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  1. Paffnia

    10000 Emissary Updates

    10000 Islands Emissary Update Date: July 2018 Population: 1,185 (-75) Delegate Endorsements: 384 (-21) Forum: 10000islands.proboards.com The following is the Emissary Report for July 2018. Government As of this report's publication, the government of 10000 Islands consists of: ~ Chief Executive: Woonsocket ~ WA Delegate: Alkasia ~ Senator of Lyonnesse East: Dominion of Compassion ~ Senior Senator of Himes West: Siuts ~ Senator of Blue Canaria North: Kozmix ~ Senator of New Republica South: Jabberwocky ~ Minister of Immigration: Lethoica ~ Minister of Labor: Paffnia ~ Minister of Education: United Royal Islands Political News - Congratulations to Dominion of Compassion for winning the elections to the Seat for Lyonnesse East! Thank you to Flemingisa for their hard work. - Hearty congratulations to Siuts on winning his reelection into Himes West. Also congratulations to New Minerve, who has filled the office of Deputy Senator of Himes West after Jabberwocky became Senator of New Republica South. TITO Command As of the publication of this report, TITO command consists of: ~ Commander-in-Chief: Woonsocket ~ Tactical Officer: Kortexia ~ Tactical Officer: Kanta Hame ~ Tactical Officer: Aschente ~ Tactical Officer: Aersoldorf ~ EF Tactical Officer: Smugglers and Mercs ~ Executive Officer: Hakketomat Military News - Former Foreign Affairs Secretary The Peninsular was knighted. Hearty congratulations! - TITO Knight Sorya stepped down from their position as Tactical Officer, and the talented Aschente has taken their place. Congratulations! - A hearty welcome back to our friends Globexanter and GolgariSwarm in TITO, and a warm welcome to Sargon Reman to the force as well. - Thank you to The Order of the Grey Wardens for an amazing Defender Awards Ceremony. Congrats to Kuriko for the WASC Award, Kanta Hame for the Anake Award. Also, congrats to the organization, TITO, for the Eagles Disobey Award. *celebrations* Around the Islands - Sargon Reman was chosen the emissary to the region of India. I hope the new office finds you well! - Fantasy Football XKI is here, hosted by the Lou Chance Gambling. Come one, come all! - A landmark decision to open a new NSGP forum thread was passed this month by the Council of Nine. - Embassies were established with the region of Heart (our very own Alemputo brought this request forward) and with Conch Kingdom. An embassy with Carolingia was rejected by the Council. - Taco Island: ~ What do you say to interrupt a conversation? I chime in with some of these jewels. ~ The Taco Island Board of Directors has been presented with the following proposals. ~ The Taco Island Technical Support is back! August's Special Feature: The Answer to Life, Universe and Taco Island - The Mayor This month, we start a two part interview with the ever busy mayor of Taco Island, Ater Nox. His eternal majesty, Lord of the Taco and Cream Cheese filling, among other things, graciously offered some of his time to answer a few questions for us. Take a look: Kozmix: Thank you for your time. So, Mr. Mayor, what is it like, now that you have made it? What is the life of a Taco Island Mayor like? Ater Nox: First of all, let me point out that I didn't personally make 'it', the construction of 'it' was outsourced to independent contractors and so any damages or injuries caused by 'it' is in no way my fault. Secondly, my management of 'it' ensured the project came in only mostly over budget and behind schedule, ensuring Taco Islanders will not be pay quite as extensive an 'it' tax that they may have. You're all welcome. Finally, 'it' is very good, which is a reflection of my own skills, expertise and genius. The life of a Taco Island Mayor is very hard, and I can say that with a completely straight face. Every day I have to work incredibly long hours to send bribes, receive bribes, solicite bribes, ignore the requests of my constituents, blackmail Council of Nine members, institute unfair laws, transfer money from the treasury to my secret offshore accounts, ignore the demands of my constituents, slander my political opponents, spread rumours about people I don't like, laugh at poor people, donate official funds to my fake chairty, cover up my more heinous crimes and that's just on one of the quieter days. I know it must be hard for you to imagine, but some days I even need to get out of bed before noon in service of Taco Island. I truly am a man of the people after all. Kozmix: That sounds like a lot of busy work, Mr. Mayor. So, tell us more about Taco Island, and how Mayor Ater Nox, the first of his name, has been different from the mayors before you? Ater Nox: Well Taco Island has a long and complicated past, going all the way back to ancient times when it was lead by great and mighty Pharaoh's. After many long years of war and destruction, society was brought into some semblance of order under the first and very wise Mayor of Taco Island. Since then, the Mayors of Taco Island have ensured it leads the way in economic development, and thanks to our record breaking spam production, we are quite possibly the greatest island in all NationStates. Now, am I going to claim to be the Greatest Mayor of Taco Island of all time? No, not explicitly. But I'm not saying I'm not the best, and I'm certainly not saying that I'm not not the worst. Kozmix: What has been your favorite thread thus far? Ater Nox: Which thread is my favourite? That's a hard question, I've made so many amazing threads. I mean, at the end of the day, what makes one work of art better than another? Of course, some pieces truly transcend the bounds of mortal art, threads such as d, The Schnitel thread, The SS Ator Boltor and my mansion all come to mind of course. Kozmix: Do you believe that Taco Island is open to all? Ater Nox: Of course, Taco Island is open to all. Assuming of course they have filed the proper paperwork, paid the appropriate fees and bribes, pay their taxes on time and don't try and bring any sembalance of sanity with them. This made me question a lot about who I am as a person, and therefore the conversation had to be stopped here for now. We resume it in due course. Written by Kozmix
  2. Paffnia

