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  1. Orioni

    Responsibility to Protect

    From: Anna Hackney, EOS delegate To: the joint quorum of the Entente of Oriental States, including observing members Good afternoon dear friends. As the senior representative for the Orioni Empire, I am delighted to share with you the following motion. But first, let me frame our motivations for doing so. We believe that sovereign nations have the responsibility for protecting their population from human rights violations and mass atrocity crimes. This "responsibility to protect" or R2P is based upon the commonly held understanding that each nation is responsible for protecting its populations from war crimes, ethnic cleansing, genocide and crimes against humanity. We believe that EOS should accept that responsibility, including the active prevention of such crimes. This will make EOS stronger in response to a changed security environment. To be more precise: we propose to expand the Charter of the Entente by adding an additional security clause 3.F with a defensive and proportionate commitment to address key concerns such as the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. As allies, we are deeply committed to EOS. Together, we are what makes peace and security possible. Our partnership makes Europa and Eurth safer and more secure. I look forward to discussing this proposal with you.
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    Roiters » Know. Now.

    Home | Orioni | World | Business | Tech | Science | Culture | Health | Sports Kipan granted EOS observer status EOS Island -- The Entente of Oriental States has granted observer status to the State of @Kipan. Following a decision by the governing council on Sunday, the Aurelian nation can observe the closed-door deliberations of the governing council. This is the first expansion of membership to be approved in 2019. "There is a natural rapprochement between the Oriental nations, respecting our mission to improve economic development in and around the Oriental Ocean, following the existing EOS’s development mandate," said permanent representative Anna Hackney. "We welcome this opportunity to deepen our relationship with the Kipanese and enhance our contributions to a more peaceful Eurth," she added. "I've spoken about this with Foreign Minister Masaki Kaneda, and he is confident that President Yamazaki will greenlight this membership status." This decision will put Kipan on a par with other nations with observer status in the EOS system, such as @Sunset Sea Islands, @Cristina, @Fleur de Lys, @Magnaeus and Deltannia. At the same time, the suspension of Mantella is still in effect, for reasons related to their recent civil war with Cristina.
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    Roiters » Know. Now.

    Home | Orioni | World | Business | Tech | Science | Culture | Health | Sports Introduction Roiters is one of the oldest news agencies in the region. The agency is based in Nordhaven, with regional centres in almost all other countries. It sends out news in English. Roiters was founded in 1915 by Leopold Ackerman as Roiters News Agency. Roiters is a non-profit autonomous public corporation, operating commercially and independently of the Orioni government. Roiters statutes prohibit direct government subsidies. It is administered by a CEO and a board comprising 10 members. The board elects the CEO for a renewable term of three years. Roiters also has a superior council charged with ensuring that the agency operates according to its statutes, which mandate absolute independence and neutrality. See also Part 1: The Beautiful Empire of Orioni (last update 26th April 2005) Part 2: State of the Empire (last update 17th December 2005) Part 3: Roiters (it's this thread, silly)
  4. Orioni

    Proposed observer status

    To: Foreign Minister Masaki Kaneda of the State of @Kipan From: Anna Hackney, EOS representative from Orioni Your answer to the previous proposal has been received most positively within the Entente. For many years it has been the goal to bring peace to both sides of the Oriental Ocean. At least, it seems this is almost becoming possible. We certainly understand and respect that such a bill needs to pass through the Kipanese national assembly. With the recent holiday recess, this is expected to take some time. The same can be said for our own organisation. We expect to resume our deliberations again shortly, on January 15th. Regarding your request for clarification on further obligations, we have included a copy of the Charter of the Entente of Oriental States. The rights and duties of observer states are explained under §5.
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    Proposed observer status

    From: Anna Hackney, EOS representative from Orioni TO: fellow members of EOS, particularly @Miiros Dear allies, It has come to our attention that the Entente of Oriental States seems to exclude many a nation within our sphere of influence. It would seem prudent to extend the reach of our capabilities by offering observer status (and potential future membership) to those nations that would benefit from our mutual defence pact. The representative from Orioni proposed the motion to approach the following active non-members: @Sunset Sea Islands @Cristina @Fleur de Lys @Magnaeus @Youtabonia @Kualoa We yield to the floor for arguments and discussion. (OOC: Please keep in mind this is an internal EOS affair. You will be able to interact once a formal invitation has been extended.)
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    Happy birthday and hello again

