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Felzus wrote:Afternoon.

Afternoon

Floofybit wrote:Afternoon

Rightbeforenoon

Zhensheng Xue wrote:Rightbeforenoon

Rightafternoon

Tiralta wrote:
Mine are:

Red: Tomatoes - they spark debate over their name pronunciation, and they are the main ingredient in my favourite type of smoothie: ketchup

Orange: Pumpkin - which other fruit has a spice season named after it?

Yellow: Corn - it's corn.

Green: Cucumber - it's light and refreshing and goes well with so many other fruits.

Blue: Yeah you're right, it's blueberries.

Purple: Aubergine, the best of all the berry family.

Pink: Rhubarb

A list of favorite fruits designed as an affront to God and Floofybit. I approve.

Maunaina wrote:Rightafternoon

Evening.

Amiyoka wrote:Tell me your incentive, and I may consider >:3

Tangerines, representative of the most luscious and delicious fruit, and in companionship with the other best citrus fruits, such as grapefruit and kumquats (not lemons or oranges), we make the juiciest, pro-fruit, anti-meat food group in Refugia.

ALL HAIL THE TANGERINE

Floofybit wrote:Tangerines, representative of the most luscious and delicious fruit, and in companionship with the other best citrus fruits, such as grapefruit and kumquats (and lemons or oranges), we make the juiciest, pro-fruit, anti-meat food group in Refugia.

ALL HAIL THE TANGERINE

Tangerines are genuinely hella juicy and sweet though, valid opinion 👌

Floofybit wrote:ALL HAIL THE TANGERINE

*genuflects*

Are clementines the same as tangerines? Because I think I have a preference for clementines, unless I'm simply mistaken about there being a difference.

I only like tangerines when they're raw, green, and look more like a limey drink, just carve a hole and consume the juice until it's just peel. It's good, you should try it

yo wut is this whole 'nuclear' thing thats going on. I joined the potato alliance but what is actually happening with all of this?

Chazrachia wrote:yo wut is this whole 'nuclear' thing thats going on. I joined the potato alliance but what is actually happening with all of this?

I'd recommend our Councillor of Operations' dispatch:

ATTENTION REFUGI, PLEASE DO NOT PANIC.
NUCLEAR WAR IS ON THE HORIZON


Friends, Regionmates, lend me just a moment of your time. We, children of the almighty Atom, may once again look to the horizon for the coming of our nuclear saviour! It is time to look outside ourselves, to those standing to our left and right, name them our compatriots, and join together in jolly cooperation to flatten all opposition while shielding ourselves from the resulting radioactive fallout.

N-Day is probably coming on September 24 this year. It’s an annual tradition on NationStates in which factions are created and do battle with one another. The goal of N-Day is to cause the most destruction to the other factions while mitigating as much as possible from ourselves. Refugia has been up and down on this event in the past. We first participated in N-Day 2019, during which Refuge Isle, Chacapoya, and Sylh Alanor held out heroically against the full cavalry charge from the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, but were ultimately wiped out. In 2020, we participated in Ba Sing Se, a faction that not only placed in the top five, but was the only faction of its calibre to fully block all incoming nukes. In 2021, Councillor Feu de Glace created her own faction for Refugia, but we ultimately fell short of our best hopes, getting targeted pretty early for destruction.

This year, we’ve been invited to participate in the Potato Alliance as one of its core member regions! This faction contains our embassy friends Spiritus and 10000 Islands and several other regions Refugi call home. Potato Alliance is much smaller this year than it has been in the past, but should still be a very fun time, so I highly recommend checking out their dispatch series on the faction.

How Does N-Day?


That’s all well and good, Emily, but what even am I supposed to do on N-Day?

That’s a fair question! I’m going to give the basics here, but if you want a more in-depth guide (at least until I can write a proper How Does), I suggest checking out [Violet]’s very detailed guide found here.

When N-Day begins, you’ll see a faction header that displays the top factions in stats that rotate on page refresh, and a nuclear symbol (see left) on your nation page that will take you to the main N-Day page, page=nukes. If you click that link right now, you’ll probably find that there’s not a lot there. During the event, you’ll get updates in the space underneath the header bar on things going on in your faction.

Link
The launch codes are probably hidden here


Link
I'd like one shiny nuke please!

When you sign up for N-Day, you’ll be assigned a specialisation. You will either be a military specialist (producing nukes for less), strategic specialist (producing shields for less), economic specialist (higher production cap), or intel specialist (faster targeting). You can use this to determine your nation’s speciality during the event, focusing more on attack or defence, or just do what you want and accept the inefficiencies.

You will start generating a resource called production as soon as you sign up, at a rate of 1 production every 2 minutes. This is admittedly pretty slow, so the early game will likely be hanging out in the discord working out strategy so we’re ready once people have resources saved up. When you click on on the Production tab, it will show you your current production and what you can buy with it. If you’re a Military or Strategic specialist, the higher payment options usually give you more per production, and should be prioritised if you can get them.

If you are focusing on nuke production, you’ll receive targeting instructions in the server. Shield specialists will also get instructions in the server, but as they’re reacting to events, you’ll be more welcome to stop incoming nukes targeting faction-members. You’ll see launched nukes targeting faction members in the activity feed, and can block them as they’re in flight, one shield for each nuke.