    10000 Emissary Updates

    10000 Islands Emissary Update Date: June 2018 Population: 1,260 (-49) Delegate Endorsements: 405 (-5) Forum: 10000islands.proboards.com The following is the Emissary Report for June 2018. Government As of this report's publication, the government of 10000 Islands consists of: ~ Chief Executive: Woonsocket ~ WA Delegate: Alkasia ~ Senator of Lyonesse East: Flemingisa ~ Senior Senator of Himes West: Siuts ~ Senator of Blue Canaria North: Kozmix ~ Senator of New Republica South: Jabberwocky ~ Minister of Immigration: Lethoica ~ Minister of Labor: Paffnia ~ Minister of Education: United Royal Islands Political News - Numerous changes in laws and continuing discussion of a few reforms were the highlight of this month. - An embassy request from Elparia has been rejected. TITO Command As of the publication of this report, TITO command consists of: ~ Commander-in-Chief: Woonsocket ~ Tactical Officer: Kortexia ~ Tactical Officer: Kanta Hame ~ Tactical Officer: Sorya ~ Tactical Officer: Aersoldorf ~ EF Tactical Officer: Smugglers and Mercs ~ Executive Officer: Hakketomat Military News - A modest Knight's day was celebrated where fallen Knights of days past were remembered for their service. Around the Islands - Aersoldorf won the prestigious Poet Laureate Competition this month, making this their thirteenth overall victory. Congratulations, sir! - The emissary to India has recently retired, so a new one will be appointed shortly! - Taco Island: ~ WW61: The Millenial Mafia is now live and popular! ~ A new board of directors was named for Taco Island to care for its well being. As you can see, it is going great. ~ Are you brave enough? June's Special Feature: The Poet Laureate's Poem for June 2018 Aersoldorf won the poet laureate competition this month, making this his 13th time holding the title. He graciously allowed me to use this poem as this month's special feature, so that our friends in various parts of the NS world can enjoy this delightful and wonderful poem. So, without further ado, this was their entry for the competition this month, with the theme "Flowers". The Flower of My Youth A forest filled with leafless trees, Beneath a sky of lead. Still sentinels surrounding me, My Muse, my Love, is dead. Their frozen fingers, rimed with ice, Claw at, and chill, my soul, Where once did beat a love-warmed heart, They probe a gaping hole. The Flower of my youth is gone, In Winter's grip I'm held, The songs of Joy, once everywhere, Have had their voices quelled. Ye offspring of the meadows, that Of sun, and rain, are born, Art hideous beside my bloom, So bow your heads and mourn. You, Gold of Kinabalu, are Most dear, in price, to own, And yet, a fortune meet her worth, No man has ever known The Udumbara, legend holds, Three thousand years 'tween blooms, My Muse, each day, more lovely grows, A fairer form assumes. O Middlemist camellia, Quite rare, but two exist, Yet common, thou, compared to her, Unique in Time's deep mist. Though trapped within an icy hell, To Hope I firmly cling, And pray each day that, come what may, She'll bloom again, come Spring Report Written by Kozmix
  3. Paffnia

    10KI News

    10000 Islands Emissary Update Date: July 2018 Population: 1,185 (-75) Delegate Endorsements: 384 (-21) Forum: 10000islands.proboards.com The following is the Emissary Report for July 2018. Government As of this report's publication, the government of 10000 Islands consists of: ~ Chief Executive: Woonsocket ~ WA Delegate: Alkasia ~ Senator of Lyonnesse East: Dominion of Compassion ~ Senior Senator of Himes West: Siuts ~ Senator of Blue Canaria North: Kozmix ~ Senator of New Republica South: Jabberwocky ~ Minister of Immigration: Lethoica ~ Minister of Labor: Paffnia ~ Minister of Education: United Royal Islands Political News - Congratulations to Dominion of Compassion for winning the elections to the Seat for Lyonnesse East! Thank you to Flemingisa for their hard work. - Hearty congratulations to Siuts on winning his reelection into Himes West. Also congratulations to New Minerve, who has filled the office of Deputy Senator of Himes West after Jabberwocky became Senator of New Republica South. TITO Command As of the publication of this report, TITO command consists of: ~ Commander-in-Chief: Woonsocket ~ Tactical Officer: Kortexia ~ Tactical Officer: Kanta Hame ~ Tactical Officer: Aschente ~ Tactical Officer: Aersoldorf ~ EF Tactical Officer: Smugglers and Mercs ~ Executive Officer: Hakketomat Military News - Former Foreign Affairs Secretary The Peninsular was knighted. Hearty congratulations! - TITO Knight Sorya stepped down from their position as Tactical Officer, and the talented Aschente has taken their place. Congratulations! - A hearty welcome back to our friends Globexanter and GolgariSwarm in TITO, and a warm welcome to Sargon Reman to the force as well. - Thank you to The Order of the Grey Wardens for an amazing Defender Awards Ceremony. Congrats to Kuriko for the WASC Award, Kanta Hame for the Anake Award. Also, congrats to the organization, TITO, for the Eagles Disobey Award. *celebrations* Around the Islands - Sargon Reman was chosen the emissary to the region of India. I hope the new office finds you well! - Fantasy Football XKI is here, hosted by the Lou Chance Gambling. Come one, come all! - A landmark decision to open a new NSGP forum thread was passed this month by the Council of Nine. - Embassies were established with the region of Heart (our very own Alemputo brought this request forward) and with Conch Kingdom. An embassy with Carolingia was rejected by the Council. - Taco Island: ~ What do you say to interrupt a conversation? I chime in with some of these jewels. ~ The Taco Island Board of Directors has been presented with the following proposals. ~ The Taco Island Technical Support is back! August's Special Feature: The Answer to Life, Universe and Taco Island - The Mayor This month, we start a two part interview with the ever busy mayor of Taco Island, Ater Nox. His eternal majesty, Lord of the Taco and Cream Cheese filling, among other things, graciously offered some of his time to answer a few questions for us. Take a look: Kozmix: Thank you for your time. So, Mr. Mayor, what is it like, now that you have made it? What is the life of a Taco Island Mayor like? Ater Nox: First of all, let me point out that I didn't personally make 'it', the construction of 'it' was outsourced to independent contractors and so any damages or injuries caused by 'it' is in no way my fault. Secondly, my management of 'it' ensured the project came in only mostly over budget and behind schedule, ensuring Taco Islanders will not be pay quite as extensive an 'it' tax that they may have. You're all welcome. Finally, 'it' is very good, which is a reflection of my own skills, expertise and genius. The life of a Taco Island Mayor is very hard, and I can say that with a completely straight face. Every day I have to work incredibly long hours to send bribes, receive bribes, solicite bribes, ignore the requests of my constituents, blackmail Council of Nine members, institute unfair laws, transfer money from the treasury to my secret offshore accounts, ignore the demands of my constituents, slander my political opponents, spread rumours about people I don't like, laugh at poor people, donate official funds to my fake chairty, cover up my more heinous crimes and that's just on one of the quieter days. I know it must be hard for you to imagine, but some days I even need to get out of bed before noon in service of Taco Island. I truly am a man of the people after all. Kozmix: That sounds like a lot of busy work, Mr. Mayor. So, tell us more about Taco Island, and how Mayor Ater Nox, the first of his name, has been different from the mayors before you? Ater Nox: Well Taco Island has a long and complicated past, going all the way back to ancient times when it was lead by great and mighty Pharaoh's. After many long years of war and destruction, society was brought into some semblance of order under the first and very wise Mayor of Taco Island. Since then, the Mayors of Taco Island have ensured it leads the way in economic development, and thanks to our record breaking spam production, we are quite possibly the greatest island in all NationStates. Now, am I going to claim to be the Greatest Mayor of Taco Island of all time? No, not explicitly. But I'm not saying I'm not the best, and I'm certainly not saying that I'm not not the worst. Kozmix: What has been your favorite thread thus far? Ater Nox: Which thread is my favourite? That's a hard question, I've made so many amazing threads. I mean, at the end of the day, what makes one work of art better than another? Of course, some pieces truly transcend the bounds of mortal art, threads such as d, The Schnitel thread, The SS Ator Boltor and my mansion all come to mind of course. Kozmix: Do you believe that Taco Island is open to all? Ater Nox: Of course, Taco Island is open to all. Assuming of course they have filed the proper paperwork, paid the appropriate fees and bribes, pay their taxes on time and don't try and bring any sembalance of sanity with them. This made me question a lot about who I am as a person, and therefore the conversation had to be stopped here for now. We resume it in due course. Written by Kozmix
  4. Paffnia

