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Cossack Peoples wrote:
How much rope?

This-- this much!

Ack! Go find it yourself!

You ugly bastard-- hey! You! Over there! Come over here and help me!

Up yours!

The cacophony of voices, in Ukrainian with heavy Cossack accents, rose up from the settlement. In the midst of the orderly brick and steel layout of Kholgon Khadol, the refugee camp seemed as if it were a lesion against the rigidity of the Vedanian city. The section the Cossacks inhabited, isolated from the rest of the city with rusted steel fences, bustled like a marketplace-- hundreds of Cossacks stood around, socializing, or went about the narrow passageways between temporary structures in their missions carrying low-quality government-distributed goods or others hauling all their belongings on rope slings across their backs.

Petya! Petulant boy! Get over here!

I saw those kids down in the industrial section; give him a thrashing!

Ooh! Petya! You’re in trouble!”

Stepping out of the perimeter of the maze of tents and scrap shelters, Artem Belnyk turned and glanced at the madness of the camp from afar; he could not make sense of it within the system, nor at a distance. Hundreds of individuals stationed temporarily in the worst conditions one could get in New Vedan, before finding jobs or new horizons to follow. Hundreds fell in line after them to take their place. He felt as if the FRCP were pricked by a needle, and now all its innards spouted from the pinhole, slowly draining its strength while its ichor fled its responsibility and pooled up here.

It did not peeve him to think of that; after all, he was a droplet of the spout of blood that announced the death of the old order of the FRCP. Artem was a spry, athletic man with thinly-trimmed brown hair in a military cut; over his back, he had a simple backpack that seemed packed to the brim, squeezing the straps over his shoulders. In contrast to the decadence of his homeland, he was young and a forward thinker-- at just the age of 20 and three months he had it in him to illegally void his obligations to the Cossack Army when the fighting started and make for the border after the CFOB offensives in the north dissolved what little flimsy border control the FRCP had. He did not feel like dying for Comrade Smirnov, nor risk dying by the hand of Comrade Smirnov.

He sighed and strode onward, turning down street after street, pausing only at street corners until the sound of the Vedanian city overwhelmed the sounds of the camp. Passerbys gave him strange looks; after all, what were they supposed to think? A lone Cossack straying from the camp without a work visa certainly spelled trouble. But Artem did not intend to stir up any-- he had signed up with the local government for relocation; specifically, he chose to emigrate even further away from the FRCP.

He had some locations in mind, but would go wherever he could with few exceptions; Mussoliniburg was a no-go. He would never end up there. Nor would he by any means immigrate to Dernel, Glorious Society, or Snoodum-- they were either too involved with the FRCP or in the same situation as the FRCP was before the war.

He turned the corner of the sidewalk, the blazing sun, with its heat dulled by the spring, reflected off the street signs and lamp posts in a brilliant light that almost blinded him from his destination; just beyond the flashes of metal was the city hall of Kholgon Khadol. As part of the contract he signed up for, he was to wait there. There were dozens of Cossacks already doing so-- sitting on the curb, leaning on the wall, anxiously walking up and down the steps to the building. He took a place among those against the wall, quietly watching the others. There were old women, toddler boys, broad men in traditional Cossack dress, infant girls, and as he finished his scan across the wall, one man who looked his age.

“Where you aiming for?” The man asked, knocking Artem off-balance. The man had been apparently doing the same kind of idle search, and noticed Artem’s gaze cross his own.

“Me? Northern Rosary Isles.”

The man grunted in approval. “Heard good things about that place-- think you can get rich? I wouldn’t count on myself to work so hard. Myself, I’m shooting for Leonism. Hear it’s an easy ride over there,” The man said. “What’s your name?”

“Artem Belnyk.”

The man stuck out his hand. “Denys Olsenko. You wouldn’t happen to be ex-military, would you?”

Artem chuckled softly. “Technically, still active duty.”

Olsenko raised his eyebrows in either surprise or admiration. “A deserter!”

“Didn’t feel particularly enthused to watch my home turn to dust.”

“Well, I didn’t want to fight, period. You see, I’m an artist, not a shooter. Though I mostly say that because I’m more likely to make minimalist art on the wall than hit the target in front of it.”

