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Esquarium: A fun RP & worldbuilding region! [MT, Sign-Ups]

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Esquarium: A fun RP & worldbuilding region! [MT, Sign-Ups]

Postby Ainin » Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:15 am

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[ INTRODUCTION ] · [ THE MAP ] · [ OUR WORLD ] · [ SOME OF OUR WORK ] · [ OLD THREAD ] · [ APPLY ]


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Founded in 2011, Esquarium is a realistic, closed-world, modern-tech worldbuilding and roleplaying community.

We're home to a fun, active community of both worldbuilders and roleplayers that is always looking for new members to join the community. With an extensive regional lore and things for both roleplayers and worldbuilders, Esquarium is dedicated to creating a vivid, dynamic world with a unique twist on the world that we are used to.

Esquarium is also a place of firsts, proudly boasting:


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Esquarium strives to create a plausible, yet unique, world.

Esquarium makes a concerted effort to create reasonable nations rooted in the same institutions and technologies that we are familiar with on Earth. This means that the large and sprawling empires of billions of citizens that are omnipresent in International Incidents are unheard of in Esquarium. Rather, the user is encouraged to create a nation that could conceivably exist in a realistic setting, with real people, a coherent identity and a nuanced history.

As such, Esquarium is a much more multipolar world than most regions, without any true superpowers but rather featuring several continental and multinational groupings based on geopolitical interest and ideology, from the Borean Imperial Tributary System to the democratic Esquarian Community.

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Esquarium is separate from the NS multiverse.

Like our much-beloved planet Earth, Esquarium is its own world, created, written and maintained by us Esquarians. As a closed-world region, we do not share a canon with the greater NationStates multiverse or with other regions, which allows us greater creative freedom in shaping our world. Instead, we inhabit our own planet: Esquarium.

Orbiting around the gas giant Aurorum, Esquarium has a long and storied history spanning thousands of years, featuring the rise and fall of grand empires, fabulous trading kingdoms, and great conquerors. From the Great Monic Migration that peopled the continent of Borea to the Great War of the North that changed the face of Nordania, Esquarian history is a fabulous saga made possible by the creative canvas of a closed world.

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Esquarium is situated in the present.

Esquarium is a modern tech region, operating within the confines of 2018 technology. As such, there are no musketeers or railguns in our world, in order to give people a level playing field and a basic guideline for worldbuilding, since it is easier to worldbuild and roleplay in a familiar world than an entirely alien one. As such, while some futuristic products do exist in Esquarium, everything remains within both the confines of feasibility and practicality.

Esquarium subscribes to a strict definition of modern tech (hard MT) based on practical modern uses, as opposed to the looser concepts of NSMT based on hypothetical conceivability. As such, fleets of guided-missile nuclear battleships and other impractical technologies, although possible, will not be found in Esquarium.

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Esquarium has a rich and constantly-growing lore.

Esquarium focuses heavily on hashing out our nations, not only as a means of enhancing roleplay but as an end unto itself, as it allows us to create a more vibrant world that could very much come to life, with real, three-dimensional places, cultures and peoples. We strive to create a living, breathing world with unique settings, characters and events both by ourselves and through collaboration with the region on creating a unified canon. This can be a daunting task at first, but with the support of the other members and with your own imagination you can help us develop Esquarium to something entirely its own.

We do much of this work offsite on IIWiki, where we create articles on everything from airlines and cities to transports and sexy fun times. Inexperienced in working on a collaborative wiki? Don't worry, we'll be more than happy to lend a helping hand.

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Esquarium has roleplays of all genres and styles.

Our roleplays are not confined to any one genre, but rather are spread all across many genres. From tourists visiting other countries, to sporting events, to international incidents between other countries that could lead up to war, all the way to people testing the limits of technology and human ingenuity, and everything in between, you have an endless pool of ideas to choose from. If you don't like any of the current roleplays, or just want to inject something fresh into Esquarium, you may start your own roleplay.

Examples of our past roleplays have been as diverse as the interests of our community. As a preview, they include:

• The biannual Coupe d'Esquarium, a football (soccer) tournament for all nations in the region;

Someone Set Us Up the Bomb, an action roleplay where an airliner carrying 364 souls is hijacked by a radical separatist group;

The Esquarian Summit, an annual, G20-like meeting of global leaders to discuss the most pressing crises and issues facing the planet;

That Sinking Feeling, a character-based roleplay where a multinational group of researchers are locked together in a submersible habitat... for science!

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Esquarium is always looking for new members, like you.

We have a colourful collection of people from all races, backgrounds, religions, and political views: from Denmark to New Zealand, and everywhere in between, we are a diverse and welcoming region. Each of us has our own abilities, and special niches, meaning that even if you may not feel like you fit in any one particular niche, you will eventually find your own area of expertise: from military to linguistics, from religions to history, from graphic design to humour, and anywhere in between. And if you need help, we are willing to help you with what we have: if you want a good Chinese-speaking nation, we've got people who speak Chinese;
if you want your maps to look less terrible, we've got graphic designers who can help you; if you want to improve your networking skills, we have that too.

So, what are you waiting for? Feel free to hop on board! We are always looking for new members to help us build an interesting world. We don't expect you to be active every day and in every aspect of the region. More interested in writing IIwiki articles than character RPs? No problem. We welcome new and experienced players alike and we'd be glad to have any style of play.



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Notice to other regions: Please have the courtesy not use the format or text of this thread without asking for permission first. We'll be glad to give it, but please don't copy-paste!
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Postby Ainin » Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:15 am


[ INTRODUCTION ] · [ THE MAP ] · [ OUR WORLD ] · [ SOME OF OUR WORK ] · [ OLD THREAD ] · [ APPLY ]


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"A very snazzy map." - Albert Einstein, probably

"10/10" - IGN


The Esquarian map is a collaborative effort that has existed in various incarnations since 2012. Needless to say, it has come a long way since its origins as a multicolour atrocity worthy of /r/CrappyDesign. To learn how to get on the map, please read on!

Click here for full version.

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Postby Ainin » Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:15 am


[ INTRODUCTION ] · [ THE MAP ] · [ OUR WORLD ] · [ SOME OF OUR WORK ] · [ OLD THREAD ] · [ APPLY ]


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Our apologies, this section still under construction.

In the meantime, if you would like to know more about Esquarium's world, please join our Discord chat server.


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Postby Ainin » Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:16 am


[ INTRODUCTION ] · [ THE MAP ] · [ OUR WORLD ] · [ SOME OF OUR WORK ] · [ OLD THREAD ] · [ APPLY ]


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Please complete the following application. You will be accepted after receiving two approvals. One of us will be with you shortly to approve you or offer some suggestions for revisions before accepting you. You will not be denied except in exceptional circumstances.

