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WA nations! If any of you havn't not endorsed the delegate please do. It would be greatly appreciated.

The URA is proud to announce it first Inter-regional RP event! Please see the dispatch below.

The URA is proud to announce the formation of its first inter-regional Role-play between nations in the United Regions Alliance.

The first Role-play background is below:

The year is 2065. Tech has advanced more slowly than many expected, but progress has still occurred. Things once though impossible like space elevators and planetary colonies have been built and developed. As we enter this age we start in a time of peace and equality, but it always surprises how fast things change.

Our story takes place on the planet known as Ebecc, which orbits around the star Solaris. Several other planets orbit around this sun, such as Duna, Eve and Moho. A few small colonies have been established on Eve, with several countries holding parts of it. Colonization efforts are still under way on Duna. Several alliances of nations hold control of Space elevators, which grants those groups easier access to space. The planet of Ebecc has two main large continents, and a abundance of small islands in between. The 2 main continents are simply named East and West Atera.

However this new age of technology and has brought a new age of weapons and strife. Long distance weaponry has eliminated some of the technical aspects of war and new advanced tanks, guns, and planes can be devastating. The threat of orbital weapons lies on the horizon. The first nation to develop these would have a massive advantage... but for how long?. Different countries compete to dominant, while internally they are plagued by ideological battles. The question on everyoneís mind is which country will use this technology to their advantage the best.

The Map is ready to go as well! Looking to start the Roleplay by weeks end.

If interested in participating please join the URA inter-regional discord https://discord.gg/8eYY976

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Personal Milestone: I joined NationStates by creating this nation 17 years ago today. I wasn't even 17 yet when I did. So far, I've been with NationStates for a literal majority of my life.

Endolantron wrote:Personal Milestone: I joined NationStates by creating this nation 17 years ago today. I wasn't even 17 yet when I did. So far, I've been with NationStates for a literal majority of my life.

That's impressive! Anything stick out to you most in the past 17 years regarding NationStates?

Solariia wrote:That's impressive! Anything stick out to you most in the past 17 years regarding NationStates?

Thanks! I think the main effects that helped me out were, in no particular order, the communities that made this place interesting, the events that gave a sense of urgency, the ability to defend against regions to give security, and the ability to quantify and track the rise and fall of stats. The total number of nations in NationStates had remained sort of constant between 100k and 200k. The forum boards were rather different. The number of potential issues to resolve started at 31 and grew ever-faster. Like today, a majority of regional maps were each of an Earth-like planet of sorts. There were attempts to make a NationStates 2, which utterly failed to match the success of this site.

Also, in 2004 I bought a copy of the book this site was supposed to promote: Jennifer Government. It kinda read like an action movie. Max Barry is an author, first and foremost.

Endolantron wrote:Thanks! I think the main effects that helped me out were, in no particular order, the communities that made this place interesting, the events that gave a sense of urgency, the ability to defend against regions to give security, and the ability to quantify and track the rise and fall of stats. The total number of nations in NationStates had remained sort of constant between 100k and 200k. The forum boards were rather different. The number of potential issues to resolve started at 31 and grew ever-faster. Like today, a majority of regional maps were each of an Earth-like planet of sorts. There were attempts to make a NationStates 2, which utterly failed to match the success of this site.

Also, in 2004 I bought a copy of the book this site was supposed to promote: Jennifer Government. It kinda read like an action movie. Max Barry is an author, first and foremost.

They didn't have stat tracking until long after NS's original release? Wow...

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My College extended Spring Break by a few days and all classes are online, stay safe all!

Solariia wrote:They didn't have stat tracking until long after NS's original release? Wow...

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My College extended Spring Break by a few days and all classes are online, stay safe all!

Well, most of the stats existed back then. Even back then, the lists of nations would be ordered by a different stat every day. You just didn't get to see how you were doing in a stat aside from where on the list you fell on the day that stat was featured. I think the only stats you saw directly were population, average tax rate, and average income. Civil rights, economy, and political freedoms always had their descriptors like "Average", "Frightening", "Fair", "Excellent", etc., and the WA Categories, then called UN Categories, existed that far back as well. But those descriptors and categories had to be figured out by the players, and one may still have trouble figuring out how far away their economic freedom is from triggering a category change.

