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Philosophy 115 RMB

WA Delegate (non-executive): The State of Telgan (elected )

Founder: The Eudaemonium of Dr George

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 129th Most Nations: 286th Most Rebellious Youth: 511th+18
Most Armed: 844th Most Cultured: 1,079th Largest Publishing Industry: 1,120th Most Influential: 1,349th Highest Crime Rates: 1,391st Most Avoided: 1,405th Highest Economic Output: 1,436th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1,693rd Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,790th Largest Black Market: 1,939th Smartest Citizens: 1,979th Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,093rd Most Beautiful Environments: 2,120th Most Secular: 2,315th Largest Welfare Programs: 2,328th Most Advanced Public Transport: 2,390th Fattest Citizens: 2,392nd Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2,392nd
World Factbook Entry

We are the #1 region in NationStates for approaching life rationally without unfounded assumptions. "This is the region in which NS does its thinking."
Region Founded 10 February 2005.
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Historic ambassador exchanges with:Free States of Gaia,Forest,Haiku,Gay,Futaba Aoi,The Atheist Empire,Hippy Haven,Scandinavia,Nudist Dreamland,Free Thought,The Bad Place,New Europe,Wonderful Paradise,Ulthar,The Maritimes,Konfoederation deutschsprachiger Staaten, Antichrist Superstar.
Philosophy 115 does not usually participate in roleplaying or the raider/defender aspects of NS (Halloween is an exception).
Featured Region on 21 July 2009.

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Embassies: Forest, Haiku, The Skeleton Army, Futaba Aoi, Scandinavia, The Commonwealth Of Furry Peoples, Nudist Dreamland, 10000 Islands, Free Thought, Gay, Argentina, Israel, Hippy Haven, The Maritimes, United States of America, Deutschland, and 50 others.The SOP, Gay Equality, Groland, The Atheist Empire, The Sea Of Love, Eladen, Hell, Underworld, Nelborne Union, Texas, The Northern Lights, Konfoederation deutschsprachiger Staaten, Federation of Planets Headquarters, Equilism, The Alliance of Queens, The Rose Garden, The Socialist States of the Philippines, Kittens Sanctuary, Krillin, Hippiedom, Portugal, Right to Life, A Liberal Haven, Union of Free Nations, Future Earth, Association of the Countries of the Free, Philosophy 101, The Peaceful Coffee Shop In Chicago, Bus Stop, Heaven, Regionless, FUR, The Dank Meme Alliance, The Iceberg Lounge, Donald Trump Land, Democritus, Buddhism, Realm of Unrestricted Science, LGBT University, Anarchy, Invicta, The Local Supermarket, Union of Allied States, Vermont, Union of Liberal Nations, The House at Pooh Corner, The United Liberal Imperialistic Faction, Krasnaya, The Sand Empire, and Philippines.

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Regional Power: Moderate

Philosophy 115 contains 67 nations, the 286th most in the world.

Today's World Census Report

The Most Politically Free in Philosophy 115

These nations allow citizens the greatest amount of freedom to select their own government.

As a region, Philosophy 115 is ranked 14,119th in the world for Most Politically Free.

NationWA CategoryMotto
1.The Pale Shadow of New Old New New YorkCivil Rights Lovefest“☆ Setting the pace since 4 June 2004☆”
2.The Eudaemonium of Dr GeorgeAnarchy“Founded 10 February 2005”
3.The State of TelganCivil Rights Lovefest“Bread for all ... before cake for anybody.”
4.The Republic of Sans-SerifAnarchy“By The People For The People”
5.The Theosophical Society of LomalandAnarchy“Universal Brotherhood of Humanity”
6.The THE is missing in front of Anti-Fascist AllianceCivil Rights Lovefest“Resistance to fascism!”
7.The Pale Blue Dot of Terra AmoreAnarchy“It's a fiendish thingy!”
8.The Plan of I am Jacks Smirking RevengeAnarchy“I want you to hit me as hard as you can.”
9.The Free Land of Philosophy 115Anarchy“FREEDOM”
10.The Technocrati Thing of Techno-TitaniaAnarchy“Building Tomorrow Begins Today”
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Regional Poll • Should a COVID vaccine be mandatory?

The State of Telgan wrote:Feel free to discuss further on the RMB regarding the potential bioethics of such a question.

Voting opened 4 days ago and will close . Open to all nations. You cannot vote as you are not logged in.

Last poll: “Is COVID19 being handled well in your area?”

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Philosophy 115 Regional Message Board

Thanks for poking the sleeping philosophers here.

I have often thought that the salaries of star athletes and celebrities are out of whack, especially when compared to other professions (fire fighters, for example - people who put their lives at risk to help other people). But I agree with Telgan, "fair" isn't the right question. When I look at the long list of things that aren't fair in the world, this one barely registers.

What would be the correct question to ask, then?
I am no philosopher.

That's a good question - perhaps you are more of a philosopher than you let on to be.

