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  1. Isaris

    Equilism

    March 2017 Public Relations Update Written by Isaris ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~ Mayor: Isaris Town Moderator: Leo Drakan WA Delegate: Small Huts Population: 176 ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~ Leo Drakan Confirmed as Town Moderator On February 8th, Leo Drakan was confirmed as the 4th Town Moderator of the Equilism Township by a vote of 6-0 after his predecessor, Cadmus, did not seek re-election. Though he ran on a very sparse platform while still new to the region, Leo's energy during and prior to the election won him the votes of Equilismers at the Polling Station. Since becoming Town Moderator, Leo has admirably attempted to restart last year's discussion of Charter reform, named Pichtonia as his Deputy and attended dutifully to accepting new immigrants' oaths of citizenship. In addition, Leo has also assisted in the moderation of Equilism's Discord server since taking office—a great boon to the venue's administration team—and assisted the other members of the region's Executive with various tasks and projects. Thus far, it has been a successful term for the Township's greenest official. ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~ Embassy Opened with Archmont On March 2nd, in-game embassies were exchanged between Equilism and the region of Archmont. Archmont is an unusual region among Equilism's foreign acquaintances in that the region does not make use of an off-site forum for its community. Diplomatic relations between the two regions were first discussed between Mayor Isaris and Gradea Sanguine, the Founder of Archmont, several months ago over Discord. At the time, Archmont was still a fledgling new region in its infancy, so an exchange of embassies was agreed to be put off until such a time that Archmont was more stably developed. The measure to rate this stability was agreed to be Archmont being capable of sustaining a population of at least 100 nations or more, a measure that it has been able to meet successfully in recent months. As such, we in Equilism are hopeful of what this new and unique acquaintanceship may bring in the future and look forward to building relations between our two regions through both our new in-game embassies and our Discord servers. ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~ Isaris Confirmed as Mayor for Third Term On March 15th, after one of the most eventful Mayoral Elections Equilism has ever seen, Isaris was confirmed by a vote of 9-1 for a third term as the 2nd Mayor of the Equilism Township. This was also the Township's lengthiest election yet, as it began on the 1st and saw a second standing period be opened after newcomer Dothrakimango did not receive the majority required to be confirmed as Mayor in the voting period that ended on the 8th. Leo Drakan was nominated for Mayor by another citizen, Lollerland, during the new standing period that was held and accepted but had to withdraw from the race due to real life issues. With no other candidates standing and the standing period set to come to a close in the near future, Isaris then stood to continue leading the Township for a third term. Isaris's term is set to end on June 1st and is the first third Mayoral term that the Township has seen thus far, with the 1st Mayor, Badger (also known in Equilism as Pooch), stepping down after serving two terms during the summer of last year. ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~ Upcoming Township Day Celebrations & the Charter Day Parade World Assembly Delegate Small Huts kicked off the Charter Day Parade on March 15th with a marching band, which has been followed by many parade floats and other spectacles from both citizens and foreign guests. The Charter Day Parade is being held to honor the first anniversary of the signing of the Charter of the Equilism Township, the region's foundational governing document, by Westwind last year and is still ongoing as it will lead up to the Township Day celebrations which will begin on the 25th. Township Day is being held to honor the establishment of the Township government and the completion of its first elections last year, and will be celebrated with a variety of activities, including a third season of Fight for Armello and a Star Trek Convention intended to honor the significance of the franchise to Equilism's history. If you're reading this, feel free to visit Equilism and join us in celebrating our Township's first birthday! Tourists are always welcome in Equilism! ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~ Fight for Season 3 Bear Clan Rabbit Clan Rat Clan Wolf Clan The battle begins… March 25, 2017 … in celebration of the 1st anniversary of the founding of the Township! You can sign up today by clicking here! To find the complete ruleset, please click here. Armello and its characters are the trademark property of League of Geeks, developers of the game. All images and concepts originating from Armello are used without explicit permission but are not being used for profit. If you enjoy Fight for Armello, please support League of Geeks by purchasing the titular video board game. Armello is available on Steam (for Windows, Mac and Linux), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android and iOS. You can check it out on the Steam store by clicking here! ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~ Thank you for reading this month's PR update! To visit Equilism, click one of our banners! Click the top banner to find our off-site forum and the bottom banner to find our on-site region page.
  2. Isaris

