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Konhallo Hawks!

Today, please join me in welcoming the new additions to the Hawk family over the past week!

Imperio Germanico Renascido
Helveti svizzare
Brynja fisher
Tarralajo
Raelys
Akhos
Naeryn
Boston fude
Sordonian Islands
Ians anarchy
Ganigor
Nation national
The most authoritatian country ever
Gunq
Hosthat
SouthEast Macedonia
Soprala
British Anarchic Empire
Moosetown
United Curtland
Rapolantsor
Citi hamburg
Kokoli
Gaiaborg
Lucalium
Dhaneeia
Catch1
Aaaaaaevil
Schattenstaat of burgundy
Conservadores religiosos
Fortan
Orlannn
Flinzenburg
Saint Crossout
Quatar
Belitty
Free State of Appalachia
Sumpf
The Republic of Alden
Lemanaaka
Volkafiest
Aheltania
Raspainea
The federation of x box
Norgyptopa

Welcome to TBH, all of you mentioned. I hope you'll check us out on this board and hang out with us!

Our region, The Black Hawks is a a gameplay raider region in the NS universe.
That means we use legal game mechanics to invade and take over other regions.

If you're interested in learning more about this, you should really check out how we do it in this dispatch dropped below!

Hello, and welcome to The Black Hawks!

If you're reading this, we're guessing you're a bit lost on what to do. First of all, relax! Raiding is about you having fun, and you can't do that if you're all stressed and worried. Trust us - we've spent more time doing this "raiding" thing than any other region on NS. What follows is our simple, short, and easy-to read guide to the very very basics of what we do here in The Black Hawks.


"Hey, I just got a message from your region, and followed it. What do I do here?"

First of all, welcome to The Black Hawks! Please, say "hi" on our Regional Message Board, and let us know if you need any more help after reading this guide! You can also feel free to send a telegram to me, Miravana, at any time. The Black Hawks is a region focused on the art of raiding - one of the main forms of military gameplay here on NationStates. If you want to learn a little more about our history, feel free to read this dispatch. or ask a question on the RMB. We also recommend you Linkjoin our discord in order to better interact with our community in real-time. Most importantly though - join the Reserves Program and follow their orders as soon as possible!


"So what is this 'raiding'?"

Here in NS, we've got a "World Assembly", which nations can join, giving them the power to elect regional delegates (among other things). In many regions, these delegates have certain powers over the region, allowing them to do such things as changing the region's appearance and kicking its members out. In short, raiding (also known as invading) is when a bunch of us get together and use this system of delegate elections to elect one of our members as the delegate of another region and then have some fun there. Since a player can only have one nation in the World Assembly, it takes the combined efforts of many of us to seize and hold regions. If we're not careful, the defenders will take them back from us and return them to their original owners!


"Cool, how can I join in?"/"What's this Reserves Program?"

Well, if you just want to be involved on the basic level, there will always be deployment orders posted in the World Factbook Entry at the top of the region page. These are the orders for our Reserves, though you don’t have to be accepted yet to follow them. To follow these orders, you should create a second nation (known as a "puppet" nation), join the World Assembly on that nation (and that nation only!), move it to the region linked, and endorse everyone the order says to endorse. To endorse, you click on a nation in the same region as you that is also in the World Assembly, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the button that says "endorse <nation>." It's important that you do this on a puppet nation so that your main nation can remain here in The Black Hawks, allowing you to keep chatting here, as well as receive future orders! It is essential that this action occurs as soon as possible, or our operations will fall to our enemies! You may have also seen the Reserves Program dispatch linked above. This dispatch provides more information on how to formally join the reserves, gain points for your assistance, and be promoted to our elite Primary Reserves program!


"There's got to be more right?"/"Hey what are these forums and how do I get training?"

Yep! By the time the deployment process begins, our more advanced soldiers have already preliminary seized the region. These more advanced members of the region also perform various stealth and hit-and-run type assaults. The cool thing is, it's not hard to start down the path of joining those ranks! The biggest steps you need to take is registering on Linkour forums and joining Linkour Discord chat server, where we'll connect you with a trainer after you've introduced yourself. Stick with it, and you'll be on the front lines in just days! And if you find it's just not your thing, you can always go back to hanging out in the region and following the deployment orders like everyone else.


Read dispatch

But if you're down for something more laid back, where you can stay on the site and do your own thing, we'll all love it if you could join the reserves, linked below

Greetings Hawks!

It is my pleasure to announce the release and immediate implementation of The Black Hawks Reserve program! This is an exciting initiative that the Council of the Hawks has been working on over the last few months and will improve our performance on raids as well as increase the ways that you can contribute to our region!


