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Sonnel RMB

WA Delegate (non-executive): The Interstellar Empire of Drawkland (elected )

Founder: The Interstellar Empire of Drawkland

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Board Activity History Admin Rank

Most Nations: 472nd Most World Assembly Endorsements: 916th Fattest Citizens: 1,267th+7
Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,296th Most Devout: 1,308th Most Armed: 1,479th Most Rebellious Youth: 1,585th Most Cultured: 1,645th Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,717th Most Avoided: 2,446th
World Factbook Entry

LinkWelcome to Sonnel, a fantastic planet near a faraway star.
The land of tall compensation-people, wizards, lizards, angels, mushrooms, 7ball, an ever expanding island of fish-crazed tribals, and a whole bunch of history.

Regional Map // LinkRegional Discord // LinkDrawk's Suggested Link // LinkSulSuíS LiNk
"...basically, the entire planet was New Orleans" ~Drawkland

We're happy you're here to check us out! If you can, feel free to drop a message on the RMB.
Please join our all-new Discord Server! Link just above.

📡 Tech: Generally FT
💬 RMB: OOC, Casual
🗺️ Map: Fancy, by Drawkland
✴️ Also: 7

🎂 Founded: September 5th, 2013
🎉 Featured: April 5th, 2017; August 3rd 2020
⚔️ Tag Raided: 4 TBR, 2 TBH, 1 DEN

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    SONNEL HUB [Dispatch Links]

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    Map of Sonnel [IXX]

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    Sonnel Quick Facts!

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Embassies: Atlantian Oceania, Rushmore, Esportiva, Novapax, The Free Nations Region, The Bar on the corner of every region, Emirates of Futurnia, Haiku, Austritaria, Eladen, Coin Collecting Club, The Quaglands, NS Sports, and The Embassy.

Tags: Anime, Casual, Featured, Magical, Map, Medium, Multi-Species, Regional Government, Role Player, and Snarky.

Sonnel contains 35 nations, the 472nd most in the world.

Today's World Census Report

The Most Authoritarian in Sonnel

World Census staff loitered innocuously in various public areas and recorded the length of time that passed before they were approached by dark-suited officials.

As a region, Sonnel is ranked 9,284th in the world for Most Authoritarian.

NationWA CategoryMotto
1.The Syndicate of DeadswitchPsychotic Dictatorship“A sacrifice a day keeps the world apocalypse away.”
2.The Republic of FingoliansIron Fist Consumerists“West Mongolia is best Mongolia. Khan Pride!”
3.The Republic of IdyonoIron Fist Consumerists“Trysti moi”
4.The Republic of WhiteberryAuthoritarian Democracy“君がいた夏は遠い夢の中”
5.The Eripme ralletsretni of DnalkwardFather Knows Best State“i r nat drawkie”
6.The Republic of TuritaInoffensive Centrist Democracy“T ur Ita?”
7.The FisH LoVEr of SulsuInoffensive Centrist Democracy“BOotLeG sULsU TiMe”
8.The Sultanate of HazoaInoffensive Centrist Democracy“We Look In the loss And FIGHT!”
9.The Hebrew Republic of Silver BeachDemocratic Socialists“Land of God's People”
10.The Smile face gun of death of KellanlandFather Knows Best State“my favorite number of the alphabet is green”

Regional Happenings


Sonnel Regional Message Board

Drawkland wrote:

Sonnel Notes - September 2020
7th Anniversary, World Cup, and more!


Hello there! Welcome back to the SONNEL NOTES series! What's that? You have no idea what I'm talking about? Well, for you new-fangled Sonnel nations and others, as well as all the Sonnel oldtimers who I'm sure have zero recollection of this, the SONNEL NOTES was a short-lived series of small dispatches which were made for ... some reason. I'm not really sure why, actually. I'm thinking it was because they had just come out with non-Factbook dispatches for the first time, and I was wanting to give them a test drive. I'm not sure I ever actually did anything with them, but I made a few. You can peruse them here to the right.

Anyway, you may be wondering, why did I revive this? Well, the main reason was because it's required for any embassy regions of the Free Nations Region to send out a monthly report or so about their goings-on. So yeah, I'm basically just simping for the FNR to keep the embassy alive. Also, I think it'd be nice to help throw a bit more activity into the region, or something!