    Equilism

    Thank you for your kind words about my tenure, Small Huts. Thank you for the encouraging message. Citizens of TWP are always welcome to be citizens of Equilism as well. We have shared many members throughout the years and it speaks to the deep friendship between our regions.
  3. Isaris

    Equilism

    I was disappointed as well. Hopefully next year will be more successful! 14 on 14!
  4. Isaris

    Equilism

    Woohoo! This is just a friendly reminder that the signup period is set to close on the 13th at 11:00 PM (EST). Don't miss your chance to rule Armello and celebrate Equilism's 13th anniversary!
  5. Isaris

    Equilism

    Fight for Season 2 Bear Clan Rabbit Clan Rat Clan Wolf Clan The battle begins… January 14, 2017 … in celebration of the 13th anniversary of the founding of Equilism! You can sign up today by clicking here! To find the complete ruleset, please click here. Armello and its characters are the trademark property of League of Geeks, developers of the game. All images and concepts originating from Armello are used without explicit permission but are not being used for profit. If you enjoy Fight for Armello, please consider supporting League of Geeks by purchasing the titular video board game. Armello is available on Steam (for Windows, Mac and Linux), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android and iOS. You can check it out on the Steam store by clicking here!
  6. Isaris

    Equilism

    Thank you! I'm really glad to hear you enjoyed Fight for Armello as well! We'll be having another run in January for our 13th anniversary!
  7. Isaris

