Because, Agent Anderson, lollipop rainbows.
A cat in the hand is worth two birds in a mince pie.
The Lazarene Gazette is out:
The Official Newspaper of Lazarus
Issue 7 • June 2019 • 1 Page
SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH
By New Rogernomics
When Imkiville took the reigns, it was back to me writing the Lazarene Gazette. This gave me the opportunity to rile a few feathers in the New Pacific Order, on one issue at least, and try and put some pieces back together of the Lazarene community - which was a really hard task no doubt, and still remains unfinished. While I might still contribute to the Gazette, running the show now falls to someone else - as I have been nominated to become the Vice Delegate of Lazarus.
It now falls to the region to nominate someone else to lead the cultural or internal affairs of Lazarus, in the Department of Internal Management.
I wish them all the best, in both running the Gazette, and in what direction they take the role and the newspaper.
Outgoing Gazette Editor of Lazarus
NEW VICE DELEGATE NOMINATED
By New Rogernomics
Recently this month, Treadwellia, the Delegate of Lazarus, nominated New Rogernomics to become the new Vice Delegate of Lazarus, and take up the role of leading the Council of Lazarene Security. This could be informally described as the Guardians or Security Council of Lazarus, which are tasked with maintaining the security of the region.
Treadwellia on the 8th of June stated, "I hereby nominate NewRogernomics for Vice Delegate of Lazarus. NR has worked tirelessly on the back end of Lazarus for some time, now, showing to me his dedication to the region and his ability to think clearly and cleanly about major issues. I believe he would be a great fit for Vice Delegate.
He has requested a little time to finish up some Media and Events concerns early next week, but, otherwise, I am opening this up to discussing and eventual voting as before."
As of press time, there is clear support for the nomination eventually proceeding to vote.
TREATY PROPOSALS CONTINUE TO GAIN TRACTION
By New Rogernomics
As discussed in the last issue of the Gazette, the Treaty of Fùhuó between The West Pacific and Lazarus has been proposed. Though the region seems more divided on the Treaty of Fùhuó than the treaty with Osiris, as it goes to vote, with several Lazarenes voting against the proposed treaty. In other diplomatic news, the Anti-Pacific Coalition Treaty was recently proposed in Lazarus, despite the withdrawal of Pacifica from the war with New Pacific Order. It will be up to the region to decide whether it seeks to continue participation in the reformed Anti-Pacific Coalition, with concerns being over whether it continues to be an active force.
DEMOCRACY: A DANGER AND A OPPORTUNITY
By New Rogernomics
There are varying opinions on democracy in the game with many regions resisting full democracy and engaging with hybrid systems. Though there are plenty of regions that take the challenge and establish direct or representative democracy, as Lazarus did in the past. With my experience in the Delegate seat though, I've found there is no 'perfect system', as all models have their dangers, and present an opportunity for community growth or decline and stagnation.
When the Celestial Union was created, it wasn't meant to be a mess, and if anything it was an expression of popular will, and took a lot of political capital to pass, but it did so with a super-majority. Before then, the Magical Realms, a RP reform effort, passed with a super-majority, and it too looked like an effort to improve upon the region at the time. Democracy for Lazarus was our way of life as a region, and regardless of what happened, and mistakes we made, they weren't mistakes made in a vacuum or by an authoritarian regime, but by democratic methods.
Ignorance, you might say is bliss. When the region realized Lazarene democracy was on the verge of collapse, it was too late to save it. The courts were broken, the legislature was shattered, and so much of the civil society of the region was muddied or exiled that it seemed like we could never get democracy back - and many still think that to do so today is a fool's errand.
When the region was reformed into the present constitution with a much more authoritarian structure, the honest thought in my mind, was that it wasn't the right thing based upon my own political rise in Lazarus. Though, first and foremost, I am Lazarene, which means I don't coup my own region, and I don't stand against it - even if I have something to politically gain from doing so.
Lazarus at first in my case, was a non-political place, where I would hang out with people from Gatesville, and have casual chats with the long-term natives of Lazarus, while I explored various UCRs. This changed with the rise of PRL, and the eviction of various long-term natives, and the march to what would become virtually a 'defender exclusive' region, with minimal democracy - even in comparison to the past challenge system.
During the People's Republic of Lazarus, the region may have been active, but it was also hollow, in the sense that there was no real political freedom, and it was only really a placeholder for a planned puppet state of another region. So when the Humane Republic of Lazarus was created, I decided to rejoin Lazarus as a player active politically, this time in a gameplay sense - as I had since given up on UCR gameplay and wanted to try something different.
