In addition to what Melenavenia said, you can also endorse other nations in the region. Endorsing the delegate, Sylh Alanor gives us another regional vote in the World Assembly.
In Refugia, if you've been in the region for seven days, being a WA member also means that you are a member state. Member states can run for office, vote on regional law, and embassy referendums.
Indeed, we just finished elections. Our regional law is here:
This document establishes this association of nations and their shared beliefs and values. We define these values as refuge and shelter to all who have need of it, environmental stewardship of our nations while working to improve environmental sustainability, as well as the fair treatment and political inclusion of all peoples. We resolve ourselves to form governments with transparency and integrity in leadership and work to leave things as better than we found them.
These Statutes form our law.
- 1. Acceptance to the Region is a right afforded to any nation willing to uphold the values named herein. Nations that oppose, disregard, or obstruct these values may be subject to ejection and transportation via variation magic to The Rejected Realms.
2. Nations which reside within the Region, and are not barred from doing so, shall be recognised as Residents.
- 3. Member States are defined as World Assembly Residents that have resided within the Region for a period not less than seven days.
A Resident will lose its status as a Member State if it elects to depart the Region, its status is self-requested to be revoked, or the Resident is ejected.
Residents that lose their status may apply to reobtain it unless they are barred from the Region. It shall be reinstated if the Resident meets the criteria in RRS 3.
- 4. Residents may apply for Member State status in conditions where admission to the World Assembly is declined, rejected, or impossible.
Residents applying for a World Assembly Exemption must have resided within the Region for a period of time not less than fourteen days and receive the unanimous approval from the Regional Council to provide the exemption.
5. Member States are entitled to submit any proposal, amendment, repeal, or revision to any revised statute, including this document in its entirety. Votes must be easily accessible and include the option to abstain. Only one vote is allotted to each Member State per referendum.
Proposals must be supported by at least one other Member State, which may be referred to as a "second."
Votes will last a period of seven days from the time of announcement and will be enacted or discarded upon conclusion.
Proposals which have been defeated will trigger a cooldown period on the sponsor Member State from submitting a new proposal for seven days after the end of the poll defeat.
Government Roles and Responsibilities:
- 6. The Regional Council is defined as the co-equal heads of government in Refugia. It is comprised of the following:
The Arch-Administrator, defined as Refuge Isle, which acts as the head of state for the Region for any legal or foreign circumstance which requires such.
This Councillor shall:
Appoint and dismiss Councillors into positions as the result of elections to their respective office.
Maintain records of significance to the Region and its history.
Cast votes corresponding to the will of the Region's voting Member States during the circumstance of also being the Region's World Assembly Delegate.
The Councillor of Foreign Affairs, whose responsibilities are defined as management and maintenance of the travel portals within the Region. The Councillor of Foreign Affairs seeks out ideologically-similar regions to Refugia and builds relationships with them. To that end, the Councillor oversees the construction, maintenance, and withdrawal of embassies.
This Councillor shall:
Maintain the relationships between Refugia and its allies.
Appoint and dismiss Envoys, as the Councillor feels necessary, to aid in their duties.
Publish a dispatch to the Region which provides an informed opinion for the reason an embassy should be opened or closed.
Initiate a four-day referendum among Member States, to determine if an embassy may be opened or closed. Such openings and closures may not occur without a referendum, and may not be acted upon contrary to the referendum.
The Councillor of Culture, whose responsibilities are defined as orchestrating cultural events and developing the identity of the Refugi culture.
This Councillor shall:
Develop a Regional Eco Report to fulfill goals stipulated by RRS 12(a) and RRS 12(b) by identifying ways in which Member States of the Region may contributed towards the environmental targets established therein.
Publish regular updates to the Regional Eco Report to maintain its relevance and timely advice.
The Operations Councillor, whose responsibilities are defined as identifying internal and external threats to the Region, possessing a general knowledge of worldwide events and invasion patterns.
This Councillor shall:
Verify voter integrity by maintaining a roster of valid Member States.
Organise and lead the response effort to worldwide crises.
Organise and lead the response to threats targetting the Region and within the Region.
The Councillor of the Interior, whose responsibilities are defined as facilitating Regional engagement through communication with and polling of Member States and residents.
This Councillor shall:
Broadcast announcements via telegram.
Ensure an amicable discussion environment.
Initiate polls to facilitate Regional engagement.
