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Empire of Selene
As a roleplay region, our primary focus is on developing our own community, but there is always a willingness to establish close relations with other regions, particularly if they are like-minded and could be close partners. If you as a foreign official seeking to establish diplomatic relations with Selene, please read this dispatch, with provides detailed information on what steps you need to follow in order to establish an embassy with us.
Is Selene a democracy?
Yes. While Justinian Kalominos is the Emperor, and therefore has the final word on decisions, he delegates abundant responsibilities to the Privy Council, which is led by Prime Minister Parthenopias. We elect our Prime Minister for a term of three months, through a direct regional vote. In turn, the Prime Minister nominates the members of the Privy Council, who will help them manage the affairs of the region. While it is little used, all members of the region are also members of the Senate, and may pass laws and regulations related to regional and roleplay management.
What do we seek in regional partners?
We look for actual partners. We have no interest in collecting embassies or simply allowing cross-posting between regions, so our primary interest is in having a true regional friend, and a region with whom we can do joint activities and have meaningful relations. To that effect, we require the following from all our embassy partners:
Sending a telegram to Emperor Justinian Kalominos to explain why you desire an embassy with Selene.
Refraining from espousing hateful or offensive views, or tolerating those who do.
Not being an embassy collector, or regularly establishing embassies in mass quantities.
Being minimally active.
What kind of telegram do we expect?
As was said above, we want to have regional partners, not a lengthy embassies list. In the telegram we wish to know more about your region, what it does and stands for, and what it hopes to achieve by establishing embassies with us. We are a region with members and goals, so we want to make sure that we would be compatible partners who would be able to work together on occasion.
What do we mean by "tolerating" those who espouse hateful views?
We are aware that some regions try to adopt an expansive view of free speech. In Selene we take a narrower view: we accept and welcome vigorous debate on a range of issues, but there are some views that we simply do not tolerate:
Support of, or equivocation on, any of the following:
Nazism, Neo-Nazism or fascism, including the views, policies and actions of the Third Reich and any of its leaders, denial of the Holocaust and any Neo-Nazi figure or action.
Homophobia, transphobia or any kind of view that involves the denial of the equal worth of the LGBT community, their entitlement to equal rights, or the treatment of people in a discriminatory way on account of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Misogyny, harassment or any kind of views that deny the equal condition of women with respect to men, including their worth, dignity and ability to stand as equal and capable members of society.
Xenophobia, including any offensive, aggressive or dismissive treatment of people on account of their nationality, ethnicity or country of origin.
Discrimination or mistreatment on account of religion or the lack thereof, with the understanding that honest belief in a given religion does not preclude civil criticism of any hateful views that said religion may condone.
Racism, any mistreatment on account of race or any denial of the existence of racism in the past and in modern society.
Bullying, and mistreating people for any reason not included in the above list.
Allowing the expression of the above views, or allowing members who support or actively advocate those views, under the argument that such expression, support or advocacy must be allowed under the tenets of free speech.
We are not a debate region, nor are we looking to change people's minds, so we have no intention of tolerating views that are fundamentally abhorrent. We have been accused in the past of being contrary to free speech, even though we do allow respectful and non-hateful debate, but our ultimate concern is to condemn such views and to ensure a non-discriminatory environment for our members.
Why are we not interested in having embassies with collectors?
As as said before, we are looking for partners, and we don't believe that a region with a thousand embassies and counting would have an interest in close and meaningful relations. If there is a strong case to be made, however, you are more than welcome to make it in your request telegram.
What do we consider to be "minimally active"?
We consider one post on your Regional Message Board per day as the minimum standard of activity for our embassy partners.