(Current) Monthly Updates
S P O O K T O B E R U P D A T E !
Hello again, nations of the New West Indies, and salutations to our good friends reading us from abroad! If your first reaction to this is “what the hell, an October update in early November?” hear me out… the zombies ate my homework. It also explains why you got a Diwali banner, despite Diwali being over. Also because the Update couldn't possibly miss an occasion to celebrate Diwali, the celebration of light, to commemorate the return of the god Rama and his wife Sita to their capital, Ayodhya (it is an Indian celebration).
Another reason for the candles in the banner is that the only other option would have been to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night, which was yesterday night! For those of you that are not close to British culture, Guy Fawkes was a man who tried to blow up Parliament and kill the King of England on November 5, 1605. That didn’t work, but now we celebrate with fireworks and actually pretending to be successful at blowing things up. And if something didn’t blow up in October, it is the New West Indies!
October has led us to lose some members of our community, but despite having fewer nations, we reached a long-time high in activity levels in roleplaying, regional governance, and the NWI social life. With several high profile GA resolutions making the cut, new news providing rules, a whole bunch of new people, and the continuation of glorious stories in our regional roleplay, this is a great time to be a member of the NWI.
We just survived a zombie apocalypse where many millions died. Thankfully, despite over 20 billion citizens being infected at the height of the invasion, we were able to repel the undead with cure missiles, and send them back to their graves - or to the living. The New West Indies achieved a very respectable survivor count, for which we must thank all citizens as well as our friends from Refugia who gave a helping hand.
Reporting from the GA, recounting roleplay, analysing the political scene and more await you in this update that was lost twice due to a combined failure of my computer and Microsoft Word’s autosave…so I guess you’re getting the most refined version possible!
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Opinion: Are we forgetting something?
This is an opinion article, and does not reflect the opinion of the Press Corps or Secreteriat. This article was submitted anonymously.
Why we must not fall into the trap of becoming blind to our region's diversity
Two events this month got me thinking about the depth of the New West Indies.
The first was the Halloween Zombie Event. For something like 33 hours, members of the region helped each other, cured each other as if they were family, discussed, jeered guffawed day and night about how they had slapped 40 million undead with a cure missile. We saw dozens of people perform tasks even, more monotonous then sending recruitment telegrams, tirelessly pressing on a button. Simple game mechanics, basic strategy, and yet great excitement. Note that you'd get people mobilised to press on a simple button while the Secretariat is still struggling to hire high-level civil servants to accomplish diverse fascinating tasks. It is only after the curtains fell and the zombies all magically became people again that I thought we had been the newest victims of the self-named "The Force Awakens Effect" (named after the famous Star Wars film that looks awesome when you watch it, but that night in your bed you start asking yourself questions).
The second event was the return of a citizen from a short one week ban. Upon a difficult return, the Secretary of Administration accused the returner of not having contributed to the region as much as he had (which really isn't hard, the SA being one of the most active and hardworking folk out there (I better not get my article kicked out of the update)). Of course, the returner merely said that he was active and had contributed just as much, albeit in a different way. This time, I had fallen to "The Phantom Menace Effect" (named after the famous Satr Wars film where you think it is utterly awful until you think a little and realise it actually isn't that bad). Because like TGI or dislike him, he may have had a point: there are other ways to contribute than writing roleplays or governing the region.
Consider the words of Wisdom (pun intended) of Refuge Isle, an admin at Calamity Refuge (known on NS as Refugia), a prominent social space, when discussing why those people who seemingly "contribute nothing" still come to the New West Indies:
Refuge was implying that some people are here for the socio-cultural aspect of the New West Indies. The aspect that does not involve interpreting laws or blurbing Latin, nor writing novels on the RMB. Those who hang out on Discord, crack a few jokes, debate RL politics, spam a little, post a meme, cheer up your day, and leave. Can it be true?
