Cyber Nations Forum Rules 07/03/2016Cyber Nations Forum Rules
In the process of registering on this forum, all players--including you--agreed to accept these terms and conditions and the terms and conditions of Invision Power Board. In doing so you essentially signed an electronic contract pledging to have read the rules and TOS and agreeing to follow the rules and TOS as written. It is your continued responsibility to read, follow, and keep up-to-date with the CN rules.
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
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Chapter 7: Armageddon "We have had our last chance. If we will not devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door." -- General Douglas MacArthur, 1945 PREVIOUS CHAPTERS Chapter 1: Deja Vu Chapter 2: Excellence and Exodus Chapter 3: Vengeance and Vendetta Chapter 4: The Peace Dividend Chapter 5: Crisis and Crusades Chapter 6: The Powder Keg THE SOL-3 UNIVERSE Sol-3 I am no longer on the CNRP map. This is NOT CNRP. (or CNRP2/CNRPA) This is considered to take place in the Sol-3 Universe. Sol-3 is not accepting other players. This thread should be considered CLOSED* to all other players besides myself. *Spectators may feel free to post announcements, news reports, etc. Actions that could be considered as interfering with the actions unfolding may or may not be recognized. SUMMARY The Grand Mexican War has come to an ubrupt end after a brief nuclear war. An web of alliances brought the war to every corner of the globe and has left civilization greatly damaged. From the ashes will the empires of old be reborn? Or will new players join the world stage? Is there even a world stage to perform on, or will each nation-state be forced to be only a regional player? DRAMATIS PERSONAE Charlotte Laurent, President Katherine, Queen of J Andres and its Empire May 21, 2085 TRANSCRIPT OF BROADCAST FROM STATION BROADCASTING ON 104.3 FM Good morning J Andres! Or morning anyway. Congratulations on surviving the night! Reminder that everyone is ordered to stay indoors for thirteen more days! We are thankful you have chosen to spend your time indoors with us, 104.3 FM, and a terrific thirteen days it will be! We are still piecing together information, primarily from other radio stations as to the actual events of last night. We believe the first nuclear weapons were fired from a rogue Tikali submarine. Mexico and the coalition responded in kind by attacking allied locations, which responded as well. We to believe at this time that damage is widespread throughout the continent, with all major population centers targeted. Similar destruction is expected in Europe, Asia, and South America. No word yet exists of any attacks in Africa or Australia, but this doesn't mean they weren't targeted as well. As for the well-being of our government: we known President Laurent was escorted from a baseball game in Providence. We know she did not reach Endor Cuidad; however, she is alive and well and is coordinating the government response to the situation. Likewise, Her Majesty, the Queen is safe in Newport, although Princess Gabrielle, first in line to the throne did not survive the attack. Back to news on our mandatory lockdown. It is safest to stay inside, and underground, for fourteen days following the attacks. The government will be setting up food distribution centers in three days. The radiation levels will still be hazardous at that time and you should limit your exposure, only leaving your home if you absolutely need supplies. More news as it happens. For now, this one goes out to Mel in Griswold, it's R.E.M.
