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Got to go see an Abrams, Paladin, and Bradley from Fort Hood up close and personal over at Veterans Park for the Memorial Day's Weekend of Remembrance. Man are those things huge. I'm 6ft 3 and I was small compared to those things.

Gig em Aggies wrote:Got to go see an Abrams, Paladin, and Bradley from Fort Hood up close and personal over at Veterans Park for the Memorial Day's Weekend of Remembrance. Man are those things huge. I'm 6ft 3 and I was small compared to those things.

They are quite impressive to see in person!

Happy Memorial Day Texas! For those who may be unaware, Memorial Day is a patriotic day to honor American Soldiers who have given their lives for their country. It is a legal holiday in most states. Flowers and flags are placed on graves of soldiers. Many organizations march in military parades and take part in special programs. Memorial Day originated during the Civil War. So remember your dead Texans, especially those who have died in the recent conflicts around the world. Please fly your flags at half-mast.

Hi all,

Happy Memorial Day and to those who celebrate it, today is Wesak Day and so Happy Wesak Day as well. :)

Temujins Mongolian Khanate wrote:Hi all,

Happy Memorial Day and to those who celebrate it, today is Wesak Day and so Happy Wesak Day as well. :)

Didn't know you were Buddhist even though your flag would have kind of made it obvious.

Gig em Aggies wrote:Didn't know you were Buddhist even though your flag would have kind of made it obvious.

Yes, I am Buddhist.

“Hrarroom!” (“Greetings!”)

The IDU now has a new forum, @ https://theidu.us/forum/ , to which all of the content from the previous forum has been transferred. Anybody who was already registered on the old one is registered on this replacement as well, but will need to use the ‘Lost Password’ feature before they can log in.

**** New WA Resolution Notification *****

There is currently a new General Assembly Resolution at vote. When expressing your opinion, please note which Resolution it is for. And remember Texans, your individual vote does count!

The new Resolution is called:
"Agricultural Invasive Species Act
A resolution to develop industry around the world.

Category: Advancement of Industry Area of Effect: Protective Tariffs Proposed by: The Wallenburgian World Assembly Offices

Recognizing agriculture as the most fundamental industry of"...

<see the General Assembly for full text and to vote>

Synopsis: In this retread from last month, the General Assembly has it in for plants and animals in your nation again. They need to keep their cotton-picking hands off our cows! No Stars. NewTexas will go on record as AGAINST on this Resolution. This is only the opinion of NewTexas. We look forward to other Texans' opinions and comments on this Resolution. If good arguments to the contrary are made, we will reconsider our position.

The Texas response was up on the last GA vote -- Freedom Of Religion -- which was passed after gaining 76.2% of the vote. As a reminder, all we are looking for is a simple 10% of Texans to say one way or another. We are a force for change in the WA. Every vote counts! There were 3 publicly-expressed opinions on the last Resolution with the final Texas tally running 1 FOR and 2 AGAINST and 0 ABSTAIN and 0 UNDECIDED. Texans were somewhat split on that one.

If you would like to take part in shaping the world you live in, please vote. Voting is a right and a privilege, please consider using it. And, if you are not a member of the World Assembly, we strongly encourage you to join.

All Texas WA Member nations please vote. Please make your Texan opinions known in Texas by 11:00 PM Saturday and in the World Assembly voting booth by 11:00 PM Texas Time on Sunday the 3rd. Current voting in The World is running - Votes FOR: 6688 Votes AGAINST: 4587

Big Tex

PS: Remember, be sure to vote at the World Assembly too!

