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  1. Gaut'n Reep'n Statium wins EurthVision 2019 bidding contest The Golden Bars Stadium in Ferrefaaierhafen was officially named the winner of the bidding contest for the EurthVision 2019 contest, to be held by Nasionale TeleSicht Variota within Het Huisselant. Other contestants included the King Luka I Stadium in Lukinagrad, the Anita Vooters Stadium in Rooibes and the Gillofan III National Park near Grootwaterflakte. While the Gillofan III National Park would have held more visitors, almost double compared to the Golden Bars Stadium and over seven times that of the King Luka I Stadium, the technical limitations of the locations ensured it was quickly eliminated from the NTSV selection as the organisation wants to make sure all kinds of tricks are available to contestants of the EurthVision 2019 contest, including but not limited to pyrotechnics and optical illusions. Similarly, the King Luka I Stadium in Lukinagrad was quickly eliminated due to the small size of the stadium and the lack of a civilian airport, plans to increase a local airport to one capable of receiving civilian flights being realized as we type but not being deemed ready before the start of the contest. Rumors state that those in charge of assuring that the contest becomes a success deemed anything less than 40.000 capacity as too small, seeking to double the attendance numbers compared to the first EurthVision. Whether this was a genuine requirement or mere gossip remains unknown. The final bidding was between the Golden Bars Stadium, or Gaut'n Reep'n Statium in Variot, and the Anita Vooters Stadium. Regretfully for the Anita Vooters Stadium, Rooibes' municipal council denied giving out any permits to allow the EurthVision to be held there, stating that they were hesitant to allow such a large scale event to come to their city. Indeed, the city of Rooibes maintains a lower amount of hotels per capita than most touristic cities in Het Huisselant and it would have been doubtful if a significant number of visitors would have been able to stay in the city or even in the neighborhood of it, instead having to travel a large distance to visit the venue. The Gaut'n Reep'n Statium in Ferrefaaierhafen, venue for the EurthVision Song Contest 2019 Bringing together a large amount of corporate sponsors and groups willing to sponsor the event, the Gaut'n Reep'n Statium was able to claim victory. Official sponsors include Vooters Food Group, which will be providing food, drinks and personnel, Heerefal Casino Resorts, which will be providing special hotel packages for international and domestic fans and the East Variotan Association for Adult Entertainers and Actors, which will be providing last year's winner Hete Henk, taking part in security duties through their Folke Milisie and providing special packages for international fans seeking a taste of the real Huisselant. The most surprising of these sponsors is the narcotics store chain SnuifFuif, who claim that recent lowering of production costs has enabled them to provide free product to any person with a ticket to the EurthVision Song Contest. Nationale TeleSicht Variota has not yet revealed who will present the contest, although bookmakers are giving reasonable odds on Dina Diva and/or Hete Henk. Other possible names named include Filomedes Jonkheere, General of the Propaganda and Morale Force of the HAP, Cherry Vooters or Lantheere Sjaak fan Oliefaaier, although even the bookmakers are seeing that possibility as a long shot. What they were able to reveal, however, was that all 41.000 fans of the contest would be able to enjoy an entire array of effects during the contest, special technicians from NSTV and from the stadium itself ensuring that contestants will be able to go full out during their performance in the upcoming edition. Airlines such as Fleugels fan'es Huisselant, Nasionale Flieg Maatskappij Variota, Air Reierfer and Vooters Air have already declared to be willing to maintain additional flights during the period to enable all fans to fly in genuine Variotan fashion but reminded all international citizens about the need to apply for a visa in time. Embassies throughout the world and Het Apparath spokespeople have acknowledged the upcoming need; while only 41.000 will be able to enjoy the contest from within the stadium, it is rumored that many more will still be flying to Het Huisselant to enjoy the contest from within its host nation.
  2. From: Dina Diva, Foorste Frauwe fan'es Ferantwortelik fan'es Folke of Het Huisselant To: Grand Duchess Margherita Desiderata I di Cabrena of Limonaia Regarding: Passage of Military Naval Forces My dear Margherita, I've had one of my personal assistants forward your request to the parliament. As you yourself have said, war and conflict is in the air in the Dolch See. As my millions upon millions of fans and friends have seen while watching my reality tv show, one of my benefits is that I have a very lovely crew of knowledgeable people; as does the government. Apparently, analysts from Het Apparath predict that that some form of conflict is to start in that area within the next 8.6 years. I don't know how it works, it's just what was told to me during drinks. So like, we've been thinking and really, if anyone's going to win, it's not going to be the Derthalers. Atleast, that's not what the gambling pool within the parliament says. I mean, there's Hannie with the crazy eye, the lunch lady that did put money on Derthalen but let's face it, that woman's greatest invention is adding curry and onions to egg salad. I've had cocktails that kill more brain cells than that woman has. So, we've been thinking and like, we want something out of it, you know? And like you said, good relations are always good, like, yeah. Closer ties and all that. And what is a better way to show closer ties than to share the spoils of your efforts? I'd say nothing, that's why I love to share my life with my fans, you know? Like, they really support me and aid me in my efforts and them getting to share in the joy is my way of sharing. And by, like, granting your forces passage, we're basically supporting and aiding you in your efforts. Like, yeah, so the deal is basically this. Now, don't get me wrong, I like you and all that so don't see this as anything personal but the parliament voted to give you this deal. I think it's a pretty nice deal, like a five shots for two deal during happy hour, you know? If you don't, we should totally go out and just celebrate life soon. Fly over your personal jet, get some fun going, celebrate. You have a personal jet, right? Anyway, we will grant your forces passage and will even allow refueling at Variotan naval bases (at regular cost). However, in exchange, Het Huisselant gains a port city or a territory of coastal land suitable and sizable enough to be turned into a port within the former territories of Derthalen if any territorial changes happen due to conflict between Derthalen and Limonaia. Be it with or without allied nations, instigated by either side, the territory will fully belong to Het Huisselant, etc etc. You know how it is, bureaucratic mumbo jumbo. No one likes red tape but without it, what's there to hold together laws and agreements? I think that was a quote I read somewhere. It sounds really deep. Anyway, let me know and I'll let my people let the government's people know. I love how I have people to handle this. -XOXO- Dina Diva
  3. While stating that he isn't coming back could be seen as a sign of no longer being interested, I feel that either a post by Theodoria here on the forums or a screenshot from, say, NS telegrams or Discord PM's in which he explicitly agrees to this expansion will be needed. See this also as a bit of protection for yourselves, as it allows no doubt about his agreement.
