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Medicare here I come...

Issues Test Bed wrote:Medicare here I come...

Is that a good or bad thing? Or indifferent?

Issues Test Bed wrote:Medicare here I come...

Thought your birthday was some lucky day in September...

Trecdom2 wrote:Is that a good or bad thing? Or indifferent?

Indifferent. There were some cutbacks at work. I was one of the cutbacks. It was the logical thing to cut me. I was out of there at the end of the year anyway. I wasn't even out the door when they talking about me freelancing for them.

NewTexas wrote:Thought your birthday was some lucky day in September...

It is. But circumstances changed. I lose the company insurance the end of July.

I know that the team on the Amazing Race that was eliminated on this week's episode wasn't everyone's favorite, but to be eliminated due to what was mainly a production error is not a good way to go. The A/V team was in a separate vehicle behind them and took a different exit at a roundabout. The team continued to the next challenge but was told to wait for their crew to show up. After 90 minutes, they were allowed to start with a backup crew. That put them far enough behind everyone that they couldn't catch up.

Trecdom2 wrote:I know that the team on the Amazing Race that was eliminated on this week's episode wasn't everyone's favorite, but to be eliminated due to what was mainly a production error is not a good way to go. The A/V team was in a separate vehicle behind them and took a different exit at a roundabout. The team continued to the next challenge but was told to wait for their crew to show up. After 90 minutes, they were allowed to start with a backup crew. That put them far enough behind everyone that they couldn't catch up.

That would piss me off beyond words. I hope that is not true.

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

YaHootie! Tacos! Are you ready for some Saturday Breakfast, still All-Fresh? Bring out the Drones! The NewTexas Happy Taco Stands, in conjunction with the NewTexas Incendiary Corporation, has approximately 1 trillion of the fastest, lightest drones you have ever seen. This fleet is specially designed to deliver tacos to every man, woman, child, whatever, in Texas, all 2,298,527,000,000 of you.

Today's special breakfast will Saturday Sausage & Egg Breakfast Tacos [COVID-19 Week CCVI Edition]! The Big Tex Happy Taco Stands of NewTexas have a classic we all know and love today. While we could have used good ol' Jimmy Dean, we did not. We made our own sausage just for you Texas. Our blend is whole-hog, Texas-raised pork, all seasoned up with the perfect blend of sage, maple, and chili flakes. We had tens of thousands of big ol' black cast iron skillets browning up the sausage and when it was just right, we would pour in perfectly scrambled Texas Grade AA, farm-fresh, Organic Eggs. Pure, sun-yellow goodness mixed with juicy sausage! It does not get much better than that. We load all that into a hand-made flour tortilla made by certified Texas Abuelitas with love. Remember, a whole egg in every taco!®

Today's Special Salsa is - Salsa Taqueria - a fiery salsa prepared with tomatoes, garlic, and chiles de árbol. A sealed cup of Texas-made Longhorn Cheddar Jack cheese is also included for the cheese lovers. The taco is hermetically sealed in a Stay-Warm® pouch wrapped in the same ol' aluminum foil we are all so familiar with for our breakfast taco. We are trying to keep it real, peeps. For your beverage accompaniment, a packet of Sanka, Tang and a Lipton Tea bag will be included with every delivery as well as salt and pepper and a napkin. Yes, it is different, but it works and you do not even have to leave your residence. Woo! And, watch out for the drones! Start your day off the right way; munch out and go back to sleep. You know you want to!®

Stay Safe Texas. Stay Well. Hang in there!

***** 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, or 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 an excellent opportunity for nations old and new to Texas to find out what is going on! We chat, debate, and talk about the weather, stuff we like, stuff we hate, random stuff, and more. But, it is never stuffy. Usually, it is about meeting your fellow Texans and discussing the latest and most interesting stuff in NationStates. 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, VirtualTexans, and plenty of Friends of Texans. We have it all and all are welcome.

We have added a new feature to Texas Chat, Texas Movie Chat! Chat with Texans while watching a movie. Fun stuff! So far we have watched Halloween, Shootout at the OK Corral, Red, and recently a few new Star Trek series episodes. Want to watch something together?

Texas Chat, 987 weeks, and running! For the math-challenged, that is over 19½ years! Check it out! Good stuff!