***** Texas Saturday Breakfast *****

WooHootie, time for Saturday breakfast! We have created a little special sumptin-sumptin and we are going to share it with you! For Texas' breakfast needs today, we present Shrimp & Egg Taco Saturday! There are some totally awesome and sweet shrimp out there these days. For your dining pleasure, we are making blackened shrimp with just enough Cajun spices to make you cough (a good thing). Once the shrimp are almost done, we chop them up in bite-sized pieces and throw them in a pan with scrambled eggs and a generous helping of spicy, homemade salsa. It all finishes together and is slapped in a Texas-sized fresh tortilla and topped with cilantro, more salsa and a light sprinkling of ultra-finely shredded Monterrey Jack cheese! We Gar-On-Tee you will love this taco! The Juice Bar is open with all the standard juices - Orange, Apple, Grapefruit & Tomato. This week's funky stuff is, drumroll please, Serrano Lime Watermelon!!! Try "The Suicide" - all the juices, in one glass - we dare you! It doesn't get much better than this! Start your day off the right way; munch out and go back to sleep. Of course, The Never Ending Urn of Coffee is full and ready to help you wash it all down. Texas coffee doesn't get any better. Enjoy Texas! You know you want to!®

***** Texas Chat Reminder *****

The Texas Weekly Chat Session will be Saturday (TODAY) at High Noon Texas Time (CDT) ***Saturday***. And, if you can't be there right at Noon, that is Ok, Texas Chat usually runs 3, 4, 5 hours with some Chats running as high as 7 or 8 hours.

The Texas Chat Site is here: http://texasregion.net/blab70/login.php

Please register with your nation name. This is a great opportunity for nations old and new to Texas to find out what is going on! We chat, we debate, we talk about the weather, we talk about stuff we like, stuff we hate, random stuff and more stuff. But, it is never stuffy. Usually, it is about meeting your fellow Texans and talking about the latest and most interesting stuff in NationStates at the moment. But then again, sometimes NationStates does not even come up. It is wide-open chatting with peeps from around The World both IRL and NS. It is Texans, EuroTexans, WannabeTexans, ex-Texans, and plenty of Friends of Texans. We have it all and all are welcome. Texas Chat, 691 weeks and running! For the math-challenged, that is over 13¾ years! Check it out! Good stuff!

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Did some drop a WMD?

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Did some drop a WMD?

It was I. I tested a prototype realty bomb to get rid of a pesky doctor so I needed test subjects

Did you unleash Realtors on one pesky Doctor? How barbaric! 😵

**** New WA Resolution Notification *****

There is currently a new General Assembly Resolution at vote. When expressing your opinion, please note which Resolution it is for. And remember Texans, your individual vote does count!

The new Resolution is called:
"Preventing Desertification
A resolution to increase the quality of the world's environment, at the expense of industry.

Category: Environmental Industry Affected: Agriculture Proposed by: Erithaca

The General Assembly,

Shocked at the process of desertification"...

<see the General Assembly for full text and to vote>

Synopsis: The World Assembly has taken up the environmental cause again with desertification in its sights. Frankly, in a show of being a being a bad world-citizen, we just don't care if our neighbors desertify or the whole world for that matter. We will take care of NewTexas in ways we see fit and suggest other nations do the same if they are concerned about it. The WA can stay out of this national issue. No Stars. NewTexas will go on record as AGAINST on this Resolution. This is only the opinion of NewTexas. We look forward to other Texans' opinions and comments on this Resolution. If good arguments to the contrary are made, we will reconsider our position.

The Texas response was almost in the gutter on the last GA vote -- Agricultural Invasive Species Act -- which was passed after gaining 63.6% of the vote. As a reminder, all we are looking for is a simple 10% of Texans to say one way or another. We are a force for change in the WA. Every vote counts! There were 2 publicly-expressed opinions on the last Resolution with the final Texas tally running 0 FOR and 2 AGAINST and 0 ABSTAIN and 0 UNDECIDED. Texans were unanimous! Yay?

If you would like to take part in shaping the world you live in, please vote. Voting is a right and a privilege, please consider using it. And, if you are not a member of the World Assembly, we strongly encourage you to join.