Chapter 6: The Powder Keg "It is the destiny of the weak to be devoured by the strong" --Otto von Bismarck PREVIOUS CHAPTERS Chapter 1: Deja Vu Chapter 2: Excellence and Exodus Chapter 3: Vengeance and Vendetta Chapter 4: The Peace Dividend Chapter 5: Crisis and Crusades THE SOL-3 UNIVERSE Map of North America Map of Europe I am no longer on the CNRP map. This is NOT CNRP. (or CNRP2/CNRPA) This is considered to take place in the Sol-3 Universe. Sol-3 is not accepting other players. This thread should be considered CLOSED* to all other players besides myself. *Spectators may feel free to post announcements, news reports, etc. Actions that could be considered as interfering with the actions unfolding may or may not be recognized. SUMMARY The skirmishes with Vinsalia are long in the past. J Andres new threat is not its immediate neighbors, but the nations on the west coast. The Navajo Union fell and the SSR has taken its place, uniting with California, Mexico, and the North American Commonwealth. The four nations are now forcing economic ruin onto the Caribou Federation. As the nations of North America fall one by one to the western threat, can J Andres survive? Can war be avoided, or will the fate of the continent be decided on the battlefield? Dramatis Personae Charlotte Laurent, President Katherine, Queen of J Andres and its Empire More to be added as they become relevant March 17, 2080 PRICE OF OIL CONTINUES TO DROP; CARIBOU FEDERATION IN UNREST VANCOUVER -- Today marks five years since the Quadruple Alliance of California, Mexico, NAC, SSR began selling oil below the established prices, sending gas prices plummeting. The falling gas and oil prices were initially praised by citizens in J Andres, but here in Vancouver, a different story was being told. The economy of the Federation is heavily dependent on oil, and as prices plummeted so did the Federation's economy. Soon it was evident the government of the Federation had held their purse strings loose, assuming the good fortunes would continue to flow with the oil. For the first year, the people of the Federation managed, but with the economy stagnant, taxes were raised to maintain revenues. Irving Oil, a subsidiary of the Irving Corporation closed up all their locations in the Federation, returning to New Quebec. Irving was simply the first domino to fall. As the other large companies terminated their business in the region, the people raised an unlikely champion from the south. Ernesto Espada, the socialist leader of the SSR, began speaking in colleges in the southern regions of the Federation shortly after he overthrew the Navajo government. As the economic situation here in the Federation grows bleaker, the people are looking to Espada as an example. The Navajo Union was riddled with inequality, and now its people are flourishing. If the Caribou Federation falls under the control of the Quadruple Alliance, either through force, the creation of a new Socialist Republic, or otherwise, nearly three-quarters of the continent will be under their control. What does this mean for New Quebec, Vinsalia, and J Andres? The three countries have had difficulties in the past, but soon they may be all that stands between the Quadruple Alliance and an American hegemony.
Chapter 5: Crisis and Crusades "I did not come to bring peace, but a sword" --Matthew 10:34 PREVIOUS CHAPTERS Chapter 1: Deja Vu Chapter 2: Excellence and Exodus Chapter 3: Vengeance and Vendetta Chapter 4: The Peace Dividend THE SOL-3 UNIVERSE Map of North America I am no longer on the CNRP map. This is NOT CNRP. This is considered to take place in the Sol-3 Universe. Sol-3 is not accepting other players. This thread should be considered CLOSED* to all other players besides myself. *Spectators may feel free to post announcements, news reports, etc. Actions that could be considered as interfering with the actions unfolding may or may not be recognized. SUMMARY Vinsalia has returned, and the tensions from the first Vinsalian crisis has not subsided. The Knights of Cromwell continue to assassinate members of royalty. The era of peace in J Andres appears to be short lived. A new President has been elected, can she and the new government solve the crisis diplomatically, or is New England simply not big enough for Vinsalia and J Andres? Dramatis Personae Emily Gibbons, President Charlotte Laurent, Minister of Foreign Affairs Katherine, Queen of J Andres and its Empire Gabriel, King of Vinsalia and Father of her People November 20, 2064 LAURENT RETURNS, TROOPS MOBILIZED DANBURY -- Foreign Affairs Minister, Charlotte Laurent, has returned from her diplomatic mission to Vinsalia. "I don't exactly know what I was expecting in Albany, but it certainly wasn't that," she said upon her return to Danbury. "For two days, I requested a meeting with His Majesty, King Gabriel. Each request was denied and no meetings of any importance occurred. Vinsalia was wasting our time, and I refuse to waste it anymore." Critics of the Minister have cited her inexperience for the failure of the mission. Sources close to the royal family have stated that King Gabriel is unmoving in his unreasonable demands. Although rumors of these demands have been circulating throughout the media, they are still unknown, if they exist at all. The Maritime Republic is not wasting time preparing for conflict. The military has been mobilized and Fort Jack Bosco is once again a bustling base. Unlike the rising tensions in Danbury during the First Vinsalian Crisis, the soldiers are being received to great fanfare this time around.
