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Nicholas and Great Britain wrote:There's a region called NationStates that doesn't have a founder. And it isn't a sinker or feeder so what is it?

Some UCRs just seem to not show a founder, that's it. My guess is that regions founded in antiquity do not show a founder.

Melicorium wrote:Some UCRs just seem to not show a founder, that's it. My guess is that regions founded in antiquity do not show a founder.

Can confirm this is true

Just logging in to my nation to make sure it doesn't cease, but that does not mean my vacation from NS is done yet

Nicholas and Great Britain wrote:There's a region called NationStates that doesn't have a founder. And it isn't a sinker or feeder so what is it?

It's run by a pacifist.

Hello all! Seeing as it's 4/20 today, we have a weed-related article for you all. Check it out!


The Southern Journal
The Official News Outlet of the South Pacific


Marijuana legalization has yet to be stopped

By Qvait

Marijuana leaves in Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico (Armando Olivo MartŪn del Campo)

In 2011, no country or subnational division allowed people to possess and use recreational marijuana. If someone in the United States possessed marijuana, state and federal law enforcement had grounds to arrest the person in question and send them to prison. The same applied elsewhere in any country other than the US. These prohibitive drug policies, especially for marijuana, served as the legacy of a 20th-century effort to crack down on drug abuse, which US President Richard Nixon referred to as the "war on drugs".

Successive US presidents followed Nixon's lead on prohibitive drug policy, with Barack Obama on record in 2011 saying that he was "not in favor of legalization". It was not until that same year that the Global Commission on Drug Policy published a report that stated "the global war on drugs has failed" and recommended far-reaching reforms to the international drug regime. In 2011, Gallup found that 50% of Americans supported marijuana legalization than 46% who opposed it, which marked the first time since asking that particular question that the polling firm found Americans favored legalization over prohibition.

On this fateful year, activists in the US states of Colorado and Washington were gathering signatures to get a referendum on the 2012 ballot in their respective states, which was the question of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Arguably, 2011 was a critical year for marijuana legalization because it was the last year that no national or subnational division allowed people to possess and use recreational marijuana.

Ten years later, four countries, 17 US states, and the Australian Capital Territory have legalized the recreational use of marijuana within their respective jurisdictions, but how did we get here?

For the most part, marijuana legalization has depended greatly on social activism and voter mobilization instead of legislative action. On the course to 2021, national and subnational legislatures showed a disinclination to pass legislation that legalized marijuana. In November 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first US states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana after voters respectively passed Amendment 64 and Initiative 502 and did so when no country had done the same. With state and federal legislators showing no appetite for marijuana legalization, the voters took it upon themselves to legalize it state-by-state.

Before Vermont legalized the recreational use of marijuana through legislation in 2018, eight US states legalized marijuana through the referendum process, an element of direct democracy created during the Progressive Era of American history. Of the 17 states that have legalized marijuana, 12 of those states used the referendum process. Heading into 2021, it was 12 out of 14 states utilizing direct democracy. One could argue that the wave of legalization prompted New Mexico, New York, and Virginia to pass legislation that legalized marijuana. However, another factor worth consideration is that none of these three states allow citizen-led referendums like the 12 that legalized before them.

It is questionable whether 17 states would have legalized marijuana without 12 of those states allowing private citizens to gather signatures and get a referendum on the ballot and whether Uruguay, the first country in the world to legalize marijuana, would have announced in June 2012 their intent to do what they inevitably did. By that time, Colorado and Washington were set to vote in November that year on marijuana legalization. However, it is also open to debate the fate of Uruguay's legalization legislation if Colorado and Washington failed to legalize marijuana in November 2012.

