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Regional Power: High
Today's World Census Report
The Most Scientifically Advanced in Nordic Lands
World Census researchers quantified national scientific advancement by quizzing random citizens about quantum chromodynamics, space-time curvature and stem cell rejuvenation therapies. Responses based on Star Trek were discarded.
As a region, Nordic Lands is ranked 4,695th in the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
|1.||The Proto-Utopia of Grimlandia||Corporate Bordello||“In Cod we Trust”|
|2.||The People's Home of Chiselstrait||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Salus populi suprema lex esto”|
|3.||The Kingdom of Aarhustan||Left-Leaning College State||“Kan hun være værdig til (May she be worthy of the name)”|
|4.||The Elysian Fields of ZOO288||Father Knows Best State||“The greatest happiness is to vanquish your enemies”|
|5.||The Imperium of Kvamme||Corrupt Dictatorship||“Ad Imperatorem”|
|6.||The United Commonwealth of Laurel||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Liberty, Blood, Honor”|
|7.||The Eilífr Norrænir Keiserríke of Askerike||Compulsory Consumerist State||“Vilji er Sigr”|
|8.||The Holy Empire of Constaniana||Democratic Socialists||“Faith over doubt; Victory over defeat”|
|9.||The I Reject Your False Virtue of Apostate||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“A Conqueror is always a lover of Peace”|
|10.||The Empire of Kadict||Father Knows Best State||“Valhalla awaits”|
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- : The United States of Granadaa arrived from United Kingdom.
- : The Empire of David-sia arrived from Ant Rus.
- : Ethenphuoria ceased to exist.
- : Reinodoflamengo ceased to exist.
- : The Republic of Soleara departed this region for Angels Encarmine.
- : The Republic of Soleara arrived from The West Pacific.
- : The Republic of PNT-Land arrived from The South Pacific.
- : The Empire of The Great Dragon Kingdom arrived from The south of europe.
- : The Federal Republic of Apurani arrived from The North Pacific.
- : The Empire of SkynetTerminator arrived from Cyberdyneskynet.
Nordic Lands Regional Message Board
Hello new faces!
So now that you're here with us, you may want to block those pesky recruitment telegrams, and it's easy to do. Just go to the Telegram Settings and click the Block All button beside Recruitment, then click Update Filter to confirm.
Also be sure to check out all our helpful links, like our Etiquette dispatch to get familiar with our short list of rules and expectations.
Nordic Lands is a large and active region that is over 10 years old. We are the Premier Nordic/Northern European region here on NationStates. As such we expect our members to act in accordance with basic courtesy etiquette, maturity, and common sense.
We were all new players once, and with most new things there are questions. We're here to help!
This is a comprehensive guide to NationStates mechanics, and explains the game fairly well.
Welcome to NationStates!
This guide will help if you are a new player to this game or an experienced player looking to expand your knowledge of NationStates.
This guide aims to help you:
This guide is reasonably long, and as such, it is recommended that you refer to the table of contents to aid you in locating the specific information you may desire.
Before this guide begins, I would like to personally express thanks and credit to Testlandia, Euroslavia, and Goddess Relief Office who have kindly provided commendable information and tips to this guide.
What is NationStates?
NationStates is a multiplayer online text-based game which simulates a government setting. It was created by author Max Barry and was released on the 13th of November, 2002 as a means of promoting a novel Jennifer Government. The game has currently 223,380 active nations in 23,734 different regions.
Players (under the guise of their nation) operate their own country by making decisions that have an impact on the economy, society, and culture of their people. The object of the game is to lead a country in the way the player finds the best. At the start of the game, the player chooses a few basic characteristics including the name of the country, flag, motto, currency, national animal, and style of government. Answers to a short questionnaire determine the initial ratings of the country's civil, economic, and political rights. The nation's population starts at five million and increases every day automatically with play.
Issues are political decisions that players make, which shape their nations as a result. The choices a player makes on issues directly affect the nation's civil rights, economic, and political freedom levels, as well as the national tax rate.
As time progresses, issues will determine the type of government a nation has, with the game categorizing the type from 'Democratic Socialists' to 'Psychotic Dictatorship'.