Chapter 4: The Peace Dividend "Peace is but an illusion; Conflict is omnipresent" --Unattributed PREVIOUS CHAPTERS Chapter 1: Deja Vu Chapter 2: Excellence and Exodus Chapter 3: Vengeance and Vendetta SUMMARY The Rebellion has been crushed, and J Andres has entered an age of peace. President McDowell has been overwhelmingly reelected to a third term, unprecedented since the First Maritime Republic. With internal strife low, the nation has made great technological advances. How long will The Maritime Republic continue to collect the dividend of peace? Dramatis Personae Evan McDowell, President Anton Rasmussen, Minister of War & Defense Patrick Aurora, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicholas Egorov, Premier of the Commune Katherine, Queen of J Andres and its EmpireJanuary 7, 2061 CLASSIFIED J Andres Military Status Report Prepared by Anton Rasmussen, Minister of War & Defense Total Soldiers: 400,000 (305,000 Active, 95,000 Reserves) Tanks: 500 (MAX: 2000) Aircraft: 60 (MAX: 60) Naval Vessels: none Personnel Soldiers: Armed with a Mix of weapons purchased from Annan Arms Land Vehicles M18 Tank Destroyers (500) (Marscurian Military Works) M1 Battle Tanks (300) (Rossingol Motors) M2 Troop Transport Trucks (150) (Marscurian Military Works) Aircraft UH-1 Iroquois (20) (Hershey Defense Systems), CH-06 (18) (Thames Rotorcraft), AH-12 (8) (Thames Rotorcraft) F-1 (14) (Thames Rotorcraft) Other Other Artillery: M198 Howitzer (125) (Hershey Defense Systems) Calling the reserves to active duty will likely take 48 hours. Missile Defense System: Located in Endor Cuidad, Rossingol, Boston, Danbury, Puerto Pacis. Production Contracts: 150x Rossingol Motors M1, delivered annually TROOP ASSIGNMENTS (Current/Capacity) Fort Farnum, Endor Cuidad (40,000/50,000) Fort Cianci, Providence (20,000/30,000) Fort Royal, Newport (15,000/20,000) Fort Benjamin Richards, Boston (35,000/50,000) Fort Adrik Annan, Rossingol (40,000/50,000) Fort Jack Bosco, Danbury (40,000/50,000) Salty Brine Outpost, Narragansett (15,000/15,000) Roger Ahmadinejad Outpost, Hartford (15,000/15,000) Alex Miller Outpost, Waterbury (15,000/15,000) Julio Duclos Outpost, New Haven (15,000/15,000) Richard Mercton Outpost Springfield (15,000/15,000) Jack Bauer Outpost, Lowell (15,000/15,000) Joel Brunel Outpost, Mercton Cuidad (15,000/15,000) Thames Outpost, New London, (10,000/20,000) Woodrow Kissinger Air Force Base, Quonset (60/60 Aircraft) EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: After two years of peace, the Commune continues to look to slash defense budgets. I must continue to argue against these cuts. The Maritime Republic may have entered an age of peace; however, history tells us that these ages eventually come to an end. We bought equipment from Hershey Defense Systems and Marscurian Military Works eight years ago to quickly establish our forces. We purchased equipment that was not modern at the time, and time has not treated these items gently. It is crucial to continue to renew our annual contract with Rossingol Motors for battle tanks, and Thames Rotorcraft should be pressured to develop newer designs to replace the aging Iroquois. Kensington Mews continues to assure me that their shipyards will soon be able to support government contracts to build our navy. It will be difficult for us to ensure the sovereignty of The Maritime Republic without a navy. I understand that defense cuts may be warranted in times of peace. In the event that cuts must be made, I would prefer to shift more of our active duty soldiers into the reserves. Our numerous outposts do not need to be fully staffed outside of a crisis.
