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TCB Minister of Information Cheat Sheet

What the Minister of Information Actually Does


  • Keeps the Law Archive up-to-date and amends laws as necessary

  • Distributes regional and international news (government announcements, cultural events, WA voting, game updates, etc)

  • Creates an RMB post and sends a Telegram to the region announcing election sign-up and voting

  • If requested, sends election campaigns to the entire region via Telegram (limit 1 per candidate)

  • Hosts TCBook Club (optional)

The Red Standard


How To Create a New Post

There are no hard-and-fast rules for how to do the news; this is just the system I have settled on. As Minister, you can do the news however you please.

  • Go to the most recent news dispatch

  • Click "Raw" at the bottom right, and copy everything

  • Create a new dispatch and paste

  • Replace the previous welcome list at the top with Linknew nations.

  • Remove any news that's no longer relevant

  • Add in any updates you've heard about since the last issue

  • Title it, mark as Bulletin > News, and publish

  • Post a link to the dispatch on the RMB and Discord

You can find a formatting guide here:

These BBCode-like tags can be used in Dispatches, Telegrams, Regional Message Board (RMB) posts, Regional World Factbook Entries (WFEs), and World Assembly proposals. Not all tags are valid for all message types: see below.

Bold, Italic, Underline
Valid: Everywhere
Tags: b, i, u

I [b]really[/b] like text that [i]makes a point[/i], you [u]know[/u]?
I really like text that makes a point, you know?

Strikeout, Subscript, Superscript
Valid: Everywhere
Tags: strike, sub, sup

I [strike]like[/strike] [sub]love[/sub] love [sup]love[/sup] this region!
I like love love love this region!

Nation
Valid: Everywhere
Tag: nation
Shortcut: @
Options: long, noflag

I am [nation]Testlandia[/nation]. Or, to use my full name, [nation=long]Testlandia[/nation]. If you prefer to omit flags, you can call me [nation=noflag]Testlandia[/nation] or [nation=long+noflag]Testlandia[/nation].
I am Testlandia. Or, to use my full name, The дСвобода Мысл of Testlandia. If you prefer to omit flags, you can call me Testlandia or The дСвобода Мысл of Testlandia.

(Tip: When writing a post or dispatch, hit "@" and begin typing a nation name for an auto-completing shortcut.)

Region
Valid: Everywhere
Tag: region
Shortcut: @

[region]The Pacific[/region] was the very first region in the world.
The Pacific was the very first region in the world.

(Tip: When writing a post or dispatch, hit "@" and begin typing a region name for an auto-completing shortcut.)

World Assembly Proposal
Valid: Everywhere
Tag: proposal
Option: proposal ID

Please support [proposal=separatist_peoples_1416233457]my proposal[/proposal]!
Please support my proposal!

World Assembly Resolution
Valid: Everywhere
Tag: resolution
Option: council ID (GA, SC, or UN)#resolution ID

The foundation of modern WA legislation is [resolution=GA#2]the Rights and Duties law[/resolution].
The foundation of modern WA legislation is the Rights and Duties law.

Spoiler
Valid: Everywhere
Tag: spoiler
Options: text to display on button

[spoiler]Surprise![/spoiler]
Surprise!

[spoiler=Try this one, too!]Boo!![/spoiler]
Boo!!

Link
Valid for nationstates.net links: Everywhere
Valid for other sites: Dispatches, WFEs
Tag: url
Options: URL

Did you know the guy who wrote NationStates is [url=http://maxbarry.com]Max Barry[/url]?
Did you know the guy who wrote NationStates is LinkMax Barry?

A lot of people live in [url=http://forum.nationstates.net/]the forums[/url]!
A lot of people live in the forums!

You can actually omit the [url] tag for full URLs, like this: http://www.nationstates.net/page=faq
You can actually omit the [url] tag for full URLs, like this: page=faq.

