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by The February Phoenix of Timothia. . 155 reads.

Operation: Reboot

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Operation: Reboot
- A RADICAL PROPOSAL -

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The year was 2013, and I was a sophomore in high school. I was researching Austria for a report in history, and studying the etymology led me to the word Osterreich. "Oster" means east and "Reich" means kingdom, so Austria means Eastern kingdom. This led my inquisitive mind to an interesting question: what is the Western Kingdom, or the "Vesterreich"? Well, I cannot remember whether or not there was a "Vesterreich", because a quick google search led me to NationStates.

High school was different after that.

Since that day, I have found myself drawn to the Renegade Islands Alliance. I fondly remember a personal invitation from Shizensky, and I remember how funny it was to find myself as a Delegate after only being on the game a short time. How quickly we grew, and how crazy that period was. At the beginning, it was a region of 20-odd nations that were either puppets, newbies, or barely-active old-RIAers. By the prime era, we were one of the top 20 regions on all of NationStates. Our diplomats and emissaries contacted distant regions, our politicians crafted documents and policy, and our citizens RPed and chatted on the forums as well as the RMB. Aprils Fools Days, the Halloweens, the Werewolves... yes, I remember the most recent heyday of the RIA.

At my personal height, I held several positions in the regional government. I've been Delegate twice and I've been Foreign Affairs Officer as well. I was a diplomat to several regions on behalf of the RIA, and I was also one of the region's premier "spammers" back in the day. I'm not bragging, I just realize that I don't know everyone in the region and I want to ensure that people know that I'm not some newbie showing up: I'm a veteran returning. Basketball caused me to take the occasional hiatus from NationStates, the most recent of which has been the longest. But basketball is almost over forever for me, and I'm ready to be back. Our region has continually lost members over the last year. We aren't ruined, but we are definitely worse off than we were a couple months ao. A couple months ago, we were worse off than half a year ago. It's not difficult to see the trend: the RIA is headed for irrelevance. I believe that it is time for a radical, dramatic change in policy that will spark interest once again. Essentially, I propose a total dissolution of the current government of the Renegade Islands Alliance aside from the Delegate.

I propose a suspension of the entirety of the current constitution. I propose the suspension of the present system of "Great Houses". I propose that all the present threads and sections on the forums pertaining to the government be moved to the archives. I propose that the Delegate be the only government official in the RIA for a period. Finally, I propose that all government be replaced by a single thread titled "The Council of February", which will be spearheaded by the Delegate, seated by any citizen of the RIA, and tasked with the creation of a new and fully functioning government before the end of the month.

Obviously, this is a huge proposal that might not be the most popular suggestion. However, I strongly believe that something drastic is necessary for the RIA to enter a new era. I am interested in seeing how this proposal is received. Questions are inevitable, and I am prepared to explain anything that has been left vague. I certainly encourage discussion of this matter, as it would change a ton about the region.

So what do you say?

Is this a crazy, stupid idea that doesn't deserve a second glance? Is this a radical idea that must be discussed because of the situation? Or is this an inevitable fact of regional politics?

Where should the RIA go from here?

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