Approval panel: Ainin, Union of Akoren, Tuthina, Qianrong, Xiaodong

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[b][u]BASIC INFORMATION[/u][/b]
[i]For this section, please fill out the requested information.[/i]

[b]Country name:[/b]
[b]Government system:[/b]
[b]Population:[/b]
[b]Language(s):[/b]
[b]Ethnic composition:[/b]
[b]GDP per capita:[/b]
[b]Map claim (high-resolution Imgur link):[/b]


[b][u]ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (optional)[/u][/b]
[i]For this section, please fill out the requested information. Filling out this section is suggested to help us get a better idea of your nation but not required.[/i]

[b]Human Development Index:[/b]
[b]Gini coefficient:[/b]
[b]Major resources:[/b]
[b]Major imports:[/b]
[b]Military personnel:[/b]
[b]Types of equipment and military capabilities:[/b]
[b]Foreign policy stance (e.g. non-interventionist):[/b]


[b][u]LONG-ANSWER QUESTIONS[/u][/b]
[i]For this section, please provide at least a paragraph for each. You may provide a link to a previous piece of writing in lieu of a writing sample.[/i]

[b]Please describe your nation.[/b]

[b]Please provide a writing sample (recommended types: roleplay post, wiki article or news article).[/b]


[b][u]IN YOUR OPINION...[/u][/b]
[i]For this section, please answer the question from your honest and critical perspective.[/i]

[b]...what role will your nation play in Esquarium?:[/b]
[b]...what are the strengths of your nation?:[/b]
[b]...what are the weaknesses of your nation?:[/b]
[b]...in what ways could your nation be viewed as "overpowered"?:[/b]


[b][u]OOC NOTES[/u][/b]
[i]For this section, please fill out the requested information and follow the instructions listed within parentheses.[/i]

[b]I am primarily interested in... (delete as appropriate):[/b] roleplaying/worldbuilding/both equally
[b]How did you hear about Esquarium?:[/b]
[b]Names of other NS accounts:[/b]
[b]Former regions:[/b]
[b]Discord username (N/A if none):[/b]
[b]IIwiki username (N/A if none):[/b]

[b]Anything else to add? (optional):[/b] [/blocktext]
Notice to other regions: Please do not take the code of our application without asking for permission first, as has happened in the past. We'll be glad to give it, but please don't copy-paste!



After posting your application, please join our Discord chat server. It makes it a lot easier to communicate. We'll help you integrate your nation into Esquarian canon and suggest some fixes.

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    BASIC INFORMATION
    For this section, please fill out the requested information.

    Country name: Your country's official, legal name (e.g. United States of America as opposed to USA, US or America)
    Government system: A brief summary of your government system (e.g. unitary semi-presidential republic, military junta, highly decentralized confederation).
    Population: Please keep this number realistic. The higher it is, the more likely it is that we may ask you to revise it.
    Language(s): The languages natively spoken in your nation.
    Ethnic composition: The makeup (with percentages, preferably) of ethnic groups in your nation.
    GDP per capita: GDP per capita is, more or less, the average amount of wealth each citizen possesses. It is calculated by dividing the GDP (the total value of the economy) by the population.


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (optional)
    For this section, please fill out the requested information. Filling out this section is suggested to help us get a better idea of your nation but not required.

    Human Development Index: The Human Development Index is a measure of development in a nation. Here's a handy calculator.
    Gini coefficient: The Gini coefficient is a measure of inequality in a nation. Here's a list of RL countries' Gini coefficients for comparison purposes.
    Major resources: The major natural or economic resources that can be found in your nation.
    Major imports: The main things that your nation either lacks or is short of and therefore has to import from abroad.
    Military personnel: The total number of active military personnel.
    Types of equipment and military capabilities: A brief description is fine (e.g. brown-water navy and mostly Soviet equipment with very poor projection capabilities that do not extend past the country's borders)
    Foreign policy stance (e.g. non-interventionist): Your country's stance towards interacting with other nations (e.g. isolationist, non-interventionist, liberal interventionist, interventionist, imperialist, expansionist, irrendentist)


    LONG-ANSWER QUESTIONS
    For this section, please provide at least a paragraph for each. You may provide a link to a previous piece of writing in lieu of a writing sample.

    Please describe your nation.
    Tell us about your nation's history and how it is today.

    Please provide a writing sample (recommended types: roleplay post, wiki article or news article).
    A link goes here. If you do not have a past writing sample, please either post:

    (i) an introduction paragraph to a Wikipedia-style article about any topic of your choosing,
    (ii) a news article on any topic (topic idea if you're stuck: Politician resigns after being found guilty of corruption),
    (iii) a roleplay on any topic and in any style (topic idea if you're stuck: An assassin strikes at the Queen's wedding),
    (iv) some other type of creative or descriptive writing.


    IN YOUR OPINION...
    For this section, please answer the question from your honest and critical perspective.

    ...what role will your nation play in Esquarium?: Give us an idea of what to expect from your nation in RP in terms of diplomatic and military actions. Write as much or as little as you feel is necessary.

    ...what are the strengths of your nation?: Please analyze your nation's geopolitical, military and economic strengths and the ways by which they could potentially affect the status quo in the region. Write as much or as little as you feel is necessary.

    ...what are the weaknesses of your nation?: Please analyze your nation's geopolitical, military and economic weaknesses, then ask yourself if you've struck a reasonable balance between strengths and weaknesses.

    ...in what ways could your nation be viewed as "overpowered"?: Self-descriptive. If you don't think that we will ask you to do this, you may skip this question.


    OOC NOTES
    For this section, please fill out the requested information and follow the instructions listed within parentheses.

    I am primarily interested in... (delete as appropriate): roleplaying/worldbuilding/both equally
    How did you hear about Esquarium?: It's just out of curiosity. We don't bite.
    Names of other NS accounts: Please list any other notable identity by which you have gone in the past. You may TG Ainin if you don't want to answer publicly.
    Discord username (N/A if none): Self-explanatory.
    IIwiki username (N/A if none): Self-explanatory.

    Anything else to add? (optional): Self-explanatory.

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    BASIC INFORMATION
    For this section, please fill out the requested information.

    Country name: Xiaodong
    Government system: Unitary dominant-party parliamentary republic
    De facto dictatorship
    Population: 138,360,000
    Language(s): Mandarin Chinese (majority)
    Hakka Chinese (minority)
    Tungusic conlang (minority)
    Ethnic composition: Xiaodongese (Han Chinese)
    Duljunese (Tungusic)
    GDP per capita: $8,685 (PPP)
    $2,906 (nominal)


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (optional)
    For this section, please fill out the requested information. Filling out this section is suggested to help us get a better idea of your nation but not required.

