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Today's World Census Report
The Most Corrupt Governments in Forest
World Census officials visited a range of government departments and recorded how frequently bribes were required to complete simple administrative requests.
As a region, Forest is ranked 3,923rd in the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
|1.||The Trivia Mistress of Lord Dominator||Corporate Police State||“Fire Cures Everything”|
|2.||The Social Darwinist Imperium of The Ascendant Hive||Iron Fist Consumerists||“What Crota began, I complete. My will... conquers all!”|
|3.||The Hotdog-craving birb of Seagull||Corporate Police State||“Money does rule the world”|
|4.||The Dictatorship of Theennerla Island||Corporate Police State||“You Can't Stop Progress”|
|5.||The Conflagration of Joerombie||Libertarian Police State||“To Swerve and Defect”|
|6.||The Republic of Isle Willte||Iron Fist Consumerists||“Strength through compliance”|
|7.||The Arachnate of Forniphiliac Limbo of Inabilis||Psychotic Dictatorship||“*SCREECH!*”|
|8.||The Borderlands of Taurgur||Iron Fist Consumerists||“Minnai gwannava...”|
|9.||The Abominable Treekillers of Republic of Ravens||Iron Fist Consumerists||“Fair is foul and foul is fair”|
|10.||The Green Monster Hunter Colony of Task Force Z||Iron Fist Consumerists||“Z-Day will return and we will prepared”|
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How did you watch it? As an American, I was left only able to see the music videos and none of the live event for most of it, though I did end up using a VPN free trial to get around the YouTube block of the live stream literally moments before they announced the winner...
Thank NSers for introducing me to Eurovision :P
Personally I really liked Norway's - I thought it was extremely catchy, and a nice combination of standard dance-pop and something a little different. I was hoping it would do better, but fifth is a respectable place.
We also had trouble streaming it first. Then I suggested the organizer that he installs Opera (the browser) on his computer, since it has built-in VPN. Then we could tune into Eurovision just before the performances started. I am sorry that you missed it though :(
I also liked Norway's song, though it wasn't at the top of my personal rankings. That being said, an interesting fact is that Norway got the highest score from the public votes (291 points) and if there were no jury votes, they would have won.
On top of that....I heard a story that Norway had technical problems during the jury voting (that is actually determined the day before the grand final show) and wasn't allowed a do-over from the organization (EBU) probably causing it to score way lower than in the public vote. I see that I mistook Denmark for Norway in my last post (ouch, painful guess I wasn't on my A-game after the excitement). I also really liked the Norway song but the inclusion of the third singer (to give it some strange cultural relevance about a lost forbidden language) more or less ruined the song for me and it felt manufactured (why does every talent show entry need some sob-story or a message to make it more interesting).
Anyway there is almost always some controversy going on at Eurovision. People are still trying to figure out what exactly happened with the Belarusian voting. The EBU has confirmed that the jurors from Belarus had been dismissed. As per Eurovision rules, it is prohibited for jurors to discuss their votes before the grand final. The votes from Belarus were determined by an ďaggregated resultĒ instead. That would suggest that you could expect a middle-of-the-road result instead their results were all over the place and produced some of the biggest outliers ever in the competition. Israel received 0 points from the other 40 jury's...Ö.zero. Yet somehow the Belarussian "aggregated result" gave it their maximum score (12 points). So all 40 professional jury's think the entry from Israel isn't in their top 10 but some behind-the-curtain-statistical-jury has it coming out as the best song in the competition. The fun doesn't end there. The second highest "jury" vote went to Estonia that finished 19th and the third highest score went to Germany that finished 24th. With 10 votes they managed to reward 6 out of 7 from the worst scoring entries (excluding themselves) yet completely missed the top 4. That "aggregated resut"-jury most either have the worst taste in songs ever.....or they just said:"fark this, we don't stand a chance of winning so let's go to the pub and troll these suckers while they come up with some BS-story about an "aggregated result".
EDIT: Americans (depending on their cultural background) seem to gravitate towards the entries from the Scandinavian countries. Including Canada and the U.S. in the competition would probably make the Scandinavian voting block even stronger. Although jury-wise the block this time definitely picked the wrong frontrunner in Sweden and thereby screwed over Norway. Canada could lean more towards France and Belgium though. It would be also fun to see if Australia, Canada and the U.S. would form a new voting block allied with the Scandinavian one and if the U.S. would form an active anti-voting block towards Russia.
EXTRA EDIT: There is post-show a lot to do about the Hatari (Iceland) and Madonna incidents. Especially Madonna gets a lot of heath. The general opinion is that she gave a subpar show (and I am being friendly here) while receiving big bucks and on top of it she caused controversy with the whole flag thing. Many fans are saying "big" U.S.-acts should no longer be included if they are pulling stunts like that. Hatari as a participant was expected to pull something the moment they realised they wouldn't win but Madonna was invited and her "show" was pre-approved by the EBU. If you are planning on doing something like that she should have made that clear to the organization or she should have declined the offer. This was a very dumb move on her part and she has lost a lot of sympathy amongst the Eurovision-fans.
Ö..and yet still "it is all about the music".
No. Iím content with Raccoon Creek being my primary nation. Itís been enjoyable developing a nation from the ground up again. Absolutely, Iíve got potatoes, carrots and onions.
Speaking of developing a nation Iíve noticed a quirk with employment. Iíve been answering issues to achieve a Scandinavian-capitalistic style economy. From past experience and from answering issues the past several months, the results of my issues have led to drops in employment when answering capitalistically. But when I take the socialistic approach I find employment rises exponentially. Could the issues editors give me insight into this perhaps?
Potatoes, carrots, and onions all sound good. I could go for a baked potato topped with roasted onion with roasted carrots on the side!
Every new nation that I build just turns into a leftie one regardless of my original concept because it is difficult to keep things straight in my head while I am flipping between nations in NS++. My natural response to anything is a left-libertarian option so all of my nations turn out to be civil rights lovefests or left-wing utopias over time. I do seem to unconsciously prioritize political freedoms over civil rights. I suppose that is slightly interesting. I remember a time when my main would fluctuate between being a New York Times democracy and a civil rights lovefest due to that.
If this is indeed true, then that's no way to be, Huawei... ;)
Ok, puns aside, this is what I would expect from companies and corporations that are becoming too cocky and would go to shady tactics to win. But I have to ask them, "At what cost that you are willing to distance yourself from the companies that potentially can hurt you back, as well as with the customer base that has learned about your antics?"
And to think that I nearly bought a Huawei P30 because of how hyped the camera is, but at the end of the day, I'm thankful that I am looking at other options. At the same time, I am not going to be a Luddite or become paranoid with the technology, but of course, we can always take simple steps along the way to ensure that privacy is still around and all that fluff.
As for myself personally, I love my privacy, but at the same time, I have been so ingrained with all the tech stuff that ultimately, I just am going to keep a low profile if needed (though I'm saying this as I have already put up a face of myself a few times even on NS. :P)