Cyber Nations Forum Rules 07/03/2016Cyber Nations Forum Rules
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The following are basic guidelines for use of the Cyber Nations community forum. Anyone caught disobeying these guidelines will be issued a warning. The forum staff works on a five warn limit policy unless the situation calls for more appropriate action ranging from a verbal warning to a double warn and suspension to an immediate ban, etc. Just because something is not listed specifically here as illegal does not mean it's allowed. All players are expected to use common sense and are personally responsible for reading the pinned threads found in the Moderation forum. Questions regarding appropriateness or other concerns can be sent via PM to an appropriate moderator. A permanent ban on the forums results in a game ban, and vice versa. Please note that the in-game warn system works on a "three strikes you're out" policy and that in-game actions (including warnings and deletions) may not be appealed. For more information regarding in-game rules please read the Cyber Nations Game Rules. 1.) First Warning
2.) Second Warning
3.) Third Warning (48 hour suspension at the forum)
4.) Fourth Warning (120 hour suspension at the forum)
5.) Permanent Ban Game Bans and Forum Bans
If you receive a 100% warn level on the forums, you will be subject to removal from the forums AND have your nation deleted and banned from the game at moderator(s) discretion. If you are banned in the game, then you will be banned from the forums. Process of Appeals
Players may not appeal any in-game actions. This includes cheat flags, canceled trades, content removals, warn level increases, nation deletion, and bans from the game. Players may appeal individual forum warnings. You may only appeal a warning if you can show with evidence that it was unwarranted or unduly harsh. If a reasonable amount of time has passed (no less than one month and preferably longer) in which you have demonstrated reformed behavior than you may request a warning level reduction. Wasting staff time with inappropriately filed reports and/or unfounded appeals will result in a warn level raise. Repeat incidences will result in a ban from the forum. Bans are permanent. Banned players may appeal to the Senior Staff if they believe grounds exist (very, very rare) in which they state their case with evidence and why explain why they believe they deserve to be allowed back into Cyber Nations. This process is not quick and the investigation into cases may last three minutes or three weeks or more depending on the individual situation. The only place where discussion of moderator action is acceptable is in the appropriate Moderation forum. Posting commentary on or disagreement with moderator action elsewhere will result in a warn level raise. Posting
All posts must be in English. Common phrases in other languages will be allowed so long as they are translated upon request. Foreign languages are permitted in signatures and avatars, however. Certain areas of the forum require you to have a nation in either standard CN or CN:TE. If you have... A SE and a TE nation: You get one forum account. Your forum account name must match your SE nation or ruler name. You are allowed to post in either SE or TE areas of the forum. You must have your CN:TE nation name listed in your profile to post in the CN:TE section of the forum.
Just an SE nation: You get one forum account. Your forum account name must match your SE nation or ruler name. You are not allowed to post in any TE areas of the forum.
