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Did anyone see this? Those Pesky Russians! Might have to get Space Force on this:

U.S. claims recently launched Russian satellite is an ASAT

https://spacenews.com/u-s-claims-recently-launched-russian-satellite-is-an-asat/

Looks more and more like the space is going to be the Final Frontier.

If we start blasting away at satellites up there, that is going to leave one heck of a lot of junk drifting around, playing heck with other orbital assets.

Issues Test Bed wrote:If we start blasting away at satellites up there, that is going to leave one heck of a lot of junk drifting around, playing heck with other orbital assets.

I've heard it might be difficult to launch satellites in 100 or so years with all the space debris we're building up. Might not be a bad idea to have a NASA crew or similar to serve as space garbage patrol and clean up our satellites when they go out of service.

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

Message from The Realizer:

And another week is done!

Week Six! Thank you to all the people who have participated in any week and especially those who have participated in all the weeks! I really appreciate it and I hope you have fun...

Anyway...

Congratulations to Atsvea for getting 6 out of 6 this week! It's proving to be a tight run race between Atsvea and Verdant Haven at the top but there's still plenty of time to catch up for others!

Thankfully life has cleared up a bit for me so I'll try and get prizes going again very soon for Week 8 - another bumper edition!

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Answers for week six:

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Forest Trivia Week Six

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Question 1 -

What is the connection between these four seemingly random clues?

- Bar

- Can

- Truck

- Sorry


Answer 1 -

- Answer = They are all Vehicles with their first letter changed

- Other Accepted Answers = Anything like the above...

- Will NOT accept = Anything else, lol



Question 2 -

What is the connection between these four seemingly random clues?

- Forest

- The Rejected Realms

- Hell

- The MT Army


Answer 2 -

- Answer = They have all been commended by the Security Council

- Other Accepted Answers = Points for creativity for Aequus "their banners contain one of the four classic elements". Not exactly what I was looking for but I'm feeling kind today :)

- Will NOT accept = N/A



Question 3 -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- Helium

- Neon

- Argon

- ?


Answer 3 -

- Answer = Krypton

- Explanation = These are the noble gases on the periodic table in order from the smallest atom getting larger...

- Will NOT accept = Anything else



Question 4 -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- Qin

- Zhou

- Shang

- ?


Answer 4 -

- Answer = Xia

- Explanation = These are the first dynasties of China in order from the 4th to 1st

- Other Accepted Answers = N/A

- Will NOT accept = N/A



Question 5; DOUBLE POINTS! -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- Beijing

- Kinshasa

- New Delhi

- ?


Answer 5 -

- Answer = Tokyo

- Explanation = They are the most populous capital cities in order (with Beijing the most populous)

- Other Accepted Answers = N/A

- Will NOT accept = Anything else...



    Forest Trivia Competition Leaderboard

    Week Six

  1. Atsvea

  2. 6 out of 6

  3. Verdant Haven

  4. 5 out of 6

  5. Aequus (Wintreath)

  6. 4.5 out of 6

  7. Bilsa

  8. 2 out of 6


      Forest Trivia Competition Leaderboard

      Overall Leaderboard

    1. Verdant Haven

    2. 23.5

    3. Atsvea

    4. 23

    5. Aequus (Wintreath)

    6. 18.5

    7. Kannap

    8. 17

    9. Logophilia Lyricalia(Haiku)

    10. 15

    11. Roless

    12. 15

    13. Furilisca

    14. 14

    15. Kissinger-Monroe (TBOTCOER)

    16. 13

    17. Ruinenlust

    18. 12

    19. Wan Nyan (Yggdrasil)

    20. 11.5

    21. Texas Jaguarundi (Texas/Forest)

    22. 11.5

    23. The Washington Federation (TRTHNBB)

    24. 11

    25. Almonaster Nuevo (Canada)

    26. 11

    27. Ypogegrammeni

    28. 10.5

    29. Uan aa Boa

    30. 9

    31. Jutsa

    32. 8.5

    33. United Malay Federation

    34. 8

    35. Bilsa

    36. 7

    37. America the Greater (TRTHNBB)

    38. 6.5

    39. Middle Barael

    40. 6.5

    41. Esterild

    42. 6

    43. Krayo29 (TRTHNBB)

    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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Questions for week seven!:

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Question 1 -

What is the connection between these four seemingly random clues?

