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CommUnity Newsletter [Volume One]




The CommUnity Newsletter is owned and operated by the Force Unity Party and aims to bring the latest in Union Politics, FUP Happenings, and a good time. Full releases are published irregularly, so the CommUnity also releases individual Articles and Exclusives which can later on be re-released in full releases. Founded on the 23rd of June, 2020, the CommUnity is independently published under the Media Policy of Force and is protected by freedom of speech and press.

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On the 20th of April, NationStates saw a large influx of new nations arrive and scatter across the metaverse like never before. The reason? An event appropriately dubbed by the community as the "Drewpocalypse", in which YouTuber Drew Durnill, at 590 thousand Subscribers at the time of this article's writing, released a YouTube video showcasing the very game you're reading this on right now, NationStates. This, obviously, caused the massive wave of new nations to arrive. While dozens of articles have already been written about this topic before when it was more relevant, this article will focus more on the event's impacts on our Union.

The event seemed to have made no visible impacts on other territories in terms of population booms, so this article will mostly talk about Force. The CommUnity made the graph below using the population graphs available on NationStates, and includes the four most important events of the "Drewpocalypse" - the First and Second Waves, marking the releases of the two videos Drew made on his channel; and the First and Second CTEings, marking 30 days away from their respective Waves.

Before the First Wave, we can see population steadily increasing from the efforts of past and present administrations. It can very visibly be seen however that after the first wave, the population just skyrockets with 20 to 40 more nations, many of which were confirmed to be from Drew Durnil's videos. The Second Wave was much less impactful, but could be potentially the cause of the slight increase seen a couple of days later.

The population is maintained for the next weeks after the Drewpocalypse with the natural newcomers and nations ceasing-to-exist (CTE), but once it came to the First CTEing, it can be seen on the graph that it very clearly declines rapidly, and the Second CTEing obviously made no negative impacts since the Second Wave did have any positive impacts, and the natural increase of nations can be seen kick back in action after that point in time.

Overall, the Drewpocalypse was much much more impactful to the other, larger regions - and while it did certainly boost and maintain the population numbers in Force, that was just about it. The event will, however, be a historical moment across NationStates that dared to challenge the responsiveness and welcomeness of regions across the metaverse, and Force surely did not disappoint.

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With recent expansions and appointments, the Union of Force's development and participation in our territories have been greater than ever, with more and more people interested in getting involved. This hyper-development began on the 9th of June, where through an Executive Order, the region of Canterbury was annexed into a province of the Union after having past history of involvement with Force. Later that day, another EO created the first unique territory of the Union, the province of Greater Arcem, in which the former provinces of Arcem and The New United Commonwealth are integrated under a joint government structure, signaling potential plans in store for Greater Arcem. Later on that week, two more EOs would appoint Chundukeratopia and [DPP] Pridnestrovskaia Moldavskaia (more known on Discord as Nevertheless) as Governors to Canterbury and Power, espectively. The CommUnity had the honor of interviewing these new Governors and their plans in their provinces.

Good day, Governor! First off, congratulations on your most recent appointment as Governor of Canterbury. We hope we might ask you for a brief interview?

    Thank you, I'd be more than happy to share my thoughts!

Wonderful, let's dive right in! First question, In what direction do you want Canterbury to go towards in a governmental aspect?

    Well, I'm very interested in restoring the region to what it once was, but with some minor improvements to the governing structure. I'd like to give it's residents more power in every decision the government makes, rather than it being representative as before. More of a true democracy

Do you plan to make Canterbury stand out? If so, how?

    For starters I'd like to give Centerbury a whole new look to make it feel less outdated. I've changed the region's flag so far, and plan to update the WFE accordingly to suit the new style. The main goal, hopefully, will be to engage the community on discord though, while the RMB will be for more specific discussions relevant to NS as a whole. I hope that with these efforts, the region will start to stand out more, especially among newcomers to the game

Wonderful! Those seem like excellent plans - [and] since you've stated your plans, which will be your main priorities now that you've started as Governor?

    For the time being, my full attention is turned towards recruitment. Once Canterbury has more residents, I can begin to focus on other things such as community events, and hopefully raise the activity level across discord and the RMB

Sources [i](totally not just me) show that you, along with other well known Force individuals such as Tigslarlowducken and New Legland, have had previous history in Canterbury. What was the region like before?