Just a TE nation: You get one forum account. Your forum account name must match your TE nation name or ruler name. Your must have your CN:TE nation name listed correctly in your profile. You are not allowed to post in any of the SE areas. You are allowed to post in the water cooler, question center and the moderation forums. Other than that, all your posts need to stay in the TE area. Flame/Flamebait/Trolling
Flaming is expressing anger or lobbing insults at a person/player rather than a character, post, idea, etc. Flamebait are posts that are made with the aim of targeting/harassing/provoking another user into rule-breaking. Trolling is submitting posts with the aim of targeting/harassing/provoking a specific group into rule-breaking. Forum users should not be participating in any of these, and doing so will result in a warning. Topic Hijacking
Hijacking is forcing the current thread discussion off of the original topic and usually results in spam or flame from either side. Forum users found hijacking threads will be given a warning. Repeat Topics
One topic is enough. Repeat topics will be locked, removed, and the author given a warning. Users found creating repeat topics after others were locked by staff will receive a warn raise. Joke Topics
Topics created as a joke are prohibited. Joke topics will be locked and the author warned. This includes topics in which the author is making an announcement “for” another in-game alliance. Humorous threads are permitted; it is up to the discretion of the moderation staff to determine what is merely satire and what is actually a joke topic. Spam
Spam is defined as creating posts or topics containing only contentless material of any kind. Users found spamming will receive a warning. Examples include (but are in no way limited to) posts containing nothing but smilies, "+1", "QFT", "this" any other one/few-word contentless combination, joke threads, or posts containing quotes and anything that counts as spam by itself. Adding words to a post with the express intent of avoiding a spam warn will result in a warning. These posts and other similar contributions have no substance and hence are considered spam. Posts of "Ave", "Hail" or any other one word congratulatory type are acceptable as one word posts. Emoticon type posts such as "o/" without accompanying text is still not allowed. Posts containing only images are considered spam, unless the image is being used in the Alliance Politics sub-forum and then the actual text of the image be placed into spoiler tags. Posting in All Caps
Posting large amounts of text in capital letters is not permitted. Use discretion when using your caps lock key. No Discussion Forums
There are forums that are not for discussion and are used strictly for game and forum staff to address certain issues, bugs, etc. The following forums are not open to discussion: Report Game Abuse, Report Forum Abuse, and Warn/Ban Appeals. Only moderators and the original poster may post in a thread, period, with absolutely no exceptions. Users found disobeying this guideline will receive an automatic warning for each offense. Moderation Forums
All Moderation forums also maintain pinned threads clearly marked as required reading before posting. Failure to read and follow required reading and procedure in a Moderation forum will result in a warning. Examples include posting requests in the wrong forum, failure to include all required information in posts, etc. The standard of conduct and enforcement of rules in Moderation forums is strictly enforced and the repercussions for disregarding rules or disrespecting staff are harsh. Read the pinned threads before posting and you will be fine. Namecalling
Excessive or unqualified namecalling is not allowed in IC forums; namecalling should also never make up the bulk of a post. Namecalling is prohibited entirely in all OOC forums. Filtered Words
Any attempts to evade the word filter will result in a warning. The terms we have filtered are filtered for a reason and no excuse for evasion will be accepted. Filter evasion includes censoring or deliberately misspelling part of a filtered word. If you link to a website, image, video, etc., containing profanity, please post a disclaimer before the link. The moderation staff may still remove links if the content is deemed too obscene. Harassment
Forum users should not be stalking/harassing others on the forums. Anyone found stalking players from topic to topic, etc., will be subject to a warning. Gravedigging
Gravedigging is not allowed anywhere on the forums. Gravedigging is "bumping" old topics which haven't been active for quite some time (four to seven days is standard depending on the nature of the thread and how many pages back it had been pushed before bump). Your warn level will be raised if you are caught doing this. The Suggestion Box and Black Market forums are partial exceptions to this rule. Suggestions/ideas in that forum may be posted in regardless of age PROVIDING that the reviving post contains constructive, on-topic input to the original topic or discussion. Black Market threads may be bumped by the author if there is new information about the offered exchange (i.e open aid slots). In the Player Created Alliances forum it will not be considered gravedigging to bump a topic up to a year old, so long as the alliance in question still exists and it is not a duplicate thread. Signatures
