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Entitize wrote:Does anyone know what happened to Uan aa boa?

No idea. But perhaps we can deduce some things.

Their last RMB post was 71 days ago and they CTEd 21 days ago, so there isn't time for them to have CTEd during vacation mode. So their last login must've been 49 days ago. That's a 22 day gap where they were still around but didn't post anything, and before which they were still fairly engaged (going so far as to create a new despatch a week earlier).

It could just be something as simple as being busy, as 70 days ago here in the UK non-essential shops were able to reopen, but the post below makes me concerned that maybe a family member contracted covid.

Uan aa boa wrote:And so begins week two of combining work from home with school from home. It would actually be the school holidays now if things were normal but we're carrying on with some light and as fun as possible educational stuff for at least a couple of hours a day. The Destroyer of Worlds doesn't seem to mind more than she minds everything in these increasingly hormonal times, and she's not overburdened with other things to do.

The charity I work for is still doing stuff, albeit not face to face, but given my largely administrative role I can work from home. This is probably wise as our daughter has a congenital respiratory condition, but after much agonising my partner is carrying on with her NHS job. We were watching the news with doctors from around Italy and the surrounding countries heading to Lombardy to volunteer on the front line despite hundreds of healthcare staff having caught the virus. It doesn't seem the time to jump ship. There's no definitive information on the likely effect of the virus on The Destroyer of World's condition, but a couple of weeks before lockdown she brought home a medal from a regional cross country championship, so we have to trust in the fact that she's pretty healthy.

As a family we're relatively fortunate since we're both likely to continue getting paid throughout the crisis, which is certainly not the case for many in a community whose main source of income is tourism. The UK government is offering to pay 80% of the salary of workers who are put on hold rather than laid off, but the application process isn't live yet and no payments will come through until May. Few employers are buying into this. You need cash flow, trust in the government and goodwill towards your employees and not many have all three of those. At work we're affiliated to a local food bank and demand has rocketed.

We're also fortunate that our house backs onto open moorland with trees and a stream running down to the rocky shore, giving us space to roam with social distancing.

The working day finishes with calls round a list of isolated service users to see how everyone's holding up. The penultimate person reminds me that in 1945 she was a child in Hamburg and asks if I think she's frightened now. It's a fair point. The final one tells me that my colleagues and I are all angels. I have a definite feeling I've mislaid my harp.

Shalotte wrote:I missed Ransium stepping down.

It feels like someone just kicked me really, really hard in the status quo-organ, and I didn't enjoy it.

It reminds me of this really, really comfy sofa I used to have. It was a beautiful thing, scruffy but smart at the same time, and it rested peacefully in my living room for years. I loved it to bits, and the best part was that it wrote all of these United Nations resolutions and a solved a bunch of issues that all combined to immeasurably improve the world around us to boot, but eventually DFS had a sale on and I had to say goodbye to it. Five days before I realised that DFS even had a sale on in the first place.

The new sofa from their Ruinenlust range seemed like a worthy successor, but I had to sit on it for a while before I was sure.

I'll confess to the analogy running away from me fairly close to the beginning there; I was trying to say "thanks Ransium, good luck Ruinenlust!"

I say that Ruinenlust is a Sofa King couch!

While we're on the topic of individual nations CTEing and stepping down and all that, I miss Mcclandia. I think he had an alt after he got deleted for flaming on the Forest board but he hasn't commented here in months and I'm pretty sure he either moved or got deleted again. I miss threatening his people with nuclear strikes.

Turbeaux wrote:I say that Ruinenlust is a Sofa King couch!

Forest as a whole is like that one nice couch in the department store full of couches that are nice but not really your thing, so you get the nice couch and bring it home and it's all you use for years and years.

I dunno. I find Forest's community to be at the perfect pace for me to participate in while not feeling left behind in a slew of other RMB messages or watching as the region slowly dies out as everyone moves on to the bigger regions.

Lousykitty wrote:While we're on the topic of individual nations CTEing and stepping down and all that, I miss Mcclandia. I think he had an alt after he got deleted for flaming on the Forest board but he hasn't commented here in months and I'm pretty sure he either moved or got deleted again. I miss threatening his people with nuclear strikes.

Mcclandia's new nation was McClandia Doge 2. It CTEd 10 days ago.

After being gone for way too long, I'm back!

Chan Island wrote:Looks like you've got a good backstory for a NationStates-based comic book super villain there.

Fortunately, Steam recommended INFRA ("for fans of Portal and Firewatch") and I got it thru the weekend sale with minutes to spare.