It wouldn't be the New West Indies anymore I hear you say, and you're correct! Somehow, beneath the roleplaying and governing, there is a culture that holds the range of different people from all four corners of the world that we are, together. And we must never fall into the deadly trap of forgetting that. Nor can we keep being complacent about pretending it does not exist or keeping it on our Discord server. The Halloween event, the Monthly Update's Games, and the way we all interact is proof that even those who aren't on Discord want, and have a right to, enjoy our regional culture.
So my call is incorporate it! It is sickening to see the upcoming events section always so, empty, while our vexillologists come up with flags that could make you blind by their beauty. While our graphic designers spend time taking pictures, crafting logos, medals, banners, gifs and memes that flood us with emotion. While our poets write inspiring speeches, hilarious satire, and just pure trivia. While our great minds come up with the kind of ideas that blow up your paradigm.
Don't wait for Culture to be ostensibly visible before you act. It's there, around us, permeating every living be...whatever, it's here. Incorporate it, and make us proud to be part of the New West Indies!
-An anonymous regionmate
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Game of the Month
Unscramble each of the clue words. Each word is the NS name of one of the New West Indies' Nations!
The first person to TG, DM or otherwise communicate Celestiam this phrase gets an interview in the next Monthly Update!
Choose your own story: The Story of a New West Indian
So... a friend has asked to test whether there is interest for a Choose your own story series in the Update, and has kindly written us an episode. The concept is simple: read the story, and communicate to Celestiam which outcome you want out of those listed at the end. Enjoy!
9AM, NWI Capital Tramway
You start cursing in your head as you slam your card against the reader. This time, the gate opens and lets you out of the tramway station. You frantically look around you, recognise the street, and start sprinting. You become oblivious to your surroundings, to the old man begging in the corner, to the lady who gives you a strange look after your rage with the ticket machine. You do not feel the pain in your feet, despite the low-quality shoes you are wearing and the high speed at which your feet hit the light cobblestone walkways of the neighbourhood. You do not care. All you care about is arriving on time.
For years you have waited for this moment, studied for this moment, stressed and hoped for this moment. Your significant other has encouraged you, and a thought went to your parents yesterday. This was going to be the beginning of everything, the final step of the ladder that allows you to climb out of the hole of poverty and social disprivilege in which you are born. And yet your ********** alarm clock, insufferable as it is, had chosen this day to not go off. For all of your high school years and its boring classes where you wished you didn't wake up, it had worked perfectly, but for the one time that you actually needed it to work, it had betrayed you. You were no stranger to the feeling of betrayal... but from something as inanimate and stupid as a bunch of metal gears in a box? Distasteful!
As you run towards the entrance of the majestic building that reigned over the small plaza on which you had arrived, guards smile at you and wait just a few more seconds before closing the large metallic doors behind you.
As you walked into the examination room, it was even greater than what you had seen in the movie clips. It was gargantuan, spanning many hundred square feet, looking more like the grand hall of a train station than an exam room. Above you, the glass dome let the morning sunshine through. You walk to your seat, turn your tablet on, and wait. In front of the room, an old figure, so old that the very fact they could walk was a miracle. They seemed to struggle to wear the heavy velvet mantle on their shoulders. This was a Supreme Judge, you knew it. They emitted an aura of respect, and the room grew silent. The Judge spoke of the rules, not cheating, timing etc... Then suddenly, your screen turns black and white letters appear "Civil Service Examination. Answer the following questions by typing. Time: 4 hours". You start
A few hours later...
"Please follow me," the young lady at the reception told you. You were separated from some friends you had made after the exam, with whom you compared answers. Why you? What had you done? You hadn't really felt that test well, but was the failure so bad that you had to be taken apart? The lady left you in a useless silent waiting room, though thankfully (or not) for you, you needn't wait long before the door before you opened and a bald man, perhaps in his forties, invited you inside.
"Do you know why I called you in?" he asked. Before your lack of response, he laughed "ah, and humble with that! Congratulations, you're an incredible fellow!".
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Discussing the Future: A New Party in the NWI?