    10KI News

    10000 Islands Emissary Update Date: June 2018 Population: 1,260 (-49) Delegate Endorsements: 405 (-5) Forum: 10000islands.proboards.com The following is the Emissary Report for June 2018. Government As of this report's publication, the government of 10000 Islands consists of: ~ Chief Executive: Woonsocket ~ WA Delegate: Alkasia ~ Senator of Lyonesse East: Flemingisa ~ Senior Senator of Himes West: Siuts ~ Senator of Blue Canaria North: Kozmix ~ Senator of New Republica South: Jabberwocky ~ Minister of Immigration: Lethoica ~ Minister of Labor: Paffnia ~ Minister of Education: United Royal Islands Political News - Numerous changes in laws and continuing discussion of a few reforms were the highlight of this month. - An embassy request from Elparia has been rejected. TITO Command As of the publication of this report, TITO command consists of: ~ Commander-in-Chief: Woonsocket ~ Tactical Officer: Kortexia ~ Tactical Officer: Kanta Hame ~ Tactical Officer: Sorya ~ Tactical Officer: Aersoldorf ~ EF Tactical Officer: Smugglers and Mercs ~ Executive Officer: Hakketomat Military News - A modest Knight's day was celebrated where fallen Knights of days past were remembered for their service. Around the Islands - Aersoldorf won the prestigious Poet Laureate Competition this month, making this their thirteenth overall victory. Congratulations, sir! - The emissary to India has recently retired, so a new one will be appointed shortly! - Taco Island: ~ WW61: The Millenial Mafia is now live and popular! ~ A new board of directors was named for Taco Island to care for its well being. As you can see, it is going great. ~ Are you brave enough? June's Special Feature: The Poet Laureate's Poem for June 2018 Aersoldorf won the poet laureate competition this month, making this his 13th time holding the title. He graciously allowed me to use this poem as this month's special feature, so that our friends in various parts of the NS world can enjoy this delightful and wonderful poem. So, without further ado, this was their entry for the competition this month, with the theme "Flowers". The Flower of My Youth A forest filled with leafless trees, Beneath a sky of lead. Still sentinels surrounding me, My Muse, my Love, is dead. Their frozen fingers, rimed with ice, Claw at, and chill, my soul, Where once did beat a love-warmed heart, They probe a gaping hole. The Flower of my youth is gone, In Winter's grip I'm held, The songs of Joy, once everywhere, Have had their voices quelled. Ye offspring of the meadows, that Of sun, and rain, are born, Art hideous beside my bloom, So bow your heads and mourn. You, Gold of Kinabalu, are Most dear, in price, to own, And yet, a fortune meet her worth, No man has ever known The Udumbara, legend holds, Three thousand years 'tween blooms, My Muse, each day, more lovely grows, A fairer form assumes. O Middlemist camellia, Quite rare, but two exist, Yet common, thou, compared to her, Unique in Time's deep mist. Though trapped within an icy hell, To Hope I firmly cling, And pray each day that, come what may, She'll bloom again, come Spring Report Written by Kozmix
  5. Paffnia

    Thembria is cutest election thingy!

