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  1. 10 points
    I'm writing everything before I show the map (which is at the end of this message), so people understand before they berate me in the replies without understanding my decisions. As some peeps on the discord know, and from the quote above, the current map - although well made and a lot more pleasant-looking then the original - has a few issues related to realism. Those being that Argis and northern Europa have frozen over, which is a huge issue for nations like Tagmatium, Sayf, Pyrmont, Ahrana, etc. After watching a video part of the same series that taught Gene (@Creaturae) how to make a more realistic and nice looking climate map, and a bit of my own side research. I've come to a conclusion, and a compromise between the old map and the new one. That allows current equatorial nations who are mostly happy with their climate map to keep their new climates, but also doesn't entirely screw over the more northern countries on Eurth. My solution is a warming up of the Eurth globe by 1-3 degrees Celsius (from 14.6 Celsius to 16.0 Celsius), based on the Eemian Interglacial Period which existed from 127,000 to 106,000 years ago, before the last glacial period of the current modern day ice age. Doing so expands the regions of the planet more akin to European temperatures drastically, resulting in the southern half of Agris and the Siberian-esque Europa climate to become temperate, as well as resulting in the Alharu Desert undergoing greening, similar to the African Humid Period, as the Alharu Desert is very close in terms of location and size of the Sahara Desert. In the southern hemisphere, the opposite would occur, with the deserts becoming larger (which means Rihan is even more of a Desert, always a plus!). This greening and drying of the hemispheres would be caused by Eurth's northern hemisphere pointing towards the San at Perihelion (closest to the San in it's obrbit), which would cause the northern hemisphere to be hotter then the south in summer, which would cause a greater heat difference between the northern and southern hemisphere, and as hotter air and water is less dense then colder air and water, this can cause a monsoon circulation to occur on the western side of Alharu, not enough to make the region tropical, but enough for it to become greener. This combined with increased sun intensity allowing for plants to gain more energy, means the Alharu Desert would shrink and break up into smaller - more habitable - locations. All done without having to change the obliquity of the Eurth, rotational period of the planet, etc. The alternative is to have the southern hemisphere point towards San at Perihelion, but that would make Alharu - for all intent and purposes - uninhabitable. "But wouldn't heating up the planet cause the sea levels to rise?" No, Eurth already had incredibly odd topography and much of the land is very close to sea level. Which is exactly what a planet's surface would look like if it had increased from 14.6C to 16.0C, to simplify what I'm saying: We can assume the current land of the planet is what it looks like AFTER the warming. "Wouldn't this affect ancient civilisations." No, the warming for this sort of scenario would of occurred over 10,000 years ago, so unless you somehow have a functioning civilisation with order and laws and a unified culture in 8,000 BC - no, it won't affect ancient civilisations. It will, however, fix several old civilisation's climates, for example Aroman, which on Gene's climate map is Siberian, but on this warmed Eurth it is temperate. Humans on Eurth would have had no part in this warming and would of been natural. "Why bother? We just had a new climate map." Because it's important everyone gets the climate they originally had. On Gene's map several nations, such as Sayf, Fulgistan, Tagmatium, Prymont, Derthalon, Salvia etc. All had climates incompatible with the cultures they wanted to use, and the climate they originally chose. Most of these issues are solved with this map. And with countries nearer the equator who are happier about their climates who wouldn't want them changing, get to keep their current climates (even if shifted slightly). Really the only person who would be affect negatively by this change would actually be me - as I loose much of my rainforests, but with the warm currents and rainshadow affect increasing precipitation on my side of the mountains, it can be handwaved. Literally everyone gets what they want, it acts as a compromise between those who prefer the Old Map and the Gene Map. However, this is one major issue with my map which does deserve criticism - but also acts as an opportunity. Antargis is habitable, this isn't an issue solely with my map, Gene had similar issues with his, but Antargis is just too large to not have sections of temperate and Siberian climates on it's coastlines. Which means we either: 1) Make Antargis unrealistically colder (the most realistic - ironic - option.) 2) Shrink Antargis in size so that it remains entirely within the extreme polar regions. 3) Redesign Antargis' shape, which is my preferred option but the least realistic. But it would fix the globe-stretching issues that the current map has. The final option, is to just leave it. Maybe start an RP and OOC thread about that, maybe even its own colonisation story about modern day nations setting out for new lands to set up as colonies. Now on to each and every country, and what changes (Only doing countries who are active in the Discord, as I know what their preferences are the most.) -Variota Variota's climate has stayed the same, as requested, and also because Variota, you're kind of scary sometimes and I don't want to tread on your shoes anymore then this map already has. -Fulgistan Fulgistan's Mediterranean climate has increased to encompass a large section of their territory with cold arid steppe-like climates on their western most borders. -Limonaia Limonaia's Mediterranean climate now exists as an extension of the dry climate south of their borders. The waters around Limonaia also help insulate heat as the greater Sakspati-Ygros Sea is rather closed off compared to the rest of the world's waters, which allows for local circulation patterns to intensify the heat from the interior of Alharu. -Sayf / Greater Serbia Southern Agris got it's Mediterranean climate map, as part of the natural growth of the Gene Mediterranean, caused by increased temperatures. -Salvia Increased temperatures to Mediterranean-like climate, the Crusaders are back to their beautiful summers. -Tagmatium / Haruspex Returned back to Temperate climates from Gene's Ice Age. However @Haruspex is still semi-arid, similar to that of the central asia steppe, with a Siberian-like coast. Sorry buddy, if you want things budged around a bit please tell me. -Orioni / Mauridiviah Very little difference except the gradient from arid to tropical has increased, but this is more of a superficial edition which can be handwaved or brushed aside. Or incorporated - up to you. Climate Map of Eurth - Gene Edition (14.6 Celsius / 58.3 Fahrenheit) Climate Map of Eurth - Warmer Edition (16.0 Celsius / 60.8 Fahrenheit) Any other issues, please reply below. I should also mention I did consult Gene and spoke to Orioni before I did this. So don't worry about stepping over boundaries :).
  2. 9 points
    Amamihe Wins Heated Senate Presidential Race Massimo Amamihe from the Nuova Alternativa party has won the heated Senate presidential race with 21,24% of the vote or 11,52 million votes. Despite the inconvenient timing, a total of 51 886 325 Shffahkians participated in the election which is most likely due to harsh mandatory voting laws in Shffahkia. Many voters, when asked, said they were relieved to have gotten their duty done with so they may continue with their holiday affairs. Some voters expressed disappointment over the timing of the elections as normally national election days are holidays in Shffahkia but because these elections were held so close to Christmas, no extra holiday was given. Senate President Amamihe celebrated his victory in Port-Réel, the largest city in Shffahkia where he campaigned successfully beating both the LUP's Dutoit and the Syndicalists' Desfleusses. In his victory speech, Amamihe pledged to "uphold the integrity of the Senate and to protect the Senate from inappropriate outside influence." This was rather bluntly aimed at Union President Larue who has shown little interest in the upkeep of independence between the four legislatures of Shffahkia. He also stressed the importance of political co-operation between parties both new and old. Amamihe also claimed that his party, Nuova Alternativa, has greatly suffered from electoral injustice resulting in a rather disappointing outcome of only getting 67 seats in the Senate. Despite his party's poor performance, Amamihe promises to form a functioning coalition to uphold his electoral promises. The heated presidential Senate race resulted in a close call with Amamihe only winning by 1,68 million votes against Dutoit and Desfleusses. In total some 27 million Shffahkians chose to vote for the president of the Senate instead of local candidates. These votes came overwhelmingly from more densely populated urban areas in Shffahkia. Normally the third candidate steps down from the race before election day, but this time going into the elections, it was hard to predict who that ought to have been because polling nation-wide showed the three candidates being neck and neck. In the end Dutoit was successfully able to reap considerable support from Paranne states and the south, while Amamihe reigned supreme in the north and did great in the largest state: Pranhahasse pushing the competition away. Desfleusses' campaign became focused in Minière, Catherine and Piranhahasse, three wildly diverse states, and although her Syndicalist economic policy worked well in Miniere, she was unable to break the LUP's stranglehold on the south and lost significantly to Amamihe's inclusive unionism in Piranhahasse leading to her taking third place in the race. Both Dutoit and Desfleusses congratulated Amamihe over his victory. Dutoit said that this was a moment of humility and reflection for him and his supporters hinting at certain necessary changes that need to be done within the Lyso-Unionist Party. On the other hand, Desfleusses claimed that her support was a great show of force and counted it as a victory since her party, The Syndicalists ,received almost double the number of votes as the SCUL from which they seceded. "Despite our loss, many doors and windows still remain open for our great party." Desfleusses claimed in her speech. Although the LUP lost the presidential race and with it wasted some 10 million votes, Larue's party tied with the Social Communitarian Union League getting 107 seats from the total of 513. Unfortunately this will not be nearly enough for Larue to pass constitutional reform without the consent of other parties. The SCUL ran a small presidential campaign but backed off