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Eve xia wrote:Hello South Pacific!

How’s it going?

Welcome to The South Pacific! I am Stan Melix, Chairman of the United Socialist States of America (Melicorium) - just call me Melix.
*Gives you a fresh, cold can of Regular Sweetened Melicorian South Pacific Iced Tea, as well as a guide*
Read this guide if you're interested in getting involved in our world-class community! ^_^

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Guides
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Welcome to the South Pacific!

HOLD IT! This dispatch is really long. What’s the TL;DR, please?

Well, the game pretty much plays itself, but if you’re looking to get involved in the region beyond the basics, then there are a variety of things you can do:

  • First, join the World Assembly on the left, and endorse Beepee. This is the simplest way you can help strengthen our region against attack. Read this dispatch to learn more about why this important!

  • Once you're a member, consider visiting our LinkOffice of World Assembly Legislation (OWL) to debate resolutions and get recommendations on how to vote, as well as learning how to write your own WA resolutions.

  • Want to talk to all of us in real time, to get all your questions answered, to debate what there is to debate, or just to chill and have a drink of South Pacific Iced Tea? LinkJoin us on our Discord server.

  • Are you interested in writing and debating laws, and getting involved in the nitty-gritty of regional politics? Join our regional forum and Linksign up to be a legislator here.

  • Interested in helping to craft festivals, events, news articles, and graphics to keep everyone entertained and involved for a long time to come. Join us on LinkDiscord

  • Interested in the military? Do you want to go out into the wide world of NationStates to protect regions from attackers, and take the fight to them if necessary? The South Pacific Special Forces is just the thing for you. LinkJump on Discord to sign up.


Okay, I want more detail, but start with the basics, please!

So, you’ve just started playing NationStates and you’ve been randomly assigned to the South Pacific region. What now?

There’s already a great FAQ on the site that’s worth reading, but I’ll do my best to give you a basic run through here as well.

Firstly, you will want to get to know your nation and get a feel for how you can mould it to your will. This is done by answering issues, which pop up every six hours or so. [Pro-tip - you can change the frequency that you receive issues in your settings] Each issue has a number of possible decisions to choose from. These will usually cover a range of positions on the political spectrum, but they will also tend to be rather extreme - that’s part of the fun! When you’ve chosen which decision you want to take, you’ll get a screen showing you its effect on your nation, as your stats go up or down in various ways, as well as a humorous tagline which will usually make it sound like you made a bad decision (don’t worry, it’s just being funny).

Answering issues is the only way you can directly change your nation’s stats (except population, which just increases steadily over time as a measure of how long you’ve been playing - population milestones will unlock some new customisation features for your nation, like naming your capital city), and it is, basically the whole of the base game. Anything else NationStates has to offer is kinda added-on.

Indeed, the only other part of the game that connects directly to your nation is the World Assembly. It’s kinda like NationStates’ version of the UN, and if you join it you can vote on resolutions created by other nations, the outcome of which will affect your nation’s stats. You can only have one WA nation. Don’t try and have more than one - it’s a serious offence!

There’s more to being in the WA, but that’s the only part of it that affects your nation’s general stats and is, therefore, part of the basics of the game. We’ll look at the other features of being in the WA later.

Okay, so you said I’d been assigned to a region. What is a region anyway and can I change which region I’m in?

Well, regions in NationStates are communities which your nation can be part of. Each nation can only belong to one region at a time, but you are free to move your nation as much as you like, or you can create multiple nations to experience several regions at once.

The South Pacific is a Game-Created Region (GCR), meaning that it was not founded by an individual player and, as one of the five Pacifics, it serves the purpose of being a ‘feeder’ region, meaning it is where new nations are randomly assigned once they are created, because everybody has to start somewhere.

As such, there are a lot of nations in the South Pacific at any one time and nations come and go quite quickly, but this also means that the region is very diverse and inclusive and this is reflected in the aims of the regional government.

Wait, what? The region has a government?

Yes, but there’s more to tell you about regions first!

Okay…

You can find other regions by searching for them on ‘The World’ page and you can change your nation’s region by visiting the World Factbook Entry (WFE - here’s the South Pacific’s) of another region and then scrolling until you see a button labeled ‘Move [nation name] to [region name]’. Click it and you’re off!

Right. Are you going to tell me about the regional government, now? Is that, like, a roleplaying thing?

Yes, okay.

Firstly, the regional government of the South Pacific (known as the Coalition of the South Pacific) is not a roleplaying government, at least, not exactly. It is made up of individuals within the South Pacific who have been elected to office by others in the South Pacific and, once in office, they have real power over the community and what happens there. In that sense, at least, this is not roleplaying. They are not ‘in character’. It is, however, a kind of gameplay, as it allows people to ‘play’ at politics and enjoy another aspect of being part of this community.