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  6. Paffnia

    10000 Emissary Updates

    10000 Islands Emissary Update Date: May 2018 Population: 1309 (- 11) Delegate Endorsements: 410 (+ 42) Forum: 10000islands.proboards.com The following is the Emissary Report for May 2018. Government As of this report's publication, the government of 10000 Islands consists of: ~ Chief Executive: Woonsocket ~ WA Delegate: Alkasia ~ Senior Senator of Lyonesse East: Flemingisa ~ Senator of Himes West: Siuts ~ Senator of Blue Canaria North: Kozmix ~ Senator of New Republica South: Jabberwocky ~ Minister of Immigration: Lethoica ~ Minister of Labor: Paffnia ~ Minister of Education: United Royal Islands Political News - Jabberwocky was elected as the Senator for New Republica South, after an intense election for the position. Congratulations! Also, thank you for your service, Ater Nox. - Kozmix was re-elected as the Senator of Blue Canaria North. Congratulations! - Tuga Nation's Dragon resigned as the Minister of Immigration, after a year of hard work and dedicated recruiting. Thank you for your service! - Lethoica was nominated as the new Minister of Immigration. Congratulations! TITO Command As of the publication of this report, TITO command consists of: ~ Commander-in-Chief: Woonsocket ~ Tactical Officer: Kortexia ~ Tactical Officer: Kanta Hame ~ Tactical Officer: Sorya ~ Tactical Officer: Aersoldorf ~ EF Tactical Officer: Smugglers and Mercs ~ Executive Officer: Hakketomat Military News - Four nations were honored with promotions including our respected executive officer, Hakketomat, and Knights 104 Banbury Road, Louisistan and Ater Nox. - TITO Day 2018 (8th May) was celebrated with furor and festivity. Many badges and pins were awarded, along with Kanta Hame being awarded the prestigious Anime Daisuki Cross. Congratulations! Around the Islands - Shy Guy was chosen as the emissary to The Order of the Grey Wardens, after Sorya stepped down from the position. Thank you for your work, Sorya, and congratulations to Shy Guy. - Kozmix has been chosen the emissary to Capitalist Paradise after Siuts stepped down. Congratulations! - A 1,000,000 taco raffle is underway, and we urge all our diplomats to buy their tickets (2000 tacos per ticket only) for a chance to win BIG!!! - The Mad Surfer was recently granted their own board for writing and developing their newspaper. - Major wage reform thanks to Paffnia has helped hard working Islanders get the pay they deserve, on time, every time. - Taco Island: ~ BREAKING NEWS IN TACO ISLAND brought to you by Lethoica, the rumor mill scandal master. ~ Interviews are ongoing for the Taco Island Accounting Firm's Manager. If you have what it takes, go on and apply today! ~ The Hurricane has a story to tell! It is very believable. ~ Sign up for WW 61- The Millennial Mafia hosted by Kozmix. ~ Find the latest release of the Mad Surfer here. May's Special Feature: The WA Delegate The World Assembly Delegate of XKI is the most powerful elected office in the Region, and is the spearhead of internal, foreign and World Assembly affairs in the region. We sat with Alkasia, a Delegate with a decent outreach, and examined his office a little, to see what was their take on XKI's life is. Kozmix: Thank you for agreeing to take time off your busy schedule, Alk! Alkasia: No worries! Kozmix: My first question to you would be this: What makes the position of a WA Delegate special in XKI? What makes it that coveted office, which only 32 nations have held in the last 15 years of our region's existence? Alkasia: The position of WA Delegate in our region goes far beyond the simple voting on resolutions and garnering endorsements. It is a position of power where one can make real and lasting change to the region. The Delegate has far-reaching powers on foreign affairs and can shape it how they wish. Their impact is seen across the region, from the embassy board to the interregional community. In comparison, Senators have much more focused powers in certain aspects of the region. I believe many see it to be a stepping stone, an introduction to the administration of the region and the Council itself that they can use to further prospects as a Minister or Delegate. That being said, Senators are critical to the function of our region and being one is great experience to have. Essentially, the Delegate is the face of 10000 Islands interregionally and, to an extent, domestically. Their image reflects on the region as a whole and they have the potential to make more executive and impactful decisions on their own, while also getting larger ideas through the Council. Kozmix: That is fair. The Delegates of 10000 Islands have all been involved members of this region, whether it be militarily, on the diplomatic front, or in regional affairs. Which leads me directly to my next question: Does maintaining this balance feel pressuring at times? What factors do you take into account when faced with critical decisions, such as embassy requests and the like? Alkasia: 10000 Islands always comes first in my decisions. I represent the region and its people and they will always be what matters most in my thought process. That being said, I also want to do my best to make sure that things like embassy requests and other interregional decisions have mutual benefit for both XKI and the other respective regions. I take no pride in one-sided decisions that only benefit XKI at the expense of friends or allies. I want the choices I make to go beyond just benefitting our region and make a positive impact on others. Specifically with embassy requests, we can look at the recent declination of an embassy with Enadia. It was my personal opinion that a formal friendship with the region would not presently benefit XKI due to their recent controversial actions. But I want to view that denial not as a simple rejection but as encouragement for the region to do better and fix the issues that have caused backlash from the community. If they were to remedy these things, I would be much more open to supporting an embassy with them. It is my overall desire to improve both regions with the establishment of diplomatic relations, whether it be through an initial denial or an acceptance. Kozmix: A positive message from a seemingly negative outcome. That is a beautiful message. And speaking of messages, you must receive multiple telegrams from resolution authors and WA campaigners. What is your criteria for approving a WA proposal. Has it ever been that you approved a proposal but voted against it? Alkasia: To be entirely honest, I haven't approved many WA proposals. The General Assembly is something that I still don't consider myself well-versed in, so approving those on my own is a bit tougher. A really persuasive campaign telegram could sway me though. However, when an Islander asks me to approve a proposal I always oblige unless it is clearly contrary to the region's interests. Even if the proposal is destined not to reach quorum, it is that Islander's desire for it to do so. For Security Council proposals, it's a bit easier. In cut-and-dry liberation proposals like Liberate The Monarchist Entente, that's an instant approval from me. Commendations/Condemnations I use my own judgement on. And yes, I have had to vote against certain things I've approved in the past. When an Islander asks me to approve something that makes it to quorum, but the vote of the Islands goes contrary to the wishes of that Islander, I will have to vote against it. Kozmix: That's quite reasonable and the fact that you look out for the Islanders' opinions on WA proposals in vote is truly commendable. Let's move on. I myself haven't been around for very long, but in that time, XKI seems to have shifted its stance on certain foreign policy aspects. Is my observation correct? Is this something that you believe is for the better? Alkasia: I would say at the core our foreign policy remains as strong as ever. But the direction has shifted some and I do think it's been for the better. My foreign policy goal is essentially to bring the region closer to the rest of the community, as I believe we've become a bit separate from them. We've been rather slow to transition to new customs and while other regions have become more interconnected, ours remains somewhat removed. My hope is to speed us up a bit and get us back into connection with the rest of the world. Kozmix: If I was to raise a particular aspect of this specifically, that being Culture and RP, what is your opinion on the multiple NS wide events? Would you like to participate, spectate and allow the same for other Islanders? Alkasia: It would of course have to depend on who's hosting and what the event entails. I can't see XKI participating in something like RaiderCon 😂. But yes, I would like XKI to participate in more interregional events. The feeders and some other regions tend to organize a lot of festivals and those always turn out to be pretty fun. Getting more involved in that is something I'm looking into and I hope to co-host a festival with friendly region(s) in the near future. Kozmix: My last question to you: Is there anything you would like to tell our respected embassy regions? Alkasia: Most importantly, thank you for your continued friendship. Whether you're a region that just had an embassy established or one that's been alongside us for years, your camaraderie is always greatly appreciated. Secondly, my inbox is always open. If you wish to organize an interregional event, discuss other things of importance, or even just want to chat, you can contact me by telegram, personal message on the XKI forums, or on Discord (Alk#0216). I look forward to developing relations further and bringing 10000 Islands closer to the interregional community and especially closer with all of you. Important Links: Alkasia on NS Alkasia on Proboards Alk#0216 on Discord Written by Kozmix
  7. Paffnia

