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The center of RP in TWP is the Map of The West Pacific, and it serves as the basis for canonical regional RP. Whether you're into nation building, international affairs, or rootin' tootin' cowboys, we've got something for you to enjoy! Currently, we're in the process of establishing regional geography, history, and other information, but we welcome absolutely any kind of participation, there's no one to tell you how deep or shallow you have to go in this rabbit hole.
Citizens of The West Pacific can request territory, develop a history, culture, and people for their nation alongside other nations in our fair region. RP relating to the map is very welcoming of whatever things you want to include in your nation, within reason. The current RP year is 1421 AF, or 1,421 years after the founding of the Holy Principality by Saint Mark. This translates to 2021 CE on Earth. Most technologies are equivalent to modern day, but some may be slightly more advanced.
Before we get too into things, if you have any questions, you may address them to someone on the RP team:
Bran Astor - Former Delegate, Creator of the Cultural Trust, Lead Worldbuilder, and Original Cartographer
Fujai - Former Minister of Cultural Affairs (now Cultural Trust)
Nieubasria (Aelitia) - Former Guardian, current RP Discord Co-Admin
There are four continents on this part of our planet: Andolia, Aura, Doll Guldur, and Polaris. The following descriptions are guidelines—no one will force you into anything you don't want for your nation.
Andolia is located in the southern hemisphere — a land of plateaus and grasslands in the east and mountainous shores in the west. Some of the major nations in Andolia are Overthinkers, Fhaengshia, and Larxia.
Aura is the historical center of the region — much of the continent is tropical, covered in lush rainforests and fertile plains. Its largest nation is the Holy Principality of Saint Mark, which has long been a beacon of culture and power in The West Pacific. Other major nations include Zoran, Fuentana, and Giovanniland.
Doll Guldur is a rugged land in the northeast of the region — its terrain is made up broken shorelines and plains between its great mountain ranges. Major nations in Doll Guldur are Einherfell, Marble Mallorca, Novia Xeneia, and Denieria.
Polaris is located in the far north — it is a land of great forests and greater mountains in the west, grasslands and hills in the east, and desert in the center and south. Major nations in Polaris are the juggernaut of Cambria, as well as Dalimbar and Nieubasria.
Important Things of Note
In our RP world, TWP does not exist and Earth does not exist. The other basics of our RP world are covered in the next bullet point.
Please read through the RP "Session Zero" Guidances before you submit your map request. (You do not need to read through the sections after the Session Zero Guidances)
Check out the RP Spreadsheet
for some basic inspiration, and to see what nations in different areas are like. Use this to help you choose where you would like your nation to be.
We encourage you to join our RP Discord before you submit your territorial request for the map. Ideally, we'd like everyone to have the opportunity to get to know the different regions of the map (geographically and culturally) and see who is active there so you can decide which area is the right fit for you, as opposed to throwing a dart at the map.
In order to join the map, you have to do four things:
Submit your map request to the map thread once your citizenship application has been accepted. See the instructions below for what to include in your map claim;
Reply to the Questionnaire Thread, and we will add you to the RP Spreadsheet and your Continental planning channel on the Discord server. Afterwards, to add further information to the spreadsheet, leave a comment on the cell you want changed.
The map is updated monthly. Staying on the map month to month requires:
Maintaining your Hall of Nations membership
Residency in the in-game region
One RP post per month on the forums
Inactive nations will be cannibalized by active nations over time through war and unlawful seizure of land. Leaving the region or letting your Hall of Nations membership lapse immediately forfeits your land claim unless you first talk with the map moderation team.
When submitting your map request, you must include your nation's name, your Discord name, a short paragraph describing your nation, and an image of the territory you are requesting. In very rare cases, we may add land for nations that have established geographies and histories outside this map.
You may request a premade area or draw your own claim. If you draw your own, please take a screenshot of the map and mark the territory you would like to request in red, like so:
Use the format when submitting your map request:
A short paragraph about your nation: (original content, not NationStates stats)
Map request as an image: (forum embed or Imgur link)
TWP's forums are the official home of TWP's traditional-style RPs. These usually involve continuous stories told collaboratively through forum posts. These don't usually go very quickly, as not everyone can be active all the time, but they tend to produce very immersive stories because of the ability to write longer posts. Sports RPs and international incidents are other types of RP that live on the forums.
There are four RP subforums available for use:
Atlas of the Occident - Map and Factbook - Home of the regional map and forum-based factbooks of the nations that reside in it.
The Repository - Local & World News - The place to post newswires about the goings on in and around your nation.
Roleplay - How the West Was Won - The general RP subforum. If you have an IC RP thread to post, it belongs here.
OOC Support - Information & Dispute Arbitration - The place where OOC threads belong and where OOC disputes can be resolved.
And of course, the RP Archive, which is, as you guessed, where really old clutter goes.
TWP's RP Discord server is the home of our less traditional RP. The server is a welcoming and inclusive place for everyone who is interested TWP's roleplaying community. It is not a gameplay or foreign affairs Discord, nor is it a substitute for the general chat and spam functions of main TWP server. Its activities include nation building, arts and crafts, regional planning, and all sorts of other things. The server has a lot of different channels, but don't be overwhelmed, a rundown of what they all mean can be found in the #welcome channel. If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to ping (@) or direct message (DM) one of the Lorekeepers—they're there to help.
A good place to start in the Discord server is the Roleplay Chat. This is the general-use chatroom, where you can introduce yourself and get to know people. The VC Text channel is used in conjunction with voice chats, which usually occur once or twice a week.
The Featured Projects section is used for current region-wide events and activities. Be sure to read the channel description and check the pinned messages to see what's going on in the channel before you post.
The Book of The West section is mostly used for posting finished products so other people can see and use info about your nation.
The Continental Congresses don't currently have meaning beyond out of character (OOC) planning, though there are whispers of the development of international organizations in The West Pacific. You are a member of the Continental Congress channel for whatever continent your nation is located on. The channel is meant to be a place for denizens of each continent to come together to discuss collective histories, geography, and give support as needed. At some times, some Congress channels may be more active than others, but don't let this discourage you. If no one else in your channel is active, then that's a fantastic opportunity to start something completely new to inspire your neighbors! The bottom line here is that activity begets activity.
The Workrooms are the heart of nation building on the Discord server. Here you can find resources, ask for help, and post what you've been working on.