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Nordic Lands
Founded: May 18th 2010
Motto: Most Blest is he who lives Free and Bold
NationStates' Premier Nordic Themed Region!


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Nordic Lands values freedom above all else. No player will ever be forced to play a certain way or endorse a nation that they do not wish to endorse.

Nordic Lands is a Meritocracy. Here you're only limited by your own ambitions and statesmanship.

We are a Nordic Themed region, but all cultures are welcomed!

Please read the NS Guide and FAQs linked above.

We do NOT communicate with NS Moderators, as their decisions are largely unfair and arbitrary at best.

For immediate administrative concerns please telegram a Regional Officer or message them on Discord.



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Embassies: The Golden Company, Astyria, One big Island, Christmas Tree Golf Club, Fennoscandia, The Confederacy of Free Lands, The Great Universe, Brasil, Elparia, Old Zealand, Guinea Kiribati, Just relax, Philippines, Gypsy Lands, Fredonia, EPCOT Center 1981, and 40 others.Raxulan Empire, The Region Of Gargery, The United Fans of Only, Northern Argaen Trade Organization, matheo, The Twin Islands, DogeLand, Lewisham, Central Eastern Europe, The Power Gulids II, Nationstates Ski Resort, The Maisten Territories, Arconian Empire, Panjshir, Viking Europe, The region of worshipping doggos, Ingwine, Poschomenia, The News Stand, The Embassy, Turkic Union, The Empires And Republics Of Power, United Nations of Rationality, Maxtopia, 0 0 0, Mesjongja, The Democratic Republic, Kartakis, 0000, Wyndia, Free Market Federation, Lost Empires, Wolverton Mountain, Hollow Point, The Continentals, Terras geladas, Norsewood, The Israeli Free Front, Independence Hill, and United Kingdoms of Europe.

Tags: Casual, Enormous, Featured, Free Trade, Independent, Map, Modern Tech, National Sovereigntist, Neutral, Offsite Chat, Offsite Forums, Role Player, and 3 others.Social, Trading Cards, and World Assembly.

Regional Power: High

Nordic Lands contains 402 nations, the 49th most in the world.

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 GrimlandiaCorporate Bordello“In Cod we Trust”
2.The People's Home of ChiselstraitCivil Rights Lovefest“Salus populi suprema lex esto”
3.The Kingdom of AarhustanLeft-Leaning College State“Kan hun være værdig til (May she be worthy of the name)”
4.The Elysian Fields of ZOO288Father Knows Best State“The greatest happiness is to vanquish your enemies”
5.The Imperium of KvammeCorrupt Dictatorship“Ad Imperatorem”
6.The United Commonwealth of LaurelCivil Rights Lovefest“Liberty, Blood, Honor”
7.The Eilífr Norrænir Keiserríke of AskerikeCompulsory Consumerist State“Vilji er Sigr”
8.The Holy Empire of ConstanianaDemocratic Socialists“Faith over doubt; Victory over defeat”
9.The I Reject Your False Virtue of ApostateInoffensive Centrist Democracy“A Conqueror is always a lover of Peace”
10.The Empire of KadictFather Knows Best State“Valhalla awaits”
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Last poll: “If you visited the nordic countries,which would you visit first?”

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Holy Jace Lowzecis wrote:Hello! New player, thrilled to join!

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The Vineyard Laden Bastions of Vinslott

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.

  • Follow Basic NationStates Rules

    • We do not report to NationStates Moderators, If there is an issue report it to a Regional Officer. Regional Officers will decide if the NationStates Moderation should be involved. This is for everyone's safety. NationStates Moderator rulings are often inconsistent and arbitrary, varying wildly from Moderator to Moderator.

  • No Double Posting

    • Do not post back to back posts. There is an Edit function, use it. If a few hours have passed and there's something else you want to post, then at that point it would be ok and no longer be considered a double post. Use common sense.

  • No Spam

    • No one want's to see the cute font trick you just learned. Again, use common sense.

  • Be Respectful

    • SHOW MATURITY AND USE COMMON SENSE.

  • DO NOT BRING THE MODERATION TEAM TO OUR REGION.

    • We do not report to NationStates Moderators, If there is an issue report it to a Regional Officer. Regional Officers will decide if the NationStates Moderation should be involved. This is for everyone's safety. NationStates Moderator rulings are often inconsistent and arbitrary, varying wildly from Moderator to Moderator. It's that important that it's listed twice.

