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  1. 6 points
    LoOhNo

    A whiteboard for TWP!

    https://r8.whiteboardfox.com/810372-3549-9959 Use this whiteboard to write or draw anything you want! The sky's the limit, and in the end a wonderful collage of TWP's thoughts will come out! [May take a few tries to connect to it.]
  2. 4 points
    TUMS

    Group GA Resolution Repeal Clinic

    Group GA Resolution Repeal Clinic brought to you by the Ministry of World Assembly Recruitment Open to all Members of the Hall of Nations as part of the WA authors initiative: Do you want to become a WA author? The Ministry of World Assembly Recruitment wants to create new General Assembly Repeal authors. Join us as we learn together and then individually(or in small groups: craft, write, edit, submit, lobby and hopefully pass a General Assembly Repeal! The Learning Experience: The workshop is divided into 4 parts. What is repealable: understanding the General Assembly andwhy we repeal, what a repeal can and cannot do, finding legislation to attempt a repeal. Writing a repeal: operative clauses, branding, existing resolutions, general opinions. Feedback and editing: the General Assembly Forums, acknowledging ideas, edit-lobbying. Lobbying and power-voting: sending campaign telegrams, understanding Delegate voting powers, historic and political voting trends. Want to Join us: Reply to this thread or join us on The West Pacific Discord. Some resources used will be posted in this thread.
  3. 3 points
    Eli

    Commend Eli

    That's nice, thank you so much.
  4. 3 points
    Giovanniland

    Commend Eli

    Commend Eli Nominee: Eli Passed: 18th June 2020 For: 31 (100.00%) Against: 0 (0.00%)
  5. 2 points
    Westwind

    Random Poll #9

    Some are Morning people, some are Night Owls. Science seems to think there's something about it in our DNA.
  6. 2 points
    Zoran

    Weekly Sliming of Dilber

    @Dilber I guess I am sliming you now
  7. 2 points
    Fujai

    Random Poll #9

    These days I'm nearly nocturnal, but that's beside the point. When it's left alone, my body tends to sync itself to sleeping 4 am to noonish. I'm just more active at night and it's so much more comfy to me (and I don't have to deal with other people being awake).
  8. 2 points
    Westwind

    Can I quote you

    "Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth" --- Marcus Aurelius
  9. 2 points
    Dryestspace3080

    Can I quote you

    -Alexander The Great
  10. 2 points
    Dryestspace3080

    Hello everyone!

    I recently joined 'NS' , ended up in TWP decided to join all the forums and discords and perharps maybe become more involved here with all of you amazing peeps! Take care in this changing world.
  11. 2 points
    Grievances of the Unheard Once upon a time there was a dream to make a land for the free, A dream and that is all it was as people of color were bound In the chains forced upon them by their fellow men; as their lives and cries were lost as the bells of freedom rang and drowned their loud sounds; While their fellow men would whip and beat these poor black men to the hard ground, And yet for those that ran/to be free, they would be fed to the hounds, But the Fathers that found this ravaged land had the chance to end it all And yet they kept the system out of fear; to unite the states and doomed Their posterity to centuries of hate and pain and spilt blood, And now I watch the news of the people who are consumed by the gloom, Unable to do my part at seventeen as men are inhumed As they seek to be heard after being ignored as anger ballooned, While those before who rebelled in Shay’s and Whiskey were pardoned Along with those who left to keep the blood rusted chains in the fields By Washington and Lincoln, who many admire and praise as heroes, And yet the men and women who peacefully protest for ideals Of justice after being ignored for far too long yell out pleads; Only to be met with force and are sent to jail by some fiends, After years of fighting for rights of colored people years ago Were all those sacrifices of those who died for change made in vain? Liberty may stand on broken chains but she cries in chains herself As she watches as her people are shot and gassed, writhing in pain, Meanwhile the orange man hides away tweeting away; guilty as Cain As he guns down his own citizens, showing how he is insane, But here I sit holding back tears writing these words to express how trapped I feel; unable to do my part at seventeen when men before Conquered nations at my age, and yet I am unable to help Those who are on the ground taking a stand for true justice and more, All I can do is sit and watch the world burn as more blood is poured, Is this the land of the free or of the damned, I ask as I offer another prayer,
  12. 2 points
    Darkesia

    Can I quote you

    Edith Wharton: "There are two ways of spreading light, to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it" My favorite
  13. 1 point
    Eli

    Random Poll #9

    I'm a morning person if you consider getting up at 330-4am daily and going to sleep at 8-830pm a morning person. I don't do overnight software upgrades anymore and my body is slowly adjusting to not getting up at 1130pm, before long I'll be up at 5am like some slacker....
  14. 1 point
    Eli

    WFH

  15. 1 point
    Eli

    WFH

    has changed my to wearing tshirts of all things
  16. 1 point
    Fuentana

    A whiteboard for TWP!

    love Zoran's picture !
  17. 1 point
    Zoran

    A whiteboard for TWP!

