WA Delegate (non-executive): The United Mangrove Archipelago of Ransium (elected )
Embassies: Philosophy 115, the Rejected Realms, Hippy Haven, Yggdrasil, Eladen, The Hill, Futaba Aoi, International Democratic Union, Antarctica, Winterfell, Sunalaya, Antarctic Oasis, Texas, Federation of Anarchist Communes, Canada, A Liberal Haven, and 8 others.Union of Free Nations, Gay, Singapore, The Region That Has No Big Banks, Democratic Socialist Assembly, Norrland, The Federation of Anarchist Communes, and The Bar on the corner of every region.
Regional Power: Very High
Today's World Census Report
The Most Devout in Forest
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, Forest is ranked 1,113th in the world for Most Devout.
|1.||The Jingoistic States of Andylandian||Psychotic Dictatorship||“If you want something take it”|
|2.||The Divine Right of Mironus||Psychotic Dictatorship||“Light cleaveth unto Light!”|
|3.||The Holy Queendom of Brellach||Mother Knows Best State||“Her Favoured People, of Her Favoured Lands”|
|4.||The Nomadic People of Agadin||Liberal Democratic Socialists||“Beaten paths are for beaten men.”|
|5.||The Dominion of Aifur||Compulsory Consumerist State||“Strong alone, stronger together.”|
|6.||The Arachnate of Forniphiliac Limbo of Inabilis||Psychotic Dictatorship||“*SCREECH!*”|
|7.||The CUP-Eladeni Isocracy of Liberal Liberals||Left-wing Utopia||“Can't we all just get along? Eladen Rep”|
|8.||The Synesis of Naasseners||Left-wing Utopia||“Save your serpent.”|
|9.||The Eco-Warriors of Araneidae||Iron Fist Consumerists||“This is our final hour.”|
|10.||The Wonderland of Flooby Nooby||Iron Fist Consumerists||“ɥʇʎɯ ɐ sᴉ ǝʌᴉʇɔǝdsɹǝԀ”|
Recent polls: “When should we have a Forest Day?” • “Shall we open embassies with The bar on the corner of every region?” • “Shall we open embassies with Rossferry?”
- : The Community of Shadow Hill arrived from The West Pacific.
- : Embassy established between Forest and The Bar on the corner of every region.
- : The Matriarchy of Mother Nature arrived from The Bar on the corner of every region.
- : The Free Land of Albatro arrived from The South Pacific.
- : The Pacific Alpine Commonwealth of Mount Seymour updated the World Factbook entry.
- : The Kingdom of Areulder arrived from The North Pacific.
- : Yoyotheyoyo ceased to exist.
- : The Republic of Bad Defence Embassy of the region The Embassy proposed constructing embassies.
- : The Alien State of Beam Land of the region The Dank Meme Alliance proposed constructing embassies.
- : The Empire of The Imperial Senate and People of Rome of the region Nova Roma Americae proposed constructing embassies.
Forest Regional Message Board
Banning fireworks increased my environmental beauty but decreased my eco-friendliness.
Whoa, what just happened? I banned planes and went to public transit like trains (which I have not done yet, although I have banned cars) and all it said was "Issue already processed." I'm baffled.
Seeing as we're posting favourite poems I'll share mine. Okay, not my favourite poem - that's impossible to choose - but one that I do like very much:
Ozymandias - Percy Bysshe Shelly
I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”
No idea, its best not to overthink the outcomes of issues.
You banned planes, so people are going to need a alternative method of transportation. This is why your public transport was increased. Remember, just because you've never received an issue for something, that doesn't mean it does not exist on your nation.
In some browsers if you go back to the outcomes page, it will display Issue Already Processed.
Oh I edited that issue :)
Environmental beauty is the actual niceness of your environment, eco-friendliness is the amount your government spends on environmental protection. Eco-friendliness is effected it by your country's economy (the smaller the economy the less there is for your government to collect through taxes and spend.)
Banning fireworks hurt your economy, but helped wildlife.
I leant upon a coppice gate,
When Frost was spectre-gray,
And Winter’s dregs made desolate
The weakening eye of day.
The tangled bine-stems scored the sky
Like strings of broken lyres,
And all mankind that haunted nigh
Had sought their household fires.
The land’s sharp features seemed to me
The Century’s corpse outleant,
Its crypt the cloudy canopy,
The wind its death-lament.
The ancient pulse of germ and birth
Was shrunken hard and dry,
And every spirit upon earth
Seemed fervourless as I.
At once a voice arose among
The bleak twigs overhead,
In a full-hearted evensong
Of joy illimited.
