The Internationale is a directly democratic region with a government of comrade volunteers. Any comrade residing in The Internationale who has a forum account is eligible to stand for election. Comrades should keep in mind that service on the General Council will require them to pay attention to the region on a day-by-basis for an extended period of time, and should only run if they can meet that requirement. All comrades who wish to stand for election are encouraged to develop their own campaign platforms detailing specific goals they'd like to achieve, if elected. Nominations for elections occur every 70 days and last 10 days, and the election periods last 10 days, as well. Special elections may occur if a comrade resigns or is recalled from their position.
This guide is intended to instruct new members of government, as well as hopeful candidates for government positions, on how to execute the duties of each position.
A Regional Officer is a nation appointed by a Founder, or executive World Assembly Delegate, to a position that has access to the Region Controls. A Regional Officer may be given power over one or more of the following categories of the Region Controls: Appearance, Border Control, Communications, Embassies, and Polls.
Regional Officers with ‘Appearance’ authority are able to edit the World Factbook Entry, pin and unpin dispatches on the World Factbook Entry, change the region’s flag, and add or remove region tags.
Regional Officers with ‘Border Control’ authority are able to apply a password to the region, and eject or ban nations.
Regional Officers with ‘Embassies’ authority are able to send, accept, and deny embassy requests, as well as change the embassy posting privileges.
Regional Officers with ‘Communications’ authority are able to send region-wide telegrams at no cost, compose or cancel the ‘Welcome Telegram’ automatically sent to new nations entering the region, and change who may send recruitment telegrams for the region.
Regional Officers with ‘Polls’ authority may create new polls, and delete ongoing polls.
Each on-site government position in The Internationale has specific powers that are enabled through Regional Officer roles. Not all powers granted to each Regional Officer position via the game are permitted to be used by officials in The Internationale. Please, be sure to read the guide written below for each position in order to ensure you do not abuse your powers.
The Custodian, Comrade Chairperson, Councilor for External Affairs, and Councilor for Internal Affairs, per the Charter of The Internationale, all possess Border Control powers, and share the duty
To fulfill your duty, you must be familiar with the Code of Conduct of The Internationale. The Prohibited Behaviors listed in the Code of Conduct are listed and broken down below:
Having membership with, or collaborating with regions, organisations, or other forces hostile to The Internationale and the left.
This usually applies to nations that are moving to and from fascist regions. If you see any nation doing this, ban them from The Internationale.
Indicating intention to harm, or otherwise posing a security risk to The Internationale and the left.
An example of a security-risk would be a delete-on-sight user, fascist, capitalist, reactionary, etc. being present in The Internationale.
Attempts at voter fraud, or otherwise undermining democratic procedures in The Internationale.
This provision was put in place to address RMB voting, but also extends to voting on the off-site forums. If anyone is multi-voting on Matters up For the Vote, they should be banned.
Using sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or other oppressive language.
This is self-explanatory, and first four categories require no examples. However, it includes the use of words, such as ‘stupid’, which are in common usage. It is recommended you warn someone for use of these common usage words, instead. If it becomes problematic, then serve a ban.
Red baiting; ill informed comments, questions or argumentation by ideological opponents of the left with deliberate intention of aggravating residents of The Internationale.
This includes comments such as: “why do you hate social democrats/anarchists/Marxist-Leninist/’tankies’, etc.”; “such and such leader killed 10 gazillion people,”; “such and such leftist ideology doesn’t work,” etc.; and flat out reactionary argumentation by non-leftists.
Posting "spam", including advertisements for other organisations, series of inconsequential posts in quick succession, or otherwise disruptive off-topic messages on platforms linked with The Internationale.
Spam advertisements for organizations are those not associated with The Internationale, NSLeft, or The Red Fleet. The rest should be self-explanatory.
Personalized attacks or unsubstantiated libelous statements directed at residents.
No one is allowed to be rude to others, or make up things about other comrades. This is self-explanatory.
Revealing personal, real-life information about other players without their permission.
All of us have a right to privacy. No one is allowed to betray anyone else’s trust regarding what they were told about a comrade’s personal life. This self-explanatory.
