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  1. Another chilly day captivates the air in Tiskin, exactly the way the populace likes it. A small grey bus adorned with a bright yellow stripe on its horizontal axis trundles along the quaint capital's outer roads targetting the Royal Pratam Museum. Sounds of laughter emanate from the bus' chassis occasionally topped off with a loud "QUIET!" to keep the volume in check. Upon arrival, a group of fourteen 9 to 10 year old children walk out in an orderly line led by Mrs. Saari, a teacher from Young Tiskinite Academy. "Now now, everyone. Orderly line, orderly line." she says in a rather soft tone, attempting to herd the kids to the entrance. They all climb the short flight of stairs that lead up to the entrance and pass the two wooden pillars that once supported a Portamian home jutting out of the ground, standing there as parallel reminders of the past. A large, merry guard of the lower rankings of the Rotiski stands in front of a set of lockers and smiles at the group, wishing them a wonderful visit as they all go to reception and wait for their arranged guide. In the meantime, Mrs. Saari turns to speak to the class. "Does anyone know why we're here today?" she asks, anticipating a bright young mind to raise their hand in the air and answer. She gets her wish and points at the first hand that rises from the crowd. "Tomorrow is Tiskitat!" the young girl says. "Well done, Lilli!" Mrs. Saari responds with. "Tiskitat is a very special day for us Portamians, Pulticians and Borrics. It's the celebration of the story of Puurayaana, Samil-Ked and Arkizry." Young Tiskinite, like most schools across Portamia, is very much a Karspii-practicing place. Schools within the capital city of Tiskin tend to cover a larger breadth of the world's religions, though Karspii is always a central part of any Portamian school's curriculum due to its constant presence in daily Portamian life. A short, thin man discretely enters the hallways through a door to the right of Mrs. Saari. "Hello there boys and girls. My name is Zal, and I am here to welcome and guide you through the Royal Pratam Museum, funded by the Pratam royal family of Portamia. Through this door you will find a collection of various historical artifacts and stories from throughout our history. Let's get going." he says, pointing to a rather large door. The class follows him as he talks about some interesting tidbits of Portamian history that they pass by, like the recreations of some primitive fishing rods from the tribe of Porata before centralisation and establishment of Portamia, a selection of artifacts supposedly belonging to Yrl Kaspia, the first ruler of Portamia and some assorted Pultik silverware. There was even time to squeeze in a small matching game about the various key words and terms in Portamian history like Riilamuk, Loud Kick and Hardov, each to be a lesson when the students were older. Finally, the main exhibit graced the eyes of the students. A wide variety of small birch statuettes. "This is a small collection of trout statues. Every year, many Karspiin from all around the world migrate back to their homeland in order to participate in the festivals of Tiskitat. People gather and carve these trout ornaments out of birch wood, which is believed to increase the population of trout. Birch saplings are then planted in open plots of land that is reserved for these festivities. This is to preserve the supply of birch wood for the carving of trout ornaments for future generations, and throughout Portamia there are "open lands" owned by each province's respective government reserved for these festivities. We've been doing this for centuries and nowadays even people that don't follow Karspii can join in on the festivities. Any questions?" Young Lilli raises her hand once more. "Yes, young lady?" "How come my pappo always comes home really late and drunk after Tiskitat? Do people drink alcohol a lot on Tiskitat too?" she asks. A worried expression washes over the face of Zal, unsure how exactly to answer. He glances at Mrs. Saari to see an unshifting face. "U-Umm yes, that happens sometimes. Adults and their alcohol haha." he sheepishly says back to her, a slight air of awkwardness gripping the room. Tiskitat has indeed become more of a secular affair as Portamia has slowly embraced a more open, tolerant attitude towards outsiders. Older versions of Tiskitat usually involved encasing small animals in a ceremonious, water-tight box and drowning them with water from the River Tiski as a form of purifying their corpses before consumption, but nowadays it is extremely rare to see a Tiski blessing as violent as this in Portamia outside of the occasional baptisms that can be observed in Pultik. As the trip comes to an end and the sky begins to darken, the students nod their little heads and thank the staff , which is polite for a Portamian school to do. Zal then hands each class member a portion of bread as a sign of goodwill and a thank you for listening to him, a tradition stemming from Karspii's rules. Mrs. Saari and her pupils board the bus and head home.
