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Makdon
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Anarchy

Postby Makdon » Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:47 pm

Unibot III wrote:I think this is the most concerning thing about this discussion. On the one hand, players are saying the "law is being followed" and on the other hand, players like yourself are saying "Listen gramps, the law doesn't matter anymore - we've "evolved past" that into a community "where people are allowed to simply hang out and spend time with people" ..." Which is it?

you couldn't have misinterpreted this more hilariously lol. One must wonder if you are purposefully failing to comprehend because you want to attack a group of people who don't want to associate with you. I guess we'll never know :)
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Unibot III
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Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Unibot III » Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:28 am

Makdon wrote:
Unibot III wrote:I think this is the most concerning thing about this discussion. On the one hand, players are saying the "law is being followed" and on the other hand, players like yourself are saying "Listen gramps, the law doesn't matter anymore - we've "evolved past" that into a community "where people are allowed to simply hang out and spend time with people" ..." Which is it?

you couldn't have misinterpreted this more hilariously lol. One must wonder if you are purposefully failing to comprehend because you want to attack a group of people who don't want to associate with you. I guess we'll never know :)


I wasn’t being disingenuous if that’s what you’re asking and the rhetorical question wasn’t related to my ban, but a pattern of maladministration.

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Unibot, I don’t agree with your analysis.


Hi Falc. The Ghost of Christmas Past!

I just didn’t want to launch into a long legal analysis after pouring my heart out in the above paragraphs. It seemed an inappropriate mish-mash. I think the debate is pretty clear: Guy thinks a consultative election doesn’t need to be sanctioned in law, I do. We could get into it further, but what would really be accomplished at this point...
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Postby Agalaesia » Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:06 pm

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Brief News IV | January 2021


Editor-in-Chief: Agalaesia


Index

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A New Delegate for the Rejected Realms

NEWS | WRITTEN BY Crowheim | EDITED BY Agalaesia


Rejected Realms delegate A Leaf on the Wind, otherwise known as Sarah, has resigned her post as the leader of the region. By regional law an election for a new delegate will commence immediately.

Sarah’s announcement was not exactly a surprising one, she had made her intentions to resign at the end of her normal term clear when she was challenged for the post in November, but the timing certainly was a surprise.

Currently, Officer of Foreign Affairs Nequedum; Officer for World Assembly Affairs Jamie; former speaker Gorundu, High Commander of the RRA Crazy Girl and former Outreach officer BowShot are running in the elections.

Voting started on the 21st of January, and will end on the 25th of January.

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Speaker Elections Conclude, Dyl Victorious

NEWS | WRITTEN BY Crowheim | EDITED BY Agalaesia


The Rejected Realms held an election for the Speakerhip of the Assembly this past month, organized by Gorundu.

The only candidate to stand was incumbent Dyl, while Chipmunker, Jamie and Gorundu all recieved nominations and seconds but did not stand. Dyl ran on a platform of increasing organization and improving formatting in the legislative body, also promising to appoint a new deputy speaker.

Given the nature of the election with only one candidate, Dyl instead faced an approval vote which he passed with 20 votes.

Shortly following the election, Dyl followed up on one of his promises and appointed a new deputy, Purple Hyacinth, who serves as chair in the South Pacific and is a new citizen.

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New Editor in Chief Elections

NEWS | WRITTEN BY The Church of Satan



For the first time since The Rejected Times was lawfully recognized by the government of The Rejected Realms, as a private entity, our Editor-in-Chief, Aga, was challenged for his position. He made his intention to step down known and thus he was challenged by other staff members so that the position would be elected instead of appointed by the delegate. The candidates, of which there are three, are as follows:

Chipmunker: Although a newcomer to both The Rejected Realms and The Rejected Times, he has got a lot of work done in the brief time he's spent working in The Rejected Realms. His campaign focused on better engaging staff members and better promoting The Rejected Times across NationStates.

Bowshot: A longtime staff member of The Rejected Times, Bowshot's campaign has focused on standardization, distribution and recruitment. He has a relaxed, yet expansionist vision for The Rejected Times.

Kraljevstvo Rata: A relatively new citizen of The Rejected Realms, yet still veteran writer of The Rejected Times, Kral's campaign focuses on maintaining the current publishing dates, new additions to the content of The Rejected Times, as well as distribution, promotion and recruitment.

All things considered, The Rejected Times stands to improve no matter which of them are elected.

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Pacifica - End of an Era

NEWS | WRITTEN BY Toerana


Pacifica is both an infamous region in the NationStates community, and a shorthand name used by the New Pacific Order, the governing body of the Pacific for over 15 years.
Topid, the region’s founder, who originally founded the region following his exile from St. Abbaddon when he lost the Delegacy in 2016, has announced on Pacifica’s RMB that he is handing over “day-to-day” control of the region to the Pacific, marking the end of his self proclaimed war against the region.

While Topid has said that he’ll maintain the founder nation of the region, he has also stated that should he ever leave the game, they have his “consent to refound the region,” potentially giving the New Pacific Order direct control over the region in the future.

The RMB post can be found here:
https://www.nationstates.net/page=rmb/postid=42080231

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Postby The Moonstar » Fri Jan 22, 2021 3:46 am

New Rogernomics wrote:TRR has the right to suppress nonsense on the RMB, just like any other region in the game. It is also a game mechanic that I'd never abuse myself, and I don't really see any evidence of TRR abusing it.

I totally did. I wonder if it was Fratt that fixed it?
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The Rejected Times: Issue LXV

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Issue LXV | January 2021


Editor-in-Chief: Toerana
Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Crowheim


Index
  • If Music Be the Food of Culture, Play On - Dead I Jack
  • The OWL Voting Incident and TSP’s Proscribing of TBH - Makdon
  • A Conversation with the New Delegate, Chimes - Crowheim
  • The Gameplay Awards - Guest Writer Zukchiva
  • New Delegate of the South Pacific Elected - Purple Hyacinth
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If Music Be the Food of Culture, Play On

OPINION | WRITTEN BY Junior Writer Dead I Jack | EDITED BY Crowheim

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My first region in NationStates was a founderless roleplay region called European Union. While the roleplay politics were heavily contested with relentless jockeying to win government positions, pass legislation, and more, perhaps the biggest prize in all of the region was winning Eurovoice. Eurovoice was a competition set to mirror the real world Eurovision Song Contest, a contest where the nations of the European Union would come together through music. During my time there, it was held every month or two without fail. Each player taking part in Eurovoice would submit a link to a song they liked, the participants would give points to their favorites, and a winner would be declared (and host the next one). In our humble RP UCR, this would get anywhere from 15-25 participants every time. European Union tried to capture the magic in other ways through a similar format like Europe’s Got Talent but it never took the same. Why was Eurovoice so popular and not EGT? I believe, and it’s probably cliché at this point, it’s because there is a universality in the appeal of music.

The power of music in NationStates, is the power to share something with each other. Even though members of a community might have varying tastes in music, the act of suggesting a song to listen to is at once both a window into who you are and an opportunity for discovery for those with you. Curating playlists on forums or chatrooms is easy and decentralized and a good way to pass time for those otherwise looking to be occupied. This is something that the Founderless Regions Alliance understood when they brought FRAvision to NSGP and these are lessons I learned from European Union and have carried with me to every region I have been involved in since.