Stay safe indeed. To everyone: Exercise proper hygiene. Avoid large crowds if you can, especially if you think you or someone else there might be sick. Avoid direct contact if you reasonably can, especially if either of you might be sick. Wash your hands a lot. Try to avoid touching your face. Avoid unnecessary travel. Feel free to add whatever good advice I missed here. It will take all of us to keep ourselves and each other from getting sick.

Just wanted say hi. I am pretty new around here and would welcome any tips/guidance.

Welcome! Have you joined our discord? We can chat more on there. I can help you with some stuff and give you some good tips! https://discord.gg/8fZ7Cgj

I donít have discord at the moment. I will consider getting it

Sounds good! Here is a really good dispatch on getting started with NS.

NJ'S HELPFUL GUIDE TO WORLD ASSEMBLY MEMBERSHIP, ENDORSEMENTS, AND MUCH MORE!

Hey, there, player! You have stumbled across NJ's Helpful Guide to everything WA related! Hopefully, you have already learned the basics of this game and are coming here for extra help. I am going to cover the basics of this mechanic of the game and some tips, tricks, and guides on how to begin participating. I will round it off with some frequently asked questions. I will hopefully be able to answer all of your questions. If not, feel free to reach out to me via telegram or on Discord at Lies Kryos#1734.

WORLD ASSEMBLY MEMBERSHIP

So, you want to join the World Assembly? Perfect. In the next few steps, I will explain how to join the World Assembly quickly and painlessly.

1. The first step is to make sure that you have an email attached to your nation. Don't worry, no other players can see this.

2. The next step is to visit the World Assembly page here: World Assembly or on the little sidebar of the NS website. Once you have done that, you'll need to hit the "Apply to Join" button. The website will then instruct you to check your email for a message from the NationStates website.

3. You'll need to click on the link that is in the email. Once you have done that, it will confirm that you are part of the World Assembly. Now you can vote on proposals, submit new proposals, endorse other nations in your region, and even become the Delegate!

Note: Having more than one nation in the WA, known as WA-multiing, is against the rules of the site and can get your nation or nations removed from the World Assembly or even banned. Don't think you can outsmart the site; you can't. Better to just follow the rules!

WORLD ASSEMBLY ENDORSEMENTS

Now that you have joined the World Assembly, it is time for you to start racking up the endorsements. I'm gonna get a bit technical here, so proceed at your own risk. The main purpose of endorsements is threefold. First, endorsements increase your regional influence within the game. I will explain the influence mechanic later. Second, endorsements also increase your bid for World Assembly delegate; the person with the most endorsements becomes the delegate for their region. Finally, endorsements are the best way of securing your region from raiding or attacks by military organizations. Regions with a large number of endorsements and a large amount of influence are much harder to raid. In the next few steps, I will outline how to endorse someone.

1. First, you should start by endorsing your region's World Assembly Delegate (WAD). Click on their nation, scroll to the bottom of the page, and hit the little button "Endorse". This will let you endorse them.

2. Once you have done that, you should endorse all the other WA members you can find. The best way to do this is to endorse everyone endorsing the WAD. Click on each nation's page and scroll to the bottom and hit "Endorse". Rinse and repeat. Once you have done all the nations you can find, you won't ever have to endorse them again, unless you resign from the WA or other nations leave the region or WA, but don't worry. The majority of people you endorse will usually remain in the region or in the WA for a long time.

Pro Tip: If you are on a Discord server with the AugustinAndroid v2 (props to August for making that), you can use the ">swap" command to get a list of nations you have not endorsed and a link to their nation page. Super helpful!