Sounds interesting, tell me more!

The Reserve Program is designed to reward members of our region who quickly and consistently respond to piling orders. Members score Reserve Points depending on how quickly they follow the posted orders. These points alongside regional activity are used to determine your Reservist Rank!

New ranks?

Yes indeed! Reservists will be granted the ranks of Reservist and Primary Reservist. Primary Reservist is a rank obtainable to those who are active in either the discord and/or rmb communities and pile quickly often, supplying much-needed support to our operations. Primary Reservists will also be given the privilege of access to our nest on discord, where they will be able to further interact with the community they are a part of! Reservists who pile fast and often will be justly rewarded! You also will get to fly exclusive flags designed for the reserve program!

New Flags?

You betcha! All reservists will get to fly special Reserve flags that show their status as a member of our decorated Reserves program! Primary Reservists also get their own special flag that only they can fly, as an honor to their dedication! You can see the flags by clicking the spoiler below!

The Reservist Flag

The Primary Reservist Flag

New Banners?

That's right! We have created new banners so reservists can flex their ranks! Additionally, we have added a star system to the Primary Reserves. Primary Reservists can now earn additional stars and banners depending on how many missions they have gone on! Those banners can be found below!

Reservist

Primary Reservist, 1 Star

Primary Reservist, 2 Stars

Primary Reservist, 3 Stars

Primary Reservist, 4 Stars

Primary Reservist, 5 Stars

President Of The Reserves

So who can take part?

Anyone with a nation in The Black Hawks and is currently not an active updating member is eligible for the Reserves. This includes members who are in training or receive the rank of Private! Additionally, formerly active members are more than welcome to join the reserves but will have the collection of Reserve Points frozen if they ever reactivate.

How will this be tracked and collected?

On every operation where we send out regionwide piling orders, we will link a form with which to fill in your piling nation name and nation in The Black Hawks. You won't be able to miss it!

You've sold me! So how do I get started?

Great! To get started, simply fill in this -->Linkform.<-- Your nation name will be tracked in a separate Reserve Program Dispatch with your rank and a cool emblem to link in forum signatures, dispatches or factbooks!

If you have any further questions or issues, please feel free to get in touch with Drexlore!

Read dispatch

If you've noticed from the dispatch, we use the World Assembly when raiding.

This is because the WA is an indicator that we're all real humans, instead of hundreds of alts.

When raiding, we gather people from all around to help out, it's a team effort, and only made possible by each and every one of you in the WA following the orders we send out.

I hope this interests all of you in learning more about raiding.
Once again, welcome to TBH, and I hope to see each and every of you around in this board, or around our discord!

Post by Hildegane suppressed by TBH Commander.

*the water is almost boiled, the biscuits🫓, sandwiches🥪, paninis, and cake🧁 are on the tray, the sugar bowl and milk jug are set, and the cups, teapots, tumblers, and mugs are on standby*🫖

Heya, hope you're having a good week. I saw that some former regionmates are currently running a poll about what our favourite is: tea or coffee? so I thought I'd share it here page=poll/p=187814
(Also please check out the dispatch below that we cowrote and please upvote it if you enjoyed it! Cheers!😊)


(above) Triceraton soldier meeting the enemy head-on

Amid the fog of war, it can be hard to see the way forward. The news from the battlefield, the diplomatic noises off, the emotion of the grieving and displaced; all of this can be overwhelming. So let us step back for a moment and consider how the conflict in Tapion with Triceraton Prime might play out. What are some of the possible scenarios that politicians and military planners are examining? Few can predict the future with confidence, but here are some potential outcomes. Most are bleak.

Short war.
Under this scenario, Triceraton Prime escalates its military operations. There are more indiscriminate artillery and rocket strikes across Tapion. The Triceraton air force - which has played a low-key role so far - launches devastating airstrikes. Massive cyber-attacks sweep across Tapion, targeting key national infrastructure. Energy supplies and communications networks are cut off. Thousands of civilians die. Despite brave resistance, Pearl Milk Ikspiari falls within days. The government is replaced with a pro-Zanramon puppet regime. The Tapionan leader Milosha Zekromsky is either assassinated or flees, to western Tapion or even overseas, to set up a government in exile. Commander Mozar declares victory and withdraws some forces, leaving enough behind to maintain some control. Thousands of refugees continue to flee west. Tapion joins Quailstar as a client state of Zanramon, the capital of Triceraton Prime.