    Canterbury was originally made as something for us all to work on together while we were at school, so it was a very casual and tight-knit community. After a while however, the government started encountering some issues, namely with our original founder, and after he was overthrown the activity level slowly started to dwindle. It's never quite been the same since then, but I'd like to bring it back it to its former glory

I'm sure Canterbury will be as glorious as ever soon enough under you! In the long run, do you plan to make Canterbury more independent from the Capital or more connected to it?

    Even before Canterbury and Force were affiliated, I've always strongly supported an alliance between our two regions, and now I'd like to strengthen that bond even further

The flag currently flying in Canterbury appears to also have had a long history behind it with several versions similar to it fly before. How did this flag come to be and what does it mean?

    As I've mentioned previously, Canterbury was originally a region based on our school, and even though many of us have moved on from it now we still have a strong connection to that place. The strong blue and gold as well as the knight mascot actually come from the football team, and represent strength and honor

That's quite wonderful to read, and a good note to conclude on. That's all the questions we have planned for you, Governor Chundukeratopia. But before we end this interview, would you like to say anything?

    For now I believe that's all the news I have, but I hope that soon there'll be more to share about the reconstruction of Canterbury!

Thank you very much for your time and the best of luck in Canterbury! Have a safe and wonderful day!

    You too, I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule for this

Good day, Governor! Congratulations on your most recent appointment as Governor of Power. We hope we might ask you for a brief interview?

    Yes, I am available to do an interview

Great! First off, In what direction do you want Power to go towards in a governmental aspect?

    I would love for Power to take form of governance similar to that of Force. The Cabinet, in terms of actual positions, will be nearly identical with the minor change of being a Presidency instead of an Office of Prime Minister.
    There will also be a bicamerial legislative with one being the House of Representatives that all Force territories share and a Senate, filled with citizens of Power.
    And then like what Heart and RGBN does, share the Court.

What will be your main priorities now that you've started as Governor?

    My main priorities are now to grow Power's population through recruitment as well as the creation of on-site Info Dispatches and the Discord.
    Once I obtain a recruitment key Power will be gaining population through a API, manual recruitment, and Disboard.

Nice, best of luck with those! Now, I'm sure you know Power was previously under a different administration, and it seems you're currently using the Constution made by said administration. Do you plan to change or adapt this in the future or keep it as is?

    It will be amended before notable traffic comes to Power. The previous constitution is wellmade and can hold on it's own, however, it does not suit Power's current situation. It would work great back in Power's day when it had twentyfive or so members, but I do not think it will when it regains that lost population.
    It does set out specific ministries by the government, however that expectation of filling them can not be made when Power has so few residents as of current.

Excellent approach, I might say. Next question: How do you like the flag?

    It is a great flag and I feel like it works amazingly with the aesthetic of Force.

In the long run, do you plan to make Power more independent from the Capital or more connected to it?

    While I can not say for certain as Power does not have a defined culture separate or connected to the Capital currently, I would like to say more independent in the means self-governance with the exception of Foreign Affairs and Defense.

Wonderful! Now - For the last question; Perhaps the most important question in this interview, Pandas or koalas?

    Pandas without a doubt

This is so sad. That's all the questions we have planned for you, Mister Nevertheless. But before we end this interview, would you like to say anything at all?

    my pfp is a panda, what did you expect? Umm - I would like to say for anyone interested check out Power on Nationstates.

Thank you very much for your time and the best of luck in Power! Have a safe and wonderful day!

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Following an Emergency House and Court Election on the 11th of May to fill in empty gaps, we saw two newcomers out of three candidates enter the House Elections, [DPP] Rep. Silvedania and [FUP] Rep. EGM (the third being [DPP] Rep. Diabeetus); and only one candidate entered the Justice Election, [FUP] Justice Tigslarlowducken. All four of them won the seats they ran for and we have had the pleasure of interviewing the newcomers in the house as well as Justice Tigslarlowducken.

Good day, Representative! First and foremost, Congratulations on your election to the House. Granted, it's been quite a few weeks ago already - but we hope you don't mind us asking you a few questions?

    Thank you! That would be great!

Excellent! We'll get right in, shall we? First, What are your main priorities now that you have been elected as a Representative?

    My main priorities are just to scrap Amendment L, which is currently being voted on, and also cleaning up the relations between the Cabinet and the House. (Note: Amendent 22 has already been passed at the time of this article's publishing)

Very simple yet effective. Second, Are there any particular issues that stand out for you and would wish to resolve?

