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I am honored to be a recognized member state of this environmentally and politically stunning region. May the states of Refugia exist in tranquility and harmony for ages to come!

I have finally finished my insane quest to make unique card images for Oaks 1 - 100 😅

Happy December, friends. I'm beginning to work on the Eco-Report, but I want to let us all down real easy, so here's the preview.

We made our mark with Eco-Friendliness. The regional average hit 5000 earlier this month. With the arrival of so many newly-created nations, however, both our average for Eco-Friendliness and our average for Environmental Beauty have dropped significantly. I think the trade-off is good, though. We have a lot of new people who will help us to carry on our goals, and it'll make us even stronger in the future! :)

Idk what that puppet flooding was, but it has been sent to the moon.

Am i the only runner for CoFA?

Subadent wrote:Am i the only runner for CoFA?

At this time, yes.

Everyone has one more day to announce they would like to run for Councillor of Foreign Affairs.

Was that just some strange attempt at a raid?

I mean, they couldn’t endorse so prolly not but huh.

So there are currently 203 spice harvesters across nationstates, some having answered issues, all having been created in the past day.
I believe it may have something to do with card farming?

Chacapoya wrote:So there are currently 203 spice harvesters across nationstates, some having answered issues, all having been created in the past day.
I believe it may have something to do with card farming?

Good chance numbered puppets are card farms. That, or raiding puppets.

Why they would come to a non-executive WA, I do not know, but I thought it was spooky.

As the internal voting for the SC vote is 2-0 so far, I will be casting the region vote For.

The Press Corps of the New West Indies has unveiled the next edition of our Monthly Update Series, recapping November's events, available through the link below at your viewing pleasure:

W E L C O M E B A C K !

Fellow New West Indians and readers from abroad, welcome to the Monthly Update for November! This is going to be the last Monthly Update of the year 2019, and the last of this executive term. Whereas the future of the Press Corps is uncertain and depends on what the next Secretary-General feels, what is absolutely certain is that this update will be full of exciting news!

This banner could have easily been one of a turkey and a US flag, as the end of November is known as Thanksgiving for many of our Northern American friends. However, the Update is not in the business of telling you what you already know, so we'll instead remind you that one day before Thanksgiving, on November 27th, the world celebrated Electric Guitar Day! The day commemorates famous guitarist Jimi Hendrix's date of birth and is the occasion to gossip about and listen to electric guitar music. If you knew that, you have the Press Corp's apologies, and the promise that at least one thing in this particularly filled update will surprise you.

Indeed, November has been a particularly newsworthy month, with two major proposals covering the New West Indies' brand new judicial branch being passed, one judicial election, one poll, two elections coming soon, fantastic roleplay, a Cabinet reshuffle, great foreign affairs achievements, and an interview with Secretary of Internal Affairs and long-time New West Indian Cymiopolis! This update might be a bit wordier than usual...

Please do tell us how you feel about it, any feedback, suggestions, requests for advertisements or articles submitted in your name or anonymously should all go to Press Director Celestiam (Seafarer#5810 on Discord). We are always appreciative of any comment you can bring to the table to make our Updates more agreeable and informative. If you liked this month's update, please upvote it so others can benefit from reading.

If you wonder why we have so much to say, you should definitely join LinkOur Discord Server. This is where a lot of the political and especially cultural life of the New West Indies takes place. Whether you are a citizen, resident, diplomat, or even just some random visitor who landed here, you are welcome to join. We look forward to seeing you there!

And now, with no further ado, let the November Monthly Update begin!





Important Announcements

Office of the Secretary-General

  • Many citizens have gotten themselves a government job and enjoy it! You can do too here by following this link. Want to have fun, develop skills, and get the fuzzy feeling that you’re helping out in the process? Nations are free to read and apply for positions!

Department of Internal Affairs

  • Cymiopolis is the new Secretary of Internal Affairs

  • Deugaw is now the Activity Moderator. He’ll be making sure people are active enough to be on the Regional Map.

Department of Foreign Affairs

  • A Treaty is currently being negotiated with our friends over in Alvaria. The Treaty is currently being pre-discussed in the committee chambers of the General Assembly on Discord.

  • The Secretary of Foreign Affairs is now PotaTown

  • The Department is still hiring Ambassadors! Check it all out here.

  • We now have an embassy on the Nationstates gameplay forums, where news of our fantastic region will be available for the whole world to see!

Department of Administration

  • Interested in a job that involves you directly with the inner workings of the New West Indies? That allows you to run this region's governance, roleplay, and functionings from the inside? That places you directly below the Secretariat, offering a promising entry into your governmental career? There is such a job as Administrative Assistant to the Secretary. Widely considered as an antechamber to the Secretary position, the Administrative Assistant provides a valuable aid to the Department of Administration. Interested? Contact New United Carolinas

  • Check out Nwi.gov, the Government’s new dispatch portal! You can find all your favourite dispatches linked there.

  • The Department of Administration, thanks to Portinabia, now has a Cultural Repository that you absolutely should check out.


A few words with... Cymiopolis


Text in italics directly quoted from interview with Cymiopolis, or RMB posts



Clock Tower Pier, in Montreal Canada, is where
Cymiopolis would meet us if he had a real interview.

Whether you are a roleplayer having interacted with this peculiar Venetian inspired South American nation, a Falklands nerd, an appreciator of good flags, or a political observer, it is nearly impossible not to have bumped into Cymiopolis. He's the man with the plan, Has the posts with the most, Flies a flag that is swag, he's a sightsee, he's lordly, and he's a Secretary. Besides he won last edition's monthly update game. That's the kind of person you'd pay to interview. Thankfully the busy statesman did not charge us for his time in answering a few questions...

Late afternoon, by the agreeable Old Port of Montreal, a luxurious black sedan bearing the logo of the Department of Internal Affairs pulls up. Out comes Cymiopolis. In his hands, no guns, and behind him no bodyguards. Instead, the nation famous In-Character for their fine wine exports comes with two bottles of Valpolicella wine. How did we even get here?

The answer comes from Cymiopolis and is a quintessential example of how lucky people can sometimes be "I was answering issues when I first started playing NS and got a recruitment telegram from Achipel. The region seemed relatively fleshed out and had a cool map so I decided to join and lay claim to Tierra del Fuego". Cymio then specified this was the first time he had ever gotten seriously involved with any region in Nationstates "I had done a small stint on NS with my puppet Lambrinia, but mostly answered issues until I got bored." This is how, on April 5th, 2018, Cymiopolis arrived in the New West Indies, where Founder Achipel welcomed him and an equally new nation...Volirum.

Cymiopolis' first few days in the New West Indies were spent doing what newcomers do best: asking as many questions about everything as he could fathom and worrying about his NS Stats. In one of his posts at the time, erstwhile newcomer Cymio said "At first I was disappointed this game didn’t have different forms of Anarchy (I lean towards Anarcho-Capitalism), but I was pleasantly surprised after an issue returned Cymiopolis to Anarchy AND upgraded my economy (the issue, in particular, was outlawing Eminant Domain)". Soon enough, they started moving to roleplay and made their first RP post in the New West Indies by building Hanging Gardens.

Cymiopolis' post quality went soaring, as the now-famous "Most Serene Ministry of Foreign Affairs" started imposing sanctions on the more belligerent nations of the New West Indies, and the nation was advancing to space mining and interest in extraterrestrial operations. Still today, Cymiopolis is one of the New West indies' prime spacefaring nations in character.

In early January 2019, Cymiopolis' career took a turn. The nation that had arrived on the same day as him, Volirum, was running for Secretary-General and looking for candidates to fill the NWI's four departments. "I felt like it was a good time to get involved in regional politics.", Cymiopolis now comments. Fascinated by regional mapmaking, Cymiopolis asked to become Secretary of Internal Affairs. " Sadly, Volirum had a man for the job who was doing great so I had to settle for SFA".
A few days later, Volirum triumphed in the Secretary-General elections and became the New West Indies' second elected Secretary-General. Cymiopolis took his first elected office.

During his time as Secretary, Cymiopolis remained extremely active in the regional roleplay. When asked how he managed to balance both responsibilities, he humbly replied "The balance was easy as SFA since my job only involved accepting or denying embassies. Not gonna lie, Achipel would do that anyways before I’d have the chance so it was a relatively slow job which left me more time to RP."

While Cymiopolis' first term saw some advancements in Foreign Affairs, the Department of Foreign Affairs really took off during Cymiopolis' second term as Secretary of Foreign Affairs, this time under Secretary-General Karteria. Of this time, Cymiopolis told us "Working under Karteria really changed the work dynamic since he had a more proactive approach. He let us do what we want, but he still gave us some guidelines to steer us on the right path".


What the regional flag would have looked like, had Cymiopolis' proposal won

But Cymiopolis certainly did not wait for Karteria to be elected to do what he wanted. While Karteria was preparing for the polls, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs started a flag competition. " As Secretary of Foreign Affairs, I've seen plenty of beautiful regional flags while establishing embassies with other NS regions."Cymiopolis explained. What with an active citizenry, quite a few good vexillologists, and a new vexillology channel on Discord, the competition drew much attention. Five submissions were placed, but in the end, the winner and the current flag of the New West Indies was designed by New United Carolinas.
Reflecting on those times, Cymio said: "While it didn’t have the desired effect of making my entry the official NWI, NUC did a stellar job along with the other participants and I loved the energy that the flag competition brought".