Otherwise bullying a resident of The Internationale.
Picking on people in bad faith is not allowed. This is self-explanatory.
You are permitted to suppress, or edit posts, warn, eject, or ban anyone for committing the infractions above, wherever, on-site, on Discord, or on the off-site forums of The Internationale. Please, remember that any disciplinary action may be appealed may be appealed to the region as a whole, and that if you abuse your powers, you may be recalled from your position by democratic vote.
To begin with, review the description of the Comrade Chairperson’s duties, as written in the Charter of The Internationale:
As stated in the Charter, it is the duty of the Comrade Chairperson to hold votes on all valid proposals, and execute their results upon completion of voting, whenever such is in the scope of their Regional Officer powers.
To hold a vote on a proposal(s), you must first create a new thread, containing a poll, on the off-site forums of The Internationale in the ‘Matters Up for the Vote’ board.
Title the thread “Matters Up For the Vote, Ending XX/XX/XXXX”, where ‘X’ is the date 7 days from the start of voting, closest to the nearest midnight in Eastern Standard Time. For instance, if you are creating this thread at 0900 EST on 03/07/2020, then voting will end at 0000 EST on 03/14/2020; if you are creating this thread at 2100 EST on 03/07/2020, then voting will end at 0000 EST on 03/15/2020.
Now, on the right hand side of the ‘Create New Topic’ page, set ‘Lock Time’ to the time that voting ends.
Then, type out the contents of your thread. It should include a description of the proposal, the proposal text, who it was proposed by, the deadline for voting, and a reminder that all ‘Veto’ votes will cause the proposal to fail, and thus require an explanation.
Moving on, you will now setup your poll. Click the ‘Poll’ tab on the ‘Create New Topic’ page. You will be prompted for a poll title. Copy the title of your thread and make it the title of your poll, as well.
Now, click ‘Add Question’. You will need a ‘question title’, which is conditional upon what you’re putting to vote. For instance, if you are putting to vote an embassy request, you might type: “Should The Internationale construct embassies with ‘Region’?”; or if you were putting to vote a charter amendment, perhaps you would put “Should The Internationale ratify the Charter Amendment?” The question title is up to you, so use your good judgment.
Next, we need to enter in the ‘Choices’ comrades will be given in the poll. Generally, there are three choices, as written in the Charter; VETO, FOR, and ABSTAIN. Since polls by default have two choices, click the ‘Add Choice’ button to create a third choice, and enter the three choices; VETO, FOR, and ABSTAIN.
You are finished and may now submit your topic to start the voting period. Be sure to announce the vote on the Regional Message Board, in a region-wide telegram, and in the #announcements channel on Discord. It is also beneficial to re-post your vote announcement on the Regional Message Board whenever it is no longer visible on the first page.
Executing the Results of Voting
Regional Officer positions, such as Comrade Chairperson, are limited in their power due to the mechanics of the game. Often times, you will need the assistance of the Comrade Custodian, who has Executive regional authority, in order to execute the results of voting. In certain instances, however, you can execute the results yourself. Here are some situations in which you might be able to do so:
Construction or withdrawal of embassies
Modification of the World Factbook Entry
Reversal of a disciplinary action, such as an ejection or ban
Addition or removal of a regional tag
Alteration of the regional flag
Any other change that can be made via the Regional Officer powers of the Comrade Chairperson
To perform any of these actions, simply visit the Regional Control page.
If a vote has reached completion and requires something to be changed that you cannot execute, then you will need to inform the Comrade Custodian to make the changes.
Maintaining the Off-Site Legislative Archive
The Off-site Legislative Archive can be found as a page on the off-site forums of The Internationale. As Comrade Chairperson, you will have access to the tools used to maintain this database. It should be updated each time a new vote concludes.
To add a record to the Legislative Archive, simply visit its page, and click ‘Add New Record’ on the right-hand side of the page. A pop-up will appear, asking you to ‘Select a category’ for the vote you are trying to add. These categories are pre-made, and are as follows: Legislation, Charter Amendment, Foreign Affairs: Embassy Request, Foreign Affairs: Embassy Cancellation, Foreign Affairs: Inter-regional Policy, Disciplinary: Ejection, Disciplinary: Challenge, Election, and Recall.
