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Daytime to Night, President george washington, Proctethia, Melicorium, and 1 otherWest Fallows

Kringalia wrote:In the future try not to quote the spam. ^^

Sorry about that! I am still new to this amazing game.

:-)

President george washington

Naukratis

Guys j'm sorry if this is annoying to ask but can I still join the SWAN without endorsing literally every nation in the region? I can't download a browser extension so i'm trying to slowly make my way through the list but it's gonna take me days. So is there a way to join it without doing this?

Jeez, got distracted because I was playing Roblox...

Xaojie, Proctethia, The great parkguinius, West Fallows, and 1 otherNaukratis

Naukratis

Melicorium wrote:Jeez, got distracted because I was playing Roblox...

Roblox is my blood

Proctethia, Melicorium, The great parkguinius, and West Fallows

Ki kukwi

just be patient i neither endorsed everyone and i have become an swan

The great parkguinius

I guess this is evidence to me that Swan couldn't protect the south from enemies! Clearly that man jumped the boarder!

Proctethia wrote:Pencil Sharpeners 2

I think you can tell what you need to do.

Sorry I was having tea

Melicorium wrote:Jeez, got distracted because I was playing Roblox...

Another fun time passer

:)

Pencil Sharpeners 2 wrote:Sorry I was having tea

South Pacific Iced Tea?

Or British Pacific Iced Tea?

Proctethia wrote:South Pacific Iced Tea?

Or British Pacific Iced Tea?

Just tea. Noodles, to be precise.

Naukratis

Ok thanks, i'll try to endorse everyone in the list in the following days

Proctethia wrote:Kringalia
I think you can tell what you need to do.

Give everyone a slice of pizza? Sure, I can do that.

Si-topia wrote:Me too :3
*snuggles*

Hi again ^-^

Alice Parker wrote:Like any professional athlete, I will change my style of operations to fit my abilities, or will move to another aspect of the trade before I start to embarrass myself. I can be a mentor, a mastermind, or even a grifter.
I am so happy that my favourite ship in TSP is still afloat. :D

Well... Hm.
Also wow that's a lot of people who agree.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT HIDEOUS REGIONAL FLAG

Naukratis

I have a question, what does influence really do? Like does a certain level of influence grants you privileges in the region, do you have more votes in the WA? Are the different ranks some kind of hierarchy?

The Solar System Scope wrote:Hi again ^-^
Well... Hm.
Also wow that's a lot of people who agree.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT HIDEOUS REGIONAL FLAG

I would change it... but I need permission from the Delegate to change TSP's flag... and Aumy hasn't done anything.

Naukratis wrote:Guys j'm sorry if this is annoying to ask but can I still join the SWAN without endorsing literally every nation in the region? I can't download a browser extension so i'm trying to slowly make my way through the list but it's gonna take me days. So is there a way to join it without doing this?

You can ask any questions :) There are plenty of people who are happy to help

To become a SWAN Knight you need only endorse the Delegate and the members of the Council on Regional Security (

.

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The Council on Regional Security (CRS)

The Council on Regional Security or CRS is a group of nations that is responsible for the internal security of The South Pacific. They are one of the most crucial lines of defense against external and internal security threats. Their main purpose is monitoring, responding to regional security issues, and protecting the Delegate from a coup.

For the safety and security of our region, we ask that all World Assembly (WA) member nations in the South Pacific endorse the members of the CRS, as well as the Delegate. There is however no requirement to do so. But doing so will make you become a SWAN Knight and have some benefits others don't have so there is no reason not to do this!

Who are the members of the CRS?

The CRS is composed of experienced and trustworthy members of the region. Currently, they are:

What are the duties and powers of the CRS?

Member nations of the CRS are granted Border Control power in-game, which means they can eject or ban nations. According to Linkthe Charter of the Coalition of the South Pacific, some of the duties and powers of the CRS are:

  • Preventing the Delegacy from being taken by anyone other than the legally elected Delegate.

  • Reclaiming the Delegacy if the above occurs or the elected Delegate goes rogue and attempts to coup the region.

  • Establishing an appropriate endorsement cap and enforcing it.

  • Assuming martial command of the region during a coup d'etat, whether committed by outside forces, infiltrators, or duly elected officials, until such a time that a legitimate government is restored.