The energy it brought was a taster of the new Secretary-General's plans to make the New West Indies a more active place, and the Department of Foreign Affairs certainly was not left out of those plans. It is under Cymiopolis' tenure as SFA that the New West Indies' Embassy Policy, that is still relevant today, was published. The self-declared goal was to have more "meaningful diplomatic relations". Cymiopolis explains "A meaningful embassy would entail sending ambassadors (either the SecGen, SFA and/or diplomats) to a regions Discord, getting to know their government and sharing ideas amongst each other to grow our regions together". The policy has permanently shaped the way the New West Indies conducts interregional business, as many embassies with Collector, too small, or inactive regions are closed or never opened. In hindsight, Cymiopolis believes that the policy was "relatively successful. We now communicate with numerous other regions on the NWI Discord’s diplomacy channel."

Two weeks ago, in mid-November, Cymiopolis' dream was finally accomplished. He who had wanted to become Secretary of Internal Affairs, for now, a full year was finally rewarded as Secretary-General Karteria picked him to replace outgoing SIA Luraqau. "Wanted to be SIA ever since I decided to enter regional politics since I love making maps (I can draw the borders of the Balkans by heart)." The Press Corps was unable to fact-check this last assertion, but Cymiopolis' love for mapmaking was immediately apparent, as he worked through the backlog in map application to present a recently updated regional map. But that is not all. "My goal as SIA is to make the NWI maps the envy of all other regions" Cymio asserted, before adding "After looking at some other region’s maps, I reckon I’m almost there." He also told us he might experiment with new formats in the future, but kept his mouth shut when we asked for more (unless you count sipping tasty red wine).

Speaking of the future, Cymiopolis confirmed he would be running for SIA again in December, claiming "Hell yeah. I live these maps like they were my children". The Father of Maps remained more elusive on potential Secretary-General ambitions in 2020, for which he is considered to be one of the most plausible candidates "Nah, Karteria is doing a great job as it is and I have no idea how he balances that job with his IRL life" he told us.

It was getting late on Clock tower Pier, and Cymiopolis the trilingual mapmaking vexillology-loving fervent Progressive ambitious Secretary had work to do. The Press Corps thanks him for his service to the region, and for having taken time off to answer questions.


Recent Activity

Roleplay (IC)

After weeks of raids in the anarchic Anatolian peninsula, the great leader of Idiocarasia, Yebelluv, has returned to his capital with much loot and slaves.

A major drought has hit Kilaguni, bringing the nation's welfare system to large levels of stress as the most disenfranchised citizens were unable to count on a decimated agricultural production.

While Kilagunians are starving, more nations have joined the International smoking competition held in The Anarchist Communist, while the Royal Ministry of Sport of the North Italian Union suggested adding a drinking contest to the smoking, making the contest even more degenerate.

In Kurdistan, The Greater Iran's armed forces successfully raided bunkers where Ottoman loyalists were hiding. The same Ottoman Loyalists issued an ultimatum to occupying forces in Anatolia to retreat, otherwise, 800 hostages would be culled.

Far from earth, in Neptune's atmosphere, a Portinabian space marine betrayed his colleagues and escaped from Neptune's orbit with an escape pod, leaving his fellow crewmates for dead.

In PotaTown, a violent coup has brought leader Ravi Olé to power. The government was reformed into an autocracy known as Oopsidroppedmyrightsburg. The regime's human rights violations have put it at odds with much of the international community, with the North Italian Union, The Anarchist Communist and Caves of Paradise applying sanctions and Cymiopolis refusing to sell a space station to them.

In Achipel, President Hatüey Cantù was forced to resign after corruption scandals, leading to the election of left-wing nationalist Bárður Néstor Morales Halldórsson as President of Achipel. Halldórsson's first act as President was to invite leaders of the Caribbean region to a summit in Paradí, the Capital.

In New United Carolinas, the Governor of Appalachia Province, who had been accused of bribery, money laundering, and other career-ending scandals, deserted his province. It was later revealed the governor had fled to morally doubtful international pariah Oopsidroppedmyrightsburg.

Siegfried's navy has been moved from the Baltic to the Atlantic to benefit from a larger training environment.

Cymiopolis and Portinabia have cooperated to create the Panamero Zone (PaZ), a single market in the Americas. The Government of Achipel has asked to negotiate a certain number of opt-outs.


Free Trade has been at the heart of Internation diplomacy this month

Government

Executive Decrees authorized in October.

Elections

We had a Judiciary Election at the end of which Twelve Titans was elected Chief Justice.

Secretariat elections are scheduled for December 14th, 2019

General Assembly President elections are schedules for December 25th, 2019 (Merry Christmas!)

Assembly Affairs

GA resolutions passed in November


There is still plenty of free space around the Capitol to build Congressional offices, so do join the General Assembly!


Opinion: A new era for Foreign Affairs

In mid-November, we had a Cabinet reshuffle that replaced our long-standing Minister of Foreign Affairs Cymiopolis with highly active career diplomat PotaTown. PotaTown had considered writing about foreign affairs for the Update and was recognised as a leading non-Cabinet foreign policy expert. This fresh face at the top of the Department of Foreign Affairs is already quite a change, but wouldn't make a whole opinion piece if it weren't for some other events.

We are currently negotiating a Treaty with Alvaria. Though it is not the first time the New West Indies negotiates a Treaty, it is the first time it is being done as a bilateral agreement between two active regions, whose heads of state seem to be in good standing with each other. The Treaty is not currently being too discussed in Alvaria, though the general feeling there is that the people like the New West Indies and wouldn't be opposed to tightening relations. In the NWI, we already started pre-debating some parts of the still unsigned treaty in the GA channels. The Treaty would establish real ambassadors, and sources close to the diplomatic proceedings claim clauses allowing NWI citizens to create a puppet and participate in the ALvarian army, or that Alvarians could roleplay in the New West Indies are being negotiated. Whatever is coming is quite exciting, and many agree.

Meanwhile, we were visited by the Vizier of Foreign Affairs of Osiris, who graciously invited us to build a Consulate on the forums of this prominent GCR. Ties with a wider NS world and NS Gameplay, that have started ever since the creation of our embassies on the NS forums, are starting to be formed.

But all of this will prompt legitimate questions. We will need to look at our stances on what can be traded in Treaties and what can't. We will need to look at how we think of our embassies and relations with regions that support or have supported actions that are not compatible with our morals. We will need to think of what image we want to give out to a world that will soon start seeing us.

Thankfully we have an election coming quite soon. The December Secretariat elections will be our chance to discuss a subject once upon a time left to a few élites and nerds. Foreign Policy is relevant to every New West Indian, even those who are happy with roleplay posts. It affects who gets to RP here, how we are seen, and even how many people we get to join our region. Too long has Foreign Policy been restricted to a few lines on platforms about liking the Embassy Policy, and "privileging quality over quantity" without any other description. As this issue is starting to become more and more relevant, our dialogues about Foreign Polic need to gain in substance.


Game of the Month

This month's game of the month is a riddle! The first one of you to find the answer and contact Celestiam will get the chance to publish anything they want, be it text, memes, a video, countryballs, a poem, a complaint, ANYTHING (as long as it is legal and not obviously spammy/too heavy) in the next Monthly Update that will be the first update of 2020! The riddle is:

I have cities, but no houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I?

Good luck!


Scales tipped in favour of Regional Judiciary

We've been discussing, debating, speculating and spilling oceans of ink (or should we say pixels) over the question of a Judiciary over the past four months. Ever since Twelve Titans first proposed to establish real Courts best described by Cymiopolis as "a step above Hammurabi's "an eye for an eye"", the region has been waiting for it.

November is the month everything happened. After final amendments were made, GAR#21 "Establishment of a Judicial System"1, that had been nicknamed "The Judicial Proposal" by many General Assembly insiders, was put to vote. The months of consensus building and edits were well worth it, as after four final amendments the Proposal was adopted with 18 votes yea and 0 votes nay. The crushing 100% approval of the resolution reflects how all major parties were in support, and the bill had attracted a few major co-sponsors.
More than being Twelve Titans' second 1 proposal to be passed into law, GAR#21 ordered the Secretary-General to call for a special election to fill the unoccupied seat of Chief Justice.

Immediately after the passage of GAR#21, the Criminal Code Proposal that was numbered GAR#22 was introduced. Aiming to give the Court the teeth it needs to apply the Law on offenders, the Code was unanimously adopted with 15 votes yea to no nay votes. A few weeks and much discussion in the #judiciary channel of the Discord server, as well as official debating in the NWI General Assembly was necessary for Celestiam's first proposal to make it to law.

Meanwhile, candidates for Chief Justice prepared their platforms and campaigns. North Italian Union first considered a run but later stepped down, while Blankenheim, Twelve Titans, and Volirum all published platforms and tried their luck.

