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Welcome back to the editor's desk of The Monthly Tabloid. This time we are here with our second edition of the newsletter. I thank all of our readers for Supporting us in our venture and gave us 30 upvotes and
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The Monthly Tabloid (TMT) logo contest was won by Eastern Tatarstan of altay against Indian Genius of Thaecia. The Eastern Tatarstan Logo was chosen as the official logo of TMT. Congratulations to the winner and special thanks to the opponent. The vote was hard and the winner defeated Indian Genius for 1 vote. The tiebreaker was the final vote by the WAD Neo Kerala.

HoD Elections

In the HoD Elections of India for the AoR. The Green Peace Party won with the most number of seats in the region. But, United Global Democrats secured the most seats in other regions which resulted in their victory in the elections. Congratulations to all elected representatives of the House of Delegates.

Embassy Fever

The region opened embassies with reputed regions in Nationstates as a part of the Internationalisation of the region. Embassies were established in regions like Spiritus, Caer Sidi, 21st Century Rome. We extend special thanks to The Salaxalans for helping the region to establish embassies with Spiritus.

India for Sports

Five nations from India have been signed up for the IAFF World Cup 2020. This is the first time India is participating in the IAFA world Cup. The tournament was last held in 2018. The nations of the region has also participated in setting up sports in Assembly of Regions. Orissa Islands and Indusse was chosen to the AoR Sports Board and were made the Vice President and President Respectively.

Nuking Potatoes

Discussions with Spiritus Administration was made by the PM Indusse as they invited India to be part of the N-Day Faction "Potato Alliance". The potato Allaince, one of the factions who is ranked in Top 10 in the N-Day event opened the doors for India to enter. This article is the official confirmation of the entry. Special Thanks to The Salaxalans and The Spirit for inviting the region to the faction.

Interview: Coup de etat!

Recently in the region of India, there was an accidental ‘coup’. The Monthly Tabloid journalists
Armenasia and Anarchic Republic of India
interviewed Indusse, the nation who is the former WAD and who temporarily usurped the WA Delegate role, and Neo Kerala, the rightful WA delegate.

Here are their responses to some questions:

1. Was it intentional?
Indusse: Haha... Why would I coup him now? If it was intentionally then I could have been the WAD now
and I'm also the founder so,there isn't a need for a coup. It wasn't intentional.
Neo Kerala: No.

2. How did you feel/what thoughts came to your mind after the 'accidental' coup?
Indusse: Well.. Nothing much. Well negative thoughts never came to my mind. I was once the WAD of this
region and my reign is 500+ days. So, there isn't a negative intention.
NK: Declined to answer

3. Only 50% of WA members in India have endorsed the delegate, should we encourage more endorsements
or make endorsing the wa delegate mandatory?
Indusse: Yes. I have previously said about the World Assembly Endorsement Program. When it's
implemented I think everything will be all right
NK : Yes, we should encourage more endorsements

4. Do you support having more nations in India joining the WA?
Indusse: Yes. Of course. WA nations is really mandatory as it proves that the identity is unique and is not a
puppet.
NK : Yes

5. What measures have been taken to prevent a repeat event? Do you think they are adequate?
Indusse: Nothing much. Well I'm planning to set a World Assembly Endorsement Program in the region.
This event would have repeated on 29th (of July) if I didn't inform NK.
NK : Did not answer

Clearly, both nations are very capable, and have taken measures to prevent another coup from happening.

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The Fylkirvegr State of The Region Declaration Issue II has been released. Telling captivating, motivating stories from around the nine realms (states, we now call them) of Fylkirvegr! From real life matters to embassy and foreign relations updates, we bring it all! Thus, the Fylkirvegrian Regional Government is happy to announce the latest issue! Enjoy your time reading!

Overview

Hello, once again and we would like to congratulate ourselves and introduce you to another region full of ups, downs twists and turns and we are here! Our second State of The Region Declaration Issue! I am so happy to pack it out to all of you whether foreign envoys, or foreign ambassadors, this is the State of The Region Declaration!

We would like to celebrate the grand opening of the University of Fylkirvegr! We realized that not many nations know about Norse Mythology, its traditions and the language and a whole lot! So we as a region decided how would we allow Fylkirvegrian citizens to get accustomed to Nose Mythology, you know what I said? A university! This is a great way to educate citizens while they learn more of who we are as a region!

We are also waiting in anticipation for the Fylkirvegrian August Elections! Many nations are twirling to get those status and many such as Eleiterion, are putting their hearts out to be their desired roles! Isle of Viterna and Eleiterion are fighting and talking their hearts out to win the Ministerial office for the Department of International Security! Boy, this will be one race!

We here at Fylkirvegr are so happy to unravel the many things that have been happening with our Government and we would like to showcase their talents to you as well as reveal the Commended Nation of The Month!

Our government has been doing spectacular stunts and tricks these days with the newest addition, Eleiterion, who has come to the region as an impersonation of deceased Hellenic army and boy... what an impact he has made! He has applied for citizenship, joined a State and is extremely promising! I can’t wait to see what he has unravelled to us in terms of government applications, he really was ambitious to take a Ministerial role within the regional government and is currently in the process!

We recently have appointed our new Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Whithamia, he has been doing marvelous wonders to the region, even offering himself to be a Governor, and yes, he is also Governor of his State, Niflheim, congratulations to him! He has always wanted the best for the region and has always been someone to be eager in terms of regional government activity!

We would like to commend Bargio, as newly appointed Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture and also eager like Whithamia, has also become Governor of the State the nation wanted to be in, Midgard. He has served the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture and always wants the best for his Department! He has been planning the UFFA (Union of Fylkirvegrian Football Associations) Champions League very well and we are currently working on that a State should have a league, then the top four, three (via play-offs) or two advance to the UFFA Champions League (UCL). He is extremely creative and should be praised for his initiatives and hardwork!

We would also like to commend Lycadia for being the great leader he is to being appointed as Prime Minister and WA Delegate of Fylkirvegr! Putting his heart, time and effort into everything he did, and replaced Bizenia, our initial Prime Minister and WA Delegate that has ceased to exist unfortunately and had already put in such a world-wide mark to the region, was able fulfill the nation’s place as Prime Minister and boy ‘o boy did I make the right decision!

Bizenia’s flag; may it soar high in the sky for all Fylkirvegrians to see it and salute in honor of the brave Viking’s death to Helheim the nation went.

We would also like to praise the following as well:

  • Maleolithia Reborn -For making the RMB a positive interactive interface and environment for any newcomer to become fully reinstated within the region just in one day

  • The two Sicilis -For also making the RMB wonderful especially in a comedian-like way and is extremely entertaining! He always believed in an active region, oh and did he get what he wanted!

  • The Roman republic a -For being the first nation to ever join Fylkirvegr and at the time, always eager to participate in the very limited activities there was on offer and his belief in the great Old Norse region of Fylkirvegr

Commended Nation of The Month
The Empire of Whithamia

We would like to praise and congratulate, Whithamia, as our commended nation of the month! I would like to commend him for his efforts in serving the Norse revolution by putting his time and patience in becoming the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, I even asked him if he wanted to become a Governor, the nation said yes! I then asked him if he wanted to become an Immigration Commissioner, he said yes! These are those types of rare nations who have a lot to offer on the table and puts its hear on its sleeve in everything it does.

Especially doing all he can by issuing an ambassador for Enadia and its leader, God-King Rorschach and for having a very professional service and leadership. I would also like to say thanks to God-King Rorschach for his support and input is also very much appreciated. Please telegram Whithamia, and congratulate the nation, and also to endorse him if applicable to further salute his service!

Real Life Matters

Physical activity or exercise can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Physical activity and exercise can have immediate and long-term health benefits. Most importantly, regular activity can improve your quality of life. A minimum of 30 minutes a day can allow you to enjoy these benefits.
Benefits of regular physical activity

If you are regularly physically active, you may:

  • reduce your risk of a heart attack

  • manage your weight better

  • have a lower blood cholesterol level

  • lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers

  • have lower blood pressure

  • have stronger bones, muscles and joints and lower risk of developing osteoporosis

  • lower your risk of falls

  • recover better from periods of hospitalisation or bed rest
    feel better – with more energy, a better mood, feel more relaxed and sleep better

A healthier state of mind

A number of studies have found that exercise helps depression. There are many views as to how exercise helps people with depression:

  • Exercise may block negative thoughts or distract you from daily worries

  • Exercising with others provides an opportunity for increased social contact

  • Increased fitness may lift your mood and improve your sleep patterns

  • Exercise may also change levels of chemicals in your brain, such as serotonin, endorphins and stress hormones

Aim for at least 30 minutes a day

To maintain health and reduce your risk of health problems, health professionals and researchers recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days.

Physical activity guidelines

Australia’s physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines state that:

  • Doing any physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some, and gradually build up to the recommended amount

  • Be active on most, preferably all, days every week.

  • Accumulate 150 to 300 minutes (2 ½ to 5 hours) of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 to 150 minutes (1 ¼ to 2 ½ hours) of vigorous intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both moderate and vigorous activities, each week

  • Do muscle strengthening activities on at least two days each week

Ways to increase physical activity

Increases in daily activity can come from small changes made throughout your day, such as walking or cycling instead of using the car, getting off a tram, train or bus a stop earlier and walking the rest of the way, or walking the children to school.