I was reading between the lines in a Fox News article about the "pro-Palestinian" occupation of the admin building at Columbia University the other day. The story basically says the protestors held a maintenance worker "hostage," then let him go as an act of "good faith."

However the two pictures running with the article tell a far different story. It is my guess, and I cannot overemphasize that word guess, that conversation went something like this:
Protestor: You are our hostage!
Maint. Worker: [Insert really thick New York/Brooklyn accent] Oh yeah? I got your hostage right here.
Protester: **Ow... ** Hey! You're our hostage. You can't do... **OUCH** "Stop it!" **OWWWWWW**
Maint. Worker: I'm walking out that [expletive deleted] door right [expletive deleted] now. You got a [expletive deleted] problem with that?
Protester choking out words through an occluded airway: No problem, man.

I know, I know, small things to amuse small minds. I laughed way too hard while reading that article the second time after seeing those pictures.

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https://www.foxnews.com/us/columbia-university-facilities-worker-speaks-terror-takeover-held-hostage

Issues Test Bed

I'm Glad the change in employment status is due to downsizing at the company rather than them not wanting your services anymore. It's interesting they're already talking about you freelancing for them.

As for The Amazing Race, that's the information given by the team. I think they also said they were told to head to the next checkpoint if they were unable to reunite with the camera crew. Pretty sure earlier in the episode, the camera crew said on the radio they would inform them if the two cars got separated, so it makes sense to me for them to head to the next location.

There is some speculation among some fans that it was a penalty, either for "losing the camera crew" or breaking a traffic law while going through the roundabout. There are a few podcasts by previous contestants, one of which I listen to regularly, I will have to listen to a few of them to get their opinion of the situation.

The Realizer's Trivia Nights / Forest Trivia Competition:
..::~~Trivia Week Five~~::..

A message from The Realizer:

“Well... I would never have predicted this... That NS crash has scuppered my planning a fair bit, hehe... One Week turned into about 3 and it slightly delayed something which I'll reveal tomorrow.

Thank you to all who participated in the bumper edition of the Forest Trivia for week 4. I'm afraid I haven't managed to get together the answers for week 4 together yet. Additionally, the legendary card I promised as the prize is, well, non-existent... Once cards are back, I'll make sure to get it to the winner. I'm aiming to get the answers and results for week 4 out for Monday (depending on what real life brings) so watch out for that if you're interested...

Once again, I'm sorry that I haven't got the answer dispatch out yet, life has been... hectic... recently.

Have a great day...”

So... Here are Week 5's questions:

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Forest Trivia Week Five

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Question 1 -

What is the connection between these four seemingly random clues?

- 105: Colonising Villages

- 150: Colonising London

- 200: Colonising Countries

- 250: Colonising Canberra Last


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Question 2 -

What is the connection between these four seemingly random clues?

- Jaune

- Amarillo

- Amarelo

- Gelb


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Question 3 -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- King Leopold II

- Adolf Hitler

- Joseph Stalin

- ?


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Question 4 -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- Paraguay

- Belize

- Australia

- ?


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Question 5; DOUBLE POINTS! -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- Netherlands

- Italy

- Ukraine

- ?


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Read dispatch

And if anyone needs a refresh on the rules, here they are:

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Forest Trivia Rules

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Trivia Rules

The questions will be released every Saturday

These questions will be in the style of the popular quiz show, Only Connect

I shall post the dispatch with the questions in on the RMB

From that point onwards everyone, residents of forest or embassy regions, has One Week to answer the questions

Answers Must be submitted by Telegram

Only Telegram submissions will be accepted. Any answers posted on the RMB will be suppressed.

ABSOLUTELY NO GOOGLING OF ANSWERS IS ALLOWED if you are suspected of googling, a point will be deducted. Repeat offenders will have more severe sanctions

ABSOLUTELY NO USAGE OF AI IS ALLOWED if you are suspected of using AI, a point will be deducted. Repeat offenders will have more severe sanctions


Results

After the week has concluded, I shall release the answers to the previous week's questions in the same dispatch.

There will also be explanations as to how you could have reached the answers, in case anyone is interested

Alongside this, there shall be a two leaderboards compiled. One weekly leaderboard and one overall leaderboard.


Prizes!

