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    Yiu Amastacia

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  1. These are all very good points, the island that Sancti is referencing as us liking is this island to the east of Seylos
  2. For some reason the link to my factbook isn't in the original post, so here's a second link that hopefully sticks around.
  3. Hello all, I am super excited to be part of the RP community proper, and to show my appreciation for all of the people who have helped me by giving feedback, ideas, mentoring, or even just a like on a post, Yiu Amistacia is throwing a party! The party will happen in canon on July fifteenth, 2019, FY 33. Let me know if your country would like to send a representative. I feel like this will be a great way to get a feel for diplomatic ties between the nations and the community as a whole. My idea for how the party would function is that it'd be run D&D style, with myself acting as a host, describing the scene and allowing for natural RP conversations to happen between the guests. Let me know your thoughts or if you'd like to send someone so I can begin drafting the guest list and catering.
  4. Nation in Europa: The Unitary Conglomerate of Galahinda Flag: Capital name: Cascadia Capital location: Coastal Megacity Factbook link: Culture: Lysian/Limonaian/adaptan Climate: Mediterranean/Caribbean Location: Island nation History: A former colony of Limonaia, first colonized in the late 19th century and gaining its independence January first, 1930. In 1983 the economy crashed leading to a depression, ending after the government defaulted on debt in July of 1985 and was unable to supply the nation with fuel or electricity for 5 days. Afterwards the government was approached by the 20 most profitable companies on the island who proposed to finance the island in exchange for being permanent members of a judiciary committee. The government accepted and Galahinda rapidly transformed into the hedonistic and self absorbed society it is today.
  5. L'Avenue To Be Closed To Vehicles April 23rd, 2017, FY31 In an attempt to make Cascadia's famed shopping district more accessible, the Corporate board has proposed to convert the road from a street to a pedestrian only walkway, with exceptions for emergency vehicles. This change would allow more capacity, a more walkable city, and allow for future renovations that could transform the boulevard into a green space. The board is expected to vote on this next week, and if passed the changes would enter into effect the following month. Alternative modes of public transit are also being considered, with the possibility of a new subway line extending into the Diamant district in order to support the tram lines already in place. Cascadia residents are urged to begin planning alternative routes if one is to travel by car. A spokesperson for the Galahindan Transport Committee has said that proposals for subway and tram line extensions are being considered for the following years, but nothing is concrete yet as that would require Corporate Board approval.
  6. Fontaine Bitmann Announces Retirement July 17th, 2018, FY32 Fontaine Bitmann, owner of Galahindan banking giant Bitmann Financial Holdings and former Corporate Board Chairman, has announced his retirement today, citing increased stress and the wish to spend more time with his family. This comes only two weeks after his defeat at the hands of Yiu Amistacia, who managed to rally the support of a large faction of the island's social elite. Bitmann will not ofically resign until the end of the calendar year, but has begun the transfer of power to Marina Chun, CFO of Bitmann Financial Holdings. In a recent press conference Yiu stated that, "While I am saddened by the loss of a strong member of the Corporate Board, I understand that 23 years of chairmanship is a long time, and his dedication to the nation cannot be overstated." The relationship between the two has been hostile, with the chairman refusing to acknowledge Amistacia's use of non-binary pronouns, even going so far as to refer to them as "It" during a particularly heated floor debate. When approached for comment on whether the appointment of Yiu was the cause for his resignation, Fontaine replied that the two have since made peace, and restated that it was a matter of spending more time with his family.
  7. Yiu Amistacia Appointed Chairman in Historic Vote July 2nd, 2018, FY32. In a stunning victory for young progressives, MYNE creative director Yiu Amistacia has been appointed chairman by a nearly unanimous vote of 16-3 yesterday, defeating the incumbent Fontaine Bitmann, current owner of Bitmann Financial Holdings and Chairman since 1994. Yiu had announced their candidacy for chairman at the yearly MYNE gala, and quickly gained the endorsements of notable Corporate Board members Lynne Androni, Liam Piner, and Aya St. Claire. Former writer for POSE and prolific socialite, some have questioned the governing ability of Chairman Amistacia, with Richard Spai going so far as to say, "This victory goes against all precedent for good leadership."
  8. Cascadia Current: Cascadia's primary source of news since 1985. Cascadia Current aims to provide relevant, timely, and accurate news from across the Unitary Conglomerate of Galahinda. Print editions are available for a small subscription fee, but all content is freely accessible on the internet as per the generous donations from our readers and government grants.
