WA Delegate (non-executive): The Trenchant Order of The Voltarum (elected )
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Today's World Census Report
The Highest Unexpected Death Rate in Antarctica
The World Census paid their respects at cemeteries in order to determine how likely citizens were to die each year from unnatural causes, such as crime, preventable illness, accident, and government encouragement.
As a region, Antarctica is ranked 3,112th in the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
|1.||The Grim Frostbitten Kriegdom of Hialti||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Leaving the Posers Behind Since 2004”|
|2.||The Omnipotent Consortium of Athani||Compulsory Consumerist State||“He who slings mud generally loses ground.”|
|3.||The Self-Proclaimed Empire of AP0CALYPSE||Psychotic Dictatorship||“Do not despair, for the appointed time is near.”|
|4.||The Zero Two of 02||Capitalizt||“Rise Up!”|
|5.||The Ambassadorial Office of Free4All||Iron Fist Consumerists||“Everybody gets to make up their own motto”|
|6.||The Antarctica Founders of Joop||Iron Fist Consumerists||“When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.”|
|7.||The Protectorate of World Union States||New York Times Democracy||“Let's dance💃”|
|8.||The Empire of Pingu||Anarchy||“Pingu”|
|9.||The Colony of Trendstart||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Defensa”|
|10.||The Community of APOC Coalition||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“United for Sport”|
- : The Empire of Veliko departed this region for The Free Economic Zone of Desertiania.
- : The Representative of Zhong-guo of the region China proposed constructing embassies.
- : The antarctican technate departed this region for Antarctic.
- : The antarctican technate arrived from Libertarian Socialist Confederation.
- : The Republic of Rdza arrived from The South Pacific.
- : The Trenchant Order of The Voltarum rejected Super Powers's request for regional embassies.
- : The Republic of Unity India of the region Super Powers proposed constructing embassies.
- : The Allied States of Miemalkonnen arrived from Lazarus.
- : The Queendom of Toreador Rose arrived from Balder.
- : The Cacaphony of The Folksong Army arrived from Osiris.
Antarctica Regional Message Board
Your Forest ambassador here, to share the second edition of the Voice of Forest, focusing on activist Chico Mendes.
The Voice of Forest - Issue II | July 2021 | Death in the Amazon
Indigenous rights activism
Assassinated by cattle ranchers
UNEP Global 500 Roll of Honor
NWF National Conservation
Namesake of the Chico Mendes
“At first I thought I was fighting to save rubber trees, then I thought I was fighting to save
the Amazon rainforest. Now I realize I am fighting for humanity.”
Schools were often made deliberately inaccessible to seringueiro communities as the landowners did not want their workers to be able to read or do arithmetic. Mendes was taught to read by activist-turned-seringueiro Euclides Fernando Távora at the age of 18; he would later describe how practising with newspaper clippings covering social and political issues opened his eyes to the injustices surrounding him. Inspired by his experiences, Mendes decided to become a literacy teacher to educate his community and so raise awareness of the seringueiros’ unjust treatment.
The Rural Workers Union Movement, founded during the political turmoil of 1960s Brazil, became the principal political representative of peasants, small farmers and rural labourers. Mendes himself played a central role in the creation of the Rubber Tappers’ Union in 1975 and served as its secretary, returning to his hometown of Xapuri to establish a union branch there with Marina Silva in 1977. In 1979, Mendes introduced a scheme to establish schools on rubber estates. Originally aimed at educating adults, the programme quickly expanded to include children, aiming to improve the living standards of the seringueiros which would, in turn, incentivise them to protect their land and way of life. Despite the overwhelming success of the initiative, all was not well for the union movement; in 1980, the president of the Rural Workers Union and a close colleague of Mendes, Wilson Pinheiro, was assassinated by ranchers who opposed the work of the Union. While the union movement continued to pick up speed in the following years, acts of police brutality against union members increased and several key union leaders were murdered by ranchers in targeted attacks.
