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The equestrian isles wrote:Is there just a general one or do i pretty much have to join one

This explains a lot

Welcome!

LinkHello there. Thanks for joining the Western Isles!

You must be wondering what you can do here and how, what is expected of you and how to start role-playing... I'll try to answer these questions in this dispatch.

First of all, if you haven't done so already - go ahead and introduce yourself on our regional message board (RMB). You can post things like what country you're from, if you're new to NationStates or to role-playing (RP), what kind of a nation you want to create, and anything else you'd like to share.

About the Region

Where do we communicate?

  • IC communication (in-character, meaning role-playing) is done on the NationStates forums

  • OOC communication (out-of-character, from general chatting to world-building) is done on the RMB and the forums

  • Telegrams are usually OOC

We don't have offsite forums, but there's a "mostly unofficial" Discord chat.

How does this region work?

We use the NationStates platform to create fun and interesting stories, about our nations, peoples, and leaders. We usually discuss ideas and plan RPs on the RMB and in OOC forum threads, and then co-write them as RPs, news, accounts, information, and history in dispatches and IC threads.

We have a democratically elected government (you can run for office) in-charge of several aspects of the region:

  • Facilitating RP and promoting world-building and cooperation in the region

  • Managing the region in terms of regional rules and standards

  • Recruiting new players and managing our embassies with other regions

For more information, you can read through the following dispatches when you get a chance:

  • The Constitution - It details the responsibilities of the various government officers and the Founder, as well as the processes of legislation and elections in the region. Of course, there's no need to remember it all, but it's there if you need it.

  • The Regional Rules and Conduct - That's just... The rules. You know, don't be a jerk to others, don't spam the RMB, and so on. The map rules are also there, but we'll get to that in a minute.

  • The Monthly Report dispatch - Contains current and updating information about the region (recent stats of the region, weekly updates, important daily events, etc.).

This is confusing... Can anyone help?

Of course, most of us can. If you still have questions, you can do either of the following:

  • Post a question on the RMB; you'll likely get an answer not long after.

  • Send a personal TG to any of the officers (listed in the WFE) or to an active member

Your address for questions regarding specific RP rules is the Sec. of RP (Roendavar). Feel free to tag him in your RMB post or to TG him.

About Role-Playing in the Region

How do I get a spot on the map?

Our regional map is the basis of our RP, and it is therefore reserved for nations who actively engage in RP or plan to do so.

To be added to the map, send Vancouvia a telegram with answers to several simple questions - they are listed under "Map Rules" in the Regional Rules and Conduct dispatch.

How do I develop my nation?

Here in this region we don't use NationStates stats at all. Population, economic status, main industries, defense budget - All of those things are up to you, the player, to decide! Make factbooks or dispatches describing your nation's culture, history, religion, government, economy, climate, military, science, industries, people, corporations, trade deals, and anything else you can think of.

Are there limitations?

RP in this region is based on realism and modern-technology, so keep your nation in those limits. There are a few other guidelines we have in place to keep things balanced, for example:

A while ago I attempted to summarize the realism-related guidelines in our RP in a dispatch. It explains the certain limitations on size and population, size of military and economy, WMDs and such. These are not rules, but I encourage you to read them.

To sum up: Be humble, think balance.

Other than that - the limit is your own creativity. Feel free to look around and read other nations' factbooks and dispatches for ideas. See for example:

Take some time to look around, get to know the other players and the region as a whole, and develop your nation. I recommend doing that before getting into RP.

Alright, what now? Where do I RP?

You can get to the region's ongoing RPs and events in either of the following ways:

  • Through the "Ongoing Events and Perpetual RPs" in the region's World Factbook Entry

  • Through Ainslie's RP Directory, which contains the region's RPs, alliances, and collaboration threads

As a start, I recommend reading the recent posts in the regional news thread and posting some of your own, before moving on to more complex RPs. This would allow players of the region to get acquainted with your nation and your style.