    Human Development Index: 0.744
    Gini coefficient: 36.8
    Major resources: Coal, bauxite, rice, tea, iron
    Major imports: Uranium, motor vehicles, aircraft and aerospace, electronics, information technology, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, weapons, consumer goods
    Military personnel: 1,050,750 total (585,500 active, 225,000 in reserve and 240,250 paramilitary groups)
    Types of equipment and military capabilities: The military mostly uses a mix of Soviet (Tuthinian) Xiaodongese (Chinese reserved-engineered Soviet tech) and Turkish (Ankoreni) military equipment. The Xiaodongese military would be mechanised with a large amount of tanks and armoured fighting vehicles whilst maintaining a green-water navy; however its airforce is poorly equipped and underfunded. Xiaodong’s most significant military advantage is an arsenal of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons with 40-80 nuclear warheads with a sea and land based delivery system.
    Foreign policy stance (e.g. non-interventionist): Xiaodong’s foreign policy is revanchist towards its neighbours which hold territories that were formally Xiaodngese, with a interventionist attitude within the Borean region.


    LONG-ANSWER QUESTIONS
    For this section, please provide at least a paragraph for each. You may provide a link to a previous piece of writing in lieu of a writing sample.

    Please describe your nation. The home of the Xiaodongese people, Xiaodong was first united by the Jianzhao Emperor in 200 BEC under the Xiang dynasty which ruled Xiaodong from 200 BCE to its collapse in 500 CE - during the rule of the Xiang dynasty Confucianism and Taoism became prevalent. Following the Xiang for 100 years Xiaodong was politically unstable in the period known as the "War of Four Kingdoms" as rival warlords and nobles fought for control. In 731 Xiaodong was united again under the Tao dynasty. In 1415 the Tao dynasty was usurped by the Jiao clan who created the Jiao dynasty. Although initially wealthy, by the 1600's the Jiao dynasty was being torn apart by civil war and uprisings, most disastrously the Red Orchid Rebellion in 1656. In 1680 the dynasty finally collapsed, resulting in a Senrian warlord to conquer Xiaodong and create the Toki Sougunate. In 1866 military officers staged the Baiqiao Revolution which overthrew the Toki Shogunate and the enthronement of the Xiyong Emperor who created the Heavenly Xiaodongese Empire (a semi-constitutional monarchy) and oversaw a Xiaodong became a prominent power in the Borean region. In1927 Xiaodong invading Senria starting the Senrian-Xiaodongese War. The war resulted in a Xiaodongese defeat and internal rebellion with the creation of the State of Xiaodong and the start of the Xiaodongese Civil War. These military failures led to in 1936 the Xiaodongese government to be overthrown in the Corrective Revolution by a group of young military officers who created the Auspicious Republic of Xiaodong, an ostensibly democratic republic, but in practice a dominant party "guided democracy" under the Xiaodong Regeneration Society headed by Lu Keqian who enacted many far reaching political, economic and social reforms. In 1988 Xiaodong transitioned into a multi-party democracy and after 1984 began to marketise its economy, although the Xiaodong Regeneration Society has maintained a monopoly on political power. In 2009 Xiaodong acquired nuclear weapons. This political hegemony was challenged in 2017 leading to the beginning of "Normalisation under Yuan Xiannian.


    Please provide a writing sample (recommended types: roleplay post, wiki article or news article).


    06:00 Rongzhuo Time
    20th August
    8th Gate, Xiaodongese-Narmadi Border



    As the sun rose with its weak rays illuminating the frayed grassland, the usual morning birdsong was punctured by the sounds of mortars slamming into the ground, sending dust and bodies flying into the air. The shouts of Xiaodongese soldiers could be heard as machine gun fire tore through bodies in all directions.

    “Advance forward!” Wang heard over the gunfire as he scrambled from behind a ditch that had been crudely dug several days before.

    The Xiaodongese troops just a half hour before had with reinforcements launched a surprise attack on the Senrians, with mortars hitting their watchtowers as troops advanced towards the Senrian gate. The weatherbeaten path between the two gates was now littered with bodies stained red, some Xiaodongese others Senrian. The barbed wire fence was in tangles from grenade and mortar explosions that had uprooted the ground around it.

    Wang had felt exhilarated as the Senrians had been shelled into the dirt. He rushed out the ditch towards the cover of a bombed out truck, before peering over and firing several shots at a Senrian; he couldn’t see if he had hit a single one as he ducked for cover again.


    IN YOUR OPINION...
    For this section, please answer the question from your honest and critical perspective.

    ...what role will your nation play in Esquarium?: Xiaodong aims to be a regional power in the Eastern Borean region as well as having a significant impact on the history of the region and to be internationally seen as one of the more important rogue nations/developing countries.
    ...what are the strengths of your nation?: The strengths of Xiaodong lie in its formidable military capabilities and its large population which enable it to project power in the Borean region. Xiaodong’s large industrial and coal resources also means it could be seen as a potential industrial powerhouse.
    ...what are the weaknesses of your nation?: Despite economic potential Xiaodong is rife with poverty, weak economic growth and its industrial base is outclassed by its neighbours. Diplomatically other nations rather poor relations with Xiaodong means it is isolated on the world stage limiting its influence, and its weak airforce means its military has deficiencies. Corruption, overpopulation, terrorism and ethnic tensions also weaken Xiaodong internally.
    ...in what ways could your nation be viewed as "overpowered"?: Xiaodong during the 1900’s can be seen as slightly overpowered due to its very fast industrialization. As well as this its significant military, WMD’s and large population can also be seen as excessive.


    OOC NOTES
    For this section, please fill out the requested information and follow the instructions listed within parentheses.

    I am primarily interested in... (delete as appropriate): Primarily worldbuilding but I do enjoy roleplaying
    How did you hear about Esquarium?: I honesting can’t remember
    Names of other NS accounts: Jabari Socialist Jamahiriya, Marirana
    Discord username (N/A if none): 晓 [Xiaodong and Jabar]
    IIwiki username (N/A if none): Xiaodong

    Anything else to add? (optional):



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  • You may either link to a previous RP or write a paragraph or two from scratch for the RP sample. A good, professional news article is acceptable as an RP.
  • You may write about anything for your RP sample. Here's some ideas if you get stuck: Your country's generals inform you of an impending nuclear strike; An assassin strikes on the Queen's wedding day; A newspaper article about a hurricane
  • Please don't claim to be a great power from the start, and try to keep the population size reasonable. Remember that in real life, less than 6% of countries have over 100 million people and less than 12% have over 50 million people.
  • Please choose a contiguous spot over an island. If you really need to be an island, please explain why in the application.
  • We would prefer it if you placed your nation in a culturally realistic position (i.e. don't put Swedes in the middle of the African/Middle Eastern continent of Nautasia or Kenyans near the North Pole or Chinese speakers in the Nordic continent of Nordania).
  • Don't be afraid to edit your coastline to your liking. In fact, we highly encourage it!
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His Excellency Roode Mann (Ind.)
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Chinese-Canadian expat Canadian in China (confusing, I know), high school student. Procrastinator.
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This is for current members; new members, please ignore.