    Equilism

    November 2016 Public Relations Update Written by Isaris; co-authored by Cadmus ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~ Mayor: Isaris Town Moderator: Cadmus WA Delegate: Small Huts Population: 368 ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~ Equilism Tops Charts in Z-Day 5! Since its inception, Equilismers have taken Z-Day very seriously. After all, our region did Rank #1 for Most Survivors on that fateful April Fool's Day in 2013! Furthermore, the following October we were able to stay in the top of the charts, finishing that event at Rank #3 for Most Survivors. Unfortunately, though, in 2014 and 2015, our region was not prepared for the undead hordes, being hit by many zombie raiders and only placing Rank #20 and Rank #18 in those years, respectively. A staunchly cure-only region, Equilism's efforts to fight the annual infection are led by Naivetry, head of the Bureau of Zombie Apocalypse Management. Naivetry is a long-time citizen of Equilism, having first joined the region back in 2006 and was trusted with seeing our region through the would-be apocalypse every year after her retirement from wider gameplay and politics. Her leadership, alongside the watchful eyes of WA Delegate Small Huts and Mayor Isaris—as well as the diligence and determination of several Cure Squad members—allowed our region to be a true safe-haven during the event. This year's effort was aided in no small part by the Township's still relatively new Discord server, which was created in September. With IRC's fall in popularity over the years, the Discord server allowed for a level of communication and cooperation among Equilism's curers that hasn't been possible for quite some time. Returning veterans and newcomers alike joined the server for the very first time just to participate in the Z-Day event and many have stuck around after their experience those 36 hours. These arrivals saw our Cure Squad team number nearly 20 members, all working together to identify key targets and stabilize populations in Equilism's largest nations first while (nearly) all nations in the region researched the cure, collectively lowering the regional infectivity rate. As the hours rolled by, residents and citizens alike worked tirelessly to launch cure missiles at their region mates. By 10:00 PM (EST) on October 31, Equilism was zombie-free for the first time during the event (pictured below) and with our region clear of infection, we began welcoming refugees and looking for ways to help other regions too. Though Equilism accepted refugees from many regions, the most notable refugees came from the International Northwestern Union, who volunteered to help contribute to our cure effort after their nations had been stabilized and even joined our Discord server. Not everything was sunshine and rainbows, though, as we did see some embracers attempting to unravel our work. They, however, were quickly sent fleeing as the BoZAM's merciless barrage of missiles cured all of their zombies. By the end of the event, our regional civilian population had swelled to 2.21 trillion survivors, allowing Equilism to secure Rank #5 in Most Survivors and Rank #3 in Most Survivors + No Infected! What's more, this was achieved without imposing any border controls! After the announcement of the official Tally, Mayor Isaris made the following statement on Equilism's RMB, displaying his pride in the region: "The tally is out! Check it out, here! Equilism ranked #3 for Most Survivors + No Infected and #5 for Most Survivors! Thank you all for your tremendous effort this year! A huge thanks to Naivetry for leading our cure effort through the Bureau of Zombie Apocalypse Management. Special thanks to Small Huts, Yakitzland, Astarial, Lahmere, Nornheim, Badasstasticalia, Felasia, Misandristan, Evanisia, New Cascadica, Whamabama, Westwind, Equilibria and everyone else who contributed to our cure effort and survivor count! I'm really sorry if I missed your name and you helped out! We survived the apocalypse with flying colors! Long live Equilism! :)" However, Equilismers everywhere were overloaded with emotions when the following message from Testlandia was posted on their RMB: "Congratulations Equilism! Amazing work. Next year we will have to introduce a special category for regions who don't close their borders." Furthermore, Equilism has now even been graciously made host to an embassy with Testregionia, an honor not many regions in NationStates can lay claim to. Though we here at the Equilism Office of Public Relations aren't fond of bragging, we can't help but be proud to call ourselves Equilismers after this Z-Day. The overwhelming effort that all of our community showed during the event proved that when we put our minds to it, our region can accomplish great things and even possibly change the game itself. ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~ Cadmus Confirmed as Town Moderator On November 8th, Cadmus was confirmed as the 3rd Town Moderator of the Equilism Township by a vote of 6-1. While Cadmus is still a newcomer to the region, he has already made a splash with his enormous contributions during Z-Day, his stamp donation to aid the Township in its recruitment effort and his presence on the regional Discord server. Equilismers were also impressed by Cadmus's experience in similar positions in other regions, such as Law Librarian of Albion and Voice of the Freeholders in Kingdom of Alexandria. His predecessor, Astarial—who did not seek re-election—has stated her intent to assist Cadmus during the transitional period, a much-needed sign of support for the new Moderator. Having served two full 90-day terms as the Town Moderator, Astarial truly laid the foundations of the office, including introducing new (and sometimes simple) tools which have become vital to its functions—such as the citizenship spreadsheet. Astarial was also responsible for the implementation of the Deputy Town Moderator position, appointing Kubrikistan as her own Deputy after her victory against him in the May 2016 election. While it remains to be seen if Town Moderator Cadmus will make use of this optional position, the precedence for it has been established. However, whether or not any Equilismers will expect him to name a citizen as Deputy Town Moderator also remains to be seen as none have come forward so far voicing any concerns. One issue that is clearly on Cadmus's agenda is the organization of Equilism's Law Library, which is in dire need of caretaking after the passage of numerous laws and treaties in recent months. ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~ Embassies Opened with TUA, Re-Opened with Canada On October 19th, the Equilism Office of Public Relations received an embassy request from The Universal Allegiance (TUA) on the Township's off-site forum, posted by Lollerland, TUA's Chancellor and elected head of government. As a fellow attendee to the conference to establish the Coalition Against the Ideology of Nazism (and now a fellow signatory to the Coalition as well), the request was approved by Mayor Isaris in a relatively short amount of time on October 22nd. Embassies between the two regions opened in-game on October 25th and TUA's embassy on Equilism's off-site was opened on October 28th. Mayor Isaris and Chancellor Lollerland both expressed their hope that this opening of diplomatic relations will result in increased cooperation and ultimately friendship between the two regions. While TUA is much younger than Equilism (being established in 2014), the two regions' common cause in the fight against Nazism and shared love for democratic rule could forge strong bonds capable of withstanding the test of time. However, that wasn't the only embassy opened during the month of October. Some time ago—on September 24th—Mayor Isaris had requested to re-open forum embassies with the fair region of Canada, with which Equilism had shared relations all the way back in 2005! Unfortunately, during The Schism of Equilism, Canada decided to break ties due to what Canadians saw at the time as a lack of shared values between our regions and closed their embassy in 2006. Of course, the passage of time has certainly changed both regions and both were ready to put the past behind them. This was clearly shown when Equilism's embassy request was accepted on October 12th, with construction being completed on the 15th. Canada then requested the reopening of their embassy on Equilism's forum on October 18th, which naturally was accepted. After many years, Canadians were welcomed back to their dusty off-site embassy on October 26th! In-game embassies were opened on the 20th as well—a strong symbol of our renewed relations. Interactions between Equilism and Canada have been fruitful since, with Almonaster of Canada designing the awards for the Fight for Armello competition (more on that below)! ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~ Fight for Armello Concluded, Winners Declared The Fight for Armello competition, which was mentioned in last month's PR update (see above), concluded on October 30th. The competition was designed by Mayor Isaris, inspired by the video board game Armello—available on Steam for PC—and the Equilism Great Race 2016, which was designed by Westwind and ran this past April. The mechanics of the game, which took place on-site, were drawn from the Great Race event while the theme for the activity was of course heavily inspired by the titular video game. Four Clan teams (Bear, Rabbit, Rat and Wolf) squared off over the course of eleven days, competing to place in the top spots of target regions' daily census rankings. Each Clan initially consisted of four members but sadly Rabbit Clan saw a drop-out on Day 3, resulting in a large disadvantage that game moderators (Mayor Isaris and Officer Yakitzland) attempted to mediate with a +5 handicap bonus for the Clan each day until a replacement player could be found. Unfortunately, no such player could be found and this most likely cost Rabbit Clan any chance of winning the game. The first target region, Southbank, a small village on Armello's southern coast in our story, tested our contestants' nations' levels of income equality. With a whopping 47 points (the highest team score in the course of the game), Rat Clan won the day and their Clan's shield was flown as the regional flag. The second target region, Arrowstorm Field, was also notable for testing contestants' influence levels and causing an issue as it's not a very mechanic-friendly ranking in this context! As this was not a scenario that had been previously taken into account, it was ruled that Wolf Clan won the day there with 38 points. In light of this unfortunate situation, a new rule was adopted to account for the handful of census rankings found to be incompatible or unfair in relation to the mechanics of the competition. Thankfully NationStates decided it would cooperate with us for most of the remaining game, with only Days 6 and 7 seeing unusable rankings as well, meaning no Clan could win those days. However, Day 6's target region, Mount Greymane, was revisited on Day 10 as Z-Day was announced to be scheduled one day later than was anticipated. While Rat Clan dominated the early game, things started to look more even midway into the competition as Bear Clan claimed two regions—namely Starfall Stones and Thumperfoot Fields. Ultimately, though, Rat Clan proved to be truly blessed and claimed all subsequent regions, running away with the game. Wolf Clan's previously mentioned claiming of Arrowstorm Field would be its only victory and Rabbit Clan unfortunately was not able to claim any regions whatsoever lacking a player. With six regions in total under their dominion, Rat Clan won the game and their highest-scoring player—The Animal World of the West Pacific—was declared the Sovereign of Armello! Luckily that wasn't the only way to receive an award in Fight for Armello and the following players also claimed the titles of Chieftain of their respective Clans: Bear Clan Chieftain, Halo of the West Pacific Rabbit Clan Chieftain, Mediobogdum of the West Pacific Wolf Clan Chieftain, Cadmus of Albion Cadmus of Albion was also declared the Steward of Armello for being the highest-scoring player in the game, yet not a member of the winning Clan. The awards for Fight for Armello were generously designed by Almonaster of Canada upon the request of Mayor Isaris and distributed on the Equilism forum on November 3rd. (Click here if you'd like to view the awards ceremony.) ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~ E-Army Saves Christmas On October 16th, Commander Westwind gave the order for the E-Army to move into the region of Christmas and endorse Jolly Ole Saint Nick, the native WA Delegate, who had been ousted by raiding forces of The Invaders. With most of the invading nations having left after vandalizing the WFE, flipping the delegacy to its native inhabitant proved to be a simple task for the E-Army's four participating soldiers. However, defending that restoration of power soon proved to be a more difficult task. On October 27th, Christmas was targeted by The Invaders once again but E-Army soldiers, with the assistance of forces from The guard, kept Jolly Ole Saint Nick's delegacy secure until he could give them the big black boot. Though it's still currently unknown why The guard provided this assistance, the act itself is definitely worthy of note and a display of honor that the E-Army both respects and appreciates. While Christmas is generally considered to be a user-created warzone region, it is also a region that many people cherish because of its name and the importance of the holiday of the same name to them and their culture. The E-Army is proud to have restored the region's WFE from vandalism, defended the region and declare that we saved Christmas! Hurray! ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~ Thank you for reading this month's PR update! To visit Equilism, click one of our banners! Click the top banner to find our off-site forum and the bottom banner to find our on-site region page.
  8. Isaris

