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The Hill RMB

WA Delegate: None.

Founder: The Flagon of Tawny Port

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 227th Highest Average Tax Rates: 350th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 356th+33
Most Influential: 367th Largest Governments: 383rd Largest Black Market: 437th Highest Economic Output: 484th Largest Populations: 499th Most Rebellious Youth: 546th Largest Welfare Programs: 598th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 683rd Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 694th Nudest: 714th Lowest Crime Rates: 726th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 749th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 771st Most Subsidized Industry: 878th Most Advanced Public Education: 895th Most Advanced Public Transport: 908th Most Cheerful Citizens: 974th Healthiest Citizens: 1,033rd Most Cultured: 1,042nd Highest Poor Incomes: 1,050th Smartest Citizens: 1,054th Nicest Citizens: 1,082nd Most Beautiful Environments: 1,219th Largest Publishing Industry: 1,232nd Most Inclusive: 1,265th Most Pacifist: 1,373rd Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,419th Most Secular: 1,512th Most Compassionate Citizens: 1,574th Most Stationary: 1,603rd Most Developed: 1,730th Best Weather: 1,738th Longest Average Lifespans: 1,817th
World Factbook Entry

The Hill is an ideal region for wine, song, bunnies, dancing bears, and sheep.

Embassies: New Dinosaurtopia, Greenwich Village, That Place Over There, The SOP, The Ascendancy, Hippy Haven, The Sea Of Love, Weed, Ivory Tower, The Himalayas, Star Trek, Manitoba, Devon, Lost Horizon, The Greek Empire, Lhasa, and 8 others.Krillin, Benisos, CrazyKids, The Illuminati, Dauiland, Czechia, Meadow, and The Penguin League.

Tags: Minuscule, Game Player, Neutral, and Eco-Friendly.

The Hill contains 4 nations.

Today's World Census Report

The Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector in The Hill

World Census analysts extensively tested concept muscle cars in empty parking lots in order to estimate which nations have the largest auto industries.

As a region, The Hill is ranked 21,558th in the world for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector.

NationWA CategoryMotto
1.The Apolytonian States of Grant ParkIron Fist Consumerists“Suspicion Breeds Confidence”
2.The Flagon of Tawny PortDemocratic Socialists“Aged for 10 Years in Cherry Wood Casks”
3.The Armed Republic of The Cutest BunniesDemocratic Socialists“Help Bunny take over the World”
4.The People's Paradise of The United GoodDemocratic Socialists“Try it ... you'll like it !”

Regional Happenings

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The Hill Regional Message Board

The United Good wrote:We've all been busy in the vineyards... including the sheep! Now that they're back in the pastures, we should be able to get back to the wine, women and song!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=beXW5s3ZCB4

...For the drinking of wine, woeing of women and singing of song!

Ps. Dancing Bear is under new management but still brings love and fruit baskets from Forest.

Hello everyone,

We are a new ambassador from Forest (Dancing Bear's password could not be found, and he now dances in eternity).

But we hope there's still some wine going around... these scaly needles could use some loosening up.... *stretch*
We still send fruit baskets, but this time you'll have to watch for Poisonous Juniper berries… :P

With fern fronds from Forest, the Common Junipers and new Forestian Foreign Minister Mount Seymour

Hello dear residents of The Hill,

The annual photo contest of Forest has officially started! As was the case last year, the contest is open to our region as well as to our embassy regions. We would be happy if we received photo submissions from your region as well:))

For details see

Finally it is that time of the year again!

No, I am not talking about a festivity that will require you to wear funny sweaters, eat turkey sandwiches or pumpkin pies, or to have boring conversations with obscure relatives trying to prove that their lives are better than yours.

It is time for Forest's annual photo contest!

As was the case last year, we are going to have 3 categories for this year's contest. Taking the suggestions on our RMB into consideration, we have decided to have the following 3 categories.

1) Trees (this may end up becoming a fixed category)
2) Macro photographs (Nature photographs that cover landscapes, forests, beaches, etc.)
3) Micro photographs (Nature photographs that focus on a detail. You could focus on insects, shoot close-up photos of plants --- I don't know, just let your imagination run wild and surprise us!)

The participants can post up to 5 pictures per category. I have already opened a topic for the contest in the regional forum. You can post your photos Linkhere. Please to go the relevant subthread to submit photos in a certain category.(Please no puppeteering. The photos must be taken by you.)

This photo contest is open to all residents of Forest, as well as the residents of the regions with which Forest has embassies.