when polling showed their candidate to be lagging behind considerably as Féyeau, the party leader and its most known member, is the President of the Chambre of Representatives and thereby could not run to the Senate. Although the two former juggernauts of Shffahkian politics still gained the most seats, their support has waned so much so that support from other parties is increasingly necessary which is something the LUP has been particularly opposed to. Considering the results of all other parties, one was able to achieve an incredible result from their voters which was the Kvar Steloj movement. On average the SCUL needed over 50 000 votes to gain one seat in the Senate while Kvar Steloj politicians only needed to gain 39 000 votes. Their performance was so good compared to their total votes that a federal inquiry by the Police Politique was held into the movement over suspected electoral fraud which delayed the publishing of results by five days. The federal inquiry concluded that there was no evidence to support electoral fraud and that it was merely a case of a well-run political campaign that targeted rural areas more effectively than any other party. Joĉjo Rossi, head of Kvar Steloj, claimed that this was proof that Esperantists and Esperanto are still greatly supported in Shffahkia. The two 'losing' parties in terms of votes to seats were Nuova Alternativa and The Syndicalists although receiving the most and third most votes respectively. The Syndicalists party can still count itself among the four largest parties. This is mostly due to great rural support especially from the Minière state and Desfleusses great bid for the presidency. The party that got off not so well is Nuova Alternativa that, although received the most votes, finds itself being the fourth smallest party. Winning the Senate president race means that NA and Amamihe have the first chance to form a coalition within the Senate, however because of Nuova Alternativa's low number of seats in the Senate, it will be unlikely that larger parties such as the LUP or Kvar Steloj will agree to join a coalition led by a smaller party. A Party Collectively Divided Released on Christmas With the end of the Collectivist Party, many politicians have chosen either to retire or to continue their careers in different parties but one former politician in particular, André Azaïs, has chosen a completely different route. Deciding to end his days in public service, he has turned towards the book industry and has written several books on Shffahkian politics especially between 1970 and 2018 when he was an insider in the Collectivist Party. His latest book: A Party Collectively Divided (Un Parti Divisé Collectivement) looks into why the Collectivist Party fell which in his book was due to a failure in ideological discipline. What marks Azaïs as different from other political writers in Shffahkia is his surprising transparency. Azaïs openly admits in his various works to have participated in corruption thereby offering a never-before-seen look into the inner workings of the Collectivist Party. For many Shffahkians the deep-rooted corruption within the Collectivist Party is a big surprise. Criticisms over Azaïs own political views often pop up whenever his name comes up as he has clearly said to be against democracy and is an unapologetic supporter of more controversial Shffahkian historical figures such as the former union president Nikolao Kondukanto. The central thesis of A Party Collectively Divided is that following the death of Duncan Delacroix in the late 1950s, the Monin family dynasty that succeeded him failed to uphold ideological unity within the party which directly led to its end in 2018. "Unlike in many other one-party states such as in Fulgistan, the Collectivist Party in Shffahkia didn't hold up veneer of unity, instead allowing itself to be actively shown as divided and thereby showing its dysfunctionality to the public. This would inevitably lead to the wider democratization of Shffahkia in the 1970s. Which in turn led to the break-up of Shffahkia and, inevitably, led to the end of the Collectivist Party itself. Today Shffahkia finds itself dealing with the consequences of a failed one-party system. Its political institutions and its elections were never meant for a multi-party system and thus many problems and failures in Shffahkia can be traced to the failure of the Collectivist Party." reads the book's short introduction. Critics of the book are calling it Collectivist historical revisionism as the book claims that a half-hearted and apathetic push towards democracy was forced upon the Monin family dynasty in Shffahkia because of their failure to uphold ideological discipline within the Collectivist Party. The current historical consensus in Shffahkia is that the democratization of Shffahkia was purposely initiated by the Monin political dynasty as it was in line with their vision for a re-syndicalized Shffahkia. What fewer historians are contesting is Azaïs' claims over just how corrupt the party actually was since the Collectivist Party was quite experienced with hiding its own corruption from the public. One shocking claim in the book is that in 1999 party insiders orchestrated a fire inside a movie theater killing 11 innocent people all to hide the political assassination of Élias Serrari, a political activist. "Political dissent inside the party was tolerated, yet dissent from outside the party threatening its existence was brutally suppressed and expertly hidden. The party was on a clear course towards extinction from within despite its capabilities of eliminating threats from without." Azaïs claims in his book. One mystery surrounding the book also is its release date as releasing the book on Christmas day is most likely not the most profitable move for the writer.
  3. 8 points
    Home | Orioni | World | Business | Tech | Science | Culture | Health | Sports Hello 2020, Orioni celebrates New Year ZUIDHAVEN -- Fireworks lit up the skies over Zuidhaven as Orioni became one of the first countries to welcome the New Year. As the clock struck midnight, spectacularly colourful fireworks burst over the harbour area. The display was accompanied by a complimentary light show on the water. A record amount of pyrotechnics, as well as new fireworks effects and colours, lit up the city's skyline for 15 minutes. More than one million people packed the harbour front and parks of the largest Orinese city to watch the show. Police said they were taking precautions to prevent any terrorist attack, but assured revellers there was no specific threat. "We put obstacles between those large crowds and vehicles to ensure people can get in and out safely and enjoy their night in safety," police Commissioner Mr Eleama Baltun said. The party atmosphere swept across other major cities as the clock ticked past midnight. Fireworks, concerts, spiritual services and political addresses were held across the globe as revellers marked the transition to 2020. The Oriental island nation of Rohini was the first in the world to welcome the new year, greeting 2020 with muted celebrations after spending 2019 on the front line of the battle against climate change. In her traditional new year's address, Empress Joni issued a bleak New Year’s message that called climate change an existential threat and warned that: "It's time to seize our last best chance." She noted growing intolerance, geopolitical divisions and inequality, resulting in people "questioning a world in which a handful of people hold the same wealth as half of humanity." “But there are also reasons for hope,” she added. "As we begin this new year, let’s resolve to confront threats, defend human dignity and build a better future -- together."
  4. 6 points
    Prime Minister Gian Gives a Breath of Fresh Air in Acceptance Speech As Batengdei rounded the new year, it had become time for the newly elected Prime Minister Kalama Gian to give an address to the public. The purpose of such speeches are generally to state a mission of the new administration as well as a "thank you" to those who supported them in the election. This year the speech had been delayed a few days, as per the request of Gian, but the delay was certainly worth it. The acceptance speech began simply, Gian stated her pride at being chosen by the people to serve them. But, in a surprising twist which has many around the nation electrified, she then stated the goal of her administration which was to purge corruption and crime in Batengdei. While often used as a talking point for other parties, this had not been explicitly mentioned as a goal of the current coalition government of the Batengdeian People's Economic Coalition. This is a welcome phrase to many in Batengdei as voter participation has declined over the last decade with the chief reason being "corruption". However, Gian continued by stating her plans to launch an investigation into the possibility of bribery among the members of the People's Grand Parliament (which is strictly forbidden under the Batengdeian Constitution). While there have been requests for such investigations, they have primarily been centered around voter fraud. This is sure to be a pleasant surprise to rural Batengdei, who maintained their primary issue as "ending corruption." Gian's plan to launch a large-scale investigation into corruption has already damaged the BPEC, however. Many members of the Liberal Democratic Party have called out the investigation as "unnecessary" and "an unnecessary use of the Prime Minister's Power." Gian responed on Wittier: "All of this fuss over the launch of an investigation only convinces me that this is what our country needs most." Gian's decision, however divisive, will commence within the next couple of weeks. There are already reports of the possibility of holding a new election, but given the proximity to the current election and the sudden sharp increase in support for Gian from the National Council of Polling, it's unlikely to bear much fruit. Batengdei "Ready to Give Full Support" to Crisis-Torn Regions The Batengdeian Ministry of Foreign Endeavors has made a recent public announcement about its ongoing efforts to aid nations in crisis. While many have decried the actions of the Batengdeian foreign aid efforts as being "over-expanded", the announcement has put many concerns to rest. "As it currently stands," claims Dverik He Long, head of the ministry, "we have the funding and planning to be able to carry out our foreign aid to whatever end." The current large-scale aid projects include participation in the Cussian humanitarian mission to provide sanctuary to Cussian refugees in Batengdei and a plan to provide food aid to the famine-stricken region of Ceris, a region near Seylos. The stated goal of these missions are purely humanitarian, and have received international praise. It would appear that despite the current domestic issues of our country, our government has made fantastic strides abroad in the socialist, and ultimately humanist, endeavor of increasing the quality of life in Eurth.
