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Shidei wrote:

I personally think live plants are almost mandatory as well (assuming you don't get fish that eat plants), as they do a ton for your tank. Fish waste gets broken down into nutrients for the plants, and they also help keep your ammonia/nitrites/nitrates under control to a pretty significant degree. Some plants are super easy to take care of and are pretty darn bulletproof and they barely require anything other than being put in the tank and occasionally fertilized. They'll make the tank look better, your fish will be more comfortable with the added hiding places they provide, and they keep your ecosystem running smoothly.

I'll never understand why people don't plant every tank they can, even if it's just hornwort or something, the payoffs are huge

So he’s thinking of maybe Black Velet molly or the gold dust molly, Pygmy Cory, green lantern Platy. Any of those sound good?

Aizcona wrote:So he’s thinking of maybe Black Velet molly or the gold dust molly, Pygmy Cory, green lantern Platy. Any of those sound good?

I think a group of pygmy cories would be great, the others will likely breed quickly and they should have a plan for that

Corindia I've just (re)discovered Emperor tetras. Non zero chance I'll put some in the new tank. Only thing I'm worried about is that if I wanted to keep them with honey gouramis (one of my candidates for slightly larger centerpiece fish) they might get nippy at those long fins

Thank you for the help my dudes I think he knows what he’s gonna do

Aizcona wrote:Thank you for the help my dudes I think he knows what he’s gonna do

Did you just assume my gender?

Keep me updated on plans. I'm nosy and wanna know

Shidei wrote:Corindia I've just (re)discovered Emperor tetras. Non zero chance I'll put some in the new tank. Only thing I'm worried about is that if I wanted to keep them with honey gouramis (one of my candidates for slightly larger centerpiece fish) they might get nippy at those long fins

Those are really good looking fish, never actually seen one in person though. Right now the fish I'm fixated on are galaxy raspboras

Shidei wrote:Did you just assume my gender?

Keep me updated on plans. I'm nosy and wanna know

Will do haha

Corindia wrote:Those are really good looking fish, never actually seen one in person though. Right now the fish I'm fixated on are galaxy raspboras

I haven't either. I have a feeling I'll have to stalk an LFS or two to find them.

Aren't galaxy rasboras the same thing as Celestial Pearl Danios? That's the name hear them as. I really like the colors on them... like little orange and purple-y blue trouts.

Corindia wrote:Those are really good looking fish, never actually seen one in person though.

I used to have a school of them in a 20 gal, way back in the bronze age. They are very handsome.

Ioudaia wrote:I used to have a school of them in a 20 gal, way back in the bronze age. They are very handsome.

What were they like personality/temperament wise?
And what'd you keep with them?

Shidei wrote:What were they like personality/temperament wise?
And what'd you keep with them?

It's been a long time, but I seem to recall they were like most of the smaller tetras: relatively easy-going and social. I'm not sure what else was in that tank, but probably other small midwater fish and cories.

Shidei wrote:
Aren't galaxy rasboras the same thing as Celestial Pearl Danios? That's the name hear them as. I really like the colors on them... like little orange and purple-y blue trouts.

apparently so, I just go by what my LFS said

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himalayan_salt

And this

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kala_namak

are two different things. It turns out.

I used to get confused whenever people asked about "Himalayan salt"; the term is used around here to refer to the latter one.

When can I expect to get my map request reviewed.

Fennoscandia Union wrote:When can I expect to get my map request reviewed.

try to get to you tomorrow, if not please remind me

What's all this talk about handsome fish?

VT-10 "Hummingbird"
https://i.imgur.com/uPvEmhX.png

VT-10 T (Transport)
https://i.imgur.com/1sSCoqa.png

VT-10 AT (Attack)
https://i.imgur.com/CCMNOFy.png
https://i.imgur.com/pq8E41A.png

VT-10 AEW (Airborne Early Warning)
https://i.imgur.com/sD7yIi8.png

Revamp of my VTOL aircraft so they look less ... clunky.

SWASH SWASH SWASH

Dispatch coming soon. Just fancied a break from the government revamp.





Government
Political Bodies, Figures and Departments

Monitored and maintained by the Alteran Council for National Statistics,
Alteran Council of Information and Secretary for the Curia Council, this
section of the GOV.ALT site gives quick, easy access to information and
services relating to political bodies, important figures and departments.