Those who fail to read and abide by these rules will have their signatures removed and receive a warning. You may have only one image per signature which may not exceed the maximum size of 450 pixels wide by 150 pixels tall. You may have no more than 8 lines of text and text size cannot exceed size 4. Each quote-tag, image and empty line count as a line. Inappropriate Images and Other Disallowed Images
Images that are sexual in nature or have sexual overtones are prohibited. It is up to the discretion of the moderation staff to determine what constitutes sexual overtones. Depictions of kissing are permissible provided there are no sexual implications. Images depicting female nipples are prohibited outright. Making “ASCII art” is prohibited regardless of the image depicted. Using photos or likenesses of another Cyber Nations player is also prohibited. Drug References
Images and posts promoting illegal drug use are prohibited. References to drugs are acceptable only if the moderation staff deems that it is not promoting the use thereof. Obscene Content and/or "Account Suicide"
Anyone caught posting vulgar material (including but in no way limited to pornography, "gross," "tubgirl," "lemonparty," photos depicting RL illegal acts such as violence towards humans or animals, child pornography, death photos, and any other obscene or offensive material in either text form or picture form) will have their account(s) permanently banned, and their ISP contacted along with any other applicable internet and RL authorities. OOC Threats / Revealing Personal Information
An OOC threat of any nature will equate to an automatic ban from the game and forums. Likewise, the publishing of personal information of any other player without their explicit permission is grounds for warning and/or a ban from the game depending on the severity of the offense. Death Threats / Death Wishes
A death threat or a death wish of any nature (including but not limited to telling another player to commit suicide) will result in at very least a 40% warn level increase and 2 day suspension from the forums, with harsher punishments, including a complete ban from the forums and game, up to the discretion of the moderation staff. Quoting Rulebreaking Posts
Do not quote any post with obscene content or any other content that has to be removed by the moderation staff. Doing so makes it more difficult for the moderation staff to find and remove all such content and will result in a warn level increase. Putting rulebreaking posts of any kind in your signature is prohibited. Forum Names
With the exception of moderator accounts, all forum accounts must match up exactly with the ruler name or nation name of your in-game country. Those found not matching up will be warned and banned immediately. Forum account names may not be profane or offensive. Multiple Forum Accounts
With the exception of moderators, if you are caught with multiple forum accounts, the multiple account(s) will be banned, warn level raised, and your identity will be announced by a moderator to the CN community so rule-abiding players can take IC action against you. Multiple forum account offenders will receive a varying percentage warn level raise and/or a permanent ban on a case-by-case basis. Posting For Other Players
Posting for banned or suspended players is prohibited, as is posting for any person without a nation. This includes making warn and ban appeals on their behalf. Imitation &. Impersonation
Imitation in terms of this forum is mimicking the posting, avatar, or signature styles of another user in an attempt to be satirical or generally humorous. Impersonation in terms of this forum is copying the posting, avatar, or signature styles of another user in order to present the illusion that the person is in fact that user. Imitation is fine and can be quite funny. Impersonation is disruptive and is warnable. Please pay attention to the subtle difference between these two concepts. A player may not impersonate another player by emulating the characteristics of someone else's past or present account in an attempt to harass, stalk, or flamebait. Creating a new forum account in an attempt to impersonate a standing account will result in deletion and banning without notice. Any attempt at imitation and/or impersonation of moderators and game staff is strictly prohibited and will be met with harsh repercussions. Avatars
Size for avatars is limited by the forum mechanics, therefore there is no size issue for a user to worry about. Avatars must be in good taste, and any avatar containing a picture that is too violent, disgusting, sexually explicit, insulting to another player or staff member, etc. will be removed. Avatars that are potentially seizure inducing will not be permitted. Players may not "borrow" the avatars of any moderator past or present without permission. Swastikas and Nazi Imagery
The swastika may not be used in signatures or avatars. Pictures of swastika's are acceptable for use in the In Character (IC) sections of the roleplay forums, so long as its context is In Character, and not Out Of Character. Pictures of Hitler, mentioning of the Holocaust, etc... have no place in the roleplay forums, since these people and events existed in real life, and have no bearing or place in the Cyberverse. Other Nazi or SS imagery is forbidden in all forums. Moderation Staff
