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New Ladavian Broadcasting Cooperation

June 6, 2021, 7:52 PM

Major news out of the nation's capital of Tarnoth as four opposition parties have decided to form a governing coalition. The Greens will join with the Social Democrats, NDP and the recently formed Labour party to attempt to form a majority in the house of parliament.

This is a major development in the young nation's history as while in previous minority governments we have seen loose agreements between parties this is New Ladavia's first official coalition.

Reports of the deal date back to late April after the current Liberal party headed by Aaron Diaz encountered a major scandal about members of his cabinet taking bribes from various corporations to loosen environmental regulations set to make the country Net-Zero by 2040. While these MP’s were removed from their positions immediately after the allegations were released, it was not enough as massive protests began challenging the rule of the current Liberals.

The four parties all to the political left of the Liberals are in the midst of finalizing their ruling agreement, but insiders say that it will coalesce under the leadership of William Kess, the current leader of the opposition Greens. We currently don't know the details of this power share but negotiations are going on as we peak to try to finalize it before tomorrow’s house session.

We will still see if Aaron Diaz will try to topple the coalition by calling a new election before the new Prime Minister is sworn in.

This has been Shaya Odrom from the New Ladavian Broadcasting Cooperation with your news at the hour.

Nation of Ecologists wrote: think the best way to describe my sexual orientation is bisexuality.

Congrats!!!

Terrabod wrote:We have awkward finger guns 👉👉

I forgot fingerguns were still a bisexual thing elsewhere and thought you were doing the Bolsonaro salute for a second.

Terrabod wrote:Just saw a YouTube advert for Ecosia [https://www.ecosia.org], a search engine that uses its profits to plant trees. Has anyone heard of it? I hadn't before today.

I've used it in the past and still have it installed on some pcs in my house. Ecosia is pretty good as a search engine in my experience, and an indirect way to help the enviroment in some deforested areas if you want to do that.

Get ready, losers. It's time to start watching! (And yes, these are all required and there will be a test.)

page=poll/p=174434

Merry Pride Month, my pretties.

Have you seen any of these films? Did you particularly enjoy any of them? I quite enjoy a good comedy while tragedies for queer people always tend to upset me, but sometimes I do just enjoy a good angry cry at injustice. You can never go wrong with a good lesbian film, in my "humble" opinion.

Terrabod wrote:Just saw a YouTube advert for Ecosia [https://www.ecosia.org], a search engine that uses its profits to plant trees. Has anyone heard of it? I hadn't before today.

Selected reading:

    https://info.ecosia.org/what
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecosia
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/dec/03/ecosia-green-search-engine
    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/feb/03/googles-search-engine-not-as-good-as-its-competitors-for-news-research-finds

I used Ecosia to find NS for the first time. A combination of Ecosia as a browser and DuckDuckGo as a search engine works for me, although you do have to disable an adblocker.

Garbelia wrote:I used Ecosia to find NS for the first time. A combination of Ecosia as a browser and DuckDuckGo as a search engine works for me, although you do have to disable an adblocker.

Oh Ecosia has a browser too? I didn't even know that!

Anyway I guess the lesson to be learned here is just ditch google at the first oportunity, and maybe get some trees planted doing so

Auphelia wrote:Get ready, losers. It's time to start watching! (And yes, these are all required and there will be a test.)

page=poll/p=174434

Merry Pride Month, my pretties.

Have you seen any of these films? Did you particularly enjoy any of them? I quite enjoy a good comedy while tragedies for queer people always tend to upset me, but sometimes I do just enjoy a good angry cry at injustice. You can never go wrong with a good lesbian film, in my "humble" opinion.

God, pink flamingos for sure. The rant I had after watching it about how much I liked it was the third longest post-movie rants I've had (only surpassed by the one about loving Mulholland Drive and the one about hating The Holy Mountain a lot). It's definitely not for everyone, but I think it captures a very specific mood that makes the horrible scenes more surreal than just straight horrible. Besides, Divine is just perfect.

