itself have voiced their concerns and criticisms of a lack of a direction in the issues - the most vocal being the ex-priest of administration of the Teocalli of Finance, Xiadani Lin, who vehemently stated that "the lack of coordination within the Teocalli of Finance and the Teocalli of the All-High is a clear example of the modern day bureaucratic failures within the current political system... and must undergo new reforms if Metztlitlalio is to prevent the third encroachment of it's national identity.". Many within the parties of Iritentesēt, Repolleka, and even Xoxilla have also voiced their concerns. A representative of Repolleka scrutinised the same failures of voting as "a clear indication of the faults and delays in the new political system". The same representative also said that the slow movement of the Teocalli of Finance in general as "disgusting". A similar representative from Xoxilla was recorded to have said that "the flaws in the current trend towards globalisation within Metztlitlalio has reared it's ugly head as a threat to make the poor poorer and the rich richer". Picture of the Teocalli of Finance in Altepetl Tekaken (2018) Another topic discussed within the Teocalli of Finance yesterday was related to Bauxite mining, however not many details were allowed to be released into the public, the only thing known is that it was held amongst the highest standing members of the Temple of the All-High and the Temple of the Highest. It is unknown whether or not the Archpriestess herself was directly involved in the meeting. The end vote was also inconclusive of yes/no of 7/8. Although not much is known about the meeting, several have critiqued that a high-level meeting shouldn't even be possible with such few members accounted for and is near-corrupt in it's performance. Those involved in response released a blacked-out document pertaining to the secluded meeting as a form of transparency - no other comments have been made.
  6. 7 points
    ONE FIFTH OF GRENESIA WITHOUT RAILWAY ACCESS Creating new railway lines and extending existing routes is expected to make people commute to cities more often, and not only will it drive the economic situation in urban areas, but also improve overall quality of life in Grenesia. "Rail transport has become crucial for Grenesians, especially in the end of last century, and the number of passengers is still increasing", says Cristoph Pozhogitch, Minister of Infrastructure. However, according to the Public Transport Inspection, the condition of Grenesian State Railways is deplorable - majority of the train fleet is in service since early seventies, departures are always delayed due to unbearable condition of the tracks and wires, and the staff is overworked and underpaid. What's more, many stations, especially in rural areas, were forced to shut down and sell their land to private owners. The demolition of stations and tracks and the division of land on liquidated railway lines means that their reconstruction, if any, would be troublesome, more expensive or even impossible. The new government project will make it harder for the GSR manager to close down the railway network and encourage to bring back former and maintain current lines. One of the major shortcomings of reducing the length of railway lines in use was depriving sixty one cities of more than ten thousand residents of rail access. Since 1992, the railway grid has shrunk by four thousand kilometers. This means that approximately one-fifth of Grenesia (and its population) was deprived of access to rail transport. These areas now lose their investment or settlement attractiveness, which contributes to their depopulation and economic degradation. What is going to change? The government is working on channeling a significant amount of money into the state-owned railway company for new train compositions or maintenance and modernization of existing ones. There are also plans on restructuring the firm and staff exchange inside the company. The project aims to make more railway lines and preserve existing ones, and assumes that the stations will now legally belong to the local governments, so the transport firm will not be able to sell its land by itself. The program also includes a five-year plan of development imposed on Grenesian State Railways.
  7. 6 points
    The Above Average In Size Rose Pink Button (Not as bad as a Big Red Button) I know generally on Eurth doing retcons like these are heavily discouraged, but for the past several months I have been dissatisfied with what I’ve created so far and I think I have found the route problem; past me was shit at worldbuilding. The basis of Metztlitlalio is weak at best and downright missing at worst with nothing properly establishes and conflicting information everywhere, which has made me dispassionate regarding foreign affairs with Metztlitlalio and related newspapers because I’m uncomfortable with what I’ve got behind the scenes. So after some thought I decided the best thing to do would be to entirely wipe all internal mechanisms and parts of Metztlitlalio and begin anew – still based off Mesoamerica and Subsahara Africa of course, but this time with a solid foundation I can work off of. External relationships with other nations will remain the same (unless the other member asks for it to be changed). Name: When Metztlitlalio was originally conceptualized, it was meant to follow history more akin to Japan then a Subsaharan nation, where it was able to push back against colonialism (somewhat) and actually remained mostly independent – leading to the population being almost entirely Aztec/Nahuatl. But of course that's not the Metztlitlalio I sit on now so the name doesn’t make sense. Countries that do host multiple large ethnic groups coming from recent times tend to have names based more of geography or secular names (South Africa, Brazil, Australia-ish, Yugoslavia, Pakistan). Those who have had the large ethnic groups for some time usually have group names (Iran → literally means Aryan). Now calling Metztlitlalio ‘South Alharu’ is a bit… Generic, so I will be going a bit more specific. In Metztlitlalio’s history there is a nation called the South Palu Confederation that existed in the late 1940s. So I might be taking the name. Of course I could remain with a name like Metztlitlalio, but that's an outdated translation and makes me cringe every time I see it now, so I provided a couple alternatives below. Nahua -Metztlitlalio (Land of the Moon, outdated translation) / Metztli -Metztlitlalpan (Land of the Moon, accurate translation) / Metztli -Metztlitlaca (People of the Moon) / Metztli -Cotonquitlalpan (Land of the Waning (Moon) / Land of the Crescent) / Cotonqui -Tualtepenehuac (Our Community/Nation’s Dominion) / Tualte -Tucuauhtictepeh (Our Tall Mountains) / Tucuauh -Cotonquiyotl (Crescent Empire) / Cotonqui Limonaian / Cristinese -Mezzaluna (Crescent Land) -Pericoloia (Land of Danger) -Terra di Mala Aria / Mala Aria (Land of Bad Air) -Terra di Montagne Alta / Monagnaltia (Land of Tall Mountains) -Fiumi d’oro / Fiumidoro (Rivers of gold) -Calanchi (Bad lands) English/Anglish -South Palu (Palu being the peninsula Metztlitlalio is situated on, named after a Limonaian explorer) Latin / Aromani -Uirentinus (Greenery (Jade & Rainforests)) / Uirentina -Etaurinus (The Gold) / Etaurina Internal Mechanisms: The current internal system for Metztlitlalio is… Boring, and makes no sense. I don’t mean “oh it doesn't make sense but it’s kind of funny so I’m keeping it”, I mean “This is dumb and no one would ever agree to this”. Metztlitlalio’s system of governance far back when was meant to be based of the Aztec Empire’s system of governance which is why Metztli has an odd feeling of authoritarianism that’s only half-baked. Metztlitlalio nowadays however is meant to be an ex-colony with large pockets of ethnic groups. No ethnic group within the nation would willingly allow for a theocratic state like Metztli has to loom over them, especially when most of these ethnic groups have their own religions. After some wiki-hopping I found a solution which is a lot more interesting, unique, and plausible. These are the Constituent African Monarchs. A Constituent African Monarch (CAM) reign over a legally recognized territory inside a nation but have little to no power. With some tweaking this can work rather well for Metztli. Metztlitlalio will be split into 7 main administrative divisions called Dominions with state-level powers similar to the United States. Two of the Dominions will possess constitutional unitary monarchies that retain portions of their power as special members of the highest governing bodies within their Dominions. The remaining 5 will be unitary republics and largely secular with their own smaller administrative divisions. Each Dominion will have smaller states used to determine the number of seats in the federal government. Number of states is roughly in relation to population. These states are then further broken down into provinces. Number of provinces may or may not be in relation to population as the federal government does not regulate number of provinces. The two constitutional monarchies will be the Metztlica Dominion and the Acolica Dominion. The Metztlica Dominion has a similar set up as the current Metztlitlalio government with the Temple of the Commoners, Temple of the All-High, and Temple of the Highest, with the Archpriest as an elective role. Acolica will have a more traditional constitutional monarchy who’s power religiously comes from the Archpriest (who has a similar role to a Pope in the Middle Ages) but constitutionally – similar to the Archpriest- comes from the elective of a nobleman or noblewoman. There are more monarchs scattered across the nation that hold little to no power and only possess small portions of land/population (usually one or two sub-ethnic groups), but their roles are recognized by the nation. Provinces also many or may not have proper names. Nation → Dominions (7) → States (195) → Provinces (292) Dominions: Tapelt Dominion (Maya): 141,385 km2 Population Density: 15 per km2 (eSwatini) Population: 2,120,775 States: 20 Provinces: 45 GDP per Capita: $2,300 Total GDP: $4,877,782,500 Pekateka Dominion (Maya*): 1,538 km2 Population Density: 300 per km2 (Belgium) Population: 461,400 States: 5 Provinces: 46 GDP per Capita: $4,100 Total GDP: $1,891,740,000 Metztlica Dominion (Mexica): 222,956 km2 Population Density: 40 per km2 (Colombia) Population: 8,918,240 States: 85 Provinces: 85 GDP per Capita: $3,000 Total GDP: $26,754,720,000 Acolica Dominion (Acolhua): 147,567 km2 Population Density: 8 per km2 (Central African Republic) Population: 1,180,536 States: 10 Provinces: 24 GDP per Capita: $1,650 Total GDP: $1,947,884,400 Faloki Dominion (Tepanec & Huang): 78,624 km2 Population Density: 44 per km2 (Guinea-Bissau) Population: 3,459,456 States: 30 Provinces: 31 GDP per Capita: $2,500 Total GDP: $8,648,640,000 Yatotla Dominion (Limonaia Mixed): (65,411 km2) + (24,747 km2) = 90,158 km2 Population Density: 32 per km2 (Kyrgyzstan) Population: 2,885,056 States: 25 Provinces: 25 GDP per Capita: $4,400 Total GDP: $12,694,246,400 Altepetl Dominion (Mixed): 1,202.6 km2 Population Density: 2000 per km2 (3000 per km2 = Mexico City) Population: 2,405,200 States: 20 Provinces: 36 GDP per Capita: $3,200 Total GDP: $7,696,640,000 Rough map of the Dominions. Economy: I won’t be going into too much detail as I’m keeping the economy mostly the same, but I am expanded the base and made it a hell of a lot more realistic and has reasons for it’s existence. If these changes are permitted I will make a post generalizing the economy and being more specific on how it runs as the biggest issue with current Metztlitlalio economics is that I’m very wishy washy about what kind of economic model Metztlitlalio follows. In the end I’ve settled on a State Capitalist model with the Temple of Finance being the major body in regulations and management of national companies. ToF can only purchase and/or apprehend companies once they reach a certain fluctuating size depending on the economic, social, and health value of the company. This allows for smaller local business to continue functioning with the Temple of Finance and possibly a parent company being able to guide the local businesses without direct interference, whilst the ToF is able to manage the larger companies which would otherwise be able to mass-exploit the populace. Whilst the goals are noble, due to wide-scale corruption within the government (especially around the ToF) the Temple of Finance can often be sluggish or turn a blind eye towards more anti-consumer policies or ideas. Metztlitlalio’s economy will still be heavily based around the primary sector of agriculture and mining, with a good side economy of metal refinery and manufacturing of specific basic goods. Agricultural land within the Metztlica, Acolica, and Tapelt dominions are communally owned (called Calpulli) and often work under an authority figure representing the Temple of Finance. Authority figures are not allowed to use any form of physical or emotional violence to force tenents or Tlacotli (people who have sold themselves into slavery) as both groups are fiercely protected by the law, and are more to act as a guide or messenger to higher-ups within the local governments. Tlacotli are often people who have fallen into hard times and can no longer provide for themselves and their families. Those who are now Tlacotli still have very similar rights to tenants and can pay back their own freedom. Tlacotli are owned by the Calpulli as a whole and not by one individual Issues of Society: There are 4 main modern issues within Metztlitlalio; Continentalism, Dominion Identity, Capitalism, and Slavery. Continentalism is the ideology primarily based around LAANN and current alliances. Continentalism can be seen as a form of isolationism from the rest of the globe as it dictates that Continentalist states (nations in Alharu & Aurelia who are not Europan/Argis in culture) should only rely on one another and not Europa/Argis. This is obviously heavily debated within Metztlitlalio with it being a largely ethnic split between the Yatotla and Salaxa (Limonaian and Salvian colonists) vs the Azlo (Acolica/Metztlica) and the Faloke and Tapelts and Pekatekans. In general Metztlitlalio has been moving away from Continentalism towards Globalism, but many still hotly debate the subject. Dominion Identity was mostly solved within the Agilnaj War for Independence aka the Metztli Civil War when the Tapelt Dominion tried for independence under the Agilnaj Secular Republic. Before the Civil War most were split on either allegiance to the nation or to the dominion they resided in, after the civil war however most began to see themselves as part of the nation as a whole rather then to their Dominion first, nation second. Of course this is still a political issue within Metztli to this day with several separatist groups still existing – especially around the Yatotla and Tapelt. Capitalism is a less discussed but still major topic. Before the Civil War, the Temple of Finance had huge sway and control over the economics (more-so then they currently do) with a clear socialist economic system. After the civil war and the introduction of more globalist leanings, the Temple of Finance has become more state capitalist (similar to China or Leninist Soviet Russia) as well as allow companies from other countries to become involved in the economy. Many see these new companies with skepticism and believe they are a driving force for oppression and Neo-colonialism, whereas others see it more as Metztlitlalio moving towards first world status and a force for good both economically and culturally. Last but certainly not least is Slavery which is divided between Prison Laborers and Tlacotli. This part is still a work in progress but suffice to say it’s a huge sticking point in elections – especially outside of the Dominions that practice Tlacotli. An issue in Metztlitlalio I would also like to tackle is corruption within political parties and the Teocalli of the Commoners, but make it more defined around drug and exotic goods trafficking out of Metztli and into nations who have an affinity for the stuff. What kind of drugs/exotic goods I am unsure, but if anyone has ideas I would be very happy to hear :). Recent History (1977 – 1992): League of Alharu and Aurelia Native Nations is currently being reworked behind the scenes (not just me, don't worry) to be more realistic and more engaging with non-LAANN members (as well as general resurrection), this means Metztlitlalio’s recent history will be significantly changed to adopt these new changes. Sufficed to say this part of Metztli’s history is still WIP with or without history change. Civil War (1992 – 2010): Metztlitlaio’s Civil War / Agilnaj War for Independence lasted 18 years, but the main conflict was from 1999 to 2009. From 1992-1999 the Agilnaj Secular Republic was largely left to it’s own devices as it only occupied a small portion of the Tapelt Dominion and mostly kept to itself. In 1996 there was even an attempt at negotiation for a peace settlement which broke down due to conflicting interests. It was only in 1999 due to pressure and promise of aid from LAANN and Il Dominio as well as potential future issues as other groups seeing how easy it was to break free that Metztlitlalio engaged in conflict with Agilnaj resulting in casualties between 30,000-100,000. Modern History (2009 – 2020): Modern History will simultaneously be completely rewritten but also stay very similar. All current interactions will remain as they are (unless members want to redo it for historical sake). Other then that there’s not much to worry about. Elections will take place in 2022 (every 5 years starting from 1977). Culture & Ethnic Groups: Metztlitlalio is still broken up into the same ethnic and cultural groups as before: Azlo (Aztec), Tapelt (Maya), Faloki (Huang), Yatotla (Limonaian), as well as the smaller ethnic groups of Salaxa (Salvian) and Pekateka (Maya). The indigenous groups will be broken down further into sub-ethnic groups and tribal groups (still a WIP) Religion: Metztlitlalio is split among several religious lines; Protestant Christianity (Introduced by Limonaia and Seylos), Catholic Christianity (Introduced by Salvia), Islam and Buddhism (Introduced by Limonaia through Huang slaves), and the traditional pagan religion of Otitlateotocameh (often shortened to just Tlateotoca). The coastline is primarily dominated by the Abraham Faiths, with Buddhism and Tlateotoca within the interior. Around 51% of the population follows Tlateotoca as a majority in Metztlica, Acolica, and Tapelt Dominions. Christianity is the next largest at around 31%, Islam at 13%, and finally Buddhism at 5%. Tlateotoca is based off the Aztec Religion, however with the battle of Huitzilopotchli and Coyolxāuhqui ending differently and Coyolxāuhqui as the patron deity of the Azlo and Tapelt. Tlateotoca in the 100s CE merged with the Tapelt’s own faiths at the time which turned it from a polytheist religion to a monolatry religion and introduced the concept of the Archpriest (only with other major changes). Stats: Area: 686,550 Square Kilometers Perimeter: 5625 Kilometers Population: 21,430,663 Population Density: 31.22 per km2 (Latvia/Kyrgyzstan) GDP per Capita: $3,010.25 GDP total: $64,511,653,300 I know these states sort of break the starting nations stats that @Variota had shown me, but as far as I am aware I was not told about these when I was first putting Metztlitlalio on the map leading to Metztli being much larger then it reasonably should have been. Now my mind is fuzzy so I might be subconsciously be playing the victim card but I do not recall actually having much of an input when determining the size of Metztli as well as being rather new, so trying to be on my best behavior I sort of just said yes to anything that was brought up my way :P. I will be happy to have Metztlitlalio shrunk down to accommodate the population size, but it will take a couple days to rework everything so it may take time to put into effect. Flag: I’m keeping the flag, f●●k you. I did fix the ratio issue with the first flag, but it's such a tiny thing I won't bother updating any current posts to change the flag because that's overkill - even for me. Other Changes: A couple threads will need to be deleted/hidden/locked, or I go in and edit every single one of them. These threads being; -Temple of Culture and Religious Life (Being replaced by the “Teocalli of Cultures and Religious Lives”) -Temple of Finance (Being replaced the “Teocalli of Finances”) Metztlitlalio Foreign Affairs can potentially be deleted but can be patched up into the “Teocalli of Foreign Affairs”. If anyone has any issues/questions/ideas please say below because I don't want to charge head-first without acknowledging the potential issues related to such a drastic change to a nation - even if it's just internal stuff. Regarding IIwiki I am happy to go in and try fix as many broken links if Metztli's name changes. Speaking of names that is one of the things I would like the most feedback on, as it's probably the thing that will change the most about the wider community due to broken links / outdated newspapers. I don't expect anyone to change their previous work relating to my nation's name because I know how annoying that can be.