Two of them answered questions for the Press Corps and all three published platforms. You can see it all here:

After 72 hours of voting, Twelve Titans arrived on top with 14 votes to Volirum's 6 and Blankenheim's 1. Twelve Titans is, therefore, the Chief Justice of the New West Indies.

The Secretary of Internal Affairs should soon announce appointments for the vacant offices of Regional Attorney and Public Attorney.

1: 02/12/2019 22:20 GMT: The Chief Justice has gracefully pointed out a few inaccuracies that were edited out.


New Citizens

Please all congratulate David Harris and Tennor who joined us in the month of November!



Appreciate the old, seek the new says regionwide poll.

On November 29, 2019, the Press Corps opened a regionwide poll send by telegrams to all individuals that were citizens on November 29, for a total of 45 nations. Of those, 11 nations responded to a series of questions measuring their approval of the administration’s term, their opinion on policies old and new, and which candidates they would be the most excited to see run for office in the Secretariat and GA.
Here is what citizens have to say on governmental affairs, as elections approach in December (Dec 14th for Secretary-General, and Dec 25th for GA President.

Secretariat Affairs

This question sought to measure how satisfied citizens were with each executive department. “Approval” will here refer to the sum of the “very satisfied” and “satisfied” answers. Disapproval is the sum of the “very dissatisfied” and “dissatisfied” answers. Percentages will always be expressed with respect to the total responses.
Ranking on top is the Department of Administration, that boasts a 100% satisfaction rate, with 70% being “very satisfied”. The Department was placed under Kronshtadt’s control early in the term, before the latter’s resignation and the ascent of New United Carolinas. Both are popular among the citizenry. Besides, the Department of Administration has been diligently operating, amending the Constitution, updating dispatches, assisting in the Nwi.gov initiative and overall showing it is a department where proper conservation of existing dispatches and high initiative for new ones are both high.

The Secretariat in general also scores high, with a similar 100% approval of which 36.4% strongly approve. This may be due to the cohesion of the most recent Cabinet, or simply to the efforts provided by hyperactive Secretary-General Karteria. With achievements to show on the domestic and foreign fronts, the administration can pride itself for having accomplished, and those accomplishments seem to be appreciated.

The Department of Internal Affairs comes in with the third-highest satisfaction rate, at 72.8%. 45.5% of respondents strongly approve of the Department. However, the Department also has the highest disapproval rate, with 27.3% disapproving. The Department was controlled by long-time Secretary Luraqau until the most recent Cabinet reshuffle when Luraqau resigned in favour of Secretary Cymiopolis. The difference in approval could be explained by speculating that both Secretaries have different approvals, and people may have approved or disapproved of the Department un13.65%. der one Secretary but not the other.

The Department of Foreign Affairs comes in with an approval rating slightly above the 50% mark, with 54.6% approval. 27.3% strongly approved of the DFA’s work. 36.4% of respondents were neutral or had no strong opinion of the DFA this term, with only 9.1% disapproving. This is another switch Department, that was held under Secretary Cymiopolis until the most recent Cabinet reshuffle when Secretary PotaTown took the DFA’s reins. The approval disparity and high neutral rating could be explained by the fact the Secretary-General has taken a lot of tasks in the Department of Foreign Affairs, sometimes leaving the Department empty-handed. Alternatively, people may have different opinions of the Department under the two secretaries.

Coming in last among departments, the Department of Defense and Information can pride itself of a 0% disapproval rate, but approval of only 45.5%, 36.4% being “very satisfied”. The absolute majority of respondents (54.5%) had no opinion of the DDI. The Department of Defense and Information was the only department to be headed by the same Secretary for the entire term, at the command of Secretary The Sakura Nippon. The low disapproval and approval ratings are coherent with the DDI’s constitutional limitations. It is a department that has very little agency in anything and is generally unseen. As not much ever happens there, citizens did not forge a strong opinion either way.

The average department has a satisfaction rate of 74.58%, with a relatively high standard deviation of 25.2. The range/2, more appropriate for the small number of data points, is of 27.25 percentage points. The average disapproval rate was 7.28%. There were no “very dissatisfied” answers for any of the Departments. The standard deviation was 11.8, while the range/2 was 13.65 percentage points.

This word cloud shows the potential candidates for Secretary or Secretary-General, with the size of the names being proportional to popularity. The question for each candidate is whether one would want to see them run for office, to which the answers were yes, no, neutral, and later.

Top Five
Candidates are ranked by the number of "yes votes". When tied, candidates with the least no votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the least neutral votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the most "later" votes take precedence. If there still is a tie flip a three-dollar coin.

Name

Yes

No

Neutral/No Opinion

Later

Celestiam

9

0

0

1

New United Carolinas

8

0

0

2

New Sistonia

8

0

2

0

Cymiopolis

8

1

0

1

Karteria

8

2

0

0

For citizens' opinions for potential Secretaries or Secretaries-General Celestiam polls on top, only one vote ahead of the leading pack, composed of current Secretaries New United Carolinas and Cymiopolis, current Secretary-General Karteria, and reknowned roleplayer New Sistonia, who all have 8 yes votes each.

The meaning of these voices is to take with a grain of salt, as they are different for each individual. The question did not segregate between Secretaries and Secretary-General, so the "later" votes on non-Secretaries (Celestiam and New Sistonia) could mean a wish to see them in Cabinet, while the "later" votes on Secretaries such as New United Carolinas and Cymiopolis might mean citizens see potential Secretaries-General in these individuals. It can be added that in the case of Celestiam and New Sistonia, they are active individuals that people hence would expect to see as Secretaries, making their votes interest votes. In contrast, New United Carolinas and Cymiopolis have shown themselves, so the yes votes for them are more solid approval votes.

It is worth noting that Karteria's polling numbers do not necessarily reflect a weakness in the Secretary-General, who polls behind two Secretaries and two laymen. Instead, the Press Corp's analysts point to the riskiness and controversy around some functions as an uncounted factor. Press Director and prominent roleplayer are essentially riskless jobs, where anything you do will be more or less approved. Secretaries have it a bit harder, while the exceptionally hands-on Secretary-General Karteria will have a hard time not attracting any disapproval, as they are constantly amid important and sometimes controversial decisions. As Winston Churchill once said "You have enemies? Good. That means you stood up for something, sometime in your life". this statement applies to the Secretary-General and his Secretaries more than it does to the non-Secretaries who made the list. Finally, expectations are different, and citizens will see good work from Secretaries they elected as normal and part of their job, while dedication from other players who have not been entrusted with elected office will be seen as a positive character trait instead.

Secretary New United Carolinas can combine this second place and the top approval ratings for the Department of Administration as a show that the citizenry is confident in NUC's capacities and future.

Secretariat
Candidates are ranked by the number of "yes votes". When tied, candidates with the least no votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the least neutral votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the most "later" votes take precedence. If there still is a tie flip a three-dollar coin. This only includes this term's Secretaries, current and former.

Name

Yes

No

Neutral/No Opinion

Later

New United Carolinas

8

0

0

2

Cymiopolis

8

1

0

1

Karteria

8

2

0

0

Kronshtadt

7

2

0

0

PotaTown

4

3

1

2

Luraqau

4

4

1

1

The Sakura Nippon

3

3

3

0

Most promising in the near future
Candidates are ranked by the number of "later" votes. When tied, candidates with the most yes votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the least no votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the least neutral votes take precedence. If there still is a tie flip a three-dollar coin.

Name

Yes

No

Neutral/No Opinion

Later

North Italian Union

5

2

0

4

Blankenheim

2

1

4

3

Idiocarasia

2

4

0

3

New United Carolinas

8

0

0

2

Twelve Titans

7

1

0

2

General Assembly Affairs

The Office of the President of the General Assembly is also enjoying relatively high approval ratings, with 90.9% of poll-takers approving of the President’s work. 9.1% disapprove.
The President of the General Assembly is Reno Sheriffs Department, who reinjected activity in the GA. By creating the possibility that bills would be voted on, the President has encouraged the passage of numerous General Assembly resolutions, most notably the Judicial Proposal; but also other bills such as the Impeachment Fairness Act and the Criminal Code.
GA activity has reached its highest point in history, with three citizens having successfully passed their first written law, growing the number of experienced legislators from 2 to 5. Reno’s high activity and reviewing quality have satisfied the majority of citizens.

This word cloud shows potential candidates for General Assembly President, with the size of the name being proportional to popularity. The question was whether each citizen should run for GA President, and the options were “yes”, “no”, “neutral”, or “later”.
Top Five
Candidates are ranked by the number of "yes votes". When tied, candidates with the least no votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the least neutral votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the most "later" votes take precedence. If there still is a tie flip a three-dollar coin.