Stage at the Liberal Demcorats' party conference
Frequent observers of the New West Indies' political landscape will be quick to notice a shift in the region's political parties. On one side, the Conservative Party dissolved itself, plagues with lack of activity and membership. on the other side, a new party rose. Starting with the name "The Social Bloc", it recently renamed itself "Liberal Democrats"
The Update sat down with prominent Party Council member and Founding member of the Party Blankenheim, to discuss the party, what it was, and where it was going.
What has motivated you to found a new Party?
What motived me to found a new Party in the NWI was more making sure the remnant from the Republican Antilles stayed together. The NWE created a close-knit community between myself and the members of the Progressive Front and we were the ones who chose to secede to form the RA and we're the ones who eventually chose to close down the RA. Through all of it, the primary figures in the now returned to the NWE Sanchee, Saariset, and myself, we all agreed that we needed to stick together. While I want to emphasize that the Liberal Democrats are for everyone, we do have our origins in, and were motivated by, the group of NWE/RA people sticking together.
If your party were to come to power for a year, what would the NWI look like in a year's time?
As for what the NWI would look like in a year's time were we to come to power, well, I should hope it would be more of an international place. One thing that seems to be lacking from the NWI, in my opinion, is the simple lack of real and meaningful interaction outside of the NWI. When I was back in the Republican Antilles, we attempted to negotiate an agreement with a few other regions which would allow for more cooperation and political development between those regions. If we were to come to power, my first inclination would be for us to attempt to resurrect those ideas. Also, we would immediately attempt as well to really do another overhaul of the foreign affairs structure. I'm also currently running for the Director of Foreign Affairs in the New Western Empire and my first focus in that office, as here as well, would be re-structuring and making professional the diplomatic corps while also expanding our contacts with the outside world. True to our real life counterparts, we are the internationalist party in the NWI.
Why has the Bloc chosen to rebrand itself as Liberal Democrats?
I don't want to lie, so I will tell you that the choice was more of a whim. I didn't particularly care what we were called and honestly, our political ideology, or at least my own, has always been closer to liberalism (in the European tradition) than it has been social democracy. So, while the change did happen on a whim, it was more done to reflect better the ideology of members of the party. Granted, we do have social democrats in our ranks, but the majority of the leadership is either Euro liberal or modern American liberal.
Do you believe the policy needs of the NWI and the NWE are similar?
For policy concerns, I must say that each region faces its own unique challenges and therefore, their real policy needs are quite divergent. The creation of a real and seemingly consequential judiciary, the foremost issue of the NWI, is also something the NWE has struggled with, but the reasons why and what we're doing to resolve that is very different in both regions. And in both cases, legislating through it or simply choosing better justices, is a decision that both have to make. As for other policy concerns, I dare say that they are indeed very different. The NWI is more about choosing detailed policy plans so that contingencies can be accounted for, but the NWE simply isn't equipped to handle that. In my opinion, the detailed policy concerns are indeed different, but they're different in ways that are very much to the detriment to the NWE.
You have appeared in the GA to support efforts in drafting the Judicial Proposal. Do the Libdems support the establishment of a Court as currently proposed? Will the Libdems be fielding a candidate for Chief Justice?
Absolutely, I'm all for the creation of a Court because it seems as though it has the detail to succeed while also being accessible to layfolk who are only occasionally involved like myself. If the Court or the legislation establishing wasn't accessible to people who weren't intimately involved in the process like Twelve Titans, Reno, and Karteria, then I actually would be inclined to say no, but is so I'm in favor of it. As for whether we plan to stand a candidate for Chief Justice, that's not a matter I really want to comment on at this time. My inclination would be to say yes, but we certainly want to explore our options once the candidate nomination period has actually opened and I don't want to commit one way at this time.
Where do the Liberal Democrats stand on the debate between Parliamentary sovereignty and flexibility of the Secretariat?
