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  1. 14 points
    Big Bad Badger

    A Public Apology

    Last week I dismissed four Guardians from their posts. The action itself is not what caused issue, but rather the manner in which I handled the dismissals. Each Guardian has served TWP with honor and distinction and I failed to treat them with the respect and dignity their service demanded. Their devotion to TWP is unquestionable and their professional character is beyond reproach. Failure to recognize that - however temporary - constitutes a gross misjudgment on my part. I want to personally apologize to Elegarth, Yy4u, Wickedly Evil People, and Bhang Bhang Duc. Furthermore, I would like to apologize to the rest of the region for the undue stress and anxiety caused by this situation. Going forward, I pledge to earn back the trust in me that has been shaken, and to continue to serve the region and her interests to the best of my abilities.
  2. 12 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.
  3. 9 points
    Saint Mark

    Honors of The West Pacific

    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 third day of June 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, For their continued devoted service to The West Pacific, its People and its Emperor, I elevate the titles of Bran Astor and Dalimbar. Bran Astor will now be titled Marquis of Hebao And Dalimbar will be titled Marquis of Zhifu. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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. ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Martial Order of Ching Shih: for extraordinary service to TWPAF Admitted to this Order today is: Overthinkers For his long leadership as a dedicated General of TWPAF. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Benevolent Order of Confucius: for extraordinary service in government Admitted to this Order today are: Bran Astor Dalimbar Arkadia Universalis Rizorien
  4. 8 points
    Bhang Bhang Duc

    Statement Regarding Khanter

    Once upon a time a statement regarding the status of a TWP citizen would have been posted here first rather than in NS Gameplay. https://forum.nationstates.net/viewtopic.php?p=35703941#p35703941 Now not all TWP members go to the GP forum, nor do they bother with Discord. Would be nice if TWP’s government could remember that.
  5. 8 points
    Altino

    Hey TWP I love you!

    Hey you guys! Sending some love out today! <3 I was talking to someone earlier today about a silly tag that we did with TWPAF back when Kawaii was Commander and I was just a First Commander in revenge on The Bee Movie! It brought back a lot of fun memories in TWP, so I wanted to share some of my favorite TWP times with you guys. The Spanish Inquisition - I've been on a ton of raids during my time on NS, but the most fun that I ever had with one was when Khanter helped us plan a big raid on Spanish-speaking regions. Like, ALL of the Spanish-speaking regions! We had just kicked off our pirate theme, so we needed to do something big and fun to really cement that direction, and between my Pirate Code, Ban's excellent Graphics, and Khanter's excitement to help with that raid, this put us in the perfect position to really sell it! I spent days hyping everyone up about a secret raid that we'd have coming up and screaming "¡SOMOS PIRATAS!" to anyone who would listen, Khanter made us a WFE all in Spanish for the raid, and Bran made us this cool image as a teaser: It ended up being a ton of fun and the beginning to my favorite military theme on NS! Punday Monday! - Listen, you guys, I am not in favor of puns, I'm honestly not, but thanks to Badger and Roavin have had to take on the title of Ocassional Punstress. Badger used to poke at me EVERY MONDAY to get my pun on with everyone on the RMB, and EVERY MONDAY I would grumble at him for it. But secretly, I gathered puns throughout the week and was always excited to post them and make all my friends groan! I don't think I ever ended up getting most likes for the best pun, but I'm pretty sure I came fairly close. Badgerbot - Idk how many of you know this, but when I first met Badger, I legitimately thought that he was a really, really well programmed chatbot. Something about his avatar, I don't know, seemed very botish to me! When I finally figured out that he was an actual person, I was really embarrassed, but had to tell him about it, and for the long day time after that I called him Badgerbot when I saw him! Eventually he created an actual BadgerBot to rule over TWP's Discord server and I was tickled pink! Now we have BadgerBot2.0 and it continues to be a weird, inside joke legacy that always makes me smile! Glitter Apprenticeship - Before I got really involved in TWPAF, I got really involved in TWP in the form of RMB shenanigans. This is where I met some of the old greats in TWP and learned to respect them! I was a wee noob, but I got friendly with BBD, YY, Medio, and a lot of the other Guardians at the time while I was there. I'm still upset that Medio didn't get unlocked until after I was done with TWPAF! I always wanted to raid with him. :c But my crowing achievement was one day convincing NeeNee to let me be her Glitter Apprentice. I spent like a week after that glittering everyone on the RMB and learning her ways. It was a great time. Bugging Forum Mods - I'm sorry to finally be admitting this, but I got... really into recruitment when I was running TWPAF and almost my entire motivation behind big numbers (besides pilers) was making tons and tons of posts in the mask request thread for the forum mods to have to do. :3 I just liked peeping in every day like "FIVE MORE MASKS FOR YOU, THANK YOU GUYS!" It was my own private little game. But every time I see someone join TWPAF now I get a little shot of glee that the mods will have to mask someone. xD Sorry. <3 Anyway, just sending out some love from me and Osiris! Hope everyone is doing well! What about you guys, do you have any really special memories with TWP that make you happy? What do y'all have going on!
  6. 8 points
    Big Bad Badger