    10KI News

    10000 Islands Emissary Update Date: May 2018 Population: 1309 (- 11) Delegate Endorsements: 410 (+ 42) Forum: 10000islands.proboards.com The following is the Emissary Report for May 2018. Government As of this report's publication, the government of 10000 Islands consists of: ~ Chief Executive: Woonsocket ~ WA Delegate: Alkasia ~ Senior Senator of Lyonesse East: Flemingisa ~ Senator of Himes West: Siuts ~ Senator of Blue Canaria North: Kozmix ~ Senator of New Republica South: Jabberwocky ~ Minister of Immigration: Lethoica ~ Minister of Labor: Paffnia ~ Minister of Education: United Royal Islands Political News - Jabberwocky was elected as the Senator for New Republica South, after an intense election for the position. Congratulations! Also, thank you for your service, Ater Nox. - Kozmix was re-elected as the Senator of Blue Canaria North. Congratulations! - Tuga Nation's Dragon resigned as the Minister of Immigration, after a year of hard work and dedicated recruiting. Thank you for your service! - Lethoica was nominated as the new Minister of Immigration. Congratulations! TITO Command As of the publication of this report, TITO command consists of: ~ Commander-in-Chief: Woonsocket ~ Tactical Officer: Kortexia ~ Tactical Officer: Kanta Hame ~ Tactical Officer: Sorya ~ Tactical Officer: Aersoldorf ~ EF Tactical Officer: Smugglers and Mercs ~ Executive Officer: Hakketomat Military News - Four nations were honored with promotions including our respected executive officer, Hakketomat, and Knights 104 Banbury Road, Louisistan and Ater Nox. - TITO Day 2018 (8th May) was celebrated with furor and festivity. Many badges and pins were awarded, along with Kanta Hame being awarded the prestigious Anime Daisuki Cross. Congratulations! Around the Islands - Shy Guy was chosen as the emissary to The Order of the Grey Wardens, after Sorya stepped down from the position. Thank you for your work, Sorya, and congratulations to Shy Guy. - Kozmix has been chosen the emissary to Capitalist Paradise after Siuts stepped down. Congratulations! - A 1,000,000 taco raffle is underway, and we urge all our diplomats to buy their tickets (2000 tacos per ticket only) for a chance to win BIG!!! - The Mad Surfer was recently granted their own board for writing and developing their newspaper. - Major wage reform thanks to Paffnia has helped hard working Islanders get the pay they deserve, on time, every time. - Taco Island: ~ BREAKING NEWS IN TACO ISLAND brought to you by Lethoica, the rumor mill scandal master. ~ Interviews are ongoing for the Taco Island Accounting Firm's Manager. If you have what it takes, go on and apply today! ~ The Hurricane has a story to tell! It is very believable. ~ Sign up for WW 61- The Millennial Mafia hosted by Kozmix. ~ Find the latest release of the Mad Surfer here. May's Special Feature: The WA Delegate The World Assembly Delegate of XKI is the most powerful elected office in the Region, and is the spearhead of internal, foreign and World Assembly affairs in the region. We sat with Alkasia, a Delegate with a decent outreach, and examined his office a little, to see what was their take on XKI's life is. Kozmix: Thank you for agreeing to take time off your busy schedule, Alk! Alkasia: No worries! Kozmix: My first question to you would be this: What makes the position of a WA Delegate special in XKI? What makes it that coveted office, which only 32 nations have held in the last 15 years of our region's existence? Alkasia: The position of WA Delegate in our region goes far beyond the simple voting on resolutions and garnering endorsements. It is a position of power where one can make real and lasting change to the region. The Delegate has far-reaching powers on foreign affairs and can shape it how they wish. Their impact is seen across the region, from the embassy board to the interregional community. In comparison, Senators have much more focused powers in certain aspects of the region. I believe many see it to be a stepping stone, an introduction to the administration of the region and the Council itself that they can use to further prospects as a Minister or Delegate. That being said, Senators are critical to the function of our region and being one is great experience to have. Essentially, the Delegate is the face of 10000 Islands interregionally and, to an extent, domestically. Their image reflects on the region as a whole and they have the potential to make more executive and impactful decisions on their own, while also getting larger ideas through the Council. Kozmix: That is fair. The Delegates of 10000 Islands have all been involved members of this region, whether it be militarily, on the diplomatic front, or in regional affairs. Which leads me directly to my next question: Does maintaining this balance feel pressuring at times? What factors do you take into account when faced with critical decisions, such as embassy requests and the like? Alkasia: 10000 Islands always comes first in my decisions. I represent the region and its people and they will always be what matters most in my thought process. That being said, I also want to do my best to make sure that things like embassy requests and other interregional decisions have mutual benefit for both XKI and the other respective regions. I take no pride in one-sided decisions that only benefit XKI at the expense of friends or allies. I want the choices I make to go beyond just benefitting our region and make a positive impact on others. Specifically with embassy requests, we can look at the recent declination of an embassy with Enadia. It was my personal opinion that a formal friendship with the region would not presently benefit XKI due to their recent controversial actions. But I want to view that denial not as a simple rejection but as encouragement for the region to do better and fix the issues that have caused backlash from the community. If they were to remedy these things, I would be much more open to supporting an embassy with them. It is my overall desire to improve both regions with the establishment of diplomatic relations, whether it be through an initial denial or an acceptance. Kozmix: A positive message from a seemingly negative outcome. That is a beautiful message. And speaking of messages, you must receive multiple telegrams from resolution authors and WA campaigners. What is your criteria for approving a WA proposal. Has it ever been that you approved a proposal but voted against it? Alkasia: To be entirely honest, I haven't approved many WA proposals. The General Assembly is something that I still don't consider myself well-versed in, so approving those on my own is a bit tougher. A really persuasive campaign telegram could sway me though. However, when an Islander asks me to approve a proposal I always oblige unless it is clearly contrary to the region's interests. Even if the proposal is destined not to reach quorum, it is that Islander's desire for it to do so. For Security Council proposals, it's a bit easier. In cut-and-dry liberation proposals like Liberate The Monarchist Entente, that's an instant approval from me. Commendations/Condemnations I use my own judgement on. And yes, I have had to vote against certain things I've approved in the past. When an Islander asks me to approve something that makes it to quorum, but the vote of the Islands goes contrary to the wishes of that Islander, I will have to vote against it. Kozmix: That's quite reasonable and the fact that you look out for the Islanders' opinions on WA proposals in vote is truly commendable. Let's move on. I myself haven't been around for very long, but in that time, XKI seems to have shifted its stance on certain foreign policy aspects. Is my observation correct? Is this something that you believe is for the better? Alkasia: I would say at the core our foreign policy remains as strong as ever. But the direction has shifted some and I do think it's been for the better. My foreign policy goal is essentially to bring the region closer to the rest of the community, as I believe we've become a bit separate from them. We've been rather slow to transition to new customs and while other regions have become more interconnected, ours remains somewhat removed. My hope is to speed us up a bit and get us back into connection with the rest of the world. Kozmix: If I was to raise a particular aspect of this specifically, that being Culture and RP, what is your opinion on the multiple NS wide events? Would you like to participate, spectate and allow the same for other Islanders? Alkasia: It would of course have to depend on who's hosting and what the event entails. I can't see XKI participating in something like RaiderCon 😂. But yes, I would like XKI to participate in more interregional events. The feeders and some other regions tend to organize a lot of festivals and those always turn out to be pretty fun. Getting more involved in that is something I'm looking into and I hope to co-host a festival with friendly region(s) in the near future. Kozmix: My last question to you: Is there anything you would like to tell our respected embassy regions? Alkasia: Most importantly, thank you for your continued friendship. Whether you're a region that just had an embassy established or one that's been alongside us for years, your camaraderie is always greatly appreciated. Secondly, my inbox is always open. If you wish to organize an interregional event, discuss other things of importance, or even just want to chat, you can contact me by telegram, personal message on the XKI forums, or on Discord (Alk#0216). I look forward to developing relations further and bringing 10000 Islands closer to the interregional community and especially closer with all of you. Important Links: Alkasia on NS Alkasia on Proboards Alk#0216 on Discord Written by Kozmix
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    Miscellaneous Stuff from the 10000 Islands

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    Miscellaneous Stuff from the 10000 Islands