  2. KEDI LOGISTICS RESPONDS TO VAR MINERS, ADDRESSES COAL LAW Lead Reporter: Holly Winäna A representative from Kedi Logistics has responded to the workers of Var mine, who ceased working because of the dwindling safety conditions, with a short speech outlining how the company will take "suitable precautions". The striking miners have since asserted their desire for more of Kedi Logistics' budget to be assigned towards upholding health and safety standards, citing the consequences of the potential failure of a health and safety inspection which it may face. No violence has erupted from this strike, but some members have gone as far as to graffiti vulgar language on Kedi Logistics-owned vehicles. Var Mine is one of the many larger mines to feel the crunch of Mica Odron's Coal Law passed through the CNTA a few weeks prior, leading to the widespread cutting back of services like the worker's canteen and safety equipment across all KL-owned facilities. Kedi Logistics make high amounts of revenue from their coal mines dotted around Borria and western Portamia, areas with the largest concentrations of coal in the Federation. Whether or not KL will comply with these terms is unknown. The Mica Coal Law was put in place as a method of lessening the Federation's impact on the environment, setting a maximum amount of coal that can be excavated from each mine owned by a company in a month. Many predict that this will lead to a rise in coal prices domestically and will lead to the Federation becoming increasingly reliant on coal exports, An increase in coal prices may also lead to a rise in KL's profits by selling the coal directly to local power plants, though at a reduced amount due to the new caps. Whilst Portamia is not known for its coal industry, usually only unearthing just under 3,000,000 tonnes annually, it still creates a decent stream of revenue for the Federation. Coal mined in Borria is the most commonly exported, whilst Western Portamian coal and imported coal tend to go towards one of the five coal power plants that dot the country. Rural communities are increasingly becoming reliant on wind power and locally-sourced peat for heat, decreasing the need for the extraction of coal, whilst cities like Tiskin and Ronaker utilise most of the power that these facilities offer to keep up with their steady rise in population. Coal mining operations have been a source of controversy for a long time within the Federation. Large coal companies like KL have historically pushed small Borric communities out of their villages to make space for mines, lodgings and garages. The most notable example of this is Kedi Logistics' expulsion of 273 Borric citizens from the small community of Unllär to make room for an open-pit mine in the area. A minority of Unllär's citizens openly spoke out against the actions of KL, but were reportedly mocked and berated by some of the future mine's staff. Bulgan Raa, the elected Yrl of Borria at the time, did not grant permission for the establishment of the mine as KL had recently received a series of complaints in regard to the legitimacy of some of its key member's credentials and falsified mine experience and did not feel that the province would benefit from more potential controversy and mismanagement of Borria's natural resources. Calls for the nationalisation of coal mining in order to stop KL's gradual takeover of the Federation's mining industry faced a quick spike in popularity due to the media explosion that followed from this, but those calls have since decreased. Those critical of the nationalisation calls cite the current CNTA cabinet's majority negative position on fossil fuels as "potentially industry-sinking" and "short-sighted".
  3. Within Portamia's borders you can find a wide variety of unique customs and traditions. These have been shaped by the religion of Karspii that has had a historic sway over Portamian culture for generations. Here is a quick guide for any travellers on how to be knowledgable and respectful when approaching Portamia’s dominant religion. (excerpt from chapter 4 of Julius Kaanka’s 1993 travel guide “Portamia: Fish, Festivities and Friends”). “Karspii is a polytheist religion focusing on the deities Puurayaana, Samil-Ked and Arkizry. According to oral tradition, Puurayaana was birthed from the first star with the Divine Friends Samil-Ked and Arkizry attached to his arms. Samil-Ked and Arkizry only possessed two arms and a head each, using Puurayaana’s body as a vessel for their activities. Puurayaana stood stoically as the two moulded various planets using parts of his flesh until the ideal world in Puurayaana's vision was created. Many planets were created and destroyed in this process until the Divine Friends created two planets: one green and one brown. Puurayaana turned to the Two and grabbed the planets from their grasps, merging them together and forming what he deemed perfection. Upon achieving this ‘perfection’, he began to cry. His tears were humanoid in shape and gently descended into the empty river banks that dotted the world and dissolved, bringing forth life-giving water. After plant life began thriving, Puurayaana detached his arms and moulded them into bodies for the Two. With his job completed, he descended onto the world and dissolved into the River Tiski, blessing the waters with life and the Tiski with its bountiful supplies of trout. As a result of this act of generosity, the river Tiski holds a very important place in Portamian