A Giant Meteor blazes through the sky overhead; leaving a trail of sparks in the sky above your region; those sparks seem to fall in a particular pattern, spelling out the words:
CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING FEATURED
before the meteor vanishes over the horizon; leaving the sky dark and empty as it passes through.
One down, getting the poll up for the next one!
Chief Aviator Gwen Tracer Hepburn “Fate of Existence and the Omniverse” Ellen Trixie Caitlin Foxworthy Avril Verlene Eveline Celinda Sammy Doris T-Rev Oxton Arielle Lindall Leslie Vitesse Allison: Is this supposed to be the right place for this?
Valentijn “De Sierlijke en Vrij Valkyrie General ov Valentine Z” Samantha Maxwell Delta Weston Stijn Angelus Tracey Mitchell Tristian Marnix Basilisk Lewis Hyatt X. Constantine Sein Lin Zaw Naing: I don't know, let's just roll with it! We have been all over the damn place!
Ahem, going back to Out of Character!
The small roleplay aside, yes, it is as weird as it sounds, but I am proud (and a little shy) to celebrate and admit that it's been 5 years since I have been on this site! From the early first few days where I am a clueless newbie, where the issues don't take effect immediately, to venturing into Forum 7, to being in Portal to the Multiverse, to Trading Cards (and even making a few working codes for that!), to that one time where I accidentally spammed moderation, to being on NSG now and then, and even participating in Gen Sec of Apr 2020, and joining NS Sports, it has indeed been a very, very long and eventful journey for me!
What do I think of NationStates? From that very first day my friend recommended the game to me, and joining with this nation, it has certainly been an eye-opener to me. A lot of vibrant communities, despite the negativity now and then coupled with all the general craziness, I guess part of the reason I stayed was because of how open-ended this game is: Challenges, Cards, Issues, Factbooks, Roleplays, Raiding/Defending, none of them exactly has superiority over one another; they are equally as important and fun, and they are equally deserving of attention. I have a lot of fun with this site, in all respect and aspects. Even made myself 97 nations (including Val Z, as of this writing), and a small mostly-puppet-storage region that is also a home to a few F7 friends of mine.
Now, what would these 5 years be without the one thing that makes it fun for me? Friends! ♥ Since Day One, I have been interacted and treated with respect.
I really enjoy the times I have in Forum 7; I have made A LOT of friends there, and that is an understatement, they have been there with me through ups and downs.
To the friendly authors and editors of Got Issues (I even got a nifty job of maintaining the thread now!) which also helps me find my passion in making graphs and charts with good old Python.
To the folks at NS Sports who have welcomed me with open arms - a total newbie who has his drivers winning a few races and making names of themselves!
Even down to NSG sometimes because I might not like politics, but you can't go wrong with people in there to casually strike a meaningful conversation with you.
The Mods as well, of course, for keeping this site relatively spick and span. I hope this is not seen as a back-handed compliment, so just want to say that I really appreciate the efforts in keeping the place spam-free and civil, even if sometimes (and often) I don't go well to the rules made. ^^
Do I think that these 5 years are a waste of time? To some extent, I do admit that I might have been spending a few too many hours per day here on NS. That is just time management, I simply need to manage it well.
Do I regret coming here? Not even in the slightest. I am happy to call this corner of an internet my home, for I am very, very joyful to be here and create a world like Leslie did in Bridge to Terabithia.
Here's to more years ahead, and I know 2020 has been nothing but painful to a lot of people (or heck, for everyone), but I do hope that you will find a little solace in life now and then. 2020 may be bringing us all down, but there is no reason for a little bit of hope, a little bit of optimism, and a little bit of solace, to not exist. I do hope that you will find something to brighten you up, maybe in the form of a GIF of a kitten playing with his tail.
Thank you once again, and here's to another year and joy on this site.
May life be good to you all.
- Valentine ♥
It has been a wonderful 5 years on this site. Relatively short compared to a lot, but I'm just really happy to be here. :3
Thanks for everything! ♥️
Very much! Now for the 10-year anniversary, with vain hope that this site might still be around in 2025. ^^; I mean, I hope so, because I really love the time here, tbh.
We've been here since 2002, I doubt we'll disappear by 2025. ;)
... Oh hell, my nation will turn 20 in 2023. XD
Once again, the apocalypse has been averted! ...a rather localized one, admittedly.
*slighly posts with puppet because actual nation has moved to another region*
Where's the fun in not making old age jokes?
have any survived 123 days?
darn. Perhaps I should Make meself some...
This is the recipe I used: https://mrchocolate.com/blogs/recipes/national-chocolate-chip-cookie-day?fbclid=IwAR1iLGcNbMYV_Uwcc6rDo0ciUjl3w1ulBh5edVMHQDC1BCO86wYTEnku9Bg
It's imperative that you chill the dough for at least 24 hours before baking!
is this sly advertisement? :P
and the last ones are down the tunnel...
"Your nation may soon cease to exist due to inactivity!"
Oh boy, you would HATE to see it! Anyway, I am still fine, haha! I am still active as always on Valentine Z, but I have been neglecting a few puppets as of lately.
I am running through one of the harder parts of my life. All this stress of exams, quizzes, having to go for 19 days of conscription, and then job applications to file. Adult life is as not fun as you thought it would be. :P
Disclaimer / Warning: this dispatch has A LOT of photos - some mine, some are from others! Please ensure that you have enough data!
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Hello to you, my friend! Valentine Z, at your service!
How have you been? Have you been well?
I know, I know... this virus is not going away just yet.
Not much in the way of good things happening? The dreadful feeling, perhaps.
Well, do not worry, for I am here once again! I am far from a professional, but here I am again! ♥
If you are reading this, you have been one of the most wonderful persons I have the pleasure of meeting.
A great person like you deserves a break like many others! A festive time to rest in!
A time to recoup, and to share the joy of giving!
Whether or not you are celebrating this alone...
Or with your loved ones...
I wish you a Happy Holidays, and may you be blessed with wonderfulness!
You deserve a break, and Happiness as many others.
I hope you have a festive season ahead of you, whether or not you celebrate Christmas!
Happy Holidays to you, and may 2021 be very good for you!
The Future can be very uncertain...
One thing is for sure...
You are all the best community I have ever been a part of. Thank you.
The World is a wonderful place to be in, even if the news are a little... negative.
There is always solace in the littlest of things.
I am not a professional therapist, but if you ever need someone to talk to or are overwhelmed...
I will always be here for you. I never leave my friends out, and I will keep it private. You deserve to be loved and heard.
Happy Holidays, and All the Best! Your stranger/friend, Valentine Z.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and I really do hope you guys have a good 2021 ahead of you! The future is certain, but one thing's for sure, I am sure we will make it through! There are always little solaces in life! ♥
I have just finished my first week of army stuff, haha. Very familiar stuff, but I am an old fart there. See, conscripts work by 2 years and after that, they move on to something else when they reach reservist. So I am a 2015 batch guy in the sea of 2019-2020 folks.
"You are 25? Holy wow..."
Beep beep! Congrats on being the featured ehhhhh wait a minute this place looks very familiar. Two features in three months? That’s not right!