An aged thrush, frail, gaunt and small,
With blast-beruffled plume,
Had chosen thus to fling his soul
Upon the growing gloom.
So little cause for carolings
Of such ecstatic sound
Was written on terrestrial things
Afar or nigh around,
That I could think there trembled through
His happy good-night air
Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew,
And I was unaware.
Environmental beauty measures how well your environment is cared for, while Eco-friendliness is a measurement of government spending on environmental policy. A government could for example have a very high friendliness ranking because they maintain lots of national parks, but a very low eco-friendliness ranking because they look the other way when uranium mines to dump waste in it.
Keep in mind that eco-friendliness is a bit of a zero sum game. It's the portion of government spending devoted to the environment, while government spending is a portion of your economy. If you increase spending in other areas of the government -Public transport for example- that could have a positive effect on the environment -less pollution- but unless your economy is growing or your tax rate is increasing then that money has to come from other departments, including environment. If the policy harms you economy then the effect will be even greater, since that means less money going into taxes and towards environmental spending.
I love the idea of sharing some poetry! Here's one of my favourite poems by J. L. Borges:
THE OTHER TIGER
A tiger comes to mind. The twilight here
Exalts the vast and busy Library
And seems to set the bookshelves back in gloom;
Innocent, ruthless, bloodstained, sleek,
It wanders through its forest and its day
Printing a track along the muddy banks
Of sluggish streams whose names it does not know
(In its world there are no names or past
Or time to come, only the vivid now)
And makes its way across wild distances
Sniffing the braided labyrinth of smells
And in the wind picking the smell of dawn
And tantalizing scent of grazing deer;
Among the bamboo’s slanting stripes I glimpse
The tiger’s stripes and sense the bony frame
Under the splendid, quivering cover of skin.
Curving oceans and the planet’s wastes keep us
Apart in vain; from here in a house far off
In South America I dream of you,
Track you, O tiger of the Ganges’ banks.
It strikes me now as evening fills my soul
That the tiger addressed in my poem
Is a shadowy beast, a tiger of symbols
And scraps picked up at random out of books,
A string of labored tropes that have no life,
And not the fated tiger, the deadly jewel
That under sun or stars or changing moon
Goes on in Bengal or Sumatra fulfilling
Its rounds of love and indolence and death.
To the tiger of symbols I hold opposed
The one that’s real, the one whose blood runs hot
As it cuts down a herd of buffaloes,
And that today, this August third, nineteen
Fifty-nine, throws its shadow on the grass;
But by the act of giving it a name,
By trying to fix the limits of its world,
It becomes a fiction, not a living beast,
Not a tiger out roaming the wilds of earth.
We’ll hunt for a third tiger now, but like
The others this one too will be a form
Of what I dream, a structure of words, and not
The flesh and bone tiger that beyond all myths
Paces the earth. I know these things quite well,
Yet nonetheless some force keeps driving me
In this vague, unreasonable, and ancient quest,
And I go on pursuing through the hours
Another tiger, the beast not found in verse.
(Translated by Norman Thomas di Giovanni)
Our next weekend game with Europeia is starting now! It's called Correlations, done on Europeia's radio channel; there's a host or two who read two things and then people in the audience type in the chat what they think the correlation between those two things is.
From Pyntuma, Europeia's Deputy for Weekend Games:
"Hosted by the awesome Carrot and Cat! I really hope you can join us for an amazingly fun time! :) Will your scores follow a positive trend? c:"
Please join, and hope to see you there!
So we're posting Poems eh? Well, mine is a song, but songs are considered poetry so it counts.
High Hopes-Pink Floyd
Beyond the horizon of the place we lived when we were young
In a world of magnets and miracles
Our thoughts strayed constantly and without boundary
The ringing of the division bell had begun
Along the Long Road and on down the Causeway
Do they still meet there by the Cut
There was a ragged band that followed in our footsteps
Running before times took our dreams away
Leaving the myriad small creatures trying to tie us to the ground
To a life consumed by slow decay
The grass was greener
The light was brighter
When friends surrounded
The nights of wonder
Looking beyond the embers of bridges glowing behind us
To a glimpse of how green it was on the other side
Steps taken forwards but sleepwalking back again
Dragged by the force of some in a tide
At a higher altitude with flag unfurled
We reached the dizzy heights of that dreamed of world
Encumbered forever by desire and ambition
There's a hunger still unsatisfied
Our weary eyes still stray to the horizon
Though down this road we've been so many times
The grass was greener
The light was brighter
The taste was sweeter
The nights of wonder
With friends surrounded
The dawn mist glowing
The water flowing
The endless river
Forever and ever