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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Welcome to the Forest! Feel free to stay a while! There are many soft beds of moss under the trees.
Welcome back! (Did you meet Uan or Mcclandia in the NS non-being void?) :-)
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.).
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.
Chief of Staff of XKI
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.
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 ~
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.
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,
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.
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!
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
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