After nine US states and Uruguay's legalization of recreational marijuana, Canada became the second country in the world to legalize it in June 2018, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau being the biggest proponent of legalization. When the Canadian Parliament was drafting the legislation, they looked to the US states and Uruguay to determine the appropriate legal framework. In Canada's case, their path to legalization depended on the very referendums passed by eight US states before them. In the months that followed the Canadian Parliament's passage of the Cannabis Act, constitutional courts in the countries of Georgia and South Africa ruled that possession of marijuana was legal, increasing the number of countries that have legalized marijuana to four. One year later, in 2019, the Australian Capital Territory passed legislation that legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic took the world by storm and interrupted signature gathering for state referendums in that year's US elections. Activists in various states had to stop gathering signatures as social distancing and stay-at-home orders were put in place. These activists were not just hoping to get marijuana legalization on the 2020 ballot in various states, but some were also campaigning for the legalization of psilocybin mushrooms. However, some campaigns succeeded in getting these referendums on the November ballot, and when the election unfolded, they all passed. Arizona, Montana, and New Jersey voted to legalize recreational marijuana, Mississippi voted to legalize medical marijuana, and South Dakota voted to legalize both in two separate referendums. However, a state court in South Dakota struck null the referendum that legalized recreational marijuana because it allegedly violated a single-issue provision on referendums. As for Oregon, the voters legalized psilocybin mushrooms.

Off the heels of five US states legalizing marijuana either for recreational or medical use in 2020 and the several states that came before, state legislators in New Mexico, New York, and Virginia found the political will to pass legislation that legalized the recreational use of marijuana in their respective states. However, New York's timely legalization could have been a convenient opportunity for Governor Andrew Cuomo to score a political victory amidst sexual misconduct allegations. Regardless, the world heads into 4/20 with four countries, 17 US states, and the Australian Capital Territory as the only places in the world where people can use recreational marijuana in 2021.

The future of marijuana legalization is bright, both in the United States and elsewhere. In October 2020, Gallup found that 68% of Americans favored legalization over the 32% who preferred prohibition. That same month, New Zealand voters nearly legalized the recreational use of marijuana, and the country arguably would have done so if Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who personally voted for legalization, had publicly endorsed the campaign to do just that. A June 2019 YouGov poll found that 48% of British people supported marijuana legalization than the 24% who believed it should remain illegal. That same year, an Australian national survey also found that a plurality of Australians, 41% of them, supported marijuana legalization.

11 US states remain that allow citizen-led referendums and have yet to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, and marijuana legalization activists have plenty of time to get these referendums on the ballot in the years to come. Even if a marijuana legalization referendum fails in some states one year, several years down the road, marijuana advocates continue gathering signatures and getting referendums on the ballot until most voters agree to legalize. None of the states that have already legalized the recreational use of marijuana have yet to reverse the legalization, not unless one counts the South Dakota court ruling on Amendment A. With each state that legalizes marijuana through the referendum process, additional states will more likely seek legislative legalization, such as Hawaii and Maryland. Furthermore, the possibility of the US federal government legalizing recreational marijuana grows with each passing state that legalizes it.

Beyond the United States, Mexico is in the best position to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in 2021, which is notable for a country that has historically struggled with the illicit drug trade. With President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's support, the Chamber of Deputies passed legislation to legalize recreational marijuana, and the Senate will consider the bill in the latter half of 2021. If marijuana legalization becomes a reality in Mexico, it will strike a blow to the cartels that have profited from the illicit drug trade and mean that the United States will be flanked north and south by countries that have legalized recreational marijuana, adding more pressure on the US to follow suit. Other states intent on legalizing marijuana in 2021 are Israel and Luxembourg, which follow the respective governments' long-term plans on the issue.

A new global, liberal drug regime is taking form and rising from the ashes of the previous regime centered on prohibition. Nearly a decade after the Global Commission on Drug Policy called for reform, several countries and subnational divisions have changed the rules on marijuana and set a new tone on drug policy. Today, we are witnessing what is essentially a domino effect surrounding marijuana legalization, and there does not seem to be any force strong enough to counter this wave. More US states are all but certain to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, and such legalization will pressure other states to do the same, and if the United States legalizes marijuana federally, other countries will follow.

Without social activism, marijuana legalization may have been an impossibility, and it is because of such activism that the trend will continue in favor of legalization. For years, marijuana was seen as the cause of social breakdowns and a gateway to more addictive drugs. However, the mere act of prohibiting marijuana has contributed more to people's suffering, and we cannot begin to mention how pharmaceutical companies have contributed more to drug abuse through opioids. Marijuana legalization is a correction to a system that proscribed and stigmatized a drug that was never the subject of a fair and nuanced inquiry, and we will find that more jurisdictions will legalize in the years to come.

