Do you think you are above the education befitting a proper young lady?
Do you know how to delicately bite into chocolates? Do you know how to use a fainting couch? Do you know how to properly wear luxurious dresses and magnificent jewels? Do you know to properly use a household staff?
As the school motto states: "Use Him, Abuse Him, Lose Him". We are an organisation dedicated to teaching young women how to trap older, richer men into marriage. You can afford the luxury of a career in engineering after you have snared yourself a palm oil tycoon or the scion of a property management empire.
That's not the point, dear. We don't betray other women by using them for their money; how uncouth!
The point is to drain wealthy men of their money and move on to the next victim, until you yourself are rich enough to afford to love who you want.
Only a rich woman can afford not to marry.
Message From SPSF: Tidal Force
Have you been looking for a quick, easy way for you to get involved in the South Pacific? Something simple and meaningful? If so, joining Tidal Force is the choice for you! Tidal Force was created with you in mind, a system that allows anyone interested to get involved! By spending a couple of minutes every day, you would be fighting for democracy and stability across Nationstates!
If this hasn't convinced you enough, or you would like to learn more, read the Dispatch below! Additional questions can be asked by sending a TG to this nation, or contacting Tidal Force Coordinator, Miravana, on the regional discord! (Miravana#9336)
South Pacific Special Forces
Twice a day, NationStates updates, and delegates change all over the world. Some warriors appear only at the height of the battle. Like the tide, the SPSF Tidal Force flow to their target all through the day.
If you canít or donít want to update (the times - 12 AM and 12 PM EST - can be very inconvenient!), donít have time to learn the ins and outs of military gameplay, but still want to contribute to the South Pacific, then the Tidal Force is for you.
What does the SPSF Tidal Force do?
Washes away traces of raiders from native regions
Supports SPSF Update Force missions
Supports our allies when in need
How do I sign up?
You need only three things to sign up to the Tidal Force:
An email address, so you can join the World Assembly.
A nation in TSP. This is your main nation, and we will send orders to it.
A second nation, known as a Ďpuppetí. If you donít already have one, click here to make one. This nation is the one you will use to participate on missions. All actions such as moving to other regions, endorsing nations, etc. in military operations will be performed using this nation. (You don't want the enemy to know your true identity, after all.)
Finally, to apply, follow these steps:
If your main nation is admitted to the World Assembly, resign now.
Log in to your puppet nation, or create it if you have not done so already.
Go to the Settings page.
Add your email address into the E-mail box near the bottom of the Settings page (make sure this is the same e-mail address as on your main nation if you already have one).
Pick out one of our SPSF Flags from the folder and upload it as your puppet nation's flag!
Apply to join the World Assembly with your puppet nation.
Check your e-mail, and confirm your admittance into the World Assembly (applications should arrive in around a minute or less).
Join our Discord for further instructions and training
Whenever we have a mission, it will be made known to you via discord. If there are no current orders, you may return to the region and endorse the Delegate and all members of the CRS.
When you're given a mission, these are things you might be asked to do:
Move to a region - you'll be given a region link. Click on it and look for the "Move to this region" button.
Endorse a nation - scroll to the bottom of the nation page and click the endorse button. You can only do this if both nations are in the region.
Cross-endorse on a nation - click the endorse button. Check the list of other nations who have endorsed that nation, and endorse them too.
Cross-endorse in the region - look for other SPSF nations in the region and endorse them all. You should be able to recognise them by their SPSF flags.
If you become delegate, we expect you to treat the region with care and don't do anything you weren't told to! You might be asked to do these things:
Detag the region - this washes away the advertisements raiders have left on a region. We have a guide to this here: page=dispatch/id=1190714
Tag the region - this claims a region for the SPSF. An officer will let you know what to do.
Ban and eject a nation - go to the nation's page, scroll down to the bottom and click "Ban and eject". You may not have enough influence to ban the nation yet - don't worry, just wait another day for your influence to grow.
This page will be updated with missions the Tidal Force have done!
There, there, itís okay if youíre confused, weíre here to help clear that up. Which part is confusing you, being straight, or being male? Now I know Auphelia has opinions on some things, but we have to help you come to terms with this.
I have many opinions.
Because women are inferior, and therefore things associated with us are inferior.