The person(s) who get the most correct answers each week will share the "prize pot" equally which shall be equal to 20.00 DV

At the end of each month, the person at the top of the overall leaderboard shall receive a legendary!

The person who is at the top of the overall leaderboard at the end of the term, shall receive a grand prize of 5 legendaries!


Helpful Tips

If you don't know the answer, just have a guess! There's no harm in having an educated guess, you might just be right!

Watch out for a word question! If the clues seem so random that you just can't find a connection, it could be that it's a word question! The words themselves could be the connection!

If you aren't sure about the answer to the question, when you're submitting them, try to explain your thinking to me! If your thinking is correct but you don't quite get the answer, you'll get half of a point. They all count in the long run!

Take your time! There's no rush... You have a week to answer the questions so you have plenty of time to think and trivialise!

And most importantly...

Have fun!

Read dispatch

Just a reminder that Using AI is strictly forbidden and no googling is allowed. Good luck everyone! :-)

Max a.k.a. Yip Man a.k.a. Texas Jaguarundi
Texas' Ambassador to Forest
Forest's Ambassador to Texas

Happy Cinco de Mayo Texas! For those who are unaware of the significance of May 5th in Mexican history, it was the day the Mexicans beat the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. This was significant because the Mexicans had been granted independence from Spain in 1821 but Napoleon was trying to invade Mexico and put one of his relatives in as ruler of Mexico. It was a glorious victory for Mexico. We will be zipping out, via drone, Grilled Beef, Chicken, Shrimp & Portobello Fajitas all day & night! No Mariachis this year, but an inflatable sombrero will be included in every delivery as well as a complimentary shot of Patron! So, have some tacos, throw back some shots, and hold on to your maracas and Party! ¡Arriba!

Getting repair on the cardiac electrical system leaves one on their butt with nothing but time on their hands while the insult to the body recovers. (Don't push, pull, lift, shove, kick, bite, or otherwise manhandle anything over ten pounds. Can't even take the trash out.) With all that time on my hands, I downloaded the trail camera for the first time in a year or so. (I also found out it had been dead for a while. Fixed it.)

So here's some video of some of the critters that live in the backyard:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTWJTabzGDI

I was thinking about doing a couple more of these, but Alas. The majority of the video in the camera was useless. Moving trees, one really aggressive spider, and quick glimpses of squirrel and raccoon parts climbing the tree. Maybe I should set up a feeder.

Trecdom2 wrote:It's interesting they're already talking about you freelancing for them.

Yeah, the cutbacks came down from on high. We are talking two companies up the food chain. The people on the local level are already regretting the loss in manpower along with a push to produce more. It is my guess I'll be back out in the field as soon as the doctor says so.

Trecdom2 wrote:There is some speculation among some fans that it was a penalty, either for "losing the camera crew" or breaking a traffic law while going through the roundabout.

That contestant contract and rules of the game would be interesting reading. But I would not be waiting around for the camera crew if I were on that game unless there was some rule that said I lose if I don't.

~~Forest Poetry Fantasia~~

"Friends, Romans, Texans! Lend me your ears!
What's that?! A poetry competition?! Now, come on near..."

Yes! You heard it right! Today marks the start of the Forest Poetry Fantasia!
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So what do you need to know?

Well... EVERYTHING you need to know about the format, categories, submissions, judging, judges and the rules is in this dispatch here:

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Forest Poetry Fantasia!

Poetry has been a form of sharing stories since the beginning of time. In the 3rd millennium BCE, the oldest surviving poem was written - "The Epic of Gilgamesh". This ignited a spark which led to some of the most famous poems ever, such as Homer's "The Odyssey" and "The Iliad", being written.

As empires fell and new languages were developed, poetry remained an integral part of culture. Poetry became a way of recording history and sharing tales of gods and goddesses. Poets would often share their epics at large gatherings and festivals where hundreds of people would come to listen. Throughout time, poetry has continued to be a way of bringing people together, particularly in the Roman times when poems would be recited in front of thousands in famous amphitheatres.

Fast forward a few thousand years and poetry has evolved from the epics of old to the shorter forms which we know and love today. It's these shorter forms which we are celebrating in this competition. We invite everyone across the NationStates community to channel their creativity and let their imagination run wild!