The revealing of the private identities of any Cyber Nations staffers past or present is strictly prohibited, and thus no speculation/accusation of identity is allowed. Doing so is grounds for moderator action against your account appropriate to the offense, including a full forum/game ban. Claims of moderator bias should be directed to the highest level of authority--the Head Game & Forum Mod/Admin, Keelah. Claims of moderator bias without supporting evidence is grounds for a warning. Blatant disrespect of the moderator staff is strictly prohibited. This includes but is not limited to spoofing moderator accounts in any way, sig/avatar references, baiting, flaming, rude demands, mocking, attitude, and unsubstantiated claims of bias. They are volunteers hired to enforce the rules. If you have a problem with the way a moderator is enforcing the rules or the rules themselves please contact Keelah. Attempting to use the moderation staff as a weapon by abusing the report system in an attempt to get another player warned or banned is strictly prohibited. Do not ask about becoming or campaign to become a moderator. The moderators are drawn from CN membership but moderation positions are by invitation only. Asking to become one will substantially decrease your chances of ever being asked. Aiding Rule Violators
Any user found to know of a serious rule violation without reporting it to a game moderator (eg. knowledge of a user with multiple nations) will be given a warning or, in more serious cases, have their nation deleted. Aiding Banned Players
Any user found to be harboring, aiding or otherwise knowingly helping a banned user will be deleted. This includes knowing of their existence within the game without reporting it to the game-moderation staff. Questionable Actions and Content
The forum rules are not designed to cover every scenario. Any action that is seen to be counter-productive or harmful to the forum community may be met with moderator action against your account. The Cyber Nations Moderation Staff reserves the right to take action against your account without warning for any reason at any time. Private Transactions
Nation selling and other private transactions via such auction sites like eBay is against the Cyber Nations terms and conditions. While our moderators cannot control what people do outside of the game you are not allowed to promote such private exchanges on our forums without expressed permission from admin only. Anyone found to be engaging in such activity without permission will be banned from the game. Advertising
Advertising other browser games and forums is prohibited. Soliciting donations towards commercial causes is also prohibited. If you wish to ask for donations towards a charitable cause, please contact a moderator before doing so. Extorting Donations
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The Anchor Times July 18, 2113 KING ANNOUNCES ENGAGEMENT TO OTTANIAN PRINCESS DAY AFTER PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR OTTANIA Princess Maisie of Gatineau NEWPORT, J ANDRES -- Yesterday President Bourbon announced that J Andres would be supporting Ottania's claim for Montreal, and would be sending government troops north of the border to support Ottania. Many analysts found this strange as Ottania was one of the smaller claimants for Montreal and the Federalists seemed to have the most authentic claim on the region and the greatest number of supporters. Today, the math became clear, as King Phillippe II announced his engagement to Maisie, Princess of Gatineau. The Bourbon family is clearly strengthening foreign monarchies in an effort to boost their own claim. In another century will King Phillippe V be joining J Andres and Ottania in another personal union? Only time will tell us now, but politically, this is a loss for J Andres, even if the common citizen is overjoyed with the prospect of a state wedding.
The Anchor Times May 8, 2113 REFUGEES ARRIVE IN NORTHER GABRIEL COUNTY Refugee camp in Plattsburgh PLATTSBURGH, GABRIEL COUNTY, J ANDRES -- The power struggle within the former territory of New Quebec has reached Montreal, and it is sending refugees south to our borders. Although it has long been known that the government of New Quebec collapsed following the end of the Grand Mexican War, no news of any stable governments has arrived. As it has been told to this reporter from the refugees, there are four factions fighting over the city: The Federalists are a stable government far to the north of Montreal, which claims ties to the former Federation of Disparu. The Federalists are centered on the city of Ferin and have been slowly expanding their territorial claims. The Darachians are a smaller group centered in Ottowa where many descendants of Caitlyn Darach, first Monarch of Disparu, had taken up residence after Queen Caitlyn's assassination in 2016. The Darach family is very wealthy and in the aftermath of the war have been able to hold on to power in their region. They are lead by Fanette Darach, the current head of the family. If successful, Montreal would be their first major military victory. The Patrouille is a group that has seized control of much of the Saint Lawrence River charging steep tolls for crossing and collecting tariffs on goods which are being transported. It's members can be favorably described as an armed gang with boats. The Vermont Republic is a small and newly formed government based in Burlington that currently controls the upper third of the former state of Vermont and much list the Darachians, they have grander aspirations and are looking to expand. An ambassador from the Vermont Republic has arrived in Endor Cuidad, seeking J Andres recognition of their current land claim. President Bourbon has made no comment on the ongoing war in the north.
