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The Most Serene Republicans wrote:To change the subject, we haven't talked about music in a few months... What kind of stuff have you been listening to? Anything new?

Just YouTube copyright-free music recently. I've been listening to Two Steps From Hell (https://youtu.be/9O4_awEHh1g) and Kupla's lo-fi music (https://youtu.be/Gjx6UQOjswo) on repeat.

The Most Serene Republicans wrote:To change the subject, we haven't talked about music in a few months... What kind of stuff have you been listening to? Anything new?

It's Eurovision time so most of the new music in my playlist are from the contest. This year Hold Me Closer by Cornelia Jacobs (Sweden) was my winner after my [former] love of the year - Sekret by Ronela Hajati (Albania) - changed their music and made stage performace worse than I could imagine so they didn't even qualify to the Grand Final. Other notable entries were from Finland (Jezebel by The Rasmus), Spain (Slow Mo by Chanel), Estonia (Hope by Stefan). Fun pop-rock-folk song made a fuss with Moldavian entry Trenulețul by Zdob şi Zdub & Advahov Brothers.

Congrats to The Forest of Aeneas for passing their resolution!!!

Sorry, just practicing for 4 days time.

The Most Serene Republicans wrote:To change the subject, we haven't talked about music in a few months... What kind of stuff have you been listening to? Anything new?

(Sorry for double post) I've been listening to some Velvet Underground and Bowie lately (not really new to me, but more than usual).

West Barack and East Obama wrote:Congrats to The Forest of Aeneas for passing their resolution!!!

Sorry, just practicing for 4 days time.

Lol, you never know.

The Most Serene Republicans wrote:To change the subject, we haven't talked about music in a few months... What kind of stuff have you been listening to? Anything new?

I’ve been listening to a lot of Doctor Prats lately. Only music new now. Could be more in the future, but who knows! I’ll maybe find some more new music eventually.

Einswenn wrote:It's Eurovision time so most of the new music in my playlist are from the contest. This year Hold Me Closer by Cornelia Jacobs (Sweden) was my winner after my [former] love of the year - Sekret by Ronela Hajati (Albania) - changed their music and made stage performace worse than I could imagine so they didn't even qualify to the Grand Final. Other notable entries were from Finland (Jezebel by The Rasmus), Spain (Slow Mo by Chanel), Estonia (Hope by Stefan). Fun pop-rock-folk song made a fuss with Moldavian entry Trenulețul by Zdob şi Zdub & Advahov Brothers.

Oh, I love Eurovision too! My top 6 have been my recent Spotify loops from this year, comprised of:

saudade, saudade - MARO (Portugal)
Sentimentai - Monika Liu (Lithuania)
Disko - LPS (Slovenia) failed to qualify and they came last :(
That's Rich - Brooke (Ireland) failed to qualify
In Corpore Sano - Konstrakta (Serbia)
Lights Off - We Are Domi (Czechia)

Lura wrote:Oh, I love Eurovision too! My top 6 have been my recent Spotify loops from this year, comprised of:

saudade, saudade - MARO (Portugal)
Sentimentai - Monika Liu (Lithuania)
Disko - LPS (Slovenia) failed to qualify and they came last :(
That's Rich - Brooke (Ireland) failed to qualify
In Corpore Sano - Konstrakta (Serbia)
Lights Off - We Are Domi (Czechia)

That's literally my anti-top this year :D It's always interesting to observe the wide range of tastes during the contest. Regardless of preferenes, this year was quite nice in regards of number of entries that I generally liked or liked quite much. But regarding overall organisation and maintenance, the only good thing Italy provided was digital arts/graphic designs of the show. Even the postcards were poor and boring :( The best host among the latest was Israel which made it all be fun except for the cringe Madonna's performances

Dragging back to the music itself, I also liked the vibe Romania had on stage, the pleasant voice of the Swiss guy (I find 0 televoting points unfair), the general staging of Australia, the lights of Greek performance, and the softness of Icelandic song. It was sad to see Israel (among some others) not to get qualified because he can actually sing good.

You also mentioned Ireland which, I believe, was also robbed by not to get into the Final.

The Most Serene Republicans wrote:To change the subject, we haven't talked about music in a few months... What kind of stuff have you been listening to? Anything new?

FFXIV soundtrack blasting

Also utaite groups.

Good morning

The Most Serene Republicans wrote:To change the subject, we haven't talked about music in a few months... What kind of stuff have you been listening to? Anything new?

Lately I have been listening to what I assume is a rock band (not a style I'm very used to listen to) from Brazil called Rosa de Saron. Some great songs I like of them are Baile das máscaras, Marcas or A Fênix.

Regarding Eurovision, even if I didn't like Spain's song (my own country XD) I was very surprised to see how many 12 points we got from the jury, it has been 10 years since Spain has had a decent position and I had absolutely no hope in getting to the top 10, much less top 3. I have to recognize however the great performance she did, even if I don't like the song.