  8. 6 points
  9. 6 points
    To: Eka Lam, Kera of Oyus From: F.F.f.F.f.F. Dina Diva Regarding: Wanting to adopt Dear Eka, My congratulations on the decision to decide to adopt, like they say about pets: adopt, don't shop. Or something like that but something that rhymes. And let's face it, a child and a pet share many similarities up to a certain age. So if you ask me, that saying still totally goes. And I totally get wanting to have a Variotan on the throne, no one's ever gone wrong by being ruled over by a Variotan. I know you've, like, sent it to all the governments in the world but let's not kid ourselves, I totally know what you really want a Variotan. If our orphans were a brand, it'd be flaming hot. Like, top of the line, high fashion, straight out of the finest fashion houses of Galahinda. Now, what we're going to do is set you up with a nice profile. A bit like a dating profile but instead of a one night stand, you end up with the final product of one. It's totally cool, one of our ministries ordered it. I'm not entirely sure what ministry orphans fall under but they, like, made a totally cool app. Just like you have your profile, all the kids get made their profile and you both get to swipe left and right on each other. And if you guys match, you get to chat and what not. It's like, totally, like a dating app. Sooooo hot! You'll need a couple of papers and stuff so you'll be contacted later on by the appropriate people. You know how it is, my assistant's assistant will call yours and yadayadayada, boom, you've got a kid. Let me know when you're over in Het Huisselant to visit a kid, we'll have some fun and party together! Do you like to do plastic surgery? We should totally do some botox or lip fillers or something together! I've got my own personal doctor ready whenever and he does great deals if you do duo-deals! You know it's always one-hundred percent lit when you party and go under the knife with the World's Greatest Diva, I only do and get the best, baby. If we call it a diplomatic meeting, we'll probably be able to get some of our money back. I added a signed picture of me, a genuine collector's item for you as a little prezzie! Just don't let me find you selling it on the internet or I'll have to put out a bounty on you like I did to Nordeng, haha. Just kidding babe. -X-O-X-O- Dina Diva
  10. 6 points
    "I know you put Amistacia up to saying that, we've never had an issue with MYNE until you managed to convince them that we're the ones that leaked those designs!" shouted Spai Computing CEO Richard Spai, red in the face. "The Chairman's opinion is entirely their own, in fact, why don't you ask them yourself?" Replied the woman coolly, a slight smirk betraying the immense satisfaction she felt. Slinking up next to Lynne, Yiu handed their friend the coffee that by that point had gone cold. Sparing a sideways glance at the man in the middle of a breakdown, Yiu began speaking, their voice full of venom. "Richard, what a surprise to see you up so early, how are you?" "You know damn well how I'm doing! My phone's been ringing all f*cking morning!" Responded the man, sweat beading along his receding hairline despite the chilly air of the lobby. "You and your little friends are trying to ruin me!" Taking a sip of her coffee only to find it cold, Lynne waved over a receptionist and handed the cup off. Taking a drag from her electronic cigarette, Lynne retorted, "Richard, if we wanted to ruin you, don't you think we'd be a little more methodical?" Taken aback, Spai barely managed an indignant sputter before being silenced by the woman's slender gloved hand. "I mean let's really think about it for a second," continued the woman, a sadistic gleam in her eyes, "There are so many other options we could use that would be more reliable than Yiu, no offense darling." "None taken" shrugged Yiu, more interested in the verbal assault against the man than the smaller insult thrown their way. "We control the largest conglomerate of corporations on this island Richard. We could sue you for every bit you own, publish stories of affairs real and imagined, shut you out of every club- no matter how small- on this island. Really the list goes on and on," continued the woman, barely pausing to take another drag of her e-cig. "Now, here's what's about to happen, you're going to walk out that door, get into whatever car brought you here, and go home. You're going to walk in your front door and have to face the fact that You. Don't. Belong. Here. You're going to have to face your wife and watch her face as she realizes she married the wrong man. Now, I'm going to be generous and not bill you for all of my time you've wasted. Do I have to call security?" "You'll pay for thi-" began the man, barely managing to get out the words before a cloud of smoke was blown over him. "Bill it to my account, we're done here," replied Lynne, turning on her heel and walking towards the bank of elevators on the far wall, leaving the chairman and a now defeated Richard Spai alone in the lobby. Sighing and fixing his suit, the man looked up as Yiu began talking, "Richard, darling, we really did miss you at the party last night." Enraged, the man began taking a step towards the person standing in front of him, but was stopped by the realization that the two mountainous guards flanking the doors would turn a majority of his bones into a fine powder if he even made contact with the chairman. Gesturing the two Variotan men over, "Ron, Sjon, Monsieur Spai seems to have lost his way to the exit, would you be able to help him find his way?" asked Yiu, voice artificially sweet. Taking the hint, Richard simply held up his hands in surrender. He began walking out of the building, one hand held high, spitefully displaying a middle finger. "Oh, and tell your wife, Lauren, I say hello, and ask her if we're still on for tea next Friday?" called out Yiu, relishing the opportunity to twist the knife even deeper into their relationship. Pausing to adjust their hair using their phones front camera, Yiu made their way towards the elevators their advisor had just disappeared into and followed suit. The elevator began rapidly ascending through the skyscraper. With the back wall made entirely of glass, the chairman was given a perfect view of the business park laid out below them. Five towers wrapped in LCD displays broadcasted feeds of shifting polygons, news, advertisements, and most prominently, a looping video of the latest MYNE advertisement. The ad was a closeup of Yiu's shoulders, and above on a black background, the chairman would turn to the camera, wink seductively, and blow a kiss before the screen faded into the familiar "MYNE, Be Better™" slogan. Yiu was especially proud of the makeup they had done for it, an abundance of icy highlighter and a lack of eyebrows left the chairman looking inhumanly beautiful. With a soft chime, the elevator announced that they had arrived at their destination, Lynne's personal office. The office took up the entire top floor of the skyscraper, with a spacious reception area, private bar, and chefs on call, rooftop pool, and master suite, the space felt like it belonged in a luxury apartment complex rather than an office park. Waving to Lynne's assistants clustered around the reception, the chairman made their way outside to the pool, where Lynne was already lying in a sun chair, drink in hand. "Darling have you even used this pool yet?" asked Yiu, recalling that they had yet to see a single person make use of it. "We have a pool?" Retorted Lynne sarcastically, eyes hidden behind MYNE sunglasses. "Yeah, right here!" replied the chairman, jokingly splashing water at the woman, being sure none actually touched her. "Oh, that pool, I think one of the assistants has, take a seat," said Lynne, gesturing to the open chair next to her. Making their way over and sitting, Yiu was immediately handed a glass of champagne by one of the assistants, who returned moments later with a tray covered in various meats, cheeses, and other hors d'œuvres. "Merci," said the chairman, plucking an olive from the tray as the assistant placed the plate on the table between the two. Returning inside to continue gossiping with her coworkers. Yiu took a moment to sip on their champagne and watch the cityscape in front of them go about its daily motions.
  11. 6 points
    'Metztlitlalio: Election Season' Information Teocalli – General term for a governmental body, like a department. Calpolli – Previously spelt Kalpolli, Metztlikua term for it’s states Campan – Similar to a county. Most Calpolli are broken up between 2,3, or 5 Campan. Major cities also possess 1-2 Campan, with the capital (Altepetl Tekaken) possessing 10 due to it’s high population % of the nation. National 9 – The top 9 major national political parties of Metztlitlalio Teocalli of the Warriors – Metztlikua armed forces as well as Metztlitlalio’s equivalent to the FBI. The ToW may not be as well funded/recognised as other nation’s federal investigation bodies, the ToW also has near unchecked power within Metztlitlalio. Expect some very dirty tricks. Teocalli of the All-High – a Technocratic appointed council of around 720 members (exact number changes overtime), acting parallel to the ToC. When the ToC drafts a new law or legislation, it must be vetted by the ToAH and Teocalli of the Highest. The ToAH can also make their own legislation/laws which must be vetted through the ToH or ToC. Teocalli of the Highest – The priesthood and Archpriestess, the highest governing body of the entire nation. The priesthood is kept in check by the ToC, whereas the Archpriestess herself and her inner circle kept in check by the ToAH. Post-Civil War Socialist-Economics (Aka ‘Crescent Socialism’) - Crescent Socialism is the state capitalist and semi-socialist economic ideology most of Metztlitlalio follows. Similar to the real world Marxist-Leninist socialism, where in local capitalist enterprise is permitted, but with national-scale corporations under state capitalism + socialism. Pre-Civil War Socialist-Economics - closer to 'true' socialism with most economic-based activities under the state's rule. Introduction: Every five years, Metztlitlalio has elections for it’s seats within the Teocalli of the Commoners. Within the ToC there are 90 seats broken up between the 31 Calpolli (State) Campan, and there are 15 Seats for the Altepetl (City) Campan. Ten of the Altepetl Campan from the capital city of Altepetl Tekaken. In total there are 105 seats that can be won via votes. There has been a vote every 5 years since 2010, the previous two election cycles have been won in landslide victories by the Qopnō party, once considered the highest standing political establishment in the nation able to carefully balance both conservative and liberal ideology. Murder and similar crimes were seemingly at an all time low, and no one questioned it. Until 2019. The party was struck in the heart by a scandal that upheaved the entire reputation of the party, although the Capital Paper was light on details many local papers tore into the party of the establishment as a drug-aiding criminal organisation. Qopnō was subsequently barred from the up and coming elections in August. From the ashes of Qopnō, two main parties have come about to rival one another, splitting the voter base of Qopnō. With such decisiveness, the usual six month campaign has been shortened to four months. The six month campaign is the allotted time all political parties who wish to be able to be voted on a national level and have been vetted are allowed to set up advertisements, appear in newspapers, television, etc. to express their views, opinions, and what they plan to do if they gain a majority (or their coalition gain a majority) in the Teocalli of the Commoners. Currently there are 9 political parties which have been vetted and able to be voted on on the national level. Other political parties exist but to make myself and everyone’s lives easier, I will be primarily focusing on the National 9. Timeline: March – Preparation period, most political parties will be doing any finalisations to their goals and ambitions, if you want to radically change a political party to better suit your agenda, this is the time to strike. This is also a good time to declare OOC if you’re getting involved. Be weary this is also the time the Teocalli of the Warriors will be on highest alert for corruption. April & May – Main part of the campaigning season, where most of the juicy bits happen. This is when the cat and mouse games begin. Now, the vast majority of members on the server wouldn’t want to get caught as that’ll destroy their nation’s reputation. At the same time, if there is no feeling of risk for the reward, it might feel monotonous. Thus, I have come up with a solution detailed below. June – The height of election fervour, this is also when the ToW will be at it’s least concern, as most people would have set their minds by now. But I’m sure you can still pull a few tricks from up your sleeve… July & August – The campaign season has ended, voting season has begun. As Metztlitlalio is a disconnected mess, it will take at least a month for all votes to be cast, secured, sent, and counted. In August, the seats will be declared and the results open. If the ToC is in deadlock, with no one party/coalition a majority, all parties involved will have a month to come up with a solution. If no solution is made, the ToC is declared ‘deadlocked’ and until the ToC can decide amongst itself, the Teocalli of the All-High will take it’s place as the lead governing body. A Not-Game of Cat and Mouse As much as the above seems to infer, I am not making this into some game of risk and reward. On the other hand there will be mini-events, such as the Temple of the Warriors sniffing up a trail to an influencing foreign nation, leading to that nation having to block out the ToW through any means they can achieve (whilst not making the current situation worse). These mini-events will of course only occur if explicit permission by the end-user is achieved, but it helps break up the monotony of continual pre-planning stories. I like a bit of drama in my stories, okay? The National 9 Below is a list of all nine nationally running political parties, with their main ambitions, coalitions, and ideologies. Iritentesēt & Repolleka Coalition Iritentesēt Chairmistress: Citlalmina Tlōmok Repolleka Chairman: Aristide Limoni The Iritentesēt and Repolleka have officially stated their goals of a united coalition primarily about the reformation of the current regime. For many years Iritentesēt and Repolleka were considered rivals in their goals for a changed Metztlitlalio post-civil war, but the announcement of the coalition has seemingly ended their adversarial positions. With Iritentesēt 's strong attraction to the rural areas of the nation and Repolleka to the capital, most presume that a coalition between the two parties will certainly lead to a wide-scale success and most likely completely dominate the Teocalli of the Commoners. If only someone or something could reignite their differences... Iritentesēt has always been considered the 'rival' party to whichever party has held dominance in the Teocalli of the Commoners as Iritentesēt was originally the primary opposition party of Xoxilla before the civil war, and up until 2020 was the main opposition to Qopnō. Now that Qopnō has been barred from elections, many in both public and governmental positions have put Iritentesēt as the most likely party to win the up and coming 2020 elections despite their lacking support of Altepetl Tekaken, but with Repolleka - which has a high level of support in the capital - that may come to an end. Iritentesēt is considered an internally leftist liberal party, but externally a leftish conservative party. Meaning that although they believe in equal and open rights to all within the nation and hold above-average progressive views within Metztlitlalio, they are skeptical of nations outside of the League of Alharu and Aurelian Native Nations and actively see Europa and Argis/North Alharu Coast as a threat to the cultures of Metztlitlalio. As such Iritentesēt is seen as a very much civic-nationalist party. Repolleka is often labelled a 'fringe' party by those within government, however Repolleka has consistently won the votes of many of the minority demographics as well as those within the Altepetl Tekaken and other large cities. As a more traditionally socialist and highly progressive party, Repolleka has placed itself as an alternative to other minority-speaking parties, as it promises both the rights of minorities and to maintain the current rights of the majority as part of a balancing act. Although many have spoken against Repolleka as a party of the 'fence sitters', it has proven itself in the past with winning many seats in previous elections. The biggest difference between Repolleka and Iritentesēt is their stances on globalisation and slavery. Whereas Iritentesēt (mentioned above) holds more traditional semi-isolationist ideas, Repolleka has been forefront on the expansion of Metztlitlalio's embassy programs and economic treaties. When it comes to slavery, both parties are against the current situation, but where Iritentesēt considers the current plan of semi-abolishment by 2025 and total abolishment by 2030 adequete, Repolleka heavily pushes for an alternative plan of the complete removal of slavery by 2025. This single difference has been the largest scraping point between the two parties and why it took so long for them to officialise the coalition. When it comes to within the Teocalli of the Commoners, Iritentesēt members have actively paraded the ideas of a Neo-Crescent Empire, affectionally called the "Crescent Confederation" or "Konofederaseon Metztli" or simply as "Kono'Metztli". This is in contrast to Repolleka's own macinations of a revitalised South Palu Confederation-styled political system, which has had mixed results over the years. If the coalition reaches a majority in the Teocalli of the Commoners, the coalition will begin the process of the overturn of the current political attitudes in the Teocalli of the All-High and the Teocalli of the Highest, with their ultimate goal of the establishment of "Kono'Metztli". The current Archpriestess has shown interest in the concept, but has been overall very quiet on the current situation. Another major policy is the shortening of the current plans for slavery abolishment to complete abolishment by 2024 as a compromise between the two parties. Milchiuhquitl Milchiuhquitl Chairmistress: Anci Nocelotl Milchiuhquitl is the largest offshoot of the Qopnō party has stated it's goals is to supplant it as the nation's conservative party, expressing similar virtues to Qopnō such as continuing the current globalisation at it's current rate, heavy support for the priesthood and Crescent Socialism. Many have cited Milchiuhquitl as a potential rival to Iritentesēt due to taking control over the old voter base of Qopnō. On the other hand, others have placed doubt on the validity of the party, with many within Iritentesēt, Xoxilla, and similar political parties regarding Milchiuhquitl as a sly attempt to subvert the Temple of the Warrior and the Temple of the All-High's verdicts. The chairman of the board of Milchiuhquitl, Anci Nocelotl, has stated within the last two months that Milchiuhquitl 'no longer has political involvement with Qopnō.'. Whether this is true or not is still up to debate, but the Temple of the Highest has permitted Milchiuhquitl to continue to campaign. Milchiuhquitl finds most of it's supporters within semi-urban or traditionally conservative regions, often fighting against Xoxilla and it's considerably more extreme outlooks. Milchiuhquitl members have stated their primary goals is to continue the globalisation scheme at it's current rate as well as the abolishment program for it's intended goals. There honestly isn't much to say about Milchiuhquitl other then it's probably the safest party in terms of ideology. However, due to the issues surrounding Qopnō, Milchiuhquitl and it's counterpart Cenneneuhqueme are under more scrutiny by the Teocalli of the Warriors, so bewarned. Cenneneuhqueme & Chrisoyotl Coalition Cenneneuhqueme Chairman: Huemac Vitale Chrisoyotl Chairmistress: Adria Cuautli Cenneneuhqueme is the counterpart to Milchiuhquitl with a more liberal ideology in both globalism and culture, often noted to have a more 'radical' view on the removal of slavery. Whereas the current plans are abolishment of slave purchasing by 2025 and total abolishment by 2030, Cenneneuhqueme's chairman of the board (Huemac Vitale) states they will have the complete destruction of the slave trade by 2023 with the national economy not worse for wear. Most parties in opposition to Cenneneuhqueme and Huemac Vitale have severely pushed back against his plans as 'pipe dreams' and 'nigh-impossible' when lined up against current economic trends. However, Huemac Vitale has repeatedly stated that with help from overseas from allied nations within LAANN and the Dominion of Limonaian States, as well as the abolishment of slavery will further help Metztlitlalio in the world stage to form new alliances and friendships. From there the economy can be further strengthened against any impacts to the agricultural and domestic economic sector. Many within more liberal locations of Metztlitlalio such as the capital have shown increasing support for the new party, on the other hand, Cenneneuhqueme has been forced to defend itself against the largest coalition in recent history, so the future for Huemac Vitale and the party are uncertain. Cenneneuhqueme are often cited as the most Eurth-friendly party of The National 9. Chrisoyotl, despite it's name coming from 'Christianity' is actually a pan-Abrahamic minority rights group. Chrisoyotl was formed after the reforms in 2010 as a party to maintain the rights of those pertaining to Christianity or Islam within the nation. As part of the coalition, Chrisoyotl has promised to back Cenneneuhqueme goals and ambitions as long as they are not perceived to tread on the rights of the Muslim and Christian communities of Metztlitlalio. Their extreme anti-slavery policies are inline with their Abrahamic ideology of equality and fairness. Unlike their more extreme counterpart of Salaxēka, Chrisoyotl has made it clear that they are not against Metztlitlalio and the plurality religion and have no ideas pertaining towards independence. Capitalista Capitalista Chairman: Huan Marino Capitalista is one of the only two parties advocating for a free capitalist economy, citing the current state-capitalism as slow, inefficient, and smothers out local enterprise. Unless it's compatriot of Salaxēka, Capitalista has a larger following from across different ethnicities, cultures, and religions. The party itself is largely mixed when it comes to the priesthood, ranging from devout loyalists to secularists, but all united under similar economic principles. The party was considered illegal for most of it's existance up until 2010, when the economic and political reforms put in place made Capitalista and similar more local parties legal. When it comes to actual plans, Capitalista doesn't expect itself to win out major parties, but it plans to at least have a large minority of seats to be able to push forward some of it's goals of reducing the power of the Temple of Finance within the economy, and open up Metztlitlalio to further globalisation. Xoxilla Xoxilla Chairman: Acamapixtli Chaltecatl Xoxilla use to be the largest political party in pre-war Metztlitlalio. Nowadays, Xoxilla is considered a fringe xenophobic nationalist party. Xoxilla advocates for a return to isolationism and returning the Priesthood back to it's original power. This ideological view has become very unpopular within the nation, leading to much of it's voter base leaving for more moderate parties. Despite being a fringe dying party, it does often still have influence in more isolated and rural parts of the nation with a majority Aslo population. Also it may appear stupid at first to support Xoxilla, Xoxilla would be for the abolishment of LAANN. If you want to curtail the rising regional power bloc of southern Alharu and northern Aurelia, Xoxilla is the way to go. Salaxēka Salaxēka Chairman: Amadeo Ascia Salaxēka is the most infamous political party of The National 9, with most wondering how it ever got passed the Temple of the Highest on it's examinations. Salaxēka pertains to an extreme-fringe ideology of the continual spread of Christianity into Metztlitlalio and the advocation of an independence Salaxa/Catholic state on the south-east coastline. Salaxēka's primary influence is in the south-east in the old Salvian Crusader Kingdoms' territories. In 2016, there was talk about the banning of the Salaxēka party outright due to it's anti-Metztli views and hate speeches. Ultimately the talks broke down by the start of 2017 and nothing came about. The Iritentesēt and Repolleka coalition have explicitly stated that if they get a majority seats, they will reopen the talks for the banning of Salaxēka. Whilst most agree with the coalition, there have been a fringe few who see it as the beginning of the erosion of what little political liberties are within Metztlitlalio. Time will tell if this party remains or not. Tapetlli Tapetlli is the rebranded form of the old Neo-Agilnaj party, with a new agenda and plans. When under Neo-Agilnaj, Tapetlli was pushing for further independence of the Tapelt ethnicity in western Metztlitlalio. Now the party has taken on a new role of a Tapelt/Pekatekan minority rights group, similarly to Chrisoyotl. Tapetlli is honestly not much of a threat to any current parties, but they have stated if they gain a large majority within the Tapelt and Pekatekan communities, they will bring up possibilities for independence or further autonomy. Tapetlli has been offered to join the coalition with Cenneneuhqueme and Chrisoyotl but have so far declined, however the avenues to joining the coalition are still open. How do I get involved? Simple! Just reply to this message if you wish to join the main RP thread (starting sometime in the up and coming week at the time of writing). It would be advised for you to either give a brief outline in your reply on your ideas and plans, or to direct message TheRandomHat#2678 on Discord. RPing can be done however you like, however will most likely be done as character-to-character or in the form of letters and such. Anyone can join in, including allies of Metztlitlalio, at any point in the upcoming months. However, it is strongly recommended that if you wish to do significant change to Metztlitlalio, you start this month (March) whilst many of the political parties are still up to certain changes to their current tactics and goals. It also should be mentioned I will be semi-simulating an actual voting process at the end with all influences over the months accounted for. So if you pour a large amount of money and time into one political party and it does really well, you might just end up splitting the vote with a similar party and letting the rival party grow instead. Thing strategically. Goodluck to anyone who wishes to get involved. If you have any questions just ask below :). Edit: When the main RP thread begins, i'll post a map with all the names of the Calpolli. Due to a change to Metztli's topography (Thanks SSI) the Calpolli's borders might need to be shifted.