All Texas WA Member nations please vote. Please make your Texan opinions known in Texas by 11:00 PM Wednesday and in the World Assembly voting booth by 11:00 PM Texas Time on Thursday the 6th. Current voting in The World is running - Votes FOR: 6339 Votes AGAINST: 5821

Big Tex

PS: Remember, be sure to vote at the World Assembly too!

Hello home state :)

WooHoo! Most eXtreme!

Head out on the highway...

Hello Texas! It's this time of month again: The new Emissary Report is out!

In this one await: Election results, an open WW game and an interview with the highest elected official in the Islands!


10000 Islands Emissary Update

Date: May 2018
Population: 1309 (- 11)
Delegate Endorsements: 410 (+ 42)
Forum: 10000islands.proboards.com

The following is the Emissary Report for May 2018.

Government
As of this report's publication, the government of 10000 Islands consists of:
~ Chief Executive: Woonsocket
~ WA Delegate: Alkasia
~ Senior Senator of Lyonesse East: Flemingisa
~ Senator of Himes West: Siuts
~ Senator of Blue Canaria North: Kozmix
~ Senator of New Republica South: Jabberwocky
~ Minister of Immigration: Lethoica
~ Minister of Labor: Paffnia
~ Minister of Education: The United Royal Islands of Euramathania

Political News
- Jabberwocky was elected as the Senator for New Republica South, after an intense election for the position. Congratulations! Also, thank you for your service, Ater Nox.
- Kozmix was re-elected as the Senator of Blue Canaria North. Congratulations!
- Tuga nation resigned as the Minister of Immigration, after a year of hard work and dedicated recruiting. Thank you for your service!
- Lethoica was nominated as the new Minister of Immigration. Congratulations!

TITO Command
As of the publication of this report, TITO command consists of:
~ Commander-in-Chief: Woonsocket
~ Tactical Officer: Kortexia
~ Tactical Officer: Kanta Hame
~ Tactical Officer: Sorya
~ Tactical Officer: Aersoldorf
~ EF Tactical Officer: Smugglers and Mercs
~ Executive Officer: Hakketomat

Military News
- Four nations were honored with promotions including our respected executive officer, Hakketomat, and Knights 104 Banbury Road, Louisistan and Ater Nox.
- TITO Day 2018 (8th May) was celebrated with furor and festivity. Many badges and pins were awarded, along with Kanta Hame being awarded the prestigious Anime Daisuki Cross. Congratulations!

Around the Islands
- Shy Guyia was chosen as the emissary to The Order of the Grey Wardens, after Sorya stepped down from the position. Thank you for your work, Sorya, and congratulations to Shy Guy.
- Kozmix has been chosen the emissary to Capitalist Paradise after Siuts stepped down. Congratulations!
- A Link1,000,000 taco raffle is underway, and we urge all our diplomats to buy their tickets (2000 tacos per ticket only) for a chance to win BIG!!!
- LinkThe Mad Surfer was recently granted their own board for writing and developing their newspaper.
- Major wage reform thanks to Paffnia has helped hard working Islanders get the pay they deserve, on time, every time.

- Taco Island:
~ LinkBREAKING NEWS IN TACO ISLAND brought to you by Lethoica, the rumor mill scandal master.
~ LinkInterviews are ongoing for the Taco Island Accounting Firm's Manager. If you have what it takes, go on and apply today! :)
~ The Hurricane has Linka story to tell! It is very believable.
~ Sign up for LinkWW 61- The Millennial Mafia hosted by Kozmix.
~ Find the latest release of the Mad Surfer Linkhere.


May's Special Feature: The WA Delegate

The World Assembly Delegate of XKI is the most powerful elected office in the Region, and is the spearhead of internal, foreign and World Assembly affairs in the region. We sat with Alkasia, a Delegate with a decent outreach, and examined his office a little, to see what was their take on XKI's life is.

Kozmix: Thank you for agreeing to take time off your busy schedule, Alk!
Alkasia: No worries!

