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10000 Islands Emissary Update
Date: November 2017
Population: 1,310
Delegate Endorsements: 298
Forum: 10000islands.proboards.com

The following is the Emissary Report for November 2017.

Regional Events
The Council of Nine (government of 10000 Islands) at report's date of publication is composed of

- Woonsocket (Chief Executive)
- Dominion of Compassion (WA Delegate)
- Markanite (Minister of Education)
- Tuga Nation's Dragon (Minister of Immigration)
- Paffnia (Minister of Labor)
- Alkasia (Senior Senator for New Republica South)
- Hakketomat (Senator for Blue Canaria North)
- United Royal Islands (Senator for Lyonesse East)
- Siuts (Senator for Himes West)

Political News
- Markanite took over the position as Minister of Education after Sorya stepped down.
- United Royal Islands and Siuts have been reelected as Senator for Lyonesse East and Senator for Himes West respectively.



Military
TITO Command at report's date of publication consists of:
- Woonsocket (Founder/Commander-in-Chief)
- Kortexia (Tactical Officer)
- Kanta Hame (Tactical Officer)
- Lenlyvit (Tactical Officer)
- Louisistan (Tactical Officer EF)
- Hakketomat (Executive Officer)

TITO News
- Magthere was promoted to TITO Knight Armada Commander


Around the Islands
- The featured nations of November were Jagow and Sarramte.
- Islanders have become frustrated in Ted's inability to answer the door.
- Ironically, words cannot describe what has been going on during the Bachelor Party before the wedding of Woonsocket and Wordy. But then again... it wasn't meant for Wordy to know about.

Poem by the Poet Laureate

Morning sun over the Islands glows
All are sleeping, none have rose
Partied all night
Twas a glorious sight
Now dreaming of tacos we doze

-Kortexia


Report written by Hakketomat

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10000 Islands Emissary Update
Date: December 2017
Population: 1,161
Delegate Endorsements: 277
Forum: 10000islands.proboards.com

The following is the Emissary Report for December 2017.

Regional Events
The Council of Nine (government of 10000 Islands) at report's date of publication is composed of

- Woonsocket (Chief Executive)
- Dominion of Compassion (WA Delegate)
- Markanite (Minister of Education)
- Tuga Nation's Dragon (Minister of Immigration)
- Paffnia (Minister of Labor)
- Alkasia (Senior Senator for New Republica South)
- Hakketomat (Senator for Blue Canaria North)
- United Royal Islands (Senator for Lyonesse East)
- Siuts (Senator for Himes West)

Political News
- Three former nations of 10000 Islands had their ban lifted by the Council. The nations are Benevolent Thomas, Guy, and Church of Satan.



Military
TITO Command at report's date of publication consists of:
- Woonsocket (Commander-in-Chief)
- Kortexia (Tactical Officer)
- Kanta Hame (Tactical Officer)
- Lenlyvit (Tactical Officer)
- Louisistan (Tactical Officer EF)
- Hakketomat (Executive Officer)

TITO News
- United Royal Islands, Farun, Shy Guy, and Lenlyvit were Knighted
- Klopstock was awarded the Anime Daisuki Cross
- Grub was awarded the 10000 Islands Medal of Honor


Around the Islands
- The featured nations of December were Lethoica and Slugville.
- Mayor Ater Nox has set up a Task Force to eradicate Anime from Taco Island. Criticizers have argued that the Mayor is only employing fans of anime who in turn are persecuting those who are vehemently against anime.
- After about a month, the Islanders are still unsure as to what exactly can be found in the exotic Hakketomat Hug.
- Mayor Ater Nox made a wise move in making allies with the Norwegian King Harald along with fellow Islanders Boltor, Tanzoria, and Hakketomat. The alliance has been dubbed the Norwegian BATH Alliance and Taco Island is already noticing the benefits of such an alliance.



Report written by Hakketomat

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10000 Islands Emissary Update



Date: January 2018
Population: 1,170 (+9)
Delegate Endorsements: 286 (+9)
Forum: 10000islands.proboards.com

The following is the Emissary Report for January 2018.

Government
As of this report's publication, the government of 10000 Islands consists of:
~ Chief Executive: Woonsocket
~ WA Delegate: Dominion of Compassion
~ Senior Senator of Lyonesse East: United Royal Islands
~ 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: Markanite

Political News
- The Islanders Party's members Ater Nox and Kozmix were elected into office in this election season. Ater Nox is the current Senator of New Republica South and Kozmix, of Blue Canaria North.
- Kozmix was chosen as Rookie of Quarter by newly promoted Senior Senator United Royal Islands.
- The Houses of Flemingisa and Tuga Nation's Dragon were accepted and inaugurated this month.
- New Dawns was chosen as the Featured Nation by the Department of Education. Read here
- Decisions to establish embassies with the regions The Hole to Hide In and Portugal were passed unanimously.


