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Today's World Census Report
The Most Devout in Canada
World Census Inquisitors conducted rigorous one-on-one interviews probing the depth of citizens' beliefs in order to determine which nations were the most devout.
As a region, Canada is ranked 6,776th in the world for Most Devout.
|1.||The Borderlands of Mojaguay||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Your mom . . .”|
|2.||The Democratic Republic of SetiCrunchers||Father Knows Best State||“The Truth Is Out There...”|
|3.||The Militaristic Republic of Kiljarit||Corrupt Dictatorship||“Ummm.....We'll think of one later”|
|4.||The Democratic Republic of KidKarien||Father Knows Best State||“A Place to Live and Prosper”|
|5.||The Commonwealth of Buffalo-Niagara||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Yeah Toast!”|
|6.||The Imperial Armored Fortress of Firefights||New York Times Democracy||“Our will is impenetrable!”|
|7.||The Holy Imperial Colony of New Kylynd||New York Times Democracy||“Glory. Justice. Compassion.”|
|8.||The Eternal Optimism of Oilers Fans||Liberal Democratic Socialists||“Next year!”|
|9.||The Holy Empire of Kylynd||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Reward for Good, Terror for Evil, Strength for the Weak”|
|10.||The Maple Leaf Republic of United Nationals||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“In Maple Syrup We Trust”|
Last poll: “Superb Owl”
- : The Kingdom of Kittlia arrived from The West Pacific.
- : The Holy Empire of The Holy Empire of Anuj arrived from The Pacific.
- : The Commonwealth of West Detonia departed this region for Kuhlbach.
- : The Commonwealth of West Detonia arrived from Kuhlbach.
- : The Colony of New Lower Quebec departed this region for Quebec.
- : The Colony of New Lower Quebec arrived from United Kingdom.
- : Yareqah ceased to exist.
- : The Republic of Zamboni Driver arrived from Lazarus.
- : The Dictatorship of Trustfund arrived from The East Pacific.
- : New canada republic ceased to exist.
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Somebody objected last time around, but I thought I would give it another whirl.
I'm just here to share the most recent addition of the Rejected Times!
No Place Like NationStates For the Holidays - Crowheim
Epilepsy Awareness Month 2020 - The Church of Satan
Union workers shut down Grim Interregional Airport by force - Glacikaldr
Regional Message Board Suppression - Agalaesia
Kral's Cooking Column: Arepas - Kraljevstvo Rata
No Place for NationStates like the Holidays
The holiday season is ending as we pass Christmas, the New Year, and whatever other holidays you may celebrate. It is time to put away the tinsel, the mistletoe, and the sugar plums, but not before we take one last good look at how the residents and players of NationStates’s Game Created Regions celebrated their holidays on-site.
First, in the world’s oldest region: The Pacific. The Vox Populi of the region, Waterfall State, hosted the month long Pacifican Christmas event, which featured fun seasonal polls, an issue-themed banhammer competition in which nations sent puppets to a region where every day a new stat is chosen and the player with the lowest of these is banjected, a short story competition, a card raffle, and games of Among Us.
Meanwhile, in the West Pacific, a different month-long event was held: the Midwinter Shenanigans. A calendar with events on each day of the month of December was published, featuring a snowman building activity, a “reindeer deathmatch”, and a secret santa gift exchange. Recipes for cookies and cocktails were also collected and published in a cookbook in time for the End of Year Cocktail Party, which ran from January 1st to the 3rd.
In the South Pacific, the region celebrated through a contest to decide the holiday-themed flag for the region, and through the day-by-day publishing and reading of “The Auphelian Solstice Series”, a collection of twelve consecutive short stories with a holiday theme. The region also collaborated with Lazarus to host Megafest, a month-long extravaganza with Choose your Own Adventure games, card lotteries, an “Ask Me Anything” with Treadwellia, the delegate of Lazarus, and more.
The East Pacific ran several of their own activities, including art contests, a secret Santa program, and a haiku competition for the holidays, celebrating their holiday spirit in a slightly quieter fashion than many other regions onsite.