I've decided to make a few formatting changes, as you might notice while looking at the old dispatches. I don't know why I was being such a hardass about having a specific format, or implying that anybody else would care enough to write an edition themself. So, starting now, the format is going to be "whatever the hell I want" and they will be posted approximately "whenever the hell I want" with the addendum of "probably monthly for reasons stated above". Also, I feel like I'll be the only one doing these (hence why I put my name directly on the logo). But hey, if any other Sonnelians want a go, let me know!

Let's get on to the actual meat of this with some real content. The main things I'm gonna talk about were noted in the title, so not much else to say here.

Sonnel Turns 7!

Last Saturday, September 5th, Sonnel turned 7 years old as a region on NationStates! Of course, that's been a long time. Most of the founding nations were freshmen in high school when the region was founded, now we're all graduated and slowly dispersing and getting on with our lives. It's crazy how time flies!

For the birthday celebration, we did several things. We had a fun poll, we invited back some oldie nations to come say hello, and some of us even responsibly partied in real life! A few of us got a little too intoxicated though, including yours truly. I wouldn't have it any other way though, it was a great celebration and I'm glad we were able to make something happen.

Of course, most Sonnelians will probably remember the 7th anniversary by the time leading up to it, in which I led a crusade to tastefully self-spam our RMB. As you may know, a region's RMB has a forum-like view, where posts are displayed in pages of 25 posts each. Earlier in 2020, I noticed that we were 50 or so pages away from reaching RMB Page 1,000. Knowing Sonnel's 7th birthday was close, I was determined to reach the 1000 page milestone on the same day as the 7th. Nobody took me seriously about it for like 6 months, until about a month out, we realized that it was still possible, though much more difficult.

In the weeks leading up to the 7th birthday, I constantly tagged, annoyed, badgered, and basically forced members of Sonnel to post to our RMB. It took a couple nights of constant posting, but eventually, on the night of the anniversary, we finally reached the milestone, about an hour before the clock struck midnight. It was an amazing feat, and I'm so proud of my regionmates for helping me make it happen. I couldn't have done it without them.

You may be asking, "hey drawk, why does Sonnel's 7th birthday matter? certainly it would be better to celebrate a bigger milestone like the 10th anniversary or something?"

There's only one answer to that, my friend.


World Cup Returns to Sonnel's Shores

In my personal opinion, the subforum of NationStates Sports is one of NS's best-kept secrets. I mean, sure, it's right there in plain sight when you open the forum page, but few venture within its depths to see what lies beyond. What you find there is one of the most unique communities on the internet, and probably one of the least toxic subforums on NS. If you don't know how it works, consult this xkcd comic to the right. It's cheekily making fun of real life sports, but it's actually a direct description of NS Sports, funnily enough.

Due to NS's status as an international website, the most popular sport on the NS Sports subforum is association football (soccer). Because of this, the World Cup is the biggest event. It draws in over a hundred participants for each edition, which run every 3-4 months. It's both a big responsibility and honor to host the World Cup.

Drawkland has been on the subforum for nearly 5 years, so I've built up a bit of a reputation as both a participant and a host. I hosted the World Cup once before (the 79th edition, alongside the now-retired nation Ceni). The Cup was well-run, and the final resulted in a clash of the indie region titans of the era, Schottia and Bonesea. In Seven Stars Stadium, a newly-constructed venue in the heart of Drawkland, Schottia prevailed 3 goals to 2 over Bonesea. This was nearly three years ago, and I figured it would be time to host the World Cup again.

This time, I bid alongside Newmanistan, a veteran NS Sports member who returned from a hiatus a couple years ago. It was a tightly contested vote, with 4 total bids for the World Cup. This is abnormal, usually 2 bids is common, and 3 is occasional. 4 is unheard of, and each bid was easily able to win. In the end though, we won the host vote by a tight margin, and got to work hosting NationStates' oldest sporting competition (World Cup 1 happened way back in 2003). With this, half of World Cup 86 would be hosted in Drawkland, once again bringing the finest footy players to Sonnel. The qualifying process is still underway as I write this, but within a couple weeks the proper World Cup will begin, and a week or so from then we'll have crowned a champion.

In the next Sonnel Notes edition I'll be sure to provide an update on how World Cup 86 ends up. It'll definitely be over by early October, and if it isn't, I'll delay the next Notes until it's over just for that benefit. Because why not? I think it'd be nice to have something to look forward to for the next edition, or something. Or at least something else to talk about.