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
~ Executive Officer: Hakketomat

Military News
- EF Tactical Officer Louisistan stepped down from the position.


Around the Islands
- USSR/Hahiha won this year's Paffnia Prize for the idea to create and use the XKI discord server. United Royal Islands won second place for their work in the Regional Reserve and Kozmix was placed third for their idea of a new Casino Game, Sic-Bo Sunday.

- XKI and The South Pacific are proud to present to all its allies "Harry Potter and the Festival of Friends". It is being held on the regional forums and on discord:
~ Discord Link
~ The Harry Potter themed Werewolf Game is being held here
~ The Yule Ball, every Hogwarts student's fantasy, is also being hosted here

- The Islands Quiddich League began their drafting season
- The XKI University has been restructured and reopened thanks to the efforts of Dean Ater Nox.

- Taco Island:
~ Ater Nox and Tanzoria are battling it out for Presidency in a series of threads!
~ The Department of Labor has promoted the spamming industry here
~ Codenames 3 is underway
~ The One night Ultimate WW competition was held, by game master Sauron
~ The Starship Spammerprise is on its mission across galaxies, to spam where no man has spammed before.


January's Special Feature: Taco Island Charities

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Taco Islands Charities has been a very prominent part of the Regional Reserve until very recently, when its activities went beyond the RR's parlance. So Regional Reserve Chairwoman United Royal Islands provided TIC with their very own board! This, coupled with the fact that TIC's increase in activity in the last and this month has been rather impressive. As of now, TIC have four active activities, more than 10 completed ones, including the famed Paffnia Prize and Mortimer Disaster Relief Funds and over 35 contributors! Very recently, TIC released its largest program yet, the nation's longevity program, where the nation is entitled to a certain number of Tacos for every month they are active on XKI, for the period of a year.

This report covers some basic aspects of the Charities and something about the person behind it all: Paffnia, current Minister of Labor and long-time Islander.

Kozmix: We all know what charities are used for traditionally (in RL I mean). What was the inspiration behind TIC?
Paffnia: TIC was actually founded over a decade ago, before I got to XKI. After going through periods of activity and inactivity, TIC was dormant by late 2014, when I took it on. The mission for TIC that I try to live up to was laid out by former TIC Chair Twobagger, who said that TIC aimed at a combination of three major goals: encouragin new islanders to stay, encouraging old members to contribute to the Islands and build the reputation of TIC as an organization devoted to helping the region, so that it may more effectively reach out to the other nations in the region. In general, TIC strives to be a force for nation retention, for increased activity, for donor recognition, and for overall good fun in the Islands.
Unlike how a real charity works, no one in XKI is hurt by lack of Tacos or in true need. However, the inspiration for me for TIC is to keep the Island active and fun, and to give new members a reason to stay active.

Kozmix: How successful, would you say, TIC has been, in its attempts to achieve its objectives?
Paffnia: would say very successful at spurring activity and rewarding creativity. The Paffnia Prize, the (soon to be opened again) annual Hahiha Nation Creation Contest, etc. all have tremendous responses. Encouraging new Islanders to stay around is a work in progress, though I am proud of the New Nation Longevity Rewards launch.

Kozmix: What do you have planned for TIC in the coming future?
Paffnia: Well, the Hahiha Nation Creation should open soon. After that, the Time Capsule will be opened, and a new one likely started.

Kozmix: Where do you see TIC going in future? Do you have any plans as to it's activities or mission in future?
Paffnia: Keep growing its reserves through the new TIC endowment, more activities to engage and retain new nations, and the same spirit of fun and generosity.

Kozmix: Thank you so very much. TIC is a wonderful part of the Islands and I wish you all the best in all the future ideas and endeavors.

Some resources:
TIC Overview
TIC Activities

Written by Kozmix.

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10000 Islands Emissary Update



Date: February 2018
Population: 1,359 (+189)
Delegate Endorsements: 282 (-4)
Forum: 10000islands.proboards.com

The following is the Emissary Report for February 2018.

Government
As of this report's publication, the government of 10000 Islands consists of:
~ Chief Executive: Woonsocket
~ WA Delegate: Dominion of Compassion
~ Senior Senator of Lyonnesse East: United Royal Islands
~ 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: Markanite

Political News
- The Minister of Immigration created a new recruitment competition named ELIXIR Championship after Heart of Islands Awarded recruiter Escanaba. It will be held all of next month.
- New rules for the 10000 Islands Regional Message Board (RMB) were enacted this month. These rules replaced the older regulations about RMB Etiquette. Find them here
- The decision to establish embassies with the region The LCRUA was confirmed by the Council this month.
- Lethoica was appointed the Deputy Minister of Immigration and Flemingisa was appointed the Deputy Senator of Lyonnesse East.
- As an effort towards reducing corruption, the Council passed the Tacos in Elections Act, recognizing bribery on the political party's front and attempting to curb it.