Format

- The competition shall start on 5th May

- Participants have until the 21st May to submit their poems

- The results will be announced on the 26th May


Categories

- Haiku

- A Haiku is a poem that comprises of seventeen syllables across three lines. With line one having 5 syllables, line two 7 syllables and line three having 5 syllables.

- Although Haikus traditionally are about the natural world, your Haiku can be about whatever you wish

- Freeverse

- A freeverse (or freeform) poem is a poem that has no set structure or length, no consistent rhyme scheme and no set metrical pattern. In other words, you can do whatever you like!

- Your freeverse poem can be about anything you like! This is more of an open category for you to let your thoughts run wild

- The Environment

- This can be in any form you want! The choice is entirely yours!

- The only requirement for this category is that it must be about the environment. You could write about anything from forests to mountains, from pigeons to cheetahs! It's completely up to you! Let your imagination run wild!

- Vision

- Again, this can be in any form you want! The choice is entirely yours!

- The only requirement for this category is it must be about vision. This is a broad topic so let your imagination run wild! You could write about what you see, visions of the future, how lucky we are to be able to see, perhaps even Eurovision! There are no constraints and with such a broad topic, I'm sure you could write a moving poem...


Submissions

- Participants can submit a maximum of 5 poems across the 4 categories

- However, each participants may submit only 2 haikus

- Participants do not have to submit all their poems at once. You can submit them one at a time if you so wish!

- To submit a poem(s), participants should telegram Forest Poetry Judge. You can either attach a dispatch with the poem(s) in or write out the poem(s) in the telegram - either is fine...

- All poems shall be proudly displayed in a dispatch throughout the event

- The deadline to submit poems is 21st May


Judging

- All poems shall be judged based on three criteria by a panel of 7 judges, comprised of forestians and foreign trees alike...

- Each of the three criteria shall be marked out of 10, with each poem receiving an overall total out of 30. The criteria are as follows:

- Effectiveness

- How effectively is the point gotten across?
- Is it clear what the poem is talking about?
- Are there certain techniques the writer has used to get the point across?

- Thought

- How much thought has been put into writing the poem?
- Has the writer thought about the words they have used?
- If there is a rhyme scheme, are the rhyming couplets forced?
- Has the writer included any literary techniques?

- Resonance

- Has the writer thoughtfully used literary techniques to make the point more meaningful?
- Is the poem moving in any way? Does it resonate with the reader?


Judges

We're still waiting on confirmation from a few judges from our embassy regions but here are the judges we have so far -

Our esteemed Forest Keeper... Having been hailed as a "literary genius" by all, Zerphen is a great choice to be on this judging panel.

An ex-Forest Keeper and our current Deputy Forest Keeper! There are rumours that Garbelia may be a direct descendent of William Shakespeare! Those literary skills have definitely passed on through the generations and that's why Garbelia is an integral part of the judging panel...

They're not a Forest Keeper, or a "literary genius" BUT they do have an 8 at English GCSE. And that's why they are the best, worst part of this judging panel...

The Region That Has No Big Banks's foreign minister and chess master. Their poem "Back to Banks" has been lauded as one of the best poems of the 21st century by many and that is why we are honoured to have them on our judging panel.


Rules

As with all great writing comes a few rules...

- Participants must write the poems themselves. NO AI SHALL BE ALLOWED, it won't help you anyway and ruins the point of the event...

- Do not plagiarise the work of others

- Keep all writing PG-13, in line with NationStates's T&Cs

- And most importantly, Have fun!

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I'd highly recommend reading the dispatch first but here's the key information:

The competition starts today (5th May) and the deadline for submissions is the 21st May. The results will be released on the 26th May.

Although only our embassy regions are formally invited, Anyone can take part, no matter what region. Apart from The 5th Empire and similar regions...

There are Four categories: Haiku, Freeverse, The Environment and Vision.

All submissions must be sent to Forest Poetry Judge.

Each participant can submit Five poems each across the four categories but only Two may be Haikus. You do not have to submit all your poems at once, there is no rush.

There are Three main judging criteria: Effectiveness, Thought and Resonance.

There are Seven judges from both Forest and our embassy regions. Not all of these have been confirmed yet but the dispatch will be updated as and when they are confirmed.

Participants Must write the poems themselves. Using AI to write poems is forbidden (it won't help anyway) and plagiarism is forbidden.

