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  1. 9 points
    Saint Mark

    Honors of The West Pacific

    Today, a new theme is inaugurated in The West Pacific, one that honors our traditions and institutions and builds on these to provide new excitement and opportunities. This ceremony is not about me, but about you, the residents who make this the best region in NationStates. Therefore, I use this occasion to recognize some of those who have made The West Pacific what it is today and those who have begun the work of bringing it to a new glory. Merit is awarded in The West Pacific. The greatness of our region is the result of the imagination, talentand work of many individuals over many years contributing to our common good. These Honors are one way we can show our appreciation to those dedicated residents. As today is the first Honors ceremony in The West Pacific under the current theme, it will be longer than most will be in the future. There are many achievers that must be recognized. Honors Of The West Pacific Granted by His Imperial Majesty, Marcarius Halo Rahl, The Holy Principality of Saint Mark, Dragon Emperor of The West Pacific on the first day of March in the year two-thousand and nineteen. The recognition of merit is one of the pillars of The West Pacific. These dedicated residents of our region, by applying their unique talents with hard work and imagination to the betterment of The West Pacific have earned high praise. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ First, it is with great affection and admiration that I grant Neenee the titles of Dowager Empress of the West Pacific For her dedicated service as our last Delegate, Chancellor of The Hall of Peers So that she may continue to serve the region with her wise counsel, and Celestial Sage As one who appointed the current Delegate. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Next, I would like to honor, Davelands, the Delegate that preceded her and who has done so much in so many different roles for our region both before and after his delegacy, by granting him the title of Royal Prince of The West Pacific. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The next honor is granted to Big Bad Badger for his inspired leadership during his past delegacy which led to the creation of The Manners among many other regional improvements and institutions. He is made a Royal Duke of The West Pacific. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In recognition of his past work as the Delegate during whose tenure I was born in The West Pacific, for having started several of our fond traditions and for always being our Delegarth, I grant Elegarth the honor of Royal Duke of The West Pacific. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In recognition of his aid to The West Pacific multiple times as our transition Delegate, and honoring his many years of loyally serving as one of our region’s Guardians, I grant Mediobogdum the title Royal Duke of The West Pacific. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Grateful for the chocolate she shares and appreciative of her wise counsel, and in recognition of her service as a past Delegate, I grant Darkesia the title of Duchess of Hainan. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In gratitude for his many years of time, talent and treasure in supporting our region, and especially the forum, I award Southern Eureka with the title of Duke of Chongming. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In recognition of his many contributions to the region since antiquity, including his terms as our Delegate and his support as The West Pacific’s unofficial historian, I grant All Good People the title of Duke of Zhoushan. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In gratitude for his assistance as a Guardian, and in recognition of his past contributions as a Delegate of The West Pacific, I bestow upon Yy4u, the title Marquis of Donghai. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In appreciation for his service to The West Pacific as its Delegate multiple times, Wickedly Evil People is granted the title Marquis of Shangchuan. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In recognition of his past Delegacy, and fearful of his roofur madness, I bestow upon Bhang Bhang Duc the title of Marquis of Damang. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In gratitude for her loyal and dedicated service as The Commander of The West Pacific Armed Forces and briefly as our Foreign Affairs Minister, and in appreciation for her willingness to delve enthusiastically into any project, I grant Kawaii Schoolgirl the title of Countess of Junshan. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In gratitude for his devoted service as Speaker of The Hall of Nations and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and in appreciation for his willingness to work for the region, I grant Arkadia Universalis the title of Earl of Ping. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In recognition of his work as our first Minister of Education, and in appreciation of his wise counsel, I grant Dalimbar the title of Baron of Zhifu. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In gratitude for his exceptional work in Internal Affairs, both past and present, and with appreciation for his wise counsel, I bestow upon Bran Astor the title of Baron of Hebao. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Orders of Xia Xia means someone with power who helps others in need. The Xia (pronounced shya) are the knights of The West Pacific. This is the highest non-peer honor a resident can receive. ~~~~~~~~~ Benevolent Order of Mencius: for extraordinary service to the people of TWP This is the highest of the Xia Orders. Those admitted to this Order today are: Southern Eureka For his years of Forum support Big Bad Badger For beginning The West Pacific’s transformation ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Imperial Order of The Dragon: for extraordinary service to The Emperor Those admitted to this Order today are: Kawaii Schoolgirl Arkadia Universalis Dalimbar Bran Astor These have demonstrated steadfast loyalty, wise counsel, constant vigilance, and an untiring willingness to serve. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Martial Order of Ching Shih: for extraordinary service to TWPAF Those admitted to this Order today are: Kawaii Schoolgirl Chervil Altino These have been crucial to the restructuring and rebirth of the region’s armed forces. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Benevolent Order of The Three Perfections: for extraordinary service in The Arts Those admitted to this Order today are: Fujai Kawaii Bran Astor Yy4u These have demonstrated an uncanny talent in turning any request into a beautiful work of art.
  2. 7 points
    The bright light of dawn breaks over the ocean in the east, turning the sea red and orange and gold. In the temples, the priests light incense; in the palace, nobles begin to stir from their beds as servants continue their frantic preparations in the kitchens; in the streets, guards check and recheck the processional way and women drape banners of red and gold from windows. The day of the Emperor's enthronement is beginning. The Emperor himself has already been awake for hours; he and his attendants dressed in their ceremonial robes and rode to the Temple of the West long before dawn. Now, as the sun rises, the Emperor stands facing its golden rays, offering prayers to Heaven, in particular to the Jade Emperor Yuhuang Dadi and the Royal Mother of the West Wangmu Niangniang, for the success of his reign. Under their beneficence, he hoped that his dynasty would retain the Mandate of Heaven and prosper for centuries to come. Once the sun has risen and the ceremonial way has been prepared, the Emperor sets out from the temple towards Zijin Cheng, the Forbidden City. As he passes through the streets with his procession of guards and attendants, the masses of people cheer at his approach and bow at his passing. Children bounce on their toes to get a better look; in the future they will tell their grandchildren of this glorious and singular day. The Dragon Emperor Marcarius Halo Rahl enters the gates of the Forbidden City to the peal of drums, bo, and luo. In the courtyard stand ranks upon ranks of his warriors, TWPAF. They stand straight and proud as he passes; victory attends emperors with the Mandate of Heaven. The Emperor and his procession ascend the steps to the throne hall, where he enters first. Waiting at a side door is the Dowager Empress, NeeNee; she steps in after him. One by one members of the court enter, the most senior first, until the throne room is full. Only the space in front of the throne itself is empty, and the Emperor stands still and silent facing it as the room fills behind him. The room is silent, every man and woman there all but holding back breath. Seeing that all is ready, the Dowager Empress motions to the musicians, who begin a long, slow roll on the strings of the yangqin; the breathy xiao joins in next. The music crescendos and the Emperor walks forward to the throne. As he takes his rightful place, the Dowager Empress calls out his titles: His Imperial Majesty, Marcarius Halo Rahl, The Holy Principality of Saint Mark, Dragon Emperor of The West Pacific, Delegate, Son of Heaven, Moral Compass, Best Barista and Sovereign Sommelier. The officials of the court let out a shout, which is echoed first by the warriors in the courtyard and then on and on across the city as people hear the cries and know what they mean: the Emperor has ascended and taken his rightful throne. In the throne hall, the officials of the region line up to present their memorials of congratulation; the Venerable Sage beside the Emperor taking each scroll on his behalf to be opened at a later date. The Emperor then reads his ascension edict: http://www.westpacific.org/forums/index.php?/topic/3075-honors-of-the-west-pacific/ The festival in the palace will begin soon, once all final congratulations have been given and ceremonies completed. Out in the streets, dragon floats are being paraded to and fro to the sound of music and cheering. The celebrations will last almost until dawn the next day, with fireworks throughout the night. All across The West Pacific, cities will resound with them, their brilliance flickering over the towers and walls of the cities and the faces of the celebrants. A new era has begun.
  3. 4 points
    Winnipeg