When I got involved in the Rejected Realms, I decided that music would play an important role in my cultural vision. Indeed the first ever event I ran there was Rejectvision, a rebrand of Eurovoice. I made it accessible to participate in via telegram, discord, or forum, and it was a big success. It drew in players from all walks: onsite and offsite; Reject and Non-Reject. Encouraged by the participation, as I brainstormed more activity ideas as Culture Officer, we dipped back into the music well, striking gold with a music trivia idea called Popmaster. Wopruthien and I ironed out a simple format: the host plays a song via the bot and the first one to guess the artist and the title gets points. It was something we were excited about, but could never imagine the popularity the contest would grow to achieve. After the first time we held it there were demands for more and it turned into a weekly phenomenon. What was unique about Popmaster, though, was how many people wanted to host one themselves. It’s a Culture Officer’s dream to have others taking an active interest in planning and hosting activities and people were lining up to host their own rounds of Popmaster. With over a dozen different hosts, scores of participants, and probably anywhere from 30-50 different editions over the last 2 years, it would be hard to find a game as culturally impactful for a regional community except for Werewolf. As a cherry on top of all this, our musical events were drawing in players to sign up for citizenship of TRR. Music wasn’t just something fun we could entertain ourselves with, it played an important part in strengthening our community.

Using music to aid in community building can come in many different forms. At one time The South Pacific had classical music sessions, TSP and TRR have had Eurovision watch parties, some regions have done some impromptu karaoke in their discord voice chats, while more just hang out and play music for a bit as they talk or as they partake in military gameplay. No matter the form, music is a powerful cultural tool in building camaraderie. It can help start a conversation, it can help bring you together, it can help you form new bonds, and it can help you attract new people. And so I leave those would be cultural ministers/officers and region builders with this advice: If your region is hungry for something to do, something to share, feed it music.

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The OWL Voting Incident and TSP’s Proscribing of TBH

OPINION | WRITTEN BY Apprentice Makdon | EDITED BY Crowheim

Order of events:

  1. November 18th, 2020: 3 nations of the names Rebbid, GlowGolden, and Seltin all vote for Commend Twobagger through TSP’s OWL voting system. This system allows any WA nation in TSP to vote on WA proposals by posting in the RMB of The South Pacific WA Voting Center. This vote determines TSP’s delegate’s vote. These nations are all puppets of TBH members.
  2. Sometime between the previous and following events: XKI notifies TSP of the unusual voting activity by the 3 TBH puppets.
  3. November 20th, 2020, 7:46 PM EST: TSP releases a statement reporting that they had been notified by 10000 Islands that three low ranking members of The Black Hawks has attempted to sway TSP’s democratically determined vote in favor of Commend Twobagger. This statement goes on to vituperate both the actions of the TBH members and the SC resolution, and encourages others to vote against Commend Twobagger.
  4. November 20th, 2020, 7:53 PM EST: TBH Major and Council Member Lord Dominator states that TBH had been made aware of the situation and had berated the perpetrators. TBH had not informed TSP.
  5. November 20th, 2020, 9:47 PM EST: A TBH apology is later released. It apologizes for not TBH not informing TSP when they were notified of what had happened, and condemned the actions of the TBH members who tried to sway TSP’s vote.
  6. November 23rd 2020: Commend Twobagger fails, with the delegate’s of Lazarus, TNP, TEP, Wintreath, FNR voting against, all in some part due to TSP’s statement.
  7. January 5th, 2021, 9:48 PM EST: TSP publicizes a statement proscribing all TBH members from TSP, which is justified by TBH’s alleged attempt at influencing the Commend Twobagger vote, and an incident involving TBH council member Ever-Wandering Souls which took place some two years ago

So there’s a fair few heavy questions these events raise. What is regional sovereignty? What makes a region defender? Why is a GCR different from a UCR for raiders? Can TSP consider itself democratic while excluding many largely innocent players from membership? Why does anyone waste their time debating these things? If I were a more philosophical person I might care about answering these, but I’m not. Instead, I’d like to analyze these events for what they are, political plays, and see what they reflect about the state of GP.

Firstly, let’s consider the actions of the TBH members who attempted to sway TSP’s vote. What they did was plainly easy, obvious, and smart. As others have pointed out, they broke no explicit rules, and theoretically could’ve had a massive influence on the outcome of the SC vote. This is the price of doing democracy on-site. You either have to deal with this or go full oligarchy like Thalassia. However, one shouldn’t be too quick to denounce TSP’s voting system. It’s a reflection of their commitment to democracy, and respect is deserved for the fact TSP does it despite the risks. It was only a matter of time before those risks came to fruition though, so let's move onto the next event.

Why did TSP issue a statement? Now, it’s entirely possible that this was done in large part because of TSP’s deep commitment to giving their natives a voice and the perceived violation of regional sovereignty, you and I will likely never know. What we can now is that it was plainly a useful political play. TSP is opposed to Commend Twobagger, it looks like it’s going to pass, and then something drops into their lap that can swing the vote the way they want. It was a perfectly timed controversy. For all we know, TSP’s voting system has been abused before and they were completely aware of it, but waited till it was most politically expedient to use. Regardless, it got exactly what TSP wanted, whether it was intentional or not.

Why did TBH apologize? This is where things get interesting. TBH’s apology seemed like an inevitability at the time, but if we step back a bit, it becomes more confusing. TBH is a raiding organization. They exist to violate regional sovereignty. So why are they apologizing? There are two reasons. First, Commend Twobagger. TBH wants it to pass, and TSP’s statement is messing with that. An apology, one might reason, has a chance of mitigating this. The second is the state of GP, the utter niceness of it these days. I’ll get back to that later.

So, to sum up, so far we have three events, all of which were intelligent political plays, so much so that one could’ve probably predicted it would happen eventually. I’ll step back and draw my first assertion about GP now. It’s predictable, even stale. It’s almost all petty and superficial, becoming a game of optics and nothing more. Minor incidents occur, a bit is lost, a bit is won, and things go on, unchanged. I wasn’t around more than a year back, so I can’t say if things were more dynamic in the past, but it seems this conclusion isn’t one that’s contested. Some like the stability, proclaiming the growth of regional activity and community, others call it the death of NationStates. Either way, it’s there.

Moving on, what can be learned from TSP’s proscription of TBH? The first thing I’d like to point out is the critiques that were levied against this move. The biggest seem to be that the red phone incident is two years old, TSP’s own court found that it wasn’t enough to proscribe Souls, and that the Commend TB incident was being completely overstated. A question arises from this. Why did TSP justify the proscription with what it did, since these criticisms were fairly predictable? The red phone incident was big enough for justification, but it was two years old, so they needed something new, and thus reused the Commend TB incident. Simply put, it was important to TSP that they properly justified their proscription, even though they by their own laws didn’t need to. It was for the optics.

Finally, what do the trends in these events and the proscription of TBH mean for GP moving forwards? Well, earlier I mentioned how nice GP is. By that, I meant not that people on both sides of issues are often friends or that everyone hangs out on discord. What I meant is probably a product of that, but not a necessary one. What I meant is, for example, that raiders respect some regions. TBH felt like they should issue an apology for their members interfering with TSP. TSP felt like they needed to justify proscribing TBH with specific events. Why? Because everyone needs to seem nice, everyone needs to respect each other. Now, I’m all for being nice to people, but that’s what discord is for, not the GP forum. The GP forum should be for politics, and politics doesn’t play nice. It isn’t hard to see that this attitude towards politics in GP is largely responsible for GP’s staleness. No one can do anything without making someone angry, so they go through the motions of raiding or defending, without seriously ever trying to win anything big. However, TSP’s proscription of TBH indicates something. It appears to be a breakdown of the relationships that contribute to stability, and is, good or bad, a harbinger of things to come. Gameplay may be calcified, but something stirs beneath the surface.