This next month, besides finishing the rest of the World Cup, Sonnel doesn't have a lot going on. There's been rumbling rumors and suggestions for holding new elections for Sonnel's currently defunct "regional government," and I'm considering getting that kickstarted this month so we all have something fun to do. Something to keep on the lookout for, at least!

That's about all I have to talk about for this new edition of the Sonnel Notes. I dunno exactly how I'm gonna make this work month by month, but I'll figure something out. For now, feel free to give me feedback on the Sonnel RMB, or join our Discord server and talk about it there. Thanks for tuning in, and see you next month (probably)!

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Check out the revival of the SONNEL NOTES! Remember that bad boy? yeah, I know you don't, whatever. read it or not, idc

i can confirm i do not

i do like it though

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list a few favorites!

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Mushcap wrote:i can confirm i do not

i do like it though


Drawkland wrote:It's all my fault

He murders everything, including my World Cup Qualification chances. RIP.

Ethane wrote:He murders everything, including my World Cup Qualification chances. RIP.

Okay that's not my fault :(

Hey everyone! I'm going to be attempting to reboot our regional government! More information forthcoming. Below is a slightly updated version of our old Regional Government information dispatch. Be aware that anything listed there may be subject to change, but for the most part it's how things will work.

A Newer Paradigm for A Newer Era

With more nations, more interest, and the advent of political parties and Regional Officers, this system was designed by Drawkland to be used to guide the future of Sonnel. The period on inactivity in Sonnel sent the government into a defunct state, but now it is returning with slight modifications. Until a better way is discussed or found, this design will be used as long as Sonnel is still inhabited by nations.

The Official Sonnelian Charter is contained in the bottom of this dispatch, or by clicking this sentence. This is the Official Ruling Document of Sonnel, and contains most of the information found here, just in less detail.

    These are the positions in the regional government, listed in order of importance/power:
  • FOUNDER: Founder of the region, generally most important in governmental matters, and as Founders do, has non-negotiable power over the region.

  • PRIME DELEGATE: Position held by the current WA Delegate. The Delegate has the most power second to the Founder, and also represents the region in the World Assembly, as per the standard.

  • BETA DELEGATE: Elected position. The Beta Delegate has all the power that the Founder and Prime Delegate do, but they do not hold Executive power and they do not matter in the WA, at least not as much as the Delegate.

  • EXTERNAL OFFICER: Elected position. The External Officer has power over Border Control and Embassies, and will assist the Founder and Delegates in representing and protecting the region to and from outside entities.

  • INTERNAL OFFICER: Elected position. The Internal Officer has control over Appearance and Communication, and so will assist the Founder and Delegates in keeping the region in control on the inside, pertaining to the RMB and other such functions.

    Here are the Term Lengths and Restrictions of each position:
  • FOUNDER: The Founder is in ultimate control of the region for the most part, and thus cannot be removed from power. Not only is this logical, but it's enforced due to the fact that NationStates does not have any function to remove a Founder and likely never will. Therefore, the term is unlimited and unrestricted for the Founder.

  • DELEGATES & OFFICERS: The 2 Delegates and the 2 Officers originally had terms of 3 months, but knowing us we'll probably forget about it and stretch them. Once the government is rebooted we may decide on an official term length again. There is no limit on the amount of terms that can be fulfilled, if a candidate consistently wins elections from the people then there is no point limiting that as such. Unlike previous times, the Beta Delegate is elected like any other position and IS NOT appointed by the newly elected delegate.







Grand Ol' Drawk

Prime Delegate


Grand Ol' Drawk

Beta Delegate

External Officer

High Lowland Hrothgar



Internal Officer

Old Cumberland




A full listing of Sonnelian Political Parties will be written into a dispatch once parties are refounded.

    Roles and Procedures for political parties
  • To form a valid political party, a nation needs to create a list of platforms, have a cool name, and more than 1 member. It's highly suggested a "home dispatch" of sorts is created for the party so more in-depth information can be obtained by interested nations.

  • Political Parties are used for elections. Each party can submit one (1) nation from its party per office. If a nation loses an election for one office, it can run for another. Parties are not required to send a nation to run for office if they do not wish it so.

  • Who is submitted to run for office is entirely at the discretion of the party. It could be the sole decision of the Party Founder, or it could be a democratically reached decision. What matters is that the choice is sent to Drawkland before the election.