Most importantly HAVE FUN!

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This is a great opportunity for everyone to channel their creativity and to let their imagination run wild! You have plenty of time so don't rush it!

Have a great day...

Good Luck everyone! :-)

Max a.k.a. Yip Man a.k.a. Texas Jaguarundi
Texas' Ambassador to Forest
Forest's Ambassador to Texas

Texas Jaguarundi wrote:[u][b] The Realizer's Trivia Nights / Forest Trivia Competition:
..::~~Trivia Week Five~~::..

Max a.k.a. Yip Man a.k.a. Texas Jaguarundi
Texas' Ambassador to Forest
Forest's Ambassador to Texas

Of the questions I answered in the last round, I got most of them right. As for this current group of questions, I can't even hazard a gues s

Trecdom2 wrote:Of the questions I answered in the last round, I got most of them right. As for this current group of questions, I can't even hazard a gues s

Yes, this week I'm just slightly experimenting with harder questions to see how people do compared to the usual difficulty level... That said, I might have gone a bit too far with Q1 & 4, so sorry about that. You could try and just hazard a guess of what the clues might be referring to and you'd still get half a point. it's entirely up to you though and in all honesty, if I hadn't written the questions, I would be struggling as well, hehe...

Have a great day...

Became a college graduate on Sunday. Exciting news!

The Realizer's Trivia Nights / Forest Trivia Competition:

And here they are!
Trivia Answers for Week 4, the big one!

Forest Trivia Answers Week Four:

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Forest Connect!

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Connections Round


Question 1 -

What is the connection between these four seemingly random clues?

- Wagner

- Mahler

- Grieg

- Strauss


Answer 1 -

- Answer = They are all composers from the romantic period

- Other Accepted Answers = They are all composers. The time period isn't the most important thing

- Will NOT accept = Anything about their nationalities... While Wagner and Strauss are German, Mahler is Czech and Grieg is Norwegian.


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Question 2 -

What is the connection between these four seemingly random clues?

- Ruby

- White

- Milk

- Dark


Answer 2 -

- Answer = They are all types of chocolate

- Other Accepted Answers = N/A

- Will NOT accept = Well... anything else really...


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Question 3 -

What is the connection between these four seemingly random clues?

- Categories

- Pigeons

- Crowds

- Rattler


Answer 3 -

- Answer = They all have animals at the start of the word -

- Categories
- Pigeons
- Crowds
- Rattler

- Other Accepted Answers = Anything along the lines of the above...

- Will NOT accept = N/A


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Question 4 -

What is the connection between these four seemingly random clues?

- Alps

- Himalayas

- Andes

- Ural


Answer 4 -

- Answer = They are all mountain ranges

- Other Accepted Answers = N/A

- Will NOT accept = They are all the largest mountain ranges on each continent... Ural mountains and Himalayas are both in Asia so that can't be the case.


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Question 5 -

What is the connection between these four seemingly random clues?

- Alpha

- Bravo

- Charlie

- Delta


Answer 5 -

- Answer = They are the first four letters of the NATO phonetic alphabet

- Other Accepted Answers = Words to that affect

- Will NOT accept = N/A


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Sequences Round


Question 6 -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- Vettel

- Verstappen

- Schumacher

- ?


Answer 6 -

- Answer = Hamilton

- Explanation = These are the four F1 drivers with the most wins so we were counting back to the driver with the most wins which is Lewis Hamilton

- Other Accepted Answers = N/A

- Will NOT accept = N/A


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Question 7 -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- 1950 - Uruguay

- 1938 - Italy

- 1934 - Italy

- ?


Answer 7 -

- Answer = 1930 - Uruguay

- Explanation = These are the first four football World Cup winners in order. The first winner was Uruguay in 1930

- Other Accepted Answers = N/A

- Will NOT accept = Well... anything else...


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Question 8 -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- The Final Frontier

- JEFF

- Starlight Brigade

- ?


Answer 8 -

- Answer = Anime Nations Against Liberals

- Explanation = These are the top four factions from the most recent N-Day... ANAL came first, Starlight slipped under the radar for second and JEFF claimed third after a valiant battle with KHAN...

- Other Accepted Answers = N/A

- Will NOT accept = Any other faction, lol...


