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Sarzonia
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NS Arena Bowl VII Sign-Ups/Host Bids

Postby Sarzonia » Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:54 am

It's about that time for the premier indoor football (also known as Arena Football) tournament in NationStates!

Even though the RL Arena Football League is no more, that fast paced brand of American football still has its admirers and this sport still has its avid practitioners. Saint Kanye won the last Arena Bowl. Will they repeat as champions or will someone else hold the trophy aloft? Let's find out!

For this seventh edition of the NS Arena Bowl (not counting the invitational tournament that begat the Arena Bowl, the Sarzonian Indoor Gridball Invitational Tournament known as Arena Bowl 0), please indicate your intent to sign up here. If you would like to submit a host bid, please do so here as well. Also, if you are signing up a second nation (known as a "puppet"), in keeping with standard NS protocols, please indicate in your puppet sign up post that you're signing up as a puppet of your parent nation. In addition, please confirm your puppet status with a post from your parent nation.

Example: Nowherestan: Nowherestan signs up as a puppet of Sarzonia
Sarzonia: Confirming puppet status of Nowherestan.

Once a host is voted upon and approved, they can decide where and how to cut off sign-ups and get the RP thread going.

Let's have some fun!

Sign-ups (16/??)

1. Sarzonia
2. Lisander
3. Delaclava
4. Sixty-ninE X
5. Kohnhead
6. Megistos
7. Kriegiersien
8. Golgothastan
9. HUElavia
10. Northwest Kalactin
11. The Jovannic
12. Abanhfleft
13. Jeckland
14. Silver Beach
15. Devonta
16. Terre Septentrionale

Host Bids (1/??)
1. Golgothastan
Last edited by Sarzonia on Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:14 am, edited 13 times in total.
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Lisander
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Postby Lisander » Mon Jul 20, 2020 12:00 pm

NS Arena Bowl V Champions back in action.

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Postby Delaclava » Mon Jul 20, 2020 12:00 pm

Let's take this inside!
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Postby Sixty-ninE X » Mon Jul 20, 2020 12:06 pm

Let's Go!

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Postby Kohnhead » Mon Jul 20, 2020 12:10 pm

Kohnhead is in
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Kriegiersien
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Postby Kriegiersien » Mon Jul 20, 2020 12:29 pm

We will test our Olympic Football team there.

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Postby Golgothastan » Mon Jul 20, 2020 12:49 pm

We sign up.

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Postby Free Republics » Mon Jul 20, 2020 1:20 pm

The Free Republics will be back for another shot at winning this.
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1st: DBC 28, X Winter Olympics, Independents Cup 4, CoH 66, WBC 46, World Bowl XXXVIII, World Cup 85
2nd: World Cup 68, DBC 27, U15WC 8, UWCFA Gold Cup I, BoI 15, 2nd Imperial Chap Olympiad, NSCF 11
Host: World Cups 68 & 81, CoH 58, Games of XIII Olympiad, X Winter Olympics, World Bowls XXII, XXXI & XXXVIII, WBCs 42 & 46, RUWC 25
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Postby The Jovannic » Mon Jul 20, 2020 7:43 pm

I'm in my friends.
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Postby Abanhfleft » Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:59 pm

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Postby Jeckland » Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:44 am

Here come the Spuds
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Postby Silver Beach » Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:42 pm

Meet me inside.

The Arena Bowl II champs are back!
Head of State: President Gabriel Kantor
Champions of- International Cardinal's Cup 1, Arena Bowl II
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Postby Golgothastan » Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:10 am

The Afordble Bid For Arena Bowl VII: Golgothastan

The IC rationale for this bid, as has been the case with previous Golgothastan bids, is that the impoverished nation wants to attract tourist capital, but believes that hosting a ‘budget’ tournament will be a more afordble option for them (sadly, even the extra f and a in ‘affordable’ were too expensive for the bidding committee). Because of the reduced size of arena football rosters and playing surfaces compared to Austinite football (for IC purposes, Golgothastani references to ‘American football’ will be to ‘Austinite football’; of course no one else is obliged to recognize this distinction) the Arena Bowl is a great fit.