Disclaimer: The author of this article has smoked marijuana and voted yes on California Proposition 64 in 2016, which legalized recreational marijuana in the state.

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Emperian News

Earlier today, the government was overthrown by the military. The attack began when the president and VP was kidnapped and all government buildings destroyed. Goverment officials were executed and crackdowns on rebels began. The rebels were quickly dealt with, however the military assures the world that nothing will change other than leadership. The international community is yet to comment.

The American Anarchist Empire wrote:Emperian News

Earlier today, the government was overthrown by the military. The attack began when the president and VP was kidnapped and all government buildings destroyed. Goverment officials were executed and crackdowns on rebels began. The rebels were quickly dealt with, however the military assures the world that nothing will change other than leadership. The international community is yet to comment.

Same here, pal

lets talk about charles manson

Drew Durrnil wrote:lets talk about charles manson

Okay. He was something.

Volmira wrote:Okay. He was something.

who was worse: supreme leader kim jong-il or charles manson

Melicorium wrote:Some UCRs just seem to not show a founder, that's it. My guess is that regions founded in antiquity do not show a founder.

OK thanks

Drew Durrnil wrote:who was worse: supreme leader kim jong-il or charles manson

Depends on how you look at things. In my opinion, Charles was worse. Kim Jon-Il was a leader of a country. So, he had some leeway when compared to just a "normal" guy like Charles.

We are requesting TSP's support to make robots and/or makes a machine that makes clones for our army and the Tidal Force.

The American Anarchist Empire wrote:Emperian News

Earlier today, the government was overthrown by the military. The attack began when the president and VP was kidnapped and all government buildings destroyed. Goverment officials were executed and crackdowns on rebels began. The rebels were quickly dealt with, however the military assures the world that nothing will change other than leadership. The international community is yet to comment.

"Fair and real" elections for the new government are to be done shortly.

The American Anarchist Empire wrote:"Fair and real" elections for the new government are to be done shortly.

So this is like the USSR?

Volmira wrote:Depends on how you look at things. In my opinion, Charles was worse. Kim Jon-Il was a leader of a country. So, he had some leeway when compared to just a "normal" guy like Charles.

The body count was worse for Kim Jong-Il, however.

Drew Durrnil wrote:lets talk about charles manson

Can we not tho

Sutarianesia wrote:So this is like the USSR?

whattttt they're totally legit elections

Drew Durrnil wrote:The body count was worse for Kim Jong-Il, however.

That might be, but he was in a position of power. It was his right to do as he wished to his citizens.

Sutarianesia wrote:And I see my breakfast,
Chicken seasoned with RMB,
Roast RMB Spam,
and of course, roasted Werya with a slice of cheese.

I don't know if there's hidden meaning behind that that I don't notice or that you just made that up, anyways I'm laughing.

The American Anarchist Empire wrote:Emperian News

Earlier today, the government was overthrown by the military. The attack began when the president and VP was kidnapped and all government buildings destroyed. Goverment officials were executed and crackdowns on rebels began. The rebels were quickly dealt with, however the military assures the world that nothing will change other than leadership. The international community is yet to comment.

Sutarianesia wrote:Same here, pal

The American Anarchist Empire wrote:"Fair and real" elections for the new government are to be done shortly.

*Casually has a 4,022-year-old non-stop dynasty in the backround*

The American Anarchist Empire wrote:whattttt they're totally legit elections

Nah man, It's kinda like if Simon Bolivar acted like Napoleon completely and picked his successor and said succesor won in a "free and fair" election.

Volmira wrote:That might be, but he was in a position of power. It was his right to do as he wished to his citizens.

Charles Manson was also a cult leader, so the same could also be said for him.

Drew Durrnil wrote:Charles Manson was also a cult leader, so the same could also be said for him.

A cult it a little different from a legitimate government.