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    10000 Emissary Updates

    10000 Islands Emissary Update Date: April 2018 Population: 1,320 (+56) Delegate Endorsements: 368 (+145) Forum: 10000islands.proboards.com The following is the Emissary Report for April 2018. Government As of this report's publication, the government of 10000 Islands consists of: ~ Chief Executive: Woonsocket ~ WA Delegate: Alkasia ~ Senior Senator of Lyonesse East: Flemingisa ~ Senator of Himes West: Siuts ~ Senator of Blue Canaria North: Kozmix ~ Senator of New Republica South: Ater Nox ~ Minister of Immigration: Tuga Nation's Dragon ~ Minister of Labor: Paffnia ~ Minister of Education: United Royal Islands Political News - Finswedeway was chosen as the Deputy Senator of Lyonesse East this month. Congratulations! - Embassy Requests from the New Mappers Union and Londinium were not accepted. TITO Command As of the publication of this report, TITO command consists of: ~ Commander-in-Chief: Woonsocket ~ Tactical Officer: Kortexia ~ Tactical Officer: Kanta Hame ~ Tactical Officer: Sorya ~ Tactical Officer: Aersoldorf ~ EF Tactical Officer: Smugglers and Mercs ~ Executive Officer: Hakketomat Military News - Aersoldorf was made a new Tactical Officer. A salute to you, sir! - Two old friends of different eras have come back to XKI and TITO. Tsim Sha Tsui and Lenlyvit, welcome back to you both. Around the Islands - Lethoica, Jabberwocky and Kozmix were appointed as the emissaries to the regions, Philippines, LCRUA and Renegade Islands Alliance respectively. - Long time Texas ambassador Free Guns for All (Gunny) resigned this month, and Foreign Affairs Secretary, The Peninsular, has been given the honor. Thank you for your work, Gunny! - Markanite, 3 time WA Delegate and long time Minister of Education was awarded the prestigious Heart of Island Award for their numerous contributions. - Jabberwocky was awarded the first Rookie of Quarter of this year for his contributions. Congratulations! - An XKI Mincraft Server is being developed by Islanders Flemingisa and Aschente - Taco Island: ~ WW60: Quantum Werewolves is now live and popular! The betting thread for the same is open here - 5 AM has been declared illegal in Taco Island!? - Taco Island has purchased Karl's Burger - Taco Island on the dark side of the force!? Find out here April's Special Feature: XKI University XKI University is an embodiment of culture, studies and debate. It's lively halls have, since the recent renovations, been buzzing with activity. The new Dean, Flemingisa, has been at the helm of quite a few changes himself, bringing in the brand new XKI University Discord! With this and some new classes and other major plans, we decided to get an inside scoop on the best parts, the idea and understanding, and the changes to come to this august body of knowledge and skill. Kozmix: So, firstly, what is the University to you, Flem? Flemingisa: To me the University is a pinnacle of higher learning that is a bright light not only to 10000 Islands, but to NS as a whole. It is a shining beacon of culture to 10000 Islands. Kozmix: I see. How has the University played that role so far? And how has it changed over the years? Flemingisa: When I started playing NS the university was more a people run organization I feel. People chose when they wanted to teach classes and what curriculum they taught. It was popular amongst islanders but relatively unheard of outside of it. It went through a decline in recent years but I am pleased to see activity starting to rise again. Kozmix: I see... And do you know how the University started? What was the inspiration behind such an idea? Flemingisa: The University was initially established as back in NS Year 41, as a forum for distribution of lectures and the like. It was suspended in the NS Year 107, but was reinstated in the NS Year 125. Then on, the University has been flourishing and developing. There have been multiple language classes, among other subjects. Kozmix: So, last question, what new changes can we expect in the University in the time to come? And their relations with other regional universities? Flemingisa: Well you can expect to see more classes being offered by a wide variety of teachers. More emphasis will be placed on clubs and activities to make people feel engaged with the university as well. I also would like to hire people on a permanent basis to be teachers and have a specific class they teach. Kozmix: Alright thank you so much, Flem, it's been a wonderful and enlightening talk! Some important links: XKI University XKI University Discord Server Attention all foreign dignitaries The list provided here will provide you with an easy way to see who your counterpart is from 10000 Islands. The nations listed mentioned in the thread above act as the representative from our region to yours, so in case you need to know who to contact other than the XKI Delegate, you can just check this list! Written by Kozmix
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    10KI News

    10000 Islands Emissary Update Date: April 2018 Population: 1,320 (+56) Delegate Endorsements: 368 (+145) Forum: 10000islands.proboards.com The following is the Emissary Report for April 2018. Government As of this report's publication, the government of 10000 Islands consists of: ~ Chief Executive: Woonsocket ~ WA Delegate: Alkasia ~ Senior Senator of Lyonesse East: Flemingisa ~ Senator of Himes West: Siuts ~ Senator of Blue Canaria North: Kozmix ~ Senator of New Republica South: Ater Nox ~ Minister of Immigration: Tuga Nation's Dragon ~ Minister of Labor: Paffnia ~ Minister of Education: United Royal Islands Political News - Finswedeway was chosen as the Deputy Senator of Lyonesse East this month. Congratulations! - Embassy Requests from the New Mappers Union and Londinium were not accepted. TITO Command As of the publication of this report, TITO command consists of: ~ Commander-in-Chief: Woonsocket ~ Tactical Officer: Kortexia ~ Tactical Officer: Kanta Hame ~ Tactical Officer: Sorya ~ Tactical Officer: Aersoldorf ~ EF Tactical Officer: Smugglers and Mercs ~ Executive Officer: Hakketomat Military News - Aersoldorf was made a new Tactical Officer. A salute to you, sir! - Two old friends of different eras have come back to XKI and TITO. Tsim Sha Tsui and Lenlyvit, welcome back to you both. Around the Islands - Lethoica, Jabberwocky and Kozmix were appointed as the emissaries to the regions, Philippines, LCRUA and Renegade Islands Alliance respectively. - Long time Texas ambassador Free Guns for All (Gunny) resigned this month, and Foreign Affairs Secretary, The Peninsular, has been given the honor. Thank you for your work, Gunny! - Markanite, 3 time WA Delegate and long time Minister of Education was awarded the prestigious Heart of Island Award for their numerous contributions. - Jabberwocky was awarded the first Rookie of Quarter of this year for his contributions. Congratulations! - An XKI Mincraft Server is being developed by Islanders Flemingisa and Aschente - Taco Island: ~ WW60: Quantum Werewolves is now live and popular! The betting thread for the same is open here - 5 AM has been declared illegal in Taco Island!? - Taco Island has purchased Karl's Burger - Taco Island on the dark side of the force!? Find out here April's Special Feature: XKI University XKI University is an embodiment of culture, studies and debate. It's lively halls have, since the recent renovations, been buzzing with activity. The new Dean, Flemingisa, has been at the helm of quite a few changes himself, bringing in the brand new XKI University Discord! With this and some new classes and other major plans, we decided to get an inside scoop on the best parts, the idea and understanding, and the changes to come to this august body of knowledge and skill. Kozmix: So, firstly, what is the University to you, Flem? Flemingisa: To me the University is a pinnacle of higher learning that is a bright light not only to 10000 Islands, but to NS as a whole. It is a shining beacon of culture to 10000 Islands. Kozmix: I see. How has the University played that role so far? And how has it changed over the years? Flemingisa: When I started playing NS the university was more a people run organization I feel. People chose when they wanted to teach classes and what curriculum they taught. It was popular amongst islanders but relatively unheard of outside of it. It went through a decline in recent years but I am pleased to see activity starting to rise again. Kozmix: I see... And do you know how the University started? What was the inspiration behind such an idea? Flemingisa: The University was initially established as back in NS Year 41, as a forum for distribution of lectures and the like. It was suspended in the NS Year 107, but was reinstated in the NS Year 125. Then on, the University has been flourishing and developing. There have been multiple language classes, among other subjects. Kozmix: So, last question, what new changes can we expect in the University in the time to come? And their relations with other regional universities? Flemingisa: Well you can expect to see more classes being offered by a wide variety of teachers. More emphasis will be placed on clubs and activities to make people feel engaged with the university as well. I also would like to hire people on a permanent basis to be teachers and have a specific class they teach. Kozmix: Alright thank you so much, Flem, it's been a wonderful and enlightening talk! Some important links: XKI University XKI University Discord Server Attention all foreign dignitaries The list provided here will provide you with an easy way to see who your counterpart is from 10000 Islands. The nations listed mentioned in the thread above act as the representative from our region to yours, so in case you need to know who to contact other than the XKI Delegate, you can just check this list! Written by Kozmix
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    Miscellaneous Stuff from the 10000 Islands

    Happy Anime Daisuki Day, Valhalla, from your friends in XKI! The holiday honors all that AD/GRO did for our region: http://10000islands.proboards.com/thread/5770/regional-master-calendar
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    Miscellaneous Stuff from the 10000 Islands