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Question 9 -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- Charles III

- Elizabeth II

- George VI

- ?


Answer 9 -

- Answer = Edward VIII

- Explanation = These are the most recent monarchs of the UK in order. The 4th most recent is Edward VIII who's reign was so short that we might as well timed it against a lettuce (if you know, you know)

- Other Accepted Answers = N/A

- Will NOT accept = Any other Monarch...


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Question 10 -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- 1908 - London

- 1904 - St Louis

- 1900 - Paris

- ?


Answer 10 -

- Answer = 1896 - Athens

- Explanation = These are the first four modern Olympic games host cities... So we were counting back towards the first which was Athens in 1896

- Other Accepted Answers = N/A

- Will NOT accept = N/A


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The Connecting Wall -


Find the four groups of four clues hidden in the grid below

Group 1 -
- W
- X
- Y
- Z
Connection - They are all...

Group 2 -
- W
- X
- Y
- Z
Connection - They are all...

Group 3 -
- W
- X
- Y
- Z
Connection - They are all...

Group 4 -
- W
- X
- Y
- Z
Connection - They are all...

Answer Connecting Wall -

Scoring System -

- 1 point for each group found
- 1 point for each connection given
- 2 bonus points if all groups and connections are found
- Maximum score of 10


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The Missing Vowels Round -


Question 11->15 -

We've taken the vowels out and changed the spacings, but what are these clues?

Category - Capital Cities

Question 11

- CN BRR

Question 12

- BN SRS

Question 13

- KN G STW N

Category - NationStates Regions

Question 14

- T HRJC TDRL MS

Question 15

- THBR NT HCR NRFV RYR GN

Answer Missing Vowels Round -

Category - Capital Cities

Answer 11 -

- CANBERRA

Answer 12 -

- BUENOS AIRES

Answer 13 -

- KINGSTOWN

Category - NationStates Regions

Question 14

- THE REJECTED REALMS

Question 15

- THE BAR ON THE CORNER OF EVERY REGION


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The General Knowledge Round -


Question 16 -

According to Benjamin Franklin, two things in life are certain. Death and what?

Answer 16 -

- Answer = Taxes

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Question 17 -

Which famous painter is most well-known for painting waterlilies?

Answer 17 -

- Answer = Claude Monet

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Question 18 -

What is the only country in the world with 3 capital cities?

Answer 18 -

- Answer = South Africa. It has Pretoria, Cape Town and Bloemfontein as its capitals...

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Question 19 -

What is the name of the part of the plant cell where photosynthesis occurs?

Answer 19 -

- Answer = Chloroplasts

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Question 20 -

What type of number is the square root of minus one?

Answer 20 -

- Answer = Imaginary / i

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Bonus Question! -


Question 21 -

The 5 people with the closest answer shall recieve 3 points

Approximately how many ACTIVE man-made satellites are currently orbiting Earth?

Answer 21 -

- Answer = As of 4th of May 2024, 9,900

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    Forest Trivia Competition Leaderboard

    Week Four

  1. Verdant Haven

  2. 31

  3. Atsvea

  4. 30

  5. Kannap

  6. 30

  7. Macrasetia (XKI)

  8. 29.5

  9. Ypogegrammeni

  10. 28

  11. South Miruva (TLA)

  12. 28

  13. Wan Nyan (Yggdrasil)

  14. 27

  15. The Washington Federation (TRTHNBB)

  16. 26.5

  17. Roless

  18. 26.5

  19. Aequus (Wintreath)

  20. 25

  21. Middle Barael

  22. 24

  23. America the Greater (TRTHNBB)

  24. 21.5

  25. Rhodevus

  26. 19

  27. Bilsa

  28. 18.5

  29. Trecdom2 (Texas)

  30. 18

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      Forest Trivia Competition Leaderboard

