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A place to spoil daily issues for those who haven't had them yet, snigger at typos, and discuss ideas for new ones.
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The Writers' Block

Postby Frisbeeteria » Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:48 pm

This thread is a place where aspiring issue authors can discuss ideas, problems, creative solutions, and other aspects of the NationStates issue creation process.

This is NOT a thread to complain or comment about existing issues. It’s also not for material that is well covered in the Got Issues Forum FAQ. If you have questions that aren’t answered by the FAQ, search the Got Issues forum for an existing thread on the subject, or start a new thread if it hasn’t been covered.

The Lounge is intended as a place to relax, much like the GA's Stranger's Bar or General's The Eternal Thread. Conversations may be OOC or IC as suits you. Please keep things civil - as elsewhere, the normal rules of NationStates apply.

Enjoy!
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Postby Nation of Quebec » Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:49 pm

The following are a list of ideas for issues. They generally address omissions in our current line-up of issues. Authors are free to pick any of these to work on - and there's nothing wrong with several people doing so. At times we will remove ideas from the list, either as we work on a submission that covers it, or when we add an issue to the game. Please check back regularly if you're working on one.

If you do choose to work on one submit it the normal way in-game. While you can draft your issue on the forum, we will not accept people trying to submit their issue through the forum.

Additionally, be aware that these are just suggestions. Submissions don't have to deal with one of these areas - and you can be flexible with these suggestions. Finally, writing an issue for one of these ideas does not guarantee that it will be added to the game.

This list will be updated periodically as new issues are added and as new ones are needed.

  • Trial by media
  • Access to information laws
  • A shortage of judges
  • A shortage of the drugs required for lethal injections
  • Follow-up issues regarding a national anthem
  • Non-lethal methods of criminal punishment
  • A shortage of judges
  • Citizens accidentally discovering a top secret government base
  • Free speech rights vs the rights of a privately held website
  • The costs of upkeeping @@LEADER@@'s official residence - a folow up to Making A House A Home
  • Public shaming
  • Morality and legality of scalping
  • Medical tourism
  • The nation's leader pardoning criminals
  • Suing the government/police/other government agencies
  • "Essential workers" (ex: police, fire departments, health care workers), going on strike/unionizing
  • The amalgamation of @@CAPITAL@@ and other major cities with their surrounding areas
  • Issues surrounding a nation having a dinosaur park
  • Issues surrounding state controlled media
  • Issues surrounding mercenaries, especially if they're already used in the nation
  • Issues specifically for dealing with an agrarian society (a nation without technology and dependent on agriculture)
  • An issue for vegetarian nations that is NOT about reversing it
  • A specific reversal issue for nations that have abolished their upper house (see Bicameral Backlash)
  • A specific reversal issue for nations that have banned zoos
  • A specific reversal issue to legalise abortion in nations that have banned it
  • A specific reversal issue for nations who have chosen to adopt proportional representation
  • A specific reversal issue for nations that have legalised same sex marriage.
  • A specific reversal issue for nations that have established term limits (#54
  • A specific reversal issue for nations that have banned circumcision (#467)
  • A specific reversal issue for nations that have allowed police to have cars while the rest of the populace does not have cars, and which reverts the situation to nobody being allowed cars.
  • A specific reversal on implementing subcutaneous identification microchips
  • A specific reversal issue for nations that have stopped foreigners from running for office (#427)
  • Issues about the metric system, including a reversal
  • Issues about organ harvesting
  • An issue about female genital mutilation (please keep this tasteful)
  • Issues addressing specific industries, or combinations of them. Think of the consequences of having a large or small industry, the problems they might face when growing or shrinking, or the trade-offs between various industries. There are some severely lacking in issues, such as: basket weaving, gambling, furniture restoration, fishing, pizza delivery, woodchipping, soda sales.

If you have questions about any of these suggestions, feel free to ask in this thread.
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Postby Frisbeeteria » Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:19 pm

An Issue Author’s Primer

Basics of writing issues can be found in the How To Write An Issue sticky at the top of the Got Issues forum. I’ve included some additional useful authoring information below. None of this is new; it just hasn’t necessarily been collected in one place before.

The NationStates Issues **SPOILER ALERT** should be any author’s first stop. You want to add issues that haven’t been well covered in the past. This thread may be a source of ideas as well.


