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The Defender Awards 2019 - the Award Ceremony

Postby Numero Capitan » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:59 am

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The annual Defender Awards are (nearly) here!


Update: Voting instructions - viewtopic.php?p=36443090#p36443090

The Defender Awards 2019 will begin on 11th November. We are delighted to be hosted (for the first time) by the South Pacific!

The awards were first envisioned by Northern Chittowa and hosted by the Founderless Regions Alliance for a decade before going on tour to defender regions across NationStates. They are a great look back over the year, a chance to recognise those nations that have served the Defender cause in 2019 and we'd love to have you join us.

The event will be hosted on the South Pacific regional forum from 11th November onwards. All nominations and voting are open to the public so come and get involved.

In the meantime, start getting nostalgic about the events of the last year or take a look back at past winners on the dispatch here.

Our Award categories for this year are:

Defender of the Year Award
The Ananke Award - for spotting invasions
The Anarchotopia Award - for the best region or organization
The Blackbird Award - for the ‘best’ invader group
The Sir Lans Award - for the ‘updater’ of the year
The Karputsk Award - for the nation who was most effective at leading liberations
The Eluvatar Award - for Tech contributions to the Defender cause
The (embarrassingly named) Numero Capitan Award - for Intel contributions to the Defender cause
The Operation of the Year
The Best Newcomer Award
The World Assembly Security Council Award
The Worst Invader Group Award
The Meltdown of the Year
The Best Defender Quote
The Lifetime Achievement Award for Dedication to Defending





If you have any questions feel free to contact myself, Roavin or Twobagger as organisers.

Quick link to the South Pacific regional forums (external link)
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Postby Wabbitslayah » Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:50 am

No awards for Falconias! >:(
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Postby Aclion » Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:40 am

Let's just get the obvious out of the way.
Operation of the Year: The TEP Liberation
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Postby Numero Capitan » Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:37 am

Aclion wrote:Let's just get the obvious out of the way.
Operation of the Year: The TEP Liberation


Not necessarily, there’s been some psychic defenses and the like that deserve credit for individual ingenuity
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Postby Lord Dominator » Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:47 am

Not sure if the TEP Liberation would logically count - the bulk of central planning seemed to have been done by pilers, and every alignment/gameplay ideology other than Imperialist was represented by pilers (Francoism supposedly lacks a region and thus is excluded).

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Postby Indo-Malaysia » Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:30 pm

Am I okay to cast my votes here?
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Postby Numero Capitan » Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:16 pm

Indo-Malaysia wrote:Am I okay to cast my votes here?


Nope but there will be an on site voting option once we’ve been through the Nomination process
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Postby Defender Awards 2019 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:39 am

The awards have now begun - https://tspforums.xyz/thread-7616.html

Please stop by and add your nominations for award winners, everyone welcome!

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Postby Defender Awards 2019 » Sat Nov 16, 2019 3:16 pm

We are now close to the start of the voting, there are only 10 hours to make any final nominations for the Awards.
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The Ballot Paper

Postby Defender Awards 2019 » Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:58 am

Votes to be sent by private message to 'Daytime to Night' (TSP forum) or by telegram to 'Defender Awards 2019' on Nationstates. Please provide your main nation on the ballot and don't attempt to vote twice using puppets.

Please only vote for one nominee under each award or your vote will be discounted. Feel free to only vote for certain awards if you wish.

Voting closes at 2200 GMT on 22nd November 2019.



Your Main Nation:

Defender of the Year: Haku // Kanta Häme // Sir Merlin //Twobagger

The Ananke Award (spotting invasions): Kanta Häme // Kuriko

The Anarchotopia Award (best Defender region or organization): Ten Thousand Islands Treaty Organization (TITO) //  The Grey Wardens (TGW)

The Blackbird Award (most worthy opponent): The Black Hawks // Lily // Lone Wolves United // Plastic plant in corner of Max Barrys office

The Sir Lans Award (best updater):  Haku/Hired Contractor // Shy Guyia // Sir Merlin // Twobagger

The Karputsk Award (leading liberations):  Frattastan // Haku // Karputsk // Nakari // tupelope

The Numero Capitan Award (intel contributions):  Confedracy // frattastan // Haku

The Operation of the Year Award:  Liberation of Anontia // Liberation of Stargate // Liberation of Kyorgia puppet storage

The Best Newcomer Award:  Hartfelden // Matthew/The United Vex Imperium // phoenixofthesun

The World Assembly Security Council Award:  Kuriko // Sargon Reman

The Worst Invader Group Award:  Confederation of Corrupt Dictators // Intruders // The Wolf Clan

The Meltdown of the Year Award:  Fedele's short-lived coup of the East Pacific // Padfootia's various attempts to start a region/military // The Iron Confederacy