    200th Day Address

    Important Announcement from the Office of the Delegate Ladies, gentlemen, wild animals and creatures of all types, Today is my 200th day as the Delegate of The West Pacific! We are now the 3rd largest region in the game! I want to thank you all for the privilege of serving the region in this role. I appreciate each of you for your confidence in me! Throughout my 200 days, I have worked hard to place TWP in the spotlight deserving of a region of this quality for all of the NSverse to look at and envy! I have always said that the number one resource of The West Pacific is great creative, snarky, and hardworking people of the region. I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by the best group of people a no0b Delegate could hope for. I would like to thank the guardians for their assistance and guidance in assisting me in developing and establishing plans for the betterment of the region. The seven of you have provided me with so much and without you TWP, nor I, could not be successful. I would like to thank the members of my NS family, House Rahl for their support, mentorship and guidance! Contrary to the belief of some, they never have imposed or dictated business here, moreover respect and collegiality of this group as well as their experience is what makes their brilliance! Rather they have empowered me with the knowledge and confidence to be a Delegate and lead the region. Without the people around me, whether it be the former Delegates and Guardians of TWP or House Rahl this job would not be nearly as much fun nor would TWP be the shining star and leader in the NSverse! On a personal note, I would like to welcome my NS bride-to-be to the region @bellahtrix! She goes by the name Rigel on our forum and discord server. She has been a member of KGB and Exodus before joining us here in TWP. We will be married on 4/28. There will be more details in the forum. I hope that you will all welcome her to the region! When I first became Delegate I said that activity was going to be my first and foremost priority. I am proud to say that our regional forum, discord server and RMB are brimming with activity. Our foreign affairs, internal affairs, and military were three aspects I was going to focus on to help build activity. Today each of these areas is having immense success. Through a stroke of luck or genius, I was able to procure four of the best, hardest working NS’ers in the game to takeover these endeavors (@yuno_owl, @davelands, @doppio_giudici and @theparis) and I am forever indebted to you for making me look good as the region swells with activity in all of her platforms. Each of these ministers have worked their tails off for you the citizens of The West Pacific! Our foreign affairs have become one of the largest webs of information and outreach in the NSverse under the guidance of @Davelands. I am proud to say we have opened up new relationships and treaties with a number of regions including the relationship I am proudest of The Kingdom of Great Britain. Meanwhile we have expanded relations and activities with old friends in regions like The Pacific and Osiris. Furthermore, we have worked to diligently to provide stability and leadership in several organizations we belong in the GCR Sovereignty Accords and CAIN. Our military has been bustling with activity ever since @yuno_owl came on board to provide her leadership. Our numbers of soldiers are at an all-time high. We are operating on nearly every update leading operations and providing support for our friends and allies. The work she has done in recruiting and keep active this force is to be commended! I am so proud of TWPAF, their capabilities and knowledge. We will flex our muscle to set foreign affairs policy, protect our allies, or smite those who attempt to harm TWP! Internal affairs is the ministry that I see the most work in because of the hustle and creativity of the co-ministers: @doppio_giudici and @theparis. We have always joked that TWP was the place for RP to die. These two have done a tremendous job in changing that fact and developing opportunities for RP in discord and the forum. They recruited players from other regions to help and play. The newspaper continues to thrive and our newly developed TWP radio is expanding. Our internal affairs went from one of the most forgotten about aspects of TWP to a healthy thriving and contributing member. All of these things have made a mark in the greater NSverse for TWP! We are gaining experienced members of NS from a multitude of regions that are coming here to be a part of our activity! We are now 3rd most in the world in population! I am excited about the work done here in the last 200 days. However, I am more excited about our future. Looking forward to our next 200 days I am anxious to see our activity continue across the board as we build a better and stronger standing for TWP becoming the type of region that others look to for inspiration, leadership, and action! I am looking forward to the work of The Hall of Nations as we work together to forge the future of The West Pacific! As I have said in the past, young nations I challenge you to make a difference in your region. Join the Hall of Nations! Join one of the ministries! Veteran nations I challenge you to find a place where you can assist to make TWP the greatest, most powerful region in the game! We have many exciting opportunities for nations looking to get involved in any aspect of the region. Please TG the respective ministers to find out what you can do to help TWP achieve. Together we can be Brilliant! tl:dr
  7. 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.
  8. 7 points
    Darkesia

    New Theme Chatter

    Anything that drives healthy activity is a good thing IMHO. I see nothing wrong with an attempt to give the region a cultural theme and I applaud the creative work being done by the region's residents. That said. Can we get an option for an in-game theme that doesn't involve memorizing new titles, please? Can the Delegate and Ministers still have titles that clearly state what they do? the one thing that really irks me about the themed regions is the crazy titles everyone has. I need a glossary to figure out who has what job in Osiris for example.
  9. 7 points
    Westwind

    COPS Treaty banning

    In keeping with both the COPS Treaty and Administrative policy, account 94 Block has been banned as a known forum destroyer. Attempts to violate this ban may result in the filing of charges to the full extent of the law. (That's RL law, in case it's not clear enough.)
  10. 7 points
    Have you ever sat back in the evenings, eyes closed and your favorite "lets be evil" hat on, and wished that you could only be given the opportunity to relentlessly barrage NationStates with nuclear missiles that left even the moderators shaken? Yeah. Me too. Gracefully, we were recently given such a chance! For NationStates' second Nuke Day, The West Pacific teamed up with Osiris, The East Pacific, and Karma to form a Superfaction. The designated server for the event reached nearly a hundred members and our faction had nearly 1,300 nations in it. Needless to say, we dominated. Onlookers watch in fear as Syberian Badgers with Caek ransack their nations with nukes SBC spent the entire first half of the game at the top of the leaderboard. The most common complaint from our team was from those making Shields - the world was too afraid of the massive arsenal of Nukes we were gathering to even shoot at us, and their jobs seemed boring because of it. We spent hours blowing other factions to smithereens and being begged for mercy. Here are just a few of the messages we received from enemy factions in their desperate attempts to end our waves of nukes: - Founder of The Peoples Red Army. We did not have mercy. They were destroyed. - Member of USSF. Hint: No. - Member UPPERCUT. We did accept this one! GCRs gotta stick together. - Member UDS. We didn't ally with them, but did cease fire and switch targets as good faith to UPPERCUT. - Member The Galactic Defense Force. Easy target, man, sorry! SBC finished off the event with alliances with UPPERCUT, Glitter Squad, Friendship and Explosives, and Collaborating Defensive Alliance. We remained on the Leaderboard until around 6am, when the leaders of SBC finally had to call it quits and go to sleep. We couldn't stay up forever! We awoke to find ourselves to have fallen all the way down to 26th place and though we fought valiantly, there wasn't enough time on the clock to make it back onto the Leaderboard. That's what we get for sleeping until an hour before the event ends... Still, SBC managed to dredge itself up from 26th place all the way to 15th place in the span of 30 minutes! A glorious victory, if I do say so myself. We even managed to absolutely cream the Mods' faction, DEAT From Above, and will forever be memorialized as aggressors to their faction and also the guys who ultimately blew the place up. Mods angrily grumble as SBC steals their caek and nukes their houses SBC ended the game with the 3rd most nations and 3rd most strikes (nukes that landed successfully) in the entire game, but with the most nuclear radiation in the game, with nearly 20,000 more radiation than the next closest faction - Jak Attack, who were the big faction to beat during our last Nuke Day in April. Despite being very obviously the key faction to attack, SBC managed to keep on the Top 20 and take the world by storm! Everyone did a very good job, and we can't wait to do that much better next year. Special thanks to @Chron for staying up until 5am with me to help keep us on the leaderboard, @Les Claypool for sneaking behind enemy lines and turning factions who were on our backs against each other, and @Maria Isaraider for being the best and most dedicated nuke sender in the faction! Please feel free to take this forum badge that @Bran Astor made for everyone in TWPAF who participated in the event! Once again, great job everyone!
  11. 7 points
    Westwind

