Hello! We are the Judicial branch of the East Pacific, also known as the Conclave. Nice to meet you! In-case you don't know, here's who we are before we continue:
(Like the Head of the United States Supreme Court)
Coincidentally, we are the ones hosting this competition! It's very nice to meet y'all; make sure to say hello to us if you see us! We are relatable and are not just some dusty ancient men sitting on a high tower. I promise. ;D
The aim of this competition is to create a new seal for the Conclave.
The seal currently in official use (the one on the top of this dispatch), was created around and used since 2014 by Aleita Astor, a former Viceroy and beloved citizen of the East Pacific, based upon the designs of Juris (another former Viceroy) and East Malaysia.
It's a seal that's been used for more than half a decade, and for good reason. It projects the virtues of justice, duty, power, and discipline: values that we as Arbiters try to embody everyday. However, with the start of a new decade (woohoo!), and the failure of the Fedele coup, us Arbiters, in our dusty and sorry offices with coffee stains, thought it would be a good idea to get a new seal (and probably new offices as well). And what better way to produce a new design than a community contest? So that's what we did. :]
Please follow the listed procedures below carefully. Failing to do so may result in your entry not being considered for voting and you not receiving the participation prize.
1. Create your design. (Remember to save frequently!)
2. Upload your image to an image uploading site. Imgur is a very great site and simple to use.
3. Telegram Zukchiva the link to the image with a TEP resident nation (explained below).
4. Wait for the results to be posted!
Note: Seals will be ranked based on our (the Conclave's) linking of them. Other nations may also be asked to judge.
Note: The contest will run for a period of three weeks, from January 16th, 2020 EST to February 6, 2020 EST.
Note: The seal chosen for first place may not be adopted by the Conclave. Whether the seal is chosen to become official will be decided by the Arbiters.
In addition to these procedures, certain requirements must be met for your design to be considered, as listed below.
Be a TEP resident.
With the heavy symbolism and ties of this symbol to this region we call home, we as a group decided it would be best for only TEP residents to participate in this contest.
Make the image background transparent.
This will make the seal look better on multiple site backgrounds.
Send your design through telegrams only.
Seriously. Entries need to be organized and nation names need to be recorded, so it's easier for us to use telegrams than sites like Discord because of the ability of telegrams to be sorted into folders. Send your designs (after following Steps 1-3) to Zukchiva.
No NSFW, Nazi, fascist, or discriminatory elements/symbols/images.
These types of images go against the administrative policy of the East Pacific and will not be tolerated.
Don't limit yourself to TEP imagery or colors.
Our region has beautiful symbols, like the mason compass. However, other design tropes may work as well. The current seal, for instance, doesn't have any symbols nor colors relating it to TEP, yet it's been our official seal for so long.
Make something that would look good on TEP forums.
Check out the requirements section above (scroll up), and click the three green links to see how the seal is often used above blocks of text.
Trouble with finding the right colors?
Check out this site. It gives you the ability to generate random color palettes of five colors, and you can also lock down colors so that the program finds colors related to the specific colors you locked down. (Check it out to see what I mean!)
Avoid bright colors.
When you think of justice or law, you think dull colors. While colors certainly don't have to be dull, don't make them neon pink either.
Of course, any cool contest will have rewards. Rewards for this contest will be in the form of NationStates cards. All cards will come only from those found within Zukchiva's deck.
- Will receive a legendary card (make pick from one of two legendaries available.)
- If seal is chosen, will be credited with seal design on TEP forums.
- Will receive an epic card. (May pick from 18 available cards.)
- Will receive an epic card. (May pick from 17 available cards after second place picked their card.)
- Will receive an ultra-rare card. (Will be able to choose in order on who submitted design first.)
And that's it. If you have any questions, you can ask Zukchiva! We hope you decide to make a design!
BY SUBMITTING A DESIGN, YOU AGREE TO ALLOWING THE CONCLAVE TO USE IT IN ANY OFFICIAL CAPACITY OF THEIR CHOICE IF YOUR DESIGN IS CHOOSEN.