WA Delegate (non-executive): The United Mangrove Archipelago of Ransium (elected )
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Embassies: Yggdrasil, Philosophy 115, Europe, the Rejected Realms, The North Pacific, the South Pacific, 10000 Islands, International Democratic Union, Oatland, Democratic Socialist Assembly, Hippy Haven, Haiku, The Federation of Anarchist Communes, Texas, Canada, Portugal, and 19 others.Spiritus, Eladen, Singapore, Winterfell, The Region That Has No Big Banks, Antarctica, Antarctic Oasis, The Bar on the corner of every region, A Liberal Haven, Union of Free Nations, Sunalaya, Futaba Aoi, New Western Atlantic, Conch Kingdom, The Leftist Assembly, Conifer, Sonindia, Wintreath, and Pacifica.
Regional Power: Very High
Today's World Census Report
The Most Eco-Friendly Governments in Forest
The following governments spend the greatest amounts on environmental issues. This may not always be reflected in the quality of that nation's environment.
As a region, Forest is ranked 946th in the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
|1.||The United Mangrove Archipelago of Ransium||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Semper Virens”|
|2.||The Webcomic RolePlaying Game of Darths and Droids||Democratic Socialists||“Jar Jar, you're a genius!”|
|3.||The Eco-Republic of Mozworld||Democratic Socialists||“Dream not of today”|
|4.||The Kingdom of Reannia||Democratic Socialists||“Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost.”|
|5.||The Beauty Land of Bilsa||Father Knows Best State||“Say TANKS! no Thanks!”|
|6.||The Colony of Chilledsville||Authoritarian Democracy||“Smile! It's not that bad!”|
|7.||The Forested Republic of Edible Plywood||Democratic Socialists||“I only make passes at girls who wear glasses”|
|8.||The Snow-wreathed Commonwealth of Froenburg||Democratic Socialists||“Never again! Hopefully!”|
|9.||The Republic of Nimros||Democratic Socialists||“Nec Temere, Nec Timide”|
|10.||The Emerald Forest of Eryndlynd||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Before grace, subsistence. Before nobility, survival.”|
- : The Kawaii Potoroo Habitats of Errinundera updated the World Factbook entry.
- : The Magical Land of Zongongia arrived from The Associated States of the Oort Cloud.
- : The Democratic Confederation of Alpine Republics arrived from Balder.
- : The Community of Awhaiti Kaiatu arrived from The North Pacific.
- : Lithun ceased to exist.
- : The blackweald ceased to exist.
- : The Republic of Sand Point arrived from The South Pacific.
- : Srbskiya ceased to exist.
- : The Constitutional Monarchy of Panpan101 arrived from The Pacific.
- : Iralog ceased to exist.
Forest Regional Message Board
The perpetrator of the NZ mosque slayings is Australian. Something that people tend to overlook is that he chose NZ as his target because he couldn't get the weapons he wanted in Australia, nor could he bring them back if he purchased them there.
I find it odd when Americans express their lack of trust in Government. In a democracy the Government is "us". It is our bulwark against misfortune and misbehaviour and is our only way of restraining powerful interests whose intentions are inimical to our wellbeing. To mistrust Government is to lack faith in ourselves and to cede power to those who would do us harm. That is why the loudest voices shouting, "government is bad," are those powerful interests who seek to preserve their advantages.
On nativism, I prefer an inclusive approach. To me the definition of an Australian is someone who either - has (or had) the right to vote, or could vote if they took the necessary legal steps, or if their parents have or had those rights. The destruction of aboriginal and islander society is a shameful part of our history, but I believe democacy is broad and inclusive enough for our nation to address, and redress, the wrongs of the past. I remember attending a function where an aboriginal activist, Noel Pearson, spoke on the significance of the Mabo and Wik decisions of the High Court, and the legislation to enact those decisions. He said that while the decisions meant that all Australians had to accept the reality of native title, it also meant that aborigines had to accept the legal authority of Parliament and the High Court. He saw it as a legal basis for reconciliation.
Paradoxically, immigrant nations founded on dispossession have an advantage over nations who, either legally or in practice, define themselves culturally or ethnically. Places like Australia, or the US, or Canada or New Zealand, for all their faults, define their people through their constitutions, not their history or ethnicity or culture. Well, they can't. For sure, in my country, being a male from a longer established immigrant cohort gives me significant systemic advantages, but it doesn't make me any more Australian than anyone else. Parliament exists to address those kind of issues. And I also get that constitutions reflect the belief systems of the people who drafted them, but, in my country at least, the constitution is amended from time to time via referenda - the classic example being the 1967 referendum to give the Federal Government the power to make laws concerning aborigines. (Fully supported by aboriginal activists it was a beautiful example of citizens trusting their government to legislate for a group's wellbeing.)
At the risk of offending people, those nations that, regardless of the legal apparatus, define themselves by some cultural identity create problems of legitimacy for people living within their borders. That's why Greece gets into knots over the definition and title of Macedonia. How can you be Greek if you are Macedonian? It's why Turkey, Syria and Iraq struggle to deal with the Kurds (and why the Kurds seek autonomy). The fallacy of the "Great Replacement" only has currency if people are defined by culture rather than citizenship. To be a citizen is to accept a compact along the lines argued by Noel Pearson above.
Anyway, I need to get on with recording, for the upcoming election, those NS players in Forest who take their citizenship roles seriously.
This is very well said. As an American who, oddly, does value the government and has a much greater fondness for the apparatus of the government (if not the people who are in it, seemingly ever...), I entirely agree with you. I would offer that that particular American sentiment, which is variously shared at some point by virtually everyone here, stems in part from the long-standing suspicion and latent-to-explicit lack of respect as a rule for any and all authorities, experts, hierarchy, etc. From whatever actual grounding there may have been in the actual motivations of the people living at the time of the American Revolution and westward expansion, modern and contemporary America has imagined and held itself to basically have been "destined for greatness from the beginning," so to speak, because we "threw off the British!" *muscles arms*, and because we "set out to tame the great New World" *flashy smile*, and more recently because we "saved the world twice," once with our "'new-clear' bombs," and because we have awesome STUFF and entertainment and we're just sort of...well... fat now, and with decaying road networks and stupid suburbs all over everything. Yay. But goddamnit, "we sure showed em', huh?! Best in da world!" *high fives*
I sort of lost the thread of it, but I mean to say that it is, both in effect and also as a matter of cultural pride, a very "American" thing to not just give the middle finger to government once it's done something wrong (and to be sure, the Federal Government has done a lot of nasty, scary, and plain of wrong sh!t sometimes, even to its own citizens), but just for the sake of giving "The Man" the middle finger.
We're the kid who wears sunglasses inside on a rainy day, just because once, someone told us to take them off or risk looking like either an ass or a blind person. We're good at being the former, and increasingly we're becoming the latter.
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We have now entered the campaign week. All the best.
Sorry for double post, but this is literally my first time ever doing it.
At work tonight, my choir director came in, told me, and I quote, "I was told I could find you here." Then they got me to do a solo part for the Easter Vigil. I think I understand how the side characters in a "getting the band back together" montage feel.
Oh, and I also got a second degree burn on my hand from steam. Good times.
Edit: Verdant Haven pointed out my spelling was stupid. So I fixed it.