    @Wellsy Hello there Jon and welcome back old feller. I'm so very happy our little annual update managed to reach you. That's quite some life story you shared right there. Full of ups and downs and ups again. As many of us here. Certainly, I have some fond memories of your stories and great help with our early maps. It was really a time of make or break.
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    [OOC] Roleplaying in the Far Future

    @Sunset Sea Islands So, ahm, about The Radiant... http://northernfree.freeforums.net/thread/9/radiant
  8. IC topic here: http://www.europans.com/topic/4364-the-antargic-treaty/ Reasons Three claims in 24 hours is perhaps a bit much, don't you think? Topic of discussion A good way to keep everyone happy and to keep activity up is organising a RP conference about an Antargic Treaty. Something to divvy up the terrority, while also leaving room for others. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antarctic_Treaty_System Check RL for inspiration. http://www.ats.aq/e/ats.htm If possible I would like to safeguard some area for future claimants in Marenesia and Aurelia, the two continents which are closest. Parties involved People to invite (in order of appearance): ISTC EOS @The Eurofuhrer everyone else involved Takes the lead If they are willing, I wish to leave this in the capable hands of the ISTC. Please take this opportunity to RP the negotiations. It will be much more interesting than just OOC. It can also reveal some nice IC drama for us to re-use later.
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    [OOC] Scramble for Antargis

    Brief followup. I'd like to get this started. I understand IC @Prymont is busy with the aforementioned elections. I'll open with the agenda, followed by discussion, and ending with slicing up Antargis. Just need a location where this takes place, so it can be "the Xplace Declaration" or similar. If no-one else steps up to be the host, we'll re-use the previous location at EOS island. No need to RP travels nor arrivals. Thanks.
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    Roiters » Know. Now.

