SPACE RMB

WA Delegate: The Federated Democratic States of Xanthal (elected 49 days ago)

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SPACE is closed!

We've temporarily shut our doors in an attempt to limit outside interference while we determine the future of the region. Hopefully we'll be back in business soon, but in the meantime feel free to watch us flop about like fish trying to find their way back to water. That wasn't a very good space-themed metaphor. Something... aliens.

Regional motto: FREE SPACE!

Embassies: Ainur, The Black Hawks, Unknown, and DEN Central Command.

Tags: Neutral, Future Tech, Independent, Password, Featured, Outer Space, Libertarian, Medium, and Founderless.

Regional Power: High

SPACE contains 48 nations, the 226th most in the world.

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The following nations were determined to have the best all-round weather.

As a region, SPACE is ranked 14,168th in the world for Best Weather.

#NationWA CategoryMotto
1.The Ancient Kingdom of TeritoraWA MemberDemocratic Socialists“Honor, Faith, Loyality is above all else”
2.The Federated Democratic States of XanthalWA MemberInoffensive Centrist Democracy“Unity Through Respect”
3.The Deimos of Moon of Mars ICivil Rights Lovefest“Mars”
4.The Nomadic Peoples of Wandering OceanLeft-wing Utopia“And still we move”
5.The Space Box of PandoriaLiberal Democratic Socialists“Alea jacta est!”
6.The Black Hole of QathoniaLeft-Leaning College State“To be or not to be.”
7.The Space Kingdom of FeaceDemocratic Socialists“THE PLURAL IS FEASOORK”
8.The High People of Mika-Mika-maaCivil Rights Lovefest“If you can't see it, you're not high enough!”
9.The Liberated Shore of DanariaScandinavian Liberal Paradise“Fire and rain!”
10.The Planet of KlonyNew York Times Democracy“Creation is athing of beauty.”
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Regional Poll • Choose the fate of SPACE! What action should I take?

The Federated Democratic States of Xanthal wrote:I, Xanthal, am giving up my position as Delegate, but what happens to the region next is up to you. You are encouraged to vote for one of the below options and/or Endorse another candidate for Delegate as you see fit.

Voting opened 11 days ago and will close in 2 days 9 hours. Open to residents. You cannot vote as you are not logged in.

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A bit of detail on the poll options:

Force a Delegate change and leave the region intact - This is the closest thing to a status quo option. If I'm not replaced by the end of the polling period and this option is chosen, I will move out of the region and force the Delegacy to switch to the next person in line. This would leave the region functionally the same as it has been, and the new Delegate will be free to implement whatever policies they wish (or do nothing at all) until they themselves are replaced. Safer in the short term, but the long term will be determined by whoever ends up in the Delegate's chair, and there's no way to foresee who that might be or what they might do.

Clear the region and allow it to be refounded by anyone - The wild card option. SPACE would begin with a blank slate under the direction of whoever refounded it. Most likely, that will mean that SPACE as it has been will cease to exist, but the hope is that it will experience a rebirth under its new leadership. The biggest risk is that it could be taken by a malicious player and permanently locked down or put under raider or defender control, which would effectively end SPACE as an independent region.

Clear the region and attempt to refound it myself - As above, but I'll attempt to be the one to take the Founder position. Success is not guaranteed, and all the risks and potential opportunities of option two apply here as well. If I were to be successful in becoming the reborn SPACE's Founder, I would have a policy of passive protection: the WA Delegate would remain SPACE's day-to-day leader, and I wouldn't interfere in invasions unless material abuses were committed against the native population. I would be only a backup who could intervene in crisis situations. SPACE would remain open and free by default, but the Delegate would be the leading force in determining internal and foreign policy. The exact nature and balance of responsibility in this relationship would have to be worked out over time.

With the refounding options, bear in mind that a Founder's power is unassailable so long as they remain active in NationStates, so whether it were me or someone else that took that position, SPACE would be stuck with them until they quit the game, and they will have an unchecked ability to protect or abuse the region as they see fit. This makes refounding the greater risk overall, but it also has the greatest chance for providing long-term security if a benevolent Founder takes control. No option is ideal, and all have potential rewards and pitfalls. I can provide no promises and little reassurance that everything will work out regardless of the path taken, but I do believe it is the right of the players whose nations call SPACE home to choose. The RMB, of course, remains open for debate and for campaigning if anyone should wish to take the Delegacy before this process is concluded.

As this is one of the very last remaining region without a founder, it would be a sad thing to see Space refounding.
A less emotional argument and a heavier one if you ask me: A true founderless Space guarantees a free space in the long run. Sure, a benevolent founder can simulate a free space. A safe free space even! But it means giving absolute power to 1 single player. It would not be the first trustworthy player to go out with a bang after years of decent service... It's just too much power to give to a single person.

The next best option for me is to refound under Xanthal. I think the region will be safe under Xanthal. At least until he decides to go out with a bang :)

The other option is pure horror... It's like a claustrophobic film about a spaceship in the worst thinkable troubles. We would be lost in space in that scenario.

To be honest, seeing what's happening in the wider gameplay world, I don't think refouding is safe. SPACE might get stolen, which is the worst possible outcome.

SPACE is old. Really old. One of the few pre-founder regions left. It would be a shame to lose it to a refounding.

The Empire of Mecha-Scunthorpe wrote:To be honest, seeing what's happening in the wider gameplay world, I don't think refouding is safe. SPACE might get stolen, which is the worst possible outcome.

There's no doubt that refounding is extremely dangerous, but if successful it could give SPACE a level of security it hasn't had in more than seven years. Still, you're right to be worried. It could be an unmitigated disaster. Do you want to change your vote?

I don't have a strong opinion on the issue, refounding and the death of a founderless region hurts me in some ineffable way.

I guess this here is the point which really matters:
>You will all notice, as I've noted before, that my Delegacy is exceptionally weak at the moment: anyone with three friends and a modicum of timing can invade SPACE and it's unlikely that I'll be able to stop it.

Personally I love space just the way it is. But I don't need to deal with any of the delegate responsibilities and cleaning up after raiders.

Refounding will prevent future raids, yes? I already endorsed you as eternal evil overlord of space, and this will effectively give you autocratic powers over the region? I've endorsed you for this long, so the change into despotism isn't something I fear. Still, I must admit almost feels like a betrayal of our regional identity.

Anyways, even if some script grabs Space before you do, I'm sure xXxSPACExXx420blazeit is still available.

I'm going to abstain.

That's also true: whatever happens to SPACE, there are always other regions. Perhaps not with such a good name, but still.

I would be sad to see SPACE go, and I agree that I like it better Founderless, but if nobody's willing to take on the responsibilities of Delegate on behalf of the natives, then inevitably the Delegacy will fall to invaders, and that's not good either. So it really is a case of choosing from a set of not great options.

Exactly, and I honestly don't know what the best course of action is. There simply are not enough WA members in Space to really solidify anyones position as delagate. I doubt there ever will be, though I don't recall ever seeing it as low as it is right now.

Unless some of these puppets join the WA and endorse you.

There's less than 3.5 years worth of posts saved on the regional forums, so it's not like we have a lot of digital history to lose. If I go to the History view there's almost 5 years worth of pointless facts. I dunno.

just for the heck of it I clicked on the 'founderless' tag and found 1,923 regions with it. If that's relevant to anyone.

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The only difference between SPACE and most Founderless regions is that we have no Founder of record. Most regions list their Founder even if that nation has CTEd. SPACE precedes that system, so it has no name listed as its Founder (SPACE's Founder was gone before I moved here, but if memory serves the region was founded by Yalari; other old-timers feel free to correct me).

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