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A Conversation with the New Delegate, Chimes

INTERVIEW | WRITTEN BY Deputy Editor-In-Chief Crowheim | EDITED BY the Editor-in-Chief

The Rejected Realms recently held delegate elections and chose Jamie, WA Officer, former Speaker, and former TNP delegate, to be its new Delegate. Jamie beat out four other candidates for the role. Here, I sit down with them and talk about what the future of TRR looks like.

Chipmunker: So thank you so much for agreeing to have this interview, Jamie, and may I congratulate you again on your comfortable victory in the TRR delegate elections! How did it feel when you found out you won, or did you know as much beforehand?

Jamie: I didn’t know beforehand at all really, our voting system is very unique in that preferences make all the different. I’m still shocked and humbled to win the election, all the other candidates were great and honestly it feels like a dream to be elected.

C: I’m sure. You beat out 4 others for the role, what do you say to them?

J: I would like to say it was a fun election and it was a really well spirited event full of lots of fun questions and I wish them all the best of luck for any future elections.

C: Awww, how nice! So, right off the bat of your term in office, you switched around some of the officer posts, and one is currently vacant, that being your own slot. What was the reasoning behind moving Robespierre in charge of WA affairs while continuing to leave Outreach empty, at least temporarily?

J: It was a combination of what I feel the region needs and what suited my cabinet, Robes is a talented WA author and our focus on domestic WA authorship and growth will complement them nicely. Outreach needs a person able to drive the car so to speak, be it updating guides or welcomes new players, which is why I left the office empty pending the officer election.

C: Interesting. You made this change pretty immediately, what other sorts of things might we rejects see in the very near future?

J: I want a strong cabinet, I have a number of announcements/plans which I’m hoping to announce soon, the next of which will be my revised RMB policy after the relevant rules have been updated.

C: You’re following up Sarah as delegate, who had a widely popular tenure. How do you plan to continue with the work she did and try and hold up to the excellent standard she set?

J: Sarah set a high bar. My term will focus on building upon the foundations that Sarah has built, I’ve already begun making sweeping changes - for example our new sparkly WFE!

C: The WFE is indeed looking very pretty and stylish! Speaking of style, Sarah also had a “gimmick” with her bread. Your opponent Neq planned on doing the same but with a dog had he been elected. Will you have a similar kind of thing, and if so, could you give any hints? :P

J: I believe ‘characters’ suit some people but not others, I see myself as just being me really :P I suppose you could say I’m a bit of a Mean Girl if you got the references from my delegate campaign xD

C: Well that’s a very fetch response. Such a grool delegate. Anyways, you’re leaving your WA Officer role to enter into this office. Are you proud of the term you’ve served?

J: On a whole, I’m happy. There was a few things I didn’t get round to finishing; such as my WA guide dispatch - but I’m intending to finish that regardless. I think WA activity has definitely improved, which was my goal. Was I perfect? Definitely not - I wish I could have done even more. But I feel I left the WA office in a good position.

C: Well I’m glad! Now I have a few questions about your plans for each arena under the jurisdiction of the delegate? What sort of ideas are you bringing to the table for Foreign Affairs?

J: My focus on FA affairs will be building bridges with more regions and strengthening relations we already have. As mentioned earlier, some of the events planned will encompass FA elements as well as culture, which I shall elaborate on as required.

C: Do you think Neq has been doing a good job managing FA thus far?

J: Absolutely. Neq hit the ground running with the diplo corps and I really respect their work ethic.

C: How about Nakari with Culture, and speaking of which, what are your plans for that department?

J: The big plan will be the cards event we have planned with a number of our friends and allies. It will be a big party of fun and i’m so glad to be able to have TRR involved in it. What can I say about Nakari, she’s a culture queen - she is full of amazing ideas and I can’t wait to work with her.

C: Yay, cards! That was a big part of your platform! How do you plan to get those not previously involved in that part of the game interested?

J: The thing is with cards - even if it’s not something that interests you, i’d always recommend trying it - to me its not about being the best its about making collections and collecting cards that you enjoy and like - and that should be the main appeal.

C:Very fair! So, finishing up, anything you’d like to say to the people of TRR who elected you into our highest office?

J: Yes. I am thankful and privileged to be your delegate, you gave me a big chance and big shoes to fill and will do my very best to make the region proud.

C: Thank you again for being here, and have a great day, Jamie! ❤️

J: Thank you ❤️


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The Gameplay Awards

NEWS | WRITTEN BY Guest Writer Zukchiva | EDITED BY the Editor-In-Chief

Every year, the NationStates Gameplay community convenes in order to celebrate and award individuals, entities, and events that made an impact throughout the previous year. 2020, with all that had occurred this year both in terms of in-game politics and other issues, was a perfect and active year for awards. On December 25th, 2020,, Lord Dominator opened up the latest rendition of the Gameplay Awards. The rules and awards were similar to 2019’s Gameplay Awards, such as no-self nominations and a similar timetable for the ceremony.

Nominations opened immediately after Lord Dominator’s post, and a flurry of nominations were posted. Many popular gameplayers such as Tim, Phoenix, Xoriet, Altino, Roavin, and others were nominated for a various slew of individual awards. In terms of military organizations, nominations included Lily, the Black Hawks, the South Pacific Special Forces, the Grey Wardens, and the Autumnal Court of Caer Sidi. And for news organizations, entities like NSToday, Europeian Broadcasting Corparation, and the Rejected Times were nominated for their journalistic work. With over 30 people submitting nominations and seconds, the options for voting were diverse, with only one Award not having any valid nominations with a second.

On January 6th (the same day nominations were closed), voting for the Awards was opened. Over the next two weeks, over 70 votes were cast for the various Awards, utilizing a form Lord Dominator had provided. In an amazing display of activity, nearly half of all votes were cast within two days of the vote being opened! On January 21st, Lord Dominator formally closed the votes and formally announced Award results.

While many nominees were presented, only a few could win the Awards. Out of the individual awards, we see famous players like Dakota, Koth, Aquila, and Phoenix win various awards based on popularity, raiding/defending, and politics. On the military side, The Black Hawks won the “Raider Military of the Year'', with Lily winning the “Independent/Unaligned/Other Military of the Year”, and the Grey Wardens winning the “Defender Military of the Year Award”. The Rejected Times, as well as the Europeian Broadcasting Corporation, tied for best News Operation of the Year. Based on the subsequent comments in the thread, it is clear that many people were happy with the results.

Overall, the 2020 Gameplay Awards proved to be the final highlight for 2020. With over 30 nominations and 70 votes cast, the Awards go to show how involved and active of a community NationStates Gameplay is. Hopefully, the 2021 Awards prove to have just as many fun, interesting, and well-deserving nominations as last year’s Awards had!