  • Performing all necessary measures to defeat a coup d'etat or hostile invasion.

What are the requirements of becoming a member of the CRS?

In order to become a member of the CRS, one has to:

  • Have World Assembly membership in the South Pacific.

  • Have the Soft Power Disbursement Score of at least 130,000 or an Influence Ranking of at least Apprentice.

  • Have at least 400 endorsements or half the endorsements of the Delegate.

  • Have six consecutive months of Linklegislator status, or at least two terms in the Local Council.

The specific influence score, ranking, and endorsement numbers may be updated by the CRS, with majority approval by Linkthe Assembly (Our legislature), to reflect changes to the disbursement of influence in the region or updates to the game.

Sounds cool, how do I join the CRS?

The CRS will review applicants and choose whether or not an application will be submitted to the Assembly for approval by legislators. The Assembly will vote on applications forwarded by the CRS, your membership will be approved by a simple majority of aye votes.

How does the CRS perform its duties?

When detecting a nation that is causing trouble or is a potential security threat, a CRS member nations will take action by warning that nation via telegram, and ejecting or banning the nation from the region if they do not respond and curb their actions. In order to do this, something called influence needs to be used. CRS nations need a lot of influence to properly carry out their duty. In order to have a lot of influence, they need to have lots of endorsements, which is why CRS member nations' endorsement count is usually only slightly lower than that of the Delegate.

The threats or troubles the CRS usually deals with are:

  • Nations that continue to exceed the endorsement cap despite being told multiple times not to.

  • A Delegate, Delegate-elect, or CRS member nation that goes rogue and threatens to coup the region.

  • An external invasion force wants to raid and occupy the region.

  • Spammers and trollers.

  • Nations that violate the laws of our region and have a ban sentence from Linkthe High Court.

    (Read our LinkCriminal Code on behaviors that can cause such sentence)

A few notes:

  • Everything is updated every 24 hours so you need to wait for any change in the data to happen.

  • This initiative is still very experimental so if you see any inaccuracies, errors, or have ideas for improvements, please contact us.

  • There are some minor inaccuracies in the data, read this for more information.

If you want to know more about the SWAN initiative, check out our dispatch index.

This initiative is an informal joint effort between the Ministry of Regional Affairs, the Local Council, the Council on Regional Security, and some nerds who have no life. (Read more about who run this here)



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). There are currently seven nations you are usually expected to endorse, then you are free to endorse as many or as few as you feel. Gathering endorsements can be fun but you can choose your own commitment levels to it!

Naukratis wrote:I have a question, what does influence really do? Like does a certain level of influence grants you privileges in the region, do you have more votes in the WA? Are the different ranks some kind of hierarchy?

Your influence level makes you harder to kick from the region, and protects the whole region in the rare occasions we get a rogue delegate or coup. There is a minimum influence level you need before you can apply to be on the Council on Regional Security too (because we need those nations to be as difficult to remove from the region as possible!)

You use influence to do stuff like ban and eject nations from the region. The more influence you have, the more nations you can eject and/or ban. If you have a lot of influence, you'll cost more to eject. This is particularly useful in the event of a coup, since we want to make if more costly (and therefore not worth the effort) for a couper to eject us.

Pencil Sharpeners 2 wrote:Hey! I have feelings!

That's what makes it so much fun.

Naukratis wrote:I'm a boy too!

Well that's a shame.

Pencil Sharpeners 2 wrote:Eep!
*Runs away on little panda legs*

Oh, an out of office appointment. Lovely!

I do so hate to be stuck behind a desk all day.

Naukratis wrote:I have a question, what does influence really do? Like does a certain level of influence grants you privileges in the region, do you have more votes in the WA? Are the different ranks some kind of hierarchy?

I think the main thing influence does is to do with making changes to the region. So like just now when that west pacific spammer guy got booted out of the region, that cost the CRS guy some influence in order to do it. There's a guide on this somewhere, I'll find it. Hold on

Naukratis

Daytime to Night wrote:You can ask any questions :) There are plenty of people who are happy to help

To become a SWAN Knight you need only endorse the Delegate and the members of the Council on Regional Security (

.

.

The Council on Regional Security (CRS)

The Council on Regional Security or CRS is a group of nations that is responsible for the internal security of The South Pacific. They are one of the most crucial lines of defense against external and internal security threats. Their main purpose is monitoring, responding to regional security issues, and protecting the Delegate from a coup.