The category ‘Legislation’ is for a vote that establishes something as a rule in The Internationale, but is not significant enough to change the Charter. An example of this would be a vote to award a comrade an award or medal of some sorts, like Hero of The Internationale, or People’s Artist of The Internationale.
The category ‘Charter Amendment’ is for all votes that would change the Charter.
The category Foreign Affairs: Embassy Request is for votes on proposed embassies. Likewise, Foreign Affairs: Embassy Cancellation is for votes on closing embassies. Foreign Affairs: Inter-regional Policy is a category for votes on matters that apply across regions, such as the admission of a new member region into NSLeft, or the ratification of an inter-regional treaty, like the Solidarity Pact of the NSLeft.
The category Disciplinary: Ejection is an obsolete category meant to contain votes concerning the ejection of nations. This dates back to a time when The Internationale had different rules regarding moderation. The category Disciplinary: Challenge is a category for votes that challenge the disciplinary actions of the Founder or General Council.
The category Election is for any election held for a position in The Internationale. Likewise, the category Recall is for votes on the recall of any elected official.
Select the appropriate category for the vote you are archiving. Now, under ‘Title’ enter the title of the vote if one exists, or create a descriptive title for it. Next, in the ‘Content’ field, add the text of the proposal at vote, following the prescribed formats for each category (currently to be determined). Then, add the date the vote ended. Now, if the proposal was discussed before being put to vote, add a link to the proposal thread in the ‘Proposal’ field. However, if the proposal was not discussed prior to being put to vote, add a link to the vote in the ‘Proposal’ field. Finally, in the ‘Result’ field, add a link to the vote, then select the ‘Result’ from the selection box: ‘Motion Passed’, if the proposal was accepted, or ‘Motion Failed’, if it was rejected. Hit ‘Save’ and you are done.
Maintaining the Charter
The Off-site Charter of The Internationale can be found as a page on the off-site forums of The Internationale, and on-site in a dispatch posted by the Custodian. As Comrade Chairperson, you will have access to the tools used to maintain the off-site page, and also will be expected to publish an updated on-site dispatch in the event of charter amendments, which the Custodian will copy and share from the Founder account.
To edit the Charter of The Internationale off-site, simply visit its page, and click the grey arrow in the middle of the left-side of the screen. This will open Edit Mode, featuring a new sidebar. Ignore this sidebar, and click the ‘Edit’ button towards the middle of the page. This will open WYSIWYG Editor. You will see the current text of the page, and will be able to edit it from here. Add whatever changes to the Charter were voted on, and when you are done, click ‘Save’ at the bottom of the WYSIWYG Editor pop-up, then click ‘Finish Editing’ at the bottom of the sidebar on the left side of the screen. Your changes should now be saved. Refresh the page and make sure it updated.
To publish an updated dispatch containing the Charter, you should first visit the dispatch containing the current charter, which should be linked in the Master Dispatch of The Internationale. In the bottom right hand of the page, there should be a link that says ‘Raw’. Click this link, and you will be brough to a new page containing the raw text of the Charter dispatch. Copy this, and head to the Dispatches Page. In the top right-hand corner of the page, there is a ‘Write Dispatch’ button. Click this, select the category ‘Bulletin’, and the subcategory ‘Policy’ from the drop-down menus. Then title the dispatch, “Charter of The Internationale, MM/DD/YYYY”, with MM/DD/YYYY being the date that the proposed changes to the Charter went into effect. Paste the text of the old Charter that you copied earlier, and now make the appropriate changes as dictated by the charter amendment. Hit ‘Post’, and telegram or send this dispatch to the Custodian via Discord, asking them to update the official dispatch.
Maintaining the History & List of General Councils
The History & List of General Councils can be found as a page on the off-site forums of The Internationale. As Comrade Chairperson, you will have access to the tools used to maintain the off-site page. It should be updated at the beginning of your term to conclude the term of the previous General Council, and add your term. Additionally, it can be updated anytime significant events occur in The Internationale.
