I'm an oldbie, getting back to nation-scale RPing after many years. Y'all look like a fun bunch, and TWI seems like a well-organized region.
Have some answers to Vancouvia's intro questions:
How did you hear about The Western Isles?
Vancouvia's signature block, probably.
What's some information about yourself (hobbies, interests, country, etc.)?
I'm an American, a scientist, and it appears that I RP. :) I'm an old-school RPer, from the Old Days, where RPs were played face-to-face IRL. Shocking, isn't it, what we used to do?
What kind of nation are you trying to make?
Ioudaia's a curious mix of alternate histories, starting with some ideas about the encounters between the Greeks and Jews after Alexander conquered the Near East. And it has an odd government, because playing with political systems that never were is always fun. It looks like y'all have some odd governments too, which I approve of.
Anybody know a good free historical footage website? I need Vietnam War footage for a school project
Welcome to the Isles, make yourself at home and freshen up with our dispatches. Vanc will welcome you on the map as soon as you send him your application stuff.
I've got a bunch of questions about how things in the region work. Where would be the best place to post them?
Right here, ask away.
Aside YouTube, I wouldn't be sure off the top of my head. You could probably find some conservationist groups online who have archive footage. You do have all the internet at your fingertips and the largest search engines in history, after all.
I've already taken care of the administrivia. I just needed to move into the region, but I've been busy IRL.
So, lemme start with the basics:
How can I tell which of the TWI alliances and treaty organizations are still active? I see some of their threads on the forum haven't been updated in a long time, and a bunch of them have dead nations.
I read through a bunch of the TWI RPs, and I saw a mention going by of fishing enforcement. How do y'all handle maritime borders, EEZs, and suchlike?
I think I'm going to need to post some sort of military organization factbook, even though I'm not really a MilRPer. What's the regional feeling on using real weapons? Just give them their real names (C-130 Hercules, for example) and call it done? C&P stats from Wikipedia and slap a new name on them? It looks like some of y'all have some good designs, and I'll doubtless RP buying some of them, but to get started, I might as well take advantage of what RL has to offer.
1. You could ask. The following alliances are still active: Mesder Sea Treaty Orginization, Gael Four, Argean Rapid Reaction Force, League of TWI.
2. We follow the Law of the Sea for that, 12nm territorial, 200nm EEZ. However, the UN does not exist for us directly and most of its functions are in the League of TWI.
3. You are free to use RL weapons, we also create our own weapons based on RL ones you could look at. Corindia, Noronica, Ostehaar, myself, and Miklania for example all have weapons, ships, vehicles, etc. that we've made that you can use. Just contact any of us if you would like to use those or just pull RL stuff directly.
Oh, yeah, does anybody else field teams for NS Olympics sports RPing?
TWI is a closed region, we don't often involve ourselves in RPs outside of TWI. Some of us do and that's acceptable but don't expect many of us to do NSSports, for example.
C6 died a while ago, and RETA isn't really an alliance that is in a position to be active.
Fair enough. I doubt I'll play outside RPs other than the NS Olympics.
While I'm not up to scorinating a TWI Olymics, people do run regional sports RPs in NS Sports. So, if there's interest, I could look into scorinating an easier TWI event.
We do have Soccer. There's a few soccer tournaments coming in the start of summer if you felt like doing those.
Yes, a good question. Nhoor joined or tried to join or discussed the creation of such organisations but other nations that were involved seem to have disappeared like snow in the sun. E.g. the FCTA has only one member left (and Nhoor is not eligible to be a full member) and a Raedlon organisation has never been founded due to the sudden disappearence of the (second) nation that tried to organise it.
Nhoor would join certain organisations but I'm reluctant to be the guy that puts most effort in it because experience from other projects tells me that if I want to do it right, it tends to push people away (perhaps I ask too much of the people involved) :)
I'll think about fielding a team then. I don't know much about the sport, but it can't be that hard to learn.
In almost all of the factbooks I've checked so far there seems to be a rather detailed terrain map; is there a central map you take pictures of? How do you coordinate maps where you also have to include a bit of your neighbors' terrain?
Yeah, I was wondering about that as well, since I should have a neighbor. Also gotta handle the border, since the current border cuts oddly across a river he put on the map.