  12. 6 points
    Home | Orioni | World | Business | Tech | Science | Culture | Health | Sports Happy Ahuni wishes for the Orinese New Year O'POLIS -- Ahuni is one of the most auspicious days for Orinese as it marks their new year. Ahuni not only marks the Orinese New Year but it is also the first day of the spring season. This year, Ahuni is celebrated on Friday, March 20, 2020. This festival is widely celebrated in Orioni and the Orinese diaspora. Here is how Orinese traditionally celebrate the holiday, and why the rite is still so popular after 3.000 years. The previous day people will have gone to the cemetery to remember those who have passed away, and are no longer among us to celebrate the new year. People put the first flowers on the tombs. The morning of Ahuni people get up early to greet the rising San. They wear their clean, and preferably new clothes. Next, all members of the family gather around the table, divining the future through Sahini's poetry, and wishing one another a happy, prosperous new year. This practice will sometimes stretch well into the next two months, or any time you greet someone for the first time since the new year began. In Orioni the new year is called 'Ahuni', which simply means a "new day" in Oharic. To the Orinese, it is baffling that some countries on Eurth celebrate their new year in Winter. Winter is when nature goes to sleep, there is no sense of renewal in it. Perhaps it made more sense that a calendar should start with Spring, just as nature comes to life, trees become heavy with green foliage and tasty fruit, the sky becomes clear with the occasional sprinkles of rain that give the crispy air that wonderful petrichor smell in the morning, and everything feels softer and generally prettier than any other time in the year. Ahuni, when Orinese mark the transition from winter to spring, is the equivalent of New Year’s and Salvian Christmas rolled into one. Those who can afford it usually chose this time to travel. Although the holiday is not exclusive to one culture or religion, many use the opportunity to make religious pilgrimages. Ahuni is also celebrated outside of Orioni. Many countries along the Pearl Road, such as Tamurin, Pirilao, KBI and Niederoestereich, celebrate Ahuni. Do you live abroad with some Orinese neighbours right around the corner? Here are a few happy Ahuni wishes that you can send to your family and friends on this day. Hope this Ahuni brings lots of love and warmth for you and your loved ones. May you achieve success in every facet of life, and all your heartfelt wishes come true. Wishing you a Happy New Year of Happiness & Prosperity. May the glory of the Empress spread all over. May She praise us in galore. Let’s pray for happiness and prosperity... May this Erwanin New Year give us happiness. Nights are dark but days are light. Wish your life will always be bright. So don’t fear, for we've been gifted a brand New Year. May the stars shine upon you. May the flowers fill your heart with beauty. May hope forever wipe away your tears. And above all, may this New year be wonderful! May the coming year take you on the path to glory where all your endeavours become glorious and your life becomes a success story. In the harmony of the new and fresh birth of the motherland and nature, we the Orinese wish everyone a Happy Ahuni!
  13. 6 points
    At that moment, Bendtsen's eyes were opened to the realization of the mess he had just created. Fool. In one fell swoop, the intimidating Mr. fan Oliefaaire had managed to highlight—in one way or another—all three major flaws plaguing the draft proposal. Bendtsen was far too ambitious. Dare he, the little delegate of a little island-nation, confront an intercontinental forum with such an audacious proposal—on its first-ever session? Neither was he an expert on the topic at hand, that he might be able to gain a proper grasp of his proposed actions. No, that duty should have belonged to Tom Svert, Ph.D., President of the Andallan Institute of Economics and Business Management—the oldest and most prestigious business school in the country. Dr. Svert was a close friend of his, whom Bendtsen had considered talking to regarding the draft proposal. Despite this, it was Bendtsen himself who hesitated contacting Svert, as he thought it be better not to disrupt the Doctor's busy schedule. He was left with nothing but his experience on chairing the Andallan parliament's Small Business Development Committee. To top it all—in his fruitless haste, Bendtsen had also managed to slide in a few errors and poorly thought-out clauses. The dates mentioned Article 4 were mostly placeholders that he had forgotten to revise; likewise, "a certain ATARA member state" was supposed to be "any". Alexander Bendtsen: Foreign Minister, Delegate of Andalla, national embarrassment. The events of two days previous played before his eyes. Mr. Caballeros' proposal had been shot down for an apparent lack of proper details; and though Bendtsen's was far more lengthy and extensive, he knew his GENCOTS was severely lacking. Nevertheless, after fourteen minutes of frantic revision, Bendtsen once again assumed his place on the podium. Placing a dark-green binder notebook atop the lectern, he lowered the two mics and began to speak. "To the Panel, most esteemed delegates, colleagues and guests. The Delegate of Variota raised three points of clarification, specifically regarding Article 2, Section 3, and Article 4, Sections 4 and 5." He turned around momentarily to face Mr. fan Ollefaaire, bowing his head slightly as if respectfully acknowledging his remarks. "Firstly, this delegate would like to correct the wording found in Article 2, Section 3, '... if at least 45% of the product's total content originates from any certain ATARA member state.' Additionally, the clause shall be amended to clarify that the 45% in question may not necessarily originate from a single member state." "Likewise, Article 4, Section 4 shall be appended to include a clause defining the 'costs' in question, specifically: handling fees, consular transactions, customs documentation fees, financial transactions, and inspection & sanitation services." "Lastly, all the due dates mentioned specifically in Article 4, Sections 1, 3 and 5, shall be pushed forward; the said sections will be amended accordingly. '11th of July' as mentioned in Article 4, Section 5 shall be moved to the 30th of September, giving member states 3 and a half months to consider the regulations and requirements as set out by this Agreement. Similarly, Article 4, Sections 1 and 3 shall be amended, such that the process of reduction begins on 1 January 2019 and ends 31 December 2024." "In summary, member states will be given 3 and a half months from signing in order to lay out their respective plans and frameworks, to be announced publicly on the 30th of September. Thus the entire Q4 from October to December shall be allotted for companies to prepare for the said tariff reduction measures, which will begin to take force on January 1, 2019." Unsure of what to do next, Bendtsen remained on the podium, trying to close his binder notebook very slowly as if eagerly awaiting Morra's reponse.
  14. 6 points
    I corrected some internal and external links. To include links to Wikipedia, you can use this shortcut. For example: {{wp|Polish language|Grenesian}} The first part "{{wp" begins the link. The second part "Polish language" is the Wikipedia page you want to link with. The third pat "Grenesian" is the text you wish to display. The last part "}}" closes the link. Seperate each part with a vertical pipe "|". On my keybord, this is typed with ALT+SHIFT+L.
  15. 6 points
    Stepping out of the air-conditioned studio and into the humid July air, Yiu made their way to the car waiting outside. Opening the door, Yiu was surprised to see their friend and closest advisor Lynne Androni, sitting in the back seat. Sliding in beside her, Yiu wasted no time in starting a conversation. "Lynne darling, what a lovely surprise, to what do I owe the pleasure?" mused the chairman, injecting as much exhaustion as they could muster before collapsing dramatically into the plush seat as the car began moving. "You did well in there Yiu, you managed to stick to the script this time." replied the woman, punctuating her statement with a drag from an electronic cigarette fashioned to look like a vintage cigarette holder. The chairman failed to respond, opting instead to stare out the window at the passing crowds, identifying their influences on the pedestrians. Yiu's latest designs were out in full force in the wake of the MYNE Gala; long glittering strips of fabric covering the bare essentials kept the citizens cool in the rapidly escalating summer heat. As the car rolled to a slow stop at a red light, Yiu finally responded, "You know what I want right now? Coffee." Abruptly unbuckling their seat belt and stepping out of the car and into the busy street, Lynne's protests were silenced by a quick slam of the car door. Ignoring the buzzing in their pocket that was certain to be Androni berating them for stepping out so suddenly. Crossing in front of the mass of cars waiting for the tram to finish passing, Yiu made a beeline for the nearest cafe. "Iced chai, double shot of espresso, large." Muttered the chairman, absentmindedly scrolling through their phone. Lynne had texted her order, a small dark roast, and Yiu was more than happy to provide to make up for their abrupt departure. "Can I get a name for that?" asked the disinterested barista, typing the order into the computer in front of her. "Yiu, can I add one of those little scones?" replied the individual, seemingly oblivious to the stares that the answer drew. "A-anything else?" asked the barista, immediately flustered by the realization that they were talking to arguably the most powerful person on the island. "No, that'll be it, you take ElePay?" "Uh, yeah, can you sign here, please?" "Yeah, thanks." muttered Yiu, absentmindedly selecting a tip amount. Going to sit down in one of the corners, Yiu hardly noticed how the people previously occupying that booth immediately relocated themselves. Less than a minute later, the chairman's coffee was delivered to their table. Pausing to take a selfie with their drink and slip in headphones, the chairman stepped into the humid afternoon air and made a beeline for the nearest tram station. Arriving just in time to slip between the closing doors and into the plush first-class compartment. Texting Lynne to meet them at the Androni Commercial Center, Yiu met with an immediate reply confirming that their advisor was already there. The tram ride was pleasant, with the fashion mogul alternating between taking sips of their drink and scrolling through their social media feed. 15 minutes later, the tram came to a stop at the newly completed business park, the sleek black glass body of the train complementing the towers surrounding the station. Walking across the plaza and into the lobby, the chairman was met by an argument being held between Lynne Androni, and fellow corporate board member, Richard Spai.
  16. 5 points
    Five Years of Peace On the anniversary of the peace accords that were made five years ago, we retell the story. MORLAVITRA, OYUS -- Five years ago, the most anti-climactic end to what amounted as a decades long exchange of "dicy" skirmishes. The separatist group that claimed the southern isle of Oyus for its own unrecognized state and little actual power over it agreed to end it's campaign against the Matriarchy. It was a monumental moment for those in the south as there were always concerns the group would become more aggressive and be supported by outside governments against the Matriarchy. At last, there was certainty. The peace deal was concocted by the then newly assigned Chief of Morlavitra's National Police chapter. According to him, it was clear that with the ouster of their own leader that they recognized that their mission was ineffective and not a sympathetic one among those foreign or domestic. Calling for a ceasefire and offering comfortable beds on his own dime (though later reimbursed by the Kera) to the separatists, he made quick inroads with them. "Forefeiting their small cache of weapons and willingly coming home seemed most sensible. What few people that did become swayed by them were losing faith and felt alone." the Chief stated in a recent interview with us on the subject. The terms laid out by the chief were simple: forfeit the physical conflict and reintegrate into society in return for allowing the Commune to reform into the sole party permitted by the Matriarchy: The Communist Party of Oyussa Not only would they be allowed into the National Congress in a decade, but they would also receive a small fund to start up their party. Only one term truly seemed harsh in any way: the imprisonment of their recently ousted leader. It was also one quickly agreed to in what amounted to a peace talk of a no more than a handful of hours. Over the following weeks after amends were made, the National Police announced that the newly founded CPO had complied with every term of the accords. While the group made quick efforts to hand over their stockpile and move their small remote village folk to Morlavitra and beyond, the biggest sticking point was what took the announcement so long to make. the ex-Secretary General of the former Southern Commune after his ouster had ventured out into the tropical landscape of the island resulting in a manhunt for two weeks. His ouster was a brutal one. Commune members had grown restless with the lack of momentum and growth in their mission imploring him to revise strategy. Instead, their fearless leader chose to stay the course and was thrown out in due time having served as the leader for three decades. Today, he regrets everything and laments that he should have listened to "my proletariat" and reached out to end the conflict long ago before they came to him. It remains to be seen whether the CPO can sway enough Oyusards to their side. To their credit, when revelations came out of the corruption of the previous Treasurer, numbers "soared" from a measly couple hundred to a curious couple thousand, mostly found in Morlavitra. Perhaps they will be a voice for the people in another five years if their leadership remains focused on more feasible and sensible goals as they seem to have done thus far.
  17. 5 points
    To: the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomaion From: Kera Eka Lam of the @Oyus Matriarchy This communique has been encrypted and is considered confidential Megas Logothetes Eugenios Goulielmos, Your response to our communique is most understandable and we have not ill thoughts about it. Declining in the name of principles and beliefs is most respectable. We would not want to force anyone who came to the benefit of the Matriarchy to do so at their own loss. Especially if it were in a total abandonment of their own principles. That would be most dishonorable and disrespectful in the highest order. It is why I would like to assure you of something should there be a change of heart in this matter. A plurality of our people follow what I feel is our own true faith. However, within that is a core belief of ours to respect the cultural traditions, principles, and beliefs of others. To quote the High Aconite Matriarch Alafotsy II, "Acona and her people forget not the strength of those who do not recognize her, they respect and value it." This is a reason why we search abroad as opposed to within our home. The future of this wonderful nation and her people deserve the perspective and leadership of someone that may see things from another's shoes. Regardless, we hope to strengthen relations through other means with the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomaion if not through this medium. Cordially, Eka Lam Kera of the Oyus Matriarchy
  18. 5 points
    To: Kera Eka Lam of the @Oyus Matriarchy From: the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomaion Your Excellency, Our nations are very similar in many regards. Unlike others, we allow room for the spiritual, something which appears to be declining across the wurld. Many nations regard that aspect of life as something that has become outmoded by the advance of science and technology. The people of Arhomaneia and Oyus know differently. We know that faith and spirituality are as much a part of our lives, as pervasive, as wifi and mobile networks. Perhaps more so – it has yet to be demonstrated by theologians that we need network coverage in the way that we need the spiritual aspect of our lives. And despite the clear differences between our nations – mine is a vast, contiguous country whilst yours is a pair of islands in the middle of a great sea – what defines us as different actually shows us as similar. Our countries both have a deep and ancient faith, one that cannot be shaken by the superficiality of modernity, as it has been in so many others. We hold old traditions as dear to our hearts and we are unafraid of being judged by countries and peoples, as we know that they have lost their way when compared to us. For these reasons, the Arhomaioi cannot take part in your search for a successor. It pains myself and the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator Kommodos III, may Christ forever bless and guide him, to drive a wedge between ours nations so. But to do otherwise would be to reject our heartfelt faith and the teachings of Christ and hold a pagan belief above our Lord, the One True God. If you might find your successor from amongst the people of Arhomaneia, then my nation can but officially deny such actions. It would be to suggest that your religious beliefs are superior to those of my own nation. If your excellency does find a successor from amongst the Arhomaioi, then it can only be on a level between private individuals. Then there is no reason for the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion to stand in the way. However, on an official level, this can only be denied and for the reasons stated above. If it was officially acknowledged, it would cause scandal within the Megas Agios Basileia, and there would be questions about the Matriarchy purposefully guiding people away from the Light of Christ and forcing them into apostasy. I do not know how you would be able to balance believing in True Religion and being the successor of the Kera. This is something that my government is willing to attempt to overcome only when it is something that has to be dealt with. I sincerely hope that this does not mark the end of our nations' friendly relations. I know that my monarch feels the same way, and very much values the friendship of the Oyusards, even if at this time it may seem that the Arhomaioi reject that very friendship. I know that a nation as driven by faith as yours, and ruled by a strong, dynamic religion, will sympathise with the reasons that have been stated. It is not through a rejection of your beliefs, but through the strength of our own that this has to be the way that it is. May God provide succour to you in your times of need, Eugenios Goulielmos, Megas Logothetes of the Logothesion of Foreign Affairs of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomaion
  19. 5 points
    Nation in Europa: Aanbreck Aurora Flag: Capital Name: Auvergne Capital Location: Island along a harbor (see map) Factbook Link: https://iiwiki.us/wiki/Acadia Newsroom Link: Culture: The culture of Acadia is mostly derived from French (Lysian) culture, however is unique in that it has some elements incorporated from the Navajo/Pueblo (Diné). This is similar to South or Central America, where the indigenous culture is still prevalent in the modern culture. IRL Mexico is like this in that, though it is very much a full-blown Latin American, Spanish nation, it still incorporates the culture and even names from Mesoamerican cultures like the Aztecs and Mayans. Climate: The climate is more or less similar to the dry deserts in the IRL Southwest (US), though on île d'Alquière and Nouvelle Normandie climates are more similar to grasslands or plains. If possible, the coastal portions of Acadia could be slightly less desert and more mountainous than the rest of the nation (similar to what happens in IRL California compared to the Sonora and Mojave Deserts just nearby). Perhaps something like this could be explained through the rain shadow effect, though I'm not quite sure the location will help hold up that explanation. Location: The Western coast of central Aurelia: (Excuse me for the crude quality of the map) History: 700 CE - First Human Settlement by the Diné people. 800 CE - Tribes united into Diné Confederation, lasting all but 50 years until its collapse. 800-1300 CE - "Dinese Isolation" period of development in tribes and relative peace. 1332 CE - Union of tribes and city-states into the Dinénahasdzáán Empire. 1638 CE - Founding of L'Aracdie and colonization of modern-day Arcadia/Arcadie. 1640-1680 CE - Conquête Intérieure (Interior Conquest) of Diné lands leading to the collapse of the Dinénahasdzáán Empire. This paves the way for the establishment of the Acadie (Acadia), Nouvelle Normandie (New Normandy), and Nouvelle Lys (New Lys) colonies, all eventually becoming part of the Acadia colony. 1759 CE - Revolution against Lysian rule, ending in an Acadian victory. 1803 CE - Incorporation into Shffahkian Empire. 1834 CE - Acadia declares independence from Shffahkia and declares the United States of Acadia, contributing to the collapse of the Shffahkian Empire. 1849 CE - Acadia is annexed into Shffahkia once again. 1895-1899 CE - Tensions between Acadians and Shffahkians reach new heights, leading to the conflict known as the Shffahko-Acadian Civil War. This conflict contributed, once again, to the collapse of the Shffahkians, this time to the First Shffahko Republic, and also contributed to the rise of the Collectivists in the state.