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
- Smugglers and Mercs was appointed the new TITO EF Tactical Officer.
- Kanta Häme and Elite were promoted to become TITO Knight Legion Commanders.
- Republic of Tikistan was knighted after completion of 50 successful missions. Congratulations to all!


Around the Islands
- There is a Model United Nations Class being held in the University, which is held by the Islanders Lethoica and Kozmix.
- A New Wage Act was passed and almost all jobs across the Islands have now been given a fixed wage, handled by the Department of Labor
- The Poet Laureate Competition was held, and Kozmix was elected the new Poet Laureate.
- USSR/Hahiha stepped down as Dean of XKI University. We thank them for their hard work.
- Markanite steps down from the position of emissary to Deutschland, Greater Dienstad and Belgium. Thank you for your service.
- Dannesberg and Mingulay Isle were selected as the featured nations!

- Taco Island:
~ Tanzoria surrendered his battle for the President for.... Minions? Find out here
~ The best spammer and ardent minion hater Boltor received his own parade
~ The Regional Reserve has released the most revolting sanctions and laws.... all for minions of course
~ A new detective agency, the Taco Island Five-O has been established, crime fighters by day... and by night!


February's Special Feature: Poet Laureate
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In 2011, 10000 Islands' Council of Nine created a legislation that would become a part of their culture, promoting one of the most under rated of art forms, poetry. The establishment of a Regional Poet Laureate was a suggestion that the Council took seriously, creating a competition called the Poet Laureate; and the rest they say is history. Held in the months of February, June and October, the Poet Laureate is a position, representative of our artists of words, and of this representation of meaning.

XKI has had a rich history of poets, with the longest crowned Poet Laureate, Aersoldorf recognized by many as the "One True Poet", other Islanders have risen to take the position in the recent competitions, diversifying the cultural pool of poets. I had the pleasure of participating (and winning, surprisingly) this prestigious competition, so was more than happy to talk to a few of the newer winners of this competition, namely Sorya and Kortexia.

"So, in your opinion, what does the Poet Laureate represent? As in, do you think of it as a fun job or an embodiment of culture? Or is it something more?" I asked them, as I was also to know what position I'd be taking up. Kortexia firmly believes that it is a culmination of the two. "UHHHHHHHHH.... Both? I guess? Although I feel it is more so an embodiment of the poetic side of 10KI culture", he says, while also alluding to the culturally rich side of XKI. Intrigued, I wanted to know more. I asked about the competitive nature of this... competition. Sorya was of the opinion that diversity is the key aspect of the competition. "It’s easy for everyone to join in and the types of poetry chosen change each time so we have a variety of winners," he says, which was quite true. The theme for this quarter's competition was Terza Rima, which is an older format with a fixed rhyme scheme and number of syllables, while other competitions have featured other formats and techniques. Sorya's belief is that the ideal competition is one where there is maximum participation, to see what all people come up with!

Aersoldorf also spoke of his love for the islands and his goal as the Poet Laureate. "For me, poetry is a means to express myself here, and I have used my pen to try to honor the people who have meant the world to me during my time here and to try and entertain the masses," he says. Aersoldorf has taken this position more seriously than any other Islander, to the point where he believes that creativity is as important as the rules of the competition. The poetry fraternity here has been pioneered by him, and we know of his love for the art, and how much it means to him.

Lastly, I asked what poetry meant to them, while suggesting that it was an expression of beauty, art and aesthetics, all at once where the rhymes please the ears and the words touch the heart. Aersoldorf, the true patriot, says, "I view it as a means to express myself in the most creative manner possible. I try to express my love for this region and its inhabitants in the most creative way that I can imagine." Kortexia summed it up beautifully, "Poetry to me is a way to express emotions that otherwise are difficult to express with normal words, or to invoke those feelings in others."
And that concluded our brief talk. The report ends with this beautiful poem:


Poem for the month:

February!
Quite a bit shorter than his peers,
February was often teased for his stature,
Yet he took it with no complaint,
Because love was deep in his nature.

What does February even have, you ask,
January starts out the year,
March takes off the Winter's snowy mask,
Even Oktober has fests and beer!

February felt sad and lonely,
And St. Valentine felt sorry for him,
So he gave February a gift lovely,
Which made him quite happy and prim!

Wait, that's not why we celebrate Valentine's?

Important Links:
Office of the Poet Laureate
10000 Poets Society


Written by Kozmix

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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
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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

Edited by Paffnia

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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
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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

Edited by Paffnia

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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
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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

 

 

Edited by Paffnia

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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 Edited by Paffnia

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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 Edited by Paffnia

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