    Home | Orioni | World | Business | Tech | Science | Culture | Health | Sports Alert: Prisoner escape in Meda MEDA -- Police in the eastern city of Meda report that prisoner Warner Habitami escaped during transport his to the courthouse this morning. The escapee is on foot and was last seen on Ajonar Avenue while attempting to steal a car to further his getaway. The street was empty after this night's new year's celebrations, our local correspondent reports. Local police have launched an extensive search of the area in a bid to find Habitami. Police are also warning the public to remain vigilant. It is advised to not leave unattended cars unlocked or with the engine running. Warner Habitami is a white male with short hear and beard, wearing a regular prison outfit of pink jeans and shirt. He may still be handcuffed in the front. He speaks with an obvious Rohinese accent. In 2010, Habitami was sentenced to 15 years in prison. During the worst of the financial crisis, according to prosecutors, he had approved the concealment of hundreds of millions in losses in RITZ-scandal. Habitami lied about the value of his bank’s transfer but other bankers behaved far worse. Habitami’s former employer, for one, had revised its past financial statements to account for these losses and more. Surprisingly, he would earn the distinction of being the only financial executive sent to jail for his part in the financial crisis. Police emphasize these clear instructions: DO NOT leave unattended cars running. Area residents and business, BE VIGILANT while this aggressive search is underway. Should you spot him: Call 1-1-3 with your location and DO NOT APPROACH.
  11. CARTOGRAPHY of EUROPA Satellite image of our RP world (July 11th, 2017) 1. Introduction This is an explanation of v4 of our regional map. It is a continuation of v3, which was expanded into a full globe in 2017. We started with the original landmass of v3, established relative sizes of our world, and added more continents to the remaining area. This project became v4. Map of Europa v4 (2017-present) Map of Europa v3 (2006-2017) Map of Europa v2 (2004-2006) Map of Europa v1 (2004) 2. Qualifying for the map There are some minimal rules you need to adhere to before applying for a place our map. These rules are fairly straightforward. Be in Europa. You must have a nation in our region. Be on this forum. Register an account and join the community. Be active in RP. This is no place for lurkers. At minimum create a factbook here and maintain a news agency there with at least 3 articles. Be not a dick. Ignoring these qualifications will sadly see your application ignored as well. Sorry about that. 3. Applying for the map While it was possible in previous versions to simply lay claim to any open piece of land, we decided to exchange this for negotiated placement that makes more sense. We are now working with culture zones, where you will be somewhat related to your neighbouring nations. This will prevent situations where, for example, you have a France-like nation next to a Japan-like nation. What information should I send along with my request? Your answer to these questions will help to determine the position of your nation. Culture. Is your culture based on RL Europa, Africa, Asia, Arabia, islander, or other? Climate. Is your nation warm or cold? Is the weather wet or dry? Location. Is your nation on an island or coastal or inland or landlocked? History. Is your nation younger or older than 300 years? Copy this form into a new topic and fill out your request. Nation in Europa: Flag: Capital name: Capital location: Factbook link: Newsroom link: Culture: Climate: Location History: You will receive 2-3 options of where your nation can be located. These options depend on your answers to the above questions and similar nations already on the map. Please understand that this is an open negotiation. 4. Resizing your nation Expansion is always a hot topic. The same goes for removing nations. Be sure to read 4.1 Reduction Shrinking a nation happens when it ceases to exist. Usually, you are granted a grace period some weeks to return. After a long absence, your nation will be reduced to the area around your capital. Your nation will be considered to be in crisis. An exception can be granted for nations with a considerable contribution to RP. 4.2 Expansion Growing your nation has to be earned. More RP activity means you can end up with a bigger nation. We don't give away land to players who are inactive. If you want to apply for more land you can make a case for it in a new topic. If the RP community and cartographer agrees, then your request can be negotiated and approved. Your closest active neighbour(s) must agree. The cartographer must agree. The RP community must agree (simple yes/no poll) in exceptional cases. As tempting as it is to expand when your nation hits both the post and population parameters to do so, I must remind everyone that any and every expansion must be properly RP'ed for. This doesn't mean a one-post mention in your news thread, but a proper thread which goes through your acquisition of that land. Here are some examples of previous expansion RP's that can serve as an inspiration. Example RP's: Terra Nullis or how I learned to stop invading and love the Theodolite by @Gallambria Securing our Holy coast by @Sa Hara Ugeria's bankruptcy by @Jilderen Collapse of Abyssioan Government. Peacekeepers are sent in to secure a previous player's nation. Operation: Hammerfall. One nation reacts to terrorists attacking from an adjacent plot, and reacts by invading it. Other nations didn't agree and sent military forces. Plot 21 Incident. A nation of one alliance expands into the sphere of influence of another. Nearly went nuclear! Don't be afraid to be controversial or reluctant to stir up trouble. In fact, this is often the best way, as it means that the much more fun can be had. Maybe you're taking over a plot that was originally another player-nation? You could RP the fact that that nation had recently fragmented and you're going in to "pacify" it. Or perhaps the plot you've got your sights set on has always been vacant. In this instance, there could be a minor regime with an opposite political ideology to your nation's, sponsoring terrorism within your borders. Time to invade and scrub out those communists/fascists-supporting terrorists! Just because your nation is expanding, it doesn't mean that every nation will automatically agree. In fact, the majority of wars in this region, whether minor or major, have originally been started over nations expanding. This is perfectly valid and, to a point, does reflect real-world tendencies, as some nations resent others moving into their spheres of influence. 4.3 Or just don't On a final note, I must add that when your nation does get big enough to expand into another plot, it doesn't mean you absolutely have to expand. If and when you do wish to take over another bit of land, be prepared to have a proper reason and story thought through to explain this expansion, as well as the fact that other nations may not accept it.
  12. Orioni