The charts on various nation pages reveal a lot about the game. The Trend chart shows the three basic freedom scales: Civil Rights (personal freedoms), Economy (economic strength) and Political Freedoms. Understanding these three items is key to understanding issue authoring.


The People chart shows Leading Cause of Death. They are: Old Age, Involuntary Euthanasia, Work, Heart Disease, Malnourishment, War, Disappearance, Suicide While in Police Custody, Murder, Capital Punishment, Ritual Sacrifice, Scurvy, Nuclear Spill, Exposure, Vat Leakage, Accident, Space Shuttle Mishap, Bungee Jumping, @@animal@@ Attack, Lost in Wilderness, Cancer, Sunburn, and Acts of God. Note that issue effects have a bearing on these - you won’t have deaths from capital punishment in a nation that has banned it. You can figure out the rest.


The Government chart shows the various governmental departments in your nations. They are: Administration, Foreign Aid, Commerce & Industry, Defense, Education, Environment, Healthcare, Law & Order, Public Transport, Religion & Spirituality, Social Welfare and Social Policy & Equality. Not every nation will choose to have all of these departments. Your issues will help them make those decisions.


The Economy chart shows how much of the economy is made up of Private Industry, State-Owned Industry, Government, and the Black Market.


The Analysis page is one of the most useful for aspiring authors. You can get all sorts of ideas for changes to your nations from the various charts. See this thread in Technical for a complete list of Census Score categories.


Ballo’s spoiler list shows the industries of NationStates. @@MAJORINDUSTRY@@: is your nation's biggest industry from the list. The industry list: Arms Manufacturing, Automobile Manufacturing, Basket Weaving, Beef-Based Agriculture, Book Publishing, Cheese Exports, Door-to-Door Insurance Sales, Furniture Restoration, Gambling, Information Technology, Pizza Delivery, Retail, Soda Sales, Tourism, Trout Farming, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports. There is a little wiggle room when using these industries. For instance, if you want an issue about the dairy industry, it’s probably safe to use Cheese Exports to represent it. Pizza Delivery can be used to represent the entire fast food industry, and can conceivably represent the entire restaurant industry. Use your judgment, and remember that these are only suggestions. Issue Mods will make the final determination of [stats].
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Postby Frisbeeteria » Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:20 pm

15 April 2012: June 5, 2017 Issues Discord chat channel for aspiring authors, issue editors, and issue staff is now open.

Sanctaria wrote:**Attention**

We understand that issue writing is a long drawn out process1 and that the guidance2 from Issues Editors and Mods, as well as other players, is crucial to developing the best possible issue.

In that vein, and because we all love you3, we have decided to launch a new sort of service where Issues Editors and Mods will be at your beck-and-call4 to give advice in writing your issue.

We are very proud5 to inform you all that various Editors and Mods can now be found on Discord 24/76! Just pop along to http://www.discord.gg/MqzCPkw where you can ask questions, give advice, laugh at really bad attempts7, or just chat.

So! We hope to see some/most/all of you there whenever you need us!


1. It's not a long, drawn out process if you're any good at it.
2. I say guidance, I mean orders.
3. We don't.
4. We won't.
5. We're not. This is just more work that's probably going to cause us more problems in the long run.
6. LOL! Yeah right.
7. Mainly this.
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Postby Frisbeeteria » Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:21 pm

Response to anyone asking "what does this issue do?!?!" :oops: :unsure:

Frisbeeteria wrote:If <foo> is mentioned repeatedly in the issue description and options, chances are that <foo> will be affected. Whether it goes up, down, or sideways can best be determined by reading and analyzing the text, making a choice, and coming back the next day to see what happened.

This is true for all issues and all options. We really don't need a hundred threads like this.
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Postby Great Imperial Bourgeois Germany » Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:24 pm

Hm... the Collection of Writers?

EDIT: Nah, sounds too much like some weird union.
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Postby Machtergreifung » Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:24 pm

Authortorium?

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Postby Unibot II » Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:30 pm

The Chamber of the Order of Violet, Papa Pallocci's Pizza Pagoda, Patriots' Tea and Biscuits Club...