Those are the basics- it’s an easy event to participate in, but wildly complex if you want to get in the weeds. There will be people around in the server who can explain more, and you’ll be able to pick up on things quickly once the event begins on September 24, 2022.

Best of luck, Refugi, I believe in you.

Sylh Alanor
Councillor of Operations
Refugia

Read dispatch

Ayeee - another discussion post! This time for Sex Worker Protections Act - thread here!

For a short summary of the resolution, it essentially does five things:

  1. Legalize the sex industry across all member-nations.

  2. Give free, safe, and effective preventive medical products to sex-workers to minimize their risk whilst preforming their job.

  3. Illegalize coerced sex work or forced participation thereof.

  4. Mandate that sex workers be informed of their rights and duties within their work.

  5. Allow sex workers to report violations of the proposal without fear of retaliation and/or obstruction.

While I think the purpose of the resolution is solid, there are some weird bits that need to be fixed before I can personally support it.

First,

The GA Wrote wrote:Further, a member nation may only impose a restriction specific to the sex industry where it is the least restrictive available means to protect the welfare of buyers or sellers of sex work.

This doesn’t really seem like a good idea to me. I understand the idea behind it is to ensure member-nations don’t just end up creating regulations that effectively destroy the industry despite it being legal. But there may be theoretical instances wherein more restrictive action can ensure better safety for everyone involved - putting such measures to their minimum may just result in less effectiveness.

Maybe I'm reading this wrong, but this sentence could probably be written a bit better.

There’s also this clause:

The GA Wrote wrote:All entities offering employment in sex work -- hereinafter "sex work institutions" -- are to offer gratis safe and effective preventive medical products -- including vaccination and barrier contraception -- to any of their sex workers who may be exposed to sexually-transmitted infections in their work in that institution.

I don’t really think this is written particularly well, as there is a vast multitude of “preventive medical products” that aren’t related to sex-work. One I can think of is cancer screenings, but there’s probably others. Point is, this is effectively giving sex workers some kinds of free healthcare items that almost no one else gets - items not necessarily related to their jobs. If there is an aim to give such a large scope of preventive medical care, then it should be done in a resolution for all WA member-state residents - not just sex-workers.

The resolution also doesn’t really address some key factors like how member-nations should register/identify self-employed sex workers (considering member-states have to disseminate information and medical products to them) or what member-states are expected to do after investigating a reported violation of this resolution. Arguably, this leaves these issues to member-state discretion - which raises problems as nations who oppose sex-work may define “self-employed sex-worker” in an unreasonable way so as to not provide the mandated things to such workers and/or decide to do nothing after concluding an investigation.

On a smaller note section 4 is almost wholly redundant due to GA#23, which bans sex-trafficking amongst other forms of trafficking. The bits saying people involved with sex-work shouldn’t be discriminated against are also probably a bit redundant due to GA#35. While redundancy isn’t inherently bad, these characters may have been better used to address the issues I raised in the last paragraph.

For these reasons, I recommend voting AGAINST “Sex Worker Protections Act” - I do think it’s a good idea, but it should probably get a few more tweaks.

What do y’all think?

Ooh, I got a variety of roles. I'm a military specialist and my alts are strategic and economic specialists!

Floofybit wrote:Ooh, I got a variety of roles. I'm a military specialist and my alts are strategic and economic specialists!

:hyper:

Jazur wrote:Evening.

Evening

Amiyoka wrote:The place in Canada? But the architecture is so pretty D:

If that doesn't sell you, we would like to repeal the laws of gravity!

The Pacific Northwest wrote:Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits so I’m going to have to disagree regardless. I like fruit that attacks me for eating it.

Mine too, especially on pizzas 😈

Werstonal wrote:Mine too, especially on pizzas 😈

😤

Waywards Edge wrote:If that doesn't sell you, we would like to repeal the laws of gravity!

Strong support.

Werstonal wrote:Mine too, especially on pizzas 😈

Pineapple Pizza is honestly delicious

Marxist Leninist Canada wrote:Pineapple Pizza is honestly delicious

Pineapple and black olive are the best pizza toppings. Something about the combination of greasiness, acidity, and saltiness is just great.

I don’t like meat on my pizzas, fight me

The Pacific Northwest wrote:Pineapple and black olive are the best pizza toppings. Something about the combination of greasiness, acidity, and saltiness is just great.

I don’t like meat on my pizzas, fight me

I'm not a fan of olives but pineapple and mushroom is my favourite combo. I agree with your opinion that meat doesn't belong on pizza, all the best ones are vegetarian.

Tiralta wrote:I'm not a fan of olives but pineapple and mushroom is my favourite combo. I agree with your opinion that meat doesn't belong on pizza, all the best ones are vegetarian.

I can agree on the best pizza is veggie pizza, but I have to say that regardless of how basic it might seem, if you manage to get a good quality Pizza Margherita, then that's the best pizza you can get cx

Rupika wrote:questions: would you rather drink suspicious swamp water or over expired milk

That sussy swamp water… I know I would die with the milk :/

Also Wavattiy is now ZaBruhMoment’s capital. Informally Zeusar Wavtus.

Hey guys!

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