    Happy Anime Daisuki Day, Yggdrasil, from your friends in XKI! The holiday honors all that AD/GRO did for our region: http://10000islands.proboards.com/thread/5770/regional-master-calendar
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    10000 Emissary Updates

    10000 Islands Emissary Update Date: March 2018 Population: 1,274 (+104) Delegate Endorsements: 223 (-63) Forum: 10000islands.proboards.com The following is the Emissary Report for March 2018. Government As of this report's publication, the government of 10000 Islands consists of: ~ Chief Executive: Woonsocket ~ WA Delegate: Alkasia ~ Senior Senator of Lyonesse East: Flemingisa ~ Senator of Himes West: Siuts ~ Senator of Blue Canaria North: Kozmix ~ Senator of New Republica South: Ater Nox ~ Minister of Immigration: Tuga Nation's Dragon ~ Minister of Labor: Paffnia ~ Minister of Education: United Royal Islands Political News Many major changes this month: - This month, Markanite stepped down from the position of the Minister of Education. We thank them heartily for their amazing, dependable service as a Minister and Council Member. United Royal Islands have taken their place. Many many congratulations! - Markanite also stepped don from the position from Registrar General, which Paffnia will be taking up now. - Congratulations to Alkasia on their election as the 32nd Delegate of 10000 Islands. We look forward to six months of an amazing leadership. - Also, many congrats to Flemingisa on being elected as the Senator of Lyonesse East and to Siuts for their re-election as Senator of Himes West, and promotion to Senior Senator. - Jabberwocky was chosen as the Deputy Senator of Himes West. TITO Command As of the publication of this report, TITO command consists of: ~ Commander-in-Chief: Woonsocket ~ Tactical Officer: Kortexia ~ Tactical Officer: Kanta Hame ~ Tactical Officer: Sorya ~ EF Tactical Officer: Smugglers and Mercs ~ Executive Officer: Hakketomat Military News - Hahiha/USSR was promoted to Knight Marshall Commander after achieving their 250th Battle Star. - A whopping four knighthoods were given this month. Congratulations to the new Knight's Flemingisa, Siuts, Kozmix and Aschente for completing 50 successful missions! Around the Islands - Flemingisa was named Dean of XKI University. Congratulations! - The House competitions were held for Winter 2018. House Wordy won the House Cup, House Flemingisa the Shield and Kozmix for House Markanite the House Scepter. - The Hahiha/USSR Nation Creation Contest, held by Taco Islands Charities, was won by Kozmix's Public Pumpkins and Pizza. - The ELIXIR Competition was won by recruiter Mingulay Isle, with the Peninsular coming in second and Kozmix coming in third. - A major discussion about transparency and the debate of Council matters in open is currently open to consideration. Find the discussion here. - On the request of many, our forum theme is also being reconsidered, discussion of which can be found here. - Dragon Blade was selected as the featured nation for this month. Congratulations! - LimpBizkit and Kozmix were chosen as pollsters for the region. - Taco Island: ~ Tuga Nation's Dragon is holding to incredibly exciting games in Taco Islands. Codenames 4 and the new installment of Werewolves, WW59- A Star Wars Story are ongoing games now. They both have their Casino betting booths opened up as well, here and here respectively. ~ After the Sigh, is it time for the Thigh? ~ Islander Jabberwocky has taken the initiative to create a regional parody newspaper known as The Mad Surfer. The newspaper beholds some very interesting takes on the region's affairs. Check out the pilot version here. ~ The ripoff of the month was just an early April fools present from our beloved mayor. Click here for free tacos March's Special Feature: The Buddy System What is a friend? Some say that it is a person who is there fore you even in the worst of times. Others say that it is the person that helps you see the world in a new light. While contemporary philosophy might have many understandings of this term, it was none other than 10000 Island's Ministry of Education who defined a simpler word, buddy. The Buddy System has been a part of the region since forever, records dating back all the way to 2008. This month, XKI Special Feature covers the Buddy System from the perspective of longtime Buddy, recently retired Minister of Education and three time Delegate Markanite. In the interview with Markanite, excerpts of which are given below, we discovered the work done by buddies, the some experiences, and overall ho it has impacted the Islands. Markanite has been one of the best buddies 10000 Islands has had, where he attempted to transcend the boundaries of his duties, and be something more, a friend. Kozmix: So, first, what is the story behind the Buddy System? Who formulated and what was it's main goal to being with? Markanite: To be honest I am not sure who invited the buddy system, it has been in place ever since I arrived here and I'm sure it was around long before that. I believe it's main goal was to help educate and guide new nations around the islands. The program is the first and probably the best way to help make a friend here in the Islands. Having someone to ask for help and get to know massively helps nation retention which is vital to the Islands. Previously you had to request a buddy but soon into my term as Minister of Education I made it that you were automatically assigned a buddy to help nation retention. Kozmix: Has the Buddy System worked? Has it evolved a lot under you? Markanite: Mostly it continued as it was when I took over. The biggest change I implemented was automatically assigning new nations a buddy. This was to help with nation retention and ensure that new nations were actively reached out to by our friendly and active buddies. Our buddy team has been amazing throughout the years and I would have been lost without them. Kozmix: Do you mind sharing some experiences that you had with your buddy and the nations that you have been a buddy to? Markanite: The vast majority of my experiences as a buddy have been positive. Two that stand out in my mind are as follows: Back when I first started out as a buddy I had a really rude person assigned to me, he started off being generally rude then threatened to ruin my life in one message. Thankfully he was gone soon after! Another was when I first was elected Delegate. I was assigned to a nation and then they replied to my first message with 'No habla Ingles' so I translated my message to spanish and they then replied 'Look dude, I didn't mean for you to send thst again in Spanish. I just really don't want to talk to you'. I got the hint from that one. Kozmix: Not always roses and raindrops, eh? Quite sad. So, any positive interactions, so positive that it made you a better buddy? Markanite: The majority of my interactions were positive, I think I especially learned a lot in my first few months as a buddy. I made a lot of good friends and kept in touch with my own recruiter and buddy Lettgalia. I learned to message my buddies regularly and keep the conversation going, that's how to keep them interested in all the amazing things we have here in XKI! I also got to see what messages worked and didn't. Having a lot of active buddies also meant easy votes in my early elections! I remember messaging all my old buddies each election scavenging for votes! Kozmix: Haha, great policy for getting votes. So, last question, the buddy system has been a key feature of the warm and welcoming nature of the Islands. Is there anything you'd want to see become better with this system? Markanite: I think it works well as it is. I'm hoping that with the great work of the welcome committee and the buddy system we will have some more amazing Islanders wash up on our shores and join the wonderful community we have here. Kozmix: That is a great thought Mark. We do hope for a larger and ever-happy populace. Thank you! A message from the Delegate: Hi everyone! I just wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Alkasia and I am the newly elected Delegate of 10000 Islands. Through my work as an emissary, I've seen the benefits firsthand of interacting between regions and the friendships that grow because of it. I just wanted to leave a short message in this report saying that I am dedicated to the friendships XKI has with other regions and I look forward to growing them in my term. If anyone has any questions, feel free to TG me and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your past and present friendship and for the many years of it to come. -Alkasia, Delegate of 10000 Islands Written by Kozmix
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    10KI News

