4 April 2021 - Week 12 - Vice Delegate's Update
Happy Easter, everyone!
Keeper numbers continue to increase even as WA numbers fluctuate from week to week. Security Council endorsement numbers are strong across the board, and I have sent out endorsement alert dispatches and telegrams for Frances Francis the First of France, Xagill, Sil Dorsett, Territorio di Nessuno, and Kranostav. The goal is to have every SCer at or above 1010 endorsements, and we will reach that goal soon. Xagill's endorsements are now on par with the rest of the SC, and will only increase from here.
World Assembly Development Program
Two pieces of news here. Firstly, the March 2021 WADP Awards Volume is out! Card rewards will follow shortly, and will be tracked in this new thread. We have numerous new top-10 winners this time around, so be sure to upvote the dispatch for maximum visibility! Part 2 of the awards can be found here. Secondly, lottery RMB posts are back in business! For those unaware, automated RMB posting of the winners of our 3 daily legendary lotteries ceased a few weeks ago despite the actual gifting of the cards continuing as usual. I have rectified the issue, caught up on all missed lottery posts, and will be posting all lottery winners in this thread every week to maximize visibility.
Endotarting Event - Spring into Action!
We're on the cusp of releasing our big April endotarting event. This event will last until the end of the month, and will feature multiple mainstream prizes in addition to supporting card prizes. For an early look at the event, see the spoiler below:
To ensure our security and safeguard our democracy, we've asked new WA members to endorse the Delegate, Vice Delegate, and Security Council of The North Pacific, thereby becoming Keepers of the North. On a personal note, I would like to thank all our Keepers for helping keep (heh) our region safe.
But this event isn't about us. It's about you.
Spring into Action is a regionwide endorsement event running until the end of April. The objective is simple: boost the endorsement counts as many of our WA residents as possible, and increase our collective endorsements as a region. This doesn't just benefit you with a shiny badge: it [url
~ First, you should endorse the delegate, vice delegate, and members of the Security Council:
~ Second, you can endorse WA nations belonging to Keepers of the North. These nations are very likely to return your endorsement.
When it comes to exchanging endorsements, The North Pacific (TNP) is unique for two reasons. First, it has by far the most World Assembly (WA) nations among all regions in the world, meaning that very large endorsement counts are easily possible. Second, TNP is the only Game-Created Region and one of very few large regions that do not enforce a strict endorsement limit: WA nations are permitted to gather as many endorsements as they want, provided they do not exceed the endorsement count of Vice Delegate Cretox State. As a result of the above, plenty of nations within TNP have several hundred endorsements - more than most other regional delegates - despite not being the delegate, vice delegate, or members of the Security Council.
With the WA Development Program (WADP), we take our liberal endorsement policy a step further: we encourage all WA nations to collect and maintain large endorsement counts. You heard it right, it's time to start endotarting!
Before reading any further, keep in mind that you can only exchange endorsements within TNP if your TNP nation is a WA member. If your nation is not in the WA, you can read here about why it should be.
What do I gain by having a large endorsement count?
Below are some of the ways in which a large endorsement count benefits your nation.
I thought only the delegate could gather endorsements?
The game allows any WA nation to give and collect endorsements. And while it is common in other regions to prohibit nations other than the delegate from doing so, in TNP this is not the case. To the contrary, we actively encourage nations to collect endorsements.
How many endorsements may my nation have?
Regional law mandates that the vice delegate is the nation with the second most endorsements in the region. As a result, you are legally allowed to have as many endorsements as one below those of Vice Delegate Cretox State. In practice, we would ask that you keep a distance of at least 50 endorsements from the Vice Delegate or less than 75% of the Delegate's endorsement count (whichever is lower), as otherwise the region can become vulnerable to external attacks. We will send you a notice if you accidentally get too close.
How do I collect endorsements?
Below are some tips on how to efficiently collect endorsements (a.k.a., "endotart").