Postby Ainin » Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:18 am

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[u][b]BASIC INFORMATION[/b][/u]
[b]This is a request for:[/b] [ ] Territorial expansion | [ ] Population expansion | [ ] GDP expansion | [ ] Nuclear weapons
[b]Describe the requested increase in detail:[/b]
[b]New map claim (image URL, skip if N/A):[/b]

[u][b]ADDITIONAL DETAILS[/b][/u]
[b]Why is this stat increase necessary?[/b]
[b]What impact will this increase have on your IC nation's strength?[/b]
[b]How will this stat increase contribute to your roleplaying and worldbuilding?[/b]

[u][b]CRITICAL DISCUSSION[/b][/u]
[b]List at least two other ways that the desired IC benefit can be achieved:[/b]
[b]Critically discuss how will this stat increase may affect other nations or regional geopolitics:[/b]
[b]How have you contributed towards furthering the roleplaying and worldbuilding community of the region during your presence so far?[/b]

I acknowledge that any acceptance is conditional on the increase having productive roleplaying utility to the region as a whole, and that it may be rescinded at any time if it becomes derelict or conducive towards powergaming.

Your stats increase will be approved upon the agreement of two individuals responsible for accepting applications.
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Postby Ainin » Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:57 am

We are now open for business. :)
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Postby Finium » Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:10 pm

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BASIC INFORMATION
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Country name: Sardia
Government system: Theocratic Republic
Population: 27 million
Language(s): Amharic
Ethnic composition: Sards (78%), Arabs (11%), Bedouins (7%), Other (2%)
GDP per capita: 12,006


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (optional)
For this section, please fill out the requested information. Filling out this section is suggested to help us get a better idea of your nation but not required.

Human Development Index: 0.716 (high)
Gini coefficient: 42 (medium)
Major resources: Fish and sea products, natural gas, cobalt
Major imports: Capital goods, electronics, refined petroleum
Military personnel: 273 thousand
Types of equipment and military capabilities: Motorized infantry focus, limited fixed-wing aircraft, limited naval capacity
Foreign policy stance (e.g. non-interventionist): Human-rights activist


LONG-ANSWER QUESTIONS
For this section, please provide at least a paragraph for each. You may provide a link to a previous piece of writing in lieu of a writing sample.

Please describe your nation.
The Seventh Temple Republic of Sardia or Sardia is a Unitary Presidential Theocracy in which only ranking members of a recognized ecclesiastic order are eligible to sit in the national legislature, but a popularly elected President acts as the executive. The Sards, who make up seventy-eight percent of the population, are primarily Seventh Temple Amilakists, a reactionary belief system brought about through the admixture of native beliefs and missionary schools in the early nineteenth century. While the coastal Sards are the most populous and powerful social faction, there are some smaller groups in the interior. The Sards were once a zealous people who formed their constitution with many liberties for the clergy. Now, as many as forty-percent of Sards do not practice the majority religion, calling into question some of the most fundamental institutions of the country. There is a great deal of internal conflict between the dominant coastal companies and the interior. The coast is populated with farms and plantations which produce various tropical goods for export while the Bedouins and Arabs are herders and, as irrigation projects are established, becoming permanent rancher. Additionally, relatively small tribes are attempting to develop their mineral rights by inviting foreign mining corporations contrary to the wishes of the religious Sards.

Please provide a writing sample (recommended types: roleplay post, wiki article or news article).
The Grand Orchard

IN YOUR OPINION...
For this section, please answer the question from your honest and critical perspective.

...what role will your nation play in Esquarium?: A small, globally minded and spiritual nation with some deep internal conflicts.
...what are the strengths of your nation?: Sardia's workforce is extremely organized and easily accessed by the government, which is small and well-run.
...what are the weaknesses of your nation?: A lack of social mobility has kept it back from modernization as well as under-representation of and even violence against interior minorities.
...in what ways could your nation be viewed as "overpowered"?: Sardia, as a slave-state, could theoretically mobilize 67% of its population as a military force. However, since this would be beyond stupid, I am not going to do that.


OOC NOTES
For this section, please fill out the requested information and follow the instructions listed within parentheses.

I am primarily interested in... (delete as appropriate): worldbuilding with some roleplay
How did you hear about Esquarium?: Ainin is still famous from NSGS
Names of other NS accounts: Finium, Geara
Discord username (N/A if none): Finium
IIwiki username (N/A if none): Finium

Anything else to add? (optional): You can read more about Slavery in Sardia here
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Postby Ainin » Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:11 am

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First approval.
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Montecara
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Postby Montecara » Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:11 pm

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Qianrong
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Capitalist Paradise

Postby Qianrong » Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:23 am

Ainin wrote:
Finium wrote:- snip -

First approval.

Second approval.
Montecara wrote:Map change request:


discussion regarding whether you have to fill out an actual form ongoing between approval panel; check back at some point for a decision
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Left-Leaning College State

Postby -Alemannia- » Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:16 pm

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Country name: Qaradalai (also referred to as Transborea)
Government system: Parliamentary executive monarchy
Population: 93,118,050
Language(s): Duljunnese is the lingua franca and official language. Tinzan, Uyghur, Jathani, Urdu(?), Namorese, and Lec are also spoken
Ethnic composition: Slight Turkic people majority (approximately 53%), large Slavic minority in the east near Chokashia, Namor, and Lecistan. Indo-Aryans can be found near the Qaraqum-Jathani border. Tinzans and Tungusic peoples are found in the east.
GDP per capita: $9,600
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Human Development Index: 0.727 (High)
Gini coefficient: 0.47 (high)
Major resources: Uranium and other heavy metals, potassium, arable land
Major imports: Petroleum and LNG, rare earth minerals, capital goods, electronics, lumber
Military personnel: 465,590 or 0.5% of the population. There have been discussions to increase this to 651,830 personnel due to an ongoing separatist insurrection in the far west near Lecia and destabilisation of Tinza.
Types of equipment and military capabilities: Qaradalai utilises Russian/Soviet/”Eastern Bloc” equipment. As for capabilities, Qaradalai has the ability for limited force-projection against its immediate neighbours. The lack of a secure port makes Qaradalai have virtually no global force projection capability.
Foreign policy stance (e.g. non-interventionist): Primarily maintaining the status quo, however the ruling Transborean Fatherland Party has seen Qaradalai begin to align itself with Xiaodong and the UNIR. Additionally, relations with Lecia (and possibly Namor once I get a TG response) are strained due to the belief that the (two) are supporting Slavic separatist groups in the far west.