Kozmix: My first question to you would be this: What makes the position of a WA Delegate special in XKI? What makes it that coveted office, which only 32 nations have held in the last 15 years of our region's existence?
Alkasia: The position of WA Delegate in our region goes far beyond the simple voting on resolutions and garnering endorsements. It is a position of power where one can make real and lasting change to the region. The Delegate has far-reaching powers on foreign affairs and can shape it how they wish. Their impact is seen across the region, from the embassy board to the interregional community. In comparison, Senators have much more focused powers in certain aspects of the region. I believe many see it to be a stepping stone, an introduction to the administration of the region and the Council itself that they can use to further prospects as a Minister or Delegate. That being said, Senators are critical to the function of our region and being one is great experience to have.
Essentially, the Delegate is the face of 10000 Islands interregionally and, to an extent, domestically. Their image reflects on the region as a whole and they have the potential to make more executive and impactful decisions on their own, while also getting larger ideas through the Council.

Kozmix: That is fair. The Delegates of 10000 Islands have all been involved members of this region, whether it be militarily, on the diplomatic front, or in regional affairs. Which leads me directly to my next question: Does maintaining this balance feel pressuring at times? What factors do you take into account when faced with critical decisions, such as embassy requests and the like?
Alkasia: 10000 Islands always comes first in my decisions. I represent the region and its people and they will always be what matters most in my thought process. That being said, I also want to do my best to make sure that things like embassy requests and other interregional decisions have mutual benefit for both XKI and the other respective regions. I take no pride in one-sided decisions that only benefit XKI at the expense of friends or allies. I want the choices I make to go beyond just benefitting our region and make a positive impact on others.
Specifically with embassy requests, we can look at the recent declination of an embassy with Enadia. It was my personal opinion that a formal friendship with the region would not presently benefit XKI due to their recent controversial actions. But I want to view that denial not as a simple rejection but as encouragement for the region to do better and fix the issues that have caused backlash from the community. If they were to remedy these things, I would be much more open to supporting an embassy with them. It is my overall desire to improve both regions with the establishment of diplomatic relations, whether it be through an initial denial or an acceptance.

Kozmix: A positive message from a seemingly negative outcome. That is a beautiful message.
And speaking of messages, you must receive multiple telegrams from resolution authors and WA campaigners. What is your criteria for approving a WA proposal. Has it ever been that you approved a proposal but voted against it?
Alkasia: To be entirely honest, I haven't approved many WA proposals. The General Assembly is something that I still don't consider myself well-versed in, so approving those on my own is a bit tougher. A really persuasive campaign telegram could sway me though. However, when an Islander asks me to approve a proposal I always oblige unless it is clearly contrary to the region's interests. Even if the proposal is destined not to reach quorum, it is that Islander's desire for it to do so. For Security Council proposals, it's a bit easier. In cut-and-dry liberation proposals like Liberate The Monarchist Entente, that's an instant approval from me. Commendations/Condemnations I use my own judgement on.
And yes, I have had to vote against certain things I've approved in the past. When an Islander asks me to approve something that makes it to quorum, but the vote of the Islands goes contrary to the wishes of that Islander, I will have to vote against it.

Kozmix: That's quite reasonable and the fact that you look out for the Islanders' opinions on WA proposals in vote is truly commendable.
Let's move on. I myself haven't been around for very long, but in that time, XKI seems to have shifted its stance on certain foreign policy aspects. Is my observation correct? Is this something that you believe is for the better?
Alkasia: I would say at the core our foreign policy remains as strong as ever. But the direction has shifted some and I do think it's been for the better. My foreign policy goal is essentially to bring the region closer to the rest of the community, as I believe we've become a bit separate from them. We've been rather slow to transition to new customs and while other regions have become more interconnected, ours remains somewhat removed. My hope is to speed us up a bit and get us back into connection with the rest of the world.