So my first step was to rise to a Culture Minister role, then eventually to the Delegacy, and during that time I experienced telegrams from angry players, as well as players thankful for my efforts. It wasn't easy, but I learned a lot from being Delegate, and when I retired from that role I became a legislator in the assembly and a forum administrator.
The advice I would offer for what constitutional or legislative changes come forth, is expect that some day it will be challenged, and beware the deceptive lure of 'popular will'. Just because a bill is politically popular, or even passed with overwhelming support, doesn't mean it is a good bill - it just means people were persuaded by those who proposed it.
As far as politics are concerned, I am still a democrat at heart, but any democracy has dangers, and not just opportunities for regional participation. So whatever decision Lazarus makes, it should learn from history and not repeat it. In every democratic structure, no matter how sincere or well-rounded, there are assassins and political opportunists waiting to strike the region down from the shadows. Or, as one Starfleet Captain said, "villains who twirl their moustaches are easy to spot. Those who clothe themselves in good deeds are well-camouflaged".
Disclaimer: This article was opinion, and as such is the view of a private citizen, and not the official position of Lazarus nor the Lazarene government.
And as it is pride month...
Fluffiness and Leonism
Alright guys, you are officially crazy. I wake up and see there's 114 new messages on this board, and I did go to bed late and woke up early (thanks three year old son...why would anyone want to sleep past 5:50 am on a Sunday morning, right?).
Also remember that since I'm Leonism M.D., I can legally declare you crazy. Beware!
Your Imaginary Friend, Fluffiness, Hycronesia, and Loftegen 2
What a human, what a limited vision of liberation. Here we are more of the Post Singularity Liberation.
Do you want to seek true liberation? Even the most liberating ideologies are limited by the human imagination. The greatest differences in humans, barriers unable to change: race, gender, sexual orientation, complexion, intelligence, all set by nature. But, what if you were able to make them a mere choice?
What if you were able to transcend them? What about seeing in the night like a feline? Being able to smell like a hound, able to detect even the passage of the day by the smell or even the internal chemistry of the brain of others? What about branching on the trees like a monkey? And being able to dive into the oceans like the dolphins and play on the coral reefs? Or to skinny-dip with the seals in the arctic?
Only 1 % of difference in the genetic sequence. That's the genetic different between a chimpanzee using a stick to pick up ants to a human creating a symphony. What about improving the odds? What about a 2 %? A 10 %? Being able to reach complexity of thought as far of reach as Quantum Mechanics is for a puppy. Or an ant.
But, wait. Why remain limited to flesh? What about the digital? Being able to think several orders of times faster, (millions) than an organic? Being able to perceive the full electromagnetic spectrum? Being able to watch the fantastic fireworks of Gamma-ray burst that illuminate the universe? Being able to ride on the solar winds? Surf on the incredible dense atmosphere of gas giant and dive there? Swim in the dark underground oceans of their orbiting moons? To be able to go in the "nude" and ride the universe watching the millennia pass traveling near light speed until reaching a black hole and play in the accretion disk.
Until many aeons later you decide to settle down. In a nice star system. You begin with a moon and transform all of it in computronium to support your thoughts process until you make it into a Moon-Brain. But you feel lonely, so you terraform the surface and make an intelligent species.
But it is not enough, you need to expand. Next is the Gas Giant converted in a Jupiter Node, jumping your power several orders of magnitude. With several worlds for your companion species orbiting you. Until finally settling for dismantling the entire system and becoming a Matrioshka Brain having at last a nice place to call home, because you always have been a homely person that simply want to live a peaceful but interesting life with no excessive ambitions.
That's true liberation.
Your Imaginary Friend, Hycronesia, Loftegen 2, and The copper states
The Copper States are like, SO CLOSE to the singularity. Not yet, but we're almost there!
Aigania and Loftegen 2
After having spent a long night totally drunk, Toroi Denkya wakes up feeling a bit dizzy. He reaches his phone. 125 notifications on the regional board. He then spends a dozen minutes to catch up with everything. It seems that there haven't been much important things hopefully. He then proceed to looking the current participation to Fluffiness Flag Poll. There have been six votes so far. This looks encouraging.
Now that this is done, he phones Diana Taeto. From her last messages, it looked like [nation]Leonism was in friendly terms, and had already drafted a few propositions.
"Hello Diana, here's Toroi, how are you ?"