The Most Serene Republicans wrote:I forgot fingerguns were still a bisexual thing elsewhere and thought you were doing the Bolsonaro salute for a second.

In have to admit I knew neither of these things.

Nation of Ecologists wrote:Well, I've been doing a lot of personal digging and I have come to the conclusion that yes, I am indeed bisexual. It's been a long decision making process, and I really thought out what it could be instead, but I think the best way to describe my sexual orientation is bisexuality. Fitting that I've come to this conclusion in pride month no less.

Guess I join the Forest LGBTQ+ community!

Everyone comes to conclusions about themselves when the time is right! We welcome you with open arms, and I am so happy for you that you were able to find an answer on your questions, and if it doesn't yet answer all questions, not to worry! The answers will come to you on their own, and there is no need to rush anything.

Know that as a fellow member of the LGBTQ+ community and Forestian I'm incredibly proud of you!

I am finally back!

Daarwyrth wrote:Know that as a fellow member of the LGBTQ+ community and Forestian I'm incredibly proud of you!

I am Bi, but currently dating a girl
*shrug*

The Most Serene Republicans wrote:I forgot fingerguns were still a bisexual thing elsewhere and thought you were doing the Bolsonaro salute for a second.

Hmm... maybe he knows something we don't...

The Most Serene Republicans wrote:

I forgot fingerguns were still a bisexual thing elsewhere and thought you were doing the Bolsonaro salute for a second.

Terrabod wrote:Hmm... maybe he knows something we don't...

You know that liberal belief that homophobes and conservatives are really just closeted LGBTQ+ folk whose internalized hatred manifests itself as homophobia? I think this may finally be the proof we’re looking for /s

Middle Barael wrote:You know that liberal belief that homophobes and conservatives are really just closeted LGBTQ+ folk whose internalized hatred manifests itself as homophobia? I think this may finally be the proof we’re looking for /s

Ugh, people who say that! Apart from anything else, it's a way for straight people to avoid thinking critically about their own behaviour and how it can contribute to homophobia. I wouldn't suggest Bolsonaro is bi because he's homophobic, in the same way I wouldn't suggest Putin is gay because he's homophobic; that's putting the burden of homophobia on the LGBT+ community instead of where it actually lies - in religious teachings, in how one is raised etc etc.

It's perhaps applicable to the tvtropes homophobe, but nobody else.

New Ladavia wrote:New Ladavian Broadcasting Cooperation

June 6, 2021, 7:52 PM

Major news out of the nation's capital of Tarnoth as four opposition parties have decided to form a governing coalition. The Greens will join with the Social Democrats, NDP and the recently formed Labour party to attempt to form a majority in the house of parliament.

This is a major development in the young nation's history as while in previous minority governments we have seen loose agreements between parties this is New Ladavia's first official coalition.

Reports of the deal date back to late April after the current Liberal party headed by Aaron Diaz encountered a major scandal about members of his cabinet taking bribes from various corporations to loosen environmental regulations set to make the country Net-Zero by 2040. While these MP’s were removed from their positions immediately after the allegations were released, it was not enough as massive protests began challenging the rule of the current Liberals.

The four parties all to the political left of the Liberals are in the midst of finalizing their ruling agreement, but insiders say that it will coalesce under the leadership of William Kess, the current leader of the opposition Greens. We currently don't know the details of this power share but negotiations are going on as we peak to try to finalize it before tomorrow’s house session.

We will still see if Aaron Diaz will try to topple the coalition by calling a new election before the new Prime Minister is sworn in.

This has been Shaya Odrom from the New Ladavian Broadcasting Cooperation with your news at the hour.

Nice post! I think Forest would benefit from the odd IC post here and there. it doesn't have to be the major premise for the region, but it can definitely help out carve a regional identity.

Einswenn wrote:In have to admit I knew neither of these things.

Same with me, though I have no idea why Bolsonaro would choose finger guns as a salute. Probably a part of his personality cult or something.

I generally try to resist saying "said the actress to the bishop" but I swear today patients keep setting up feed lines for the joke.