  • If a party runs out of members (all its members leave for other parties or CTE), it is officially dissolved, but can be revived if at least 2 nations wish to revive and rejoin the party.

  • Political parties' members who reach office are expected to follow through on the platforms their party stands for, or else they may be suggested to change parties, platforms, or to resign. There's no point in being in a party if you don't follow through with it. This is more of a suggestion and something that should be policed by the party's members.

  • Internal organization of members and candidates within a party is entirely up to what the party wants. It could be a founder-dictated party which is essentially a single nation or two running for office with support from cronies, or it could be a democratic council which votes on all of its charter, members, and candidates.

  • Nations in a party aren't required to vote for their party's candidate (they should), but that's more of an internal thing, something that the party's members agree on. Elseways, there's no purpose in the party existing.

  • Parties can converse however they please, via group message, Discord, group telegram, individual contact run by leader, private forum thread, or any other medium they please. If the demand arises, party-specific channels may be created on the Sonnel Discord server.

    Procedures for Nations interested in political parties
  • Nations are not required to join a political party, if so, they'll be registered as independent. Any nation which votes in an election and hasn't joined a political party yet will be assigned Independent.

  • After the first membership poll, Nations will have to join a political party by confirming their choice with both the party's leader and Drawkland or the current Prime Delegate. The party leader, once confirming the new recruit, should telegram whoever the recruit telegrammed to confirm the joining. A new nation will not be confirmed in a party if Drawkland or the delegate do not receive confirmation from both the party leader and the new recruit.

  • Nations are strongly encouraged to contribute to their parties and become influential within them. Dead weight or useless lurkers are no fun.


    Elections occur in this manner:
  • Elections, as stated before, occur every 3ish months to create approximately 3ish-month terms.

  • Once the Founder (Drawkland) states that it's time for elections, parties may submit candidates for voting. Once all parties have been accounted for (confirmed candidate or no candidate), or it's been a week since submissions opened, the polls will be conducted.

  • The elections go in power-first order, therefore position elections are held in this way:
    Prime Delegate
    Beta Delegate
    External Officer
    Internal Officer

  • Once the Prime Delegate is elected, it's highly mandatory that all WA members in the region Endorse the said nation so their position will be confirmed. Punishment is that a member's vote in regional elections will not be counted. Endorsement of the Beta Delegate is loose and not required.

  • If an election results in a tie, another poll will be held with only the tying nations involved in the vote. If this results in a tie, then the tie will be broken by the favor of the Founder.

    This describes how the government is run and proceeds:
  • All the members of the Sonnel Regional Government, the Founder, Delegates, and Officers, will be in contact via Discord or some medium, where they will discuss issues, amendments, and whatever else concerning the region.

  • Any member of the region can suggest rule additions, removals, or amendments, provided they have a government sponsor who can introduce the bill to the other members of government and make their suggestion in the following format:

    1. The title should read Resolution to [insert goal here] followed by a empty line
    2. The following three lines should be that of the Author:[insert author here] the Government Sponsors:[insert government sponsors], and an empty line
    3. Next there is traditionally a preamble which is a number of short sentences addressing why the author decided to write it. It should be formatted as sentences that start with a verb, ends in a comma, and are separated by empty lines.
    4. Lastly the author may continue onto their suggestion, traditionally simply by saying "Requests Changes to [item wishing to be changed] to read [what to change it to]"

    This format was required in the old regional government but it may change. The regional officers will vote on a resolution once it is submitted.
  • In a vote, the Founder's vote counts as 2, the Prime Delegate's as 2, and the Beta Delegate/External Officer/Internal Officer have 1 vote each. This way, if the Founder and Delegate disagree, the tie is broken by the other officers, and if the Founder/Delegate are on one side versus the other 3 members, the F/D side will prevail (since their views are more important and valuable, as they are higher members of the council, so to speak). This totals to 7 votes, and cannot end in a tie unless a nation abstains.

  • Amendments, removals, or additions to the Ruling Charter are all fair game from any officer or delegate.


    1. There are five positions in the Sonnel Regional Government, The Founder, Prime Delegate, Beta Delegate, External Officer, and Internal Officer.