Organisation

Legislative

Executive

Judicial


Curia
Primary Roles
- Creates and Designs New Laws
Represents
- The Will of the Majority
- The Confederate Bill of Rights


Strategos
Primary Roles
- Signing Bills into Law
- Proposing new laws
Represents
- The Nation
- The Majority


Confederal Court
Primary Roles
- Upholds the Law
- Scrutinizes Legal Decisions
Represents
- The Rule of Law


Parliament
Primary Roles
- Scrutinizes and Approves Laws
- Acts as a Safeguard
Represents
- The Will of the Citizens
- The Confederate Bill of Rights


Deputy Strategos
Primary Roles
- Signing Bills into Law
- Proposing new laws
Represents
- The Nation
- The Majority


District Courts
Primary Roles
- Upholds the Law
Represents
- The Rule of Law


Heads of Department


Strategos
Keith Ryansan (M)

@keithryansan


Deputy Strategos
Jacob Harrison (M)


Praetor for Foreign Affairs
Ginny Yi-Nu (F)

@itsginnyoclock


Praetor for Industry and Infrastructure
Myong Bedrose (F)

@bedrosemyong


Praetor for Trade and Investment
Alexander Ross (M)


Praetor for Culture and Education
David Smithe (M)

@itsmedave


Praetor for Information
Harold Stonewall (M)


Praetor for Defence
Marcelo Q'Long (M)

@marceloqlong


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    Both Praetors and Consols generally are Technocrats, as they usually have work for the government in some capacity, but some Consols are increasingly selected from the Private Sector in a bid to further appease and represent the power of the corporations.


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    Nearly every aspect of Government control is monitored and controlled by bureaucratic bodies known as Councils. Many nations consider their "Department for ..." or "Ministry for ..." as their equivalent.

    Some of the most notable Councils include:

  • The Council for Defence
    In charge of bureaucratic matters regarding military equipment, expenditure and costings

  • The Council for Information
    Maintains and controls information produced and published by the government, such as awareness campaigns and minutes of government meetings

  • The Council for National Statistics
    Collects, sorts and maintains a variety of statistics regarding all aspects of domestic, corporate and governmental life

  • The Council for Culture and Educations
    Oversees the implementation of educational policies and programmes to celebrate and boost cultural awareness

  • The Council for Trade and Investment
    Negociates and maintains trade policies, laws and customs for both domestic and international trade

  • The Council for Industry and Infrastructure
    Supports and allocates resources for the sponsoring of important industries and infrastructure projects; including water, communications, power and transportation

  • The Council for Foreign Affairs
    Maintains embessies and consulates across the region and oversees the day-to-day activities of communications with foreign governments

    The most senior person in charge of each department is known as a Praetor. To become a Praetor, you must have served the department for a minimum of ten years, successfully apply and be selected for the role.

    Praetors oversee each department and decides the braod actions, decisions and focuses of their department.


Merito non pareret. | By merit, not birth.



GOV.ALT service is designed and maintained by HORIZON Inc.
on behalf of the Alteran Council of Information, Altera.



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Microblog over, get back to your posts.

Hallo.

Nopriuna wrote:Hallo.

Hello! I take it you're familiar with TWI, But if not

Welcome!

LinkHello there. Thanks for joining the Western Isles!

You must be wondering what you can do here and how, what is expected of you and how to start role-playing... I'll try to answer these questions in this dispatch.

First of all, if you haven't done so already - go ahead and introduce yourself on our regional message board (RMB). You can post things like what country you're from, if you're new to NationStates or to role-playing (RP), what kind of a nation you want to create, and anything else you'd like to share.

About the Region

Where do we communicate?

  • IC communication (in-character, meaning role-playing) is done on the NationStates forums

  • OOC communication (out-of-character, from general chatting to world-building) is done on the RMB

  • Telegrams are usually OOC

We don't have offsite forums, so you don't have to worry about missing something else.

How does this region work?

We have a democratically elected government (you can run for office) which is in-charge of several aspects of the region:

  • Facilitating RP and promoting world-building and cooperation in the region

  • Managing the region in terms of regional rules and standards

  • Recruiting new players and managing our embassies with other regions

To really understand how we do, you can read through the following dispatches when you get a chance:

  • The Constitution - It details the responsibilities of the various government officers and the Founder, as well as the processes of legislation and elections in the region. Of course, there's no need to remember it all, but it's there if you need it.