"So I should just raise my legs up, and wait for you to pop in tomorrow? "

"My husband is getting stiffer these days and I find it hard to bend over too, so we need some outside help."

"Sometimes it seems like my hands are just doing their own thing, even if I sit on them and close my eyes."

Terrabod wrote:Hmm... maybe he knows something we don't...

I am not ready to deal with the implications of what you just said

Candlewhisper Archive wrote:I generally try to resist saying "said the actress to the bishop" but I swear today patients keep setting up feed lines for the joke.

"So I should just raise my legs up, and wait for you to pop in tomorrow? "

"My husband is getting stiffer these days and I find it hard to bend over too, so we need some outside help."

"Sometimes it seems like my hands are just doing their own thing, even if I sit on them and close my eyes."

I hope to someday have the maturity to read this without chuckling

why is the embassy with force closing? just wondering, i've been out of the loop

Appendia wrote:why is the embassy with force closing? just wondering, i've been out of the loop

I think they stopped the refounding of an innocent region, and nobody likes them for it, so an embassy was considered to have negative connotations.

Appendia wrote:why is the embassy with force closing? just wondering, i've been out of the loop

Short answer, it was nearly-unanimously voted to be closed by the populace after a citizen invoked article 6.6 and received broad support.

Longer answer, several representatives of Force intercepted the refounding of another region, then played games with the natives afterwards to try and exert suzerainty over them. When called out by the international community, they made a heap of competing claims, including "it's a joke," "we didn't know they were refounding," "we were doing them a favor," "it was just some bad apples," "it was an admirable but un-ordered precision strike by our military," "it was a totally ordered and expertly-executed strike by our military," "nuh-uh," "ya-huh," and my personal favorite "if you try to punish us for our actions it will be your fault when we do the same thing again."

Their ongoing statements have continued to include both veiled threats, and a lack of remorse, so most of the largest regions they had relations with (and several smaller ones) have withdrawn, or are withdrawing, their embassies.

Gosh, these discussions we've been having about LGBTQ+ rights this month made me really want to read some books about it that have been on my reading list for a while, and my attempts to flesh out the history of MSR have made me really want to read some books on decolonization in Algeria and Angola and I also have books for that and like... There are so many cool things to read and so little time. ;-;

Is this an universal adult thing that's just gonna get worse going forward or do I gain the ability to read real fast at some point?

The Most Serene Republicans wrote:Gosh, these discussions we've been having about LGBTQ+ rights this month made me really want to read some books about it that have been on my reading list for a while, and my attempts to flesh out the history of MSR have made me really want to read some books on decolonization in Algeria and Angola and I also have books for that and like... There are so many cool things to read and so little time. ;-;

Is this an universal adult thing that's just gonna get worse going forward or do I gain the ability to read real fast at some point?

No. I started reading a book (Harry Potter og Flammernes Pokal) in January 2019 and I am not even half way ^_^

The Most Serene Republicans wrote:Gosh, these discussions we've been having about LGBTQ+ rights this month made me really want to read some books about it that have been on my reading list for a while, and my attempts to flesh out the history of MSR have made me really want to read some books on decolonization in Algeria and Angola and I also have books for that and like... There are so many cool things to read and so little time. ;-;

Is this an universal adult thing that's just gonna get worse going forward or do I gain the ability to read real fast at some point?

Depends on your lifestyle, of course. But in my personal experience combined with observation of others’ I can say there’s often less time or will or mental strength to read a lot as you grow up. Sometimes it’s better to read what you want as soon as possible, while your interest is still high & actual. I myself haven’t finished reading one book of the queer matter I once started, and – thanks for the reminder by the way – I feel like I need to finish it this June due to fancy chance of themed month

The Most Serene Republicans wrote:There are so many cool things to read and so little time. ;-;
Is this an universal adult thing that's just gonna get worse going forward or do I gain the ability to read real fast at some point?