I'm far too busy figuring out how to repair water treatment plants (again!) by opening random valves and punching random buttons and dying randomly in what looks like two feet of water... [deep breath] ...to have time for super villiany.

GLaDOS didnt even kill me this much.

EDIT: So I just picked up again in the Act 2 water treatment plant where I rage quit last night, and behold! The door I was trying to open last night while flicking random buttons and valves was now suddenly open! I don't know how or why, but I rush madly through the open passage. What about the achievement for making the treatment plant operational again? Fu*k it! The escape is open. Jailbreak! This vaguely German and/or Finnish (?) municipal infrastructure inspector is going to get the hell out of here, plant be damned. He's long suspected that headquarters has been trying to kill him, sending him on all these absurd Indiana Jones-like assignments. All he wanted was a quiet desk job, rubber-stamping blueprints and the like. It's probably that bastard in Accounts. Never liked that guy. Anyway, now it's just a matter of survival. The premise is thin, the story is silly, and the voice acting is awful, but none of that matters now. Escape! Soon this torment will be over. Just one more godforsaken sewer...

Heyo guys, update from TSP (a bit slightly overdue, sorry)

Our Prime Minister Nakari has resigned. (note can be found here: https://tspforums.xyz/thread-8565.html). Special elections are currently underway in order to elect a new Prime Minister.

Also, our Minister of Regional Affairs, Seraph, has also resigned (note: https://tspforums.xyz/thread-8613.html). However, since he resigned after the halfway point in the term, the cabinet has appointed Penguin to fill out the rest of her term (note: https://tspforums.xyz/thread-8630.html)

Also, I appear to not have congratulated Ruinenlust on his ascension to the delegacy, congratulations!!! And, may retirement from the delegacy treat you well Ransium, 13 years on this game is impressive, let alone as delegate.

Now, on the topic of CTE'd nations. Kinda fills one up with nostalgia. I mean, it's someone who either got bored of the game or real life dragged them away. I definitely always wonder what they were like, their interests, etc. Idk, I'm kinda weird though :p

Shalotte wrote:The new sofa from their Ruinenlust range seemed like a worthy successor, but I had to sit on it for a while before I was sure.
I'll confess to the analogy running away from me fairly close to the beginning there; I was trying to say "thanks Ransium, good luck Ruinenlust!"

Candlewhisper Archive wrote:I, for one, welcome our new sofa overlord.

Raccoon Creek wrote:This may be overdue, nevertheless thank you Ransium for the many years in which you have served as Forest's WA Delegate. No doubt your successor has big shoes to fill. That being said, Ruinenlust congratulations on your selection as Forest's WA Delegate.
-Mont/Raccoon Creek

I Like Fire wrote:Also, I appear to not have congratulated Ruinenlust on his ascension to the delegacy, congratulations!!! And, may retirement from the delegacy treat you well Ransium, 13 years on this game is impressive, let alone as delegate.

Haha, I have turned into "your long-suffering living room furniture" in addition to the delegacy and foreign office. When will it end?! ;-)

But seriously, thank you to everyone! The level of support from our fine community is amazing. We have such a wonderful group of people here.

Entitize wrote:Does anyone know what happened to Uan aa boa?

Outer Bele Levy Epies wrote:Mcclandia's new nation was McClandia Doge 2. It CTEd 10 days ago.

I Like Fire wrote:Now, on the topic of CTE'd nations. Kinda fills one up with nostalgia. I mean, it's someone who either got bored of the game or real life dragged them away. I definitely always wonder what they were like, their interests, etc. Idk, I'm kinda weird though :p

It's unfortunate that both Uan aa boa and McClandia Doge 2 have ceased to exist. We have lost a number of nations over the past few weeks. Maybe I'm mistaken about this, but it has always seemed to me that we have a dip in activity over the summer, and that things pick up again in the fall.

I must admit, any departures or lapses in activity over the past several months inevitably make me worried, and the concern has at some point gone towards all but the few most active members.

Drewish2 wrote:Hello nations of Forest Iím just a traveler, I hope I have a good time here.

Welcome to the Forest! Feel free to stay a while! There are many soft beds of moss under the trees.

Terropo wrote:After being gone for way too long, I'm back!

Welcome back! (Did you meet Uan or Mcclandia in the NS non-being void?) :-)

Ruinenlust wrote:Maybe I'm mistaken about this, but it has always seemed to me that we have a dip in activity over the summer, and that things pick up again in the fall.

