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by Ermarian
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:09 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: If a tourist visited YN, what would be the culture shocks?
Replies: 67
Views: 1789

A visitor from Earth would be surprised by the large number of sapient species that live here. The last census recognized sixty-seven of them, with humans making up approximately half of the population. If they were from the early 21st century, they would also be stunned by the tech level and the si...
by Ermarian
Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:58 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: What are the laws for Robots in YN?
Replies: 22
Views: 414

Artificial Intelligence has had legal personhood since around sixty years ago.

(The term "robot" - when applied to sapient AI - fell out of favor before that and is considered derogatory.)
by Ermarian
Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:55 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: Father/Mother of YN
Replies: 65
Views: 1589

Arcadian Sol was the founder and first ruler of the Pralgadian Empire.
by Ermarian
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:22 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: How does YN remember your most significant war?
Replies: 20
Views: 518

The most devastating conflict in the history of our world was the Shard War, fought some seven hundred odd years ago between the Empire and the Deep Alliance. It lasted close to eight years and resulted in the deaths of close to eight million sophonts. (At the time, the population of the world was j...
by Ermarian
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:09 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: ANTIFA Mob Vandalizes Tucker Carlson’s Home
Replies: 1334
Views: 16121

Ah yes, the dreadful "terrorism" of the left. :roll:

Not like they shot a dozen people while they were praying.
by Ermarian
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:16 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: How is Your Leader Chosen?
Replies: 207
Views: 4140

The Empress (or Emperor) generally designates their own successor. In the past this was frequently a close relative (and in the more distant past, it was always the eldest child if one existed); this has fallen out of fashion, but is still permitted. The successor is subject to approval by the Assem...
by Ermarian
Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:15 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: End Goal of your government?
Replies: 409
Views: 8571

Eternity. The Empire has survived long enough to solve (for the time being) some of the seemingly fundamental problems of life and civilization (eg conflict, disease, ecological stability, mortality) and face some of the more interesting ones, like: Can a civilization sustain itself and yet make rep...
by Ermarian
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:10 pm
 
Forum: Arts & Fiction
Topic: Rainbledon: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Thread
Replies: 10354
Views: 246334

So, in Fake It Til You Make It Fluttershy tries to overcome her lack of confidence by playing a character, but she overdoes it and the character turns out to be kind of mean. Hm.
by Ermarian
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:11 am
 
Forum: Technical
Topic: Suggestion for the ranking page
Replies: 2
Views: 267

Suggestion for the ranking page

In below median rankings (but especially those that are 99% or 100%), would it be possible to display the percentage rank from the bottom instead? Currently the top 1% is shown to within 0.1 percentage points, but this precision doesn't exist at the other end. It's possible to calculate it from the ...
by Ermarian
Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:51 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Judge Hopes Nassar "Gets Taste of Own Medicine" in Prison
Replies: 119
Views: 2276

I don't think it is controversial to say that it is morally wrong to say (or even hint) that someone should be raped. No exceptions. I've seen several people (whom I thought better of) do a take on this along the lines of "waaah the judge was not nice to the rapist", which is one of the mo...
by Ermarian
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:51 pm
 
Forum: Technical
Topic: nationstates.ermarian.net server move
Replies: 1
Views: 185

nationstates.ermarian.net server move

Hey guys, sorry to spam this in Technical, but I know many you rely on this archive for stuff. :) I've migrated the archive over to a new host (from an aging RackSpace instance to a DigitalOcean droplet, specifically), and I'm about to switch the DNS. There should be no downtime during propagation a...
by Ermarian
Mon Dec 25, 2017 7:15 pm
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: YN's Holidays and Calendar
Replies: 18
Views: 662

See Cyclis Mundi for a detailed explanation of Ermarianese time-keeping. To summarize: The year is divided in eight months of thirty-five days, each of which is about 12.5% longer than Earth's. The year begins on the first of Evermoon, roughly half a month after winter solstice. All four points of t...
by Ermarian
Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:54 pm
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: Does your nation celebrate Christmas?
Replies: 58
Views: 975