Name

Yes

No

Neutral/No Opinion

Later

Reno Sheriffs Department

7

0

0

0

New United Carolinas

7

0

1

0

North Italian Union

6

0

2

1

Celestiam

6

1

2

0

Twelve Titans

6

2

1

0

When asked to express their preferences for a potential GA President, citizens rank Reno Sheriffs Department, the incumbent, and Secretary of Administration New United Carolinas on equal standing, with Reno having a slight advantage. This is consistent with the high rate of approval towards the current GA Presidency.
This top duo points to the fact citizens appreciate Reno’s presidency, but would also be appreciative of the documentation and dispatch keeping skills of the Secretary of Administration, who has consistently updated the Constitution, showing their skill and interest in legislative affairs.

On the second tier, with six votes each, New Italian Union, Celestiam, and Twelve Titans stand. Twelve Titans’ presence makes sense given his previous run for President, though his acquisition of the High Court bench makes a Titans Presidency unlikely in the immediate future. Celestiam, who has shown some GA activity, is also a classic choice.
New Italian Union’s high position on the polls delineates the wish by some citizens for freshness in the GA, as North Italian Union has shown involvement to some degree (consistent voting) while lacking activity in proposing and debating. Importantly, North Italian Union is not part of the traditional politician line-up and could be a popular candidate or kingmaker in December, or more likely in a future GA election.

Most promising in the near future
Candidates are ranked by the number of "later" votes. When tied, candidates with the most yes votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the least no votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the least neutral votes take precedence. If there still is a tie flip a three-dollar coin.

Name

Yes

No

Neutral/No Opinion

Later

PotaTown

4

2

0

2

North Italian Union

6

0

2

1

New Sistonia

5

2

0

1

Volirum

5

2

0

1

Ventus Prime

4

0

4

1

Policies

The survey also asked many questions of policy. Though there are too many for them to all be treated here, those are the ones that distinguished themselves from the rest. You may, however, request to see any numbers by contacting Celestiam by Telegram or Discord. Requests will be treated equally regardless of the chosen means to communicate.

Highest Agreement Rate

Highest Disagreement Rate

Most Controversial

😍 It is a responsibility of the Regional Attorney to be reasonable in sentencing requests (100% 0%)
😍 Our roleplay would be better if more people participated in it (90.9% 0%)
😍 I am excited by the increase of potential cultural events for our region (81.8% 0%)
😍 The negotiation of treaties with regions like Alvaria is exciting and should happen more often (81.8% 0%)
😍 We should be proactive rather than reactive in Foreign Policy (81.8% 0%)

💩 Standards for citizenship need to be tightened (9.1% 63.6%)
💩 Some regions are out of our league for interregional cooperation (36.4% 54.5%)
💩 The RMB Future-tech nation RP should be the only Roleplay in the New West Indies (18.8% 36.4%)
💩 The farther the government stands from roleplay, the better (27.3% 36.4%)
💩 The Secretary-General should be less hands on than he currently is (36.4% 36.4%)

😡 The Secretary-General should be less hands on than he currently is (36.4% 36.4%)
😡 The high number of Discord polls is beneficial (36.4% 36.4%)
😡 The Secretariat is not held into account strongly enough (27.3% 36.4%)
😡 We rely too much on Discord these days (45.4% 36.4%)
😡 The current Secretariat is not multipartisan enough (27.3% 36.4%)

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Published: November 2, 2019
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W E L C O M E B A C K !

Fellow New West Indians and readers from abroad, welcome to the Monthly Update for November! This is going to be the last Monthly Update of the year 2019, and the last of this executive term. Whereas the future of the Press Corps is uncertain and depends on what the next Secretary-General feels, what is absolutely certain is that this update will be full of exciting news!

This banner could have easily been one of a turkey and a US flag, as the end of November is known as Thanksgiving for many of our Northern American friends. However, the Update is not in the business of telling you what you already know, so we'll instead remind you that one day before Thanksgiving, on November 27th, the world celebrated Electric Guitar Day! The day commemorates famous guitarist Jimi Hendrix's date of birth and is the occasion to gossip about and listen to electric guitar music. If you knew that, you have the Press Corp's apologies, and the promise that at least one thing in this particularly filled update will surprise you.

Indeed, November has been a particularly newsworthy month, with two major proposals covering the New West Indies' brand new judicial branch being passed, one judicial election, one poll, two elections coming soon, fantastic roleplay, a Cabinet reshuffle, great foreign affairs achievements, and an interview with Secretary of Internal Affairs and long-time New West Indian Cymiopolis! This update might be a bit wordier than usual...

Please do tell us how you feel about it, any feedback, suggestions, requests for advertisements or articles submitted in your name or anonymously should all go to Press Director Celestiam (Seafarer#5810 on Discord). We are always appreciative of any comment you can bring to the table to make our Updates more agreeable and informative. If you liked this month's update, please upvote it so others can benefit from reading.

If you wonder why we have so much to say, you should definitely join LinkOur Discord Server. This is where a lot of the political and especially cultural life of the New West Indies takes place. Whether you are a citizen, resident, diplomat, or even just some random visitor who landed here, you are welcome to join. We look forward to seeing you there!

And now, with no further ado, let the November Monthly Update begin!





Important Announcements

Office of the Secretary-General

  • Many citizens have gotten themselves a government job and enjoy it! You can do too here by following this link. Want to have fun, develop skills, and get the fuzzy feeling that you’re helping out in the process? Nations are free to read and apply for positions!

Department of Internal Affairs

  • Cymiopolis is the new Secretary of Internal Affairs

  • Deugaw is now the Activity Moderator. He’ll be making sure people are active enough to be on the Regional Map.

Department of Foreign Affairs

  • A Treaty is currently being negotiated with our friends over in Alvaria. The Treaty is currently being pre-discussed in the committee chambers of the General Assembly on Discord.

  • The Secretary of Foreign Affairs is now PotaTown

  • The Department is still hiring Ambassadors! Check it all out here.

  • We now have an embassy on the Nationstates gameplay forums, where news of our fantastic region will be available for the whole world to see!

Department of Administration

  • Interested in a job that involves you directly with the inner workings of the New West Indies? That allows you to run this region's governance, roleplay, and functionings from the inside? That places you directly below the Secretariat, offering a promising entry into your governmental career? There is such a job as Administrative Assistant to the Secretary. Widely considered as an antechamber to the Secretary position, the Administrative Assistant provides a valuable aid to the Department of Administration. Interested? Contact New United Carolinas

  • Check out Nwi.gov, the Government’s new dispatch portal! You can find all your favourite dispatches linked there.

  • The Department of Administration, thanks to Portinabia, now has a Cultural Repository that you absolutely should check out.


A few words with... Cymiopolis


Text in italics directly quoted from interview with Cymiopolis, or RMB posts



Clock Tower Pier, in Montreal Canada, is where
Cymiopolis would meet us if he had a real interview.

Whether you are a roleplayer having interacted with this peculiar Venetian inspired South American nation, a Falklands nerd, an appreciator of good flags, or a political observer, it is nearly impossible not to have bumped into Cymiopolis. He's the man with the plan, Has the posts with the most, Flies a flag that is swag, he's a sightsee, he's lordly, and he's a Secretary. Besides he won last edition's monthly update game. That's the kind of person you'd pay to interview. Thankfully the busy statesman did not charge us for his time in answering a few questions...

Late afternoon, by the agreeable Old Port of Montreal, a luxurious black sedan bearing the logo of the Department of Internal Affairs pulls up. Out comes Cymiopolis. In his hands, no guns, and behind him no bodyguards. Instead, the nation famous In-Character for their fine wine exports comes with two bottles of Valpolicella wine. How did we even get here?

The answer comes from Cymiopolis and is a quintessential example of how lucky people can sometimes be "I was answering issues when I first started playing NS and got a recruitment telegram from Achipel. The region seemed relatively fleshed out and had a cool map so I decided to join and lay claim to Tierra del Fuego". Cymio then specified this was the first time he had ever gotten seriously involved with any region in Nationstates "I had done a small stint on NS with my puppet Lambrinia, but mostly answered issues until I got bored." This is how, on April 5th, 2018, Cymiopolis arrived in the New West Indies, where Founder Achipel welcomed him and an equally new nation...Volirum.

Cymiopolis' first few days in the New West Indies were spent doing what newcomers do best: asking as many questions about everything as he could fathom and worrying about his NS Stats. In one of his posts at the time, erstwhile newcomer Cymio said "At first I was disappointed this game didn’t have different forms of Anarchy (I lean towards Anarcho-Capitalism), but I was pleasantly surprised after an issue returned Cymiopolis to Anarchy AND upgraded my economy (the issue, in particular, was outlawing Eminant Domain)". Soon enough, they started moving to roleplay and made their first RP post in the New West Indies by building Hanging Gardens.

Cymiopolis' post quality went soaring, as the now-famous "Most Serene Ministry of Foreign Affairs" started imposing sanctions on the more belligerent nations of the New West Indies, and the nation was advancing to space mining and interest in extraterrestrial operations. Still today, Cymiopolis is one of the New West indies' prime spacefaring nations in character.