  4. There have been some very valid concerns thrown up in the thread that I've linked to that still haven't been cleared up. Additionally, you've been asked/pinged multiple times to give clarifications. You've neglected to do so as far as I know. While we're not yet in April, be aware that if these issues have not been clarified by then and the amount of activity by the two of you hasn't been deemed adequate by the mod team, we will close down any attempt to still push through this expansion. In my own opinion, and I think also one held by the mod team, any expansion into a different player, be they active or inactive, should be held to a higher standards and hold higher requirements. Furthermore, I would like to see evidence of Theodoria agreeing to an expansion into his nation.
  5. The Coalitions: Koalitie fan het Huisselant - Coalition of the Homeland The Koalitie fan het Huisselant or Coalition of the Homeland is the currently reigning political coalition, fielding a total of 69 seats within the 200-seat Kaamer fan'es Folke. Consisting of three center-aligned parties, the Laagher Partij, Kaltoer Partij and the Partij fan'es Staten, the coalition has seen a decline in popularity and seats since its inauguration in 2015. While Variotans remain moderately positive about their reign, the issues that these parties have faced have led to a larger than average amount of independent seats (twenty-five at the time of this election) and the establishment of the new political party 'Toekomst!'. While it was rumored that the Koalitie fan het Huisselant would split up, going into the election as separate parties, this has not happened and the parties have committed themselves to go into the election together. Their stance and plans remains unchanged from the last election, making their chance on re-election slim. Koalitie fan het Waarre Folke - Coalition of the True People The Koalitie fan het Waarre Folke or Coalition of the True People is a political coalition containing the lion's share of right-wing parties within Het Huisselant. Fielding thirty-eight seats, their influence in the last government was minor but important during issues such as the inclusion of Het Huisselant in TRIDENT, the start of Variotan nuclear power initiatives and the foundation of the Arktise Legioen. The Koalitie fan het Waarre Folke covers a wide variety of parties, including the only two Walensian parties running for the Kaamer fan'es Folke, a Christian Democracy party and the Waarre Laagher Partij fan het Huisselant, which advocates a 'Greater Variota' by buying, taking over or otherwise incorporating nearby areas in Fulgistan, Northern Alharu and Argis. With the Koalitie fan het Waarre Folke enjoying the positive effects of the government's success and the general rise of the right within the nation, they stand a reasonable chance at forming a government or, at the very least, increase their influence in the decision making process of the new government. Roos-Rooie Koalitie - Pink-Red Coalition The Roos-Rooie Koalitie is the longest-existing coalition and the smallest within the nation, containing the three socialist parties and the sole communist party within Het Huisselant. Holding only 17 seats, socialism and communism have never held a large hold on the nation after the Left Menace. Variotan values generally being social and equal in nature, socialists and communists generally lack the wind in their sails that they have in other nations. Actions such as trying to block the start of Variotan nuclear power initiatives in an attempt to move to lesser-proven and lesser-potent alternatives such as wind and solar power and the increasing international agitation by communist groups haven't helped their popularity with the general public. While the socialist parties will presumably keep their seats, in part by voters leaving the Rooie Asosjiasie for the three Sosjaale Partij sections, the overall amount of seats is destined to shrink. Polls estimate that the Roos-Rooie Koalitie will be able to count on 14 or 15 seats after the election. Frije Koalitie fan'es Lant - Free Coalition of the Nation The newest coalition in Variota, the Frije Koalitie fan'es Lant was proclaimed just before the election. Consisting of the Asosjiasie fan Oliefaaier, Alharuns Belang, Alliantie fan'es Heer and Toekomst! parties, the Frije Koalitie provides voters with a large spectrum of political views with a singular vision of improving the nation and improving the continent of Alharu. The parties consist of well-known and experienced politicians such as Lantheere Sjaak fan Oliefaaier, ATARA delegate and owner/leader of the fan Oliefaaier Kommune, and Reemy Loopentlant, the current Minister of Diplomatic Affairs. Already a large amount of the independent seats within the Kaamer fan'es Lant have proclaimed their tacit support to the Frije Koalitie. The inclusion of the Asosjiasie fan Oliefaaier, a one-man one-seat party, leaves the question of additional seats for the party being cast off however, the Frije Koalitie has proclaimed that they will hold an open, separate election for the division of said seats among their parties. The Frije Koalitie is rumored to become the largest winner in the elections and may, if the votes go their way, be able to provide a government that will be voted in by the parliament. Either way, estimations point towards the Frije Koalitie becoming an influential force in the upcoming political climate. Possible governments: A second fan Soutlant government: If the votes within Variota remain similar to the previous