Pro Tip: If you go to your region's census page for "World Assembly Endorsements", that will provide you with a list of all nations in the World Assembly, from most endorsed (your WAD) to least endorsed. For example, Conch Kingdom's is at this link. This can be found at:

https://www.nationstates.net/page=list_nations/region=REGION_NAME_HERE?censusid=66

Pro Tip: Your region might have a resident registry with all of their World Assembly nations listed. For example, Conch Kingdom's can be found here: CK Resident Registry

Pro Tip: You will also need two endorsements in order to submit any proposal to the World Assembly, so keep that in mind.

Pro Tip: Review your region's endorsement rules to make sure that you are within their requirements. Unless you are in a Game Created Region, you should be able to endorse everyone and gather as many endorsements as possible.

INFLUENCE

Influence is... well, complicated. I am going to try and explain this as simply and as easily as possible, but bear with me.

Influence is a gameplay feature that allows for the protection and security of regions, mainly. It has other functions for regional officials, but we won't get into that now. Influence, much like population, is calculated at a set rate. Your influence will increase every 12 hours (0000 EST and 1200 EST) at this rate: # of endorsements + 1. For example, having spent 12 hours in Conch Kingdom with 10 endorsements, [example nation] would have increased their influence by 11. Your influence determines a few things.

  • Your influence determines how much influence is required to eject or eject and ban (called a banjection) your nation

  • Your influence will contribute to the regional influence levels

  • Your influence will contribute to the cost of placing a regional password

  • Your influence determine your regional influence "title" (i.e. "zero" or "hermit")

Pro Tip: Keep in mind that your influence will halt if you are inactive for seven days. This means you should be logging on at least once a week.

WORLD ASSEMBLY PROPROSAL

Well, now we can leave the somewhat technical whatnot behind and move on to the real meat of the World Assembly: Proposals. There are several types of proposals and all have exactly the same submission and voting process. However, they do various different things. But first, we will discuss the two houses of the World Assembly.

The General Assembly

The General Assembly is the first branch or house of the WA we will discuss. It deals with the non-military aspects of the WA. This means that all resolutions that deal with anything, ranging from scientific regulation to space exploration to the regulation of cat breeding, will be proposed and voted upon here. There are three severities of legislation: Mild, Signifigant, and Strong. There are thirteen categories of proposals, from "Advancement of Industry" to "Social Justice".

Note: Some categories will have specific and unique subcategories (e.x. "Health" as the subcategories "Healthcare", "International Aid", "Research", and "Bioethics"). In addition, you can repeal all resolutions with the "Repeal this Legislation" button at the bottom of any previously passed resolution.

The Security Council

The Secutiry Council is the second branch of the WA we will discuss. This branch deals solely with the liberation, condemnation, and commendation of regions and nations. The Security Council is permitted to use the "Liberation" proposal to strike down regional passwords imposed by raider organizations. The Secuirty Council (SC) is also permitted to hand out condemnations and commendations. Condemnations are the SC's way of telling a region or nation that they are displeasing the international community. The commendation is the opposite, showing a region or nation that they are pleasing and supporting the international community. In addition, you can repeal all resolutions with the "Repeal this Legislation" button at the bottom of any previously passed resolution.

Steps to a Proposal

1. First, you will have to be a World Assembly member, but you should have already read on how to do that above. In addition, you will need two endorsements.

2. Then, you should submit your proposal draft to a forum for the appropriate branch or house. For GA proposals, that is the General Assembly Forum. For SC proposals, that is the Secutiry Council Forum. You should also make sure you looked for another previously passed resolutions on the Past Resolutions Page. You should do this because you can both gain advice and recommendations for change from experienced members of the WA community as well as make a good impression on voting members and delegates.

3. Once you have edited your proposal to a good point, you can submit it on the World Assembly Proposal page. This page will allow you to edit the type, severity, and category of your proposal. You will then be able to submit and edit the text of your proposal. Keep in mind the rules of the WA Proposal: the General Assembly Rules and the Security Council Rules.