The Lifetime Achievement Award for Dedication to Defending:  Benevolent Thomas // Deadeye Jack // Dyr Nasad // Guy // Kanta Häme

The Best Defender Quote Award:  tupelope // Nakari // Kanta Hame // Kanta Hame and Haku



For reference:

tupelope: they didnt even want phillipenis anyways

Context - something about the Black Hawks doing nothing
Nakari - TBH are staunch pacicificms

Kante Häme -
Take that ban finger up your rrrrrrrrrectum
Always so satisfying
BOOOM
F#&k YOU BICH PUPPY

Kanta Häme: https://www.nationstates.net/#
Haku: sorry that looks undefendable
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Postby Defender Awards 2019 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:23 am

Thanks to everyone who has voted so far - only eight hours left to vote

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Postby Cormactopia Prime » Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:38 am

I hope Benevolent Thomas wins the Lifetime Achievement Award. It's worth noting the impact he had on building up both of the only two militaries that were nominated for the Anarchotopia Award, though that's not to diminish the impact others have had on building up those and other defender militaries.

Congratulations to those nominated and whoever wins each award, and to defenders generally for a solid showing in R/D this year.

I'm taking it as a personal victory that I wasn't nominated for Meltdown of the Year for a change. :P
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Postby Defender Awards 2019 » Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:20 am

Friends, foes and everything in between, the Defender Awards are now reaching their glorious end and we can announce our winners.

Firstly thanks again to the South Pacific as our hosts, thanks to Omega for their warm welcome on behalf of the Foreign Affairs team:

"I am very excited that TSP is hosting the defender awards and I extend a sincere welcome to all of those visiting us for the event."

I would like to personally thank Roavin and Twobagger for helping make these awards happen. Now onto the awards!

Defender of the Year

We had four very worthy candidates for this important award, and voting was close, but the award was ultimately won by Haku, First Warden of the Order of the Grey Wardens, who has been a relentless presence over the year and has shown ingenuity in stopping raids even with the odds stacked against us.

The Ananke Award

The Ananke Award is given to the nation that has been most effective at spotting invasions so defenders can respond. The award goes to Kanta Häme of the Ten Thousand Islands Treaty Organisation (TITO), who also wins the award for teaching me how to write an umlaut on this keyboard!

The Anarchotopia Award

This award was merged with the Eagles Disobey Award this year and is awarded to the best defender region or organisation this year. The two candidates for this award would both have been worthy winners but the eventual winner was the Ten Thousand Islands Treaty Organisation (TITO), who have won the award for the fourth time!!

The Blackbird Award

This awards has been controversial this year with some nations not wanting to recognise the raider region considered our most worthy opponent over the last year, but the award has been a tradition dating back to the Second Annual Defender Awards in 2007. 

However, despite three previous winners being nominated, our most worthy opponent this year is a plastic plant in the corner of Max Barry's office. Better luck next time folks (seriously though its an invasive species and needs to be dealt with...)

The Sir Lans Award

This award is given to the best updater, and recognises the individual sacrifice of nations who have given up significant time to be available when called upon (often at short notice).

The winner of the Award this year is Twobagger of the Ten Thousand Islands Treaty Organisation (TITO), who has willingly assisted in so many operations regardless of the region leading them. Congratulations Twobagger!

The Karputsk Award

A relative newcomer to the Defender Awards, the Karputsk Award recognises nations that excel at leading liberations, often requiring significant expertise, preparation and tact. This award had the joint most nominations but the eventual winner was Frattastan of the Rejected Realms Army!

The Eluvatar Award

This award recognises the vital contribution nations have made to improving the technology available to Defenders and the unique skillset those individuals bring to our community. There was only one person who was going to win this award this year and the consensus pick was Vincent Drake, who continues to refine and improve the Breeze extension used for chasing invasions.

The Numero Capitan Award

Clearly the most important award, the award is given to the nation that has contributed the most to Defender intelligence and used it in a way that benefits the community in our ultimate goal of keeping free regions free.

The winner of the award is Frattastan of the Rejected Realms, who takes home his second award of the event!

The Operation of the Year Award

This award speaks for itself and there was a clear winner, the siege and eventual liberation of Anontia in early July.

The region was taken by a large group of raiders as part of the 'RaiderCon' event, but was liberated by an even bigger group of defenders and independents jumping in at update. The liberating force was a combined group largely from the Rejected Realms, the South Pacific, the Order of the Grey Wardens, 10000 Islands and the North Pacific - so this ones for all of you who were involved!

Best Newcomer Award

Our only two-way tie of the event! The joint-winners go hand in hand, Matthew/The United Vex Imperium of Hartfelden and Hartfelden itself!!

The region announced its new defender policy only a few months ago and has made a significant contribution to update operations since. Matthew has embraced his new role as a key part of the update squad.