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New Delegate of the South Pacific Elected

NEWS | WRITTEN BY Journalist Purple Hyacinth | EDITED BY Crowheim

On the first of every January and July, the election for Delegate takes place in the South Pacific. The election runs in two rounds. In round one, legislators vote on all of the candidates using approval voting on the TSP forums. The top two candidates with the most approvals then move on to round two, which is a week-long gameside poll restricted to Native, WA resident nations, though members of the South Pacific Special Forces that are on deployment are allowed to vote via an alternate method.

TSP’s Delegate is largely a figurehead with little power. As a result, people often place emphasis on people’s trustworthiness rather than their ideas. Amerion, the incumbent, chose not to run. The three candidates who ran, Beepee, Rebeltopia, and Jay Coop, are all generally considered trustworthy figures. The candidates showed that they knew this too, with all three campaigns mentioning that they would be a safe choice. A third of voters cast their vote in approval of all candidates, and only one ballot was cast for Re-Open Nominations. The race ended up incredibly close, showing that legislators as a whole didn’t really have a strong preference for one candidate over another. Beepee received 27 votes, Rebeltopia received 26 votes, and Jay Coop received 25 votes.

Beepee and Rebeltopia moved on to round two. Since a lot of the nations that vote are nations who primarily are active gameside, round two is generally determined by who has the most influence on the RMB. Rebeltopia has not been very active on the RMB, so they were less well known. However, Beepee is not only active on the RMB, but during the election, was serving their second term as an elected Local Councillor, a role elected on gameside that primarily involves moderating the RMB. It was no surprise that Beepee held a strong lead over Rebeltopia, eventually getting twice as many votes as Rebeltopia.

After the election is over, TSP law states that the Delegate is not legally Delegate until they get the ingame seat. Beepee’s transition might be a long one--at the end of the election, they had 436 endorsements compared to Amerion’s 711--that’s 40% fewer endorsements. By comparison, when Amerion was elected, they had 809 endorsements and Aumeltopia had 916--only about 10% fewer endorsements--and Amerion’s transition into the Delegacy took 23 days. Based endorsement count trends from January 19th (the end of the election) to January 28th, I would guess that Beepee will surpass Amerion in endorsements in about a month. This likely long transition is probably due to the fact that Amerion is on the Council of Regional Security and Beepee is not. Beepee not being on the CRS means that they started off with a lower endorsement count, and Amerion being on the CRS means that nations are still asked to endorse them.

Beepee did not make many promises in their campaign, so we will have to wait and see what they will accomplish during their term. They may just sort of sit there--which is all that's really required of a Delegate anyway. But previous Delegates have done things beyond that. For example, Aumeltopia and Amerion held Endorsement Days to encourage cross-endorsing. Or perhaps they'll think of something new to do.

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Postby Galiantus III » Tue Feb 02, 2021 2:42 pm

I'm a big fan of approval voting. It's awesome TSP is using it and helping people learn about it.
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Old irrelevant person question: Is Rebeltopia a new name for Lady Rebels?
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Topid wrote:Old irrelevant person question: Is Rebeltopia a new name for Lady Rebels?

Nope!

Rebeltopia is a different human, although they both come from TSP.
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Issue LXVI | February 2021


Editor-in-Chief: Toerana
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Index

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An Interview With the Outgoing Delegate, Sarah

Interview | WRITTEN BY Agalaesia

A former Delegate Officer of Culture and Officer of Outreach, as well as a current Officer in the Rejected Realms army, one could say that Sarah is amongst the most successful players in NationStates.

Six months ago, she ran for the delegacy and won by a large margin, making it to the top very quickly. Now having resigned from the delegacy, she enjoys the pink “Former Delegate” masking in the Rejected Realms’ Discord chat.

Almost immediately her love for the Rejected Realms and her selflessness can be sensed. “I really love TRR, it's my home,” she says. “I ran for Delegate because I thought I could do good for TRR.” Sarah does indeed have a long history of contributions made to the Realms: as Culture officer she introduced theme days and ran regular contests - both events remain a part of the region today.

“I think Borm had a strong platform, honestly,” she continues. “I think he would have done well. We just have vastly different approaches to things. It could have been interesting working with him. I feel like our strengths are opposites so we could have been a well balanced team.”

During her delegacy, Sarah faced many challenges - not only was there a lot of heated debate over the Regional Message Board rules, but she was also challenged by Tinhampton over a late governmental report. When asked whether she expected this, she said: “I don't know how to articulate exactly what I expected. You try to prepare for odd FA things and you have an obvious plan for officers that you set out ahead of time. And you just kinda try to prepare as best you can for the wrench in the plans.”

One of her least favourite memories as a delegate?

“Being challenged.”

Sarah was indeed by two-time unsuccessful challenger Tinhampton, who also challenged Sarah’s predecessor Dead-Eye Jack.

“I knew it was unlikely to go anywhere, but really it was draining. The whole situation was frustrating because it felt like it was seconded by people that had no idea what it really meant or how our system works. I don't believe it was a challenge worthy situation, since it was resolved fairly shortly after it was pointed out that I was late.”


Interestingly, Sarah doesn’t have a moment that she felt proud of, despite spearheading the Partnership for Regional Sovereignty and being the Foreign Affairs face of the region for almost half a year.

“I have a hard time seeing my Delegacy in a positive light. Perhaps I am just too hard on myself. I don't feel that I achieved anything, let alone something to be proud of. I came in with a strong energy and I had a lot of goals, however I got burned out pretty quick. Officer appointments were a struggle for both elections. It was a difficult situation. A lot of the times it felt like things just piled on.

I am proud of achieving my term. Like just making it to the finish line of a normal term. I wanted to quit so many times way before it was time. But I didn't, and I am proud of how far I made it and that I didn't just ghost my team or my responsibilities. I don't think I have a favorite memory, tbqh. I enjoyed a lot of things, and I'm so thankful I had a continuous killer culture staff. That really helped a whole lot with their planning on festivals and activities. I appreciate their work and their efforts.”

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The Embassy Raid

News | WRITTEN BY The Python | EDITED BY Editor-In-Chief

The Embassy was one of the oldest embassy collecting regions in history, originally founded on the 26th of April 2015, and in February 18'th 2021, the day that will go down in NS history, the embassies were closed by a coalition of raiders from Lily, the Black Hawks, Lone Wolves United, Europeia, Karma and the Augustin Alliance. What happened?

It all started with the embassy-collecting region Traveling Wilburys being founded, on the 3rd of August last year. Traveling Wilburys quickly started collecting embassies and as of writing, still has over 1000 embassies. They also got close with the Embassy, and eventually the Embassy shared its password with Traveling Wilburys (the Embassy is founderless but has been kept safe until now by password protection).

However, Traveling Wilburys, on the 14th of February 2021, revealed itself to be run by none other than Frenchy himself, a senior member of Lily. Armed with the password, Frenchy organised a successful raid on the region, seeing a wide range of aforementioned organisations. Some failed liberation attempts happened involving organisations such as the Free Nations Defense Alliance, Union of Democratic States Armed Forces and Wintercrest, however, these all failed partly because of raider competency and partly because defenders did not have the numbers, as the largest defender organisations refused to do liberate the region, because they found embassy collecting regions "annoying"; This had a domino effect making other organisations more pessimistic the chance of a successful liberation being pulled off.

