WA Delegate (non-executive): The Protectorate of A Unified Earth (elected )
Embassies: New Hyperion, International Northwestern Union, the Rejected Realms, Ainur, Cynosure, Canada, The Allied States, 10000 Islands, Equinox, Renegade Islands Alliance, Lazarus, the West Pacific, Paradoxia, The Coalition of Democratic Nations, The Mirage Isles, Nesapo, and 6 others.Agora, Warzone Sandbox, Warzone Airspace, Warzone Africa, New Warsaw Pact, and Nowhere.
Regional Power: High
Today's World Census Report
The Largest Black Market in Wintreath
World Census agents tracked "off the books" deals and handshake agreements in order to study the size of nations' informal economies.
As a region, Wintreath is ranked 2,032nd in the world for Largest Black Market.
|1.||The Arbanic Empire of French Albania||Father Knows Best State||“Shtet, Detyrė, Nderim”|
|2.||The Holy Empire of Bregonia||Corporate Police State||“A posse ad esse”|
|3.||The Gigantic omnipresent army of Z0mbiez||Iron Fist Consumerists||“Brainnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnns”|
|4.||The Holy Imperial Commonwealth of Southern Gralend||Iron Fist Consumerists||“For The Commonwealth Of The Empire”|
|5.||The Holy Empire within an Empire of ImperialItaly||Corporate Police State||“Foedere et Religione Tenemur”|
|6.||The Confederacy of Tyrador VIII||Compulsory Consumerist State||“Strength. Pride. Discipline.”|
|7.||The United States of Thalasus||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Freedom lies in being bold”|
|8.||The Empire of Escanthea||Father Knows Best State||“We shall never back down”|
|9.||The Dominion of Farklore||Iron Fist Consumerists||“Death to the barbarian!”|
|10.||The Resurgent Grace of Idantir||Libertarian Police State||“The First and Original Nation of Wintermoot”|
- : The Democratic States of Patrick Stars arrived from The South Pacific.
- : The Green Holy Chair of Sapphiron arrived from Balder.
- : Zefenhimer ceased to exist.
- : The Federation of Gjorka departed this region for The League of Conservative Nations.
- : Layvia ceased to exist.
- : Dichlandu ceased to exist.
- : The Free Land of The-Woodland-Realm arrived from The Pacific.
- : The Empire of Sauces arrived from The Pacific.
- : The 10th State of Eridani Theta of Nosatah departed this region for Language of Dytarma.
- : Alystair ceased to exist.
Wintreath Regional Message Board
It's sad when it's become staple and parcel to urban life, to expect terrorist attacks.
-Front lines- "we were like any other fresh graduates when the war broke out. We rushed to the local recruiting office to enlist. We all had a sense of duty to our country there was 30 of us. Now there is 5. *before the young Allouxian soldier can finish the order to charge at the enemy lines is given*
I'm not sure why we should be alarmed by this. Terrorist acts have been happening for as long as explosives have been relatively accessible. There were rashes of bombings in Paris in the late 1800s, for example, and I doubt Britain was ever as inflamed about the IRA as it seems to be about the threat of ISIS or Al-Qaeda. The threat of any form of attack on people in an urban environment is massive simply because we have more powerful weapons than ever before to use on a population packed in tighter than its ever been wanting to live with greater conveniences (and thus less 'security') than have ever previously existed, and considering the sheer quantity of weaponizable implements in our day to day lives, there is no conceivable way to stop it.
The only reason it's a big deal at all is because 1) people are bad at figuring out probabilities and instead just fixate on memorable occurrences, and 2) political leadership, in the absence of a villain to unite people against, would much rather do it against the safe villain of 'minorities' than have to figure out a new way to keep people on their side. Just look at the success right-wing political parties have had ever since 9/11, 7/7, or any other day in which a nation suffered a terrorist atrocity. They are the safest villains of all, because they're always going to exist because the default, crowd-pleasing, populist method just generates more, and more, and more of them, and they're never going to serve as a legitimate threat against the integrity of a state.
Muslims are the bad guys because they were the first people to pose a credible 'danger' since Russia that weren't a crucial trade partner. If it wasn't for Deng Xiaoping, we'd have just moved straight from Russia to China after the Cold War ended, but all those trade ties are just too painful to the financiers of the political class to even conceive of attacking. There are far safer targets than China, for all Trump's posturing, and safest of all those targets is Islam, since we've have 1400 years of history of fighting them at every turn.
Excerpts from a text conversation between Ricardo Cortez and Thomas Baker:
Cortez: something interesting just happened that i thought you would get a kick out of
Baker: im listening
Cortez: Danceria has gone apesh*t over the teo incident for some reason lol
Baker: Danceria? wtf why
Cortez: bc something similar happened there with us like 20 years ago
Cortez: tl;dr the Asardo administration picked a jackass as their ambassador and he decided to spark up in state property. I cant really remember what exactly happened next but i remember that it wasnt pretty
Baker: youre kidding me 😒
Cortez: the Asardo administration was infamous for it's corruption, and nepotism makes wonderful things happen 😂😂😂
Cortez: anyways they're offering to send Ferez legal help and to act as a go-between. I told them to f*ck off (politely of course) and i expect the Rus to do the same
Baker: good move 👍
Baker: the Thalasi legal team is about to arrive anyways. Having a random kingdom suddenly get involved would be too much at this point
Cortez: what i don't get is that i have been trying to arrange a visit from their royal family for ages and havent gotten a call back
Cortez: but then some Thalasi kid gets arrested for being an idiot, we get in a bad spot, and suddenly they are VERY interested in Thalasus 🤔🖕
Baker: thats aristocracy for you. Their priorities are completely f*cked sometimes
Cortez: and ours arent?
Baker: tru 😅
Cortez: im calling them now to arrange a royal visit sometime in the next year. Hopefully they respond this time. Wanna go?
Baker: i have a feeling that im going to be a little bit busy with this case for the next
Baker: forever really. Thanks though. Make us look good and keep on that diplomatic fight for democracy 👊👊👊 🗽
Cortez: haha dont worry i will. Just thought id ask. Take care ✌️
Baker: cya later. I'll keep in touch 📱
The Thalasi International Department politely declined Danceria's offer, stating that "both parties are more than capable of coming to a satisfactory arrangement without third-party help". However, the Dancerian government should fret not, as their royal family just received a call from President Mercer inviting them on a tour of the scientific and cultural scenes of Thalasus.
According to NS you have a much bigger black market than I do and I am personally offended
Whoo! MADE A wintreath wide olympic stadium, and all children are trained to win!
OOC: In my defense, there's this thing called Midterms
IC response will occur shortly
Also OOC: response, this is the SYMPOSIUM (IE, civilians/average Sheamus Scotch-drinker) who are intrigued, NOT the aristocracy, the politicians are there as well. (Plus, thanks for working with me on that little improv, I now have a backstory for one of my cornerstone laws!)
Glad I could help. ;)
Drugs may be legal in Thalasus, but we're a narcostate (among other things).
More pragmatically, it's because apparently state-owned industry doesn't actually seem to run anything in NS, since every time any sector of my economy grows, the black market grows right alongside it.
Probably the moment I privatize everything, the black market will collapse.
Which would deeply disappoint the corporate nobility, because now the plebs would own things.
I mean, not that the plebs don't own things, but when they own enough things, we have a little sit-down and 'discover' genealogical records indicating they were nobility all along.
It's a win-win system.
Another question: Thalasus became Communist in the thirties, correct?