- Hot Air Ballooning

- Cricket

- Lacrosse

- Tug-of-war



Question 2 -

What is the connection between these four seemingly random clues?

- Teach Addition

- Teach In America

- Super Unusual

- Armchair Antics



Question 3 -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- Socrates

- Plato

- Aristotle

- ?



Question 4 -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- Johann II

- Rama IX

- Elizabeth II

- ?



Question 5; DOUBLE POINTS! -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- London - Perth

- Auckland - Doha

- Newark - Singapore

- ?



Read dispatch

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And a reminder of the rules as per usual:

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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

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~~Forest Poetry Fantasia~~

A reminder that there's only a WEEK LEFT to submit poems for our Forest Poetry Fantasia... So if you're feeling creative, give it a go!

Here's the dispatch with all the information you need –

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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!

Read dispatch

Good luck everyone! :-)

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

Indian Empire wrote:I've heard it might be difficult to launch satellites in 100 or so years with all the space debris we're building up. Might not be a bad idea to have a NASA crew or similar to serve as space garbage patrol and clean up our satellites when they go out of service.

Theoretically, I think you could probably use a temporary gravity-tractor style system that would decrease the need for manned missions (which are still prohibitively expensive and part of why we've focused our long-term research on space-station-bound projects). If you have something that essentially tugs the debris down as it slowly orbits it could cause it decay orbit and eventually burn up in-atmosphere. Not my region of science though, so take all that with a grain of salt.

Indian Empire wrote:I've heard it might be difficult to launch satellites in 100 or so years with all the space debris we're building up. Might not be a bad idea to have a NASA crew or similar to serve as space garbage patrol and clean up our satellites when they go out of service.

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Kinixys wrote:Theoretically, I think you could probably use a temporary gravity-tractor style system that would decrease the need for manned missions (which are still prohibitively expensive and part of why we've focused our long-term research on space-station-bound projects). If you have something that essentially tugs the debris down as it slowly orbits it could cause it decay orbit and eventually burn up in-atmosphere. Not my region of science though, so take all that with a grain of salt.

Back in the early 2000's the idea of a robotic "orbital tow truck" was floated among the international space community. The idea came to pass after something collided with Telstar 4 (Actually Telstar 402R, the third to carry that name), a geostationary comms sat (carrying a boat load of television news feeds), killing it. In its death spasm, the satellite began a slow drift west along the Clarke Belt. That is an orbital belt around the equator 22,250 miles up. That belt is the only place one may put a satellite above earth that is expected to behave in a geostationary manner.

As Telstar 4 was dead, by default it was out of control. That westward drift was a problem for the operators of other satellites to the west of Telstar 4. The people flying those other spacecraft were forced to nudge them out of the way while the dead satellite passed, and then nudge them back into the "center of the box" once the coast was clear. Doing that trick required expenditures of priceless fuel. Satellites don't carry all that much gas. When they get low on fuel, they can't run down to the Stop-n-Rob for a fill up. That expenditure of fuel drastically shortened the lifespan of those satellites that had to be moved and recentered. Eventually that slowing in Telstar 4's orbit caused it to drop out of the Clarke Belt, ending the threat to other geostationary satellites. If I remember right, Telstar 4 got the viking funeral that awaits most satellites over the pacific ocean around the end of 2004.

Oddly enough, while the idea came from that event, whatever it was that hit Telstar 4 was to small to be seen on radar. The sudden change in Telstar 4's orbit along with some fine debris seen on radar is the only proof there is that it was hit. The nature of the orbital change indicates what ever hit it was not all that big. But that five digit difference in velocity made for the catastrophic failure in the satellite.

The original design concept for the orbital tow truck was a reusable spacecraft carrying several options for deorbiting or capturing space junk. That design was later modified to a single use craft that would accomplish multiple missions during its lifetime. Then its proposed mission objectives were reduced to "problematic" space junk.

The fact is that it never came to pass because although everyone in the international community thought it was a great idea, everyone expected the US to pay for it. None of the other nations or international corporations operating in space wanted to chip in.

And here we are.

Issues Test Bed wrote:Your sister is hot.