    Map v4: Applications & Releases

    Map: https://i.imgur.com/FyZIJ7y.png Added: @Tikva in West-Alharu, with 4 cities Edited: Removed 1 city for @Rihan Added 6 cities for @Alenveil Moved 1 city for @Bulgenstaz Added 2 cities for @PyeMcGowan (I couldn't properly fit the city Nova Marina in there)
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    Request: Island Trading City of Chionia

    @PyeMcGowan I'll draw a clear border between the north and south island, to distinguish who owns what. @Alenveil I'll add the city as Chionia as you described.
  14. Orioni

    Expansion Ahrana

    @Ahrana Feel free to share a link to your expansion RP.
  15. OOC: As far as I'm aware this lore is being continued by @Cristina. With permission, I would like her to decide whether these treaty applications may continue or not. Re-opening and awaiting feedback.
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    The Front Desk

    @Rhodellia It's my pleasure to inform you about your graduation from candidate to full RP member. Congratulations! You now have access to the main RP forums. You can also decide which of your trial RP's you want to keep and expand upon.
  17. Hello crew. @Adaptus @Gallambria @Iverica @Sunset Sea Islands @Tagmatium Rules @Variota Earlier today on Discord there was some discussion about writing quality and mentoring new members. This seems to be a regularly recurring topic of discussion. I may have found a solution which I'd like to share here first for discussion by RP mentors. A note on transparency. Once we are all satisfied with the proposal, this discussion will be moved to the public help area and become visible to the community. 1. Entrance level: what's the difference? Right now anyone who registers can join the RP forums. I am proposing that we have two tiers of RP players. The names have not yet been decided. apprentice / novice / newcomer / starter adept / capable / proper / standard / intermediate / established This follows an existing model of skill development: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreyfus_model_of_skill_acquisition 2. Sandbox RP forum: how does it work? Members in this 1st level can post in the sandbox forum. Here they can show off their writing skills to the community, while also receiving feedback and guidance. Members in the 1st level cannot post or comment in the main RP areas. This is to prevent inexperienced players from jumping into ongoing stories. This should serve as a win-win for everyone involved, since it would prevent any annoyances or backlash. Access to the main RP areas is unlocked by graduating from the sandbox. 3. Graduating from the sandbox: what is required? How long does someone stay in this 1st level? Depending on the quality and feedback they can graduate to become a full member. An already experienced player will have no problem writing their way through this trial. Graduating will grant access to the main RP areas, where more interaction is possible. How is graduation determined? You will be expected to write your first RP on your own. This should serve as an introduction to your nation. Some examples are listed here. Each RP in the sandbox can be rated using the stars system. Staff and mentors will also share guidance to help you improve. A change in leadership. This can come in many forms: a peaceful election including debates; the death of one and coronation of another monarch; a revolution and overthrow of the government; etc. A tourist visits your nation and describes the sights and experiences. What is there to see? What are the people likes? Which cuisine do they enjoy? What happens to the RP's in the sandbox? These RP's are not directly part of our canon, but they can be promoted if the community agrees the quality is good enough. 4. About this proposal To move this idea forward, I'd like to explain the process. This serves as a guideline. We can be flexible if more time is required. 25-30 October: moderator feedback 31 Oct - 27 Nov: community feedback 27 Nov: decide names and labels 27 Nov - present: setup sandbox, create roles, update rules January 21: evaluation
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    Sandbox RP forum for newcomers

    Since this experiment began, it looks like @Rhodellia is the first member to successfully go through the application process. He'll be upgraded from candidate to full member. The theory behind the idea was logical, but it wasn't clear at first how this would work in reality. Our RP mentors all did an excellent job providing behind the scenes feedback. We'll take what we learned here and improve the application process. In particular: For the candidate: what exactly is required, which feedback can you expect, how long does it take? For the community: how to deal with trial topics that don't yet fit the canon.
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    [Academy RP] | Commuting in Rhodellia

