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October 2016 Public Relations Update

Written by Isaris

 

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Small Huts Confirmed as WA Delegate

 

On October 8th, Small Huts was confirmed as the 2nd WA Delegate of the Equilism Township by a vote of 6-0. While the region has once again seen an election featuring only one candidate, last week's WAD election also saw an increased voter turnout thanks to the efforts of The Monkye and Yakitzland, serving as Election Aides. For those unfamiliar with Equilite law, the Charter (the foundation of regional law) mandates that the Mayor must appoint two Election Aides to administer an election prior to its scheduled start date. As one might imagine, this is not always an easy task, so Monk and Yakitz have my deepest thanks for their willingness to serve our region.

 

Small Huts ascended to the Delegacy in-game at the major update on October 9th after I (Isaris), the exiting WAD, resigned from the World Assembly shortly beforehand. This ensured a quick transfer of the office without movement of endorsements from Equilism's WA members as he already held the second-highest number of endorsements in the region prior to the election. Small Huts received wide support due to his prior service to the region as the WAD under previous governments, including under the interim government that established the Township after the Second Commonwealth's collapse.

 

Small Huts' term is already off to a good start, with his implementation of the new WAD Watch program sparking renewed interest in the WA among the populace. WAD Watch will be a semi-regular presentation of WA drafts and resolutions under discussion on the NationStates forum distributed by Small Huts through regional telegrams. A large part of Equilism's population still remains solely active on-site and this kind of outreach is sure to play a significant role in making those residents feel welcome on our forum. The first issue detailed the draft of the Authority Security Pact, authored by The Emerald Union of Dragons Imperium, which may face opposition from Equilism nations hoping to keep their pacifist stats high.

 

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Imgur & Reddit Population Boom

 

Like many regions, Equilism recently saw a sharp rise in its population thanks to a wave of new players arriving from Imgur and Reddit. During the last week of September, Equilism's nation count rose from 106 to just over 200 and has remained around this number since, now sitting at 205. The Township's recruitment effort was aided heavily by the generous stamp donations of Cadmus of Albion and Pichtonia of Europeia, whom were awarded the Medal of Philanthropy and the Medal of Charity respectively, for their acts of goodwill on September 23rd and 24th. Read more about that here.

 

In light of this influx of new members, the Office of Tourism & Real Estate (currently being administered by myself) will focus on integration rather than further recruitment in an effort to retain newcomers' interest. The Office of Culture & Entertainment, headed by Officer Yakitzland, will be aiding this effort by encouraging residents to check out our forum and Discord server, as well as assisting with the planning of the upcoming Festival of Friendship with our allies in Europeia and the West Pacific. Newcomers will also be highly encouraged to join the E-Army as we continue working to rebuild our fighting force.

 

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Coalition Against the Ideology of Nazism

 

The Equilism Township is proud to be an attending region to the Coalition Against the Ideology of Nazism (CAIN) conference brought together by Europeian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Brunhilde. I'm personally deeply honored to be present there representing my region as the head of its government and to be able to continue Equilism's long history of opposing Nazism in NS under the Township. Nazism is a perverse and disgusting ideology that cannot be allowed to be tolerated, let alone glorified, in our game. Over the course of the past week, the discussion has produced its sixth draft of an inter-regional agreement, with contributions from a wide variety of regional representatives.

 

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Europeia-Equilism-TWP Festival of Friendship

 

Equilism's friendship with TWP is a long-standing one and can be traced on-site as far back as 2011, when embassies were opened between the two regions in April of that year. On our own off-site forum, the treaty cementing the alliance between Equilism and TWP can be traced back to February 2014 and the days of the Second Commonwealth. This treaty, which was originally renewed once per year, was renewed in July with a minor edit that changed that condition to once every three years instead. The regions' close ties can be attributed to, among other things, shared members Westwind and Big Bad Badger.

 

Westwind, who is a Co-Founder of Equilism and Commander of the E-Army, once served as the WA Delegate of TWP and also currently serves as an admin for both regions' off-site forums and as a Field Commander in the the West Pacific Armed Forces, the feeder region's military. Big Bad Badger—also known as Pooch in Equilism—became famous in the region for tending the E-Bar and serving as the 1st Mayor of the Township. He's also served TWP as a Guardian and is now the WA Delegate following Elegarth's resignation at the end of September. There is little doubt that the alliance between Equilism and TWP will only grow stronger as the E-Army and TWPAF are set to collaborate under our shared commanding officer.