The minor update of 18th of February 2021 will be the day forever remembered as the day when one of the largest and oldest embassy collecting regions, lost every single one of it's embassies. In fact, there were so many embassies that update took around 2 hours to complete, and after that some of the embassies hadn't even closed yet (there was a technical error around 24 hours after this, initially thought to be due to the raid but admin later declared it was an error where the "game server couldn't talk to the database server"). Eventually admins worked on closing the embassies and successfully did so, although producing the unfortunate side-effect of resulting in an embassy-less history page. After the embassies closed, on the major update of 20th, defenders from TITO reclaimed the delegacy, along with help from the original liberation group, and are currently in the long process of rebuilding the Embassy...


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The South Pacific Cabinet Elections

Opinion | WRITTEN BY Purple Hyacinth | EDITED BY Crowheim

The South Pacific’s Cabinet elections ran from February 1 to February 14. Six positions were up for grabs: Prime Minister, Minister of Culture, Minister of Defence, Minister of Engagement, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of Media. While there was some heated debate, things largely went smoothly and there were no surprise upsets.

The previous term saw the first elections for three new ministries: the Ministries of Culture, Engagement, and Media. The portfolios for those three ministries had originally fallen under the control of the Ministry of Regional Affairs, but the Assembly had voted to split it after deeming the Ministry too big, in addition to other various reasons. While hopes were high, the outgoing Cabinet had been criticized for a lack of accountability and transparency, including little activity from several ministries. Perhaps most notably, the Ministry of Culture had failed to produce many activities, with the Minister, Swifty, even facing a recall, though the recall ultimately failed. The elected Minister of Media, Farengeto, had also not stirred up much activity within the Ministry of Media. He ultimately resigned, and after Islas took over, there was some activity. That is not to say that all Ministries were struggling--the Ministry of Engagement and the Ministry of Defence (also known as the South Pacific Special Forces) both saw lots of activity and were looked upon favorably.

With the shortcomings of the previous Cabinet fresh on people’s minds, it was no surprise that many were concerned about how ministers would strive for transparency and accountability. For example, in the Cabinet election debates and interviews hosted by the South Pacific Independent News Network (SPINN), five out of the six interviews and debates had a question mentioning transparency.

Three positions had one person running against no opposition: the Ministers of Defence, Engagement, and Foreign Affairs. In the position of MoD, the only candidate was Witchcraft and Sorcery. W&S is a longtime defender who recently rejoined the SPSF and currently holds the rank of Officer. Since his return, he has been quite active, also serving as the Director of Foreign Affairs of Founderless. His campaign touched on his stance on regional sovereignty, expansion of the non-updater Tidal Force, better recordkeeping, and foreign affairs. The campaign had very little pushback and W&S won the race handily, only losing one vote to Re-Open Nominations (RON).

USoVietnam, the incumbent Minister of Engagement, chose to run for reelection. He has several projects going on within the Ministry that he plans to continue, such as a project to create official informational dispatches infrastructure and a project to create an independent cards organization. The Ministry of Engagement was highly successful in the past term, with not only a lot of work getting done, but also several updates to the public throughout the term to promote transparency. He was popular in the previous term with high approval ratings, helping him win every single vote.

The final uncontested race was the race for the Minister of Foreign Affairs, with only Roavin running. An extremely established figure in both TSP and in the wider gameplay world, Roavin’s ability to be a competent MoFA was not questioned. However, his campaign was not primarily about foreign policy--rather, it revolved around his vision of a new role for ambassadors, who he envisioned would have a more active role, including learning about gameplay to potentially be prepared to be future MoFAs. He did receive some questions about the viability of the program and the details of his foreign policy objectives, as he had only given a vague statement about largely maintaining the status quo in his campaign, including promoting the Partnership for Sovereignty. Ultimately, he was still very popular, losing only two first-place votes out of 40 to RON.

The Minister of Culture race was between North Prarie and Royaltica. Prarie ran on a platform of increasing engagement among staff, creating a TRR-style Culture Calendar, encouraging roleplay, and activities with other members of the Partnership for Sovereignty. Royaltica’s campaign mentioned a variety of things, including their goals for ministry organization, TSP Campus, advertising, and a points system. Royaltica did get some questions regarding their lack of activity in the past term. In contrast, Prarie was more active in TSP in recent months, and with his more fleshed out ideas, he won 33 first place votes to Royalitca’s 5.

Belschaft, Rabbitz, and incumbent Islas were running for Minister of Media. Belschaft ran a unique campaign to abolish the Ministry, saying that it was unnecessary and unhelpful to journalists. Rabbitz’s campaign talked about his plans for pushing defenderism and making more content. Islas’s campaign was mostly about continuing to produce the content that was already being produced, plus more work on some other projects. Curiously, the campaign threads had few questions or comments from voters. However, the debate between the candidates that was hosted by SPINN had some of the most back-and-forth debate between the candidates of all the debates. Belschaft’s idea of abolishing the ministry had some support, but was largely rejected by voters. While Rabbitz and Islas both advocated for a pro-defender bias in MoM publications, Rabbitz seemed to get more opposition for it, potentially due to the fact that he mentioned it in his campaign while Islas didn’t. Likely due to a combination of Rabbitz’s and Belschaft’s unpopular ideas, Islas already producing publications as Minister, and other factors, Islas ultimately won the race. They won 23 first-place votes, Belschaft got 10, Rabbitz got 8, and RON got 3.

For the office of Prime Minister, Glen-Rhodes/Sandaoguo and Jay Coop/Qvait ran. Glen’s campaign focused on setting realistic goals and highlighted his past experience to prove his competence. He stated that the failures of the previous term had to do with big, unachievable goals, so setting realistic goals was especially important. Jay’s campaign mentioned a number of specific things he wanted to do if elected across the ministries. He also emphasized defenderism, including promoting the Partnership for Sovereignty. Both candidates had support, but Glen ultimately won 32 first-place votes to Jay’s 11.

The newly elected Cabinet did not officially enter office until a week after the election concluded to provide time to transition. Right as the term started, the newly elected Prime Minister released an Inaugural Address. In the address, he briefly described the general agenda for each minister. Additionally, Glen also announced the creation of two councils within the Cabinet, the Domestic Affairs Council (composed of the PM, MoC, MoM, and MoE, plus any deputies and advisors), and the Foreign Affairs Council (composed of the PM, MoFA, and MoD, plus any deputies and advisors). The two councils would work on most cross-ministry tasks among themselves, making things more efficient as ministers with unrelated portfolios would have no need to get involved. He also appointed Anjo as the Director of the Office of WA Legislation, a newly-created position after OWL was formalized into law. This was expected, as Anjo was the incumbent Secretary of OWL, which was the name of the position before it was changed when OWL was formalized.

While the term has just begun, there are already some good signs. For one, the Inaugural Address was released, in contrast to the Inaugural Address not being released in the previous term. However, with much of the term yet to happen, we will have to wait and see whether each minister’s promise is fulfilled.
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Kyosson Coup of Warzone Airspace

Satire | WRITTEN BY Crowheim | EDITED BY Editor-In-Chief

BREAKING: The Rejected Times is shocked to report that a Kyosson family reunion taking place in the Warzone Airspace appears to have ended in a hostile takeover of the region and the installation of a puppet regime, called the Kingdom of the Clouds, to rule over the family-owned territory.

