What is Influence?
What is the point of endorsments? It seems to me they are to express your opinion that a nation is worthy of particular merit, but this doesn't seem to reflect how they are used in game. Can you tell me why you allow and support the current use of endorsements?
when WA voting, the delegate's vote is counted by how many endorsements the delegate has. Literally we won't have a say in the WA which handles interregional gameplay concerning us if the delegate doesn't have a high endorsement. And likewise, we won't have a voice towards whether a GA resolution passes/fails if the delegate's endorsements are low. Seeing as this is are political simulator, the more power(votes) you have, the better, that's the point of the game . And votes are re counted by endorsements. Therefore, even if a player doesn't care about the WA, s/he should still join it, endorse the Delegate and ignore.
on the contrary, if the player does care about the WA, that's even better we have TEP government positions/ranks for players who advise the delegate on how to vote in the WA. To work in the WA ministry, fill in Verdrassil's sign-up thread in the forum and contact that player on discord. This team trains new WA resolution writers too if you're interested in that.
there's a game mechanic called "influence", which is measured by number units. Every nation with 0 endorsements gain 1 influence per 12 hours. The formula is this: every 12 hours (specifically everyday at 12pm and 12 am EST), your nation gains influence by the number of endorsements you have plus 1. So if you had 30 endorsements, you'd gain 31 influence per 12 hours. That means if you have 30 endorsements and have been a resident of TEP for 48 hours, you would have 124 influence.
influence and endorsement count resets back to 0 if your nation dies, so be sure to log in at minimum once per 28 days or set your nation settings to vacation mode for 60 days(you won't receive issues though.) Conversely, if your nation moves out of TEP, your influence will significantly decrease every 12 hours that you're outside of TEP, so don't move your nation out. If you must, just create a new non-WA nation as your alt account. (Non-WA because NS only permits 1 WA nation per player.)
Influence is more than just a nation ranking statistic, althougj you can check how much influence you (or someone else's nation) have by checking your nation's Rankings at the Influence category.
That number you see is how much influence it would cost a regional officer to eject your nation. If you have 400 influence, and the regional officer has 300 influence, that nation cannot ban you. However, if that nation has 500 influence and ejects your 400 influence nation, that nation will lose 400 influence and end up having just 100.
alternatively, you can become a future regional officer so get more influence(endos) and someday if you get more involved with TEP matters you can get promoted to that rank. However, if you're not interested in being in TEP Government, then as a regular citizen, click to give your endorsements one time, that's all you're required to do.
however, there is a second benefit to my asking you to endorse every WA nation you find:
if you endorse someone, they're likely to endorse you back, which increases your endorsement count. So endorsing everyone is obviously the fastest/easiest way to collect endorsements.
if everyone has a high endorsement count, whoever becomes delegate or a rogue regional officer decides to troll and ban the entire region and ban everyone-- it wont work. Everyone's collective influence is 98% and the delegates influence is 2% of the pool.
in a region with a Founder (basically tiny regions that are not a Pacific) it costs a founder 0 influence to ban anyone regardless of their endorsement # (which won't be very high in the first place in tiny regions.) Founders can be boot happy and this is one reason players opt to stay in a Pacific to avoid drama. Ofc different people have different experiences.
P.S. if you are ever tempted to join an outside region(obviously we want you to stay in TEP,) please consider having your WA nation remain here in TEP, which is a founderless region that relies on WA endorsements on the Delegate, and creating a second nation (new & non-WA) page=create_nation. Use that nation to join elsewhere. The NS site rules permit you to create as many nations as you want, but forbids you from having more than 1 WA nation. Hence, you should use the SAME email address for ALL your NS nations, which helps ensure that you don't accidentally join the WA on 2 nations (NS automatically stops you from joining WA twice on the same email, so you won't end up getting caught/punished by the website.) Remember to log in your nation at least once every 28 days (or 60 if set on vacation mode.) If your nation dies, remember to revive it through logging in normally, and moving it back to The North Pacific XD
2. Another perspective (a real conversation that happened recently)
Queen Yuno: Yes ^_^
I don't think merit can be measured by numbers or at least not by NS stats
Queen Yuno: You can do that too ^-^ For example, Ramaeus (Ram) used to give endos out only to nations she thought "deserved" it
Consequently she only had 100 endos for the longest time
I nagged her to collect more
How to Endorse?
Click the "World Assembly" link in the sidebar
Click the "Apply to Join" button to be sent an invitation email
Click the link in the email to join the World Assembly
Step 2: Second, endorse the Delegate (McMasterdonia) and her Viziers
Click on her nation page
Scroll down to the bottom
Step 3: CASUAL endorsement collecting (optional)
Endorse all the actives here: page=activity/view=region.the_east_pacific/filter=member+endo
Step 4: HARDCORE endorsement collecting (optional) Go to: http://cerulean.nsr3n.info/the_east_pacific_advanced_endotarting_queries/index.sh Just click on "General Endotarting Queries" Type in "notendorsedby:YOUR_NATION_NAME" Hit Submit, and endorse everyone down that list.
Go to: http://cerulean.nsr3n.info/the_east_pacific_advanced_endotarting_queries/index.sh
Just click on "General Endotarting Queries"
Type in "notendorsedby:YOUR_NATION_NAME"
Hit Submit, and endorse everyone down that list.
Step 5: Profit ...
Benefits of Endorsements
The clickable convenience of having your endorsers listed at the bottom of your nation (similar to a friend list or a team roster)
Your nation receiving endorsements from President McMasterdonia herself, Vice-President Sundred, Secretary of State Kranostav, Secretary of the Interior Prydania, Ambassador to the WA Gorundu, and Xagill, and endorsements from active endorsement givers.
Gaining Influence for your nation, which is the only important Ranking
Gives you something to do on-site other than answering Issues
WA members are trusted members of the community, because NationStates rules permit only 1 WA nation per player, (and NS the website auto-checks IP addresses to make sure you're not cheating with 2 or more WA nations.) Therefore, we use WA nation as a safeguard method to ensure a player isn't holding 2 citizen forum accounts, and that each citizen is a separate person to ensure fairness and lack of spies.
For this reason, we often ask players "What is your WA nation?" to make sure we're talking to their main identity rather than a puppet/sleeper agent.
Therefore, it would be in your best interest to join the WA: page=un
It takes 2 minutes only.