election, the Koalitie fan het Huisselant could remain in power. This would, most likely, lead to a second government under Frits fan Soutlant. Chances of this happening is slim, however. A Christian Democratic right-wing government under the KfhWF: The Koalitie fan het Waare Folke already maintains a sizable influence within the Kaamer fan'es Folke and the Christian Democratic Kristelik Variota party is rising in popularity. Should they gain enough additional seats, they could put forward a government. This would mean an increased role for the Kerke fan'es Huisselant within the government and the nation. The most likely leader would be Quintana Wijnmaaker. A (Neo) Walensian right-wing government under the KfhWF: Both the Foorste Walensiaanse Partij and the Frije Nieuw-Walensiaanse Partij are part of the Koalitie fan het Waarre Folke. Should the people find themselves threatened enough by the large global agitation from communists, they could decide to return to the embrace of the far-right (Neo) Walensians. While no one can deny the rapid growth of Het Huisselant under the reign of Wiktor Walensa, the chance of this happening is small. The most likely leader would be Frans Hartfelt. An expansionist right-wing government under the KfhWF: The Waarre Laagher Partij fan het Huisselant doesn't beat around the bush: Het Huisselant deserves and needs to grow for the sake of the people. Preferably peacefully but if it has to be so, it'll do it through violence. The end justifies the means and the international community will learn to accept a bigger, better, more dominant Variota once they see that this means stability, progress and prosperity in the newly-annexed areas. The most likely leader would be Arnolt Fingerfaaier, deemed a more charismatic option than the Waare Laagher's Leonart Boerlant. A Communist government under the RRK: If Rakesh fan Ferredaal manages to commit voter fraud on such a massive and skillful scale that he manages to gain enough seats without suspicion, Het Huisselant could transition into a communist government. The chance is slimmer than Rakesh fan Ferredaal's chance to win the Alharun Lottery but if he succeeds, Variotans are almost certain to let it happen due to the sheer amount of balls he has at that moment. The most likely leader would be Rakesh fan Ferredaal. A Socialist government under the RRK: The Sosjaale Partij is divided into three divisions since the 1961 split along territorial lines but remains singular in ideology. While they have never held enough seats to get a government voted in, the RRK always puts a proposal government forward. Should they conquer enough seats this election, they would have a chance to gain their first government. The most likely leader would be Sjarleen Paalingfanger, as the leader of the largest of the three parties. A Center government under the FKfL: If Toekomst! and the Alliantie fan'es Heer end up large but not large enough to take charge, a center government under the lead of Sjaak fan Oliefaaier and Wilm Haak could be put forward by the Frije Koalitie as a compromise to both parties. While Sjaak fan Oliefaaier holds more experience, his positions as ATARA delegate, party leader and owner/leader of the fan Oliefaaier Kommune would essentially ensure that Wilm Haak would instead lead this government. A soft-expansionist Center government under the FKfL: Toekomst!, the Asosiasjie fan Oliefaaier and Alharuns Belang believe in the expansion of tangible international influence by Het Huisselant. Should Alharuns Belang gain enough seats to become of the most prominent parties while Toekomst! remains smaller, it is possible that the Frije Koalitie will put a center government forward with a soft-expansionist focus. Wilm Haak would lead this government, although the influence of Reemy Loopentlant would remain powerful. A Christian Democratic center-left government under the FKfL: The Alliansie fan’es Heer is ready to take charge and lead the nation in the right direction. While it was often seen as the party for ‘leftover’ faith-voters, if Martijn fan Kattetralerstatt’s party grows enough, they could put forward a center-left Christian Democratic government. While this wouldn’t exactly please Toekomst!, as it would make it harder to achieve their goals of tangible international influence, the other parties would be far more agreeable to it. A soft-expansionist Center-Right government under the FKfL: If Toekomst! gains enough seats to become the largest party of the Koalition and Alharuns Belang additionally gains enough seats to counterbalance Toekomst!’s influence, the Frije Koalitie could put forward a soft-expansionist center-right government under Reemy Loopentlant with the strong influence of Wilm Haak acting as a counterbalance. An expansionist right-wing government under the FKfL: If Toekomst! gains enough seats to become the largest party of the Koalition while Alharuns Belang or the Alliansie fan’es Heer fail to gain enough seats to act as a counterbalance, the Frije Koalitie could put forward an expansionist right-wing government under Reemy Loopentlant. While this government would see support from the Waarre Laagher Partij fan het Huisselant, Reemy Loopentlant is not intending to go to the same extremes as them. How this will work: So, like the previous time, you will all get a role in this election. The first round of votes will be on the coalitions. Of course, not every coalition has the same appeal to the Variotan citizens. A vote for the Roos-Rooie Koalitie will still have an effect, for example, but it will be more in the