LONG-ANSWER QUESTIONS
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Please describe your nation.
The Great State of the Qara, occasionally referred to as “Transborea,” is a parliamentary executive monarchy through which the Qaraqum monarch has the de jure ability to veto or approve legislation through royal assent, and the ability to pass laws wholesale via edicts (executive order equivalent). In reality, the monarchy wields little power and merely serves as a conduit through which the Transborean Fatherland Party and military rule the nation.

An ethnically diverse nation, Qaradalai has so far managed to hold itself together. Following the 2-26 Coup d’etat which saw the Transborean Fatherland Party seize control of nation, it has promoted a cultural identity for citizens. The effects of this policy has so far been lacklustre. Slavic militant groups developed in response to self-described “deslavicisation” with hostilities breaking out in far western Qaradalai in 1984. Since then, four separate “wars” have been fought in the region, the latest one starting in 2017 and is ongoing. There are whispers that Lecia (and possibly Namor) are funding these movements to destabilise Qaradalai.

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IN YOUR OPINION...
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...what role will your nation play in Esquarium?: My hope is for Qaradalai to add an interesting dynamic to East Borea by having an additional (to be) Xiaodong-aligned nation.
...what are the strengths of your nation?: Qaradalai’s natural resources are easily accessed, making extraction readily available.
...what are the weaknesses of your nation?: Limited social mobility due to the on-going industrialisation of the nation. Traditional nobility control much of the nation’s primary corporations, making social mobility even harder for lower class citizens.
...in what ways could your nation be viewed as "overpowered"?: Possibly the population size. I personally feel like there’s enough going against Qaradalai to make up for this.


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Capitalist Paradise

Postby Qianrong » Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:37 am

Qianrong wrote:
Montecara wrote:

discussion regarding whether you have to fill out an actual form ongoing between approval panel; check back at some point for a decision

Update: it's been decided that because no stats are actually increasing with this move (it's not a territorial expansion per se, or a GDP/population increase, and nukes aren't involved), you don't have to fill out any sort of form, you just have to get the approvals.

First approval.
-Alemannia- wrote:snip

First approval.
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Libertarian Police State

Postby Tuthina » Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:23 pm

Qianrong wrote:
Qianrong wrote:discussion regarding whether you have to fill out an actual form ongoing between approval panel; check back at some point for a decision

Update: it's been decided that because no stats are actually increasing with this move (it's not a territorial expansion per se, or a GDP/population increase, and nukes aren't involved), you don't have to fill out any sort of form, you just have to get the approvals.

First approval.
-Alemannia- wrote:snip

First approval.

Second approval.
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Psychotic Dictatorship

Postby The IASM » Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:06 am

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Country name: the Great Principality of Talmura
Gabilezbadûn-Ukratigathol
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Government system: Quasi-elective plutocratic mixed government
Population: 14.565 million
Language(s): Talmurene
Ethnic composition: 61.7% Talmurene, 23.3% Danish, 4.6% Karazawi, 5.4%, other.
GDP per capita: $49,502.02 (nominal)
$73,750 (PPP)
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Human Development Index: 0.919
Gini coefficient: 48.4
Major resources: Electrical machinery and appliances, textiles, apparel, footwear, watches and clocks, toys, plastics, precious stones, printed material, chemicals, financial services, oil drilling equipment, petroleum refining, rubber processing and rubber products, processed food and beverages, ship repair, offshore platform construction, life sciences, entrepot trade, orchids, vegetables; poultry, eggs; fish, ornamental fish
Major imports: Machinery and equipment, mineral fuels, chemicals, foodstuffs, consumer goods, raw materials and semi-manufactures, consumer goods, capital goods, foodstuffs
Military personnel: 71,600 active, 1 million reserve conscripts
Types of equipment and military capabilities: The Armed Forces of the Great Principality is a five branch military, generally towards the defence of Talmura. It has a focus on amphibious infantry, limited air supremacy and is otherwise based around Singapore’s own armed forces. The authority to command it ultimately lies in the Uzbads with the Gabilezbad being subservient to them in military affairs.
Foreign policy stance (e.g. non-interventionist): Defensive, realist, Westphalian, non-interventionist. Reliant on sharp and soft power.


LONG-ANSWER QUESTIONS
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Please describe your nation. Talmura is the ancient remnant of a classical civilisation, its present form being established in 287 AD as a desperate attempt at reform. What was left was a bizarre example of enduring mixed government, in which has evolved over the centuries. The Gabilezbad or Great Lord is the main sovereign and sole proprietor of Talmura. There is no divide between private property and the state, with governance being treated largely as a matter of business. He serves as a delegate on behalf of secret noble shareholders, known as the Uzbad, who ultimately retain authority while in turn possessing sovereign powers. He is elected to the position by panels of the Uzbad who possess the authority to appoint him and make him swear a vow to fulfil his duties to the state. If he fails to uphold these vows he can be forced to abdicate, making his authority lie in the hands of the Uzbads.

These Uzbads derive substantial profits from their investments in Talmura and largely tend to select reliable candidates. Beneath him is a small but efficient bureaucracy, promoted with several ministries enforcing the legislative agenda of the state. As a reward for serving as the Gabilezbad, his descendants often become the Uzbad, being granted substantial shares and provisions by the state. There are no limitations on who can become an Uzbad beyond ownership of shares, and citizenship under Talmura.

While the basic residents of Talmura have limited political rights, they possess considerable personal freedoms such as a limited variant of freedom of speech, largely low tax rates and a business-friendly, free market environment. Ease of business is extremely high on top of this as well. In exchange for these generally pleasant living conditions, the government maintains full spectrum surveillance of its citizens, with biometric, surveillance and behavioural data. This is often used to help enforce its draconian approach to crime as well as often being sold to those who desire it. Immigration is targeted at wealthy foreigners, with the borders being controlled but largely permeable.

The economy of Talmura is a highly developed free market economies, with low taxes (roughly 13.9% of GDP). It is also increasingly targeting information economy, and electronics, trying to actively invest in and encourage such the growth of such corporations.