  5. 5 points
    Map 1: https://i.imgur.com/unB2AlP.png Map 2: https://i.imgur.com/XpGouKk.jpg Edited: Changed the flags for Adaptus, Beautancus, Mahdah, Jilderen, and Volsci Asigned Saale and Pallamara to Variota, because of cultural relations Asigned Soreana to Limonana, as close neighbour and former IC ruler Asigned Kipan to Fjallshime once he makes it to the Academy (for a 2nd time) Renamed that funny island of Joe Bobs to something more fitting for the location. Major layers reorganisation behind the scenes. This makes it easier to publish the various versions we have: political, heightmap, climate biomes, tectonics, time zones, skin colours (beta), migrations (WIP), resources (WIP) Removed: Rhodelila in S-Aurealia Synturia in E-Alharu Expansion reservation for Prymont (west of Dniester) Backlog: @Miiros island names (awaiting pm reply) @Assurym move (probably to Memopotamia) @Qardania move (undecided to which destination) Rivers redraw (use pattern) More lakes (where it makes sense) Europa borders redraw (use pattern) Cultures based on "2008-02-25-regional.png"
  6. 4 points
    KAITAINE DEFENCE FORCE The KDF is affectionatly known in Kaitaine as the Pangolins. The force was formed in 1814 following the merging of several militia's from the Four Holy Families. The force today is the official ground force of the nation however in many ways they defer to the Truthsayers. They currently field approximately 106,496 members. EQUIPMENT 400 x Chain-Rider Battle Tank 750 x Scorpion-Rider Armoured Vehicle 800 x Flame-Rider Armoured Vehicle 350 x Mini-Chain Rider Tank 720 x Cat-Rider Protected Mobility Vehicle 350 x Shield APC 400 x Bandit Mobility Vehicle 100 x Battlerider Mobility Vehicle 120 x Scale-Rider IFV 400 x Dunerider Strike Vehicle 70 x Bone Arrow Self Propelled Rocket Artillery 100 x Spearpoint Self Propelled Howitzer 100 x Fire-Rider Towed Howitzer 50 x Javelin Towed Howitzer 40 x Pangolin System Mobile Air Defence 20 x Skyrider Helicopter 40 x Storm Arrow Attack Helicopter 20 x Twin Arrow Aerial Vehicle
  7. 4 points
    Home | Orioni | World | Business | Tech | Science | Culture | Health | Sports Orioni to auction off its 5G frequencies O'POLIS -- Today marked the start of the consultation of the auction for mobile high-speed frequencies. The government of Orioni is expected to generate several billions when auctioning off all frequencies relevant for 5G communication technology. Economy Cllr Hiram Hiramson explained that: "Orinese consumers are using more and more mobile data. [...] The government is taking steps to make sure society's significant needs for fast and reliable mobile communication are taken care of." Mr Hiramson presented his proposal to the Assembly earlier today. Notable is the auction being open to international candidates. This generating criticism from the opposition leader Mr Edric Kageni who complained Hiramson is not doing enough to support native tech companies. The councillor countered this by explaining the possibilities of a win-win in a joint-venture between local and foreign partners. Significant attention was also paid to the security implications of working with foreign companies. On several occasions the opposition highlighted potential security risks. Cllr Hiramson spent more than half of his podium time replying to these concerns, ultimately referring to the requirement details in his tender. Under the proposed terms of the auction, the frequencies will be dived in a multi-round auction. The auction is set to be private with no information on the number of participants or their names. However, once completed the winning companies will be announced and the Councillor will make the bidding process public. Launched January 16th, the auction will run for two months with the decision set to be announced before 31 March 2020. Following this, a second auction of the 3.5GHz and 26GHz frequency bands will begin mid-April.
  8. 4 points
    @Sayf Is there a work around that you and I can do, either ICly or OOCly, to avoid your 5th Fleet "taking care" of Secryae? My government is keen on making it into a functional country, as that has been judged to be a better way to deal with piracy than just bombing shit. I assume you've read my posts in the thread regarding that.
  9. 4 points
    The Capital Paper (Matlatekáken) Metztlitlalio Welcomes a New Year. From all members of the Capital Paper, we welcomed the new Háb year of 6132 last night! At the stroke of the twentieth K'me fireworks were launched across the nation. Whilst most of the world celebrated 2020 AD (Which means Anno Domini for Yatotlans!) a week ago, many cities across Metztlitlalio were stocking up on fireworks and beginning the sacrificial killing of animals for their meat to be used for the Twenty day long holiday of the Celebration of the Mun. Below we've compiled some pictures of beauty from across the country. Fireworks explode over the city of Matasaqê, the capital of the Kalpollê of Tepatokasla, last night. Matasaqê is on the headlines today as the Kalpollê of Tepatokasla unbanned the use of fireworks within it's capital (with the permission of a licence needed of course), and celebrated with their own fireworks across the city at the start of 6132. This picture captures a truly fantastical shot of multiple fireworks going off at once, with the mountain cap snow in the background. A wonderful display. Tlalanex, Xoloa, red smoke spreads across the sky. The Xoloan town of Tlalanex near one of the many Khékhê Mines goes all out as the fireworks release a red powder at the end of the firework display, coating the area in a fine red mist (which thankfully does not sting the eyes!). A looming silhouette of Roberto Russo-Romano on his famous trusty horse, Rossi. Altepetl Tekaken's duel firework display. Two separate firework displays take place on different sides of the dividing river of the city. This year was also a mark of an end of a long-standing tradition since 1977 with one side of the river use blue and yellow fireworks and the other green and red. At the end both sides would release white fireworks in one massive flurry as to represent the end of colonial rule. This traditional was ended more-so because it was reported there wasn't enough Red fireworks due to low amounts of Strontium.
  10. 4 points
    YOUR RP NATION Full Name of Nation: The Federation of Portamia Government type of nation: Federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy, though the monarchy is merely kept for its symbolism and appearances at large local festivals. Members of Parliament are elected via instant-runoff voting. Portamia and Pultik elect seperate governments that reside in their capital cities of Tiskin and Ronaker, with Borrian candidates belonging to the Portamian sphere. Their parliaments remain in their governing cities to debate local issues, but convene regularly to discuss nationwide issues. Culture/ethnicity of your nation: Portamian, Pultician and Borric are the three cultures that can be found in the constituent nations. Each are loosely inspired by Finno-Ugric groups, with Pultician being mildly more inspired by Germanic cultures. Give us a short description of your nation: Portamia is a rather small country comprised of three constituent nations: the Kingdom of Portamia, the Grand Duchy of Pultik and the semi-autonomous province of Borria. Portamians take pride in their fishing industry and regularly debate on potential developments of it. The Federation is made up of 14 provinces, 8 belonging to Portamia (Borria is governed under this Portamian sphere) and 6 belonging to Pultik. The River Tiski (the namesake of the capital city Tiskin) that flows through the center of the nation is a large source of tourism, income and religious zeal as it is a central deity in the religion of Karspii that has played a central role in Portamian society for generations. Portamia started out as what was known as a "Great Tribe" consisting of various smaller Portamian tribes, eventually leading to the adoption of an oligarchical system referred to as the Riilamuk, which was used for deciding on who would lead the people. This would assist in Portamia becoming a reasonably centralised duchy until the abolition of the Riilamuk in favour of a monarchy. After years of cooperation and bickering, the neighbouring Duchies of Portamia and Pultik became a united political entity, forming the Federation of Portamia and placing the region into a period of peace and progress that has lasted for years. Do you have an IIWiki page?: No WRITING EXPERIENCE How would you describe your level of experience in regards to roleplaying?: No experience, but I am willing to learn good roleplay etiquette. How would you describe yourself?: Very interested in detailing political structures and cultural differences. Rather laid-back, though a bit shy. RP/Writing samples (if available already): Sadly not Do you wish to have a mentor assigned to you to help guide you through the start of your time here? Yes, as I could definitely benefit from someone with more experience giving me some guidance and tips. NATIONSTATES Why do you want to join this region?: I have been searching for a region with a large community, but not large enough to feel overwhelming. Worldbuilding is my main area of interest, so a region like this with a large focus on it is ideal for me. Have you ever had trouble with any moderators?: No Do you have any prior experience on NationStates? If so, give a brief accounting of it.: I've been in a few regions that have never really taken off, but most of my time was spent updating factbooks. Are you currently or do you plan to be a member of the NationStates World Assembly? Currently a member, though not very active on it. Anything else?: Nope. 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.