Not very Bazinga of you

Young Sheldon wrote:Not very Bazinga of you

Uhm... Guess I'm not a Bazinga kind of guy. But, there is absolutely no denying it. You sister is a solid 9.8 on the ten point scale. In fact, I want you to set me up with her.

https://static.wikia.nocookie.net/bigbangtheory/images/a/a3/Missy_Cooper.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20090723140420

***** Texas Birthday Reminder *****

Happy Birthday to the second oldest continuous resident of Texas, the 90th Largest Nation in The World and one of the very few nations we have actually met in person, our buddy, Rorschach of Rorschach! Please join us in wishing him a big ol' Happy Birthday! Drop him a quick TG and wish him a happy one here. Have a great one, Buddy!

NewTexas wrote:***** Texas Birthday Reminder *****

Happy Birthday to the second oldest continuous resident of Texas, the 90th Largest Nation in The World and one of the very few nations we have actually met in person, our buddy, Rorschach of Rorschach! Please join us in wishing him a big ol' Happy Birthday! Drop him a quick TG and wish him a happy one here. Have a great one, Buddy!

Happy birthday, Rorschach

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

¿Están los tacos aquí? ¡Si, los tacos están aquí! Saturday Breakfast In Place time! 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 2,298,812,000,000.

Today's special breakfast will Saturday Huevos con Carne Asada y Queso Breakfast Tacos [COVID-19 Week CCIX Edition]! The Chief Griller at The Big Tex Happy Taco Stands of NewTexas has been grilling marinated skirt steak all night to bust out one that received great reviews the last time we presented it. Just for you, Texas! Today's taco especial is simply a skirt steak grilled on a flat top, chopped, and returned to the flat top to be scrambled in with Texas Grade A, farm-fresh, Organic Eggs! Right at the very end of cooking, a handful of Texas-made Monterrey Jack cheese is scrambled in! Oh Yeah! This is all loaded into a fresh homemade flour tortilla made just for you. Remember, a whole egg in every taco!®

Today's Special Salsa is our go-to - Salsa Ranch - this is simply a 50-50 mix of Ranch Dressing and Salsa Roja, the Texas Gold Standard red salsa prepared with tomatoes, garlic, onions, jalapeños, and a touch of cilantro. A sealed cup of Texas-made Longhorn Cheddar Jack cheese is also included for those who want a double hit of cheese. The taco is hermetically sealed in a Stay-Warm® pouch that is 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, 990 weeks, and running! For the math-challenged, that is over 19¾ years! Check it out! Good stuff!

The lines were fairly short for the coasters today. I don't think I waited more than 10 minutes for anything. I think theme park food is more expensive than airport food. Decided to wait until after I left the park to get food.

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 the 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. 🌼 🌻 🌼

NewTexas wrote: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 the 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. 🌼 🌻 🌼

Only until Noon, upon which it should be raised back to full staff. Technically you only call it a mast when dealing with a flagpole on a ship, on land it's a staff.

Dang! We are still learning something new every single day! The torture never stops. 🌞

Trecdom2 wrote:The lines were fairly short for the coasters today. I don't think I waited more than 10 minutes for anything. I think theme park food is more expensive than airport food. Decided to wait until after I left the park to get food.

Kennywood or Cedar Park?

Issues Test Bed wrote:Kennywood or Cedar Park?

Neither. I went to Dorney Park. I think they're owned by the same company as Cedar Park

Mother Nature has been a drag over the last few days. Is everyone ok?

Today is the season/series finale for Star Trek Discovery. It's longer than normal as they shot extra footage to serve as a show wrap up once news came down about the cancelation.

With Prodigy's future uncertain and Lower Decks ending, for now at least, that just leaves Strange New Worlds for new Trek.

I only just watched Lower Decks over the last year. I'm sorry that it's ending.

I was mostly pleased with the finale. They wrapped up a lot of loose ends, a few of which I didn't think we'd get a resolution on, and are setting up for the SF Academy show that's pending.

More than fan theory was disproved, but that’s the nature of the beast.

And with that the United States of America surrenders its status as a free nation and joins the ranks of nations like China, Russia, Cuba, and Venezuela with puppet courts doing the bidding of the dictator in charge.

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

Message from The Realizer:
We're done again! These weeks fly by!

Congratulations to Atsvea and Verdant Haven for getting 6 out of 6 this week! It's still very tight between those two at the top, with only 0.5 points between them! There's still plenty of time for others to catch up though!