You know silly stuff from issues.
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Postby Panageadom » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:10 pm

Personally, I like it. Sounds like a rather pleasant room, cosy in the East India Club with rather too many leather upholstered sofas.
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Postby Frenequesta » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:31 pm

I've never seen "Space Shuttle Mishap" on the charts. Is there a certain issue that causes this?
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Postby Frisbeeteria » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:45 pm

Frenequesta wrote:I've never seen "Space Shuttle Mishap" on the charts. Is there a certain issue that causes this?

Some causes of death require a pretty specific combination of effects, possibly including a significant random factor. There are issues that shape the event, but you can't point to one and say "here it is".

Since this is the Author's Lounge, I'll tell authors to not plan on including Causes of Death in issue stats unless it's crucial to the issue premise. There are too many possible factors to guarantee a specific reflection in your national stats.

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Postby Ballotonia » Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:37 am

How about the name "Problem-Causing Locale". Cause that's where the dilemma's originate from, and so the authors are sort-of to blame for nation's troubles... And I'll make sure to keep a list of the troublemakers, and the problems they cause ;)

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Postby Frisbeeteria » Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:27 am

Frenequesta wrote:I've never seen "Space Shuttle Mishap" on the charts. Is there a certain issue that causes this?

It occurs to me that perhaps I could have answered ...

"Not yet ... ?"

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Postby Dukopolious » Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:22 pm

How about "The red pen"? Because red pens are usually used to Edit Re-write, and with issues authors are often making drafts, and others players are using their "Red pens" to edit them.

I was also thinking about "The Gilded Quill" If you want to sound elegant. No particular reason behind that.
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Postby Dukopolious » Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:25 pm

Isn't "Administration" also on the government chart?
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Postby Frisbeeteria » Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:39 pm

The name I like best out of all the suggestions is a hybrid: "The Author's Tea and Biscuits Lounge". If there is a rousing round of "Huzzahs!", I'll change it. Otherwise, we can leave the floor open for a better consensus choice.

In the meantime, anybody wanna talk authoring stuff? Tips and tricks? What you secretly wear behind the keyboard? Anything?

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Postby Fischistan » Mon Jan 16, 2012 1:01 pm

Could the order of violet be a religion that doesn't allow medical treatment for certain diseases? Because I have a good idea to turn that into an issue.
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Postby Unibot II » Mon Jan 16, 2012 1:34 pm

Fischistan wrote:Could the order of violet be a religion that doesn't allow medical treatment for certain diseases? Because I have a good idea to turn that into an issue.


The Order of Violet doesn't allow hair transplants.

:P


It should be blood transfusions, since Violetists want the purest blood available for their sacrifices.
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Postby Fischistan » Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:10 pm

Unibot II wrote:
Fischistan wrote:Could the order of violet be a religion that doesn't allow medical treatment for certain diseases? Because I have a good idea to turn that into an issue.


The Order of Violet doesn't allow hair transplants.

:P


It should be blood transfusions, since Violetists want the purest blood available for their sacrifices.

Hmmm...interesting. Expect an exotic issue drafting this forum sometime in the next few weeks.
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Postby Dukopolious » Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:11 pm

Got Issues is probably the least used forum isn't it? Even Arts and fiction has more threads and posts.
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Postby Frisbeeteria » Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:24 pm

Sirocco was the only NS mod interested in issues for the longest time, and he left the game in 2009. Consequently, issues and this forum have been pretty much idle for the last 2-3 years. His final issue went into the game in October 2009.

When Reploid Productions finally announced winners in Issues Contest #2, which gave us a flock of new official Issue Editors, Sedgistan and I got interested in moderating and creating issues. Sedge is more into the statistical and analytical aspects, I'm more in it for the fun text. Between the three Issue Mods and five or so active Issue Editors, we're seeing a burst of activity never before seen in Got Issues. We've added more than 20 new issues since the first of the year.

Stick around!

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Postby Nation of Quebec » Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:31 pm

It's good to see some of the older issues finally get into the game now. Writing issues is my favorite part of NationStates and it feels good to have some of your work entered into the game.

I hope that this increase of activity encourages more people to write issues and help out others with theirs.
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Postby Frenequesta » Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:16 am

Does anyone have any tips on how to give the petitioners in the issue "character"? I feel that's lacking in some of my 'submissions'.
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