I think that reading is something that you do faster if you do it more. Everything that you read makes it easier and faster to read more things. It's kind of like exercise making future exercise more easy, or developing any other skill. I used to read hundreds of chapter books when I was in my late childhood and early teens, before I got a computer of my own. Even though I now only read a few books a year, I can bang them out quickly if it's something that I actually want to read. I no longer read any fiction, because required reading in high school ruined fiction for me, but I do read things that I like. Recently, for instance, I read Burn, which is a book about human metabolism and the effects of exercise on it, as well as about the daily habits of hunter-gatherer groups like the Hadza. It was like 350 pages, and I had it done in a weekend. But that wouldn't have happened if I hadn't spent a few years reading all of the time when I was much, much younger, I don't think. Then I'll go for months without reading anything, haha.

Could we have a dispatch with the listing(s) of our RP Nature Reserves? It could include the type of fauna, flora and even amenities of each participating nation. It's just another way for each nation to share their creation a little bit.

The Most Serene Republicans wrote:Gosh, these discussions we've been having about LGBTQ+ rights this month made me really want to read some books about it that have been on my reading list for a while, and my attempts to flesh out the history of MSR have made me really want to read some books on decolonization in Algeria and Angola and I also have books for that and like... There are so many cool things to read and so little time. ;-;

Is this an universal adult thing that's just gonna get worse going forward or do I gain the ability to read real fast at some point?

I never had time to read books, but nearly a couple of years ago now I switched to audiobooks and I've got through 93 since then.

Bunkaiia wrote:Could we have a dispatch with the listing(s) of our RP Nature Reserves? It could include the type of fauna, flora and even amenities of each participating nation. It's just another way for each nation to share their creation a little bit.

I wish this comes true! Ardelark has many natural & night sky reserves to share.

Government Post

My fellow nations of Forest,

As I know many are aware and have already been preparing, June 8 is perhaps the most significant day in the history of Forest, a day that marked a definite turning point in the regional and international affairs of the once quiet, serene grove of old to the bustling old-growth we know today. Through a bold spearheading effort by Ransium and Errinundera, Forest was officially refounded on June 8, 2007. Nearly a decade and a half later, Forest has grown from around 25 nations and a handful of RMB posts a week to almost 500 nations and a handful of RMB posts within an hour. Skilled recruiting, organized environmental events and discussions, and a wide array of commendations (and even a condemnation *cough* Chan Island) of dedicated Forest residents and the region itself have led us to this moment since the refounding. I couldn't begin to describe how proud I am to call this region home! For a closer look into the history of the event, have a read of the next edition of The Forest Roots newsletter:

Terrabod wrote:It's but one week until the anniversary of Forest's refounding back in 2007. As such, I was thinking it'd be a nice thing for us all to share some thoughts about Forest to mark the occasion. If you're an older nation and you have any personal anecdotes, or a younger nation that wishes to express something you really like about our region, then the 8th of June would be an excellent opportunity to voice those sentiments.

I joined NationStates in April of 2013 and though I was not much of an active participant in my early years, I remember joining Forest right away, most likely a catch from Mozworld's recruiting efforts at the time. I do remember Santa Joanna was the cartographer at the time and I was excited to finally be added to the regional map. I had done some world-building of my own when I was younger, so to see my nation on an international stage was very cool. Beyond just my initial enthusiasm for making it onto the map; the amount of political expertise, vibrant discussions, engaging events, and above all, its focus on the environmental issues in the world has led me to unquestionably call Forest home for the past 8 years.

Speaking of engaging discussions, I'd like to remind everyone, especially those who are newer these past few months, that we have a Forest Cultural Heritage Register where nations of Forest may enter a written submission at any time that describes an important piece of cultural heritage in your very own nation. It's an important part of the region's archival work that allows us to share and celebrate the rich history each of our nations behold. Terrabod and I originally devised the Register in January and he has since passed this work onto Middle Barael, the Lore Minister, and I. For those interested, please have a read in our instructions dispatch here. We would love to learn more about your nations!



