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The Western Isles RMB

WA Delegate (non-executive): The Free Lands of Vancouvia (elected )

Founder: The Free Lands of Vancouvia

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 24th Most Influential: 30th Most Nations: 104th+16
Most Valuable International Artwork: 980th Best Weather: 1,398th Most Cultured: 1,454th Most Beautiful Environments: 1,514th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,776th Largest Black Market: 1,839th Most Inclusive: 2,074th Smartest Citizens: 2,090th Most Devout: 2,131st Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,136th Most Advanced Public Education: 2,174th Healthiest Citizens: 2,202nd Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,303rd Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,386th Nicest Citizens: 2,398th Highest Poor Incomes: 2,468th
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|||~THE WESTERN ISLES~|||

A proud past, a bright future

| Democracy | Equality | Role-playing | Community | Quality | Fun | No Offsite Forums | Bountiful | LinkTheme Song |



||| ~Government~ |||

Elected through challenge elections

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||| ~Quick Links~ |||

| All | Map | Alliances | Constitution & Government | Regional Rules | Chat | Your threads |


||| ~Ongoing Events and Perpetual RPs~ |||

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||| ~New Players Start Here!~ |||

| Welcome Information | Introduce Your Nation | Introduce Your Leaders |



Embassies: Haiku, the Pacific, 10000 Islands, 00000 A World Power, Commonwealth of Liberty, Geopolity, Albion, Europe, The Embassy, Atlas, Esquarium, Sunalaya, Equinox, Winterfell, Realism and RP, Future Earth, and 98 others.Kennan, Conservative League, Australialia, The Coalition of Democratic Nations, Pax Britannia, Arconian Empire, Cyberius Confederation, Brasil, Oatland, Solid Kingdom, India, Right to Life, Eastern Roman Empire, The Commonwealth of Crowns, Nova, Yarnia, Calefacta Aquas Piscinae, Nova Historiae, Free Market Federation, The Republic Nations, Oceania, United Valhaven, Portugal, Pac Pac, The Bar on the corner of every region, Historia Novorum, The League of Conservative Nations, Union Mundial, Ainur, Confederacy of Allied States, Intarctica, Melhorian Sea, Aeia, The Region That Has No Big Banks, The Hanover Republic, Technologica, Tropican Islands, Avadam Inn, Sweden, Ordis, The Mystical Council, Krillin, Turkic Union, Asiana, The Peaceful Coffee Shop In Chicago, International Northwestern Union, Union of Free Nations, The Glorious Nations of Iwaku, Nagoya International, The South Arctic, Non Aligned Movement, Yuno, The Universal Allegiance, The Exarchal Republic, Sikh Empire, Mapperdonia, New Western Atlantic, LCRUA, The Warden World, RGBN, Dauiland, International Debating Area, Regionless, Order of the Southern North, The Exalted Lands, Iveagh, Imperial Fatherland, The Sands, The Eastern Isles, The Democratic Republic, Union of Nationalists, North America, The Great Region, Abydos, The Great Universe, Christmas, Salutations, Gypsy Lands, Union of Christian Nations, The Galactic Empire of Britain, Force, Lardyland, Hollow Point, The Slide Countries, Lezra, Chicken overlords, League Of Allied Powers, Train Station, Viranos, New Atlas, Seblaria, Edmundian Empire, Organization of United Sovereign States, New Western Empire, Union of Allied States, Melayu Archipelago, Tsumonrin, and Court of International Law and Justice.

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Regional Power: Very High

The Western Isles contains 178 nations, the 104th most in the world.

Today's World Census Report

The Least Corrupt Governments in The Western Isles

World Census agents tempted government officials with financial and other inducements to bend the rules and recorded how often their proposals were declined.

As a region, The Western Isles is ranked 21,811th in the world for Least Corrupt Governments.

NationWA CategoryMotto
1.The Commonwealth of BausclandNew York Times Democracy“Stand Fast”
2.The Utopian Kingdom of the Union of RoendavarScandinavian Liberal Paradise“Oth'ranar, oth'lumarin”
3.The Rogue Nation of XKI Emissary to The Western IslesLiberal Democratic Socialists“There is no diplomacy like candor”
4.The Republic of BaeriaNew York Times Democracy“God, Homeland, Liberty”
5.The Independent Commune of Libre-QuebecNew York Times Democracy“Pas de Canada, pas d'oppression”
6.The Free Lands of VancouviaLiberal Democratic Socialists“Prosperity, Freedom, Efficiency”
7.The Blue Islands of CorindiaLeft-wing Utopia“Of the people, for the people”
8.The Community of TeschnaiaNew York Times Democracy“The pen is mightier than any arbitrary weaponry”
9.The United Kingdom of Santiland RepubilcLeft-Leaning College State“Uniti stamus, divisi cadimus”
10.The Republic of United BileniaCivil Rights Lovefest“Through freedom we thrive”
1234. . .1718»

