Hello! Welcome to the Foreign Affairs Update for July 2021!
It’s been several months since the last FA Update, an entire term in fact. We all hope that you’ve been doing well through the pandemic and the extremely warm summer months.
First off, we’re currently in the midst of a cultural event! Come check out the Battle of All Things (forum link). Have you ever wanted to see how a character you’ve created, meme or otherwise, stacks up against the competition in a vote-based character battle tournament? Well you’re in luck! We’re currently accepting character applications until August 21, 2021. To enter, all we require is that you have a forum account.
Refugia has recently completed an election! As we start our new terms, the face of the Council has pretty dramatically changed. Several Councillors were term-limited and several others chose not to stand for a second term. This is good, because we’re always happy to see new people try positions out in our regional government. The results, once they were counted, have shown the following:
Feu de Glace, beginning her first term as Councillor of Operations
Lethodus, beginning their first term as Councillor of Culture
Liphia, beginning his first term as Councillor of the Interior
Sylh Alanor, beginning her first term as Councillor of World Assembly Affairs
Refuge Isle, as the Arch-Admin, retains a seat on the Council. As no member state elected to stand for the Foreign Affairs Councillor position, Refuge Isle will be considered Acting Councillor of Foreign Affairs until a volunteer can be located and appointed to the position.
As of July 1st, 2021, we met and exceeded our Eco-Friendliness and Environmental Beauty goals for 2021! Refugia has set for ourselves environmental stat goals every year since our founding in early 2019. While this isn’t the first year we’ve beaten our self-challenged numbers, it’s the first year we’ve done it with more than a month or two to go in the year.
In other news, we’ve been working to create more of a separation between our central community, Calamity Refuge, and Refugia, which is our NationStates branch. As some of our regulars have begun retiring from or wishing to implement some distance between themselves and the site, we have started putting more effort into the forums and finding other games for us to play. After beginning this effort in February, the community seems to have adjusted reasonably well. Several game nights, first by previous Councillor of Culture Sylh Alanor and then followed up by current Councillor of Culture Lethodus, have seen significant turnout.
Also on the forum side, we've started getting back into roleplaying. Two new RP threads were started, one in the spring and one this month. One of the RP threads was a reset of one that had been popular back in 2018, and the other was entirely new.