sense of them gaining more seats than giving them a shot at governing. Independent parties are also an option and while they were not listed as a possible government, in the rare event any of them will gain a significant amount of votes, they’ll attempt to kowtow to the coalitions and form shared governments. The amount of effect your vote will have is roughly this: Largest effect: Frije Koalitie fan’es Lant & Koalitie fan het Waarre Folke Medium effect: Koalitie fan het Huisselant & Independent Parties Smallest effect: Roos-Rooie Koalitie This means that, yes, most of the election is naturally rigged towards right-wing parties. IC’ly, this makes sense as Variotans tend to lean less towards left-wing parties since the so-called Left Menace and the way Variotan society tends to be. With the previous government, a center one, being moderately effective but missing one of their more well-known and capable politicians, Variotans are thus drawn to the right or to the center parties working with the right, the Frije Koalitie. The way I see your vote is partially your news attempting to give its own spin to the election as well as being the votes of Variotan citizens living in your nation. So, additionally, I’d like to ask you to take into consideration not only how your nation would vote but also the way Variotans in your nation would vote. After all, living in a foreign place tends to sway one’s beliefs after a while. After a while, I’ll close off the votes for the coalitions and we’ll move on to vote for the individual parties. Each nation will be able to vote for one party per coalition, the size of each coalition and thus the maximum extent a party could reach in regards to seats being influenced by the previous vote. Votes for the Asosjiasie fan Oliefaaier will count as ‘wild’ votes for the Frije Koalitie, the seats that he’d gain to be randomly divided among the parties using a numbers generator. The Independent party votes will also be divided in a similar way among them. To help you gain the knowledge to do a proper vote, I’m also going to rely on you all a bit. Making election updates, I’ll take issues or situations that you guys offer up and explain the various parties’ stance on them. This could be as simple as ‘recreational cannabis usage’ (although that’s an easy one, all parties agree on keeping it legal) or the way each party views the minority of your people living in the nation (although for most nations, we’ll probably then also have to agree on numbers, a small history and such but that’ll be a good worldbuilding opportunity). In the end, I hope we end up with an expansive but highly enjoyable election that’s combining my writing and labor with the issues you all want to know about my nation, how my nation feels and in a way, I think it will also help with your decision on how to treat Het Huisselant’s new government after its election, no matter which one it will be.
  6. In regards to location: Instead of Aurelia, I would highly suggest eastern Argis. German and British-inspired culture fits there better, with nations such as Seylos and Great Burlington nearby and with Derthalen being closer, it makes more sense history-wise and universe-wise. Portugal, which is presumably from which you drew inspiration, was arguably in a better position than Derthalen in our universe, at the very least due to the fractured nature of the world. This is also one of the reasons why we strongly advise people not to build history and such attached to specific places, as it might require you to rewrite it when you're finally placed. That being said, I would imagine that it's quite easy to change 'find a Southern route to Thalassa to finding a Northern route to Thalassa around Argis or a Northern route to Europa or some such' without it having too much influence on the rest of the story. American culture, in so far as you can call them having one pre-relatively modern times (sorry Americans!), could fit anywhere and Native American culture somewhat the same, natives tend to exist everywhere after all. This might mean changing up how certain foreign groups ended up in your nation but that shouldn't be too hard to do. Might have to scrap the Lysians but in my opinion, there are worse things than that. The area above Astriedan, for example, would carry the same climate as the section you aimed at, so climate wouldn't be an issue. In regards to technology and history: Here's where we run into major issues. Not entirely sure who or if you planned these things out with someone but there are a bunch of issues. Like with industrialization, the relatively divided nature of the universe means that technology tends to come slower, not earlier. 1485: The whole second civilisation existing there at a level that would mean atleast some form of self-exploration and attempts to trade seems weird. With the natives having the advantage of local supply and a better situation (presumably) than natives IRL, it seems odd that there's thousands of people being imported, setting up places, disturbing areas without them noticing and just putting a stop to it, as a civilization at that level would certainly understand the 'need for greed', so to say, to keep advancing, developing, expanding. This isn't a real big deal, to be honest, as there's still a chance of it happening (no one is everywhere, after all) but like I said, it seemed a bit weird. The Battle of the Bottleneck (1617): I would love a clarification on the use of trenches. Are we talking about an early form of trench warfare here, were they merely intended to slow down the enemy, etc. Genuine flamethrowers only come into existence in 1901 IRL as far as I could find. Before that, unwieldy machines by the Chinese and the lost-to-time Greek Fire existed but would have, as far as I see it, not a lot of practical use and/or edges on the verge of alternate tech (seeing as historians and such cannot agree on a definitive formula). If you wanted, you could have machines such as those the Chinese made but other than that, you won't be able to have the modern type of flamethrower. 