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Ghost Land
Diplomat
 
Posts: 504
Founded: Feb 14, 2014
Psychotic Dictatorship

Seven years on NationStates

Postby Ghost Land » Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:45 pm

I have seen a few other users do threads like these in the past, so I figured there wouldn't be much harm in making one myself.

Most of you may not know me, at least under this nation, or maybe you've seen this nation posting in NSG but never knew much about the man behind it. I have been a member of NationStates under various nations since 2012, which seems like just 2-3 years ago until you actually do the math and realise it was seven, and it's been quite an experience in many ways; I've made lots of friends and enemies here, and I hope to continue at least making friends over the coming years.

Let's start at the very beginning: Tuesday 24 April 2012. I had the afternoon off and so had a bit of free time on my hands, and I, being a young idealist, wanted to start my own country in real life, ideally a small chunk of land in southeastern Asia (though, as I now understand, being a white-as-the-queen's-buttocks Christian with no knowledge of any southeastern Asian language, this would be pretty much the definition of "implausible"). I was Googling around for information when I stumbled upon a link entitled "NationStates | Create your own country". Intrigued, I clicked on the link, read the FAQ, and twelve minutes later, my first nation was founded in The Pacific.

My first nation was originally a Father Knows Best State, though it soon became an Inoffensive Centrist Democracy, or, as the Conservative theme renamed it, "Communists". I jumped around between regions quite a bit in my earliest days, though by 16 May 2012 I had created my own region for my nation, the now-defunct Yo is that your new ride. I was somewhat active in the forums and made a few friends early on, though after a few run-ins with moderation I decided to become merely a lurker, though I would still spend about two hours on the average day just surfing through the NS forums, especially old Moderation threads, and I answered lots of issues during this time too, enough to take my nation from its initial inoffensive classification down to Democratic Socialists, Corrupt Dictatorship, and finally Psychotic Dictatorship.

Quite a few people close to me at the time thought NS was a bad influence on me, as I would often talk about some of the less savory characters of the past and present on here (Karinzistan, Objectiveland, Phaloxian, and others coming to mind) and frequently used NS terminology in my daily speech, though I do credit NS for expanding my worldview and making me realise just how messed up people and governments around the world are, in addition to changing my early-life idealist view of everybody being given the same amount of money and resources without having to work, which was very naive and mostly impractical. Ultimately, due to my lack of rebelliousness and cattle-like obedience to close family and authority figures of the time, in February 2013 I stopped being active on the forums altogether and merely logged into my nation once each month to keep it active, though it lapsed for a couple of days on two occasions. I'd had a few puppets early on, my first one being created after about a month after learning that was perfectly legal, though by this time I had only one remaining, and it had been given to a family member for the time being anyway.

This 2012-2013 period is what I consider "back in my day" relative to my time on NS, and I often become nostalgic for the characters and setting of the NS of this period. I remember the introduction of Factbooks, Nation Challenge, and the NS Store, and I remember when Melkor, Sedge, Kryo, Ard, Tsar, and Flib were all still mods. I remember laughing at the Hall of Ex-Nations on the original NSwiki and reading pages of flame wars and troll threads created by short-lived users, and I remember when several of today's most notable users were raw n00bs. I remember exchanging a few telegrams each with Unibot and Spartzerium, and using quite a few of the UDL's nifty calculators, though I was never involved in R&D and never really knew how it worked. I also remember when the population cutoff for name reuse was just 250 million and the program itself was rather fresh; good times!

Ultimately, a site as rad as NationStates can't keep my interest away for too long; in September 2013 I moved back up to semi-retired status, creating a few more holiday-themed puppets in the early months of 2014, this nation being one of them. My activity level wasn't quite what it had been "back in my day", though I would still hang around sometimes and catch up on all the juicy gossip (Verbluffen, Maldo, and the end of the original run of TET). In September 2014 I snagged a name from the name release program for the first time, namely Bathmatia (now defunct), whose name had come from a book I'd read in 2012. In August 2015, I created one of my other favourite nations that I've used: The United Grammar Police, which is also sadly defunct, though it was based on my own politics as opposed to being a complete craphole psychotic dictatorship and had a nifty flag.

