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Melenavenia wrote:I answer issues on the merit of "should this be the business of the government?" and "are ANY of the options good?".

"what is the most ridiculous option that no sane person would choose" is mine

Reminder that today is the last day for candidacy for the Councillor of Foreign Affairs.

Refuge Isle wrote:Reminder that today is the last day for candidacy for the Councillor of Foreign Affairs.

FA is a really interesting way of interacting with Nationstates and other regions. I highly recommend it to anyone who's interested in making more connections on NS or seeing more places. We also have a lot of people in the region (especially in the discord) who are knowledgeable about other places and can help you settle in, so there's no need to be nervous about it. Let me know if you have any questions about anything, but it should be an easy and fun thing for anyone who wants to try it.

Medecion wrote:Personally, I only dismiss issues if all of the options are things I disagree with. Since issues follow the general format of "your advisors/random citizens propose solutions to the problem you're facing", sometimes I just won't think any of their answers are good. It's not my fault if my advisors only have dumb ideas!

me too! :D
for example it showed up that an ally nation had a murderous dictator so i'd either help the dictator or fight with the people. refykland is the kind of country to not intervene... don't wanna support a dictator but don't wanna find conflicts either.

oh, is there anyway to get into the refugia map thingy?

Refykland wrote:oh, is there anyway to get into the refugia map thingy?

Yup! All instructions are provided in the actual map dispatch, which I'll link at the end of this message. Refugia Member States are allowed to send in a map application (at the bottom of the dispatch) so that we can put it up the next time we do a map update. Member States are nations that have active World Assembly memberships in Refugia, and have maintained that WA status for at least seven days.

Official Map of Refugia
Last Updated June 6, 2021


An’eth’ara, na lethall’en!

This is the official post for our regional map, from now until whatever unforeseeable end eventually becomes us. For as long as we inhabit our current corporeal forms, we can look upon the following set of images as proof that not only were we here in this time and place together, but that we did it while residing in large quantities. Refuge Isle has prepared for us three images of the map, which will automatically change when there are updates. These images show not only the state locations and names, but also culture groups and religions for those nations.

Want to join this cool map club? If you're a Member State in Refugia (World Assembly with 7+ days of residency), all you have to do is telegram the form at the bottom of the page to Sylh Alanor. While map updates will happen monthly, they may happen more frequently if time allows for it. The most recent update is listed at the top of this dispatch and will be changed every time something is changed. Furthermore, the Councillor of Culture will make a post in the RMB alerting everyone to the updates when they occur. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me over the RMB, telegram, or Discord. I will respond as soon as I am able.

Sule tael tasalal, dar'eth shiral.
Sylh Alanor








Magiccy Farmers





Tea dragon
Nerdy tangent




Cat Worship

Creed of the Bocci
Playing Chihuahuas

Feu de Glace




Lower French Gregballs



Nerdy tangent

Refuge Isle

Refugia Map Application

Sylh Alanor wrote:Name:
Culture Group:
Desired Location on the Map:
Desired Location of Capital:
Size of Nation:

  • Nations may only apply for a placement on the map if they are a Member State.

  • Describe nation size as clearly as possible, including borders and map landmarks.

  • Nation size will be considered relative to its time residing in the region, with some considerations made for nations with large populations. New nations will be expected to start small.

  • Nations that Cease to Exist will be removed from the map.

  • Nations may expand over time with growth.

  • Capital Location can be left blank if you don't care to specify.

  • Colour can be listed as a colour or hex code.

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Post self-deleted by Basically Hell.

Aw crap the Tanuki attacks are starting up again.

Post self-deleted by Basically Hell.

Vikoland is proud to announce that, in order to strengthen relations between the other nations of Refugia, the country will adopt English as an official language. Prime Minister Lars Stefansson stated that this legislation will "increase our influence abroad and make the nation more welcoming for people of other ethnic groups, whether they be refugees or Refugi".

The Legislation will take affect on Monday the 14th of June of the Gregorian calendar, beginning with the translation of all official documents into both Vikolandic and English. All documents must be written in both languages, but if there are any contradictions between the two languages then Vikolandic will take priority. Whilst English is already a compulsory subject in school, Vikoland will, starting from the next academic year, allow for full lessons to be taught in only English.