1620s: Same with the trenches, I'd like some clarification on how far the Agricultural Revolution went. Depending on how far it goes, it might be a bit too early. 1694: What is the so-called 'Bajonettkampff' based on? Does it involve actual bayonets or is it merely called that? 1700s: I'm going to be honest and say that I have very little idea of when the Enlightenment came into existence on Eurth and if one could specify one particular date on it. I'm going to recommend keeping it in the late 1700s. 1701: I would push back on the introduction of socket bayonets. Rhodellia, like many other places on Eurth and keeping in mind that the flow of time is a bit slower here, isn't going to be a center of military advancement at the same rate of real life. 1760: The industrial revolution. As I said on Discord, the circumstances surrounding the industrial revolution IRL mostly evolves around nations with extensive empires in a world where most of civilisation was centered in one place. That's not the case on Eurth, hence there's going to be severe difficulties with calling anything an industrial revolution that early. That's not to say that you can't have small industries industrialize or have a revolution later on as you catch up to the rest of the world, but it's not going to happen at the same rate or magnitude on Eurth. 1775 to 1786: Could you show an image about where the Victory Canal would be? Depending on the location, it could basically be a 50 kilometer canal or a 250 kilometer canal. 1794 to 1799: I see the mention of rocket artillery. Again, Eurth moves slower, etc. Pushing back the date is the smart thing to do. That or design some great story on how it came to be, which will be difficult in my opinion as there's very little that would make your circumstances somewhat the same to, say, the Indians who first used them in modern times. 1841: Again, recurring theme, a bit too much on the early side of things. I get it, we all want the newest thing the fastest but fractured Eurth, no single power, etc. simply slows things down. One or two things may be acceptable, but it's becoming a bit of a list. And just like pretty much 90% of all nations, including myself, we're not superpowers or some such that are able to claim everything right away. To be honest (and I'm going to probably sound like a dick for it), at this point I sort of stopped in regards to writing this stuff down. Essentially, there are many glaring points where you're becoming close to or are tech wanking. Things like military technology, military tactics and really most of 'modern' technology came about at a different pace under different circumstances than real life. I think you should pretty much rewrite almost everything after the Rhodellian Commonwealth bit with atleast one RP mod judging over it. Because as it stands, I can't see your nation fit into the universe as it now stands. I clarified RP mod because unlike the RP mentors, we can enforce toning down or removing things that go too far in case you refuse to do so (and trust me, we've had people like that) and at the same time, give you more protection in the end when it has all been turned/changed into something that is acceptable within the canon of the region.
  7. Yes, as far as I know, I'm the one that's going to be hosting it. Making a nice banner/logo is going to be a bit of a task though, I can't exactly say I'm the best at that. That being said, I'll try to work out a bit of a backstory before it all starts, newsposts about venues bidding and such.
  8. Not on a computer so I'll sort of keep this short but I do think consistent NPC nations (meaning ones that are not solely used for expansion purposes) could be useful and interesting if used properly. That being said, there'd have to be some sort of vetting process (which I'd prefer to keep within the mod team hands) to keep everyone and their mother from making them as well as assuring that it doesn't turn into people basically having two, three, etc. nations. One way could be to enforce a rule that any NPC nations have to be controlled by multiple people or by enforcing rolling for multiple actions/reactions. NPC nations for the sake of having something in the 'void' obviously isn't the way to go but promoting interesting ideas is always good. One idea for an inner Alharun nation could be a federation where interested nations control a part, although that may be a bit RP-ceptionish. A good test run and example case, once we've ironed everything out in regards to rules and such, could be done through the whole Bahinar situation me and Fulgistan have vaguely cooked up. It's never been intended for either of the states or the unified state to join either of our nations so in that regard it'd fit.
  9. Such a meeting would be more about setting the stage for the war and an eventual, in the future expansion. It shouldn't count towards justifying the expansion itself, otherwise people could potentially earn an expansion by setting up the expansion and so forth, essentially a never-ending circle of expansion.