National Profile

Golgothastan is a nation that has been through many transitions, most notably renaming everything in the country after Sigur Ros songs in deference to President-for-Life (now “Staralfur”) Bort Chocowitz, who is constitutionally prohibited from resigning and whom the Secret Service work tirelessly to keep from escaping, as he is the only competent person in the entire country. Golgothastanis speak a mixture of English, Icelandic, Hopelandic, and completely made-up words, making them highly accessible to tourists: simply screeching in high-pitched wails will likely get you the right order at a restaurant (so long as you ordered turnip). Additionally, Golgothastanis are sporting enthusiasts: though their own teams can rarely aford to participate in international competitions, Golgothastan is extremely highly ranked in football hooliganism, and is the birthplace of many of the leading tactics in this regards, such as the “West Coast offense” (where football hooligans from the East Coast attack football hooligans from the West Coast), the “air raid formation” (where hooligans form strategic shelters to protect themselves from canisters of aerial tear gas), and the “wildcat formation” (where wildcat strikers from the nation’s few working industries join in pitched street battles with right-wing hooligan gangs).

Golgothastan is not a wealthy country, and therefore offers an afordble option for hard working football teams on a budget. Most meals come accompanied by free drinks, as do purchases at shops, visits to museums, attendances at religious services, testimonies before Congressional committee, and refills at petrol stations. Compared to foreign markets, items such as food, clothes, and human organs can be bought very cheaply. Teams will stay at EconoHeima hotels (including a free traditional Golgothastani breakfast of fried liver, blood pudding, and mixed meat sausage) and travel around the country on the Super!! Andvari!! bus service (where they will be invited to share in a complimentary "one for the road" with their friendly driver, every four miles). The people of Golgothastan are very welcoming of foreign visitors, especially rich ones. It is strongly advised that teams and supporters considering the trip to Golgothastan take out insurance beforehand, and where possible avoid bringing expensive items such as jewelry, electronics, and children. Visitors need not worry about xenophobia, however: Golgothastanis are equal opportunities swindlers, and will take advantage of anyone, no matter their skin colour or cultural background.

Bid format

One look at the national accounts will tell you that Golgothastanis are not the most mathematically accomplished, and therefore the simplest possible format will be used. There will be no ranks (trust me, you do not want to get involved in Golgothastani betting syndicates if you value your money, pride, or toenails). All teams will be sorted into equal-sized groups; the exact size and number of these groups will be dependent on final numbers. Golgothastanis are extremely proud of political independence (meaning that original nations will be favored over puppets) but also extremely amenable to bribes (meaning that any puppets will be accepted in order to make up numbers). If by a convenient point we have reach ‘convenient number + 1’ signups, in a striking display of sportspersonship, the Golgothastani team itself will withdraw from competition and still host the tournament. (They will, however, be demanding their deposit back.)

Each group will be located in a particular Golgothastani city, details to be furnished, and play all their games there. There will be single round-robin groups, with tie-breakers:

  1. H2H wins
  2. H2H points difference
  3. H2H points for
  4. Overall points difference
  5. Overall points for
This is not a traditionally Golgothastani order of doing things (which would involve privileging overall points difference, and would also involve more nudity) but the bidders feel it is appropriate as it’s the way it’s generally been done at the Arena Bowl. See? What a nice, accommodating people. I bet you didn’t even notice your watch was missing.

After the group stage, we will proceed straight to a single-elimination play-off round. Seeding will be done with the following considerations in mind: group winners take top seeds, groupmates avoid first round replays. A play-in round may be included if there’s an awkward number of groups.

Scorination will be once every 2 days, at the same time (probably mid-morning GMT [Golgothstani Meerkat Time]). The aim is to have a fairly short, compact tournament that doesn’t overlap too much with the Olympics or World Cup, both of which the Golgothastanis plan to watch despite no domestic involvement, and also because prolonged exposure to Golgothastani drinking water risks exposing visiting teams to health risks such as cholera, typhoid, and pregnancy.

In keeping with previous tournaments I have hosted, prior to the final there will be a ‘team of the tournament’ announced by Golgothastani media. Note that Golgothastani journalists have little appreciation for the nuances of football, so criteria such as fun and exciting plays, players with interesting off-field personal stories, or just people with weird names, are likely to factor into their considerations.