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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.

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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:

  • Prepare you for the limitless possibilities;

  • Find out the varying aspects of this game; and

  • Manage your nation.

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.[1]


What is NationStates?

NationStates is a multiplayer online text-based game which simulates a government setting. It was created by author LinkMax 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.[2]

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.


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Issues

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:

  • None;

  • One per weekday;

  • One per day;

  • Two per weekday;

  • Two per day; or

  • Vacation Mode (prevent a nation from receiving new issues and extending period after which a nation will be deleted for inactivity, from 28 days to 60 days).

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).

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Government Category

Nation Count

Percentage

Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

52643

23.58%

Democratic Socialists

16958

7.60%

Iron Fist Consumerists

16719

7.49%

Anarchy

15750

7.06%

New York Times Democracy

15130

6.78%

Psychotic Dictatorship

13611

6.10%

Father Knows Best State

11356

5.09%

Civil Rights Lovefest

10677

4.78%

Moralistic Democracy

9530

4.27%

Left-wing Utopia

7038

3.15%

Liberal Democratic Socialists

6700

3.00%

Corrupt Dictatorship

6489

2.91%

Capitalist Paradise

5626

2.52%

Corporate Bordello

5236

2.35%

Left-Leaning College State

4705

2.11%

Corporate Police State

4241

1.90%

Scandinavian Liberal Paradise

4198

1.88%

Authoritarian Democracy

3556

1.59%

Compulsory Consumerist State

3056

1.37%

Right-wing Utopia

1933

0.87%

Capitalizt

1598

0.72%

Iron Fist Socialists

1494

0.67%

Conservative Democracy

1005

0.45%

Free-Market Paradise

935

0.42%

Libertarian Police State

901

0.40%

Tyranny by Majority

820

0.37%

Benevolent Dictatorship

772

0.35%

Mother Knows Best State

546

0.24%

[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.

  • General issues:

    General issues form the majority of issues that a nation will receive. Issues of this type are randomly generated with there being no precondition to receiving them.

    Examples of general issues include:

  • Population-based issues

    Population-based issues are those which can only be unlocked by a nation's population. If a player chooses to dismiss issues of this type when he/she received them or chooses an option that he/she may later regret, the player will still be able to receive population-based issues. However, the player will receive the specific issue later and not immediately after dismissing it. Through such issues, a player will be granted the ability to edit the player's capital city, leader, and national religion.

    Examples of population-based issues include:

  • Issue-option

    Issue-option is only unlock-able when a nation chooses a specific option to one issue. The result of the issue and the effect of the decision on the nation will be a catalyst for an Issue-option issue.

    Examples of issue-based issues include:

  • Statistic-based issues

    Statistic-based issues can be unlocked when a nation has reached a pre-determined statistic relevant to the issue. Depending on how a player chooses to lead his/her nation, different statistics will apply to the nation. For example, a nation which is led in a dictatorial fashion will most likely receive an issue which relates to tyrannical nations, for example, the issue Too Low on Laws, Says Citizens. However, a nation that has high political freedoms would not receive such issues.

    Examples of statistic-based issues include:

  • Special issues

    Special issues do not occur often and are a rarity. For example, World Assembly Woes are only unlock able by member-states of the World Assembly.

    Similar to special issues, there are easter egg issues which reward nations with a unique badge to be displayed on nations' main page. There are several easter egg issues available. However, the methods of attaining them vary. For a more detailed discussion on easter egg issues, please refer to this discussion.


Telegrams

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:

  • Recruitment: Recruitment telegrams are sent by nations attempting to convince players to join their regions.

  • WA Campaign: WA proposal authors may send WA-member nations telegrams of this sort to lobby for a player's vote.

  • Region (official): Founders and (if allowed) World Assembly Delegates may send regional telegrams without the need for stamps. Unless selected, these telegrams will be sent to every nation residing in the region.

  • External: External telegrams are sent using stamps and in-which the author had not pre-selected the telegram label of 'recruitment' or 'campaign'.

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.

    Supporter will:
    • remove ads (for faster page loads);

    • reward with a supporter trophy for your nation page;

    • last forever;

    • permanently reserve nation name; and

    • give a player a 'warm, fuzzy feeling of supporting NationStates.'