Forest Cultural Heritage Register
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One of Forest’s greatest strengths is its sense of shared identity – the idea that each of us not only values the company of other Forestians but also relishes the opportunity to discover and engage with the unique cultures of those around us. The entries below are a testament to that ideal and, as such, they are not only a source of inspiration and creativity but also of regional pride. Each entry listed here is irreplaceable; each represents a piece of Forest’s collective heritage, and each is worthy of regional recognition and celebration. The Forest Cultural Heritage Register, then, is a place where we can come together to learn about and enjoy the distinctive cultures of our fellow Forestians. A handy guide for Forest nations wishing to write a submission to the Register can be found here.

Yours forestly,
Middle Barael and Kawastyselir

The Cothon of Cothon City
Nation: Middle Barael
Category: Material
Description:
The Cothon is the main harbor of Cothon City, the largest and oldest major city in Middle Barael. A Cothon was a type of artificial harbor built by the ancient Phoenicians. They consisted of a rectangular passageway leading into a large, round harbor lined with buildings and stalls. The Cothon was the center of commerce and trade within the Phoenician colonies. The most famous Cothon was located in Carthage, and even today you can easily make out the round harbor in its ruins.

The Cothon of Cothon City, however, is different for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is the only Cothon in the world still in use today, and it is the main port of Cothon City even today. Secondly, the “round part” of the Cothon is not actually shaped like a circle; it is shaped like an onion, which some theorize has led to the abundance of onion-shaped arches and onion domes in parts of the city.

The Cothon is the center of life in Cothon City, even giving the city its name. The Cothon was built by the Phoenicians, the first settlers on the island, around 2,950 years ago, and it has continued to exist throughout the Greek, Ottoman, and Modern eras. These three communities, the Phoenicians, Greeks and Ottomans, each made their mark on both the city and its Cothon, and all are heavily influential in the city. At the front of the Cothon is the Grand Pavilion, a palatial gateway built roughly 140 years ago to honor the history of Cothon City. The Cothon is surrounded by ancient buildings that are still used today, as well as business, market stalls, homes, and shipping businesses. The Cothon is a living testament to the history of Cothon City, as it is ancient yet still lively today.

The Dual Castle, Lunaja-Solare
Nation: Lura
Category: Material
Description:
The Dual Castle is the residence of the Luran royal family and has been since the first Luran royals made it the official royal residence shortly after the unification of the predecessor monarchies of Rijenȷ́a and Tajela. The Dual Castle is located in the Luran capital city Lunaja-Solare on an island in the River Alane. The river at one time formed the border between the two nations and, as such, the island was heavily disputed. The dispute encouraged both nations to build opulent forts to exert their claim over the island, and each was constructed with the respective nation’s signature architectural style and national colour: white stone for Rijenȷ́a and black stone for Tajela. When Lura was formed from the union of Rijenȷ́a and Tajela it was decided that the royal residency be built on the now formerly disputed island, not far from the new capital cities Lunaja and Solare, to encourage them to grow into one another. The castle design would involve renovating the forts into buildings fit for royals and connecting them with a neutral, grey stone building segment to avoid clashing with either the white, art nouveau-like Rijenȷ́an fort or the black, gothic-like Tajelan fort.

Over the next few hundred years, the new castle, known as the Dual Castle, gained notability for the asymmetry of its architecture and colour, as well as the beautiful, well-maintained garden outside. The equilibrium between the two architectural styles and complimentary garden has made the Dual Castle highly recognisable and it is often thought of as the perfect representation of Luran culture, beyond merely housing the Head of State.

The Festival of Ir’aedimikeda
Nation: Kawastyselir
Category: Intangible
Description:
Born as an idea of political and cultural inspiration, Ir’aedimikeda is nationally celebrated each year on the anniversary of the Great Peace Accord. The word derives from the ancient Jükerg language and native to the oldest surviving people of Kawastyselir, the Jüka hunter-gatherers. It translates literally to mean “the celebration of equality and life.”