For the safety and security of our region, we ask that all World Assembly (WA) member nations in the South Pacific endorse the members of the CRS, as well as the Delegate. There is however no requirement to do so. But doing so will make you become a SWAN Knight and have some benefits others don't have so there is no reason not to do this!

Who are the members of the CRS?

The CRS is composed of experienced and trustworthy members of the region. Currently, they are:

What are the duties and powers of the CRS?

Member nations of the CRS are granted Border Control power in-game, which means they can eject or ban nations. According to Linkthe Charter of the Coalition of the South Pacific, some of the duties and powers of the CRS are:

  • Preventing the Delegacy from being taken by anyone other than the legally elected Delegate.

  • Reclaiming the Delegacy if the above occurs or the elected Delegate goes rogue and attempts to coup the region.

  • Establishing an appropriate endorsement cap and enforcing it.

  • Assuming martial command of the region during a coup d'etat, whether committed by outside forces, infiltrators, or duly elected officials, until such a time that a legitimate government is restored.

  • Performing all necessary measures to defeat a coup d'etat or hostile invasion.

What are the requirements of becoming a member of the CRS?

In order to become a member of the CRS, one has to:

  • Have World Assembly membership in the South Pacific.

  • Have the Soft Power Disbursement Score of at least 130,000 or an Influence Ranking of at least Apprentice.

  • Have at least 400 endorsements or half the endorsements of the Delegate.

  • Have six consecutive months of Linklegislator status, or at least two terms in the Local Council.

The specific influence score, ranking, and endorsement numbers may be updated by the CRS, with majority approval by Linkthe Assembly (Our legislature), to reflect changes to the disbursement of influence in the region or updates to the game.

Sounds cool, how do I join the CRS?

The CRS will review applicants and choose whether or not an application will be submitted to the Assembly for approval by legislators. The Assembly will vote on applications forwarded by the CRS, your membership will be approved by a simple majority of aye votes.

How does the CRS perform its duties?

When detecting a nation that is causing trouble or is a potential security threat, a CRS member nations will take action by warning that nation via telegram, and ejecting or banning the nation from the region if they do not respond and curb their actions. In order to do this, something called influence needs to be used. CRS nations need a lot of influence to properly carry out their duty. In order to have a lot of influence, they need to have lots of endorsements, which is why CRS member nations' endorsement count is usually only slightly lower than that of the Delegate.

The threats or troubles the CRS usually deals with are:

  • Nations that continue to exceed the endorsement cap despite being told multiple times not to.

  • A Delegate, Delegate-elect, or CRS member nation that goes rogue and threatens to coup the region.

  • An external invasion force wants to raid and occupy the region.

  • Spammers and trollers.

  • Nations that violate the laws of our region and have a ban sentence from Linkthe High Court.

    (Read our LinkCriminal Code on behaviors that can cause such sentence)

A few notes:

  • Everything is updated every 24 hours so you need to wait for any change in the data to happen.

  • This initiative is still very experimental so if you see any inaccuracies, errors, or have ideas for improvements, please contact us.

  • There are some minor inaccuracies in the data, read this for more information.

If you want to know more about the SWAN initiative, check out our dispatch index.

This initiative is an informal joint effort between the Ministry of Regional Affairs, the Local Council, the Council on Regional Security, and some nerds who have no life. (Read more about who run this here)



Read dispatch

). There are currently seven nations you are usually expected to endorse, then you are free to endorse as many or as few as you feel. Gathering endorsements can be fun but you can choose your own commitment levels to it!

Thank you! I think i'm gonna have a great time with you guys in this region! Right now i just wanna be a country ball sipping coconut SPIT in a beach with you guys!

The great parkguinius

The Solar System Scope wrote:Hi again ^-^
Well... Hm.
Also wow that's a lot of people who agree.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT HIDEOUS REGIONAL FLAG

Really it is the worse thing that has come out of 2020 so far

Naukratis wrote:I have a question, what does influence really do? Like does a certain level of influence grants you privileges in the region, do you have more votes in the WA? Are the different ranks some kind of hierarchy?

Found the guide.

Last updated on Saturday January 25th, 2020. If you find this dispatch helpful, please upvote.