They shared a hearty laugh at their shared origin-- then, a bus came around to pick them up. The Vedanians were not the warmest in their handling-- they herded the Cossacks into the bus, sometimes with pushing, then closed the doors and sent the driver on their way. A law enforcement officer stood in the back clutching a nearby railing and a nightstick in the other hand, eyeing the passengers coldly. Once they arrived, they were herded off the bus using the front and emergency rear exit by the law enforcement officer and lined up before the entrance to the airport. Then their papers were retrieved by airport personnel and they were divided based on their preferences and then those with their passports were sent on their way, under escort, while those without waited for a Vedanian one to be issued.

Belnyk waved his briefly-kept friend goodbye as they went their separate ways-- the Northern Rosary Isles awaited.

While for thousands of Cossacks, and the hundreds of thousands to come, their destinations would be diverse-- Cianlandia, Ashoy, Burikinia, Bongrovia, Delta Vega IV, The Sigometh Dynasty, Pettos, Arclandia, Axixic, The Civitas Islands, Debussy, and even former rival Leonism. The Great Cossack Exodus had begun.

News is coming in slowly, but the Bongrovian president welcomes all newcomers!

Cianlandia wrote:Pfft. Well, no stolen Ming Dynasty Vase for you.
How the in the name of all 90+of Ramses' children are you still alive after all this time!??!

Embalming fluid and the blood of newborns.

Divine Egypt wrote:The fawning over Philip is bad enough. Just wait until she croaks it. The UK will fling itself into full-blown pagan grief mode.

Wont be as bad as when a king tried to marry a peasant.

Arclandia wrote:Neither the abolition of legal structures nor complete permissibility reduce crime. Google's third definition of crime is, "an action or activity that, although not illegal, is considered to be evil, shameful, or wrong," and this system seems to include (but not be limited to) that idea within its definition of crime. Having no systems to keep that kind of crime in check means there are a great number of nefarious things taking place among your people without any way of stopping them except to do something equally violent or worse back. Violent sexual assault, lethal theft, home invasions... in lieu of law enforcement or a court system, citizens are left with return-theft, counter-assault, and retributive murder as choices for defense and justice. None of us really need laws to tell us that a society can't maintain itself with those kinds of selfish behaviors present, but it helps to have an intermediary to keep us all accountable for maintaining a balance. This is how we avoid becoming free-dumb in our desire to have freedom.

So we're leading in communism and nobody has insurance‽

Arclandia wrote:Ah, yes, the moral abstraction argument... Unfortunately, as humans in general tend to be a race that, unobstructed and unindoctrinated, develops morals consistent with its own survival and success, we do not exhibit the full range of potential for moral abstraction and do not tend to deviate far from our sense of evolutionary need sans substantial cultural conditioning.

My point was more of in relation to free businesses legalization of most commonly immoral deeds. By legalizing commonly immoral things, you remove the actual consequences of an action, leaving only society to impart such consequences. When it is left to such, society can often be too overbearing or lenient. Usually overbearing as we see with examples like twitter and cancel culture. Society will often let power go to its collective metaphorical head, and do the exact thing it swears to stop. Eventually the consequences cease to come from anyone, those things which are often immoral are no longer considered immoral because to overarching power claiming they were immoral is no longer doing such. Not all of society will take part in these actions, but it will become much more prevalent. Those who would stop and think of possible consequences no longer do such, and act more on impulse.

Aigania wrote:

Absolutely correct, there is a link between the two. You have an awesome environmental stats plus a much better stat in Weather (over the Top 1 %) than even me. And yes, it usually in the issues a dichotomy between culture pursues and military so it is a daunting exercise to increased both the stats.
The randomness of the weather stats it is true, there are some inconsistencies in the way it behaves with some of the issues taken.

P.S. I didn't noticed your awesome weather stat. Curious.

I cannot really explain my top notch weather. If you look at the trend, it has almost doubled over the past two years, along with a general increase in all of my top stats - though fluctuating more strongly than any other of them.

I'm playing to maximize Scientific Advancement and Defense Forces at the same time, with secondary objectives being high Intelligence, Safety, Compliance, Health, Environmental Beauty, Eco-Friendliness and Information Technology and Arms Manufacturing industries. Somehow that has worked nicely, with all stats mentioned being "gold" (in the Top1%) and most of them seem to continue on a slow upward trend. I occasionally accept negative results for these stats when I don't want to lose too many Civil Rights and Political Freedoms or too much Integrity.