But it's usually most helpful to provide descriptive text, so people know [url=http://www.nationstates.net/page=faq]this link leads to the FAQ[/url].
But it's usually most helpful to provide descriptive text, so people know this link leads to the FAQ.

List
Valid: Everywhere
Tags: list, *
Options: 1, a, i, A, I

[list][*]One
[*]Two
[*]Three[/list]
  • One

  • Two

  • Three

[list=1][*]A more complicated list, which contains a nested list:
[list=i][*]"1" is 1, 2, 3...
[*]"i" is i, ii, iii...
[*]"a" is a, b, c...[/list]
[*]And the above can be capitalized, for A, B, C... and I, II, III...[/list]
  1. A more complicated list, which contains a nested list:

    1. "1" is 1, 2, 3...

    2. "i" is i, ii, iii...

    3. "a" is a, b, c...

  2. And the above can be capitalized, for A, B, C... and I, II, III...

Unformatted text
Valid: Everywhere
Tag: pre

[pre]You bold like [b]this[/b]![/pre]

You bold like [b]this[/b]!

Size
Valid: Dispatches
Tag: size

Sometimes you want [size=150]big text[/size] but other times only [size=90]small text[/size] will do.
Sometimes you want big text, but other times only small text will do.

Color
Valid: Dispatches, WFEs
Tag: color
Alternative name: colour
Options: name or hexidecimal code of color

I [color=red]love[/color] a little [colour=#FF9900]color[/colour].
I love a little color.

Quote
Valid: RMBs
Tag: quote
Options: name of author;post ID

[quote=testlandia;4970610]It's an outrage![/quote]
Testlandia wrote:It's an outrage!

Background color
Valid: Dispatches
Tags: background, background-block
Options: name or hexidecimal code of color

Backgrounds can be applied to [background=yellow]highlight a few words[/background].
Backgrounds can be applied to highlight a few words.

[background-block=yellow]Backgrounds can also be applied at the paragraph level, which is especially noticeable...

...when it flows over multiple lines.[/background-block]
Backgrounds can also be applied at the paragraph level, which is especially noticeable...

...when it flows over multiple lines.


Font
Valid: Dispatches
Tag: font
Options: name of font(s), in order of preference

[font=Courier]What a beautiful font![/font]
What a beautiful font!

[font=Times New Roman, Arial, sans]What a beautiful font![/font]
What a beautiful font!

Alignment
Valid: Dispatches
Tag: align
Alternative names: center, centre
Options: left, right, center, justify

[align=center]Centered text.[/align]
Centered text.

[align=right]Right-justified text.[/align]
Right-justified text.

[centre]This is also centred, especially if you're British.[/centre]
This is also centred, especially if you're British.

Image
Valid: Dispatches
Tag: img
Options: view (standout, shadow, border)

[img]http://www.nationstates.net/images/foot_jg.png[/img]

You can also set some visual options:

[img view="shadow"]https://www.nationstates.net/images/flags/Switzerland.png[/img]

[img view="standout"]https://www.nationstates.net/images/flags/Switzerland.png[/img]

[img view="standout border shadow"]https://www.nationstates.net/images/flags/Switzerland.png[/img]

Float
Valid: Dispatches
Tag: float
Options: left, right

[float=right][img]http://www.nationstates.net/images/foot_jg.png[/img][/float]
[float=left][img]http://www.nationstates.net/images/foot_jg.png[/img][/float]
Images float on either side of this text.

Images float on either side of this text.

Box
Valid: Dispatches
Tag: box

[box]A pretty box.[/box]
(You're looking at it. Sadly, boxes cannot contain other boxes.)

Sidebar
Valid: Dispatches
Tag: sidebar

[sidebar]Sidebars are very similar to box + float-right, but don't stretch across the whole screen (except on mobile devices).[/sidebar]
Sidebars are very similar to box + float-right, but don't stretch across the whole screen (except on mobile devices).

Indent
Valid: Dispatches
Tag: tab
Option: number of pixels to indent

[tab=100]Some indented text[/tab].
Some indented text.