Embassy Portal

We have currently established embassies with Enadia and we are on the complete verge of utter consolidation. The region has supported us as a Norse region and we have consolidated true relations with them, not only attaining an ambassador, who it turns out to be the WA Delegate, The Republic of God-King Rorschach and in turn, have exchanged with Whithamia as ambassador that will send the region monthly updates. We are truly happy with this and we believe this will be beneficial for both parties.

We have also consolidated relations with the The Communist Bloc and our petition has been accepted! We can’t wait to start relations with them as they have allowed us to start embassies with them which is excellent considering how pain-free it was. Negotiations have now come to a close and we have gotten their favour and negotiations are successful!

We are also delighted with our current relations with Europeia, they have been very friendly to is and we have had no problems with them since the start, their FA Councillor, Kuramia, was extremely friendly and gave the region quite good advice!

We are currently negotiating with Force about opening a consulate, we did try to negotiate embassies, but unfortunately we were not successful, however, I am confident that we will come to an agreement. I will update you on the following weeks to come!

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant passed away on Sunday at the age of 41. On November 29, 2015, he announced his retirement from professional basketball after 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers; on December 1, Vogue published this piece by Nancy Farghalli, reflecting on his career.

Kobe Bryant entered the NBA straight from high school in 1996, the year I was trying to declare a major in college. Back then, I was told the future was ahead of me. I could do anything I wanted. Picking a major was just like folding a page in a book. You were not settling on the rest of your life.

I grew up in Southern California, a child of the Lakers, a child of “Showtime.” The team defined Los Angeles. They were Los Angeles. They even played in a structure modeled after the Colosseum in Rome. They showed that building a lot on TV. The columns outside, the rich and famous inside; it was all exporting the Lakers’ brand of basketball: run and gun. Exhilarating entertainment in the entertainment capital of the world. Fast breaks. No-look passes. Fast scoring. The Lakers won five championships during that era. And the players of my youth were known by single names: Magic, Worthy, and Kareem.
The Lakers were not winning championships when I entered college; most of the Showtime players had retired. But then 1996 happened. The Lakers signed Shaquille O’Neal and they traded for Kobe Bryant, the 13th pick in the NBA draft that year.

I think about that now, almost 20 years later. Most of us have had many starts and restarts, many ends and new beginnings. Many W-2 forms. Many 401(k) rollovers. Many different health insurance providers…but not Kobe. He’s a rarity in sports. A single team for 20 years. Derek Jeter did that. But in today’s climate—of TV contracts, free agency, salary caps—players often come and go. The team shirt you bought at the beginning of the season becomes vintage because the player has moved on.

Of course, it helped that Kobe has played for one of the best franchises in all of sports. Specifically, he has played more than 47,000 minutes for the Lakers. And he really played every minute. You’d watch him hustle, bark at his teammates, demand that they perform at his level. Sometimes you felt like you were watching a game within a game. There was the opposing team playing at the Lakers’ level. And then there were the Lakers players trying to play at Kobe’s level. Even in off games—like Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics—he played without fear of losing. The Lakers were down by 13 points in the third quarter. And Kobe was shooting poorly the whole night. Six of 24 from the field—a rut. You could sense the headline coming: Lakers Lose Championship on Kobe’s Dismal Shooting. But then he did what he always does—he figured it out. He played knowing he could beat anyone at any team. That’s confidence and will. He scored 10 points in the fourth quarter in a game to decide the title. Ten points when it matters most. Who does that?

He wrote a poem to announce his retirement. My dad and I laughed. My dad retired a couple of years ago after being a college professor for more than three decades. He also wrote a poem that he read during his retirement party. One of my dad’s lines reminded me of Kobe: “If you reach the peak having no longer the fire / Say goodbye to your job and keep your dignity higher.” Truth is, Kobe may be retiring, but he has been paid handsomely and can do anything he wants. His life in a lot of ways feels like the blank slate you have as a college student: Your future is ahead of you; don’t worry about your major.

Objectives

The current objectives we would like to achieve are 100 nations by 2021 respectively. Some regions may think this is ‘Unrealistic’, but we as a region say that we never give up! We always try our best and we will succeed in doing so! We know what we stand for, our morales and values and we stick to our objectives! Do you?

Closing Comments

Thank you fellow Viking for reading our State of The Region Declaration! We are so humbled and happy you hopefully enjoyed it! Should you have any concerns, please contact Acting Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Lycadia, King and Founder, Freedomanica or the Regional Nation, Fylkirvegr via telegram, please!



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The Truth Behind the Attempted Balder Coup | Feature | WRITTEN BY Bormiar | EDITED BY TRT STAFF
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The Truth Behind the Attempted Balder Coup
FEATURE | WRITTEN BY Bormiar | EDITED BY TRT STAFF

On March 5th, Fooooooooo released Balder Bugle Issue VIII, which informed NationStates of a Balder coup attempt perpetrated by contemporary Minister of World Assembly Affairs Griffindor13. As its name may suggest, Balder Bugle is not a regional newspaper whose claims belong to the author alone (like the Rejected Times). The Balder Bugle is “a publication of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Realm of Balder”, the equivalent of a foreign update. Balder Bugle’s vague statement revealed only that Griffindor “[conspired] to overthrow Balder's elected Delegate, King North East Somerset”, before skipping to a very detailed account of the punishments. Upon further prodding, Fooooooooo personally revealed that “Griffindor13 proposed creating a private Discord server to coordinate military operations to ‘secure the Delegacy’ through unlawful means... Griffindor plotted to use his government position to gradually lobby for a series of initially small and then larger increases in the endorsement cap”. NationStates Today also wrote Linkan article on the event, but the article did little more than echo Balder Bugle’s announcement. The article may have some bias, given the affiliations of its author, J.S. Talleyrand, who has been highly influential in the Land of Kings and Emperors, a region closely associated with Balder.1 Balder Bugle has previously had and may still have treaty relations with NationStates Today.2

Despite the little information we were initially given, Griffindor unilaterally attempting to overthrow the government seemed plausible. Unlike other game-created regions, Balder has been the target of many empty coup threats over the years, such as the recent Popular Front for a United Balder. These could be inspired by the frequent criticisms of the region from prominent gameplayers. In an “Ask Me Anything” thread by Cormactopia Prime, an extremely influential retired player, Cormac frequently shared aspirations to “liberate” Balder, declaring that “the state of the region is just depressing”. Roavin, a prominent member of the South Pacific and the Order of the Grey Wardens, is well known for his dislike of Balder, having frequently criticized its (alleged) stagnancy and endorsed couping it. He gave TRT an excellent explanation for his dislike of Balder, which may give context to Griffindor’s and other would-be revolutionaries' motivations. The summary, available in the footnotes, cites a facade of democracy, a kangaroo court, Balder’s alleged imperialist rhetoric, and extreme security policy such as its proscriptions.3 Despite the diplomatic pressure usually put on endorsing a coup of a game-created region, neither of those players have received much diplomatic consequence for their words. In TRT’s recent “Ranking the GCRs” survey, Balder did exceptionally worse than all others. The popular criticism of Balder might have served to justify Griffindor’s attempt at democratizing Balder.

Furthermore, Griffindor (a member of the South Pacific, a democracy) has had experience which led him to believe in democracy. When detailing his Balder history in an interview with TRT, he explained how he helped to split a unicameral (one chamber) appointed legislature into a bicameral (two chambers) legislature where the lower house (Odelsting) would be open to all upon application. This allows any player, appointed or not, to be in the legislature. “I noticed a marked increase in activity on the forums (which is normally dead) as a result of the changes making governance closer to the people”, he added without prompt.4 He gave the impression that he truly believed in democracy.

Griffindor is allegedly no stranger to clandestine activities. In February 2018, Griffindor’s legislator (equivalent of citizen to most regions) status in the South Pacific was Linkremoved for using multiple legislator accounts, the other account being Lavoret. It is reasonable to consider both accounts owned by different players, especially because NSHistory logs show both players’ nations (Lavoret and Ebonhand) being in the World Assembly at the same time.5 As Glen-Rhodes (Sandaogao) clarifies in the thread, “the allegations aren’t that they’re the same person”. They likely believe that Griffindor was requesting that Lavoret vote certain ways, thereby voting through Lavoret. Griffindor informed TRT that he “was kinda bitter” after losing Linkan appeal, and ended up in Balder after deciding to move to a different region. Griffindor denies the allegations against him to this day.

On the surface, it appears like Griffindor, a convicted criminal and democracy fanatic, unilaterally attempted to execute a military coup of Balder via increasing the endorsement cap. No wonder the media reported it as such. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Griffindor was not the only conspirator in the Operation Heimdall plot, as Balder’s announcement and NationStates Today’s subsequent article may lead you to believe. “Operation Heimdall”, as it was named, was coordinated by Ebonhand (Griffindor), Eriadni (Aquila), Adriatican (Dmofadriatican), and Bowzin.6 Aquila, Bowzin, and Griffindor were ministers, while Adriatican was a Deputy Talman, the equivalent of a deputy speaker.7 On January 28th, Discord logs show Bowzin approaching Griffindor to invite him to a newly-made Operation Heimdall server, where they would plot Balder reform.8 The screenshot also shows Bowzin implying that he previously recruited Aquila. Both Aquila and Griffindor confirm being recruited to Operation Heimdall by Bowzin.9 Adriatican was recruited by Griffindor.10 Bowzin, then Minister of Interior Affairs11 but soon Statsminister (Balder’s head of government)12, is clearly shown to be the catalyst behind the Heimdall plot.