This document solidifies that the free nations residing in the Four Passages sea zone, in the western parts of the North Mesder Sea, agree to allow the free movement of persons and commerce within the sea zone.
Member states that violate the terms of this agreement shall be subject to ejection from the treaty and no longer be privileged to its freedoms and protections as described in Article 8.
This document was signed and ratified; July 15th, 1996
-Citizens of nations that have signed the FCTA will be able to move freely between member states. Individuals are still subject to their home countries citizenship laws and jurisdictions. Any person not claimed as a citizen by one of the member states, is not protected by this treaty.
-Citizens who have an ID issued by a member state shall not require a passport to travel between member states. Passports will be required if traveling into or out of the Four Passages Sea Zone. In the case of an expired ID, a member state marked passport will be considered a fair form of ID.
-If the person has no valid ID or Passport, they may be subject to detention in a local government building until their identity can be confirmed. A person cannot be detained for more than 48 hours, but still may not be permitted free travel until proper identification can be provided. Temporary IDs can be issued for confirmed citizens.
-Persons that have been considered flight risks, or potential threats to any one member state's national security is subject to free travel revocation and suspension of freedoms granted by the FCTA. Persons are subject to individual member states travel policies and restrictions. Such as disallowing firearms or food items from accompanying a private individual on their mode of transportation.
-Exceptions to members states travel restrictions can be awarded by government approval. This includes confirming the purchase of items in question and allowing them commercial access under the free movement of commerce. This does not apply to personal items smuggled or bought illegally. Items that are not confirmed by a member state shall be subject to confiscation until further notice.
-Conduction of Federal, Private, Domestic and International trade shall not be hindered within the jurisdiction of the FCTA. The FCTA shall allow the free movement of commerce and goods the encourage development and growth in member states.
-Tariffs on trade shall not exceed x0.0025 the price of goods between member states. In addition, tariffs on agricultural and medical items are prohibited. This is to allow goods to flow freely between member states, and to allow food and medicine to be more accessible to citizens in the FCTA Zone. There shall be no tariffs on private commerce, nor the movement of privately owned goods.
-The free movement of goods shall only be impeded in cases of any national emergency, suspicious individual, or in the case of suspicious transactions. Free movement of commerce is also prohibited for those who have had their freedoms of the FCTA removed by their home nation. People prohibited from free movement of their person, are also prohibited from free movement of commerce.
-Items must be approved by member states for travel if it is suspected it may violate sovereign travel laws. Items bought in one country to be transported to another may be classified as commerce or a personal item.
-In the case of no one currency being established among members of the FCTA; currency exchanges shall be conducted as normal.
-In the case of a single currency to be used by members of the FCTA; a single nation shall be selected to be the base for a currency. Then over the period of 5 years, the new currency shall be implemented to replace the older national currencies.
-In the case of new member states joining after a new currency has been adopted; a transitional period of 8 years will phase out their currency to the new unitary currency.
-Member states shall agree to a mutual extradition treaty, to extradite wanted criminals or suspects in an investigation. Any country can request an extradition, but any member state can refuse. Any individual that is wanted by one country, can be considered a criminal by other member states. A member state may then arrest and try that individual within their jurisdiction.
-Member states may request the aid of other signatories in the arrest of an individual. If a member state were to accept, the person of interest shall be extradited to the country that asked for assistance. Member states may also offer assistance in the capture of an individual.
-The use of military units is prohibited in the extradition process. Police or para-military shall be the only ones to extradite wanted persons. Military units shall only be permitted in the case of terrorists or high risk individuals such as politicians or leaders of rebellious factions.
-Member states and associate states shall have a number of representatives to act on the board of the FCTA on their nations behalf. They shall be allowed to vote on new legislation, admission and ejection of states, and the next president of the FCTA.
- New representatives can be sent at any time from member and associate states, should their people or government elect another individual to the board. Representatives have no term limits.
-The board of representatives of the FCTA shall be elected by the government or people of each member and associate state.
-Each member state may have representatives equal to the number of states in the member state.
-Each associate state may have representatives equal to the number of states in any associate country. However the number of their representatives is limited to 5.