    Paying for The Forum

    And we're back....gotta give the guys are Wholesale Internet a big shoutout. Put a ticket in and they had me up and going on a KVM within 20 minutes of me borking the OS upgrade. *BORK BORK BORK* [/Svedish Chef!]
  4. 3 points
    I may eventually put this up in the SC forum gameside, but leaving it here for the moment to work on. Background: CoCD are a fascist region who recent pulled all their political tags from their WFE as part of a campaign to convince Gameplay that they’re no longer fascist. Keeping the embassies with Nazi and fascist regions open was a dead giveaway though. Maybe needs more ham jokes?
  5. 3 points
    Darkesia

    Paying for The Forum

    Since I'm the EA in the group, let me snoop around about Canadian Tax rules as it applies to using crowd sourcing. I will also look into rules around setting up an account and implications (Can I set it up and admin it, or will Winnie need to do it? Are there rules about cross border ownership of a funding source etc) I am in meetings all of Thursday evening and overnight into Friday evening. So any serious research will be done over the weekend, with a significant break for corned beef and cabbage and Jameson (You can keep your Guinness) : ) I will have a better handle on any legal/tax implications by Monday. Which will leave us with the more difficult, sticky issues involving human beings and their silly emotions.
  6. 3 points
    It took a while but I finally made it
  7. 2 points
    This is a 'trash' Resolution which needs to given the heave-ho treatment followed by being crushed by a road-roller!
  8. 2 points
    Saint Mark

    Paying for The Forum

    Greetings to all the excellent residents of TWP! This Forum is not free. Its roughly $30 (U.S.)/month cost has been covered by @Winnipeg, @Eli and @Darkesia forever. It's time we step up and help out. The Cabinet and I have been discussing ways this might be facilitated, but this is your region (and will be your money! ), so we want to hear from you. What are your thoughts?
  9. 2 points
    Bran Astor

    Paying for The Forum

    I gave this a bump on Discord.
  10. 2 points
    You can always re-apply for citizenship, if that is what you are asking. Real Life comes first. Periods of inactivity are inevitable.
  11. 2 points
    Saint Mark

    [DEFEATED] Commend North Pacific

    Yep. Already voted Against.
  12. 2 points
    Elegarth

    [DEFEATED] Commend North Pacific

    As far as I remember, the Del of TWP is free to decide it's vote any way he decides, with the population vote and the WA ministry being just non-mandatory guidelines. So there shouldn't be a problem at all.
  13. 2 points
    Westwind

    [DEFEATED] Commend North Pacific

    The Resolution is inaccurate. Against. Signed, former TNP Delegate Lewis and Clark. False. Blackshear is a great player and a fun TNP Delegate, but in no way was it 'one fo the first of it's kind' in an NS that was already two years old. I'd already helped write several constitutions by that time.
  14. 2 points
    Dilber

    [DEFEATED] Commend North Pacific

    Against. It also overstates specific things. The NPA really wasn't great during the ADN era. it's poorly written, as pointed out, and doesn't go into any actual detail about the real good things done by TNP. It fails to recognize significant members as having an impact via their role in TNP. It's main purpose seems to be how the government kept changing due to coups, and I'm not quite sure why that's commendable. It's a good region with good people but this resolution isn't great.
  15. 2 points
    Interesting that the Proposer of the Commendation now resides in the The Rejected Realms! Personally, I agree with Halo... there is nothing really outstanding in the write-up and even though we are allies, personally, I would vote "Against"
  16. 1 point
    It took me a minute to get this straight with all the negatives: The WA is not fascist therefore we condemn this country which is not fascist because it's not allowing non-fascist states to find themselves in fascist regions.
  17. 1 point
    Saint Mark

    Admin Requests Part Quatre

    Please also mask @cash money as a citizen. Thank you!
  18. 1 point
    Saint Mark

    Admin Requests Part Quatre

    Dark, would you please mask @Ozymandias, King of Kings as a citizen? Thank you!
  19. 1 point
    Mediobogdum

    Paying for The Forum

    Which ever way Winnie wants this to go is okay by me... PayPal seems to be the easiest route to follow as many players probably already have an account. Well, at least I do! Do we know what sort of level of funding, apart from annual fees that is needed? Was thinking about costs for developing/enhancing/repairing features? We used to have a great feature in Vortex which allowed us to see which nations we had not endorsed and vice versa. This excellent facility fell by the wayside, but maybe that was a different feature from the forum?
  20. 1 point
    Westwind

    Paying for The Forum

    A Donation button could be placed in a custom block on the sidebar for convenience. Winnie could create a Paypal Money Pool (if that's available in Canada) on his account. "Money Pools are an easy and fast way to collect money with friends. Whether you need to raise money for a holiday, a group gift, or for regular shared expenses, just create a Money Pool and share it with your friends and family. Please note that you’re responsible for spending the money collected for the purpose set out in your Money Pools page. Your friends can chip in in seconds. If they don’t have a PayPal account, they can set up one in minutes "
  21. 1 point
    Elegarth

    Paying for The Forum

    Indeed. That's what LOD advised for too
  22. 1 point
    Winnipeg

    Admin Requests Part Quatre

    I don't see why not....course, I reserve final judgement before uploading, but so long as they're not overtly offensive I don't see objecting to them.
  23. 1 point
    Westwind

