Hello all, hope you are all well.
Here is this week's poll, regarding the heinous raid on The Embassy. Vote and feel free to share to others (it's an open poll, non-restricted) , this concerns every nation and region on NationStates!!
There were already Turf Wars dating back to 2,000 years before the current setting, perhaps either as a competitive sport or a method to settle conflicts. The first recorded Turf War occurred during a period in Inkling history with many similarities to Ancient Egypt, roughly 2,000 years before the events of Splatoon began. However, as these Turf Wars of nineteen centuries later involved the Inklings and Octarians (instead of just teams of four Inklings), it has expanded into a bigger campaign, great enough to become a historical event.
Before the Great Turf Wars, the Inklings and Octarians had "amicable relations", until the rising sea levels caused them to lash out against each other in a power struggle over the remaining land.
As time progressed, the Octarians separated themselves from the other species of the Mollusc Era. They became dissatisfied with the amount of available dry land and waged war on the Inklings, the other dominant species at the time, to gain total control of the turf.
The Octarians constructed a variety of large machines known as the Great Octoweapons and began attacking Inkling cities.
The first battles of the Great War ended in victory for the Octarian forces. The diligent Octarians easily dominated the Inklings, who were unable to wake up early enough in the morning to defend themselves.(The Inklings have long led a hedonistic style of life).
Heralded by loud explosions, the Great Octoweapons quickly stormed the Inklings' central stronghold. Victory for the Octarians seemed all but certain, but due to a plug being carelessly pulled from its socket, their hopes were dashed. Lady Luck shone down on the Inklings, and the Inklings' victory over the Octarians was most likely due to their superior number of limbs. The Inklings secured a victory in the war and forced the Octarians to retreat to underground lairs such as Octo Valley, which were constructed from the ruins of the subterranean cities built by the remnants of humanity.
The Inkling faction had a fighting force known as the Squidbeak Splatoon led by Cap'n Cuttlefish, which fought against the Octarians during the war..
Hardly. Raids have been going on for 18+ years.
Meanwhile Equilism, we have been having some problems with our forum the past week. Not that anyone noticed since it's not used....which is fine of course as it will likely being going away in a few months. I don't yet know if the problem is fully resolved. Our database suddenly started rapidly expanding and contracting between 150Kb and 13Gb. Yeah, that's weird. Our hosting account only allows half that max out.
The forum was also overdue for an update. So naturally in implementing the update, the forum failed completely. The automated updates that have worked for years failed this time and screwed all the files and threw nothing but errors. IPB suggested using the 'Support Tool' which of course also failed with errors. So I had to perform a complete manual rebuild of the forum....twice....before it was back up and running.
I had a long night last night. *chuckles*
Everything appears to be running smoothly now, but the size-changing database is still of unknown cause and unknown resolve, with it currently sitting at 1.5Gb. Westwind is monitoring.
My pleasure. *tips hat*
And currently it is 537Mb. O_o
Trivia that no one but Westwind would know: The temp folder takes up the most space on our hosting account because it contains our site statistics and logs back to the beginning. 1.4Gb of stats today, and that's after deleting 2005 - 2012 to make room on the server a few years ago. The graph of the past years showed all this heavy traffic in the beginning two years, then it trails off to this flatline with an occasional short lived rise every few years - 2008 and 2011 being noticeable blips.
The data since then shows small rises in activity for about a year from November 2013 to November 2014 (around the time of my TWP Delegacy), and again March 2016 (the time the Township was established) to April 2017.
On April 10, 2017, we had 10 visitors to the forum. On October 23, 2017, there were 6 visitors. In between those six months there was never more than three per day - 95% of the time it's one. And the same one-per-day average continued after that time until three years later on October 26, 2020 when we had 8 visitors as I announced I was running for Governor General. We immediately returned to one-per-day.
Hey, Equilism! The 2021 The North Pacific Card Symposium will begin on 21st February, and you are all invited! Here is some information about it and the Discord invitation to it. Hope to see you there!
There is a new The North Pacific Card Symposium. Here is the Dispatch:
Greetings, everyone! To celebrate the fact that cards trading has lasted so long as a prominent feature, The North Pacific hereby invites YOU, fellow NationStates user, to attend our first-ever Cards Symposium!
Starting first-thing on February 21 2021, players finding themselves participating in this event will get to experience a wide range of activities, whether it be: 1) competing in games to win awards, 2) listening to experienced card users giving lectures, and more!
To participate, please click on the Discord invite in order to join!