There is not one "correct" question to pose here - any question that allows us to look more deeply into an issue and learn more about the world we live in counts as "philosophical" in my book. For example, how would a just society compensate its citizens for different jobs? This allows exploration of what a just society is and how it functions. Or, if you have a more practical bent, how should a state ensure that essential services such as construction and health care are adequately supported and compensated while allowing its citizens freedom to pursue their interests? This sets up some parameters that may conflict with one another but each have value of their own.

In truth, your questions were fine and generated a discussion - the fault is within me. Anytime I see a question about fairness I immediately think that life is not fair and that questions of fairness open up so many more questions than they answer. Is it fair that Lebron James makes millions playing a game while a surgeon who literally saves lives day in and day out makes less money? Probably not. But why stop there? If we are talking about fairness and Lebron James, he might have something to say about fairness and living as a black person in the USA. And while we are at it, how many surgeons in the USA are black? It is interesting that 17 of the 20 wealthiest black Americans are athletes or entertainers. If this reflects that other avenues of wealth are relatively cut off for black Americans, is that fair? This is the rabbit hole that I go into when fairness is the focus.

But I am no philosopher either, so if any real philosophers want to jump in, please do!

Can it not be said that athletes in major leagues have effectively seized the means of production, and through collective action, at least fought for their fair portion of the massive profits that their labour generates for their employers? I can't see how Marx could be opposed.

I'm new what types of Government Do you follow

Real usa wrote:I'm new what types of Government Do you follow

Ours is an Isolationist Capitalist nation.

Well... What is it that professional athletes get paid for - really? How do consumers of goods generate income for athletes, their managers, the companies that sponsor them? When consumers watch games with ads, when consumers buy goods associated with an athlete via ads, what do these consumers pay for? Would you say that people in professional sports are part of the entertainment business? If a consumer is convinced the income is not adequate for the services rendered, what can such a consumer do? In light of this, what's your opinion on governments funding sports?

Also: Rest in peace, great actor Sean Connery - who, among many other roles, starred brilliantly as William of Baskerville in the 1986 film adaptation of The Name of The Rose.
(Warning, wikipedia article contains spoilers!)

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Hello all. Just a friendly reminder from Scandinavia to our allies that this week there is a international census being taken on who will win the Election 2020: The pink weasel🐿️ or the orange sloth🐻? We don't know if it'll be like this historic win but we hope it won't end in this. Peace and good week to all!

Ahoy Neighbours,

Here's the October Emissary Report from XKI, for your reading and virtual bird-cage lining pleasure (also good for wrapping virtual fish and chips)

10000 Islands Emissary Report

Date: October 2020
Population: 1476
Delegate Endorsement: 444
Forum: Link
Discord: Link

TITO Command

Has your region been invaded, or do you want to get in touch with TITO? If so, contact one of the following nations:
~Chief Executive: Markanite
~Field Commander: Kanta Hame
~Tactical Officers: Shy Guyia, Smugglers and Mercs (TITO EF), THX1138, Controlitia, Grea Kriopia, Kuriko
~Executive Officers: Hakketomat, Aschente


As of this report's publication, the Government of 10000 Islands consists of:
~Chief Executive: Markanite
~WA Delegate: HumanSanity
~Senior Senator for New Republica South (Debates and Discussions): Controlitia
~Senator for Himes West (RP): Wille-Harlia
~Senator for Lyonnesse East (Houses): Thedairos
~Senator for Blue Canaria North (Emissary Report): Wischland
~Minister of Immigration: THX1138
~Minister of Education: Grea Kriopia
~Minister of Labor: Free Las Pinas

Information about other government officials of 10000 Islands can be found Linkhere.

New Government Appointments

~Vivolkha was named Chair of the XKI Brigade of Endorsers to organize efforts to increase the delegates endo count.
~Eastern New England appointed Dokansia as the Deputy World Assembly Secretary to assist in the coordination of FA policy.
~The position of Cultural Officer was Linktaken over by Thedairos after Grea Kriopia stepped down. Thank you GK for all your hard work. We look forward to seeing what exciting events Thed has planned for the future!
~Serbianistan, Zaberaz Hapang, and Sulenia were all hired as Welcome Buddies by Minister of Education Grea Kriopia to help guide and support new Islanders.

The Liberty Gala

Islanders dressed up in their fanciest suits and ritziest ball gowns to rub shoulders and drink champagne with their fellow defenders at the first ever Liberty Gala. Players from all over NS joined in for the revelry and got to know one another through games of Among Us, impromptu VC parties, and a congo line to other regions' Discord servers. Besides making new friends, players paid respects to old ones, through panels and essays from experienced defenders, as well as an extensive family tree that traced mentor-trainee relationships through several generations.