Divine Egypt wrote:The fawning over Philip is bad enough. Just wait until she croaks it. The UK will fling itself into full-blown pagan grief mode.

I expect the Queen to outlive Prince Charles.

Moaning Lisa wrote:I expect the Queen to outlive Prince Charles.

Is that the name of one of her grandkids? If so, I agree. Hell, if not, I agree.

Free Market Buisnesses wrote:Is that the name of one of her grandkids? If so, I agree. Hell, if not, I agree.

Charles, The Prince of Wales.

Moaning Lisa wrote:I expect the Queen to outlive Prince Charles.

My sister said that too lol.

Free Market Buisnesses wrote:Is that the name of one of her grandkids? If so, I agree. Hell, if not, I agree.

Prince Charles is her son and heir to the throne.

Leonism wrote:I cannot really explain my top notch weather. If you look at the trend, it has almost doubled over the past two years, along with a general increase in all of my top stats - though fluctuating more strongly than any other of them.

I'm playing to maximize Scientific Advancement and Defense Forces at the same time, with secondary objectives being high Intelligence, Safety, Compliance, Health, Environmental Beauty, Eco-Friendliness and Information Technology and Arms Manufacturing industries. Somehow that has worked nicely, with all stats mentioned being "gold" (in the Top1%) and most of them seem to continue on a slow upward trend. I occasionally accept negative results for these stats when I don't want to lose too many Civil Rights and Political Freedoms or too much Integrity.

I see is quite similar to my priorities sans the emphasis on Defense, and I have also experimented the upward trend in weather as a result, but with greater variations. I suspect my preferences for also Culture / Arts development has hindered the progress in weather. The last issue taken for example was the one about the town in the far north and how to resupply it. And I took an option detrimental to the weather but that has increased slightly my Retail Stat. (I am trying to boost some neglected stats since the space for improvement of the top ones are quite limited).

Anyway an admirable work of improvement.

Well my weather just got worse. Again. Sigh.

Moaning Lisa wrote:I expect the Queen to outlive Prince Charles.

She's going to have to marry Betty White because no one else their age besides them will exist.

Burikinia wrote:My population's 3 billion. Yay.

That's a lot of mouths to feed! And no wonder it's expanded so much - you don't allow abortion. But I saw your national religion is Islam then checked your policies and it made sense.

We're the opposite. We're libertine pagans.

Hraban wrote:Who else here had snow over Easter?

Here. All the more unusual because it rarely snows in N. Germany even in wintertime.

Hraban wrote:Who else here had snow over Easter?

We had the strangest weather: sunshine, sleet, rain, sunshine, hail, sunshine, snow, rain, sunshine... lastest three days.

Elven Pizza Angel wrote:I'm leaving NS for a while, sorry if anyone will need me in that time, ill be leaving because i need to sort out some things in my life.
I'll probably come back later.

Well, would you look at that, it got sorted out really swiftly,
Basically what happened, i got a rare eye disease, and got appointed to a doctor in Brno today, luckily his daughter had the same disease as me.
he made an operation on me and fixed it, but now i have to wear special glasses
So that's my story of how i nearly got blind, now im just color blind and have to wear special glasses
and my condolences to the royal family of uk
REST IN PEACE OUR GREEKO-DANO PRINCE
(wait hes was german? wut.....)

Hraban wrote:Who else here had snow over Easter?

Our weather was lovely this Vernal Equinox. (We didn't embed religion in our culture, so we don't celebrate any deities in our national holidays. We just get really excited about how beautiful nature is and have flower contests and the like.) There were, of course, some minor hiccups at the end of the week when the Cossack Refugees arrived, but we were able to get them moved in and out to the festivities with the rest of us without too much trouble.

The last day for the greatest poll in NS history!

page=poll/p=171620

Pizza toppings! vote now.

Hiya, everyone! Greetings from 10000 Islands. Our diplomatic staff is pleased to present the latest regional report, highlighting XKI news and events from March. Read it here!