The Anchor Times March 15, 2113 KING ASSASSINATED, PHILLIPPE II ASCENDS TO THRONE IN PRIVATE CEREMONY Orson Bourbon has ascended to the throne and taken the name Phillippe II NEWPORT, J ANDRES -- His Majesty, King Phillippe was assassinated early this morning using a long range sniper rifle while on the grounds of Aquidneck Castle. His Majesty will be remembered fondly for his guiding hand which saw J Andres survive the aftermath of the Grand Mexican War. His oldest son ascended to the throne in a private coronation ceremony. He gave prepared remarks following the ceremony, a transcript of which is provided below. [Transcript begins] My fellow Andreans. Today is a sad day for the country, and a very sad day for my family. My father was killed this morning as he enjoyed the early morning sunrise from the castle. The anti-royalists have claimed that his death is their victory, but these coward knights could not have acted alone. My father was killed by people who stand in the way of progress. For centuries, the free market has dictated the world and caused pain and suffering. Private enterprises have led us into war time and time again. My father saw the world as something different. In the nuclear aftermath of the war, he was the one who kept this country together. It was with his foresight that no one went hungry during those long days. You have shown that these decisions are the right ones, electing my uncle to five terms in office as your President. The Labor party is the only party equipped to make the right decisions in this dangerous new world of ours. The era of corporate greed are over. Those who did this will be punished. Not only by the fullest extent of the law, but by the people of this country that you have hurt. There is no room in J Andres for your outdated ways. [Transcript ends]
July 5, 2101 JTECH NAMES NEW CEO, CHARTS NEW DIRECTION Emily Lumina, the new CEO of JTech ENDOR CUIDAD, J ANDRES -- The executive board has names Emily Lumina as the new CEO of JTech. The company has run into hard times in recent years under Dennis Howard. Howard lead the company to pursue agriculture and renewable energy, and then the government nationalized the Woonsocket Agricultural Sciences Laboratory and formed its own renewable energy company. Emily Lumina is a seasoned manager from within JTech. She says that she will be focused on getting an education/training system established, as JTech needs highly skilled workers, and all of the universities have been shut down. JTech has been unable to hire younger scientists as they have been unqualified. As the older generation prepares to retire, JTech will look to other options to train the generation coming in. Additionally, Lumina has said JTech will focus on short term projects that are achievable. Noting the government's recent contracts with Barlow Davis Shaw, she believes JTech can earn similar contracts although she did not state which contracts she thought were achievable.
June 19, 2101 SHANNON, DUCHESS OF BOSTON, SUCCUMBS TO INFECTION Shannon shortly after becoming Duchess of Boston at age 28 BOSTON, J ANDRES -- Church bells sang somber tunes throughout the Grand Duchy today as news of the passing of the Duchess was spread. Shannon had become Duchess after the unfortunate passing of her grandfather, Duke Benjamin in 2064. Benjamin, the war hero and former president lived a long life, outliving all of his own children, so his title passed to Shannon, the oldest of his grandchildren. Shannon has spent her time pre-war attempting to beautify the city of Boston. Many new parks were created, and she funded the creation of a soccer stadium in 2080. Unfortunately, her beautification efforts were undone by the nuclear attacks, which also took the lives of both of her children and husband. Since the war, Shannon has continued her efforts to help the city heal, but the loss of her family was traumatic and she has spent less time in public. Shannon, aged 74, was in generally good health; however, she became ill with a lung infection over the winter. Doctors had seemed optimistic that she had fought the infection, although now signs point that the opposite was true. Shannon will be missed greatly in the city that has always held the Richards name in high regard. The duchy will now fall to her nephew, Antonio, the Baron of Hyannis.