Osiris’s Wymondham collaborated with leaders from other regions, such as Miss Bad Life Choices and Aynia Moreaux, to host a site-wide charity fundraiser, with donations going to the Trevor Project. Events were hosted to promote the fundraiser, including streams with prominent NSers such as former TEP delegate Fedele, TWP delegate Dilber, and TRR’s own Culture Officer Nakari. Individual participating regions also took part in the event planning, many of them organizing their own promotions for the fundraiser, which at the time of writing, has raised 3,400 dollars.
Neither Balder nor the North Pacific held any major events, but...
last and certainly not least, the Rejected Realms hosted Rejectmas, as they do annually, under the supervision of Culture Officer Nakari. Highlights include a Chess Competition, described by Nakari as “just like the Queen’s Gambit, but sexier and with better camera work." Rejectmas also included the traditional Lord of Misrule, where the RMB is subjected to bizarre and wacky rules, a Home Alone movie night, Nakari’s signature Popmaster events, and a contest to design a flag to fly over the region on New Year’s Day.
As you can tell from the vast variety of events that took place, there was quite a lot to do over the holiday season and the month of December. And that is only the GCRs!
Epilepsy Awareness Month 2020COMMENTARY | WRITTEN BY The Church of Satan
First and foremost, it is important you know that I AM NOT A DOCTOR. The information from this article is derived from organizations that specialize in epilepsy as well as the scientists therein. Admittedly I missed 2019’s article for reasons I can’t remember. I’m even late for 2020’s article. It may not be November or 2020 right now, but regardless I think this article is very important under the circumstances. With a pandemic in full swing, many people have one question on their mind, “How does COVID-19 affect people with epilepsy?” The short answer is that it does and it doesn’t. It can either have no effect, or it can have severe effects. I know what you’re thinking, “This sounds like an answer and a non-answer!” The long answer requires more detail, and I hope you stick around long enough to read it. Studies are being conducted around the world but so far none have discovered any increased risks from the virus itself. First, we’ll be looking at the beginning.
Currently, studies show that people with epilepsy are not at an increased risk of infection. Non-related factors can, of course, result in an increased risk of infection but epilepsy itself is not a risk factor because it does not compromise the immune system. If you have COVID-19 and epilepsy, then epilepsy had nothing to do with it. While the CDC has included epilepsy on a list of conditions that may increase the risk of infection, that is only because it is a neurological condition. The UK has included people with neurological conditions as an “at-risk” group, but it does not specify epilepsy. Until studies prove otherwise, there is no reason to believe that epilepsy increases the risk of infection. Additionally, there is no evidence to suggest that epilepsy medication causes an increased risk of infection so you can take comfort that the medication will not cause any complications.
This is where it gets risky. People with uncontrolled seizures, particularly seizures triggered by fever or infection, may be more vulnerable to increased seizures at the time of infection but there is no evidence of this yet. There is also no evidence to suggest that epilepsy medication will cause complications after infection. I am no doctor, but I am not concerned about any trouble from taking my medication during the pandemic. However, studies show that there is a low risk of an increase in the frequency and severity of seizures after infection. This is where you should be concerned but attempts at prevention of infection are the best way to avoid this possibility. Fever and the stress on the body that comes with COVID-19 are where the increase in seizure frequency and severity come in. However, even without COVID-19 fever and any condition that causes significant stress on the body could have the same effect. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 the smart thing to do is to get tested as soon as possible. If you do have a seizure it is more prudent to call your doctor rather than go to the emergency room unless your seizure lasts for more than five minutes, occur in clusters, occur in water (such as while in the bath or a swimming pool), are followed by unusually prolonged postictal symptoms (confusion after a seizure) or abnormal recovery or if the seizure(s) cause potentially dangerous injury. If you’re taking any experimental drugs, then the institution responsible for monitoring you and your condition should be consulted. They will know better. If you do go to the emergency room or even just for a check-up at your regular doctor, then it is prudent to let them know you’re taking an experimental drug. The effects it can have are unknown. If you or anyone else is wearing a mask during a seizure it is recommended that the mask be carefully removed in order to facilitate optimal airway function. If a seizure does last for more than five minutes, then you can be content with the safety of administering buccal or nasal medication (intranasal midazolam) as there is no evidence to suggest that they will cause complications due to COVID-19 infection. Recent evidence has suggested that laying prone (on your stomach) causes improved breathing in people that have respiratory issues caused by COVID-19. However, sleeping in a prone position has been associated with SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death from Epilepsy), a condition that is currently very much not understood. I’d go into it but since it was intended to be the subject of last year’s article, let’s save that for next year’s article. Let’s just say that for reasons unknown, people with epilepsy are more likely to die from seizures if they sleep while laying prone. If you have epilepsy and COVID-19 it’s best to consult your doctor about how to proceed in this regard. In conclusion, prevention is the most important thing you can do. Take steps to lower your risk of infection. If you are infected then consult your neurologist and your primary care physician. They will be a better source for advice on the subject than any average joe, including me.
