My nation's citizens are actually uh...
shh, we can't tell them that we're a cat-run nation and we've brainwashed everyone to follow the ways of the cat!
What's the harm? They're in our region!
What's the harm? Are you serious? They'll invade us to 'liberate' us!
Ahem, uhh... They identify with whatever they want to be! They all have free will. Chuckles nervously
Melenavenians are fiercely competitive so during sports events you might almost describe them as nationalistic, but beyond sports events they use "Refugi" and "Melenavenian" almost interchangeably. In fact, every language in Refugia is recognized as an official language in Melenavenia.
Let me see, in normal reading order, it's Kutenai, Mi'kmaq, Haida, Tłı̨chǫ, Nakoda, Anishinaabe, Peguis, Musqueam, Nunavut, Pimicikamak Cree, and Tlingit. Thought it would be more appropriate this Canada Day than then Canadian flag, given recent events.
Those goals were:
We're now at a regional average of 1,114.3 for Environmental Beauty, and 3,434.71 for Eco-Friendliness. Hooray!
I can't get over how good this is. I love it more than any other Canada Day celebration we could have done. You did a fantastic job.
Congratulations everyone :D we did it, even though we were growing considerably throughout the year.
Yeah. :( I do think it is incredible how so many Canadians are coming together on the national day of their country to protest the atrocities which have recently been uncovered. How widespread the backlash is, is honestly something I would not see happening for the same reason in the United States on July 4th. I saw the video of the statue of Queen Victoria being ripped down in front of the province capital building in Winnipeg and thought it was great. I thought it was kind of funny that the only person that the police arrested at the protest was a counter "protester" who grew violent after the statue was taken down against those demonstrating in support of the indigenous peoples.
Oh cool, I really think that some of the things that were done in those times were extremely unacceptable, and I saw on a news article that the catholic schools mistreated the kids because "they had no way to be spiritual as they were all heathens", which is just a terrible excuse and really shows that the religious aren't the "pure" people they claim to be.
In other news, China called for a human rights probe into the western countries claiming to want to uncover any further atrocities committed in those nations, and I appreciate the chutzpah and the whataboutism on a global scale like that, but seriously, China?
The CCP is just using this as an opportunity to deflect and discredit legitimate human rights concerns made by NGOs and mostly western countries.
The logic that the CCP has used is “Other nations have made human rights violations, so they don’t have a right to criticize China”. If their logic was “All nations should look at what they are doing and there should be human rights probes into every country including China”, then I would support this, but the clear truth is that the CCP does not care about human rights, just using this as an opportunity to deflect blame and accountability for its own ongoing genocide.
Then literally no nation would be able to call for a probe. Having hypocrisy called out isn't going to stop China from being scrutinised, they've still got everyone's eyes on them. I have no problem with the west being called out, as someone living in a country that has committed atrocities against its indigenous population and has convinced the rest of the world we're the super polite and friendly people.
I mean, the logic the CCP is using doesn't really matter in this instance. Nobody here is saying hell yeah go CCP. I'm just happy that the west is being called out for trying to speak from any position of moral authority, which is an incredibly hypocritical position. So yeah, drag all of them. Put human rights probes into every country. Especially the ones who pretend like they're the moral guardians of the universe.
The Forest Ministry of Culture has announced the Forest Interregional Writing Contest. It will accept entries from July 15 to August 15, in 3 categories. Citizens of embassy regions are invited to submit their entries.
Forest Interregional Writing Contest 2021
Forest's Ministry of Culture is proud to present the first annual Forest Interregional Writing Contest, an opportunity for writers from Forest and its embassy regions to share their creativity and compete for one of our region's highest accolades.
This handy guide should cover everything you need to know about how the contest will play out. There's lots of important information, including the lowdown on this year's theme, the rules, the members of the judging panel and (perhaps most importantly) the prestigious prizes available. Please take the time to have a read, then maybe read it again - and then read it one more time, just to be sure - before putting your thinking cap on and letting your creative side run wild!
Entries can be submitted under one of three categories:
Fiction in verse, poetry has been used for millennia to convey deep emotion and contentious ideas.