    2. Each position of power has its own set of control over the region:

      1. Founder: Executive, Appearance, Border Control, Embassies, Communication, Polls.

      2. Prime Delegate: WA Ambassador, Appearance, Border Control, Embassies, Communication, Polls.

      3. Beta Delegate: Appearance, Border Control, Embassies, Communication, Polls.

      4. External Officer: Border Control, Embassies, Polls.

      5. Internal Officer: Appearance, Communications, Polls.

    3. Each position power has the following term limits:

      1. Founder: None, unlimited term.

      2. Delegates and Officers: 3ish-month terms, punctuated with elections for next term. There is no limit on the amount of terms a nation can hold, as long as they're elected by fair vote.


    1. The members of the Regional Government will communicate via some sort of platform (likely Discord), whichever is most convenient for all members involved.

    2. Any member of the Government can suggest rule additions, removals, or amends (Marked As such, As such, and As Such).

    3. After discussion on suggestions, the members of the regional government will hold a quick and semi-informal vote.

      1. The Founder and Prime Delegate's vote count as 2.

      2. The Beta Delegate, External Officer, and Internal Officer's votes count as 1 each.

      3. There must, therefore, be a total of 7 votes.

    4. If and when a new policy is passed, it will be added/changed on this charter by the Founder, using the aforementioned syntax.

    5. Policy that doesn't directly affect this charter is also treated in a similar manner.

    6. Any changes or additions in policy will either be performed by the Founder or the Government Member that proposed it.


    1. If usage of a nation's regional power is permitted in the rules and does not affect the region in a huge way, a regional officer can use the power at their discretion.

    2. More major actions should be consulted with Founder first. The exception to this is times in which the region is in danger, for example, in the time of a raid.

    3. The following powers can be used without consultation or discussion:

      1. Appearance: Minor modifications to World Factbook Entry, or Dispatches.

      2. Border Control: Eject or Ban extremely troublesome nations.

      3. Embassies: Propose new embassies.

      4. Communications: Send relevant region-wide telegrams, control recruit settings, suppress/unsuppress valid messages.

      5. Polls: Open non-election or non-region official polls which don't last too long.

    4. The following powers can be used after consultation with Founder and approval:

      1. Appearance: Change Tags, change flag, major World Factbook Entry revamps.

      2. Border Control: set regional password, eject/ban non-universally hated nations.

      3. Embassies: Accept or close embassies, or change embassy posting settings.

      4. Communications: change the Welcome Telegram.

      5. Polls: Run official polls or create long polls.

    5. In the case where a Delegate wishes to perform a consulting action, they must consult the Founder first.

    6. The Founder or Delegate may remove or undo any changes done without approval that should've had consultation.

    7. Excessive use of power in a way that is annoying, overt, or unnecessary can result in loss of that power for the affliated officer for the rest of that term.


    1. Political Parties may be formed by any region member.

    2. To be officially recognized, a party must have at least 2 members or more.

    3. Political parties' main purpose is to have groups of residents convene on topics and send candidates to elections.

    4. It's highly suggested, but not mandatory, that nations vote for their party's candidate.

    5. It's highly suggested, but not mandatory, that nations join political parties in the first place.

      1. To join a political party, a nation must submit a request to a party's leader.

      2. If the party head confirms the acceptance of the nation into the party, they must send a confirmation telegram to the Founder, and the nation that joined must also send one, so that both parties confirm.

      3. Discord messages can be used in lieu of telegrams.

    6. When election time rolls around, political parties should convene and send candidates to the Founder, so that the candidates may be present in the election polls.

    7. A party can only send one candidate per office.


    1. "The 7 Commandments" is the official rule set for general conduct on Sonnel. Here are these rules (which can be found in more detail elsewhere):

      1. Obey Authority, especially that of the Founder and Prime Delegate.

      2. Do not complain about rules, rule enforcement, or events.

      3. No excessive arguing, especially on the RMB.

      4. Keep conversations relatively relevant and drama-less.

      5. No excessive talk of real-life politics.

      6. Do not refer to Drawkland as "Drawkie."

      7. Participate in at least some way in the region.

    2. Event facilitation shall commence in this manner:

      1. Discord is the main area for chatter not really involving NationStates, or involving things in NationStates which don't need to be on the RMB.

      2. Regional Government will be operated via private Discord channels.

      3. Sonnelian events, such as RPs and Sporting Events, should be held on the NationStates Forums.

      4. The offsite forum for Sonnel is defunct and will no longer be used in operation.

    3. These rules and procedures can be edited like any other mandates in this charter.

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In the next week or so we should be looking at creating new political parties for the regional elections. Once again, more info on that later.


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