But it wasn't all fun and games at the Gala, as players were also split into teams to compete in Defender Telephone, Trivia Relay, and a Detag/Chase competition. Players also had a chance to show off their individual skills in trigger jumping and chasing competitions, with results determined by a nail-biting few milliseconds! Despite the competitive nature of these events, players were quick to praise one another and keep their spirits high. In the end Team Obama proved themselves to be the best defenders (or perhaps just the most enthusiastic), and were awarded 1st place in the Defender Games. Though the end of the Gala is bittersweet, everyone returned home with new friends and plenty of fun memories!

Trick or Treat!

XKI went all in to celebrate Halloween this year, with plenty of events to get everyone is a spooky spirit!

~The Cultural Office hosted a LinkRegional Pumpkin Event, in which Islanders could submit different designs for an XKI jack-o'-lantern. The simultaneously beachy and spooky palm tree design, suggested by THX1138 proved to be the region's favorite. Grea Kriopia, in a live pumpkin-carving session, expertly created this Halloween's fantastic LinkRegional Pumpkin
~Chief Executive Markanite called upon Islanders to collect candy in a Trick-or-Treating themed LinkScavenger Hunt that had everyone scouring the forums for candy. Margaux proved themselves to be the most adept candy-hunter, finding an amazing 928 sweets, and winning 50,000 tacos as a prize! Wischland and Free Las Pinas also showed their candy finding skills, coming in second and third place respectively.
~The region didn't let the fun stop during Z-Day's zombie incursions. Islanders worked together to cure the zombie plague and save one another's nations, coordinating in Discord and the regional RMB. Player's cure spamming saved trillions of lives, and placed XKI on the Z-Day rankings at #13 for most survivors, and #5 for Most Survivors + No Quarantine. Meanwhile Louisistan led zombie-loving nation to spread the undead scourge from 10000 Zombies to the rest of the world. Whatever side Islanders took, they had a blast working with another to deal with the zombie threat.

Around the Islands

~Margaux was named LinkRookie of the Quarter. Besides his service as Secretary of state, Deputy Senator for Himes West, in TITO, and as a recruiter, Margaux has been a fixture on the forum and Discord, bringing joy to all with his formality and respectful discourse. Congratulations Margaux on the well-deserved award!
~Islanders sallied over the The Union of Democratic States to spend the weekend socializing with friends there. Members of XKI and UDS got together to play a variety of games and roleplay together in a mutual Linkstory-building event. Laughter and camaraderie abounded, and Islanders returned home with lots of new friends.
~Senator for Lyonnesse East Thedairos held the LinkHouse Shield and Cup Competition, in which recruiters from XKI's different houses competed to contact and recruit as many new nations as possible. Led by the recruiting machine also known as United Counties of Escanaba, the House of Improving Wordiness took both the House Cup and House Shield. The House Sceptre went to the House of Aersoldorf thanks to Free Las Pinas's high recruiting success rate. Congratulations to the winning Houses and thank you to all recruiters!
~October's Link Featured Nation was Zaberaz Hapang whose excellent work as a Welcome Buddy and recruiter shows their diligence and commitment to making XKI an even better region. Keep up the good work ZH, we can't wait to see what you'll do next!
~Following HumanSanity's assumption of the Delegacy, October saw an Endorsement Drive to get HS's endo count up to an ambitious 500 endorsements. Although HS's endo count was still a bit short by the end of the month, the hard work of TIBOE prompted over 30 nations to give HS their endorsement, with more sure to come soon.
~The A Taco Archipelago International Convention concluded after a month of excellent roleplaying and nation-development, all hosted by Wille-Harlia and Thedairos. Islanders were asked to create factbooks on their nation's military, design a map for their nation, and even write a battle speech! The convention ended with a bevy of awards and congratulations for each event winner.

XKI Game-Side

A poll by Jabberwocky asked Islanders to pick which dinosaur they would save from extinction. Following lots of dino-based discussion in the RMB the Brontosaur and Raptors both proved popular.

There were lots of good vibes in the RMB this month:

~A Cheerful Hello
~Corruption? Who's She?
~Blessed by the Easter Bunny
~Prepare for the Elephant Rebellion
~We all know where Mozambique is
~THX is hip and with it
~NS Deep Fake
~"Good" is subjective
~The wonders of nature

Poet Laureate Competition

Aspiring poets of the region once again competed in October's LinkPoet Laureate Contest, with poems centered on the theme of regret. After two tied votes, Margaux was declared winner of the competition with their poem "The Quiet Throne".

On top you stand alone,
and you have given everything to get there.
You sit on this lonely throne,
and you wonder, was it all fair.

How many dreams did you crush?
Who was hurt during your rise?
Because it was all a rush,
or was it all a bunch of lies.

They told you to be the best,
But did they tell you about the pain?
The endless time put into the contest,
through the snow, mud, and rain.

You pushed your friends and family away,
and only walked a lone path.
You hold the darkness at bay,
ever feeling life's wrath.

The aches and pain of it all,
never seem to disappear.
There is no one for you too call,
as you sit here in fear.

You look back and wonder,
what was it all for?
And as you hear the thunder,
what if you chose a different door?

Until next month, your XKI Update Staff is signing off Wischland

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