  11. 4 points
    Khaokhett, Kngaok District It was late in the night, and Kalama Gian was drafting up her acceptance speech. She had been finally elected to the Minister’s Throne in Saphea Wat, the seat of power in Batengdei, or at least the seat of power the rest of Eurth saw. In truth, the whole system was designed around a bunch of ruthless, lazy oligarchs who monopolized a little too much of the economy to relinquish any real control. It was a sickening notion, even if she was considered harmless enough to be the Prime Minister. Kalama had hopes to change that, however, and what she needed now was the goodwill of the people. Almost as if in anticipation of her plans, there had been a laughably poor attempt at winning the election from the Bateng Rouge. They had ignored the notion of campaigning on anything other than maintaining a status quo, which was a terrible way to energize voters. It landed the Rouge in a coalition with the Liberal Democrats, of all parties, which was just salt in the wound. It left a dirty taste in her mouth just thinking about it, so Kalama didn’t. Instead, she thought about how she would subvert the expectations of her position. In truth, answer was simple, populism. More specifically, anti-corruption. If there was a cesspool worthy of being purged in Eurth, it was Batengdei. Tagmatium was another that came to mind, but that was beside the point. Voter turnouts had been declining, faith in the government was near nonexistent, and overall, the biggest reform in the last decade was Krusken’s RDI Act, which was laughably useless. No, Batengdei needed a stronger ruler capable of tackling the people’s problems like they had back in the founding days. The current Batengdei was far too self-absorbed in itself to be of relevance, despite being so close to the spotlight. The means of victory in her hand, but Batengdei preferred to sit contently as the world moved by, horrendous. Kalama knew it was the destiny of Batengdei to lead the nations of Eurth, where they had been neglected for far too long. Now that she had the Minister’s Throne, the ancient ceremonial throne of the old dynasties of Batengdei, now she could lead her people. Gian had known her destiny for a long time, to re-forge Batengdei in the shape of its former glory. To purge the oligarchs who stunted them for their own profits. A new revolution, perhaps? No, not yet, anyway. The computer screen of her rough draft slowly burned into her eyes with a pure, white glow. It made the rest of the room seem darker by contrast. Regardless, she forced herself to step away from her desk and walk around the room to relax a bit. The duties of the Batengdeian Prime Minister were numerous, and she had been beset by a hundred bureaucrats with a hundred petty problems from the onset of her taking office. She just needed a little time to remind herself of the importance of her position. It would take time to win over the population in Batengdei. Fortunately, she had enough control over the media to work unopposed. It would take a coalition of disgruntled workers to create the change necessary to transform Batengdei, this much Kalama knew. Kalama Gian, Prime Minister Gian, spent the next ten minutes pacing anxiously around the room. Sang Pithu, Tonle Khlang It had been a terrible month for Hoja Korig, the leader of the Batengdei National Agricultural Company. The election coalition had been felled by a disgusting abomination of an electoral jape. The Bateng Rouge and Liberal Democratic Party? To make matters worse, the coalition began by passing a bill which flopped on its head and sank the economy with it. Production had slowed as workers suddenly were shifted around between foreign countries vying for a spot of the cheap land available. It was a nightmare. To make matters worse, the Khsaamer National Party jumped ship at the defeat, leaving the National Sovereign Party all alone in a sea of corruption. They’d called twice for a recount, twice… or, three times? They would have kept going until the next election had they not been silenced by Kalama Gian herself. Who did she think she was, a dictator? The radio on his desk which had been announcing the most recent rugby game now began playing some song. In anglish, no less. Hoja lurched forward and attempted to adjust the station, however he couldn’t quite convince his fingers to cooperate, so he instead he swept the damnable machine off his desk, then made for his case of wines. Korig uncorked a new bottle of ricewine and poured himself a glass. If his company was going to go under, he would race them to it. This would be the third bottle, and he had built up quite a tolerance. Admittedly, the company would likely survive. It was too much of an integral part of feeding the people. Korig’s ownership, however, that could change should the government rule his leadership as “unsatisfactory.” Krusken had been smart to leave him alone, Kalama on the other hand… she had a history of going after company owners who crossed her. Still, they couldn’t touch the mighty Hoja Korig if he wasn’t doing anything wrong, and as if he was… he was simply checking the quality of the ricewine… “Well, I had better check again, in case this bottle is not up to standard.” Hoja raised the glass and cheered to the ceiling, “To us!”. The wine tasted really quite great, especially with the numbness of inebriation. “How could I lose my position, when I mae’ the best damn wine in the country. Hell, I mae’ the only wine in the country. Who wans to go buy wine … anywhrer elsse…” Hoja Korig was suddenly quite delighted to find the room was gently rocking; rocking him to sleep, most likely. So long as the ricewine was good, there was nothing to worry about, really. . . “Thanksh… mishter room. . .” And with that, Korig fell into a pleasant stupor.
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    I'm off to Krakow from Tuesday to Saturday with my girlfriend. I probably won't respond to anything during that time, unless urgent. But I cannot imagine anything that I can do that others can't
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    https://iiwiki.us/wiki/Isenheim Here's the beginning of my wiki page! If anyone has specific advice on how to choose names for places/peoples (hence the blank spots on my wiki), particularly any specific sources they use, that would be especially appreciated!
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    *The scene is at FSF 2019 Election Night Broadcast* Viggo Kiyoshi: "It is only 10 seconds until the clock strikes 12. We will be revealing the results of the FSF exit poll. Throughout the voting period, we polled 40,000 people at 180 polling stations across the country. *Clock strikes 12* *The screen behind them displays a seating chart of the new National Rikskai with the predicted number of seats listed for each party.* Viggo Kiyoshi: "We predict that the governing Free Fjallshima Party will lose their majority in parliament for the first time in 8 years with 125 seats and the Harmony Party will win a majority with 200 seats. The Kitakaidon Bloc and Kitakaidon Workers Party dominated Kitakaido with both of them winning 15 seats. The populist anti-Seinshin One Fjallshima Party entered parliament for the first time with 25 seats. Both the Communist Party and Green Party took losses with 5 and 10 seats respectively. What is your take on these results, Aki?" Aki Maiko: "Thank you, Viggo. As you said, these results are likely to differ a bit but it still paints a clear picture for us. The Harmony Party under the centrist "Third-Path" leadership of Karl Shigeru managed to win seats across the entire country by not only defending their traditional seats but also targeting seats held by the Free Fjallshima Party. However, they were not able to effectively make any significant showings in Kitakaido. In Kitakaido, there is still a feeling that the national parties do not care about them as the region is still seeing higher unemployment rates and lower GDP per capita than the rest of the country. The KB and KWP were able to capitalize on that and that has continued rumors of a possible devolvement or independence referendum. The other minor parties took losses as the One Fjallshima Party entered parliament. If parties representing Kitakaido continue to talk about a possible referendum whether on devolvement or independence, we could see Fjallshimans felt left behind by the national parties continue to support that party." Viggo: "Thank you, Aki. We will be broadcasting the results in a few hours. For now, we will be going to our correspondents who are on the grounds at different election night parties for candidates throughout the country." *A few hours later goes by, it is now midnight* *The screen behind them a seating chart of the new Parliament with number of seats listed for each party.* Viggo: "We now have the full results of our election and our exit poll wasn't too far off, but the Harmony Party will actually be one seat short of a majority with 197 seats. The Free Fjallshima Party won 130 seats, the Kitakaidon Bloc won 15 seats, the Kitakaidon Workers Party won 13 seats, the One Fjallshima Party won 20 seats, the Fjallshiman Communist Party won 10 seats, and the Green Party won 10 seats. Aki, while the Harmony Party still won the most seats, I am sure being one seat short will be somewhat of an obstacle?" Aki: "Traditionally, minority governments are rarely considered as an option. As the results came in, we heard from some Harmony MPs that they anticipate that incoming Prime Minister Karl Shigeru will negotiate for a coalition with the Green Party to have a full majority. However, with the Harmony Party's poor results in Kitakaido and the continued debate over the "Kitakaido Question", the two lone Harmony MPs that won election in Kitakaido have released a statement saying they believe Prime Minister Shigeru should negotiate for an alliance with either the KB or KWP to gain the trust of voters there and also settle the Kitakaido Question." Viggo: "What do the two main parties in Kitakaido believe how the "Kitakaido Question" should be settled?" Aki: "The KB want a referendum on devolvement as they believe that under devolvement, they can continue to reap the benefits of being part of Fjallshima but also have their own government with its own taxing powers and budget that could be more effective at solving the issues in Kitakaido. However, the KWP takes the position that there have been far too many injustices against Kitakaido that devolvement will do no good for long and it would be better for them to ask for independence in a referendum." Viggo: "I see. Well, that is it for FSF Election Night 2019. My name is Viggo Kiyoshi, and good night."
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    Welcome @Yeosan. I'm excited to get writing together!