I find it interesting how there is no way for a woman to just be, as we're always a type. Meanwhile, men can luxuriate in their anonymity, not having to define themselves in every decision they make. Women can never be ourselves, but rather the sum total of the opinions people have of us based on our choices. Nothing a woman does can be unmarked, because male is the baseline upon which everything is judged. Of course, this all is not to say that men cannot be marked, but rather that they constantly have the option to be unmarked, comfortable in anonymity, someone who can define themselves as them rather than having assumptions made about them.
Mr conveys nothing except that someone is male. Miss or Mrs defines a woman by her marital status, and about the level of conservative values she may harbour. A Ms declines to answer the question (though a Mr declines nothing, as nothing was asked of him), marking a woman as rebellious or liberated, depending on how someone interpreting her preferred title views the world.
A woman can do nothing with her hair without being judged. Even to do nothing marks us as unkempt, untidy. To have short hair we seen as unfeminine and "butch", probably lesbians. To have long hair holds a whole host of other ways to be marked, with the various styles and colours that are expected of us. A man can simply have short hair and be fine, with little attention called to it and thus is unmarked.
A woman with makeup on is defined by that. A bold red lipstick, heavy eyeliner and lots of eye shadow may be seen as garish and overtly sexual (as anything feminine is), conveying a lack of class and intelligence (as anything feminine does). A hint of blush and a tinted lip gloss is subtle but conveys class, just enough to conform to her femininity, good for a place of business where appearance might be important, given it is also not overtly feminine. Having no makeup at all for a woman is a sign of not caring about her appearance. On the other hand, a man with no makeup is a man unmarked. Men can wear makeup, and therefore be marked, but he has the choice not to be. He is able to choose, which is something denied to women.
I've often been called "_____ for a woman", typically belligerent, loud, or fun. On the other hand, I have never heard the same said about men. Men are given more freedom to express themselves in their behaviours, and thus have more ability to express their personalities while remaining unmarked. They are not "that" kind of man; they are simply who they are. A problem of this is also that women are often minorities in fields of power. When that happens, we become representatives of our gender as a whole, which does not serve to make us an unmarked hegemony, but rather make every woman to be who you now are. If you fail, you fail for every woman in the eyes of those around you. If you succeed, you succeed for yourself. This also puts more pressure on women to perform, which leads to more markers, like "driven" and "career oriented", which can be seen as "too aggressive", something relatively unmarked when applied to a man.
Now, some may say that women have it worse in countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia, so why do women in countries like France and Canada complain? Comments like those are problematic, mainly because they distract from the existence of this oppression, the being othered that occurs at every level of society. Oppression that is more blatant in one area does not negate oppression to a lesser degree elsewhere; it is not a zero-sum game that can be won -- rather, when anyone is oppressed, everyone loses. Many who do not see this otherness, or distract from it by pointing to history or across the globe, and insist that women truly are equal . . . are men. This is not an opinion, but simply a fact. The reason many men do not see this largely silent oppression is because men are the ones who benefit from the patriarchal structures that make this othering of women possible, treating us as inferior in subtle ways, eroding our confidence in ourselves and our ability to succeed. When confronted with the fact that your privilege comes at the expense of others, or even that you have privilege at all, can be hard to accept. Society largely reinforces the idea that men are strong and capable; taking that to heart only to have it revealed that they might not have gotten to where they are on their own can be disheartening, something they might want to reject.
This marking of women conveys itself into even places where one would think these physical traits and external features wouldn't matter, like the internet. The very language we use, aside from marking marital status, reinforces the idea of a woman being lesser or extra to the baseline that is manhood. Markers like ess and ette make a word feminine, and therefore lesser. An actor is someone serious about their role and dedicated to their craft. An actress is a ditsy starlet who obsesses over her looks. Serious professions, like doctors or lawyers, do not use these markers to denote women, because the professions are serious, and therefore have no place for the lesser denotation of womanhood. A doctorette or a lawyeress has no place safeguarding your health or ensuring the law is maintained.
When we make women the other and mark the other as inferior, while men can choose to remain unmarked, we do no favours to either gender. Why is masculinity fine, but femininity something to be afraid of? Why are serious, more masculine (though not too masculine) women considered serious, while a bright, cheery woman in a dress considered less so? It baffles me, and is something society as a whole should consider every time they make assumptions based on external factors. What is driving this train of thought? Why do I consider this person this way? Should I penalise someone because of how they appear to me, or realise my own internal biases and experiences have shaped what I consider good or appropriate?