  20. 5 points
    Nation in Europa: Fjallshima Flag: Capital name: Yokoholm Capital location: Next to the ocean, preferably in a bay. Thalassa, of course. Factbook link: https://iiwiki.us/wiki/Fjallshima (WILL ADD TO IT.) Newsroom link: http://www.europans.com/topic/5733-fsf-fjallshiman-broadcasting-corporation/ Culture: A mix of Japanese and Swedish culture with a strong emphasis on religion, respect, family, hard work, and empathy. Climate: Due to its mountains and being surrounded by water, summer can range from being mild to being hot and humid. Winter is very cold and can involve heavy snowfall in more mountainous areas. Location History: The native Kitakaidon people have been in Yamashima for thousands of years and after the rise of agriculture in 4,000 BC, people started to splinter off into clans who were under the control of numerous different warlords. Civil wars were waged between warlords over hundreds of years with some of the most famous clans being the Minawara, Fujibana, and Sugatomi clans. Andallan Catholic missionaries arrived in the mid 19th century and the Sugatomi clan utilized the missionaries clan to create a new language called Fjallshiman and Fjallshiman Catholicism that was a mix of the Andallan Catholic faith and the native Seinshin spirit-based faith. Fjallshima was united into an empire that was ruled by the Sugatomi Clan. The late 19th century and early 20 century was brutal with a genocide of the native Seinshin Kitakaidon people, an invasion of Fjallshima by the Sunset Sea Islands, and a treaty signed between the Kitakaidon Workers Party and the Fjallshiman government that reorganized the country into a republic with autonomy for the region of Kitakaido.
  21. 5 points
    Nation in Europa: Commonwealth of Grenesia Capital name: Karlitch Capital location: Marked on map below with yellow star *if possible: The brighter the red, the more desired area - and I'd rather be on the north, if the coverage is still too large. This map could also be my expansion plan in further future. Factbook link (IIWiki): https://iiwiki.us/wiki/Grenesia Newsroom link: Culture: Yasic, partly Catholic, partly pagan, pacifist, traditionalist. Could be compared to Slavic/Nordic. Climate: partly temperate, partly Mediterranean Location: Marenesia Major (look map above). I'm considering relocation if the mods say other factors don't match. History: • first mentions of a Grenesian ruler - 1005 • Kingdom established - 1285 (Grenesia embraces Catholicism) • Renewed Kingdom - 1489 (Grenesia breaks apart in 1453, unified by Yarovit III Karlitch) • First Commonwealth - 1581 (Grenesia embraces direct oligarchic democracy, religious freedom) • Second Commonwealth - 1803 (Grenesia embraces direct democracy and develops its structures) • Third Commonwealth - 1947 (Grenesia turned into communist dictatorship) • Fourth Commonwealth - 1990 (Grenesia abolishes communism)
  22. 5 points
    Hello @Fjallshima. As discussed on Discord, I will re-assign the former Rihan territory of Kipan to you. I will update the name, flag and capital city. It should allow you to slip straight into existing canon, since you already mentioned interactions with @Andalla and @Sunset Sea Islands. Can you confirm this is still alright with you?
  23. 5 points
    Home | Wurld | Salvia | Business | Politics | Church | Opinion | Tech | Entertainment l Sports  Ministry of Trade and Finances Confirms Rumors of a Palu Peninsula “Development Deal” Leo Conway talking to the press on Saturday The Minister of Trade and Finances, Leo Conway, confirmed in a press conference on Saturday that rumors of a “development deal” was being negotiated with the Palu nations of @Metztlitlalio and @Eulycea. The minister also said that they were discussing opening the agreement with the island nation of @Oyus. “The agreement contains several billion dollars in loans in order to stimulate the growth of the peninsular economies which will in turn benefit Salvian trade in the region,” Conway said, adding on that the deal was “a win-win.” The minister also clarified that the Ministry had met with government officials from each country. “The details are still being finalized and will not be complete for at least another month. The process requires sufficient and in depth planning that takes time and compromise,” Conway added. The minister also stressed to the Salvian people that this deal will have economic benefit for the Salvian people, stimulating an already roaring economy. The 2-year economic boom in Salvia has largely erased the economic failures of the last 30 years, which was largely caused by isolationist policies that originated in the late 1970s and an economic crisis in the late 2000’s. The announcement drew some criticism from certain activist groups, most arguing that the deal was a form of “modern imperialism” that exploited the governments and people of Palu for Salvia’s economic benefit. However, most Salvians reacted positively to the news, especially stocks, which opened up 3% higher this morning. This story is developing and will receive future updates.
  24. 5 points
    YOUR RP NATION Full Name of Nation: Greater Republic of New Iredale Government type of nation: Unitary Constitutional Semi-Presidential Republic Culture/ethnicity of your nation: New Iredalan (Swedish-American) Give us a short description of your nation: New Iredale is a unitary republic that holds the political and civil liberties of its citizens sacrosanct. The nation adheres to free market capitalism and is abundant in resources, and as such many major corporations call New Iredale home. Do you have an IIWiki page?: No WRITING EXPERIENCE How would you describe your level of experience in regards to roleplaying? Seven on a scale of one to ten. I mainly roleplay for the fun of it. How would you describe yourself? I am an American male in my mid-twenties. I have minor autism and interested in history from any era. RP/Writing samples (if available already): An rp I wrote for another region. https://www.nationstates.net/page=rmb/postid=37121785 Do you wish to have a mentor assigned to you to help guide you through the start of your time here? No NATIONSTATES Why do you want to join this region?: I enjoy roleplay and I found this region, and saw it looked well put together. Have you ever had trouble with any moderators?: In other regions, yes I have come into conflict with 2 or 3. I try to be respectful with everyone however. Do you have any prior experience on NationStates? Yes If so, give a brief accounting of it. I have been on NS for about 6 years now and have been in many roleplay regions, most of which died in months.. This is my second oldest nation, my oldest being NewZion. Are you currently or do you plan to be a member of the NationStates World Assembly? No, I have another nation, Hispaniolaa, in the WA. Even though I don't like the WA. Anything else?: 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.
  25. 5 points
    Map: https://i.imgur.com/7sgYhSr.png Added: The islands included in @Seylos expansion Salvae Bay near @Salvia Named outlying islands for @Miiros Expansion south for @Fulgistan Cities in expanded area for @Iverica (see comment) Narvaa Sea near @Iverica Added @Grenesia in S-Argis (see request) Added @Fjallshima in W-Aurelia and Thalassa (see request) Added @Yeosan in SE-Alharu (see request) Expansion west for @Salvia (see expansion) Added cities for @Haruspex (see request) Added cities for @Dragonryders (from news channel and Dragonriders book) Edited: Shortened MH on the map to just @Haruspex Renamed Storm Sea for @Tagmatium Rules Redrew the Antargic coastline (see comment) Redrew the islands in Aurelia (see comment) Renamed locations for @Oyus (see comment) Changed flag for Giokto (see @Andalla's comment) Changed the bottom infobox; it didn't fit anymore Removed: Goodbye Joe Bobs Backlog: @Assurym move (probably to Memopotamia) @Qardania move (undecided to which destination) Rivers redraw (use pseudorandom pattern, less meandering the higher you are) More lakes (where it makes sense) Europa borders redraw (use pattern) Cultures based on "2008-02-25-regional.png" Similarly styled flags in northern Europa Qardania + Karthenia to become neighbours? Assurym to Orient (elephant) or Memopotamia (Assyria / Sumeria)? Mirian Republic next to Yutabonia (deer in flag) Rename Great United Kingdom to something else or remove Rename Phil IV to... Sartdu?
  26. 5 points
    The Treaty of Ferrefaaierhafen is mentioned here and I believe I mention it a couple of times here and there on other threads (such as here). Historically, the Treaty of Ferrefaaierhafen made nations accept Variotan hegemony over the Keelpijppassage as well as provide a section of land in each port of importance (which generally meant any port seeing enough international trade) on the Keelpijp. In return, Het Huisselant protected the waters and enabled all trade vessels from ratifiers to pass through and trade without costs. Throughout the ages, it developed further and is currently the ACTF (Agreement on the Continuation of the Treaty of Ferrefaaierhafen). One could deny signing it back in the day but that would have lead to rampant attacks by the Frijkaapers, Variotan privateers whose attacks also ended up ending the Lukan Empire, until you did sign. The section of land requirement was removed from the treaty at some point or another in history and the treaty now offers all merchant vessels safe and neutral passage through the Keelpijp, among other goodies. The ACTF dictates that no third-party military vessels, thus from nations not bordering the Keelpijp, can come into the Keelpijp waters without explicit permission from the Executive Chair, it promotes cooperation among the various states to project the Keelpijp from piracy and such, nations work together more, etc. The various nations come together in the Treaty Council (not set on the name), which is led by the Executive Chair, which is permanently held by us. It's basically a treaty protecting the waters so that they remain neutral for trade purposes as well as a loose consortium of nations working together in certain efforts. Variota still provides the majority of security forces. Your location on the Keelpijp would mean that you've been part and are part of the Treaty of Ferrefaaierhafen and the ACTF. You're on the edge though so you could just opt-out with no hard feelings, although that'd also mean that you would have been and still are in a lesser situation trade and diplomacy-wise in regards to the Keelpijp. Lukinagrad has its own iiwiki page, where its empire is briefly mention as well. There's also my expansion RP that led to Lukinagrad's inclusion into Het Huisselant which might give some insight into the nation. The Lukan Kingdom started in 1061 and managed to grow until 1534/8, when their denial to sign the Treaty of Ferrefaaierhafen meant that their fleets were slowly being killed off. The nation never recovered and started a slow descent into stagnation and other such fun until it completely lost its outer territories in 1828, as the last King died and the last sections of the nation turned into a democracy. Realistically, that'd mean that parts of your western area would have been part of the Lukan Kingdom until some date that we'd have to determine. I would probably say dates in the late 18th century would work with perhaps some of the western fringes waiting to flip, be declared war on by you, whatever else until 1828.
  27. 5 points
    80 stories below, Richard Spai threw himself into a car waiting for him at the edge of the plaza. "Take me home," spat the man, fuming from the interaction he had moments ago. Spai began drafting a strongly worded email to the woman and thing that had insulted him, recklessly typing regardless of any errors he made. Insults were made against appearance, personal history, intelligence, and fatally, gender identity. Disregarding any potential consequences, the man sent the email. Yiu's conversation was interrupted by a phone call from their assistant Quora, apologizing profusely to Lynne, Yiu walked over to the building's balcony before answering. "Quora, darling, I love you, but I'm talking to Lynne, can it wait?" asked Yiu, worried that Lynne would get annoyed with the interruption "Well, Richard Spai emailed," replied Quora from the other end of the line in her soft Lysian accent. "So what? You know we delete those," said Yiu, exasperated. "You're going to want to read this one. I'm sending it to you now." finished the woman, hanging up. Returning back to the chair, Yiu apologized profusely for the interruption, "I'm so sorry. Apparently, Richard sent me something interesting enough for Quora to deem it necessary for me to read it." "If Quora says it's important, it is, she's the best I've seen." Soothed Lynne, unbothered by the interruption. "You're just saying that because she used to work with you." quipped Yiu, well aware that Quora was likely the only reason that things went smoothly for them in the first place. "My point stands. Now, let's see this email," said Lynne, placing her sunglasses on top of her head and taking Yiu's phone from their hand. Reading through, Lynne's eyebrows slowly migrated up her forehead, finally coming to rest in an expression of shock rarely displayed by the businesswoman. "you're going to want to read this, now," ordered Lynne, practically shoving the chairman's phone back into their hand. Rolling their eyes at what they thought was just another desperate attempt to win back favor with the fashion mogul, Yiu began reading. From: RSpai@Gh.Gov To: YAmista@Gh.Gov Subject: [no subject] Your threats against me are unfounded, improper, and will be the downfall of you and lynne. you arent fit to be a leader of a f*cking coffee shop mich less the leader of Halahidna. you should take Your shitty clothes and ugly makeup back to whroing in clubs for a few bits. You never deserbed to be a membre of the corporate board and you;; never be as good as Bittman. you parade arund on your sbitty f*cking glitter pants and thinl your hot shit becaus you managed to fukc spmeone with avtual talent. youre jsut a n ayyention grabving trsny, just admit yire a man and stip bring a snowflkae. resign and let the aults get bacl to runnig the coungry. I have the honor to be your obedient servant, R. Spai Yiu read the email twice over, noting the irony of the automatically generated signature in contrast with the general unhinged sounding email. Taking a deep breath, Yiu responded, "Holy shit, he's actually lost it." Turning to their companion, Yiu was shocked to see Lynne grinning. "You're way too happy about this," commented Yiu, failing to see what Lynne had seen within the manic text. "He sent this from his government email, any statements in there are officially his, and can be accessed by anyone with a government login." Began the woman, speaking as if explaining the significance to a child. "Okay, but what does that mean?" asked the chairman, oblivious to the opportunity that had presented itself. "We can release this, and he can't deny anything he said in it." Explained Lynne, watching the dots connect in the chairman's head. "He's on record, insulting your company, and more importantly, you." continued Lynne, already plotting the man's downfall. "We send this to every news station, gossip magazine, and social media influencer on the island, anonymously, of course. Pose as a government aide who was filtering through the correspondence records for the day. He's f*cked!" Finished Lynne, gleefully typing on her phone. "He's not going to survive this, holy shit, we can ruin him!" exclaimed the chairman, finally realizing the golden opportunity that had presented itself to them. "I'll have Quora get to work on it right away." "No need, I've already messaged Cynthia," said Lynne, referring to fellow corporate board member Cynthia Ferroe, owner of the islands media conglomerate, Orpheum Media Group. "The devil works hard, but Lynne Androni works harder." quipped Yiu, holding their glass of champagne out. Lynne brought her glass to Yiu's, resulting in a satisfying clink as the two celebrated their plan.
  28. 5 points
    IRL should always take priority. Godspeed, @Metztlitlalio.
  29. 5 points
    Hi! I've asked around and it seems that none of our mentors or mods have shared our balance sheet with you yet! The balance sheet has been thought up to allow every new player to get a fair chance while also ensuring that it remains fair and interesting for everyone. It's a bit of a read but it tells you exactly why, what and how. Please read it through and let me know through Discord PM or PM here on the forums about your decision in regards to point distribution, as it'll impact the amount of land, population and GDP per capita you'll be able to take! Should you have any questions, please first read the FAQ located in the document. Should your question not be answered by them, feel free to PM me either here or on Discord and I'll do my best to aid you. Balance sheet & info
  30. 5 points
    Home | Wurld | Salvia | Business | Politics | Church | Opinion | Tech | Entertainment l Sports  State of Emergency Declared in Trinity as More Violent Protests Take Place Over Church Scandal Protesters started car fires and attacked police as the Provincial Guard was called. The mayor of Trinity, Christopher Bergilini, has declared a state of emergency in Trinity as protests gradually turned violent starting last week. "Just 6 weeks ago we were saying how that was the worse violence that we've seen- this is several levels above that," the TPD police chief Gian Sergio told reporters yesterday in a press conference. "Our officers are doing the best they can in the face of great adversity, but Mayor Bergilini's declaration was necessary to provide us the support we need." With the declaration of emergency, extra funding has been allocated to the police force, while the Provincial Guard was also called in to aid the Trinity Police Department. Police and firefighters also had to stop fires that were caused by the protesters. In total, 233 were arrested by the end of today, with 45 policemen and 3 Provincial Guardsmen injured. Rubber bullets, pepper spray, and water cannons were all used against protesters, who threw rocks, toppled barricades, and in some cases attacked police with blunt weapons. Last Saturday marked the 4-month mark since the beginning of protests in December 2019. Since then, several high-ranking progressives, including potential 2021 candidate Representative Emilio Marcus and Minority Speaker of the Concilio Populi Anna Ferrero, have taken up the cause of the protests, advocating for a reduction of the Church's influence in Salvian politics, potentially to the point of completely separating Church and state. President Patrick Saulius's pro gratia defrocking came as he was pressured by many urban progressives, and there are rumors that those same urban progressives are drafting a new law that would require clergy members to renounce their position in order to take office, a bill that would directly conflict with the establishment of the Concilio Clerici. Only time will tell how the Salvian people react.