10000 Islands Emissary Report

Date: March, 2021
Population: 1130 nations
Delegate Endorsement: 315
Forum: Link10000islands.proboards.com
Discord: Linkdiscord.gg/4uWZbNS

TITO Command

Has your region been invaded, or do you want to get in touch with TITO? If so, contact one of the following nations:
~Chief Executive: Markanite
~Field Commander: Kanta Hame
~Tactical Officers: Shy Guyia, Smugglers and Mercs (TITO EF), Controlitia, Wischland, Sulenia, Flying Eagles
~Executive Officers: Hakketomat, HN67

Government

As of this report's publication, the Government of 10000 Islands consists of:
~Chief Executive: Markanite
~WA Delegate: Wischland
~Senior Senator for New Republica South (Debates and Discussions): Dokansia
~Senator for Lyonnesse East (Houses): Kohnhead
~Senator for Himes West (RP): Zaberaz Hapang
~Senator for Blue Canaria North (Emissary Report): Porflox
~Minister of Education: Free Las Pinas
~Minister of Labor: Wille-Harlia
~Minister of Immigration: Margaux

Information about other government officials of 10000 Islands can be found Linkhere.

March Elections

Wischland was elected in a landslide delegate election, and transitioned to the role soon after announcement of victory. Meanwhile, Zaberaz Hapang secured their bid for Himes West after an uncontested campaign. Finally, Lyonnesse East saw the most activity, with both Porflox and Kohnhead running serious campaigns for the seat. After a close and exciting week of voting, Kohnhead emerged victorious. Porflox was however soon appointed to serve as Blue Canaria North after an opening for the seat appeared following Wischland's successful bid for delegate.

~The Council of Nine repealed The House Continuity and Closure Act due to its redundancy after The House Closure Requirement Reform Act was passed.

Around the Islands

~Porymonia was named featured nation for March thanks to their extremely prolific posting in A Taco Archipelago, our RP region. At more than 27,000 posts, they have posted many thousand times more than anyone else! More can be read here.

~Eastern New England has won our Extraterrestrial Encounter theme contest! You can read more about this Linkhere.

~Congratulations Silvedania on the well deserved Rookie of the Quarter awards! They have been an active poster on the RMB and discord, as well as joining TIBOE to improve regional security! LinkHere is the full statement.

~Our forum has long been overdue for a makeover, and Free Las Pinas has sure stepped up for the job! In an very close voting, they narrowly beat out the competition, and their Pastel Palms theme will soon be the default look of our forum!

Islander Achievements

~10000 Islands's RP region A Taco Archipelago in its just under one year of existence has beaten out 10000 Islands's post count in the past 10 years (since the creation of RMB archives)!

~The Mad Surfer published its last issue this month (here) because of increased Real Life obligations and the increase in regional news bulletins which you can read more about in the article. Thank you Jabberwocky for the continued editorship and the entire staff for creating an amazing newspaper for three whole years!

XKI Game-Side

A regional poll by Jabberwocky asked Islanders what device they'd want to have. Lightsabers from star wars overwhelmingly won, mostly due to islanders having no clue about what the other ones were.

The RMB this month was filled with many insightful conversations, and some more comical ones.

~Are we mining cheese?
~April Fools! Kind of... not really
~The Drew before Drew
~Interesting waste disposal
~My oldest memory is...
~I wisch for a pun!
~I find your lack of derrieres pleasant
~Aliens? No problem!

Until next month, your XKI Update Staff is signing off!
Porflox
Read dispatch

Hraban wrote:Who else here had snow over Easter?

We had flurries of snow but not enough to land.

Leonism wrote:
Here. All the more unusual because it rarely snows in N. Germany even in wintertime.

Same here in Northern Bavaria. It generally snowed more than usual this year. The Easter snowfall melted away really quickly though, because the week prior to easter we had 20+ degrees and a lot of sunshine, so the ground was quite warm still.

Elven Pizza Angel wrote:
Well, would you look at that, it got sorted out really swiftly,
Basically what happened, i got a rare eye disease, and got appointed to a doctor in Brno today, luckily his daughter had the same disease as me.
he made an operation on me and fixed it, but now i have to wear special glasses
So that's my story of how i nearly got blind, now im just color blind and have to wear special glasses
and my condolences to the royal family of uk
REST IN PEACE OUR GREEKO-DANO PRINCE
(wait hes was german? wut.....)

The entire dynasty is German. House Saxe-Coburg Gotha or however the proper name is aligned

Hraban wrote:The entire dynasty is German. House Saxe-Coburg Gotha or however the proper name is aligned

Wasn’t Prince Philip actually royalty in two nations before his marriage to Elizabeth?

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