Oho, so this guy was part of the Griff debacle that I keep hearing about? I must say, incredible audacity, but I’m also utterly disgusted at his “entreat,” if it can be called that.
To Adriatican, if you’re reading this, which I hope you are;
First, some practical advice: diplomacy is not barging in and trying to immediately force your views on everyone else, it’s reconciling your point of view with the other side. It’s compromise, not a battle. Your strategy of demanding “satisfaction, an apology, and re-admittance in honor to the citizenry and government of Balder” was a perfect example of what not to do.
Second, a more personal message: In the United States, the punishment for treason is, and I’m reading off the law code here, is: “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.” Now, I’m not really sure how you intend to justify taking part in the Griffin13 attempted coup, but you were sure lucky they didn’t ban you right out the first time. Also, after what you did, why should they trust you to hold government office? Heck, why should any of us trust you? In the US, if you committed treason, took refuge somewhere else, and then waltzed back in and demanded an apology, the only thing that would change is that the FBI personnel who arrested you would be laughing at you instead of straight-faced. Now, I also wanted to give you the point of view of one of the non-officers of Balder, more than I already have. Bowzin, the officer you personally attacked, is a fine Statsminister and it makes little sense to insult a loyal officer to make your point, a traitor’s point. How far do you think your condemnation will go once the forums have seen all the evidence here? You could have left well enough alone, and this would not have gone down this way. Instead, you either have two choices: 1, have your supposed condemnation be an empty threat, or 2, show the entire world that you’re just trying to spite the entire region of Balder for not catering to your irrational demands. I daresay you are not in a good position. As a current resident, and former citizen and military personnel of Balder, I renounce you as a traitor and undeserving of any pity.
I don’t pretend to speak for anyone else here, but anyone who does believe we should let Adriatican back into government, speak, for them have I offended.
As amusing as Adriatican's ranting is, I'm afraid I am going to have to bring us a change of topic in the form of the Dispatch on the State Opening of Parliament:
This Speech was originally given by the King, in the Storting of Balder, but is reproduced here for all Nations and Friends of Balder
"It is a pleasure to appoint Fuzzy, the Prince of Ribe, as Statsminister, under The Instrument of State and Government Act. His dedicated service to Balder over the past 7 years are an example to us all, and he has all the skills to help drive Balder forwards. Indeed, it was Fuzzy who served inaugurally in the Office of Statsminister when it was first created during my first term as Monarch in 2014. Balder has come through a lot since then, but its loyal members remain ever committed to its betterment.
The past term has seen some notable successes in the deployment of our military, the Jomsvikings, which in some respects represents the Constitutional reforms in late 2019 bearing fruit. But this would not yield anything without the work of the Viking Command to lead our growing forces. We have worked with a number of our allies, across various projects both in update operations and reinforcing major occupations. In a few of the latter including Asia, Xedas and currently in Boston, we have been able to make rapid and significant deployments, a credit to all involved. We look forwards to seeing the Flag of Balder continue to fly in ever increasing numbers in these Operations.
The Balder flag was created from a competition held in 2016. The entry that won bears a very close resemblance to the current flag. The symbol at its centre was always a rune, but originally it was the Sowilo rune, which symbolised the Sun. This was fine, but unfortunately the S-rune was later co-opted by Austrian mysticist Guido von List's, Armanen Futharkh. He referred it as the Sigel, and changed the concept associated with it from "sun" to "victory". In German, it was referred to as the Sieg rune, and two Siegs became the symbol of the Schutzstaffel (SS). So we decided to scrap that element of the flag.
It was replaced by the Fehu rune, which means "wealth" or literally in Viking times, livestock. That in some ways describes Balder well, for it is a land of wealth and opportunity. We are a stable Realm, that has a reliable and trusted legal framework, and a combination of democratic and meritocratic governance. We have a significant presence in various affairs in NationStates: from our strong diplomatic relations with several major regions, to our expanding military action and capability, and also our involvement in the World Assembly. We want to use these assets to drive a positive agenda, engaging new and existing players in our vision. Balder is open for business, and welcomes positive players who will protect and promote our independence, and want to make a difference to the history of the game.