  10. So what you're saying is that you nicked the name off of him?
  11. Dina Diva puts out open invite to foreign diplomats: 'The drinks are always flowing in Het Huisselant, babes!' Foorste Frauwe fan'es Ferantwortelik fan'es Folke Dina Diva was seen enjoying herself once again on her 24/7 reality TV show 'Dina Diva Uncut'. This time under-dressed in the talented way that only she can pull off, she was seen in a Grootwaterflakte-based nightclub. The World's Greatest Diva, often called a woman with particularly large political prowess, stunning good looks, deep emotional connection with people that are lesser off, roots in every layer of society and the epitome of grace and glory which she shows everyday through gracing us with her presence and life by multiple leaders, was enjoying a few drinks with some of her friends and fans. Where other leaders often overwork themselves, lack the ability to connect to their people due to a severe lack of fun or otherwise remain a grey share in the sea of color that is life, we are lucky to have a leader that knows how to enjoy life and ensure the best her she can be. Foorste Frauwe Dina Diva enjoying herself with random male fan who brought her a drink (Net)working tirelessly to fulfill her goals such as #tightfacesfillworkplaces and #letsmakepoliticssexy, the second of which she is succeeding at by merely existing, Dina Diva could be seen downing drink after drink, shot after shot while speaking to her friends and fans about important issues such as bedazzling one's nether regions, the attractiveness of nearby men and women, whether Vooters really carries the best eggplant burger or if it's the chance of getting an actual 'eggplant' from the cute waiter and invitations to foreign diplomats. As always, Dina Diva was ready to give her educated opinion on these topics, utilizing her wealth of experience in multiple fields. Some notable quotes: 'Well, you know, I'm totally a fan of bedazzling one's nether regions for special times like your birthday, the holidays, giving birth. I mean, with a shiny foo-foo, you just feel sexier, better, attractiver. Is that a word? Attractiver? Oh well. And that just makes you a better you. It puts you in a better mindset. Like now, with New Years Eve slowly creeping up and such, I've decided to go for a nice fireworks rocket just above it. Glittery, classy, you know. Totally me. You have to plan ahead though, as the glue they use lasts for a few weeks. I think they use glue made from the bones of cocaine-fed Fulgistani horses or something. And you know, if you buy me a drink or subscribe yourself to my special premium 'me-time' streams, you might get to see it. Let's do some more shots! Shots, line 'em up bartender!' 'That guy is hot. No, not that one, the other hand. I know the left one, I think that's a colleague of Hete Henk. Didn't he play in those cheesy colonists versus natives gay adult movies? The Naughty Natives VS Port Bareback or something like that. They were popular in... I want to say the bad part of Argis? Aurelia? Either one or both of those. I guess those guys there just go wild for the whole historical kind of thing. Makes them long back to the times when someone could just take another person captive, own them and it was seen as normal by the world at large. Meh, I don't care. The other guy though, he is hot. Chiller! Yeah, you babe! Didn't we party with Henk a couple of times? Introduce your friend to me, I'll get some shots. Bartender! Shots!' 'I love Vooters, you know. Its owner, Cherry Vooters, is of course a good friend of mine. I love him, he's so fun to drink with. Always has good looking men in his entourage, love the guy. Really do, So in touch with his feminine side but still very masculine. Anyway, back to the chestaurants. I love them too, they're such a great place. You know, you can go there with your family and make it a great family trip but if you're looking for a fun night out with the guys or girls, you can go there too. And it's really fun for everyone, the kids can eat to their hearts content and try on the kid-sized uniforms they have, make their own food. And the adults can flirt, eye-bang and possibly bang each other and the lovely waiters. All while getting good food. I mean, what's not to love? You know what else I love? Shots! Let's line them up!' 'You know, I read newspapers from around the world. Or more like, I have assistants that do that for me and then tell me what I need to know. Better that way, you know. Anyway, I was told that there was a newspaper from @Oyus, the Doula Dictator... No, that's not right. Yule Imitator? Hold on, let me get a sip of this... What is this? This is nice. Get me one of those. Anyway, I remember now, the Yulaa Spectator. They were saying that there had been whispers about them wanting to visit Variota. Well, you know, my door is always open. Or well, more like the bar! Haha! But yeah, the bottles are always popping here, the drinks are always flowing in Het Huisselant, baby. So I'd say, take a plane and let's meet, whomever wants to meet. Have your assistants call mine and we'll set something up. We could do botox, like I did with the PM of Andalla! After my doctor was done with him, he didn't look the same! Assistants are so nice, they really are. Like when I'm sitting in parliament and I need a small drink, just to nurse my headache, I can just send them out to get one. It's so great. Love it! Just like I love meeting new people but I mean, that's not new news to anyone ever watching my reality show! Who's this? Oh hey, you got me a drink! Let's do a pic, you'll have something to remember me by!'