Originally, we just have a solstice celebration that coincides with the new year on Ermarian. However, off-world traditions and rituals (mostly in secularized form) have sort of percolated into the Empire via cultural osmosis over the past century. Our winter celebrations now share some elements of ...
by Ermarian
Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:41 pm
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: What is your leader's opinion on homosexuality?
Replies: 546
Views: 10517

The Empress, though married to a man, identifies as bisexual. Her chief vizier is lesbian (and also married). Her daughter is pansexual, and also married. To a magical flying pony. I don't think I need to go on.
by Ermarian
Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:18 pm
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: Map(s) of your nation
Replies: 35
Views: 1299

No world map, but some of the Empire's four continents have one. This is Pralgad: https://encyclopedia.ermarian.net/w/images/3/36/Pralgad.gif This is Valorim (that one is canon; copyright Spiderweb Software): https://encyclopedia.ermarian.net/w/images/7/75/Valorim_provinces.gif This is Vantanas: htt...
by Ermarian
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:36 pm
 
Forum: Arts & Fiction
Topic: Rainbledon: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Thread
Replies: 10354
Views: 246334

Plucked up the courage to actually go to a cinema to see the horsemovie. I was one of maybe ten people in the audience, and the only non-parent adult :unsure: . The film itself was definitely worth it, though. The art style is kind of jarringly different, but still recognisable, and the songs are pr...
by Ermarian
Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:08 pm
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: What nation colonized you
Replies: 263
Views: 4021

You'd have to go back over three thousand years, long before the fall of the First Empire and the Age of Chaos, but human settlement on the Pralgadian continent originated on Aizo. The Aizoan Empire grew beyond the capacity of its natural resources and so colonized first Pralgad and then Vantanas to...
by Ermarian
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:54 pm
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: What's the name of the thing that your leader lives in?
Replies: 192
Views: 5273

It is called a house, which is a sort of artificial cave-like structure that can be built out of different materials but usually mainly stone. More specifically, though, the current Imperial Palace in the City of Dawn is a relatively recent construction (three hundred years old) and used to be the p...
by Ermarian
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:51 pm
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: How and why was your nation founded?
Replies: 54
Views: 1408

The Endless Empire was founded just over twenty-two centuries ago by Arcadian Sol I. , ending the simmering conflict among the Pralgadian former colonies of the First Empire beyond the sea. (This period was known as the Age of Chaos, and lasted almost five hundred years from the collapse of the Firs...
by Ermarian
Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:48 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: It's the end of the world?
Replies: 92
Views: 2084

What, again?

Sorry, my calendar is already full this week.
by Ermarian
Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:31 pm
 
Forum: Arts & Fiction
Topic: Rainbledon: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Thread
Replies: 10354
Views: 246334

I'll confess: MLP:FiM and its fandom has filled a role that religion once played in my life--it provides moral guidance in the context of a community of shared stories, simple enough to grasp but capable of complex interpretation. (I still sometimes entertain the idea of the show becoming a sort of...
by Ermarian
Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:23 am
 
Forum: Arts & Fiction
Topic: Rainbledon: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Thread
Replies: 10354
Views: 246334

I haven't caught up in a while; currently as far as Fame and Misfortune. - This is the cutest thing that has been in an episode in a while: https://i.imgur.com/ONARMX5m.jpg I like small ponies and I like ponies holding things in their mouths and I like ponies standing on their hindlegs, so this is a...
by Ermarian
Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:31 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Trump v. Bush
Replies: 111
Views: 1368

A thousand times Bush, and I spent eight years being convinced he was literally the worst president imaginable.

Yes, Trump is really that bad.

I might hate many of the values Bush stood for, but the man himself is a compassionate if naive, non-sociopathic human being.
by Ermarian
Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:23 pm
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: What does your nation think of Donald Trump?
Replies: 375
Views: 7193

He exists, but he never entered the world stage, since the timeline radically diverges in the 1990s due to First Contact. By now nobody on Earth remembers a failed businessman from three hundred years ago - and nobody in Ermarian ever heard of him.
by Ermarian
Sun Jan 22, 2017 1:22 pm
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: Gun Control Laws in Your Nation
Replies: 90
Views: 1189

Private possession is outlawed, but it'd be pretty hard to break that law anyway. Authorized firearms have trackers and palm locks, and they'd be rendered inert if stolen or sold.
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