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The Most Beautiful Environments in The Free Nations Region
World Census researchers spent many arduous weeks lying on beaches and trekking through rainforests to compile a definitive list of the most attractive and best cared for environments.
As a region, The Free Nations Region is ranked 2,890th in the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
|1.||The Constitutional Monarchy of Odysson||Democratic Socialists||“Quasi mane surgimus”|
|2.||The Miniature Vietnam of Municipality of Baria and Vungtau||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Bởi vì tôi có một cái gì đó để bảo vệ”|
|3.||The Scientific Super Colliders of Vostrov||Liberal Democratic Socialists||“First, you must get a cat. Get the Meow.”|
|4.||The Grey Havens of Shaizan||Left-Leaning College State||“Behold! The land of Elves.”|
|5.||The Sunny Land of Moka Pamplemousses||Left-wing Utopia||“Live under the sun, lay under the palm trees”|
|6.||The Absolute Mandated Superstate of Exsorcial||Iron Fist Consumerists||“The Glory of Death Presides in Absolute Martyrdom”|
|7.||The Holy Empire of Denui||Scandinavian Liberal Paradise||“United in diversity”|
|8.||The Federation of Wryte Heer||Democratic Socialists||“Unite in love.”|
|9.||The Keraton Agung of Manoresca||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Anjay Mabar”|
|10.||The Domain of IRTAE||Corrupt Dictatorship||“(Intelligence+Reason) • Technology = Apex of Evolution”|
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- : The Armed Republic of New Anarc departed this region for Wintreath.
- : The Armed Republic of New Anarc arrived from Warzone Australia.
- : The Medical Techno-Federal Realm of Doctors Orvos created a new regional poll: "Best Microstate in the World!".
- : Tankfishquotes ceased to exist.
- : Prince aiko ceased to exist.
- : The Most Serene Republic of New Heights arrived from United continents of flarria.
- : The Most Serene Republic of New Heights departed this region for United continents of flarria.
- : The Democratic Republic of Maddripoor arrived from Caer Sidi.
- : Degeneratus ceased to exist.
- : Santioni ceased to exist.
The Free Nations Region Regional Message Board
Today is the last day of elections! Please make sure to cast your vote NOW
When you cast your ballot on April 8th - 11th don't forget to vote for Heaveria for President, and Tyuleniy for Vice President. Together we can work towards revamping and reenergizing the government; which will benefit us all!
Yep, voting is good! Particularly if you vote for us.
:Breaking news! i'm TV Reporterball and we received the news that Doctors Orvos, current elected Minister of Culture and the appointed RP Manager and Cartographer, has declared his candidacy for President, again, and i'm here in Italy, specifically in the Emilia-Romagna region, even more specifically in a little town on a hill, to interview Mr Doctors Orvos, let's ring the doorbell...
:Wait, TV Reporterball? didn't Castenor kill you?.
:Reports of my death were greatly exaggerated Mr.Doctors Orvos
:Alright, also, Orvos will do.
:Alright Orvos, we should start the interview, are you ready?
:I have done this before, I can do this again, so yeah, i'm ready!
:First question! since you have declared your candidacy for President you must have a Vice, who is it?
:Wait, I think I know that name...
:Yeah, it should be familiar, isn't it? after all he is a very important person in FNR, let me show you.
:Wait, was the last image relevant?
:Oh, I have put that for error.
:Alright... anyway, yeah, he looks very important to FNR.
:And i'm also pretty important if I can say it myself, over the course of 1 year I have been The Deputy Minister of Immigration, The Minister of Immigration, The RP Manager, the Cartographer and the Minister of Culture, plus I have created the current RP and it's map.
:Alright, second question! what Ministries will be there under you if you win the presidency?
:FNR Erit omnis divisa in partes tredecim
:Ohhhh, latin yet again!
:Yeah, it means "FNR will be divided in thirreeen parts", but I guess I screwed up with latin again probably, anyway thats beyond the point, talking about points i also made yet another map for illustrate my point!
:As you can see under my presidency FNR will be divided like this!
:Oh, good, this time you haven't implied that you are gonna win by putting the president office where your RP nation is.
:Yeah, I wouldn't ever dare to give such subliminal messages.
:I just noticed this.
:Isn't this where your RP colony is? and you put the presidential office there...
:Oh, it's just a coincidence...
:Sure, anyway, let me check this map now, there the Ministry of Roleplaying... good that it's gonna be restabilished, there is also Culture Affairs which I presume is normal Culture... there is Defence and Foreign Affairs, for now it seems the usual.
:Again, look better.
:Wait, Regional Management? and where are Immigration and Internal Affairs?
:Yeah, you see, it's pratically a merge of Immigration and Internal Affairs, My reasoning behind combining Immigration and Internal Affairs is:both Immigration and Internal Affairs are incomplete ministries, Immigration is just all about recruiting, they tell you that you also need to try to convince people to remain but other than welcome them that goal is very vague on how to do it, while Internal Affairs as much more clear on how to convince people to remain and Internal Affairs alone doesn't do much actualy, so, Immigration and Internal Affairs when combined should complete each other.