In 1988, a rancher named Darly Alves da Silva bought part of a rubber reserve in Xapuri where members of Mendes’ family lived. Mendes clashed with da Silva in October of that year when he convinced the Brazilian government to declare a 61,000-acre tract of traditional seringueiro territory on da Silva's land to be off-limits to logging. This was the world’s first extractive reserve – an area of publicly-owned land where unsustainable land use is forbidden but local communities have the right to perform traditional extractive practices like fishing and rubber tapping. This major victory sparked a wave of murders of the union movement’s leaders.
In the last few years of his life, Mendes received a constant barrage of death threats. After months of being watched by gunmen hired by da Silva, Mendes predicted on his 44th birthday that he would not live to see Christmas. The gunmen disappeared completely following his birthday, leading to a feeling of impending doom within the seringueiro community. One week after his birthday, on the 22nd of December 1988, Mendes was shot dead in his Xapuri home by da Silva’s son. Mendes was the 90th rural activist murdered that year in Brazil.
assassination of Chico Mendes (1988).
The formation of extractive reserves is perhaps the greatest testament to Mendes’ tireless efforts to protect the Amazon rainforest and its inhabitants. The reserve created on what was then da Silva’s land was the first of many - thanks to the efforts of Mendes’ contemporaries, including Marina Silva, 13% of the Amazon is now protected as extractive reserves. The reserves are funded in part by the World Bank, which had previously financed roads to make deforestation of the Amazon easier; this change of heart is directly attributed to Mendes’ personal lobbying of the organisation. The Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve, created after Mendes’ death, continues to protect one million hectares of rainforest to this day.
Mendes' launch of the Alliance of Forest Peoples (representing the Amazon’s indigenous peoples and the Rural Workers’ Union) in 1986 signified a dramatic change in the fight to protect the rainforest. Both groups had historically been at odds with one another, so the fact that they were able to unite and work together to protect their cultures and way of life sent a powerful message to their opponents and the Brazilian government. Three months after Mendes’ death, 27 demands on environmental and human rights protection were released, along with the Declaration of the Peoples of the Forest, which concludes: “This Alliance of the Peoples of the Forest, bringing together Indians, rubber tappers, and riverbank communities, and founded here in Acre, embraces all efforts to protect and preserve this immense but fragile life-system that involves our forests, rivers, lakes and springs, the source of our wealth and the basis of our cultures and traditions.”
The idea that environmental protection was compatible with sustainable land use in a way that did not ignore thousands of years of indigenous land use within the Amazon changed the way the global environmental movement considered conservation. Of Mendes’ death, associate Gomercindo Rodriquez said: “Those who killed Chico got it wrong. They thought by killing him, the tappers' movement would be demobilised, but they made him immortal.” Thus, in life and in death, Chico Mendes lit the fires of the Amazon conservation movement; that fight continues to this day. Please, if you can, take a moment to recognise the sacrifices made by Mendes and activists like him to protect his people and our planet.
In the meanwhile, avoid those polar bears!
Its rare that I call attention to WA resolutions here, but the Security Council has up for vote a commendation for our good friend and long time ally from the ADN Pope Hope from Nasicournia. I have no doubt that this Commendation will pass, but I urge all WA members to vote FOR this commendation.
Voltarun welldone for concel United Nation friendship between Antarctica, remember any nation can become a delegate in Antartica. We wish to build it in future thank you voltarun
I think they're suggesting that you should accept that embassy request from the United Nations region, lest the people of Antarctica rise up as one and oust you from the delegacy in favor of someone who will. Personally, I think you made the right call. It's still too soon after the cease and desist letter for Nationstates to re-establish normal diplomatic relations with the U.N.
Welcome! And cute kitty flag :)
The Antarctic Ascendancy would like to express its concern over larger regions fervent aggressions and willingness to meddle with other regions politics. It is the opinion of our leader that a set of contingencies be passed by the Grand Army in case a hostile invasion of Antarctica were to take place. The World Assembly's security counsel failed to pass a bill that would passively defend against quorum raiding. If a large enough coalition were to step foot upon our shores we should seek the help of the wider international community. That being said, if our region's leaders continue to remain vigilant, any attack can easily be thwarted before an enemy foothold can be established.