To edit the History and List of General Councils, simply visit its page on our off-site forums, and click the grey arrow in the middle of the left-side of the screen. This will open Edit Mode, featuring a new sidebar. Ignore this sidebar, and click the ‘Edit’ button towards the middle of the page. This will open WYSIWYG Editor. You will see the current text of the page, and will be able to edit it from here. Add whatever changes need to be made, click ‘Save’ at the bottom of the WYSIWYG Editor pop-up, then click ‘Finish Editing’ at the bottom of the sidebar on the left side of the screen. Your changes should now be saved. Refresh the page and make sure it updated.
Involvement in and Voting on World Assembly Affairs
The Comrade Chairperson should be involved in issues before the World Assembly. To this end, it is beneficial for you to serve as the in-game World Assembly Delegate.
This is because the World Assembly Delegate has specific powers within the World Assembly. They are able to review upcoming proposals to the World Assembly, and promote those they approve of. Additionally, their decision of ‘For’ or ‘Against’ any proposal at vote is displayed to the entire region, and their vote carries +1 weight in the World Assembly for every endorsement they receive.
As Comrade Chairperson, you should inform the region whenever new resolutions are at-vote before the World Assembly, promote voting within the World Assembly, and keep a tally of comrades’ votes on resolutions.
Most importantly, you must join and participate in the Gameplay Committee of the NSLeft. The Gameplay Committee of the NSLeft’s stated purpose is to discuss World Assembly matters in order to reach an inter-regional consensus, encourage member regions to vote as an inter-regional voting bloc, and promote authorship of World Assembly resolutions. You should encourage our region to vote according to the Gameplay Committee of the NSLeft’s decisions, if a decision is reached.
Providing Leadership & Guidance to the General Council
As First Councillor primus inter pares, it is important for the Comrade Chairperson to be able to provide leadership and guidance to the General Council. Generally, this entails being knowledgeable of the Charter, Code of Conduct, and the duties of all government positions. As Comrade Chairperson, you should encourage the General Council in their positions, provide suggestions for improvement, and answer any questions they may have.
Fulfillment of Duties in Absence of General Council
As First Councillor primus inter pares, the Comrade Chairperson has all Regional Officer powers. Should any General Council position be left unfilled, a Councillor resign, or a Councillor neglect their duties, the Comrade Chairperson must perform those duties in their stead. To this end, it is imperative that the Comrade Chairperson familiarize themselves with all government positions.
To begin with, review the description of the Councilor for External Affair’s duties, as written in the Charter of The Internationale:
Assessing Current Embassies, Embassy Requests & Proposals
Now familiarize yourself with the foreign policy of The Internationale, specifically the Allies and Embassy Requirements sections, as written in the Charter:
- V. Foreign Policy
- 1. Allies
- ▪ Any region that The Internationale maintains embassies with is considered an ally of The Internationale.
- 2. Embassy Requirements
- 1. Embassy regions must have the Anarchist, Anti-Fascist, Communist, Eco-friendly, Feminist, LGBT or Socialist tag.
2. Regions with the Anti-Communist, Capitalist, Fascist, Imperialist, Mercenary, Monarchist, Patriarchal, Puppet Storage, Theocratic, or Totalitarian tags are ineligible to construct embassies with The Internationale.
3. Regions occupied by non-native forces are ineligible to construct embassies with The Internationale, with the exception of regions in line with all other Embassy Requirements of The Internationale that are proposed by a Comrade Member of The Internationale.
4. Regions with fewer than five World Assembly member nations are ineligible to hold embassies with The Internationale, with the exception of regions in line with all other Embassy Requirements of The Internationale that are proposed by a Comrade Member of The Internationale.
5. Regions maintaining embassies with regions with the Anti-Communist and Fascist tags are ineligible to hold embassies with The Internationale.
Your thorough understanding of this policy is essential to performing your duties as Councillor for External Affairs. Based on this policy, you will assess the eligibility of all embassy proposals, incoming embassy requests, and current embassies.