:I see, where is Regional Admnistration?
:Wait, this can be responded by my running mate Sparsdan.
:It's responsabilities will be given to the Vice President, Vice president doesn't do that much otherwise, and this is not particularly time-consuming. It will help if VP spends more time with ministers helping them around with their tasks and managing everyone's time - including his own. Thus, it connects the VP more with his cabinet while also disbanding a ministry that is not needed, and people interested in the government can be used in better positions.
:I see, what Ministry will be responsable of the Newspaper?
:Ministry of Cultural Affairs, as it should have always been, you see the currently The Ministry of Culture organizes game sessions and fun events in general, while the Ministry of Communication, a Ministry that existed months ago and of which many who are reading this probably aren't aware of, used to produce the FNR News Paper, the FNR News Paper talked about the events that happened in FNR and in our former RP, in theory the current Ministry of Internal Affairs have the job of writing the FNR News Paper, but sadly it's still in developtment, I want to finish the revival of the FNR News Paper, but did it really make sense as it's own Ministry? and did it make sense as part of the Ministry of Internal Affairs? think about it, The Ministry of Culture is works to entertain FNR Members, and what the FNR NewsPaper did? entertain FNR Members! both Ministries had the same purpose but in different ways, while the Ministry of Internal Affairs job are convince people to remain in FNR and update the dispatches, what does The Ministry of Internal Affairs really have in common with the FNR News Paper? We want to inform the Citizens of The Free Nations Region about the happenings in the Free Nations Region in a fun manner. I deem that it only make sense that the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Communication have to be combined to form the Ministry of Cultural Affairs
:I see, can you explain if possible the responsabilities of the Ministries that will be under you if you win?
The Ministry of Regional Management job?
Recruit, welcoming new FNR Members and ensuring the satisitifaction of the citizens/user retention but also and innovating the methods of recruitment but will also update the dispatches and create needed dispatches in the FNR official nation and cordinating outward communication with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, oh, and also helping new members in the Q&A helps.
The Ministry of Cultural Affairs job?
Planning regional and inter-regional events, working on and releasing regulary the FNR News Paper, planning game and music sessions and hosting the debate clue mainly, but also assuring that the engagement of FNR citizens is high and new FNR residents are acquired through inter-regional events.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs job?
Managing diplomatic relationships with others regions, assigning ambassadors to the regions with which we have embassies, closing and opening embassies and ensuing inter-regional treaties mainly, but also ensure a positive outward communication & regional image and coordinating military communication with the Ministry of Defense and ensuring Interregional Cultural exchange by working with the Minister of Cultural Affairs
The Ministry of Defense job?
Managing all matters regarding the Free Nations Defense Association. Advising the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the President regarding Regional Security. Provide monthly military reports.
And last but not any less important The Ministry of Roleplay job,
the Ministry of Roleplaying wouldn't have executives (unless you count the roleplayers themselfes) and instead the ones helping the Minister and Deputy Minister of roleplaying are appointed RP IC Moderators, the Minister and his Deputy when elected will become RP IC Moderators by default, the Minister of RP and his Deputy job are managing all things RP Related except map (The map will be still be managed by the Cartographer, myself) and ensuring that the roleplayers are having fun.
Thats all for the Ministers.
:Alright Orvos, how do you...
:Why are you showing me the Italian region called Lazio?
:Fool! i'm 4 parallel universes ahead of you! thats not Lazio! thats the ancient Roman Kingdom!
:But why you are showing Rome again?
:You want me to show Rome again? good! here we go!
:Reject modern nation! we must all return to ancient Rome!
:Anyway... what others plans do you have for your term if you win?
:Well, if i'm elected the positions of President advisors and Community Manager will continue to exist, the Advisors of the President advice the President while the Community Manager will ensure that the Government and the citizens remain in contact and in good relationships, regarding promises I promise I will revitalize FNR by ensuring the activity of the Ministers, I promise to stop the stagnation and have FNR Nations increase once again, I promise to ensure that the FNR News Paper will exist and released regulary, I promise a more organised government. That doesn't only works to retain the current system but actually works to make it better to help in the progress of FNR, i'm confident that I will bring FNR to new heights and I pledge to replicate the big success of our current RP on a region-wide scale during my Presidency, thats all.
:Alright Orvos, thanks for this very... interesting interview
:It was nothing, just my duty, and now it's time for my dramatic exit!
11th April 1945 (76 years ago): The U.S. army liberates Buchenwald concentration camp
On 11 April 1945, the American Third Army liberates the Buchenwald concentration camp, near Weimar, Germany.
Buchenwald was partially evacuated by the Germans from 6 April 1945, until 11 April 1945. In the days before the arrival of the American army, thousands of the prisoners were forced to join the evacuation marches. Thanks in large part to the efforts of Polish engineer (and short-wave radio-amateur, his pre-war callsign was SP2BD) Gwidon Damazyn, an inmate since March 1941, a secret short-wave transmitter and small generator were built and hidden in the prisoners' movie room. On 8 April at noon, Damazyn and Russian prisoner Konstantin Ivanovich Leonov sent the Morse code message prepared by leaders of the prisoners' underground resistance (supposedly Walter Bartel and Harry Kuhn):
"To the Allies. To the army of General Patton. This is the Buchenwald concentration camp. SOS. We request help. They want to evacuate us. The SS wants to destroy us."