      Overall Leaderboard

    1. Kannap

    2. 18

    3. Logophilia Lyricalia (Haiku)

    4. 15

    5. Verdant Haven

    6. 14.5

    7. Kissinger-Monroe(TBOTCOER)

    8. 13

    9. Atsvea

    10. 12

    11. Aequus (Wintreath)

    12. 12

    13. Ruinenlust

    14. 12

    15. Wan Nyan (Yggdrasil)

    16. 11.5

    17. Texas Jaguarundi (Texas/Forest)

    18. 11.5

    19. Roless

    20. 11

    21. The Washington Federation (TRTHNBB)

    22. 11

    23. Ypogegrammeni

    24. 10.5

    25. Furilisca

    26. 10

    27. Uan aa Boa

    28. 9

    29. Jutsa

    30. 8.5

    31. United Malay Federation

    32. 8

    33. America the Greater (TRTHNBB)

    34. 6.5

    35. Middle Barael

    36. 6.5

    37. Almonaster Nuevo (Canada)

    38. 6

    39. Esterild

    40. 6

    41. Krayo29 (TRTHNBB)

    42. 5

    43. Bilsa

    44. 5

    45. Macrasetia (XKI)

    46. 5

    47. South Miruva (TLA)

    48. 4

    49. Szaki (Canada)

    50. 4

    51. Orcuo (TRR)

    52. 3

    53. New United Common-lands (TRTHNBB)

    54. 3

    55. MountAye (Philosophers)

    56. 3

    57. Zerphen

    58. 2.5

    59. Neovilla

    60. 2

    61. Evedenvale

    62. 1

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Congratulations to Verdant Haven for winning this bumper edition!

Due to the hamster uprising, the scores for this week won't count towards the overall leaderboard so don't worry if you missed it!

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Just as a reminder, here are the questions for week 5:

Forest Trivia Questions Week Five:

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Question 1 -

What is the connection between these four seemingly random clues?

- 105: Colonising Villages

- 150: Colonising London

- 200: Colonising Countries

- 250: Colonising Canberra Last


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Question 2 -

What is the connection between these four seemingly random clues?

- Jaune

- Amarillo

- Amarelo

- Gelb


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Question 3 -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- King Leopold II

- Adolf Hitler

- Joseph Stalin

- ?


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Question 4 -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- Paraguay

- Belize

- Australia

- ?


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Question 5; DOUBLE POINTS! -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- Netherlands

- Italy

- Ukraine

- ?


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And our new event, the Forest Poetry Fantasia!:

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Forest Poetry Fantasia!

Poetry has been a form of sharing stories since the beginning of time. In the 3rd millennium BCE, the oldest surviving poem was written - "The Epic of Gilgamesh". This ignited a spark which led to some of the most famous poems ever, such as Homer's "The Odyssey" and "The Iliad", being written.

As empires fell and new languages were developed, poetry remained an integral part of culture. Poetry became a way of recording history and sharing tales of gods and goddesses. Poets would often share their epics at large gatherings and festivals where hundreds of people would come to listen. Throughout time, poetry has continued to be a way of bringing people together, particularly in the Roman times when poems would be recited in front of thousands in famous amphitheatres.

Fast forward a few thousand years and poetry has evolved from the epics of old to the shorter forms which we know and love today. It's these shorter forms which we are celebrating in this competition. We invite everyone across the NationStates community to channel their creativity and let their imagination run wild!

Format

- The competition shall start on 5th May

- Participants have until the 21st May to submit their poems

- The results will be announced on the 26th May


Categories

- Haiku

- A Haiku is a poem that comprises of seventeen syllables across three lines. With line one having 5 syllables, line two 7 syllables and line three having 5 syllables.

- Although Haikus traditionally are about the natural world, your Haiku can be about whatever you wish

- Freeverse

- A freeverse (or freeform) poem is a poem that has no set structure or length, no consistent rhyme scheme and no set metrical pattern. In other words, you can do whatever you like!

- Your freeverse poem can be about anything you like! This is more of an open category for you to let your thoughts run wild

- The Environment

- This can be in any form you want! The choice is entirely yours!

- The only requirement for this category is that it must be about the environment. You could write about anything from forests to mountains, from pigeons to cheetahs! It's completely up to you! Let your imagination run wild!

- Vision

- Again, this can be in any form you want! The choice is entirely yours!

- The only requirement for this category is it must be about vision. This is a broad topic so let your imagination run wild! You could write about what you see, visions of the future, how lucky we are to be able to see, perhaps even Eurovision! There are no constraints and with such a broad topic, I'm sure you could write a moving poem...


Submissions

- Participants can submit a maximum of 5 poems across the 4 categories

- However, each participants may submit only 2 haikus

- Participants do not have to submit all their poems at once. You can submit them one at a time if you so wish!