Good luck for this week!

Have a great day...

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Without further ado, here are the answers for week seven –

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Question 1 -

What is the connection between these four seemingly random clues?

- Hot-Air-Ballooning

- Cricket

- Lacrosse

- Tug-of-war


Answer 1 -

- Answer = They are all discontinued Olympic sports. I really want to see a return of Tug-of-war though... lol

- Other Accepted Answers = Anything like the above...

- Will NOT accept = N/A



Question 2 -

What is the connection between these four seemingly random clues?

- Teach Addition

- Teach In America

- Super Unusual

- Armchair Antics


Answer 2 -

- Answer = They all have countries split across the two words. Chad, China, Peru and Iran

- Other Accepted Answers = N/A

- Will NOT accept = N/A



Question 3 -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- Socrates

- Plato

- Aristotle

- ?


Answer 3 -

- Answer = Alexander the Great

- Explanation = Socrates taught Plato, who taught Aristotle, who famously taught Alexander the Great... It's just a list of history's famous teachers and students...

- Other Accepted Answers = Anyone else Aristotle taught

- Will NOT accept = Anyone else...



Question 4 -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- Johann II

- Rama IX

- Elizabeth II

- ?


Answer 4 -

- Answer = Louis XIV

- Explanation = These are the longest reigning monarchs of recent history from the 4th longest to the longest reign of Louis XIV. According to legends, there have been many longer rulers that have rules for centuries but I'm not going to count those for the sake of simplicity, hehe...

- Other Accepted Answers = N/A

- Will NOT accept = N/A



Question 5; DOUBLE POINTS! -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- London - Perth

- Auckland - Doha

- Newark - Singapore

- ?


Answer 5 -

- Answer = New York (JFK) - Singapore

- Explanation = They are the longest flights in the world. JFK - Singapore just takes top spot ahead of Newark - Singapore but I don't fancy being on a plane for that long, lol...

- Other Accepted Answers = N/A

- Will NOT accept = Anything else...



    Forest Trivia Competition Leaderboard

    Week Seven

  1. Atsvea

  2. 6 out of 6

  3. Verdant Haven

  4. 6 out of 6

  5. Ypogegrammeni

  6. 6 out of 6

  7. Aequus (Wintreath)

  8. 5 out of 6

  9. Bilsa

  10. 1 out of 6


      Forest Trivia Competition Leaderboard

      Overall Leaderboard

    1. Verdant Haven

    2. 29.5

    3. Atsvea

    4. 29

    5. Aequus (Wintreath)

    6. 23.5

    7. Kannap

    8. 17

    9. Ypogegrammeni

    10. 16.5

    11. Logophilia Lyricalia(Haiku)

    12. 15

    13. Roless

    14. 15

    15. Furilisca

    16. 14

    17. Kissinger-Monroe (TBOTCOER)

    18. 13

    19. Ruinenlust

    20. 12

    21. Wan Nyan (Yggdrasil)

    22. 11.5

    23. Texas Jaguarundi (Texas/Forest)

    24. 11.5

    25. The Washington Federation (TRTHNBB)

    26. 11

    27. Almonaster Nuevo (Canada)

    28. 11

    29. Uan aa Boa

    30. 9

    31. Jutsa

    32. 8.5

    33. United Malay Federation

    34. 8

    35. Bilsa

    36. 8

    37. America the Greater (TRTHNBB)

    38. 6.5

    39. Middle Barael

    40. 6.5

    41. Esterild

    42. 6

    43. Krayo29 (TRTHNBB)

    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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And here are the questions for our bumper edition, week eight! New question types and questions galore, enjoy! –

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Connections Round


Question 1 -

What is the connection between these four seemingly random clues?

- Laos

- Malta

- Austria

- Liechtenstein



Question 2 -

What is the connection between these four seemingly random clues?

- Ward

- Give

- Get

- Bid



Question 3 -

What is the connection between these four seemingly random clues?

- Vitruvian Man

- Mona Lisa

- The Last Supper

- Salvator Mundi



Question 4 -

What is the connection between these four seemingly random clues?

- Yuri Gagarin

- Alan Shephard

- Helen Sharman

- Yang Liwei



Question 5 -

What is the connection between these four seemingly random clues?

- Facebook

- Instagram

- WhatsApp

- Threads


Sequences Round


Question 6 -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- Clement

- Gregory

- Benedict

- ?