    Well, the issue of Libertatis Regalis stood out to me, and I want to try to and make sure something like that never happens again.

Ah yes, that was quite the issue. Any ideas specifically to combat that?

    Basically just trying to moderate our forums more, basically hiring moderators.

Ah yes, quite simple, one might think. Next, You've been seated as Representative for well over [a few] weeks now since the Elections, how was your experience been so far?

    It has been very good, but sometimes people can get a little sidetracked when meetings are in session.

How exactly?

    When we are talking about a new house bill, or anything, people have joked around, and started talking about gaming.

I've actually been to a few Cabinet meetings where the same happens as well :P We're gonna wrap up this very short interview after this, but lastly, would you like to say anything at all before its conclusion?

    I just am glad to be serving as a House Reprsentative.

Thank you so much for your time, it's been very much appreciated. Have a safe and wonderful day, Rep. Silvedania!

Good day, Representative! First and foremost, Congratulations on your election to the House. Granted, it's been quite a few weeks ago already - but we hope you don't mind us asking you a few questions?

    Yes of course. I'm happy to answer some questions

Great! First off, What are your main priorities now that you have been elected as a Representative?

    My main priority is to ensure the law is fair and just. I shall strive to improve it and make sure it is what the people of Force agree with. Also I shall try and engage with the community more and encourage others to join in too.

All very wise options! Secondly, are there any particular issues that stand out for you and would wish to resolve?

    I don't think there's anything in particular at the moment that I wish to resolve. As I am only 2 weeks into the role (at the time the interview was conducted) I'm still learning how the system works but when I get a better understanding of how it works, and also when I know what the people want, I shall start to investigate what I can do to resolve these issues.

Very straightforward yet smart decision. Next, as you said, you've been seated as Representative for well over [a few] weeks now since the Elections, how was your experience been so far?

    Well it's been interesting. Unfortunately due to most of the members, myself included, being new to the house is has been a little slow in functioning. I have attended a house meeting, which was successful in covering some amendments but it also got invaded by other people and turned into some kind of debate. Although it was quite entertaining, it really didn't help with the functioning of the house. Then there was also the PMQs, which had to be postponed and that meant I was unable to attend. All in all it has been an interesting experience so far. I feel with time all the members will be able to have more of an influence and the functioning of the house will improve once we've got a better grip of the operations that we partake in.

Well said, very well said. We're gonna wrap up this very short interview after this, but lastly, would you like to say anything at all before the conclusion of this interview?

    I would just like to thank everyone for electing me and I shall strive to serve you as best as I can. If anyone has any issues that they would like to be addressed, do not hesitate in making them known to me or any other house members. Wishing you all the best

Thank you so much for your time, it's been very much appreciated. Have a safe and wonderful day, Rep. EGM!

Good day, Justice Tigslarlowducken! Before anything starts, a quick congratulations for being elected as Justice! We hope you don't mind us asking a few questions?

    Ok

You've been elected for around two weeks now (at the time of the interview), how's your experience been in the Court so far?

    Well I haven't really had to do anything because there haven't been any complaints raised and the House seems to be in a coma.

Do you have anything in plan to achieve as Justice?

    Facilitate the continuation of Force

Though not exactly recent, what is your opinion on the Libertatis Situation?

    He's a deplorable person

Anything else to add?

    I'm surprised he wasn't removed earlier

Indeed. That's all the questions we have in plan, really. To conclude the interview, is there anything you want to say before we end it?

    Not really

Thank you very much for your time, it's very much appreciated! Have a safe and wonderful day!

    No problem

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On the 18th of February, Minister of Internal Affairs [FUP] Caduceo announced on the RMB that he would do Daily Questions to help increase and maintain activity on-site, an area he claims needed more inclusitivity. Unfortnately, he fell off the "daily" part of the Daily Questions to allow for more people to be able to answer the questions, but activity is strong and at the time of this article's writing, Caduceo is nearing 50 questions asked on the RMB and some other individuals have even joined in with their Unnoficial Questions being posted as well! So we'll be taking the time here to look back at some of the funniest, weirdest, and greatest answers to these questions!

Question #1 - What is your all-time favorite book/novel and why?
Greatest Elysium wrote:The Force Constitution.

Reason: It was wrote by our glorious Kaiser renegalle. Yes

Question #2 - Which fandom is the best fandom? LOTR, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Dr. Who, Game of Thrones, My Little Pony, or other?

Karitsosia wrote:My little pony. I think that's fairly obvious.