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    The Thalassan-Europan-Alharun-Argic-Aurelian-Marenesian Institute, often simply called Team, is a Variota-based not-only-for-profit organisation aimed at funding and participating in projects throughout the world, primarily in the developing world, through investing funds from their members. Membership within the TEAAAM Institute is open to any business maintaining sizable offices within Het Huisselant, so long as they pledge to invest atleast one-tenth of their profits each year, as well as individuals living within Het Huisselant that pledge a minimum of one-million Waarttemun. Each participant receives a share equal to their investment. Team operates offices throughout the world, where individuals, organisations and governments can apply for funding and/or other aid. The most popular method of funding projects is to provide a long-term loan free-of-interest in exchange for a share in the venture; the longer and larger the loan, the bigger the share. This method of operating, pioneered by Team, has been hailed as unique, innovative and fair towards the developing world. Team, as the investor, gains an active share in ensuring the project succeeds, loan payments stay low and the project enters the Team network, where the various projects can seek out each other and their benefactors, potentially lowering prices and allowing for greater possibilities than what would otherwise be available. Through their handler, which each project receives, the Team website and the Team app, the various participants can stay in contact, provide knowledge, seek out deals with each other and provide status updates. Team operates as a not-only-for-profit, it seeks to improve the lives of citizens throughout the world through its participation in projects but, in addition, still seeks to earn profit through its established projects. Half of the profits made by Team are reinvested into new projects with the other half being paid out to the various investors, ensuring that those that have seen success through Team fuel new development. Team operates according to the strictest Variotan economic laws and has received labels and quality marks from respected sources such as the Asosiasjie fan Oliefaaier, allowing both potential projects and investors to apply and invest while knowing Team's intentions and methods are both fair and worthwhile for both sides. Prominent investors: Ranje Konsorsjum (Agriculture) Heerefal Casino Resorts (Tourism) Vooters Food Group (Hospitality) M.M.C.-fan Gautfanger (Mining) Lintfelt, Santflakte & Knallerheere (Pharmaceuticals) Prominent successful projects: TBA
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    Tokallē Teōmatilistli a Nēkanatlakasētla Metztlikua Culture #04: “Tekolotl da’Tlalokipakatlê” “The Celebration of the Mun” "The leather drums beat hard, the rhythm picks up in speed and anger, the palms of the priests slam down like thunder upon a forest. A never-ending pattern of thunderous sounds. The voices of whistle-screaming priestesses wearing the traditional leather hats with gorgeous plumes of feathers of green, red, black, yellow, and white. Massive groups of priests split within generations play the traditional instruments of Meztlitlalio, the oldest in only white feathers and a simple black and white tunic play the screeching skull whistles to the abyssal sky. One of a few times the sounds of sizzling meat can be heard throughout the southern Tapatepetli Mountains has arrived, and the opening of the Temple of the Highest to the public. It’s mighty stone doors swung open as thousands enter as part of great colourful parades. The drums continue to beat, beating to the chanting voices of cheering. In the star-filled sky the full Mun reigns supreme, outshining anything else. The Celebration of the Mun has begun." -Xê Yenk (2004). The Tales of Karis. Donjīng Hé University. The Celebration of the Mun, also known as “Tekolotl da’Tlalokipakatlê” is a 20 day long celebration starting from the start of the new year (time period within the Metztli calendar, 354 days long.) and is a celebration of Kipakatlê, the closest to a deity within Têomaté, who’s physical form is believed to be the Mun. The Celebration of the Mun is thought to be incredibly ancient, as old or even older then the religion of Têomaté itself, as a celebration to bring back the rains to the southern Palu Peninsula and occurred more tightly to the annual droughts and floods. However by the modern era, it has simply become a Celebration of the Mun and the new year for the Metztli Calendar. The main ways of celebration occur within 4 parts of 5 days each. The first five days are more passive then the others, where people decorate their homes and their local temples with traditional religious works and art, with a small get together of neighbours. On the 5th day a larger celebration takes place at the local temples, with dancing and food. From the 6th day to the 9th day more elaborate decorations take place, statues, usually dyed saturated colours, are arranged around local temples, each statue representing a Yanton Cycles (a time period of just under 22 years). These Yanton Statues are often quite small, up to half the size of a person. Larger statues representing Ékáton Cycles (time period of 438 years) are also prevalent. Statue of the 12th Ékáton in Pallemeki, Tlalotolte. One of a few statues that are shipped out to Fulgistan for half a year, every year, in accordance to a Cultural Exchange program. A replica has begun construction to be kept permanently at Bogd Gioro. Many locations have their own unique statues representing different cycles as for most of the history of Metztlitlalio, the region was dominated by several tens of states, each with their own histories. However, two statues that all local temples possess are two statues of “Tlakhêallê Tlalokipakatlê”, also known as the Muner Creation story, and “Tlakhêallê Tlatekepak”, the Earth Creation story. These two statues are placed around the local temple on the 10th day. The 10th day is also considered the most important of the celebratory 20 days. Important games to Metztli culture, such as Ollamalesetlê (Known internationally as Hipball) both locally and possibly the Grand Finals for the Quadrennial Ollamalesetlê National Competitions, if the dates line up. As well as Patollê, Kamamotla, and many more games. Later in the evening, when the Sun has just gone below the horizon, large congregations of people go to temples (often the Major Temple that oversees the local temples if possible) for one final large-scale celebration and prayer. On the 11th day, gift giving begins between friends and families, mostly clothing and tools, with children being given toys. The last ten days gradually decrease festivities, with the religious works and art removed on the 15th day and the statues removed on the 20th day, signifying the end of the Celebration of the Mun. Instruments most commonly found being played across the 20 day celebration are wind instruments such as clay flutes, ocarinas, and conch shell trumpets. Percussion instruments like rattles, rasps, shakers, and many types of drums were also commonplace. The most used drum variant is the Ehetl drum – a large vertical drum with stretched animal hide for the cover. There was also the Taponasatlê drum made from a horizontal cylindrical wooden log played using mallets as it’s counterpart in music. Both the Ehetl and Taponasatlê drums can both play a high and low tune, allowing for flexibility in songs. Ehetl Drum. Taponasatlê Drum. Celebration of the Mun is also one of a select few celebrations when the consumption of large amounts of meat are acceptable within the religion. Usually eating meat should be down with care and in small amounts, but with the Celebration of the Mun, the usual taboos of eating meat are lifted. However, high-intelligent animals such as Primates and large terrestrial birds are still banned from consumption. In the 1800s and 1900s there was a significant movement to synchronise the Celebration of the Mun with Christmas, and largely succeeded in coastal and urban areas, but with the Temple of Culture and Religious Life’s recent expulsion of Christian doctrine from the religion and the reintroduction of the old calender, the celebration returned to it’s 354 day lunar cycle. To this day, the Celebration of the Mun is the most well-known of the celebrations and holidays of Metztlitlalio. 2020's Celebration of the Mun takes place from the 6th of January to the 26th of January, which will be classified as a public holiday. As such children are allowed off school for the 20 day duration, except - ironically - in Aristocrat/Priest schools, who are expected to work harder in those 20 days then usual. With only the 5th, 10th, 11th, 15th, and 20th days of the holiday for rest.
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    @Taimin Well if writing prompts are what you're looking for, how about something related to our own present-day reality. Annual list of the most popular X in your nation. What's the biggest, most beloved celebration of the year? How will your national leader be celebrating the end of year?
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    I'd like to hop in on this roleplay, if you'd have me. Certainly no good Christian nation like Eulycea could ignore the plight of its fellows in a time like this. King Charles also more than ever needs to appear as a great humanitarian and liberator to his people, what with Republicans demanding his removal from politics. I would think he would be more than willing to find parliamentary approval and funding for the housing of as many as 50,000 refugees initially, with more in the future if need be. Unfortunately, our hospital ship is currently on its way to deal with Ceris, so it won't be able to render assistance. But we could charter other means of transportation, and certainly the Royal Army's medical corps (along with private charities and the national healthcare service) could handle their medical needs.
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    I will be waiting on further reactionary posts before making any blood and honey as well as news reports concerning this.
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    Perhaps we need a Dolche See anti-piracy cooperation treaty.
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    As I told you over Discord, I am in support of this measure. I still have one question, though- how will this impact Eurth in the long run, especially in regards to climate change?
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    "So, how do you feel about being the first Acadians in space?", asks Samuel in the Center's break room. A few days had passed since the revealing of their names, and they were preparing for the big day. Launch was tomorrow. "You mean the most hated people among all of our peers? Eh, decent.", jokes Guillaume. "Big day's tomorrow. Can't wait to be celebrated back here down on Earth!", says Barbara enthusiastically. "Can't wait to float around!", adds Emy jokingly. They all laugh. "Well how about we look at the rocket.", says Guillaume. "Sounds like a plan.", replies Emy. They nod in agreement. Image of Vulcan III Rocket. Real image is an artist's projection of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket on a launch pad. They look up at the towering white cylinders that make up the rocket. The tall rocket is the latest product of the AASA, and has all the bells and whistles of the 21st Century. "The future's coming.", whispers Samuel. "And with it, so is Acadia.", adds Barbara.
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    Welcome to the wonderful region of Eurth!