Kozmix: If I was to raise a particular aspect of this specifically, that being Culture and RP, what is your opinion on the multiple NS wide events? Would you like to participate, spectate and allow the same for other Islanders?
Alkasia: It would of course have to depend on who's hosting and what the event entails. I can't see XKI participating in something like RaiderCon 😂. But yes, I would like XKI to participate in more interregional events. The feeders and some other regions tend to organize a lot of festivals and those always turn out to be pretty fun. Getting more involved in that is something I'm looking into and I hope to co-host a festival with friendly region(s) in the near future.

Kozmix: My last question to you: Is there anything you would like to tell our respected embassy regions?
Alkasia: Most importantly, thank you for your continued friendship. Whether you're a region that just had an embassy established or one that's been alongside us for years, your camaraderie is always greatly appreciated. Secondly, my inbox is always open. If you wish to organize an interregional event, discuss other things of importance, or even just want to chat, you can contact me by telegram, personal message on the XKI forums, or on Discord (Alk#0216). I look forward to developing relations further and bringing 10000 Islands closer to the interregional community and especially closer with all of you.

Important Links:
Alkasia on NS
LinkAlkasia on Proboards
Alk#0216 on Discord

Written by Kozmix

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D-Day kicked off 74 years ago.

Today was (is) National Running Day. Completed a 5K in just under 29 minutes.

Gig em Aggies wrote:It was I. I tested a prototype realty bomb to get rid of a pesky doctor so I needed test subjects

You are so going to get yelled at.

i love you all <3

This resolution of the World Assembly looks truly moronic.

{{{Security Council

Condemn The League of Conservative Nations

The World Assembly,

Observing The League Of Conservative Nations claims to be a Free Democracy,

Denouncing the LCN's recent threats to invade new regions, for example the U.C.N,

Believing this string of threats of invasions and infiltration must be put to an end,

Appalled by their use of trolling to undermine stability of various Governments,

Stating that a condemnation would send a message to other anti-democratic regions,

Clarifying the LCN claims to be a Democratic Region, yet it has an executive branch made of oppressive "Consuls" appointed by the Leader,

Further Clarifying recently one of the consuls, Quebecshire, modified a regional party due to it being against the Consulate,

Hereby Condemns The League Of Conservative Nations}}}

No one hates conservative ideologies more than me, but I'll be damned if the World Assembly starts passing resolutions against regions for merely having an ideology that some strongly disagree with. That's what this looks like, so I am AGAINST this resolution. Fortunately, it seems most of those who have already voted do have some common sense. Still, it seems like a waste to have put up such a lame resolution to begin with!

**** New WA Resolution Notification *****

There is currently a new Security Council Resolution at vote. When expressing your opinion, please note which Resolution it is for. And remember Texans, your individual vote does count!

The new Resolution is called:
"Condemn The League Of Conservative Nations
A resolution to express shock and dismay at a nation or region.

Category: Condemnation Nominee: The League of Conservative Nations Proposed by: Crimsonfield

The World Assembly,

Observing The League Of Conservative Nations claims to be"...

<see the Security Council for full text and to vote>

Synopsis: The Security Council has been asked to step in on a quibble between two regions. We think they should have a war or a boxing match or get over it. Nobody needs to be Condemned here. Move along. NewTexas will go on record as AGAINST on this Resolution. This is only the opinion of NewTexas. We look forward to other Texans' opinions and comments on this Resolution. If good arguments to the contrary are made, we will reconsider our position.

The Texas response was almost in the gutter on the last SC vote -- Commend Knootoss -- which was passed after gaining 86.6% of the vote. As a reminder, all we are looking for is a simple 10% of Texans to say one way or another. We are a force for change in the WA. Every vote counts! There were 2 publicly-expressed opinions on the last Resolution with the final Texas tally running 2 FOR and 0 AGAINST and 0 ABSTAIN and 0 UNDECIDED. Texans were unanimous! Yay?