    Spent time drawing something on inkscape and tried to upload it as a photo and it doesn't upload, I am sad now . But still love this Lo!
  18. 1 point
    Zoran

    Weekly Sliming of Dilber

    As long as it is within the week I don’t think it matters, unless you say otherwise Mia :p
  19. 1 point
    Darkesia

    Name change request

    Done
  20. 1 point
    Fuentana

    Name change request

    @Winnipeg or @Darkesia (or any admin) sincere apologies for the ping, but if it is possible to make this change Qaz would greatly appreciate it.
  21. 1 point
    Hello, welcome to TWP! I see you're already a citizen, which is great - the next step is applying to join a ministry (or more than one if you wish) and work to enhance our region! Feel free to ask any questions!
  22. 1 point
    Overthinkers

    Hall of Nations Application

    All the above applications are being processed. We apologize for the delay. Edit: @Oneheart @Eisengrun @The Western Beastlands @Libeuropa @setne550 @MarisalaTriumvirate @WillowGate Accepted.
  23. 1 point
    Saint Mark

    Perspectives on Autism

    As part of The West Pacific's month-long recognition of Autism Spectrum Disorder, we present three essays from our friends on the spectrum. Wymondham So, I suppose I should start by telling you all about myself. I’m Wymondham, Vizier of CA in Osiris, NSToday PR Director and Court Justice in Lazarus. But, I’m not here to talk about that. I was diagnosed with High Functioning Aspergers at age 13 and that helped explain a lot to me. However, to explain the rest of my story, we need to go back further to when I first started primary school aged 4. I had always found making friends difficult and the same was true at Primary school, I made 2 or 3 friends and was very close to all of them. I quickly found that, although I excelled at the work, I would misinterpret the teachers instructions and was often told off despite not really knowing what I had done wrong. When I got to the older years though I had an excellent teacher who seemed to really understand me and I cannot thank her enough for the ways she helped me. Whether it was from giving me instructions that I could follow and easily understand, to stretching me in terms of work difficulty by moving me up a year, which is an arrangement that I have continued to this day. Moving up to High School was difficult for me. I struggled very much to make friends and was bullied until the summer of last year. Without a diagnosis my teachers refused to make allowances for me. I got into a very heated row with my Head of House when he refused to give me some space to calm down following a fracas with another boy who had been mocking me because of my appearance. I’ve always struggled with expressing my feelings and, as such can often find opening up to people rather difficult. I was diagnosed aged 13 and it helped me understand a lot about myself. Suddenly certain things I didn’t understand why I did suddenly became a lot clearer and it has become a lot easier to develop strategies to control my often explosive anger. Routines are a major part of my day and since getting my diagnosis people have certainly been a lot more accepting off it. For example, when I go on discord, I will always say good morning to servers in a certain order: a friends personal discord server, followed by Osiris, then my two family servers, then Thalassia and finally Karma. Same goes for saying goodnight in PMs, I say goodnight to Rigel first and Altino last. I will have lunch at a certain time every day, go for my walk at precisely 2PM. Therefore, disruptions to my routine such as the Coronavirus can be extremely disorientating, I go to a boarding school which I find extremely useful due to the routine. Going home has required a readjustment to my routine and for the first week I was very very confused until I adjusted to the new normal. The internet and NS have been so useful for me as someone with Aspergers syndrome. It has given me the opportunity to interact with people without having to read facial expressions, which are the bane of my social existence - as a Brit I have grown up around Sarcasm so do not find that as difficult to deal with as other people with Aspergers. It has enabled me to meet people like Altino, Rigel, Halo, Rachael and Sho who have all helped me so much with my other mental health struggles which my tendency to hyperfocus does not exactly aid. So yeah, that’s me and Aspergers. If you’ve got any questions TG me or shoot me a discord PM (Wymondham#3478) Dilber As a kid, I always was a little different. I skipped speaking individual words and went straight to sentences. My teachers told my parents I was far behind on reading, and that I had major learning disorders until all of a sudden, I could read paragraphs and was years ahead of my class. When I was four years old, I was playing with a friend and he teased me mercilessly. Instead of getting angry at the time, I waited a day, and then bit his finger to the bone. My favorite book to read for years was volume A of the encyclopedia. I received my initial diagnosis back when Aspergers was just added to the DSM. My mom had read up about it, and was pretty sure I had it. The psych, however, didn’t believe that it was a real disorder. In the end, I was diagnosed with ADHD, Dysgraphia, and Non-verbal learning disorder. I started therapy at 4 years old. I don’t remember much of my early therapy, but one of the things I do remember was my writing therapist giving up on me. I went to a writing therapist for four years, but by second grade I was using a laptop because the therapist didn’t know how to improve my motor skills. I didn’t have a good experience with therapy until I was 8 years old, and we’d moved to a different city. I got a fresh start with a new therapist that I would end up seeing for the next thirteen years. Through middle school, I went to therapy 2-3 times a week. I lacked very basic social skills and was unable to read people at all. I was very young for my grade (made the cutoff for being in that grade by 2 days), and then skipped 4th grade. My peers were 2-3 years older than me, and I just didn’t know how to interact with them. Therapy was a very important part of my life and helped me learn how to function. I was regularly bullied by some of the kids, and therapy helped me learn coping skills, and how to handle people. I was very lucky to have incredibly supportive parents. Therapy also taught me how to connect with my father. We also conflicted when I was young, because he had issues understanding my actions. I had a tendency to use my “logic” which no one else could understand where I came to the conclusion that something needed to be done. The most common therapy that I did as a kid was “play” therapy. The therapist and I would talk and play games, and he’d indulge all the rules changes I would make to the game. This allowed me to open up more, and really helped me learn how to communicate. Over time, I learned how to read body language better, while also getting really good at the made up version of connect 4 that we used to play. I ended up repeating 8th grade, not for academic reasons but because I would have been going into high school as a 12 year old, and that would have made the bullying worse. When I was 14 or 15, my psych admitted that I most likely had Asperger’s, but it wasn’t worth changing my diagnosis because it would mess with all the educational plans I had at school. I would have been forced into special education classes, and taken out of my honors classes, and it would have really been detrimental to my social life that I’d