- from the Constitution of The Western isles.
The Office of the President serves as a portal to government affairs and a hub for presidential updates and reports. It includes summarized information on the government itself and regional foreign policy, as well as the President's Corner, activity schedule, and an archive of announcements.
The President of The Western Isles is currently Ostehaar.
OsteBlog - President's Corner
I'm still struggling a bit with under-activity, and I'm sure some of my fellow RPers around here can testify to that (sorry Ors, Noro, and Menna...).
I have read some very cool factbooks these past few weeks, and this resulted in a new Factbook Spotlight which I urge you all to check out - and don't forget to upvote the factbooks you like. There's also a fresh TWIMES newsletter.
A plan I had in mind earlier this was month to add a few sections to the Welcome and Introduction dispatch, but Ainslie's advice led me to instead begin work on a Frequently Asked Questions page. There is an old FAQ page by Vancouvia - the idea is similar, only with more questions we've seen in recent months on the RMB (like "where can I get military equipment" and even "can I use RL military equipment"). I'm going to write it in the next few weeks, so if you have any ideas for important questions that require a constant and formal answer - TG them to me.
I'm not sure if you've noticed, but there has been quite a lot of OOC and nation-building activity in the past two months in TWI (my last update stated that April has been a rather slow month on all OOC fronts). You can see that in the size of the recent TWIMES update on OOC activities and in the news. As for the football craze - I'm sure that's just a result of the RP World Cup...
Since this week marks the end of my first three months in office, I thought I'd go over my speech and share with you my take on what I have or haven't done:
I promised to encourage cooperation and nation-building through the newsletter, the spotlight, the prompts, alliances and trade. I feel that the Spotlight and TWIMES contribute to increased interest and cooperation, but unfortunately I have no way to examine or quantify that. I haven't promoted the SORP prompts enough, and this is something I need to work on (offer Verdon some help maybe?). I haven't initiated a way to involve alliances and trade more heavily into regional nation-building - I might put some thought into it after I finish the FAQ page.
I promised to keep the region welcoming and helpful by re-arranging dispatches and making sure all is in its proper place. I think the region is still welcoming and helpful, and some dispatch-rearrangement in the SORP and SOI portals was done soon after I took the position. I think the new FAQ page would be helpful, and might allow cutting some stuff from the Welcome and Introduction dispatch to make it more concise.
I promised to keep the community informed. I think my regular updates on this blog, along with the TWIMES and some routine RMB posts, have done that.
I promised to make sure the government works as one body. To be honest, not much government communication was needed in the past months - we did some dispatch-rearrangement in March and I spoke with Noronica on bringing new people to help him in his office, but that's about it.
I spoke about the Discord issue. The Discord's status was re-instated as a non-official thing, and I think it feels more organized and easy to navigate now.
I spoke about realism guidelines. I published the guidelines - a dispatch I'm quite proud of - but haven't made the next step towards EOs. I'm not sure if it's necessary at the moment.
I spoke about foreign relations. I re-instated a general agenda which Van led quite some time ago. I haven't taken any serious steps on the matter, like some of the ideas I shared in the speech. Unfortunately this issue is still one of the last things on my mind when I have time to work on TWI stuff and RP.
Foreign Relations and Ambassadors
The Western Isles is a democratic region, with a constitution and elected executive officers. While the Secretary of Recruitment is responsible for recruiting and attracting new members to the region, the President is the one in-charge of managing embassies and foreign policy matters.
This administration shall continue TWI's longtime policy of accepting almost all embassy requests. We see embassies as a first step on the path to good relations, rather than a declaration that those relations already exist. For more information on this policy, read Vancouvia's dispatch on foreign affairs.
We reserve the right to withdraw or not accept embassies with any region, but this is rare and will likely only happen in instances where mutual respect is not provided or the region goes against the central tenets established in our constitution. TWI is an RP region - we do not perform, nor condone, raids against other regions.
Ambassadors will be appointed by the President to regions which will suggest or accept an exchange of ambassadors. Four ambassadors currently serve:
To be determined
Foreign delegates - please note that our RMB and embassy systems are both conducted in an OOC form.
TWI members - interested in representing the region? Telegram me.
Movement Between Regions
TWI strives to be the best option for players who are interested in role-play, nation-building, regional government, and a vibrant community. Any player, no matter their nation's NS stats or their own personal characteristics, may join. Everyone in TWI is offered equal status and treatment, access to all regional role-plays, and the ability to challenge officers for their office.
Contact Details and Activity Schedule
I tend to be online around 22:00-01:00 on my local time (which corresponds to 20:00-23:00 UTC or 15:00-18:00 EST) on most weekdays. During the weekend I'll probably be around more. I never ignore TGs, tags, and mentions, so if I haven't responded for over 2-3 days, it means I've probably missed it and it would be fair to remind me.
In the spirit of Presidential Executive Order 8, I plan to publish at least a monthly report on government activity. It would be published around the end of each month.