Question #6 - if you had access to an armory with all the weapons that ever existed - fictional or not, magic or not, overpowered or not - which would be your one weapon of choice?

New Legland wrote:my dad

Question #7 - what is/are your preferred syrup/toppings on your pancakes, waffles, crepes, or otherwise?

New Legland wrote:ketchup

Question #9 - when you are stressed/tired/burned out, what is your go-to solution to relax yourself?

Alemputo wrote:In Our Equal State of Alemputo, we are all happy and willing to work hard to progress ourselves as a great and level nation. We accept our limitations knowing that happiness will follow. There is no need to relax ourselves, because we all know that we are working towards a cause that is greater than the individual.

-Starlight Glimmer

Today we have a double question!
Question #12 - for the Minecraft players out there, what's your favorite block in Minecraft?
Question #13 - among all the world's nations, which one is your absolute favorite?

New Legland wrote:i'll answer both:
azerbaijan
kazakhstan
in no particular order

Question #14 - what quote has been used by you in your life often or has influenced you the most?

Renegalle wrote:"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." ~Mark Twain

Question #20 - what is, in your opinion, the most epic historical name/nickname/event/location ever?

Azerubia wrote:Pee Pee Island in Canada

Question #27 - which continent is the best continent?

Silvedania wrote:none of them,
the moon is the best.

Question #28 - who, in your opinion, has been the best President of the USA?

New Legland wrote:garfield

Question #30 - if you could only choose one activity among the following, which would you choose - Rock Climbing, Spelunking, Skydiving, Hang gliding, Scuba diving, or Free diving? and imagine it's in the most extreme circumstances

Great allegheny wrote:I have 500 hours on Terraria and I use to play Spelunky on Xbox, I'm more than qualified to do irl spelunking.

Question #32 - What is your #1 source of quality memes?

EGM wrote:School meme accounts that went undercover as a student at another school got expelled for hosting a meme account.
Although I'm not sure they'd be classed as quality memes

Question #33 - do you classify yourself as an introvert, extrovert, or an ambivert?

New Legland wrote:just a vert

New Legland wrote:and why are you listing all of these shades of green

Silvedania's Unofficial question:
Do you like potatoes?

Caduceo wrote:Damn right I do

WWE World's UNOFFICAL Question #36 - who is your all-time favorite wrestler?

New Legland wrote:my parents

The anime tiddies wrote:Can confirm, their parents are great at taking my hits and fighting back

Question #36 - if you were to encounter an exact doppelganger of yourself, would you get along well and what would be the first thing you do together?

New Legland wrote:each other

Question #38 - I believe I've asked this before on the Discord, but I don't mind repeating it. If your favorite food item was served at a party, you already ate one, and came back for more but there was only one left - Would you take it for yourself or leave it?

Brothia wrote:The Might Nation of Brothia's Mighty Democratic Process has declared that it would be eaten. It is not Brothia's fault the other party goers are weak and have not taken their chance to eat the food.

Question #42 - if you can only spend the rest of your life with either YouTube or Netflix (one only), which would you choose and why?

Marmotville wrote:that's so mean I don't want to choose
insert gone cat

Question #43 - would you rather die painfully but gain immense fame after death or peacefully in your sleep but nobody'll remember your name?

EGM wrote:I would prefer to die peacefully in my sleep and be remembered by only those that really matter.
However, if the immense fame afterwards were to lead to something good and inspire change in the world then I would be more inclined to go with that, even if it meant a painful death.

Question #47 - which one do you use or prefer the most - Metric units, Imperial units, or US customary units?

Viethin wrote:Lived and raised with metric my dude. Ever had a problem converting your small values to you big values? I haven't. Take that imperial.

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In This Edition:

• Headlines
• Party Platform
• Desk Of The Chair
• The Party List

Welcome to The Party List, a column dedicated to interviewing the People Behind The Progress inside the Force Unity Party

Today, we are speaking with one of Force's most decorated Citizens with a resume to match political powerhouses in the Union's history. He's been Former Deputy Prime Minister of three terms; Former Advisor to the Prime Minister; Former Minister of Defense, Communications, Foreign Affairs, and Internal Affairs; Former House Representative of [two] terms; Former Speaker of the House of two terms (one Acting); Former Deputy Speaker of the House; Former Prime Minister of two terms; Recipient of both Dot Citizenship and Knighthood; and of course, founder and Chairperson of the Force Unity Party. I'm talking about none other than our very own Sir Lashnakia, how are you today?