J Andres posted a topic in Fantasy RP (IC)[center][size=5]Chapter 3:[/size] [size=7]Of Vengeance and Vendetta[/size][/center] [center][img]http://www.innertemplelibrary.org.uk/temple-history/externalhistory.JPG[/img][/center] [center][size=3][i]Blood is thicker than water [/i]-- German proverb[/size][/center] [center][size=3][i]The thirst for power is thicker than blood[/i] -- J Andres proverb[/size][/center] [b]PREVIOUS CHAPTERS[/b] Chapter 1: [url="http://forums.cybernations.net/index.php?showtopic=112749"]Deja Vu[/url] Chapter 2: [url="http://forums.cybernations.net/index.php?showtopic=112970"]Of Excellence and Exodus[/url] [b]SUMMARY[/b] [i]Vinsalia has fallen, putting an end to a long standoff. Now, there is no longer a large, external pressure keeping the J Andres factions together. President Evan McDowell has been re-elected to the Presidency, but the royal families are no longer complacent with the status quo.[/i] [b]Dramatis Personae[/b] [u]J Andres Government[/u] [url="http://cybernations.wikia.com/wiki/Evan_McDowell"]Evan McDowell[/url], President [url="http://cybernations.wikia.com/wiki/Anton_Rasmussen"]Anton Rasmussen[/url], Minister of War & Defense [url="http://cybernations.wikia.com/wiki/Patrick_Aurora"]Patrick Aurora[/url], Minister of Foreign Affairs [url="http://cybernations.wikia.com/wiki/Nicholas_Egorov"]Nicholas Egorov[/url], Premier of the Commune [u]House of Mercton-Kaled[/u] [url="http://cybernations.wikia.com/wiki/Stephanie_Mercton"]Stephanie[/url], Queen of J Andres [url="http://cybernations.wikia.com/wiki/Katherine_Al_Kaled"]Katherine[/url], Princess of Puerto Pacis [u]House of Mercton[/u] [url="http://cybernations.wikia.com/wiki/Richard_Mercton"]Richard[/url], Earl of Providence [url="http://cybernations.wikia.com/wiki/Benjamin_Mercton"]Benjamin[/url], Earl of Mercton [url="http://cybernations.wikia.com/wiki/Samantha_Mercton"]Samantha[/url], Countess of Lanier [right][size=5][i]January 2, 2057[/i][/size][/right] [b]SPRINGFIELD, COUNTY OF LANIER[/b] [center][img]http://antm411.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/samantha55.jpg[/img][/center] Samantha watched Evan McDowell's inauguration speech on the television with limited interest. She had decided that her brother did not have the oratorical skills to make the speech that was needed, so she had set out to do it. Her brother's name may have carried more weight, but Samantha still thought he was an idiot. When the President concluded, Samantha gave herself a once-over in the mirror. She needed to look as regal as possible for this address. A loud countdown began to sound throughout her residence. She stood slowly on her heels, and walked towards the door. Her aides had alerted the press that there would be a major announcement, but she had no idea how many reporters may attend. The door was opened for her and she walked through, carefully calculating her steps to arrive at the podium with an even amount of steps. Her husband was at the podium to introduce her, "Ladies and Gentlemen, Samantha, Countess of Lanier!" The crowd erupted into polite applause as the group then took their seats. Samantha maintained a pleasant smile, "Thank you," she smiled. "I come before you today to inform you of a great injustice against our people. My grandfather, and our King, Josef I, passed in 2028. The Queen, Stephanie ascended to the throne in four years later in 2032, pointing to a [url="http://forums.cybernations.net/index.php?showtopic=1100&st=100#entry1188880"]news article[/url] from 2009 that claimed the Commune had passed the Equal Primogeniture Act of 2009." "The only records of the passage of this act appear in this newspaper clipping. The Commune has no records of the passage of this act. Now, it is possible that the archives may have been lost or damaged during the countless rising and falling of the Maritime Republic, but doesn't it seem odd that it took four years for the Queen to 'remember' that this act was passed? Why did she not attempt to claim the throne earlier?" The reporters in the audience were writing in their notepads furiously. "Using my powers as head of the judiciary in the County of Lanier, I declare that the Equal Primogenture Act of 2009 is invalid without further records of its proof." A fire burned in Samantha's eyes as her voice became increasingly intense, "The County of Lanier withdraws its recognition from Stephanie as the Soverign of J Andres, and recognizes Richard, son of Josef I, as the true heir and King of J Andres!" She stepped back momentarily to take a breath before returning to the microphone, "Thank you," she said quickly. She gave the crowd another smile and wave, and then turned about-face and returned to the door from which she came. After the conclusion of Samantha's speech, her brother Benjamin would give a similar speech in Mercton Cuidad, and then her father in Providence. Samantha watched all the speeches unfold on her television. Everything was beginning to fall into place.
