And frankly, I've had the time of my life.
In school, I didn't really have a place, and I resigned myself to computer games.
I enjoyed the category of "tycoon", where you could build your own empire from the ground up.
My search then led me to NationStates, and I was hooked.
In the couple years I've been on, I've met many people who I've come to enjoy the company of, and many people who I wish all the best to.
I've grown, matured, learned, and laughed with all of you. I treasure these moments I've spent on the RMB, what with Auphelia's rambunctious persona or Volaworand's creativity.
Elections, roleplays, and positions have come and went.
I've been a Local Councillor, I've roleplayed many times with the hardworking and dedicated nations of Volaworand, North Prarie, United Europe-Eurasia, and many others I may have forgotten to mention.
To all my compatriates in the South Pacific, I have enjoyed your amazing creativity, companionship, and dedication to this fun game.
And I still have no idea how you put up with my old, younger, and less endearing self when I first started.
Never have I thought I could spend so much time on one single thing, completely dedicated and focused, and having fun.
NationStates has opened a couple of doorways for me, and I appreciate every positive thing that has come to me from this game.
But times change, along with interests, hobbies, and my available time and energy.
It's been a bit of a hard decision, but I knew it was going to come eventually.
It's time to move on.
Yes, I am kinda leaving NationStates, but not in a "let it CTE" kind of fashion. I'm thinking of keeping my account alive for some time into the future, as a memoir of my pleasant memories here on this website and its forums, though I am leaving the game in some capacity.
I will stay on the game for a couple of days to wrap some things up in a nice bow and gift wrapping.
I resent coming to this moment and I'm actually getting a bit emotional (and over a browser game no less) but I think it is for the best.
I will miss you all.
Thank you for everything.
I got SPIT's for everyone!
Edit: I'm keeping my account alive, so I'm not necessarily CTE'ing and leaving the game forever into the future. Maybe I'll peek around this website, maybe I'll even return at some point; you can't tell the future.
But until then...yes, this is still a goodbye.