The Councillor of World Assembly Affairs, whose responsibilities are defined as facilitating discussions on World Assembly resolutions-at-vote, developing dispatches with Information For Voters (IFV) on current resolutions at vote, and providing regional recommendations for votes to the World Assembly Delegate.
This Councillor shall:
Read and consider proposals in both the General Assembly and Security Council.
Initiate discussions in the Regional Message Board on upcoming proposals, and explain their impressions based on a reading of the draft and records of international debate.
Develop and publish regional dispatches which provide information for voters about the current resolutions at vote in the World Assembly.
If needed, oversee appointment of a second to assist in any of the aforementioned responsibilities.
7. The World Assembly Delegate is a Resident in the Region with an active World Assembly membership, who holds a plurality of endorsements from other World Assembly Residents. The Delegate is responsible for:
Assisting favourable proposals in the World Assembly to reach quorum through the approval process.
Voting on resolutions-at-vote in the World Assembly.
Supplying an opinion if they choose to not vote in alignment with the Regional majority opinion.
- 8. All Residents within the Region have the right to solicit an official Regional ruling, opinion, or position on:
The legality of a referendum.
The status of Member States.
Challenges regarding any ejection or barring of nations from the Region.
The results of rulings solicited by member states will be formed by the Regional Council and delivered by a representative of their Government.
9. At any time, a Member State can charge a Regional Councillor of neglect in their duties or mismanagement of their position. Their charge will be submitted in writing to the Arch-Administrator only after a second member state has seconded the motion. This charge must contain:
A list of grievances against the accused.
Argument as to why these grievances should result in the removal of the accused prior to the next election.
If all requirements laid out in RRS 5(c) and RRS 9 through 9(b) are met, the Arch-Administrator will call for a vote of No Confidence among the member states. If this vote passes by a simple majority, a new election will be called for that Council seat within the following five days. The previous seat holder can run again granted they qualify under circumstances detailed in RRS 11 and its subsections.
- 10. The succession of the Arch-Administrator is subject to the succession laws of Refuge Isle, and verified by the presence of an anchor stone and Administration Tower. The Arch-Administrator will call elections for the four democratic Council seats according to the following convention:
Feb 1 - 7
Jun 1 - 7
Oct 1 - 7
Feb 8 - 14
Jun 8 - 14
Oct 8 - 14
Feb 15 - 21
Jun 15 - 21
Oct 15 - 21
Feb 22 - 28
Jun 22 - 28
Oct 22 - 28
World Assembly Affairs
Mar 1 - 7
Jun 29 - July 5
Oct 29 - Nov 4
- 11. Elections will consist of a two day candidacy period, followed by a five day voting period. On the eighth day, the results of the elections will be announced and, if applicable, the next ones will begin.
Residents must qualify as Member States as defined in RRS 3 to be eligible for candidacy.
The first two days of each electoral period will be a candidacy period. Any eligible Member State may make a public declaration of intent during this time, and will subsequently appear on the ballot.
Member States are prohibited from occupying more than one Council seat at any given time.
Member States are prohibited from occupying the same Council seat more than two times consecutively.
In the event of unexpected absences or positions that cannot be filled, the Arch-Administrator may act in that position's capacity, or appoint an individual who may serve in that position's capacity until the following election produces a regular appointment.
Goals and Ideals:
- 12. The Region defines the goals for both its Members and the Region collectively in the following ways:
Reach an average Environmental Beauty score of 1,100 on or before December 31, 2021, and maintained thereafter.
Reach an average Eco-Friendliness score of 3,200 on or before December 31, 2021, and maintained thereafter.
And when there are things to vote on in the voting site, we'll post an announcement here. Presently, there's a vote on whether we should open an embassy with The East Pacific. You can't vote just yet because you haven't been in the region for seven days, but you'll probably be able to vote in the next one.
Refugia aims to be a friendly, laid-back community, which is open to players of all skill levels. Nations who wish to become more active in the region, however, should consider joining the World Assembly (WA). WA nations are able to vote on international law, and receive exclusive benefits within the region, such as the ability to vote in regional polls and elections, get a spot on Refugia's map, and even run for office when elections come up! If you're interested in joining the WA, check out this article.
If you'd rather just chill with us, that's perfectly fine as well. We have an active Discord server, an offsite forum, and frequent discussions on the regional message board (RMB), which everyone is welcome to participate in!
If you have any additional questions about the region or how NationStates works, feel free to leave them here, on the RMB. If you're interested in joining the Discord or offsite forum, look for the links at the top of Refugia's World Factbook Entry (the big text box at the top of our regional page).