    Postmaster:

    • includes the aforementioned benefits of Supporter;

    • expand folders to hold a 100 telegrams each (up from 20 telegrams);

    • create 3 additional custom folders; and

    • create a 'deleted items' folder which will retain a maximum of 100 deleted telegrams.

    Postmaster-General:

    • includes the aforementioned benefits of both Supporter and Postmaster;

    • expand folders to hold an unlimited number of telegrams;

    • create an unlimited number of custom folders; and

    • includes 500 telegram stamps.

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.

    Similarly a player can select a particular group to receive the telegram:
    • region: <Name> will send a telegram to every nation residing in the region listed.

    • tag: New<Number> will send telegrams to the aforementioned number of newly founded nations.

    • tag: Refounded<Number> will send telegrams to the aforementioned number of refounded nations.

    • tag: NewDelegates<Number> will send telegrams to the aforementioned number of new World Assembly Delegates nations.

    • tag: Delegates will send a telegram to the every Delegate.

    • tag: WA will send a telegram to the every nation who retains current membership to the World Assembly.

    • tab: All will send a telegram to every nation in NationStates.

    • tag: Welcome will send an automatic greeting to new arrivals in their region. However, telegrams of these sort can only be sent by a Founder or Delegate of a region.


Population

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).

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Population Mark

Change(s)

5 million

The starting population, with the population size descriptor 'fledgling', and a population growth rate of 1 million per day.

7 million

The population size descriptor changes to 'tiny'.

10 million

The population growth rate increases to 2 million per day.

20 million

The population size descriptor changes to 'small'. The population growth rate increases to 3 million per day.

32 million

The population growth rate increases to 4 million per day.

40 million

The population growth rate increases to 5 million per day.

50 million

The population size descriptor changes to 'large'. The population growth rate increases to 6 million per day.

62 million

The population growth rate becomes randomly variable, ranging from 5 million per day to 7 million per day. The population growth rate does not change after this.

100 million

The population size descriptor changes to 'very large'.

200 million

The population size descriptor changes to 'huge'.

250 million

The nation can receive the issue to create a custom-named national capitol.

500 million

The nation name pretitle changes from multiple-choice to a custom text field. The player may submit issues from now on, at the issues page.

750 million

The player will have the option of stating the leader of their nation as well as attributing the national motto to said-individual.

1 billion

The population size descriptor changes to 'massive'. The nation can receive the issue to create a custom-named national religion.

5 billion

The population size descriptor changes to 'colossal'.

10 billion

The population size descriptor changes to 'gargantuan'.


Dossier

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.


Settings

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 Linkview 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.


Analysis

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).


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Region

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:

  • World Factbook Entry;

  • Regional flag;

  • Dispatches;

  • Regional tags;

  • Embassies;

  • World Census Report;

  • Regional polls; and the

  • Regional Message Board (RMB)

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.


World Assembly

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)

  1. Patience is a godsend. Don't expect to march in some random region and have endorsements thrown at you. You need to prove your place.

  2. Get friendly with some of the other nations, people who you can count on to support your ascent to power.

  3. If they have one, find out about the current delegate. Is he well-liked? Does he listen to the nation's wishes? Does he abuse his power? Use this to your advantage...

  4. NationStates truly is a game of politics and roleplaying. To that end, feel free to blackmail and bribe your peers.

Councils, the World Assembly is divided into two entities; the General Assembly and the Security Council [3]:

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:

  1. Gather up support within your region. If it was proposed by someone, all the better!

  2. Spread the word on the forums. There is a section dedicated to the discussion of resolutions. You can make friends and get some critique on your law, which will let you make the edits necessary to give it an air of professionalism.

  3. Don't get too frustrated if your resolution doesn't make it to the voting floor. You can always try again.

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

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Influence Level

31

Zero

30

Unproven

29

Hatchling

28

Newcomer

27

Nipper

26

Minnow

25

Sprat

24

Shoeshiner

23

Page

22

Squire

21

Apprentice

20

Vassal

19

Truckler

18

Handshaker

17

Duckspeaker

16

Envoy

15

Diplomat

14

Ambassador

13

Auxiliary

12

Negotiator

11

Contender

10

Instigator

9

Dealmaker

8

Enforcer

7

Eminence Grise

6

Powerbroker

5

Power

4

Superpower

3

Dominator

2

Hegemony

1

Hermit


Roleplay

[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.