    A public apology

    See my comment in the other thread. This is silly. The Delegate has the authority to ignore an offsite government, but not to dissolve it.
  12. 7 points
    I am not bowel incontinent, thankyouverymuch I was however surprised by some basic mistakes made by a group that should have known better. Also, for the record: I have always hated the dumbass ranking questions. It's like highschool prom queen or something. Stupid and irrelevant. What do I deem important? Simple: It's a game. Are you having fun?
  13. 6 points
    Kawaii

    New Theme Chatter

    Let me state for the record that TWP will never become anything even close to TEP. Let me also say that the idea that if TWP adopts a Japanese theme, that does not and should not ever be seen as a bad thing that will lead to an influx of memers, disrespectful types of any kind, or any kind of individual that we wouldn't normally banject on the reg. I think too many people have let the bad "weeaboo" kids ruin the image and idea of a Japanese theme, but it's important to remember that there's more to Japan than Anime and J-Pop, just as China isn't all about kung fu and Mauism. :^) I had an idea to adopt a fun and promising environment that reflected Japan's Bubble Economy of the 80's, complete with the aesthetics as you can see by my flag. (And I'm aware that's not exactly "imperial Japan but it's what I was feeling so I went with it lol.) To give some background on the general culture of the Bubble Era, it was a time in Japan when its economy was at its peak and commercial success was high for many people. There are a certain feel and mood that's strongly present in many media depicting 80's Japan, that paints a picture of the good old days. It wasn't too far off from what the 80's was like here in the US. I wanted to try and take the key aspects that made Bubble Era special and incorporate them into a theme, allowing us to leave a good first impression with those who come to our region. I wouldn't have sold them short either. I would do anything to give them something reminiscent of the high spirits and energy that was everpresent in 80's Japan. This coupled with a nice retro look would pull in many people. Especially as it relates to Japan. A lot more people now than ever are falling in love with Late 20th Century Japanese culture, it's been growing in popularity for over the last decade, and doesn't show any sign of stopping; nostalgia is very easy to market. Now with all that being said, TWP wouldn't be "80's Japan," it would be TWP but with the characteristics and overall environment present in 80's Japan. I agree with keeping our coastal beach idea, but adding in a more fun, active, and promising vibe to it along with retro imagery. Anyway, that's my two-cents as it relates to my theme. I know the other two are quite different. But now I've spilled my beans and explained my thought process with my theme a bit, hopefully, it may be to more people's liking.
  14. 6 points
    Darkesia

    New Theme Chatter

    Just a note: What ever you decide, Halo. ~for the love of all that is holy, I'm begging you; do not go with anime or kpop or any of that weeb stuff. I can happily adjust to almost anything but that. I can't bear the discord channels that have been consumed by it.~ But in reality, you are the Delegate. It's your choice. This sort of seeps into the other area of your changes. (The desire to add a Senate level to the off-site government structure) If you are waiting for complete consensus on something, it will never happen. So, if you think the peanut gallery is being difficult now, just wait until you try to tie legislation to arguments from two separate bodies full of strong, intelligent opinionated players. I am not passing judgement of right or wrong. I'm just reminding us all of the difference between expectations and reality.
  15. 6 points
    Dalimbar

    New Theme Chatter

    Howdy! I want to start by saying both thank you and f--- you to Ark, Kawaii and OT for making this a hard choice. I like all three options and will be weighing each carefully in the next couple of days. But why the theme change at all? Why not stick with tradition? Well, what even is traditional for us? As Westy mentioned above, we have taken plenty of different directions on how we wish to theme our government. We started out as one of the key pillars of the ADN, and proudly were one of the most effective forces in defenderdom, never mind in-game. We experimented with different themes since then, be it a committee-structure when Eli couped that one time to the various themes Westy listed above. We have had a great past couple of years and I don't think anyone wants to tarnish that legacy. Rather, updates and new priorities, such as the theme, peerage, point system, and Ministry of Education, can be made to help make us a better region. What doesn't change are our core values. Delegate supremacy, meritocracy and community do not change. What matters most is that we have a fun time here and allow newer folks the chance to feel welcome and able to learn from those of us who should honestly be NS dead by now. There is a lot of work to be done on both sides, myself included. I like the idea of a new theme. Right now as I mentioned above I'm not sure which way I'll vote, but I like having options. Our Delegate has made it clear that not all presented aspects will be included in the final theme design, which is good because we can talk about what is good about the general idea and what might need to be nixed. I echo the concerns raised about changing the titles of Delegate and Guardian. I certainly don't mind there to be a title made for them and other ranks, but I probably will still use Guardian as my job title We don't need to go hardcore on the titles, but it is nice to have our own regional way of describing who we are. What we get with that is more of a cultural identity. I'm not necessarily saying that we'd get up to such status with a theme change, but I preferred the communist-themed Pacific over the bunny-themed Pacific.
  16. 6 points
    Saint Mark

    New Delegate Announcement!