Shoplandia wrote:Can we not tho

Welcome to the South Pacific, comrade! I am Melix, one of your three friendly Local Councillors.
*gives you a fresh, cold can of Regular Sweetened Melicorian South Pacific Iced Tea (SPIT) as well as some handy pamphlets*
The first dispatch is to help you get used to the region. The second dispatch tells you how to get involved in the World Assembly. The third dispatch is to help you know the rules and etiquette of this Regional Message Board.



Welcome to the South Pacific!

HOLD IT! This dispatch is really long. Whatís the TL;DR, please?

Well, the game pretty much plays itself, but if youíre looking to get involved in the region beyond the basics, then there are a variety of things you can do:

  • First, join the World Assembly on the left, and endorse Beepee. This is the simplest way you can help strengthen our region against attack. Read this dispatch to learn more about why this important!

  • Once you're a member, consider visiting our LinkOffice of World Assembly Legislation (OWL) to debate resolutions and get recommendations on how to vote, as well as learning how to write your own WA resolutions.

  • Want to talk to all of us in real time, to get all your questions answered, to debate what there is to debate, or just to chill and have a drink of South Pacific Iced Tea? LinkJoin us on our Discord server.

  • Are you interested in writing and debating laws, and getting involved in the nitty-gritty of regional politics? Join our regional forum and Linksign up to be a legislator here.

  • Interested in helping to craft festivals, events, news articles, and graphics to keep everyone entertained and involved for a long time to come. Join us on LinkDiscord

  • Interested in the military? Do you want to go out into the wide world of NationStates to protect regions from attackers, and take the fight to them if necessary? The South Pacific Special Forces is just the thing for you. LinkJump on Discord to sign up.

Okay, I want more detail, but start with the basics, please!

So, youíve just started playing NationStates and youíve been randomly assigned to the South Pacific region. What now?

Thereís already a great FAQ on the site thatís worth reading, but Iíll do my best to give you a basic run through here as well.

Firstly, you will want to get to know your nation and get a feel for how you can mould it to your will. This is done by answering issues, which pop up every six hours or so. [Pro-tip - you can change the frequency that you receive issues in your settings] Each issue has a number of possible decisions to choose from. These will usually cover a range of positions on the political spectrum, but they will also tend to be rather extreme - thatís part of the fun! When youíve chosen which decision you want to take, youíll get a screen showing you its effect on your nation, as your stats go up or down in various ways, as well as a humorous tagline which will usually make it sound like you made a bad decision (donít worry, itís just being funny).

Answering issues is the only way you can directly change your nationís stats (except population, which just increases steadily over time as a measure of how long youíve been playing - population milestones will unlock some new customisation features for your nation, like naming your capital city), and it is, basically the whole of the base game. Anything else NationStates has to offer is kinda added-on.

Indeed, the only other part of the game that connects directly to your nation is the World Assembly. Itís kinda like NationStatesí version of the UN, and if you join it you can vote on resolutions created by other nations, the outcome of which will affect your nationís stats. You can only have one WA nation. Donít try and have more than one - itís a serious offence!

Thereís more to being in the WA, but thatís the only part of it that affects your nationís general stats and is, therefore, part of the basics of the game. Weíll look at the other features of being in the WA later.

Okay, so you said Iíd been assigned to a region. What is a region anyway and can I change which region Iím in?

Well, regions in NationStates are communities which your nation can be part of. Each nation can only belong to one region at a time, but you are free to move your nation as much as you like, or you can create multiple nations to experience several regions at once.

The South Pacific is a Game-Created Region (GCR), meaning that it was not founded by an individual player and, as one of the five Pacifics, it serves the purpose of being a Ďfeederí region, meaning it is where new nations are randomly assigned once they are created, because everybody has to start somewhere.

As such, there are a lot of nations in the South Pacific at any one time and nations come and go quite quickly, but this also means that the region is very diverse and inclusive and this is reflected in the aims of the regional government.

Wait, what? The region has a government?

Yes, but thereís more to tell you about regions first!


You can find other regions by searching for them on ĎThe Worldí page and you can change your nationís region by visiting the World Factbook Entry (WFE - hereís the South Pacificís) of another region and then scrolling until you see a button labeled ĎMove [nation name] to [region name]í. Click it and youíre off!