The text was repeated several times in English, German, and Russian. Damazyn sent the English and German transmissions, while Leonov sent the Russian version. Three minutes after the last transmission sent by Damazyn, the headquarters of the U.S. Third Army responded:
"KZ Bu. Hold out. Rushing to your aid. Staff of Third Army."
According to Teofil Witek, a fellow Polish prisoner who witnessed the transmissions, Damazyn fainted after receiving the message.
After this news had been received, inmates stormed the watchtowers and killed the remaining guards, using arms they had been collecting since 1942 (one machine gun and 91 rifles).
As American forces closed in, Gestapo headquarters at Weimar telephoned the camp administration to announce that it was sending explosives to blow up any evidence of the camp, including its inmates. The Gestapo did not know that the administrators had already fled. A prisoner answered the phone and informed headquarters that explosives would not be needed, as the camp had already been blown up, which was not true.
A detachment of troops of the U.S. 9th Armored Infantry Battalion, from the 6th Armored Division, part of the U.S. Third Army, and under the command of Captain Frederic Keffer, arrived at Buchenwald on 11 April 1945 at 15:15 (now the permanent time of the clock at the entrance gate). The soldiers were given a hero's welcome, with the emaciated survivors finding the strength to toss some liberators into the air in celebration.
Later in the day, elements of the U.S. 83rd Infantry Division overran Langenstein, one of a number of smaller camps comprising the Buchenwald complex. There, the division liberated over 21,000 prisoners, ordered the mayor of Langenstein to send food and water to the camp, and hurried medical supplies forward from the 20th Field Hospital.
Third Army Headquarters sent elements of the 80th Infantry Division to take control of the camp on the morning of Thursday, 12 April 1945. Several journalists arrived on the same day.
After Patton toured the camp, he ordered the mayor of Weimar to bring 1,000 citizens to Buchenwald; these were to be predominantly men of military age from the middle and upper classes. The Germans had to walk 25 kilometres roundtrip under armed American guard and were shown the crematorium and other evidence of Nazi atrocities. The Americans wanted to ensure that the German people would take responsibility for Nazi crimes, instead of dismissing them as atrocity propaganda. Gen. Dwight Eisenhower also invited two groups of Americans to tour the camp in mid-April 1945; journalists and editors from some of the principal U.S. publications, and then a dozen members of the Congress from both the House and the Senate, led by Senate Majority Leader Alben W. Barkley.
Buchenwald was one of the first and the largest of the concentration camps within Germany's 1937 borders. Prisoners came from all over Europe and the Soviet Union—Jews, Poles and other Slavs, the mentally ill and physically disabled, political prisoners, Romani people, Freemasons, and prisoners of war. There were also ordinary criminals and sexual "deviants". All prisoners worked primarily as forced labor in local armaments factories. The insufficient food and poor conditions, as well as deliberate executions, led to 56,545 deaths at Buchenwald of the 280,000 prisoners who passed through the camp and its 139 subcamps.
There were no gas chambers
Among the camp’s most gruesome characters was Ilse Koch, wife of the camp commandant, who was infamous for her sadism. She often beat prisoners with a riding crop, and collected lampshades, book covers and gloves made from the skin of camp victims.
Among those saved by the Americans was Elie Wiesel, who would go on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
From August 1945 to March 1950, the camp was used by the Soviet occupation authorities as an internment camp, NKVD special camp Nr. 2, where 28,455 prisoners were held and 7,113 of whom died. Today the remains of Buchenwald serve as a memorial and permanent exhibition and museum.
Newly arrived Polish prisoners undressing before they are washed and shaved.
Dutch Jews wearing prison uniforms marked with a yellow star and the letter "N", for Netherlands, stand at attention during a roll call at the Buchenwald concentration camp.
On 26 April 1942, twenty Polish prisoners were hanged in retaliation for the killing of a German overseer who had beaten a Polish prisoner to the point of unconsciousness. Pictured awaiting execution. Hundreds of Polish forced laborers from the surrounding area were rounded up and forced to watch the executions.
These are slave laborers in the Buchenwald concentration camp near Weimar; many had died from malnutrition when U.S. troops of the 80th Division entered the camp. The very ill man lying at the back on the lower bunk is Max Hamburger, who had TBC and severe malnutrition. He recovered and became a psychiatrist in the Netherlands. Second row, seventh from left is Elie Wiesel. Photograph taken 5 days after liberation.
Russian survivor liberated on 14 April 1945 by the U.S. Army in Buchenwald camp in Germany identified a former SS guard who was brutally beating prisoners and was probably involved in the crime of the Holocaust.
Gatehouse of Buchenwald concentration camp, whose clock shows the time 15:15, the moment of the liberation.
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