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Evergreen Conifer RMB

WA Delegate: None.

Founder: The Community of Evergreen Conifer

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 311th Largest Welfare Programs: 377th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 400th+27
Most Inclusive: 402nd Most Compassionate Citizens: 445th Nicest Citizens: 472nd Best Weather: 491st Most Beautiful Environments: 507th Rudest Citizens: 579th Most Valuable International Artwork: 588th Most Rebellious Youth: 653rd Most Advanced Public Education: 718th Most Cheerful Citizens: 791st Most Pacifist: 806th Largest Information Technology Sector: 869th Most Secular: 883rd Smartest Citizens: 986th Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,012th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,017th Highest Poor Incomes: 1,049th Largest Publishing Industry: 1,154th Largest Governments: 1,164th Most Cultured: 1,259th Highest Average Tax Rates: 1,283rd Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,389th Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,635th Most Developed: 1,780th Largest Black Market: 1,863rd Most Subsidized Industry: 1,975th Longest Average Lifespans: 2,064th
World Factbook Entry

Evergreen Conifer is the succesor Region to Conifer with a focus on roleplay, activities, cooperation with like-minded regions, debating and just being social & happy.

We welcome all who support human rights and environmental rights!

Please endorse our current First Minister Central Birdland!


Currently:Upcoming Communication- and Culture Minister Election.

Just starting out? Introduce yourself in the RMB below!

Read our welcome page!

Make sure to join the World Assembly and our LinkDiscord Server :)


Embassies: Please telegram First Minister Central Birdland.



Embassies: Conifer, New West Indies, Communist Cartel, and Forest.

Tags: Anti-Fascist, Casual, Democratic, Eco-Friendly, Egalitarian, Feminist, LGBT, Liberal, Minuscule, Offsite Chat, Password, Regional Government, and 3 others.Role Player, Social, and World Assembly.

Evergreen Conifer contains 3 nations.

Today's World Census Report

The Most Average in Evergreen Conifer

World Census staff took time out to pay tribute to those most overlooked of nations: the determinedly average.

As a region, Evergreen Conifer is ranked 15,418th in the world for Most Average.

NationWA CategoryMotto
1.The People's Republic of Cearl UtopiaDemocratic Socialists Ordinary Caring Intelligent World Citizens“Just don't be a dick”
2.The Community of Evergreen ConiferLeft-wing Utopia Utopia“The wren, the wren, the king of all birds”
3.The Whispering Trees of Forest BreezeCivil Rights Lovefest Brave Progressives“Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.”

Regional Happenings

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Evergreen Conifer Regional Message Board

Funky Goats wrote:just so you know, there's no real reason to post this here at this point

There are still several nations here and Forest's FA branch let the NWI's embassy request expire, so I am going down with the ship unless the election finally happens (our founder has been disappearing for significant stretches of time) and things change. It looks like the current FK will be reelected, so I will need to tilt into the FA branch harder once our government gets legitimately running again. Trust me, I want to go where Conifer goes!

Turbeaux wrote:There are still several nations here and Forest's FA branch let the NWI's embassy request expire, so I am going down with the ship unless the election finally happens (our founder has been disappearing for significant stretches of time) and things change. It looks like the current FK will be reelected, so I will need to tilt into the FA branch harder once our government gets legitimately running again. Trust me, I want to go where Conifer goes!

...you do have a point, even if a lot of the active nations have headed out already
and y'know, i was wondering about the prospect of an nwi-forest embassy, so thanks for letting me know about that! quite unfortunate, innit

Turbeaux wrote:There are still several nations here and Forest's FA branch let the NWI's embassy request expire, so I am going down with the ship unless the election finally happens (our founder has been disappearing for significant stretches of time) and things change. It looks like the current FK will be reelected, so I will need to tilt into the FA branch harder once our government gets legitimately running again. Trust me, I want to go where Conifer goes!

We'll try again once your government is ready again.

Funky Goats wrote:...you do have a point, even if a lot of the active nations have headed out already
and y'know, i was wondering about the prospect of an nwi-forest embassy, so thanks for letting me know about that! quite unfortunate, innit

It sure is! I should probably move another one of my puppets over there and maintain an unofficial diplomatic mission!