 

Equilism's friendship with Europeia is more recent by comparison, with a Treaty of Friendship being established in January 2014 and on-site regional embassies being opened in May of last year. Bonds between the two regions began to deepen after the establishment of the Township, when Ambassador Kuramia was assigned to Equilism by Europeia's then Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kraketopia. Kuramia went above and beyond the responsibilities of an ambassador and truly became a friend to our community, becoming involved in Township activities like E-Bar chatter, the Equilism Great Race 2016 and Equilism D&D.

 

Her involvement in our region also inspired me to become more involved in Europeia, where I served in the Senate for two terms, with one including a short stint as Speaker. I remain active in the Republic even now, serving as Minister Brunhilde's Deputy, an office I've held since July. Brun offered me this opportunity after I convinced my colleagues in the Senate (which at the time included herself) that a Treaty of Friendship with TWP was the right choice for Europeia. Some doubted that the cultural differences between Euro and TWP could be overcome but as the ERN and the TWPAF engaged in more and more joints operations, those doubts were quickly cast aside.

 

To celebrate our three regions' mutual friendships, Equilism, Europeia and TWP have come together to engage in a robust cultural exchange. Histories will be shared, speeches will be given, games will be played and regional traditions will be taught to others amongst all involved. The Festival will begin on October 19th and last until the 26th. During this time, Equilism will be hosting the Fight for Armello competition (which will last until the 28th), an on-site activity which you can read more about here. While this is, of course, primarily intended for festival goers from the three regions, players from other regions are also welcome to join in the game.

 

You can already sign up to compete and I highly recommend you do so as soon as possible as the signup period is set to close on October 18th! However, the sign up sheet and rules will also be hosted on the Euro and TWP forums so you can sign up there as well once they've been posted if you don't want to have to register on the Equilism forum. You can find links to the sign up sheet and rules on our off-site forum in the dispatch shared in the link above. For a quick link to the Equilism Presents sub-forum (where you can find those), click here!

 

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Thank you for reading this update! If you'd like to visit Equilism, you can do so by clicking one of our banners. The top banner will take you to our off-site forum and the bottom banner will take you to our on-site region page. I hope you'll join us next week to Fight for Armello!

 

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E-Army Flag Flies Again

 

For the first time since the establishment of the Township in March, the battle flag of the E-Army was raised as Commander Westwind ordered newly-trained Privates to garrison Warzone Europe in anticipation of a gubernatorial election in the wake of Governor Apulita's resignation on October 9th. A protectorate since the days of the Second Commonwealth, Equilism is obligated by treaty law to oversee the security of WZEU. This obligation is an intense driving force behind the effort to rebuild the E-Army, in addition to the need to fulfill obligations to other allies and defend our own region.

 

The election will begin tomorrow following a recently held poll in which WZEU residents decided to elect a new Governor rather than merge with another Warzone community, the result of a 5-4 vote. Commander Westwind gave the order to leave the region tonight as a new mission has taken priority, the results of which may be published at a later date. In total, four E-Army soldiers participated in the garrison training mission, as well as one member of The West Pacific Armed Forces. As the majority of our new recruits lack military experience, this training mission was an important first step for the reborn E-Army.

 

Thank you for reading this mission report!

 

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On 10/17/2016 at 2:33 AM, Goddess Relief Office said:

Thanks for the update! I notice Equilism has taken a couple warzones as protectorates? How would that work? Do you also recruit for them?

 

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Please allow me to clarify our relationship with Warzone Europe as it appears to me that you have acquired a false impression of the situation somehow.

In 2014, Astarial of Equilism (and TNP) made it her mission to turn a Warzone region into a real community and she did just that in Warzone Europe, becoming the region's Empress and Head of State. After successfully building that community up and it adopting a constitutional framework for a legal system, she resigned her Empress position to be ceremonial in nature. The Head of Government in Warzone Europe since then has been Governor Apulita, who was elected by the citizens of the region.

Astarial also used her position within Equilism to convince others in the Second Commonwealth to grant protectorate status to Warzone Europe, so that her effort could take advantage of Equilism's military strength and standing on the world stage at the time. In exchange for overseeing Warzone Europe's security, Equilism has full control over the region's foreign affairs. Warzone Europe may not enter into alliances or wars without Equilism's permission.

However, we do not interfere with any of their internal affairs (including recruitment). Furthermore, Warzone Europe even has the right to appoint a representative to Equilism's legislature (which is currently the Town Hall, at the time of the original treaty it was the Senate), who can vote on our internal and foreign affairs, as there is always the possibility they may affect their region in some way as well. Warzone Europe is free to leave this relationship at any time.

At this time and for the foreseeable future, Warzone Europe is Equilism's only protectorate and it is the only protectorate we have ever had. There were some in the Township that argued we should abandon this relationship, as we had no military with which to rightfully call ourselves a benefactor. I answered this with the call to rebuild the E-Army so that we can fulfill our obligation to defend Warzone Europe.

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