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Refugia FA Update - March 2022


Hello! Welcome to the Foreign Affairs Update for March 2022!



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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


Áthidill
September 2019
November 2019


Subadent
November 2019
February 2020


Sylh Alanor
June 2020
February 2021


Pantala and Pyrrhia
Febuary 2021
June 2021


Chatula
October 2021
February 2022


Sylh Alanor
February 2022
Present


Forest


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


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


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


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


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.

Empty!


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

No current envoy.

Empty!


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

No current envoy.


Taiwan


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

India


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.

Meihua


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

Empty!


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

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.

Sincerely,

Sylh Alanor
Refugia

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