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😊 Such a pleasant surprise. June is turning out to be a great month.

🎈 The Floating Fortresses of The 21 Hot Air Balloonists — Well yes of course. :-) You can land your balloons on that nearby field over in Fulgistan. Try not to scare away The Airborne Flock of Migrating Geese that just landed near the pond.

🦆🍇 The Quack Quack Quack of Ducks Looking For Grapes — If you're looking for grapes, might I suggest some from The City-state of Free Port of Cristina. Do you prefer vino tinto or bianco?

I hope we can continue chatting/quacking in the morning. My clock says 0:30AM. 😴

The turtle who was interviewed must be British: spells travelling with 2 l's. We had a long debate, with some of us being from Europe, Australia, and America, about how to spell it. The British won out so we spell it "travelling." And my American computer always marks it as misspelled.

Beep beep! Just passin’ through, lookin’ for a shady spot to park.

Greetings from TAO. Just passing through on WalkAbout with Geese and friends.

Hello! Just a drifter here following the gaggle.

Orioni 2 wrote:

So where are you from? Is it true you've been travelling alphabetically backwards thru NS since the beginning?

Almost, I have been travelling with Geese for 15 years had to change nations once but that's another story Geese has been travelling longer than that and some of the others as long or longer as individual travellers.

Migrating Geese it was a Canadian who insisted we spell travelling with two ll s now no longer with us.

Well that was a long night. Welcome to all late night arrivals: Herby 53, TAO the Wanderer, the mighty SkodaTruck Drivers, lonesome Drifter and Stone Circle Aviators. You’re all such a friendly bunch. :-) While your enjoying some food the crew will check your tire pressure for free.

Hey Migrating Geese, after we went drinking do you know where I may have left my pants?

Hola

Just rolling around with Geese and friends road show.

Orioni 2 wrote:
Hey Migrating Geese, after we went drinking do you know where I may have left my pants?

Hanging over the dart board at the local pub.

SkodaTruck Drivers wrote:

Migrating Geese it was a Canadian who insisted we spell travelling with two ll s now no longer with us.

I had forgotten that. I thought the Canadians would have done the one L thing like us.

Hiya! Just another traveler touring NS with Geese and friends! How's everyone doing?

Hi there The Eternal Sightseer. 👋 Welcome to Eurth. We're glad you all decided to join this impromptu slumber party.

I'm making a drawing of Migrating Geese while they're asleep.

*hands over sharpie*

😏 Wanna draw something on their face?

Greetings
I with Geese and The Flock. I too am not of this Eurth.

👋 Hello there Kalmukia. How are you doing?

🛋️ Hopefully, everyone has settled in comfortably, with a cosy nest for the geese, clean windshield for all vehicles, and some fresh propane for the balloons.

🎙️ First-to-arrive Migrating Geese was so kind as to allow a short interview. You can read all about it here. A small gift was included for all the visitors.

🎆 Enjoy this weekend, and lovely July 4th to all our American friends.

Published July 2020

In the first week of July, our region received a surprise visit from the Travelling Region. When I say "surprise", it was actually only a surprise for us. Because for the travellers, Eurth was on their planned itinerary for visiting all regions from Z to A to 0 (zero). Their efforts were recognised by the World Assembly in Security Council Resolution #186 Commending the Travelling Region. First to arrive was a flock of Migrating Geese. After pitching their tent and a wild night at the bar, we sat down with one of our guests for a friendly Q&A.


Members of the Travelling Region visit all NationStates regions from Z to A to 0 (zero).

Orioni — Honk honk and a quackity quacking day to you. Please help us get to know you. Can you tell us something about yourself?

Migrating Geese — I can tell you about the geese, but not about my personal self. Actually, the geese is not my first nation. I've been in NS for over 16 years. I am female, which I think makes me a minority.

What inspired you to visit all NationStates regions from Z to A?

One of my first nations was Happy wanderers. It ceased to exist way back in 2008. I used it to travel randomly. It was such fun that I created the Migrating Geese to continue my travels. But doing the same sort of random traveling seemed too redundant. So I figured since actual geese migrated south, we'd go from Z to A.

What has the experience been like so far in other regions you have travelled to and from?