In summer 2016, my activity levels increased again, although I had decided to let go of my first nation, having been embarrassed by more than a few of my early comments, in addition to all of my holiday-themed puppets. I began posting on the forums more actively again in June of that year, though this was rather short-lived, and this time it was under my only surviving 2012 puppet, which I'd had back for a while at this point. I began playing the Nation Challenge in earnest for a while, especially after having my win rate destroyed by current #1 Asshai under the Shadow, who had only 148 million people at the time, though ultimately my interest in NS waned again after a while. That nation ceased to exist in June 2017 with almost 11 billion people and over 23,000 challenge points, enough to give it a respectable ranking around #800 at the time but now not enough even to remain in the top thousand.

I rejoined on 6 August 2018, the day before the site's sixteenth anniversary, creating 60s Music and founding my current home region, Groovy. I revived this nation as my forum puppet in September, with forum activity levels not seen since my original 2012-2013 heyday, and nine days later I got back December Land, a foetus holiday-themed puppet whose password I'd forgotten only weeks after its founding. (Its population is now similar to that of 60s Music, despite having been founded four and a half years earlier.) Ghost Land is now the nation with my highest challenge score thus far, currently at level 57 and a world ranking of #50 with over 400,000 points, though 60s Music itself is also in the top 300 and all of my current puppets have at least a couple thousand points each. Groovy now has a population of eight nations, though we're always open to new arrivals.

To summarize, it's been a great and quite interesting seven years since I discovered this site by accident, and I am really thankful to Max Barry for creating such an awesome and addicting website, let alone one that is still going strong after almost 17 years. I've had a lot of fun and made a lot of friends here, and I intend to stick around for at least another five more.

Cheers from the Evil Republic of Ghost Land, and the Hippie Commune of 60s Music!
Forum account/puppet of 60s Music.
Originally joined 24 April 2012.
This nation reflects the OPPOSITE of my views.
Born around 1970 but still somehow under 30.
Conservative libertarian
Pro: Republican Party, Donald Trump, tougher border laws, 1st/2nd Amendments, benevolent dictators
Anti: Democratic Party, The Clintons, abortion, gay marriage, gun control, #MeToo, communism, forced diversity, SJWs
GothicLust wrote:Welch's is responsible for the genocide of grapes! No, that's not the right word, it's a grape holocaust! Seriously man?

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Terricon
Spokesperson
 
Posts: 174
Founded: Mar 01, 2015
Left-wing Utopia

Postby Terricon » Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:48 pm

Are you me but a year older and conservative?
Robespierre FTW

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Likar
Diplomat
 
Posts: 911
Founded: Jun 03, 2017
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Likar » Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:50 pm

Terricon wrote:Are you me but a year older and conservative?

NANI!?
LOVEWHOYOUARE~


Muslim and proud!
Your Local Dank Meme Lord™
Classical(ish) Liberal
Seriously, why are you looking at this.

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Ghost Land
Diplomat
 
Posts: 504
Founded: Feb 14, 2014
Psychotic Dictatorship

Postby Ghost Land » Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:52 pm

Terricon wrote:Are you me but a year older and conservative?

I don't know you too well, though that could be a very apt description. Also, congratulations on your rad post count (172, my favourite number)! Are you also male, from the Midwestern United States, and a part of the under-30 set?
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Forum account/puppet of 60s Music.
Originally joined 24 April 2012.
This nation reflects the OPPOSITE of my views.
Born around 1970 but still somehow under 30.
Conservative libertarian
Pro: Republican Party, Donald Trump, tougher border laws, 1st/2nd Amendments, benevolent dictators
Anti: Democratic Party, The Clintons, abortion, gay marriage, gun control, #MeToo, communism, forced diversity, SJWs
GothicLust wrote:Welch's is responsible for the genocide of grapes! No, that's not the right word, it's a grape holocaust! Seriously man?

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Gigaverse
Postmaster-General
 
Posts: 12526
Founded: Mar 26, 2011
Civil Rights Lovefest

Postby Gigaverse » Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:53 pm

Five more? I've spent eight of it with one single account, and I'm already starting to question the wisdom of perpetually returning to this site.
Artist. Japanophile. Cultural semi-liberal.
Hobbyist linguist. On-and-Off Writer.
MAKE CAKE NOT WAR.
token vietbong, born and raised in and emigrated from vietbongistania
Operating this polity based on preferences and narrative purposes
be careful with factbooks; you'll see some are ok despite minimalist
coding, and others are pieces of turd for all the effort put into decor
capable of communication in (in order of fluency) oldspeak,
vietbongistani and bonjourois (no weebspeak - ironic ik)

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Terricon
Spokesperson
 
Posts: 174
Founded: Mar 01, 2015
Left-wing Utopia

Postby Terricon » Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:55 pm

Ghost Land wrote:
Terricon wrote:Are you me but a year older and conservative?