The photographs can be posted until December 23th, 23.59 GMT. The voting will be accomplished via a forum poll. The voting will start December 24th, 23.59 GMT and it will end December 31, 23.59 GMT. In this way, we will have chosen this year's best photos in the first minutes of 2017! (Needless to say, please no puppeteering in the voting.)

Acknowledgments will be given to the photographers in the first 3 ranks of each category. The photos will be published and the photographers will be publicly acclaimed in our newspaper, LinkForest News Leaf.

Additionally, a collage of the 1st photos of each category will be prepared for interested nations to use as a primary banner to applaud the winners. Re-setting the primary banner to the collage is recommended for the participants, but not obligatory.

OK, I guess it's time for me to stop talking. On these beautiful crisp autumn days (or beautiful warm spring days if you're in the Antipodes), take a stroll outdoors and capture wonderful photos, and then share them with us.

Good luck!

Read dispatch

Happy photo-hunting!

Hello Common Juniper! Harvest time on The Hill. Thank you for the lovely fruit basket... While we are famous for wine and port, we might try our hand at distilling the juniper berries and making gin!

Enjoy your stay!!

Hello Codename1! We hope you enjoy your stay on The Hill!

Heyo everyone up there on the hill! \o/

Greetings friends, I come bearing news from the Forest.

Regional Update
September 2017

Introduction
Following a surge after the region was commended by the Security Council in April, Forest’s population is now stable at 230 to 250 nations. At time of writing, 70 nations were WA members, of which 59 were endorsing the delegate, making Ransium one of the more influential delegates of a user created region. We also have a notable concentration of Issues Editors and authors, with 5 editors and a number of multiply published authors having a presence either as natives or through puppets.

Forest this summer has had a real positive buzz about it. It remains a very active region with 30 to 40 poll responses being typical (meaning we're making decisions with a level participation comparable to the legislatures of the far larger GCRs) and a vibrant and varied RMB. I for one am very proud to call it home.

N-Day 2
As an eco-friendly, pacifist region you wouldn’t expect to us to be enthusiastic about nuclear war, but with considerable irony we entered the fray on N-Day 2 and (to our own surprise as much as anyone else’s) finished in fourth position, the highest scoring and by far the largest faction to receive no radiation. In the final hour we even managed to wreak Gaia’s vengeance on some of NationState’s least eco-friendly nations (you know who you are!). Thanks go to our allies Spiritus and International Democratic Union as well as all those who came to cooperate with us as nuclear death rained from the skies.

World Assembly
Our delegate Ransium has authored no less than three successfully adopted recent World Assembly resolutions: Trade of Endangered Organisms (GA #403), Commend Yggdrasil (SC #221) and Commend Drasnia (SC #224).

Interregional Events and Cultural Happenings
Frieden-und Freudenland took two medals at the Oatland Olympics, Mount Seymour finished strongly in Where the Wild Things Are’s Royal Ass Cote and Forest nations have three times won The Bar on the Corner of Every Region’s Weekend Poetry Competition. We were also pleased to accept an invitation to the next Cross Regional Games hosted by Wysteria.

Forest has established a regional library and is now preparing for this year’s photography competition. Roleplay Minister Caracasus is facilitating a closed diplomatic summit on the NS forum and a weekly Post an Account From Your Nation event on the RMB.

Raiders...?
We were slightly perplexed to receive two visits from The Black Hawks, who arrived each time at major update endorsing the Forest nation with the second largest number of endorsements. We can only assume that this was an attempt to break Ransium’s delegate streak as it approached two years, something we would have been completely unconcerned about. We can only wonder why they bother, but are grateful to the defenders who arrived to foil the operation.

Government matters
We have opened embassies with Oatland and Haiku, plus an embassy thread on the forum of The North Pacific. We have also introduced an ambassador programme and appointed representatives to The South Pacific, The Rejected Realms, International Democratic Union, Yggdrasil, Canada, Texas, Gay, Philosophy 115, Democratic Socialist Assembly and Hippy Haven.

The post of Statistics and Research Minister, which had been vacant for some time, has now been filled by Montmorencia. Amongst other tasks, the Minister will be updating the record of Exceptionally Green Nations and Ransium’s Greenness Index.

After some debate and a vote, we chose not to add either of the new Egalitarian and Feminist tags to the region because, although many of us are feminists or sympathetic to feminism, we decided not to detract from our focus as an environmentalist region.

September is election season in Forest as we choose a Forest Keeper to be the region’s leader for the next 12 months. This involves a 3 week shut down of government during which time embassy requests and other matters cannot be dealt with.