  12. Herman Kokkiemaaler: By expanding our creation, we're increasing integration and acceptation The illustrious patriarch of the Kokkiemaaler Klan, Herman Kokkiemaaler, made his voice known during a harvest feast in the Unie fan Kommunes. Shaking hands and hugging with high-rollers of the Unie fan Kommunes such as Lantheere Sjaak fan Oliefaaier, owner and head of the fan Oliefaaier Kommune, ATARA Delegate and seated politician within the Kaamer fan'es Folke, and Ronnie Hiltgaar, Eerste Heere fan'es Folke, it was clear to see that this man remains well-connected. While many within Variota primarily know him from his myriad of love and peace-promoting songs from the 70s and 80s, for which he wasn't loved by the Neo-Walensian cabinets, he has remained active in the background, investing the Kokkiemaaler Klan's funds into successful ventures such as the marijuana farms of the Unie fan Kommunes, the erectile dysfunction medicine 'Slipin', the Vooters Chestaurants and the Brothel chain 'Bulgistan'. Herman Kokkiemaaler, a living legend When approached by the reporter from Het Waarre Raket fan het Noorten, Herman was quick to accept to giving an interview. A man not afraid to speak his mind and give you the unsalted truth, the interview began with simple pleasantries and ended with Herman's opinion on the recent inclusion of Lukinagrad within Het Huisselant. On the question if this was a good thing, Herman was quick to answer: ''Of course this is a good thing. You have to imagine that people originally thought that Het Huisselant was only for the 'true' people, the Variotans. We spread throughout our lands and only really found savages so you can't really blame that mindset. We were cultured, technologically advanced on the ships that we had called our homes for so long. And we murdered and cut our way into a new home, not out of spite but rather out of necessity. After all, it was not as if those people were willing to sell us land or otherwise co-exist and there wasn't a way for us to continue our old lifestyle. The new world, as we called it, wasn't a place of development, a place of civilization as Europa was. Nowadays though, I'd say we have enough culture and civilization to beat Europa combined. With we, I obviously mean Het Huisselant. In the colonization times, we shared our people with the world, we ensured a good place for ourselves. We ensured prosperity and progress for ourselves and through that, everyone else. There's no people that can genuinely say that the Variotans treated them wrong, treated them less than other people would. And many of those ties still exist, still remain fresh enough to see about strengthening our ties, our connections. Lukinagrad, or Lukansestatt as some still like to call it, is just the first test to prove to ourselves that we're able to close these people into our hearts, to include them into the wealth that we have created. The world as it stands is one of fragments, spheres of influence. We have one and my opinion is that we shouldn't be afraid to use it, improve it, expand it. Our creation is Het Huisselant, the Homeland, and I can justly say that I haven't met a citizen that didn't feel at home here. That feeling, that bond is something we need to share. And by expanding our creation, we're increasing integration and acceptation. The Lukans are the first but who has the authority to say that the Bahinese, the Meboojians, the Fulgistanis don't deserve the same? No one has. What nation is better to its citizens? Where does one have a better chance at success, even if he has nothing but the clothes on his back? Where can people feel more pride in their nation? Nowhere. The problem was that we've been too cautious with including people into our fold, including people into our loving embrace, into Het Huisselant. I say, no more. In a time of fragmentations, let us be the game master, let us be the enigmatologist that puts the puzzle pieces together into one big Huisselant. From the Keelpijppassage to the Manamana Bay, one big Huisselant of love, progress, integration and acceptance.''
  13. To: J.D. Karrewasser, Chairman of Varinco From: atoirav@varmail.vr Regarding: Candy My dear friend, It has been arranged. You will have the full support of key players within the candy industry, which will help create a market for the candy industry during times when your associates find themselves in other areas as well as ensure the cooperation of local candy enthusiasts. Your contact with the golden camelid was highly appreciated, mother sends her thanks. - W15-34 To: Rikkert Boofenheufel, Chief of Police - Provincial Police Force of Ferrefaaierhafen From: atoirav@varmail.vr Regarding: Your Plans Chief, Mother has found out about your plans with The Hook. She approves. Mother wants to bring you in contact with a good friend of hers, someone who has the same vision but seeks to use a different method. We shall forward the meeting details when it has been arranged. You have always been a loyal person to the right groups and a loyal friend to mother, even if mother has not been in direct contact with you before. Enjoy the gift we have left behind for you. One last thing, The Hook doesn't need to know that we know. Mother will help you with your adoption process if he doesn't find out. Rest assured that there's no penalty if he does find out, this time anyway. - A new friend
  14. Variota

    Request: Tikva

    Northern Alharu is a large area. Can you give us a rough idea on a picture of northern Alharu where you'd see yourself be? Depending on the location, there are various things to keep in mind. Additionally, I'd love to see you (more) on the Discord. Like I've said to others that joined the region, the community and how you fit in it is just as big a part of things here as the roleplaying itself. You could be the best roleplayer around but if your character clashes with the others, that doesn't matter much.
  15. Now, what is often forgotten is the massive difference between the Marenese border areas and the cities of Gulamina and Bharagala. The two cities together were estimated to contain sixty percent of the nation's population and out of these 264.000 people, one-hundred and fifty thousand of which in the capital of Gulamina, only ten thousand were slaves. These slaves often had specialized purposes and were either ordered from and captured by slaver agencies that had contacts throughout the Marenese Kingdom or found during regular slave raids and transported to the cities' slave auctions. Generally treated better than their brethren in rural areas, although exceptions remained, these slaves were deemed less rebellious; those that were more rebellious and attempted to escape were often caught before they left the city or failed during their attempt to murder their master, with the person often screaming bloody murder and alerting neighbors, police and other guards. Additionally, the near-century that had passed since their first settling of the lands had not helped. Gulamina, the first city to be settled, contained a lot of citizens that had lived solely in the city itself for three or two generations. While some of the newer citizens remained somewhat in touch with the issues rural life had or retained family there, Gulamina's elite knew nothing about it and thus, generally