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"Following new legislation in Cela, calling dibs is an unalienable right."

Finally, legislation I'm proud of.

Western Continental Divide wrote:The Caspian Sea is a salty sea, not as much as the ocean, but more than freshwater. I'm not sure they would thrive. Big ecological disaster happened there.

-WCD

Don't worry mate, the adapt real fast.

Another fish-centric nation eh?

Sierra crystal

Help!
How do I increase my influence

Sierra crystal wrote:Help!
How do I increase my influence

Hi. The longer you stay in a region, the higher your influence gets.

Lord Dominator, Turbeaux, Canaltia, and Sierra crystal

Myordas wrote:Don't worry mate, the adapt real fast.

Another fish-centric nation eh?

Yep! National animal is the California Golden Trout.

-WCD

We got featured? Aw, man! I was tractor pulling…

Sierra crystal wrote:Help!
How do I increase my influence

Joining the WA will make it increase more quickly.

Lord Dominator, Canaltia, and Sierra crystal

Sierra crystal

Turbeaux wrote:Joining the WA will make it increase more quickly.

Abarri wrote:Hi. The longer you stay in a region, the higher your influence gets.

Is it a daily point gain / is there a specific rate

Sierra crystal wrote:Is it a daily point gain / is there a specific rate

2 influence per day, plus twice your endorsements.

So if I had 5 endorsements, I would gain 12 influence a day (5*2+2=12).

Sierra crystal

Canaltia wrote:2 influence per day, plus twice your endorsements.

So if I had 5 endorsements, I would gain 12 influence a day (5*2+2=12).

Thank you and for showing the math have a cookie 🍪

Hi everyone!

I’m sorry for not having been on during our time as the featured region. I’m actually leading a school trip to South Dakota these past few days and until June 23rd, so I’m pressed for time and only on my phone.

I’d like to just state that everything with embassies should be channeled through Verdant Haven’s competent hands, as my logging in will be spotty (in case anyone has come on the RMB from other regions inquiring about things). As usual, most of the requests are invalid from the outset, so thank you to VH for swatting them.

I hope everyone is doing well!
Ruinenlust :-)

Sierra crystal

Endorsements for Endorsements? Anyone lol

Sierra crystal wrote:Endorsements for Endorsements? Anyone lol

Just start randomly endorsing people and soon you will have plenty.

I read a lot of climate change, environment, and nature related writing these days. I don't think I've ever been more despondent than I am now as I'm working my way through David Wallace-Wells' book The Uninhabitable Earth. I don't exactly want to say I recommend it, because I don't want to ruin anyone's good day . . . but I also don't want to say to not read it, because as far as environmental writing goes, this book has an urgency and intensity that makes it important.

Eryndlynd wrote:I read a lot of climate change, environment, and nature related writing these days. I don't think I've ever been more despondent than I am now as I'm working my way through David Wallace-Wells' book The Uninhabitable Earth. I don't exactly want to say I recommend it, because I don't want to ruin anyone's good day . . . but I also don't want to say to not read it, because as far as environmental writing goes, this book has an urgency and intensity that makes it important.

I highly recommend The Uninhabitable Earth to everyone. I devoured that book (almost as fast as we devour resources ~ lol, humor, haha) in like two days about two months ago or something; I don’t recall exactly.

He presents a very erudite, succinct account of climate change, and how we’re in so much deeper sh!t than almost everyone is willing to admit.

One of the single most salient points that he makes, in effect, is that the presumptive idea of some bright, happy, gleaming future of opulence and opportunity for all is nonsense. It’s just not going to happen. We’re speeding towards a cliff at 90mph, and arguments to the effect that “technology will save us” would be like saying that if we floor it, maybe the car will sprout magic wings when it leaves the cliff and we’ll fly off to a magic land of candy and unicorns and castles. We’re in the J-shaped curve that comes before the crash, and it may take decades or centuries to play out, but in the grand scheme of things, it will almost certainly be a crash of proportions that would be unimaginable in the past, since the total scale and size of who we are and what we do is much greater than ever before. It both amazes and freaks me out that someone born in the 1920s has lived to see the world’s population triple. We’re filling up our little, beautiful Petri dish very quickly, and it’s not getting any bigger.

And then some people are like, “hey, let’s go live on some as of yet unknown Petri dish in the next room across the hallway.” Lol. The idea that we will export ourselves and our ruination of everything across the Solar System, the galaxy, or the universe at large is nothing but extreme hubris, born in the crazed high of a species drunk on worldwide destruction. We are a flash in the pan; a mass coronal ejection of consumption and ecological distortion across the planet. Like all fires, we will burn it all down, except for a few unscathed fragments (one hopes, at least), and then we will go out. And the plastic and radiation will go on. And many species will be lost.

So just live. And love. Be happy that we are alive now, here, able to do and be and know and experience all of these things. We’re alive in the actual nexus of the human race, and in an inflection point in the biosphere at large.

It seems like the only way to “lose” or to fail at life, on a personal level, is to not actually derive some enjoyment or pleasure or happiness from it, or to not gain some insight and understanding:

“What did your age do?”

“We destroyed everything, for everyone, forever.”

“Did you at least get something out of it?”

“No, I was miserable and despondent over what was happened, even though it was out of my control.”

“Then you utterly, completely lose.”

Darths and Droids is ranked 27th in the world and 1st in Forest for Most Primitive, scoring 868.9 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Yay, my favorite stat.

Whew, spent today working on my factbooks describing my nation. I still have soooo much to write. If any of you care to critique them go ahead.

-WCD

Sierra crystal

Guess who's a post master general 🎊

Excalian puppet two

Sierra crystal wrote:Guess who's a post master general 🎊

clap

Hi there, I'm a newbie here. The name Wernher Von Braun was taken and reserved by a former nation so I'm Wernher Magnus Maximilian Von Braun. :)

Wernher Magnus Maximilian Von Braun wrote:Hi there, I'm a newbie here. The name Wernher Von Braun was taken and reserved by a former nation so I'm Wernher Magnus Maximilian Von Braun. :)

Welcome to Forest, Wernher. We hope you'll enjoy your stay amongst our trees!

Wernher Magnus Maximilian Von Braun wrote:Hi there, I'm a newbie here. The name Wernher Von Braun was taken and reserved by a former nation so I'm Wernher Magnus Maximilian Von Braun. :)

Welcome to the Forest!

Me: We can check for thyroid problems and diabetes...
Patient: More blood taking? These things are sent to test us.
Me: Ha ha, that's very good.
Patient: Huh? What do you mean?
Me: Sent to test us. As in blood tests.
Patient: No, I meant God sends these things to test us.
Me: Yes, I get that, I just thought you were making a... I thought that was quite clever... I... Never mind.

Eryndlynd wrote:I read a lot of climate change, environment, and nature related writing these days. I don't think I've ever been more despondent than I am now as I'm working my way through David Wallace-Wells' book The Uninhabitable Earth. I don't exactly want to say I recommend it, because I don't want to ruin anyone's good day . . . but I also don't want to say to not read it, because as far as environmental writing goes, this book has an urgency and intensity that makes it important.

I'm about half way through that book, and I think I might well remain stuck there. I find it incredibly difficult reading and I fear that overall I'm firmly placed in Ruinenlust's category of complete and utter losers.

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