Read dispatch

Behold, my friends, further tidings from the green woodland glades.

Election and government business
September saw the annual election for Forest Keeper, the head of the regional government. Five candidates ran, and a closely fought campaign began between the incumbent Mount Seymour (better known to many as Somyrion) and newcomer Palos Heights. With a few days left to go, however, Mount Seymour announced their withdrawal due to real life commitments and as a result the election was a landslide victory for Palos Heights, who secured a crushing 85% of the vote - a great achievement for a young nation of just over 1 billion population.

Although new applications were invited Palos Heights has chosen to retain the previous government team with the exception of Culture Minister, which Mount Seymour takes on following Frieden-und Freudenland's decision to retire. The government is:

WA Delegate: Ransium
Culture Minsiter: Mount Seymour
Foreign Affairs Minister: Uan aa Boa
Roleplay Minister: Caracasus
Regional Historian and Recruitment Minister: Mozworld

In a new initiative designed to increase openness and accountability, government discussions are now held in The Government Glade, a Discord channel visible to all Forest residents.

Palos Heights says "For the strongest tree is not measured by the rings around its trunk or the size of its canopy, but the strongest tree is known by all by its roots."

"My premiership in Forest has been one underscored by the community rising to the occasion. Forest had an amazing Z-Day experience and it is thanks to the great people of Forest that we had such a turn-out. Forest is strong not because of any one individual leader, and I am excited to begin cultivating more leaders such as the wonderful individuals Mount Seymour, Mozworld, Errinundera, and Drasnia who lead us through Z-Day.

My time as Forest Keeper will be one of natural growth, strengthening our roots, and spreading the Forest way."

Following the focus on the election and on Z-day, the only major item of business has been a review of embassy policy and consideration of whether to close our embassy with a region that has become inactive. This was robustly debated, after which a regional poll decided against closure by a margin of 30 votes to 16.

The Ambassador Programme has expanded with 9 nations now assisting the Foreign Affairs Minister. Oatland and Antarctica have both agreed to open their embassies to posting by all nations in allied regions.

World Assembly Matters - 2 new commendations
The recent votes to commend Forestarians Zwangzug and Candlewhisper Archive continue a period of ascendancy for Forest in the Security Council, with the region's commendation being followed by these two new resolutions and the passage of three resolutions by our delegate Ransium.

Z-Day 6
Forest was delighted to place third in the event for both total number of survivors and total number of survivors with no infection.

Forest's population hit an all time record of over 500 nations and 3 trillion people in the run-up to Z-day. Following a pre-agreed plan all active nations began researching a cure - this was so effectively implemented that there were only one or two isolated incidences of anyone doing anything else. Coordinated cure missile strikes quickly began and, with the borders closed to newcomers for the time being, the region became infection free 14 hours after the beginning of the event.

Forest then began to admit and cure batches of refugees, advertising this offer on the NS forum. Initially this was quite successful and a number of nations either took refuge in Forest for the remainder of the event or returned to battle the zombies refreshed and replenished. As time went on, however, nations that had embraced the zombies and wanted to infect Forest began to outnumber genuine asylum seekers. These were quickly banjected on every occasion, but we hadn't anticipated the new feature allowing zombie hordes to convert other nations to zombie exporters in a single attack. This caused a brief outbreak of Forest nations going rogue, and as one was sadly offline at the time there was no alternative but to temporarily eject them.

After reviewing this, and being aware that we were being targeted by zombie factions in Lazarus, The Rejected Realms and elsewhere, the decision was taken to leave the borders closed until the threat had passed.

At time of writing our regional population remains up at 340-350 nations with several new active contributors who have joined us because of Z-day.

Future Events at the Culture Ministry
Forest's annual photography competition is coming soon and submissions from our embassy regions would be extremely welcome. Other new events are also in the pipeline, so watch out for new updates, especially as the holiday season approaches...

Read dispatch

Apologies for the double post. Have the most verdant of days.

Hello The Hill,

Recognising our recent closure of embassies with you in Forest and your request to reestablish them, I just wanted to drop by. While we're not thinking of reestablishing embassies (unless this region's population and activity greatly increased) we do appreciate our history as embassies together. Our relationship has meant a lot in the past; and while less more recently, you've always been friendly when you showed up. We can look back on our shared history and appreciate it.

Don't hesitate to send a puppet over or come join us anytime ^_^

Mount Seymour
Forest

EDIT: I probably won't check this puppet so please telegram/tag/etc. my main nation for anything instead.

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