Wait, is a football/soccer cup drawing nigh? Martenyika is interested.
Tanks are awful to move so don't get a bigger one until you know you're going to stay in place.
I haven't decided what I want to do with my new tank. I've been waffling over how I want to lay it out and what I want to do with it both hardscape and flora/fauna wise, and have made no progress other than washing it out and putting it on the stand. Since my current tank is a jungle of vallisneria at this point I want to make sure the new one stays under control, but it's also a larger tank, and the more plants I have the less work I have to do myself to keep the water params and algae in line.
I'm nowhere near good enough to do it, but an Indian Mudskipper tank would be so neat to have
If you could read through the Gael Market fact book to tell me if its fine so far that would be great. Also like Balnik mentioned yes - Aruia started buying stonks again and Balnik is penetrating our air spaces.
Dang can you do my football uniforms?
Hello I am the Democratic Republic of Factoro!
I found the Western Islands when looking for a region to join after leaving my past region. I am from Australia and love to emerse myself in politics, stratargy and acting
I am aiming to create a pacifist leftist technological utopia for my people.
Welcome! Useful stuff about this region is listed in this dispatch:
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
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.
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).
Of course, most of us can. If you still have questions, you can do either of the following:
Post a question on the RMB; you'll likely get an answer not long after.
Send a personal TG to one of the active and helpful members - such as:
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
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.
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.
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:
Population should be no larger than 30 million
GDP per-capita should be no larger than $30,000 USD
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:
Covonant's dispatch on his nation's Parliament and Supreme Court
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.
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.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!
It's a WIP, but a little nice side-project that doesn't involve the usual tanks, planes or phones.
A Trusted and Reknown Altera Whitegoods and Appliance Manufacturer
Bluebird Appliances PLC is a Alteran-owned multinational conglomerate corporation
headquartered in Nova Lantea, forming one of the largest home-appliance and whitegoods companies
in Altera. With its routes dating back to 1891 by Alteran-born Joseph Lichspear and Franceska Garwood,
Bluebird was originally a product name for a small selection of home appliances manufactures. However, the
brand would begin to become extremely popular and the company was rebranded to Bluebird Appliances in 1921.
Bluebird's Corporate Logo
Albert Lichspeer (Chief Ex.)
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The Bluebird brand name was registered by Lichspeer & Sons Ltd in the early part of the 20th century and was primarily used for their domestic range of polished aluminium products like frying pans, kettles, tea sets and jelly moulds.
In the 1920s, the company moved into electrical appliances including kettles, irons, heaters and steamers. They pioneered the first electric element that could be immersed in water leading to a range of products based around their "immersion element", including tea urns, kettles, steamers and coffee percolators. Later, they developed and patented a unique safety cut-out for kettles.
The Bluebird brand continued its success throughout the next few decades and became synonymous with solid, Alteran manufacturing quality and innovation.
First registered in 1891, the company Lichspeer & Sons Ltd was formed by a partnership between Alteran-born Joseph Lichspear and Franceska Garwood; due to a law forbidding women to form companies at the time, the company could not register Franceska Garwood within the company name. The company first began in a small workshop in the outskirts of Nova Lantea, where both Garwood and Lichspeer spent considerable time experimenting - and then small scale production - of cast kettles, frying pans and other simple household goods.
As success grew for the partnership, the company moved to a larger - albeit still small - factory in the industrial district of Nova Lantea in 1899. With an increased workforce and production-line, this allowed Garwood and Lichspeer to step back from the hands-on manufacturing approach they had taken thus far. With Lichspeer overseeing production, Garwood turned to experimentation - hiring a small team of engineers and designers to focus on new developments. This team at first focused on the creation and new production techniques and later a new range of productions that focused around breakthrough technologies.
One of these technologies was the immersion element; which allow for the heating of water inside an appliance - rather than applying heat directly to the exterior of the appliance. Whilst the technology was refined and perfected, it first saw its introduction in household appliances in the 1920s. Featured in a range of tea urns, kettles and even household boilers - the company's success grew. It was during this time that the brand name for these appliances - Bluebird - became a household name. Wishing to ride this success - and allow investors and customers to better identify the parent company, Lichspeer & Sons Ltd was officially rebranded in 1928.
Although the company was hit hard by the numerous recessions that arose during the 20th Century, most notably in the 1930s, 60s and 80s, the company was able to hold on, continuing to innovate the Bluebird brand with new technical innovations and influential product design.
Despite several offers from various Alteran and multi-national corporations to purchase the company; most notably Conway's repeated attempts in the 1990s, and 2010s - the company remains fiercely independent and proud of its rich heritage of product development and design.
Much of the designs of the products take inspiration from Altera itself; with many features based or inspired from designs and eras from Altera's history. The few exceptions are the "Aizcona" designs, which take inspiration from several well-known artists and designs based in Aizcona's - this design is known for its blend of traditional wood craftmanship with a matt colour palette.
Getting into the coffee-machine market in the 1950s, Bluebird products enjoyed a period of exclusivity in most coffee shops - as many cafťs and restaurants had Bluebird branded coffee machines and grinders in their stores. The brand fell out of fashion in the 1980s as the company attempted to reduce costs and subsequently (albeit briefly) were known to produce sub-par products. However, the company has seen a revival in the commercial sector with many small, independent coffee-shops opting for a new brand of "retro" appliances; a gimmick swiftly copied by the larger chain-coffee shops.
As the concept of "Internet of Things" continuous to gather pace, Bluebird was admittedly slow to get on board with this trend, with the now-current Chief Executive Officer of Bluebird (distant-grandson to Joseph Lichspeer), Albert Lichspeer famously stating in 2014 that "... people don't want screens and digital complexity added to ordinary household items ...". As of 2020, Bluebird offers a variety of IoT-enabled devices, including fridge/freezers, toasters, kettles and coffee machines.
Aizcona Drinks Cooler
Aizcona Under-Counter Fridge/Freezer
Merito non pareret. | By merit, not birth.
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Okay. Well at the moment there is no Status Quo Changer power in your area and no power that seized other islands in that area.
I think AM is/was planning to invade the area
At the moment we are planning to survive in Argus because it seems like the entire southern continent is united.
Fair enough. I'm open to involvement, I just need to figure out a justified reason to include Weinam since it's miles away geographically.
For being a soundtrack composed mostly of garbled squid noises, Splatoon's music is much better than it has any right being
The latter, if I'm understanding your question correctly. I'm open to basically all countries with an imperial-esque period of history, known to have a lot of colonies.
To be honest, you wrote a lot of stuff there that I don't remember agreeing to in the thread. For example, the risky loans part, having my production drop by 75%... also, Ostehaar's recession was in the late 80's, not early 80's - the wars I got involved in only ended in 84-86 and my crisis carried on into the early 90's.
I always thought of the Geal market crash as the result of a few stories coinciding with one another (civil wars, political instability, economic meddling) to create an unusual event. Right now it feels a bit like the story of the Bank of Geal.