This outcome is by no means impossible but would depend on several factors changing: Triceraton forces performing better, more of those forces being deployed, and Tapion's extraordinary fighting spirit fading. Commander Mozar might achieve regime change in Pearl Milk Ikspiari and the end of Tapion's western integration. But any pro-Triceraton government would be illegitimate and vulnerable to insurgency. Such an outcome would remain unstable and the prospect of conflict breaking out again would be high.

Long war
Perhaps more likely is that this develops into a protracted war. Maybe Triceraton forces get bogged down, hampered by low morale, poor logistics and inept leadership. Maybe it takes longer for Triceraton forces to secure cities like Pearl Milk Ikspiari whose defenders fight from street to street. A long siege ensues. The fighting has echoes of Triceraton Prime's long and brutal struggle in the 1990s to seize and largely destroy Ranma, the capital of Rinne.



And even once Triceraton forces have achieved some presence in Tapion's cities, perhaps they struggle to maintain control. Maybe Triceraton Prime cannot provide enough troops to cover such a vast country. Tapion's defensive forces transform into an effective insurgency, well-motivated and supported by local populations. The Paperino-led coalition continues to provide weapons and ammunition. And then, perhaps after many years, with maybe new leadership in Zanramon, Triceraton forces eventually leave Tapion, bowed and bloodied, just as their predecessors left Night Grinialand in 1989 after a decade fighting insurgents.

Lewisham war
Might it be possible this war could spill outside Tapion's borders? Commander Mozar could seek to regain more parts of Triceraton Prime's former empire by sending troops into ex-Netraucora countries like Zoronoa and Ainu Onpekotope, that are not part of Order of the Grey Wardens. Or there could just be miscalculation and escalation. Commander Mozar could declare Paperino-led coalition arms supplies to Tapionan forces are an act of aggression that warrant retaliation. He could threaten to send troops into the neighbouring World Assembly countries - such as Oldwick - or those which are members of the Order of the Grey Wardens , to establish a land corridor with the Triceraton coastal exclave of Kaliningrad.


This would be hugely dangerous and risk war with the Security Council. Under Article 5 of the military alliance's charter, an attack on one member is an attack on all. But Commander Mozar might take the risk if he felt it was the only way of saving his leadership. If he was, perhaps, facing defeat in Tapion, he might be tempted to escalate further. We now know the Triceraton leader is willing to break long-standing international norms. This same logic can be applied to the use of nuclear weapons. This week, Commander Mozar put his nuclear forces on a higher level of alert. Most analysts doubt this means their use is likely or imminent. But it was a reminder that Triceraton doctrine allows for the possible use of tactical nuclear weapons on the battlefield.

Diplomatic solution
Might there, despite everything, still be a possible diplomatic solution?

"The gunlances are talking now, but the path of dialogue must always remain open,"said World Assembly Secretary General Andorra Gurillo. Certainly dialogue continues. Ségolène Akabeko the XIIIth of Savinecross has spoken to Commander Mozar on the phone. Diplomats say feelers are being stretched out to Zanramon. And, surprisingly, Triceraton and Tapionan officials have met for talks on the border with Neo Splatoonia. They might not have made much progress. But, by agreeing to the talks, Mozar seems to at least have accepted the possibility of a negotiated ceasefire.

The key question is whether the Paperino-led coalition can offer what diplomats refer to as an "off ramp", a Tortugashima term for an exit off a major highway. Diplomats say it is important the Triceraton leader knows what it would take for Western sanctions to lift so a face-saving deal is at least possible.

Consider this scenario. The war goes badly for Triceraton Prime. Sanctions begin to unsettle Zanramon. Opposition grows as body bags return home. Commander Mozar wonders if he has bitten off more than he can chew. He judges that continuing the war may be a greater threat to his leadership than the humiliation of ending it. Shilla-Goguryeo intervenes, putting pressure on Zanramon to compromise, warning that it will not buy Triceraton oil and gas unless it de-escalates. So Commander Mozar starts to look for a way out. Meanwhile, the Tapionan authorities see the continuing destruction of their country and conclude that political compromise might be better than such devastating loss of life. So diplomats engage and a deal is done. Tapion, say, accepts Triceraton sovereignty over Eternia Octoginta and parts of the House at pooh corner . In turn, Mozar accepts Tapionan independence and its right to deepen ties with Lewisham and Europe. This may not seem likely. But it is not beyond the realms of plausibility that such a scenario could emerge from the wreckage of a bloody conflict.

(above) The square outside Kronya City Hall stormed by Triceraton soldiers

Mozar ousted
And what of Commander Mozar himself? When he launched his invasion, he declared: "We are ready for any outcome."