Right. Are you going to tell me about the regional government, now? Is that, like, a roleplaying thing?

Yes, okay.

Firstly, the regional government of the South Pacific (known as the Coalition of the South Pacific) is not a roleplaying government, at least, not exactly. It is made up of individuals within the South Pacific who have been elected to office by others in the South Pacific and, once in office, they have real power over the community and what happens there. In that sense, at least, this is not roleplaying. They are not Ďin characterí. It is, however, a kind of gameplay, as it allows people to Ďplayí at politics and enjoy another aspect of being part of this community.

So, how does it work?

Well, regional governments sprang up not long after the game was first created back in 2003. They grew up out of the delegate system, which is where nations which are members of the WA can endorse each other and the nation with the most endorsements in the region becomes the regional WA delegate, with increased voting power in the WA itself. That automatically creates a kind of democracy and, since the regional WA delegate has certain powers (like banning nations and editing the WFE), it became a desirable position and one that people wanted to make sure was used wisely.

The limitations of what is possible on regional message boards made regions begin to form the structures of government on off-site forums and, over time and through the work and effort of many Ďgenerationsí of players, those structures have evolved into fully-functioning governments.

The Coalition of the South Pacific (found Linkon these forums) is one of the oldest democracies in the game. It has Linka charter from which all our laws are derived, an Assembly which serves as the legislature of the coalition, creating and voting on laws and presided over by the Chair; a Cabinet consisting of a Prime Minister and the Ministers, respectively, of Regional Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Military Affairs, who serve as our executive; and a local government on the game website consisting of the Delegate and three Local Council members. All of these positions are elected at regular intervals, allowing players frequent opportunity to run for them.

That sounds interesting. How do I get involved?

The best thing to do is to join the forums here and Linkregister as a legislator, which will allow you to vote on laws. Then you should probably lurk a little while and look through old threads to see what people actually do in government and how it affects the community.

Iíd also recommend joining Linkour Discord chat server. Itís great fun and a lot happens on there which is relevant to the forum-based government. Indeed, in many ways, itís more active than the forums, with the latter serving as the place to store and action all our laws, debates and votes.

What else is there to do?

There is roleplaying on both the TSP forum and the NationStates forum. Most regions have their own journalism reporting on regional events and are keen to have new writers get involved. Our journalism is run by the Ministry of Regional Affairs, who also organise festivals and events and write guides like this to help welcome new players. You can join us Linkon our Discord server

There is military gameplay, which takes the form of using WA membership and delegate endorsement to Ďraidí regions, taking over their in-game power-structure to make changes or just say that youíve done it. Otherís Ďdefendí regions from attacks by raiders who seek to damage a regionís membership or culture. There are also independents, who raid or defend just for fun and donít seek to cause any damage. (the South Pacific has itís own independent army - the South Pacific Special Forces, which you can join Linkhere, or Linkon their Discord server. There are even special GCRs called Warzones designed just for this purpose.

And of course thereís the usual banter and word games, karaoke competitions, inter-regional festivals - all sorts of things really. Thereís always something going on in NationStates!

But donít be overwhelmed. Take your time, get involved in whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it and donít stress. Above all, have fun and play nicely with other players!

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This is a way for you to easily get more endorsements and influence on your nation and contribute to the South Pacifc's security and activity.

Please give a warm welcome to our newest World Assembly nations by endorsing them!

Pretty Kitty, W Corporation, Kondora, Big Brother Can See You, Hagalunds

Status summary
  • Number of WA nations: 999

  • Number of SWAN Knights: 458

  • CRS's average endorsement count: 612.33

  • Total number of endorsements: 118889

  • Cross-endorsement rate: 11.93 %

What is this?

The Southern World Assembly iNitiative (SWAN) is an initiative organized by the regional government of the South Pacific to promote the participation of nations in the World Assembly (WA) and to encourage them to endorse everyone in the South Pacific. The purpose of this initiative is to help nations in this region have voting power on the WA, more endorsements, and more influence which in turn will make the region more secure and active!

What are the World Assembly, Delegates, endorsements, and influence?