    Equilism

    E-Army Flag Flies Again For the first time since the establishment of the Township in March, the battle flag of the E-Army was raised as Commander Westwind ordered newly-trained Privates to garrison Warzone Europe in anticipation of a gubernatorial election in the wake of Governor Apulita's resignation on October 9th. A protectorate since the days of the Second Commonwealth, Equilism is obligated by treaty law to oversee the security of WZEU. This obligation is an intense driving force behind the effort to rebuild the E-Army, in addition to the need to fulfill obligations to other allies and defend our own region. The election will begin tomorrow following a recently held poll in which WZEU residents decided to elect a new Governor rather than merge with another Warzone community, the result of a 5-4 vote. Commander Westwind gave the order to leave the region tonight as a new mission has taken priority, the results of which may be published at a later date. In total, four E-Army soldiers participated in the garrison training mission, as well as one member of The West Pacific Armed Forces. As the majority of our new recruits lack military experience, this training mission was an important first step for the reborn E-Army. Thank you for reading this mission report! Equilism Office of Public Relations; Mayor Isaris
  9. Isaris

    Equilism

    I knew I should have waited for you to say something before I published. How about we get into things like that during the festival?
  10. Isaris

    Equilism

    October 2016 Public Relations Update Written by Isaris Small Huts Confirmed as WA Delegate On October 8th, Small Huts was confirmed as the 2nd WA Delegate of the Equilism Township by a vote of 6-0. While the region has once again seen an election featuring only one candidate, last week's WAD election also saw an increased voter turnout thanks to the efforts of The Monkye and Yakitzland, serving as Election Aides. For those unfamiliar with Equilite law, the Charter (the foundation of regional law) mandates that the Mayor must appoint two Election Aides to administer an election prior to its scheduled start date. As one might imagine, this is not always an easy task, so Monk and Yakitz have my deepest thanks for their willingness to serve our region. Small Huts ascended to the Delegacy in-game at the major update on October 9th after I (Isaris), the exiting WAD, resigned from the World Assembly shortly beforehand. This ensured a quick transfer of the office without movement of endorsements from Equilism's WA members as he already held the second-highest number of endorsements in the region prior to the election. Small Huts received wide support due to his prior service to the region as the WAD under previous governments, including under the interim government that established the Township after the Second Commonwealth's collapse. Small Huts' term is already off to a good start, with his implementation of the new WAD Watch program sparking renewed interest in the WA among the populace. WAD Watch will be a semi-regular presentation of WA drafts and resolutions under discussion on the NationStates forum distributed by Small Huts through regional telegrams. A large part of Equilism's population still remains solely active on-site and this kind of outreach is sure to play a significant role in making those residents feel welcome on our forum. The first issue detailed the draft of the Authority Security Pact, authored by The Emerald Union of Dragons Imperium, which may face opposition from Equilism nations hoping to keep their pacifist stats high. ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~ Imgur & Reddit Population Boom Like many regions, Equilism recently saw a sharp rise in its population thanks to a wave of new players arriving from Imgur and Reddit. During the last week of September, Equilism's nation count rose from 106 to just over 200 and has remained around this number since, now sitting at 205. The Township's recruitment effort was aided heavily by the generous stamp donations of Cadmus of Albion and Pichtonia of Europeia, whom were awarded the Medal of Philanthropy and the Medal of Charity respectively, for their acts of goodwill on September 23rd and 24th. Read more about that here. In light of this influx of new members, the Office of Tourism & Real Estate (currently being administered by myself) will focus on integration rather than further recruitment in an effort to retain newcomers' interest. The Office of Culture & Entertainment, headed by Officer Yakitzland, will be aiding this effort by encouraging residents to check out our forum and Discord server, as well as assisting with the planning of the upcoming Festival of Friendship with our allies in Europeia and the West Pacific. Newcomers will also be highly encouraged to join the E-Army as we continue working to rebuild our fighting force. ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~ Coalition Against the Ideology of Nazism The Equilism Township is proud to be an attending region to the Coalition Against the Ideology of Nazism (CAIN) conference brought together by Europeian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Brunhilde. I'm personally deeply honored to be present there representing my region as the head of its government and to be able to continue Equilism's long history of opposing Nazism in NS under the Township. Nazism is a perverse and disgusting ideology that cannot be allowed to be tolerated, let alone glorified, in our game. Over the course of the past week, the discussion has produced its sixth draft of an inter-regional agreement, with contributions from a wide variety of regional representatives. ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~ Europeia-Equilism-TWP Festival of Friendship Equilism's friendship with TWP is a long-standing one and can be traced on-site as far back as 2011, when embassies were opened between the two regions in April of that year. On our own off-site forum, the treaty cementing the alliance between Equilism and TWP can be traced back to February 2014 and the days of the Second Commonwealth. This treaty, which was originally renewed once per year, was renewed in July with a minor edit that changed that condition to once every three years instead. The regions' close ties can be attributed to, among other things, shared members Westwind and Big Bad Badger. Westwind, who is a Co-Founder of Equilism and Commander of the E-Army, once served as the WA Delegate of TWP and also currently serves as an admin for both regions' off-site forums and as a Field Commander in the the West Pacific Armed Forces, the feeder region's military. Big Bad Badger—also known as Pooch in Equilism—became famous in the region for tending the E-Bar and serving as the 1st Mayor of the Township. He's also served TWP as a Guardian and is now the WA Delegate following Elegarth's resignation at the end of September. There is little doubt that the alliance between Equilism and TWP will only grow stronger as the E-Army and TWPAF are set to collaborate under our shared commanding officer. Equilism's friendship with Europeia is more recent by comparison, with a Treaty of Friendship being established in January 2014 and on-site regional embassies being opened in May of last year. Bonds between the two regions began to deepen after the establishment of the Township, when Ambassador Kuramia was assigned to Equilism by Europeia's then Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kraketopia. Kuramia went above and beyond the responsibilities of an ambassador and truly became a friend to our community, becoming involved in Township activities like E-Bar chatter, the Equilism Great Race 2016 and Equilism D&D. Her involvement in our region also inspired me to become more involved in Europeia, where I served in the Senate for two terms, with one including a short stint as Speaker. I remain active in the Republic even now, serving as Minister Brunhilde's Deputy, an office I've held since July. Brun offered me this opportunity after I convinced my colleagues in the Senate (which at the time included herself) that a Treaty of Friendship with TWP was the right choice for Europeia. Some doubted that the cultural differences between Euro and TWP could be overcome but as the ERN and the TWPAF engaged in more and more joints operations, those doubts were quickly cast aside. To celebrate our three regions' mutual friendships, Equilism, Europeia and TWP have come together to engage in a robust cultural exchange. Histories will be shared, speeches will be given, games will be played and regional traditions will be taught to others amongst all involved. The Festival will begin on October 19th and last until the 26th. During this time, Equilism will be hosting the Fight for Armello competition (which will last until the 28th), an on-site activity which you can read more about here. While this is, of course, primarily intended for festival goers from the three regions, players from other regions are also welcome to join in the game. You can already sign up to compete and I highly recommend you do so as soon as possible as the signup period is set to close on October 18th! However, the sign up sheet and rules will also be hosted on the Euro and TWP forums so you can sign up there as well once they've been posted if you don't want to have to register on the Equilism forum. You can find links to the sign up sheet and rules on our off-site forum in the dispatch shared in the link above. For a quick link to the Equilism Presents sub-forum (where you can find those), click here! ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|*~*<>*~ Thank you for reading this update! If you'd like to visit Equilism, you can do so by clicking one of our banners. The top banner will take you to our off-site forum and the bottom banner will take you to our on-site region page. I hope you'll join us next week to Fight for Armello! Equilism Office of Public Relations; Mayor Isaris
  11. Isaris

