It's possible, but I don't think this squeeze is going to do what they think. I did see a chart indicating a 170 day backlog on silver demand at the mines. And I saw a letter from a Silver exchange CEO, and his tone was rather dire about 'we've never had to do this before and we apologize....we are trying to buy more but our sources are overwhelmed' about stopping sales. He said sales rose to 12 times the normal volume by Friday.
And I'll also mention that I saw Australian Iron Ore markets at record highs. Must be those pouchies driving up prices.
Agreed, although the house didn't expect these runs by retail investors and are unsure how to handle it. So they are using the exchanges for brutish tactics until they can figure out how to regulate retail investors without hurting the big boys. A 2% per trade tax has been floated to slow them down, but that would kill market momentum for them too. Retail investors have already filed a class action lawsuit against the Exchanges in the Southern District of New York for market manipulation.
Don't let my numbers fool you. I make very small trades. My risk management strategies mean my positions are small enough with stop losses in place so I'll can't' lose more than 1% of my portfolio on any single trade. So I tend to be in around 30 positions at any given time, and toss the profits into long-term dividend bearing stocks. Make a profit, buy some income. Spread the risk, you sleep better.
In an interview last night, Elon Musk said he likes to talk about Dogecoin as a joke. Dogecoin immediately fell in value, after that run up. It rebounded later. Then Gene Simmons of KISS admitted he's invested in several cryptocurrencies today. And finally, William Shatner (Captain Kirk) is also into crypto and says, "“It’s a revolution of knowledge.” He's selling William Shatner digital trading cards on the blockchain. Shatner will be 90 years old next month.
Corcongua: looks at Westwind’s profile
Civil rights: Superb
Economy: All Consuming
Political Freedom: Good
I expected more from political freedom
*chuckles* Westwind recently came out of being in Anarchy for about 12 years, so it took a little less political freedom to get back to being a Left-leaning College state.
Wild lands of Tribe and Wenstock
Additional announcement regarding the same topic: the The West Pacific Cultural Trust and The West Pacific Card Club are now awarding cards to the Punday Monday winners chosen by Dilber in order to increase participation! Often the card will be related to the Punday theme. Get those puns in!
Everyone else in TWP: discussing on board
Me: Waiting eagerly for another issue to pop up
Sadly, Westwind's civil war was due to Adam, Son of Emperor Alexander. With a crazed lust for power, Adam declared himself King, took over the southern Nuclear ICBM site, and proceeded to unleash nuclear civil war. A portion of Westwind remains an uninhabitable 'forbidden zone' due to the radiation.
Today, players on opposing teams in International Sporting events are required to take iodine tablets before a game so they aren't harmed by our irradiated players.
But ignore all that, this is the important stuff:
Hello and Welcome to The West Pacific!
Congratulations! Your nation was founded in NationStates' premier meritocracy! In this guide you'll find all you need to navigate this game and join our community here in the West Pacific.
What is NationStates?
NationStates (NS) is a nation simulation game where we, the players, run nations and band together in regions to have a good time. First and foremost, there is your individual nation. This is what you see with when you login to NS. You have the authority to govern it as you see fit by answering issues, which change your laws, statistics, and rankings. You can find these using the different symbol tabs on your nation page. You can also join the World Assembly, apply for regional citizenship, and join the regional government, which you'll read about in the next few sections.
Regions and the World Assembly
Every nation is a part of a region. Like you, they start out in one of the five feeder regions. From there, you can either stay where your nation was founded or move to a different region. Most regions have their own systems of government that have been created by the players who live there. Each region is headed by a Delegate, who is the nation with the most World Assembly endorsements.
The World Assembly (WA) is similar to the United Nations in the real world. In this body, resolutions and laws are passed that all WA member nations must abide by. While no one can force you to join the WA, we highly recommend it, as it is a first step toward becoming more involved in the region.
While you can create as many nations as you like, you are only allowed to have one nation in WA. Anyone who violates this will have their nation deleted by the game moderators. Once you have joined the WA, you may vote on proposals in the General Assembly (GA) and Security Council (SC), and endorse other nations in your region. The West Pacific believes in the inherent sovereignty of nations to govern their own nations without being forced to follow the WA's resolutions. For this reason, we encourage you to vote against new General Assembly resolutions, and vote for repealing past resolutions.
As mentioned earlier, the nation with the most WA endorsements in a region becomes the Delegate, gaining executive power in the region. For those reasons, if you decide to join the WA, be sure to endorse our Delegate Dilber and the Guardians. To endorse a nation after you join WA, find their page and then scroll to the bottom, where there will be a button to endorse. If you have any further questions about the World Assembly you can read the WA FAQ, ask them on the Regional Message Board (RMB), or send a telegram to our current Delegate, Dilber. He’s a great guy and will kindly help with and questions or concerns you may have!
All about The West Pacific!
Here in The West Pacific, we use a meritocratic system of government with the Delegate at its head. The more active you are in the region and the more capable you show yourself to be, the more opportunities you will get for responsibility and advancement. Because of this, we are one of the most continuously innovative regions in the game. The regional government is made up of the Delegate, Dilber, the Guardians, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, and staff. All positions are appointed by the Delegate based on merit except for the Speaker of the Hall and the Hall of Nations Guardians, who are elected by the members of the Hall of Nations.