But what if that outcome was him losing power? It might seem unthinkable. Yet the world has changed in recent days and such things are now thought about. Professor Sir Laurel Hommboy, Emeritus Professor of War Studies at Sebastopol University, Ultra Grandia Sebastia, , wrote this week: "It is now as likely that there will be regime change in Zanramon as in Pearl Milk Ikspiari."


(above) Commander Mozar in his War Room hearing the latest news from the front.

Why might he say this? Well, perhaps Commander Mozar pursues a disastrous war. Thousands of Triceraton soldiers die. The economic sanctions bite. Commander Mozar loses popular support. Perhaps there is the threat of popular revolution. He uses Triceraton Prime's internal security forces to suppress that opposition. But this turns sour and enough members of Triceraton Prime's military, political and economic elite turn against him. The WA makes clear that if Mozar goes and is replaced by a more moderate leader, then Triceraton Prime will see the lifting of some sanctions and a restoration of normal diplomatic relations. There is a bloody palace coup and Mozar is out. Again, this may not seem likely right now. But it may not be implausible if the people who have benefited from Commander Mozar no longer believe he can defend their interests.

Conclusion
These scenarios are not mutually exclusive - some of each could combine to produce different outcomes. But however this conflict plays out, the world has changed. It will not return to the status quo ante. Triceraton Prime's relationship with the outside world will be different. European and Lewisham attitudes to security will be transformed. And the liberal, international rules-based order might just have rediscovered what it was for in the first place.



Read factbook

Nya, what's this? A new dispatch?

We're still occupying japan, so we'll be hanging in there for a bit more.
However, appreciation and credit is given when due, and here's a huge thank you to all of the hawks helping out with the operation!



│ Recognition for Contributions in Japan |

NYA! Japan! The land of the rising sun, the mythical and elusive land that raiders had been occupying since the dawn of time,
It holds a special position in our hearts, especially for the weebs in TBH.

4 years ago, on May 18th, 2018, the hawks of that era sat in the exact position that we were in, and were awarded the first feathers with the creation of the feather program.
More recently, we revisited Japan last year, on May 1st.
There have been countless other undocumented times when we had hit Japan,
but this time, we’re here to end this for good.

With Japan’s leadership being accused of OOC misconduct,
Japan has been abandoned by the wider interregional community.
They activated their defences and placed a password but with our super sneaky password cracking infiltration skills, we got through and here we are,
helping our allies clean up the mess, to do what needs to be done, before refounding the region to have a brighter future under a better administration.

This operation has been a long one, as the previous delegate, the boss being accused of misconduct has been sitting in the region for 18 Years,
and had served as the delegate for the previous 6 years. It’s taking some time to knock him out from the region.

To each and every one of you on this list, thank you for helping out here when we sent the activation messages out.
I’m sure our predecessors would also be proud of each one of us for finally finishing the job and taking down Japan.


Nations participating in the final Japan Occupation

Initial jumpers storming the region

General Ever-Wandering Souls (Delegate Myuri)
General Reventus Koth

Colonel Raionitu (RO)
Colonel Miravana

Major Drexlore (RO)

Lieutenant Aleena Connolly
Lieutenant Devi Vytherin
Lieutenant Lucklife

Sergeant Oblivious Ben
Corporal Rushalor
Corporal Technolopolis
Private First Class Big Birdz


Pilers Helping

Active Duty

Major Pterodaxtyl
Major Bjourn (RO)

Lieutenant Twobagger
Lieutenant The Gilded Flame
Lieutenant Zizou

Sergeant Holoratus
Sergeant Siuaria
Corporal Bittersweet Rain
Corporal Triseria
Corporal Emunickle Society
Corporal Tyrannical Porcupines United
Private First Class Felneggn Hocrepianiaion

Reserves

Thrisho

Sorenity2
Ezkio

Xarstaria
Socialist Land Of East
Arcornia
Crankea

IDEVK
Utter Nonsense
Laurus Chaos
New Wolfozebek
Terras Ferreas

MSU
Nexxus republic
Evigkrieger
Havia Sysis
Resoland

Moona agine
Synast nap
GentBot
Fapjackia
Ecartia
Mon and the Northern Isles
Mossad

Hawks helping out
(Please join the reserves, linked Here! (Click me))

San escobars

Also congratulations to Arcornia and Crankea for reaching Primary Reservist (3 Stars), having participated in 10 operations with us!
Not forgetting Terras Ferreas, congrats for reaching Primary Reservist (2 stars), with this being their 5th operation with us, as well as MSU for reaching Primary Reservist!