  9. Officially Recognized Holidays: Summer Solstice: June 21st, the nation celebrates the summer solstice by participating in carnivale themed celebrations sponsored by half of the Corporate Board apportioned by the Chairman. In recent years it has become the defacto Pride celebration of the nation. Fashion Weeks: The weeks of August 12th and April 12th are the set dates for national fashion weeks, showcasing the upcoming seasons fashions. Smaller independent fashion exhibitions are common but are not officially recognized. Winter Solstice: December 21st, the nation celebrates the winter solstice by participating in masquerade themed celebrations sponsored by the remaining 10 corporations apportioned by the chairman. New Years day: January 1st Election Day: July 1st. At the beginning of every fiscal year, the nation votes on it's representatives for the House, it is a federal holiday allowing for all citizens to be able to vote. Chairman Selection Day: June 30th. At the end of every fiscal year the Corporate Board meets to vote on the next year's chairman, who serves as the head of state for one calendar year before being up for reappointment. A simple majority is required to confirm the appointment of a chairman. Agglomeration Day: July 24th. July 24th is a bank holiday that marks the end of the blackout of 1985 and subsequent buyout of the Galahindan government by the Corporate Board. Important Cultural Events: MYNE Gala: July 12th, regarded as the Olympics of Galahindan fashion, the event centers around a theme set by the current creative director of MYNE at the end of the MYNE runway on April 19th. Attendance is by invitation only and all attendees are hand picked by the MYNE creative director, with any plus ones also being under their discretion.
  10. I Galahinda Full Name of Nation: The Unitary Conglomerate of Galahinda Government type of nation: Bicameral Corporationalist State Culture/ethnicity of your nation: Broadly Limonaian Give us a short description of your nation: An island nation obsessed with beauty, status, and wealth. An epicenter for fashion across eurth, the megacorporations that make up the government value appearance and shows of power more than they value their constituents. Do you have an IIWiki page?:not yet™ WRITING EXPERIENCE How would you describe your level of experience in regards to roleplaying? I played an RP game called Space Station 13 for two years, have participated in 3 D&D campaigns, and feel confident in my ability to create interesting and believable content within an RP context. How would you describe yourself? I'm a huge nerd for fashion, drag, and video games. I haven't seen a raccoon in real life. RP/Writing samples (if available already): All of my academy RP posts, and I previously linked a fact-book that I considered to be a core tenant for Galahinda. Do you wish to have a mentor assigned to you to help guide you through the start of your time here? They've already been super helpful and I'd love to keep getting feedback from them! NATIONSTATES Why do you want to join this region?: I want to be able to RP and be a part of a community that's grown from a small browser game into a real place with lore and stories. Hopefully I can add my own stories and lore to it as well. Have you ever had trouble with any moderators?: Rihan said my stories were "good" but not great so i'm pretty sure they hate me. /s im kidding rihan is an absolute gem and i'd die for them. Do you have any prior experience on NationStates? If so, give a brief accounting of it. Just use of the base game and some factbooks but no real RP play. Are you currently or do you plan to be a member of the NationStates World Assembly? I used to be before I was distracted by school for a while and i'm not sure if i'm going to rejoin for a little while. Anything else?: I'm ready to make a place for myself in this region. II For this I'm going to use scenario 2, rags to riches POPULATION: [roughly 7 million | low] GDP PER CAPITA: [43k GDP/capita| HIGH] LAND AREA (Square Kilometers): [30k km^2| HIGH/MEDIUM/LOW] III Nation in Europa: Galahinda Flag: Capital name: Cascadia Capital location: Coastal megacity Factbook link: Newsroom Link: Culture: Limonaian/lysian Climate: Caribbean/Mediterranean Location: Island History: A former colony of Limonaia, first colonized in the late 19th century and gaining its independence January first, 1930. In 1983 the economy crashed leading to a depression, ending after the government defaulted on debt in July of 1985 and was unable to supply the nation with fuel or electricity for 5 days. Afterwards the government was approached by the 20 most profitable companies on the island who proposed to finance the island in exchange for being permanent members of a judiciary committee. The government accepted and Galahinda rapidly transformed into the hedonistic and self absorbed society it is today. IV I don't know if I need modifiers but am open to discussions regarding nerfs towards the nation! The best option I see for a modifier would most likely be scenario 1.