    10000 Islands Emissary Update Date: March 2018 Population: 1,274 (+104) Delegate Endorsements: 223 (-63) Forum: 10000islands.proboards.com The following is the Emissary Report for March 2018. Government As of this report's publication, the government of 10000 Islands consists of: ~ Chief Executive: Woonsocket ~ WA Delegate: Alkasia ~ Senior Senator of Lyonesse East: Flemingisa ~ Senator of Himes West: Siuts ~ Senator of Blue Canaria North: Kozmix ~ Senator of New Republica South: Ater Nox ~ Minister of Immigration: Tuga Nation's Dragon ~ Minister of Labor: Paffnia ~ Minister of Education: United Royal Islands Political News Many major changes this month: - This month, Markanite stepped down from the position of the Minister of Education. We thank them heartily for their amazing, dependable service as a Minister and Council Member. United Royal Islands have taken their place. Many many congratulations! - Markanite also stepped don from the position from Registrar General, which Paffnia will be taking up now. - Congratulations to Alkasia on their election as the 32nd Delegate of 10000 Islands. We look forward to six months of an amazing leadership. - Also, many congrats to Flemingisa on being elected as the Senator of Lyonesse East and to Siuts for their re-election as Senator of Himes West, and promotion to Senior Senator. - Jabberwocky was chosen as the Deputy Senator of Himes West. TITO Command As of the publication of this report, TITO command consists of: ~ Commander-in-Chief: Woonsocket ~ Tactical Officer: Kortexia ~ Tactical Officer: Kanta Hame ~ Tactical Officer: Sorya ~ EF Tactical Officer: Smugglers and Mercs ~ Executive Officer: Hakketomat Military News - Hahiha/USSR was promoted to Knight Marshall Commander after achieving their 250th Battle Star. - A whopping four knighthoods were given this month. Congratulations to the new Knight's Flemingisa, Siuts, Kozmix and Aschente for completing 50 successful missions! Around the Islands - Flemingisa was named Dean of XKI University. Congratulations! - The House competitions were held for Winter 2018. House Wordy won the House Cup, House Flemingisa the Shield and Kozmix for House Markanite the House Scepter. - The Hahiha/USSR Nation Creation Contest, held by Taco Islands Charities, was won by Kozmix's Public Pumpkins and Pizza. - The ELIXIR Competition was won by recruiter Mingulay Isle, with the Peninsular coming in second and Kozmix coming in third. - A major discussion about transparency and the debate of Council matters in open is currently open to consideration. Find the discussion here. - On the request of many, our forum theme is also being reconsidered, discussion of which can be found here. - Dragon Blade was selected as the featured nation for this month. Congratulations! - LimpBizkit and Kozmix were chosen as pollsters for the region. - Taco Island: ~ Tuga Nation's Dragon is holding to incredibly exciting games in Taco Islands. Codenames 4 and the new installment of Werewolves, WW59- A Star Wars Story are ongoing games now. They both have their Casino betting booths opened up as well, here and here respectively. ~ After the Sigh, is it time for the Thigh? ~ Islander Jabberwocky has taken the initiative to create a regional parody newspaper known as The Mad Surfer. The newspaper beholds some very interesting takes on the region's affairs. Check out the pilot version here. ~ The ripoff of the month was just an early April fools present from our beloved mayor. Click here for free tacos March's Special Feature: The Buddy System What is a friend? Some say that it is a person who is there fore you even in the worst of times. Others say that it is the person that helps you see the world in a new light. While contemporary philosophy might have many understandings of this term, it was none other than 10000 Island's Ministry of Education who defined a simpler word, buddy. The Buddy System has been a part of the region since forever, records dating back all the way to 2008. This month, XKI Special Feature covers the Buddy System from the perspective of longtime Buddy, recently retired Minister of Education and three time Delegate Markanite. In the interview with Markanite, excerpts of which are given below, we discovered the work done by buddies, the some experiences, and overall ho it has impacted the Islands. Markanite has been one of the best buddies 10000 Islands has had, where he attempted to transcend the boundaries of his duties, and be something more, a friend. Kozmix: So, first, what is the story behind the Buddy System? Who formulated and what was it's main goal to being with? Markanite: To be honest I am not sure who invited the buddy system, it has been in place ever since I arrived here and I'm sure it was around long before that. I believe it's main goal was to help educate and guide new nations around the islands. The program is the first and probably the best way to help make a friend here in the Islands. Having someone to ask for help and get to know massively helps nation retention which is vital to the Islands. Previously you had to request a buddy but soon into my term as Minister of Education I made it that you were automatically assigned a buddy to help nation retention. Kozmix: Has the Buddy System worked? Has it evolved a lot under you? Markanite: Mostly it continued as it was when I took over. The biggest change I implemented was automatically assigning new nations a buddy. This was to help with nation retention and ensure that new nations were actively reached out to by our friendly and active buddies. Our buddy team has been amazing throughout the years and I would have been lost without them. Kozmix: Do you mind sharing some experiences that you had with your buddy and the nations that you have been a buddy to? Markanite: The vast majority of my experiences as a buddy have been positive. Two that stand out in my mind are as follows: Back when I first started out as a buddy I had a really rude person assigned to me, he started off being generally rude then threatened to ruin my life in one message. Thankfully he was gone soon after! Another was when I first was elected Delegate. I was assigned to a nation and then they replied to my first message with 'No habla Ingles' so I translated my message to spanish and they then replied 'Look dude, I didn't mean for you to send thst again in Spanish. I just really don't want to talk to you'. I got the hint from that one. Kozmix: Not always roses and raindrops, eh? Quite sad. So, any positive interactions, so positive that it made you a better buddy? Markanite: The majority of my interactions were positive, I think I especially learned a lot in my first few months as a buddy. I made a lot of good friends and kept in touch with my own recruiter and buddy Lettgalia. I learned to message my buddies regularly and keep the conversation going, that's how to keep them interested in all the amazing things we have here in XKI! I also got to see what messages worked and didn't. Having a lot of active buddies also meant easy votes in my early elections! I remember messaging all my old buddies each election scavenging for votes! Kozmix: Haha, great policy for getting votes. So, last question, the buddy system has been a key feature of the warm and welcoming nature of the Islands. Is there anything you'd want to see become better with this system? Markanite: I think it works well as it is. I'm hoping that with the great work of the welcome committee and the buddy system we will have some more amazing Islanders wash up on our shores and join the wonderful community we have here. Kozmix: That is a great thought Mark. We do hope for a larger and ever-happy populace. Thank you! A message from the Delegate: Hi everyone! I just wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Alkasia and I am the newly elected Delegate of 10000 Islands. Through my work as an emissary, I've seen the benefits firsthand of interacting between regions and the friendships that grow because of it. I just wanted to leave a short message in this report saying that I am dedicated to the friendships XKI has with other regions and I look forward to growing them in my term. If anyone has any questions, feel free to TG me and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your past and present friendship and for the many years of it to come. -Alkasia, Delegate of 10000 Islands Written by Kozmix
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