As we move forwards though, we can use our strengths to our advantage, but equally we are not afraid of change. We have already undergone some pretty major Constitutional realignments over the past year, so I do not think major reform on that front is necessary, but we are open to ideas that might enhance our current arrangements. But in the broader picture, we should not be afraid to express our dynamism in the usual Balder tradition of engaging our populace. To that effect, I would like our Government for the next term to organise a new in-game regionwide Flag competition, in a way that respects our historic traditions, but that allows us to tap into the collective talents of our wider Region.
Tapping into the existing talent that manifests itself in our Realm is something I know will be high in the priority list of the Government over the next term, and I believe it will yield encouraging results. We want to remain engaged in the wider NationStates world, and to be an attractive destination for players from across the Game, but that must be on terms that do not sacrifice our Regional Sovereignty. For Regional Sovereignty should be the foundation of our Realm, and we must build a political system on solid ground, not in a marsh of confusion and contradiction. We cannot base our regional policies on placating the personal interests of players whose primary objective is to seek to suppress and break down the Inter-Regional politics which form the basis of our existence as a Sovereign entity. I am keen to support measures internally that will promote our ability to retain and advance our Identity, and defend it against those who would seek to denigrate and weaken it. We also hope to work over the next term with likeminded Regions across the game that share these values, to work together to help us all to protect our regional interests going forwards.
Last but not least, I want to pay tribute to the outgoing Statsminister, Sir Bowzin, for his service over the last term. His rapid and successful rise to the position of Head of Government of this Realm, is an example to all of the wealth of opportunities that Balder presents. I would like to bestow upon him in gratitude for his service, the Chivalric Order of the Knight of Odin, and so I name him Sir Bowzin (Knight of Bragi & Odin). I'd like to also thank others who served throughout the term, in particular the Minister of War, Vamperiall; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Fuzzy of Ribe; and the Attorney General, Baron Aexnidaral of Brattahlíð. And also to Zander, Prince of Aarhus, for stepping into the role of Talman and thus helping to keep the Odelsting running. And so I hereby officially open the Storting for what we will endeavour to make an even more successful period, and may we once again move;
King of Balder
All the best, Balderans!
*Sips tea, confused about why everyone is fighting*
2020 is a year...That is for sure.
Thank you for your support, and for your service last term! Lets see what we can get done together over the coming term!
Astrologists in January: Yeah 2020 is going to be awesome, everyone get ready for good fortune.
Astrologists now: It’s the end of times.
long live Stalin he loves you
I dunno man, this region kinda cringe
cringe indeed :[
My county just had a great depression but now my economy is good
how do i bring my civil rights down? too much freedom...
Hey everyone! We've got the first in a new series of weekly polls running! This will mostly be questions about real life things, but might cover NS issues at times as well!
Hope you take the time to vote, unless this is "cringe" too :P
Honestly the only cringeworthy thing here is the use of "cringe." Like "yike," it says nothing whatever about the situation except that the speaker disapproves, but many act like it's a scathing criticism.
None of the above.
Poor "hip hip" option. I didn't vote for it either, but I thought I'd show it some love on the boards:
Talib Kweli - State of Grace
Denzel Curry - CLOUT COBAIN
I really wish you could select multiple options on that poll because I listen to pretty much a little bit of all of what is in the options.
Rock for the win!
Does anyone here have experience in design? I could use some help with flags.
To make sure your nation has a chance of winning a Legendary card, please take the following steps:
Please see the below dispatch for more information on Viking Art Rewards:
Delivering NationStates cards to the World Assembly nations of Balder.
The Delegate and Government of Balder are pleased to launch Viking Art Rewards. The Delegate and Government are distributing viking plaques, carvings and figure stones, in the form of NationStates cards, to the exploring and warrior WA nations of Balder.
Once a week, a WA nation endorsing Delegate North East Somerset shall be randomly selected to be gifted a card of Legendary rarity. Each time, the card gifted to the winning WA nation will be randomly drawn from among the Legendary cards in the card deck of Balder Dispatches.
1. Join the World Assembly with your Balder nation if you are not already a member.
2. Endorse our Delegate North East Somerset.
The table below records the winning WA nations gifted Legendary cards as part of the Viking Card Rewards and the card they received.
Winning WA Nation
18 February 2020
25 February 2020
3 March 2020
10 March 2020
17 March 2020
24 March 2020
31 March 2020
7 April 2020
14 April 2020
21 April 2020
28 April 2020
7 May 2020
14 May 2020
21 May 2020
28 May 2020
9 June 2020