Asking these questions won't solve the problem, but it might just help each of us make things a little bit better.
Being unethical is Aupheliaís thing, or havenít you figured that out? Iím pretty much immune to her vicious attitudes, but she does have a few small redeeming qualities. Sheís very neat when she wants to hide the evidence, an truly unappreciated quality nowadays.
I get into trouble whenever I get caught with a womanís mind. After that whole Frankenstein affair, they keep tabs on my location.
And lord knows you like to regale me with them on those long morning office meetings. Itís a toss up whatís going to kill me, the doughnuts or you telling that Norway story one more time.
Well you won't let me tell you the Lhasa, Havana, Bogota, Dakar, Jakarta, Karachi, Adelaide, or Capetown stories anymore.
Also, if anything was going to kill you, it would be the wolverine I put in your bag.
Honestly, I don't know what has happened to this region.
Oh would you like to know more about our goddess and tormenter savior?
*Sticks a marshmallow in your mouth and a cannoli in your hand*
(1)In the beginning there was only the great Auphelia and she looked out upon the nothingness and thought to herself well this is boring. (2)The great Auphelia uncurled her tentacles and from within them sprang forth three beings for her to torment: (3)The Fox, The Dragon, and The Dog. (4)Auphelia saw these three play things and smiled as she began to devour her creations because it was fun, and she was hungry. (5)The Dog sensing his imminent destruction begged his creator not to devour him because he was small and instead to devour the large scaly thing that would surely challenge the Goddess for power.
(6)The Dragon unaware of the destruction that was about to befall her had set about wrapping her coils around The Fox, because he was small and frail, yet she was so large and strong. (7)Seeing the gaping maw of the great Auphelia blot out all of existence the Fox, yelped in terror that he and the Dragon not be devoured by the goddess for they would give her heart burn and get fur and scales stuck between her many rows of teeth. (8)Enraged that her creations would not do her bidding the great Auphelia stretched her tentacles wide and flung the Fox, the Dragon, and the Dog far from her. (9)Everywhere her many tentacles stretched existence sprung forth until the entirety of The South Pacific blossomed under her form. (10)Annoyed by her playthings the goddess slumbered.
(11)Fearful that the great Auphelia would seek to wreak havoc upon them the Dragon, grasped a small piece of the goddess in her claws as she fell and set it ablaze with her fire so that she may keep watch for the goddess in case of her return. (12)Sensing the warmth of the miniscule light, the great Auphelia increased it in glorious size so that it would keep her warm. (13)Knowing that the Dragon wanted the light badly, the great Auphelia cast the light far above her out of the Dragons reach.
(14)Seeing the Dragon cry in terror that the light she had made was taken from her the Fox, began to bind some of his fur together, and with a tear from the Dragon, he created a smaller silver ball that reflected some of the warmth from the great light upon the Dragon. (15)Seeing the joy that this caused the Dragon the great Auphelia took the silver ball and cast it too into the sky far above but in the opposite direction of the great light. (16)The great Auphelia then stretched out with her tentacles and grasped the Fox and the Dragon and with such force cast them into their own creations. (17)Banishing them to be forever apart. (18)The Dog seeing the Dragon and The Fox crying in desperation at their sudden abandonment and imminent solitary confinement set about a plan. (19)Catching the large ball of light in its mouth the Dog flung it over his shoulder so that it would travel around the great Auphelia and the land she had created below her. (20)The Dog then retrieved the smaller silver ball and tossed it over his other shoulder with an even greater force so that it would travel around the great Auphelia in the opposite direction. (21)This guaranteed that the Fox and the Dragon, though separated, would still be able to meet at least twice a day as they traveled around the great Auphelia.
(22)Seeing that her fun had been interrupted by the Dog the great Auphelia said Bad Doggie as her tentacle smashed into the Dog and he fractured the land upon which he landed. (23)Pain overcame the Dog and he began to cry tear of heart felt hurt. (24)His tears filled up the cracks between the lands and formed the great seas and oceans that separate the great lands of The South Pacific. (25)When the great Auphelia looked over what was created with the land and seas below and the sun and moon above, she smiled that it was good. (26)Content in her grandeur and creation the great Auphelia retracted her tentacles and slumbered once again.