Yeah it usually gets quieter over the summer, but with everything going on this year there seems to be less of a delineation between summer and not summer.

Ruinenlust wrote:

We have lost a number of nations over the past few weeks. Maybe I'm mistaken about this, but it has always seemed to me that we have a dip in activity over the summer, and that things pick up again in the fall.

I must admit, any departures or lapses in activity over the past several months inevitably make me worried, and the concern has at some point gone towards all but the few most active members.

Well, seeing as I have summer camp in the summer I sometimes cte then. (My activity usually picks back up with the school year.) I wanted to take a long break in light of the current situation; but now that Iím going back to high school I am back on NS. Congratulations Ruinenlust!

Hello forest friends. You probably heard that several regional discords were destroyed by a griefer today, XKI's among them. We're still working on getting set up again and of course if you've been banned you are welcome back in(You should have been contacted about it personally by now.).

Greetings my fellow NS members. As some of you may have heard, today 10000 Islands was targeted by a person impersonating a member of our Discord moderation team. This impersonator was able to gain access to our entire discord server by impersonating an offline moderator, to the detriment of our region.

This impersonator, once having access to our server, engaged in a destructive action that left our entire server destroyed. All information within our server since it was created in late 2016/early 2017 has been destroyed and is beyond retrieval. Over a dozen members of our server were also banned by them, and we are working on contacting them in order to re-invite them. We ask that the community please have patience while we work go fix what has been destroyed, and if you know anything please contact us.

Thank you,
Kuriko
Chief of Staff of XKI

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Mingulay isle wrote:Hello forest friends. You probably heard that several regional discords were destroyed by a griefer today, XKI's among them. We're still working on getting set up again and of course if you've been banned you are welcome back in(You should have been contacted about it personally by now.).
Greetings my fellow NS members. As some of you may have heard, today 10000 Islands was targeted by a person impersonating a member of our Discord moderation team. This impersonator was able to gain access to our entire discord server by impersonating an offline moderator, to the detriment of our region.

This impersonator, once having access to our server, engaged in a destructive action that left our entire server destroyed. All information within our server since it was created in late 2016/early 2017 has been destroyed and is beyond retrieval. Over a dozen members of our server were also banned by them, and we are working on contacting them in order to re-invite them. We ask that the community please have patience while we work go fix what has been destroyed, and if you know anything please contact us.

Thank you,
Kuriko
Chief of Staff of XKI

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I can't believe that people gave control of the discords to someone claiming to be the alternative account of a nationstates moderator especially XKI who you would think would be more savvy, it's like giving your bank details to a Nigerian Prince who wants pay some money into your account

Forrester wrote:I can't believe that people gave control of the discords to someone claiming to be the alternative account of a nationstates moderator especially XKI who you would think would be more savvy, it's like giving your bank details to a Nigerian Prince who wants pay some money into your account

They were claiming to be a alternative account of one of our discord moderators, not a nationstates moderator. A very trusted member of our community, who wasn't on at the time to expose the lie.

Forrester wrote:I can't believe that people gave control of the discords to someone claiming to be the alternative account of a nationstates moderator especially XKI who you would think would be more savvy, it's like giving your bank details to a Nigerian Prince who wants pay some money into your account

That seems like a major oversight. Though considering Greater Dienstad and Tidewater were also deleted, and assuming it's all perpetrated by a singular individual, they must have been a damn good impersonator, have a very persuasive technique, or admins just didn't suspect foul play and couldn't/didn't check to make sure it wasn't a random before granting mod powers.

And yeah, it was a discord mod, not a game mod. I doubt even a game mod can just waltz up anywhere and get mod on discord, which makes these incidents all the more unexpected. Fortunately, our discord only has 1 mod.

Congratulations Ruinenlust and Ransium. 😂

~ Official Government Post ~

Dear Friends,

With a final vote tally of 23-3, we have voted to close embassies with Evergreen Conifer, an officially defunct region.

And finally, we come to part three of three, with our requested vote to close embassies with another officially closed region, The Federation of Anarchist Communes.

Mozworld wrote:When Futaba Aoi and Evergreen Conifer are out of the way, can I also propose closing The Federation of Anarchist Communes aswell, since they say Region Closed in their WFE.

Mount Seymour wrote:Evergreen Conifer and FAC are reasonable because they have officially closed down.

If you look at their World Factbook Entry, the first thing says, "### REGION CLOSED###". Also, the penultimate RMB post says as much.

I think this vote nicely wraps things up for the time being, but if anyone has any other proposals, please let me know.