finally managed to start developing. In middle school and ninth grade, I always had a very small circle of friends but I started blossoming in tenth grade when I joined the school jazz band. Music helped me connect with people, and I was able to form close attachments with friends. I still was the “weird” kid, but all of us were a little bit weird and that taught me it was ok. Making friends was the next important step in development for me. Back in middle school, I thought it was “cool” to sit by myself because it would impress the girls. I wasn’t any smoother in high school, but navigating social groups and bonds helped set me up for the learning how to become a functional adult. This was also around the time I got into Nationstates. Nationstates was great because on the internet you could be anyone, and no one had to know your struggles if you didn’t want them to. Nationstates taught me a lot about online communication at the same time I was really learning how to interact with people in-person. The next step for me was in college when I got into Improvisational Comedy. One of my long running-struggles was a massive need for “structure”. Without structure, I was unable to operate and basically shut down. Improv taught me how to play around with-in the rules, before later learning how to break them. This was a big improvement over me as a kid, where I once tattled on my cousin for buying me ice cream when my mom told her not to get it for me because I knew I broke the rule and it wasn’t right. I’m now a “slightly weird” adult. I had a conversation with a former co-worker that told me that when I was hired, they thought I was going to be incredibly annoying. I had a tendency to want to talk while they were doing work and wouldn’t understand their body language that they wanted me to back off. This was a really important learning for me, and I’ve told my co-workers to straight up tell me “hey, I need to do stuff.” Therapy helped me learn how to read people, but when I get excited I still run into issues. I hyper-focus on this, and I get really excited about stupid things and then explain it to my poor wife. I got really into smart home technology, and now I own three smart ceiling fans. It’s interesting to think of what I would have been like without years of work. When people think of the spectrum, they think of what they’ve seen in movies. Not everyone needs to live in a group home, but if they do that’s ok. We all cope and learn to do things different ways. My business partner was diagnosed with Autism as an adult, and it made a lot of things in his life “click”. We have discussions because sometimes it feels like we’re on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of our preferences to do things, but because our brains are different that “normal” people we can understand each other better. Normal is a relative concept. Most people have no idea that my friend or I are on the spectrum, and many would be surprised to find out. There is a stigma attached to the spectrum that needs to be cleared up. People on the spectrum can be just as unique from each other as they are to neurotypical brains. If you know someone with autism, just talk to them about it. Ask about their preferences or why they said something. Be gentle, be kind, and be understanding. This doesn’t mean be a pushover. Being on the spectrum is not a license to be an asshole, and I thank my parents, friends, and coworkers for giving me boundaries. Awareness of the spectrum is key for the future. There’s a whole gap between the public perception of “group home” or “rain man”. Awareness is really important, and I’m glad that people are starting to learn more. Ithobbit I think a lot has been written by people close to Autism, quite a number of articles, studies, notes and even projects that heralded new insight as to what Autism (and the spectrum) is. Not so much (or at least published in great numbers or popular in nature) has been written by the autistic to tell their part. The new found use for Social media and Social networking has shifted the balance here, everyone can get a platform to shed light on the things close to their hearts and to be able to express themselves somewhat. We know what the DSM says about Autism: "Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Fifth Edition of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM 5)*, is a complex developmental disorder associated with symptoms that include "persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts" and "restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities." But, from the point of view of someone in the spectrum, what does that really mean? To me, being on what used to be called Asperger’s and now is just a part of the ASD, it means that certain things are FAR more important or worthy of attention than others. That I’ll settle in and be comfortable with certain tasks and situations, while being absolutely unable to cope with others, and for each one of us, these are different. My son, also on the spectrum will tirelessly research, learn and go on to teach if allowed anything and everything he can about video editing, cinema and movies. He’s dedicated dozens of hours to analyzing the differences in DVD (or BluRay) menu options between different versions of a movie, and will gladly share everything he knows about it if you just sit down “for a minute”. Some of us are very prone to bouts of “self isolation”, alone playtime, going into closets, under beds, or dark places. Others are hyper and love moving about and doing all sorts of physical activity, but one major thing we have in common is that social “awkwardness” that prevails over most of our interactions; be it that we miss social cues, we take things at face value, or simply, miss absolutely anything relating to sarcasm or innuendo because we only really register the words, not the nuances. Overall it makes daily things hard. People may take advantage of it (we trust a lot) or be afraid of our aloofness or possibly even they fear that we may become irate “over nothing”; quick hint here, very rarely it’s over nothing. We on the spectrum obsess easily, that’s a great gift for learning, but we also don’t let things go as fast as others. Someone making fun of you stays, sometimes even for years, which lends itself for some really hard times when forgiving a slight. Eating is another “fun” time. Some of us have issues with textures, some foods that are absolutely enjoyable by most, are actually retch producing and we need to work around that daily. It all is variable, and some people seem very far removed from “neurotypical” while others are far more functional, but sometimes none of us get a chance to show how or why. I’ve taken my son out of more schools than I care to admit, we’ve tried different systems, education patterns, teachers and methods, and only some work, and not all the time. We’ve had parents force our kid out of the classroom because they are afraid that their children may miss classes, have a hard time, or, in the worst cases “catch something”. It’s been 11 years of schooling, Jr has moved to seventh grade now, he’s moved out of the city and into a more rural environment, people are somehow more open there, teachers try to explore different ways, and the fact that there is more space and nature, has brought anxiety levels down on all of us. Not everyone is this lucky, we had a choice, we were able to move him to a place where people were willing to not just shy away, but reach out; in times like this, don’t we need a bit more of reaching out, albeit metaphorically if not actually?
  24. 1 point
    setne550

