Welcome, welcome, welcome to "last weeks tonight"! I'm Orioni. Time now for a quick recap of the news.
1. That time of year. What is this giant burning orb up there in the sky? It's turning my skin red and melting people's clothes away. If you are experiencing similar symptoms, you must be experiencing the strange and cyclical season we call "summer". Which means our friends are either travelling and RP is slow, or the exact opposite is true and digital shut-ins are kicking their writing into overdrive.
2. NOTM. There this saying in my English language. I don't know if it exists in other languages as well. About how the third time's the charm. Well, you could surely say the same about 2nd times. Because our featured friend for July is the ever-entertaining and fascinating language wizkid, the notorious 'Finspector" from for north, Sir Sexy Suomi himself: Shffahkia. Oh no wait, I'm sorry, I've got my cards mixed up: this one is actually about that other Finnish phenomenon Janni Hussi. My notes on Sfakia are actually on this other card:
Christmas doesn't come twice in one year. But doubly featured per annum is now a thing, with Tagmatium passing the batton of "featured nation" to Shffahkia. The dedication to the worldbuilding of their own nations is one of the most impressive that I've seen. The news posts are always gorgeously illustrated with specifically made images that should be the envy of the region - I certainly feel that way about them. On top of that, they've crafted a nation that strives to tie in the influence of many of the other nations of Eurth. Also within the realm of Eurth, Shffahkia has the 2nd strongest trout fishing industry. Surely this and nothing else is the reason why the TDS is so influential (7th)!
The Tetracameral Dictatorships of Shffahkia is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Duncan Delacroix with an iron fist, and notable for its compulsory military service, parental licensing program, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 2.541 billion Shffahkians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."
The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ville de la Sfakie. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 68.3%.
The strong Shffahkian economy, worth 168 trillion Revolutionary Francs a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Arms Manufacturing. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is 66,215 Revolutionary Francs, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 197,868 per year while the poor average 17,336, a ratio of 11.4 to 1.
Employers may fire workers without giving any reason, the government has started a campaign to crack down on road rage and encourage alternate means of commuting, the newest shade developed by Shffahkia's dye industry has been dubbed 'Agent Orange', and snooze factory is now prison lingo for rehabilitation center. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shffahkia's national animal is the Jaguar, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Culte Delacroix.
Yep. :) Let's give a warm round of applause to our newest neighbours here. How is everyone doing today? ^_^
Meanwhile, Eurth News just keeps chugging along, with one new video every week.
I am happy to announce that after much delay, the Summer 2019 Eurth Olympics in Fulgistan has officially begun! Check it out here: http://www.europans.com/topic/5473-eurth-olympics-summer-2019/
July has come and gone.
Which means a new featured NOTM has come, and Shffahkia is gone.
Congratulations Metztlitlalio for making such good cheese!
July has come and gone. Which means a new featured NOTM has come, and Shffahkia is gone. In the time he's been here, Metztlitlalio has a certainly distinguished himself. His posts are always a pleasure to read through. He makes great flags and maps both IC and OOC. Overall the effort he puts into his nation certainly pays off and I can't for one wait to see all the ways Metztlitlalio develops. Within our region, Metzi's famous for their cheese (6th), Compliance (7th), corruption (7th) and scientific advancement (10th). Which beggs the question: what do you call cheese that doesn't belong to you? (Answer is at the bottom.)
The Archpriest Dominion of Metztlitlalio is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Archpriestess Tletlxokit with an even hand, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, infamous sell-swords, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, devout population of 1.606 billion Metztlikua have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.
The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Grand Altepetl. The average income tax rate is 74.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.
The frighteningly efficient Metztli economy, worth 270 trillion Iztak Tlitepozuas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 168,513 Iztak Tlitepozuas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.
It's been a banner year for local vexillology, the army's trophy cabinets have gone all-organic, pet owners must make a payment if their charges leave a deposit, and the upper class have been throwing riots after hunting was recently banned. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Metztlitlalio's national animal is the Crescent Bird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Teōmatiliztli Metztli. (Answer: Nacho cheese.)
I've never been that hot on using NS Tagmatium as canon.
Otherwise there will be 31 billion Tagmatines...
When we were talking about the Crime RP, which should still happen, I did make a criminal syndicate, that also doubles as paid thugs to attack the supporters of rival politicians. I do want to introduce them in due time more properly.