- To submit a poem(s), participants should telegram Forest Poetry Judge. You can either attach a dispatch with the poem(s) in or write out the poem(s) in the telegram - either is fine...

- All poems shall be proudly displayed in a dispatch throughout the event

- The deadline to submit poems is 21st May


Judging

- All poems shall be judged based on three criteria by a panel of 7 judges, comprised of forestians and foreign trees alike...

- Each of the three criteria shall be marked out of 10, with each poem receiving an overall total out of 30. The criteria are as follows:

- Effectiveness

- How effectively is the point gotten across?
- Is it clear what the poem is talking about?
- Are there certain techniques the writer has used to get the point across?

- Thought

- How much thought has been put into writing the poem?
- Has the writer thought about the words they have used?
- If there is a rhyme scheme, are the rhyming couplets forced?
- Has the writer included any literary techniques?

- Resonance

- Has the writer thoughtfully used literary techniques to make the point more meaningful?
- Is the poem moving in any way? Does it resonate with the reader?


Judges

We're still waiting on confirmation from a few judges from our embassy regions but here are the judges we have so far -

Our esteemed Forest Keeper... Having been hailed as a "literary genius" by all, Zerphen is a great choice to be on this judging panel.

An ex-Forest Keeper and our current Deputy Forest Keeper! There are rumours that Garbelia may be a direct descendent of William Shakespeare! Those literary skills have definitely passed on through the generations and that's why Garbelia is an integral part of the judging panel...

They're not a Forest Keeper, or a "literary genius" BUT they do have an 8 at English GCSE. And that's why they are the best, worst part of this judging panel...

The Region That Has No Big Banks's foreign minister and chess master. Their poem "Back to Banks" has been lauded as one of the best poems of the 21st century by many and that is why we are honoured to have them on our judging panel.


Rules

As with all great writing comes a few rules...

- Participants must write the poems themselves. NO AI SHALL BE ALLOWED, it won't help you anyway and ruins the point of the event...

- Do not plagiarise the work of others

- Keep all writing PG-13, in line with NationStates's T&Cs

- And most importantly, Have fun!

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Good Luck everyone! :-)

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Indian Empire wrote:Became a college graduate on Sunday. Exciting news!

Congratulations on Graduating from College, Indian Empire! :-)

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Trecdom2 wrote:Of the questions I answered in the last round, I got most of them right. As for this current group of questions, I can't even hazard a gues s

Congratulations Trecdom2! :-)

Max a.k.a. Yip Man a.k.a. Texas Jaguarundi
Texas' Ambassador to Forest
Forest's Ambassador to Texas

Indian Empire wrote:Became a college graduate on Sunday. Exciting news!

Good job. What's next?

Indian Empire wrote:Became a college graduate on Sunday. Exciting news!

Congrats! I hope you enjoyed the celebration!

Issues Test Bed

I hear Dr. Pulaski has experience in cardiac procedures, I'll put in a word with SF Medical

Trecdom2 wrote:Issues Test Bed

I hear Dr. Pulaski has experience in cardiac procedures, I'll put in a word with SF Medical

Just don’t ask Picard to join you he’s had a apprehensive attitude towards Pulaski

Picked up a fantasy type book for cheap on Kindle. Twice now as the story really gets going, the author plays the "It was just a dream" card. Think I'll go back to my History & Star Trek books.

Looks like I have a post-doc fellowship lined up for next year! That's a weight off my mind. Now just to actually write the damn dissertation.....

Trecdom2 wrote:Picked up a fantasy type book for cheap on Kindle. Twice now as the story really gets going, the author plays the "It was just a dream" card. Think I'll go back to my History & Star Trek books.

That's depressing. If you're bored and looking for an interesting read, check out The Warehouse by Rob Hart. Not a bad read, but not certain how I feel about I feel about the ending.

https://www.amazon.com/Warehouse-Novel-Rob-Hart-ebook/dp/B07KNV1Z5B/

Kinixys wrote:Looks like I have a post-doc fellowship lined up for next year! That's a weight off my mind. Now just to actually write the damn dissertation.....

There are more than a couple down sides to that whole college experience. Don't let the fatherless children rot your brain.

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