4. After you have submitted your proposal, it will then go into the proposal stage of its life. Here, three things will happen. The General Secretariat (GenSec) will declare the proposal either legal or illegal. Illegal proposals can be designated as such for a breach of any of the proposal rules, linked above. Illegal proposals will be discarded after three days unless the GenSec votes for "Legal" outweigh those for "Illegal". Legal proposals will only be moved to vote if they receive a certain percentage of votes from regional delegates, shown at the top of the Current Proposals page. They will be moved to vote on at a time. Proposals may be discarded by the GenSec, using the "Discard" vote. If there are more "Discard" votes than "Legal" votes, then the proposal will be completely removed. The process is the same for the SC proposals.

5. Once your proposal has made it to the top of the queue, it will be presented to the World Assembly as the "At-Vote" proposal. Then, delegates and members alike will vote on it for three days. If your proposal receives more than 50% of the vote, it will pass. Congrats! If not, your proposal failed and it is time to start all over.

Pro Tip: If you get the support of delegates to approve your proposal in the proposal phase, you will get approved faster. You can also do the same when it is "At-Vote" since delegates' votes count in proportion to their endorsement count (i.e., a WAD with forty endorsements will get forty votes counted in addition to his own one vote).

Pro Tip: If you make sure to incorporate the edits of the people who comment on your proposal forum topic, it is more likely to get delegate approval and support. It is best to take the advice of the GenSec members who might comment on your proposal topic.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. How hard is it to sign up? Not hard at all! You just need to click a few buttons and check your email.

2. How much does it cost? No fees or costs at all. Just a little bit of your time.

3. What else is the WA used for? It can be used for all kinds of things, one of which is raiding and defending, the only military function possible on NationStates.

4. Can I have multiple nations in the WA? Nope, there are site rules against that. Don't try and outsmart the mechanics of the site; you can get booted from the game for repeat offenses.

5. How come people won't endorse me back? This is where patience comes in. Sometimes you'll just have to wait for people to log back on and endorse you. Some, sadly, won't. Just know that you are improving the region's influence and power.

6. Who should I endorse? Everyone, if you can. Most regions will have an open endorsement policy that allows you to endorse everyone in the region. If not, check your region's rules about endorsement caps and endorsing the delegate.

7. I have 14 people endorsing me, but the game only says 12! The game updates every 12 hours (at 1200 and 0000 EST), so just wait for the next update and your endorsements will update.


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Also if you have not yet endorse the Delegate. It helps us get more regional power and votes in the World Assembly.

Thanks for the guide!

Glad to see the others here in support of Kuriko. I'd rather we finally get a democratic independent secretariat over the Communists that ran it before. Hopefully we will actually see the return of the SC and reducing the impact of the GA as its resolutions cause tax rates to tick higher with issues.

Welcome friends from Dawn! Solariia would be glad to host your citizens if you're still seeking the best galactic system to settle in.

How have y'all been?

Doing well! Elections are coming up at the end of the month! If anyone is interested in running for a position please announce on the RMB board. I will be doing a regional telegram this coming weekend to announce what position are up this election.

Greetings Autropolans,

The election season is upon us. Elections will begin at the end of the month. In the meantime we need to gather Candidates for positions that are up election this time round. Please post your intentions to run for any of the following positions on the RMB.

Secretary Chancellor
Secretary Executive(FA Minister)
Chief Recruiter

We also have two appointment vacancies on a judicial judges for the region. telegram me with interest in possible appointment if interested.

Ellenburg
State Executive for Autropolis

Thx for having embassies with us! Btw thereís an election in our region so feel free to vote.

Happy Easter from the United Regions Alliance for all who celebrate!

An update to the Statement Bulletin is posted.
EDIT: I have updated the statement to reflect a change that occurred 12 hours after original submission.

15. April, 2020 | Statements from the Office of the Secretary Chancellor

Denizens,

It has been a while since my last post to this bulletin so I will be sure to update you on all the happenings over the past three months.