  31. 5 points
    The Antreian Department of Defense's Office of Strategic Weapons Systems, or OSWS, has begun work on a brand new missile system. The Fox series, as the missile has been named, will be an entire suite of missiles suited for all intercept ranges through it's different variants. The Antreian aerospace company Craddock Enterprises is the main private partner in the development, though, unusually, this development is spearheaded by the government's own research and testing arm itself. The series is planned to contain six different missile types: Fox I, Fox II, Fox III, Fox LR, Fox Advanced, and the Carpal HAIM (High Altitude Intercept Missile). Several other variants are planned if the system proves it's effectiveness in testing, such as the Fox-SLR with a range of 600 nautical miles; the Fox ASAT, an anti satellite missile with a kinetic warhead or even the Carpal HAIM-ABM, the High Altitude Intercept Missile - Anti Ballistic Missile. All development is slated to be done within the decade, with the first field test rumored to be around five or six years out for the normal variants. The more advanced variants will take longer, of course, and will take around twenty to thirty years if everything goes as scheduled.
  32. 5 points
    YOUR RP NATION Full Name of Nation: The Republic of Antreior Government type of nation: Federal Autocracy Culture/ethnicity of your nation: Afrikaners Give us a short description of your nation: A small, isolationist nation that has seen empires try to conquer it. Yet, it has always regained independence. The Afrikaners pushed forward, and now hold a top tier manufacturing and aviation sector for the economy. The government allows most things as long as it does not danger the public. The government also takes a strict non-interventionist stance in conflict, opting to defend itself and commit to trade wars instead of normal ones. Do you have an IIWiki page?: No, but planning on making one. WRITING EXPERIENCE How would you describe your level of experience in regards to roleplaying? Beginner How would you describe yourself? RP/Writing samples (if available already): Nothing to show, never really started RP'ing. Do you wish to have a mentor assigned to you to help guide you through the start of your time here? Yes NATIONSTATES Why do you want to join this region?: I want to join a region that will get my RP skills up to par with the best out there. I also want to join a fun and active community. Have you ever had trouble with any moderators?: N/A Do you have any prior experience on NationStates? If so, give a brief accounting of it. N/A Are you currently or do you plan to be a member of the NationStates World Assembly? I plan to be in it. Anything else?: N/A 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.
  33. 4 points
    List of Diplomatic Missions Adaptus Honorary Consulate of Andalla in Novumcastrum Afropa Embassy of Andalla in Dieudonné Ahrana Embassy of Andalla in Moskovo Consulate-General of Andalla in Peterburi Astriedan Honorary Consulate of Andalla in Curia Cashar Embassy of Andalla in Protiva Consulate-General of Andalla in Malmega Cristina Embassy of Andalla in Cristina Fjallshima Embassy of Andalla in Yokoholm Fulgistan Embassy of Andalla in Bogd Gioro Consulate-General of Andalla in Wulumqi Gallambria Embassy of Andalla in Bromwich Giokto Embassy of Andalla in Saipuo Consulate-General of Andalla in Chiongto Consulate-General of Andalla in Kaohen Consulate-General of Andalla in Samto Consulate-General of Andalla in Yasiu Consulate of Andalla in Liangsiu Consulate of Andalla in Tailam Girkmand Embassy of Andalla in Girk Consulate-General of Andalla in Goodwill Iverica Embassy of Andalla in Intreimor Consulate-General of Andalla in Manille Consulate-General of Andalla in Porto Altaria Consulate of Andalla in Subíc Consulate of Andalla in Toledo Limonaia Embassy of Andalla in Limone Little Flau Embassy of Andalla in Aulon Consulate-General of Andalla in Fush Consulate-General of Andalla in Phika Lysian Republic Embassy of Andalla in Lyrie Magnaeus Honorary Consulate of Andalla in Venège Mauridiviah Embassy of Andalla in Maurotopia Orioni Embassy of Andalla in O'polis Consulate-General of Andalla in Meda Consulate-General of Andalla in Nordhaven Consulate-General of Andalla in Zuidhaven Consulate of Andalla in Vega Oyus Embassy of Andalla in Yulaa Prymont Embassy of Andalla in New Halsham Consulate-General of Andalla in Canastota Rohini Consulate-General of Andalla in Vali Sanctum Imperium Catholicum Embassy of Andalla in Deopolis Consulate-General of Andalla in Trinity Selayar Embassy of Andalla in Wanavera'a Consulate-General of Andalla in Mawura Consulate-General of Andalla in Ratnapura Seylos Embassy of Andalla in Selbourne Consulate-General of Andalla in Norfolk Sunset Sea Islands Embassy of Andalla in Sunset City Consulate-General of Andalla in Asimov Consulate-General of Andalla in Esperanza Consulate-General of Andalla in Porto Libertad Tagmatium Embassy of Andalla in Tagmatika Variota Embassy of Andalla in Ferrefaaierhafen Consulate-General of Andalla in Grootwaterflakte Other Diplomatic Missions Permanent Mission of Andalla to ATARA in Porto Altaria The Commonwealth of Andalla Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs 3230 Rohås Boulevard, Eremitås Arkhavn 10050 ☎ Call us (02) 2149 3200 (02) 2198 3200 Fax: (02) 2853 8914
  34. 4 points
    Ji'Mar Dead The Exkousiokrateia Descends into Civil War The news that the Exkousiokrator Ji'Mar of Gharon (@Haruspex) has been killed by traitors within his realm comes as a shock but perhaps is not unexpected. He was a heathen and a persecutor of Christians, both of heretic and true Arhomaniki sorts. Therefore, Ji'Mar being struck down is little more than that barbaros getting his just punishment for his actions. The rumour is also that he was put down as if a rabid dog by a member of his erstwhile bodyguard. That is a fitting end to someone who had caused such trouble for the Arhomaioi. The only thing to be truly sad about his passing is that now he cannot see there error of his ways, repent his actions and accept the love of Christ into his heart. Then, he would have been a true friend to civilisation and perhaps draw the Gharoi towards the light as a whole. In the former Exkousiokrator's stead, those who put the down the criminal have set up his sister on the throne. Kira'Karn is another child of the Sa'Karn, who was the last monarch of the Exkousiokrateia to actually see sense and deal with its powerful southern neighbour on terms that did not insult the dignity of Arhomaneia. The new monarch has spent the intervening years in territories in the south of Europa that the Gharoi have stolen from the local inhabitants. She is reported to have have the background of an academic and a scholar, more interested in language and culture than the anti-Christian and anti-Arhomaioi policies that seemed to be Ji'Mar's sole motivation. It is certainly hoped by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion that the Exkousiokratorissa will prove to be better neighbour than her deceased brother. On paper, she seems to be less rigid in mindset than her brother and could well be able to conduct policy on equal terms with Arhomaneia – or, at least, as equal terms as possible as barbaroi can be with the Heart of Civilisation. It is likely that the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator Kommodos III, may Christ forever bless and guide him, is hopeful that Kira'Karn will be more like her father and the alliance that exists between Tagmatika and Prathen will able to repaired and be once again become a force for good in Europa, and across the wider Eurth. At the moment, after repeated transgressions by Ji'Mar, it is little more than words on paper. The new Exkousiokratorissa faces three severe problems that she will have to overcome before she can even begin to try to normalise relations with the rest of the wurld. The first, and most obviously pressing, is dealing with the so-called “loyalists” to her deceased brother. They aim to set up a separate regime in the conquered territories of Koussoeia, independent of Prathen. What, precisely, their long term goals are is unknown – whether they hope to gain international recognition as a sovereign country of their own, or use these carved out lands as a springboard to topple Kira'Karn and place another on the Gharoniki throne. Either way, as fighting in the north begins to drag out, it will only go on to weaken Gharon as a whole. That is something that all true Christians can rejoice about. The next problem is tied in with the first. The continued subjugation of the Koussoeioi will be major sticking point with other nations. Although Kira'Karn states that those that remain will be offered citizenship and compensation for the horrors inflicted on them by the Gharoi, it is unknown how such paltry gestures will heal the deep wounds inflicted upon them. The two nations were ancient enemies and now that one has conquered the other and ridden roughshod over it, the deep divisions will likely last for many years to come. This will be especially so because of the diaspora of Koussoeioi that happened during and after the Great Europan Collapse still clings to the trappings of the old regime and hold the old enmities in their hearts – as can be seen by the individual who attempted to self-immolate in the Square of Agios Konstantinos. The last is possibly the biggest hurdle that Kira'Karn faces. Again, it is linked to the invasion of Koussoeia. It is the explusion on the Gerenian Christian minority and the ethnic cleansing of their lands. It forced many thousands from their homes and forced appalling conditions on them, as well as placing a huge burden on Arhomaneia. This burden was partially taken up by an international coalition, which did not just include nations, but private bodies as well. It soured relations between the Megas Agios Basileia and the Exkousiokrateia further, and with the rest of the wurld. It is likely that all of the nations involved with the coalition will look for repercussions against those responsible for the genocide before Kira'Karn can expect normal relations with any other country. Severe Winter causes Chaos across Arhomaneia Worst Death toll Due to Winter Storms in Years The unusually severe winter that has descended on the northern Occident has been one of the most severe in recent years and is only just beginning to lift. Snow is still on the ground in many parts of north Arhomaneia, even as spring comes to the south of the nation. Many of the smaller villages and towns in the Trapezion, Kalamanion and Ioubaboion themata, or states, are still cut off after recent heavy snows, despite regular efforts to make sure that they are still connected to the outside world. The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion is making every effort to make sure that life in the northern themata is not too severely disrupted and is working closely with the local governments to make sure that life for the inhabitants is able to go on with as much normality as possible. Both the Logothesion ton Basternon, the Ministry of Transport, and the Logothesion ton Koiaisitoron, the Ministry of Works, are making sure that the road and rail networks remain running as smoothly as possible and that the ports remain ice-free, so that supplies to the areas affected are not too disrupted. In places, especially the more mountainous parts of the Trapezion, Resafion and Ioubaboion themata, the weather has been worse and the areas have felt the brunt of the snows and ice. Roads have been blocked by avalanches and landslides, which has meant that some communities have had to deal with emergencies on their own. The Apelatai, the famous mountain infantry and border guards, have regularly been called out to bolster the emergency services within the Ouranodistrision mountain range. Over the winter, the mountain trails were declared closed due to avalanche warnings and the severe storms that hit the mountains. However, as of March, it is thought that over hundred people died whilst hiking or skiing in the mountains, despite the warnings against it. In one tragic incident, a group of Apelatai were killed by an avalanche whilst searching for a party of lost hikers. They were also found dead later. As the weather begins to turn and the temperatures rise, the Logothesion ton Agelon, the Ministry for the Environment, has issued flood warnings in areas that lie downstream from the mountains. It has been suggested that the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion's tree planting initiatives over the last few years will help to reduce the threat of flooding in low lying areas, as they have improved the retention of water in the catchment areas of the rivers in northern Arhomaneia. However, this does remain to be seen and the next few weeks and months will see this strategy being tested, when compared to previous flood management techniques. “We are confident that the precautions that have been put into place will be able to handle any increase in meltwater that might take place, God willing,” said a representative from the Logothesion ton Agelon. “The Logothesion, along with the local governments, have spent billions making sure that Arhomaniki communities are not at risk.” Of course, it goes without saying that these defences and precautions do not take the place of faith in God. To imagine that the actions of Man, even the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion and the Arhomaioi, will be able to turn aside God's wrath is unutterably foolish. However, if these winter storms and the threatened flooding are not the Almighty taking exception to the action of the Megas Agios Basileia, then it can be hoped that defences will be more than capable of handling the tasks asked of them. His Holiness, Patriarkhos Nikolaos IX of Trapezon, has made personal visits to many of the flood defences in and around the thematon of Trapezion and has lead services blessing them, so that the effectiveness might be increased.
  35. 4 points
    Home | Orioni | World | Business | Tech | Science | Culture | Health | Sports Orinese government claims successful first 5G license auction O'POLIS -- Orioni's telecoms regulator finished the first phase of its 5G spectrum auctions, with operators snapping up 3 licenses ahead of an expected commercial rollout later this year. @Gallambria's top mobile operator, Parau Telecom (PT), emerged as the biggest winner with licenses for the 700 mHz and 21 mHz spectrum bands in the auction. PT, along with its parents company, Galmar Telecommunications Group, has been working with the Gallambrian government over the last 18 months, to deliver 5G network capabilities to both the government and commercial sectors. TC guarantees secure and reliable infrastructure as part of its services for the Gallambrian government. On the mid band 1400 mHz spectrum, Elegy Corporation won the license, beating out Parau Telecom. The megacorporation from @Sunset Sea Islands, owned by billionaire Mrs Liên Viênxuân, is an established IT and high-tech giant. Elegy maintains and continuously expands the 5G network connecting all 170 million inhabitants to the internet. Elegy promises "a future-proof network ready for autonomous driving and a tightly-knit internet of things and satisfied users all across Orioni." The Council of the Economy said the fifth-generation technology, with data speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G networks, will help drive the country’s digital economy. "Orioni's 5G technology is expected to help drive the economy," said $Name, the new Councillor of the Economy, adding that they expected the value to nearly double in 2021. Frequencies in the 3.5GHz and 26GHz bands will be allocated in the second quarter of 2020 (April-June). Mr Yosef Amare, of the Tender Evaluation Section, commented that: "Interested eligible bidders who wish to be included in the auction can send in their bids." The results of the second phase will be officially confirmed in June, Amare said. The government declined to comment what the final bids were. In January, when the auction was announced, the government expected to gain Φ25-30 billion from the deal.
  36. 4 points
    Sorry, I meant to have my population at 1, not 2, I was just looking at my wiki page.
  37. 4 points
    @Grenesia I love those borders. Looks very country-ish/ unartificial.
  38. 4 points
    All of the above has been taken care of in the next version which drops today.
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    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NEWS OF THE EMPIRE - Lotus Sun Network- Lock down drill Every 5 years in Indostan the 'Disaster drill' takes place. As all citizens know this 2 month long period is one of challenge and strength but this year, thanks to the '2nd Health Reform Act', it may be easier for the people. The government implemented the 1st HRA on the 12th of May 2009 only 2 months after the Suánxuǎn Emperor came to power, it's passing was to begin the process of obtaining access to the latest medical advancements from across the globe as well as focusing more effort into our nation's own medical practices. To no surprise after a slow first year, the second year saw a firm incline in medical knowledge from most university medical students and already practicing professionals. The nation's medical efforts and overall health have increased immensely as after now 10 years, 2 HRAs and 2 Lock down drills, the public's knowledge of staying healthy and alive has without question improved more than it had under the former Raixī Emperor. Now we are about to enter the first day of the 'Disaster drill' under the 2nd HRA which will see small changes to how citizens will go about in this month. Unlike the 1st lock down which had large negative effects upon the nation's economy, this one will try and have a reasonable effect upon it, it will still negatively effect the economy but the government made it clear that this, although being a drill, will prepare the country for disasters such as pandemics and ensure the country lives on. The first week is the hardest week and will see the rules being implemented. If a confirmed case pops up in Indostan, the family and friends of the infected, who have been in contact within the prior 2 weeks, and the infected as well are to go into quarantine immediately. From there the local clinic and or hospital shall go to the homes of the quarantined, wearing protective clothing, and access the situation through tests and necessary other procedures. If more cases are to occur within this first week (as in over 50) the nation shall begin entering the period of lock down. All those infected are expected to remain indoors for 2 weeks to keep the illness contained. Medical staff shall attend to them when possible and transport them to specialized hospitals, built to deal with pandemics. Here the infected shall be helped and (if consent is given) studied to find a cure for the illness. The second week shall see shops set out levels of rations and set times for certain people. i.e. Key workers shall have the first opening time in obtaining their necessary produces for their work day as well as living days. After key workers, the elderly and other vulnerable people have the second opening time, followed by the remaining populous. This method continues for the rest of the 2months . In the rest of society, under the second week, gathering of more than 5 people are to be banned in public and it is to be advised that unless they are direct family living under the same roof, private meetings of over 5 are not to occur. This rule does vary for restaurants and other such places which are to have number caps on people allowed in. Restaurants are to decrease the number of people allowed in by a effective amount and ensure there is a safe 1.2 meters (4ft) between each separate group's tables. All public areas are to also encourage use of health gloves, hand sanitizer and health masks through out the pandemic. These procedures are to continue for the rest of the lock down. From around half way of the second week, all rules will be re-enforced. Those who fail to comply with basic instructions of the lock down will be fined and arrested. Once they are arrested they will be put into quarantine prisons which have no difference from normal prisons in Indostan, they are just there in case the arrested are infected. The third week sees the final measure needed where the rest of society, unless they are key workers and small market workers, go into self isolation for the remainder of the 2 months. The final month will see a full lockdown where no one is allowed to leave houses unless it is absolutetly needed. Key workers of health, police, fire and others are excused of this. All those who fail will be arrested and fined 3000 Yikas. If necessary, the lock down continues for an extra 2 weeks where the within the forth week the self isolation continues and finally the fifth week sees the self isolation end and the rules of the 2nd week return. - Indostan Health Department Lock down
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    I think that the whole area is probably a bit too big and the brighter red area is the bit you'd likely get. Earmarking it as a potential future expansion area is a wise plan, and any potential placement of other nations will reflect that. That said, if you do get any new neighbours in the future, there is quite a lot of those large Marenesian islands to go around. Have you spoken much to your future neighbours, @Batengdei, @Salvia and @Gallambria?
  41. 4 points
    Since I was stupid and merely translated "storms", I did the whole phrase "Sea of Storms" whilst writing my last post. It should be "Thalassa ton Kataigidon", rather than "Kataigides". When you have a chance, @Orioni, could you make that change?