Planning for the reunion had been underway for some time, but the location had been decided spur of the moment as Kyossons trickled into what appeared to be a deserted slice of land. Over the course of 12 hours, many prominent members of the family showed up to celebrate, included former Rejected Realms delegate (as well as family patriarch) Kyorgia, as well as various figures from across the world like Agalaesia, BowShot, and Phoenix.

Sometime past midnight partying began over Matriarch's recent ascension to the Rejected Delegacy, and soon the horde of rowdy family members descended upon the region's center of government, which had been abandoned months earlier, and staked their claim to the dilapidated ruins. A new government was established and the region was inducted into the Kyosson Empire, whose other holdings include Kyorgia Puppet Storage and The Rejected Realms (although this second claim is disputed).

The new government was to be named the Kingdom of the Clouds, with Agalaesia serving as the Chancellor of the new region, Kyorgia as the delegate and marquess, and BowShot as the Captain of the Royal Guard. The government stayed in power for around a week until the former owners of the land, the diabolical corporate lawyers of LazCorp descended back upon their territory to reclaim it. Leaders from Osiris and the LWU also arrived with LazCorp to aid in the negotiations.

The Kyosson family sent their Chancellor to negotiate but he unfortunately got stuck in a bathtub and was unable to attend, so the Marquess was sent instead. Neither side reached an agreement but LazCorp's lawyers ended up succeeding in one goal - their legal jargon and legalese bored the Kyosson family to death, and so they departed the region after a short reign as it's rulers.

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Partnership for Sovereignty

News | WRITTEN BY Toerana | EDITED BY Crowheim

The Partnership for Sovereignty, the new World Assembly Bloc on the scene is made up of some of NationStates’ largest and most influential Defender oriented regions. Originally founded by three, prominent defender regions, the Rejected Realms, the South Pacific and 10,000 Islands approximately a month ago, and it has grown to include 6 members, seeing The Union of Democratic States, the Free Nations Region and Spiritus. Its principles are based around core defender beliefs to a region’s right to Self Determination, the growth and encouragement of positive communities and a “respect for the World Assembly and its processes.” This is most notable, as the WA Bloc’s charter explicitly states their opposition to the practice of “approval raiding,” and requires member states act against it. [1] Alongside this, its charter automatically expels any member region that “declares a formal raiding alignment,” [2] solidifying the Bloc as a defender organisation.

Its 6 member regions add up to a total of 17,200 nations, with the combined voting power of the region’s delegates being over 1,580 votes. This places the bloc below WALL in voting power, seeing WALL have approximately 430 votes more than the Partnership.

So far, the Partnership has published 3 recommendations for the Security Council, with two of them relating to the Embassy and its liberation, and the third being a recommendation against Commend HEM, on the grounds of King HEM’s involvement in raider regions and organisations.

Sources & Citations
Partnership for Sovereignty Charter
Recommendations published by the Partnership
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1.c. The Partnership for Sovereignty opposes the practice of approval raiding. Signatories will act against it, including through diplomatic and defensive military action, as each region considers appropriate in the circumstances.
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3. An existing member of the Partnership shall be automatically expelled if they declare a formal raiding alignment.
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Issue LXVII - Shuffling a Deck of Awards

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Issue LXVII | March, 2021


Editor-in-Chief: Toerana
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Game-Created Regions See Delegate Shakeups

Opinion | WRITTEN BY Crowheim | EDITED BY Dyllypoly

Over the past few months, the Game-Created Regions of NationStates (also known as GCRs) have seen a slew of newer delegates taking the reins. Since these regions don’t have founders, selecting a delegate is very important as it means the election of someone who will have near-total control of the region’s onsite functions. Four new delegates in particular have seen a somewhat recent rise to power: McMasterdonia in The North Pacific, Beepee in The South Pacific, Chimes in The Rejected Realms, and Zukchiva in The East Pacific.

About 70 days ago, McMasterdonia assumed the delegacy of The North Pacific for a staggering fifth time. As TNP’s previous longest-serving delegate - setting a record of 251 days during his second tenure - McM is a well-established figure in the region and is well-known across NationStates, having been commended by the Security Council several years ago and having served as the de facto face of TNP for many years. His predecessor, Kranostav, who had been elected after Prydania stepped out of the role due to real-life reasons, ran against McM in the election but was handily defeated in what many perceived to be a more lopsided victory than expected. This was a return to form and precedent for TNP, and McM started his term off immediately with a bang, as the quorum raiding debacle between them and defenderdom began very shortly after his election. One could consider his term beyond that to likely be a typical one, though - a “safe” choice to lead The North Pacific.

Meanwhile, in The Rejected Realms, Jamie (Chimes) was elected after challenging for the role following Sarah’s (A Leaf on the Wind) resignation. They ran against Nequedem (Glacikaldr), Gorundu, BowShot118, and perennial candidate (as well as game moderator) CrazyGirl, sweeping the competition and quite easily securing election for what is likely to be a six-month term. Jamie continues the trend of defenders holding the TRR delegacy, succeeding Sarah and Dead I Jack (both are members of the Grey Wardens and Sarah is a member of the RRA), Kyorgia, who had a more mixed past, and Frattastan, Commander of the RRA and the owner of Libcord. Jamie had previously served as Speaker and World Assembly Officer in the region (as well as Delegate of TNP, being the predecessor to McM’s second term). This can be considered another “safe” play by TRR in electing an established regional name, noted defender, and all-around good guy on NS to represent the region.

The South Pacific’s new delegate, Beepee, has only just assumed the in-game role despite being elected in January, a much longer transition than the other three regions in the article. Nonetheless, Amerion continued to serve as TSP’s in-game delegate while Beepee closed the 300-endorsement gap. In a previous TRT article, Purple Hyacinth, Chair of the South Pacific Assembly, surmised that Beepee would assume the role in around a month but that time came and passed. Beepee ran in a very close election against Rebeltopia and Jay Coop (Qvait) for the role, winning 27 votes to Rebel’s 26 and Jay’s 25. The race was then moved into a gameside poll between Beepee and Rebeltopia, in which the former dominated the competition despite the tight earlier race and secured the delegacy for himself. It’s unclear what he will do in the role, as his campaign was somewhat lacking in the way of promises, but we will hopefully soon find out.

Lastly, The East Pacific, as expected, elected their first Dele-goose, Zukchiva, to serve as the region’s leader. He succeeded Serge (Libertanny) in the role, who moved to his newly founded UCR, Kaer Solas, soon after leaving the delegacy. Zuk ran in a rather uncompetitive election, securing a vast amount of the vote against several competitors. This has been cited as something of a problem in The East Pacific, as elections are non-competitive even quite far ahead of time: Sammy (New Leganes) is already favored to become Delegate after Zukchiva leaves the role. It will be interesting to see what Zuk does in the role, given the broad support he had from TEP’s surprisingly small voting population.

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The 2021 Card Awards

News | WRITTEN BY Minskiev | EDITED BY Dyllypoly

Over the past year, the cards community has grown tremendously, with new organizations popping up, new traders influencing the market, and new collectors building dream decks. In recognition of this, the North Pacific Cards Guild created the 2021 Card Awards to celebrate the past year’s highlights. The event included individual awards intended to celebrate various aspects of the cards scene and recognize the efforts of some of the most notable members of the cards community.