    Greetings to my fellow TWP citizens, our allies and friends and the regions and nations of NS. I am honored that Neenee has chosen me to succeed her as Delegate of TWP. She, Badger and Davelands have been my mentors and best friends ever since I joined. I have always had their support and am grateful for their promise of continued support in my new role. While I am excited for this opportunity to lead my native region, I am also humbled by the thought of trying to build upon the accomplishments of the legendary Delegates that have preceded me. If Neenee hadn’t been couped by rl, her tenure in TWP would have been magnificent. While not completely without experience, I know that I am an infant compared to many of my peers here. The Holy Principality of Saint Mark was “born” in TWP a mere two and a half years ago. TWP has been my primary region, my home, ever since. During this time, I have represented TWP as an ambassador to several of our allies and was the principle author of The Etiquette of The Hall of Nations while I served as the first Speaker of The Hall. I was Minister of Foreign Affairs and am currently a Guardian and Minister for Recruiting and Citizenship. Maybe because of my early focus as an ambassador, I have been a bit of a cosmopolitan. Even though this may have competed with my TWP duties at times (sorry Badger ), it allowed me to make many friends throughout NS. I serve or have served as a Priest of Osiris, an Arbiter of TEP, Pyo Sage of Karma, a regional officer of The Sasquatch Republic and Archbishop of Albion. TWP is a friendly, active, snarky GCR that believes in the supremacy of the Delegate and awards merit. Neenee is our glittery goddess, all of our chocolate belongs to Dark and a pirate shanty stirs our blood. I have always found TWP to be a good fit for me. I consider myself friendly and imaginative … my snark could use work. NS is a game and games are meant to be entertainment. It is most important then that TWP be fun! I pledge to do my best to always make it so. I also pledge to do my best to make TWP a safe place to play. There are many minors among us and it is our responsibility to protect them. Even adults, though, deserve to be treated with respect. Bullying and intolerance will never be acceptable in TWP. Toxicity is why I rarely hang out in GP (although I guess I’ll be around a lot more now … maybe I can help set a gentler tone? ). I see no point in digging up old grudges or launching the same old personal attacks. I will always try to conduct myself with civility and kindness, and will expect the same behavior from the people of TWP. Finally, it is my opinion that, as a feeder, TWP should strive to educate the new players about the world they have entered. To that end, I will also try to improve the educational opportunities in our region. I have a lot of ideas that will help us achieve these goals, but TWP isn’t just the Delegate. A very strong central government, be it an absolute delegacy or an oligarchy, can lead to stagnation. That is why it is crucial to award innovation and hard work. The region will flourish only if it enjoys the creativity, support and efforts of its residents. TWP has terrific people. I am honored to have been chosen to serve as its Delegate and look forward to working with my fellow citizens to realize our region’s full potential. Long Live Neenee! Long Live The West Pacific!
  17. 6 points
    Eli

    NS reminisces

    Dec 3 2002 I had just got to work, same office I'm in now just three different owners since then. Browsing National Review, Jonah Goldberg's column said check out nationstates.net, I'm still here. That morning as I was getting out of the car, Eli's Coming; Three Dog Night version was playing, so I'm humming Eli's Coming. My first nation was born that day, Eli was and is a libertarian leaning plain spoken type... I had to have been born in the Pacific, since it was the only GCR at the time, I think this actually pre-dated the Rejected Realms *scratches head* Soon I went to the Capitalist Alliance, founded by New Caithness who is still around today as El-Cid, and started building alliances between my nation and others in that UCR. I ran for Delegate, in game only, and got elected. Not too long after this I woke up in some other region, I don't believe there were founders yet, and discovered to my chagrin/pleasure that I'd been ejected from the Capitalist Alliance by some sordid scoundrels going by the name of the Atlantic Alliance. <insert boos and hisses here> It seems that they had discovered they could take over regions with a bit of organization and a bull rush to the endorsement button of their favorite take over figurehead. It was a result that had never crossed my mind. I did a bit of looking around and found out that there were some in the Meritocracy that would help us recover our region. Some treaty organization that Free4All was in, so we in the CA joined it. This eventually resulted in us overtaking the AA's figurehead (or they got bored and went elsewhere) and in Eli becoming interested in the Meritocracy. https://www.nationstates.net/page=news/2003/12/12/index.html. *I'll add to this later this will become a very postzilla type deal before long*
  18. 6 points
    Eli

    Observations

    I'm going to vent. It's stupid to think that banning AR 15s could have prevented the recent school shooting. It's stupid to not ban AR 15s, no one can make a coherent argument for a private citizen to own one. But remember it's just symbolism, there are 300,000,000 guns in the USA. It's ridiculous that the FBI didn't do something about the shooter. I bet they get 10k of those warnings a month, humans-mistakes are pretty common. I've never owned a gun legally myself, 35 years ago I illegally owned an Uzi machine pistol with a fully automatic trigger mechanism. I lived in Illinois at the time so they were illegal there. I traded it for a 10 speed bicycle, once I sawed a limb off a sapling with a magazine I couldn't figure out why I'd want to do that again. Very little if any property crime in my area, everyone owns a gun (except me). You walk in someone's back yard without a compelling reason you're putting your personal safety at risk. More likely from their dog, I doubt Mr and Mrs Average could hit a Suburban with their Glock 17 from further than 10-15 feet. Ricochets on the other hand could be a problem. There is a reason the AT+T guy and the Charter guy where those neon vests and it isn't traffic. It's to make sure Mr/Mrs Suburbia don't light them up. Cnn is a fucking joke, so is Fox. Chris Cuomo should be flayed, while tied to Shawn Hannity, being flayed at the same time. Not really but surely neither one is as stupid as the characters they portray on their nightly BS, if they are God help us all. It's too bad that outright lies and propaganda is peddled as news, Reality TV for ratings rather than facts is all it is. more later, time to go pay for this mess...
  19. 5 points
    Hi there TWP o/ I'm W&S. Some of you know me, others don't, but I'm a soon-to-be-stateless gameplayer who's taken up residence in TWP recently and I realized I hadn't made a forum account here yet. https://www.nationstates.net/nation=twpaf_temp_worker is my nation in TWP. More on the name below :P A little about me for those who don't know me so well: My main nation is Witchcraft and Sorcery and I usually go by W&S or WS or whatever variant of that you please. I just celebrated (or rather completely forgot) my sixth anniversary playing NS on February first. Most of that time has been spent in 10000 Islands, where I've been a senator, dean of the university, and tactical officer of TITO among other things. I also spent a year and a half in the Grey Wardens before returning to 10ki. Right now though I'm in the process of leaving 10ki, this time likely for good as my military ideas have shifted well away from what 10ki stands for. What the heckee am I doing here? Just chilling for now, honestly. I've become friendly with a lot of people in TWP's government over the last couple of years. Badger, Dali, Rigel, Ark, and I've had pleasant interactions with a lot more. Y'all are cool and I'm happy to be here ^_^
  20. 5 points
    Darkesia

