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The Rejected Realms / Foreign Update XXXIV
« on: May 05, 2021, 07:20:58 am »
Please check out our new update, Foreign Update XXXIV!

We're trialling directing people to a dispatch to increase engagement at a centralized location!

Thanks for your time and interest~  ;D

The Rejected Realms / Foreign Update XXXIII
« on: February 23, 2021, 05:43:04 am »

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WA Delegate: Jamie
| Officer of Culture: Nakari | Officer of Foreign Affairs: Glacikaldr |
| Officer of Outreach: Agalaesia | Officer of World Assembly: Robespierre |
Speaker of the Assembly: Dyl

TRR Government Unrocks the Boat
By Glacikaldr

Delegate Jamie sharing their family's experience the following morning.

Following the December 2020 Officer elections, former Delegate Sarah introduced the Officer Without Portfolio position in place of the Officer of Outreach to appease Officer Robespierre who had no interest in Outreach, assuming Outreach duties herself.

However, this changed upon the election of Delegate Jamie on January 25, 2021. The former Officer Without Portfolio, Officer Robespierre, was now happy to take the Delegate's prior role, Officer of World Assembly. Agalaesia was later elected uncontested for the vacant position of Officer of Outreach.

Hence, the Rejected Realms' (TRR) is now enjoying a return to normalcy: where the Delegate may proceed with their duties unhampered by overseeing the Department of Outreach, which is now led by a dedicated Officer of Outreach instead, and the Officer Without Portfolio role remains no more. But were these both the right decisions?

Hypothetically, having a delegate also act as the Officer of Outreach can increase a delegate's emotional attachment to and personal stake in the successful integration of the gameside community into the citizenry. As for the Officer Without Portfolio role, it presented an unprecedented opportunity. The Officer Without Portfolio enjoyed the freedom of not having an established department to oversee, allowing for creativity to flourish.

Delegate Jamie, justifying this unrocking of the boat, explained: "Listen, it's late. To be frank, I simply made that decision because the currently elected Officers' interests lay in the more traditional Officer roles. I didn't forcefully get rid of the Officer Without Portfolio position! Can you please just leave me and my family alone now?! Hey, stop throwing rocks through our windows!"

In future, there may be an Officer candidate who stands with a first preference for Officer Without Portfolio. It remains to be seen whether the region will be able to reap much reward from such a role in action for a full term.

Meet the Partnership for Sovereignty
By Glacikaldr

The Partnership's logo, which invokes shields
forming a quasi-testudo, utilising the
color psychology of blue.

On January 26, 2021, the Partnership for Sovereignty was announced in a dedicated NationStates Gameplay subforum thread alongside its Charter.

The Partnership for Sovereignty is a Security Council voting bloc created to defend the values of self-determination, positive community, and respect for the World Assembly (WA) and its processes. Its member regions agree to collaborate to set voting recommendations in line with the principles of the Partnership and to coordinate campaigns on relevant proposals.

The Partnership's current member regions include 10000 Islands, The South Pacific, The Union of Democratic States, The Free Nations Region, Spiritus, and us, TRR.

Importantly, member regions are not required to have their WA Delegates vote according to the recommendations. As we attempt to ensure member regions generally share similar values, this was considered unnecessary. Instead, the real value of this voting bloc for its founding member regions comes from having access to the necessary infrastructure to run larger and more impactful WA campaigns.

If your region is interested in joining the Partnership for Sovereignty or wishes to explore possible collaborations, please flag this with WA Delegates from the current member regions.

Cards, Cards, Cards! Cards Everywhere!
By Jamie

TRR officially launched its card scheme on November 13, 2020. This scheme, The Discarded Card League, seeks to both complement and encourage the growth of the card community beginning to form in TRR. The scheme, open to all resident nations, relies on voluntary donations that, in turn, fund awards and competitions. However, as the scheme's founder, I also regularly 'farm' cards to keep the deck of our card nation stocked with a desirable selection of legendaries.

This scheme was created with a number of different purposes in mind, from adding to our festivals and foreign affairs' events to encouraging the development of TRR card collecting to the point of it becoming a new cultural activity in its own right. Although the NationStates cards community is already wide and varied, I intend to help TRR emerge as a major player.

We are now planning our first solo pull event, which will be of either Season 1 Crazy Girl or Season 2 Frisbeeteria. This has been inspired by the success we enjoyed co-hosting a pull event with 10000 Islands and The South Pacific as part of the Partnership for Sovereignty's launch.