  42. 4 points
    “Like the tiger, a big cat native to more southerly Europan climes than our own Arhomaneia, the leopard sometimes takes to man-eating. In my experience, a man-eating leopard is to be dreaded even more than a tiger that has gained the same taste, as it possesses greater agility and stealthiness, as well as its silence.” Excerpt from Man-Eaters: The Memoirs of a Professional Hunter by Khristoforos Iagoupes, first published in EK7400 (AD1892). Iagoupes was later awarded the courtly title of Protokynegos, or “First Hunter”, in recognition of his exploits. The Leopard Throne. One of the most important symbols of Arhomaneia. It stood on a dais of porphyry that was covered with a cloth of gold, under a canopy of the same material, at the end of the grand state throne room, the Khrysotriklinos, of the Imperial Palace Complex. The heart of the Megas Agios Basileia, the Greater Holy Empire. It was actually a dual throne – the left hand side was the vacant seat of Christ. The Holy Emperor, the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator ton Arhomaion, the Holy Emperor and Autocrat of Arome to give the more formal title, was the representative of God on Eurth, sitting at His right hand. The throne itself was gold and studded in precious stones, a shining example of Aroman craftsmanship and nothing that mere barbaroi could hope to imitate. Its seats were covered in leopard skin upholstery and the sides were in the likeness of snarling big cats, ready to pounce. The teeth of the leopards on the sides were ancient elephant ivory, the red tongues made from coral, their spots picked out in pieces of carved jet and the eyes were crafted from amber. This imagery gave the throne its name. To enter the throne room, two vast gold-plated doors had to be opened. These magnificent works of art were perfectly balanced and swung outwards smoothly and silently. They were kept oiled and were polished regularly by one of the myriad of servants within the Imperial Palace Complex. It was considered a high honour to be selected to carry out the task. Once inside the room, a visitor would be greeted by one of the most striking sights in the wurld. The walls of the throne room were a shining white, representing the purity and holiness of Arhomaneia. The floors were a gilded mosaic, breathtaking in its magnificence. Glass, gold and ceramic tiles displaying proud moments in history, fearsome hunting scenes and the glory that was embodied by the Arhomaioi. Behind the throne was a multicoloured stained glass window of vast size which bathed the room in jewelled light when the sun shone through it. Unlike other, more heterodox Christian nations, there were no recreations of heavenly scenes or the Saviour Himself – depictions of holy figures was considered to be idolatrous by Arhomaneia's particular brand of Christianity, the Aroman Church. Great pillars held up the high roof. These were alternatively shining white marble or porphyry. Beyond them, the walls were as richly decorated as the mosaic floor and more large windows of stained or clear glass, alternating in the opposite way to the pillars, allowed light to flood into the state throne room. It was designed to overawe any visitor to the throne room, as if being in the presence of the Holy Emperor wasn't enough in itself. The throne itself, on its raised dais, sat under a semi-dome at the apse end of the room with the words “Christ, King of Kings” inscribed across the conch of the apse. It was no mistake that the throne was under the eastern end. The ruler of Arhomaioi was appointed to this role by God Himself, manifesting His will on Eurth. As a sign of the Agios Basileos' lofty position as the Thirteenth Apostle, those that approached the Leopard Throne's occupant were expected to acknowledge their lowly position. This act, called the Proskynesis, signified the subservience of the one doing it and the recognition that the Holy Emperor was their rightful overlord. The act involved throwing themselves to the floor and kissing the Holy Emperor's feet with their arms outstretched. It had, however, become impolitic to expect foreigners to perform it these days. The overly proud Barbaroi found it very offensive, as they often did not recognise the primacy of the Arhomaniki ruler over their petty overlords. And as there was one Kingdom in Heaven, there was one Empire on Eurth. That Empire had stood for centuries as a bastion of civilisation in a world of barbarism, a beacon of faith and light shining out and inspiring the lands surrounding it. It was a centre of culture, ever changing and evolving, and yet maintaining a link to the glorious past of the Aroman Empire before it, even if that past had yet to find the enlightenment of Christianity. This cultural heritage meant that it was Tagmatium's duty to shepherd the rest of Eurth towards that enlightenment and the civilisation that it brought with it. The throne was flanked by a soldier from each of the six guard regiments of the Tagmata, the Palace Guard, the unit that had inadvertently gave the common name to the Megas Agios Basileia, the Greater Holy Empire. Their positions near the throne was kept in a strict rotation to avoid one being favoured over the others. The bodyguards were all brightly dressed, with horse hair plumes on their sallet helms the colour of their robes, clothes embroidered with golden thread and carrying shields decorated with symbols of Christ and Arhomaneia. A soldier from the Exkoubitoi, their name meaning “Sentinels”, currently stood on the right of the throne, the closest to it. Perhaps the most famous of the units from the guard corps, their red robes and black lacquered armour, a mix of lamellar and plate mail, made them a distinctive sight throughout the capital of the Greater Holy Empire. They regularly accompanied members of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion, the Imperial Government, abroad on diplomatic missions. Behind the Exkoubitos was one from the Ikanatoi, the “the Able Ones”, wearing red armour, cream robes and carrying a spear. Next to the Ikanatos, dressed in red robes and cream armour, was a Oikeios, holding a shield and a sword. To the left of the throne stood a soldier of the Athanatoi, “Immortals”, in green robes and wearing a similar mix of lamellar and plate, although their armour was coloured blue. This soldier was armed with a short-shafted axe as well a sword. Behind the Athanatos was one of the Paramonai, the name coming from those who stood close to the Agios Basileos. They were armed with maces and shields, dressed in blue robes and steel armour buffed to a mirror shine. Like the Exkoubitoi, their role was to closely guard the members of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion, the palace complex and Tagmatika itself. Completing the row of three was one of the Arkhontogennhematai, “the sons of officers”, in shining steel armour contrasting with pitch black robes and holding a spear. The appearance of the guards might be deceptive - they were drawn from decorated combat veterans from the Tagmatine army or from candidates that had especially impressed their instructors during training. They would die to protect their charges and took their roles extremely seriously. As well as soldiers from the Tagmata, at all times dignitaries and attendants from the amongst the government, the civil service and the court aristocracy waited on the throne, even if it was vacant. They were dressed in jewelled robes of ancient, although not out of date, style. Whilst the positions within the court aristocracy were not hereditary, members of it were often granted great estates within Arhomaneia. This meant that they would have the time to wait on the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator without having to worry about money or inability to afford the splendour in which they would have to dress. They may not have been as powerful as the military or bureaucratic aristocracies in the reign of Kommodos III, but there was power in proximity to greater power. They were the cup bearers, the concierges and ushers, with their families having been in the service of the Greater Holy Empire for generations, even centuries. Being close to the Holy Emperor for many hours meant that they often had his or her ear and even become valued confidantes. They might be perceived as useless hangers-on by some but that often couldn't be much further than the truth. The Greater Holy Empire would last, and they would have their day again. With the guards around the throne and the attendants surrounding it, completing the groups within the throne room were a choir of monks, chanting praise to Christ. They were dressed in black clerical robes that were a sharp contrast to the sumptuous dress of the courtiers and the elaborate uniforms of the bodyguards. Bishops and other prelates were often in the state throne room too, as the Holy Emperor had such an important role within the affairs of the Church. The smell of incense permeated the cavernous room. If the Holy Emperor was present, then the chanting would cease and a respectful silence would dominate the room. Only if the Vice-Gerent of God willed it would that be broken. Court ceremony was entirely designed to emphasise the dignity and prestige of the monarch and to imply the superhuman nature of the one that sat upon the Leopard Throne. Recent years had seen a resurgence in activity from the Greater Holy Empire. At first, its attention had been focussed beyond Europa, then Arhomaneia turned somewhat quiet. Unlike @Adaptus, Tagmatium's closest neighbour, ally and fellow heir to ancient Arome, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion had not become destabilised. Eurth had seen the influence of the Megas Agios Basileia spread. Several programmes to improve Tagmatium's environmental impact had taken precedence over the military actions that had seen the nation's international prestige increase over the years. Sustainable power generation had been stepped up across the country, from wind farms to hydro-electric power stations. There had been some rumblings within the nation's borders, primarily from pro-democracy campaigners, although these had been dealt with peacefully. They did not shatter the tranquillity and prosperity that had been earned after the hard shock of the Civil War in EK7513 (AD2005) and the struggle of the nation finding its feet again in the years that followed. Arhomaneia had once again become a main player on the wurld stage, with much of Eurth seeing its influence. But the same wurld was changing, and it was said by some that the Megas Agios Basileia needed to change with it, lest it become stagnant and lose its place as the country that all others looked up to. Arhomaneia could not afford to slip back into the background. It had come a long way since the Civil War and had reforged itself under Kommodos Iakoumos, who had been elected to his position in the aftermath. As yet, it remained to be seen how this most ancient and glorious nation would deal with the changes that had happened around it.
  43. 4 points
    A MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF ORIONI It was with sadness that I learned of the death of Former Chairman Hano Ketenya yesterday. Former Chairman Ketenya was a great friend and ally of Gallambria. He was also a patriot, serving his country with honour and distinction in Office. My thoughts and prayers are with Former Chairman Ketenya's family and the Orioni people. ALBERT II 16th March 2020, Santhope House @Orioni
  44. 4 points
    Getting up out of the cramped airliner seat, Frederick Johnnes was happy to finally be in Antreior. He didn't know much about it, though he knew his boss wanted to see what business prospects there were to be in the small nation. Frederick was a small executive at a large multinational airline that was slowly trying to get into the Domestic transport networks of the world. Frederick, through his title as Regional Development Strategist, was the unlucky soul who had to fly to all these nations and get a feel for the airline industry. He walked up the jetbridge a few feet before getting trapped in Antreior's infamous airport security lines. Security at airports was tight everywhere, that was for sure, but in Antreior it was a couple levels above even the tightest airports Frederick has visited. A customs officer motioned people through a standard security checkpoint, while their bags were searched by officers of the Antreian Federal Police's Customs and Border Bureau. Frederick was warned that, even though he may be able to enter the country, his every move would be watched closely. Foreigners are not to be discouraged, though certain areas are off limits for them. They cannot drive on certain highways, take pictures at certain places, and stay in certain hotels. The government's health bureau recommended against free travel for foreigners, and so, it was put into law all not that long ago. Antreior's Technocratic Autocracy was a point of fascination for Frederick, having never been in a nation that adopted those ideals or the ideology. After being waived through the checkpoint, Frederick made his way through the terminal while taking notice of the tinted glass encased catwalk in the center of the terminal. Unknown to all those passing through the international terminal, observers from several different government bureaus took notes on those entering the nation. Those notes would be uploaded to a database which would grow over time to include several different observations. These observations would then be scored by a behaviorist, who would issue a threat rating upon conclusion of scoring. Frederick, not knowing he was about to be scored, climbed into a "foreigner-only" taxi, and was on his way to his state-designated entry hotel. Foreigners entering Antreior were subject to a quarantine for at least 24 hours, both due to a medical fear and to wait on the score of the foreigner. Frederick, once he exited the taxi, was informed of the process to further gain entry completely, and reluctantly put his grudges aside, and decided to make the best of the state imposed quarantine.
  45. 4 points
    The House of Korvini The House of Korvini is associated with the history of the Republic of Mantella and the Kingdom of Cristina. The Korvinis descend from Korvino Valdo, a Mantellan statesman that became a consul of the Republica of Modena at the age of 30. His numerous descendants led maritime expeditions throughout all Europan seas. They quickly became one of the most powerful families of Mantella. Korvino Valdo (circa 1030). The Korvini feared that the head of the rival family, the House of Pomarola, could break the fragile balance of power in a political coup and become lords of most Mantellan cities. They entered into an alliance with the Valentini family and defended their interests with the sword. But the Valentinis were banned from the Kingdom, and the Korvinis took refuge in their castles in Skrovja. They signed a treaty with King Drogan II of Skrovja to take control of the Mantellan port city of Saint Christ, and generally to provide mutual assistance. Not all the Korvinis chose to return to Mantella, as they preferred to settle in their fiefdoms, where they could raise armies. Count Andreas Korvini the "Silver Crow" (1665). Decades later, the Korvinis and their allies launched a few galleys to attack the port of Saint Christ before taking refuge on the Bay of Mandi in Western Mantella. During the following years, the Korvinis entered into different alliances that would allow them to return to power in Saint Christ. This time, it was the turn of their rivals, the Pomarola family, to be exiled from Mantella. During this period, both the Valentini and the Korvini took and abandoned the castle of Monardi, which was ideally located to launch political and military operations against Saint Christ. Queen Maxima Valentini Korvini (1716). Centuries later, the Skrovjans raided the shores of Mantella, challenging the Korvinis. A combined fleet of eighty Mantellan galleys gathered to meet the fleet of sixty galleys under the command of Andreas Korvini to fight the Skrovjans. Only nine of the assembled vessels survived the battle. Fearing an invasion, the Korvini rushed to request the protection of the Holy Empire. Queen Cristina Maxima Korvini the Unbeaten (1780). Several of the oldest feudal branches of the House of Korvini appeared during these conflicts, such as the branches of Tatiani and Cecilia. Decades later, the King of Mantella and the Korvini took advantage of the death of the Skrovjan King Goran in the aftermath of the bloody Skrovjan Revolution to retake possession of Saint Christ, which they then ruled as a condominium. This the origin of the today’s kingdom (1714). Korvini flag until 1714. In the following decades, when Mantella became a part of Emakera, the region came under Skrovjan influence again but Skrovjan king Petrus Mandic allowed the Kingdom of Saint Christ to remain independent in a truce with Queen Cristina Maxima Korvini after the Battle of Sabatini (1780). In 1847 the Korvini family and the National Council renamed the free city to City of Cristina and the kingdom to Kingdom of Cristina (Regna Cristina) after the Queen Cristina Maxima Korvini, the greatest and most popular of the Korvini queens. In 1937, The Kingdom of Cristina was over-run by foreign powers during the War of Mantella and for a short time it was administered by Emakera and then Mantella, before finally self-declare it's independence in 2001 under the leadership of the then Prince Rober Mantegni Korvini and Princess Nova Korvini. Since then Cristina has been independent and has taken some steps towards integration with the rest of Europa. King Leandro Korvini (1850). As was customary in the old Kingdom of Mantella the Korvinis organised their family ties within a corporation called albergo. In the political reform led by King Danic II Iof Mantella, the Korvini became one of the 18 alberghi of the Kingdom of Mantella, which included the Valentini and Pomarola families, and to which other families were formally invited to join. The House of Korvini provided several doges, cardinals, cabinet ministers, and military officers of historical note. King Fernandi Korvini (1928). By convention, the Mantellan houses are reckoned in the male line. Therefore it has been determined genealogically that it was in fact the noble House of Giordi that ruled as Kings of Cristina until the conquest of the city in the Great War, circa 82 years ago. However, one of the terms of Fernando Valentini becoming Prince of Cristina jure uxoris was that he adopt the name and arms of Korvini so that the house would be preserved on the throne, and the right of succession was through his wife Diana Maxima Korvini, who abdicated in her husband's favour. Similarly, when princess Carla Louisagna was legitimised as queen and made successor to her mother Cristina Maxima Korvini, her husband, Count Pietri Giordi, adopted, as a condition of the marriage, the name and arms of Korvini. In this way the "Korvini" name and arms were continued. King Rober Mantegni Korvini II (2005). Until Cristina Independence from eighteen years ago, a treaty between Cristina and Mantella stated that if the reigning King ever failed to leave dynastic offspring, then sovereignty over the Korvini realm would revert to Mantella. The 2010 Modena agreement modified this to expand the pool of potential heirs to dynastic collaterals of the reigning King (excluding adoptive heirs, hitherto allowed, e.g. Queen Nova Maxima and her descendants), guaranteeing Cristina's independence. Article I of Cristina's house law requires that the reigning King or Queen bear the surname of Korvini. Additionally the Queens of Cristina traditionally bear the title "Maxima" following their given names, after the Queen Maxima Korvini, the first Korvini queen. Queen Nova Maxima Korvini (2017). The current reigning monarch of Cristina is the Queen Nova Maxima Korvini who is the country's head of state after the death of her husband, King Rober II of Cristina, thirteen years ago. As a Princess, she led the country towards it’s independence war from the Mantella, in wich Cristina claimed victory after ten years of heavy armed conflict. Seventeen years ago she unilaterally proclaimed Kingdom of Cristina independent. The coat of arms of the House of Korvini is described simply as a black crowned crow with opened wings. Korvini Sigil List of Korvini Monarchs • 1714-1716: King Teodoro Korvini (Queen Maxima Korvini) • 1716-1721: Queen Maxima Korvini Union with House Valentini: • 1721-1743: King Fernando Valentini Korvini (Queen Diana Maxima Korvini) • 1743-1759: King Luigi Valentini Korvini (Queen Isabella Maxima Korvini) • 1759-1778: King Carlo Valentini Korvini (Queen Carolina Maxima Korvini) • 1778-1781: Queen Cristina Maxima Korvini Union with Mandic Dynasty of Skrovja: • 1781-1798: King Goran Mandic Korvini (Queen Cristina Maxima Korvini) • 1798: Queen Carla Maxima Korvini (a.k.a. Duchess Carla of Louisagna) Union with House Giordi: • 1798-1815: Petri Giordi Korvini (Queen Carla Maxima Korvini) • 1815-1848: King Francesco Giordi Korvini (Queen Carolina Maxima Korvini II) • 1848-1874: King Leandro Giordi Korvini (Queen Alessandra Maxima Korvini) • 1874-1928: King Petri Giordi Korvini II (Queen Francini Maxima Korvini) • 1928-1937: King Fernando Giordi Korvini (Queen Carolina Maxima Korvini III) • 1937: Princess Carina Korvini Union with House Mantegni In exile: • 1937-1962: King Tito Mantegni Korvini (Queen Carina Maxima Korvini) • 1962-2001: King Rober Mantegni Korvini I (Queen Catarina Maxima Korvini) Free Port of Cristina: • 2001-2005: King Rober Mantegni Korvini II (Queen Nova Maxima Korvini) • 2005-today: Queen Nova Maxima Korvini Select list of Non-monarch Korvinis: • Korvino Valdo (969-1038): Seafarer merchant, consul of the Republic of Modena, founder of this House. • Alberto Korvini (1028-1065): First to bear the Korvini patronymic name, seafarer. • Luigi Korvini (1042-1098) Troubadour and podestà of Modena and Corolla. • Rainaldi I (1117-1196): First lord of Saint Christ, admiral of Mantella. Rainaldi I (1147). • Rainaldi II (1138-1205): Lord of Saint Christ, Carini, and Matovia, seafarer. • Antonio Korvini (1170-1238): Lord of Saint Christ, admiral of Modena. • Lucas Korvini (1177-1250): Lord of Matovia, Corolla and Carini. • Marco Korvini (1179-1253): Lord of Matovia, Corolla and Carini. • Langberto Korvini (1181-1258): Seafarer merchant, admiral. • Claudia of Modena (1182-1260): Duchess of Modena. • Sabini (?-1267): Orthodox patriiarch. • Nicola I (1200-1267): Prince of Skrovja. • Nicola II (1200-1275): Lord of Saint Christ. • Giliard Korvini (died 1300). Created a Cardinal in 1257. He married Francesca Catinari of Modena and had five children. After her death he entered holy orders. He was a Senator of Modena. • Luca Korvini (1319-1375): Lord of Saint Christ, seafarer explorer. Luca Korvini (1357). • Luis de Modena (1354-1445): Lord of Saint Christ, doge of Modena. • Domician (1355-1447): Archbishop of Saint Christ and uncle of Carlo Korvini-Cavalleri. • Carlo Korvini-Cavalleri (1376–1463): Cardinal and Archbishop of Corolla. • Danele Korvini (1385-1460): Lord of Saint Christ, seafarer. • Eleuteri Korvini (1422-1504): Created a Cardinal in 1491. • Carlo I (1423-1494): Lord of Saint Christ • Alexandre Korvini (1458-1516): doge of Modena. • Carlo II (1458-1510): Lord of Saint Christ • Jon Baptista Korvini (1490-1554): doge of Modena, seafarer merchant, admiral • Petri Francis Korvini (1527-1588): Doge of Corolla. • Valerio the "Black" (1549-1588): Pirate. • Horacio Korvini (1597-1662): Lord of Saint Christ. • Andreas Korvini (1627-1689): Lord of Saint Christ, admiral of Mantella (from 1665 to 1667) and father of Teodoro Korvini, first Korvini King. • Cristiana Korvini (1692-1753) Princess of Saint Christ. Princess Adriana Korvini (1725). • Nicola Korvini (1692–1757): Created cardinal deacon in the consistory of May 17, 1723 • Adriana Korvini (1695-1754): Princess of Saint Christ. • Francis the "Sea Crow" (1695-1755): Pirate. • Altiva Korvini (1723-1795) Princess of Cristina, younger sister of King Luigi Valentini Korvini. • Carla Campesini (1730-1808): Niece of King Luigi Valentini Korvini, landowner in Corolla, founder of Compagnia Campesini Mineraria • Eliani Korvini (1758-1819): Princess of Cristina, younger sister of King Carlo Korvini. • Heleno Korvini (1778-1841): Prince of Cristina, nephew of King Carlo Korvini. • Filipi I (1785-1856): Prince of Cristina, younger brother of Heleno Korvini. Prince Filipi I (1840). • Carlo III (1818-1889): Prince of Cristina. • Albertino I (1848-1922): Prince of Cristina. • Fernanda Korvini (1870-1949): Princess of Cristina, nurse • Piero Korvini (1881-1964): Prince of Cristina. Count of Modena, Admiral of the Royal Cristina Navy from 1935 to 1937. • Rainieri Korvini (1923-2005): Count of Roca, actor. • Roberto Alexandre Korvini, General of Royal Cristina Army (born 1958). • Caroline Louise Korvini (born 1961), entrepreneur. Caroline Louise Korvini, President of the Korvini Corporation (2015). • Anna Maria Elisabeti Korvini (born 1965), physician. • Carolina Korvini, Princess of Cristina, Duchess of Aline, actress and singer (born 2002). Korvini Anthem Harmony of Forever All we see floats with the wind - All the miracles of the water Are the miracles never seen Somehow our lives now begin - This music that's been played through time Now starts to reach our feet Feels like the flood of our needs - From the harmony of forever Sound the melodies of the sea And you will know on the way - We're coming back to our enemies We're turning around We'll be just coming back to our last days We're coming back to the sea! - Jon Baptista Korvini (1490-1554), doge of Modena