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    To: Trade Minister Leo J. Conway of the From: the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion To his Eminence, Archbishop Salius, through Leo J. Conway, Trade Minister of the Sanctum Imperium Catholicum (@Salvia) Your Eminence, In order to facilitate the trade discussions between our two great nations, it is felt by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion that it would be wise to invite a delegation from the Divine Imperium to come to Arhomaneia to carry out negotiations in person. This, if it pleases you, would be much more suitable than continuing these delicate discussions through messages, as we have been doing so up until now. If you agree, my Logothesion can then set up an internal discussion group between the various Logothesia and industries that may be affected by a trade deal between our countries, so that we can present to you what we think is a deal that is fair and equitable to both of our nations, and all parties. I imagine that you will do the same and this will be the basis of the start of our talks. To that end, once your government feels that it is in the position to start these talks, I would like to issue an invitation for your delegation to come to Tagmatika, so that we may begin. May Christ forever be in our hearts, Takitos Khalkeos, Megas Logothetes of the Logothesion ton Kommerkiarionikou of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion
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    I. Gotcha 2. thanks! 3-5. WIP 6. Ty!
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    Map: https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/377953601235976194/661627797080506378/map-of-eurth-20191231.png Alright, here's the last map update of 2019. I'm off to my NY party. Wishing you all a health new year and see you in 2020. Added: Jasmine Sea because it sounded nice. Labelled an island SE of my position as Malindi; I sent 2 reminder to @Miiros about it. Edited: Simpler colour scheme for the political map. I experimented with a more detailed coastline. This can be undone with one click.
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    Happy birthday, @Creaturae! And @Fleet Admiral Connor Grey, wherever you are!
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    "WORKERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE!" -The Red Star News Network- Today came the results of the Flag Referendum, which the opposition had contested. The referendum was held from 5th to 8th January 2020, and was part of the "New Deal" program sought by the Zhukov Government. It replaced the old, "hardline" flag with a new, more "liberal" one, which shows his more open policies. Observers believe that this may bring a new era in the Federation's history, as it finally opens up to the wider world. Although the opposition was, and is, supportive of these reforms, they had still attempted to contest the referendum's results, showing their lack of loyalty towards the Federation.
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    I do, actually. The pre-written parts of my history fit even better now. Lukinagrad was the capital of a reasonably sized empire and had been so for a couple of hundred years by then. The empire situated there, even if their fleet could have been defeated, would have won if we had attempted to invade it. The founding of ex-Saale would serve as an additional reason for us to attempt the Treaty of Ferrefaaierhafen, which ensured neutral waters in the Keelpijp and would lower the burden of both defending the colony and its trade. Similarly, the Lukan Empire's golden age was stopped by the Treaty as they declined signing it. Frijkaapers, our version of filthy pirates/gracious privateers, harassed Lukan trade and patrols so much that the empire ended up signing simply because the lack of trade increased unrest so much that they either had to sign or face massive revolts. In the end, the loss of ships and the existing unrest meant that the empire still saw the start of a decline that only ended when Lukinagrad had lost pretty much everything. Now, with these colonies being a breadbasket, it'd additionally explain the Frijkaapers. With other means of food coming in, there'd be a lesser need for ships to fish, etc. as well as spurring on population growth; plenty of food means there's one less worry for families so they might as well get a kid or two extra. Which, in turn, would end up as young adults looking to make their fortune on the ships that are now available due to a lesser burden on the fishing industry. In addition, it'd also exist as a reason why we never hopped over later on. Doing so would risk tearing up the Treaty, which was seen by Variotans as greatly beneficial throughout history.
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    Jianmen, Southeast Yellow Empire March 13th, Year of Our Lord 1555 The spring sun shone brightly as Theobald heard the large explosions of the bombards to his right as he surveyed the troops forming into battle positions on top of a hill. They had besieged the city of Jianmen several months before. A city and port on the Tes River in the southwest of the Yellow Empire, it was critical for the crusaders to take- not only to defeat the heretics and claim victory for God, but in order to continue the Southern Campaign across the south of the Yellow Empire. Jianmen, the “Steadfast Gate” as it was translated, held a fitting name. Another volley fired off. The last month had seen Theobald fully encircle the city and the crusader navy flush out the Tes River and reach the city’s port, fully blockading the city. Although the crusaders had superior ships compared to the heretics, the river proved to be tight and limited the fighting capacity of the gunpowder ships. Nevertheless, the crusaders would prevail and take the river. The lords and generals of the Southern Campaign, however, knew that they could not starve out the defenders. The city had food storages that would last for months, the generals had surmised, plenty of time to amass an army to break the siege. Theobald had then instructed Marcus, Godwin, and Wade to take command of a section of the army and to fully surround the city. Marcus would take his force to the hilly north and serve largely as a diversion, the main attack coming from the flat south led by Theobald himself and the river fleet, where Godwin had snuck his army under cover of darkness. A third volley from his own bombards fired off shortly before the first volley from the hilly north fired off. Shortly after that, the artillery pieces from the ships in the river fired off, and the east followed that. The bombardment, another one of many that had occurred in the last few months, strategically targeted sections of the outdated walls, gates, and cannon armaments and towers that dotted the walls. Several months of cannon fire directed at these targets would finally come to fruition this day as the targets were destroyed. After the artillery had fulfilled that task to the satisfaction of the generals, the gunners turned their fire into the city itself, hoping to cause chaos, destruction, and casualties. Once the artillery ran out of ammunition, the army finalized preparations before waiting for the final blessing. The Bishop of Trinity, his cathedral being the site of the calling of the crusade, rode out on a horse in armor. His left hand held a red square banner with the Virgin Mary and Joseph holding baby Jesus, who held his right hand out, index and middle finger pointed up and thumb going out to the right, ring and pinkie finger tucked into the palm of his hand. A cross went behind the Holy Family, with the letters “JMJ” above the cross in gold thread. In his right, he carried a crosier made from gold, a symbol of the bishop being a shepherd of his own flock. In a booming voice heard by the entire southern force, he blessed the crusaders, “Men of God, you come to the heretic’s gates to deliver a most worthy victory to the Savior. Therefore, go forward, and grant God this most holy victory! Deus Vult!” After this, he made a sweeping Sign of the Cross towards the army, the thousands of men cheering and shouting. The formalities over, the men began to march towards the city gates. Theobald, still on top of the hill, already saw in the distance the eastern force engage and messengers begin to hurry towards him with reports. The battle had begun.
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    Guess who forgot they don't have winter mock exams, I did. So I'm coming back half a month early.
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    Response from The Batengdeian Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister, To begin, I would like to apologize for the delay at which I have issued this response, there are a surprisingly large amount of international affairs in which Batengdei has asserted themselves, and, unfortunately, many of them had required my direct attention. Due to my desire to respond to your letter personally, I was rather forced to delay it. Concerning the current nature of our foreign affairs, it hurts me to say there is a great amount of opposition from the isolationist party of the National Sovereigns, which has hampered our ability to address issues abroad. However, we have recently planned out multiple varying levels of foreign aid intended to benefit much of the southwestern portions of Ceris, which is currently experiencing an incredible amount of refugee activity following the collapse of Oclait. Our plan will promote infrastructure development and imports of food to assist the refugees. As for the good Christians of Haru, we have been allocating room to accommodate refugees for some time now, and we are currently looking into the possibility of assisting the Cussian Humanitarian Coalition through a refugee accommodation guarantee for our friends in Europa. Your concern does not fall on deaf ears, I assure you, Dverik He Long Minister of Foreign Affairs in Batengdei
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    Kòpòŕaşun de Ŕadëöfüşun dä Agarn (KŔA) Agarn Broadcasting Corporation The Agarn Broadcasting Corporation (KŔA) was established in 1958 as the state-owned TV channel in the Agarn Empire. It then became under the control of the new federal government after the 1966 coup. It became a private company in 1997, but the entirety of its shares are still owned by the federal government. It remains one of the most popular news channels in Agarntrop.
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    Home | Orioni | World | Business | Tech | Science | Culture | Health | Sports Wittier could pose national security risk BALAS, @Miiros -- The IODF has warned its personnel abroad to think twice before using Wittier on foreign bases. Defence councillor Toren cites @Iverican origins as a risk of foreign intelligence operations. The warning dropped right when the Navy was exploring new methods to use social media for recruitment. The main question is: can Wittier be trusted to protect user data and not hand it over to the Iverican government? Wittier needs no introduction. The social media app designed for phones includes the ability to take photographs and record video. According to its website, the app has over 500 million monthly active users from almost every nation on Eurth. With its global reach, the app collects an endless stream of data. While accepting Wittier's popularity among troops, the councillor also recommended caution. "We must evaluatie the potential security risks posed by Iverican-owned tech companies such as the Toledo Group." The councillor shared his concerns about the use of Wittier, which he explicitly mentioned by name. Imagine a foreign espionage agency wants to mine this social media data for military intelligence on Orinese fleet movements. The spies would track the accounts of sailors for hints on possible deployments, new equipment, etc. The intelligence net could also swoop up data from family and friends. These people may share a photograph of a submarine getting underway, captioned: "Three months until I see you again." Despite this worrying hypothesis, there is currently zero evidence of Witter sharing data with the Iverican government.