Bowzin was the origin of the Heimdall plot

Operation Heimdall was not a military coup as was led to believe in Balder’s announcement. Griffindor seemed more interested in democratizing Balder via legal, legislative means, such as the aforementioned creation of the Odelsting. As Aquila told TRT, “Griff definitely was keen on the reform process, but he was more concerned with legislating such a thing. All of my conversations with him were about what bills we wanted to pass, and trying to democratize in a way that Onder and NES would agree too [sic]”. Griffindor confirms this, stating, “I intended to give the Odelsting (which was comprised of all willing citizens) more power and allow them to be able to control more aspects of day to day government (akin to the parliament of the UK where the House of Commons has nearly all the power, and the House of Lords and queen have no where [sic] near as much). My rationale was that the Lagting (upper house) was for the long serving and trusted members of the region was meant to protect the region from changing too fast or too radically. The king was further envisioned to be more of a figurehead with the Statsminister running day to day affairs”. Discord logs since the creation of the Heimdall server confirm this.13 In discord logs provided during Griffindor’s trial, North East Somerset asks Griffindor how he intends to legislate new power for the Odelsting when the Crown (i.e. North East Somerset) can veto any change to constitutional law, and Griffindor suggests that North East Somerset would eventually reach a compromise with them.14 This strategy is unlikely to have worked, even if they hadn’t been discovered. Such a plan is simply too reliant on the people you want to make less powerful.

That being said, the co-conspirators did say things that suggested they intended to use military force if all else failed. In a private discord chat, Bowzin and Griffindor both agreed that a “separate military server” may be required “if it comes to getting the delegacy secured in the future”.15 According to the defense (the equivalent of a prosecution to most people) in Griffindor’s trial, Griffindor said “This term we should work with the king to increase endocaps; ideally to in the hundreds, but baby steps first”.16 This is presumably how they would overthrow North East Somerset if need be. Other evidence provided by the defense (prosecution) was extremely flimsy, though there is merit to the idea that Griffindor may have tried to coup eventually.

When North East Somerset found out about the Heimdall server, he appears to have requested that its conspirators confess to treason and declare loyalty to the Crown. In exchange, the players would be granted immunity. This is ostensibly a legal requirement per section 3.1.b of the Criminal Code. The law, provided to me by North East Somerset, specifically states that “any party, upon having made a reasonable attempt in a timely fashion to disclose [information regarding treason], shall have impunity of this offense”. The law appears to read as though anyone who leaked the activities receives immunity, while those who did not leak it but chose to cooperate still do not receive immunity, because that would not be made in a “timely fashion” or be a “reasonable attempt” at all. They were given immunity regardless, likely in order to facilitate their cooperation.

Aquila was indifferent (as he was with the entire debacle) to receiving immunity.17 Unlike his friend, Adriatican was not happy about the agreement. In a conversation with Griffindor, Adriatican explained that he and Bowzin were “forced” to condemn Griffindor’s actions and swear loyalty to the Crown. “NES has essentially rendered [Griffindor] unable to call a witness involved, as we would either have to perjure ourselves to side with [Griffindor] and get kicked out, or recant our condemnations to side with [Griffindor], and get kicked out”, he tells Griffindor. “He very much blackmailed us, or at the very least, seriously leaned on us in a way unbecoming of the Crown. [...] He forced us to choose between our collective citizenship and political careers, or the guillotine, and I’m honestly disappointed in myself, that I didn’t choose the latter”.18 19 While the accusations directed at North East Somerset may be exaggerations, it is a major flaw of the judicial system in Balder that witnesses would be granted immunity in exchange for signing a statement that didn’t allow them to testify.

Aquila moved on from Balder easily, settling in The Black Hawks and The Communist Bloc. As North East Somerset said to TRT, “Aquila just gradually went inactive, lost interest. He was never really involved much to begin with.” Adriatican gave a bold farewell address, where he denounced Balder’s royalty and declared the courts corrupt.20 He goes on to resign from all positions within Balder, including citizenship, and offers that other Balderans join his new region, whose name was edited out of the post. Adriatican later unsuccessfully tried to come back to Balder, demanding an apology, for whatever reason. Some have the theory that Adriatican is the player behind the Popular Front for a United Balder, an attempt at invigorating a coup of Balder.21 They deem the post, dated to April 23rd, was a response to a denied citizenship application from April 16th.22 The distinct poetic language is similar to the language used in the post where Adriatican announced that he was leaving Balder (available at the bottom of the article). For example, both posts describe the Crown as “smothering” (using that exact word). The tone and poetic language of both posts are extremely similar, so it’s certainly possible that they are the same player, despite the lack of hard evidence. Adriatican denies being behind the nation.

As you know by now, Griffindor did not get off as easy as Aquila and Adriatican. Rather than admit to treason, Griffindor attempted to protect their conspiracy. In an act of desperation, he piled up a series of major lies, which the defense (equivalent of prosecution) had a field day with. These lies include false implicating Danst in Operation Heimdall, and claiming that there was not a discord server, rather a three-way group chat between Adriatican, Danst, and him.23 Danst had ceased to exist when Griffindor implicated him, and Griffindor knew this.24 Griffindor admits to this lie and apologizes for it.25 Griffindor also falsely claimed that Adriatican recruited him, rather than the other way around, which assisted the defense (i.e. prosecution) in arguing that Griffindor was the main catalyst and leader of Operation Heimdall26, though that claim is dubious.

In his trial, Griffindor and the defense (prosecution) mutually agreed that Crown Prince Onderkelkia would preside over the trial. Aexnidaral, the Attorney General appointed by contemporary Statsminister Bowzin (and later reaffirmed by Fooooooooo / Fuzzy), represented the defense (i.e. prosecution). He defended Griffindor’s charge of Deception using the aforementioned lies, and proposed a 7 week ban for the act, the maximum sentence for such a crime. His defense of the charge of Treason hinged almost entirely on a conversation between Bowzin and Griffindor on potentially “[securing] the delegacy” if it comes to that (see paragraph 8 ). The other major piece of evidence was Bowzin suggesting “This term we should work with the king to increase endocaps; ideally to in the hundreds, but baby steps first” (see paragraph 8 ), but that was merely circumstantial, as there are many reasons one would want to increase an endorsement cap as low as Balder’s. Aexnidaral also pointed to Aquila creating a “Balder Revolutionary Government” flag, and a channel entitled “#gameside-operations”, which he treated as some kind of “proof” that the conspirators created a military channel. The plaintiff, Griffindor, claimed that gameside operation channel was used for “attempting to create gameside activity amongst the population” (far more likely, given the title and lack of discussion in the channel provided from Aexnidaral), and that the channel was created before his aforementioned discussion with Bowzin. He describes the revolutionary flag as sh**posting and a joke. It’s most likely that Aexnidaral misled the court on those two pieces of evidence (as his job sometimes requires), and that the conversation between Bowzin and Griffindor is the only hard evidence they have. Aexnidaral proposed an 8 month ban followed by a year long ban from holding elected office.27

Griffindor, the plaintiff, countered the defense’s argument by sharing that the real plan was to create reform via legislation, as detailed above. This was clear. As the defense pointed out, that doesn’t change the fact that he allegedly planned to coup the region. He proceeded to provide strong evidence refuting some of the defense’s claims regarding the deception charge, notably that Griffindor was the ringleader of Operation Heimdall.28

It seems in Griffindor’s eyes, his trial was just as much a trial of him as it was a trial of North East Somerset and the Crown. He brought up the aforementioned statements from Bowzin and Adriatican, which Adriatican deemed as the result of “blackmail” (see paragraph 10). Adriatican believes this because he had to make his statement to qualify for immunity (i.e. not be prosecuted). Griffindor proceeds to accuse North East Somerset of baselessly requesting that Griffindor be removed from the Odelsting (lower court), as there had not been a resignation or court conviction at the time. When Griffindor’s removal from the court was later legally (it was not explained what made it legal) put to vote (before the conviction), the contemporary President Pro Tempore of the Lagting (upper court), Fooooooooo, joined the Odelsting. Griffindor suggests that the President Pro Tempore was an imported voter. 29

In a gargantuan 5000-word “Onderwall”, Arbiter Onderkelkia preferred the defense’s arguments, convicted Griffindor of treason and deception, and sentenced him to 6 months banishment from the region and a year’s banishment from holding elected office. The 6 treason and deception sentences are to be served concurrently, which gives Griffindor the absolute minimum sentence. 30

But it was not Adriatican’s words or Griffindor’s conviction or North East Somerset’s alleged crimes that are the most interesting part of the Operation Heimdall scandal. It’s actually Bowzin. Bowzin’s entire involvement in the affair is incredibly suspicious. Despite organizing the entire server, Bowzin was the only colluder in Operation Heimdall affair to get off without leaving the region or being punished. That means that he neither suffered legal nor major social consequences. This is likely partially because he leaked the Operation Heimdall event to North East Somerset, as confirmed by North East Somerset31, Onderkelkia32, and Bowzin himself33. Bowzin claims, in an address to the region, that he left the scheme because “[he] saw it began to spiral out of control, as they planned ways to ‘secure the delegacy’”34. That direct message35 (i.e. only Bowzin and Griffindor) discussion involves Bowzin’s own participation, and was crucial to convicting Griffindor. It was dated to January 31st, just minutes before Bowzin’s statsminister election began.36 The timestamp of the screenshot provided in the trial read as “Yesterday at 8:49pm”37, meaning that Bowzin either sent the screenshot to North East Somerset on February 1st (in which case there would be a ten day investigation before NES pressed charges), or Bowzin was saving the screenshot in hopes of later revealing it.