The following is a comprehensive guide to Regional Influence. Please direct any concerns or corrections to August.


1. What is Regional Influence?

Regional Influence is an automatically-generated measure of how powerful your nation is in your region. It is only relevant in a gameplay sense, and has no impact on roleplay. Influence was created in 2006 in response to the ability of players to eject large numbers of other nations and password regions unchecked. These actions contributed to the total destruction of many regions, an act known as "griefing." Influence, at its core, is designed to protect regions from this fate.

2. How do I get influence?

Influence is gained by every nation at every update, provided that nation has logged in at least once in the last week. If the nation is more than one week inactive, influence remains constant. For most nations, influence increases at a rate of one Soft Power Disbursement Rating (SPDR) point per update. For a WA nation, the influence gain is one plus its endorsement count, every update. For example, a WA nation with three endorsements would gain eight influence points per day, whereas a non-WA nation or a WA nation with no endorsements would gain only two influence points per day.

3. What can I use influence for?

Influence can be used to eject and ban nations or password regions. A nation's influence also protects it (to an extent) from ejection or banning by a delegate or Regional Officer. There are no other uses for influence.

4. Who can use influence?

Delegates and Regional Officers with Border Control authority can use influence. It costs a delegate one half of the target nation's influence to eject and ban them, and one third of the target nation's influence to simply eject them. The cost for Regional Officers is twice as high as the cost for delegates, so it costs a BC-enabled Regional Officer all of the target nation's influence to eject and ban them, and two thirds to simply eject them.

Nations with Border Control authority can also use influence to password regions. To set a visible password, a delegate or Regional Officer must spend 20 points per nation in the region, with a minimum of 200 points. To set an invisible password, the cost is 40 points per nation in the region, with a minimum of 400 points. Removing a password requires no influence.

Founders can eject, ban, and password at no cost to their influence.

I thought I had enough influence to eject/ban/password, but I ran out! Why? Skip to #11 for a possible explanation.

5. What do the ratings mean?

The ratings are as follows, from lowest to highest.

Rank

Descriptor

Percentage in Region

1.

Zero

0% of total

2.

Unproven

0 - 2.0E-4

3.

Hatchling

2.0E-4 - 5.0E-4

4.

Newcomer

5.0E-4 - 10E-4

5.

Nipper

10E-4 - 3.0E-3

6.

Minnow

3.0E-3 - 1.0E-2

7.

Sprat

1.0E-2 - 3.0E-2

8.

Shoeshiner

3.0E-2 - .10

9.

Page

.10 - .20

10.

Squire

.20 - .50

11.

Apprentice

.50 - 1.0

12.

Vassal

1.0 - 1.5

13.

Truckler

1.5 - 2.0

14.

Handshaker

2.0 - 2.5

15.

Duckspeaker

2.5 - 3.0

16.

Envoy

3.0 - 3.5

17.

Diplomat

3.5 - 4.0

18.

Ambassador

4.0 - 4.5

19.

Auxiliary

4.5 - 5.0

20.

Negotiator

5.0 - 6.0

21.

Contender

6.0 - 7.0

22.

Instigator

7.0 - 8.0

23.

Dealmaker

8.0 - 9.0

24.

Enforcer

9.0 - 10

25.

Eminence Grise

10 - 15

26.

Powerbroker

15 - 20

27.

Power

20 - 25

28.

Superpower

25 - 50

29.

Dominator

50 - 80

30.

Hegemony

80 - 100

31.

Hermit

100

These are a measure of relative influence. In other words, they show how much influence you have compared to the total influence present in the region. A nation residing in a very small region might have very little influence, but have a high rating. Conversely, a nation residing in an extremely large region might have a great deal of influence, but have a very low rating, because they have a very small portion of the overall influence pie.

Before a region passes its first major update, all resident nations will be displayed as Hermits.

6. How much influence do I have?

The easiest way to check your absolute (non-relative) influence value is to go to your Rank page and click on the link for Influence. This number represents the exact amount of influence you have in all regions combined. It is possible to have influence in multiple regions at once, but generally speaking, the vast majority or all of your influence will be from one region.

7. What is Regional Power?

A region's Regional Power rating is a measure of the total influence present in the region, relative to the sum of all influence in the world (358M points as of January 25, 2020). The ratings, along with percentages of the world's influence and an estimation of their absolute influence values, are as follows.