By virtue of the chaos and "traffic jam" as it were, you might find that it's more difficult to get your prescriptions. Doctors are busier than ever and drug stores have longer lines. It would be prudent to ask your doctor about extra prescriptions just in case. You wouldn’t want to run out of medication at all, but even more so now.
DISCLAIMER: While surveys conducted via telephone and other telecommunications methods have gathered certain data on the subject, those surveys do not have any scientific data to support their conclusions, (including but not limited to EEG’s, physical examinations, blood tests, etc) so I would not rely on them for accuracy unless scientific studies have corroborated their findings.
Editor's Note: you can view more information about COVID-19 on the World Health Organization's Website here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Union workers shut down Grim Interregional Airport by forceSATIRE | WRITTEN BY Glacikaldr
RRA Corporal Dooley standing down at the sight of Pepsi
Although the Rejected Nations Ejection Union (RNEU) protest in Gettersburg Market on Rejectmas Day 2020 went ahead peacefully, protestors later marched down to blockade the Grim Interregional Airport. Following half a day of disruption, the Rejected Realms Army tried to disburse the protest. While workers resisted, the situation quickly deescalated after our reporter on the ground presented a can of Pepsi to the RRA.
While the situation diffused, the Rejected Realms’ Officer of Foreign Affairs held a TRT-exclusive press conference: “We stand by the actions of our good boys in purple, even after what they did to the children. Though we are sympathetic to the concerns of these workers, the RRA did a fine job at taking back Grim Interregional Airport. Regardless, we are halting flights until this situation subsides.”
Nonetheless, the RNEU’s workplace disruption still remains at large. During this 2020 Rejectmas, ejection workers have united and refused to render their ejection, banjection, and rehousing services for any regions refusing to contribute to their wage increase. The Rejected Realms has long been the subject of cheap labour for processing ejections and banjections alongside rehousing exiled nations, better explained as terraforming landmasses to accommodate entirely new nations sent to TRR. Particularly damning is the frequent use of these services by Pacificans and Gamplayers who refuse to contribute to these workers’ wages, and yet continue to extort TRR as a source of cheap workers.
Union Boss Tcejer, during an interview with The Rejected Tabloid, explained how the RNEU “stands by its convictions … if regionalists need Rejects so desperately, they will quickly find that our services are only rendered at a price. Back pay included, and we’ll be collecting real soon.” While this threat was at first determined weightless, this latest action of bringing down one of TRR’s busiest airports just goes to show how real of a threat the RNEU poses to the current economic dependence on TRR’s cheap ejection services by countless other regions who likely never gave these services a second thought.
As we left the TRT-exclusive press conference, we saw TRR’s Delegate arriving at the Department of Foreign Affairs. This appearance was soon followed by thousands of civil servants rushing out and ushering in foreign diplomats at a comical pace. Ever since, their offices have been bustling with foreign diplomats who seem crammed in like sardines as the Officer of Foreign Affairs rushes about and starts negotiations in hallways, joined by staff carrying charcuterie boards and an emergency reserve of whiskey being saved for the Officer when in need.
Regional Message Board Suppression
In the past few weeks, there has been a large debate surrounding suppression on the Rejected Realms Message Board, with people eventually voicing their discontent on a forum thread and the delegate eventually issuing a recommendation to stop all suppressions.