If Bowzin did wait before sending the screenshot to North East Somerset, that condemns him of a series of extremely corrupt wrongdoings. Among them, treason. He would not have qualified for immunity if per section 3.1.b of the Criminal Code, because he would not have disclosed the information in a “timely fashion”. If he didn’t wait (and frankly, he probably didn’t), that complicates things. If Bowzin both created the Heimdall server and leaked it, what was his motivation behind the server in the first place?

Therein lies the question of the Operation Heimdall scandal. Bowzin could’ve easily dispelled the discussions of military force, but instead he facilitated them by going along with Griffindor’s suggestions. He could’ve gone along with Operation Heimdall in order to fulfill his strong aspirations for a more democratic Balder, but instead he got rid of all his collaborators. “I have a hunch it was a setup from the start”, writes Aquila to TRT. “The only potential confirmation I have for that is this one specific conversation I had with [important Balder player] while this was going down. He mentioned Bowzin had joked about organising then exposing a coup attempt to gain favour with NES/Onder/the Lagting” (screenshot of their discussion below). The player who Aquila spoke to said he believes that Bowzin organized Operation Heimdall in order to get closer to the top.38 Adriatican agrees, writing to TRT, “[Operation Heimdall] was seemingly orchestrated by Bowzin, and NES, for their respective political gains”. This is corroborated by an RMB message (Linkscreenshot) by Bowzin in which he said, “I'll go ahead and just say it at this point, it wasn't under their noses for a single second” in the heat of an argument. “For a single second”. It’s difficult to prove that Bowzin intended to set up his colleagues, as that would require either seeing his direct messages with North East Somerset or entering his head. However, that quote from Bowzin is a heat-of-the-moment confession. It certainly raises eyebrows.

In this depiction of the events, Bowzin may have assisted North East Somerset to conduct a sting operation against those who may have been seen as a threat to the Crown. Bowzin would’ve found the players who he knew expressed anti-Balder opinions, feign sympathy and agreement, and proceed to suggest reform. It was Bowzin who recruited Aquila and Griffindor. It was Bowzin who formalized Operation Heimdall by creating the server. He simply had to bide his time until one of the players messed up. Bowzin then provided the direct message (i.e. just Bowzin and Griffindor) logs which were crucial in convicting Griffindor. This scenario possibly implicates not only King North East Somerset, but also Crown Prince Onderkelkia, the Arbiter in Griffindor’s trial, as he works closely with North East Somerset. That would make Griffindor’s trial phony and unfair.

The other scenario is that Griffindor or Aquila discussed reform with Bowzin, and, in what could only be called opportunism, Bowzin decided to inform North East Somerset of a “coup attempt”, intended to weaken the Crown. Bowzin created the Operation Heimdall server, formalizing the idea of reforming Balder. He then waited for Griffindor to slip up, and they would have the evidence to convict. As his plan had come to fruition, Bowzin informed North East Somerset of the coup attempt. In protecting North East Somerset’s power, Bowzin would’ve likely solidified trust from North East Somerset during the early days of his statsminister service. This is by far the most likely scenario, as it is devoid of wicked conspiring with questionable likelihood for success, and fits all the evidence perfectly. It is also a textbook case of oppurtunism consuming a player.

Bowzin declined to speak with TRT. I invite him to comment again.

The NationStates Gameplay community was left completely in the dark on the Heimdall scandal. We were spun a misleading story of a fanatic attempting a military coup alone. The story is far more tame, complex, and fascinating. It is the story of a proponent of democracy making a bold, unlikely-to-succeed attempt at reforming his region via legislative means, who screwed up badly along the way. His first mistake was proposing a militaristic contingency plan. His second mistake was putting so much trust into an opportunist. He was not, however, a prospective couper.

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Further reading and footnotes can be found here


By Catalyse

RANKING THE GCRs: RESULTS REVEALED
FEATURE | WRITTEN BY Glacikaldr| EDITED BY TRT STAFF

In Issue LVIII, we asked our readers to respond to the latest survey of our ‘Ranking the GCRs’ survey series. The author also made an effort to reach out to the Delegates of the included Game-Created Regions (GCRs) to see if their regional governments would like to encourage citizens and residents to take part as well. Unfortunately, due to arguably foreseeable difficulties with trying to maintain order over a team of monkeys, we were forced to close the survey early at 53 respondents. In future, we will use an alternative survey host such as Google Forms. Thank you for your understanding, and thank you to everyone who participated. At 53 respondents, we had a very similar turn-out to 2018, achieved over a much shorter time frame.

PLEASE NOTE: percentages reflect comparison to 2018 survey.

The North Pacific - 0.8204 (+14.90%)
The South Pacific - 0.7586 (+8.84%)
The Rejected Realms - 0.7262 (+5.86%)
The Pacific - 0.6556 (+8.18%)
The East Pacific - 0.648 (-12.43%)
The West Pacific - 0.645 (-11.16%)
Osiris - 0.552 (+2.99%)
Lazarus - 0.5252 (+24.75%)
Balder - 0.463 (-15.97%)

[The Overall Perceptions Index is collected by finding the sum of the performances of all of the feeders and sinkers in all of the survey’s following indices, divided by the highest potential score (50). The OPI provides an overall picture of how GCRs performed on average throughout the survey.]

Our readers' perceptions surrounding GCRs have become more nuanced. GCRs are already held to a high standard among the interregional community, but it appears that encouraging comparisons between one another through this survey has encouraged stratification. The OPI appears to highlight first, second, and third world distinctions — albeit at a higher standard than what would appropriately accommodate the wider interregional community. Yet, this does not paint a complete picture. There are outliers. For example, perceptions on Lazarus appear to be slowly repairing within the context of its new government, while perceptions surrounding The East Pacific — the previous leader of the pack — appear to have tanked since the last survey. This can be explained away by claiming that The East Pacific is still marred by relatively recent controversy. Further, with our readers perceiving Yuno as the best Delegate in our last survey in 2018, the unsavoury treatment of Yuno by The East Pacific is likely to have also played a part in the region's lower rating this time around. Overall, all regions besides Balder scored over 0.5 — with Lazarus and Balder near swapping their perceptions among our readers since the last survey. GCRs are, for the most part, perceived in a positive manner by our readers.

PLEASE NOTE: categories are scored out of five.

The North Pacific - 4.18 (+22.22%)
The Rejected Realms - 3.98 (-1.97%)
The South Pacific - 3.86 (+13.86%)
The East Pacific - 3.52 (-9.28%)
The Pacific - 2.98 (+22.63%)
Lazarus - 2.94 (+26.18%)
The West Pacific - 2.82 (-16.07%)
Osiris - 2.77 (-2.12%)
Balder - 2.22 (-21.83%)

The Acceptance and Tolerance category appears, for the most part, informed by perceptions around the political systems and perhaps even the internal separation of powers within the GCRs' regional governments. Here the first, second, and third world distinction plays out near perfectly, classing Lazarus among a second class distinction with a very noticeable improvement since 2018. While it is clear among all these datasets that GCRs are held to a high standard, a difference of 1.96 between first and last, The North Pacific and Balder, highlights that our readers can likely observe — or perhaps have even experienced — issues among the regions scoring in the lower end. Needless to say, if each included region were only to action change in one area in light of this article, I would hope that each region strives to improve their perceptions within this category over all others.

The North Pacific - 4.39 (+6.30%)
The South Pacific - 3.82 (+7.00%)
The East Pacific - 3.55 (-3.01%)
The Pacific - 3.5 (+8.36%)
The West Pacific - 3.5 (-3.05%)
The Rejected Realms - 3.31 (+2.48%)
Osiris - 2.74 (+4.58%)
Lazarus - 2.6 (+15.56%)
Balder - 1.83 (-22.78%)

Activity is always a subject up for discussion in our community, and is very commonly phrased in terms of how GCRs compare among one another. Thus, these results are likely not to much of anyone's surprise. Not much can be said for activity that has not already been said already- and the last time the author made any comments on this matter, a diplomatic incident of grandeur proportions soon followed! It is worth noting that, in some instances, activity may sometimes be rated by the subjects of activity as well. For example, someone who writes newsletters will inevitably favour newspaper writing over RMB roleplay as a greater form of regional activity.

The North Pacific - 3.89 (+15.09%)
The Rejected Realms - 3.57 (+6.25%)
The South Pacific - 3.55 (-2.74%)
The Pacific - 3.51 (+5.09%)
The West Pacific - 3.48 (-6.70%)
The East Pacific - 3.09 (-16.26%)
Osiris - 2.93 (+2.81%)
Lazarus - 2.81 (+8.49%)
Balder - 2.53 (+15.53%)

Rating regional culture heightens issues with assessing our readers' perceptions around activity; still, stark comparisons — such as the apparent difference between The North Pacific and Balder — can be used to inform what is generally understood when looking to define an active cultural scene. Lower scoring GCRs can learn from others on what is generally understood as a thriving cultural scene and should be encouraged to expand and share their regional cultures as opposed to being shut down or demoralised by our readers' perceptions.