Your long-suffering Foreign World Affairs Sofa Assembly Branch Delegate,
Ruinenlust

Atsvea wrote:That seems like a major oversight. Though considering Greater Dienstad and Tidewater were also deleted, and assuming it's all perpetrated by a singular individual, they must have been a damn good impersonator, have a very persuasive technique, or admins just didn't suspect foul play and couldn't/didn't check to make sure it wasn't a random before granting mod powers.

And yeah, it was a discord mod, not a game mod. I doubt even a game mod can just waltz up anywhere and get mod on discord, which makes these incidents all the more unexpected. Fortunately, our discord only has 1 mod.

From my experience, a lot of regional admins are just far too trusting - especially in UCRs. The one thing you need to do if you're an admin is to verify everything by telegrams onsite. It's essentially 2 Factor Authentication as it requires the impersonator to also have access to the nation they're impersonating.

Kuriko wrote:They were claiming to be a alternative account of one of our discord moderators, not a nationstates moderator. A very trusted member of our community, who wasn't on at the time to expose the lie.

Trust, but verify.

I keep getting issues about boxing matches.

w h y

Hopefully the incident that happened in XKI will teach regional admins to be more carefull. Also for some reason they havent announced who the impersonator was even though supposedly they have been found and banned from XKI.

Drewish2 wrote:Hopefully the incident that happened in XKI will teach regional admins to be more carefull. Also for some reason they havent announced who the impersonator was even though supposedly they have been found and banned from XKI.

The impersonator is known and identified.

We don't need more people piling on and giving tips to XKI on how they messed up and how they could've done better. They very well know their own situation, and frankly anyone could fall for it. Be a little more empathetic to a region that just lost years of its history!

Mount Seymour wrote:The impersonator is known and identified.

We don't need more people piling on and giving tips to XKI on how they messed up and how they could've done better. They very well know their own situation, and frankly anyone could fall for it. Be a little more empathetic to a region that just lost years of its history!

When was I being not empathetic? I just said that what happened will show people be more careful, like you said anyone could fall for it so isn't it better to not let people fall for it again?

Central ninjago city

New West Indies

Turbeaux wrote:The NWI has some nice things to say about us.

N W I . G O V


H O M E P R E S S R E L E A S E S

P R E S S R E L E A S E

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

To plant an Acorn
Announcing Embassies and Nuclear Collaboration with Forest

Dear readers, may you be New West Indian, Forester, or simply curious,

It is a great pleasure and honour to announce that, following a landslide poll in Forest and acceptance by the Department of Foreign Affairs, an embassy will be opened between Forest and the New West Indies. The Embassy will hopefully mark the beginning of a close partnership between our two regions.

Forest is the kind of region about which one can only offer praise. They are a large but tight-knit and compassionate community; they uphold principles of democracy and equality between nations. Most of all, they have had previous contacts with Evergreen Conifer, and have shown particular interest in the well being of the Coniferan community here. This is a region that has shown that it cares for those it calls its friends, even when they are outside their borders.

This would have never been possible without the hard work of Turbeaux/Green Bowers, known here as Forest Breeze, who has been particularly supportive of the embassy, and was of invaluable help in furthering the NWI's candidacy. It fills me with joy that they accepted to represent Forest here, and it is without hesitation that I receive their credentials to be the Ambassador of Forest to the New West Indies.

In the New West Indies, the Honourable Secretary of Foreign Affairs Funky Goats deserves to be called an architect of this partnership, having dialogued with Forester representatives and shown leadership in the Coniferan Remnant community by collecting the thoughts of fellow Coniferans on the embassy with Forest. Make sure to gift a shrub to our favourite goat next time you stumble upon them in the lush meadows of the Indies!

To serve as our Ambassador to Forest, it made the most sense to appoint a former Coniferan with knowledge and understanding of Evergreen Conifer's positions, and someone who understands the value of Culture in a partnership. Central ninjago city, a Co-Founder of Evergreen Conifer and a former Minister of Culture there, stands as an obvious choice. On the advice of Secretary Funky Goats, I am proud to accredit Central Ninjago City (also known as Craei Theau) as the Ambassador of the New West Indies to Forest.

I will also take this occasion to congratulate Ruinenlust for ascending to Forest's delegacy. It is a secret to nobody that Ransium left a particularly large pair of shoes to fill. Ruinenlust is, by all measures, one of the most capable individuals to fill it, and their long time commitment to Forest, coupled with their diplomatic skill and experience, makes them likely to be a great successor to Ransium. On the behalf of the entirety of the New West Indies, the Office of the Secretary-General wishes Ruinenlust and Forest a prosperous and constructive time at the Delegacy.