  • Work things out OOC: First piece of advice is fairly simple; you will find that when you start a roleplay with a nation you may have combat with, you will find that most of the time you will both have different technologies and ideas on how the roleplay will go. As such it’s important to work out any problems OOC before you start the RP. You can do this in MSN, telegram or even in a separate thread… if you don’t do this you may waste a lot of time arguing with the other nation over the power of your weapon, why they aren’t taking enough damage and so on.

  • Spelling, Grammar and Format: This is a quick addition, but basically if you want to be understood you should make it easier to read for everyone else. You should try and make sure that you’re spelling it reasonable, your grammar is ok and your format makes it easy for people to read. The best way to achieve this is to use a program like Win Word to spell check your post and maybe even point out some grammar problems.

  • Its freeform baby!: Yeah, I know I should have pointed this out earlier, but it goes without saying. You can RP anything you want and there is little anyone can do about it. Remember, while you can roleplay anything, you can also ignore anything. So while you can RP your nation being the best in the universe, everyone else can ignore such a claim and choose not to RP with you. That’s the beauty of freeform, and it’s the greatest frustration. This is why you should be reasonable.

  • Be descriptive: This isn’t really as important, but it makes the thread a whole lot better. The more description you put into it, the more interesting it is to read and the more you will enjoy the roleplay on the whole.

  • Have fun: It gets forgotten a lot of the time but Nationstates is just a game; albeit an addictive game which takes a lot of time and effort for some people. The important thing is to have fun; if you are not having fun then you should try something else. Tired of having wars with everyone? Chill out and try something else, make peace with those you fight or have a peace conference… that way you automatically have a character/diplomatic roleplay.

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.


BBCode

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 BBCode tags usually have a beginning and ending tag similar to HTML. BBCodes are usually indicated by the square brackets [ ] and contain a keyword within the [] tag, and the ending tags have the same keyword with a backslash ” / ” preceding the keyword. These BBCodes are parsed during the run-time to produce HTML or XHTML that can be understood by the browsers. It should be noted that players need to nest the tags properly as otherwise, it might not work.

[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.

Name

Validity

Code

Result

Bold

Everywhere

[b]Nation[/b]

Nation

Italic

Everywhere

[i]States[/i]

States

Underline

Everywhere

[u]online[/u]

online

Strike

Everywhere

[strike]game[/strike]

game

Background

Dispatches

[background=#0080FF]text highlight[/background]

text highlight

Background-block

Dispatches

[background-block=yellow]Block highlight[/background-block]

Block highlight

Size

Dispatches

[size=150]Guide[/size]

Guide

Font

Dispatches

[font=Newtimesroman]John Smith[/font]

John Smith

Nation

Everywhere

[nation]Amerion[/nation]
[nation=short]Amerion[/nation]
[nation=short+noflag]Amerion[/nation]
[nation=long]Amerion[/nation]

Amerion
Amerion
Amerion
The 😈 Admiral General 👿 of Amerion

Region

Everywhere

[region]the South Pacific[/region]

the South Pacific

WA proposal

Everywhere

[proposal=chester_pearson_1421530135]War Crimes Tribunal[/proposal]

War Crimes Tribunal

WA resolution

Everywhere

[resolution=GA#2]The Rights and Duties law[/resolution]

The Rights and Duties law

Spoiler

Everywhere

[spoiler]Hi[/spoiler]
[spoiler=Greetings]Hi[/spoiler]

Hi
Hi

Link

Dispatches & WFE

[url=http://maxbarry.com/]Max Barry[/url] created NationStates

LinkMax Barry created NationStates

Anchor

Dispatches

[anchor=A][/anchor]The anchor will be placed here

[url=/page=dispatch/id=444406#A]Anchor link[/url]

The anchor will be placed here

Anchor link

Image

Dispatches

[img]https://i.imgur.com/9h8jAdi.png?1[/img]

Quote

RMB & Dispatches

[quote=amerion;100000]Oppa Gangnam Style[/quote]

Amerion wrote:Oppa Gangnam Style

List

Everywhere

[list][*]Bullet
[*]List[/list]
[list=1][*]Number
[*]List[/list]
[list=a][*]Alphabetical
[*]List[/list]
[list=I][*]Roman
[*]Numerals
[*]List[list]

  • Bullet

  • List

  1. Number

  2. List

  1. Alphabetical

  2. List

  1. Roman

  2. Numerals

  3. List

    Unformatted text

    Everywhere

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

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

    Color

    Dispatches & WFE

    [color=red]Red text[/color]
    [color=#0431B4]Blue text[/color]