history, city planning and spirituality. With the newly granted autonomy of the Divine Friends, they got to work crafting land animals out of scoops of water and their own teeth. Humanity was created in Puurayaana’s image from this method. Karspii has a core set of eight principles that were created by Arkizry and Samil-Ked to allow for humanity to act peacefully and productively known as the Two Lights. The name "Two Lights" does not relate to the number of principles that needs to be followed but the two Desired Outcomes that the principles aim to achieve, which are: • "Those of an undying appetite to provide for all living things will be rewarded with the highest of praise." • "Those with a ravenous hunger shall be granted a meal, for a full stomach is a full heart" Upon someone achieving the two Desired Outcomes, Arkizry and Samil-Ked are said to bestow great strength to their family and will provide food for them for the next two generations, whilst failing to achieve these will lead to bad luck for three generations. The eight principles are: •"Do not deny others of well-meaning" •"Do not deny others of a meal" •"Harm only those who harm others" •"Assist with community construction" •"Do not deny the flow of any river through obstruction" •"Respect those who seek to do no harm" •"Do not steal" •"Prosper" It is expected for each practicing household to have something with these rules carved onto them. Poorer households with barely any land may have etched these rules into a piece of furniture or had it tattooed onto them, whilst nobles and landowners would historically place a large, flat slab of stone into the ground with the principles carved onto them (similar to a standing stone) as a sign of luxury. There is no formal head of Karspii, but people of a high social status within communities are commonly turned to for religious guidance. Nowadays, it is a common practice to store these objects in what is known as a 'Puurayaana Hall', a general hall for Karspiin events with lockers containing the personal artifacts of Karspii worshippers. Puurayaana Halls are usually guarded by a small team of bodyguards known as the "Royal Guard of the Tiski" (colloquially referred to as the "Rotiski") that have existed as a holy order that warded off heathen attackers, but now guard these halls for payment due to the shifting religious climate of the area. Because of the very Tiski-focused beliefs of the religion, it has only been observed in large numbers by communities that live by the river itself. The specific origins of these beliefs is unknown, but is speculated to have originated in areas with a higher population of the Borric people, who settled by the river before the Portamian tribes arrived. Every year, many Karspiin from all around the world migrate back to their homeland in order to participate in Tiskitat, the biggest Karspiin holiday which celebrates the beginning of the universe and the life given to them. This consists of many amusements and market stalls selling local crafts, providing a decent economic boost yearly. Entire towns and villages gather in the evening to carve trout ornaments out of birch wood, which is believed to increase the fertility of the animal and the chances of them latching onto a fishing rod. Birch saplings are then ceremoniously planted in open plots of land. This tradition is to preserve the supply of birch wood for the carving of trout ornaments for future generations, and throughout Portamia there are "open lands" owned by each province's respective government reserved for these festivities. After this, a large party is held with local folk music and alcohol. Whilst Karspii is a religion that celebrates life, it also has customs associated with dealing with the dead. Death in Karspii is considered a “long rest” and bodies are tucked into their beds during the funeral procession before burial. The procession normally takes place in the bedroom of the deceased, but if they lack the space for family and friends they will be brought to the local Puurayaana Hall. The burial is usually done in shallow graves (approximately two and a half feet and typically on a hill away from any towns, cities or villages) to allow for the deceased to “wake up”. The grave is then filled with a small amount of sand, covered with a fur blanket and buried. In some areas people bury their dead with a deer antler in the deceased’s hand if they died of illness as a way to ward off future ailments amongst their friends and family (Northern Pultik), whilst in some other areas, friends and family choose and place a smooth stone in the deceased’s mouth as a thank you for being with them throughout their life (Borria).” Karspiin beliefs have faced an overall downturn in the time after the publication of this book, but many of its beliefs still hold on in local laws and customs. One example of this is the infamous ‘Flowing Water License’, which requires for any company that wishes to begin a construction that would lead to the temporary or permanent obstruction of natural water flow to get a license to do this, be it the river Tiski or another smaller stream. This requirement has shown to negatively impact building projects due to the inconvenience of the process and as a result has become a lot more relaxed and only applied to certain tourist spots and holy sites. Many of these customs can be found throughout the Federation to this day as Portamian citizens hold great value in their communities and traditions.