Citizens of our two regions will very soon be able to see the benefits of this friendship. Mount Seymour/Somyrion was generous enough to invite the New West Indies to join The Potato Alliance at the next N-Day5 event. N-Day is a Nationstates event that involves a nuclear war, where regions can team up and either protect each other, bomb each other to oblivion, and often both. To better understand what this impending Nuclear war is, check out these two dispatches:

page=dispatch/id=874170

page=dispatch/id=1422773

The Potato Alliance is a super-faction with many different nations from different friendly regions, from our friends in Forest to Spiritus to the North and South Pacifics. All are friends, and all are determined to make it to the first row of NS' ranking. While you will all get more information very soon, reading the above dispatch will already give you an idea of what will be happening in late September.

With that, I hope you will join me in congratulating the new ambassadors and celebrating the establishment of Embassies with this cultural and environmental powerhouse, but also a adorable patch of green in the multiverse that is Forest!


23 AUGUST, 2020
The Rt. Hon Celestiam, OSE OIF OIN
Office of the Secretary-General



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Published: August 23, 2020
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Additionally, I would like to welcome Central ninjago city as their ambassador to Forest. They served in EC's government (in the roles of co-founder and Minister of Culture) as Craei theau, so they are already familiar with us.

It is an honour and privilege to serve as the N.W.I ambassador to the region of Forest. I thank the people of this great region very much for voting in favour of opening embassies with the New West Indies and Turbeaux who has worked so hard to make this possible, through their hard work and communication this has been made a reality.

A little bit about me: I was a four-term Foreign Minister in the past but I've never served as an ambassador strangely enough, so this is quite new for me. I'm very glad that Forest is the first region I'm an ambassador for, it is indeed quite a task for such a large active region but I'm sure I'll be able to get comfortable and begin in no time. Back to my story, I joined Conifer as Craei Theau in late 2018 after...disagreements with my old region and absolutely loved my time there. It was truly home and all Coniferans were so welcoming. It was a region where I felt like there was a place for me and one that I could never leave. In sudden succession/transition talks in late 2019 I became Minister of Culture. Later on I became co-founder and we eventually merged with the New West Indies, thanks to the efforts of Karteria (Secretary-General of the NWI at the time) and the co-founder Central Birdland. I'm proud now to serve as the ambassador of the NWI to a region that many of us there have so much in common with.

A bit about me as a person: I come from Eastern-Europe and spend most of my day either reading the news from there or just refreshing the website to see if anything new happened. I love politics, at this point I basically LIVE for politics. Otherwise, I spend most of my day at a local protest or watching movies. I live for politics and movies (more martial arts movies) and LOVE Ninjago. Speaking of movies/animation, I love Yuri on Ice and would like to become a figure skater one day and then a local councillor. At this point I realize what a sad life I have...

Why Iím glad to be here: Forest is a region that holds many values that are close to my heart and I'm sure that we'll get along very well. I'll spend the next while just exploring the discord, forum, constitution and all the culture-related documents. I'm so impressed to see this region values its culture and has put a lot of effort into creating an environment as well as managing and observing it and noting every detail. I'm also quite excited to look through the regional history and get in touch with all the Forestians (I hope that's the correct demonym). Iíve recently created a nationstate to reside in Forest and to actually get to know the culture and experience the events. It would be a shame not to get into all that Forest has to offer, so much hard work that I really admire.

Feel free to contact me on discord: Incomparable Kai #1841
OR
Contact me by telegram, either through my main (Central Ninjago City) or the nationstate I just moved in: Greater Wolven City.

Hope to chat with you all soon,
Central Ninjago City

Central ninjago city wrote:... all the Forestians (I hope that's the correct demonym).

Oh, don't you ignite that debate again!

It is Forestians, of course. "Denizens" also works when you're being a bit more informal. "Foresters" is simply horrendous. ~_^

Mount Seymour wrote:Oh, don't you ignite that debate again!

It is Forestians, of course. "Denizens" also works when you're being a bit more informal. "Foresters" is simply horrendous. ~_^

Sasquatch. "I'm a proud Sasquatch."

Big Footed. "I'm proud to be Big Footed.

Sasquatches. "Here come the Sasquatches."

Duh.

Does anyone have insight into the failing vote to Repeal Commend Evil Wolf?

As of this writing, we are divided exactly 50-50 on the proposal. Needless to say, I have not yet voted.

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