April 19, 2101 DOORS OPENED TO NEW ADRIK ANNAN GOVERNMENT CENTER The new governmental center building in downtown Endor Cuidad ENDOR CUIDAD, J ANDRES -- The Adrik Annan Governmental Center building was first built in 2016. Since the decimation of most of Endor Cuidad, government functions have been shifted from building to building, based on whatever the needs were. Barlow Davis Shaw has overseen the construction of the new government building, and while significantly smaller than the previous one, it is still a sight to behold. While most of the buildings downtown are still dirty and pre-war, it stands pristine looking in the heart of the city. President Bourbon smiled as he ceremoniously opened the doors for the first time. "This building is beautiful. Last year, my brother said that we should question complacency. There was no need for us to be having government meetings in building that were likely to collapse at any moment. This building is a symbol of our promise to the people. We are no longer pleased with the status quo. We can only hope that our grandchildren can live in the world that our own grandparents once did. May our toil and sacrifice make way for their success."
November 12, 2100 KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY Louis Bourbon has been named Earl of Danbury DANBURY, J ANDRES -- If you thought there were a lot of Bourbons in the news before, get ready for one more. Louis Bourbon, Vinsalian-born father to the Premier, Mateo Bourbon, has just been selected by King Phillippe to become the next Earl of Danbury. The title was formerly held by the current President, Pierre Bourbon, before he renounced his titles and honors when he was elected President. Sources close to the King say that Richard, Baron of Warwick was originally a contender, until the King was reminded of his close business ties.
October 6, 2100 LABOR PARTY BEATS EXPECTATIONS President Pierre Bourbon ENDOR CUIDAD, J ANDRES -- There was speculation. Four years ago the Labor party pulled off some of the biggest victories ever seen. They made big promises that they couldn't keep. The Labor party was still popular, most new agencies still expected them to win, but no one expected them to reach the heights of their previous election. And then they surpassed them. The party has gained 12 seats in the Commune, giving them a full 60% of all seats. President Pierre Bourbon received 68% of the popular vote, even against a strong candidate in Dennis Howard. It appears there is no ceiling for support of the Labor party. President Bourbon gave a brief victory speech, thanking the public for their strong show of support, and vowing to finish the infrastructure projects that they have started. Libertarian party candidate, Dennis Howard, was much less gracious. "J Andres has spoken," he said, "and it turns out, private enterprise is dead." Howard ended up cutting off his speech early as he became visibly emotional. Sources close to him indicate he may leave the country, and has plans to explore the continent. In the Commune, only the Libertarian, Nationalist, and Communist parties earned any appreciable amount of seats. The Anchor party delegation of 33 has been diminished to 6 seats and the VNP earned only 2. Corey Sturgeon addresses reporters outside his home If the Labor party outperformed, then the Anchor party underperformed. There were questions within the party about the leadership abilities of Corey Sturgeon, who stepped into the leadership role after Daniel Young was voted out. Sturgeon has been unable to control his delegation, or to excite the public about their party. He addressed the press outside his home in New Haven this afternoon and announced that the remaining Senators would have a frank discussion about the future of the party. Nearly all are calling for Sturgeon to step aside, but many are even calling for the dissolution of the party.
September 23, 2100 ANCHOR PARTY IN CRISIS MODE Corey Sturgeon, Leader of the Anchor party on the campaign trail during Independence Day celebrations BOSTON, J ANDRES -- Corey Sturgeon spent Independence Day far from home this year, as he was up in Boston trying to excite the electorate to vote Anchor party in the elections next month. Although Sturgeon had walked in the Independence Day parade before, he was previously granted a much better position, often accompanied by the Duchess, or other members of the Richards family. This year, he walked flanked only by the local Anchor party candidates themselves. The Anchor party is in full crisis mode after polling forecasts the party will lose even more seats this year. In the last elections, the Anchor part lost 120 seats, leaving them with only 33. Analysts are unsure how far the Anchor party will fall, but losing any more than a couple will be a catastrophe for the party. Sturgeon has limited his travel this year to mostly the greater Boston area, trying to drum up support in areas that used to be Anchor party strongholds, but have recently went in favor of the Libertarians. "It's a tough battle," Sturgeon said in a brief conversation with The Anchor Times. "The Vinsalian Libertarians have done a great job of consolidating support. I'm afraid the political spectrum isn't big enough for both of us to operate where we are." When asked if this meant that the Anchor party would consider dissolution if more seats were lost, he played coy. "I don't know about that." One thing the Anchor party candidates have mentioned, is that if they do land a seat in the Commune, Sturgeon should not take his leadership position for granted.