First was the Best Overall Trader award, won by none other than Koem Kab. As first in the world in Deck Value, it's easy to see why they won this one. Next was the Best Rising Star Trader award, which went to Witchcraft and Sorcery. In just three months, he surged from nothing to a Deck Value within the top 20 - definitely deserving of this award! After that, r3n (also known as 1 very fast endotarter or the Northern Light) was named the winner of the Hero of the Year award. r3n is well known for their generosity and involvement in the North Pacific Cards Guild, so this was no surprise. The Villain of the Year was Koem Kab, as they were the first condemned cards player and someone to always look out for on the market. In recognition of their excellent technical work and creation of widely-used scripts to speed up card farming, Racoda was awarded the Most Innovative award. Finally, the winner of the Most Popular award was 9003, a very well-known cards player and organizer. They're also known for trying to collect every common card - a feat they're well on their way towards!

Following these individual awards, there were several awards for events, collections, the best card, card news services, tools, and more - not to mention fun titles given to infamous players and things in the cards community. Overall, the Card Awards were nothing short of good fun and a way to celebrate cards players’ work this past year.

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The 2020 Reject Awards

News | WRITTEN BY Toerana | EDITED BY Dyllypoly

The Reject Awards - a yearly celebration of the events, the people, and the achievements of the past year - began on the 8th of March and were run by Culture Officer Nakari. They ended with an Awards Ceremony for the winners on the 23rd of March.

Through the course of the event, over 200 votes were cast across 13 categories:
Most Outstanding RMBer, Pen & Paper, Quote of the Year, Best Staff Member, Best Legislator, Greymarshes Achievement Award, Veteran Reject Award, Best Government Member, TRR Event of the Year, Most Outstanding Officer, Best Newcomer, RRA Newcomer Soldier and, of course, Reject of the Year.

The Pen & Paper Award was a new addition for this year, while all other categories returned from the 2019 Reject Awards. However, unlike previous years, 19 awards were handed out for the 13 categories, as many votes saw close races and multiple ended in draws.

As to not spoil the results of the awards, they won’t be listed in this article. However, the winners and a full breakdown of the results can be found in the Awards Ceremony thread on TRR’s forums.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Inflation - The Death of the Cards Game

Opinion | WRITTEN BY Toerana | EDITED BY Dyllypoly & Minskiev

Since its reintroduction in December 2019, the Cards “minigame” has grown into a vibrant community of players trading cards, completing collections, and amassing thousands of bank worth of cards - often independent of any region in particular. With the Top 10 Players being valued at 3.86 Million Bank combined, it shows an incredible ability to collect valuable cards - or does it?

Card inflation is the method by which wealthy players artificially boost their deck’s value to extraordinary heights without collecting more conventionally valuable cards. Inflation is created by collecting a fairly large quantity of a rare card (typically CTE’d commons), effectively creating a monopoly on it, and then proceeding to buy and sell it to yourself for a large quantity of bank, thus increasing the value by orders of magnitude. The practice has been used to immense success by prominent members of the card community: 91 inflated cards are now more valuable than the most valuable legendary card in the game, Season 1’s Testlandia, with 75 of these inflated cards being valued at 1,000 bank or more apiece.

However, card inflation was not always so heavily used or as relied on by big card farmers to boost their deck’s value. Before its explosion in popularity, card inflation was used sparingly as a way to give artificial value to a select few rare Ultra Rares, Epics, and Legendaries, with the Season 1 card Soops holding the top spot in value for an extended period of time. This rare use of inflation made users like Farrakhan, TRR’s long-standing informal Vice Delegate, a novelty within the community with their deck of primarily inflated copies of themselves. In more recent times, players have continued to boost their cards, with 9003 recently holding the most valuable epic spot with their Season 1 card. Unlike more recent examples of card inflation, however, these cards were more easily obtainable through card farming due to their lack of ceased-to-exist (CTE’d) status and the lack of a preexisting monopoly on the card. With new cards being pulled by farmers and casual players alike, it also forced the inflators of these cards to consistently spend large amounts of bank to maintain their card’s value, ensuring there was a high cost to maintain the equally high value.

This lack of sustained cost and the monopolization of inflated common cards are only harmful to the cards community. While there are many different ways to play the game, the total value of a player’s deck is the obvious, go-to achievement advertised by the game. It has built-in rankings for the most valuable cards and decks, as well as a stats badge for deck value, which may just serve as further motivation for cards players given the believed impact gold badges have on a card's rarity. The sheer value of some cards players’ decks - such as Koem Kab, the first player to surpass a deck value of one million - is incredibly daunting to players new to both cards and NationStates in general, which may only serve to demotivate those without the dedication to farm hundreds (if not thousands) of puppets to gather wealth more “organically” and could put users off cards for good. Unfortunately, this is a problem that has no solutions that will please both sides. There are, however, possible solutions for this problem.

Firstly, one of the problems helping to exacerbate the issue is the fact it is harder to pull CTE’d cards than non-CTE’d cards. This is a problem that all sorts of cards players face - in particular those in the region collecting community, who often see collections slow to a crawl as they wait for excruciatingly rare cards to be pulled even a year into the season. The fact these cards are hard to find means they can’t easily be deflated by those who want to sell the card to a “market value shark” for a quick buck or by those who intentionally deflate cards. Furthermore, it prevents these cards from seeping into the general population, keeping the artificial value with those who spent effectively nothing to collect it. Making CTE’d cards as easy to find as regular cards would help to reduce the drastic growth in the number of these cards, as it would be easier to deflate them through natural means.

Pushing the idea of player-caused deflation further, increasing the pull chance of a card based on its market value may help to do the trick. Doing so would ensure that people who rely on inflation for their value are constantly working to maintain that value, making these cards more common and thus significantly easier to deflate.

Finally - and likely the most unpopular idea of the three - placing a cap (soft or hard) on the value of cards based on their rarity will ensure that cards do not inflate too far. However, if placed too low, it could see lower-rarity cards of prominent players (such as GCR delegates) be undervalued because of gameplay mechanics. It’s a tricky balance to strike and, if introduced, would be unpopular at implementation.

With the most valuable legendary card nearing being pushed out of the top 100, we could see a continued shift away from traditional methods of gathering deck value and an increased focus on self-centered monopolies on otherwise-worthless cards, being inflated to be valued at thousands of bank, possibly seeing a gradual decline in interest in the cards game for all but a few highly-dedicated inflators and card farmers, unless changes are made to "restore" a more traditional style of play.

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April Elections in the Rejected Realms

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Regularly scheduled elections for all 4 Officer seats and the position of Speaker occurred in The Rejected Realms at the beginning of April. Seven candidates ran for Officer and two candidates (along with a disputed third) ran for the position of Speaker.

Officer Candidates

The Officer elections saw only one incumbent - Agalaesia, who was also previously Editor-in-Chief of The Rejected Times - run for reelection. They ran on an Outreach-centric campaign, which focused on continuing the work that they had been doing alongside the rest of the Outreach Staff. Their previous term saw the reintroduction of the RMB awards and the beginning of the revamping and rewriting of guides designed to help new Rejects further their understanding of the game and the region.

Alongside the continuation of existing work done by the department, Agalaesia mentioned that they wanted Outreach to work closely with other departments to ensure internal activity - a role typically associated with Culture. They wished to see Outreach staff running events and activities for both citizen and non-citizen Rejects, as to encourage new players to become citizens.

Chipmunker, a two-time General Assembly author and relative newcomer to the region, ran on a World Assembly-focused platform, though sizable sections of their campaign were dedicated to Outreach and Culture.