I don't know you too well, though that could be a very apt description. Also, congratulations on your rad post count (172, my favourite number)! Are you also male, from the Midwestern United States, and a part of the under-30 set?

Yes, though closer to 20 than 30. I found my clone today, dammit.
Robespierre FTW

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Cormactopia Prime
Minister
 
Posts: 2113
Founded: Sep 21, 2016
Civil Rights Lovefest

Postby Cormactopia Prime » Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:22 pm

Hey, we've been around just about the same amount of time. That's pretty neat. Interesting to read about your NS journey.
Cormac Skollvaldr

Awards, Honors, and WA Authorships

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Vanquaria
Senator
 
Posts: 4809
Founded: May 09, 2014
Ex-Nation

Postby Vanquaria » Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:25 pm

7 years on NS and no RP fun?!
Vanq commands a quiet respect that carries its own authority. He is the Hitler of NS.


"I took away Vanq's YB for deliberatly ignoring me"
"I know Vanq is a very good writer and this is how he treats someone of lesser skill?"
"I would love to have a writer of your caliber along for the ride"
"neo and vanq do a dbz fusion to form 1 big shitposter then get erased from NS by kyrusia"
"Which is the level of memeing I expect from Vanq"
"brigadier general comes on, pulls a vanq and calls us all autistic"

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Reploid Productions
Forum Admin
 
Posts: 25518
Founded: Antiquity
The Ninja Mod and Evil Forum Empress

Postby Reploid Productions » Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:23 pm

Only 7 years? Yer still a whippersnapper! GIT OFFA MAH LAWN! :P It's a bit sneaky how NS stealthily eats up the time, isn't it?
Forum mod since May 8, 2003 -- Game mod since May 19, 2003
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Idzequitch
Post Marshal
 
Posts: 15049
Founded: Apr 22, 2014
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise

Postby Idzequitch » Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:30 pm

Congrats/Commiserations! I still have a few months to go before I hit 7 years here (though I did just hit 5 years with this account!). I'm resisting the urge to double check a calendar as I write this.
Call me Idz. Now with 107% more stupid comments!
That time I got modded for completing 2nd grade
Twenty-something, male, heterosexual, Protestant Christian. Politically unaffiliated libertarian-ish centrist
Pro: Pittsburgh Steelers, Bratwurst, The Color Blue, The Star Wars Holiday Special
Anti: Anime, Labradoodles, Boston Red Sox, Vegemite, Pro/Anti lists

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Drop Your Pants
Minister
 
Posts: 3463
Founded: Apr 17, 2005
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Drop Your Pants » Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:32 am

When you hit double digits you stop counting :P
Happily oblivious to NS Drama

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Riakou
Envoy
 
Posts: 285
Founded: Aug 10, 2009
Libertarian Police State

Postby Riakou » Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:38 am

About to prepare celebrating my 10th year!
Unfortunately I'm not a frequent forum dweller, so I may fall into a somewhat unknown category.

I mostly consign myself mostly to regional RP, newswriting, regional governance and discord.


Well done making it this far, I hope to see you on your double digit birthday too.

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Luna Amore
Game Moderator
 
Posts: 11500
Founded: Antiquity
Benevolent Dictatorship

Postby Luna Amore » Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:49 am

Reploid Productions wrote:Only 7 years? Yer still a whippersnapper! GIT OFFA MAH LAWN! :P It's a bit sneaky how NS stealthily eats up the time, isn't it?

Damn kids. Our nations are old enough to work, drive, and make a nation with a forum account on NationStates...
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Servilis
Attaché
 
Posts: 72
Founded: May 07, 2017
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Servilis » Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:52 am

Good for you but I'm currently sober and I need to take a rest.

blergh
yes I am aware I'm an underage nymphomaniac.
no need to get excited.

lovely, a warning from the mods.

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Ghost Land
Diplomat
 
Posts: 504
Founded: Feb 14, 2014
Psychotic Dictatorship

Postby Ghost Land » Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:04 pm

Gigaverse wrote:Five more? I've spent eight of it with one single account, and I'm already starting to question the wisdom of perpetually returning to this site.

Glad to see another name I recognise from "back in my day" - I've always thought you seemed cool and harmless, and believe me, I too have questioned the wisdom of sticking around here for years on end. Ultimately there's just something about this site that prevents me from leaving completely, though. ;)
Cormactopia Prime wrote:Hey, we've been around just about the same amount of time. That's pretty neat. Interesting to read about your NS journey.