May 30, 2100 HAHN ACKNOWLEDGES CHANCE OF VICTORY IS SLIM Albert Hahn, Leader of the Nationalist party in the Commune ROSSINGOL, J ANDRES -- Albert Hahn was attending a press conference in Rossingol, his home district, when he appeared to acknowledge that Nationalist chance of victory in the coming elections were slim. "I'm not saying it's impossible," he clarified following the statement, "but the Labor party is very popular at the moment. Their legislative policies have been successful and I truthfully support a good deal of them." Hahn further elaborated to say that he would not make the Nationalist party into an "opposition party." He said that the Nationalists had their own set of ideals, and when they coincided with the Labor party he would support their proposals. Hahn was asked what policies he opposed, and he advocated for a stronger national defense and the conscription of a national army. These two points have been Nationalist party positions since long before Albert Hahn's time in the Commune, and a long time before his grandfather, William, long-time Governor of Rossingol, was involved in politics. Hahn had less optimistic words for Nationalist party presidential candidate, Abel Bodner. Hahn had to suppress a laugh before speaking. "Although I doubt we will win a majority in the Commune, I'm pretty sure the good people of Rossingol will elect myself and many other Senators to convey their interests in Endor Cuidad. And although I support Mr. Bodner and his candidacy, I have a strong feeling he will be spending the next four years across the river in New London, and not as part of the national government." As the press clamored to confirm his statement, he continued, "I will say this though. Mr. Bodner is doing a great service in an attempt to advance Nationalist ideals. The Anchor party has failed to put forth a presidential candidate for the second time."
January 1, 2100 NATION WELCOMES A NEW CENTURY Brief fireworks display outside of Albany ENDOR CUIDAD, J ANDRES -- The twenty-second century is upon us. It looks surprisingly different from that forecast in the past, but this is the century we are presented with. Celebrations were more boisterous this year, than in recent memory. Could it be celebration of the new century? Could it be that the people are regaining confidence in a world shaken by war? The King gave his annual address early this morning via radio. "We must strive to move past the destruction of the war," he said. "The war ended fifteen years ago. For years, during the worst of the aftermath, we waited, as if we were casual observers to our own lives. That made sense then. But the children who know no other way of life question our complacency with the way things are. We can be better. We will be better." His speech is being highly quoted on the amateur radio frequencies as a rallying cry around the Labor party. The King's brother, President Pierre is expected to speak this afternoon to set his agenda for the coming year.
October 27, 2099 FLURRY OF ACTIVITY BEFORE END OF SESSION Premier of the Commune, Mateo Bourbon, Announced New Legislation ENDOR CUIDAD, J ANDRES -- With the Labor party majority at risk next year, Premier Mateo Bourbon took this opportunity to pass a flurry of new legislation, much of it aimed at preserving the majority at all costs. Most notable, all previous gun control legislation was revoked. Although most of these gun laws were not being enforced, this legislation officially removes them from the books. This is is widely accepted in the rural areas where there are no police forces and handguns are the only means of protection from non-citizen raiders. The commune also passed an authorization bill that would hire Barlow Davis Shaw to serve as the prime contractor to design and build a new governmental center, to replace the old Adrik Annan Governmental Center which was destroyed in the aftermath of the war. BDS has been seen as instrumental in getting the national rail project back on track. Although the 2090 completion date of the Coast Line will likely still be missed, it looks like it should be completed in the following year.