Regional Happenings

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The Western Isles Regional Message Board

So I dunno if I'm gonna get on the map (hence why I haven't lodged a claim just yet, but I will when the time comes, and if I'm permitted), but I'm actually going for a nation that may be seen as quite bland historically.

|| THE UNITED COUNCIL REPUBLICS OF SAN COLUNVIA ||

A quaint democracy with a rich Latin American history, the UCR of San Colunvia was previously the Spanish Viceroyalty of San Colunvia, and declared independence in July of 1824. Since then, the history of the San Colunvia has been rather uneventful, with the country only suffering a minor civil war from 1887-1891, which saw minimal casualties. The nation is home to the Colunvian Bald Eagle, which adorns the flag of the nation, and is well known for its lush pastures and also large automobile industry.

San Colunvia operates with a federal semi-presidential parliamentary republic, with the President being the Head of State and the Prime Minister being the head of the government. Currently, the Labourer's Union of San Colunvia, which is in Coalition with the Labour Party and also the People's Socialist Action Party. The main political opposition party is the National Liberal Party, and other minor parties also operate in opposition. The nation consists of 24 federal states, each with their own Federal Councils to manage local affairs. However, the northern states such as Las Antecos have to frequently tackle organised crime issues from a large Chinese and Italian immigrant population.

The capital city of San Colunvia is Puerto de Esperanza. The city is renowned for its art-deco architecture and grid-like street planning.

The short civil war the country faced, appropriately named the San Colunvian Civil War, was a conflict involving the Parliament of San Colunvia versus the Centralist factions who were forced to revoke their seats in parliament. At the time, the Republic had been a federal state - not as federal as the modern day San Colunvia, but still rather federalised - but the Centralist coalition (involving various Pro-Spanish parties, Reactionaries, and some Liberals) wished to see more control from Puerto de Esperanza, wish delved the country into a short but bloody civil war which saw 234,000 deaths.

Shanzie wrote:Except for that time napoleon conquered you and Spain :)

The three times Napoleon tried and was kinda of a draw since they couldn't properly invade and we couldn't properly defend, so it ended being a logistical loss for Napoleon?

Sure.

The Federal United Republic wrote:-snip-

With you being a former Spanish colony, I'd recommend getting in touch with Corindia, another former Spanish colony if my memory serves me right.

>Federal United Republic
>United Republics
clearly no relation coming from wildly different origin points but still interesting how the names align

Dormill and Stiura wrote:>Federal United Republic
>United Republics
clearly no relation coming from wildly different origin points but still interesting how the names align

I'm confused with what your point is?

The Federal United Republic wrote:bruh

We don't RP on the RMB here, we use NS threads.

Balnik wrote:We don't RP on the RMB here, we use NS threads.

I'm aware, I'm just making a point on what my nation is about.

The Federal United Republic wrote:I'm aware, I'm just making a point on what my nation is about.

Right.

Welcome!

LinkHello there. Thanks for joining the Western Isles!

You must be wondering what you can do here and how, what is expected of you and how to start role-playing... I'll try to answer these questions in this dispatch.

First of all, if you haven't done so already - go ahead and introduce yourself on our regional message board (RMB). You can post things like what country you're from, if you're new to NationStates or to role-playing (RP), what kind of a nation you want to create, and anything else you'd like to share.

About the Region

Where do we communicate?

  • IC communication (in-character, meaning role-playing) is done on the NationStates forums

  • OOC communication (out-of-character, from general chatting to world-building) is done on the RMB

  • Telegrams are usually OOC

We don't have offsite forums, so you don't have to worry about missing something else.

How does this region work?

We have a democratically elected government (you can run for office) which is in-charge of several aspects of the region:

  • Facilitating RP and promoting world-building and cooperation in the region

  • Managing the region in terms of regional rules and standards

  • Recruiting new players and managing our embassies with other regions

To really understand how we do, you can read through the following dispatches when you get a chance:

  • The Constitution - It details the responsibilities of the various government officers and the Founder, as well as the processes of legislation and elections in the region. Of course, there's no need to remember it all, but it's there if you need it.