-Should a representative die while on the board, or forcefully removed by their parent country, their parent country can hold an emergency election to replace the representative or wait until the next election cycle to elect them. In the meantime one of their fellow representatives can vote in their stead.
-A vacancy can only be allowed for no more than 90 days before that vote is rescinded. The vote remains such until such time as the vacancy is filled.
-The board is lead by a single president who serves a 3 year term as the head of the board. A single representative may be reelected as many times as they wish. If the president is removed from the board by their home country in an election, they may finish their term should the number of days left in their term equal 300 days.
-Should the president die while in office, or be forcefully removed by their parent country, then an emergency session is called to elect a new president.
-Any nation that resides within the four passages sea zone may apply for membership, even if they were not a member during the initial founding of the FCTA. The application process involves submitting a formal request to join which shall be reviewed by the current member states representatives on the FCTA board. A vote will commence in a period of 180 days after submission of an application. Perspective new member states must receive a 60% vote in favor to join.
- An applicant that receives the number of votes required will be admitted into the FCTA after a period of 120 days. This is to allow time to change laws and regulations to comply with FCTA standards.
-Should an application not receive the requisite number of votes, they may re-submit their application after a period of 550 days. A perspective member may re-apply as many times as they wish. Each new applicant may apply for a single recount if they believe the number of abstentions could change in the intervening 550 days. 50 days after a review request is submitted the board will reconvene and vote again. Should the review vote also fail, the applicant may no re-submit a review request.
-Nations that reside outside the Four Passages sea zone may apply for an associate status. The associate status will grant certain privileges but not the full guarantees of full member states.
-Associate state status can only be granted to nations that border the North Mesder, Mesder, South Mesder, Argean, and Amber Sea. Nations outside of these boundaries may be granted a special status by unanimous vote by the board of representatives.
-Prospective associate states must submit an application as described in Article 6., Section 1. However the approval votes needed are much more strict. A prospective associate must receive a 75% vote in favor to join. After approval the new associate will expect to receive new privileges after a period of 120 days.
-Should the vote fail, the applicant may resubmit their proposal after a period of 600 days. Each new applicant may apply for a single recount if they believe the number of abstentions could change in the intervening 600 days. 100 days after a review request is submitted the board will reconvene and vote again. Should the review vote also fail, the applicant may no re-submit a review request.
-If an applicant receives the required number of votes to join, then their new privileges and obligations are as follows
Associate states shall be granted all freedoms under Article 1. excluding Section 1, Subsection 1.
Associate states shall be granted all freedoms under Article 2. excluding Section 2.
Associate states are required to follow all Obligations under Article 4.
Associate states will receive only one vote in the admission of new associate states, and no votes in the admission of member states.
-Should any member or associate neglect their obligations, or violate the freedoms granted by the FCTA, shall be subject to immediate ejection after an investigation.
-Citizens of member and associate states can be subject to the revocation of their freedoms by their parent country, or the FCTA board.
-Violation of obligations and Freedoms are as follows:
Failure to allow the lawful passage of persons granted freedoms under Article 1.
Failure to prohibit the travel of flight risks and persons of interest between, into, or out of member and associate states.
Failure to extradite persons of interest as described under Article 4.
Taxing items that are exempt under Article 2.
-Member and associate states ejected from the FCTA are required to allow a period of 180 days to allow citizens of other states to be informed of the changes. During those 180 days, the FCTA obligations are still active to the ejected state. After the 180 days, all freedoms are rescinded.
-Individuals who have had their freedoms revoked are subject to standard travel laws of individual nations.
-States that have been ejected from the FCTA can re-apply for status after a period of 5 years. In this process, the state in question must receive an 80% vote in favor of re-admittance. Should this fail, then the standard process of application may be followed.
-Individuals who have had their freedoms revoked may re-aquire them after 4 years in the case of board revocation, or as their parent state sees fit to re-instate their freedoms.
Domanania Signed 1996
Nhoor Joined Nov. 13th, 1996
we do have a fancy little treaty ;)
We'll need some sort of mutual defense treaty since the C6 is dead(ish). (I'll wait for the other members to post before pulling the sheet over its face.) Also, it looks like we have compatible economies: y'all need things we export, and vice versa. The island's mineralogy is consistent from end-to-end as well, since you've established some ore deposits that match what I wanted. :)