    Paying for The Forum

    Winnie could simply have a Paypal donation button (tip jar) for donations. I've done that before, no hassle.
  24. 1 point
    Dalimbar

    Paying for The Forum

    Typical Albertan, having cheaper gas, no sales tax and free virtual server hosting Honestly it's high time that we chip in. The fact that Winnie, Eli and Dark have been bankrolling this operation for years without fuss is... Damn awesome. You folks are amazing, and I'd like to echo what Dark said about this forum and Winnie being owner. We have by far the least "dramatic" admin team in the GCRs who run this board professionally. Further, I feel confident that if we do need to do cosmetic changes here and there over the years, it can be done unlike in some other GCRs which are more focused on "tradition". I also highly doubt that any crowdfunding activity would be consequential to your taxes. Especially with the low costs (compared to some regions) for hosting our forums, it wouldn't take much for us to break even for operating costs. Essentially a few of us putting $5 into the pot would do it, from what it sounds like to me. My only thing is that we should not make anyone feel pressured or compelled to pay, especially those folks who are in high school, university, or are not employed. Also, yay for fast return to the forums!
  25. 1 point
    Darkesia

    Admin Requests Part Quatre

    Amerion was already a member of the Hall of Nations
  26. 1 point
    Darkesia

    Paying for The Forum

    We are not looking for a new forum. Unless Winnie says to hell with us, I never want to change our arrangement. Frankly, having come from the days when forums were a risky place to reveal your IP, Winnie is the only person in the whole of NS I trust to be objective about forum/server ownership. So logistically, we are only talking about a means to get donations to pay for the forum/server as it exists now. It is a question of 1) how do we fairly collect donations, 2) how do we honestly and fairly get those donations either into Winnie's hands to pay the bills or into an account that directly pays for things. When I spoke of a platform above, I meant one of those crowd sourcing platforms... the names of which escape me now. Charities use them all the time for donations. We just have to figure out how to do it. And we have to figure out a way to be transparent about it. Some sort of accounting report delivered to the contributors maybe? I dunno. Just brain storming here. We will need Winnie's input to know how much we need to break even and if he would feel more comfortable with any of this. Edit: Did a little research. https://quickbooks.intuit.com/r/crowd-funding/8-crowdfunding-sites-which-is-best-for-you/ My favorite thus far is.. 6. GoGetFunding GoGetFunding may be a site you’ve heard less about despite the fact that it’s been around since 2011. But, it’s another great option, particularly for those who are looking for some flexibility in terms of the projects they can fundraise for. Additionally, GoGetFunding allows fundraisers to keep the money raised—whether they meet their target or not. Who It’s Good For: GoGetFunding empowers users to raise funds for any cause—whether it’s business-related, personal or for a nonprofit. What It Costs: GoGetFunding charges a fee of 6.9%, which sounds high when compared with the others. However, it’s worth noting that this fee includes both the platform fee and the payment processing fee—making this one a bit more cost-effective than most of the other options out there.
  27. 1 point
    Craiolia

    Paying for The Forum

    I don’t really have an idea of how to do it, but RocketHub or Patreon might work for fundraising.
  28. 1 point
    Saint Mark

    Paying for The Forum

    I don’t feel that financial contributions should qualify one for special privileges. Players are in different financial situations. Many are students. My hope would be that contributions are voluntary and anonymous.
  29. 1 point
    Small Huts

    *sets up*

    Hello again friends, Some know me, to others I am new. Since Antiquity I have drifted in and out of NS and looked at many aspects of the game and regions within which to reside. I have always felt comfortably at home here in TWP and am happy to announce that I've moved my WA membership to Cromagnon, my nation here, and that you can expect to see more activity from me here. Some things have changed in NS and I'll be brushing myself up on the new dynamics, but also much is the same so I will be bringing my experience to bear for the West, which IS the best Pacific. Small Huts/Cromagnon
  30. 1 point
    Darkesia

    Admin Requests Part Quatre

    Masked the Villain. I'm not sure about the emoji. If another Admin knows how to add them, cool. Otherwise you will have to wait a while for me to have time to mess around behind the curtain to find it. I don't see having time for extras until the last week of March. I've got a busy RL schedule coming up.
  31. 1 point
    Hey guys, there is a new resolution up for voting in the General Assembly. My recommendation for this one is AGAINST as I think this repeal does not sufficiently point the flaws of the target resolution. Instead, it had chosen to attack the language used by the target resolution, which is in some ways metagaming though I cannot concrete conclude it as such. As always, feel free to post your opinions and debate below!
  32. 1 point
    Darkesia