    OOC: Nice writings @Rhodellia. This is different than your previous stories. Less meme, more story. The quality is certainly there. Nice writing.
  20. For 2019 I'm planning a small tourism RP. Its focus is to explore the cultures and sights of nations in Argis and Alharu. This will be semi-open depending on which nations grants a tourism visa to my character. The title is a pun on Mr Smith goes to Washington but other than the name this has little to do with politics. Story Mr Hidad Simizi has reached the pension age of 66 years. Unfortunately, his wife of Isla Raisi died in 2014. The couple had been married since 1971. His three children have all left the house. For the last 5 years he has been putting some money aside and now he wants to see the world. He is making plans to visit Argis and Alharu, collectively referred to here as "Alhargis". (If this works out well and Mr Simizi survives the trip, perhaps he might visit more places in the future.) Character Profile Hidad Simizi is a 66-year-old former tradesperson's assistant who enjoys watching television, baking and he is obsessed with photography. His other hobbies include jigsaw puzzles, knitting, football, cycling, donating blood. Backstory. Hidad has three children from his late wife Isla: daughter Halliye (born 1975), daughter Gloriya (born 1980) and son Jabril (born). He grew up in an impoverished working-class neighbourhood. After his mother died when he was young, he was raised by his father. He finished school and then left academia. Hidad's best friend is another tradesperson's assistant called Elmer Oweni who nicknamed him "Lazy Hidad". The two men have a very fiery friendship. He also hangs around with his neighbour Patsy Neali. They enjoy watching television together. Character. He is giving and friendly, but can also be very thick and a bit lazy. He is an Orionii man who defines himself as straight. Appearance. Physically, Hidad is slightly overweight but otherwise in good shape. He is short with brown skin, black hair and black eyes. He has a small moustache. He is allergic to milk. Countries to visit Once it's clear which countries are open to tourism, I'll have him apply for a Visa in each of these nations. If you're open to a visit, please start by filling out this form with additional details. VISA APPLICATION FORM * Requirement: (yes/no) * Max. duration: (days) * Health requirements: (which) TOURISM GUIDE * Top cities: (city names) * Sights worth seeing: (historical buildings, special places, parks) * Cultural events taking place: (what, where, when, how many days) * Getting around: (airlines, public transportation, taxi) * Local cuisine: (what to eat and drink, what to avoid) * Sleeping: (hotels) Itinerary Right now I'm thinking of having him visit Alharu and Argis from west to east. It really depends on which nations are welcoming enough to grant him a tourist Visa. @Andalla Can I start out by having my character travel via Arkhavn? Confirmed visits: Andalla (layover) Fulgistan
  21. Orioni

    BS News Channel

    Good evening all you good looking viewers. This is Bron Urgundy and you're watching Big Story News. IT'S MY HONOUR to announce that Henry Redmond, former prince of @Seylos and current leader of Monarch, has officially been named the winner of this news channel’s Sexiest Man Alive Competition for the year 2018. Prince Henry has won this accolade thanks to his devastatingly handsome features, trendsetting haircuts, his ability to charm his friends and his unparalleled ability to sow discord in Seylos and his strong sturdy frame; this Seylos-bred heartthrob is every woman’s dream come true. Blessed with an air of power that masks an unmistakable cute, cuddly side, Henry has made this newsroom’s editorial board swoon with his impeccable fashion sense, and of course, that famous smile that literally spells "to die for". He has that rare ability to somehow be completely adorable and completely macho at the same time. And that’s the quality that makes him the sort of man that women want, and men want to be. He’s a real hunk with real intensity who also knows how to keep an activist busy. Thanks to tonight's announcements, Henry joins the ranks of those famous prior "Sexiest Man Alive" winners, which include: 2018: Henry Redmond 2008: Yusama bin Muthaqal 1998: Augustus Bizimungu 1988: Salman Qussayn 1978: Trok Kek Yuk 
1968: Ho Qi Namh 1958: Park Il Sung 1948: Joseph Stalman 1938: Adenoid Hynkel OOC: Another joke story because Redmond is tied to win our poll for biggest baddie in 2018. Voting ends tomorrow. All other names on the list are also based on RL tyrants, butchers or dictators.
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    BS News Channel

