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TIBOE Report July 2021

TIBOE's (Ten Thousand Islands Brigade of Official Endorsers) Mission Statement:
To Endorse all WA Islanders while remaining below the endorsement cap, Encourage Islanders to join the WA and endorse the Delegate, and Inform the populace about WA endorsements, endotarting, and other related topics.

Current Delegate: Wischland

TIBOE Chair: Vivolkha
TIBOE Secretary: Liberdon
Members of TIBOE: Anisopterra, Dustwind, The Soylent Green Party, Valentian Elysium, Silvedania, and Gonggong

Why You Should Endorse the Delegate
• Endorsements improve regional security. In NationStates, the Delegate seat is the main tool raiders use when invading regions. Every nation that endorses the Delegate is one more nation that the raiders would have to have on their side in order to usurp XKI.
• Every endorsement gives our Delegate an extra vote in the World Assembly, which helps us to counter raider regions by pushing through
Liberation resolutions at the Security Council.
• And our Delegate always votes the result of WA polls on our offsite forum, which means you have direct control over how our Delegate votes!

For more information, please visit this dispatch:

There are three main reasons why endorsing our Delegate is important:

Regional security
In NationStates, the World Assembly Delegate of a region is the nation that has received the most endorsements from their regionmates. Most of the largest regions in the game, including 10000 Islands, have effectively replaced this system by one in which the Delegate is chosen through a more organized method (in our case, democratic elections held every 6 months). To enforce this system, the Delegate needs to receive the maximum endorsements possible while all other nations have their endorsement count limited (something known as an endorsement cap).

However, mechanically, in the eyes of the game itself, the Delegate is still simply the nation with the most endorsements, no matter how these endorsements where gathered. This can be exploited by other regions, commonly known as raiders, to irregularly seize the Delegacy by flooding the region with foreign nations that coordinately endorse each other.

As a fairly large and powerful region that is well known for opposing raiders all over NationStates (more below), 10000 Islands would make for a high-profile target. Precisely because of it, our region has taken care to be as secure as possible. 10000 Islands has a non-executive Delegate, which limits the damage that a potential raider invasion could have, as well as an active Founder, who can immediately undo any actions raiders can take in our region.

These security measures mean that 10000 Islands can never be really destroyed completely in an invasion. Regardless, rival regions still have an interest in temporarily securing the Delegate seat to embarrass us, and it is better in all cases if raiders fail to seize the Delegate position in the first place. While 10000 Islands is a very large region in which the Delegate typically has hundreds of endorsements, every single extra endorsement our WA Delegate has is one extra endorsement that raiders would need to overcome to overthrow the legitimate Delegate.

World Assembly voting power
WA Delegates are intended to represent their region's voice at the World Assembly. As such, they have special voting powers. The vote a Delegate casts is worth 1 + the number of endorsements they have. For this reason, powerful Delegates with very large votes tend to decide the outcome of a resolution. The more endorsements our Delegate has, the more powerful will 10000 Islands be at the World Assembly, allowing us to advance our interests and influence debates on new international law, Commendations, and Condemnations (which can be important to counter raider propaganda). Furthermore, in 10000 Islands, the Delegate's voice is your voice: the Delegate votes according to the result of a Linkforum WA voting poll in which you can participate!

Advocating defender values
But a powerful WA vote is important not only for roleplay, but also to advocate our defender values. To our very core, 10000 Islands is a defender region that opposes raiders all over NationStates. Even for nations that are not directly involved with TITO, our regional army, 10000 Islands's stated political purpose at every level is to protect the safety of smaller, innocent regions that did not ask to be part of the NationStates' "raider and defender" (R&D) gameplay. If raiders succeed in invading a region and taking full control of it, its community is at a very high risk of being destroyed.

TITO is our region's main way of combating raiders. However, in some situations, raiders can get a strategic leg up in an invasion. In that case, there is still hope to save the community of the region being raided: a World Assembly Security Council Liberation Resolution. A SC Liberation forcibly removes the password of a region, allowing native nations to regain control with TITO's aid.

For this to occur though, the SC Liberation needs to pass at the World Assembly (with >50% support) as soon as possible, reason why a stronger vote at the World Assembly is absolutely crucial. We need to make sure our WA vote is at its absolute strongest to preserve the sovereignty of defenseless regions.

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Summary of July Events
First of all, TIBOE would like to give a warm welcome to its newest member Gonggong. Gonggong joined TIBOE in the beginning of July, bringing with them much enthusiasm and a fervent dedication to their work.

During July, TIBOE continued its goal of increasing the number of RMB reminders to endorse Wischland. At the time of writing, TIBOE has posted a total of 17 reminders on the RMB during July. This is equal to the number of reminders posted in June, marking a persistent effort by TIBOE members.

Along with reminders to endorse Wischland, TIBOE members have continued to post an updated list of nations under the minimum endorsement cap.

For more information on TIBOE’s endorsement welfare program, please visit this post: page=rmb/postid=43878114

Currently Alterrum, Inquirius, Mursilis, Cerb, Uprus, Aschente, Freerepublicchina, Caellus, True mans, Kharaa, Belevicha, Memesaint, Traico, Alien a, Strigberg, Rayestan, Ublana Asmyae, Seally, Parx, Saint islaw wra, Stablehold, Terrantia, Poop pee pee, Qwareee, Thied Isles, United Bruno Kingdom, Sudsu, Sers rhoe, Narsissism, New minonia, Remnant union, Sourolerium, Shrugs111, Chromatomia, Zwerge, Of the mediterrean, Grand austenia, Morkritia, Bratislavskykraj sk, Fiishland, Anime Lovely, and Rothbardian-hoppean have not met the minimum endorsement cap. Please endorse them for a stronger, safer XKI!