[center] [b]2056 Presidential and Commune Elections[/b] Polls will be close on December 26, 2012 (RL) [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/Yjqnr.png[/IMG] [/center] Links to Candidate Wikipedia entries: President [url=http://cybernations.wikia.com/wiki/Evan_McDowell]Evan McDowell[/url] (Anchor) (incumbent) Governor [url=http://cybernations.wikia.com/wiki/Phillip_Gordon]Phillip Gordon[/url] (Communist) Earl [url=http://cybernations.wikia.com/wiki/Benjamin_Mercton]Benjamin Mercton[/url] (Nationalist) [b]MODERATOR[/b][b]: [/b]Good evening citizens, and welcome to the 2056 Presidential Debate. Let's welcome the candidates on the stage! The questions for tonight's debate have been send in to The Anchor Times by readers and carefully selected by the editorial staff. Why don't each of the candidates take just a moment to introduce themselves and make a few opening statements for the benefit of the uneducated voter who will only watch *or read* this far. Let's begin with President McDowell. [b]McDOWELL:[/b] Good evening, I am President Evan McDowell. When I was elected four years ago, many had doubts about my leadership, or if there would even be a J Andres today. After all, the fourth Maritime Republic lasted only three years, yet we have already made it to four. And in another four years, when this debate rolls around again, we will have outlasted the third Maritime Republic as well. I am on this stage because we have been successful. J Andres is a stable nation and there is still much to do. [b]GORDON:[/b] Thank you, Mr. President. I am Phillip Gordon, Governor of Danbury. The County of Danbury is the second largest province in the nation, second only to the Duchy of Boston, and it has been a busy year for us over there. The standoff with Vinsalia was long-lasting and we are glad the situation has been resolved, but those of us in the west feel that our voices have not been heard here in the capital. Why are the troops still stationed in our cities? Why are all the nation's colleges centered in the east? When will the infrastructure of the west be improved? These are questions which I hear every day in Danbury, and questions which I will be able to answer when I am elected the ninth President of J Andres. [b]MERCTON:[/b] Thank you, Governor. I am Earl Benjamin, grandson of King Josef I, the father of the Maritime Republic, the first President, and the greatest man this country has ever known. My father was the sixth President, and was President during the Third Republic, when our nation covered more of the globe than ever before. I am my own man, but the blood of J Andres runs through my veins, and I will restore the nation that my grandfather built to all of its glory. [b]MODERATOR:[/b] Thank you gentlemen. We will now move into our question and answer section. This first question will be for the two challengers, after which, President McDowell will have a chance to defend himself. The greatest challenge that J Andres may have faced in the past four years was the Vinsalian threat. [b]How did the current administration handle the Vinsalian crisis, and is there anything you would have done differently?[/b] [b]GORDON:[/b] I live in Danbury and it is no secret that we have had a rough four years between the exodus of our neighbors to Vinsalia, and then bombings and violence running rampant in the streets. However, the President's standoff with Vinsalia lasted about a year and a half. The President insists that the Vinsalian leader, President Bourbon would not reply to his messages. The problem is the President McDowell would only call the Vinsalians on the phone from the comfort of the Presidential Palace in Endor Cuidad. President McDowell did not once travel to the west to try to meet with Bourbon. He claims that he made an offer, but no meeting ever took place. McDowell didn't care about the results because he knew that the west was a buffer zone before the Vinsalian army would reach the east. If I was the President, I may have called President Bourbon that night, but I sure as hell would have been there the next day trying to sort out the mess. [b]MERCTON:[/b] I think most of my fellow Nationalists believe that we did not do enough after the Danbury incident. Our troops reported taking fire and we lost men, yet we didn't lead the army in against the Vinsalian menace. This President (points at McDowell) has projected to the rest of the world, that J Andres is simply a small block of maroon in North America that will roll over at the first sight of aggression. I would have led the troops in. We had the numbers; we've had increased troop numbers in Danbury and