  • The Regional Rules and Conduct - That's just... The rules. You know, don't be a jerk to others, don't spam the RMB, and so on. The map rules are also there, but we'll get to that in a minute.

  • The Regional information dispatch - Contains current and updating information about the region (recent stats of the region, weekly updates, important daily events, etc.).

  • The Regional Links dispatch - Contains useful links to other regional guides or interesting dispatches (list of alliances, the regional militia, World Assembly guide, guides on RP, and more).

This is confusing... Can anyone help?

Of course, most of us can. If you still have questions, you can do either of the following:

Your address for questions regarding specific RP rules (can this be done? can I take over that? can I have that size? etc.) is the Sec. of RP (Thuzbekistan). Feel free to tag him in your RMB post or to TG him.

About Role-Playing in the Region

How do I get a spot on the map?

Our regional map is the basis of our RP, and it is therefore reserved for nations who actively engage in RP or plan to do so. Before asking a spot, please first make sure you have at least one nation-building factbook (relating to some aspect of your nation) and at least one forum post.

To be added to the map, send Vancouvia a telegram with answers to several simple questions - they are listed under "Map Rules" in the Regional Rules and Conduct dispatch. In order to stay on the map, you need to be relatively active in regional RP. nation-building dispatches or RP posts in the forums at least once week or so, should be enough.

How do I develop my nation?

Here in this region we don't use NationStates stats at all. Population, economic status, main industries, defense budget - All of those things are up to you, the player, to decide! Make factbooks or dispatches describing your nation's culture, history, religion, government, budget, climate, military, science, industries, people, corporations, trade deals, and anything else you can think of.

Are there limitations?

RP in this region is based on realism and modern-technology, so keep your nation in those limits. There are a few other guidelines we have in place to keep things balanced, for example:

If you're having trouble coming up with realistic numbers, just search Wikipedia for information on the real-world countries your nation is based on (or related to), and use that. Remember that this is an island region, and that our nations are not the largest and richest in the world - so, for instence, don't take the size and scope of the US' armed forces as an example, and don't take China's economy as an example. Try to find a realistic balance that would fit an island nation. Tip: There are no "perfect" nations - all nations have their strengths and their weaknesses. The Sec. of Role-play (Thuzbekistan) or other members of the region can help you design your nation as well.

Other than that - the limit is your own creativity. Feel free to look around and read other nations' factbooks and dispatches for ideas. See for example:

For other interesting, creative, or highly informative factbooks by members of the region, check out The Western Isles Factbook Spotlight. Take some time to look around, get to know the other players and the region as a whole, and develop your nation. I recommend doing that before getting into RP.

Alright, what now? Where do I RP?

You can get to the region's ongoing RPs and events in either of the following ways:

  • Through the "Ongoing Events and Perpetual RPs" in the region's main page

  • Through the Active RPs of the Western Isles dispatch, which contains the region's RPs

As a start, I recommend reading the recent posts in the regional news thread and posting some of your own, before moving on to more complex RPs. This would allow players of the region to get acquainted with your nation.

And of course - you can always think of your own idea for an RP based on or in your nation, and recruit or interest others to join. I also recommend checking out the region's Alliances and Trade Agreements dispatch, where you might find other nations with similar interests and players to RP with; and the region's Marketplace, where you might find storefronts and corporations seeking to expand.

NS is full of useful guides for the technical or procedural aspect or RPing. This one, for example, is short and to the point. I've also published one myself, about RPing in our region. There are many more RP guides and tip dispatches or threads around the site - feel free to explore and learn more about RPing.

As always, for any question on RPing in the region or in general, feel free to ask on the RMB or send a personal TG to the Sec. of RP or any of the active members.

Read factbook

Ostlani wrote:Hello! I take it you're familiar with TWI, But if not

Welcome!

LinkHello there. Thanks for joining the Western Isles!

You must be wondering what you can do here and how, what is expected of you and how to start role-playing... I'll try to answer these questions in this dispatch.

First of all, if you haven't done so already - go ahead and introduce yourself on our regional message board (RMB). You can post things like what country you're from, if you're new to NationStates or to role-playing (RP), what kind of a nation you want to create, and anything else you'd like to share.

About the Region

Where do we communicate?

  • IC communication (in-character, meaning role-playing) is done on the NationStates forums

  • OOC communication (out-of-character, from general chatting to world-building) is done on the RMB

  • Telegrams are usually OOC

We don't have offsite forums, so you don't have to worry about missing something else.

