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Minister and Roleplay Delegate Elections Announcement
Hello FNR! The Minister Elections & Roleplay Delegate Election are coming up in exactly 8 days from now!
They are going to begin on the 27th of April at 22:00 UTC and go on for the usual 72 hours.
Declare your candidacy for one of the 4 ministerial offices or the RPD in this Google form which is going to remain open for the next 72 hours:
Note that there will not be a Ministry of Immigration during this term as the positioned was merged with the Ministry of Internal Affairs by President Weatherwand.
The schedule for this election season is still pinned in the #election-office channel on our Discord server for your viewing.
Join the FNR Discord server with this invite link: https://discord.gg/Rrw3ywN
- The Electoral Commission
No. But i watch streams sometimes of GMs like Nakamura or Carlsen
The Free Nations Region’s Foreign Affairs is working, but it is not thriving. I am running for election as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in a bid to change that. For the past two and a half years, I have served as your Chief Justice, and for over three years, I have served on the Supreme Court. For this reason, I have been unable to effectively pursue election or executive office since my brief stint in 2020 as Minister of Culture. Now, however, I have resigned from the Court and I am willing to pursue the Executive Branch once more as your Minister of Foreign Affairs. I will be organizing this campaign by posing questions to myself (I am the greatest at questioning candidates, as many of you know), and then answering them myself.
I have a rich background in Foreign Affairs. It was my first leadership position in NationStates, from March to May of 2020, as Chief Minister of Foreign Affairs in The East Pacific, a post I returned to in mid-late 2021. More than that, I have consistently served for about three years, non-stop, as an advisor in Foreign Affairs matters. As Deputy Minister or Senior Diplomat in TEP, I held lower offices taking care of FA duties, but whenever I was not holding those posts, I remained an advisor in the FA Ministry and the Cabinet in TEP.
For various intermediate periods, I have served as a Presidential Advisor here in the Free Nations Region. More than that, I have served as a diplomat to nine different regions from four different regions. I have gone through numerous FA crises, including drafting two separate statements on behalf of FNR and too many to count on behalf of TEP. I have responded to everything from Operation Ragnarok to TBH’s attempted attack on our region here at home.
It is true that I hold citizenship in The East Pacific, The South Pacific, Thaecia, and the Alstroemerian Commonwealths. In TEP, I am a Magister (legislator) and Vizier (security officer), but I remain an advisor in the Cabinet and FA Council. In TSP, I am only a citizen (sometimes a concerned citizen). In Thaecia, I am much the same, having not even voted in the past few elections. In AC, I am a Polls RO for, specifically, The Glorious Nations of Iwaku, and a member of the Government, which is to say part of the advising council that oversees the Commonwealths’ internal affairs.
I am fully prepared to employ unbiased advisors on issues dealing with regions which I have a prior entanglement with. I am also prepared to put aside my bias in issues of great regional importance. I have already dealt with TEP-FNR relations as a citizen on both sides. I believe it has been instrumental in developing personal ties between the two regions, but it has also granted me an expansive perspective. I believe my ties with other regions are strengths, the roots of potentially closer relationships with our allies. Not weaknesses. I have, in the matter of TBH’s raid, fought for FNR sovereignty, and I will continue to do so. The regions I am in have no control over this region, and I will not be afraid to make decisions in the best interests of our region over others.
No. I am publicly unaligned. I have, at times, criticized the Brotherhood of Malice, the Black Hawks, the Communist Bloc, and Lone Wolves United, which form the primary core of the current raider coalition, but I have not hesitated to criticize the actions of the defender ideology’s staunchest proponents, including some of the most powerful regions in the defender coalition - the South Pacific, the Order of the Grey Wardens, the League and Concord, and 10000 Islands.
I am not a defender, personally, but I have deep respect for the defender ideology, as I do the raider ideology, and I am fully prepared to put the region’s interests over my own personal beliefs. The FNR is a defender region. That will not change. It will be reflected in its approach to foreign affairs. I do not have to believe in the defender ideology to understand that it is the guiding military and FA philosophy, and to work to advance that philosophy.