other western outposts since 2053 or so. [b]McDOWELL:[/b] Gentlemen, it was painstakingly clear that if we entered a ground war with Vinsalia, we would have lost. So, Mr. Mercton, a war was something that we wanted to avoid. I'm not going to say that I am proud with how long it took to settle the issue, but the point is that I negotiated a ceasefire that stopped the violence and then Vinsalia crumbled. Yes Mr. Gordon, I could have done more to speed up the process, and I understand that life in Danbury was likely tense during the standoff, but we survived and Vinsalia has fallen. We won a war with words and a hostile enemy was removed. [b]MODERATOR:[/b] President McDowell, some have pointed to the Vinsalian Crisis as an example of poor foreign policy on the part of your administration. [b]How do you rate the current foreign policy of the nation, and what are your plans for future foreign policy?[/b] [b]McDOWELL:[/b] I agree, we have not been proactive with foreign policy. I have discussed with Minister Aurora that I am not interested in entering pointless treaties with other nations. Although many nations have taken the opportunity to establish embassies in J Andres, our Foreign Affairs Department has only made two state visits abroad. This has been extremely unsuccessful thus far. In a second term, I will instruct Minister Aurora to focus on North America, especially the American Commonwealth. We have an economic history with the American Commonwealth, but we have made little contact since. We cannot allow silence to turn into hostility. [b]MERCTON: [/b]The foreign policy of President McDowell has been non-existent. The President lives in a world where he believes that if he ignores the other nations then maybe they don't exist and they won't bother us. This is a fantasy land. Vinsalia was amassing troops along our borders. How long will it be before another nation begins? We need to reach out to partners and seek military treaties. J Andres is the smallest nation in all of North and South America. It is foolish to think that we will be able to survive this world without allies. [b]GORDON:[/b] Once again, the President has not invested himself in the issues. Sure, you can send Minister Aurora to all of the royal balls and gatherings across the world, but there is no guarantee that he is pushing our agenda while meeting with the leaders. It is hard to make friends in a room full of diplomats when you have both of your eyes glued to the buffet table! If I am elected, I plan on visiting all of the North American nations personally. [b]MODERATOR:[/b] Our previous questions are focused on many of the foreign affairs of our nation, which is an issue of great importance to our readers. For the final question of the night, let's look inward. As of recently, J Andres is looking more and more like a collection of various groups with conflicting interests. Over the past two election cycles, the Nationalist party has become divided on the issue of imperialism. Many members of the west of petitioned for their independence in the past. Even some of the nation's oldest families have shown internal strife. The Annan family feud between the Duchess of Rossingol and Lady Maria Kensington has become very public. [b]Some recent editorials have stated that these groups have only remained civil due to the external pressures of the Vinsalian Crisis. Do you think these groups can find common ground, or will we forever be a nation divided?[/b] [b]GORDON:[/b] I believe it is clear why those in the west have felt slighted by the east. Our region does not see a proportional amount of government spending. We are tired of paying our taxes and seeing the city of Providence beautified while Danbury lies in ruins after numerous bombings. Some of the groups mentioned have legitimate claims for their displeasure with current events. Democracy is a wonderful system, and I am sure that the voice of the people will guide J Andres on the proper path. If the parties continue to splinter and are forced to form coalitions in the Commune, then the end result will only be better for the people. [b]MERCTON:[/b] The Annan family fued is not an uncommon situation. Adrik Annan left two things to his family: his company and his title. Over the years since his death, The Kensington branch of the family have become spectacular business leaders and have assumed control of Kensington Mews Shipbuilding and formed the numerous other companies that form Annan Enterprises, which is now the largest employer in J Andres. On the other hand, the other branch of the family has inherited the title and the power associated with it. Both