Question 7 -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- Hindi

- English

- Spanish

- ?



Question 8 -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- Qing Dynasty

- Russian Empire

- Mongol Empire

- ?



Question 9 -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- Car Education

- Pastor Angel

- Royel Lowering

- ?



Question 10 -

What would come 4th in this sequence?

- Pliocene

- Pleistocene

- Holocene

- ?


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...


The Missing Vowels Round -


Question 11->15 -

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

Category - NationStates Admins

Question 11

- TS TLN D

Question 12

- SD GS TN

Question 13

- R VN

Category - British Prime Ministers

Question 14

- RBR TWL PL

Question 15

- HNR YCMPBL LBNN RMN


The General Knowledge Round -


Question 16 -

What is longer on Venus... A day or a year?



Question 17 -

What country has the capital city with the longest name?



Question 18 -

Which tapestry depicts The Battle of Hastings?



Question 19 -

The oldest cave paintings ever discovered can be found in which country?



Question 20 -

What is the answer to this question.


Bonus Question! -


Question 21 -

The 5 people with the closest answer shall recieve 3 points

Approximately how many asteroids, larger than 1000 metres in diameter, are there in the asteroid belt?


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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!

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As the deadline for submissions has passed, judging has commenced! There have been some great submissions so it'll be very hard to judge... Thank you so much to our judges Zerphen, Garbelia, New United Common-lands, New Eestiball for taking the time to judge all the submissions, I really appreciate it...

I'm currently working on a dispatch to display all our submissions so far which should be done soon so watch out for that (I'll edit it in later)...

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Forest's Ambassador to Texas

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Issues Test Bed wrote:And with that the United States of America surrenders its status as a free nation and joins the ranks of nations like China, Russia, Cuba, and Venezuela with puppet courts doing the bidding of the dictator in charge.

Let's add some information here:

Yesterday, the United States joined a multitude of stable western democracies, including France, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Brazil, and South Korea, in having successfully indicted and convicted a former President or Prime Minister of criminal activity.

As a convicted criminal, Donald Trump joins the following Presidents/Prime Ministers from Western Democracies in having been convicted of crimes:

- Nicholas Sarkozy (President of France 2007-2012, convicted of Bribery)
- Jacques Chirac (President of France 1995-2007, convicted of Corruption)
- Francis Fillon (Prime Minister of France 2007-2012, convicted of Fraud)
- Silvio Burlusconi (Prime Minister of Italy 1994-1995, 2001-2006, 2008-2011, convicted of a number of crimes though not jailed due to statute of limitations, including: Bribery, Perjury, Abuse of Office, False Accounting, Embezzlement)
- Jose Socrates (Prime Minister of Portugal 2005-2011, convicted of Corruption)
- Adrian Nastase (Prime Minister of Romania 2000-2004, convicted of Bribery)
- Fernando Collor (President of Brazil 1990-1992, convicted of Corruption)
- Michael Temer (President of Brazil 2016-2018, convicted of Corruption and Money Laundering)
- Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (President of Brazil 2003-2010, 2022-present, convicted of Corruption)
- Park Geun-hye (President of South Korea 2013-2017, convicted of Bribery)
- Lee Myung-bak (President of South Korea 2008-2013, convicted of Bribery)
- Choi Kyoung-hwan (President of South Korea 2015, convicted of Bribery)
- Lee Wan-koo (President of South Korea 2015, convicted of Bribery)
- Han Myeong-sook (President of South Korea 2006-2007, convicted of Bribery)

And this is just since 2000. And all of them, besides Burlusconi and Chirac, went to jail. Burlusconi avoided jail largely off technicalities regarding statute of limitations, and Chirac avoided jail because he had severe health issues when convicted.

Say what you will about Trump's trial and whether you agree with the evidence leading to his conviction or not. But the defense has unlimited challenges on jurors- a jury of Trump's peers, agreed upon by his own defense team, and including a juror who got news solely from Trump's Truth Social postings relayed on Twitter, and a juror who watches no news media at all, convicted him.

But one thing's for sure: we haven't lost our "free nation" card by any means, regardless of how well the conviction holds up in the appeals process. After all, France, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Brazil, and South Korea are all still strong and stable democracies, just like America. One conviction doesn't change that.

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