So, how does it work?

Well, regional governments sprang up not long after the game was first created back in 2003. They grew up out of the delegate system, which is where nations which are members of the WA can endorse each other and the nation with the most endorsements in the region becomes the regional WA delegate, with increased voting power in the WA itself. That automatically creates a kind of democracy and, since the regional WA delegate has certain powers (like banning nations and editing the WFE), it became a desirable position and one that people wanted to make sure was used wisely.

The limitations of what is possible on regional message boards made regions begin to form the structures of government on off-site forums and, over time and through the work and effort of many ‘generations’ of players, those structures have evolved into fully-functioning governments.

The Coalition of the South Pacific (found Linkon these forums) is one of the oldest democracies in the game. It has Linka charter from which all our laws are derived, an Assembly which serves as the legislature of the coalition, creating and voting on laws and presided over by the Chair; a Cabinet consisting of a Prime Minister and the Ministers, respectively, of Regional Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Military Affairs, who serve as our executive; and a local government on the game website consisting of the Delegate and three Local Council members. All of these positions are elected at regular intervals, allowing players frequent opportunity to run for them.

That sounds interesting. How do I get involved?

The best thing to do is to join the forums here and Linkregister as a legislator, which will allow you to vote on laws. Then you should probably lurk a little while and look through old threads to see what people actually do in government and how it affects the community.

I’d also recommend joining Linkour Discord chat server. It’s great fun and a lot happens on there which is relevant to the forum-based government. Indeed, in many ways, it’s more active than the forums, with the latter serving as the place to store and action all our laws, debates and votes.

What else is there to do?

There is roleplaying on both the TSP forum and the NationStates forum. Most regions have their own journalism reporting on regional events and are keen to have new writers get involved. Our journalism is run by the Ministry of Regional Affairs, who also organise festivals and events and write guides like this to help welcome new players. You can join us Linkon our Discord server

There is military gameplay, which takes the form of using WA membership and delegate endorsement to ‘raid’ regions, taking over their in-game power-structure to make changes or just say that you’ve done it. Other’s ‘defend’ regions from attacks by raiders who seek to damage a region’s membership or culture. There are also independents, who raid or defend just for fun and don’t seek to cause any damage. (the South Pacific has it’s own independent army - the South Pacific Special Forces, which you can join Linkhere, or Linkon their Discord server. There are even special GCRs called Warzones designed just for this purpose.

And of course there’s the usual banter and word games, karaoke competitions, inter-regional festivals - all sorts of things really. There’s always something going on in NationStates!

But don’t be overwhelmed. Take your time, get involved in whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it and don’t stress. Above all, have fun and play nicely with other players!

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Conexia wrote:Hello! I’m doing good.

No no, that’s more Florida than California.

Florida man

Naguiu

The sky was pitch black with no stars adorning it, it's only source of light was the moon, which was almost completely covered in fluffy, sheep-like clouds.
Tall mountains towered above everything else in the distance, some of them even seemed to touch the sky.
Near one of those mountains was a dense, picturesque forest. Packed with snow-covered pine trees, and a thick white blanket covering the ground.
Snowflakes drifted down slowly like little dandelions dancing in the wind, and in the middle of that forest, resting on a carefully-arranged pile of leaves, was a small deer.

The hours passed and eventually the sun slowly began to rise. The fawn awoke and stood up, it's brown fur was covered in white spots, like small pearls adorning it's body.
It wandered around the forest, searching for food. It found and ate some leaves, twigs and buds, but that still wasn't enough.
It continued walking, passing by many trees, until it found an apple tree. The deer got on it's hind legs and knocked some apples off the tree, then it ate them. On the ground lied some acorns, which the deer also ate.
While the deer was too distracted eating, a dark silhouette silently approached, hiding behind the trees.
The silhouette belonged to a lone wolf, whose body was covered in many scars. His fur was a gray-ish black, and his teeth were sharp and intimidating.
Fortunately, the wolf accidentally stepped on a nearby twig, alerting the fawn, which promptly ran away.
The fawn ran until it thought it was out of danger, and yet, more wolves approached. This time it was a pack, and while the deer may have been able to run away from one wolf, it would definitely not be able to outrun a whole pack. Still, the deer ran until it was exhausted, but the wolves quickly caught up to it.

After quite a gruesome scene, the wolves were now well fed and swiftly took their leave.

Volaworand wrote:Oh gosh get well Si!