    New Theme Chatter

    I have a crazy idea. *watches everyone roll their eyes* Flags: I love the dragon flag where the dragon is clinging to the back of the sun for the Regional WFE flag. I have always been partial to dragons and love them in all their literary and film adaptations. I also really like the stamp-like, trendy flag that was Kawaii's, I think. I like it because it looks like a stamp. If we added a relief of words (or a dragon?) in the top part of the sun, it could easily be used as an FA seal for treaties and dispatches. I dislike the first group of flags because they remind me too much of the Kaiser and WWI sensibilities. However, I have always wanted to rp-live in Imperial Russia. Which brings me to ... Titles: I dislike all of them and their forms of address. But not the idea of titles and some designations. I think we (the region) can do better if we drink some wine and argue about it one evening. I would like to ask that the Heir apparent designation be removed from the lists for a number of reasons we can argue about another time.
  21. 5 points
    Altino

    New Theme Chatter

    That is such a treat, Westwind! Whoa! TWP's history is one of my favorites to hear about. Always do silly and fun. TWP has always been a region that made things their own, I love it. Also I finally found the other thread people were talking in. xD I just commented on the legislation one. My vote was for Imperialist China. Though now I'm sad no one tried to enforce Klingon TWP, I definitely would have voted for that instead. I'm really sad to see some of these older TWP folks discouraging this newer generation from making things their own and investing in a vision for TWP on their terms! Badger sees TWP as a laid back beach vibe, but clearly that's not what anyone was going for when TWP was a Klingon crazyland. Giving newer generations an opportunity to invest in their region is really important. If you're not going to grow with TWP, then it can't be the TWP that you envisioned forever. It has to be the TWP that reaches out to the people investing in it right now, y'know? I get the discomfort. But I feel like these new themes do definitely keep classic TWP elements in them - like the colors didn't go anywhere! - while letting the TWP of the present make their own mark on the region. They need a history too. Also I agree with Dark about confusing names and keeping them clear at least on Gameside. Regions with hard themes are great, but hard to decipher for FA purposes or for new people if they're not pretty well spelled out in like, RO titles or at least a Dispatch somewhere.
  22. 5 points
    punkdaddy

    Punk Daddy's daddy

    The origin of the name punk daddy begins in 1992. I was a 14 year old kid who loved to act and was acting in my first High School play. I was very insecure this particular year and there were some girls I liked who were making fun of me. Playful fun but I told them, “well you know what they say about black guys, right?” For those that don’t know, “they” say black guys are well endowed. From there I gained the nickname, Big Don. “Don” is PD’s real first name. In my junior year, I played the role of Daddy in a play, was way more secure in myself, and those same girls changed my nickname to Big Daddy. When I went to college I joined a web chat as Big Daddy. However, I was very precocious as gained a nickname – Punk Daddy – from the older folks who thought I was just a kid who should go back to school and not talk to them about matters of the day. I like Big Don, Big Daddy, but I liked Punk Daddy the most because I felt like most people in my world wouldn’t associate me with that name. And I like being different. So when I joined NS back in 2004, I had been using Punk Daddy for years and it became my first nation name. ------------------------------------------------- This post isn’t really about my name but about punk daddy’s daddy. He passed away on August 21st. I’d venture to guess that both Darkesia and Eli are aware as they are my friends on Facebook. It was a pulmonary embolism that took him out. From the moment he woke my stepmom to tell her he was having trouble breathing to the moment he died was about 40-45 minutes. I did some reading on massive embolisms and they strike suddenly and they are not easy to treat once symptoms start showing. In the days prior to my dad passing away I had texted him this “I want you to live to see that day” regarding seeing me, his son, reach a particular level of financial success he and my mom had tried to attain (and failed) back in the early 90s. He didn’t respond to that text which wasn’t unusual, so don’t read too much into that. My last text to him was “TGIF!”, it’s funny that’s the last message I sent to my father. He was my best friend. He could tell me things others couldn’t. As the oldest son, I took on the responsibility of writing his obituary. It was not easy but I knew that I had to do it. The final result was something I’m sure he would have enjoyed. I’ve also had bad job news and my oldest son is also having some health issues. It’s been a trying time. But my head is still up and I wanted to share with you all where I was. PD
  23. 5 points
    punkdaddy

    Punk Daddy's daddy

    Sorry I'm just getting back to this. Westie, reading through your post was emotional and I wasn't able to properly respond. I'm still not but thank you for sharing. Eli, Cormac, and Dark...thank you. I wasn't able to write about my dad they way I wanted until the end of the year. I wrote about my mother too. http://donroach.org/blog/2017/12/31/so-long-2017/ So far, in 2018 I've been making choices to "live" and it's been really good.
  24. 5 points
    Darkesia