Once again, I really hope you enjoy your time here, and look forward to seeing more of you soon.
Thanks to everyone for all the support! It's been a huge help.
So tonight Condemn The Communist Bloc [page=UN_view_proposal/id=kazakhstan_3_1614661479] goes up for a vote. This two line proposal is not normal or useful and so does not warrant a great deal of writing. The details of TCB - an NSLeft affiliate - aren't really worth pouring over. It's a referendum which doesn't meet the site's normal standards and mostly reached vote out of spite. This writeup from the Discord server articulates it well:
Needless to say, I'll be voting against as soon as this goes up to vote. It's either a troll resolution or someone who has aggressively (and with occasional hostility) defended their sub-par proposal and ignored all feedback. The best way to move past this is by going through it, and making sure it's a big enough shutdown that they don't try again.
I will of course also be voting against. The way this proposal has created so much awful trolling and sometimes straight up cruelty in the SC forums is not something I’m chill with, not to mention the resolution is barely existent and completely meaningless.
Hey friends! Apologies in the delay in getting this to you. May I present XKI's February Update Report! Give it a read to find out what we've been up to over in the Islands! Thank you all and have a wonderful rest of your day. :D
10000 Islands Emissary Report
Date: February 2021
Delegate Endorsement: 411
Has your region been invaded, or do you want to get in touch with TITO? If so, contact one of the following nations:
~Chief Executive: Markanite
~Field Commander: Kanta Hame
~Tactical Officers: Shy Guyia, Smugglers and Mercs (TITO EF), Controlitia, Wischland
~Executive Officers: Hakketomat, HN67
As of this report's publication, the Government of 10000 Islands consists of:
~Chief Executive: Markanite
~WA Delegate: HumanSanity
~Senior Senator for Blue Canaria North (Emissary Report): Wischland
~Senator for Lyonnesse East (Houses): Aschente
~Senator for New Republica South (Debates and Discussions): Dokansia
~Senator for Himes West (RP): Vacant
~Minister of Education: Free Las Pinas
~Minister of Labor Wille-Harlia
~Minister of Immigration: Margaux
Information about other government officials of 10000 Islands can be found here.
~Following a shocking investigation into Taco Island Mayor Louisistan’s failure to use the official yacht as directed by the Mayor’s Private Yacht Act of 1955, Louis handed in his resignation as mayor. Chief Executive Markanite appointed Tanzoria as the new mayor, to oversee forum spam and games. Thank you, Louis, for your convivial leadership of Taco Island, and congrats Tanzoria!
~Markanite also appointed Free Las Pinas as the new President of the XKI Cards Co-op, after HumanSanity stepped down. As President, FLP will help to coordinate regional card farming efforts and direct the donation of cards to various cultural events and competitions.
~Then Secretary of State Margaux hired Porflox as XKI’s new emissary to Spiritus, Sulenia as emissary to Greater Dienstad, and Eastern New England as emissary to Deutschland.
~The new Minister of Education Free Las Pinas hired Sulenia to serve as his deputy and assist in coordinating the welcome and assistance of new members of the region.
~February’s Featured Nation was Porflox, a newcomer to the islands who has already shown their talent as a recruiter, TITO Member, and the region’s new emissary to Spiritus. Congratulations Porflox, we’re excited to see where you’ll go next!
~Cultural Officer Thedairos announced the Best Flag Competition this February, where members and friends of the region could submit their flag designs via a forum thread or an on-site TG, after which Islanders voted for their favorite design. With 22 gorgeous flag designs to choose from, competition was fierce, but in the end, Grea Kriopia’s flag won the forum competition, and Megistos flag won the on-site competition. Congrats to the winners and a round of applause for all contestants for their creativity and amazing flag designing skills!
~XKI’s Forum Theme Design Competition continued throughout the month of February. Interested Islanders were given the chance to submit their own ideas for a new forum design, in hopes that their submission might be chosen as an actual theme for the regional forum. Four intrepid designers tried their hand at making a forum theme. Free Las Pinas showed an eye for pleasing pink with his Pastel Palms Theme. Pianaville lifted our spirits with their bright Beach Theme and Comfed channeled the spirit of the ocean with their Surf of the Islands Theme. Finally, Silvedania got us all ready for summer vacation with their Sand and Water Theme. The Council of Nine is currently deliberating which of these gorgeous designs to pick, so stay tuned to find out the competition winner next month!