In early January 2019, Cymiopolis' career took a turn. The nation that had arrived on the same day as him, Volirum, was running for Secretary-General and looking for candidates to fill the NWI's four departments. "I felt like it was a good time to get involved in regional politics.", Cymiopolis now comments. Fascinated by regional mapmaking, Cymiopolis asked to become Secretary of Internal Affairs. " Sadly, Volirum had a man for the job who was doing great so I had to settle for SFA".
A few days later, Volirum triumphed in the Secretary-General elections and became the New West Indies' second elected Secretary-General. Cymiopolis took his first elected office.

During his time as Secretary, Cymiopolis remained extremely active in the regional roleplay. When asked how he managed to balance both responsibilities, he humbly replied "The balance was easy as SFA since my job only involved accepting or denying embassies. Not gonna lie, Achipel would do that anyways before I’d have the chance so it was a relatively slow job which left me more time to RP."

While Cymiopolis' first term saw some advancements in Foreign Affairs, the Department of Foreign Affairs really took off during Cymiopolis' second term as Secretary of Foreign Affairs, this time under Secretary-General Karteria. Of this time, Cymiopolis told us "Working under Karteria really changed the work dynamic since he had a more proactive approach. He let us do what we want, but he still gave us some guidelines to steer us on the right path".


What the regional flag would have looked like, had Cymiopolis' proposal won

But Cymiopolis certainly did not wait for Karteria to be elected to do what he wanted. While Karteria was preparing for the polls, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs started a flag competition. " As Secretary of Foreign Affairs, I've seen plenty of beautiful regional flags while establishing embassies with other NS regions."Cymiopolis explained. What with an active citizenry, quite a few good vexillologists, and a new vexillology channel on Discord, the competition drew much attention. Five submissions were placed, but in the end, the winner and the current flag of the New West Indies was designed by New United Carolinas.
Reflecting on those times, Cymio said: "While it didn’t have the desired effect of making my entry the official NWI, NUC did a stellar job along with the other participants and I loved the energy that the flag competition brought".

The energy it brought was a taster of the new Secretary-General's plans to make the New West Indies a more active place, and the Department of Foreign Affairs certainly was not left out of those plans. It is under Cymiopolis' tenure as SFA that the New West Indies' Embassy Policy, that is still relevant today, was published. The self-declared goal was to have more "meaningful diplomatic relations". Cymiopolis explains "A meaningful embassy would entail sending ambassadors (either the SecGen, SFA and/or diplomats) to a regions Discord, getting to know their government and sharing ideas amongst each other to grow our regions together". The policy has permanently shaped the way the New West Indies conducts interregional business, as many embassies with Collector, too small, or inactive regions are closed or never opened. In hindsight, Cymiopolis believes that the policy was "relatively successful. We now communicate with numerous other regions on the NWI Discord’s diplomacy channel."

Two weeks ago, in mid-November, Cymiopolis' dream was finally accomplished. He who had wanted to become Secretary of Internal Affairs, for now, a full year was finally rewarded as Secretary-General Karteria picked him to replace outgoing SIA Luraqau. "Wanted to be SIA ever since I decided to enter regional politics since I love making maps (I can draw the borders of the Balkans by heart)." The Press Corps was unable to fact-check this last assertion, but Cymiopolis' love for mapmaking was immediately apparent, as he worked through the backlog in map application to present a recently updated regional map. But that is not all. "My goal as SIA is to make the NWI maps the envy of all other regions" Cymio asserted, before adding "After looking at some other region’s maps, I reckon I’m almost there." He also told us he might experiment with new formats in the future, but kept his mouth shut when we asked for more (unless you count sipping tasty red wine).

Speaking of the future, Cymiopolis confirmed he would be running for SIA again in December, claiming "Hell yeah. I live these maps like they were my children". The Father of Maps remained more elusive on potential Secretary-General ambitions in 2020, for which he is considered to be one of the most plausible candidates "Nah, Karteria is doing a great job as it is and I have no idea how he balances that job with his IRL life" he told us.

It was getting late on Clock tower Pier, and Cymiopolis the trilingual mapmaking vexillology-loving fervent Progressive ambitious Secretary had work to do. The Press Corps thanks him for his service to the region, and for having taken time off to answer questions.


Recent Activity

Roleplay (IC)

After weeks of raids in the anarchic Anatolian peninsula, the great leader of Idiocarasia, Yebelluv, has returned to his capital with much loot and slaves.

A major drought has hit Kilaguni, bringing the nation's welfare system to large levels of stress as the most disenfranchised citizens were unable to count on a decimated agricultural production.

While Kilagunians are starving, more nations have joined the International smoking competition held in The Anarchist Communist, while the Royal Ministry of Sport of the North Italian Union suggested adding a drinking contest to the smoking, making the contest even more degenerate.

In Kurdistan, The Greater Iran's armed forces successfully raided bunkers where Ottoman loyalists were hiding. The same Ottoman Loyalists issued an ultimatum to occupying forces in Anatolia to retreat, otherwise, 800 hostages would be culled.

Far from earth, in Neptune's atmosphere, a Portinabian space marine betrayed his colleagues and escaped from Neptune's orbit with an escape pod, leaving his fellow crewmates for dead.

In PotaTown, a violent coup has brought leader Ravi Olé to power. The government was reformed into an autocracy known as Oopsidroppedmyrightsburg. The regime's human rights violations have put it at odds with much of the international community, with the North Italian Union, The Anarchist Communist and Caves of Paradise applying sanctions and Cymiopolis refusing to sell a space station to them.

In Achipel, President Hatüey Cantù was forced to resign after corruption scandals, leading to the election of left-wing nationalist Bárður Néstor Morales Halldórsson as President of Achipel. Halldórsson's first act as President was to invite leaders of the Caribbean region to a summit in Paradí, the Capital.

In New United Carolinas, the Governor of Appalachia Province, who had been accused of bribery, money laundering, and other career-ending scandals, deserted his province. It was later revealed the governor had fled to morally doubtful international pariah Oopsidroppedmyrightsburg.

Siegfried's navy has been moved from the Baltic to the Atlantic to benefit from a larger training environment.

Cymiopolis and Portinabia have cooperated to create the Panamero Zone (PaZ), a single market in the Americas. The Government of Achipel has asked to negotiate a certain number of opt-outs.


Free Trade has been at the heart of Internation diplomacy this month

Government

Executive Decrees authorized in October.

Elections

We had a Judiciary Election at the end of which Twelve Titans was elected Chief Justice.

Secretariat elections are scheduled for December 14th, 2019

General Assembly President elections are schedules for December 25th, 2019 (Merry Christmas!)

Assembly Affairs

GA resolutions passed in November


There is still plenty of free space around the Capitol to build Congressional offices, so do join the General Assembly!


Opinion: A new era for Foreign Affairs

In mid-November, we had a Cabinet reshuffle that replaced our long-standing Minister of Foreign Affairs Cymiopolis with highly active career diplomat PotaTown. PotaTown had considered writing about foreign affairs for the Update and was recognised as a leading non-Cabinet foreign policy expert. This fresh face at the top of the Department of Foreign Affairs is already quite a change, but wouldn't make a whole opinion piece if it weren't for some other events.

We are currently negotiating a Treaty with Alvaria. Though it is not the first time the New West Indies negotiates a Treaty, it is the first time it is being done as a bilateral agreement between two active regions, whose heads of state seem to be in good standing with each other. The Treaty is not currently being too discussed in Alvaria, though the general feeling there is that the people like the New West Indies and wouldn't be opposed to tightening relations. In the NWI, we already started pre-debating some parts of the still unsigned treaty in the GA channels. The Treaty would establish real ambassadors, and sources close to the diplomatic proceedings claim clauses allowing NWI citizens to create a puppet and participate in the ALvarian army, or that Alvarians could roleplay in the New West Indies are being negotiated. Whatever is coming is quite exciting, and many agree.

Meanwhile, we were visited by the Vizier of Foreign Affairs of Osiris, who graciously invited us to build a Consulate on the forums of this prominent GCR. Ties with a wider NS world and NS Gameplay, that have started ever since the creation of our embassies on the NS forums, are starting to be formed.

But all of this will prompt legitimate questions. We will need to look at our stances on what can be traded in Treaties and what can't. We will need to look at how we think of our embassies and relations with regions that support or have supported actions that are not compatible with our morals. We will need to think of what image we want to give out to a world that will soon start seeing us.

Thankfully we have an election coming quite soon. The December Secretariat elections will be our chance to discuss a subject once upon a time left to a few élites and nerds. Foreign Policy is relevant to every New West Indian, even those who are happy with roleplay posts. It affects who gets to RP here, how we are seen, and even how many people we get to join our region. Too long has Foreign Policy been restricted to a few lines on platforms about liking the Embassy Policy, and "privileging quality over quantity" without any other description. As this issue is starting to become more and more relevant, our dialogues about Foreign Polic need to gain in substance.


Game of the Month

This month's game of the month is a riddle! The first one of you to find the answer and contact Celestiam will get the chance to publish anything they want, be it text, memes, a video, countryballs, a poem, a complaint, ANYTHING (as long as it is legal and not obviously spammy/too heavy) in the next Monthly Update that will be the first update of 2020! The riddle is:

I have cities, but no houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I?

Good luck!