    About the news channel Big Story News Channel (BSN), also known as BS News, is an international cable and satellite news television channel. The live news channel has reporters stationed all across Europa, but broadcasts primarily from studios in Meda, Orioni. As of February 2015, approximately 94,7 million Europan households (81.4% of cable, satellite & telco customers) receive the Big Story News Channel. Modern smart televisions automatically detect the station, will set it as default on channel 4. BS News is owned by the Wolf Entertainment Group subsidiary of 21st Century Wolf. About Bron Urgundy Bronald "Bron" Joseph Aaron Urgundy (OOC: Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy) is a five-time (local) Emmy Award-winning journalist and the main anchorman for the BS News Team. He enjoys success as the number 81 news station in Europa and routinely attends parties to celebrate this accomplishment. Bron is arrogant, egotistical, superficial, narcissistic, and pretentious but always confident and well-dressed. He is a keen flute player, specifically jazz flute. He is incredibly proud of his apartment, claiming it has many leatherbound books and smells of rich mahogany. He loves poetry, a glass of scotch, and his dog, Baxter. About this topic [OOC] This news channel produces completely fake news reports, with a lot of bias and attention for conspiracy theories. I figured we needed something less serious. Feel free to posts fake stories from your own nation as well. Here are some nice tools to help you. Everyone is welcome to post IC comments and escalations. And who knows, maybe Bron Urgundy will call you out during one of his next episodes.
  23. Orioni


    For Christmas 2015, I put together a nice card with everyone on it. http://z7.invisionfree.com/Europa/index.ph...post&p=22052814 Moving forward, I was thinking of creating a new one for everything month of 2016. We'd just need to find some topics. Your ideas are welcome. Just copy the below list and add your own ideas. Multiple ideas per month are welcome, so we will have more to choose from. There is plenty of time for the January version. January: Europa founder's day (9th) and our 12th birthday February: Valentines Day (14th) March: start of Formule 1 racing RP April: April fools day (1st) May: June: start of summer (21st) July: beach theme? August: olympic games? September: October: Halloween (31st) November: December: holiday wishes (24th)
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    Leave of Absence

    I'll be AFK for the Christmas holidays while visiting my family back home. But I'll be back on the 28th. I hope you all have a good time as well!
  25. Friends, Europans, countrymen, lend me your ears. It's been a very busy year for all of us. This community we all share has evolved into a place where good writing and shared amusement is valued and appreciated. Not a day goes by without something fresh to read. If you ever feel like it's becoming a problem to read everything, know that's you're not alone. We've really stepped up our game here. Massive thank you to all of you! And this December, to finish the year on a high, we'll collect those stories that made us laugh and cry the most. As @Iverica wrote so eloquently last year: "What better way to cap off the year, than with Europan democracy bluntly dictating standards to rub in your face!" Nominations This year we'd like to do this a little differently and open up the list to public nominations. So you can tell everyone about that great story you wrote that went underappreciated. You can nominate more than one. Here are the categories we'll re-use. There are also two new ones: about culture/sports, and about our most promising new member. [Pax Eurthica] Which nation is the most peace-loving nation in the region? [Big Stick Dick] Which nation do you think is likely to declare war on you at the drop of a pin? [The Pushitzer Prize] Which news agency have you found to be the most realistic? [Bron Urgundy Award] Which news agency do you get the most giggles out of? [Fully-Diplomatic] Which well-written diplomatic event do you think has made a significant impression on the world? [Business Cat] Which well-written event or series of events do you think has been the most significant in global trade? [Moving the Goalpost] Which well-written cultural or sports event do you think has been the most entertaining? [Leading the Green Scene] Which event or resolution do you think has had the best results for our environment? [Ms/Mr Congeniality] Which RP character do you find to be the most likeable? [Lex Loathor] Which RP character do you like the least? [Notable N00b] Which member that joined in 2018 deserves our special recognition? Are you low on inspiration? Have a look at the topics in "Our picks". http://www.europans.com/ourpicks/ Timing These are the steps we'll follow 8-18 December (10 days): nominations are open 19-29 December (10 days): voting on all nominations 30 December (1 day): winners are announced, our annual email goes out