My policy platform has three prongs. The first is detailed record keeping of our diplomats and relations. The second is developing our alliances with key regions. The third prong is involving FNR in the wider world of GP.
We’ve had records before, of course, but my approach would be a dispatch on my nation listing Heads of State, Ministers of Foreign Affairs, and Diplomats to and from FNR. This dispatch idea is one that TEP implemented with great success in the past, which was one of my achievements in TEP’s Chief Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I believe having this up-to-date information is important to ensuring that we have the right contacts and we’re getting the most from our relationships. More than that, it ensures a cohesive and organized Ministry which can deliver an effective response.
There will be vacancies. I’m aware that our manpower is severely lacking. In many regions, we may have no diplomats to send. In those cases, I will be our diplomat. The job is a minimal requirement, and all it needs is a semi-active person in a discord server. The real FA work is embassies, treaties, statements, and the like. I will use those avenues as ways to engage our staff. They can help draft announcements, or provide thoughts on GP developments, and such. It’s much more interesting and gives real hands-on FA experience.
Our relations are strongest with two groups - PfS and Lausanne. FNR is a member region of the Partnership for Sovereignty, and a firmly defender region, but has been an inactive one at that. As an aspiring WA author myself, I will advance FNR’s interests in the actual PfS, and I will prioritize our relationships with those regions participating. Alongside the Aegis Accords, PfS is the tangible manifestation of the defender bloc, but we are only in PfS. As such it is our path to the interregional stage, something I prioritize in the third prong. We are a defender region and that is our most important quality in Foreign Affairs. Particularly, regions like the Union of Democratic States and The League & Concord are strong candidates for closer ties, although they are not the only defender regions I would pursue closer ties with.
The second group, the Second Convention of Lausanne, is not a defender group, but it is a group of regions that have been closer to us than our defender allies ever have been. While I will seek to expand those defender relationships, I will not let FNR stray from the regions that formed and still form the foundation of our FA. The alliances of TEP, Thaecia, and the AC are the most important diplomatic relationships we have, and the Ministry under my leadership would not forget that.
Other regions will be considered in my FA policy. Smaller regions will be given a chance as we take a more active role in expanding our network of friendships across NS. Furthermore, my Ministry would approach the Modern Gameplay Compact and its member regions, with respect and admirations. The MGC are not defenders or Lausanne signatories, but their stance against the Brotherhood of Malice is commendable, and even if they do not pursue diplomatic ties with the FNR, we will still think highly of this opposition.
As Minister of Foreign Affairs, I will advance our regional interests and the interests of the defender ideology by stressing the importance of sovereignty. I will respect the sovereignty of our allies. The sovereignty of our independent and unaligned friends to raid and defend in equal part, within reason. The sovereignty of our defender friends to pursue hardline approaches that our moderate voice of reason may warn against but will not interfere with directly. The sovereignty of all our friends to vote as they wish in the World Assembly, even if it is against our requests. In return, we will ask solely that they respect our sovereignty in return.
I admit, I hope to get more embassies and more treaties under our region’s belt. I will not put a number to that, or names, because setting tangible quotas and goals is not how you conduct FA. If all you’re worried about is the number of embassies and treaties, your relationships will be hollow and unprosperous. The way to conduct FA is to choose your way of thinking, to set a mindset that will govern your actions when you come to a crossroads. My way of thinking will be open to new relationships and stronger relationships, which, in my opinion, is the only path to FNR taking a seat on the center stage.