  46. 4 points
    Synkletos to Reconvene The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has announced the intention to reform and reconvene the Synkletos, the Senate. This comes as something of a surprise announcement, considering that the Agios Basileos Kommodos III, may Christ guide him, had not demonstrated any interest in that ancient institution since his acclamation as monarch in EK7513 (AD2005), in the aftermath of the Civil War. There were many possible reasons for this, with critics of the current government suggesting that it was because of the fact that the Agios Basileos did not want any oversight of his government's actions by a body that he could not directly control. However, this can be challenged by the fact that the monarch had sole power over the appointment of any person to the Synkletos. If the Autokrator wished to stack it in his favour, he could have. It has been suggested that the body itself had become moribund, with little power and costing the weakened economy of Arhomaneia vast amounts of money which it was not able to continue doing after the devastation wrought during the Civil War. A committee to investigate the precise form of the reborn Synkletos is to be headed by the Kouropalates Fillipos Kommenos. Kommenos is a long-time ally of Kommodos, even though they ran against each other during the election for the Leopard Throne. He is, however, a scion of one of the most famous aristocratic families himself, a living example of the establishment. It is unknown to what extent he will allow truly representative elected body to be created. The committee itself is to be made up of a wide ranging group, taking in academics from several leading universities, members of various Logothesia, numerous priests, some think tanks and has even been given the brief of interviewing barbaroi on the subject of how democracy functions in foreign nations. The announcement has been met with a mix of celebration from most quarters, but a distinct amount of scepticism from others. There has been no word by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion as to just how the Synkletos is going to be organised, whether it will follow the old method of members being appointed to it or inheriting their position, in the old manner. This has led to the suggestion that it will be little more than a rubber-stamp body to give the actions of the government a democratic veneer, and nothing like a proper, representative democracy that is becoming one of the most common methods of government across Eurth. The Nea Demokratia movement, led by Isaakios Niketas, has seemingly been taken by surprise by this announcement. Despite Niketas being a leading member of the Synkletos before EK7513 and consistently advocating that the Synkletos be reopened, neither him nor his organisation seem to have been consulted by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion. When asked about the announcement by this paper, Niketas himself declined to answer personally, but Nea Demokratia did give an answer. “The campaign run by Nea Demokratia over the last decade and a half is vindicated by the announcement by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion. We are glad that the Agios Basileos has seen reason and is going to reintroduce the ancient tradition of democracy back into Arhomaneia.” It is very likely that the exclusion of Niketas and Nea Demokratia is a purposeful snub on the part of the government. The former Proedros has never been an ally of Kommodos, even when they were members of the government of Theodosios VI. Their working relationship was reportedly strained, as both men were known as being quite stubborn. However, perhaps it can be hoped that the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion will relent and allow Nea Demokratia a voice at the meetings that are to decide the future of democracy in Arhomaneia. The often common perceptions of Niketas as either a demagogue purposefully trying to subvert Arhomaneia to his own ends or an entitled aristocrat attempting to regain a cushy sinecure are undoubtedly exaggerated. He and his organisation could be able to offer insights that may escape the committee being run by Kouropalates Kommenos, especially as they have cultivated connections with other pro-democracy groups across Eurth. In all, it is unknown as to yet just how the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion's play out. Whether it will offer the Arhomaioi more of a say in how their nation is run, as with many other countries in the wurld, or if it will just be some window-dressing on an otherwise authoritarian regime will only come out with time. Preserved Railways Given Exemption from Pollution Legislation The numerous preserved and historic railways in Arhomaneia have been living under an uncertain future due to the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion's pro-environment agenda and clean air policies. These issues added to the decline in interest with younger visitors and potential volunteers, in part due to the fact that most Arhomaioi these days did not grow up in what has been termed the “age of steam”. It's a hobby that is seen as old fashioned, dirty and polluting in these days of electric trains and green energy. Indeed, this was the angle that the Logothesion ton Angelon, the Ministry for the Environment, had started to take. Much to the dismay of the preserved railways that dot the country and their volunteers, the Logothesion saw no reason to not apply the same legislation that was to reduce and clean up coal burning power stations to the locomotives used by the railways. “It was a looking like a complete disaster,” said, Tiberios Kastoriotes, a volunteer at the Byzliteia Historic Railway, which is based at the small town of the same name, just to the west of Resafa. “The legislation would have probably have killed us. We depend on visitors and donations, and visitors want to see the locomotives in action. There's nothing like seeing a steam engine in action – the smells, the sounds, the sights!” Many of the preserved railways don't just maintain historic steam engines, but the stations and ancillary buildings, as well. Some of them are examples of unique architecture, and without a stream of visitors to help with upkeep, most of them would struggle with repairs with just the money that comes from the Logothesion tes Trapezes, the Ministry of Culture. Some also receive a stipend from the Logothesion ton Basternon, as some act as transport links for some small rural communities. Neither Logothesia could afford to support the railways in their entirety, although both do insist that they give as much money as they can afford to make sure that ones that are most at risk are able to continue to operate. Or at least keep their buildings and locomotives from decaying further. However, a new Megas Logothetes ton Agelon was appointed several years ago by the Agios Basileos who saw the situation in a different light. Presbyteros Paulos Narses saw the situation in a different light. Whilst certainly an upholder of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion's view that it is Mankind's duty to not ruin God's Creation, he also saw that this was perhaps something that the government could be flexible on. Likely with the permission of the Agios Basileos, may Christ forever guide him, himself, Presbyteros Paulos allowed preserved railways an exemption from clean air and pollution laws – although this was given the caveat of “within reason”. “It is clear that Arhomaneia would be culturally poorer if we allowed such a blanket and unfeeling ban to erase this part of our history,” said Presbyteros Paulos. “Whilst there are static examples that can be viewed in many museums up and down the Megas Agios Basileia, it doesn't quite match up to seeing them as they should be.” The actions of the Megas Logothetes ton Agelon has caused some complaints within the business community, as it has demonstrated a significant amount of favouritism for the heritage industry over any other. Whilst the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has attempted to help every aspect of the Arhomaniki economy through the transition to a green and sustainable system, some parts have certainly felt the brunt of it more than others. Certainly, heavy industry and manufacturing companies have begun to lobby the government in order to get similar exemptions as preserved railways, all of which so far have been refused. Representatives of these industries have pointed out that they are add significantly more to the economy of Arhomaneia than preserved railways, or even the heritage industry as a whole, and therefore exemptions for them would boost the entirety of the nation. So far, the Logothesion ton Agelon has pointed out that this is precisely why they cannot have an exemption, if the nation is going to keep its commitment to the Laren Agreement. Nonetheless, volunteers like Tiberios Kastoriotes see this as a stay of execution, if not a complete vindication. “I agree with what Tagmatika is trying to do – preserving God's Eurth is something I wholeheartedly believe in. I just don't see how getting rid of a living, breathing part of Arhomaneia's history will achieve that. But I don't see this exemption lasting as long as I want it to.”
  47. 4 points
    “The leopard can stalk and jump, and can climb better than a tiger, and it can also conceal itself in astonishingly meagre cover, often displaying uncanny intelligence in this act.” Excerpt from Man-Eaters: The Memoirs of a Professional Hunter by Khristoforos Iagoupes, first published in EK7400 (AD1892). Iagoupes was later awarded the courtly title of Protokynegos, or “First Hunter”, in recognition of his exploits. Fillipos sat back in his chair and raised an eyebrow at his monarch. The statement didn't surprise him, however. Well, no. That was a lie. It did surprise him. Democracy in the Megas Agios Basileia had long been an awkward topic. Nominally, it existed at almost every level of the state, from the Agios Basileos down. There was an election for the position of the Tagmatine monarch every time the Leopard Throne became vacant. It was just that the list of those standing as candidates were often chosen by the previous incumbent. Or the military. Or so heavily whittled down by exceptions and limiting factors that the result was entirely predictable. This pattern followed down the levels of the state, to the Thema to the Boulai, so that the regime of Kommodos rarely had any upsets when it came to enacting the Autokrator's will in Arhomaneia. “Why now?” asked Fillipos. He shook his head, indicating that he didn't actually want Kommodos to answer. “No, I think I can work out why, your majesty. It's the death of the Exkousiokrator, isn't it?” Kommodos sat back in his chair and steepled his fingers together. It was the man's typical gesture, one of thought, observance and, perhaps most importantly, distance. “Ji'Mar's death was perhaps something of a shock, I will admit. I did not expect him to be killed, nor in the manner that he was or when he was. The souring of the alliance between our two nations was a blow, as you can imagine. It did, however, provide Arhomaneia with an opportunity to connect more with other nations on Eurth and show that those who defy God get what they deserve. And I do not believe that the Gharoi are aware of just how badly Ji'Mar has damaged the relations between us.” On the face of it, that was the answer to Fillipos' question, but the Kouropalates kept looking at the Agios Basileos with a bland expression on his face. Kommodos stared back, equally impassively. The souring of relations between Machina Haruspex and Arhomaneia had been a body blow to Kommodos. The alliance between Parthen and Tagmatika had been one of the biggest achievements of his reign. To see it cast so readily aside by the Gharoniki monarch's son had been a vast disappointment. Push came to shove, however, and it seemed like membership of TRIDENT would be a better deal than any continued close relationship with the northern Occident nation. The Tagmatine monarch was not going to be the one to blink first, however. Fillipos knew that well enough, so he was the one who broke the silence. “There is more to it than that, however, your majesty, isn't there?” “Yes, Kouropalates,” said the Agios Basileos. “Of course there is.” He slowly stood and walked to the large window that made up the rear of the Imperial Office. It looked out over part of the roof top of the palace and towards the Square of Agios Konstantinos. The cold wind was still blowing snow across the wide open space of the square, although it seemed to have lessened since Fillipos had walked across it. The day seemed to be getting brighter. Kommodos stood looking out from the window for a minute or so and Fillipos almost said something before he thought better of it. He waited until Kommodos chose to break the silence. “With God's blessing, I have ruled Arhomaneia for fifteen years. I have, and I say this with little self-aggrandisement, been one of the most successful monarchs the Megas Agios Basileia has seen in decades. If not centuries.” It was true, in all honesty. The Navarkhokrateia, despite their authoritarian rule, had never had the control that Kommodos had been able to wield and the corruption had watered down everything else. Theodosios VI, who had defeated them, had the popularity but not the same level of respect and saw the themata start to go their own way. Despite how Kommodos, then as the Khartoularios or High Chancellor, and the then Mesazon or Prime Minister, Maurikios Amfonos attempted to bring the themata together, the country fractured. The current monarch may not been as well liked as Theodosios and is more controlling that the naval emperors, the borders of Arhomaneia had once again been restored. They now stretched again from the Iaehos river in the west to the Krankes Thalassa in the east, from the island of Akhbiseia in the north to Ragas Thalassa in the south. He had seen off several existential threats to Arhomaneia, leading the nation through the chaos of the EK7513 Civil War and the crises of the Fatherist Uprising and the AdSoc War. Yet despite this apparent success, something was clearly on Kommodos' mind. He lapsed into silence and the Kouroapalates shifted his gaze from the back of his monarch's head and to first the private secretary and then to the chief bodyguard. Neither the Mystikos or the Protospatharokandidatos met Fillipos' eyes. Then he knew that Kommodos had discussed the matter with the pair of them before this meeting with him. Part of him was offended, as he had known Kommodos since before he had been elected to the the Leopard Throne. Perhaps that shouldn't be surprising – the Mystikon was the private bureaucracy of the Autokrator and the bodyguards, by definition, spent more time in the monarch's presence than anyone else. Fillipos wondered who else might know what was in the Agios Basileos' thoughts. Perhaps his personal priests? That would be something to possibly investigate later, even if it was not a Christian thought. Kommodos spoke without turning away from the window, interrupting Fillipos' nascent schemes. “I do not wish to meet my end like Ji'Mar, cast down because I ignored my people and put to death like a rabid dog.” As yet, no one in Arhomaneia precisely knew how Ji'Mar had died but no one imagined that it was a dignified end. Fillipos was silent. Often, when someone had something on their mind, asking questions would distract them from their thoughts and interrupt them. Letting them fill the silence of their own accord often got them to say much more than if they were prompted to say something. Because of this, Fillipos sat in his chair and slowly finished his cup of tea. Kommodos stood at the window in that silence, seemingly looking out of it into the square below. He was likely not actually seeing what was going on, however. The Agios Basileos kai Autokrator ton Arhomaion was lost in his own thoughts. The realisation was somewhat surprising – Kommodos had caused enough bloodshed that Fillipos was sure that his own thoughts was the last place he would want to be. Perhaps his conscience was clear, unlike that of Fillipos. It felt like a long time before anyone spoke again. “I am an old man,” the Arhomaniki monarch continued and then paused again. There was an element of sadness in his voice. It was more emotion than Fillipos had heard out of Kommodos in over a decade. When the monarch spoke again, his voice was as steady as it had always been. “I do not wish that the Arhomaioi be shackled to me in my decrepitude. I do not believe that that is the will of God, either.” The Agios Basileos still looked out of the window and shifted slightly. That slight shift meant that, for a brief moment, there was not the Thirtheeth Apostle, the Vice-Gerent of God on Eurth, the Sole Ruler of the Aromans and the Leader of the Free Wurld, looking out of the window across the capital. In the place of the iron-willed monarch who had done much in the service of his country and his God was an old man in his late seventies, wearied after years of the uneasiness of the head that wears the crown. “I have grandchildren now,” Kommodos said quietly, as much to himself as to Fillipos. He sounded tired. “I would like to spend time with them, for once.” In as quick an instant, the walls were back up and the same cold, distant ruler as ever before turned around and placed his hands on the back of the throne behind the desk. “I would be the first Agios Basileos kai Autokrator to step down from the Leopard Throne since Leo III, fifty-seven years ago. And for the same reasons.” For a moment, the Kouropalates thought that he had misheard Kommodos. He sat further forward in his chair but he then caught the eye of Boioannes. The Mystikos just shrugged slightly. The words were said with the same force with which Kommodos had always spoken but Fillipos felt for the first time that they were brittle, like cast iron. It took the proud man a lot to admit that he was, in effect, defeated. Democracy was not an instinct that came naturally to the Tagmatine monarch but he was finally having to admit that it could well be the only way forward for the Megas Agios Basileia. “f*cking hell,” said Fillipos, when he realised he'd not misheard. He'd known it had been coming since the start of the conversation, to some extent, but the news was still shocking. Realising he should say something more fitting to the historical importance of the information that he had just heard, the Kouropalates paused for a moment. He was one of the trusted members of Kommodos' inner circle and had been regularly used as a chief diplomat to foreign nations and as the mouthpiece of ruler of the Heart of Civilisation. He paused for a moment before speaking again. “I mean... your majesty, that is certainly a momentous decision.” The emperor that Kommodos spoke of had been installed at the end of the Long War after overthrowing Konstantinos VIII, the last of the Kekaoumenos dynasty. Leo Theonikos had been chief of staff to the famous general Tagmatios Katakalkon, and had been acclaimed emperor in the aftermath of that disastrous war. He had surpassed any expectations of a military regime and had used his power and the almost revolutionary atmosphere at the start of his reign to presided over a genuine flowering of democracy in Arhomaneia. This start of democracy had been facilitated by a military coup and was eventually done away with by another military coup, the one that had brought into being the Navarkhokrateia, the Rule of the Admirals. “However, that will not be until we put into place a proper plan for any transition. I will not step down and allow Arhomaneia to just slip into chaos. We have all spent too much of ourselves for that to be the case. Because of this, Kouropalates, I am going to put you in charge of working out the best process for the democratic changeover, although with myself as the eventual adjudicator.” “God willing, it will be done, your majesty.” Kommenos stood and bowed to his monarch. As he sat down again allowed himself a secret smile. Despite Kommodos' apparent willingness to retire from the rulership of Arhomaneia, the old tyrant still wanted to make sure that everything was going according to his plan, rather than anyone else's. That likely should always be expected. Even in retirement, it would take more than an allotment and home-grown cabbages to distract Kommodos from meddling in any new emperor's reign. “There is also the question of the Synkletos,” Kommodos continued. “It is time that august body met once again, although there will have to be reforms.” “Of course, your majesty.” The way the Agios Basileos phrased it made it sound as if there was another factor in the Synkletos, the Senate, not meeting. The only reason was that Kommodos had decided that it wasn't necessary to his rule of Arhomaneia. He had seemingly decided that he didn't want any oversight of his actions, although the Synkletos had had very little power. At best, it had been able to issue resolutions and act as a consultation body. At worst, it had been a hotbed of supporters of the Navarkhokrateia and been a key player in the EK7513 Civil War. The Agios Basilikon Vestiarion acted as the advisory and sounding board that Kommodos wanted, so the Synkletos had never been called to sit, once they had taken part in the acclamation of him as Agios Basileos. In theory, that was not something that the Arhomaniki monarch could do, but if that person had the loyalty of the armed forces and the people, there was little the Senate could do. Fillipos looked into his empty teacup. He realised why Kommodos dismissed the servants and aides that were in the room but it meant that he was going to get his own refreshment. The monarch caught the Kouropalates' action and nodded. He stood and walked over to the urn at the side of the room and helped himself to a fresh cup of tea. “The next and most obvious point, your majesty, is Isaakios Niketas. He will want involvement in any attempt to reopen, or re-found, the Synkletos. Whilst he has not had much traction in recent years, he could cause a stink if he's not invited to at least consult on any developments.” Kommodos sat himself back down in his chair. He rested both of his hands on the leather writing pad on the desk. “Yes. Niketas could well be something of a stumbling block.” He shared a brief, brief glance with Adrianos, the Protospatharokandidatos. That one look was all that Fillipos needed to know. Another loose end to be tidied up, in one way or another. “As it is, I have decided that Niketas will not be asked about the future of the Synkletos. His Nea Demokratia is nothing more than a personal vehicle of vindication. We both know that. He was born into the role of a Synkletikos and he has no right to demand democracy. If I decide that Niketas is to take part in any future aspect of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion, then it will be at my invitation. Not because he has acted in the manner of a demagogue. Giving such actions any credit would destabilise the Arhomaneia that we have made.” The gold armoured, white robed figure to Kommodos' right didn't react further after the shared glance. It was to be assumed, then, that Niketas wasn't going to meet any clandestine end. And it seemed like the Agios Basileos was not going to allow the ex-president of the Synkletos to steal any of his thunder as the one who brought democracy back to Arhomaneia, after a fashion. Perhaps Niketas had genuinely found belief in the role of the people in government, in a way he never had before. Perhaps Kommodos was correct in dismissing the man's attempts to win back his old role with popular support. “Of course, your majesty,” answered the Kouropalates. He shared the opinion of Niketas. The man was a hypocrite of one of the highest orders. He had spent his career as Proedros of the Synkletos feathering his own nest and making sure that democracy didn't edge its way in and undermine what he had. Now, the man was trying to whip up public feeling to back his attempts at getting back the prestige he once had, using those he once scorned. Fillipos hesitated for a moment. Fifteen years was a long time, after all. The Arhomaioi did deserve to know what was going on. That their monarch had not forgotten about them. They did not love him but they also did not hate him. If a monarch was the parent of their nation, the Arhomaioi had a cold, distant, stern parent, one that they respected but could never truly love. “Perhaps, your majesty, you should suggest to our people that you are taking steps to make sure that their voices are heard again. This should not come as a shock and it should show that you are not going to end as the Exkousiokrator.” There was a slight creak of hinges behind Fillipos and the smell of incense began to waft through the room again. It signalled that this private meeting was over. The priests, bodyguards and lesser Mystikon agents began to filter back into the room. The Agios Basileos' short break was over it, it seemed. “I shall make sure that we discuss the situation further, Kouropalates.” It was a bland statement that any of the new listeners could take for anything. Despite his carefully neutral expression, Fillipos knew that Kommodos had a lot to think about. “My child, I thank you for bringing this to my attention. May the blessings of Christ be upon you.” With that, Kommenos stood and began the ritual that allowed him to leave the presence of the representative of God on Eurth.