The North Pacific - 4.17 (+21.22%)
The South Pacific - 3.7 (-1.86%)
The Rejected Realms - 3.63 (+15.24%)
The Pacific - 3.19 (+7.77%)
The West Pacific - 2.89 (-29.17%)
The East Pacific - 2.67 (-13.59%)
Osiris - 2.31 (-7.97%)
Lazarus - 1.95 (+14.71%)
Balder - 1.82 (-19.47%)

Military presence is like the tide. The last tide carried with it the gusto of The West Pacific Armed Forces, yet it appears a few too many of their pirate ships may have actually ended up beached. Now the North Pacific Army thrives in our readers' minds, but for how long? The author would make a witty remark about the Rejected Realms Army and its emphasis on autonomy at this stage, but I just recently rejoined so I best refrain.

The North Pacific - 4.24 (+10.13%)
The South Pacific - 4.1 (+10.81%)
The Rejected Realms - 3.89 (+8.06%)
The East Pacific - 3.49 (-9.35%)
Lazarus - 2.93 (+37.56%)
The West Pacific - 2.65 (-11.07%)
Osiris - 2.48 (+0.81%)
The Pacific - 2.4 (+22.45%)
Balder - 1.93 (-20.25%)

This category was always contentious in the author's mind, but is no doubt in line with the ideals of the good majority of our readers. This comes through in almost every issue so this category best not have come as a surprise. It should remain clear that these are rights the Times believes our readers hold dear. Nevertheless, the results should come with very little surprise.

The South Pacific - 3.87 (+16.57%)
The North Pacific - 3.81 (+13.06%)
The Pacific - 3.48 (+31.32%)
The Rejected Realms - 3.42 (+6.54%)
The West Pacific - 3.25 (-7.67%)
The East Pacific - 3.21 (-11.81%)
Osiris - 2.74 (+2.62%)
Lazarus - 2.5 (+26.26%)
Balder - 2.35 (-9.62%)

Here is where embassy and treaty hungry GCRs shine the brightest, but risk shining the shortest if they end up signing onto just one too many! Here The South Pacific steals the lead, followed closely by many. The West Pacific and The East Pacific both take a hit, though the latter is likely related to recent incidents. Further, Lazarus sees rapid improvement on this front, which is by no means a shock.

The North Pacific - 4.16 (+21.28%)
The South Pacific - 3.69 (+13.89%)
The Rejected Realms - 3.35 (+2.13%)
The East Pacific - 3.2 (-9.35%)
The Pacific - 3.07 (+0.99%)
The West Pacific - 2.98 (-17.91%)
Osiris - 2.44 (-7.92%)
Lazarus - 2.29 (+13.37%)
Balder - 1.82 (-27.78%)

This category appears actualised by military presence but constrained by government stability. Types of treaties a region is likely to sign onto must have also carried significant weight. Here Balder takes its last last place under its current streak with another damning drop from to previous results in 2018 and 2014, starting out from an average perception of three out of five.

The North Pacific - 4.31 (+9.67%)
The Pacific - 4.07 (-8.13%)
The Rejected Realms - 4.02 (+7.20%)
Balder - 3.93 (-7.96%)
The South Pacific - 3.81 (+3.81%)
The West Pacific - 3.73 (-9.69%)
Osiris - 3.32 (+14.88%)
The East Pacific - 2.83 (-25.72%)
Lazarus - 2.56 (+16.89%)

Here GCRs perform well, for if they do not then the consequences are dire, and the subsequent government seeks to correct that mistake. Balder performs well in this category, finding a way to achieve a stable four out of five average among our readers' perceptions. What is new is The East Pacific’s drop, no doubt driven by recent controversy. The East Pacific's new government is now faced with the task of rebuilding its stability and trust.

The North Pacific - 3.78 (+12.50%)
The South Pacific - 3.72 (+19.23%)
The Rejected Realms - 3.63 (+5.22%)
The West Pacific - 3.59 (-3.49%)
The East Pacific - 3.57 (-12.71%)
The Pacific - 3.21 (+4.56%)
Osiris - 3.05 (+6.64%)
Lazarus - 2.95 (+34.09%)
Balder - 2.53 (-17.05%)

Where The East Pacific previously led thanks to Yuno, The North Pacific now claims first place through Prydania. A separate Prime Minister and Delegate is shown to work in The South Pacific's favour as they welcome in Amerion, but the most stark improvement is from Lazarus, which is a claim that the author is sure no one of our readers would question. Contrary to common belief, it is the democratic GCRs that appear to produce more popular and well-performing Delegates.

The North Pacific - 4.09 (+21.01%)
The South Pacific - 3.81 (+12.06%)
The Rejected Realms - 3.51 (+10.03%)
The Pacific - 3.37 (+5.97%)
The West Pacific - 3.36 (-5.35%)
The East Pacific - 3.27 (-12.57%)
Osiris - 2.82 (+14.17%)
Lazarus - 2.73 (+33.82%)
Balder - 2.19 (-16.09%)

The last category again raises first, second, and third world distinctions. This data forms similar relationships to those found by the Overall Perceptions Index, besides from The West and East Pacific being the other way around. Interestingly, our readers value the performance of The Pacific's government over their Delegate's performance.

AN INTERVIEW WITH DEAD I JACK, THE OUTGOING DELEGATE OF THE REJECTED REALMS
INTERVIEW | WRITTEN BY Western New England | EDITED BY TRT Staff

1. When did you start playing NS and what region's have you been in?

I made my first nation more than 9 years ago in April 2011, when Vincent Drake told me about the game. My first region was European Union, and that was when it was one of the largest founderless regions. From there I started my own region with Benevolent Thomas called Fort Triumph. That was when I created Deadeye Jack and was my first foray into Gameplay and defending, but it didn’t last that long. From there I’ve been in Lazarus, Hogwarts, The Order of the Grey Wardens, and The Rejected Realms.

2. What previous positions have you held (Delegate of another region, former Officer of TRR etc.)?

Well in European Union I served in multiple positions (Premier Commissioner, Economics Commissioner) but they were mostly RP elected positions so they are quasi GP and hard to explain. I was an Officer in the Lazarene Liberation Army and briefly Minister Herald (Foreign Affairs) in Lazarus. Headmaster in Hogwarts. I was a High Constable in TGW for awhile and am currently a Commander. In The Rejected Realms before I was delegate, I first was Culture Officer for 6 months and then Foreign Affairs Officer for 6 months.

3. In your campaign you talked about stronger communication with Officers about their goals. Would you say that you accomplished this communication well and how did you do so?

I’d say it’s something of a mixed bag. Officer can be a high turnover position at times in TRR and it wasn’t any different during my term as Delegate. With every Officer I’ve had I talked to them about a base amount of stuff I wanted done and about other ideas they had and tried to support them as possible. That has led to some great regional innovations by some of the Officers that should become standard practice for future Officers, but I’ll always feel like more could have been accomplished and I could have done more to make it happen.

4. Another thing you mentioned in your campaign was getting newer and more motivated Deputy Officers. Did this idea lead to success in your opinion?

I’d say it didn’t really come to fruition in the way that I originally intended. We have had some good Deputies, some were old and some were new, but they weren’t always given concrete assignments to really get a chance to make their mark and shine. However I do think that there are some deputies who are ready to step into the role of Officer so that is a good thing. I would also say that even non Deputies took steps forward in getting involved in the government. One example would be the creation of the World Assembly Staff. Those staffers have been involved in many of the new things we’re doing out of that office and have knowledge and experience to carry it forward.

5. What was your biggest accomplishment as the Delegate of TRR? What are you especially proud of?

Well one thing I’m proud of (although maybe it’s a little selfish) is that during my Delegacy I set the record for most Endorsements in TRR ever. It got as high as the low 290s.

I think my biggest accomplishment as Delegate of TRR is overseeing the systematic expansion of our World Assembly community. I’ve long viewed the World Assembly as an underutilized driver of regional activity (not just in TRR but in many places) and had some ideas on how to make it work for our region.

It started with the targeted effort to elevate the quantity and quality of World Assembly resolution discourse through a variety of new programs. These initiatives were originally housed under the Outreach office through a basically autonomous WA-focused Deputy Officer, but the amount of work grew to be so much that in the April Officer elections I encouraged people to run for an Officer position solely focused on the World Assembly. This was a big deal because in modern tradition the Officer portfolios had usually covered Culture, Media, Outreach, and Foreign Affairs. Bormiar is the one that ended up with the WA Officer portfolio.

Right away we got to work building the bureaucracy of the Office through the World Assembly staff so it could become a mainstay of the portfolios assigned to officers. Under Bormiar, aside from all the initiatives we put into place previously and are still continuing, we’re now releasing our version of voter recommendations dispatches that lay out Pros and Cons, and these have been fairly visible on the first dispatch page.

I’d wager (maybe with some small bias) that TRR’s WA Community is one of the best in the whole game; 2nd maybe to only TNP’s. It’s something we should be proud of and keep pushing to be better at.

6. Overall, would you say you did everything you had in mind, or do you feel like you needed more time?

No I don’t think I was able to accomplish everything I wanted to. That’s life, though, I guess. There were some Foreign policy goals I wasn’t really able to advance. With more time I probably could have but there is nothing stopping the next administration from getting it done.

Overall I’m happy with the way my term went and think it was a good time to be a member of the TRR community, and you can’t ask for much more than that. Now it’s time for someone else to keep carrying us forward.