Thanks hun ^-^

Proctethia wrote:Oh no! *RMB hugs Si* Hope you get better soon! 😰

*air hugs*
Thank you!!

Today has been a bit better thankfully, but I'm all drugged up and been sleeping soooo :p

Post self-deleted by Naguiu.

I bought Volaworand's card for a whole 20 pence! What a steal!

I mandellad myself thinking Mads Mikkelsen was Ulrich in Dark WHO HAD A SON with the same name, but I guess it's really Oliver Masucci. They look similar...kind of ??

Drystar wrote:It’s a problem in California.

I had no idea CA even had lakes anymore, unless you mean its lakes of FIRE.

WI SD EA D wrote:Out of context: Scientific evidence suggests that eating 1.5 pounds (4.097389512E+26 amu) of pistachios per day reduces health risks.

So what you’re telling me is, if I can seize the productions of pistachios forcibly and provide myself with a functioning monopoly and get that many nuts per day, I can become a Demi god and then activate the dream of taking over the world by hiring waves of private militias from my pistachio fortune?

Linguiniland

Shangyuen wrote:What, human stupidity?

I'm sorry that's not the answer we were looking for. The correct answer is "cancer causing automobiles". Thank you for playing and please enjoy this parting gift of a pair of rabid flea infested penguins shipped directly to you from the wonderous land of Volaworand.

*Stuffs a bag of marshmallows in your mouth, spins you around and pats you on the head and then pushes you out the third story window of the RMB.*

Wait was that the window over the wood chipper or the prickly pear patch? Welp too late to worry about that now.

*Skips away looking for a certain magical vulpine*

North black hill company

South Pacific

Drystar wrote:It’s a problem in California.

You poor dears, living without water.

In tribute to our early years of pirating, my flag is from the hit documentary about us.

Bear Connors Paradiso wrote:I bought Volaworand's card for a whole 20 pence! What a steal!

I mandellad myself thinking Mads Mikkelsen was Ulrich in Dark WHO HAD A SON with the same name, but I guess it's really Oliver Masucci. They look similar...kind of ??

I had no idea CA even had lakes anymore, unless you mean its lakes of FIRE.

Huge amounts of water are diverted from the delta to feed the farms and cities of the Central Valley and southern CA. They plant thousands of acres of orchards then use tricks to get water allocations.

Drystar wrote:Huge amounts of water are diverted from the delta to feed the farms and cities of the Central Valley and southern CA. They plant thousands of acres of orchards then use tricks to get water allocations.

Do you not also feed your nation? It would be better if you had more water, perhaps. Do look into that, would you dear?

Howdy folks, the Cabinet has released a statement about the current SC resolution that y'all should all take a look at.

PRESS RELEASE

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STATEMENT ON THE BLACK HAWKS' VIOLATION OF SOVEREIGNTY

11 NOVEMBER 2020

Fellow South Pacificans and friends abroad,

This week, our Office of WA Legislation (OWL) noticed suspicious activity in its surveys on Security Council resolutions. In an effort to increase to participation and representation in the World Assembly, OWL holds regular RMB-based debates on World Assembly resolutions. The outcome of these debates strongly influences our Delegate’s vote on the resolutions.

Our allies in 10000 Islands also alerted the Cabinet and the Council on Regional Security on this suspicious activity and provided more information. We have strong evidence that members of The Black Hawks attempted to manipulate the outcome of Security Council votes related to their interests.

  • The nation “Rebbid” belongs to known player Martyn, who is a corporal in The Black Hawks, and was founded merely 2 days before immediately joining the World Assembly and casting a vote, without explanation, in favor of “Commend Twobagger.”

  • The nation “GlowGolden” was founded at the same time and also immediately joined the World Assembly and cast a vote, without explanation, in favor of “Commend Twobagger.” We believe this nation may belong to Steak Paul, a known member of The Black Hawks, due to Steak Paul resigning from the World Assembly a mere 30 seconds before GlowGolden was admitted.

  • Both Rebbid and GlowGolden nations had moved into newly-founded passworded regions before moving into The South Pacific. We believe this may have been part of an alternate plan to pad “Commend Twobagger” with approvals by creating small single-purposes Delegates, in case it could not reach the voting queue organically.

  • A similar pattern was spotted with the nation “Seltin.” This nation is older, founded in September 2020 but only days ago rejoined the World Assembly. Their only activity in The South Pacific has been to vote in OWL and their votes track with the interests of The Black Hawks. They voted in favor of “Condemn Ever-Wandering Souls”, which was widely considered to be a thinly-veiled congratulation for the well-known raider. They also voted in favor of “Commend Twobagger.”

