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    Safar al-Bey

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  1. Hello! The spot labelled C seems an good spot for Ekar. In such case, it'd probably lie on the south of the easternmost island, on the Ygros Sea. Does that sound acceptable?
  2. Nation in Eurth: Free City of Ekar Flag: Capital name: Ekar Capital location: Coastal (city-state) Stats Chosen: Population: 58,730 (Low) GDP: $44,270 p/capita nominal (Very High) Land Area: 50 km2 (Low) Factbook/iiwiki link: IIWiki (currently sandbox) Culture: Heavily influenced by Arabic (especially Levantine) cultures around the eastern Mediterranean. Climate: Dry, hot summers and cool winters (Köppen climate classification Csa, or a hot-summer Mediterranean climate). History: A formerly important port in antiquity, Ekar has been annexed, occupied, and a tributary of numerous regional powers and empires throughout it's long history. This has left a diverse and multi-religious city-state in its wake. Desired Location: No specific desired location, although it seems a spot in Memopotamia would make by far the most sense.
  3. Statistics Population: 58,730 (Low) | GDP: $44,270 per capita nominal (Very High) | Land Area: 50 km2 (Low) My goal for Ekar is twofold – to explore and create the history of an ancient city and port that, through it all, has survived to the present day, and to look at and create the issues and challenges this state faces in the modern day, namely income inequality, corruption, and how a microstate (especially a very diverse one) can stay relevant among much larger neighbours. An important focus is also how Ekarrians in the present day struggle and concern themselves with their history, be that the lingering memories of colonialism, or struggles about identity and pan-nationalism in a country where what and who are "Ekarrian" has and continues to change and adapt. Inhabited by possibly the 2000s BCE, the port city of Ekar was, during antiquity, one of the most notable ports in the region, supplying much of the ancient wurld with initially copper, and later one dyes and luxury foods, such as figs and dates. By the 1500s BCE, the city had emerged as a major trading post, and had established a number of smaller colonies, forming a thalassocracy in [Insert bordering sea here]. This projection of power only lasted for a few centuries however, as Ekar and its colonies were absorbed and annexed by larger and growing entities, and Ekar itself bounced between the vassalage of various states and empires for the remainder of antiquity, and into the Medieval period. Despite this, Ekar’s position as a trading port helped it to develop a unique and cosmopolitan society, as well as the financial support needed to become a centre of learning through its university. Although Ekar’s prosperity as a trading hub waned towards the 17th to 20th centuries, the city became more known for the development of a early tourism industry that turned the city, then a colony of Europan power, into a playground for the rich and famous. The construction of Ekar’s casino and the legalization of gambling in the early 20th century only cemented this reputation into the present day. The Ekar of 2021, although very different from the Ekar of antiquity, has some things in common. Diversity and a cultural separateness from its neighbours, even if most Ekarrians speak the same language as them, define the city-state’s continued existence. Although Ekar till maintains that reputation of being the playground of the wealthy, income inequality is a major (id seldom discussed) issue for those living in the city-state, and corruption has started to halt governmental institutions from functioning properly. Ekar’s stability is one of its greatest assets given its small relevance on the wurld stage and it’s at-time volatile population, but when that stability begins to crack, how will the politicians, magnates, and average people of this small country change and adapt, if at all?
