WA Delegate (non-executive): The Federation of Lauchenoiria (elected )
Founder: The Free Land of The IDU
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Embassies: The North Pacific, Forest, Antarctic Oasis, Social Liberal Union, United Kingdom, World Assembly Legislative League, Yggdrasil, Texas, Europe, Balder, Coalition of Crown Albatross, and the West Pacific.
Regional Power: Very High
Today's World Census Report
The Largest Information Technology Sector in International Democratic Union
World Census staff compiled lists over Smart Phone related traffic accidents to determine which nations have the largest Information Technology industries.
As a region, International Democratic Union is ranked 1,682nd in the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
|1.||The Democratic Republic of The Crimean Enclave||Liberal Democratic Socialists||“Imagine Inspiration”|
|2.||The United Ruthenian Kingdom of Trive 38||Anarchy||“Eternal glory to our Trivian homeland”|
|3.||The Republic of Southerly||Left-Leaning College State||“Long live the Republic”|
|4.||The Republic of Illuminated||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Nullius in verba”|
|5.||The Free Republic of South Pacific Republic||New York Times Democracy||“Long live the Free Republic”|
|6.||The Anarcho-Capitalist Nonsense of Cefalonia||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Live Free or Die”|
|7.||The Bardic Lorekeepers of Aethelia||Left-wing Utopia||“By the full moon's light”|
|8.||The Technocracy of The Enlightened Lands of a Perfect Order||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Apotheosis is Overrated”|
|9.||The White Crowned Boreal Lights of North Cross||Liberal Democratic Socialists||“We come from the land of the ice and snow”|
|10.||The Democratic Federation of Grosseschnauzer||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Liberty Equality Justice Security”|
- : The Queendom of The Ra departed this region for Forest.
- : The Nomadic Peoples of Tuskena departed this region for Kantrias.
- : The Armed Republic of The Young Ur departed this region for Forest.
- : Ritcha ceased to exist.
- : Bears armed broadcasting corporation ceased to exist.
- : Bears armed ceased to exist.
- : Roumberre ceased to exist.
- : Bears armed mission ceased to exist.
- : The ursine northlands ceased to exist.
- : The Holy Empire of Pope Saint Peter the Apostle departed this region for The North Pacific.
International Democratic Union Regional Message Board
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Last few days to join the Euro-Interregional Writing Contest!
Heya everyone! I'm Feria-Alkaline, Europe's Home Secretary, and I'm proud to share with all of you an idea that's been bouncing around my head for a long time now: the Euro-Interregional Writing Contest!
Let me first explain the premises of this competition. I'm looking for short stories only for this first (and hopefully not last, depending on how well it turns out) competition. Why? Well, partially because it's a good jumping-off point to later being able to judge more types of writing, such as poetry, and also because short stories are something we're all familiar with.
Now, why am I calling it Euro-Interregional? Good question! The contest will have two tracks: one group will be for Europeans and another for non-Europeans, or Interregionals. The panel of judges (comprised of myself, Novgorod-Pskov, and Dizgovzy) will judge each batch separately, choosing a winner and two runners-up from each group, and then we'll pit winner versus winner in a 2-day blinded poll, where native WA residents of Europe will decide which piece (the European or non-European) is better. Note - I know this isn't a perfect solution, especially since we'd love to have Interregional votes as well; however, this is one of the fairest methods that can be created on short notice. If you do have any better ideas on how to conduct the final poll, drop a TG in my inbox. If it's an effective and fast one, I might use it.
The theme of this contest is Pandemic. Yes, I know, covid-19 sucks and we all have enough of it. But I don't want covid-19 pieces. Be creative with it! For example, perhaps the pandemic is a virus that turns people's hair into cotton candy, and your piece is a briefing on how, despite the fact that you have cotton candy hair, you should refrain from eating it since it'll increase your risk of diabetes. Don't take that idea, of course, but make your own.
So I wrote my piece. Now what?
Send it to Imperium Anglorum with a disclaimer at the beginning that it's for this writing contest as well as whether you're a European or an Interregional submitter. Ideally, a Google Document would be best, but any way that can be easily copied and pasted into a mega-document for judging is okay.
Some basic rules:
Stick to the theme. If your submission has nothing to do with the theme, it will be disqualified.
Keep it PG-13 - remember, minors use this site too. If you wouldn't show your writing to your seven-year-old nephew, don't send it in here.
No word limit. That being said, don't submit an entire book to the competition. Keep it reasonable.
No plagiarism. Plagiarism results in automatic disqualification and possible bans from future competitions.
One submission per person. As much as we'd love to read fifteen stories from you... well, we don't have the time. Pick your best idea and nurture it instead.
Don't trash others. If you include other NationStates players in your story, make sure they consent to how they're portrayed.