    Red text
    Blue text

    Alignment

    Dispatches

    [align=right]Right-aligned[/align]
    [center]Center-aligned[/center]
    [align=left]Left-aligned[/align]

    Right-aligned
    Center-aligned
    Left-aligned

    Indentation

    Dispatches

    [tab=10]This is an indent[/tab]

    This is an indent

    Horizontal Line

    Dispatches

    [hr]


    Box

    Dispatches

    [box]This is a box[/box]

    This is a box


    ||| WELCOME ||| BASICS ||| GAMEPLAY ||| ||| GLOSSARY ||| |||
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    Term

    Definition

    Ban

    An act which prevents a nation from entering a given region.

    Cease-To-Exist (CTE)

    The deletion of a nation after a period of inactivity lasting 28 days or 60 days if vacation mode is set. A nation can be 'refounded' by the owner by login.

    Eject

    An act of ejecting a nation from a region. This can be performed by the Founder (with cost to the nation) or by the Delegate (with an influence cost incurred on the Delegate). Nations who have been ejected will relocate involuntarily to The Rejected Realms.

    Feeders

    Regions that new nations are founded in. Sinkers include The Pacific, The North Pacific, The South Pacific, The West Pacific, and The East Pacific.

    Founder

    A nation who 'founded' the region and hence is the original inhabitant. The Founder, depending on access to the administration panel, has the power to ban, eject, banject nations, change tags, suppress RMB posts, change the flag, construct and close embassies, and change the World Factbook Entry.

    Sinkers

    Regions that nations returning to the game, or in the case of The Rejected Realms are ejected from a different region go to. Sinkers include Lazarus, Osiris, Balder, and The Rejected Realms.

    Out-of-Character (OOC)

    Post of this sort is used to convey messages unrelated to the roleplay, such as informing fellow players that you will be out of town for a week and therefore will not be online in NationStates.

    Puppets

    Nations created to be used secondary to the primary nation. Some players choose to use puppet nations as WA nations while others choose to use it to boost a region's population. Reasons vary and there is nothing wrong with creating puppets for one's purpose.

    Regional Message Board (RMB)

    A chat function visible in a region (scroll down the region's homepage). This aspect allows nations to communicate and displays their flag as well as allowing them to 'like' others' messages and quote them.

    Telegrams

    A private messaging system that acts as emails for NS.

    Warzones

    Regions which have no founder and cannot be refounded. In these regions, ejections/bannings do not incur an influence drain on the Delegate but can only last a limited amount of time. Warzones include Warzone Airspace, Warzone Africa, Warzone Europe, Warzone Asia, Warzone Australia, and Warzone Sandbox.

    World Assembly

    An institute of global governance in NationStates, similar to the United Nations in real-life.

    World Assembly Delegate

    A nation who possess the largest number of WA endorsements in the region, thereby allowing it to represent the region in the World Assembly.

    World Factbook Entry (WFE)

    World Factbook Entry is an area visible at the top of a region's homepage which describes the region, etc. Typically, it would state members of the region's governing entity, links to an offsite forum, etc.

    References

    [1] Testlandia, Euroslavia, and Goddess Relief Office contributed whole information towards sections regarding Bulletin Board Codes, Roleplay, and Issue Types, respectfully.

    [2] Exact figures may fluctuate over time as new nations are founded and existing nations are ceasing-to-exist.

    [3] This information on World Assembly Councils was sourced from Frequently Asked Questions.

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    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.

    Are there any rules?
    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?
    To be on our map you must be a resident for a minimum of 30 consecutive days. Joining the World Assembly will reduce this waiting period by 10 days, and joining our discord will reduce this waiting period by 5 days. 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.. *priority will be given to active nations, over nations that only show up to ask about the map*

    How do I make my population grow?
    The Population growth rate is determined by the game. At first it may seem slow, but the growth rate is about 1 billion in population every 6 months. That equates to about 5.4 million a day. It may not seem like it's growing fast at first, but it will reach these numbers.

    Where can I find the offsite forum?
    Our offsite forum has fallen out of use with the popularity of our Discord and the advancements made in game.

    I'm stuck in the lobby of the discord, what do I do?
    The Lobby is where new discord members are sent until they verify their nation. When you join our server the AugustinAndroid bot will send you a private message(DM or PM) with steps on how to verify your nation. You must follow those instructions. If you need assistance in getting verified please telegram Askerike.