    Admin Requests Part Quatre

    *done*
  33. 1 point
    Saint Mark

    *sets up*

    @Small Huts, you linked the region instead of your TWP nation. I'll approve your citizenship of course, but you might want to correct that. Welcome!
  34. 1 point
    Small Huts

    *sets up*

    Sorry, busy weekend. Should be good now.
  35. 1 point
    Hello everyone, there is a new resolution in the chamber today. My recommendation for this one is AGAINST as the repeal lacks a strong argument in terms of why the target resolution, GA#457, should be replaced, especially by using the "conflict of law" gig. Furthermore, the target resolution, GA#457, has already provided sufficient protections to minorities without trampling over other people's freedoms. As always, feel free to state your opinion below!
  36. 1 point
    Bhang Bhang Duc

    *sets up*

    Now I knew the name Small Huts, but didn’t realise Cromagnon was you as well. Welcome!
  37. 1 point
    Bhang Bhang Duc

    [STEP TWO] Citizenship Oath

    Wonder how many times I’ve done this sort of thing before. I, Bhang Bhang Duc swear that I have, to the best of my knowledge, been completely truthful in applying for citizenship in The West Pacific and that I have no other NationStates identity that has not been made known in this application. I swear my allegiance to The West Pacific and its citizens, and I swear not to engage in hostilities against The West Pacific or to violate The Manners of Governance, the constitution of The West Pacific, or any laws made pursuant to that constitution.
  38. 1 point
    Darkesia

    Admin Requests Part Quatre

    Done. Note: admins dont carry any other masking. We see everything! [/reverb]
  39. 1 point
    Westwind

    *sets up*

    *sets out a breakfast buffet*
  40. 1 point
    Saint Mark

    Peerage Proclamation

  41. 1 point
    Darkesia

    *sets up*

    It's always good to see military experience coming to TWP. Welcome!
  42. 1 point
    Elegarth

    [DEFEATED] Commend North Pacific

    Good form!
  43. 1 point
    Saint Mark

    *sets up*

    Welcome! I'm happy you chose TWP as your NS home! Let me know if there's anything I can help you with.
  44. 1 point
    Darkesia

    Admin Requests Part Quatre

    Done
  45. 1 point
    Kshrlmnt

    [STEP TWO] Citizenship Oath

    I, Viragoes and Vixens and Shrews Oh My, aka Kshrlmnt, swear that I have, to the best of my knowledge, been completely truthful in applying for citizenship in The West Pacific and that I have no other NationStates identity that has not been made known in this application beyond those classified or defunct, none of which affects TWP. I swear my allegiance to The West Pacific and its citizens, and I swear not to engage in hostilities against The West Pacific or to violate The Manners of Governance, the constitution of The West Pacific, or any laws made pursuant to that constitution without the prior lapse or resignation of my citizenship, though that situation seems fairly unlikely. (I do apologize for editing the oath to make explicit what was most likely implicitly understood, but as leader of Unknown that must take priority above citizenship here for me, and I'd feel I was being disingenuous if I didn't make you aware of that.)
  46. 1 point
    Saint Mark

    [DEFEATED] Commend North Pacific

    Yes, this is a difficult one. They are our ally, so I would be inclined to vote For, but the resolution isn't very well-written. They dwell far too much on how many times they have been couped and not enough on their accomplishments, in my opinion.
  47. 1 point
    Darkesia

    Admin Requests Part Quatre

    Done
  48. 1 point
    Westwind

    Admin Requests Part Quatre

    *raises and shakes his cane at a passing cloud* I haven't looked at the feature in some time, but there is the banner advertising option in the ACP. It could be used for rotating banners, but separate from the header. Could also embed a rotating image in a custom block that could be placed above or below the forums, or on the sidebar. A sidebar ad block could have images for upcoming events, or satire, or recruitment, or.....*shrugs* "TWPAF Dragon Pirates Need YOU. Join Today!", hyperlinked to the signup thread.
  49. 1 point
    Darkesia

    Admin Requests Part Quatre

    I think we need to fix your masking so you can lock and move topics in the WA area using the moderation CP. I'll get that done asap.
  50. 1 point
    Darkesia

    Admin Requests Part Quatre

    That is a @Winnipeg question. @Westwind might know too. This is why we will never let him actually retire from his Admin post.
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