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    The Capital Paper (Amatluatekaken) Tenoch Okelotlamachallē kicked out of her own party. The head of the Tlateqopnōsētla (also known as the Qopnō Party or Conservative Party), Tenoch Okelotlamachallē, in a stunning historic turn of events, was expelled from his own party earlier this Sunday at midnight (17th November 2019), and recently confirmed earlier today with his leaving speech. The speech was played live over the National Metztlitlalio Broadcast Network at 8am this morning. At the end of this article is a translated copy of the script for those who was unable to watch the broadcast. With Tenoch Okelotlamachallē exiled from his own political party, the possibility he will be reelected in his Kampan, Tlalōtaxakalli Otosotla, is unlikely as he is now under an independent Tlatonitōnatlē unless another party picks his up for the upcoming Kampan and Kalpollē elections in 2020. The removal of Tenoch Okelotlamachallē only a month and a half away from the start of the official campaigning season, and coupled with the refusal of both Tenoch Okelotlamachallē and the Tlateqopnōsētla party to publicly disclose their reasoning for the expulsion, has casted doubt onto the party's ability to hold dominance in the next election. The leader the other major parties have yet to release their opinions on the matter due to the lack of context and reasoning, with the leader of the Makoxotlasētla party herself, Xiadanē Xōxisynada, stated that "Until we know all the details, we can not and will not release any formal statement on the expulsion of Tenoch Okelotlamachallē from the Tenoch Okelotlamachallē.". With no leader of the party, a snap election within the party has been scheduled to begin at the end of November. Ever since I first stepped into the Tlateqopnōsētla Temple, I strived to make this nation a better place then I first came. And although I believe I have done that, the Tlateqopnōsētla Party has decided to relieve me of my duties to the people they represent, and ultimately sealed my political career to it's end. So I am today public ally announcing my forced resignation as the head member of the Tlateqopnōsētla party and it's temple. I feel as certain today as I did ten years ago that in a democracy, if you give people a choice you have a purpose, a duty, to implement what they decide. I have done my best to do that, to help the common people with the hardship of common life. I negotiated within my Kalpolli to have minimum wage increased by 10% and across Metztlitlalio for continual support of the League of Alharu and Aurelian Native Nations, which as come to be proven as widely successful for the wider economy. And I did everything I can to convince other Tlatonitōnatlē to back the proposal nationwide, and although had succeeded, not to the extent I and many others had hoped for. But it is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of my Kampan for a new Tlatonitōnatlē to lead that effort for me. And to continue the growth of Metztlitlalio by doing his or her part. Both I and the party have kept the Archpriestess, my Purpose, and the highest priests fully informed of my leave, who personally decreed my split from my party last Saturday on the 17th of November. It is, and will always remain, a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver my promises I had layed out to the people of my Kampan completely, and I hope successor to seek a way forward that honours what has been built upon so far. To succeed, and to find the strength and will that I could not muster. I have always lived by the quote 'Compromise is not a weakness. Life depends on compromise.' This country is a federation. A federation of compromises, trust, and family. Not just a family for the individual ethnic groups, but for each and every one of us. Every family, every social group. We may not agree on individual policies, but nonetheless we are still a family. We stand together. And together we have potential for a great future. A future without the need of slaves, a future without the need of such fear of the outside. A future, I will be happy to watch unfold. Even if I cannot play a direct role within the Temple of the Commoners. I will still love this nation, and love the opportunity I had to serve this great and beautiful family. -Tenoch Okelotlamachallē, Wednesday, 20th of November.
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    Unified Republic of Palu / The South Palu Confederation (Konofederasēon Palō Otosotla) March 5th, 1945 – October 8th, 1959 On March 5th, 1945, the nation that will eventually become Metztlitlalio officially and yet temporarily broke off from the Empire of Limonaia with the signing of the Treaty of Altepetl Tlalotlatoninekolli (Often shortened to the Treaty of Ninekolli) between the South Palu Multinationalist Army (Yaqosoqō Palōtosotla Nalēstamatla or Y.P.N.) and the Empire of Limonaia. South Palu Pan-Nationalist Army and U.S.P The South Palu Multinationalist Army was an organised group who wished to establish a secular, socialist nation in place of the old Colony of Metztlitlalio, the YPN was founded on the 3rd of June, 1928 by Yayotlochicā Īkatlapallē. Over the years the separatist group gathered more members and split itself into several divisions across the colony. The largest was the Tekaken Division, founded on the 19th of September 1934, of which Īkatlapallē took direct control of. The Worker's Republic of Fulgistan had funded the YPN with firearms and limited artillery in attempt to weaken Limonaia. From 1945 to 1947 after the Treaty of Ninekolli, the South Palu Multinationalist Army established the Unified Republic of Palu (Rēpollēka Senetlaka Palō) which was a single party socialist nation taking inspiration from the Worker's Republic of Fulgistan at the time with the YPN's leader, Yayotlochicā Īkatlapallē, put at the highest power with the title of "People's Tlatonitōnatli". The Archpriest was subsequently expelled for the first time in history from the Palu peninsula, exiled to the Empire of Limonaia. Tyranny and Murder Īkatlapallē was considered by many once USP had been established to be a tyrant, deliberately pushing secularisation and cultural integration onto minority groups such as the Atinaslo and the Faloki and turning a blind eye to the major ethnic groups. Redistributing land away from the original aristocracy that did not support him to communes that were under the thumb of those loyal to Īkatlapallē, and was generally disliked by those within the party as well as the rest of the nation. Yayotlochicā Īkatlapallē was assassinated on December 30th, 1946, by his own childhood friend, Ēkatlamalin Texoatli, after he had overheard Īkatlapallē's plan for a complete systematic ethnic genocide of the Pekateka people group after a failed uprising in Filnaj. Ēkatlamalin Texoatli's wife was from Agoul, Pekatekan, which most historians agree likely brought him to kill Īkatlapallē to protect his own wife and his children. On the other hand, there have been cases brought up whether Īkatlapallē actually had said those words, or if it was simply Texoatli lying to justify his murder. Whichever truly occurred, by law Ēkatlamalin Texoatli should of been executed, however, many within the party sided with Texoatli which caused a schism up until January 16th 1947, when Texoatli was freed from any charges and only three weeks later became the new People's Tlatonitōnatli. Ēkatlamalin Texoatli brought in reforms to the already fracturing system, reorganising the nation into the South Palu Confederation, also known as K.P.O. South Palu Confederation The South Palu Confederation was a semi-democratic, socialist state with the nation split into 10 republics. 3 Karisaslo dominated republics, 2 Totasaslo republics, 1 Atinaslo republic, 1 Tapelt, 1 Limonaian, 1 Faloki, and 1 Peketeka. Each republic could vote in a representative to the Republican Council (No connection to the American Republican Party). However the People's Tlatonitōnatli was an unelected role and had veto power over any new legislation, and can assume total control in times of war or when voted into doing so. Total control was only used once in 1959 when the Limonaian Republic invaded the nation. Even to this day Ēkatlamalin Texoatli is considered a hero within Metztlitlalio despite his anti-Archpriest views for helping the common people and implementing real change to the working conditions within the nation. On October 7th, 1952, at the age of 47, Ēkatlamalin Texoatli shot himself in his private office as the Republic of Limonaia's army had broken through Altepetl Tekaken's defences. As a socialist and the leader of a breakaway nation he knew that if the fascists of Limonaia got hold of him, he would not have a quick death. Once his body was discovered, it is rumoured that he was buried near the Temple of the Highest (which at this point was in disrepair) in a solid steel coffin. On October 8th, 1952, the South Palu Confederation surrendered to the Republic of Limonaia, and was subsequently annexed directly into the nation with the original Archpriest placed as a puppet to control the region. It would be another 25 years before Metztlitlalio would gain independence in 1977 as the Archpriest Dominion of Metztlitlalio. South Palu Multinationalist Army Tekaken Division Flag (September 19th, 1934 - February 15th, 1960) First National Flag of the Unified Republic of Palu (March 5th, 1945 - March 12th, 1945) Second National Flag of the Unified Republic of Palu (March 12th, 1945 - January 21st, 1947) National Flag of the South Palu Confederation (January 21st, 1947 - October 8th, 1959)
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    Narrow BPEC Election Victory with Three Recounts The election results are in, and despite much controversy, it seems the Batengdeian People's Economic Coalition has just narrowly gained the majority neccesary to secure a five-year term. The race had been extremely contentious and heated, with many threats of violence from party members. Despite the hostility, though, it would appear BPEC was able to secure its position as the majority (despite three calls for a recount by the NPC) Interestingly, despite the success of BPEC within the parliament, it has seen astounding losses in many Khett across Batengdei, including Bateng Gioro and Tonle Khlang. These new NPC provinces are almost entirely controlled by the National Sovereign Party. This comes as a great surprise to many as only years before the National Sovereign Party had been largely considered "fringe". This election will have interesting results for Batengdei, especially in the long-run. While it could be argued the BPEC is a coalition controlled by the Liberal Democratic Party, it is headed by Kalama Gian, who is considered one of the most progressive members of the Bateng Rouge. It seems this coalition may be bound for some ideological conflicts, and whether it will be capable of functioning in the long-term is difficult to say. In only a few days, Kalama will deliver her inaugural address in front of thousands in Khaokhett, where she will state her plans for the future of Batengdei, her own personal ambitions, and other topics pertaining to her appointment as Prime Minister. It will be more than likely she will have to address the PEOP, which has not only sparked significant controversy across the political spectrum, but has largely been unsuccessful at encouraging investment. It seems it has, rather, been a point of criticism for the failure of the Bateng Rouge to maintain their socialist ideology, including from reporters within @Tagmatium Rules, where they described it as "weakening their socialist ideology". While members of the Liberal Democratic Party claim the bill is "necessary for economic development" the NPC has described the bill as "an abominable stain on the face of Batengdei herself." Whether it will be remembered as a failure or a success is largely up to how it is developed, or curbed, from here. Troubles Arise in Ceris While the political wheels have been turning in Batengdei, the situation of the island of Ceris has seen a recent slide towards collapse. Large-scale protests have risen about food scarcity, and rumors of a dangerous cult have begun circulating. While Batengdei maintains their stance that the rumors of terrorist activity within Ceriser nations are largely false, they have declared there will be efforts made by Batengdei and other members of ICEB to improve the livelihood of all Ceriser nations who would accept it. Some have already claimed that such acts of foreign aid are a movement of neo-imperialism designed to increase Ceris's dependency on foreign aid, while others, such as the NPC bloc firmly believes Batengdei should remain out of foreign affairs and concern itself with solving domestic issues such as addressing the rising unemployment rate and solving the growing levels of wealth inequality across the Khetts. For the time being, however, it seems Batengdei is turning their eyes away from domestic projects such as the RDIA, and more towards foreign aid.