Cormac! Glad to see you around too; from what I know you've had a pretty interesting NS journey yourself. You've always seemed like a cool guy; cheers!
Vanquaria wrote:7 years on NS and no RP fun?!

Nah, I've never done any RP; I think I'm just scared of being bad at it or called a godmodder. Plus, I'm more into general discussions and my nation itself anyway. Cheers!
Reploid Productions wrote:Only 7 years? Yer still a whippersnapper! GIT OFFA MAH LAWN! :P It's a bit sneaky how NS stealthily eats up the time, isn't it?

:P

When do people become "not whippersnappers" to you? 2003-04 join date? ;)
Drop Your Pants wrote:When you hit double digits you stop counting :P

Heh ;); real-life birthdays started to become less exciting after about 15 of them anyway, but my NS anniversary isn't a reminder of "getting old" as much as adding another year to my total is, so who knows? Maybe 24 April will start to become a bigger deal to me than 21 December soon. Cheers!
Riakou wrote:About to prepare celebrating my 10th year!
Unfortunately I'm not a frequent forum dweller, so I may fall into a somewhat unknown category.

I mostly consign myself mostly to regional RP, newswriting, regional governance and discord.


Well done making it this far, I hope to see you on your double digit birthday too.

I'm hoping to see double digits around here too :), and while I haven't seen you around before (or at least not much), you seem cool. Cheers!
Luna Amore wrote:
Reploid Productions wrote:Only 7 years? Yer still a whippersnapper! GIT OFFA MAH LAWN! :P It's a bit sneaky how NS stealthily eats up the time, isn't it?

Damn kids. Our nations are old enough to work, drive, and make a nation with a forum account on NationStates...

Blaat had the same idea as you, creating another special puppet at 13 years; crazy to think about kids born in 2003 on the roads. Shouldn't they be like 10-12? ;)
Forum account/puppet of 60s Music.
Originally joined 24 April 2012.
This nation reflects the OPPOSITE of my views.
Born around 1970 but still somehow under 30.
Conservative libertarian
Pro: Republican Party, Donald Trump, tougher border laws, 1st/2nd Amendments, benevolent dictators
Anti: Democratic Party, The Clintons, abortion, gay marriage, gun control, #MeToo, communism, forced diversity, SJWs
GothicLust wrote:Welch's is responsible for the genocide of grapes! No, that's not the right word, it's a grape holocaust! Seriously man?

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Vanquaria
Senator
 
Posts: 4809
Founded: May 09, 2014
Ex-Nation

Postby Vanquaria » Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:50 pm

Yes, playing as a Psychotic Dictatorship must be 8)
Vanq commands a quiet respect that carries its own authority. He is the Hitler of NS.


"I took away Vanq's YB for deliberatly ignoring me"
"I know Vanq is a very good writer and this is how he treats someone of lesser skill?"
"I would love to have a writer of your caliber along for the ride"
"neo and vanq do a dbz fusion to form 1 big shitposter then get erased from NS by kyrusia"
"Which is the level of memeing I expect from Vanq"
"brigadier general comes on, pulls a vanq and calls us all autistic"

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Ghost Land
Diplomat
 
Posts: 504
Founded: Feb 14, 2014
Psychotic Dictatorship

Postby Ghost Land » Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:52 pm

Vanquaria wrote:Yes, playing as a Psychotic Dictatorship must be 8)

MWAHAHAHAHA! :twisted:

My other main nation is run according to my beliefs, and as a New York Times Democracy it's actually way too authoritarian and big-government for my tastes. ;)
Forum account/puppet of 60s Music.
Originally joined 24 April 2012.
This nation reflects the OPPOSITE of my views.
Born around 1970 but still somehow under 30.
Conservative libertarian
Pro: Republican Party, Donald Trump, tougher border laws, 1st/2nd Amendments, benevolent dictators
Anti: Democratic Party, The Clintons, abortion, gay marriage, gun control, #MeToo, communism, forced diversity, SJWs
GothicLust wrote:Welch's is responsible for the genocide of grapes! No, that's not the right word, it's a grape holocaust! Seriously man?

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Henry Repeating Arms
Civilian
 
Posts: 1
Founded: Apr 26, 2019
Anarchy

Postby Henry Repeating Arms » Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:54 pm

congrats! Im just coming up on my first 7 seconds though


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