If you would like to take part in shaping the world you live in, please vote. Voting is a right and a privilege, please consider using it. And, if you are not a member of the World Assembly, we strongly encourage you to join.

All Texas WA Member nations please vote. Please make your Texan opinions known in Texas by 11:00 PM Monday and in the World Assembly voting booth by 11:00 PM Texas Time on Tuesday the 12th. Current voting in The World is running - Votes FOR: 751 Votes AGAINST: 7641

Big Tex

PS: Remember, be sure to vote at the World Assembly too!

***** Texas Saturday Breakfast *****

WooHootie! Saturday breakfast time! For today's dining delight, courtesy of The Big Tex Happy Taco Stands of NewTexas, we present Saturday Fajita and Egg Tacos! Get your day started off right with this big beefy, juicy steak and egg taco! Genuine Texas Angus Beef is freshly-butchered on-premises and is gently grilled before your very eyes on the open grill to tender, juicy perfection. At the same time, delicious, super jumbo, organic, farm-fresh, brown eggs are scrambled to order. These two simple, expertly-prepared ingredients are rolled in hot, fresh flour tortillas made on the premises multiple times daily. We have the Salsa Bar up and running with everything you could possibly want to top your taco including Cheesy Queso, fresh Pico de Gallo, Fire-Roasted Salsa and fresh Cilantro! It doesn't stop there! We also have fresh homemade creamy, chunky, Guacamole, Sour Cream, delicious shredded Longhorn Jack Cheddar cheese and an all-new spunky Jalapeño Ranch, all available for making your breakfast as special as you are! We will open The Juice Bar with all the standard juices - Orange, Apple, Grapefruit, Tomato. The funky one today is the Maple Mint Mulch Shot. For one day only, we have a harder selection, our new Jalapeño Maria de Sangre. Try "The Suicide" - we dare you! If fresh fruit is not your bag, we will be stirring up Tang on request. Start your day off the right way; munch out and go back to sleep. Of course, The Never Ending Urn of Coffee is full and ready to help you wash it all down. Texas coffee doesn't get much better. Come on down and start your day right Texas. You know you want to!®

***** Texas Chat Reminder *****

The Texas Weekly Chat Session will be Saturday (TODAY) at High Noon Texas Time (CDT) ***Saturday***. And, if you can't be there right at Noon, that is Ok, Texas Chat usually runs 3, 4, 5 hours with some Chats running as high as 7 or 8 hours.

The Texas Chat Site is here: http://texasregion.net/blab70/login.php

Please register with your nation name. This is a great opportunity for nations old and new to Texas to find out what is going on! We chat, we debate, we talk about the weather, we talk about stuff we like, stuff we hate, random stuff and more stuff. But, it is never stuffy. Usually, it is about meeting your fellow Texans and talking about the latest and most interesting stuff in NationStates at the moment. But then again, sometimes NationStates does not even come up. It is wide-open chatting with peeps from around The World both IRL and NS. It is Texans, EuroTexans, WannabeTexans, ex-Texans, and plenty of Friends of Texans. We have it all and all are welcome. Texas Chat, 692 weeks and running! For the math-challenged, that is over 13¾ years! Check it out! Good stuff!

Do not take Medicine X if you are allergic to Medicine X.

No duh Sherlock, do we really need a warning for that in the commercial. If I'm allergic, I won't ask my doctor for it or they should know better than to prescribe it in the first place.

Trecdom2 wrote:Do not take Medicine X if you are allergic to Medicine X.

No duh Sherlock, do we really need a warning for that in the commercial. If I'm allergic, I won't ask my doctor for it or they should know better than to prescribe it in the first place.

I saw that same commercial. I'm actually opposed to advertisements for prescription drugs. Studies have shown that they can lead people to make medical decisions that are not in their best interest by choosing drugs that are well-known but potentially less affective and more harmful.

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