~Perhaps prompted by the new Mayor Tanzoria, there has been a resurgence of spammy chat threads in Taco Island. Chaos reigned as Islanders debated whether or not this is a Starbucks, fired trebuchet projectiles at one another (and the mayoral mansion), and re-opened The Tanzoria Asylum for the Criminally Insane. And yes, the asylum is named after the new mayor, perhaps explaining why Taco Island has been so crazy as of late. Regardless, Islanders new and old enjoyed the excitement and got to spamming like never before!
~In celebration of The Partnership for Sovereignty, XKI, TRR, and TSP joined forces to host a trading card pull event. The event was centered around commended defenders, and participants had the chance to get S1 Improving Wordiness, Ballotonia, and Eluvatar cards. Eager to try their luck, members of all three regions spent the afternoon card farming and opening up card packs, with several participants striking gold and gaining a copy of these sought-after cards.
~Although this is a civil, rather than personal achievement, we wanted to highlight Eastern New England for all the hard work he has been doing lately as the WA Secretariat in issuing numerous WA Proposal Voting Recommendations and Overviews. With every new proposal to hit vote in the GA or SC, ENE searches through forum debate to provide Islanders with a quick, easy to understand overview of the proposal from a variety of perspectives. For political proposals, ENE goes one step further, and coordinates with delegate HumanSanity to issue a voting recommendation explaining why a vote for or against is in XKI’s regional interest. ENE’s work has provided valuable insight into the WA for many Islanders, and truly deserves a moment of special recognition for his efforts!
~Free Las Pinas also put in the work in regard to the WA this month, authoring their first-ever GA Resolution “Supporting People with Disabilities”. After months of drafting and redrafting his proposal about protecting and assisting those with physical and mental impairments, FLP submitted his proposal towards the middle of February. Following an extensive telegram campaign, the proposal reached vote and passed with a laudable 82.8% support. Congrats FLP, and best of luck in your future authorship endeavors.
~Not to be outdone, Noahs Second Country also got to work in the WA, drafting “Repeal: Commend Northern Borland”, pointing out the questionable claims of the original resolution. Although this was a controversial repeal, Noah’s hard work ensured that it would pass, with 58.9% support. Fantastic job!
~Rounding out XKI’s excellent work in the WA this month was HumanSanity. Following a raid on the passworded region The Embassy, HS quickly pushed “Liberate The Embassy” to vote in the Security Council. With broad support from many small delegates and individual nations, the resolution passed with 69.5% support. Congratulations and thank you HS!
A regional poll by Jabberwocky asked Islanders which of a variety of movie villains would make the best parent. Most Islanders weren’t particularly impressed by any of the villains parenting skills and chastised poor Jabber for being insensitive. Those willing to disregard the problems of villain parents, however, decided that Emperor Palpatine would make the best dad.
The RMB was filled with playful banter this month:
~Another month bites the dust!
~Kyle and his hole?
~Z-Day has come early.
~No no, it’s cursed.
~Likely story. I want name, rank, and, Bank Balance.
~Unlimited voting Power!
~Old Folks and their lawns.
~An excellent translation!
With February, came the Poet Laureate Contest. Islanders submitted poems, this time centered on the themes of courage and bravery, which were then voted upon by the region. Aersoldorf’s humorous poem, was chosen as the contest’s winner.
The sun had slipped away,
Patrons thru my door had come,
To hide until the day.
Good food, strong drink and tales provide,
Distraction from their fear,
Yet laughing eyes can scarce disguise,
The knowledge that Death’s near.
The TITO boys were making noise,
A’boasting of past deeds,
As stronger ales make stronger tales,
They’d all been in their meads.
Kanta cleared his throat and said,
That he was bravest, true,
“While you were kicking raiders butts,
I kicked their mamas too”
Kort’s Korner did erupt in sound,
Knights spewed their drinks, guffawed,
Up through the floor came Shelter’s ghost,
The patrons silent, awed.
“I hear ye making crazy claims,
I’ve come to set you straight,
Titanica, the bravest knight,
Would use you for cut bait,
Yet even he, the noblest knight,
Was filled with doubt and dread,
When from the sand a monster plucked,
Its fearsome, fishy, head.
Part vampire, fish and bird,
Grub gumbo turned and ran so fast,
A sonic boom was heard,
For 80 days and nights they ran,
No respite, no time out,
When out of breath, the knight did stop,
And turn himself about,
I beg of thee my mortal foe,
A toast to death let’s chug,
But Hakke smiled and said no thanks,
I chased you for a hug.”