Scales tipped in favour of Regional Judiciary

We've been discussing, debating, speculating and spilling oceans of ink (or should we say pixels) over the question of a Judiciary over the past four months. Ever since Twelve Titans first proposed to establish real Courts best described by Cymiopolis as "a step above Hammurabi's "an eye for an eye"", the region has been waiting for it.

November is the month everything happened. After final amendments were made, GAR#21 "Establishment of a Judicial System"1, that had been nicknamed "The Judicial Proposal" by many General Assembly insiders, was put to vote. The months of consensus building and edits were well worth it, as after four final amendments the Proposal was adopted with 18 votes yea and 0 votes nay. The crushing 100% approval of the resolution reflects how all major parties were in support, and the bill had attracted a few major co-sponsors.
More than being Twelve Titans' second 1 proposal to be passed into law, GAR#21 ordered the Secretary-General to call for a special election to fill the unoccupied seat of Chief Justice.

Immediately after the passage of GAR#21, the Criminal Code Proposal that was numbered GAR#22 was introduced. Aiming to give the Court the teeth it needs to apply the Law on offenders, the Code was unanimously adopted with 15 votes yea to no nay votes. A few weeks and much discussion in the #judiciary channel of the Discord server, as well as official debating in the NWI General Assembly was necessary for Celestiam's first proposal to make it to law.

Meanwhile, candidates for Chief Justice prepared their platforms and campaigns. North Italian Union first considered a run but later stepped down, while Blankenheim, Twelve Titans, and Volirum all published platforms and tried their luck.

Two of them answered questions for the Press Corps and all three published platforms. You can see it all here:

After 72 hours of voting, Twelve Titans arrived on top with 14 votes to Volirum's 6 and Blankenheim's 1. Twelve Titans is, therefore, the Chief Justice of the New West Indies.

The Secretary of Internal Affairs should soon announce appointments for the vacant offices of Regional Attorney and Public Attorney.

1: 02/12/2019 22:20 GMT: The Chief Justice has gracefully pointed out a few inaccuracies that were edited out.


New Citizens

Please all congratulate David Harris and Tennor who joined us in the month of November!



Appreciate the old, seek the new says regionwide poll.

On November 29, 2019, the Press Corps opened a regionwide poll send by telegrams to all individuals that were citizens on November 29, for a total of 45 nations. Of those, 11 nations responded to a series of questions measuring their approval of the administration’s term, their opinion on policies old and new, and which candidates they would be the most excited to see run for office in the Secretariat and GA.
Here is what citizens have to say on governmental affairs, as elections approach in December (Dec 14th for Secretary-General, and Dec 25th for GA President.

Secretariat Affairs

This question sought to measure how satisfied citizens were with each executive department. “Approval” will here refer to the sum of the “very satisfied” and “satisfied” answers. Disapproval is the sum of the “very dissatisfied” and “dissatisfied” answers. Percentages will always be expressed with respect to the total responses.
Ranking on top is the Department of Administration, that boasts a 100% satisfaction rate, with 70% being “very satisfied”. The Department was placed under Kronshtadt’s control early in the term, before the latter’s resignation and the ascent of New United Carolinas. Both are popular among the citizenry. Besides, the Department of Administration has been diligently operating, amending the Constitution, updating dispatches, assisting in the Nwi.gov initiative and overall showing it is a department where proper conservation of existing dispatches and high initiative for new ones are both high.

The Secretariat in general also scores high, with a similar 100% approval of which 36.4% strongly approve. This may be due to the cohesion of the most recent Cabinet, or simply to the efforts provided by hyperactive Secretary-General Karteria. With achievements to show on the domestic and foreign fronts, the administration can pride itself for having accomplished, and those accomplishments seem to be appreciated.

The Department of Internal Affairs comes in with the third-highest satisfaction rate, at 72.8%. 45.5% of respondents strongly approve of the Department. However, the Department also has the highest disapproval rate, with 27.3% disapproving. The Department was controlled by long-time Secretary Luraqau until the most recent Cabinet reshuffle when Luraqau resigned in favour of Secretary Cymiopolis. The difference in approval could be explained by speculating that both Secretaries have different approvals, and people may have approved or disapproved of the Department un13.65%. der one Secretary but not the other.

The Department of Foreign Affairs comes in with an approval rating slightly above the 50% mark, with 54.6% approval. 27.3% strongly approved of the DFA’s work. 36.4% of respondents were neutral or had no strong opinion of the DFA this term, with only 9.1% disapproving. This is another switch Department, that was held under Secretary Cymiopolis until the most recent Cabinet reshuffle when Secretary PotaTown took the DFA’s reins. The approval disparity and high neutral rating could be explained by the fact the Secretary-General has taken a lot of tasks in the Department of Foreign Affairs, sometimes leaving the Department empty-handed. Alternatively, people may have different opinions of the Department under the two secretaries.

Coming in last among departments, the Department of Defense and Information can pride itself of a 0% disapproval rate, but approval of only 45.5%, 36.4% being “very satisfied”. The absolute majority of respondents (54.5%) had no opinion of the DDI. The Department of Defense and Information was the only department to be headed by the same Secretary for the entire term, at the command of Secretary The Sakura Nippon. The low disapproval and approval ratings are coherent with the DDI’s constitutional limitations. It is a department that has very little agency in anything and is generally unseen. As not much ever happens there, citizens did not forge a strong opinion either way.

The average department has a satisfaction rate of 74.58%, with a relatively high standard deviation of 25.2. The range/2, more appropriate for the small number of data points, is of 27.25 percentage points. The average disapproval rate was 7.28%. There were no “very dissatisfied” answers for any of the Departments. The standard deviation was 11.8, while the range/2 was 13.65 percentage points.

This word cloud shows the potential candidates for Secretary or Secretary-General, with the size of the names being proportional to popularity. The question for each candidate is whether one would want to see them run for office, to which the answers were yes, no, neutral, and later.

Top Five
Candidates are ranked by the number of "yes votes". When tied, candidates with the least no votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the least neutral votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the most "later" votes take precedence. If there still is a tie flip a three-dollar coin.

Name

Yes

No

Neutral/No Opinion

Later

Celestiam

9

0

0

1

New United Carolinas

8

0

0

2

New Sistonia

8

0

2

0

Cymiopolis

8

1

0

1

Karteria

8

2

0

0

For citizens' opinions for potential Secretaries or Secretaries-General Celestiam polls on top, only one vote ahead of the leading pack, composed of current Secretaries New United Carolinas and Cymiopolis, current Secretary-General Karteria, and reknowned roleplayer New Sistonia, who all have 8 yes votes each.

The meaning of these voices is to take with a grain of salt, as they are different for each individual. The question did not segregate between Secretaries and Secretary-General, so the "later" votes on non-Secretaries (Celestiam and New Sistonia) could mean a wish to see them in Cabinet, while the "later" votes on Secretaries such as New United Carolinas and Cymiopolis might mean citizens see potential Secretaries-General in these individuals. It can be added that in the case of Celestiam and New Sistonia, they are active individuals that people hence would expect to see as Secretaries, making their votes interest votes. In contrast, New United Carolinas and Cymiopolis have shown themselves, so the yes votes for them are more solid approval votes.

It is worth noting that Karteria's polling numbers do not necessarily reflect a weakness in the Secretary-General, who polls behind two Secretaries and two laymen. Instead, the Press Corp's analysts point to the riskiness and controversy around some functions as an uncounted factor. Press Director and prominent roleplayer are essentially riskless jobs, where anything you do will be more or less approved. Secretaries have it a bit harder, while the exceptionally hands-on Secretary-General Karteria will have a hard time not attracting any disapproval, as they are constantly amid important and sometimes controversial decisions. As Winston Churchill once said "You have enemies? Good. That means you stood up for something, sometime in your life". this statement applies to the Secretary-General and his Secretaries more than it does to the non-Secretaries who made the list. Finally, expectations are different, and citizens will see good work from Secretaries they elected as normal and part of their job, while dedication from other players who have not been entrusted with elected office will be seen as a positive character trait instead.

Secretary New United Carolinas can combine this second place and the top approval ratings for the Department of Administration as a show that the citizenry is confident in NUC's capacities and future.

Secretariat
Candidates are ranked by the number of "yes votes". When tied, candidates with the least no votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the least neutral votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the most "later" votes take precedence. If there still is a tie flip a three-dollar coin. This only includes this term's Secretaries, current and former.

Name

Yes

No

Neutral/No Opinion

Later

New United Carolinas

8

0

0

2

Cymiopolis

8

1

0

1

Karteria

8

2

0

0

Kronshtadt

7

2

0

0

PotaTown

4

3

1

2

Luraqau

4

4

1

1

The Sakura Nippon

3

3

3

0

Most promising in the near future
Candidates are ranked by the number of "later" votes. When tied, candidates with the most yes votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the least no votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the least neutral votes take precedence. If there still is a tie flip a three-dollar coin.

