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Refugia FA Update: July 2021

Hello! Welcome to the Foreign Affairs Update for July 2021!

A copy of our most recently delivered Foreign Affairs dispatch.

The Office of Foreign Affairs, currently overseen by Councillor Sylh Alanor, works to establish and maintain positive relationships with our friends all around the world of Nationstates. We are responsible for overseeing the development and drawing of travel runes, as well as maintaining the gates that will sweep our envoys from the safety of Refugia and deposit them in different regions around the world. Once there, our envoys maintain a presence in the diplomatic sector of that region, delivering news from Refugia to our friends.

Throughout most of Refugia’s history, the Office of Foreign Affairs has been a sleepy place. For the first year of Refugia’s existence, diplomatic relations were only established with two regions. As we’ve continued growing, however, more diplomatic ties and embassies have been opened up, with more possibilities coming in all the time. Our diplomatic strengths have always been stability of the region and positive, friendly relations with those regions we befriend.

Between September of 2020 and January of 2021, Refugia's FA office began processing potential embassies and diplomatic relations at a breakneck pace, holding eleven embassy referendums over those few months. On top of official embassies, Refugia opened up diplomatic offices in The East Pacific. The envoy programme began in October of 2020, allowing Refugia to maintain a presence in its allied communities and keep our friends aware of what is going on within our region.

If you’re looking to establish diplomatic relations or an embassy with us, please read the following. While we don’t have strict requirements for embassies, we do look out for some specific things while making the final decision on whether or not to accept.

  • Have you done your research on us? Before being able to open or close an embassy, we’re required to put it up to a four-day regional referendum. If you request an embassy without letting the Councillor of Foreign Affair know ahead of time, there is no way they can accept your request before going through the process. This will usually be interpreted as a lack of interest on the part of the requester in Refugia, as they did not research the region.

  • Does it seem like your region is likely to be active in the future? When looking into this, the Councillor of Foreign Affairs will look at number of nations, activity in the RMB, and how long the region has been around. There aren’t solid numbers on requirements here; rather, it’s up to the FA Councillor based on how they feel about their interpretation. If your region is new, or the number of members is low, you’re more likely to be put in a dossier and checked up on a few months down the line. If your RMB hasn’t had a message in the past six months, that is probably a disqualifier.

  • Is anything in the region problematic? While this obviously covers excessive shock humour or Nazi imagery, it also goes a little deeper. The Councillor of Foreign Affairs will likely check the stability or instability of previous embassies via your region history page. They will also check your RMB for signs of stress or excessive anger among the member base.

  • Does anything in the region go against Refugia’s values? We generally only form diplomatic relationships with the people who share our interests and goals. If your region is democratic, focused on environmental and social issues, and inclusive toward politically-left ideas, you’ll more than likely be a great fit for us. If it's centred around hostility, nationalism, or far-right politics, we'll most likely pass.

These are also things that the FA Councillor will be looking into before reaching out to your region. Most likely, before we officially ask for an embassy, the Councillor will join a regional discord as a visitor or telegram the Foreign Affairs person within your region and have discussions to see if things are nice and friendly. We aim primarily to provide a safe and stress-free environment for our members, so we’re going to want to make sure that you too are safe before we give you access to our RMB.

Former Refugi Councillors of Foreign Affairs

Sylh Alanor
April 2019
September 2019

September 2019
November 2019

November 2019
February 2020

Sylh Alanor
June 2020
February 2021

Pantala and Pyrrhia
Febuary 2021
June 2021

October 2021
February 2022

Sylh Alanor
February 2022


Forest is a large region focused on environmental issues. They have an extremely active RMB where they conduct serious discussions on global, political, and environmental news. Forest commands around 110 votes at the WA through its delegate, Ruinenlust.

The embassy was established by Subadent on December 17, 2019.

Refugia does not currently have an Envoy to Forest.