  • The Regional Rules and Conduct - That's just... The rules. You know, don't be a jerk to others, don't spam the RMB, and so on. The map rules are also there, but we'll get to that in a minute.

  • The Regional information dispatch - Contains current and updating information about the region (recent stats of the region, weekly updates, important daily events, etc.).

  • The Regional Links dispatch - Contains useful links to other regional guides or interesting dispatches (list of alliances, the regional militia, World Assembly guide, guides on RP, and more).

This is confusing... Can anyone help?

Of course, most of us can. If you still have questions, you can do either of the following:

Your address for questions regarding specific RP rules (can this be done? can I take over that? can I have that size? etc.) is the Sec. of RP (Thuzbekistan). Feel free to tag him in your RMB post or to TG him.

About Role-Playing in the Region

How do I get a spot on the map?

Our regional map is the basis of our RP, and it is therefore reserved for nations who actively engage in RP or plan to do so. Before asking a spot, please first make sure you have at least one nation-building factbook (relating to some aspect of your nation) and at least one forum post.

To be added to the map, send Vancouvia a telegram with answers to several simple questions - they are listed under "Map Rules" in the Regional Rules and Conduct dispatch. In order to stay on the map, you need to be relatively active in regional RP. nation-building dispatches or RP posts in the forums at least once week or so, should be enough.

How do I develop my nation?

Here in this region we don't use NationStates stats at all. Population, economic status, main industries, defense budget - All of those things are up to you, the player, to decide! Make factbooks or dispatches describing your nation's culture, history, religion, government, budget, climate, military, science, industries, people, corporations, trade deals, and anything else you can think of.

Are there limitations?

RP in this region is based on realism and modern-technology, so keep your nation in those limits. There are a few other guidelines we have in place to keep things balanced, for example:

If you're having trouble coming up with realistic numbers, just search Wikipedia for information on the real-world countries your nation is based on (or related to), and use that. Remember that this is an island region, and that our nations are not the largest and richest in the world - so, for instence, don't take the size and scope of the US' armed forces as an example, and don't take China's economy as an example. Try to find a realistic balance that would fit an island nation. Tip: There are no "perfect" nations - all nations have their strengths and their weaknesses. The Sec. of Role-play (Thuzbekistan) or other members of the region can help you design your nation as well.

Other than that - the limit is your own creativity. Feel free to look around and read other nations' factbooks and dispatches for ideas. See for example:

For other interesting, creative, or highly informative factbooks by members of the region, check out The Western Isles Factbook Spotlight. Take some time to look around, get to know the other players and the region as a whole, and develop your nation. I recommend doing that before getting into RP.

Alright, what now? Where do I RP?

You can get to the region's ongoing RPs and events in either of the following ways:

  • Through the "Ongoing Events and Perpetual RPs" in the region's main page

  • Through the Active RPs of the Western Isles dispatch, which contains the region's RPs

As a start, I recommend reading the recent posts in the regional news thread and posting some of your own, before moving on to more complex RPs. This would allow players of the region to get acquainted with your nation.

And of course - you can always think of your own idea for an RP based on or in your nation, and recruit or interest others to join. I also recommend checking out the region's Alliances and Trade Agreements dispatch, where you might find other nations with similar interests and players to RP with; and the region's Marketplace, where you might find storefronts and corporations seeking to expand.

NS is full of useful guides for the technical or procedural aspect or RPing. This one, for example, is short and to the point. I've also published one myself, about RPing in our region. There are many more RP guides and tip dispatches or threads around the site - feel free to explore and learn more about RPing.

As always, for any question on RPing in the region or in general, feel free to ask on the RMB or send a personal TG to the Sec. of RP or any of the active members.

Read factbook

Welcome to the region btw.

Balnik wrote:Right.

Welcome!

LinkHello there. Thanks for joining the Western Isles!

You must be wondering what you can do here and how, what is expected of you and how to start role-playing... I'll try to answer these questions in this dispatch.

First of all, if you haven't done so already - go ahead and introduce yourself on our regional message board (RMB). You can post things like what country you're from, if you're new to NationStates or to role-playing (RP), what kind of a nation you want to create, and anything else you'd like to share.

About the Region

Where do we communicate?

  • IC communication (in-character, meaning role-playing) is done on the NationStates forums

  • OOC communication (out-of-character, from general chatting to world-building) is done on the RMB

  • Telegrams are usually OOC

We don't have offsite forums, so you don't have to worry about missing something else.

How does this region work?