The World Assembly Security Council Award

This has been a relatively quite year for Security Council activity with very few liberation proposals required, but when they have been Kuriko of 10000 Islands has been a persuasive voice in the Council, most recently authoring the resolution to liberate Aurelia.

The Worst Invader Group

We get to see some fairly laughable attempts at raiding from time to time, and other times are amazed that regions that should know better haven't learnt basic things. Our light-hearted jab this year is won by the Confederation of Corrupt Dictators!

The Meltdown of the Year Award

The award most people don't want to get but some have a personal affinity with. The easy winner of the award this year was Fedele's short-lived coup of the East Pacific, which was dealt with decisively by natives and foreign actors alike.

The Best Defender Quote Award

Despite some strong (ridiculous) individual efforts, the award goes to our only double act, award winners Kanta Häme and Haku for this:
Kanta Häme: https://www.nationstates.net/#
Haku: sorry that looks undefendable


The Lifetime Achievement Award for Dedication to Defending

The biggest award of the event, this award recognises a nation that has given years of service, committed to the Defender cause across their Nationstates career and has led the way in their own way.

In a packed field of five candidates, the winner this year is responsible for the success of so many other award winners this year and in previous years. I had the privilege to serve alongside them in my own military in 2016, until they went on to revive the Order of the Grey Wardens, having previously been a key player in the Ten Thousand Islands Treaty Organization and the Founderless Regions Alliance, amongst others. 

They were omnipresent during some tough years, leading hundreds of victories even during the events that lead to the Predator scandal and did so with class and resilience. I am sure this winner needs no introduction to many of you, so congratulations to Benevolent Thomas for being the latest recipient of this great award.

And with that this year's awards have come to a close, thank you so much to everyone for making this event happen and for voting for the eventual winners. Until next time!

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Postby A Bloodred Moon » Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:04 am

Congratulations to the nominees! All good choices.

Well, looks like we lost to the plants. Those bloody NPO plants are everywhere these days. I knew I should have imported more LWUserite voters.

Most of all, I must say I am glad BT got the Lifetime achievement award. Congrats, BT, on a well-deserved award. :)
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Postby Numero Capitan » Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:44 am

Congratulations to all the winners, now can you all let me go back to my slumber/armchair

A Bloodred Moon wrote:Well, looks like we lost to the plants. Those bloody NPO plants are everywhere these days. I knew I should have imported more LWUserite voters.


:lol2: gave me a chuckle
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Postby Cormactopia Prime » Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:19 am

Really glad to see Benevolent Thomas did in fact win the Lifetime Achievement Award. Congrats BT, much deserved.

Congratulations to the other winners as well!
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Postby Wabbitslayah » Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:04 am

The fact Dyr didn't win proves this is a sham.
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Postby Paffnia » Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:35 pm

Congratulations to all the winners!
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Postby Lord Dominator » Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:50 pm

The Green Shrubbery prevails over all challengers!

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Postby Ysp » Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:52 am

As the founder of Plastic plant in corner of Maxs Office I am most honoured to accept this award.

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Postby Numero Capitan » Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:37 am

Lord Dominator wrote:The Green Shrubbery prevails over all challengers!


Sorry to disappoint but the award implicitly recognises that inanimate synthetics make far better raiders than any photosynthetic eukaryotes or eukaryotes in general (lilies, hawks, wolves)
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Postby Lord Dominator » Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:15 am

Numero Capitan wrote:
Lord Dominator wrote:The Green Shrubbery prevails over all challengers!


Sorry to disappoint but the award implicitly recognises that inanimate synthetics make far better raiders than any photosynthetic eukaryotes or eukaryotes in general (lilies, hawks, wolves)

Typical defender lies, tsk tsk

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Postby Benevolent Thomas » Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:43 pm

Thank you Numero and TSP for hosting these awards. In the years following the decline of the Founderless Regions Alliance, it has been immensely difficult to get these awards consistently on track and to drive enthusiasm for a formal recognition of the hard work a great many individuals put into the cause of regional sovereignty. Thank you to everyone that voted for me and those of you who have exclaimed their support of my nomination on this forum and elsewhere. There are many deserving nations that are due this recognition and many more that should be recognized for their efforts by the World Assembly. There are so many of you that have bet on me over the past seven and a half years and I dedicate this award to all of you. We accomplished so much together and its been my pleasure and immense honor to have served with you and to take the brunt of the credit for our efforts.

I have a few cliches I'd like to share with any aspiring defenders out there:

-Never let anyone tell you what you can and can't do (outside of site rules, of course).
-Be the change you wish to see.
-Do not let others define you or your narrative.
-Showing up is 90% of the job.

I still haven't made peace with the fact that I will not win the Sir Lans Award...

See you all in 2020 ;)
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