Embassy proposals will be posted in the Proposal Floor board, Matters Up For the Vote board, or on the RMB of The Internationale. If the embassy being proposed is ineligible, it is your duty to inform comrade members of The Internationale.
Incoming embassy requests from other regions will be found on the Region Control page. Visit each region proposing embassies, and determine whether they meet our Foreign Policy requirements. If not, you are authorized to ‘Reject’ their embassy request. However, if they meet the requirements, then their embassy request can be put to vote. You will then need to communicate their incoming embassy request’s eligibility to the Comrade Chairperson, who will take care of the matter.
Periodically, you should take a look at the regional tags of our allies, and the tags of their embassies to make sure they are still eligible for embassies.
Communicating with Ineligible Regions Seeking or Maintaining Embassies
If a region maintaining embassies with us becomes ineligible, you should inform the General Council and the other region’s government of the issue. Give our allied region a chance to rectify the issue. However, if the region remains ineligible, then the embassy will have to be closed. If so, inform the General Council. our region, and then government of the region ineligible for embassies, then use your Regional Officer powers to close the embassy.
If a region has sent an embassy request to ours, but is ineligible to build embassies, then it is your duty to inform their region and ours of why they are ineligible. This is best done on the Regional Message Board of The Internationale, and via telegram to the nation that proposed the embassy.
Seeking Out New Allies
When it comes to allies, we can never have too many. Just keep in mind the requirements set forth in the Charter during your search. All regions maintaining embassies with The Internationale must have at least the anarchist, anti-fascist, communist, eco-friendly, feminist, LGBT, or socialist tags, and cannot be maintaining embassies with anti-communist, or fascist tagged regions.
Your search can be made easier by using the Tag Cloud. You will have to manually check all the regions’ embassies.
Additionally, it is important that you investigate the sort of content the region is putting out. Many regions may on the surface look like potential allies, but are simply roleplay regions, or harbor reactionary attitudes. Make sure you read over their Regional Message Board before formally proposing embassies to be voted on by comrades of The Internationale!
As Councillor of External Affairs, you help represent The Internationale to its allies. Therefore, it is important that you have a presence of some sort in each allied region, whether it be on-site or off-site.
It is highly recommended that you communicate with our allies on their RMBs via embassy posting, when possible, and join each of their Discord servers. Additionally, try to find ways in which our region can interact with their regions on a more intimate basis, i.e., through an inter-regional event such as a game night, music listening party, roleplay, art contest, etc.
For NSLeft member regions, there is a shared diplomatic hub on the NSLeft Discord server. It is recommended you join that server. The server bot should automatically role you to see the diplomatic hub after a period of time. You may also
In the event of any diplomatic conflict, it is your duty as Councillor for External Affairs to lead discussion and attempt to mend relations, when appropriate.
To begin with, review the description of the Councilor for Internal Affairs’ duties, as written in the Charter of The Internationale:
As Councilor for Internal Affairs, you are responsible for scheduling and promoting entertainment events for The Internationale.
Historically, these events have been off-site game events, featuring games such as Skribbl.io, and music listening parties on Discord in the #radio-internationale channel. However, you can be as innovative as you’d like with these events.
These events are best done at least once a week. Simply pick a date and time, inform the region on the RMB, via telegram, and Discord a few days beforehand, and on the day of the event.
A poll was held in NSLeft member regions regarding the best days, times, and games to play for such events, which you can view here. It may be beneficial to hold such a poll in The Internationale during your term.
If you’d like to hold a music event, join the #radiointernationale voice channel in our Discord server. Make sure the bot, Lenin, is in the voice channel with you. If the bot is not in the channel, type .summon in the #radiointernationale text channel to bring the bot into the voice channel with you. Now, in the text channel, comrades may search SoundCloud for songs to play by typing .search, and then the artist name or song title. Here is an example: .search The Coup The Guillotine
Polls are a good way to provoke conversation and deeper involvement in the region. For instance, you might create a poll asking where everyone is from, their political stance, what their age range is, or whether they’ve considered joining The Red Fleet, etc. It is up to you what the topic will be, so get creative!