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    Hello @Creaturae. Thank you very much for surprising us with this full-fledged climate map proposal. A remarkable dedication deserving of distinction as November's featured nation of the month. You applied the Köppen climate classification guidelines. This is what I had on mind for updating our incomplete version 1 (V1). No argument there. Since you're asking for constructive feedback, I thought I'd add some here. Ocean currents. Yeah. I had these all wrong. Watching Artifexian pointed that out. My excuse is his video's weren't out when I made this. Prevailing winds. Nicer arrows and in the right places. Climate zones. This is probably going to be the most problematic area for most people. Alharu. Where would you expect Monsoon to occur? Argis. Looks like less Mediterranean climate. Can we warm this up a little with those warm winds pushing north? Aurelia. It looks like West-Aurelia would turn into a desert. Does this extend all the way to the coast? And how about the islands? For example Kipan would become an island desert. Europa. In V1 I added a pseudo-Gulf Stream to get some warmer waters up in the northwest Occident. Southwest. Some places changed from desert to jungle. Any chance to push this southwards again? It would build a barrier between the historical Aroman Empire and ancient Memopotamia. Marenesia. I read Salvia doesn't want to follow this update. That's his good right. Thalassa. I don't see much change here. Here's a quick and dirty comparison of all climate versions.
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    This is the final part of Iverica's Expansion as mentioned on OOC. Iverica gets some pretty large stat gains here, so these details became necessary. Read Asta L'Vasqqa's novella type ACT I and ACT II if that tickles your fancy. A brief intro: This part is written in a retrospective documentary style. Its supposed to give everyone the picture of the expansion from a broad geopolitcal standpoint--as if you were an attentive news-reader. Its not part of the ALV plot and story, but it is IC and it does summarise things Eurth might have heard if they looked a little closer. Hope this makes ALV clearer to all you keyboard-dictators out there o7 --- PART 1 OF 3: RECENT HISTORY & BACKGROUND ---
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    If anyone has anything they don't understand or don't like about this current version of the map, please let me know! Feedback lets me know what I'm doing right and what I need to fix.
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    UPDATE Okay so I went through a few things and such and I have decided that technically the celebration will take place on the 16th, 17th and 18th of October for reasons. So I will have the thread opened tonight before Midnight for sure.
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    Hi, all. In this RP I'll be initially basing my interests in the small western nation of Ganlin, with its Huang minority and relatively stable government. However, as the situation in Ceris begins to unravel, Fulgistan is going to do its best to evacuate refugees, protect the resources of the island from destruction, and, if necessary, military intervene to suppress Sentist terrorism on Ceris, working in cooperation with regional allies (perhaps under an umbrella coalition). After the conclusion of the crisis, Fulgistan may maintain some token presence in an independent Ganlin/other portions of Ceris, but our ultimate concern is regional security, under whichever government can provide it.
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    wait never mind that one I forgot they other names besides Ecumenical.
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    I know I am somewhat new. I definitely consider myself still to be a newcomer here, so if something comes off wrong my apologies. I agree with mostly what has been discussed, suggested so far. I'll gladly pick apart ways it could go wrong, but that is not to say we should not go with your idea in some form, rather protect from it. I think the biggest thing to consider of all, though, don't give too much credit and thought to map filling. It has advantages and disadvantages, and going the wrong route can further highlight problems with going this route. Not to say you shouldn't! It definitely can bring life if the execution is there. I have actually personally overseen the pros and cons of your first point having done it with some folk in a past, now defunct region. For those in Alharu that are well equipped to take on a big bad nation, they are more than likely will. The issue could come with the following: The logistics and roles the mod team will have in overseeing the big bad nation, how relatively powerful/influential you make it, and the interest from others across the globe. The latter was probably a larger issue - people further away, even if active and looking for something to do, just genuinely had no interests, and if we like pushing the "Does it make sense IC?" question, very often the answer to it seemed to be no. With constructing something like this, it would really be a matter of being careful how it is constructed and how it is made relevant to everyone, how if the "Does it make sense IC?" question for people further away comes up the answer is likely so. I have not really gotten a true gauge in Europa so I am not going to pretend it is a problem for Europa, but from personal experience it is something I think should have been kept in mind more. With regard to the administration of the big bad nation, a con can also be how much of a nightmare it can become for mods, it is not a one or two person project. It can easily be three or four. It is a team effort, and if not everyone is able to do their part, it hurts. It isn't a win for anyone. Other team members get pressure to pick up slack. Players can be left waiting. It is something to be wary of. This side can possibly hurt more if other possible issues are able to avoided. It can kill it. Though, I suppose it is a matter of how it is fleshed out... On the matter of NPC nations filling the map, I wouldn't fill it all in with NPC nations especially what have I been able to gather from Europa. It seems more likely to hinder than anything else. I wager this is not your intention, but I like covering my bases the best I can. That is not to say though it would not hurt to place a small handful on a continent here or there. It could benefit existing active nations to have more interactions, and pushing a non-expansion policy on them would be ideal in my opinion. I would say in the continent of Europa especially those surrounded with inactive neighbors could possibly benefit from more interaction by making one of those an NPC.I would say Argis could benefit from this, too. As for those on newer continents that just aren't filling and don't have many active neighbors like Alharu they could greatly benefit from newly created NPC nations to spice things up and maybe even help future newcomers find a place there. I think something that could help with activity is doing events like Shffakhia suggested, which can go in line with the first point I guess, but they don't have to be a big bad nation or NPC - just events mods come up with can be rather beneficial. They can be crises of an economic kind or perhaps something where climate change starts being felt more by Eurth. Crises could also be created on a more regional/continental scale than be global. Argis could experience a frost like never seen before. Personally my approach with this idea would more or less be what has been already suggested and some more: Revive some long dead nations plopped on the map, reform them as NPCs, especially if they have significance in the canon. (An example being the existence of Fleur De Lys to Shffakhia). Create some new NPC nations on newer continents. Push regional and global events. Keep pretty much most, if not all decisions in mods' hands, exceptions being people the mod team feels are generally level-headed, and somewhat sensible. I think if anything else this is very key. Have a non-expansion policy with regard to NPC nations. No expansion. Period. The purpose and usage of NPCs should be fleshed out somewhat decently beforehand. It helps to make revisions later in my experience for NPCs than to have to implement something later. I can't think of anything else to say right now, but that might be from the most mind boggling discussion I have had in a while. I don't mean to impose either, merely suggestions is all and a bit of it being from personal experience and successes. Edit: Oops, I didn't think it would be that long.
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    BENE GESSERIT DOUBLESPEAK Over hundreds of years the Sisterhood have developed a secret language known as Doublespeak. This is a form of sign language able to be performed discreetly and which may look to the unknowing as someone merely fidgeting or twiddling their thumbs. The language is taught to all students of Chapterhouse from the age of 4 and is rumoured to take around ten years of study to master. The language is also used during the practice of Prana-bindu to communicate with God/Gods. The more able with the language are able to conduct a verbal conversation alongside a Doublespeak one giving the language its actual name. There are several writen books recording the language but all are presently kept in the libraries of the various Missionara around the world. In total it is expected that less than 100,000 people in the world are fluent in the language. An example of it can be seen here
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