One of the main reasons that the RA formed in the first place was an overzealous executive branch in the former of the Emperor and what I viewed as a simple lack of accountability of the executive to the Senate of the NWE. If there's one thing that I've tirelessly worked to promote, both in other regions I've been involved in and the NWE, it's definitely accountability. Therefore, I think that a sovereign parliament is indeed necessary. While the Secretariat should have the power to undertake decisions that can arise at a moment's notice, I don't think that should be done to the detriment of the General Assembly. If anything, if emergency debates were allowed in the Legislature (and they may be, I haven't been around to experience them), that would be a positive step which I think would be a healthy balance between the two branches.
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Published: November 6, 2019
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(Historical) Regional Map
— Regional Maps of the New West Indies —
1. Be practical with your size.
1. No puppets on the maps
(Historical) Regional Origins (non-RP)
In May 2017, the Cuban government under Raúl Castro decided to expand Cuban borders by invading the neighboring island of Hispaniola. As the Haitians and Dominicans were still weakened by a severe hurricane, the Cubans achieved a landslide victory against the Haitians within a few weeks. By November, the Cubans successfully conquered the entire island and dismay rocked through the United Nations. As the Cuban government was still in good standing with the Russians, the Kreml assured militaristic help to the Cubans to continue their relentless crusade against the small island nations of the Antilles. Thousands of innocent civilians died and several governments were defeated and overthrown by the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces over a few months.
July 2017: Situation in the Caribbean Escalates
The United Nations Security Council was vigorously debating about how to end their campaign of conquest, but with the Russians assisting the Cubans, several UNSC resolutions got vetoed by both Russia and China. Despite the Americans having to deal with the growing Californian secession movement, President Trump issued an order to intervene in the Cuban Crusade on 9 July 2017. Their intervention quickly gained approval by other governments, including Mexico, France, the United Kingdom and Spain. Only weeks later, the French President Emmanuel Macron also declared war against the Cubans and Russians. With additional aid by the British army, the American and French soldiers managed to regain several islands from the Cubans, including Hispaniola and Jamaica.
February 2018: End of the Crusade
It was not until the 10th of February 2018 that the Cubans admitted their gross mistake. Over the following days, Cuban soldiers on many islands began to retreat – except for Puerto Rico, which the Russians refused to hand back over to the US. Various island nations in the Greater and Lesser Antilles began reinstating their own sovereign governments, but they doubted their ability to remain stable over the next years after their cities and villages had been razed to the ground. After the US further pushed into the urban areas around Havana, the Cuban government under Raúl Castro was overthrown in a joint military coup arranged by the US, France and the UK.
March 2018: Peace Returns - The New West Indies Were Born
On 1 March 2018, several island nations in the Caribbean agreed on forming a political union called the New West Indies. The new organization was fully instated on March 7 and was financially supported by the US and France in order to rebuild the single member states’ cities. Later the same month, on March 29, several island nations of the Lesser Antilles merged their governments into a bigger federation which they called Achipel (from “archipelago”). Since the establishment of the New West Indies and the United Insular States of Achipel, stability seems to recover ground in the area and the last US soldiers left the area; however, the fight over Puerto Rico continued. While US government celebrated a major victory against “the communists”, other secessionists gained support throughout the country – namely in Texas, Alaska, Hawaii and Florida.
(Current) CHAOS/MEME Party
Welcome to the chaos/meme party! what on earth are you doing here?? leave, go, shoo, select a real party.
well since you stayed il let you know what this is, the chaos/meme party is one dedicated to nothing. we ensure to uphold the highest standard of memes, and do nothing else. glhf!
• for preservation sake, all citizens shall stay as they are, with any new ones maintaining the standard procedure, there will be no new laws made for citizens, and if elected we promise to immediately hold a new set of elections, and keep hosting them until another party is elected.
• Completely unrestricted for the few moments during our party's power, with the knowledge that afterwords, all replay done can be reverted to before the party if necessary.
Government and Law
• Immediate re-election, get us out of here as soon as possible
Diplomatic and Militaristic Affairs
• retain what we have, remain in limbo for minutes
• the party will be run by one man, all others shall be removed form the party and sugested a difrent party
Last Edited: November 26, 2019
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