  4. “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 66th annual Ekar Regatta. Please take your seats and-” John pushed the butt of his cigarette into the ashtray, looking out over the balcony. Although the heat brought along with it a slight haze, the bay was in full view, showing scores of sailing boats lining up for the start of their race. On the shore, metal stands and balconies held a horde of people, all who John assumed were sweating to death as they pushed into each other to get better views. “Jesus Christ, it has to be above forty at least, right?” Turning his head, John was met with the reddened and sweaty face of Michael. Still in his light grey suit, the middle-aged man dabbed at his balding head with an embroidered handkerchief. “I still hate how you drag me here every year. You’re not even a boat guy.” John chuckled as he adjusted his collar. “I’m not, but we’re also not here for the boats.” “Or the casino, apparently. Couldn’t find you at the tables at all last night.” “I had a dinner engagement with an old friend.” “Well, your loss. Me and Fatima won 10 grand at blackjack. Lost almost all of it later, of course.” “How’s she doing, by the way. I only saw her at the airport.” “Went to her mother’s pretty much after she landed. The old lady got diagnosed with some type of cancer last April, so Fatima’s playing nurse for the week.” As Michael continued to dab, a waiter, hair slicked back and dressed in black pants and white cotton shirt, approached. “Sirs, if you’re interested, we’ve refilled the champagne. It’s inside when you’re ready.” John nodded to the young man, and before turning away from the balcony, checked his phone. Forty-one degrees Celsius. He was smart to take off his jacket hours ago. Returning to the air-conditioned room, John’s eyes scanned the hall. It was for all intents and purposes a higher-end hotel room, stripped of any furnishings outside what was needed for a watch party during the Ekar Regatta. Despite this, very few of the fifty or so guests were looking at neither the balcony where the two businessmen had come from, nor the large flat-screen TV bolted to the left wall. John knew exactly what was going on. This wasn’t a watch party, it was a networking extravaganza. “Remind me how we can get champagne and liquor in a Salamid country again?” John softly asked, as he grabbed yet another glass from the pyramid of champagne flutes that covered the table in the centre of the room. “Long answer? Half of ‘em are Christian, and the other half don’t give a shit about religion ruining a good time. Short answer? Hedonism.” Michael himself had grabbed his own champagne flue, downing the bubbly drink to cool himself off. “Do you want a thesis on how you can gamble here too, or are you just extra dense today?” “No, but I wouldn’t mind a premier on who’s all here.” Eyeing the room, John noticed almost everyone was either wearing a suit, and around half of them didn’t look like they came from Ekar or any surrounding country. “Fine,” Michael sighed as he placed his empty glass down. “I guess I can be of service. See that man, the one with the white beard? Business magnate Bakar al-Sadri. Probably the richest man in Ekar who actually grew up here, heads the largest private law firm in the city. Self-proclaimed pious zealot, but considering the double fisting of champagne, I’m going to say that’s only for the cameras.” “Next to him is Aasim al-Fayad, the director of the National Bank of Ekar. Quiet man, but I have it on record some magnate from Europa’s buttering him up to get a fast-pass to citizenship, which means-” “No income tax.” John continued sipping on his drink. “Bingo.” Michael, his left hand now occupied with yet another champagne flute, points with his right hand to a heavier-set man in a corner. “Bilaal el-Hashemi, Minister of Finance. Rumour says that when al-Bey finally leaves, he’s next up for Prime Minister. I can introduce you, if need be.” “That depends, what can he offer?” “For the right price, his mother, probably. Come on, he’s really a big teddy bear at heart.” Pushing through the crowd, Michael and John weaved their way through the other small groups having their own conversations, before appearing in front of the bespectacled minister. He was much larger up close, as well as smelling of a musky cologne that seemed overpowering in the small room. “Bilaal, may I introduce John Culp. He’s in-” “Property development.” John cut Michael off. The minister, suited in a thick wool jacket, looked at the two paunchy businessmen, before extending his hand for a handshake. “Glad to meet you. Marhabana bikum fi Eakaar. What brings you here today?”