  4. "...Leiko Kotilii of the Blues, with a majority of 458 in the final count." said the short, tired lady after a long night assisting with vote counting. His time had finally come. Leiko's efforts are bearing fruit as he hears his name called on the cheap, shrill PA of the conference hall. An overwhelming applause blew him back, bringing him to near tears. He had just become the youngest Yrl in Portamian history at 19 years old. The Blues and their policies centered around bringing together the communities residing near the great river Tiski triumphed by a few short hairs at the by-election of Saninga, granting them their first ever seat since their grassroots formation. As his microphone softly hums, the audience slowly simmers into silence, giving Leiko a chance to speak. "Wow... I'm overwhelmed." Leiko stammers, almost in disbelief. "Thank you for believing in me, Saninga. On my way to the lovely town of Ulaana, I was quaking in my boots thinking about the many trials and tribulations of my campaign. I was wondering if I had really captured the hearts of you all, and it seems that I have and am humbled by it. I will not let you down and I will create a strong river community that can rival even the largest countries. We must buckle down and continue with our astonishing economic ascent. I love you Portamia! I love the River Tiski!." The crowd resumes its applause, Blues waving flags adorning their seal dominated Leiko's eyesight from the raised stage, filling him with pride. A barrage of camera flashes dart into the room, as a small cluster of journalists aim to hear more about Leiko's manifesto pledge to reshuffle Saninga's local council. UPP candidates fill silently with disappointment as the Yrldom of Saninga changes hands. The centre-left United People's Party had just lost a key province, signalling that a change in manifesto was possibly in order. Were they losing touch with the electorate? Saninga had been a UPP province for quite some time, with the by-election only being triggered by the sad loss of the last Yrl Sam Ovaal after a fierce battle with cancer. In Portamia, the debate of what is known as "river governance" has been a hotly debated topic ever since the formation of the Ceremonial New Tribal Assembly (the official name of the Portamian Parliament), with many left wing parties favouring the development of neglected rural communities that reside away from the river, with the intent of growing their local economies and infrastructure through community projects and funding, whereas right leaning parties would rather have a continued process of centralisation around the Tiski for spiritual and economic reasons. Both sides persistently argue over which way forward is better, but the battleground in which this is most decisively settled on is the build up before an election. The conservative Blues formed in Saninga to bring sweeping changes to the political climate in response to the other pro-river party (Tiski Faction) failing to govern effectively and seem to have resonated with the hearts and minds of the Saningans. Only time will tell if their victory can spill out onto the other provinces. As is tradition after any election, the members of the winning party were treated to a feast of Portamia's national dish: pan-fried Portamian trout, with Leiko getting a side salad of locally grown vegetables.
  5. BORRIC MINE WORKERS ON STRIKE Lead Reporter: Holly Winäna The Kedi Logistics mine located in the small village of Var has reached a standstill as Borric miners are demanding better equipment to those descending into its depths. They claim that the outdated headlamps and harnesses led to the death of Uutyar Nätii, a Borric worker who fell after his harness broke mid-descent. The 87 miners partaking in the strike cite that the contract that was signed on their employment guaranteed "cutting-edge equipment to ensure workplace safety", which they feel has not been honoured. Claims that there is also a "lack of supervision from management for less experienced staff" is also a large contributor to workplace injuries in the Var mine. This marks the third accidental death associated with Kedi Logistics. Var, a village with a population of only 873, is very much dependent on the mine for employment, which has faced financial strain lately after the recent 'Mica Coal Law' passed through the CNTA which severely limits the maximum number of coal that can be excavated from the mine in a month as a method of slowing down climate change. This is the first mine in the Federation to have suffered a blow from this law, primarily due to the lack of infrastructure in Borria and the ongoing safety concerns. Kedi Logistics have yet to provide the Constituent Press with a comment on the issue. Prime Minister and head of the centre-left United People's Party Mihkkal Dil praised the miners for exercising their rights to protest, but feels the issue is "not to be interfered with by the central government", stating that any interference would "violate Portamia's pledges of semi-autonomy to Borria" and left the issue to local authorities if it escalates. Nätii's body was recovered shortly after the incident, allowing his family to give him a proper Karspii burial.
  6. Portamia

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    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.
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