refused to take rural problems serious and remained passive in the first stages of the conflict. While the Gulamina elite generally served the King and the Marenese Kingdom's army and thus had far fewer personal assets to put in play, their voice could have led King Tamas II to increase the garrisons in the border area. While this would not have stopped the advance of the Laagher Kommandos, this could have ensured that the conflict lasted far, far longer. Instead, King Tamas II kept inactive for far too long. This inactivity could be clarified due to his notorious love for foreign foodstuffs. While the halted trade in 1808 had ensured that the influx of Variotan goods had mostly stopped, imports through Bharagala from other places remained possible. If the King had had such a love for domestic food, it might have made a difference in regards to properly estimating the problem that Hendryk and his Laagher Kommandos posed. Instead, the King bought more than 80% of his dietary needs from Bharagalan traders. Like some other authoritarian figures throughout history, this gave him a false sense of security. After all, how big could the problem be when he was still able to buy everything he needed? By the time Gulamina got into supply issues, with too many routes deemed too dangerous or entirely taken over by the Laagher Kommandos and ex-slaves, these forces were able to match or exceed anything the King could muster. Bharagala, nowadays Frijheitswaterplaats, was settled twenty years after Gulamina but managed to copy its prosperity by being a major river trading hub. From Bharagala, goods moved down the river to Variotan lands, other lands and the sea and similarly, goods moved to Bharagala from up the river. Due to the river's length, the varied lands it crossed and the fact that the river was often a faster, if not safer, option than going over land, Bharagala quickly grew wealthy. For the Marenese Kingdom, mostly just Gulamina as many rural farmers could not afford the high prices asked for foreign luxury goods, Bharagala was the city of progression, the city of fashion and innovation. While the halt of trade with Het Huisselant in 1808 ensured that the growth of the city was severely halted, the city managed to keep its importance. Its traders were well known throughout the Marenese Kingdom to be the people to talk to, the best and most varied amount of supplies and other goods in the entire nation could be found here. These traders often banded together in informal alliances based on the gentleman's club that they belonged to, also operated various businesses in rural areas. While most were in the vicinity of Bharagala or Gulamina, areas that were affected in later stages, some of the traders that operated businesses further away were among the first to be affected by the actions of the Laagher Kommandos. One issue here, however, was that other traders were often hesitant to aid their affected allies. Sending some of their forces, meant to guard the slaves, farms and mines, would mean taking a risk that your business could be attacked next without proper means to defend itself and that was if the men returned. If they didn't, the risk became even greater as new reinforcements would have to be hired and sent to the businesses, taking weeks. Had the response from Bharagala and Gulamina been far less passive, there would have been a good chance of the Laagher Kommandos and the slave rebellion being beat down. After all, the Marenese Kingdom's army was, while not armed with the newest rifles, well-trained and the guards under the Bharagalan traders were often recruited from said army and armed in a similar fashion. The Laagher Kommandos, while well-equipped at first, grew rapidly and had to adapt and integrate the weaponry they found into their ranks, which in turn grew from a reasonable trained force into a mixed rabble of ex-slaves and trained Kommandos that primarily found their inspiration in hatred and worship. One interesting thing within this conflict is the starting of rebellions throughout the Marenese Kingdom. Within the rural areas, which we currently define as everything outside of Bharagala and Gulamina, the amount of slaves neared nearly a third of all citizens present. While slavery as a whole had only been instituted relatively recently, the Marenese had went overboard and its economy depended on their labor, even more so after the trade with Variota was halted. This essentially ensured a situation that could be described as a powder keg and this showed once the Laagher Kommandos started to gain momentum. A notable location where a loose rebellion started was in the far north of the Marenese Kingdom, near the borders of the regular Variotan provinces. Mines here employed a mixture of Variotan slaves and slaves from areas further up the river with such a mixture often being popular within mining areas as the hope was that the difference in languages would keep the slaves disorganized. In the Lōha śētāta or Iron Fields mine, currently a historic landmark and interactive museum, this did not work. Piet Ooifaar, a missionary that had been sent to convert people up the Frijheitsrifier or Freedom River, had picked up rudimentary knowledge of a few languages spoken in those areas. When he heard guards discuss issues about shipments of iron going to the eastern parts of the Kingdom, he knew something was brewing. Leading a mixed crew of slaves, he managed to liberate the mines and sent word to the Kerke for aid. While he himself had died by the time Kerke reinforcements came, an infected stab wound ending his life, these reinforcements allowed this small northern rebellion to stay afloat until it was linked up with the Laagher Kommandos. Other loose rebellions popped up in early stages, often instigated by forward scouts sent out by Hendryk Reierfer-fan Gautfanger. These scouts focused themselves on more secluded areas, areas similar to the Shinde Plantation, as a way to establish safe houses and safe locations for the Laagher Kommandos, ex-slaves and anyone else anti-Marenese Kingdom. A system of signs was developed to aid this and remains active today, used for Ferredaal nature trails and cabins. It was not uncommon, however, for these same scouts to completely remove the inhabitants of non-slave owning farms. These actions worked demoralizing towards the general population and some of the more notorious removals remain within the Marenese culture as ghost stories and other supernatural stories. A notable exception to the momentum of the Laagher Kommandos was Fort Akul, in the southern tip of the nation. Intended to hold the line in case of Reierfer or Variotan invasions into the area, the fort was well-stocked and maintained a garrison of some of the finest Marenese soldiers. While they were unable to get word out of their plight towards Gulamina, the fort remained standing for four months until the commander arranged a deal for safe passage back to Marenese-controlled lands in exchange for them surrendering the fort. The deal was promptly broken by the local Kommando commander, who slaughtered the Fort Akul garrison when they set up camp for the night. - Historie Magazine Issue #8 of 2012, 'How did the Frije Reepubliek Ferredaal come to existence?'
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