    Glutton for Punishment

    So, I've started the process of studying to become an Enrolled Agent. https://www.irs.gov/tax-professionals/enrolled-agents Why? My Job is dull? My neurosis about always being in school? My compulsive need to collect certifications? Tired of not getting my tax questions answered coherently? I'm insane? Yes.
  25. 5 points
    Greetings TWP, Today I want to make the region aware of a situation that came up earlier this week after I had our treaty with the Kingdom of Great Britain repealed and our embassy withdrawn. The King and his Curia have threatened TWP and Osiris with war, intend to see our downfall. Furthermore, they have attempted to undermine Europeia. Several months ago it was discovered that the King Alexander, who otherwise goes by Don, is a pathological liar IC and OOC and an all around manipulative bastard. He lied about RL situations in order to gain sympathy and manipulate people in his region. This caused myself and others to leave the region and disassociate ourselves from KGB. However, we still had this treaty; which I was ok with provided more lies and deceit didn't surface. A few weeks ago it was discovered that Don was bringing back into KGB a nation known for harassing and bullying behavior who penned this apology letter: https://forum.nationstates.net/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=421555 Knowing first hand what had occurred, I could not in good faith allow TWP to be associated with this individual or any region that harbors him. So after discussing this with the guardians, I decided to act quickly and dissolve our relationship with KGB. Earlier this week, one of our operatives sent me a long line of logs. The relevant ones can be found here: https://imgur.com/a/MZm7P After laughing voraciously at their thinking that they could coup TWP, I informed our friends in Europeia, Vice Chancellor Brunhilde and director of intel NES of the potential security breech. They have made sure that Europeia is secure. The newly elected President, Cat has decided to step down for her part in this. When these logs became public a few hours ago, the king has decided to abdicate the throne and quit NS. Don being a manipulative liar, I am sure will resurface soon. When he does, I ask that you remember what he has said about TWP and the intentions of his council. None of these people: Don Mountbatten (former king Alexander), Victor Lancaster (the new king William Victor I), Charles Lancaster, Cephal (Cornelius Tallyrand), and John Mountbatten should be forgotten for their role in attempting to subvert TWP and our allies. We will not work with KGB or the above individuals in any fashion. I would ask our allies to do the same. They are not to be trusted! When I first began diplomacy with KGB last spring, I was pleasantly surprised by the terrific people in the region. Many of them have chosen to come to TWP over the past few months to see what we have going on here, even becoming actively involved in our TWP community. Several were actively involved in getting this information to me as they understood the King was making poor choices. Those of you who have come here from KGB, I hold no ill will towards any of you and ask TWP to do the same. However, the individuals with the King in the Curia; I do hold you responsible for your statements and actions. Hail TWP! Badger
  26. 5 points
  27. 5 points
    Sounds like you guys had a hell of a blast!
  28. 5 points
    Yy4u

    Oook!

    I was on this forum long before your nation even existed, I am even part of the old archived forums before Winni made this one. As a matter of fact, I was one of the handful of people to first post anything in these forums after they were set up and running. Just because I do not frequent here does not mean I am not watching.... *bites you on the ankles*
  29. 5 points
    Dewilands

    The Silence is deafening

    *wipes the dripping sarcasm off his shirt* There was a time when the only thing you had was the RMB and TGs. Then regions started using forums. Then they got into IRC and Skype. Now Discord has supplanted (only) IRC and Skype. If you don't accept and embrace new ways of doing things (especially when everyone else is using those tools) you risk being left behind in the dustbin of history. Better?
  30. 5 points
    No jackboots goose-stepping in the SC thank you. Drach is being too polite. The author is a full blown fascist whose sole motivation for this proposal is pure spite. The Wardens have kicked over quite a few Nazi sandcastles upsetting him. Let's give this bastard a good kicking,
  31. 5 points
    Obviously it commemorates their victory in the war against good taste.
  32. 5 points
    punkdaddy

    A public apology

    And this my friends is the crux of the issue. The delegate has no authority as far as I can tell to dissolve the offsite government. But Minister of Legislative RP did, technically, and he may have some backing to do so. I have no desire to participate in any form of government that can be so unilaterally dissolved without so much as a notice. The reason is, why invest in something if someone - per whatever - just wants to pull the rug out. Not cool in my book.
  33. 5 points
    Winni restored him from a backup, unfortunately it was from a few months ago. I reached out to PD directly and apologized once I noticed I had done this. Also told him it wasn't malicious in anyway which of course it wasn't. I'm not sure how he only had one mask assigned to him, I always have multiple masks assigned to a player, but regardless I won't do that mistake again. I'll make new and improved mistakes...
  34. 5 points
    Tweedy

    Clap

    The trouble with leaving TWP for a while and then returning for the occasional pop-in, is that you've not the slightest idea what's going-on; most of the old regulars have left, you don't know many of the active new regulars, and they haven't the slightest idea who you are! Severely limits the understanding of any gossip that's gone-on, or anything else for that matter!
  35. 5 points
    Darkesia

    On Lazarus: The discomfort factor

    Since the general populace of the region and the community have broken their silence, I feel I can add my voice without causing undue influence. So... In answer to the question of the day on the RMB: TWP and the NPO have agreed on many things over the years and as a result we have grown close to them and become allies. We agree that the seated Delegate in any region is the legal ruling authority in that region. No matter how that delegate gained the seat and chooses to keep it, once in the seat, TWP, like the NPO, recognizes the in-game authority of the seated Delegate. We do not agree that the Delegate should also rule over the forum communty, however. TWP sees the forum community as it's own viable entity and the home of it's culture over which the Delegate has no direct authority unless specifically granted by the forum community. The Pacific and the PRP/NPO were the first to realize that the culture of a region is as important, if not more important than it's military might. They actively pursued a forum based culture that, at the direction of the Delegate, became the political and cultural juggernaut that can still be seen today. TWP agrees that the culture of a region is it's strength. While TWP has more of a cooperative relationship between it's forum community and the in-game community, we still hold that our culture is what makes us unique and a desirable place to live, work and visit. The NPO has a very high opinion of it's culture, as it should. All regions should have an identity they hold dear and a culture that makes it's members feel welcomed and excited to log in every day. The problem is that the NPO has begun to believe it's culture is best for every region. This makes me increasingly more uncomfortable as time goes by. Years ago, the NPO exported it's culture and it's reach to another game universe. I admit I was part of that expansion and I gleefully took part in building that part of the NPO Empire. Right up until I noticed that the divided attention of it's single head of state was sucking the life out of the region I called home at the time, The Pacific. I left the region under less than happy circumstances (Ask me about that another time). And here we have something happening in Lazarus that makes me dread the future for the region. Their culture has been crushed and they are being homogenized into the NPO's forums. There is no longer a forum community for Lazarus. Nothing to balance the in-game power of the Delegate. There is the silence of a delegate who does not partake in their culture and the shouting of a few in-game players who can barely be heard above the NPO cultural propaganda. This makes me more than uncomfortable. It makes me sad. I don't care who sits in the Delegate's chair in Lazarus, that is an in-game function. I do care immensely that the culture that made Lazarus home to many has vanished and been subverted into something wholly un-Lazarean(?). The in-game construct is there, but there is no soul. It's culturally dead. This "NScultural Imperialism" is where I must step clearly away from the NPO. I can no longer feel assured that any region which comes under it's influence will survive. I cannot in good conscience stay silent and risk having people belive I am ok with it. TWP's culture is what makes us strong and that culture will not be destroyed. Our forum Community is where TWP "lives" and we can't let that Community be crushed out of existence so that the NPO may satisfy it's need to push it's own culture down everyone elses throat. Every region has a right to it's own culture. The NPO took that away from Lazarus. That is what makes me uncomfortable with the NPO's move in Lazarus.
  36. 4 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?
  37. 4 points
    Altino