sides are incredibly jealous of the other and are constantly in fear that the other will try to seize and consolidate both items. This type of rivalry is common among siblings. Although the level of bickering in the nation is troubling, and it is why I support the consolidation of power. The new Commune will be comprised of over 650 Senators compared to the current 200. If you think the current 200 have difficulties agreeing, just wait until 650 voices try to have their voices heard and their input valued. Only time will tell whether the expansion of the Commune is beneficial, but I am not predicting it. [b]McDOWELL:[/b] If I may point out, that the Anchor Party is the only major political party that hasn't suffered from recent facturing. The Communists are still trying to organize after the reabsorption of the Social Traditionalists and the Nationalists are constantly trying to calm their Imperialist members. I don't think that external pressure was the only thing keeping us together. I believe that strong leadership will hold us together--being united under a common banner. There is continued hope for J Andres, and the future is full of brighter tomorrows. [b]MODERATOR: [/b]At this time we will open the candidates to additional questions fielded by the foreign press. [b]ASK AWAY[/b][b]![/b]
[center][size=5]Chapter 2:[/size] [size=7]Of Excellence and Exodus[/size][/center] [center][img]http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2012/080/3/2/famine_by_saturnine_soul-d2tpwu6.jpg[/img][/center] [center][size=3][i]Who made thee a prince and a judge over us?[/i] -Exodus 2:14 [/size][/center] [b]PREVIOUS CHAPTERS[/b] Chapter 1: [url="http://forums.cybernations.net/index.php?showtopic=112749"]Deja Vu[/url] [b]SUMMARY[/b] [i]President Evan McDowell has survived the J Andres Elections, but the challenges don't stop there. Now he must face the challenges of the office that he fought for, including the dissent in the West and growing international pressure on the J Andres borders, all while attempting to restore J Andres to an economic powerhouse quickly.[/i] [b]Dramatis Personae[/b] [url="http://cybernations.wikia.com/wiki/Evan_McDowell"]Evan McDowell[/url], President [url="http://cybernations.wikia.com/wiki/Stephanie_Mercton"]Queen Stephanie[/url] [url="http://cybernations.wikia.com/wiki/Katherine_Al_Kaled"]Princess Katherine[/url], Daughter of Stephanie [url="http://cybernations.wikia.com/wiki/Jacob_Cross"]Jacob Cross[/url], General of Military [url="http://cybernations.wikia.com/wiki/Anton_Rasmussen"]Anton Rasmussen[/url], Minister of War & Defense [url="http://cybernations.wikia.com/wiki/Patrick_Aurora"]Patrick Aurora[/url], Minister of Foreign Affairs [right][size=5][i]January 2, 2053[/i][/size][/right] [b][url="http://cybernations.wikia.com/wiki/Endor_Cuidad"]ENDOR CUIDAD[/url][/b] [center][img]http://www.altfg.com/Stars/photo-actors-k/kim-cattrall-ewan-mcgregor-the-ghost-writer.jpg[/img][/center] Evan McDowell walked with his wife Ivy among the various politicians that occupied the grand ballroom in the Adrik Annan Governmental Center. McDowell had just been inaugurated and was now at an inaugural reception. He wasn't particularly used to this new game of politics and the politics of the inaugural reception were moving quite fast for his liking. First, a Senator from Providence informed him of how terrific the city was looking now that the reconstruction projects were underway. Then a Senator from Hartford told McDowell that he hated him and he would do everything within his power to free the west. Senators and other people of importance were all hobnobbing with McDowell and the newly appointed ministers, trying to make power plays to set themselves up for future positions. Although he had already given a grand speech on the front steps, as part of the inauguration ceremony, the room began to quiet in anticipation for a toast from the new President. McDowell quickly realized that the eyes of all the politicians were beginning to focus on him. "Hello," he said nervously, the suddenness surprising him. "After a heated election in which every candidate had ideas and valid arguments for them, I congratulate you, the victors, for having the trust of the people in your ideas. This room may be full of conflicting ideas, but the people will not expect us to continue our campaign rhetoric throughout the next four years, rather, now begins an era of compromise, in which we must learn to work together. I look forward to working with all of you in the coming weeks and months to give J Andres the jumpstart it needs to turn into a continental power once