There have been concerns raised over whether the government is neglecting the Vikolandic language and culture, however they insist that Vikolandic will remain the Primary language of the country and for the average Vikolander, this change will have very little effect.

Welcome, Oqazistan, Imzhou 2 Electric Boogaloo, Apparently An Abuse of Power But Smol, Princess of the Void, Chordalci, Slekiland, Blobfisholandia, Dot Bot, Kamihkje, Refykland, Englamd, Spique Unia, Regareo, Squidland 2, The Sparolanchilland, Cheap Thrills, Redury, Zoegrad, High Reiserland, Shattered States, Transtopic, New Sap Oesan, and The Globohomo Superstate, to Refugia! I hope each of you enjoys your stay. If it applies to you, please pay attention to the rest of this message.

Refugia aims to be a friendly, laid-back community, which is open to players of all experience 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, and make sure to endorse our delegate.

If you'd rather just chill with us, that's perfectly fine as well. We have an offsite forum, as well as 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 our offsite forum, look for the link 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!

I am SO close to top 1% environmental beauty and eco-friendliness that it is almost infuriating.

Melenavenia wrote:I am SO close to top 1% environmental beauty and eco-friendliness that it is almost infuriating.


Oh I should post here huh

Uhh, hello Refugia.

Minskievian Refugees wrote:Oh I should post here huh

Uhh, hello Refugia.


Minskievian Refugees wrote:Oh I should post here huh

Uhh, hello Refugia.


Good afternoon!

Forest's Ministry of Culture has started a series of monthly bulletins focusing on the work of notable environmental activists, called the Voice of Forest.

The first bulletin, about former American First Lady Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson, has been published:

Lady Bird Johnson

The Voice of Forest - Issue I | June 2021 | The First Lady of Flowers



Known For:

  • First Lady of the United States of
    America (1963-1969)

  • Second Lady of the United States
    of America (1961-1963)

  • Conservation activism

  • Civil rights activism

Selected Awards:

  • Presidential Medal of Freedom

  • Congressional Gold Medal

  • Rachel Carson Award

  • Numerous dedications

"Where flowers bloom, so does hope."

Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Johnson (1912-2007) was an American socialite and First Lady of the United States of America from 1963 to 1969. She was also a successful investor, becoming a millionaire in her own right before her husband, Lyndon Baines Johnson, was elected to office. A pioneer First Lady, Lady Bird was the first to interact directly with Congress, employ her own press secretary and campaign independently from her husband. She is also well known for both her civil rights activism and advocacy for beautifying America’s urban centres and highways.


Claudia Alta was born in east Texas in 1912 to Thomas Jefferson Taylor and Minnie Lee Pattillo, although she was raised by her aunt Effie Pattillo after her mother's death in 1918. When she was a baby, her nursemaid decided she was as "pretty as a lady bird", and the nickname stuck. In 1930, after a brief stint at a women's Episcopal college in Dallas, Lady Bird decided to apply to the University of Texas. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with honours in 1933 and a bachelor's degree in journalism with distinction in 1934.

A friend in Austin introduced Lady Bird to Lyndon Baines Johnson, then a 26-year-old Congressional aide, who proposed after their first date. She did not want to rush into marriage, but thanks to his persistence she accepted his proposal ten weeks later. It was Lady Bird's inheritance that funded the launch of her husband's campaign to become a Congressman; when he enlisted in the navy at the start of the Second World War, Lady Bird ran his congressional office. During the war, Lady Bird spent $17,500 of her inheritance to buy a small local radio station in Austin and later expanded to buying a television station in 1952 (in spite of her husband's objections). Lady Bird managed both of those enterprises and in doing so she became a self-made millionaire.

As Second Lady of the United States of America, she acted as a substitute for the First Lady, Jaqueline Kennedy, at a number of events which she would later say prepared her well for her time as First Lady. That time arrived sooner than Lady Bird could ever have expected - after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963 she found herself looking on as her husband was sworn in as President on Air Force One. During her time in the office of First Lady, Lady Bird employed her own press secretary and chief of staff (being the first First Lady to do so). In 1964, she defied death threats during a 1,682-mile tour of the Deep South aboard a chartered train, the Lady Bird Special, to speak directly to those who opposed her husband's recent passage of the Civil Rights Act. In doing so, she became the first President's spouse to campaign independently of her husband; as a native Texan, she later said she had thought it important that someone speak to Southern voters with respect while trying to change as many minds as possible about the necessity of desegregation and the importance of ending racial discrimination.