    Perspectives on Autism

    Interesting topic.
  25. 1 point
    Lollerland

    Random Poll #9

    If I am given the choice, I would prefer to sleep late and wake up late.
  26. 1 point
    Westwind

    WFH

    Smiling is overrated.
  27. 1 point
    Zoran

    2019 N-Day Recognition

    Not the place to ask that question, better place to ask that is on the discord. Or better yet, you can read one of the guides on the NS region page.
  28. 1 point
    Fujai

    Admin Requests Part Quatre

    Can @LoOhNo be masked newspaper, please?
  29. 1 point
    Orandia

    Hello there!

    I am Orandia! I am somewhat new to NationStates, so please forgive any ignorance or confusion on my end about how things work here. I'd love to make friends, participate in RP, build my nation, and just put down roots. I'm happy to be able to get to know you all! ^^
  30. 1 point
    Giovanniland

    Hello everyone!

    Welcome to the West Pacific! I see you're already a citizen, which is great! Feel free to ask anything that you need help with.
  31. 1 point
    Mia

    Can I quote you

    "Insanity is the doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result." - Alibert Einstein
  32. 1 point
    novasamita

    Can I quote you

    "Life is the best fairytale." Hans Christian Andersen
  33. 1 point
    Zoran

    Can I quote you

    "Please don't fire your guns at the hurricane!" -Every Florida police officer during Hurricane Season
  34. 1 point
    Mia

    Perspectives on Autism

    This is very informative to read and I am so glad people shared this.
  35. 1 point
    HyFy

    100% crab-free!

    100% crab-free!
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