NS is full of useful guides on RPing and writing. This one, for example, is short and to the point. This has all the NSCodes. This thread explains about RPing warfare. There are many more RP guides and tip dispatches or threads around the site - feel free to explore and learn more about RPing.

For any question on the region (or not), feel free to ask on the RMB or to any of the active members.


Read factbook

After cutting back on super sugary processed foods in the interest of self preservation, I've come to realize that really good cornbread is just junk food that pretends to be part of a balanced meal.

And I love it

Wellsia and The aziran islands

https://twitchy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/sanders-vs-moderates.jpg

I had no idea Mr/Mrs/Ms Moderates was running as well.

Can any of my Murican friends enlighten me on why Sanders is on one side while the three others are on the other side united?

Athara Magarat wrote:https://twitchy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/sanders-vs-moderates.jpg

I had no idea Mr/Mrs/Ms Moderates was running as well.

Can any of my Murican friends enlighten me on why Sanders is on one side while the three others are on the other side united?

They appear to be labeling Sanders as a radical, and the rest as moderates. It seems that they are then adding the "moderates" performances together and comparing them to Sanders. The purpose of this exercise eludes me.

Athara Magarat wrote:https://twitchy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/sanders-vs-moderates.jpg

I had no idea Mr/Mrs/Ms Moderates was running as well.

Can any of my Murican friends enlighten me on why Sanders is on one side while the three others are on the other side united?

Sanders is the most radical left candidate the democratic party has (that actually stands a chance this election)

And as 2016 proved, moderates don't win in the current environment, despite the fact that in an ideal world those are the kind of candidates we should be having, as they dont empower the fringe members of society who hold dangerous views

Athara Magarat, Wellsia, and The aziran islands

Iím back babey, and soon I shall restore that which has been lost during my move and subsequent lack of WiFi

Shidei wrote:Sanders is the most radical left candidate the democratic party has (that actually stands a chance this election)

And as 2016 proved, moderates don't win in the current environment, despite the fact that in an ideal world those are the kind of candidates we should be having, as they dont empower the fringe members of society who hold dangerous views

A moderate would stand a really good chance in a general election against Trump, but in the primaries, when only the party's True Believers turn out to vote, a moderate doesn't stand a chance. Looks like Bernie might win the nomination, if he doesn't get the shaft again. Willing to bet he'd lose against Trump in the general though. His policies are not as attractive to middle America as they are to rich white college students.

I dunno if you heard or not, but apparently India is now a "developed country" according to US gov (it's all over the news here).

Orange Man helped his fellow strongman dictator pal NaMo to once again pull a "I was right bitches" win ("Superpower 2020").

This is two weeks before the two meet up again and immediately after NaMo's party lost big at Delhi. Coincidence? I think not.

Corindia wrote:viewtopic.php?p=36728721#p36728721
vote in the leaguuuueeeee

I ... I should probably join that.

Miklania wrote:They appear to be labeling Sanders as a radical, and the rest as moderates. It seems that they are then adding the "moderates" performances together and comparing them to Sanders. The purpose of this exercise eludes me.

Sanders is a pussycat compared to Corbyn. Can we swap?

Post self-deleted by Ainslie.

Miklania wrote:A moderate would stand a really good chance in a general election against Trump, but in the primaries, when only the party's True Believers turn out to vote, a moderate doesn't stand a chance. Looks like Bernie might win the nomination, if he doesn't get the shaft again. Willing to bet he'd lose against Trump in the general though. His policies are not as attractive to middle America as they are to rich white college students.

Yea if the Dems want to win they need a moderate like Biden as the nominee with one of the younger radicals as the VP to get the college kids fired up

Alteran Republics wrote:Sanders is a pussycat compared to Corbyn. Can we swap?

That's like asking if we want to trade Trotsky for Lenin. F*ck no. We'll keep the harmless crazy face, thank you kindly.

Miklania wrote:A moderate would stand a really good chance in a general election against Trump, but in the primaries, when only the party's True Believers turn out to vote, a moderate doesn't stand a chance. Looks like Bernie might win the nomination, if he doesn't get the shaft again. Willing to bet he'd lose against Trump in the general though. His policies are not as attractive to middle America as they are to rich white college students.