  • The World Assembly is an equivalent of the real-life United Nations. Although it doesn't impact your nation as much as the real-life UN it does impact regions such as this one a lot.

  • Endorsements are something you can give or receive from other nations. They are a little bit similar to likes on social media websites except they are far more important to a region and nation because they create the thing below.

  • Influence is something your nation will gain by having endorsements. Influence is very important to the security of a region as it decides how hard it is to remove or ban a nation from a region.

  • A Delegate or WA Delegate is a nation that has the most endorsements in a region and holds all administrative powers such as moderating the message board, banning/ejecting nations, changing the World Factbook Entry,... In the South Pacific, the Delegate is Linkelected every 6 months by member nations of this region.

How do I participate?

Step 1: Join the World Assembly. Click here if you don't know how.

Step 2: Endorse all of these nations. To endorse a nation, click a nation name to open its page, scroll down then click the Endorse button.

WA Delegate

Member nations of the Council on Regional Security (CRS)










Step 3: Endorse all other nations in this region. Click here to know how to do this quickly and to find nations to endorse.

Why should I participate?

Participating in SWAN will give your nation benefits that you can't otherwise get:

  • Your nation will be able to vote on WA resolutions, deciding how the Delegate votes on WA resolutions via OWL as well as participating in the regional Local Council elections and LinkWA Delegate elections.

  • This is the easiest way to get a lot of endorsements from other nations and gain influence which will help your own nation and the region in the future.

  • Your nation will receive awards to commend your effort of participating in this initiative! (Click here to learn more about awards)

  • Your nation will have a stronger voting power on the WA. (Read this for how)

  • If you ever want to join the Council on Regional Security, this is one of the first steps. (Click here for more information)

Click here if you want to learn more about the benefits.

How can I do more?

You can go above and beyond and do more by:

  • Upvoting this dispatch.

  • Sending a link to this dispatch to new nations that haven't participated or encouraging them directly to do what this initiative wants via telegram.

  • Doing the same as above but via our Regional Message Board.

  • Sharing your ideas about how to improve this initiative. (How to do that here)

How do I know how well I am and the region are doing?

You can do that by looking at our censuses (Click here to view them) and our statistics page (Click here to view it). We also recommend you to check out this awesome "portrait" of our region (Click here to view it) to get a look at how large and dynamic our region is.

Where can I find more information?

Take a look at our dispatch index.

We hope you will enjoy this initiative and that you find NationStates and our community a more cheerful place because of it.

This initiative is an informal joint effort between the Ministry of Regional Affairs, the Local Council, the Council on Regional Security, and some nerds who have no life. (Read more about who run this here)

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Hello! Welcome to the South Pacific, and its regional message board, or RMB! It is a vibrant, active place where people from all around the world can hang out and talk. It is the region's primary place of communication, and is open to all types of conversations, debates, and overall fun. However, without some form of rules, the RMB would be a wild, annoying, and downright un-enjoyable place. And so, due to this, rules must be laid down and enforced. These are important to protect everyone's safety, dignity, and sanity. So we all ask that you please take the time to read the following rules, and try your hardest to follow them. Remember, there are consequences for breaking the rules.

Note: The ďFundamental RuleĒ portion of each guideline is meant as a summary of the rule. The official text of the rule may be found in the ďDetailsĒ spoiler.

Breaking these rules can result in consequences including warnings, post suppressions, and in the the case of repeated or serious infractions, ejection and banning from the region. The full, detailed Local Council Standard Moderation Policy, which specifies the exact consequences for various levels of rule-breaking, can be found here.

And so, after much introduction, here are your RMB Rules:

1. Say Neigh to Spam

Fundamental Rule: Don't spam. Spamming is bad. It is the first rule for a reason.

Spamming on the RMB is not allowed at all, under any circumstances. Spamming is probably best described as a post that is meaningless and/or unnecessaryó for example, a post that repeats the same thing multiple times, a lone emoji or image, multiple posts of the same thing, or a series of posts that have no apparent meaning. It does not matter what your intent isó if your post(s) fits the above definition, it is considered spam and will be dealt with accordingly.

2. English is our Mane Language

Fundamental Rule: Posts on the Regional Message Board must be in English, or include an English translation.