Notable regions are those with GP presence. While the state of NSGP, or NationStates Gameplay, is often unstable and potentially volatile, it is the stage of the wider interregional community. If FNR is to have a voice on the interregional stage, to have influence in the world of FA, the way to accomplish that is through a GP presence. Publishing statements condemning attacks on our allies, or responding to interregional crises. Making our presence known by using our voices. The NSGP embassy thread of the FNR will be used not only for news, but for statements by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
We will draft official responses to notable GP events when deemed necessary, yes, but we will also take stances on global issues. The rise of what Roavin has called “Neo-Moralism” within the defender ideology pushes our defender allies and friends to potentially radical actions. FNR is a defender region through and through, but we pride ourselves on our open-mindedness and moderate stance. Compromise between defender regions and independent regions, compromise between “Neo-Moralists” and moderate defenders and compromise between regionalists and cosmopolitans is the path to a more stable, beneficial interregional community.
Part of having a strong GP presence, however, is having strong interdisciplinary, inter-ministry ties. I will work with the Minister of Internal Affairs on interregional festivals with our allies. I will work with the World Assembly Delegate on advancing FNR’s interests in the Security Council, primarily through the Partnership for Sovereignty. I will work with our Minister of Defense to ensure that military operations support our FA goals, and to ensure that our FA goals support our military operations. Most of all I will work with our President, who is our Head of State and Chief Diplomat above all. She will be my boss, and I will work closely alongside her to ensure that my Ministry does not run contrary to the goals of her presidency.
No. If/when that happens, I will edit this dispatch with the questions and my responses.
I am running for the office of Minister of Foreign Affairs in the coming elections! Here is my campaign. Be sure to make an informed vote, no matter which way it leans, and if you have any questions or points of clarification, please do not hesitate to ask.
I really appreciate that you took the time to put together a campaign! Frankly, it's refreshing change from the status quo.
I've got a bit of a lengthy question for you: You mention the Partnership for Sovereignty multiple times in your campaign. Since FNR's participation in the PfS is largely the responsibility of the WA Delegate, can we expect cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Office of the Delegate if you are elected? If so, what specifically would you like to accomplish together? Your campaign also makes numerous references to defending. Same goes for the Ministry of Defense — can we expect cooperation between it and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs?
Absolutely. It’s important to note that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs isn’t an island. It’s not independent or separate from other parts of the government. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in fact, especially, exists only because of the support of the other Ministries. Without the military, the WA, and festivals, there’d be no diplomacy at all, save for posting on other regions’ RMBs and sending news. Cooperating with the other cabinet offices is integral to implementing a strong approach to FA, and I will be doing that a lot. Whenever I even think about doing something with the military, the MoD and the President will be the first people to know. Same with WA and the Delegate. Same with events and IA. They will be advisors and partners in this, because that’s how we can truly advance diplomacy.
What specifically would I like to see accomplished? I was sparse on the details primarily because I fully expect to run this by relevant cabinet members, and in the process I fully expect refinement and further development, but I think working with MoD on war games and detag runs one-on-one with our allies so that the entirely fully multilateral Libcord doesn’t dominate and dilute our FA will be a priority. In the WA, I think Declarations are our best friend. I’ve floated Commend Heaveria, but I think commending any FNR figure at this point will be a challenge. Declarations, such as the one I submitted alongside Apatosaurus on Regional Destruction (read: griefing), are the greatest vehicles of our WA agenda. Voting for allies’ commendations is another thing I expect to see. But again, I must stress that all of this goes through the relevant officials before it happens.
I do but I have to play at one of my friends house or school
Tentative list of candidates for the upcoming Minister and RPD Elections (Confirmation Pending):
Minister of Internal Affairs: Mally Piznoopia ✅
Minister of Foreign Affairs: Castenor ✅
Minister of Defense: Burgertopian Empire ✅
Minister of Culture: Doctors Orvos ✅
Roleplay Delegate: United islesa ✅, Northern Celtic Regions ✅
Candidates who have verified their candidacy are marked with a ✅
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Hello, The Free Nations Region.