But why am I doing all this? Well, see, my own experience with cards has been one of positive self discovery. I began as a casual trader who just bought cards of friends as well as some legendaries that I came across from time to time. I later became a serious card player towards the end of last year. The current collections I’m working on include collecting Season 2 legendary cards and completing a ‘The Rejected Realms’ card collection. Working towards complete collections is a fun and fulfilling experience that I encourage anyone with an interest in cards to look into. Start off by pursuing a collection near and dear to your heart!

In other news:
  • The Rejected Times' Outlander Program welcomes article submissions from non-staff and even non-residents!
  • Subscribe to The Rejected Times here.
  • Our weekly RMB Award Winners are announced here.
  • See our embassy guidelines and FAQ here.

The Rejected Realms / Foreign Update XXXII
« on: December 25, 2020, 09:33:23 pm »

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WA Delegate: Sarah
| Officer of Culture: Nakari | Officer of Foreign Affairs: Nequedum |
| Officer of the World Assembly: Jamie | Officer Without Portfolio: Robespierre |
Speaker of the Assembly: Dyl

Birth of TRR's Diplomatic Corps in earnest
By Nequedum

Neq holding a press conference after a long meeting with his secretary, Ann

Although our ambassadors have long been referred to internally as our Diplomatic Corps, our recent embassy assignment overhaul and adoption of new expectations have led to the birth of the Corps in earnest.

For you, this overhaul means either someone new has been assigned as your ambassador after preferencing your region highly or your continuing ambassador has had some of their prior ambassadorial duties divvied out and can now focus more time on our friendship with your region.

As for how our new expectations will play out, you are going to be seeing our ambassadors a lot more! Our ambassadors will continue to play their pivotal role of delivering our Foreign Updates, keeping you up-to-date on all things the Rejected Realms from upcoming events to the latest happenings, but they will also now be inviting you to our events in your RMB (and Discord servers) in a more consistent fashion. We want to build an enduring relationship with you that goes beyond posting infrequent updates!

We hope this more personalised experience will encourage more of our allies and friends to attend our regional holiday celebrations as well as participate in our interregional and invitational projects, such as The Rejected Times' Outlander Program. We look forward to seeing much more of you as well!

Officer Elections Conclude in the Rejected Realms
By Aga (from The Rejected Times)

Speaker Dyl removing Minsk after he was eliminated

The Rejected Realms' December 2020 Officer elections concluded on the 9th of December, with Nakari, Jamie, Robespierre, and Nequedum emerging victorious, in that order. Nakari was assigned the role of Officer of Culture, Nequedum made Officer of Foreign Affairs, Jamie given Officer of the World Assembly, and Robespierre assigned as "Officer without Portfolio".

The elections were highly competitive, with Kral and Minskiev also running. You can read more, including coverage on each of the elected Officers' campaigns, from The Rejected Times in Brief News III.

Your Invitation to Rejectmas 2020
By Nakari

Neq having a serious chat with Rejects about keeping AI Dungeon contributions PG this year

We invite you to celebrate another hairy and smooth Rejectmas with us!

Every year, from 26th December to 1st January, the Rejected Realms celebrates Rejectmas. This is a holiday to celebrate being a Reject! (Though non-Rejects are welcome to join in, of course.)

Activities will again be divided between gameside, discordside, and forumside (yes, discordside is a thing now, shush!).

Gameside we have the Lord of Misrule taking over our RMB, a Card scavenger hunt, and a flag contest where the winner will have their flag flown during New Year's Day! Discordside we have a Home Alone movie night on the 29th and a game of Popmaster on the 26th! And last but not least, forumside we are yet again decorating the Rejectmas Tree, adventuring thanks to AI Dungeon, and running our 4th annual chess competition!

Show Rejectmas 2020 some love by upvoting our dispatch, and keep an eye on the dispatch as links and updates are added throughout the holiday.

Sneak Peek: Harry Potter and the Festival of Friends
By Nequedum

Harry Potter and the Festival of Friends, this year brought to you by the Rejected Realms, 10000 Islands, Greater Dienstad, The East Pacific, and The South Pacific, will be taking place once again. From the 30th of December to the 6th of January, there will be everything you have come to expect and much much more!

Activities will include art and writing competitions, Yule Ball roleplay, a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure game, multiple movie nights (I bet you can guess what we'll be watching), and a whole range of games!

The Discord server will be advertised on the 28th, allowing for sorting to commence—although Slytherin will no doubt win again.

In other news:

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