The idea of Ir’aedimikeda as the premier democratic value in Kawan life was essential to each of the eight tribe’s relationship with one another. It was long-fought to achieve and hard-fought to maintain. But after a short civil war between seven of the tribes and the Intasians, the victorious tribes assembled to establish The Great Peace Accord. This pledge would later form the modern confederacy now known as Kawastyselir. Thus, to honor this momentous period in Kawan history, a nationwide festival is organized annually to celebrate the diversity, equality, and life of each tribe and their people.

The festival starts at midnight on the anniversary of the GPA and continues for ten days. The first day, known as “Discord,” is a day of retrospection on past wrongs, where fireworks competitions and theater reenactments of the civil war endure into the night. The next eight days exhibit celebrations for the eight tribes (one on each day); Sargoa, Jüka, Tai, Rereä, Dusia, Keduca, Jiofo and Intasia; and include a nationwide assortment of gatherings for dances, music, rituals, and feasts. The final day, known as “Accord,” is the conclusive celebration for the union of Kawastyselir. A pilgrimage is made by most Kawans to the capital city of Waysir, where a day-long civilian procession is lead up to the Capitol Yurt and motivational speeches are given by each of the tribal leaders.

Otter's Head Caves
Nation: Garbelia
Category: Natural
Description:
Located in the heart of the Garbelery countryside, the Otter's Head Caves are a series of twenty-five caverns, twelve of which are underwater and thirteen of which are dry, connected by underground rivers. Accessible only by swimming to the bottom of a lagoon, the caves are famous in Garbelia for the way that an ethereal green light from an unknown source illuminates them, creating a mystery that scientists ponder to this day.

The Otter’s Head Caves were largely unknown for most of the island nation's past, but they were brought to prominence when Garbelia was “colonised” by the Dutch. Most otters and natives were killed by the colonisers; however, a small band of surviving natives, led by an otter who lived in the lagoon and was one of a select few who knew of the caves’ existence, were led to the caves to escape the brutal massacre. They lived there for several centuries, developing a way of sailing the narrow waters and slowly rekindling the native Garbelery population, before emerging around eight generations later to reclaim the country which had since become a peaceful Dutch colony.

In modern times, the cave system has been used as the model for standard-issue nuclear bunkers and is frequently visited by patriotic Garbeli wishing to learn of the country's formative years.

Piscado, Katani
Nation: The arxipelag de les olives
Category: Material
Description:
The Olive Archipelago has always kept its people well-fed; the national government carefully monitors the agricultural and food service sectors, frequently granting tax credits and subsidies for restaurant growth. In general, the restaurant industry fares very well with 80% of small business restaurants across the nation keeping their doors open and being able to feed their customers. One restaurant, in particular, is often frequented by members of the government and specifically the Monarchy themselves. That restaurant is Piscado, in the capital city Katani.

Piscado, a Catalan-Sicilian fusion restaurant, opened its doors sixty years ago with Francesco Cutò as the head chef and his wife Marina as sous chef. The two of them originally served street food a few steps away from their home and on one unusual occasion were in the right place at the right time. A hungry King Umberto, who happened to be passing by, asked the two to cook him a meal, so they prepared a fish stew with saffron couscous. After waiting an hour, all the while gorging on garlic bread, the King devoured the delicious and quickly-prepared dish. He enjoyed it so much that he spontaneously offered the couple ownership of a restaurant in one of the city’s finest locations, overlooking the lake and the urban skyline. The Cutòs eventually passed ownership of the restaurant down to their grandchildren who continue running it to this day and have perfected their grandparents’ iconic recipes.

Citizens flock from all over the kingdom to try that same fish stew on the anniversary of Piscado’s founding; the restaurant even calls the dish Umberto in honour of the King’s generosity. Aside from the unique story of the restaurant’s founding, Piscado is famous for bringing together dishes from all over the nation and creating a unifying atmosphere that attracts customers from across the kingdom. The wine list is also not something to pass up as waitstaff are highly trained to advise on all kinds of pairings that complement the variety of food served.

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Lastly, happy pride month all! I'm proud to see so many of my neighbors here showing their support for our right to exist openly in the world :)

Kawastyselir,
Arborist

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