  11. Marie Engelsen was thrilled. She had received the best news of her life; She was going to be the POSE correspondent for the MYNE Gala next week. This assignment was sought after by every writer on staff, and a new hire being sent to the most important event of the year was unheard of, especially a new hire with no real connections. Yves Nailo, the chief editor for POSE, had personally handpicked her for the event and she would not allow herself to mess this up. But first, she had to find something to wear. POSE magazine was the nation's foremost source on the latest fashion trends, celebrity news, and upcoming cultural events. Initially established as the MYNE catalog in the 1960s, it evolved into the cultural juggernaut it is today under the watchful and cunning eyes of Yves Nailo. To be employed at the magazine, you needed to be bright, fashionable, and well connected. Yves ran the magazine better than some modern militaries, and if he were unsatisfied by your work, he would let you know on the pink slip you'd find at your desk the next morning. After all, this magazine was meant to be for the best of the best. It was only twelve years ago that Yiu Amistacia had joined the magazine, and was immediately taken under Yves' wing. The young socialite had blown everyone away, securing interviews from those who always refused them, attending fashion show after fashion show, and getting entrance to clubs so exclusive that the waiting list was rumored to be classified by the Galahindan Security Agency, and even then, they hadn't been assigned as the official MYNE Gala correspondent until their fifth year. Marie was immediately dismissed from all other writing assignments, given an official invite and credit card linked to the company account, and told by Yves that, "Looking good is half the battle, my dear." Other coworkers had begged her to give them the assignment, pledging themselves to cover all of her stories for the next year, trading cubicles and offices, and even making threats against her success. It wasn't until a memo sent to everyone directly from Yves stating that the next person to ask for the assignment would be fired without compensation that the deluge of desperate emails stopped. Stepping off of the tram and onto the famed L'Avenue, Marie had to center herself before taking another step. L'Avenue - whose real name had since been lost to time and fashion- ran straight through the heart of The Cascade's Diamant district and housed the nation's most expensive boutiques, exclusive clubs, and was frequented by the ultra-elite. The wide pedestrian boulevard was packed with the rich, desperate to find an outfit for the upcoming fashion week celebrations. Marie felt out of place; she was wearing her trademark pink bob, leather jacket, knife pleated mini-skirt, and red heels. The people surrounding her were decked head to toe in the latest and greatest the nation had to offer. Marie recognized the trends as they walked past; towering hair, dramatic and icy makeup, skin tight clothes plastered with colors that shifted in the light, and even some who had opted to wear nothing but body glitter, lingerie, and a smile Taking a deep breath and heading down the wide street, she passed stores selling perfumes, cosmetics with real jewel powder in them, handbags, shoes, and clubs with lines already down the street - the patrons seemingly oblivious to the fact that it was only 1 pm. Passing smaller shops, she eventually stopped before a building shaped like what could only be described as a pile of black glass shards. White letters shone from above the entrance, "MYNE." The reporter took a deep breath before stepping inside. The doors hissed shut behind her, all at once the noise of a city was silenced and replaced by quiet swing music. Looking around, Marie was astonished by just how immaculate the store was. In stark contrast to the black glass exterior, the interior was made up of white marble and seemed to lack a single sharp edge. On one side was a reception area with scattered white couches and low tables with a black granite counter staffed by an obnoxiously androgynous receptionist. Taking a deep breath, Marie pressed forward towards the reception desk. "Nearest thrift store is about ten kilometers that way, Cheri." Said the receptionist without looking up from the tablet in front of them. Marie chose to ignore the cheap jab and replied with, "I'm here to purchase some clothes, could you help me....?" Pausing as an invitation for the receptionist to share their name. "Do you have an appointment?" Asked the receptionist, ignoring the explicit question. "I don't, I'm here wi-" However before Marie could finish that thought, the receptionist interrupted, "Cheri I'm sorry, but without an appointment, I'm afraid we can't help you, and we're full until next September, can I take a name?" "Yves Nailo," replied the exasperated reporter, "My boss, at POSE magazine?" Marie hated doing that, preferring to see how the customers were treated instead of how the press was. "Sure, and I'm Alexi Amistacia, Yiu's sister," retorted the receptionist, "trust me, if I let in every wannabe who said they're with POSE, I'd have been executed for treason." At this, Marie pulled out her press pass, the credit card, and MYNE Gala invitation, causing the receptionist to visibly pale. "ohmygodImsosorryIdidntthinkyouwereactuallyserioushowcanIhelpyou?" Spouted the receptionist, clearly panicked. "Like I said, I need some clothes. For the MYNE Gala." "Of course if you take a seat one of our stylists will be with you shortly, again I'm so sorry about the confusion, please forgive me." "No problem," Marie