The immediate nature of works for the stage gives drama the profound ability to change hearts and minds.
Nothing allows readers to escape into another world (or re-examine their own) quite like reading a story.
Writers will be able to submit a maximum of one entry per category, so submitting a poem, a one-act play and a short story is allowed, but submitting two poems or two short stories is not allowed. There is no expectation that writers will submit multiple entries, and doing so won't improve your chances of winning as all entries are anonymised before being assessed by the judges. Writers should be sure to submit only their best work.
This Year's Theme Is...
For better or for worse, we're living in an epoch defined by human impact on the world around us. With vast improvements in quality of life comes microplastics and greenhouse gases. With social media connecting us to friends across the globe comes online abuse and privacy concerns. With more people fighting for social justice than ever before comes culture wars and far-right extremism. With the longest era of peace in human history comes the threat of nuclear annihilation.
While all entries must address this theme, we expect each writer will interpret the theme in a different way. Other themes may be examined within each entry so long as the above theme is central to the work.
With great writing comes a bunch of rules:
There's no formal word limit. Use your intuition - if it's too long, the judges won't have the time or patience to read it.
Stick to the submission limit. Your first submission under each category will be accepted, the rest will be discarded.
Don't plagiarise the work of others. People who break this rule will be immediately disqualified and may be barred from future writing contests.
Keep your writing PG-13. All entries must remain in accordance with NationStates' policy on offensive material.
Don't share your writing or identify your writing in any way until the contest is over. This is so the judges can assess your work without the risk of bias.
Submitting An Entry
The submission period will open on Thursday the 15th of July (00:00 UTC) and will close on Sunday the 15th of August (23:59 UTC) - late entries will be discarded. Submissions must be sent to me, Terrabod, by telegram. If you choose to submit multiple entries, you can send them all at once (as long as each is clearly delimited) or in separate telegrams. Be sure to include a title for each entry!
Each entry will be anonymised by me and passed on to the judges who will work together to select the best entry in each category. This process is expected to take roughly two weeks, so I hope to be able to announce the winners on Wednesday the 1st of September. The winning entries will be published in the announcement dispatch for all to enjoy. While I wish I could publish all of the entries, this isn't possible - I encourage entrants to instead publish their own entry (or entries) within a dispatch after the contest is over.
This year's judging panel consists of not one, but three Forest Keepers who have each played an esteemed role in Forest's history.
This ex-Forest Keeper and current Foreign Minister is an experienced issue author and the creator of an incredibly well-developed national lore.
Forest Keeper by day, necromantic dark lord by night; the pirate currently occupying Forest's most senior position has dozens of published issues under his belt.
An influential figure in the General Assembly forums and a resolution writer to boot, this ex-Forest Keeper is one of our region's most respected voices.
The writer of the single best entry in each category will be awarded one of the following:
The Forestian Literary Prize for Poetry, awarded to the writer of the best work of poetry submitted to the contest.
The Forestian Literary Prize for Drama, awarded to the writer of the best work of drama submitted to the contest.
The Forestian Literary Prize for Prose, awarded to the writer of the best work of prose submitted to the contest.
While these prizes are awarded to an OOC player, I don't mind if winners want to also RP/worldbuild it as an IC interregional prize received by one of their citizens.
If you have any unanswered questions, feel free to telegram me or tag me in a post on the Forest RMB.
Best of luck to all entrants, and have fun writing!
Culture Minister of Forest
Map update coming within the next week. Good time to put in an app if you have no yet done so
I will be using the next file for some overly complicated project ideas:
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 regional alliances or treaty groups!
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 application form 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, updates will be posted in the RMB 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.
Note: No new culture groups will be accepted as of April 21, 2022. If you are filling out a map application, please choose a culture group from the list below the second map image.
Sule tael tasalal, dar'eth shiral.