Alcantaria wrote:I have to recognize however the great performance she did, even if I don't like the song.

As a non-Spanish viewer I enjoyed her performance, it was really descent and glorious for me. Maybe too vulgar for more conservative folks but nevertheless she did share the energy and has been shining brighter than Rihanna’s diamond. I truly think Spain may be rightfully proud of Chanel.

Alcantaria wrote:Lately I have been listening to what I assume is a rock band (not a style I'm very used to listen to) from Brazil called Rosa de Saron. Some great songs I like of them are Baile das máscaras, Marcas or A Fênix.

Oh yeah I've heard of them, they're kind of a big reference in brazilian christian rock/metal. Never actually listened to their stuff though.

The Forest of Aeneas wrote:Right now, Titanium by David Guetta :P

Wooow, here's a name I haven't heard in a while...

West Barack and East Obama wrote:Congrats to The Forest of Aeneas for passing their resolution!!!

Sorry, just practicing for 4 days time.

I’m always happy to see another successful WA author grow out of Forest. :)

Hey there my friends!

I'd just like to remind you that you still have 2 weeks to submit a text or story about your NS country as part of the Lusitanian Games (remember you can make a submission in english and another in portuguese). This part of the interregional contest we designed with other regions like Europe, 10000 islands and Forest is directed to those who love RP and wish to tell a short but insightful tale (or any other type of text) about the idealized country you've built and its people which you, as their beloved leader, rule.

You also have time to submit photos in our photography contest and a flag as part of the flag design one.

You can read all about it here:

Is the camera rolling? Let's do this then!

Welcome to the First Edition of the Lusitanian Games (or Lusitaníadas in our oh so tongue-twisting Portuguese). In a never-seen-before attempt, Portugal, Europe, Forest and 10000 Islands came together to offer a fun and engaging time for all the NationStates multiverse: a cultural competition! Consisting of three seperate competitions - Writing, Photography and Flag Design - we hope these games may bring forth some peaceful banter and aid in the strengthening of bonds during such turbulent times. Without further ado, let the games begin!


How can I participate?

Regardless of your region, status in the WA, heck as long as you have a pulse you may join any of the three competitions we have in store for you


Tournaments

    Submission's Deadline 7th of June

    Jury: Ofiussia (Portugal); The Union Empire (XKI); Logar (Europe)

    The nations who wish to join must write a story regarding either an event or a simple story set within their NS countries. This part of the competition will be divided in two seperate sections: one for English-written stories.

    Regarding the texts themselves, these must be written out in a dispatch in the respective language of the competition the writer wishes to join (he can submit up to 1 in each). All text formats are allowed (poetry, prose...) and there is no word limit. Plagiarism and hate speech will not be tolerated in a submission (though hateful topics may be explored in the narrative).

    In the English competition a jury composed of players from different regions will give out four different thematic awards to the best texts: best scenery, best story progression, best character development and best plot;

    As for the Portuguese one, a poll will be conducted in Portugal for its citizens to choose the best text out of the bunch.

    Once finished, submissions must be sent via telegram in a dispatch to:

    • All the judges, for the English competition

    • Our Minister Alentejo and Algarve, for the Portuguese competition.

    Submission's Deadline 21st of June

    Jury: Peterandia (Portugal); Totaristan (Portugal); Uan aa Boa (Forest); Wille-Harlia (XKI)

    You will be able to compete in 4 different categories, submitting up to 2 photos taken by you in each one:

    • Black and White photos

    • Photos of national monuments and landmarks

    • Animal photos

    • Free category

    Filters will be permited for the photos, but their impact on the quality of the pictures will be taken in account. Plagiarism won't be tolerated.

    The 3 best pictures from each category will be chosen by a multirregional juri, to whom you must send your pictures with links or in other available mediums that facilitate the jury's work.

    Submission's Deadline 7th of July

    Jury: Alentejo and Algarve (Portugal); Jutsa (Forest); Pilipinas and Malaya (Europe); Markanite (XKI)

    The participants will be encouraged to submit one original design - and with absolute thematic freedom - with the following limitations:

      You can only use up to 4 colours and in this set of 4 you can only use one of the following {green, red, blue}. Coat of arms and others like it must abide by the same rules.

    The submission of the flag design must be done in the same way as the photography one, sending the design to all the members of the jury, which will select the 3 best designs.


Anything else?

We highly recommend you join Linkour discord server where you can keep up with the latest news on the event!


Read dispatch

We'd really like if there were lots of you participating and hope that you will try and have fun with us!

Welcome to the region, XXURBANXX, Jongun, Yuban, Drone 10, and Ecolaria. btw, Ecolaria, your flag looks sooo cute~

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