October 27, 2099 ANCHOR PARTY EXODUS Antonio, Baron of Hyannis, made his new party affiliation known NANTUCKET, NEWPORT PRINCIPALITY, J ANDRES -- Antonio, Baron of Hyannis has made the switch to the Libertarian party. Antonio is the great-grandson of Ben Richards, the beloved former Duke of Boston who founded the Anchor party in the early days of the Maritime Republic. Antonio is not alone is switching parties. Even former President Steve Steel has switched his affiliation. "The Libertarian party represents everything that the Anchor party once did," Steel remarked last week. Of course, Antonio's change is significant for what he represents: a generational shift in the Anchor party electorate. Especially for those who have come of age after the war, the Anchor party represents the driving force behind that war. While Charlotte Laurent and her involvement may be remembered fondly since her passing, the actions of Daniel Young and the Anchor party majority in the Commune are not remembered in the same limelight. There were the dismal years following the bombings where the Anchor party could not properly mobilize the resources to stop the damage. Most of the youth support the ruling Labor party, although those with right-leaning views are significantly more likely to support the Libertarians over the Anchor party. The Anchor party has fallen from grace in recent elections, only earning 5% of the seats in this past election. Daniel Young was booted from power following that election, and the party leader position was given to Corey Sturgeon. Sturgeon was part of the same leadership team with Young, and confidence in him has fallen since the election as well. When the Baron was asked if he thought Ben Richards would be disappointed in his decision he said, "No. He was a man who always understood that a label was just a label. Josef Mercton was one of his best friends, and he was a Nationalist! They found the common ground. But the Anchor party of today is not the Anchor party of his era. Today's Anchor party is corrupt and self-serving. I endorse the Libertarian party and their candidate for President next year, Dennis Howard."
July 8, 2099 DENNIS HOWARD DECLARES CANDIDACY Dennis Howard at the podium in front of the WASL WOONSOCKET, J ANDRES -- Dennis Howard stood in front of the WASL today and declared his candidacy for President. "No more!" he shouted loudly as he ended his speech. It appears to be his campaign slogan, although we haven't yet seen the graphics. Howard appears to represent the establishment that are displeased with the Labor party administration. "Business has always been the backbone of our nation. The WASL was built by private enterprise. It began doing great things as a private enterprise, and then the government stole it away." As he retold the story about how the WASL was stolen from JTech, he received a long-lasting round of applause. It appeared as if many JTech employees had made the ride from Endor Cuidad to watch the speech. It's possible the company even let them off for the day to observe. "But we say no more!" he yelled, as he began his rallying cry. "May the government never lay a finger on another business! Sure, they've hired some help for the National Rail, but that doesn't mean they have learned! We must push back against the Labor majority if we are to return to prosperity!" Although Howard is personally popular, and public sentiment was behind him when the government first nationalized the WASL, the numbers have switched now that the government has continued its program of providing free rations to those in the cities. Howard has already received the endorsement of Corey Sturgeon, the Anchor party leader in the Commune. Sturgeon stated that it was unlikely that the Anchor party would field a candidate in the Presidential election when Howard was such a strong choice.
April 14, 2099 COMMUNE HIRES BARLOW DAVIS SHAW Workers preparing the tracks in New Rochelle NEW ROCHELLE, GREATER BROOKLYN, J ANDRES -- Mateo Bourbon and some Labor party senators joined the ranks of the Libertarian, Nationalist, and Anchor parties calling for introduction of private enterprise into the National Rail project. Premier Bourbon appeared defeated as he announced the news. "We must face the facts. The National Rail project is the largest infrastructure project in which our nation has ever attempted, and we are trying to do it in a world without networked computers. The partners of Barlow Davis Shaw have assured us they have the skills to bring this project on track. That is what is important right now." Some Labor party senators have called out the Premier for switching to the opposition. Paul Mitchell, Senator from Danbury, said, "He has sold out his beliefs to try to capture an electoral victory next year. He's from my party and I'm saying this. Private enterprise needs to be managed, not encouraged." Barlow Davis Shaw had previously managed large projects, such as Duchess Shannon Stadium in Boston, but the National Rail project will be the largest thus far. The contract terms them as the "Prime Contractor," and they are expected to draft a series of standards for subcontractors to follow throughout construction, to ensure consistency in the process. Additionally, they will set the standards for training and quality assurance.