Refugia Regional Map
Refugia Cultural Map
OPA Refugia Colony (Inaros OPA)
Map of Refugi Zones & Treaties
Known international zones and treaties are below. If you would like to have an item to this list, please telegram Sylh Alanor with its:
1) Description of or link to dispatch detailing zone or treaty
2) Requirements to achieve or rules of entry (if any)
3) Participating members
4) Emblem (if any)
The Planet Network is Refugia's premier international monetary union. The official currency of all participating nations is the planet (℗), which is universally accepted within their territories. The Planet is manage by Floor 16 of the Admin Tower as a monetary authority. This currency union came into being Sept. 24th, 2019 with the ratification of the Digital Operations Treaty.
1. "planet" as national currency
2. Economic Freedom less than -20
3. Income Equality greater than 50
Refuge Isle • Sylh Alanor
The Chacapoyan Airspace Sovereignty Accords
Knowing that the usage of airplanes is an abomination punishable by a fate worse than death in Chacapoya, and that foreign flights that stray over the Greater Chacapoyan Territory risk being preyed upon by the native flit-swarms, The Council has set forth this agreement on December 15, 2021.
1. Agreement to enact a no-fly zone over the nation of Chacapoya.
Chacapoya • Vikoland • Tiralta • Floofybit • Liphia • Sylh Alanor • The Star Enpire • Melenavenia • Erie-Arcadia of Wombats • Tovenia • Delta Vega IV
The Araito Treaty
The Araito Treaty is an agreement that affords all citizens of participating nations;
The right to travel and stay without the need of a visa.
The right work without a visa.
Access to free healthcare.
Access to education at no additional cost.
1. Have signed the Climate Treaty
2. Have Universal Healthcare
3. Civil Rights at a minimum of 60
4. Maintain education at a minimum of 5500
5. Maintain public healthcare at a minimum of 5500
Araine • Tovenia
North Island Cooperative Entente (NICE)
The North Island Cooperative Entente, shortened to NICE, is a strategic partnership between the nations of Floofybit, Melenavenia, and Vikoland that aims to improve diplomatic relations between the three nations.
In the day, 22nd may 2022, it was agreed to the creation of a new allience, The CRMEZ (Central Refugi Militay and Economic Zone).
The alliance objective is to make the members better in both military and economy.
• At least 50 milion population
• Need to be active
Polushia • Talmon • Adawu
Refugia Map Application
Telegram the following form to Sylh Alanor if you are a World Assembly member in the region:
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.
No new cultures will be accepted at this time. Use the culture list and find one that you can identify with.
Nations that Cease to Exist will be removed from the map.
Nations may expand over time with growth.
Capital and Religion can be included even if your nation population hasn't unlocked those options yet.
Capital Location can be left blank if you don't care to specify.
Colour can be listed as a colour or hex code.
Do you want to customise the area of the map around your nation for a personal dispatch image? Occasionally we're asked to provide the source files for the map so people can tweak things for their own uses. Now it's easier than ever! Click the link below to get a file you can load into Azgaar's Fantasy Map Generator. From there, you can utilise all the tools of the program we use to create the regional map!
Latest Map File:
Just wanted to drop something on the current proposal at vote, Repeal: "Ban on Conversion Therapy". I won't be putting together an IFV for this, and let me explain why.
This is a pretty easy choice. We voted in favour of Tinhampton's full ban of conversion therapy because it was better than this. She wanted to replace the conversion therapy ban before repealing the original so that there was always a ban in place. With that one in place, there's absolutely zero good that this old version does.
So overall I think you're not far off the mark, and 99% of the things she writes aren't usually in line with my thoughts or beliefs, but that's within a framework of judging what she's writing. In this particular case, however, she's repealing something she already replaced, and her replacement was better than the original. So the repeal is sort of the 'two' in a one-two punch, and is sensible.
I would rather support probing both the West and China since at this point they are pointing fingers to the opposite side, better yet just probe every country on Earth since I do think majority of the nations here on Earth has their fair share of human rights violations of any kind.
A quick heads up that this coming Wednesday, we will be playing uno at 16:00 Pacific time, 19:00 Eastern time, or 24:00 BST.
If you want to get a little notice on your nation for when these are announced, and when games are starting, feel free to telegram me that you're interested and I'll mention your nation in future posts ^-^
Hope to see y'all there!
The republicans in the United States should take a look at the replace and then repeal framework
Melenavenia, Laisou, and Kariforunia