    Equilism

    September 2016 Public Relations Update Written by Isaris ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~ Isaris Confirmed as Mayor In an election that was somewhat divisive despite the lack of other candidates standing and low voter turnout, I—Isaris—was confirmed as Mayor of the Equilism Township by a vote of 2-1 on September 8th. Serving as both the Mayor and the World Assembly Delegate has been frowned upon by some in the region so I plan to step down from the latter position upon the expiration of my term in October or if someone should step forward to serve its remainder. I'm proud to be our region's second Mayor and plan to put the duties of that office before any other that I hold. I'd like to thank Pooch (also known as Big Bad Badger) for his service as the first Mayor of our Township; it was a pleasure working alongside him as the WA Delegate for the past six months and I'm grateful to be able to count on his advice in the three months ahead of me. I'd also like to thank Aexnidaral Seymour for his service as the Township's second Officer of Tourism & Real Estate and congratulate him on his election to the office of Vice President of Europeia alongside running mate President Writinglegend. Although our plans for recruitment in Equilism weren't able to blossom, his advice in this field is something I will always be personally grateful for and appreciate. The Vice Presidency of Europeia is no easy task and we in Equilism understand his need to step down from his position in our region. I would like to personally wish him and Writinglegend the best of luck in their endeavours for the Republic and hope the friendship between Europeia and Equilism will continue for years to come. Again, congratulations to both of them in their successful bid for the Goldenblock! While there are many more people I could spend time thanking, I'd like to move on and share my vision and plans for Equilism as a region so that our friends and allies can know what to expect over the course of my term. For years, Equilism has maintained itself as an Independent entity, albeit with some strange mix of imperialist and defender qualities as evidenced by our relationship with our protectorate region, Warzone Europe. I plan to continue the maintenance of this ideology and it will guide my administration's foreign policy. To that end, one of my primary focuses shall be an extreme emphasis on boosting recruitment for both the region and the E-Army in order to revitalize Equilism's military. Once revitalized, I will seek to coordinate with our allies to achieve mutual goals and provide much needed experience to our new recruits. To be frankly honest, Equilism has been facing a decline for some time. Throughout the summer, we've made efforts to stabilize and now is our time to grow or perish. I'll be doing my best to help it grow, so expect to see a very annoying foreign Mayor around your regions this fall. Equilism is one of the oldest regions in NationStates and will be celebrating its 13th year in January; furthermore, the E-Army was once the third-largest military in NS and Equilism was a titan that could shake the world. I would love to see that become a reality once again in the present day and I know that will only be possible with friends at our side. My door is always open for diplomacy and I don't plan to step out of the game until I see my region be a true player on the world stage once again. ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~ The Monkye Placed 33rd in Men's 20km Race Walk at 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics After years of training and competing in multiple races in Australia and elsewhere, Equilism member The Monkye competed in the Olympics this summer in Brazil—as mentioned in a previous update—in the Men's 20km Race Walk. After the news broke that he placed 33rd in the event, cheers and exclamations of pride and congratulations filled our RMB, forum and Skype! Even more intriguing, our forum was graced with a photograph of a sweaty Monk in action. If you'd like to read more about Monk's Olympic journey, you can click here. If you'd like to watch Monk compete on video, you can click here to be taken to the Rio Replay of the event on YouTube. No matter what place he ended in, we couldn't be prouder of Monk because we know he's truly earned the title of Olympian! ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~ Charter Reformation Amendment Under Discussion The Charter Reformation Amendment, an effort to vastly expand the Township's foundational legal document, has been up for discussion in the Town Hall since July. The proposal, authored by Isaris, is an attempt to mix elements of the existing Charter and the Constitutions of allied regions with more complex legal systems. It's not without critics, however, who have criticized the draft's length and inclusion of a judicial system which is seen as overly complicated in relation to the region's historical needs. The amendment's intent is to clarify the powers and responsibilities of various government offices, as well as the political and civil rights of citizens. Since this is such a large issue, a thread has also been opened to discuss the amendment in the Public Courtyard so that non-citizens and foreign legal experts can weigh in on the conversation as well. That thread can be found here. ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~ Thank you for reading this short update! If you'd like to visit Equilism, you can click here to find our region page and here to find our off-site forum!
  12. Isaris