Religiously the traditional upper classes of society have held onto a form of native Paganism known as Bundzinlaz which is largely regarded as esoteric, secretive and occultist in nature, however, a form of Tastanism has remained popular among the non-governing classes.
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IN YOUR OPINION...
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...what role will your nation play in Esquarium?: A neutral influence in Nordanian affairs which tries to retain its political and cultural uniqueness and preserve stability where it can. Potentially a historical influence on Nordanian affairs, maybe as a major nexus of the Nordanian slave trade.Overall I see considerable potential
...what are the strengths of your nation?: It is highly developed, possesses a strong computer oriented industry, is largely stable and also has a good geostrategic location at the mouth of the Tynic.
...what are the weaknesses of your nation?: A relatively small population, lack of resources, large reliance on imports, potentially diplomatically isolated, high housing prices, social mobility is also relatively stagnant and politics open to plutocratic influences.
...in what ways could your nation be viewed as "overpowered"?: Could have too large a military, maybe too stable, GDP could be too large, the population could potentially be shrunk.


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I am primarily interested in... (delete as appropriate): Both equally
How did you hear about Esquarium?: I am in it.
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IIwiki username (N/A if none): The IASM

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Ex-Nation

Postby Greater Ziegenian Reich » Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:59 pm

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Country name: Teutonic State
Government system: Fascist republic
Population: ~52 million
Language(s): Teutonic
Ethnic composition: Teutons, various Nords, balts stuck here
GDP per capita: $17k
Map claim (high-resolution Imgur link): Map claim plus what we claim as our glorious land


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Human Development Index: 0.792
Gini coefficient: 35.7
Major resources: Heavy machine equipment, vehicles, aircraft, weaponry (small arms)
Major imports: Oil, minerals or whatever we don't have that I can't be bothered to think of at this point really, rare stuffs
Military personnel: ~300,000 active, ~1 million reserve
Types of equipment and military capabilities: Mobile infantry supported by armored thrusts and sperg artillery
Foreign policy stance (e.g. non-interventionist): Belligerent and antagonistic, will make vague threats from time to time. Wants to be allies with the "anti-globalist" group


LONG-ANSWER QUESTIONS
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Please describe your nation.

Teutonia is a fascist state ruled by the dominant Teutonic National People's Party and its puppet parties since the 1920s. Since the death of its founder, Friedrich Ulrich, in the 1950s the regime went through its own "de-stalinization" process and abandoned most of its radicalism. However, with the recent presidency of Jörg Ostermann the nation has begun to re-adopt its more radical elements into state policy. It's also dealing with an insurgency against local Nordic and Baltic populations that are resisting renewed assimilation attempts.

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Enjoy this crap

IN YOUR OPINION...
For this section, please answer the question from your honest and critical perspective.

...what role will your nation play in Esquarium?: Nordanian trouble maker
...what are the strengths of your nation?: It will be unstoppable in a war for the first 1.5 days
...what are the weaknesses of your nation?: Generally isolated, political infighting, dealing with some insurgencies
...in what ways could your nation be viewed as "overpowered"?: Population?


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I am primarily interested in: RPing and WBing
How did you hear about Esquarium?: the black magic woman told me
Names of other NS accounts: you are mother
Discord username (N/A if none): Rockwell's Ghost (Zieg)
IIwiki username (N/A if none): Amish

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Ordennya
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Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Ordennya » Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:33 am

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Country name: The Federation of Ordennya
Government system: Federal Parliamentary Representative Democracy
Population: 40,000,000
Language(s): Anglish
Ethnic composition:
    87.1% White
    7.0% Asian
    3.0% Black
    2.0% Mixed
    0.9% others
GDP per capita: $40,000 (PPP), $35,000 (Nominal)
Map claim (high-resolution Imgur link): https://imgur.com/a/nwo7M - in red


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Human Development Index: 0.836
Gini coefficient: 0.433
Major resources: Fish, Oil, Natural Gas, Limestone, Iron Ore, Chalk, Lead, Tin, Gold, Meat, Crops
Major imports: Motor vehicles, aircraft and aerospace, electronics, information technology, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, weapons, consumer goods
Military personnel: 100,000 as a territorial defence force against Andria.
Types of equipment and military capabilities: The military is well-funded for its size, outfitted with standard assault rifles and armoured cars for land travel. There is a fleet of about 500 tanks to be used in the event of foreign invasion from Andria. The air force is also well-funded, with the standard fighter aircraft being the KF-25 Falken, which is being gradually phased out in favour of the Ordennyan-manufactured FA-89 Wyvern. It also utilises the EFK-1 Pelikanen. The Navy maintains a small fleet of ships. Due to the fascist nature of neighbouring Andria contrasting with Ordennya's status as a progressive, liberal democracy, governments make a point of maintaining a sizable military force in the interests of defending against a possible invasion from Andria. While Ordennya used to be in possession of a nuclear deterrent, it has disarmed.
Foreign policy stance (e.g. non-interventionist): Ordennya maintains a non-interventionist foreign policy.

LONG-ANSWER QUESTIONS
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Please describe your nation.
Ordennya began life as a Kingdom in the late 10th century, ruled for 900 years by the House of Harling. It benefited from it's position as a coastal nation and developed a bustling economy based on fishing, and it's lush land allowed it to develop its agricultural sector. It was ruled as an absolute monarchy from the moment of its formation in 981, when the various provincial leaders decided to merge into one Kingdom, until the Grand Revolution of 1157 resulted in King Edward IV seceding some of his powers to his council of advisors, which eventually became an elected Parliament in 1329. Franchise was limited the landowning elite, however, until the Ordennyan Civil War of 1657-1669 resulted in the franchise being extended to all men who owned at least 2 acres of land. This remained the status quo until 1827, when the franchise was extended all working men and the 650 seats in the House of Commons distributed more evenly. From the late 18th century and well into the mid 19th century, the country experienced its industrial revolution, with the capital city of Chronohaben, a bustling fishing port, became the country's main industrial hub. Other cities, like Oured, Edgeton, and Sawchester saw themselves become industrial hubs as well. During this time, the majority of the population moved from the coastal towns and rural villages to the big cities, leading to the country developing its now vast rail network.
After the 1835 General Election, in which the Conservatives, led by Albert Baldwin, ended their five year spat in Opposition in defeating the Liberal Government of John Kirkmichael, the Government began to make moves to consolidate more power in the hands of the King, Stephen XI, who found himself dissatisfied with a number of the reforms enacted by the Liberal government. The Liberals were powerless to stop the actions of the government due to the size of the majority held by the Conservatives, who held 453 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons. This allowed the new centre-left Radical Party, made up of left wing Independents and dissident Liberals led by by the MP for Salford, Frederick Sanders, to accuse the Liberals of being complacent in opposing the Government in the House of Lords, where the Liberals had a majority over the Conservatives. A snap election in 1837 saw the Conservatives reduced to a minority government, winning only 325 seats, while the Liberals were relegated to third place, with only 16 seats. The Radicals overtook the Liberals, increasing their seat number from 20 to 290, winning seats from both the Liberals and the Conservatives.
The Radicals in opposition were able to defeat a number of bills introduced by the Conservative government, which culminated in a loss in a No Confidence Motion for the Government, leading to another election in which the Radicals emerged as the winning Party, winning 378 out of 650 seats.
The King, wary of Sanders, allowed him to form a government, and held his tongue over the reforms enacted by the Radicals which circumvented what remained of his power. The Radicals were re-elected in 1845, and in 1850 the King decided enough was enough, sacked Sanders as Prime Minister and dissolved Parliament, leading to the mass repression of civil liberties under the direct rule of the King. Sanders found himself thrust into the role of a revolutionary leader, and successfully lead an civil uprising in which supporters of the Radical and Liberal Parties, aided by workers, took control of the major cities, leading to the King's abdication and Sanders being sworn in as President of Ordennya. A referendum on a new Constitution was quickly held, with all Ordennyan citizens over the age of 18 being allowed to vote, which passed 95% to 5% on a turnout of 83.5%. The new Constitution cemented Ordennya's new status as a Unitary Republic, which remained the status quo until 2016, when the government held a referendum on whether Ordennya should be reorganised into a Federation, which passed 75%-25%, and Ordennya now exists as a Federal Republic.