We have a democratically elected government (you can run for office) which is in-charge of several aspects of the region:

  • Facilitating RP and promoting world-building and cooperation in the region

  • Managing the region in terms of regional rules and standards

  • Recruiting new players and managing our embassies with other regions

To really understand how we do, you can read through the following dispatches when you get a chance:

  • The Constitution - It details the responsibilities of the various government officers and the Founder, as well as the processes of legislation and elections in the region. Of course, there's no need to remember it all, but it's there if you need it.

  • The Regional Rules and Conduct - That's just... The rules. You know, don't be a jerk to others, don't spam the RMB, and so on. The map rules are also there, but we'll get to that in a minute.

  • The Regional information dispatch - Contains current and updating information about the region (recent stats of the region, weekly updates, important daily events, etc.).

  • The Regional Links dispatch - Contains useful links to other regional guides or interesting dispatches (list of alliances, the regional militia, World Assembly guide, guides on RP, and more).

This is confusing... Can anyone help?

Of course, most of us can. If you still have questions, you can do either of the following:

Your address for questions regarding specific RP rules (can this be done? can I take over that? can I have that size? etc.) is the Sec. of RP (Thuzbekistan). Feel free to tag him in your RMB post or to TG him.

About Role-Playing in the Region

How do I get a spot on the map?

Our regional map is the basis of our RP, and it is therefore reserved for nations who actively engage in RP or plan to do so. Before asking a spot, please first make sure you have at least one nation-building factbook (relating to some aspect of your nation) and at least one forum post.

To be added to the map, send Vancouvia a telegram with answers to several simple questions - they are listed under "Map Rules" in the Regional Rules and Conduct dispatch. In order to stay on the map, you need to be relatively active in regional RP. nation-building dispatches or RP posts in the forums at least once week or so, should be enough.

How do I develop my nation?

Here in this region we don't use NationStates stats at all. Population, economic status, main industries, defense budget - All of those things are up to you, the player, to decide! Make factbooks or dispatches describing your nation's culture, history, religion, government, budget, climate, military, science, industries, people, corporations, trade deals, and anything else you can think of.

Are there limitations?

RP in this region is based on realism and modern-technology, so keep your nation in those limits. There are a few other guidelines we have in place to keep things balanced, for example:

If you're having trouble coming up with realistic numbers, just search Wikipedia for information on the real-world countries your nation is based on (or related to), and use that. Remember that this is an island region, and that our nations are not the largest and richest in the world - so, for instence, don't take the size and scope of the US' armed forces as an example, and don't take China's economy as an example. Try to find a realistic balance that would fit an island nation. Tip: There are no "perfect" nations - all nations have their strengths and their weaknesses. The Sec. of Role-play (Thuzbekistan) or other members of the region can help you design your nation as well.

Other than that - the limit is your own creativity. Feel free to look around and read other nations' factbooks and dispatches for ideas. See for example:

For other interesting, creative, or highly informative factbooks by members of the region, check out The Western Isles Factbook Spotlight. Take some time to look around, get to know the other players and the region as a whole, and develop your nation. I recommend doing that before getting into RP.

Alright, what now? Where do I RP?

You can get to the region's ongoing RPs and events in either of the following ways:

  • Through the "Ongoing Events and Perpetual RPs" in the region's main page

  • Through the Active RPs of the Western Isles dispatch, which contains the region's RPs

As a start, I recommend reading the recent posts in the regional news thread and posting some of your own, before moving on to more complex RPs. This would allow players of the region to get acquainted with your nation.

And of course - you can always think of your own idea for an RP based on or in your nation, and recruit or interest others to join. I also recommend checking out the region's Alliances and Trade Agreements dispatch, where you might find other nations with similar interests and players to RP with; and the region's Marketplace, where you might find storefronts and corporations seeking to expand.

NS is full of useful guides for the technical or procedural aspect or RPing. This one, for example, is short and to the point. I've also published one myself, about RPing in our region. There are many more RP guides and tip dispatches or threads around the site - feel free to explore and learn more about RPing.

As always, for any question on RPing in the region or in general, feel free to ask on the RMB or send a personal TG to the Sec. of RP or any of the active members.

Read factbook

Welcome to the region btw.

Thanks a lot, Mr. President, I'm sorry for that icey start, if it was one.

The Federal United Republic wrote:Thanks a lot, Mr. President, I'm sorry for that icey start, if it was one.

All good, there are no issues, I'm a bit tired right now so I'm sorry if I seemed to be hostile.

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