    New Theme Chatter

    Wasn't an insult. Just in reference to the people who create a nation, explore it for a couple days, then disappear forever. Clearly people who've been around for over a decade are not in the "will CTE a few weeks from now" Category. Didn't mean to make you feel insulted, West, I love your rocking chair, wise old posts. Weeeelll... not the Hebrews, no. But someone is definitely building those pyramids...
  38. 4 points
    Fujai

    New Theme Chatter

    Seeing as the whole process is up to the delegate's discretion, the only "too late" point is when the new theme is in place. Respecting the delegate's decisions and wanting more community input are not mutually exclusive. It's not "my methods are better," it's more "we think there hasn't been enough community input in this process and that may jeopardize the success of a theme change." Yes, but the extent of that say has been voting in the nice and neat poll that includes only the options presented to us by the cabinet. There hasn't been, and I hazard that there never was intended to be, community involvement in the actual drafting process. There's no reason the delegate couldn't have come to the community, or just the Hall, and said "We're going to have a theme change. How do you feel about that? What do you think of these preliminary options we've come up with so far, and do you have any suggestions of your own?" That would've spawned discussion similar to this one, but without people being miffed by an exclusionary process. As WW pointed out, there are poll options gameside to make it fairly secure. Opening the vote to all residents over 1B will certainly get a better response than the couple dozen in the Hall. Better yet, if we actually put effort into promoting and advertising the Hall, perhaps we wouldn't have that problem.
  39. 4 points
    Somyrion

    Hello from the South!

    Hi TWP! I'm Somyrion/Aumeltopia, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the South Pacific and your new ambassador from TSP. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you! I hope we can work towards further cooperation between our two regions ^-^ Please ask me any and all questions you have, from what our position is on this or that piece of politics to whether we really do ride llamas to work in the South (yes, obviously!). It's what I'm here for, after all! - Somy P.S.: If any of you know where the nearest stash of biscuits is, please alert me. You will my receive eternal love.
  40. 4 points
    Dilber

    NS reminisces

    I recruited Eli to TWP, so technically i am responsible for this post.
  41. 4 points
    Westwind

    Punk Daddy's daddy

    *hugs* I am so sorry for your loss and troubles PD. I truly am. Thank you for sharing. Apparently August was a bad month for us. I lost my father on August 14th. Long suffering from Heart Failure and Kidney Failure, it's good the suffering is over, it was an ugly death, they said it's worse suffering than cancer. I'd been taking care of him since May, once he could no longer walk or stand. His final decline began last November. He was the only person that I talked to on the phone, we were our last family connection. Everyone else was gone. He was the last of his generation. Now, my daughter and I are the last of my immediate family, the end of my surname. My world is much emptier now. It's strange that the phone no longer rings from his calling, and he's no longer there to share things we would. I've lost 17 friends and family members in two years. Oldest was 82, youngest was 28. Several in my age range among those gone. Parents, half-brother, cousins, high school friends, college friends, gone. I can count the few distant family members on one hand, most I haven't seen in 30 or 40 years. I always knew I'd have to watch everyone else die, but never expected it to happen so soon or so fast. I don't think of myself as old, though my daughter keeps telling me I am. There's not much left of my interpersonal world. And now I'm picking up the peices of their lives, before I can create a new life for myself. I am the repository of all the family history, all the family memories. Things like the bronzed baby shoes of my great grandmother. The gold nugget my great-great grandfather found in Alaska. Notes from ancestors that are unsigned, who knows who wrote them. My grandparents school grade reports, etc etc. I have memories of my great-grandparents, I knew a Civil War veteran that was captured and interred in a Confererate POW camp. (He said the prisoners were fed as well as the guards.....poorly. They ate grasshoppers.) It ends with me. My daughter didn't know our family, doesn't have the memories, and someday she will marry, and I will be the last of my name. All those memories lost, like tears in the rain - Bladerunner But I am trying not to live a self-pity party. Life goes on. These are tough times. I have all that was left behind, a massive amount of work to take care of it all, sort it all, figure out what to do with it all. By myself, and for what purpose? It's a little lonely to be honest. And difficult given my disabilities/health. Many months of sorting things out lie ahead. But, I am not grieving as badly as I expected. I grieved throughout his suffering, so the end was a moment of peace and relief. I heard the death rattle, watched his last breath.He did not fear death, it was not his nature. Nor did he want to be mourned. He did have a day of tears and regrets a few days before he passed. Both my parents before they died made a point of making sure I knew that they felt they lived a good life, were satisfied, and were proud of me. Grief is a very personal thing, and we all must travel that path in our own way. Let no one tell you how to grieve. I was not satisfied with the obit that I wrote, but it was fine, others have complimented me on it. It's just that it's impossible to summarize a life in a paragraph. It's so insufficient, yet what more can you do? I like these lyrics.... ...father, I'm in need of your hand so I can face the world bravely and father, do you understand what it is you mean to me Like a warrior you always conquered every battle you had to face And through the hard times when life was a bitter fight it's you who would give so unselfish you lived A tribute to the world that blood Is thicker than water I'm tryin' to say that I love you I'm tryin' to say that I miss you Oh, father I'll leave a paraphrased a note for everyone else, it's an old saying: Enjoy and appreciate those close to you as long as you can. You never know when the Universe might need them back. *hugs, cries*
  42. 4 points
    It is kind of odd to look down and see you have 30 Billion citizens in that nation you founded over a decade ago, but there it is. So happy 30th Billion Citizens Day everyone, may it be a day of reading a book, cooking on a fire, or binging entertainment content. And here's a drink raised to friends past and present
  43. 4 points
    Small Huts

    Equilism

    Equilism loves you right back, Yuno.
  44. 4 points
    Consular

    I don't really have a title sorry

    I see the board has changed a bit. It looks very nice.
  45. 4 points
    Little Sealand

    Awesome RMB quotes!