To create a poll, simply go to the Region Control page, scroll down to the Polls category at the bottom of the page, and click ‘New Poll’. You will be prompted for a title, optional poll text, duration of polling, voter criteria, and answer choices. Once you’re done filling this out, hit ‘Publish.’ The poll will appear on our region’s page, above the Regional Happenings.
You are responsible for the execution of several recruitment campaigns aimed at getting comrades more involved in the region and NationStates. On a regular basis, you should mention, and promote membership on the RMB and Discord in the following: The World Assembly, The Red Fleet, the off-site forums of our region, and our regional Discord.
Several standardized telegrams have been created to help with these recruitment drives. You should send these out regularly, as well. You can do so without the use of telegram stamps by navigating to the Region Control page and clicking 'Compose a Region-Wide Telegram to The Internationale'. The telegrams can be found below. Simply click 'Read Dispatch', and you will be directed to a raw text version for quick copy-pasting.
Thank you all for choosing to be a part of our great region, The Internationale! We are always working hard and striving to make the region better with your help!
In order to increase the influence and the security of the region, we are campaigning today, in order to ask you to join the World Assembly, if you haven't done so already.
A valid e-mail address is required, and you may only have one nation in the World Assembly at a time, according to the rules of NationStates. You can join by clicking on the World Assembly button on the left side of your browser window, clicking the 'Apply to Join' button on the next page, and clicking the link sent from NationStates to your e-mail inbox.
If you still have any problems with the process or any other questions to ask, don't hesitate to reach me.
This is a recruitment message for The Red Fleet.
As expected, the first question to be answered is: what is The Red Fleet?
The Red Fleet is a multiregional anti-fascist fighting force that stands in solidarity with all comrades! The Red Fleet fights against imperialists, fascists, and Nazis, across all of NationStates!
Do you want to join comrades-in-arms to take the fight against fascists and imperialists?
Do you want to defend your comrades from the threat of fascist invasions?
Do you want to be a part of the premier leftist and anti-fascist fighting force on NS?
Then all you have to do is submit a rate application here: https://theredand.black/trf/trf/
Have you created an account on the off-site forums and joined us on Discord? If not, you should do it today!
Why join the off-site forums and Discord, you ask? Well, you’ll be able to access more content and become more immersed in the region by doing so!
On our off-site forum you can:
Participate in government decision-making and run for office!
Engage in roleplay!
Interact with other comrades from NSLeft!
On Discord you can:
Instant chat and voice chat with comrades!
Participate in exclusive events, such as music listening parties!
Wondering how to get started? Check out the instructions below!
You should see an embedded screen from NationStates showing your nation and a login verification code.
If you don't see this code and instead are greeted with a message that says "Uh-oh, The login page is not available in embed mode," make sure you're logged in to NationStates in the same browser that you are trying to register with; some users have had issues seeing the code that were fixed by switching to a different browser.
If you want to change your primary nation on the forum at any time, you can login to your puppet nation here on NationStates and then go to the Claim Nation page (https://theredand.black/claim-nation/) to associate the puppet with your existing forum account.
Once you have created a forum account, make sure you're logged into your forum account & the Discord account that you would like to verify. Next, head to the Discord Verification page (https://theredand.black/discord/discord) and click the "Authenticate Me!" button in the center of the page.
This button will take you to the official Discord website (discordapp.com), where you will be prompted to allow the NSLeft to verify information on your Discord account. To work properly, we need three things:
Who you are on Discord (your username)
Whether your Discord email address has been verified (only users with verified Discord email addresses may join the NSLeft server)
Permission to add you to the NSLeft server, in case you are not already a member.
Once you authorize this information, you will be redirected back to the forum. If verification worked properly, you will be greeted with a green check mark and success message. If not, you will have an error message that you can send to the NSLeft Off-Site Administrator @Courelli for assistance.
Once you have properly verified your Discord account, head over to the Discord server which you're trying to access, and type .verify. This will prompt our Discord bot, Lenin, to role you properly. After that, you're free to socialize with your comrades to your heart's content!