Turbeaux wrote:It sure is! I should probably move another one of my puppets over there and maintain an unofficial diplomatic mission!

yeah, you should
this is definitely an impartial opinion, i'm saying this purely because it would be useful for further diplomacy and not because it's a cool region and the best conifer since conifer

Living cubes

After being dead for around a year, I'm finally back~
doesn't mean I'll be active though, lol

Living cubes wrote:After being dead for around a year, I'm finally back~
doesn't mean I'll be active though, lol

We have merged with the New West Indies, so you might want to consider moving there :)

Our government is back, so it's that time again. This time, y'all get to be preachy instead of me!

I encourage everybody to analyze the environmental impact of the complete life cycle (end-to-end) of any product that you use.

Life cycle analysis is the tool by which a product’s impact on the environment through its lifetime is evaluated. In the context of recycling, it helps to determine if waste reduction, recycle, resource recovery or disposal is the best practicable environmental option. It has been extensively applied in solid waste management (McDougall et al., 2001). The analysis quantifies the energy and raw materials used and solid, liquid and gaseous waste produced at each stage of the process...It can be [e]specially useful in comparing the environmental impact of a product made by recycling and the same made from virgin materials.

(More here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/earth-and-planetary-sciences/life-cycle-analysis)

I suggest beginning with a visual diagram to guide your research. If you wish to include ethical and/or health analysis in this exercise, that would be wonderful! If you do not wish to write anything, please consider running through this mentally!

I will be writing up my analysis before July. If you write anything, please consider TGing it to me (Turbeaux) because I am hoping to assemble a compilation of these.

Thank you and please stay safe!

EDIT:
Here is my analysis: page=dispatch/id=1397917

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Barrencol

what happened while i was gone

*talks into an empty room*

News from Forest: we are having a Crystal Jubilee flag design contest and y'all are invited to participate since Evergreen Conifer is our ally. Details are here:

12 July 2020

Greetings, citizens of Forest, and of our allied regions!

In just a few weeks, Forest will be celebrating its 15th birthday. It was in the first week of August 2005 when our original founder Devdan first established a place for us all amongst the trees. Devdan predates any of our current members, and vanished completely by the end of 2005, but early 2006 saw Errinundera and several other Forest luminaries already present here in the grounds we now call home. Errin would go on to become the region’s first WA delegate, and it wasn’t long until Ransium arrived on the scene. After struggling with identity and defense, common problems for any small founderless region, a re-founding was conducted with Errin as our new Founder, and Ransium soon became our WA delegate – a position continued to this day.

In the time since its founding, a length of time that is truly remarkable by the standards of an internet game or community, Forest has grown from a small region of a couple dozen nations to a widely-recognized and commended region of several hundred players, with a distinctive personality and a respected voice at the table of the gaming community. We are going strong, and together we can make the celebration of this, our Crystal Jubilee, a warming, welcoming, and informative occasion for our citizens and allies.

While the majority of the jubilee commemoration is being developed and will be unveiled as we reach the appropriate time, the first of our Crystal Jubilee events is here – in fact, it is starting today!

Forest’s Crystal Jubilee Flag Contest

To commemorate Forest’s 15th anniversary, we will fly a special jubilee flag on our homepage for the duration of the celebration. In accordance with our tradition, this flag will be designed via a contest, with the winner voted upon by you, our citizens!


Contest rules:

1)
The contest shall run for approximately two weeks, from the time of this announcement until 11:59pm Pacific Time on Sunday, July 26 (0659 GMT, July 27)

2) Submissions may be made either by A) posting in the relevant thread in our offsite forums (https://forest.freeflarum.com/d/184-forests-crystal-jubilee-flag-contest, or B) via direct telegram to me, Verdant Haven, and I will post them on your behalf.

3) A vote will be held following to determine winner shortly after the completion of the submission period. Should a design receive a majority of the votes in the first round, it shall be declared the winner. If no flag receives a majority in the first round, a run-off shall be held between the two submissions receiving the most votes.

