Hello! Welcome to the Foreign Affairs Update for March 2022!
This is a cosy little tradition now, the experience of us force-feeding you an entire plate full of love at the start of each new Foreign Affairs term. Refugia traditionally is a pretty stable and quiet place; add in the fact that none of us really seek out attention, and we end up not having a lot of news that we project outward. Sorry about that!
In the last Refugia FA Update, we mentioned that we were in the middle of working on our regional census. That was completed in September and the full results have been posted! Calamity Refuge has been running this census since 2009, and this is by far the largest turnout we’ve ever gotten. A lot of newer Refugi were able to learn about services they might not even have realised we offered. Check out the dispatch here!
Refugia has recently concluded our winter elections, complete with multiple votes and at least one upset. Now that we’ve completed counting the votes and the new Councillors have settled into their seats, the government looks like the following:
Chacapoya, beginning her fourth term as Councillor of Operations
Sylh Alanor, beginning her fourth term as Councillor of Foreign Affairs
Djorner, beginning his first term as Councillor of Culture
Minskievian Refugees, beginning his first term as Councillor of World Assembly Affairs
Refuge Isle, stalwart and inevitable Arch-Admin.
Recently, Refugia crossed another massive milestone. Currently, we’re sitting at 9th in the world for highest average number of endorsements! We’ve been pushing at this for a while now, and our regional influence has been taking off over the last year. Our regular endotarting competitions, Minskiev’s prolific spree of WAA IFV’s, and our most recent Eco-Report have been regularly trending into the top dispatch feed.
Since the last update, we’ve held several CalRef movie nights in our Discord, pushing through the Studio Ghibli catalogue and various Disney movies, hosted by outgoing Culture Councillor Lethodus and Sylh Alanor. Through our occasional Discord-only events, we’ve noticed two distinct cultural groups growing within the community: those who engage in the CalRef discord and those who remain gameside on Refugia’s RMB. It’s been a fun experience to watch this develop and thrive.
Finally, we’ve begun looking for new embassies again! Most recently, we’ve opened up an embassy with Celtia, and look forward to having plenty of fun together in the future.
Hopefully this plate full of affection has found you coming out of your long winter’s nap and preparing for a beautiful spring. Or, if you’re in the southern hemisphere, we hope the snacks provided help you prepare for the oncoming cold! Thanks for reading, we’ll see you again soon.