After the death of her husband in 1973, Lady Bird continued working on a number of personal projects and managing her investments. She spoke out for women's rights at the 1977 National Women's Conference alongside notable activists Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem, and her environmental activism continued into her later years. Lady Bird died in 2007 at the age of 94 and was buried next to her husband at the Johnson family cemetery in Stonewall, Texas.


At a time when environmentalism was beginning to enter the American consciousness, Lady Bird was the driving force behind the first administration to concern itself with environmental issues. A staunch nature-lover, she is undoubtedly best remembered for her efforts to beautify America's cities

Lady Bird Johnson watching over her husband, President Lyndon
Baines Johnson, as he signs the Highway Beautification Act into
law (1965).
and highways with the ultimate goal of teaching a nation to treasure and preserve the natural world. As First Lady, she supervised the cleaning of monuments and the planting of flowers in the US capital in an attempt to draw tourists and improve the lives of residents. Her efforts to protect wildflowers and plant millions of them along America's highways inspired many similar programmes across the country.

Lady Bird was also the driving force behind the 1965 Highway Beautification Act, a piece of legislation that aimed to replace highway billboards and junkyards with trees and wildflowers - so much so that the legislation was nicknamed "Lady Bird's Bill". As the first First Lady to lobby congress for the passage of a bill, she gained a reputation as a trailblazer who strongly believed that clean streets and a beautiful environment would make the US a better place to live. The Act brought nature back into the daily lives of millions of citizens, and Lady Bird's campaigning brought the subject of conservation to the public sphere.

Even after her time in the office of First Lady came to a close, Lady Bird continued to campaign for several beautification projects, including Town Lake in Austin (which would later be renamed in her honour), and served on the advisory board of the National Park Service. Together with actress Helen Hayes, she founded the National Wildflower Research Center near Austin, Texas, in 1982 which would later be renamed the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Today, the wildflower centre is still dedicated to the preservation and use of native plants through research and education. It is often seen as an embodiment of Lady Bird's vision to protect and preserve the natural beauty of the US, both taking care of nature and communities while integrating the two. After founding the centre, Lady Bird would go on to write: "I'm optimistic that the world of native plants will not only survive, but will thrive for environmental and economic reasons, and for reasons of the heart."

The Voice of Forest - Issue I - "The First Lady of Flowers"
Thanks For Reading!
Published June 2021 - Written and Edited by Terrabod
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"Angry farmers have taken to the streets demanding the government to act after reported sightings of strange Tanuki-like dogs eating all the crops in fields." I'm...what? Tanukis are basically racoon-dogs, so would these guys just be bigger and fluffy or...?

Hey friends! I'm excited to present to y'all XKI's May Update Report! Give it a read here:

10000 Islands Emissary Report

Date: May, 2021
Population: 1129 nations
Delegate Endorsement: 350

TITO Command

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: Hakketomat
~Field Commander: Kanta Hame
~Tactical Officers: Shy Guyia, Smugglers and Mercs (TITO EF), Controlitia, Wischland, Sulenia, Flying Eagles
~Executive Officers: HN67, Eastern New England


As of this report's publication, the Government of 10000 Islands consists of:
~Chief Executive: Hakketomat
~WA Delegate: Wischland
~Senior Senator for Himes West (RP): Zaberaz Hapang
~Senator for New Republica South (Debates and Discussions): Valentian Elysium
~Senator for Lyonnesse East (Houses): Kohnhead
~Senator for Blue Canaria North (Emissary Report): Porflox
~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 Linkhere.

May Senatorial Elections

The May elections saw the Blue Canaria North and New Republica South seats go up for grabs. Incumbent BCN senator Porflox ran uncontested and was re-elected to the post. The NRS seat was a completely different story. Three major competitors emerged, with Valentian Elysium, Flying Eagles, and Silvedania all announcing their candidacy. After a hotly contested initial round of voting, Valentian Elysium was able to achieve only 50 percent of the vote, triggering a voting run-off between Flying Eagles and Valentian Elysium. This too ended in a tie, which left the final decision to the Council of 9, which voted for Valentian Elysium. Congratulations to all the candidates who ran great campaigns this month, and Valentian Elysium and Porflox who won!