again. Cheers!" ********** Meanwhile, in [b]DANBURY, WESTERN J ANDRES[/b] [center][img]http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o29/forestfufighting/nightattack.jpg[/img][/center] Simon Eos had done his part, he voted in the elections. In fact, his sister was even the head of the [url="http://cybernations.wikia.com/wiki/National_Liberation_Army_of_J_Andres"]National Liberation Party[/url] in the Commune, but he knew that it wasn't enough. J Andres was a monster, a "Republic" with a queen, a government with a tendency to fail. The Eos family had long been friends with the Aragi family, the founders of the National Liberation Army. Even in 1985 they could identify that J Andres was a menace that needed to be stopped. The Army had reasonable success in the early years with the assassinations of various government officials, but the failed uprising in Miami gave the organization a death blow. Now was the time to rise. Simon inched over the hill to get a better view of the newly constructed barracks that J Andres had constructed. The construction crews had left a week earlier and the army only had a small station of soldiers guarding it from an unknown enemy. Looking to his left a man wearing a camouflage jacket and a ski mask held up four fingers with his right hand. [i]Only four men[/i], he thought. He turned to the small force he had assembled behind him. They were a motley bunch, most wearing jeans and dark-colored jackets. Many had only sledgehammers or were holding Molotov cocktails, but some had firearms. "How many of you men voted?" Simon asked. Nearly everyone in the group shouted out. "Did Endor Cuidad hear your voice then?" he shouted to the group. "NO!" the crowd roared. "Then make them hear it tonight!" he yelled, raising his fist into the air as he finished. The crowd rushed forwards. Simon watched from the ridge as the group of shadows approached the base. He heard the screams followed by a small burst of gun shots, and then silence. Gun shots could only be good news, after all, the J Andres military still didn't have weapons. "Brother, ---- you there," asked a crackling voice on the two-way radio clipped to his belt. "Yes, Nathan, are you finished?" he replied to his brother. "Yes, I had to solder one of the wires again because it had come loose, but it is finished now." Simon Eos smiled, "Meet you at the entrance," he said as he descended down the hill towards the base. His brother was an electrical engineer, and had become quite proficient at programming microcontrollers. This knowledge was an indispensible tool for the National Liberation Army. Before Nathan, members often lost their lives or limbs due to early detonations, whereas Nathan always had controlled demolition. Of course, tonight's explosion wouldn't require anything too special, like his usual explosive-ridden toys and other devices, but Nathan insisted that all of his work be accomplished flawlessly, and as such, this explosion, was sure to be quite the display. Simon saw his brother emerge from the shadows, holding a small box with wires coming out it. Two men behind him each held explosives which longer wire leads in both hands. Nathan motioned to the men who quickly ran through the building, placing the explosives, returning holding only the wire leads. Nathan worked quickly, clipping the wires to their designated places on the box that he held, then removed another item from his backpack and attached that to the box as well. "What's that?" Simon asked. "The grand finale!" Nathan exclaimed. ****** [center][img]http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o29/forestfufighting/newanchortimes.png[/img][/center] [right][size=5][i]January 3, 2053[/i][/size][/right] [b]Danbury Armory Destroyed[/b] [b]DANBURY[/b] -- The freshly constructed Danbury Armory was destroyed late last night in an attack that military officials are calling, "devastating and gruesome." The armory will be a total loss to the government after spending in excess of 60 million anchors to construct it. Four unarmed J Andres soldiers were killed in the attack. An unnamed Fort Farnum source has said that the attackers were well trained with explosives, leading to the total structural destruction of the base. Locals in the area reported seeing a brief fireworks display of red and green shortly after the explosion. Although the military is not officially commenting on the attack, many believe it to be the work of the National Liberation Army. The National Liberation Party in the Commune has continued to announce that they have no connections to the militant NLA and they are not responsible for the attack, or any NLA actions.