Anybody want to join the Name 0ian project: Puppetmaster II: The Wrath of Ivan? (NOT RECRUITMENT)
Hello Citizens of The Free Nations Region
Northern Celtic Regions here most of you will know me as NCR, some Dal or even some as that Irish idiot. All would be correct. I have decided to run for Roleplay Delegate this term as I have seen the absolute inactivity that is ongoing in the FNRRP at the moment. I believe this to be due to a number of factors
Lack of/little activity from the Roleplay Moderation Team
New ruleset that came with the most recent reset making RP less appealing especially for more senior players who have seen what the old RP was like
Lack of nation on nation interaction making the RP bleak
Poor carrying out of sporting and other global Diyar events
Inactive Roleplay Delegates
I plan to change all of this, through many ways. Most of which making the RP look like the first cycle of the current FNRRP. Back when activity was at its height and everyone was engaged
New GDP cap: I would like to implement a new starting GDP cap and keep the cap of GDP increase the same at 21 Trillion. In simple English this means you cannot start with the GDP over 21 Trillion USD and cannot grow past 21 Trillion USD either
Final RP reset: This may be my least popular thing I want to do as RPD but I feel one final RP reset is needed. Keep the same map Orvos has done so well but reset the nations and the lore. I do understand many of you will have built alot of lore and if you do not want to loose it vote for my competitor or simply go against it in the vote to do so if I do get in. This reset will boot inactive or abandoned nations taking up space on the map and leave only active and interested Roleplayers left making it easy for newcomers to interact with foreign nations as they know almost everyone on the map is active. I do not care if the community is small. I just want an active one.
Revised Ruleset: I do not believe that the ruleset needs major change but any element that is being called to be removed or added, I will gladly put forward for a vote
Revamp of the Roleplay Moderation Team: Another thing I have noticed is that the mod team is not very active and I will immediately be asking those remaining who believe they cannot contribute daily or every second day to give up their RP Mod role. I will also implement new Moderators based on a number of factors
1: Activity, if the roleplayer is showing great interest in the RP and actively interacting with the community it will help them go into my eye for a new potential RP Mod
2: Tolerance, a roleplayer must show that they are tolerant of others and others ignorance. They must show calmness and respect if shown with the opposite as we cannot have the model roleplayers lashing out against others
3: Good boy/girl: Exactly what is says on the tin. Just don’t have been a bloody nuisance for the mod team. Or if you have, show that you have greatly changed your ways
4: Experience, of course non-experienced Roleplayers can become mods if they show the above traits but being a senior player helps the community trust your ability to understand every situation.
5: Lastly, a understanding of the ruleset. I’m sure you can figure out yourself what I mean
I’d like to think I’m a humble man/teenager or whatever you wanna call me so I won’t drone on about myself too much here but here are some reasons why you should vote for me
1: Experience: I have roleplayed since the early stages of the pre-reset days. I’ve seen the many changes the RP has gone through and what worked and what has not. So I think as a result I’d be a suitable RPD
2: Former Roleplay Moderator: I was put into the Mod team early on and served there for about a year and a half. In that time I gained a knowledge of the ruleset, how to deal with difficult members of the community and strengthened my leadership skills. I only lost that position as I left the RP all together at one point in the summer.
3: Good lad: I’ve never done anything bad in the RP community or been warned for Roleplay reasons. I have been server warned once for making a stupid dirty joke once. (Couldn’t handle my hilarity) So I’d like to thing I’m a upstanding member of the community
4: Ministerial Experience: I’ve held the Deputy Minister of Immigration role twice and Minister of Immigration role three times in my time in FNR meaning I have some experience in leadership roles in this community
5: Never been RPD: I have never been put into the position so how do we know if I’d do a good job or not? And I think we need a RPD willing to reform the RP and take risks for the sake of revival. So cmon give me a chance.
Thats it really, feels like I was writing a job application. Good luck to FoolishTrooper in his campaign against me but I respectfully hope he looses. I promise if you vote for me to bring change the community wants.
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NCR Roleplay Delegate Campaign
Thanks for doing this! I actually think the colours look quite cool. Do they get assigned automatically? Is there any way you can choose them yourself?
isn'r Fangalism fascism
No thats falangism. Fangalism is different
hm I can't find anything about it. Did you make it up?
derived from 'fang' like the teeth of a snake