replied much to the visible relief of the receptionist before taking a seat on one of the white couches. About ten minutes later a strikingly beautiful, and strikingly scantily clad, woman emerged and called for her. The woman was wearing nothing but a white underbust corset and swimsuit bottom, leaving her breasts exposed. "Are you our MYNE Gala attendee?' queried the woman in a wonderfully thick Limonaian accent. "Y-yes that's me." Replied the reporter, "Marie." "Wonderful darling, Lavinia Mondrelle," replied the woman, smiling, "Yves said he'd be sending someone down, apologies for our receptionist, she wasn't expecting someone who looks so.... pedestrian." The implication in her tone was clear, and Marie almost retorted, but professionalism dictated that she remain calm, and she was determined not to f*ck this up. Suddenly a wave of recognition came over her, Lavinia Mondrelle was a long time friend of Yves, having met the man at an underground art show some twenty years ago, the two had forged a very close friendship. "You came at the perfect time, we've got absolutely loads of new and classic MYNE dresses if you'd like a dress, and if you're going masculine, we have wonderfully patterned suits that fit our theme this year." Continued the woman, barely pausing for breath. The theme of this years MYNE Gala was 'Modern History' the MYNE Gala themes weren't usually this strange, but as it was the fashion house's 100th anniversary, it seemed appropriate. "If you want my opinion androgyny is very in this season, and we have a lovely collection centered around it." Continued Lavinia, oblivious to any thoughts that her customer was having. Suddenly the woman turned to face Marie, "Let's do that darling let's go daring, POSE is meant to make an impression and reflect the fashion so let's do it! oh, this is going to be delicious!" Marie was in no place to object, as the woman was a close personal friend to Yves and clearly knew what she was talking about, or so Marie hoped. Marie stepped out of the store three hours later, exhausted beyond all belief. She spent the afternoon trying on more outfits than she thought possible, Lavinia had conceded that maybe androgyny wasn't her style and instead opted for an oversized white fur coat, matching gloves, a black floor-length gown, and at Marie's insistence, red heels. All of this was recorded, alongside Marie's measurements and sent to the ateliers for final tailoring. She didn't know how much the final outfit had cost, but she knew that it was more than she'd make for the next five years. She was confident in her appearance and needed to prepare for the other half of Yves' proverbial battle, the party.
  12. Julian was desperate; the country was being hit with the worst heatwave in recorded history. With temperatures peaking at 40 degrees in the worst parts of town. The myriad fans, window unit, and cold shower employed were barely making a dent in the omnipresent heat. The rest of the neighborhood was faring no better, being in the Limonaian quarter meant that the buildings had been standing since the country had been colonized by Limonaia some hundred years ago, and didn't have air conditioning. The city was practically at a standstill, nobody wanted to be outside, and those that were had resigned themselves to slow meandering paths punctuated by stops in the shade. The weather stations had promised rain days ago, with none materializing. Julian was on the down and out, the market crash of 1983 had left him jobless, and much like the majority of the population, Julian had yet to recover. The government continually promised new aid programs and bailouts for those worst affected, the radical amongst the body had even suggested a total reset on debt. Nothing had materialized, old rivalries had resurfaced, and after the 1984 election, the house had devolved entirely into political factions who refused to compromise. No reform had passed for over a year, and with the ballooning debt, the government was running out of options. Julian wasn't much for politics; he voted in elections but only for his party candidate. A more politically active person would be driven to revolution by this heat, but so far nobody could bring themselves to go out in the harsh July sun. The sun was beginning to set as Julian found himself spacing off as the radio droned on about proposed tax reforms and increased spending by the government on fuel, and what that meant for people like him. The ceiling fan overhead continued its lazy rotations as the forecast for tomorrow was announced, "Well folks it looks like we're in for another day of this heat, with a high of 41 and a low of 39. There's a 20 percent chance o-" the radio cut off abruptly alongside all of the fans. Julian sighed in annoyance as he waited for the power to resume. Few were surprised at this: the number of air conditioning units running across the nation must have been too much for the grid to handle. Instead of resigning himself to lazily waving the hand fan in front of his face, Julian forced himself to get up and begin planning for the next day. He needed to go to the grocers to pick up more bread and eggs, as well as to ask about his job application, after that he had to walk his elderly neighbor's dog and ask if he could get an advance payment for the next week to cover his bills. His landlord was a stickler for on-time payments but who could blame him? He had a family to support. By now the sun had fully set, and the heat had begun to make Julian sleepy. Reasoning that there was nothing left to do for the night that didn't require electricity, he laid down and drifted into sleep.