Don't spoil it! You'll be sending your submissions in a telegram to Imperium Anglorum, who will blind them before passing them on to the judges. We ask that you don't tell others which submission is yours until the results of the competition are released due to the voting phase at the end of the contest - if people know who penned the pieces, bias might color the vote.
When's the closing date for submissions? Since the contest is officially kicking off on May 11, 2020 (EDT), your submissions will be due by May 26, 2020, 11:59 PM EDT. Unfortunately, we can't grant any extensions to the timeframe. Results should be released around June 1st, but they may come earlier or later, depending on the amount of entries we receive.
How will this be scored?
The panel of judges (Novgorod-Pskov, Dizgovzy and myself) will each rate your entries on a 1-to-10 scale on five characteristics, which will be averaged out into one final score. If there is a tie, we'll vote on which piece we preferred.
The characteristics are:
Creativity: 30% (Again, cotton candy hair pandemic. Even the way you write can be creative!)
Engagement: 30% (Do I want to read THIS story to the end out of the pile I have, or will I pass? Are the characters interesting? Setting? Plot?)
Realism: 20% (I don't mean how realistic the pandemic or anything else is - I mean how realistic the characters and writing are. If the characters seem fake or fabricated, lower points; if they act like real people would, higher points.)
Succinctness: 10% (Make every word count! We're not here to read 15 pages of prose on ants if it's not useful. Chekhov's gun! Remember Hemingway's For sale: baby shoes, never worn.)
Voice: 10% (Is this something any random person could write, or is this uniquely yours?)
As said, the competition will be divided into European entries and Interregional entries. So, who's a European and who isn't? This is actually a more complicated question than you'd expect, so I'll try to simplify it as much as I can.
have a World Assembly nation in Europe
or have been granted any of the Orders of Europe
or have no World Assembly nation, but your main nation is located in Europe Ė or are a member of the Europe-Game forum
You are a European. If you do not fulfill any of these criteria, you are an Interregional, for purposes of submission. If you're confused about these rules, telegram me with your situation and I'll sort it out.
I have another question! Telegram me, Feria-Alkaline, with any and all queries.
I hope to see as many submissions as we can get! Be creative, be bold, and don't be afraid to write your heart out!
*Translated through a long and tedious process
The Tusken Chronicle
BANTHA STAMPEDE KILLS 12 RAIDERS!
A stampede of wild Banthas this morning killed 12 local raiders including (untranslated), the Vice Chairman of the Tusken Council. The Council has not decided what to do with the lack of Vice Chairman.
(untranslated) witnessed the event and said it was caused by a blonde human teen shooting Womp Rats in the canyon.
In other news, the price of ammunition dropped again thanks to the Tusken Scavenger corp. who located the burning wreck of a Sandcrawler last week. Authorities have inspected the loot and decided it is good for sale.
Lastly the 27th anniversary of the Anakinian attack, and in remembrance of this tragedy a national day of silence.
Greeting once again members of the IDU. We wish to inform you that we will be leaving for Kantrias. We enjoyed our stay, and thank you for your hospitality. We give you each a whole Bantha as a parting gift.
The marvelous Republic of Ur preposes a deal to those in this great region. The great museums of Ur are looking for more art to display and the art budget of our glorious nation is quite flat right now. We offer one and a half of the junk price of any cards gifted now to be given back to those generous nation in other cards.
PS, only rare and up count as this nations junks are selling art of the uncommon and common verities.
You may have noticed that Iíve been a little less active than usual. Iíve had a lot of work to do lately and, to add insult to injury, my computer crashed. The good news is that the school year is coming to a close and I imagine Iíll have a chance to get my computer fixed in the coming weeks. All my summer plans have been totally ruined by the coronavirus pandemic so Iíll have almost the entire summer off. Expect to see a lot more of me in these coming months.
Now, on to some IDUSA related announcements. As you have probably realized, the IDUSA rosters are a mess. Half the people on the list have CTEíd or left the region. Iím aware of this problem and will be updating the rosters as soon as I get around to it (probably by Friday, no promises).
Additionally, there is an excellent proposed IDUSA bill that needs reviewing before it can move onto the voting floor. Iíd like to get the bill passed before summer elections so please take a look at it when you get the chance (https://www.theidu.us/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=2082). The Democratic Republic of Eiria did an excellent job on the bill and I believe that, with a few tweaks, it will be a great edition to the IDUís bylaws. They absolutely knocked it out of the park on this one.
Lastly, a frightening statistic. Did you know that well over 60% of nations in the IDU arenít part of the IDUSA?! Itís hard to believe, I know. Those poor saps are missing out on the opportunity to be part of the IDUís primary governing body! IDU election season is right around the corner and you wonít want to miss out on the opportunity to vote for the regionís next WA Delegate. What are you waiting for? Join today!