    "Netflix ftw" -Hariko "I have a poor man's netflix. Youtube and cruncyroll." -Little Sealand "Oh come on, just get on with some mates and put up $3 bucks each per month. Netflix will allow you 4 devices at the same time and give you no issues :D" -Ele "$3 is a lot in Ramen noodles D:" -Little Sealand "You know, of all the things to say..." -Hariko
  46. 4 points
    TAO

    A public apology

    Kolmias ... those systems used in other regions that you name were the children of the TWP Guardian system. We were the first to realize the value of Guardians soon after the Game introduced Influence. In this forum, the Guardian system was imagined and implemented. As a Minnow Delegate, I was the first to rely on this new concept. The other regions emulated TWP after they saw how effective a Guardian system could be. But there is something MORE about our system that may not be true about those others ... we develop a true sense of Community with our Guardians and they are players who can be trusted with the very region, if need be. Originally, the Delegate chose the Guardians but those chosen proved to be loyal and true and therefore remained. Over time, others were added. It is only in the last year that TWP has allowed the Old Guardians to retire and new ones to move up. URAP's failure coincided with this slippage. It is a growing pang as old moves to new. I doubt TWP will ever chose to let Guardians be selected by popularity rather than on trust and loyalty.
  47. 4 points
    Westwind

    TWP Street Talk

    Good day ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to this episode of TWP Street Talk, the show where we take our questions to the streets of The West Pacific, and let you hear for yourself, the thoughts of your fellow citizens. And now let's join our field reporter Jennifer Swift. Thank you Brian. Today I began by asking the people on the street what they think of the dissolution of The Voice of The West Pacific Union. The answers may surprise you! What do you think about the dissolution of The Voice ? The What ? What do you think about the dissolution of The Voice ? Why, it's about time they got rid of that darn program ! What do you think about the dissolution of The Voice ? No ! Don't ask me that question. Ask me any other question, but don't ask me that question. I'm serious, I can't answer that. You won't like me when I'm angry. What do you think about the dissolution of The Voice ? The assembly, the reichstag, the senate, the voice, the whatever. What's the difference ? We got a Delegate and Guardians, what else do we need ? What do you think about the dissolution of The Voice ? I think it means we live in The West Pacific. What do you think about the dissolution of The Voice ? I want my MTV! What do you think about the dissolution of The Voice ? The consequences will be devastating, with long-term effects that may shake the very pillars of West Pacifican society. Ripping the social fabric asunder, and who knows what the fallout from that may be. What do you think about the dissolution of The Voice ? What should I think ? Why should I care ? What did it do for me ? What do you think about the dissolution of The Voice ? My Lords and Lady's, I beg to take this opportunity to address a serious issue that concerns us all, and that being the threat of greenhouse gas emissions from marsupials. The West Pacific has long been known for it's dedication to the eradication of these pests, but it seems that no government of TWP has come to it's senses on this issue. I truly beg the Delegate and government to take quick action on this matter. What do you think about the dissolution of The Voice ? Puff puff pass, man. Just chill. What do you think about the dissolution of The Voice ? Well. I don't know. It probably needed to be done. But it wasn't done right. I think. Maybe. But then maybe not. How else would you do it ? Unless you undid it, then you could do it all another way. But I still don't know. What do you think about the dissolution of The Voice ? When are we gonna go raid stuff?!?! Yes, there's lots of differing thoughts on the events in TWP, and the Street Talk is all over the place as you might expect. Thank you for joining us for this episode of TWP Street Talk. Till next time, goodbye.
  48. 4 points
    punkdaddy

    A public apology

    This right here is why I would have love URAP to give me a heads up. I would have never, repeat never, gotten TWP's NS embassy restarted had I known this was coming. Utter waste of time and makes me look pretty foolish. I don't like to waste my time. Piling on Vlagh is the misdirection. As I said before, I don't really care enough to try to discern if he has ulterior motives. It takes a lot of brainpower and i don't think he's the source of the problem. The problem that we have is our offsite forum's activity levels are light years below what they are on the in-game site. As the offsite oligarchs - and yes we're the oligarchs - we have constantly sought ways to make the offsite forum more active because we think that the game should have an offsite forum and that it should be active. As I stated months ago, why don't we try to change the whole paradigm and do away with the offsite government dichotomy and do something different. Let's have the government be in-game and have the delegate establish whatever he/she/it wants it to be as delegates change. If we want to use this forum great, and if we only want to use this forum for limited things that's great too. I think our constant reboot of forum governments is akin to a leopard trying to change it's spots and become something it isn't. We are a Karaoke Friday, Chocolate Loving, Marsupial hating, region and we don't need to be like TP, TNP, TEP, or anyone else. We just need to be comfortable enough in our own skin to realize the offsite may never be what the onsite is. But our onsite activity and TWP-ness is pretty da-- good. So I say let's just let go of trying to fit a square peg in a circular hole and build our government at the delegate's direction on the onsite forum. Let's be the leopard and accept, no embrace, our spots.
  49. 4 points
    Llamas

    well hello there

    *smears brains on Ele* OH NO HOW TERRIBLE MY OPPONENT HAS BEEN EATEN BY ZOMBIES AND I MUST WIN BY DEFAULT!
  50. 4 points
    Little Sealand

    Downtime

    "Two teens arrested for domestic abuse, threw chocolate says police"
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