A player can decide how often he or she wishes to receive issues by accessing the settings page and choosing from a list of options under the sub-heading New Issues. The options available for selection are:
Depending on the options a player selects, they will achieve varying ratings relating to their nation's Economy, Political Freedoms, and Civil Rights (visible on a nation's homepage).
A nation's government type is determined by an algorithm which calculates a nation's civil liberties, economic, and political freedoms and based on this result, allocates the nation a government type appropriate to that nation. There are 27 government types, ranging from Scandinavian Liberal Paradise to Iron Fist Socialists to Psychotic Dictatorship.
To view how many nations there are of each government category, please see the data compiled by Farengeto and provided in the below spoiler (data accurate as of the 8th of June 2020).
[The following information has been kindly provided by Goddess Relief Office and reproduced here with his express permission. You are invited to read this guide to different issue types for more comprehensive information on this subject.]
NationStates has five different categories in which issues are organized into; general, population-based, issue options, statistics, and special issues.
Telegrams are private messages that can be sent between players. When a nation is founded, it will receive approximately two dozen telegrams from regions seeking to recruit new nations.
A player can choose to filter telegrams he/she receives by accessing Telegram Preferences. There are four categories a player can select:
A player may choose to block particular nations from sending him/her telegrams. A player may add a nation to the Ignore List by writing the nation's name in the search box of Telegram Preferences. Alternatively, the player can click on a telegram's timestamp which will link to a page showcasing the individual telegram, with there being a 'Block Sender' link near its bottom-right.
NationStates is a free game however there are upgrades available to a player. One such upgrade is an Inbox upgrade which is part of packages: Supporter, Postmaster, and Postmaster-General.
Telegram stamps allow players to send multiple telegrams at one single time. Normally, a player would only be able to send a telegram to a maximum of eight nations. Mass telegrams using telegram stamps can reach substantial numbers of nations quickly and easily and provide Delivery Reports which detail who has received a telegram and who has not.
A player can personalize the telegram sent by applying %NATION% to the text of the telegram. This will automatically translate to the nation's name when he/she receives it.
A newly-founded nation in NationStates begins with a population of 5 million. Every 24 hours, the population of a nation increases. The higher the population rises, the greater the population increases per day, up until the population reaches 62 million.
The population of a newly-created nation increases by 1 million per day.
The population of a nation is related to the descriptor of its size. As a nation's population increases, it progresses through a series of size descriptors, which are: fledgling, tiny, small, large, very large, huge, massive, colossal, and gargantuan. As a nation's population increases, it eventually gains several new custom nation traits, including the capital city (250 million), the nation name pretitle (500 million), the nation's leader (750 million), and the national religion (1 billion).
A nation's dossier is a compilation of brief information on other nations & regions which a player can select. It allows the player to easily move between nations/regions the player considers of interest and can be a useful tool in maintaining track of puppet nations a player may have.
The brief information provided in the dossier is limited to the nation's name, the nation's WA category (for example, left-wing utopia), when the nation was last active, the region in which the nation resides, and the WA status of the nation (whether the nation is a member of the World Assembly).
Similarly, the dossier provides brief information on regions that players choose to feature in their dossier. The information is limited to the name of the region, the population of the region, and the name of the region's World Assembly Delegate.
Another feature is Advanced Dossier. This feature allows for greater control of the nations which feature in a player's dossier. As opposed to having to independently select nations, a player can upload a text file to NationStates featuring nations' names. Alternatively, a player can download a text file that contains the identity of the nations in the dossier.
The settings page allows a player to modify aspects of his/her nation. A player can set the currency, motto, demonyms, national animal, et cetera. The settings page also provides players with the opportunity to change their nation's password, flag, and select banners.
Banners are a rotating, targeted, customizable, unlock-able set of images on the nation's page. There are over 250 banners, which unlock upon achieving various feats, such as developing a strong economy or reaching high levels of political corruption. There are also custom slots for uploading a players' own images, once they have reached particular population levels. For a full list illustrating every banner achievable, you are invited to view this collection.
People, Government, & the Economy
People: A pie-chart and accompanying percentages illustrating the leading causes of death throughout a player's nation, for example, old age.