    How do I become a regional Officer/Minister?
    Ministers are considered high ranking officials and are elected positions. We use an off site poll system that blocks multiple votes and detects VPN's so no cheating. The lower tier of regional offices such as Directors and Deputy Directors are appointed based on merit. What you do in the region is seen by everyone, active nations that are knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful are often approached for these positions. Being nominated by your peers for one of these lower offices is the best place to start.

    Some of my issues are confusing, how do I pick the correct one?
    There is a cheat sheet that gives the outcomes of all known issues.
    LinkIssues Cheat Sheet

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    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.

    Best Regards,
    Jesper Fridén - Chancellor of Vinslott

    The Eilífr Norrænir Keiserríke of Askerike

    I see we've been hit with the ole spam and run.

    The Free Land of Nordic Lands

    The Map has had several updates this weekend. If you were overlooked let us know.

    Nordic Lands Map Rules

    Part 1: Claiming Territory

    1. Nations must reside in Nordic Lands for 30 consecutive days before a land claim will be accepted.
    a) Joining the World Assembly will reduce this waiting period by 10 days
    b) Joining our discord will reduce this waiting period by 5 days.

    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:
    a) Nordic Lands News Roleplay (e.g. one nation RPs invading and the second nation RPs losing their territory rather than defending the border.) [PREFERRED BUT NOT ALWAYS REQUIRED]*
    b) Direct confirmation via TG or Discord from ALL nations involved (even if the agreement is done in a public forum such as the RMB, I require private confirmation as well). [REQUIRED]

    4. Claims cannot be unreasonably large.

    5. Should be a continuous landmass, unless any of the following apply:
    a) You are claiming an island chain.
    b) You are claiming a coastal area with nearby islands.
    c) You can explain (either RP in the NLN or through Factbooks) an in-character reason for being scattered.
    (For information on claiming other areas such as through colonization, see Part 2: Rules for Expanding Territory)

    Part 2: Expanding Territory
    Note: Rules 1 & 2 for Part 2 are the same as Rules 3 & 4 for Part 1

    1. Claims cannot encroach an active nation's territory without agreement between all nations involved, done by:
    a) Nordic Lands News Roleplay (e.g. one nation RPs invading and the second nation RPs losing their territory rather than defending the border.) [PREFERRED BUT NOT ALWAYS REQUIRED]*
    b) Direct confirmation via TG from all nations involved (even if the agreement is done in a public forum such as the RMB, I require private confirmation as well). [REQUIRED]

    2. Claims cannot be unreasonably large.

    Part 3: Losing Your Claimed Territory
    (Or, “I was only gone for three months, where's my land?”)

    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:
    a) A nation claims the crashed nation’s land, either by creating a protectorate, invading, or through other means, via the NLN. If the nation has been gone for 7 days (or 30, if a significant contributor to the region), a nation wishing to create a protectorate may TG me, and I will edit the map accordingly. Again, this is a situation where I will be much happier to grant your request if it is RP’d.
    b) The nation has been banned by a moderator but still retains a puppet within the region through which the nation wishes to remain active.

    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.

    Vaesland
    Royal Cartographer of Nordic Lands

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    The Republic of Ngocan

    Hello everyone! I am a reletively new player (joined NS and NL yesterday), and would like to state that I am glad to be in such a nice community!

    The Holy Empire of Santa Byzantina

    Grimlandia wrote:Sigh… I give up. You “win”…

    I never meant to compete with you, only point out that there were alternatives to your assertions

    I’ll let you believe what you believe…

    It’s good though that you do recognise that is only a game

    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).

    Latvia Order wrote:Hello! I am new in this region. Maybe in this region have who is from Latvia in real life?

    Welcome! We seem to have a few Estonians here and there (including myself), but I haven't been able to detect any Latvians yet.

    The Empire of SkynetTerminator

    Who here is composed of organic life? Just asking for alliance intel

    The Synergy of Whallhall

    Very interesting, and ultimately the right concept of our status, in this universe.
    Posting here, for those who don´t know of this text.

    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!

    The United States of Granadaa

    Hello!

    The Pervasive Malaise of Dismal Swamp

    Whallhall wrote:Very interesting, and ultimately the right concept of our status, in this universe.
    Posting here, for those who don´t know of this text.

    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

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