Around the Islands

~ Tsuki No Hana/Aeslann was named featured nation of May by Minister of Education Free Las Pinas! Tsuki No Hana/Aeslann has been an very active participant in our regional defense organization TITO since they arrived. They also did exceptionally well during the Defender Olympics, winning a gold medal in spotting for our region. You can read more about this here.

~ The May House Cup and Shield competition saw 10000 Islands' many houses go toe to toe and compete in recruitment contests. The House of Wordy blew the competition out of the water in total recruiting and telegrams per nation thanks to furious recruitment from New Fjordland who single handedly sent over 11 thousand tgs! Free Las Pinas brought the House of Aersoldorf the House Scepter award for highest success rate tg success rate over their more than 600 telegrams. You can read more about it Linkhere.

~ Zaberaz Hapang and Haivon launched the new 10001th Island RP on 10000 Islands' discord server. All are invited to join, and all you have to do is join the discord!

Islander Achievements

~ 10000 Islands' artists have been active this month, with the advent of regional banners inspiring Porymonia and Cannicat to create their own art about our RP region, A Taco Archipelago! You can check Porymonia's out Linkhere, and Cannicat's here.

~ Jedinsto III (on Jedinsto) passed their first WA resolution with over 80 percent support on GA Resolution #555 "Protecting Imprisoned Youths". Congratulations on a job well done, and hopefully a future of even more great resolution writing!

XKI Game-Side

Regional pollster Jabberwocky took a look at cloning with questions about human and animal cloning. In a poll about cloning of non-human cloning where islander's overwhelmingly voted for in order to help solve global hunger. Meanwhile, the poll on human cloning saw much more diverse answers with islander's split between creating extra organs and accelerating research, while others arguing for the rights of clones.

~ We're featured!?
~ We must get Joe to endorse Wischland!
~ You're nowhere near as low as me!
~ A wild legend has appeared!

Meet The Nation

This month, I spoke with Tsuki No Hana/Aeslann. They're an active member of TITO and our monthly featured nation, and we spoke about their time so far in XKI.

Porflox: Is there a particular reason you decided to join XKI?
Tsuki: I really liked the recruitment telegram. It listed so many possibilities, it was impossible not to move to XKI! The promise of TITO enforced safety was also very appealing to me.
Although I was new to the game, I was determined to experience as much as possible.
XKI seemed like a golden opportunity for that. And it is.
Porflox: Cool! Now, is there something non-TITO related that you really enjoyed in XKI?
Tsuki: In my early days of NS, I didn't really get involved in much activity, and I still don't, really. But I think the most enjoyable thing about my non-TITO time in XKI is the RMB. The people there were very welcoming, and made me feel right at home. They were amazing at answering questions, and giving me pointers. This alone made me love XKI.
Porflox: Now after you joined TITO, is there an experience that you really enjoyed?
Tsuki: I think my favorite part of my TITO time thus far is the people. The banter we share during updates is actually quite nice for me (especially calling Hame a caveman xD). The TITO group is also quite welcoming and patient, which really helped during my first few weeks as a defender. All in all, an amazing experience.
Porflox: Is there a particular person who really helped make your NS journey enjoyable?
Tsuki: There's so many! There's so many people who have helped make NS an wonferful experience for me. Some from XKI, and some from abroad. If I had to pick a single person, I would choose my boyfriend, whom I met here on NS. If I had to pick someone in XKI... there's way too many. So many wonderful people. Flying Eagles, Control, Hame, Wisch, Val... all of XKI has really been a blessing to me, and each and every one of them has made my NS experience truly special.
Porflox: Now looking back, what would you say to your former self before joining TITO?
Tsuki: I would say to me, "You've found gold. XKI is a wonderful place, full if wonderful people. Stop being afraid, and go participate!"
I was too afraid to get into defending, which is why it took me several months to join.
Porflox: Ok :) Thanks for your time!
Tsuki: It was my pleasure ^-^

Until next month, your XKI Update Staff is signing off!

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It appears that there's a new update. Fascinating stuff.

My tourism dropped a ton, but my standing seems to have increased? I guess everyone's tourism fell, but mine didn't fall as much as others.

I have posted a new trivia factbook for anyone that would like to quickly learn some facts and statistics about Vikoland and its culture. Takk för at du läste!


Can someone explain the American electoral college? I've heard about it but I don't know what it is.

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