Diana seems to have been awoken by the call. Of course, the jet lag ! "Mmmh hello Toroi. I'm jut barely awake, thank you. I suppose you're phoning me not just for the pleasure of disturbing my sleep, but to know more about our situation in Leonism ? Well, things aren't too bad. I've discussed with Prokonsul Jennifer Adler about the draft upon my arrival. I've told her that we couldn't agree with the prisoner exchange, but we would cooperate concerning any intelligence we have on the NLO. Concerning trade, I guess we'll reach agreements concerning literature and tourism. I've drafted something to sum up. Wait a minute, I'll send it to you..."
Soon, a new notification popped on Toroi's phone. He opened the document :
"Draft proposition for cooperation between Leonism and Fluffiness"
DISCLAIMER : This document is a work in progress. All information in it is subject to changes.
Acknowleding that both of Fluffiness and Leonism retains full sovereignty over their nation.
Noting the need for more cooperation between nations of the same region.
Hereby proposing the following agreements :
1. Terms of this treaty
1.a. This agreement can be modified if and only if the two nations, namely Fluffiness and Leonism, both agree on the new modifications.
1.b. Any party may leave this agreement, rendering it null. However, the leaving nation must inform the other at least one month prior.
2. New Light Order
All information concerning the New Light Order (NLO) that Fluffiness has in their possession must be shared to Leonism, who have no restriction concerning the use of these information.
3. Book industry
3.a. There can be no tax on books, ebooks, magazine and other such cultural coming from the other party.
3.b. Each nation must employ a group of between 10 and 20 translators, whose task will be to translate books between Fluffinesian and Deutsch.
3.c. The translators may also write translation to the different dialects of these regions : Frisian and Bavarian in Leonism, or Xianlu in Fluffiness for example.
3.d. These translators may be employed through private contractors.
4.a. Tax on tourism services must be half of the standard tourism tax for citizen from Fluffiness in Leonism, and people from Leonism in Fluffiness.
4.b. Tourism guides for sites registered to the Fluffiness Monument Heritage must be written both in Fluffinesian and Deutsch.
4.c. Tourism guides for sites officially registered in Leonism must be written both in Deutsch and in Fluffinesian.
"Hmm, this seems good to me, said Toroi Denkya after a while. I guess you can send it to Jennifer Adler. Tell her that she can of course make a new draft if this one doesn't please her. This is only a draft after all. But if everything is fine for her, it's fine for us too !"
"I will send it to her right now then."
"Oh and by the way, Diana, err... Rachel told me that she'd be interested in any intelligence you have on Leonism military. Don't spy or whatever, just keep an eye open on their military. She may want to order some of their weapon also. It's true that our military equipment tends to be a little obsolete. Well, I guess we'll talk about it more later, when we'll make the review of military branch. Good night Diana, sleep well !"
"Good morning Toroi then !"
OOC : So Leonism, feel free to ratify or propose modification to the current treaty !
Hycronesia, Loftegen 2, and Leonism
And we have all reasons to since you keep spreading lies against our community and victimise yourself.
You’re in the right spot.
Lazarene Regional Guard Recruitment and information
The Lazarene Regional Guard is the military branch of Lazarus. We protect Lazarus' interests abroad as well as combat fascism throughout nationstates.
Who are we?
The Lazarene Regional Guard is the regional military of Lazarus, tasked with protecting Lazarus' interests abroad.
What do we do?
As mentioned earlier, it's our job to protect Lazarus and it's interests. To be able to do that, we practice in the Warzones, as well as participate in anti-fascist operations.
What is "Raiding and Defending"?
Raiding is the act of seizing a region by force by moving into a region and endorsing each other to take over the World Assembly Delegate position. Defending works on the same mechanics, but instead of seizing a region, it's done to free a region from an occupation. As a neutral military, we take no sides in that conflict, except in three cases: the Warzones, specifically created for that purpose, we raid and will defend whenever we please. The second case is raiding a fascist region or defending against a fascist raid. And the third is defending Lazarus and it's allies and attacking it's enemies.
Are there any specific requirements?
Only these three:
-You must be a citizen of Lazarus, for which you can sign up here.
-You must have a discord account and be on Lazarus' server located here.
-You must be willing and able to resign from the World Assembly and join on puppet nations to participate in military operations.
EDIT: TNPers, while we respect you and all that, here’s a friendly suggestion you keep your disputes to your own board. This is the same for the banned person - while we are not aware of the circumstances regarding your banjection, please do not attempt to gather support for yourself on our Regional Message Board. Your beef is with TNP, not with us, so please keep it to TNP.