Name

Yes

No

Neutral/No Opinion

Later

North Italian Union

5

2

0

4

Blankenheim

2

1

4

3

Idiocarasia

2

4

0

3

New United Carolinas

8

0

0

2

Twelve Titans

7

1

0

2

General Assembly Affairs

The Office of the President of the General Assembly is also enjoying relatively high approval ratings, with 90.9% of poll-takers approving of the President’s work. 9.1% disapprove.
The President of the General Assembly is Reno Sheriffs Department, who reinjected activity in the GA. By creating the possibility that bills would be voted on, the President has encouraged the passage of numerous General Assembly resolutions, most notably the Judicial Proposal; but also other bills such as the Impeachment Fairness Act and the Criminal Code.
GA activity has reached its highest point in history, with three citizens having successfully passed their first written law, growing the number of experienced legislators from 2 to 5. Reno’s high activity and reviewing quality have satisfied the majority of citizens.

This word cloud shows potential candidates for General Assembly President, with the size of the name being proportional to popularity. The question was whether each citizen should run for GA President, and the options were “yes”, “no”, “neutral”, or “later”.
Top Five
Candidates are ranked by the number of "yes votes". When tied, candidates with the least no votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the least neutral votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the most "later" votes take precedence. If there still is a tie flip a three-dollar coin.

Name

Yes

No

Neutral/No Opinion

Later

Reno Sheriffs Department

7

0

0

0

New United Carolinas

7

0

1

0

North Italian Union

6

0

2

1

Celestiam

6

1

2

0

Twelve Titans

6

2

1

0

When asked to express their preferences for a potential GA President, citizens rank Reno Sheriffs Department, the incumbent, and Secretary of Administration New United Carolinas on equal standing, with Reno having a slight advantage. This is consistent with the high rate of approval towards the current GA Presidency.
This top duo points to the fact citizens appreciate Reno’s presidency, but would also be appreciative of the documentation and dispatch keeping skills of the Secretary of Administration, who has consistently updated the Constitution, showing their skill and interest in legislative affairs.

On the second tier, with six votes each, New Italian Union, Celestiam, and Twelve Titans stand. Twelve Titans’ presence makes sense given his previous run for President, though his acquisition of the High Court bench makes a Titans Presidency unlikely in the immediate future. Celestiam, who has shown some GA activity, is also a classic choice.
New Italian Union’s high position on the polls delineates the wish by some citizens for freshness in the GA, as North Italian Union has shown involvement to some degree (consistent voting) while lacking activity in proposing and debating. Importantly, North Italian Union is not part of the traditional politician line-up and could be a popular candidate or kingmaker in December, or more likely in a future GA election.

Most promising in the near future
Candidates are ranked by the number of "later" votes. When tied, candidates with the most yes votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the least no votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the least neutral votes take precedence. If there still is a tie flip a three-dollar coin.

Name

Yes

No

Neutral/No Opinion

Later

PotaTown

4

2

0

2

North Italian Union

6

0

2

1

New Sistonia

5

2

0

1

Volirum

5

2

0

1

Ventus Prime

4

0

4

1

Policies

The survey also asked many questions of policy. Though there are too many for them to all be treated here, those are the ones that distinguished themselves from the rest. You may, however, request to see any numbers by contacting Celestiam by Telegram or Discord. Requests will be treated equally regardless of the chosen means to communicate.

Highest Agreement Rate

Highest Disagreement Rate

Most Controversial

😍 It is a responsibility of the Regional Attorney to be reasonable in sentencing requests (100% 0%)
😍 Our roleplay would be better if more people participated in it (90.9% 0%)
😍 I am excited by the increase of potential cultural events for our region (81.8% 0%)
😍 The negotiation of treaties with regions like Alvaria is exciting and should happen more often (81.8% 0%)
😍 We should be proactive rather than reactive in Foreign Policy (81.8% 0%)

💩 Standards for citizenship need to be tightened (9.1% 63.6%)
💩 Some regions are out of our league for interregional cooperation (36.4% 54.5%)
💩 The RMB Future-tech nation RP should be the only Roleplay in the New West Indies (18.8% 36.4%)
💩 The farther the government stands from roleplay, the better (27.3% 36.4%)
💩 The Secretary-General should be less hands on than he currently is (36.4% 36.4%)

😡 The Secretary-General should be less hands on than he currently is (36.4% 36.4%)
😡 The high number of Discord polls is beneficial (36.4% 36.4%)
😡 The Secretariat is not held into account strongly enough (27.3% 36.4%)
😡 We rely too much on Discord these days (45.4% 36.4%)
😡 The current Secretariat is not multipartisan enough (27.3% 36.4%)

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Produced by the New West Indies Press Corps
Published: November 2, 2019
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Unfortunately, you have chosen a day where we do not currently have a foreign minister, but it is a good place and I thank you for the report.

Welcome to Refugia Polis Diamonil I'm glad to have you and your spirit of being easily found XD

Hey friends, I've just posted December's eco-report! Check it out here:


December 2019 Eco-Report

An’eth’ara, na lethall’en!

This is the Refugia Eco-Report for the month of December 2019, reflecting on our growth and changes experienced in November. Let's get this out of the way here, and then not worry too much about it as we go forward: our numbers look much worse than they are. As you might have noticed, we've experienced an extreme Linkpopulation growth (click the link for an image of the chart!) over the month of November. On November 16th, we had 17 nations, approximately the same number we've had since shortly after we were founded. Starting on that date, Refuge Isle and I teamed up to create a recruitment telegram and drove it out to the masses. As of December 1st, we were at a whopping (for us) 60 nations!

Most of these nations were founded shortly before joining us. Even the most environmentally-stunning starting nation can only have an average in both scores of around 800. I think that having a higher number of nations who share our goals and direction on environmental issues will outweigh the short-term drop in our numbers. But, speaking of those numbers, we should still take a look at them.

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As a quick reminder, our goals are to, by the end of the year, reach a regional average of 1500 environmental beauty score and 5000 eco-friendliness score.

We’ll start with Environmental Beauty (click the thumbnail to the right for larger image):

As of 01/11/2019, our regional score was 1249.81, 250.19 away from our goal. And as of 01/12/2019, our regional score was 793.41, 706.59 away from our goal. We are trading short-term success for a long-term result.

But look back at the chart with me. How close did we get to the end result? At the peak of our growth, November 16th, we were at a regional score of 1376.89, a mere 123.11 points from our goal. With the rate of growth we were experiencing at the time, we would easily have passed 1500 by 31/12/2019. I'm proud of all of you, we did a wonderful job!

Now, as for Eco-Friendliness (click the thumbnail to the right for larger image):

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This is the more exciting statistic of the two, in my opinion. Just like with environmental beauty, we've experienced an extreme drop over the course of this month. As of 01/11/2019, our score was 4354.51, 645.49 points from our goal. And as of 01/21/2019, our regional score was 1856.49, 3143.51 points from our goal. This obviously doesn't look great on its own, and is another investment we're making in the future of our region.

But here's why I think this is the more exciting statistic:

Look at the peak. As of November 16th, we were at 5165.22, exceeding our end-of-the-year goal by 165.22 points. Congratulations everyone, we did it! We not only reached our goal, we went past it far enough (with 45 days left before our deadline) to share the excess with environmental beauty and put that over our goal as well.

Overall, I would say that the general scope and confines of this ecological report don't do proper justice to what this month has brought us, which is why I provided the context. We've picked up 43 new nations, all of whom saw our recruitment telegram and thought that our environmental focus as a region was something they wanted to sign on with. Looking at the population growth, and the long-term prospects that will come of it to our region, I think we're in as good a place as we've ever been. And I'm excited to see the numbers start ticking up again by the end of the year!


Suggestions for Improvement

When I was starting this project with the first Eco-Report at the beginning of October, I laid out a few ideas for this section in a list, thinking that I could pull from that list when there wasn’t any current event I could tie to something. There’s a big one on there that I think will be controversial and unliked, so I will avoid that one for now. Instead, I’ll talk about something that I’ve come to really enjoy over the past couple years: public transportation.

LinkDepending Linkon Linkwho Linkyou Linkask, the numbers for exactly how responsible the main emitters of greenhouse gasses by industry/economic sector are can vary, but the top four are usually Electricity/Heating, Agriculture, Industry, and Transportation. Right now I’m trying to suggest low-impact changes to your daily habits to improve the environment, so I can’t do much to dive into agriculture and industry. Don’t worry, we’ll get there eventually (she said, and was promptly removed as Councillor of Needling-Us-About-The-Environment). So far, we’ve addressed using Ecosia (Nov Eco-Report) and lowering the amount of single-use plastics we consume (Oct Eco-Report). But we haven’t tackled any of the big four directly.

It’s generally agreed upon that transportation makes up 14% of greenhouse gas emissions globally, and 28-30% of emissions produced in the United States and Canada. And over half of those emissions come from personal vehicles. We can’t do much in the short term regarding the remainder, most of which comes from commercial trucks transporting goods, so we’ll focus here. Obviously not everyone lives in a place where public transportation exists, but those readers might still find the following information interesting.

