YOUR RP NATION Full Name of Nation: The Commonwealth of Shaelen
Government type of nation: Government largely based on Georgian-era England but a tad more absolutist should the needs of the story warrant it.
Culture/ethnicity of your nation: I'm still fleshing that out, as this is a new idea for me. I'm envisioning a combination of French and Scottish cultures. Given the substantial cultural exchange between the two states in the early modern period, there is significant literature out there which is helping guide my formation of a unified and distinct culture. Names will be primarily French, however.
Give us a short description of your nation: I am envisioning Shaelen as a protagonist state, in as much as one can be. I would prefer that Shaelen be an island nation; however I am open to anything. If so, the sea is of extreme importance to Shaelen, with the navy being of paramount importance to protect imports and exports while large fishing fleets trawl the surrounding territorial waters to provide much of the country's staples. Its government is run by Queen Ailia III of House Taulbert, a dynasty which has been in power for approximately four centuries. The country is largely wealthy, with cities lined with ancient but well maintained Gothic revivalist architecture (inspired by Glasgow, where I went to uni). The population is of medium size but densely populated given its island location.
Do you have an IIWiki page?: No, to be honest I hadn't really thought anyone used that anymore since Max introduced the integrated factbook/dispatch system; even then, most IIWikis had been replaced by factbooks on the NS forum by 2011 so I'd largely forgotten that site existed.
WRITING EXPERIENCE How would you describe your level of experience in regards to roleplaying? Significant.
How would you describe yourself? I'm a fun, nice guy. I love rugby, videogames (I'm a software engineer at a large gaming firm now), and playing Warhammer. My favorite RPs to write are smaller scale war RPs. The large scale ones are fun too, but especially in NS where troop numbers are in the millions or even billions the human character is lost. I like to portray operational level combat but also offer the human story too.
RP/Writing samples (if available already): https://forum.nationstates.net/viewtopic.php?p=25244269#p25244269 <- this was from a thread meant to supplement ongoing threads during a significant regional war. It didn't really advance the plot but was one I enjoyed writing immensely.
Do you wish to have a mentor assigned to you to help guide you through the start of your time here?: Unnecessary.
NATIONSTATES Why do you want to join this region?: I'm looking to start over; I just feel that I have done all that I reasonably could with my old nation and at this point have no interest in reviving it. After 10 years of RPing effectively the same thing, against the same enemies, with the same politics, with no justification for changing it without significantly and negatively impacting other people's work, I just feel its better to start new. I looked through several regions after making this and the last thing I wanted was to join a region where RP is primarily done through an RMB, I never enjoyed that. I don't remember now if I received a recruitment TG or if I happened upon this region through search, but either way I felt that this was what I'm looking for. I may dislike RMB RP but I'm very open to offsite; I've participated in Greater Ixnay, 21C, and a few others over time.
Have you ever had trouble with any moderators?: Yes. In the interest of honesty: While RPing with Greater Ixnay, I played a country Havenic Israel. I was in Ixnay for years and everything was fine. I had to leave for some time and when I came back per regional rules I had to choose a new location on the map, also not a problem. I adjusted my country's canon appropriately, and almost immediately another country declared war on me for what can only be described as RL anti-Semitic reasons. Being Jewish, I was offended but kept that to myself. Either way, they were part of the largest regional power bloc, and I had always played a non-aligned state. As I was losing the war, with no help, I threatened to use nuclear weapons on the other country as well as to all of that power bloc's capitals, to pressure them to end the war. This translated into an OOC issue where I refused to backdown as I hadn't wanted or agreed to the war in the first place. The mods were unsympathetic, arguing that I was unnecessarily antagonizing other players, and I voluntarily left the region as a result. This was, I believe, in 2013. Other than this incident, I have never had an issue with any moderators and feel myself to be very even tempered; I don't mind losing, in fact it can be more fun than winning. I only acted how I did in the above story because I was behaving how any country would, and refused to backdown because I felt it was illogical to do so.
Do you have any prior experience on NationStates? If so, give a brief accounting of it.: I primarily RP'd as the Afrikaner Free State of Wanderjar from 2006 to 2015, approximately. I've come back periodically since, but as stated above I feel I've done all I can with it. I had always been a protagonist nation, and to give my country a darker edge I reoriented my canon from a Germanic kingdom to one based on apartheid era South Africa. I have RP'd with a few other puppets simultaneously. In 2004 I had made a country that I believe was called Highlands Kingdom but lost interest in it. I did FT RP with a Warhammer 40k themed nation called Blood Pact and used that from 2005 to 2009 if I remember correctly. I also had Rejected Regents (RP'd as Republica Regencia, a post-Spanish colonial state) which I played some, as well as Havenic Israel mentioned above.
Are you currently or do you plan to be a member of the NationStates wurld Assembly? I am currently a WA member.
Looking forward to playing with you all!