Government: An illustration and accompanying percentages showing the distribution of your budget, for example, education, environment, healthcare, public transport, and administration. The illustration also details the amount of a player's currency and the percentage of the player's total gross domestic product (GDP) spent on government expenditure.
Economy: An illustration of the division of the public, private, and state-owned sectors. Here, a player can also read the total GDP of the nation and the GDP per person.
Each day, there are two updates in NationStates. The major update occurs at approximately 00:00-01:00 Eastern Standard Time/Eastern Daylight Savings Time (EST/EDT). The minor update occurs at approximately 12:00-13:00 EST/EDT. Due to a large number of nations and regions, these updates may take an hour.
In the major update, NationStates generates a World Census Report on a particular subject and will rank all nations and regions from highest to lowest. Such topics include 'Most Extreme', 'Most Cultured' and 'Best Healthcare'. If a nation scores highly in these reports, the player may expect to be rewarded with either a silver or gold badge which will feature on the main page of the player (top 10% and 5%, respectfully).
In NationStates, regions is to a nation how a real-life country/city is to a person. It is a community of nations which generally incorporates at least five basic social values that all regions, regardless of their ideological foundation, are expected to provide and uphold for the benefit of their citizens. These values are security, freedom; order; justice; and welfare. This is not to say that there are no regions in whom's founding ideals differ from those stated. There are thousands of regions in NationStates, each with its own personality and direction, for example, a Pokemon-themed region, a Communist region, or a democratic region.
Different regions have different focus points, some choose to be specifically themed with a general-purpose whilst others are just a casual gathering place for nations. The defining aspect of regions is their home-pages (which you can locate by clicking on a region's link). The regional home-page showcases a wide range of customizable features:
Nations can select the region they want to belong to by various means; accidental stumbling upon, specific searches, recruitment telegrams, looking at regional tags, etc.
For a comprehensive guide to "Building a region", you are invited to view this forum thread.
Given the international diplomacy theme which underpins NationStates, an important aspect of the game is an institution called the World Assembly (WA) formerly known as the United Nations. This is a fairly large component of the game and therefore this guide will detail it under sub-sections (highlighted in bold)
Membership to the World Assembly is entirely voluntary. A player may choose to join this organisation and in doing so, gain them in-game functions of being able to endorse other nations as well as receive endorsements. However, the player also submits their nation to the effects generated by various WA proposals. This may have an inadvertent effect on a nation's statistics, for example, their military situation (ability to construct nuclear weapons may be limited by a WA General Assembly resolution). A player can choose to join the World Assembly by clicking on the 'Apply to join' button in the World Assembly page.
Delegate are elected by a region to serve as their representative at the World Assembly. Unlike ordinary members, they can approve newly-suggested resolutions. Delegates may also have administrative control over their region, though this is entirely dependent on the settings decided with the region's creation.
Becoming a delegate can be an easy or difficult process, depending on the circumstances. To be elected, a nation needs endorsements (a minimum of two) from the majority of members in their respective regions. Whilst a region composed of said-nation and a friend(s) can guarantee the nation the delegacy, larger regions with a vast collection of players are often much more challenging. Not only must the nation convince people to support their cause (and potentially have the current delegate demoted), the nation needs to hold this position by respecting the demands of the region.
Gaining endorsements, you've decided to join a bigger region with little to no support from friends, here are a few tips to receive the endorsements needed: (note: the following is the author's own opinion)
Councils, the World Assembly is divided into two entities; the General Assembly and the Security Council :
The General Assembly is concerned with passing international law: resolutions to improve human rights, environmental standards, and the like. They have an immediate and material effect on all WA member nations, and can change your laws and category. For example, if you are a protectionist nation, and the WA passes a resolution promoting free trade, you may find your nation becoming abruptly more capitalist.
Broadly speaking, the General Assembly does not concern itself with individual nations or regions, but humanity as a whole. It has a vibrant roleplaying community in the General Assembly forum, which debates and drafts legislation.
The Security Council, on the other hand, is very much about specifics. It passes resolutions that Condemn or Commend particular nations or regions, and authorises Liberations, by removing a Delegate's authority to set a regional password (usually to restore order following its capture by invaders). Compared to the General Assembly, it is more concerned with gameplay (regional politics, invasions) than roleplaying.
