How to Take Part (and Prepare!)
Canopy N-Day Guide
N-Day is an annual event in NS that pits regional factions against each other in a simulated nuclear war. This year we are joining with many of our ally and friend regions into a joint faction called Canopy. Whether you are a newcomer or a nuclear veteran, reading and understanding what to do will prepare you for the event and help you both survive and work effectively with your regionmates and our allies.
Before the event begins:
Familiarize yourself with the contents of this guide, the Ground Rules, our Strategy, and Testlandia's guide N-Day: What You Need to Knowó all of which are linked to in the header of this dispatch. This guide will focus primarily on how our faction organizes and how we fight effectively, while Testlandia's focuses on the basics of how the simulation works and how to navigate the controls. Understanding both is essential to success.
Join the Canopy Command, our joint N-Day command Discord server (also linked above). We will be coordinating from there, and coordination is the essence of success in this event, so regardless of your feelings about Discord the importance of using it, even if only for the event, cannot be overstressed.
What to do with puppets: If you have any puppets (additional accounts besides your main one) you can and should use them for N-Day. The more nations generating production for our faction, the better. No need to move puppets between regions to join our factionó you can join a faction from any region.
Consider making use of NationStates++, LibreNS++, or other puppet management addons. Doing so will allow you to manage your puppets much more effectively. If you have such an add-on already, make sure it has all your puppets' information correct so there will be no problems once nukes start flying.
Once the event has started:
Join our regionís faction: this faction will be called Canopy, and a link will be provided to it in the header of this dispatch. Directions to it, once it is made, will also be available in the discord.
Begin production: What you produce most efficiently, and what role you take in a faction depends on what sort speciality your nation has:
If you are a Military Specialist: in the first few hours, create shields (even though this is not your special advantage). Then, when Command Leaders give the order (which will be posted on the Faction page and on the Discord server), you may begin stockpiling nukes. Listen for fire orders from Command. When you get a fire order target nations which are actively deploying nukes and shields first. Do not launch more nukes at a nation then are needed to bring it to 100% radiation (you get some leeway on this since controls are clunky, but know that it is a potential waste).
If you are a Strategic Specialist: Begin producing shields. Watch the faction page for incoming nukes and prepare to intercept them. Shout out in the discord if there are too many nukes being targeted for you to intercept them all. Be cautious that you are intercepting incoming rather then outgoing nukes. Additionally, if you see nukes being targeted at regions we are allied with, report it to Command, and you may be asked to intercept them as well.
If you are an Economic Specialist: Begin stockpiling production. Unless told otherwise your role is exactly the same as that of a Strategic Specialist, but you may need to help offensively as well, so you should keep up to date on what's needed and familiarize yourself with the instructions for each role.
Check the faction page: Our faction page will have a mini-World Factbook Entry at the top stating vital information, including our current targets, our allies and current do-not-targets, and any special instructions from the Command Leaders. Make sure to keep up-to-date on this as it will change.
Coordinate with your factionmates: Coordination is the determining factor in how successful a faction is and how effective you are at contributing to your factionís success. Sharing information with our factionmates is the best way for us all to know what we should be doing, what others are doing and what we need to be prepared for. While you are online and actively launching or shielding, make sure you are on the Discord, telling others what you are doing. It is extremely important that you do this.