  48. 4 points
    “Many animals, when disturbed, consume their own children. The Tagmatine Leopard is no different in that respect, although it is more rare. But not unheard of.” Gilbert Cleckheaton, famed Seylosian natural historian, writing in EK7341 (AD1833) in a letter to his nephew. He never visited Arhomaneia himself. A bitter wind swept across Agios Konstantinos Square, bringing with it flurries of snow. It wasn't unusual to have snowfall this late and the freezing temperatures made the stone flags of the square very treacherous. As he walked carefully across the square towards the gates of the Imperial Palace Complex, Fillipos Kommemos was very careful in where he put his feet. He'd already slipped once and banged his knee quite hard. His bodyguards, golden armoured, white robed Spatharokandidatoi, had scurried towards him make sure that he was unhurt. It had been slightly embarrassing. It was still early morning and there were few people in the square and most people were too hunched up into their hats and scarves to really take notice. As part of the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator's drive to reduce the environmental impact of the government, officials were told to consider whether short distance travel with motor vehicles were really necessary. As a part of that, even the members of the cabinet would often walk between their offices and the seat of the government. Kommenos didn't usually mind it but now, as he hobbled slightly across the square, he definitely was thinking twice about it. It would have been so much easier to have used one of the vehicles assigned to his office to pull up at the front gates. He looked around him, trying to see if anyone had seen him go down on one knee. There were very few who looked towards Kommenos. Most of the inhabitants of the capital had grown used to officials and their entourages walking through the square. Those who weren't walking through it as a shortcut to their workplaces were gathered into three distinct groups and were very focussed on the thing that they were gathered around. Several dozen stood at the foot of a column that had been taken over by a stylite just before last summer. The now ragged figure had stayed on the top of his column all through the baking summer, the wet autumn and the frigid winter. It had impressed even the most impious of hearts, and inspired many followers of Christ to carry out the same devotional act up and down Arhomaneia, further across Europa and beyond. Even through the deadening effect of the wind and the snow, the Kouropalates could hear the stylite preaching to his flock. It was a group that was being carefully monitored by the Esoteriki Epitheorisi Pliroforion, the secret police, as well as the Church. He could see the grey uniforms of the latter and the black robes of the former at careful distances from the column. Either one would pounce if there were any hint of being against either the political or religious orthodoxy of the country that stood at the heart of civilisation on Eurth. The second group was about the same size as the first and was gathered around a small van that was parked at the edge of the square. One of its sides was open and it was selling souvla and cups of soups like fasoulada to fend off the cold. The wind, as cold as it was, seemed to spread the appetising smell of the vendor's food across the square. The people gathered around it seemed to come from a true cross-section of Arhomaniki society – most of the people seemed to be office workers, likely working for the logothesia that edged onto the square, but some likely from the private companies that had gathered in Tagmatika since the boom of private enterprise during the Navarkhokrateia. There were also uniforms of members of most of the various branches of the armed forces. There was even a Spatharokandidatos grabbing something to eat. The food van was the only one allowed to operate in the environs of the square, and it was said to be entirely under the sufferance of Kommodos. There were two of the the EEP lurking in the shadow of a column nearby and one of them was munching on a vegetable stuffed flatbread. Kommenos' stomach growled slightly as the smell wafted over to him. He'd had breakfast that morning but the food vendor always smelled good. The Kouropalates guided his train of bodyguards and aides more directly towards the gates of the Imperial Palace Complex, far away from the double handful of the third group that now seemed to be permanently gathered in the square. It was a small group of Koussoeioi and they marked a spot that a prince of their royal family had attempted to burn himself to death in protest several months ago. The man had been stopped before he could do anything completely foolish. He was currently under arrest but the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion just didn't know what to do with him. On the one hand, he had tried to commit suicide, a heinous crime against God. On the other, almost all Arhomaioi had sympathy towards their plight and deeply regretted the current situation. He was still in the hospital attached to the Church of St Alexios, with a guard from the Tagmata. Support for the continued alliance with the Gharoi was at an all time low, after once being considered the high point of the reign of Kommodos. The news of the death of the Exkousiokrator had not become known outside of the Agios Basilikon Vestiarion but when it was, it was not going to be met with much sadness. Kommenos arrived at the gates of the Imperial Palace Complex. One of his aides stepped forward and announced his presence to the two soldiers from the Tagmata who stood guarding the gates. They turned towards Kommenos and bowed to the Kouropalates before moving back. The gates slid smoothly open and permitted Kommenos to walk into the grounds of the palace itself. There was always a level of power play – the Agios Basileos had to show everyone else that he was above them, their rightful ruler, which was why he had been made to wait despite coming at Kommodos' command. But it was something that was almost instinctive. Not just for him, but probably all Arhomaioi. And the wurld would be a better place if the barbaroi accepted the same as well. The Kouropalates knew that he wouldn't act any differently had he been on the Leopard Throne. The distance between the gates of the Imperial Palace Complex was short. It was through some gardens laid out in the classical style and up a flight of marble steps. Unlike his predecessor Theodosios VI, Kommodos had taken an odd sense of pride in the gardens of the palace, although he had never wanted to show it. Theodosios, although he had been the one to overthrow the Navarkhokrateia, had not gone on to be the great man either Kommodos or Fillipos had thought that he might have been. Instead, they had spent their time cleaning up after his numerous affairs before they had leaked to the public. Sometimes using bribes, sometimes using the EEP or the intelligence agencies. Fillipos shrugged to himself and put those thoughts aside as he walked deeper into the Imperial Palace. He'd done what he felt that he had to do, and lived with it.Arhomaneia had needed a clean hero at the time, after the excesses of the Navarkhokrateia. The minions of the old regime had done such things as throw dissidents out of aeroplanes whilst they were drugged. Nor the murders carried out after the end of the EK7513 Civil War. The Kouropalates always hesitated to call them “executions”, because that implied legitimacy. They hadn't been legitimate. Kommodos' new regime had shot hundreds of rebels in an attempt to quash the old one. And it had worked. There had never been an attempt to overthrow Kommodos and the legacy of the Navarkhokratria had seen fit to dispel any objections. He'd never say his own conscience was clear, however. Sometimes he dreamed about them, a mass of reaching hands and bursts of gunfire. Agents of the Mystikon, the civil servants of the Agios Basileos, guided Kommenos through the palace. Every so often, one of them, dressed in a conservative business suit and wearing a purple tie with a lapel pin of the Arhomaniki flag, would step aside and another would take their place. A priest would emerge out of the shadows and perform a short blessing before the Kouropalates was allowed to carry on. The guards had changed from being from the Tagmata to being from the either the Spatharokandidatoi or the Maghlabitai, distinct in their red robes, gold armour and their maces. Now, Fillipos was deep within the heart of the palace itself. It wasn't as if Kommodos was stalling for time. This was how every visitor to the Complex was guided. However, Fillipos knew where he was going and he knew his monarch's schedule. Kommodos was a man of habit and the schedule of the monarch of the Arhomaioi was dictated by hundreds of years of tradition. The Kouropalates knew what his monarch would be having a meeting with representatives from the Themata of eastern Arhomaneia and leading a prayer meeting with them, before having a private discussion with the Patrikarhhos Nikolaos IX of Trapezon, that treacherous dog. It was all part of maintaining not just physical links with the rest of the nation, but spiritual ones, too. A break between those meetings for the monarch to take refreshment had been repurposed for a meeting with the Kouropalates. Soon, Kommenos was guided towards a door. As all of those within the Imperial Palace Complex, it was the one that he had seen the most often. The Imperial Office. It overlooked Agios Konstantinos' Square and Kommodos could well have watched him make his way to the palace. The Maghlabitai barred the door as the priests carried out further blessings. Kommenos undertook the usual ritual of meeting the Agios Basileos informally. The Kouropalates bowed for seven seconds and was further blessed by members of the priesthood. He was suddenly aware that no one else had entered the room with him. “You may rise, my child,” said Kommodos from behind the desk at the end of the room. Kommenos walked further into the room, across the ancient mosaic of Europa, updated as it was with political realities of the continent. He stood before the desk and bowed again, for five seconds to represent the wounds of Christ. “Be seated, my child.” The Kouropalates sat in his chair, the only one that was positioned before the desk of the Agios Basileos. “Kouropalates Kommenos, may the blessing of Christ be upon you,” said Kommodos, intoning the words of the ancient ceremony. “I thank you for coming. May I offer you some refreshment?” “I thank you for allowing us some of your precious time, O most Christian majesty.” replied the Kouropalates. “I hope that it will be a fruitful meeting, God be willing.” Kommenos stood again and bowed for a count of three, representing the Holy Trinity. Once he had done so, members of the Mystikon stepped forward and placed a cup of tea with milk but no sugar on a side table to the right of Kommenos, as well as several pink finger biscuits. They were his favourite ones, although he was sure that he had never told the Agios Basileos. It was merely another power play. As could almost always be expected with Kommodos. Although, in fairness, he'd known the man for twenty years. It wouldn't take much for someone to note their friend's favourite biscuit in that time. If anyone could ever truly be a friend of ice-cold Kommodos Iakoumos. As soon as the biscuits and tea placed down, the ruler of the Aromans nodded. It wasn't a nod to Kommenos, who put his tea down mid sip. The rest of the room filed out. The bodyguards left, the civil servants left and the priests left. The cavernous room was empty, besides the Kouropalates, Kommodos' personal secretary, Boioannes, the chief bodyguard Adrianos and the Leader of the Free Wurld. Fillipos had known Kommodos for over twenty years. Nonetheless, when he met him on individual terms like this, there was always an element of fear. Only Kommodos, Fillipos and the head of the the Arhomaniki Noimosyni Dykton knew the full extent of murders. The man had ordered the politically inconvenient to disappear in the past and it had always been one of the tightest of state secrets. Unlike other regimes, Kommodos preferred not to rule through fear but he was still more than happy to iron out any bumps. Fillipos himself was a public figure but the Agios Basileos had ordered anyone who might have been a problematic witness out of the room just then. He washed down the wafer biscuit with a mouthful of tea. A feeling of unease began to sink in. Could this be the time that the loose end that he was was cleared up? “Your majesty?” He kept any emotion out of his voice. He was a Kommenos – he had a lineage of generals and emperors behind him. Kommodos held the gaze of the Kouropalates for a long moment, entirely aware of the fact that both of them knew that he'd ordered extrajudicial murders in the past. The monarch of the Arhomaioi leant his elbows on the table and steepled his fingers together. “Kouropalates, we are going to bring back democracy to Arhomaneia.”
  49. 4 points
    Infrastrutture Information and communications The Ministry of Communications and Information oversees the development of Infocomms, Media and the Arts. Information and communications technologies are main pillars of Cristina's economic success. However, Cristina's mass communications networks, including television and phone networks, have been mostly operated by the private sector. When Cristina first came online, the population could use Teleview to communicate with each other, but no one outside of their sovereign city-state. Today, the Free Port of Cristina is one of the most "Tech-Ready Nations" in terms of market, political and regulatory infrastructure for connectivity. Information Technology Laboratory of the Royal University of Cristina. Cristina also has one of the world's highest smartphone penetration rates (90%). Overall mobile phone penetration rate is at 150 mobile phone subscribers per 100 people. Internet in Cristina is provided by state owned CrisTel and partially state owned StartUp and Max-One Limited plus some other business internet service providers (ISPs) that offer residential service plans of speeds up to 2 Gbit/s as of spring 2015. Zenith (320 participants) and also it's smaller brother Cristina Internet Exchange - CIE (70 participants) are Internet exchange points where Internet service providers and Content delivery networks exchange Internet traffic between their networks (autonomous systems) in various locations in Cristina. Transport As Cristina is a small country with a high population density, the number of private cars on the road is restricted so as to curb pollution and congestion. Car buyers must pay for duties one-and-a-half times the vehicle's market value, and bid for a Cristinese Certificate of Entitlement (CCE), which allows the car to run on the road for a decade. Car prices are generally significantly higher in Cristina than in many other countries in the region Vehicles on the road and people walking on the streets keep to the right. Cristinese residents also travel by bicycles, bus, taxis and train (MRT or LRT). Two companies run the train transport system—CBS Transit and CMRT Corporation. Four companies, Ahead, Rapido-Transit, CBS Transit and CMRT Corporation run the public buses under a 'Bus Contracting Model' where operators bid for routes. There are five taxi companies, who together put out over 26,000 taxis on the road. Taxis are a popular form of public transport as the fares are relatively cheap compared to many other developed countries. Central Road System. Cristina has a road system covering 3,120 kilometres , which includes 161 kilometres (100 mi) of expressways.The Cristinese Area Licensing Scheme, implemented in 2005, became one of the Europa's first congestion pricing scheme, and included other complementary measures such as stringent car ownership quotas and improvements in mass transit. Upgraded in 2010, the system introduced electronic toll collection, electronic detection, and video surveillance technology. Cristina is growing to become a major international transport hub in Europa, serving some of the busiest sea and air trade routes. Cristina Airport is an aviation centre for the region and a stopover on many routes. There are two airports in the country, and Cristina Airport hosts a network of over 100 airlines connecting Cristina to some 150 cities in about 70 countries and territories worldwide. It has been rated one of the best international airports by international travel magazines. The national airline is Cristina Airlines. Cristina Airport. The Ports of Aline and St. Izabella, managed by port operators CrisPort and Port St. Izabella Co. St. Izabella was one of the Europa’s most busiest port in 2017 in terms of shipping tonnage handled, at 1.05 billion gross tons, and in terms of containerised traffic, at 20.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). Both ports are also on the busiest in Europa in terms of cargo tonnage with 405 million tons handled. In addition, St Izabella is one of the world's busiest for transshipment traffic and the world's biggest ship refuelling centre. Port St. Izabella Water supply and sanitation With the big participation of the private sector, the access to water is universal, affordable, efficient and of high quality. Innovative integrated water management approaches such as the reuse of reclaimed water, the establishment of protected areas in urban rainwater catchments and the use of estuaries as freshwater reservoirs have been introduced along with seawater desalination to reduce the country's dependence on water imported from neighbouring natoons. Cristina's approach does not rely only on physical infrastructure, but it also emphasises proper legislation, education (public and private) as well as research and development. Welfare Welfare programs are almost completely provided by the private sector. Cristineses tend to criticize the welfare state because welfare programs do not work to reduce poverty, improve education, or improve health or retirement. It is the general though that welfare programs also increase out-of-wedlock births and decrease the incentive to work. Moreover, they believe welfare programs reduce freedom by reducing the opportunity of individuals to manage their own lives.
  50. 4 points
    I think we can simply assume that an UN thing has been around for some time. Also, each nation would just post a list of nations in which it has no embassy in them and assume that they have diplomatic/trade relations with all the others (RPing it on the way).
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