Both Councils function similarly in that they accept proposals, which enter the voting floor to be voted on as resolutions. Each Council may have a resolution at vote at the same time.
To vote for a resolution, click on its link within the World Assembly tab. You'll be taken to a page giving you the full details, including the category, resolution number, and who proposed the resolution. Below that, you'll find a complete explanation, with the option of voting For or Against.
To pass your own resolution, you need at least two endorsements from members of your region. Once you have those, you can propose your resolution to the World Assembly. However, before people are given the chance to vote on it, it needs to be approved by 6% of the World Assembly Regional Delegates. If it reaches the necessary number of approvals, it will be brought onto the voting floor, where all members of the WA can make your resolution law, or fail to pass it. (note: the following is the author's own opinion)
When you decide to pass your resolution, you have two choices. You can create a brand new one, or you can attempt to repeal an old one.
Creating a new resolution is basically one that does not currently exist. If you do so, make sure you look through all previous resolutions. There's nothing more embarrassing than attempting to introduce laws on toilet paper which already exist...
If you too are angered about the increase of tax on tea bags, then you have the chance to get things changed! You can vote to re-appeal a resolution, which will render the resolution in question null and void. This is normally when old laws conflict with new methods.
Tips on Passing a Resolution:
Influence is a game-determined categorisation applied to each nation. A nation's influence is a measure of how 'well-respected' a nation is considered in its current region. Nations earn influence in a region the longer they remain there, and the more WA endorsements they have accumulated. When a nation leaves, though, its influence in that region will begin to decline.
Influence serves an important gameplay purpose. The ability of WA Delegates to eject and ban nations from their region, and to password-protect it, is limited by their Influence. Delegates consume some of their Influence to exercise their power, so the more often the Delegate uses their influence, the more difficult it is for them to wield those powers in the future.
When a nation moves to a region, it does not influence within that region. Nations accrue influence in a region by remaining in the region, and by receiving endorsements from the region’s members. Arguably, being a member of the WA has no value unless the nation gains endorsements, the more endorsements one gets, the more influence one will accrue.
The regional influence is equal to the sum of the national influence of all its members (updated each game-update (refer to Analysis)), and is displayed as a ranking on a scale ranging from ‘moderate’ to ‘Extremely High’.
The national influence ranking (ranging from ‘Minnow’ to ‘Hermit’) is determined by the ratio of national influence to total regional influence and the previous WA update.
Influence levels achievable
[The following advice has been kindly provided by Euroslavia and reproduced here with his express permission. Should you wish to further explore this dynamic aspect of NationStates, you are invited to read the many roleplay guides available in the forum.]
Welcome to 'Getting Started with Nationstates'. This (advice) will provide the basic framework for general rules and learning and all things in regards to how to properly Role Playing in the International Incidents and Nationstates forums. The following is merely a snippet of advice, please visit this forum thread for more comprehensive information and advice relating to roleplaying in International Incidents.
To garner more information on general roleplaying, the author strongly recommends a visit to the forum thread Roleplaying Tips and Suggestions.
Roleplaying in NationStates is such an exciting and fun aspect of the game, as such, there are thousands of people all around you who would be happy to help you, you need only ask. Similarly, if you are stuck on something or would just like a bit of advice here and there, the forum contains dozens of guides and helpful tips. Always remember, the world is full of possibilities and you are only limited by your imagination.
Players not accustomed to formatting may have noticed custom markup tags being used in the regional message board, the NS Forum or in Dispatches. These custom markups help to format a text to make it bold, italics, add images, add url, etc. These are known as BBCode or Bulletin Board Code.
BBCode or Bulletin Board Code is a lightweight markup language generally used internet-wide format posts in blogs and message boards.
[The following information has been kindly provided by Testlandia and reproduced here with his express permission. The following list is not exhaustive. To view the full list, please consult with this dispatch, the Complete List of NSCodes.]
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.
 Testlandia, Euroslavia, and Goddess Relief Office contributed whole information towards sections regarding Bulletin Board Codes, Roleplay, and Issue Types, respectfully.
 Exact figures may fluctuate over time as new nations are founded and existing nations are ceasing-to-exist.