    Equilism

    You're very welcome. Make sure all your ducks are in a row if you decide to sign up for the tournament! I hope we'll see more of you in D&D soon! Things have kind of stalled because our DM's also been busy, but I'm hoping we'll move on to the next scene pretty soon! At this rate, this is going to be a very long game, but hopefully that'll just make it more memorable.
  13. Isaris

    Equilism

    Midsummer Nights Festival Flyer June 21–July 5 Here in the Equilism Township, we love a good debate or philosophical discussion. This midsummer, we will be gathering around bonfires to discuss a wide variety of topics, ranging from those facing the current era to those that have permeated humanity for decades or longer. If you don't see a topic that peaks your interest, you can even create one of your own! However, we realize that's not everyone's cup of tea, so there will also be a wide variety of other activities available, including some of our favorite forum games and a Hearthstone tournament, described below. Even party-goers on tour in Equilism are welcome to suggest new activities as we spend a fortnight celebrating the midsummer together! All are welcome to come and join as we gather round the bonfires! Debate topics will include but not be limited to: 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Capitalism vs Communism Radical Islam Climate Change Gun Reform in America Since we are opening our doors to all for this event, we ask that attendees please leave their differences at home, remain civil with each other, and just have fun! You can visit the Township by clicking here. We hope to see you there! ~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~|~*<>*~ Wildwalker Hearthstone Tournament Information & Sign-up Sheet Link The Equilism Gaming Guild will be hosting the Wildwalker Hearthstone Tournament during the festival, beginning on June 21st! If you aren't familiar with Hearthstone, you can find out more information about the game by clicking here. To summarize, Hearthstone is a digital card game created by Blizzard that's based on its Warcraft universe. Players create decks consisting of 30 cards, which include minions and spells, after choosing a hero. Each hero is an important figure in the lore of Warcraft, representing their respective class, and has unique cards specific to their class and their own unique hero power. Hearthstone was first released in 2014 and many cards have been added over the past two years, resulting in the recent creation of two modes of play. In the new Standard Mode, only cards that were released during the current and previous calendar years are available for use (as well as classic cards), and many cards from the early days of Hearthstone have been tucked away into the new Wild Mode. Wild Mode, by its nature, hasn't seen as much play as Standard Mode since this change. Many of the old cards are simply overpowered and unfair, and many players live happily without them on the other side of the game, but we here in the Equilism Gaming Guild hold on to a sense of nostalgia. Though we too dread the sadistic cackle of Dr. Boom, we miss our Mad Scientists, our Duplicates, and our Sneed's Old Shredders. As such, the Wildwalker Hearthstone Tournament has been developed to praise the days of old and all contestants' decks must be made in the Wild Mode format. All cards are available for use in Wild Mode decks, so the only limit in crafting your decks will be your imagination! Contestants must create three Wild Mode decks, with no two belonging to the same class. (Example: Mage, Warlock, Hunter = √ | Druid, Druid, Paladin = ×) Contestants will be matched by Isaris, Guild Master of the EQLGG, and then mutually agree to a time to duel. Contestants must screenshot the results of each match and send them to Guild Master Isaris after the resolution of their duel. The winner of each duel will proceed to the next rank and be matched against the winner from another duel of the preceding rank, until one contestant has won the Final Duel.* Duels will be conducted using the Last Hero Standing format. Last Hero Standing format information: Under this format, the winner of the initial match must continue to use the same deck, while the loser must switch to another one of their decks and cannot reuse the deck they have lost with. The duel will continue until one contestant has lost with all of their decks and therefore can no longer compete. Contestants may interrupt their duels before completing these conditions if necessary and may resume them at another time that has been mutually agreed upon by the contestants in question. The results of each duel will not be finalized until the Guild Master has received evidence of the results from both contestants involved, and the tournament will continue after the Festival is over if needed. *The losing contestants of the semi-finals will also have a duel to determine 3rd place. To sign-up for the Wildwalker Hearthstone Tournament, please click here and follow the instructions provided.
  14. Isaris

    Equilism

    It's fine, Ele. A few other people have been absent as well, and we might just move on to the next scene without all the introductions. We're still in the cell. XD Thank you. Please check out the Isari Times if you'd like to read more of my work.
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