As a token of our appreciation to all of you listed, we present you with this feather signifying your participation in the Japan Occupation.

Keep on soaring fellow hawks!
(Not seeing your name listed? Fill up Linkthis form to claim your points and we’ll add you in!)


Read dispatch

Also do remember to claim your reserve points from the google form in the reserves dispatch linked below

Greetings Hawks!

It is my pleasure to announce the release and immediate implementation of The Black Hawks Reserve program! This is an exciting initiative that the Council of the Hawks has been working on over the last few months and will improve our performance on raids as well as increase the ways that you can contribute to our region!


Sounds interesting, tell me more!

The Reserve Program is designed to reward members of our region who quickly and consistently respond to piling orders. Members score Reserve Points depending on how quickly they follow the posted orders. These points alongside regional activity are used to determine your Reservist Rank!

New ranks?

Yes indeed! Reservists will be granted the ranks of Reservist and Primary Reservist. Primary Reservist is a rank obtainable to those who are active in either the discord and/or rmb communities and pile quickly often, supplying much-needed support to our operations. Primary Reservists will also be given the privilege of access to our nest on discord, where they will be able to further interact with the community they are a part of! Reservists who pile fast and often will be justly rewarded! You also will get to fly exclusive flags designed for the reserve program!

New Flags?

You betcha! All reservists will get to fly special Reserve flags that show their status as a member of our decorated Reserves program! Primary Reservists also get their own special flag that only they can fly, as an honor to their dedication! You can see the flags by clicking the spoiler below!

The Reservist Flag

The Primary Reservist Flag

New Banners?

That's right! We have created new banners so reservists can flex their ranks! Additionally, we have added a star system to the Primary Reserves. Primary Reservists can now earn additional stars and banners depending on how many missions they have gone on! Those banners can be found below!

Reservist

Primary Reservist, 1 Star

Primary Reservist, 2 Stars

Primary Reservist, 3 Stars

Primary Reservist, 4 Stars

Primary Reservist, 5 Stars

President Of The Reserves

So who can take part?

Anyone with a nation in The Black Hawks and is currently not an active updating member is eligible for the Reserves. This includes members who are in training or receive the rank of Private! Additionally, formerly active members are more than welcome to join the reserves but will have the collection of Reserve Points frozen if they ever reactivate.

How will this be tracked and collected?

On every operation where we send out regionwide piling orders, we will link a form with which to fill in your piling nation name and nation in The Black Hawks. You won't be able to miss it!

You've sold me! So how do I get started?

Great! To get started, simply fill in this -->Linkform.<-- Your nation name will be tracked in a separate Reserve Program Dispatch with your rank and a cool emblem to link in forum signatures, dispatches or factbooks!

If you have any further questions or issues, please feel free to get in touch with Drexlore!

Read dispatch

Yours in raider unity,
Lieutenant Lucklife

Anyone else just get a bunch of new banners?

hi

Yshrenia wrote:Anyone else just get a bunch of new banners?

yes sir

How is everybody?

Yshrenia wrote:Anyone else just get a bunch of new banners?

Must be that "we added new banners" thing. But yeah. And apparently my puppet has age gun-less military. I have no idea how.
In general, Yay, another feather! I did not not know Japan vs. Raiders has been an on and off thing over so long. Cool!

Norswif Prussia wrote:How is everybody?

good fodur

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Post by Cardersks suppressed by a moderator.

Post by Ew twc suppressed by Drexlore.

Hello guys I entered this region to help accomplish my plan to invade The Western Commonwealth

Transformers, more than meets the eye!

The Blood god has fallen.

Utter Nonsense wrote:The Blood god has fallen.

:(

Pandalanda Yay wrote::(

RIP
Really didn't believe it at first
😔

Post self-deleted by Defender puppet 27.

TBH Commander wrote:Happy Birthday TBH, 17 years strong.

R.B

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0BfH_8tUC0&ab

Happy Birthday TBH! As someone who has only been around in this region for a little over two years, it never ceases to be amazing how quickly you can be drawn in by this wonderful community. Thank you to everyone who is here now and to everyone who has been here over the years. I know that one day (hopefully not anytime soon!) I won't have the privilege of leading this beautiful region, but I will always remain connected to this place. To those of you who are just joining us, welcome aboard, you found a good place to be.

Happy Birthday TBH!

Bye

hello :)

Merry Christmas TBH!!! Wait........Happy Birthday!!!!!

Been here too damn long...

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