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Ken looked down at the notes for his speech and took a deep breath. Why was he nervous about a small campaign rally? He'd spoken before thousands before, during the 2015 election. He'd delivered speeches in the House of Commons restructuring the Ordennyan economy in ways not seen since the days of Fred Sanders, speeches that actually affected people's lives. To the young Chancellor of the Exchequer, this small campaign rally should have been an easy ride.
But this event carried more weight than he was letting on. This was Ken's moment. His moment to take centre stage and put forward his program for Ordennya.
He took one final look at his notes as he stepped on the stage, just after his campaign manager and fellow MP, Jim Edwards.
Ken walked across the stage towards the podium as his supporters shouted his name. He waved at them as he walked, doing his signature two-fingered "peace" sign that he'd become notable for. He stepped behind the lectern and raised his fist in the air triumphantly.
"Hello Wolverfield! God, I have missed my home town." He said into the microphone, placing his notes on the lectern. "I want to start my speech by thanking President Allegra Howard for her time in office, both as President and as Leader of the Coalition of Socialists & Democrats. She has done more for our country than any President since our Federal Republic was founded. Under her Presidency, we have become a fairer, more peaceful, more green nation. A nation for the many, not the few. As she retires, we give her our condolences on the sad death of her wife, Aisling, and our thanks for her time as President." He took a sip of water.
"But let us now look to the future. What does our country need? Our country needs to build on the policies that we have implemented in the last three years. We need to look forward, to a fairer, more open, progressive future, rather than moving back to the neo-liberal agenda that harmed our country for 36 years. And I believe I am the man to do it." He gave a half smile to his audience. "What more is there to say? My name is Ken Turing, and I am running for the leadership of the Coalition of Socialists & Democrats!"

IN YOUR OPINION...
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...what role will your nation play in Esquarium?: Ordennya is currently governed by a coalition of the centre-left Coalition of Socialists % Democrats and the more left wing Green Party, both of which are pacifist and non-interventionist. As such, they would not take sides in regional conflicts between nations, which could enable Ordennya to act as a mediator in negotiating peace and ceasefire settlements.
Ordennya is, however, undergoing a period of political instability. Following the death of her wife, the President, Allegra Howard, has resigned as leader of her Party, the CSD, and the two candidates for her position represent the two different wings of the Party, the left wing Socialist caucus and the centrist Third Way caucus. With the winner of the leadership race likely to be inaugurated as President, internal Party strife may plunge the country into political crisis.
...what are the strengths of your nation?: Economically, Ordennya is relatively strong due to the standard of living and level of equality enjoyed by Ordennyan citizens, and the diversity of the economy, in which all citizens have a share in contributing to and reaping the benefits thereof, leading to a high level of income equality. Its agricultural sector means it has a strong market for crops and meat, aided by the strength of its fishing sector. Its strong industrial sector means the nation maintains a high level of technological prowess.
...what are the weaknesses of your nation?: The last government, which was minority Conservative backed by the Liberal Democrats in confidence and supply, enacted economic policies restricting the creation of Co-operatives, which for a long time formed the main basis of the economy, private industry has led to the creation of monopolies in various sectors of the economy, which has led to a level of stagnation of competition, with as few as three or even two large companies dominating various sectors of the economy. Its small military also means that Ordennya has less of a presence on the world stage, and could be viewed as a weak nation.
...in what ways could your nation be viewed as "overpowered"?: Ordennya has a high population, GDP per capita, and national GDP, which could lead to Ordennya being viewed as "overpowered", but this could be mitigated by the small military.


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I am primarily interested in... (delete as appropriate): Both roleplaying and worldbuilding equally
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Tuthina
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Libertarian Police State

Postby Tuthina » Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:17 pm

Talmura: denied
Teutonic State: first approval
Ordennya: first approval
Call me Reno.
14:54:02 <Lykens> Explain your definition of Reno.

11:47 <Swilatia> Good god, copy+paste is no way to build a country!

03:08 <Democratic Koyro> NSG senate is a glaring example of why no one in NSG should ever have a position of authority
Rated as Class A: Environmental Utopia by Namor People's Rating Department
Rated as Human Rights Haven (7/10) by Namor People's Rating Department
Rated as Partially Free (4/10) by Namor People's Rating Department
Rated as Post-Industrial Nation (48 000 thousands of metric tons of carbon annually) by Syleruian Carbon Output Index
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Qianrong
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Founded: May 13, 2014
Capitalist Paradise

Postby Qianrong » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:30 am

Ordennya wrote:snip

Second approval. Welcome to Esquarium.
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Ex-Nation

Postby Greater Ziegenian Reich » Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:53 am

FYI: Changed Teutonic govt. to Fascist Republic (since on paper it has multiple parties) and FNAME LNAMe to Jörg Ostermann
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Mavoria
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Founded: Oct 22, 2017
Ex-Nation

Postby Mavoria » Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:53 pm

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Tuthina
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Libertarian Police State

Postby Tuthina » Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:08 am

Where are the Muslims in your country from, and why are they there?
Call me Reno.
14:54:02 <Lykens> Explain your definition of Reno.

11:47 <Swilatia> Good god, copy+paste is no way to build a country!