We understand that many of you come from backgrounds where English is not your main language, as players come from all around the world. However, to avoid confusion among people who don't speak your language, we sincerely ask that you post in English only, for ease of communication.

Remember, there are tools like LinkGoogle Translate to help you. If you speak in another language, please add a translation to English in the same post. Posts with English translations will not be suppressed. For the avoidance of doubt, English means Modern English and not backwards English.

3. Keep Our Region Stable

Fundamental Rule: Donít ask for people to endorse you on the Regional Message Board. Donít ask for people to move to another region.

Asking for endorsements on the RMB is not allowed at all, under any circumstances. Ever. Permissions are only made if the requester is a member of the Council on Regional Security or the Delegate seeking to increase endorsement counts for the purposes of promoting regional security.

If you want to receive and give more endorsements, get involved in the Southern World Assembly Initiative, TSPís endorsement program.

Similarly, recruiting, or telling people to move to another region, is also not allowed. You may not ask people to join your region on the RMB, whether you are also a South Pacifican citizen yourself or not.

4. So a Horse walks into a bar ...

Fundamental Rule: Roleplay on the Regional Message Board, but do not break any other rules. If you're feeling nice or your roleplay is a bit niche or particularly nation driven, please consider taking your roleplaying to Knowhere or Psomewhere Over The Rainbow.

It's all legal! As long as it complies with the rules. Specifically; remember to keep your roleplays appropriate (as stated in rule IX). The LC has reached a general conclusion on what is appropriate, and if your roleplay does not fit within those boundaries, it will be stopped. So, excessive display of affection, sexually-suggesting roleplay, and the like, are not allowed at all.

Similarly, do not clog the RMB with your roleplay. If you feel it has been going on for a while, either take it to a roleplay region, or cease it all together. Otherwise, it may be interfered with. When the board is dominated by roleplay, it becomes hard for everyone else to communicate with each-other, thanks to the overabundance of posts completely unrelated to what they are doing.

But other than those things, feel free to roleplay to your heart's content!

5. Hold your Horses

Fundamental Rule: Donít post on the Regional Message Board twice or more in a row.

Double posting, or posting two posts in a row, is considered illegal, as are any other number of posts more than one in a row. All posts after the initial post will be suppressed. If one hour has passed without another post on the RMB a single second post will be allowed

6. Keep your nose in your own feedbag

Fundamental Rule: Donít reveal other playersí personal information.

It is not permitted to post or otherwise share another player's personally-identifying information (i.e. social media accounts, IP addresses, postal addresses, E-mail addresses, telephone numbers, etc.), and neither is it permitted to post or share information that may not be identifying but is nonetheless of a personal nature (i.e. medical history, relationship status, etc.). The only exception is if the player in question has shared that information themselves and does not mind its dissemination (this sharing or statement of permission must be publically viewable).

Making a claim of serious out-of-character misconduct (e.g. bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, etc.) against someone else, without providing evidence to moderation/administration, is considered malicious harassment, and will be dealt with accordingly. This rule applies to the TSP forum and discord as well.

7. Get Off Your High Horse

Fundamental Rule: Trolling, baiting or flaming of others is not allowed under any circumstances.

Trolling is defined as starting quarrels or upsetting people by posting inflammatory and digressive, extraneous, or off-topic messages with the intent of provoking other nations into displaying emotional responses. Baiting is similar to trolling, and is defined as posting with the aim of angering someone indirectly, directed at a specific person. Flaming is defined as posting insults or other verbal and often personal attacks on other nations. Erudite slams while maintaining a veneer of politeness can also be considered flaming. All three of these are banned under all circumstances.

This is an extension of a simple policy of respect. What may seem like good natured fun to you could be trolling to someone else, and if they tell you to stop, do so.
We can and will warn, suppress, and even ban you, as well as record the incident. In severe cases the NationStates Moderators will be contacted, and puppets will not hide your IP address from them.

8. You Canter Break Site Rules

Fundamental Rule: No matter where you are in NationStates, the rules for the game still apply.