The Cabinet of The South Pacific considers this a grave and gross violation of our regional sovereignty by The Black Hawks. We endeavor to create an open community and foster a representative government, and the OWL program has been a great vehicle to introduce the community to the World Assembly. To abuse and attempt to manipulate the outcome of these votes to serve a foreign enemy’s interest is an attack on the integrity of our democracy. The Cabinet retains the authority to override an OWL vote, exactly to prevent something like this from succeeding. We shall do so when necessary. Let it be known to all enemies of the Coalition, and those who would think we can be so easily manipulated, that The South Pacific and our allies are watching.

The Cabinet also takes this opportunity to address the Security Council resolution that has inspired The Black Hawks to again attempt to violate our sovereignty. “Commend Twobagger” is a product of the worst habits of the Security Council and the Gameplay community in general. Let’s be clear: Twobagger betrayed 10000 Islands and joined their enemies in The Black Hawks. Regardless of the motive or anybody’s opinion on that, they are not an active defender and 10000 Islands does not approve of being used in such a manipulative way to commend them. The commendation purposefully misleads the rest of the game into thinking that Twobagger is a current wonderous defender, when in all actuality they are a turncoat raider.

“Commend Twobagger” represents the epitome of bad faith, pettiness, dishonesty, and disrespect that we have sadly come to expect from The Black Hawks. This kind of abuse of the Security Council debases the institution. When a resolution can be pushed through using such dishonest and despicable bad faith, it devalues the whole purpose of Commendations and the Security Council itself. Too many regions underestimate the damage these stunts do. The Black Hawks, and those who aid and abet their remorseless bad faith, are sowing a momentary and fleeting feeling of joy in sticking it to defenders. But we will all reap the disillusionment and discontent that comes when we throw the principles of honestly, good faith, and honorable conduct out of the window.

The South Pacific has voted against this commendation, and we encourage all regions, and all of our allies and partners to join us in doing so. It’s time to stand up for what’s right and foster a game that no longer promotes and rewards manipulation, bad faith, and trolling.

Faithfully yours,
The Cabinet


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Linguiniland

Drystar wrote:Huge amounts of water are diverted from the delta to feed the farms and cities of the Central Valley and southern CA. They plant thousands of acres of orchards then use tricks to get water allocations.

But I need my precious desert grown hass avocados that I eat by the dozen and then wash down with almond milk. I mean its not like the salmon need the water they already live in the ocean.

Office of WA Legislation Notification (OWL)

A new proposal has reached the voting floor in the Security Council. OWL has written up a recommendation and collated opinions, and posted them to our Dashboard.

SC: Commend Twobagger
OWL Recommendation: AGAINST

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Background Information

Proposal title: 'Commend Honeydewistania'
Author: Calamari Lands
Purpose: To award Honeydewistania a badge of commendation for being the author or co-author of many World Assembly resolutions, antifascist efforts as part of the MT Army and Antifa, and contributions as a member of government to Mariner Trench and the URA.

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The Office's Analysis

The at-vote resolution, "Commend Honeydewistania", is decently written and presents plenty of reasons for issuing a commendation for the nominee in a nicely structured manner. Honeydewistania has authored or co-authored no less than 20 resolutions in the World Assembly, but additionally to the sheer number of authorships, the frequent help they've provided to newer nations looking to write proposals is what really sets the nominee apart. Also tying in to WA matters is their work in the United Regions Alliance, where they helped in building a professional WA program, but this is only one organization they immensely contributed to: Prominently their accomplishments with the MT Army and Antifa in fighting fascism on NationStates are rightly highlighted by the proposal. Thus, OWL recommends a vote FOR the at-vote resolution, "Commend Honeydewistania".

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From TSP Citizens

Not Austria is a Citizen of the South Pacific.

Not Austria wrote:Of all WA authors, Honeydew is one of the first that comes to mind. The proposal is both thorough and 1000% deserved. Full support.

SouthernSanity, also known as HumanSanity, is a legislator of the South Pacific and a former Delegate of 10000 Islands.

SouthernSanity wrote:Narrowly for this. Nominee has a wealth of GA authorship and smaller contributions in other areas of the game. The writing of the proposal is conceptually well organized (an improvement on the previous draft of this Commend) but does leave something to be desired in terms of style and flare.