We have a forum which has some of our experiences on it: Linktravellingregion.proboards.com One thing I hate is to fly over a region and get banned for it. We keep a record now of those mishaps. I was a solo traveler until I reached the W's and hit Wyndia. That is when SkodaTruck Drivers joined me. We were a happy couple for a long time.

Along the way, we got a bunch of nations that wanted to come with us -- so many that some regions got nervous and thought they were being invaded. Now we have had to make very, very stringent Linkrequirements to join our group, which can be viewed in our forum.

Before the mods were aware of us, Skoda actually got nuked in The Kingdom of Burgundy for stopping in and wishing them a Merry Christmas. The Skoda traveling with us now is his puppet. Now the mods know that we're a traveling region and pretty much leave us alone.

How exciting! What about hospitality? Are players generally accepting of temporary guests?

Most regions are hospitable. Some know us from before. Some get a boost in membership and interest. I always TG the founder when we arrive to let him know who we are and ask him to notify me if we're not welcome so that we can move along. If you see our list of disgraced nations in our WFE in Travelling Region you can see that this doesn't always work.

There are several travellers and wanderers in NationStates. Have you run into any of them?

Yes! So many nations are out there sampling NS. Our home region often attracts them in between travels. One nation traveling with us now is an old solo migrant who decided to join us.

Are there any plans for creating a NationStates travel guide?

We hadn't thought about a travel guide. But we do keep a list in our home region of regions which have been above and beyond interesting and friendly.

Last question. Do you have any advice for other players who may be inspired by your travels?

My advice is simply to enjoy yourself. And stop in our home region to introduce yourself.

Thank you for your time. It's been a great pleasure to host this friendly flock of world-wise travellers here in Eurth. We hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did. You are, of course, welcome to stay as long as you like. And feel free to re-visit at any moment. Please accept this artistic impression as a sign of our appreciation.

Read dispatch

Oh wow, it's not too common we get a formal interview when we land in a region -- this is certainly a first in my few years of experience!

That was a great idea, Orioni 2.
Very original. Congratulations.

The 21 Hot Air Balloonists wrote:Oh wow, it's not too common we get a formal interview when we land in a region -- this is certainly a first in my few years of experience!

Well, I guess that shows the great diversity you can find in NS. ^_^ You never know what may be around the next bend.

Orioni 2 wrote:Well, I guess that shows the great diversity you can find in NS. ^_^ You never know what may be around the next bend.

So I see...I was checking previous posts and to my surprise there's one written in my native language.

Congratulations Machina Haruspex on keeping crime to an absolute minimum, even breaking into the global top 100.

> "World Census agents attempted to lure citizens into committing various crimes in order to test the reluctance of citizens to break the law. Machina Haruspex is ranked 93rd in the world and 1st in Eurth for Lowest Crime Rates, with 262.25 Law-abiding Acts Per Hour."

Coincidentally, one of the cartoons I read has today featured you as its subject. Mildly NSFW https://www.oglaf.com/haruspex/

I did love the drawing with the interview! But you should be aware that we've been travelling for many years. The travelers listed in our WFE are the current ones. Many, many others have CTE'd or retired.

Kalmukia wrote:So I see...I was checking previous posts and to my surprise there's one written in my native language.

Which one would that be?

Migrating Geese wrote:I did love the drawing with the interview! But you should be aware that we've been travelling for many years. The travelers listed in our WFE are the current ones. Many, many others have CTE'd or retired.

You’re quite welcome. I’ve amended the dispatch to reflect those who’ve fallen into the pages of history.

Orioni 2 wrote:Well, I guess that shows the great diversity you can find in NS. ^_^ You never know what may be around the next bend.

I've been on NS for many years, toured hundreds of regions, settled in dozens. Yet still I come across vibrant, unique regions with awesome people and novel features. It's refreshing to see such interesting and welcoming regions

This nation has been Wandering since 2004. Like Geese, I was solo for a long time. Having crossed travel paths with Geese and Skoda on more than one occasion, I decided to join the crew.

Kalmukia wrote:Portuguese, Orioni 2.

Seja bem-vindo à região.

Eu sou brasileira.

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