This is a very interesting moderation policy, especially for a region that cannot ban its members, and it doesn’t seem to be a stance that many Game Created Regions are adopting today.
What the Statistics Tell Us:
In the Rejected Realms, around 32750 posts were written on the regional message board in the span of one year. In Lazarus, a sinker that has around one hundred more nations than the Rejected Realms at the time of writing, only 14350 posts were made in their regional message board over the course of the year. In the South Pacific, the feeder region that is closest in population to the Rejected Realms saw around 126000 posts on their regional message board.
Osiris and Balder saw 5400 and 3600 posts respectively.
My point here is to illustrate that although the Rejected Realms’ Board isn’t as active as the South Pacific’s, it is relatively busy compared to the other sinkers, who have little to no official Regional Message Board Rules. This means that a suppressions policy is likely more needed, as there is a larger volume of messages that come through, and with activity comes disruption.
So, should TRR Have a Rules or Suppression Policy?
Most people who argue against suppressions state that suppressions decrease the quality and flow of conversation on the board, and that truly rule-breaking posts can be handled by the on-site moderators (one of which resides in the Rejected Realms). Similar reasoning is used against Board rules.
Suppressions, however, serve a few purposes:
1) They make the RMB more aesthetically pleasing. The Regional Message Board is often covered in serious spam that may take a while for NationStates moderators to suppress, as they aren’t always online. Suppression makes unpleasant spam disappear, which ensures that the board is easier to read, especially on mobile screens, which are a pain to read the board with anyway;
2) They serve as a warning system to ensure that behaviour that may have a negative impact on the quality of the RMB in the future.
Online messaging generally is full of spam and unwanted messages, and to control them, we need to dish out some form of punishment. As the Rejected Realms cannot ban individuals, suppression is the best warning system we have to prevent nations from posting unsavoury and unneeded content that a majority of users find irritating (such as “nonsense,” and blatant spam posts.)
What Criteria Should We Adopt for Suppression?
I think that criteria for suppression, in general, should be decided on what issues the message board presently faces at a given time, and should generally include rules to tackle that specific problem.
The rules should also be malleable and contain no superfluity - if the key individuals posting on the regional message board say that a certain criteria for suppression is harming conversation or is no longer required because the issue that the suppression was initially combatting no longer exists.
Kral's Cooking Column: ArepasRECIPE | WRITTEN BY Kraljevstvo Rata
Hey everyone! How are you today? Hope you're doing fine. This recipe is for arepas, commonly prepared by the people of South America, typically by Colombians, Venezuelans, Bolivians, and to a lesser extent Ecuadorians. This recipe is going to focus on the Ecuadorian way of preparing this food.
Onto the recipe:
A bag of white cornmeal
A bowl of water
Mozzarella, or Oaxaca cheese
Hopefully some sort of shelter if you have it.
1. Mix your cornmeal and water. Be careful not to overpour your water with the cornmeal. You want a dough-like consistency. Knead that stuff.
1a. If your dough is too dry, add water until it is soft and malleable.
2. Roll your dough into a ball, and squash it into a disc. Make an indent in this disc.
3. Put your choice cheese into this indent, and fold the edges of the cornmeal dough onto itself.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you run out of dough.
5. Get that pan, throw some butter on it (think frying eggs), and toast the arepas. They should have black spots where you toast them. This is perfectly normal.
6. Take them out of the pan. Eat them off of the plate that I didn't specify in the ingredients list
My mother used to make these all the time. I remember sitting down at the table (as you do when you're about to eat) and just scarfing them down. I loved these, and if you make them, you will too.NOTE: The Rejected Times does not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Rejected Realms.
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Hi there! This is Force's new Ambassador to Canada, as well as new Chief Diplomat, coming to swing by with a regional update!
The Civil Service has been formally reestablished into a much more digestible format (Previously it was a rag tag group of secretaries and ministry members, and now it is much more organized.)
We have also established a Federal Press Office where official news will be sent out to regions, such as yours!
United Free Wing has been made the Governor of Hyperion, one of Force's Territories.
Pridnestrovskaia Moldavskaia, Tigslarlowducken, And Yamatochi have been elected Justices.