7. What are your thoughts on this next term?

Well A Leaf on the Wind (aka Sarah) has been one of our most active members and officers over the last year, and I think she will be able to bring that same energy and excitement to the Delegate position and will represent TRR well.

It’s hard to give a full outlook on the term because a lot of it is really dependent on the officers and we have elections coming up August 1st. Mainly I expect the next term will continue a lot of what the government was doing during my term, but maybe there will be someone running for Officer that comes up with a vision that injects radical new ideas and life into one of the typical portfolios.

8. What are your plans now? Will you be departing TRR, will you try out for another position , or will you take a break from responsibilities of NS?

I’m definitely not going to leave TRR. I love TRR and its community and most of my friends are there. I want to see it keep being successful and will contribute what I can to making that happen.

“What’s next?” is something I’ve been starting to think about over the last month and really there are a million different directions I could go. I am looking forward to being WA mobile again so that I can participate in some defender operations. I’m probably super rusty now but it’ll still be fun.

Originally I thought I was going to take a mini break from having designated responsibility, but honestly that was misguided and against my nature. Recently I’ve thought of some really interesting Culture related projects, in the process of developing them I was getting pretty excited over it. So who knows? Maybe I will go back to my roots as a Culture Officer.

An Interview with Sarah, the New Delegate of TRR
INTERVIEW | WRITTEN BY Lansaka | EDITED BY TRT Staff; Agalaesia

How did you find NS?

Ooooh! This is a weird story, actually. I was converting to Islam and I was in a server call Muslim Chat. Someone else was considering converting and we talked a bit. After a while he said something about joining his online virtual family. And my morbid curiosity hit me, so I joined. And that's when I joined my first NS family server. Then I joined NS and the rest is history. For those curious that person was Scott/Tawks/OneTruePi

How do you feel about having been elected Delegate?

It’s exciting! It’s my first time being a Delegate and I’m excited to see what the next six months brings.

What are some of the first things you hope to do when you take office?

Set everything on fire!
No wait …
Honestly, no real big plans to start off. Just want to dip my toes in the water and take it slow. With officer elections being soon, I plan on waiting until the next team comes in before starting anything too big.

What do you hope to achieve as delegate?

I'd really like to achieve some growth in Outreach. I feel like there's so much potential in that office and I'd really like to polish it and let that shine. Used effectively, that office can contribute to our growth as a region and get people involved.

Do you have any major FA plans during this term?

I'd really like to work on strengthening the friendships we have. Making sure to maintain them and grow with them. Really focus on those relationships and fostering more goodwill between us both.

How would you deal with threats of foreign interference during your time as delegate?

I think it would depend on the level of threat. My first thing would be to consult the trusted advisors. In times like that it's important to not act rashly. Take a breather, assess the situation, and discuss with your team. Work together and come up with a solution. Call our friends if we need to.

What are your plans after your term ends?

I honestly have no idea. That's so far away XD probably to just be a citizen and get back jumping with the RRA. I don't see myself jumping into anything too heavy right off the bat. But then Jack said the same thing, and now he is running a very ambitious Culture platform. So honestly, who knows!

During your term, do you think you might be able to help boost World Assembly participation within the Rejected Realms?

I absolutely think so. I think one of the best and easiest ways to help with WA participation is by being an active face. Just being seen helps a lot. People are more likely to engage if you engage with them. I plan on using this term to really up my engagement in the WA forum threads, and hope that leads others to up their discussions as well.

How do you respond to the rumors that you will be handing out bread to every country upon your inauguration?

I didn’t know that rumor was going around! This is now a bread free region, tyvm.

Lemon bread or banana bread?

Banana bread, for sure.

A Conversation with Candlewhisper Archive, Senior Issues Editor
INTERVIEW | WRITTEN BY Agalaesia | EDITED BY TRT Staff

Candlewhisper Archives is a very accomplished issues author. He has written the greatest number of issues, and has edited many more. I recently had a conversation with him about his career as an issues editor and an issues author.

Aga: How did you start writing issues, and how did you become an issues editor

Candlewhisper: I started playing this game late, but was immediately struck by the limited number of issues in the game -- just over 400 at the time. I thought I'd see what the process was like to add a few, so made a few drafts in Got Issues. Also I whined a bit about how after that many years there ought to be at least a thousand issues in the game. I was told that there just weren't that many submissions of worth, essentially, and that editing took a lot of time, but that the main thing was that good issue ideas were only drafted infrequently.

Aga: Do you have a favourite issue?

Candlewhisper: I've written and / or edited so many issues now, and commented heavily on pretty much every issue since I've joined. Net result is that my fingerprints are all over the issue base, and picking a favourite might come across as being self-congratulatory. I've not got a favourite single issue, but my favourite type of issue are the ones where there's a serious topic delivered with humour and silliness along the way.

Aga: How do you deal with a writer's block?

Candlewhisper: I try and help people through it.

I don't really get writer's block myself, and I don't entirely get it. You just think of what you want to write about, and you write it. If you can't think of something, you just turn on the news, or click on a clickbait site, and an idea will be right there. You then read what you've written, and you make it better. I mean, writing ain't hard. Playing the violin, that's hard. Renal medicine, that's hard. Being nice to people, that's hard. But writing, you just have to move your fingers and put stuff down.

Instead, its more of a struggle to stop myself writing, and to do other things in life. Nationstates is all very satisfying, but it doesn't pay the bills or improve the world in any significant way. It's just my favourite waste of time.

Aga: Are there any changes to issues that you would like to see, including features and player-made developments?

Candlewhisper: Sure, but if I see those things, I change them. Or at least, I raise them with the team, and get to change them about two-thirds of the time.

Aga: What makes up a good issue?

Candlewhisper: I'm sure I've already written a guide on this!

Basically though: storytelling, relevance, humour.

Aga: What's your favourite type of issue?

Candlewhisper: My favourite types of issues are ones where you have to think about what is the right moral choice. Many issues present moral dilemmas, but even the most divisive dilemmas are often ones that players find easy to answer because they know their own moral position. Right to life vs female bodily autonomy, euthanasia vs not, issues like this are big questions, but most of us already know where we stand.

My least favourite type of issue are ones about monarchy. I mean, I see their need, but monarchy bores me stiff, and people seem way too interested in it for the 21st century.

Aga: What tips would you give to a new issues author?

Candlewhisper: Use Got Issues. Don't rush to submit.

Aga: What are your thoughts on people looking up the consequences of the issue before answering them? Do you think it kills the spirit of issue answering?

Candlewhisper: As someone who plays video games with a guidebook open in front of me in order to maximise exposure to "best content", I can't say that I object to people wanting to get spoilers. I think the key thing is that it should be someone's choice how much they look at spoilers, and that spoilering should be led by fans and players, not by game developers. You should never NEED a game guide to play, but having one shouldn't ruin the experience.

THE WORST FORUM SKIN CONTEST RETURNS
FEATURE | WRITTEN BY Agalaesia | EDITED BY TRT Staff

Just over half a decade ago, the Rejected Times ran "the worst forum skin" contest, in which the websites and forums of regions faced off in a bloody battle to determine which one is the worst. Linkhttps://www.tapatalk.com/groups/the_rr_and_rra/the-rejected-realms-worst-forum-skins-in-ns-histor-t2102.html

This year we bring back the contest, hoping that regions will fight to the death to be crowned the "owner of the worst forum skin on NationStates."

Here's How It'll Work

The contest will start of with a nominations phase. Every player can nominate two regional forums or websites to appear in an onsite poll.

To nominate a forum, please use the following form: Linkhttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf8iaQQUtngIOMUjGQRy57qS31mKI9i-rLiOQC9IGh_TDKEUg/viewform

Enter your nation name, and then enter the name of the region that you want to nominate, and then include a URL to the region's forum or website. You can only nominate two forums. THE NOMINATION PERIOD LASTS UNTIL THE 10TH AUGUST.

Once the nomination period has finished, TRT staff will look over all nominations, weed out duplicates and write a brief description about each one. Following that, all of the chosen regional forums will face off against each other in an on-site poll, where TRT will once again bestow the award of "worst forum skin" onto the region that wins. Updates will be posted in the TRT NSGP thread regularly.

Until then, good luck to all of the regions that may participate!

Kyorgia gives the NS world a tour of the norwegian culinary kitchen while talking about whatever came to his mind as he wrote it
RECIPE | WRITTEN BY Kyorgia | EDITED BY TRT Staff

Ladies, gentelmen and animals of all shapes and sizes welcome to the first instalment of a series of articles i have decided to give the simple name “Kyorgia gives the NS world a tour of the norwegian culinary kitchen while talking about whatever came to his mind as he wrote it”. In this article we will go over the classic Norwegian desert called “skolebolle”, this translates to “school bread” or “school buns”. Before doing my two minutes of research for this article i had no idea why it was named this way, honestly always seemed weird to me. We never even made it in school can you believe that! Anyway the main theory seems to be that the name comes from the 1950s after the war when the country was poor and people struggled to get enough food. Skolebrød was made in the school kitchens to give the students some more energy and calories in their day. Can you imagine living here before the oil adventure in the 60s sounds really bad.