  5. Ekar

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    YOUR RP NATION Full Name of Nation: Free City of Ekar Government type of nation: Unitary constitutional monarchy Culture/ethnicity of your nation: Ekar is predominantly inhabited by Eurth's analogue to Arab peoples, with a small but notable and long-standing not!Jewish minority. In terms of religion, the city-state is extremely diverse, with not!Christians and not!Muslims making the majority of population, with smaller communities rounding out the numbers. Give us a short description of your nation: A truly ancient port, Ekar emerged as a notable and prosperous harbour during the 1500s BCE, and even for a short time was the seat of a thalassocracy that dominated the region and the copper trade, if only for a century or two. By the beginning of the 1st century CE, Ekar's prosperity had waned, and it had already been annexed and passed around by various empires, states, and entities. Despite its status as a vassal to others, Ekar remained an important port, and during the early medieval period emerged as not only an important centre of trade, but also of learning after the opening of a university in the city. Modern-day Ekar is now an independent state, and remains a relatively notable port-of-entry, if much smaller than in its "golden age" during antiquity. Developing as a playground for the rich and famous during the 20th century through legalized gambling and low tax rates, the city-state is now most well-known as a notorious tax haven in the region, as well a high GDP, if concentrated mainly in the hands of a wealthy few. Do you have an IIWiki page?: I do, if a very work-in-progress one. The infobox has the most concrete information, outside of me using Sumerian as a placeholder language (most likely to be changed to the dominate language in the region Ekar ends up in). The overview is much more malleable, as it was made with another region in mind when written before I decided to apply to Eurth. I assume a good portion of that content, especially modern history, will be changed dramatically. The iiwiki can be found here: https://iiwiki.us/wiki/User:Ostry/Sandbox4. WRITING EXPERIENCE How would you describe your level of experience in regards to roleplaying?: I'm been on NS consistently since 2014, although I haven't engaged with the game-side aspects for a while. I've been seriously active in MT roleplay since around 2015, and consider myself relatively experienced, though an old dog can always learn new tricks! How would you describe yourself?: I love collaborative wurldbuilding, and I'm most comfortable with lore-building and slower activities, with some added experience in newsposting and sports RP, although I have tipped my toes in real-time RP and other activities as well. I have a reputation for making interactive elections for my nations, and generally like RPs involving and connecting people and nations together. RP/Writing samples (if available already): I have a few examples I can use. IIWiki page for my most current nation, Saint-Baptiste (almost entirely finished outside of some history): https://iiwiki.us/wiki/Saint-Baptiste A newspost, also from Saint-Baptiste: https://forum.nationstates.net/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=488261&p=37707224&hilit=Levilion#p37511084 An example of running an interactive election, done in January and February 2020 under my old nation of Ostry: https://forum.nationstates.net/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=479002&hilit=Ostry Do you wish to have a mentor assigned to you to help guide you through the start of your time here? I believe I should be fine, but I absolutely do appreciate the help, especially in regards to getting caught up on the region's lore, history, etc.! NATIONSTATES Why do you want to join this region?: Eurth seems like a very organized, active, and calm place to be, and a place where I can still continue my passion of wurld and lore-building in a more mature setting. Have you ever had trouble with any moderators?: Nope. Do you have any prior experience on NationStates? If so, give a brief accounting of it. Yes, Seven years on NS, with four nations and three regions. The RPer behind Lecistan (2014-2015), Pisdara (2015-2018), Ostry (2017-2020), and Saint-Baptiste (2020-Present) Are you currently or do you plan to be a member of the NationStates wurld Assembly? At this time, no. I normally do not associate with gameside mechanics. Anything else?: I believe not! Thank you, and have a great day! 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.
  6. Hello, I'm Ekar! I'm a long-standing NS RPer for a few years now, with a few nations and MT regions under my belt (I'm the guy behind Lecistan, Pisdara, Ostry, and Saint-Baptiste, if any of those ring a bell). I am deciding to join Eurth for numerous reasons, from what looks to be a very active region to numerous ways to RP as a government and nation. My "goal" with Ekar (which I originally wanted to name "Ukar", curse you NationStates naming options!) is to RP and play as a cosmopolitan and diverse city-state heavily inspired by the ancient Phoenician city-states (a la Byblos, Tyre, Sidon, etc.). Part of why I choose a smaller country is a personal fascination with microstates and small entities that often have to be creative or unique to become relevant on the wurld stage, as well as my own personal life might requiring me to "duck out" of RP for some period (I am working towards my second MA at the moment), something I feel is easier with a smaller state. As of now, Ekar is very a work-in-progress, and I am excited to expand on it in the coming days and weeks! Anyways, I hope everyone is having a great day, and don't be afraid to say hello!
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