It's important I begin with the present. As of this week there are now three major headlines circulating through the nations of Autropolis:
∙ The region has been password-locked to completely fortify our borders. Nothing may get in without direct clearance from either I, Ellenburg or Endolantron.

∙ The regional election is coming up; there are three seats under the referendum:
⠀⠀┗ Secretary Chancellor
⠀⠀┗ Secretary Executive (FA Minister)
⠀⠀┗ Chief Recruiter
In addition, two appointments for Judicial judges of Autropolis are vacant and need to be filled. Please telegram either I or The Commonwealth of Ellenburg if you're interested in these positions.

∙ The URA is under threat from The Black Hawks. A total of four raids took place, of which two were successful, by the time a warning was dispatched by The Utopian Autocratic Realm of Bluelight-R006 of OmniOne to all members of the URA. Our region has learned a lot in the wake of the raid against us and we have a great amount of stored influence to recover quickly from a raid. Autropolis and the URA are doing all we can to resolve the conflict peacefully.

Other headlines circulating through Autropolis include the amendment to the Government Reform Act, A.L. 0001 on April 9th. A planned amendment to the Government Elections Act, A.L. 0002 which is undergoing formal writing. There is also a contingency plan in the works should one of the elder nations of Autropolis cease-to-exist due to uncontrollable external factors.

News circulating in our region originating from outside of Autropolis and the URA, The Empire of Kuriko has won the seat of General-Secretary of the WA. This region supported their campaign and we hope to see real change in the WA in order for new writers to grow.

That is all for now, take care and be safe.

THESE STATEMENTS ARE NOT ARCHIVED

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Fellow Nations of Autropolis,

Due to the threat of The Black Hawks invading member regions of the United Regions Alliance, I have decided to password-protect the region. I want to try to have the region open for chunks of the day when the endorsements won't potentially be counted, but there is the possibility that I'll have to leave the password protection on all the time.

If you wish to have any nations of yours enter the region while it's under password protection, please ask for approval from Ellenburg, Solariia, or me. Should your nations be approved, you will receive the password between 6:30 and 11:30 (AM or PM) UTC. Please indicate what part of which time window you'd like to receive the password, because once we send it, you may have as few as five hours to enter the region before I change it.

May we reach a day when such a barrier to entry would cease to be a necessity altogether.

Hi,
Iím pretty new so Iím not sure if this is the right place to ask this. If it is not I apologize.

Is there any way to determine what effect your response to issues will have? I keep choosing options that give me stat changes I donít want.

United Advancement wrote:Hi,
Iím pretty new so Iím not sure if this is the right place to ask this. If it is not I apologize.

Is there any way to determine what effect your response to issues will have? I keep choosing options that give me stat changes I donít want.

This is the appropriate place.

This website used to show what effects issues had. The link I am sending is of the first issue in the game. (https://nsindex.net/wiki/NationStates_Issue_No._0). This feature though was removed as the effects depend entirely on your nation, what options you chose when creating it, and how you've answered other issues since. Some issues have more clearly defined paths such as economic communism, fascism or a system like the US - capitalism. Other issues are more difficult to tell the difference between them so it's best to either dismiss them or go with the option you feel best suits your nation. Some stats may also be affected more heavily, such as tax-rate, which can be difficult to manage.

In short, there used to be, but not anymore. It's too dependent on factors that change for every player.

Solariia wrote:This is the appropriate place.

This website used to show what effects issues had. The link I am sending is of the first issue in the game. (https://nsindex.net/wiki/NationStates_Issue_No._0). This feature though was removed as the effects depend entirely on your nation, what options you chose when creating it, and how you've answered other issues since. Some issues have more clearly defined paths such as economic communism, fascism or a system like the US - capitalism. Other issues are more difficult to tell the difference between them so it's best to either dismiss them or go with the option you feel best suits your nation. Some stats may also be affected more heavily, such as tax-rate, which can be difficult to manage.

In short, there used to be, but not anymore. It's too dependent on factors that change for every player.

Alright, I guess Iíll just have to choose more carefully. Thanks!

How have y'all been?

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