How does this region work?

We have a democratically elected government (you can run for office) which is in-charge of several aspects of the region:

  • Facilitating RP and promoting world-building and cooperation in the region

  • Managing the region in terms of regional rules and standards

  • Recruiting new players and managing our embassies with other regions

To really understand how we do, you can read through the following dispatches when you get a chance:

  • The Constitution - It details the responsibilities of the various government officers and the Founder, as well as the processes of legislation and elections in the region. Of course, there's no need to remember it all, but it's there if you need it.

  • The Regional Rules and Conduct - That's just... The rules. You know, don't be a jerk to others, don't spam the RMB, and so on. The map rules are also there, but we'll get to that in a minute.

  • The Regional information dispatch - Contains current and updating information about the region (recent stats of the region, weekly updates, important daily events, etc.).

  • The Regional Links dispatch - Contains useful links to other regional guides or interesting dispatches (list of alliances, the regional militia, World Assembly guide, guides on RP, and more).

This is confusing... Can anyone help?

Of course, most of us can. If you still have questions, you can do either of the following:

Your address for questions regarding specific RP rules (can this be done? can I take over that? can I have that size? etc.) is the Sec. of RP (Thuzbekistan). Feel free to tag him in your RMB post or to TG him.

About Role-Playing in the Region

How do I get a spot on the map?

Our regional map is the basis of our RP, and it is therefore reserved for nations who actively engage in RP or plan to do so. Before asking a spot, please first make sure you have at least one nation-building factbook (relating to some aspect of your nation) and at least one forum post.

To be added to the map, send Vancouvia a telegram with answers to several simple questions - they are listed under "Map Rules" in the Regional Rules and Conduct dispatch. In order to stay on the map, you need to be relatively active in regional RP. nation-building dispatches or RP posts in the forums at least once week or so, should be enough.

How do I develop my nation?

Here in this region we don't use NationStates stats at all. Population, economic status, main industries, defense budget - All of those things are up to you, the player, to decide! Make factbooks or dispatches describing your nation's culture, history, religion, government, budget, climate, military, science, industries, people, corporations, trade deals, and anything else you can think of.

Are there limitations?

RP in this region is based on realism and modern-technology, so keep your nation in those limits. There are a few other guidelines we have in place to keep things balanced, for example:

If you're having trouble coming up with realistic numbers, just search Wikipedia for information on the real-world countries your nation is based on (or related to), and use that. Remember that this is an island region, and that our nations are not the largest and richest in the world - so, for instence, don't take the size and scope of the US' armed forces as an example, and don't take China's economy as an example. Try to find a realistic balance that would fit an island nation. Tip: There are no "perfect" nations - all nations have their strengths and their weaknesses. The Sec. of Role-play (Thuzbekistan) or other members of the region can help you design your nation as well.

Other than that - the limit is your own creativity. Feel free to look around and read other nations' factbooks and dispatches for ideas. See for example:

For other interesting, creative, or highly informative factbooks by members of the region, check out The Western Isles Factbook Spotlight. Take some time to look around, get to know the other players and the region as a whole, and develop your nation. I recommend doing that before getting into RP.

Alright, what now? Where do I RP?

You can get to the region's ongoing RPs and events in either of the following ways:

  • Through the "Ongoing Events and Perpetual RPs" in the region's main page

  • Through the Active RPs of the Western Isles dispatch, which contains the region's RPs

As a start, I recommend reading the recent posts in the regional news thread and posting some of your own, before moving on to more complex RPs. This would allow players of the region to get acquainted with your nation.

And of course - you can always think of your own idea for an RP based on or in your nation, and recruit or interest others to join. I also recommend checking out the region's Alliances and Trade Agreements dispatch, where you might find other nations with similar interests and players to RP with; and the region's Marketplace, where you might find storefronts and corporations seeking to expand.

NS is full of useful guides for the technical or procedural aspect or RPing. This one, for example, is short and to the point. I've also published one myself, about RPing in our region. There are many more RP guides and tip dispatches or threads around the site - feel free to explore and learn more about RPing.

As always, for any question on RPing in the region or in general, feel free to ask on the RMB or send a personal TG to the Sec. of RP or any of the active members.

Read factbook

Oh thank you. I'm not. Just joined Nationstates.

tfw youve only been talking on the discord and post on the forum twice in about 2 years but managed to stay on the map

W

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