~ Send nations you endorse a friendly telegram, asking them to endorse you back. Plugging the WA Development Program (this series of dispatches) in your telegram improves responsiveness.
~ Become a Keeper of the North to be added to the TL;DR box above and improve your nation's visibility.
Several nations in TNP endotart, so you will likely have already received their endorsements and telegrams. You should be kind and return the favor!
How do I endorse someone?
Endorsing is very easy. Let's say for example you want to endorse Delegate McMasterdonia. You go to their nation page, and scroll all the way to the bottom. There, you will see a button "Endorse McMasterdonia". Click that, and that's it! You can endorse any other WA nation in the same way. If you do not see the button to endorse, then this means that your nation either is not a WA member, or is not within TNP. You can read here about how and why to fix that.
How does The North Pacific benefit if I gather endorsements?
As we mentioned above, the more endorsements your nation has, the faster its regional influence increases. In turn, having a high influence means that it costs a lot for a delegate to eject or ban your nation. Having a large number of trustworthy WA nations with high influence means that, should an unruly delegate usurp power, it will be difficult for them to eject everyone and get control of the region. By collecting endorsements with your TNP WA nation in TNP, you directly make our region safer. Thanks!
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Endorse at least 90% of the region with our handy endorsement tool.
Tell your friends! Every additional person who participates helps you win another prize!
Oh right, the prizes. Yeah, there are going to be prizes.
Every individual goal you complete brings us closer to achieving our regional endorsement goals, which will consist of 6 collective endorsement tiers. Exact numbers will be finalized when the event proper begins. Both individual and regional goals will be rewarded by card prizes, in addition to our 3 daily Keeper lotteries and WADP awards volume at the end of the month. However, we understand that not everyone's a big fan of cards. That's why our main prizes will be aimed at everyone, not just cards fans.
Non-card prizes will include an additional step: nominations by the community. I will announce these nominations followed by a kick-off of the event as soon as I get executive sign-off.
The event will also run in tandem with 3 resident-only regional polls, following the SC's quest for more funding after a run-in with the Gameside Advocates. The first of these polls is out, and you can can vote right here.
.The event TLDR:
Endorse at least 90% of the region with our handy endorsement tool.
Tell your friends!
A grand total of 189 threads have been released thus far in the term, with 30 more to be released likely tomorrow. We're making great progress on this, and it'll either be finished this term or leave minimal final cleanup for next term, depending on how much time our other projects eat up. You can follow along with the ongoing declassification effort in this new thread.
That thread also contains a new guide to the declassification process built into its opening post. This is intended to alleviate any questions people may have regarding why certain declassifications are used, and how they're justified. Once this declassification effort is complete, that thread will be locked and archived, and the guide will be rolled into this thread's opening post.
Endotarting Guide + SC Handbook
The SC has been very helpful with both of these efforts, and we've identified plenty of existing buried information to draw from, especially for the guide. The guide will include a process for requesting individualized support with reaching a given endorsement goal. At this point, I just need to sit down and finish up what I started writing. As I said previously, this dispatch covering the card lottery should be updated to better reflect the modern state of our card rewards programs. If I'm updating that dispatch, I could and likely will incorporate that guide to our regional card rewards programs into this recently made thread on WADP and lottery cards.
On the subject of cards, I have been closely working with interested ministers to bring the executive card rewards sheet back up to date. While the future of the program is ultimately up to the delegate, I personally believe that getting through the tasks backlog is critical to any version of that future.
Whew, that was a lot. On a final note, I would like to address the recent delay in this weekly update initiative. There's been a huge amount of work going on behind the scenes, and I've been providing regular updates on that, whether on the Discord or via new forum threads. I decided that a larger, comprehensive report that covers the full extent of what's been happening would be preferable to smaller reports that only show part of the picture, especially given the public updates being made outside of this thread.
I'd like to close off by giving a big thank you to everyone who's helped make the term go so smoothly thus far. This time wouldn't have been nearly as successful or fun without each and every one of you.