Members of the Hall of Nations are citizens of The West Pacific, while all other nations are only considered residents. To join the Hall, you must make an account on our forums, submit a citizenship application, and repeat the citizenship oath. Your application will be processed within a few days, or up to a week during election cycles, so be patient. Once you've been accepted, congratulations! You're a citizen of The West Pacific and have full voting privileges in the Hall of Nations!
After applying for citizenship, you can join one of TWP's government ministries to get more involved!
TWP Ministries and other volunteer opportunities
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (FA) is the West Pacific’s diplomatic corps. This ministry develops relations, organizes interregional events and helps spread our culture. You will have the opportunity to interact with other nations on a regular basis while helping advance West Pacifican interests abroad. It is always looking for new ambassadors, so become one today!
The West Pacific Armed Forces (TWPAF) is a sovereign military that offers Invader and Defender operations for regions by using techniques called raiding mechanics to take over other regions. For front line action, you usually need to be available at "major update" (12:00 AM EST) or "minor update" (12:00 PM EST). But if you can't be online at updates, you can join the Reapers division which supports occupations. Check out this dispatch to learn more about raiding mechanics, operations and ranks.
The Ministry of World Assembly and Recruitment (WAR) is in charge of recruiting residential nations to the World Assembly, bringing new endorsements to the Delegate, developing authorship of GA and SC resolutions, and enforcing the endorsement cap. WAR is a great fit for those that like to help strengthen the region, help new nations and support the Delegacy.
The Cultural Trust is the home of regional culture. It's not a ministry, but rather a part of the region in which anyone interested in the Trust's communities can join! The Trust is divided into five communities at the moment, namely Roleplay Community, Card Club, Nomic Enclosure, Fine Arts Society and the News Group. People who are passionate and able to work both independently and collaboratively will surely like the Cultural Trust!
Apply for Hall of Nations citizenship and check the Cultural Commons channel for more information on each community!
The Western Post is the official newspaper of The West Pacific. We report on a wide range of topics, from serious to lighthearted and everything in between. The paper publishes once a month every Friday, and is always looking for writers and artists to fill the pages!
The Regional Guides are a group of nations that welcome new players into getting involved in the West Pacific! Additionally, they are also tasked with other activities such as encouraging regional activity, planning the daily Today in the West posts, organizing festivals, and creating a greater sense of enjoyment outside basic game tasks. It's a gateway into getting to higher positions in the region, so be sure to join if you have some understanding of how NationStates and our region works.
The University of the West Pacific (UTWP) is the premier and only institute in the West Pacific with a focus on developing newer nations into the regional leaders of tomorrow. In four hands-on courses, you will work with others to learn more about every ministry and find your path in the West Pacific. Enroll today, and be placed in the next cohort!
Join the TWP Discord server and leave a message in the #enroll_at_utwp channel in order to enroll!
Would you like to know more?
Congratulations, you made it to the end! We hope you learned something, and enjoy your stay in The West Pacific!
We generally keep RP off the message board, but I thought it made a nice segue. ;)
Welcome to The West Pacific. Make yourself at home, and expect occasional showers of snark on the RMB as well as the occasional story. The coffee is always fresh.
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Most of these rules are common sense and basic courtesy, so for everyone's enjoyment of the RMB, please follow them.
This is a worldwide game played in people's spare time. Understand that your post might not get a response in a timely fashion.
Try to keep the language to standard English whenever possible. Not everyone has English as their primary language.
If you must use a language other than English, you must provide an English translation for your fellow regionmates.
The RMB is not a personal chat room. Don't expect a full conversation to happen (we have Discord for that).
Always be courteous and respectful to your fellow players.
New nations who say "hello" for the first time should have their greetings answered in a friendly manner.
Help your fellow players when they have questions.
If you ask a question and are directed to look it up somewhere, look it up where they told you to go. Don't be mad at the person helping you for not writing a full page, detailed answer.
If things get heated, step away from the keyboard.
Any topic or subject (within game rules) is allowed.
Real world political topics (except for special circumstances) should go to the dedicated Discord channel, not the RMB.
Role playing should go to the dedicated areas on the Forum or Discord.
The following is never allowed:
Spamming / trolling / flaming / flame-baiting and the like.
Harassment in any form.
Rewording or otherwise changing a quote. -snip- is acceptable, any other changes are not.
Recruiting for another region.
Asking for endorsements (Delegate and Guardians are exempt).
Trying to incite / cause strife.
Posting in ALL CAPS. This is considered shouting and spam. Learn the formatting codes to get your point across.
ASCII art (except by a couple of long-time pre-approved users)
Large emoticons. :-) :-p and similar ones are fine. Ones that look like ASCII art or like this ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ are not allowed.
Multiple consecutive posts are considered spam (unless a reasonable amount of time has passed). Exceptions to this are on special days like Karaoke Friday.
Useless comments that are intended to get attention and not move the conversation along.
The following is allowed occasionally:
Shortened words/phrases or initials. Phrases like "sup" or "IIRC".
Unicode (fancy-styled) fonts. Remember that they don't display properly on mobile clients.
Emoji in a message. Keep this to no more than one per post please.
Most importantly: Treat others with courtesy and respect.
How does the WA voting feature work? Because I saw some nations having 100+ votes and I only have one