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by Ermarian
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:12 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: Does your nation support China or Taiwan?
Replies: 323
Views: 8417

The Empire's diplomatic relations with Earth are with the United Nations only. Taking official sides in intra-planetary politics would be in breach of treaty. That said, ideologically the Empire is (despite its own history as a planet-spanning autocracy) at least sympathetic to the sovereignty of na...
by Ermarian
Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:08 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: What is the status of freedom of speech in your nation?
Replies: 63
Views: 1548

The only kinds of unlawful speech are threats to a person's safety, and knowingly untruthful public statements intended to harm a person who is not a public figure.
by Ermarian
Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:03 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: What language(s) are banned in your nation?
Replies: 50
Views: 1114

There are no banned languages in Ermarian. However, the use of Soruharva (ie, magical incantations) in public settings is restricted and may constitute a breach of the peace if it threatens people's well-being or property.
by Ermarian
Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:52 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Mentally-ill indie dev passes away amid allegations
Replies: 626
Views: 9278

Now for the subjective part. Eileen's announcement of his passing used his death as a soapbox to defend Zoe from "harassment", with a vague implication that her brother was abusive to Zoe, without any evidence besides her own word ( which given that Eileen's twitter bio has "feminist...
by Ermarian
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:21 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: What backs your nation's currency?
Replies: 103
Views: 2694

A vague mix of fiat and no-money-at-all. Precious metals were phased out and gradually replaced by backed credit notes in the early eleventh century, which were in turn replaced by a fiat currency in the late thirteenth; the imperial standard. This currency has been entirely digital for over two cen...
by Ermarian
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:56 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Black Rain Generator
Replies: 186
Views: 2811

That sounds incredibly dangerous and irresponsible to use. And I work from home anyway. But if I had one of those literally every single one of Trump's Nuremberg rallies would be cancelled due to inclement weather.
by Ermarian
Mon May 06, 2019 3:55 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: What is your nation's size?
Replies: 79
Views: 1828

The Empire controls its planet's landmass, which is approximately equal to that of Earth's continents. (The planet is slightly bigger, having 1.3 times Earth's radius; it's just got a lot more ocean.) The Empire does not strictly speaking control the planet's oceans (beyond the continental shelves)....
by Ermarian
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:44 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: Are Women allowed to serve in your military?
Replies: 925
Views: 21275

Yes, and to do otherwise would be an alien concept in Ermarian. Women have been soldiers throughout recorded history.
by Ermarian
Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:39 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: What happens if your leader is temporarily unable to lead?
Replies: 400
Views: 9898

The executive branch is led by the Empress, whose second in command and personal advisor is the Chancellor. If she is temporarily unable to lead, the Chancellor is implicitly vested with most of her authority barring a few exceptions: The Chancellor cannot make permanent appointments to the Imperial...
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: 2315

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: 585

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: 2023

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: 731

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: 19325

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: 252
Views: 6555

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: 8943

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: 10777
Views: 281949

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: 297

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: 2445

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: 224

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: 27
Views: 1079

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: 1059

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: 11318

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: 1418

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: 10777
Views: 281949

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...
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