  13. For clarity Yiu uses they/them pronouns. They’re nonbinary.
  14. “Darling I really can’t talk right now, I have to give the opening speech for the MYNE Gala in thirty minutes, and this corset isn’t going to tighten itself.” Talking into the phone was Yiu Amistacia, newly minted creative director for MYNE and newcomer into Galahindan politics. Yiu paused, listening to the irate voice on the other end before replying through gritted teeth as they fastened the corset, “Yes I know it’s important, but unless it’s your endorsement for chairmanship it can wait.” On the other end Lynne Androni sighed in frustration, her patience with Yiu wearing thin. ”Yiu I need you to pay attention for just one moment, this could make or break your chances at chairmanship. Tonight you are hosting the most important party in The Cascade, in my home might I a-” “I’ve already thanked you several times for your help!” Interrupted Yiu hotly, not wanting her to have that leverage over them, “And I’m designing you a custom wardrobe for the summer!” This was something that Lynne couldn’t deny was important, a custom wardrobe from Galahindas top designer would usually run upwards of her quarterly budget, not to mention keep her name in the public mind for a long time. Yiu took as deep a breath as their corset would allow before continuing, “It’s not like I haven’t hosted parties before, I hosted the New Years celebrations for the Spais last year and they haven’t stopped requesting my services since!” A socialite by trade, Yiu had more experience working a room than almost all of Galahinda, second only to Lynne herself. “While that may be true the Spais couldn’t read the tone if it was spelt out in front of them, they’re not from here.” Replied Lynne, barely able to contain the disdain in her voice at the mention of the Spai family. “We both know they paid their way into Fontaine’s inner circle and that means we have to deal with them until he’s replaced.” Lynne paused, waiting for a response. After several seconds of silence Yiu realized she had stopped talking and was waiting for them to say something, “Sorry darling I was putting on my hair for tonight, it’s very complicated to get right but I think it’ll be a delicious nod to the past. I had a similar idea about your summer collection, how do you feel about 1930’s women’s wear?” At this Lynne hung up, exasperated by the young socialites attitude. Yiu smiled into the mirror, knowing that their outfit was perfect. All that was left was to put on heels. Yiu picked up the phone and took a quick selfie, looking gorgeous as ever, and posted it with the caption “Happy fashion week darlings! Can’t wait to see all of my friends at tonight’s party! XO” Yiu set down the phone, and stepped out into the car waiting to take them to Lynne’s house, telling the driver to take the long way, they wanted to be fashionably late. As always.
  15. Galahinda

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    YOUR RP NATION Full Name of Nation: The Unitary Conglomerate of Galahinda Government type of nation: bicameral technocracy Culture/ethnicity of your nation: broadly French/Italian Give us a short description of your nation: An island nation obsessed with beauty, wealth, and status. With the means to back those claims up. Do you have an IIWiki page?: not yet ™ WRITING EXPERIENCE How would you describe your level of experience in regards to roleplaying? I played an RP game called Space Station 13 for two years, and have participated in 3 D&D campaigns. How would you describe yourself? I’m a huge fashion nerd with a soft spot for cyberpunk media. I’m going into university in the fall and I’ve never seen a raccoon in real life. RP/Writing samples (if available already): https://www.nationstates.net/nation=galahinda/detail=factbook/id=876236 I wrote this back towards the inception of galahinda and it has remained a core tenant of my ideas for the nation. Do you wish to have a mentor assigned to you to help guide you through the start of your time here? That’d be lovely. NATIONSTATES Why do you want to join this region?: I originally wanted to join because someone from the aforementioned space station 13 was a member and then after they left I stayed. Have you ever had trouble with any moderators?: not that I can recall Do you have any prior experience on NationStates? If so, give a brief accounting of it. I have been playing the game for a while (at least 3 years) on and off since I would occasionally have to leave it to do school things but I’m back and able to stay. Are you currently or do you plan to be a member of the NationStates World Assembly? I was before I got caught up in school work and I will probably rejoin at some point soon. Anything else?: I’m excited to be here and ready to become a member of the RP community! 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.
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