Agree to disagree, at least for now. Trump is an incumbent President and the economy is doing alright (whether that's because of him or despite him is another matter), which is an uphill battle by default. I don't see "meh" candidates able to stand up without a personality cult behind them. Most of the moderate dems are about as interesting as an untuned radio channel right now

I could be wrong, and I hope I'm wrong. It just better not be Bloomberg lol

Great, у моего банка новая система; my bank has a new online banking system, but when moving between pages the mobile app gives a 'please be patient' message - in Russian! I like Russian as a language but I find its presence in a supposedly secure and non-Russian online environment somewhat disconcerting...

Shidei wrote:Agree to disagree, at least for now. Trump is an incumbent President and the economy is doing alright (whether that's because of him or despite him is another matter), which is an uphill battle by default. I don't see "meh" candidates able to stand up without a personality cult behind them. Most of the moderate dems are about as interesting as an untuned radio channel right now

I could be wrong, and I hope I'm wrong. It just better not be Bloomberg lol

People are tired of the hyper partisanship of the last several years. A simple "meh" guy that can promise a return to normalcy might be popular. Moderate-leaning-conservative dems have been making inroads in state, local, and congressional elections in purple and red states. Purging the crazy haired radicals from the party, or at least confining them to one corner where they can't dominate the platform could result in big wins for the democrats, as the republican party is even more disorganized and unpopular at the moment. They're mostly riding on a wave of "we can't vote for infinite-genders your-freedom-of-speech-offends-me the-stock-market-is-evil nutjobs."

I fail to see why the national religion setting on here just sort of unceremoniously throws it at the end of your nation page.

Your leader gets a small bit of context (ruled by X with an iron fist, etc), capital city at least tells you that's where state matters happen, and it attempts to match your national animal with a place you'd expect to find it

Shidei wrote:I fail to see why the national religion setting on here just sort of unceremoniously throws it at the end of your nation page.

Your leader gets a small bit of context (ruled by X with an iron fist, etc), capital city at least tells you that's where state matters happen, and it attempts to match your national animal with a place you'd expect to find it

Nhoor's national animal is a mythical creature so no frolicking there, or whatever they call it, through Nhoor's many lush forests...

Shidei wrote: and it attempts to match your national animal with a place you'd expect to find it

If you ask the mods nicely they'll even change the code to accommodate new animals. I used to have land marlins

Corindia wrote:If you ask the mods nicely they'll even change the code to accommodate new animals. I used to have land marlins

I should let them know that amano shrimp are freshwater after their early stages and thus needs to change "frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans" to rivers, lest we spread horrible misinformation about our invertebrate buddies

Shidei wrote:I should let them know that amano shrimp are freshwater after their early stages and thus needs to change "frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans" to rivers, lest we spread horrible misinformation about our invertebrate buddies

I wish they could breed in freshwater so much. That would change the game

Corindia wrote:I wish they could breed in freshwater so much. That would change the game

I have a smol shrimp in my tank and I swear I don't remember getting any that size, but there's no way amanos could breed in my tank. Not a baby by any means, but definitely very juvenile for an adult. He's a real mystery boi

Speaking of brackish... Gobies are cool fish but they take too much work :/

Nhoor wrote:Nhoor's national animal is a mythical creature so no frolicking there, or whatever they call it, through Nhoor's many lush forests...

I think that's the default setting for unknown animals. Which makes sense, I suppose, but I prefer the ones that scavenge through garbage cans instead. A more amusing default

Shidei wrote:I have a smol shrimp in my tank and I swear I don't remember getting any that size, but there's no way amanos could breed in my tank. Not a baby by any means, but definitely very juvenile for an adult. He's a real mystery boi

Speaking of brackish... Gobies are cool fish but they take too much work :/

Maybe you got a free, unnoticed shrimplet?

what's everyone doing for valentine's day ?

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