Kronisia, Sidervida, Tigslarlowducken, and Caduceo have been elected House Representatives representing the capital region, Force. Speaker elections are ongoing, but I will also notify you when the Speaker of the House is elected.
As a separate note, I look forward to working with you all, for the good of our regions! I have placed a post on your forums regarding my assignment, as well.
Sincerely, your Force friend,
Smaller update to the last, but a promised one; Drew Durnil remains Speaker of the House, and has elected Kronisia as Deputy Speaker.
Thanks for taking the time to read our updates!
Your Force friend,
Hello Canadian friends! ^_^
There are only two days left to submit your photos to this year’s Forest Photo Contest! Submissions will close on January 21st at midnight GMT. Anyone from a region that has an embassy with us can submit photos.
If you haven’t dug out your best photos yet or snapped some great new ones for the Contest, I highly suggest you do so. We have four great categories this year!
You can find all the full information here:
Forest Photo Contest 2020
2020 has undoubtedly been a year like no other. The general consensus is that it’s been crazy if not outright terrible. But with the holidays and the new year just around the corner, 2020 is finally coming to an end. Before we move on to a hopefully smoother 2021, though, there’s one last thing that needs to be done: the sixth annual Forest Photo Contest! Here's what you need to know: 🌲 We have four categories once again this year: Trees (this category is permanent each year) Light & Dark (photos that display astounding lights and/or shades) Seasons (photos that represent one of the seasons or a certain time of year) 2020 (any photo that resonates with or represents this crazy year)
🌲 You may submit up to 12 photos total. You may choose how to divide those among the different categories, but please do not submit more than 12. 🌲 The photos must be taken by you, but can be taken at any time (not just during the contest). 🌲 Anyone in Forest or in a region which has an embassy with Forest may submit photographs for the Contest. 🌲 Timing: Submissions will be open from December 18 at 00:00 GMT (7:00pm Dec 18 EST) to January 18th at 23:59 GMT. Voting will begin on January 21st at 23:59 GMT and end January 28th at 23:59 GMT. 🌲 Voting will take place on a Google Form. Needless to say, please no puppeteering! 🌲 The photographers with the top three photographs in each category will have their photos acknowledged on our RMB, on our World Factbook Entry, and potentially in our next foreign update. A banner will also be created with a collage of the top photos to applaud the winners, and participants in the competition will be encouraged to add it as their nation's custom banner. Forest's flag will also be changed to the 1st place photos in each category for a week after the Contest. Now it's time to head out and start photographing! Good luck to everyone! Any questions about the Contest should be directed to Mount Seymour.
Here's what you need to know:
🌲 We have four categories once again this year:
Trees (this category is permanent each year)
Light & Dark (photos that display astounding lights and/or shades)
Seasons (photos that represent one of the seasons or a certain time of year)
2020 (any photo that resonates with or represents this crazy year)
🌲 You may submit up to 12 photos total. You may choose how to divide those among the different categories, but please do not submit more than 12.
🌲 The photos must be taken by you, but can be taken at any time (not just during the contest).
🌲 Anyone in Forest or in a region which has an embassy with Forest may submit photographs for the Contest.
Submissions will be open from December 18 at 00:00 GMT (7:00pm Dec 18 EST) to January 18th at 23:59 GMT.
Voting will begin on January 21st at 23:59 GMT and end January 28th at 23:59 GMT.
🌲 Voting will take place on a Google Form. Needless to say, please no puppeteering!
🌲 The photographers with the top three photographs in each category will have their photos acknowledged on our RMB, on our World Factbook Entry, and potentially in our next foreign update. A banner will also be created with a collage of the top photos to applaud the winners, and participants in the competition will be encouraged to add it as their nation's custom banner. Forest's flag will also be changed to the 1st place photos in each category for a week after the Contest.
Now it's time to head out and start photographing! Good luck to everyone!
Any questions about the Contest should be directed to Mount Seymour.
You can head over to Forest's forums (https://forest.freeflarum.com/t/photo-contest) to submit your photos, or you can telegram links to the images to me.
Happy submitting! :)
- Mount Seymour