Speaking of the oil adventure im reminded of a story my dad once told me. I have no references for this and im not about to fact check it but im gonna treat it as 100% facts. During the 60s and the 70s there was a big meeting between diplomats from norway, sweden and denmark to decide where the lines would be drawn in the north sea. On the day of the meeting the danish diplomat got piss drunk and showed up late. The norwegian and swedish governments took advantage of this and secured a bigger oil sector for themselves. Supposedly this was how norway got the oil rich ekkofisk field that started the whole petroleum adventure so suck it denmark.

Anyway back to the dish. What you want to buy from the store, because lets be honest if you have enough time to not only play this game but also read this article you are a student and dont have anything of this already, is:

  • 4 dl of milk

  • 50 grams of yeast

  • 100 grams of butter

  • 1dl of sugar

  • ½ teaspoon of cardamom

  • and about 1dl of wheat flour

Now for the egg cream also known as the best part that my sister wont eat for some reason and ruin the whole thing! The dough is not even that good its like opening your christmas presents and throw the playstation 4 in the garbage while you play with the wrapping paper.

  • 1 vanilla bean

  • 4dl of milk

  • 6 egg yolks

  • ½ dl of sugar

  • About 1 tablespoon of corn starch

The first thing you need to do is warm the milk up to 37 degrees celsius or 98 degrees Fahrenheit. My cooking teacher in middle school would always say that you just need to dip your finger into the pot and if you feel nothing its the right temperature. While if it feels cold or hot its obviously either too cold or too hot. Which is really weird since when its 30 degrees celsius outside it feels way too warm. Recently here in norway we have had a couple of days with 30+ weather and i have felt like i was dying during all of them how do people live in warmer countries without hating themselves. Next you dissolve the yeast into the milk and add cooled melted butter. Add sugar, cardamom and flour to the mix and knead the dough in a mixer. Let it raise until about double in size.

While you are waiting for the dough to raise i would like to talk a little about my history with this food. The first time i tasted this heaven on earth i was around 9 years old. My family had just moved from my home city until a city closer to my mothers parents and i was really missing my friends, one of my new friends in the city took me to the store after school and bought me one of those buns and it was love from the first juicy bite of the egg cream. This ritual continued for a while and we would go to the store at least once a week to buy one and then go home to my place to play runescape. We played every day for 3 years and i still only ended up with 75 woodcutting with that being the primary skill i focused on. What in gods name we did in the game to waste so much time i have no idea.

When the dough is double in size you will want to form it into small balls and and push a small hole in the middle (But not all the way through!). Then you let them raise some more on the baking tray while we start on the egg cream.

To start the egg cream you need to scrape out the vanilla seed and have them in a pot with milk, egg yolks, sugar and corn starch. Start cooking it on low heat until it thickens but make sure it does not boil! Cool the pot in cold water and stir sometimes.

i forgot to mention this at the start but its important: preheat the oven to 250 degrees celsius or 450 degrees fahrenheit

Put a good scoop of egg cream into the middle of each bun and bake them in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Let them cool out on a tray.

The next step is optional but would make them more authentically norwegian. Glaze it with icing sugar and enjoy probably one of the best desserts this great country has made. From my family to yours i hope you have a good day! xoxo

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The Revolutionary Daily
Correspondent of the Wintercrest Central News Agency

"Serving the People First"

Greetings comrades, and welcome to the official edition of the People's Republic of Wintercrest monthly regional newspaper, the Revolutionary Daily! Where all regional and external affairs of Wintercrest are journalized in one factbook for the masses. Revolutionary Daily News will constantly be updated bi-weekly, so the reader have time to spread the word of our glorious revolution and the achievements of socialism in Wintercrest.

The Revolutionary Daily is not responsible for any paper cuts, paper loss, lack of humor, lack of grammar freakin nazis, misinformation on "Missing Childs" sections, missed milk deliverys, or currency eaten by our newspaper dispensers. Thank you, comrades.

Nor do we refund...

BREAKING NEWS:

International Pandemic: Covid-19!

The Wintercrest Central News Agency would like to issue a state emergency report of the obvious know issue facing our planet right now. Please listen to your health organization medical and scientist professionals and stay home as much as possible. Follow the World Health Organization guidelines and their recommendations.
Good luck, and stay safe comrades!

REGIONAL HAPPENINGS

Smash of the Old, Bloom of a New



With the help of our Revolutionary Leader Morograd and intense thought on the part of our lawmakers, five new districts were born to take the place of the ministry departments. What are these districts? Well, comrades, the old cabinet has been dismantled and a new executive system has been created in it's place. As a part of this restructuring, two ministries have been dissolved, several congress seats have changed hands, and the new system of 'districts' has been established.

These districts - Information, Cultural, Defense, Diplomacy, and Judicial - are the new pillars of Wintercrest's cabinet. Created from the ashes of the old cabinet is a brand new decorative plaza, dedicated to the aims of the revival effort movement, which has inspired participation from the masses and started activities meant to move the people's revolution forever forward. Within these new pillars is a legislative system that's set in place to allow any member of the Worker's Party to participate in the daily activities and duties of the government. It is now truly the people's government.

For now our grand Revolutionary Leader still heads the state council, but there are rumors of a congressional bill that will allow any citizen to run for head of the state council, with the title of President (or something similar). Of course, they wouldn't be comparable to our glorious Revolutionary Leaders, with all of their loving grace and guidance! But they will, however, have a hand in picking their administrative governors to be placed in charge of each district, as well as the president handling state affairs.

Change seems to be imminent, and for the good of our revolution. Recently leaked plans contained in a notepad 'liberated' from our Revolutionary Leader's robe room show some kind of... to-do list. An odd and yet simply titled plan for an upcoming Cultural Revolution, right here in Wintercrest! It seems this 'Cultural Revolution' will be a major event meant to celebrate the progress forward due to the actions of the Great Revival Effort that started almost a year ago on August 17th, 2019.

An undercover journalist was also sent to sneak in to the estate to gather more top secret plans of this 'Cultural Revolution,' but it later appears they had taken some hallucinogenic drugs on their way. On a phone call back, they called the station, saying the following:

Call Center: Hello, [...]? Is this you?
Reporter: Oh, thank god! I don't know where I am!
Call Center: Are you alright?
Reporter: Yeah, uh... I'm fine, but I don't know where I am. And I feel... woozy...
*Thudding Noise*
Call Center: Hello? Are you there? Hello!?
*Please note that our reporter's name has been redacted for their own privacy

Later that night, our reporter was dropped of on the steps of the local fine cheese shop by an unmarked red van. They repeated the phrase "Everything's perfectly fine now. I'm fine. Are you fine?" a total of seven times before falling unconscious. Currently in the hospital, doctors concluded that there had been blunt force trauma to the head, which was most likely from accidentally falling over. Our reporter will survive, though, so at least there's that.

Well, whatever happened, we're sure our glorious new governors will get to the bottom of it without much ado! We wish the best of luck to them in their duties, and may they have the support and respect of their people as the marks of a hundred happy collectives cover their paperwork!


Thoughts on our Regional Activities!




It seems to be another sad end to yet another short roleplay on our regional message board. As it turns out, the rmb roleplay was to be at yet another intresting point, but randomly took a leap to the no post land after a few days of inactive rp posts. Nobody seems to know where the problem began. Players are laying the blame on inactive posters for dragging the roleplaying down, others saying it didn't grab the players interest, and nobody knows, or will point out where these issues began.

The Roleplaying Committee however has came up with a few ideas for improved roleplay theme, discussion has been steady, but will soon be a reality. With the Roleplay Committee now being slowly transferred under the Cultural District category, ideas are fueling for a Galactic Sci-Fi style roleplay. One that features planetary roleplay that will possibly being based on the players nation, or they might be able to come up with their own planetary theme. Discussion in the committee leads on that this roleplay could possibly be open to the NS public, in an effort to hopefully grab more activity this time around. All we can hope for is that a single player doesn't try to use this as an opportunity to create their own micro Cosmic Super Laser Cannon and ruine the whole ordeal.

In other ideas circling, there's a possible wiki creation, dj music nights, movie activities (as articled below), design competitions, and much more. The cultural district would like to ask the masses to please be patient as ideas surface and these changes roll out. The more comrades that participate, the more ideas we can combine and reach our road to prosperity.

Wintercrest TV 📺

Link1911

Starring Jackie Chan as Huang Xing, the story closely follows key events of the Xinhai Revolution, with focus on Huang Xing and Sun Yat-sen. It begins with the Wuchang Uprising of 1911 and follows through historical events such as the Second Guangzhou Uprising on 27 April 1911, the deaths of the 72 martyrs, the election of Sun Yat-sen as the provisional president of the new Provisional Republic of China, the abdication of the last Qing dynasty emperor Puyi on 12 February 1912, and Yuan Shikai becoming the new provisional president in Beijing on 10 March 1912.

NOT ALL COMRADES WEAR CAPES

Pablo Picasso:
Painter,
Sculpture, AND
Socialist

(1881-1973)

Pablo Picasso painted the famous Guernica, which shows the German bombing of that city during the Spanish Civil War. He co-founded the Cubist style of painting, which revolutionized art in Europe in the early 20th century. Much of his work is associated with antifascist and antiwar themes. He was also a lifelong member of the French Communist Party. He said, “I am a Communist and my painting is Communist painting.”

His first major political work was The Dream and Lie of Franco, which depicts the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco bringing ruin to Spain. These drawings were meant to help raise funds for the Spanish Republican government, which was fighting the fascist Franco. He was also opposed to American intervention in Korea and made a painting called Massacre in Korea which depicts a firing squad of gunning down civilians. Although Picasso was a lifelong member of the Communist Party.