With all honesty, there's so many things that it'll prove difficult to name! There will be events such as card collecting competitions, card lotteries, long-time users speaking about their experiences in cards, and even gaming rooms such as an Among Us match, so be assured that there will be more than enough events in order to make your participation worthwhile~
To view our full schedule, please see the following: page=dispatch/id=1507000
Not only will you get the chance to gain first-hand knowledge regarding the cards game, but you'll also receive multiple chances to win extremely valuable cards each day, including the highly coveted Testlandia!
Each day, there will be 1 lottery that will take place, and a random user attending the event will be the recipient of a randomized legendary card. In addition, multiple events + competitions will be hosted that will reward the winner with cards of the same rarity as mentioned, so not only will participation in those events be fun, but they'll also be highly rewarding!
We hope to see you there, so thanks a ton for reading 🃏
And today I try to login to NS and see "database error".
I swear I didn't touch the NS database.
Uh-huh. It's now 1.3Gb. I don't get it.
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Aye, seems NS is chocking on all closing all those Embassies. NS glitches can be interesting, they don't happen as often as they used to. An NS glitch caused the NPO in The Pacific and they've been there ever since.
I don't allow stupidity on our RMB. Grow up and get beyond first order thinking.
Suppressed posts always get that treatment here. Why would something we want suppressed get put out in a quote for all to see?
This time was for my amusement.
The database continues to expand and contract between 650MB and 3.7Gb. I've been doing some forum clean up and archiving. I can't trust any database backups when they vary in size so dramatically, but maybe some cleanup will help.
I was going to close the forums in March, but had extended those plans till August. At the moment though, I don't know if it will stabilize well enough to extend it. I am having to monitor and manually run tasks daily. We shall see. Daily tasks are designed to be run with forum user activity. Being there is no activity, the tasks are not getting run. So I'm running them manually.
The size of our database has been a problem, especially with upgrades, since about 2006, so we've managed well this long. There are also elements of past forum mods still stuck in the database. The Arcade, the Casino, points systems, the Army game. Superfluous data that can't be removed without breaking the database relationships. That's also been an issue for a long time as well.
12 posts away from 361,000 posts on the forum. That's a lot of conversing.
Don't worry you didn't miss anything, just the usual double standards.
I missed the drama!
Evading a ban is against NS rules.
Question—I just fired nuclear weapons at another country as part of the issues Alexanderian Macedonia received. What are the potential repercussions of this?
After about five hours work last night, it finally looks like the forum database is stabilized. *knock on wood* Almost 24 hours now without the endless database resizing.
It appears the problem was not the forum, nor the database itself. It seems the problem was the php installations from the host. Long story short... everything is now running as it should be. And our forum software and theme are upgraded. I'll continue to monitor.
News from the Office of The Governor General
- After a month long struggle with a cranky forum database, it appears the problems on the forum have been resolved. The forum and theme software have been upgraded in the process.
- All Banned accounts have been deleted, as a pruning of forum membership begins.
- International Avenue has undergone a renewal, having been cleansed of outdated Embassies and unnecessary clutter removed to the archives. I hope that Ambassadors and Visitors from our friends around NS will find the clean-up has made their visit more tidy, and their Embassies easy to access.
- A review of access to Private Foreign Affairs has resulted in the removal of access for 12 inactive accounts. Other access reviews are ongoing. Military Access has also been reviewed and inactive accounts removed.
- Equilism has appreciated the interest of Republic of Conservative Nations in establishing an Ambassador exchange, however our activity level does not allow us to engage with them at that level of relations at this time.
- The Office of the Governor General is issuing a new policy for ingame Embassy exchanges. It has been Equilism policy to deny most ingame embassy request that did not coincide with an offsite embassy exchange. Times change though, and Equilism Governor General Westwind and World Assembly Delegate Isaris may accept ingame embassy requests from regions with at least 15 nattions. Smaller regions may be considered on a case-by-case basis for cultural, event, and personal relationships with Equilism. Any ingame embassy request may be denied for any reason, but usually would occur in an instance where the two regions are of an incompatible nature. For example, Nazi regions embassies will not be accepted.
- The Equilism Archives have been moved to the University of Equilism, and the Equilism/AOSS Treaty negotiations of 2010 have been declassified and placed in the Archives.
- Enjoy Spring!
The one-sentence description for the vaccine phase here says I'm eligible now, but the detailed version says not yet. *shrugs* Westwind is in no hurry, and is unconcerned.