    I am fine, thank you. Yourself?

Very well myself, thanks for asking. Shall we dive right into the questions?

    Yes, we shall.

Wonderful! Now, you've been in Force for a notable amount of time now. How and when would you say your political career started in Force?

    Pretty much as soon as i joined Heart. I was MoComm for Heart for a month or so, then the at-the-time Prime Minister Libertatis Regalis promoted me to be his Deputy Prime Minister.

    Had a good term as DPM, but my next notable term as anything was really as PM, as I struggled beforehand to get certain ministries kickstarted, and wasn’t exactly instructed.

But it seems in the end you've done really well when it came to that part, wouldn't you say?

    After my term as Prime Minister, yes, i was able to kickstart into any job i got.

Next question, how would you describe your entire stay in Force in a couple of words?

    That’s a very good question! It’s also a very difficult one.

Take your time

    I would describe it as a rollercoaster of a ride.

In a positive way, I assume?

    A majority of it yes. There have also, obviously, been many negatives, some of my own volition, some which i had no control over.

Next off, what were your primary inspirations in pursuing progress in the Union?

    I wanted to make the region thrive with newcomers active, instead of the constant old guard, in whatever they wished to participate in, whether it be regional politics, RP or events.

A glorious aspiration, if I do say so myself. What was the most difficult obstacle you met during your time in Force?

    Leading the region in either term was no easy task, regardless of how well it went; My discouragement when active newcomers who looked good for the region leaving, and having the same people running, was frustrating; My constant bust-ups with Libertatis Regalis made it hard as well.

Was Heart your first region when you came to NS?

    It was not, no. I served some spells in other regions with another nation in Soviet Democracy and the Revolutionary Communist Alliance, at one point later on even becoming President of Soviet Democracy before it fell apart.

why are you so Communist?

    I'm not

Our next question is a simple one: what is your favorite part about the Union?

    The Community. Most veterans answer with that - A spirited, friendly and humorous community which only some people have managed to intoxicate.

I'd answer the same tbh. You've seen quite a few Prime Ministers come and go, including yourself. Would you call your past terms successful?

    Yes.

Epic. If you could change one thing about Force, anything, what would it be?

    Get rid of the constant political intoxication and rivalry, as it just frustrates people and isn’t needed, even if it is a politics game.

Well said. Our interview is coming to a close, so would you like to say anything - anything at all before we conclude this?

    Not of particular note, no. Do you have any further questions?

None at all Thank you very much for your time, Sir Lashnakia. It's truly been an honor. Have a wonderful day. Stay safe!

    *honour

Hello, fabulous readers! At the time of this article's publishing, I am Deputy Chairperson Caduceo of the Force Unity Party, here to talk about the release of this Edition and progress in the FUP in this column, "From The Desk Of The Chair", a column specially designated for updates and messages from the Chairperson and will most likely appear in every published edition after this one. I'll be temporarily stealing the spotlight in this edition from our actual Chairperson Lashnakia, as he's only been recently reseated as Chairperson and I had stuff thought up to say in this column beforehand. Soooo...sorry Lash, but don't worry - I asked permission.

It's very likely that you'll skip this column altogether, but I'm here to talk about the FUP and its recent progress since its founding. As you may or may not know, we have been the minority party since our existence - and this is highlighted by our thinning membership and participation in government. I am not afraid to admit this, but I will tell you right now - the FUP has made sufficient progress on the foundations of our party. Let's break this statement down to the core goals we have achieved:

  • Inside the FUP...

    • We have established a Leadership Development Program that aims to accompany and guide newcomers to our Union's political field. This is a major step we have taken to grow our party ethically and rightfully.

    • This very piece you are reading - inside the CommUnity Newsletter - is landmark to showing the Union that we mean business. That we will make it happen. Not only has this crossed off another goal on the Manifesto but this is also the first independent newspaper to be registered on our Independent Media Policy (but not the first independent media outlet)

    • We have set up our party platform - our campaign for the coming July elections. You've seen it above this column and know this - we will make it happen.

We are in need of your support now more than ever. Taking the time to read our party platform, supporting our campaign, and voting for us in the July 2020 elections are vital to help achieve the best of the best for our Union. You might even be inclined to join and participate in the FUP and to that I say yes, it's the greatest help you can give us at this time. That's all for now - see you in the next issue of the CommUnity. Don't forget to always Choose Unity

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