The RP bonus will be set appropriately high. Despite the debatably silly nature of the national profile, serious-times RP about match scores will earn high points, as will those who want to engage with the hosting country.

Golgothastan was able to purchase a “nearly new” version of xkoranate 0.3.3 that “fell off the back of a lorry”, and have since downloaded the Free Republics arena football modifications accidentally while surfing for porn. After testing the two formulae out, they were disappointed to find neither was the formula for glass crystal meth, and have reluctantly settled on the World Bowl XXXII + IFAF overtime as the better of the two.

In short, the aim is to have a short, fun tournament that promotes RP. I am happy to answer questions, but I am not going to be specific about tournament numbers because I think it’s better to wait until I am in control of sign-ups than rashly promise a 16-team tournament and have 17 and 18 sign up while I can’t control that.

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Postby Sarzonia » Thu Jul 23, 2020 1:12 pm

Sign-up list updated through Silver Beach.

Golgothastan's host bid is also noted and linked in the OP.
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Postby Free Republics » Sat Jul 25, 2020 3:27 am

I withdraw.
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1st: DBC 28, X Winter Olympics, Independents Cup 4, CoH 66, WBC 46, World Bowl XXXVIII, World Cup 85
2nd: World Cup 68, DBC 27, U15WC 8, UWCFA Gold Cup I, BoI 15, 2nd Imperial Chap Olympiad, NSCF 11
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Postby Saint Kanye » Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:11 pm

Unfortunately, I won't be back to defend my title. I'm on hiatus.

Maybe the one after?
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Postby Sarzonia » Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:03 pm

It's a shame you're on hiatus right now. The Stars were itching to get you back for last time!

Administrative housekeeping matters:

Free Republics' withdrawal has been noted in the OP. We're currently at 14 sign-ups, so we'll go ahead and get started with the voting for host.

Your options for the host vote are as follows:

1. Accept the Golgothastan bid
2. Vote to re-open bids.

Since there is no other bid in the works, we will not be doing ranked choice voting. Anyone who is currently signed up is eligible to vote. You will have until 8 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 29 to TG your vote to Sarzonia.
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Postby Sarzonia » Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:15 pm

Just a reminder that we have less than 24 hours to go in the host voting.

I've received a few votes so far. Last chance to make your voice heard!
World Lacrosse Council President. Member of the FWC and WBC Councils and the WCoH Federation.
World Cup 22; World Baseball Classic 18; Di Bradini Cup 8 (U21 World Cup 29); World Bowl XI & XIV; FHWC 15 & 18; Quidditch World Cup 9; NS World Cup of Masters; World Indoor Soccer Championship I; Aussie Rules Football World Cup I; World Softball Classic I; AOCAF XII & XXIX; 3-time Draggonnii Inviyatii champions; 4-time IBC champions; 5-time WLC winners and Scott Cup champions.
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Postby Terre Septentrionale » Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:58 pm

Looks like you need a 16th nation so I'm in!
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Ranks: Hockey: 20th | American Football: 12th | Baseball: 19th | Association Football: 29th | Rugby Union: 42nd
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Postby Sarzonia » Wed Jul 29, 2020 6:47 pm

So, the voting deadline has passed. Here are the results:

1. ACCEPT the Golgothastan bid: 3 votes
2. RE-OPEN host bids: 0

Therefore, Golgothastan are the hosts of Arena Bowl VII. The tournament is now theirs!
World Lacrosse Council President. Member of the FWC and WBC Councils and the WCoH Federation.
World Cup 22; World Baseball Classic 18; Di Bradini Cup 8 (U21 World Cup 29); World Bowl XI & XIV; FHWC 15 & 18; Quidditch World Cup 9; NS World Cup of Masters; World Indoor Soccer Championship I; Aussie Rules Football World Cup I; World Softball Classic I; AOCAF XII & XXIX; 3-time Draggonnii Inviyatii champions; 4-time IBC champions; 5-time WLC winners and Scott Cup champions.
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Postby Golgothastan » Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:03 am

Thank you.

I am going to say as host that sign-ups are provisionally CLOSED now, as we have 16 sign-ups. Any new sign-ups will be accepted only should any of the currently signed-up teams withdrew prior to me conducting the group draw.


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