4) The proportions of the submitted design must be a 3:2 ratio, width to height. Contestants should be aware that the final display image will be no larger than 300x200, and voting will be based off an image no greater than that size.

5) The design contest is open to all residents of Forest and of our Embassy regions

6) Voting will be open to all Native Residents of Forest (those who reside here and have more influence here than in any other region).

7) All designs are subject to approval by the Crystal Jubilee committee prior to inclusion in the vote. Please refrain from anything that might be considered inappropriate or offensive.

I look forward to seeing the designs!

Verdant Haven
Forest Keeper

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If you have any questions, feel free to TG Verdant Haven!

Also, I am extending my product lifecycle analysis until August as no other nations sent me their own despite some initial enthusiasm. You can see mine here:

Purchasing my iPhone was accompanied with trading in my old phone (which was becoming unusable due to neverending battery issues). Apple states that over two thirds of traded in devices end up in the hands of new consumers (presumably after a refurbishment process). The rest are recycled so components and/or materials can be recovered. Recycling is the least preferable of the 3 Rs (In order by footprint reduction: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) due to the energy required to recycle anything. However, Apple claims to use 100% renewable energy to power all of their operations (this is misleading to an extent as I will write about later in this analysis).

Apple touts its progress toward “using clean power sources and driving energy efficiency in [their] operations.” However, at least a third of that 100% is from carbon credit purchases. Passing the buck is not an ideal approach toward “using clean power sources and driving energy efficiency.” So, I consider their 100% claim to be greenwashing. However, my particular iPhone has a lifetime climate change footprint of “only” 96 kg CO2e (Carbon dioxide equivalent. Some gasses have greater impacts on the greenhouse effect than CO2 does.). However, I often use it in place of my PC; it is definitely more of an energy hog than a phone despite my efforts in building it to be as energy efficient as possible. Again, passing the buck is a cop-out but that shift compensates for a portion of that CO2e footprint.

Apple is doing quite a bit to reduce the footprints of the materials that they use in their products. The solder used on the logic board of my phone is 100% recycled tin and over half of the rare earth elements are recycled material rather than virgin material (mining rare earth elements has devastating effects on both the environment and health). The packaging used is made of almost 100% recycled paper. Again, recycling is not great because it uses quite a bit of energy:

“The majority of the energy usage of electronic goods happens during production, and recycling does not recover any of the energy used to make a product or the majority of its raw materials. Furthermore, recycling is not nearly as comprehensive or efficient as the public believes.”

Apple utilizes both good and bad approaches toward product longevity. The bad practices are their efforts to make their products unrepairable by third parties in an effort to compel people to purchase new devices if their existing ones break. A great practice that they have is offering iOS upgrades to all products until at least five years after their release. An Android device typically receives one OS upgrade after the version that it ships with.

In conclusion, do not blindly trust in corporations’ proclamations of “greenness.” Do your own research! Apple certainly bends the truth regarding their environmental impact. Recycling rare earth elements is definitely not as bad as mining them but Apple still depends on virgin material and recycling consumes a great deal of energy. Fortunately, technologies are emerging that will greatly reduce the environmental impact of mining rare earth elements. Until they emerge, using any quantity of newly mined rare earth elements seems very wrong. Please consider purchasing a preowned phone rather than a new one (I should have done this). You will save some money and greatly reduce your environmental footprint.

References:

Apple (2019). Environment. Retrieved June 30, 2020, from https://www.apple.com/environment/

Veksler, D. L. (2017, October 15). Apple Is Not as Green as It Seems. Retrieved June 30, 2020, from https://fee.org/articles/apples-environmental-claims-are-misleading/

The original dispatch can be found here: page=dispatch/id=1382149

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Oh, I am trying to broker an embassy between Forest and the New West Indies. I hope that suceeds! It would most likely be immediately followed with a closure of this embassy as I have been informed that the intention is to empty out this region.

Barrencol wrote:what happened while i was gone

Evergreen Conifer was absorbed by the New West Indies and you should probably move there.

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