Thank you again to HN67 for creating a program for TIBOE that produces a list of nations under the minimum endorsement cap

TIBOE’s July Objectives

This month's primary objective, again, was maintaining the number of Delegate endorsements.
This month's secondary objective was adding 3 stable endorsements to Wischland’s count.

As of the 29th of July, Wischland has 331 endorsements.

-At the start of July, Wischland had 350 endorsements, meaning that TIBOE has not met our primary objective or our secondary objective. Unfortunately, Wischland’s endorsement count has decreased this month.

Buuut the only place to go from here is up!

Change is coming on the wind, and that can only be helped by you endorsing Wischland!

TIBOE Member Highlight: Get the Inside Scoop!
This is your chance to learn more about the nations that make TIBOE tick! Every month a different TIBOE member will be spotlighted.

For our first ever highlight, you likely know him from his vigorous and witty RMB reminders to endorse the Delegate and his work as TIBOE Chair. Yes, it’s Vivolkha! He has been rewarded the WASP Palm Tree of Community not once, not twice but three times and the Iwerddon Service Medal for his dedication to and enthusiasm for TIBOE. I managed to corner him between RMB reminders. Here is what he had to say:

To the best of your knowledge, when did you join TIBOE?

May 29th, 2020, during Kuriko's Delegacy (wow, time flies!).

What motivated you to join TIBOE?

Well, this is the first official position I was explicitly offered. At the time, I already was pretty RMB-active (mostly guiding new Islanders and as a stats player, a topic I'm still active on), and I felt I could perform well at TIBOE. I had the idea that, if I hammered the message enough, through repeated and creative RMB reminders, more people would endorse Kuriko. So basically, I was offered the position and I thought I could bring something new to the table.

What do you enjoy most about being a TIBOE member?

It should be no surprise that I enjoy coming up with creative ways to remind people to endorse our Delegate! I'm also pretty proud of all the reforms taken at TIBOE (see below) and I like coming up with new ideas to improve our brigade.

What do you feel you have contributed to TIBOE?

When I joined TIBOE, it was basically an uncoordinated agency with barely any internal structure and a very weak and vague mandate. The aforementioned aggressive reminders in the RMB got me the attention of HumanSanity, who had recently been elected Delegate. There, I asked for reform, and I was promoted to Chair.
I've been in charge of asking for, developing and implementing pretty much everything TIBOE has done ever since: Endorsement Drives, the position of TIBOE Secretary, hirings and firings, requesting new legislation for TIBOE, the new pay structure, endorsement welfare... Of course, I didn't do this alone: HumanSanity, Wischland, other TIBOE members and even Markanite provided ideas and input. Specifically, HumanSanity came up with the concept of Endorsement Drives and helped flesh out its implementation, whereas Wischland wrote the TIBOE Reform Act entirely and had input on basically each and every TIBOE action under her mandate. Some of TIBOE's members are also notable for helping with this entire process: Liberdon, Dustwind, Anisopterra and the Soylent Green Party immediately come to mind.
Without us, TIBOE would surely look much, much differently than it looks right now.

If you could choose a ridiculous nickname for yourself, what would it be?

I mean, I'm already known as Mr. Israeli Settlements for knowing an absurd number of random Israeli towns for no reason (Linkproof from Linkthis website). Keep in mind that I'm from Spain and I've never been in Israel, nor I have any particular religious interest in the country. And for the record, there are other nicknames floating around that indicate that I'm an edgelord or a suspected KGB agent.

What is the stupidest thing you’ve ever done? Would you do it again?

I remember sniffing on a whiteboard marker pen while joking with some friends (I was 15-16), and apparently for 5 minutes I acted like I was totally high on drugs. Definitely would not do that again.

If you could be famous for anything, what would you be famous for?

I'm a Physics student. If I'm known for any contribution to humanity, it would be either through scientific discovery or for working on science communication, something I'd love to do one day through platforms such as YouTube.

Please complete the knock-knock joke:

This is the hardest question by far! I'm terrible at knock knock jokes, especially in English which is not my native language.
- Knock knock!
- Who’s there?
- Impatient Cow.
- Impatient Cow wh-?
- Moooooooo!

If there is anything else you would like me to include, please add it here:

Serious: because of burnout and the completion of all major TIBOE reforms needed, I'll probably be leaving this position by the end of Wischland's term (Wischland is aware of this).

Recommendations: get your COVID vaccine shot ASAP & stay safe! Listen to Quadeca's new album From Me To You (experimental hip hop / emo trap) if that's your kind of music. If you like hard science fiction, read Dan Simmons's Hyperion Cantos series.

Silly: pineapple does not belong on pizza, pouring milk before cereal is a crime, all Pokémon would easily beat a billion lions any day.

July Statistics:

On average, Wischland lost -0.7* endorsement per day
Wischland averaged 338* endorsements for July.

*1: Slope of graph
*2: The mean number of total endorsements

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