0% to 0.01% (roughly 0 to 36k points): Low
0.01% to 0.05% (roughly 36k to 179k points): Moderate
0.05% to 0.2% (roughly 179k to 718k points): High
0.2% to 1% (roughly 718k to 3.59M points): Very High
1% and up (roughly 3.6M points or more): Extremely High

Regional Power is not displayed in regions with a Low rating.

It usually takes many years to achieve a rating of Extremely High, and only a small number of regions have ever reached that point, including some of the game-created Feeder and Sinker regions. As time passes and the cumulative value of the world's influence increases, achieving higher Regional Power ratings grows more difficult, and some regions fall out of their ratings. Over the course of 2017 alone, the nominal threshold for Very High increased by 87k points, or 20%.

8. How much influence does my region have?

The easiest way to determine a region's absolute influence is by going to any nation's Influence census page, clicking the "Other" link at the bottom, and adding the region to the chart. This will tell you the average influence of all its nations. Multiply that number by the region's population to find the total influence. The population number used for this calculation must be the nation count at 0335 EST / EDT. When finding total influence retroactively, population numbers on regional History pages can be used.

On rare occasions, there will be a region with more influence than its Regional Power rating would suggest. This happens when high-influence nations move in from other regions and bring up the average. A region's Regional Power rating only takes into account influence from that particular region. However, the average influence number includes any influence left over from resident's past regions. The effect of this is usually negligible.

9. Can I use my influence in other regions?

No, your influence in one region cannot be used to eject, ban, or password in another region. However, there is some amount of carry-over. If you have influence in one region, then move to another permanently, you will have more influence in the second region than you would had you started from scratch. This is especially the case if you have more endorsements in the new region than you did in the old one (ie, your influence gain is higher than it was).

10. Why am I losing influence?

There are four possible reasons for this:

a) You ceased to exist. Nations deleted for inactivity immediately begin to lose influence rapidly (though not as fast as nations that leave their regions). Additionally, when a nation ceases to exist, all influence it holds from other regions is instantly erased. Thus, if a high-influence nation is ejected from Region A, ceases to exist in The Rejected Realms, and is revived the next day, it will have no influence left from Region A.

b) You left your region for at least one update. Leaving a region briefly does not cost you influence, but if you leave the region when it updates, you begin to lose influence. If you are gone for a long time, you will probably lose all your influence in that region. Influence decay following a permanent move is calculated as follows: four points lost after the first day (two updates), nine points after the second day, and fourteen after the third. From then on, the day-to-day loss increases by eight points per day. For example, a nation that left its region two weeks ago will have lost 705 points, provided it had that much to begin with. Meanwhile, it will have begun to accumulate influence in its new region.

c) You are in a Feeder or Sinker. These include the five Pacifics, Lazarus, Osiris, Balder, and The Rejected Realms. Influence in these regions expires after six months, so after spending half a year there, your influence may flatline. If you have more endorsements than you did when you arrived, it may continue to increase for a while. If you have fewer endorsements, your influence will begin to fall. Nations that have resided in one of these regions for a very long time without any endorsements eventually plateau at 4015 points.

d) You spent influence without realizing it. If you are a delegate or Regional Officer and you ejected or banned a nation by accident (or on purpose), it cost you influence. The cost does not show up until after the next update.

11. Why did my influence change between updates? or, Why did I run out of influence for Border Control actions?

Both of these phenomena are due to the "influence advance." The amount of influence displayed for a nation after it updates is actually the amount of influence it will have after the next update, provided nothing changes before then. In other words, a nation's true influence level is the displayed value, minus its endorsement count, minus one. If that nation's endorsement count increases before its next update, its displayed influence will as well. Conversely, if the endorsement count drops, or the nation resigns from the WA and resets its count to zero, it will lose as many influence points as it had endorsements. A nation's influence level at one update is not "locked in" until after the next update.

For most players, the influence advance is inconsequential. However, it can have serious effects for regional officials and military gameplayers. If a twenty-endorsement delegate has an influence score of 100 and wants to eject a nation with a score of 300, they should be able to do so. Once the influence advance is taken into account, that delegate's true influence score is only 79, and they will not be able to eject any nation with a score of over 237.

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Updated my message with a response to your other question too :)

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