Anchor
Valid: Dispatches
Tag: anchor
Option: name of anchor (no spaces or punctuation!)

[anchor=JUMPHERE][/anchor]Useful for tables of contents.
Jump to [url=#JUMPHERE]my anchor[/url].
Useful for tables of contents.
Jump to my anchor.

Table
Valid: Dispatches
Tags: table, tr (table row), td (table cell)
Options: plain

[table][tr][td]A table's first row looks different[/td][td]Next cell[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Second row[/td][td]Next cell[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Third row[/td][td]Next cell[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Fourth row, which goes on at some length about nothing. It also has a line break in it. Here it comes. Ready? Okay!! Here it is!!
See?[/td][td]Next cell[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Hovering over a row highlights it[/td][td]Not bad, eh?[/td][/tr]
[/table]

A table's first row looks different

Next cell

Second row

Next cell

Third row

Next cell

Fourth row, which goes on at some length about nothing. It also has a line break in it. Here it comes. Ready? Okay!! Here it is!!

See?

Next cell

Hovering over a row highlights it

Not bad, eh?

[float=right][table=plain]
[tr][td]Table type:[/td][td]Plain[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Decoration:[/td][td]None[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Excitement level:[/td][td]Low[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Usefulness for formatting:[/td][td]High[/td][/tr]
[/table][/float]

Table type:

Plain

Decoration:

None

Excitement level:

Low

Usefulness for formatting:

High

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Fun Ideas for the News

These are optional things you could include in the news to make it more engaging.

  • Puzzles for a Weekend Edition

  • Interviews

  • Opinion pieces

  • Artwork

  • Articles from other publications

  • Movie/TV/music recommendations

A Dissection of The Red Standard

This is a thorough explanation of how I've structured the news and what I put in each section. You don't have to read all of this! It makes it look like a lot more than it really is, but it's there if you need it or aren't sure about something.

  • Latest Announcements happen any time a member of the government says something brief. I just copy their post and paste it into a bullet point. It'll look like:

    [b]Minister of Whatever:[/b]
    [list]
    [*][i]Insert short quote here.[/i]
    [/list]
    

  • Breaking News / Important Update / etc is anything from a minister that is longer than like 3-4 sentences. I add this below the box for Latest Announcements:

    [box]
    [center][b][color=firebrick][size=180]Relevant Title[/color][/size][/b][/center]
    [hr]
    
    Insert long quote (+ any commentary if applicable) here.
    
    [/box]
    

  • Similarly, you can have People's Correspondence for articles written by comrades, Help Wanted for advertisements, or Weekend Edition for puzzles and such. Each of these would go in its own box.

  • An alternative to a box is using a sidebar which is just a fixed skinny box. I do this for stuff like the Friday Culture Corner or shorter interviews. For example:

    [sidebar]
    [center][b][color=firebrick][size=180]Friday Culture Corner[/color][/size][/b][/center]
    [hr]
    
    [center][size=120][b][u]Quote of the Week[/u][/b][/size]
    
    [i]Some quote[/i] 
    
    [/center]
    [/sidebar]
    

  • Regional News and International News reflect whatever I think is important, including slightly more in-depth explanations of any announcements that may need it.

  • Current Events is a simple list of what's happening and the date(s)

  • Bulletins rarely change and should list things that are always relevant (like "endorse our WA Delegate!")

Managing the Law Archive


Whenever new legislation is passed, the Minister of Information needs to update the Law Archive.

  • Find an old law of the same type as the new one in the Law Archive

  • Click "Raw" at the bottom and copy

  • Create a new dispatch and paste

  • Replace the text with the new law, keeping the images at the top

  • Format appropriately

  • Title, publish, and copy the link

  • Go back to the Law Archive and click "Edit"

  • Find the correct section, and following the pattern of the others, add the new link to the dispatch and save

  • If the new law is an amendment, go update whatever it's amending


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