 This information on World Assembly Councils was sourced from Frequently Asked Questions.
If the guide leaves you with further questions, we'll be happy to answer them here on the RMB or on our Discord or even via Telegram. Some frequent questions the guide doesn't address have been answered in our FAQs page.
Absolutely, NationStates has plenty of rules and they must be followed. For regional guidelines please review the Nordic Lands Etiquette.
How do I get on the map?
How do I make my population grow?
Where can I find the offsite forum?
I'm stuck in the lobby of the discord, what do I do?
How do I become a regional Officer/Minister?
Some of my issues are confusing, how do I pick the correct one?
And again, if you still have questions after reading the FAQs, don't hesitate to ask!
We are currently a Top 50 Region in NationStates WA Power Rankings. However, we sit dangerously on the edge of these rankings. With our current numbers we could easily rank in the 30s. That's a real possibility. We have made progress in leaps and bounds, and now is no time to slack off.
Why are the WA Power Rankings so important? The ranking not only shows how much influence we have as a region, it also shows that we're not just a bunch of multis, puppets, and bots. There are a many regions where puppet accounts make up much or even most of their population. Since a player can only control One WA nation, the WA Power Ranking matters more than the population ranking. The boasting right of being a top 50 region is a significant aid in our recruiter's efforts to keep Nordic Lands a flourishing community.
It is for these reasons that I would at this time I would like to ask that if you are not a World Assembly member, give some consideration to joining. If your have a WA nation in another region and you enjoy being a member here, consider moving it here and helping out.
Of course this is purely voluntary. There are other ways to help Nordic Lands, It's helpful just to be here, to join us on discord, to be a helpful and friendly figure in our community. Those things carry a tremendous value as well.
The Map has had several updates this weekend. If you were overlooked let us know.
Part 1: Claiming Territory
1. Nations must reside in Nordic Lands for 30 consecutive days before a land claim will be accepted.
2.The preferred method of submitting a claim is on the Map Claim channel on Discord. If you can not join the discord for reasons, then claims can be sent via Telegram to Nordic Lands AND Vaesland. Claims made via NLN RP, Factbook RP, on the RMB, or in the improper discord channel will not be added on the map.
3. Claims cannot encroach an active nation's territory without agreement between all nations involved, done by:
4. Claims cannot be unreasonably large.
5. Should be a continuous landmass, unless any of the following apply:
Part 2: Expanding Territory
1. Claims cannot encroach an active nation's territory without agreement between all nations involved, done by:
2. Claims cannot be unreasonably large.
Part 3: Losing Your Claimed Territory
1. Crashed nations will have a period of up to 7 days to restore their nation before being removed from the Nordic Lands Map. After this time, their land will become available for others to claim, unless any of the following apply:
2. Active nations that leave NL for another region will be removed from the map within a week.
(Note: This is a notification, not a warning. I will TG you to let you know that your claim is being removed, but I will not give you advance notice.)
3. Nations wishing to have their land claim removed may TG me and I will remove them from the map. This does not require an in-character explanation or NLN RP, but I will always encourage it.
*If all nations send me a confirming TG, I don't need the RP, but if the RP happens first, I'll still require confirmation via TG.
TL;DR: Basically, if you’re making a simple request such as adding another 50km to the north in unclaimed land or adding an island near the coast I'm probably gonna say yes. If it's something more significant, I like to see decent RP regarding the changes in territory. As long as it’s relatively plausible, and does not affect other established nations without their permission, I’m probably not going to refuse your request.
General Note: If you’re super uncomfortable/inexperienced with RP but really want a certain land change, let me know, I’m happy to figure something out. I am also happy to answer any questions you have about land claims, or about the map in general, just send me a TG.
No worries, I can always appreciate a healthy, civilized debate. It makes one think and polish one's own views / theories (in order to get rid of any logical errors, inconsistencies).
Welcome! We seem to have a few Estonians here and there (including myself), but I haven't been able to detect any Latvians yet.
Who here is composed of organic life? Just asking for alliance intel
Very interesting, and ultimately the right concept of our status, in this universe.
Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994
"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet (today we found possible settling planets, but reach the planets not yet). Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."
This text, is just so enlightening!
Really good. Thanks for sharing