I haven’t had a car since August of 2018. In that time, I’ve looked for alternate means of transportation, and learned more about the layout of my city than I ever did when I had my own vehicle. My city has both light rail and bus options, and these are generally inexpensive. There’s a stereotype that the United States doesn’t have many options for public transport, and in my research I confirmed that was true, but I was surprised to find more cities than I expected had some sort of option. In fact, the largest city in the US without a public transportation system is Arlington, Texas, with approximately 395,000 people. The second-through-fourth largest cities without public transportation were all approximately in the 100,000 range, and were entirely within traditionally-conservative states (Oklahoma, Kansas, and Florida).

Some basics. In terms of pure environmental impact:

    1. A standard city bus carrying seven passengers is more fuel efficient than a single-occupancy car.
    2. A fully-occupied train is on average fifteen times more fuel efficient than a car, full stop.
    3. Buses produce 20% of the carbon monoxide per passenger mile as a single-occupancy car.
    4. Most global light-rail/tram systems run entirely on electricity.

On average, a single person choosing to cut a personal vehicle out of their travel plans cuts their carbon footprint by up to 30 per cent. This is obviously significant, and one of the best things we can do as individuals to improve our impact on the environment. For those of us who live in places without public transportation options, however, what would be a better option?

Walking or biking, if and when it’s possible, is a good start. I grew up in a town without a public transportation system, and I remember the first time it occurred to me to just walk somewhere. I had gotten off work, and ended up walking approximately four and a half kilometres to where my ex was working, and then another one and a half back to our house. It was fascinating to me; I had grown up in this town, and I had never experienced it in the way I did while on foot. The same goes for where I live now; I really enjoy walking and using public transportation because there’s an intimacy to experiencing a place in that way. I bought a bike soon after that first real walk, and used it more often than I did my car.

Of course, I’d never suggest to walk or bike all the time. If you have a car, and it’s snowing or raining and you need to go somewhere, or if you work a significant distance from your home, you should use it. Therein lies the next tip: use it less. In the same manner as when talking about single-use plastics, better should never be the enemy of good. I think that getting groceries once per week and making dinner every night at home is better than going out to eat three nights per week.

In these ways, we can all lessen our environmental impact and start making the world a better place!


Environmental News

Now for some quick positive environmental stories before we go!

First up, Linka story about how a town in New Jersey that had to weigh where to put a new solar-panel array to power their water treatment plant. Their decision? To build it over the very water basin that they were treating! They took this idea from a vineyard in Napa Valley in California, which took its power from a series of panels floating on top of their irrigation pond. State and local governments, utility companies, and even federal agencies have contacted the project lead for information, interested in taking this idea and running with it.

Next, Linka report on the continuing decline in global coal usage. The use of coal-fired electricity in 2019 is expected to have fallen by approximately 3 per cent, the largest annual drop for coal power since it’s been recorded!

And finally, because it’s a topic that’s sort of close to my heart, Linkan article on how artists and scientists should work together, giving the latter’s work the former’s ability to more easily communicate complex ideas and concepts to the public. Come for the warm fuzzies, stay for the hilarious attempt to force the idea of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) into the public discourse.

As always, please always feel free to contact me with any news, suggestions, or improvements you’d like to see in future ecological reports. I try to respond to all telegrams within 24 hours and RMB posts much faster. New nations who are reading this eco-report for the first time, I need your help! Send me your suggestions for how to improve our environmental impact, interesting sites, and uplifting stories about the environment so that I can include them in future dispatches!

Da’reth Shi’ral,
Sylh Alanor

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Hello! Here is today's news:

The referendum to adopt Sylh Alanor's amendment to the Refugia Revised Statutes has passed in a vote of 6 - 0, with 4 abstentions. It has been incorporated into law:


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 global atmospheric carbon levels, 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.

The nations here will compose a region to be known as Refugia.
These Statutes form our law.


- The Refugia Revised Statutes -

  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. Member States are defined as World Assembly nations that have resided within the Region for a period not less than seven days.

    1. A Nation 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 nation is ejected.

    2. Nations that lose their status may apply to obtain it through the same process again unless they are barred from the Region.

  3. Nations may apply for Member State status in conditions where admission to the World Assembly is declined, rejected, or impossible.

    1. Exemption nations must still have resided within the Region for a period of time not less than fourteen days and have received the unanimous approval from the Regional Council to provide the exemption.

  4. 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.

    1. Proposals must be supported by at least one other Member State, which may be referred to as a "second."

    2. Votes will last a period of seven days from the time of announcement and will be enacted or discarded upon conclusion.

    3. Proposals which have been defeated will trigger a cooldown period on the sponsor nation from submitting a new proposal for seven days after the end of the poll defeat.

  5. All nations within the Region have the right to solicit a ruling or official Regional position on:

    1. Opinions regarding the legality of a proposal

    2. Opinions regarding World Assembly affairs

    3. Opinions regarding foreign regional actions

    4. Opinions regarding the status of Member States

    5. Suits regarding ejection or barring of Regional nations

    The results of rulings solicited by member states will be formed by the Regional Council and delivered by a representative of the Government.

  6. The Regional Council is defined to comprise of the following members:

    • The Arch-Administrator, defined as Refuge Isle, which acts as the head of state for the region. The Arch-Administrators responsibilities are defined as the appointment and dismissal of all positions that are fairly elected into office and maintaining records of significance.

    • The Councillor of Foreign Affairs, whose responsibilities are defined as management and maintenance of the travel portals within the region, foreign affairs and authority over embassies established to outside regions, diplomatic negotiations and foreign correspondence.

    • The Councillor of Culture, whose responsibilities are defined as orchestrating cultural events, inspiring activity, and developing the identity of the Regional culture.

    • The Operations Councillor, whose responsibilities are defined as developing and executing strategic operations to use and expand the Region’s influence, internal and external threat assessment, and maintaining the registry of Member States.

    The members of the Regional Council may conduct business in the name of the Region with the titles that reflect their status and authority.

  7. 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 three democratic Council seats according to the following convention:


    Foreign Affairs

    Jan 1 - 7

    May 1 - 7

    Sept 1 - 7

    Culture

    Jan 7 - 14

    May 7 - 14

    Sept 7 - 14

    Operations

    Jan 14 - 21

    May 14 - 21

    Sept 14 - 21


  8. 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.

    1. Member States are prohibited from occupying the same Council seat more than two times consecutively, and more than four times in total.

    2. In the event of unexpected absences or positions that cannot be filled, the Arch-Administrator may appoint an individual who may serve in that capacity until such time as the following election produces a regular appointment.

  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:

    1. A list of grievances against the accused.

    2. 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 4(c), 9, 9(a), and 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 8a.

  10. The Region defines the goals and expectations in it Members' conduct and operations in the following ways

    1. Reach an average environmental beauty score of 1,500 by the end of 2019, and maintained thereafter.

    2. Reach an average eco-friendliness score of 5,000, by the end of 2019, and maintained thereafter.

  11. The Councillor of Culture must develop a Regional Eco Report in order to support 9. a) and b) which identifies ways in which Member States of the Region may contribute towards the environmental targets established herein. Further, the Councillor of Culture must publish regular updates to the report in order to maintain its relevance and timely advice.



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Without a second party to challenge the CoFA, Subadent has been appointed the Councillor or Foreign Affairs, tasked with carrying out the responsibilities of that role for the remainder of Athidill's term. It will be the first position up for the election cycle, which will begin in about a month.

Welcome to Refugia Illuminoas and GOLD BIRD
*gives you a complimentary bowl of chocolate covered strawberries*

Hooray for the wheels of government ever turning :) it's neat that I had an amendment passed.

Welcome Subadent to the club. I will soon be the only person to complete a full term in any position lol.

Sylh Alanor wrote:Hooray for the wheels of government ever turning :) it's neat that I had an amendment passed.

Welcome Subadent to the club. I will soon be the only person to complete a full term in any position lol.

Actually Merzbach did a full term of Ops.

2019

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Delegate

Refuge Isle

-

Refuge Isle

-

-

-

-

Refuge Isle

-

-

-

Culture

Sinvald

-

-

-

Sylh Alanor

-

-

-

Foreign Afffairs

Tslonia

-

-

-

-

Áthidill

-

-

Subadent

Operations

Merzbach

-

-

-

-

Chacapoya

-

The Arch-Administrator will call elections for the three democratic Council seats according to the following convention:

Foriegn Affairs

Jan 1 - 7

May 1 - 7

Sept 1 - 7

Culture

Jan 7 - 14

May 7 - 14

Sept 7 - 14

Operations

Jan 14 - 21

May 14 - 21

Sept 14 - 21

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Ahhh, I had misremembered. I thought that our original terms weren't aligned with the current term timelines or length. That's my mistake xD

Illuminoas, you have an extra s in your currency. Trim it back to "dracma" and it'll display correctly.

Season 2 cards are out! Open up a pack to discover nations that will most likely not survive to Season 3 XD

Is it possible to achieve a very high environmental beauty without national animal attacks?

I highly doubt it.

I'm not sure, actually. I feel it's unlikely to be possible that you can have a very high environmental beauty without any animal attacks, but I'd bet you can lower the number of them.

Merzbach <3 I missed you bb.

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