03:08 <Democratic Koyro> NSG senate is a glaring example of why no one in NSG should ever have a position of authority
Rated as Class A: Environmental Utopia by Namor People's Rating Department
Rated as Human Rights Haven (7/10) by Namor People's Rating Department
Rated as Partially Free (4/10) by Namor People's Rating Department
Rated as Post-Industrial Nation (48 000 thousands of metric tons of carbon annually) by Syleruian Carbon Output Index
Rated as Category B by Edenist Travel Advisory Guide

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Mavoria
Civil Servant
 
Posts: 7
Founded: Oct 22, 2017
Ex-Nation

Postby Mavoria » Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:50 am

Tuthina wrote:Where are the Muslims in your country from, and why are they there?


There are two types.

1) About 90% are ethnically non-Mavoarians. They are ethnically Bakadians, a semitic people, they were historically from Bakadistan region. They were further assimilated into the Mavorian Kingdom and nation and many converted to Christianity.
2) About 10% are Mavorian converts, usually because of marriage with the Bakadians.

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Tuthina
Senator
 
Posts: 4208
Founded: Jun 14, 2011
Libertarian Police State

Postby Tuthina » Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:19 am

Where is Bakadistan? Also, we don't have a significant Christian presence in Nordania, and would like to keep it that way.
Call me Reno.
14:54:02 <Lykens> Explain your definition of Reno.

11:47 <Swilatia> Good god, copy+paste is no way to build a country!

03:08 <Democratic Koyro> NSG senate is a glaring example of why no one in NSG should ever have a position of authority
Rated as Class A: Environmental Utopia by Namor People's Rating Department
Rated as Human Rights Haven (7/10) by Namor People's Rating Department
Rated as Partially Free (4/10) by Namor People's Rating Department
Rated as Post-Industrial Nation (48 000 thousands of metric tons of carbon annually) by Syleruian Carbon Output Index
Rated as Category B by Edenist Travel Advisory Guide

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Ainin
Postmaster-General
 
Posts: 13955
Founded: Mar 05, 2011
Left-wing Utopia

Postby Ainin » Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:25 am

Hi, so as Reno mentioned, the Abrahamic religions are not very widespread in Esquarium like they are in real life, owing to the lack of a major political force driving such a change. That makes heavily Christian and Muslim demographics a bit of an oddity. If it's not too inconvenient for you, please hop onto our Discord sometime so that we can help adjust your country's lore to our regional canon.
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Abuddih
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Posts: 35
Founded: Sep 04, 2016
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Abuddih » Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:37 am

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BASIC INFORMATION
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Country name: Khasari Union
Government system: Federative Representative Democracy under a Elective Theocracy
Population: 102 million
Language(s): Khasari (Isolated Language - OOCly a planned conlang)
Ethnic composition: The Khasari (OOCly resemble Amerindians) are the most predominant ethnicity in the league. The country has a sizable amount of Latin peoples and a small but noticeable Afro-Nordanian and Monic Populace
GDP per capita: $8,430
Map claim (high-resolution Imgur link): Open to change


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (optional)
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Human Development Index: .734
Gini coefficient: 43
Major resources: Minerals (Gold, Copper, Coal, Silver, Iron, etc), Gemstones, Phosphate, Foodstuff, Natural Gas(?)
Major imports: Refined Oil, Weaponry, Machinery, Luxury Items
Military personnel: 340,000-420,000 (Active), 980,000 (Reserve)
Types of equipment and military capabilities: Prior to the 80s, most Khasari Firearms were Aininian in origin. The M16 is the army's standard rifle. The nation enacts a mandatory conscription policy with every citizen that reaches the age of 23 is given 6 months of military training, such a policy has been completely enforced in most areas of the nation as of 2018. The Union's equipment is relatively outdated but has seen many pushes for modernization over the decades. The Military itself is often seen as capable and competent
Foreign policy stance (e.g. non-interventionist): The Union maintains an interventionist policy if met with a possible external threat, believe that its necessary to intervene in some regional conflicts that could endanger the safety of some Khasari citizens. The nations alao maintains a humanitarian policy and provides as much support as it can to wartorn nations, both in and beyond Southeastern Nordania


LONG-ANSWER QUESTIONS
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Please describe your nation. The Khasari Union is a federation of Territories and City-states united under the Grand Quorum, the unicameral legislative body that is composed of hand-picked individuals from each territory, each being appointed by the democratically elected legislative bodies of each member state of the union to represent them in the Quorum. Both the role of head of state and head of government goes to the Khokha, a title held for life and is usually appointed by the High Priests, who serve also as the the judicial body of the Union.

The Union has its roots several centuries in the past, during the early 100s BCE, with the rise of Khasari Civilization. Originally a culture built on trade and pacifism, they entered various destructive conflicts with the various other peoples and nations in the area, most notably the Latin Republic, who foresaw some the most gruesome battles with that costed the lives of many during the era. With the turn of the millennium, the Khasaris were forced to adapt to the aggressive political atmosphere if they were to survive not being conquered, waging wars on several other native Lazarene peoples in the area the Khasaris were able to carve up a considerably large empire in Southeastern Nordania from the now destroyed cities of their enemies.

The Khasaris were much more equipped to handle and take care of the Italic Threat at their borders by the mid-300s, which saw an increase in tensions between them and the Latins. With the rise of the Vallish Empire to the North by the next century, both nations briefly put aside their differences in an attempt to stop the expansion of the growing Germanic Empire. They, unfortunately, failed to do so, and by the 5th century, the Latins and their former alien enemies were overrun-ed by the Vallish. The Kharsaris, throughout several centuries, tried to pull of a decent resistance to the Vals, eventually re-awarded with their independence in the 12th century and also contributing to the empire's eventual total collapse in the same century.

Please provide a writing sample (recommended types: roleplay post, wiki article or news article). I live here boi


IN YOUR OPINION...
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...what role will your nation play in Esquarium?: I believe that the Union will play some sort of significant role in the geopolitics of Southern and/or Southeastern Nordania
...what are the strengths of your nation?: The nation is currently in good economic shape. While being one of the least developed nations in Nordania, it has recently graduated from a Developing Nation into a Newly Industrialized Nation and has seen some of the fastest growth rates in Nordania.
...what are the weaknesses of your nation?: The nation suffers to separatist attacks by several minority peoples, as well as continuous communist insurgencies in the more impoverished areas of the nation which call for the collapse of the current theocratic government despite it liberalizing over the course of several decades, this and the high crime rates in several major metropolitan areas in the country, has to contributed to the destabilization of the nation in recent years
...in what ways could your nation be viewed as "overpowered"?: My population and military size might be seen as excessive by many, and thus am willing to decrease it


OOC NOTES
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How did you hear about Esquarium?: Live here bois
Names of other NS accounts: Abu, DF
Discord username (N/A if none): Abu
IIwiki username (N/A if none): Sean

Anything else to add? (optional): Nop
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