The East Pacific

The East Pacific is a massive game-created region (GCR) focused on just about everything in NationStates. They host card events, are home of EPSA (East Pacific Sovereign Army), and host interregional events. They have an extremely active RMB, off-site forum, and several Discord servers, through which their citizens communicate. TEP commands around 751 votes at the WA through their World Assembly Delegate Albrook.

The embassy was established on March 11th, 2021, by Pantala and Pyrrhia.

Refugia's current Envoy to TEP is Chatula

10000 Islands

10000 Islands (XKI) is a massive region focusing on community building activities, cultural events, and defending. They are home to TITO (Ten-Thousand Islands Treaty Organisation) and have several high-profile political players on NationStates. They plan and host a lot of inter-regional festivals for their friends, as well as cards events. Their off-site forum is highly active. XKI commands around 449 votes at the World Assembly through their democratically-elected delegate Markanite.

The embassy was established by Sylh Alanor on January 21, 2021.

Refugia's current Envoy to XKI is Ecologiania.


Spiritus is a medium-sized region focusing on community and region-building. They have an active chat where they discuss politics and US Supreme Court decisions, while also playing games together. They've been extremely active in site-wide activities, being home to the Vice Secretary-General of the Security Council and leading Potato Alliance in N-Day 2020. Spiritus commands around 62 votes at the WA through its delegate, The Salaxalans.

The embassy was established by Sylh Alanor on December 11, 2020

Refugia's current Envoy to Spiritus is Melenavenia.

New West Indies

New West Indies (NWI) is a small region which focuses on regional law and legislation, with an active futuristic roleplaying community. The executive commands substantial power and the legislature is a direct democracy. NWI commands around 15 votes at the WA through its delegate, Ventus Prime.

The embassy was established by Áthidill on June 26, 2019, and reestablished by Refuge Isle on May 11, 2020.

Refugia's current Envoy to New West Indies is Honeydewistania.


Yggdrasil is a medium-sized region focused on community building. It is themed around the mythic tree of Old Norse mythology, along with its sister region Valhalla. Tied to the Alstroemerian Commonwealths, they share a founder with several other regions, and are therefore loosely connected. Yggdrasil commands around 39 votes at the WA through its delegate Particle.

The embassy was established by Sylh Alanor on November 26, 2020.

Refugia's current Envoy to Yggdrasil is Sylh Alanor.


Canada is a medium-sized region focused primarily on their forum community. Their offsite forum is very active and frequented by several long-time members. Canada commands around 27 votes at the WA through its long-time delegate, Parkplace.

The embassy was established by Subadent on December 13, 2019.

Refugia does not currently have an Envoy to Canada.


Celtia is a medium-sized region focused primarily on community and regional government. They communicate exclusively through NationStates gameside means, and are relatively active in their RMB community. The region is themed around Celtic (mainly Irish and Scottish) cultural touchstones and imagery. Celtia commands 10 votes at the WA through its delegate, Sirian.

The embassy was established by Sylh Alanor on March 1, 2022.

Refugia's current Envoy to Celtia is Tiralta.


This is an open slot for further embassies! Drawing this travel rune will only return you to Refugia.

No current envoy.


This is an open slot for further embassies! Drawing this travel rune will only return you to Refugia.

No current envoy.


The Refugi embassy with Taiwan was established by Sylh Alanor on July 17, 2020. It was closed by Sylh Alanor on December 7, 2020.


The Refugi embassy with India was established by Subadent on December 23, 2019. It was closed by Sylh Alanor on January 4, 2021.

The Leftist Assembly

The embassy was established by Subadent on January 12, 2020. It was closed by New Samon on July 31, 2021.


The embassy was established by Subadent on February 12, 2020. It was closed by Refuge Isle on August 31, 2021.


This is a slot for future retired runes! Drawing this travel rune will only return you to Refugia.

Read dispatch

Refugia’s Official Foreign Affairs Dispatch

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 (Linkforum 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.