LinkPablo Picasso, the revolutionary and fertile genius from Malaga

He wrote to a French daily newspaper the following:

"I would have liked better to have replied to you by means of a picture. I am not a writer, but since it is not very easy to send my colours by cable, I am going to try to tell you.’ ‘My membership of the Communist Party is the logical consequence of my whole life, of my whole work. For, I am proud to say, I have never considered painting as an art of simple amusement, of recreation; I have wished, by drawing and by colour, since those are my weapons, to reach ever further into an understanding of the world and of men, in order that this understanding might bring us each day an increase in liberation; I have tried to say, in my own way, that which I considered to be truest, most accurate, best, and this was naturally always the most beautiful, as the greatest artists know well. Yes, I am aware of having always struggled by means of my painting, like a genuine revolutionary. But I have come to understand, now, that that alone is not enough; these years of terrible oppression have shown me that I must fight not only through my art, but with all of myself. And so, I have come to the Communist Party without the least hesitation, since in reality I was with it all along. Aragon, Eluard, Cassou, Fougeron, all my friends know well; if I have not joined officially before now, it has been through ‘innocence’ of a sort, because I believed that my work and my membership at heart were sufficient; but it was already my Party. Is it not the Communist Party which works the hardest to know and to construct the world, to render the men of today and tomorrow clearer-headed, freer, happier? Is it not the Communists who have been the most courageous in France as in the USSR or in my own Spain? How could I have hesitated? For fear of committing myself? But on the contrary I have never felt freer, more complete! And then I was in such a hurry to rediscover a home country: I have always been an exile, now I am one no longer; until the time when Spain may finally receive me, the French Communist Party has opened its arms to me; there I have found all that which I most value: the greatest scholars, the greatest poets, and all those beautiful faces of Parisian insurgents" - Pablo Picasso
Published in L’Humanite, 29-30 October 1944

"What ideology - both subjectively and objectively - did he represent? What are the advocates of realism in the arts to make of Picasso's love of gross anatomical distortions? How do most people react to his, perhaps most famous work - Guernica - and what does it signify? And finally, what was his relation to the Communist Party" -

LinkThe Problem - Pablo Picasso

THE PEOPLE'S THOUGHT!

A poll was conducted recently on what the masses of Wintercrest thought on the current path that the government is taking. Not many cared to give their opinion, but it's generally accepted that the overall leadership abilities has the support of the people.

It's also a obvious conclusion that the RPC and State Council will need to finishing the pressing reforms, and start moving on to more regional action if Wintercrest is to lead ahead with its most potential output.

Wintercrest Administration Approval Ratings

AN INTERVIEW WITH A COMRADE

Today we will be showing you an interview made between two nations: the Coalition of The Independent States of Allied Forces, the Defense District Governor of the Glorious People's Republic of Wintercrest which is the interviewed nation, and the Marxist-Leninist Federation of International Union of Soviet Republics, the Information District Governor of the same region, which is the interviewer. In here the reader will have a deeper insight about the nation's general information, the Diversity that Wintercrest stands for and defends and it is accompanied by some tips for the newcomers in the future:

The I.U.S.R.: How did you start in NationStates?

The I.S.A.F.: This particular nation is only 3 years old, but I've been on NS for little over 4 years. I joined because at the time, I was fixated on joining games where you'd be able to build and create your own nation as well as roleplay as them.

The I.U.S.R.: What were you thinking when modeling your own nation?

The I.S.A.F.: My current nation (The ISAF) is based off of the Independent States Allied Force from the Bandai Namco game Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies and you'll find that almost all of my puppet nations take a little bit from the Ace Combat series.

The I.U.S.R.: When and how did you find this region?

The I.S.A.F.: To be honest? I don't know, it had to have been a recruitment telegram though (although I've searched through just about all of my puppets and have not been able to find the telegram... hm.), but it was about 3 years (I think just after I had founded the ISAF) ago.

The I.U.S.R.: Why you decided to join, what inspired you to do so and for how long have you been in here?

The I.S.A.F.: I was looking for a chill community to vibe in and Wintercrest is exactly that. Very welcoming region, I felt right at home and was able to easily come in and take part of what was going on.

The I.U.S.R.: If you have to choose some influential people that inspired you in your way until now, which ones would you choose? (you can list them).

The I.S.A.F.:
1) John F. Kennedy
2) Barack Obama
3) Me

The I.U.S.R.: What's your most important objective in Wintercrest now?

The I.S.A.F.: Getting the government of Wintercrest back up and running. Right now we are having tremendous success with that, but I can say with the changes that are coming soon, it'll be more important than ever to stay active and keep on marching forward. Another aspect that ties into this is the recruitment factor, we need to get more people and we them to be active.

The I.U.S.R.: Besides NationStates, what ideological standpoint do you consider you're being part of?

The I.S.A.F.: Like I say to anyone who asks me this, I don't necessarily label myself politically, I find ideologies to be too constricting and it makes me feel restrained. Obviously, I am a leftist, but you usually won't hear me saying "Oh, I'm a democratic socialist" or "I'm a environmental marxist" and whatnot.

The I.U.S.R.: What would you do to increase both the quantity of members and the amount of fun in Wintercrest?

The I.S.A.F.: Well, you need members to have fun so recruit, recruit, recruit. Telegrams, kicking down doors, tracking IP addresses to get people to j-

Ah hahah.

No, but recruitment and the various methods that go along with it are key. Obviously, making sure they stay active is a must as well. I like to actually DM (Discord) or telegram if they've been active and then suddenly disappear, to make sure they're doing alright. Wintercrest cares about her citizens.

The I.U.S.R.: How's your experience been so far in here?

The I.S.A.F.: It's honestly been amazing, I wasn't what to expect when i came here, whether nor not I'd actually stay or move to another region, but the community is amazing, it's close and tight-knit but also very welcoming to outsiders (unless you're a asshole in which case, good luck). I'm proud to know everyone and also am very glad of the positive impact I've had on this region.

The I.U.S.R.: What would you say/recommend to people both on NationStates and Discord in our region, that either decides to make a country or has been going through similar experiences?

The I.S.A.F.: Just chill.

I've seen alot (though not as much as other people) and have been through alot. Try to remember that it's just a game and don't let it get to you personally. I had trouble with that a year ago and it caused me to self-exile myself in another region until I realized I was being stupid. I am glad I was welcomed back with open arms, but you might not be so lucky.

So really, it's 3 things:

1) Be chill

2) Have fun

3) Don't be a fascist.


A little sidenote I.S.A.F. wanted to say: I'd like to thank IUSR and all of Wintercrest for this opportunity to be interviewed. I look forward to seeing this region progress even further. As always please remember,

Be nice to your neighbors. They know where you live.

A sidenote from the I.U.S.R., with some collaboration of the Revolutionary Leader Morograd and the Diplomacy District Governor The Confederated Socialist States : With this interview we will be clarifying things and showing that Wintercrest is a welcoming community which doesn't focus only on ideology. We will remain faithful to it, since its core foundation has been laid upon us not only by the gracious leadership of our Revolutionary Mothers, Zenny and Piper, but also our citizenry, where the nations that stand for the Motherland will be rewarded for their continuous efforts, their valuable help when needed, the unconditional support, and the invaluable knowledge that our daily neighbors give us in order to progress, to see our own mistakes and learn from them, to become stronger, and become unified not only by interests, not only because we are representing an unique section of Mankind that stands for democratic values and listening to the people's diverse voices and thoughts, but also an ongoing civilization that brings us brighter days that could be a rewarding feeling simply from the essence of being alive.

World Internationals

- In a choose your own adventure series of polls, the state religion of The East Pacific was almost established. Almost, that is, because the polls were thrown out due to electoral fraud committed by The Holy Violetist Empire of Taduwe and the Violetist faction of the parliament.

- In a shocking turn of events, Warzone Airspace was invaded. Then, it was invaded again. They seem to be fine now, though. Kind of. Maybe? Probably.

- In The West Pacific, diplomat Zoran has been appointed Delegate. And also... not the delegate? In fact, here's a full list of things he's been appointed by the government of The East Pacific:

  1. Real Delegate

  2. Fake Delegate

  3. Not Delegate

  4. The Delegate

  5. Rogue Delegate

  6. Elected Delegate

  7. Hostile Delegate

  8. Friendly Delegate

  9. Past Delegate

  10. Current Delegate

  11. Future Delegate

  12. Previous Delegate

  13. Assistant Delegate

  14. WA Delegate

  15. Non-WA Delegate

  16. Assistant to the Delegate

  17. Most Esteemed Delegate and Supreme WA Leader

  18. Authoritarian Delegate

  19. Meritocratic Delegate

  20. Accidental Delegate

  21. Best Delegate

  22. Worst Delegate

  23. A Delegate

  24. Undelegate

  25. Feeder Delegate

  26. UCR Delegate

  27. Sinker Delegate

  28. Warzone Delegate

  29. Founderless Delegate

  30. TheCSS'sss Delegate

  31. Eternal God Delegate

  32. Doubleplusgood Delegate

  33. Doubleplusungood Delegate

  34. Unlimited Delegate

  35. Limited Delegate

  36. Paradoxical Delegate

The West Pacific's Minister of Foreign Affairs tried simply firing Zoran, but to no avail - he had grown too powerful at that point, and is now in control of everything he comes into contact with.

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