From the World

Scalizagasti is a WA author and the Overseer of the URA's Assembly. He posted on the NS forums:

Scalizagasti wrote:I fully support this resolution and its commendee. Honeydewistania has been a great friend to me and also a helpful mentor when I began greater involvement within the World Assembly. So far, I have written two resolution proposals, and both times he helped me in the early stages of my writing. As this commendation mentions, he helped numerous other first-time writers as well. He consistently writes high-quality legislation, and indeed is an incredibly prolific writer in both the GA and the SC. I also had the honour of working with him in both Mariner Trench and the URA, so I can confirm that his contributions outside the WA are also noteworthy. He has been a valuable ally in the fight against fascism on NationStates as part of the MT Army, and like this commendation says, was quite instrumental in certain anti-fascist operations. Honeydewistania has proven himself to be a community leader in both the World Assembly and the greater NS world, and in my opinion has truly earned this commendation.

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From TSP Citizens

At the time of writing, OWL had not found a solid opinion against the resolution from TSP citizens. You can make your own opinion heard by posting it on the Regional Message Board of the WA Voting Center!

From the World

Sylh Alanor is a WA author and the Delegate of Refugia. They lodged the following on Refugia's RMB:

Sylh Alanor wrote:If a commendation is supposed to be a capstone for someone's career, it or the nominee should inspire in people more than a shrug. The lack of enthusiasm about this speaks more to me than the text of the commendation is attempting to. As it would be a waste for me to abstain, I will be voting against.

Wayneactia is a resident of Osiris. On the NS forums, they criticized:

Wayneactia wrote:Wow. Passed some resoultions and conducted unspecified operations on behalf of the MT Army, which apparently cannot be elaborated on?




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Drystar wrote:Huge amounts of water are diverted from the delta to feed the farms and cities of the Central Valley and southern CA. They plant thousands of acres of orchards then use tricks to get water allocations.

Sounds like somebodys wached Chinatown...

Forget it drystar, it's Chinatown...

Okboomerland you are epic

you will need:
• high quality cow juice (what? you think we use low quality shtukovino here? Xa!)
• buttermilk
• cheese cloth
• time

davai!
day 1
first, let the milk and buttermilk come to room temperature
once thats done pour the milk and buttermilk into pot
cover it and put it in warm (around 37 celsius) oven for 1 hour
take it out of oven and place it in warm place and let it sit for one day, when its done it should have the consistency of sgushyonka
day 2
place on stove uncovered over low heat for 40 minutes until its warm
then remove from stove and put it in warm place again, let it sit for one day
day 3
place on stove uncovered over low heat for 40 minutes, if the cheese starts separating from the whey you're doing it right, if not then start again
turn off the heat and let it sit covered for an hour
afterwards, place 4 layers of cheese cloth over a big colander set inside a large bowl
then pour the cheese mixture over the cheese cloth
tie a knot to your cheese cloth and hang it over the kitchen faucet for 8 to 10 hours
congratulations, you have now made cheese

and if you're not slav enough and need a translation for some of the words i said, here it is:
davai means come on
sgushyonka is sweetened condensed milk
shtukovino means stuff

Nixi inably wrote:Hi people

Hello ^_^

Naguiu

Bulbasaur reichpact wrote:page=rmb/postid=41679714

out of all the possibilities for roleplay, why would you choose to rp this?

Nixi inably wrote:How are you?

Good good. It’s a v chill Saturday ^_^

What about you?

Naguiu wrote:

you will need:
• high quality cow juice (what? you think we use low quality shtukovino here? Xa!)
• buttermilk
• cheese cloth
• time

davai!
day 1
first, let the milk and buttermilk come to room temperature
once thats done pour the milk and buttermilk into pot
cover it and put it in warm (around 37 celsius) oven for 1 hour
take it out of oven and place it in warm place and let it sit for one day, when its done it should have the consistency of sgushyonka
day 2
place on stove uncovered over low heat for 40 minutes until its warm
then remove from stove and put it in warm place again, let it sit for one day
day 3
place on stove uncovered over low heat for 40 minutes, if the cheese starts separating from the whey you're doing it right, if not then start again
turn off the heat and let it sit covered for an hour
afterwards, place 4 layers of cheese cloth over a big colander set inside a large bowl
then pour the cheese mixture over the cheese cloth
tie a knot to your cheese cloth and hang it over the kitchen faucet for 8 to 10 hours
congratulations, you have now made cheese

and if you're not slav enough and need a translation for some of the words i said, here it is:
davai means come on
sgushyonka is sweetened condensed milk
shtukovino means stuff

You gotta look out on the cow juice, if it's "ultra pasteurized" the proteins have been destroyed and it wont form curds.

Lucky, its still Friday for me

Bear Connors Paradiso wrote:You gotta look out on the cow juice, if it's "ultra pasteurized" the proteins have been destroyed and it wont form curds.

I know, that's why you need to use whole milk (aka good quality shtukovino)

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