Their World Assembly campaign touched upon many areas. Most notable were the reintroduction of voting recommendations from the World Assembly Office and an emphasis on record keeping, documenting both past and present delegate votes to provide a record of how the region has voted on resolutions.

Their Outreach campaign focused on a renewed effort on the welcoming program, which encourages Outreach Staff to reach out to new members of the discord personally, and a vision which saw Outreach in a "supporting role" to serve as a source of promotion and recruitment for the region's other programs and departments.

In their Culture platform, Chipmunker (Crowheim) most notably proposed the idea of "coup days" - a popular event in The South Pacific where "every week the WFE and possibly a little bit more of the region is rethemed for a day."

Dyl (Dyllypoly), the incumbent two-term Speaker, ran on a platform that emphasised Foreign Affairs as their preferred portfolio.

Their Campaign opened by touching on their past work in Foreign Affairs, then went on to applaud the steps made by Nequedem (Glacikaldr) (the incumbent Foreign Affairs Officer) and Robespierre, including joining the Partnership for Sovereignty. Their campaign then proposed expanding the Diplomatic Corps and introducing junior Ambassadors to allow for greater participation in Foreign Affairs, which is currently limited due to a lack of open Ambassador positions.

Alongside expanding the Diplomatic Corps, they displayed a desire to run more large-scale culture events in cooperation with the Culture Officer and produce a TNP-Style Foreign Affairs Report in order to "keep Rejects up to date with foreign happenings and events."

Grea Kriopia, another relative newcomer to TRR, ran a Culture-focused campaign which called for the continuation of the Culture Calendar first implemented by Deadeye Jack with the inclusion of a greater variety of activities for Rejects to partake in. Alongside this, interregional cultural events and the Discarded Cards League were viewed as both "key FA assets" and "great ways to introduce more [Rejects] into the cards world."

Their platform then moved on to discuss cooperation between Outreach and Culture, hoping to see greater promotion of events on the region's RMB to entice and encourage new players to participate in the region offsite.

Visionary Union, a former Deputy Outreach Officer, ran for Officer on a Culture-focused platform. They advocated for furthering TRR's "legacy of cultural events" through the use of the popular Culture Calendar as well as bringing greater activity to a regional discord favorite - Werewolf. Vis also noted their intent to work with the Foreign Affairs Officer and Outreach Officer to organize interregional events and bring RMB-based Rejects into the discord fold, respectively.

Vis's platform also touched on some ideas for the Outreach portfolio. They wished to continue many of the projects started under Agalaesia but noted that their primary focus would be on increasing regional activity. Vis suggested both drawing the RMB crowd to the regional discord and establishing an endorsement program aimed at promoting both activity and TRR's standing in the Partnership for Sovereignty.

Merlin (Kingdom of Circle of Magi), largely known for their work as a defender in The Grey Wardens, focused on both Culture and World Assembly in his campaign. They supported keeping the Culture Calendar and bringing back more long-term cultural contests. They also called for dedicating Fridays to the worship of both themself and Kyorgia. The World Assembly side of Merlin's campaign, meanwhile, advocated for increased native resolution authorship and the passage of the long-awaited Commend Kyorgia draft.

Kral ran in the election, but didn't publish a portfolio.

Speaker Candidates

The Speaker election saw 3 candidates run, although only 2 were placed on the ballot.

Both Minskiev and Gorundu ran campaigns on maintaining the work done by Dyl, with Gorundu expressing a wish to expand on the newly-created Bill Writing Guild.

Former delegate Kyorgia, in sharp contrast to his opponents, ran a smear campaign, emphasising the fact that Minskiev, as a walrus, is "fat," and made accusations of an apparent attempt by Gorundu to take over TRR as a North Pacific plant. These claims have yet to have been verified. However, Kyorgia never ended up on the ballot.

Results

The Officer election saw Dyl elected first, followed by Chipmunker, then Agalaesia, and finally Grea Kriopia. The Delegate, Chimes, then assigned each Officer their first choice portfolio, assigning Aga as Outreach Officer, Chip as World Assembly Officer, Dyl as Foreign Affairs Officer, and Grea as Culture Officer.

In the Speaker election, Minskiev beat Gorundu 14 to 11 and was thus elected as Speaker.

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Postby Tinhampton » Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:58 am

Firstly, could the Rejected Realms Media Corporation please put their future recruitment classfieds somewhere more prominent than after the second out of five(-ish) articles in future? And secondly, when are we getting the cosmopolitan rebuttal to "Regionalism: A Goal and Progress Oriented Player Experience?"
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Postby Toerana » Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:11 am

Tinhampton wrote:Firstly, could the Rejected Realms Media Corporation please put their future recruitment classfieds somewhere more prominent than after the second out of five(-ish) articles in future? And secondly, when are we getting the cosmopolitan rebuttal to "Regionalism: A Goal and Progress Oriented Player Experience?"

To the first point, I dislike the idea of putting it somewhere too prominent, I don't want to detract from the article. That, and, staff wise, we can only recruit from the citizenry (realistically atm), which makes it largely pointless to put a prominent recruitment ad in the middle of an issue.
To the second question, whenever someone wants to write it :P
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Postby Qvait » Sun Apr 11, 2021 12:22 pm

Congrats to the newly elected officers!
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Postby Kingdom of Circle of Magi » Sun Apr 11, 2021 2:17 pm

Merlin (Kingdom of Circle of Magi), largely known for their work as a defender in The Grey Wardens, focused on both Culture and World Assembly in his campaign. They supported keeping the Culture Calendar and bringing back more long-term cultural contests. They also called for dedicating Fridays to the worship of both themself and Kyorgia. The World Assembly side of Merlin's campaign, meanwhile, advocated for increased native resolution authorship and the passage of the long-awaited Commend Kyorgia draft.

I should've won smh
my idea of dedicating Fridays to the worship of me and Kyorgia was fantastic and ahead of its time, and the lack of knowledge in the voters lead to my platforms failure.

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Postby Varanius » Sun Apr 11, 2021 2:55 pm

Seriously? The death of the card game? Other than being absurdly overdramatic, that characterization is just inaccurate. I mean, as card practices go, the inflation of CTEd commons is rather self-contained. An argument could be made that such inflation increases the difficulty of completing regional card collections, but even then it’s a mild annoyance at best. And the number of commons above Testlandia doesn’t actually harm anything. It’s not some sort of scourge, at worst it’s a slight annoyance. I’ve also been annoyed by things, but I’ve yet to write an entire opinion piece pouting about them :P
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Postby Toerana » Sun Apr 11, 2021 3:08 pm

Varanius wrote:Seriously? The death of the card game? Other than being absurdly overdramatic, that characterization is just inaccurate. I mean, as card practices go, the inflation of CTEd commons is rather self-contained. An argument could be made that such inflation increases the difficulty of completing regional card collections, but even then it’s a mild annoyance at best. And the number of commons above Testlandia doesn’t actually harm anything. It’s not some sort of scourge, at worst it’s a slight annoyance. I’ve also been annoyed by things, but I’ve yet to write an entire opinion piece pouting about them :P

The meer existence of the article proves that it's more than simply an annoyance.
In fact, there's an entire article dedicated to why it may just be more than a slight annoyance. It looks like the Hyperbole worked a treat :P
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