TSP is a part of NationStates, and as such, you must follow the rules of the game as a whole at all times. Breaking the game rules will land you in trouble with both the regional officers and NationStates site moderation. See the link below for the list of rules and a quick FAQ page for more details on the game rules.

NationStates Rules

NationStates FAQ

9. Mind Your Dam Manners

Fundamental Rule: Donít post anything that would not be allowed in a PG-13 movie.

Excessive swearing, explicit, suggestive, or excessively violent messages, sexual references, and other such things will be suppressed on sight, and the NationStates site moderators can and will be called to get involved in serious cases. Excessive displays of personal affection (e.g. suggestive roleplayed snuggling, nuzzling, kissing, licking and so on) is also considered inappropriate and will be suppressed accordingly.

Mild swearing may be tolerated, mild sexuality may be at the very most hinted, but explicit or excessive versions of either or both will result in moderation intervention, both from the Local Council and potentially from NationStates site moderators. Derogatory terms are disallowed, and all swearing must abide by all other rules, particularly those about respecting others.

10. Straight from the horseís mouth

Fundamental Rule: Do not edit someone's post in a malicious way or repost offensive content.

It is illegal to edit what someone else has written when quoting it in order to make it seem like they expressed a view which they didnít. Quote-editing should be avoided even for comic effect.

When you are responding to someone's post, please quote their post (by pressing the "quote" button), as it makes it less confusing and will alert them to your post.

When quoting an offensive post, delete the content of the post and replace it with "-snip-". Doing so makes the administratorsí jobs much easier.

When quoting long posts, please cut the post down to the particular parts you are responding to, or replace the extraneous material with "-snip-".

11. Crop Your Post

Fundamental Rule: Use spoilers when making or quoting a very long post.

The [spoiler] tag is your friend. When making or quoting a very long post, or one which not everyone might want to read, please add spoilers, so as to avoid taking up a large amount of the page.

If you are giving a spoiler of a recently released book or film, put it in a spoiler tag, to give people who haven't read/watched it a chance. As a general rule of thumb, give a month for films post-release (as release dates may be different in different areas) and two months for book releases.

12. Rein In Rudeness

Fundamental Rule: The golden rule: treat others how you want to be treated.

Remember, there are other, real people behind the nations on the RMB. Everyone here is a human being with emotions and the right to be respected.

While dissent with regional officers (LC, Delegate, CRS, and Ministers) is perfectly acceptable, remember that they are people too, and worthy of basic human decency. The regional officers should be respected at all times just as any other member of the region should.

When debating, always remember to attack the argument rather than the person making it. If you find yourself getting heated, try to take a step back. Personal insults, insults to intelligence, etc. will not be tolerated. The only form of debate banned on the RMB is that over a particular suppression. For more information, see the Help Section at the end of this document.

13. Don't Ride on Foals

Fundamental Rule: Single word or similarly short posts are not appreciated on the RMB.

Single word posts that do not advance conversation are not allowed. If you find yourself wondering if a post is both unsubstantial and too short, it likely is. This rule does not mean you have to post several paragraphs of content every time you want to post. Single sentence posts and single-word replies quoting other posts are still allowed under this rule.

However, at the discretion of the Local Council, posts deemed to be insubstantial and not contributing to the regional discourse will be suppressed. An excellent way to avoid this is to add thought to your posts.

Thank you for reading, and remember to follow these guidelines!

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy your stay here in TSP!


If you believe a post breaks the rules and should be suppressed, wish to appeal to have a post unsuppressed, wish to appeal a formal warning, or have any questions about the laws of the RMB, you can contact your current Local Councillors through telegrams:

Concrete Slab


Lodge complaints or comments with the following nation:

The TSP Local Council

This nation is controlled by the LC, ensuring all Local Councillors can see your complaints or comments. Remember, the rules of respect apply to telegrams as well as the RMB.

Official moderation appeals must follow the process laid out in the Standard Moderation Policy dispatch.


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Weryalachiressaraxiatopia wrote:I don't know if there's hidden meaning behind that that I don't notice or that you just made that up, anyways I'm laughing. *Casually has a 4,022-year-old non-stop dynasty in the backround*

No, it has the same theme as one of Auphelia's RMB posts

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