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Forest was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 219

WA Delegate (non-executive): The United Mangrove Archipelago of Ransium (elected )

Founder: The Cool Temperate Rainforests of Errinundera

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 22nd Most Nations: 31st Most Influential: 93rd+17
Most Valuable International Artwork: 329th Best Weather: 836th Most Beautiful Environments: 958th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,113th Most Rebellious Youth: 1,134th Nicest Citizens: 1,215th Most Compassionate Citizens: 1,242nd Largest Black Market: 1,303rd Most Inclusive: 1,463rd Most Cultured: 1,506th Healthiest Citizens: 2,016th Largest Welfare Programs: 2,018th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,072nd Smartest Citizens: 2,172nd Most Devout: 2,189th Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,290th Most Advanced Public Education: 2,310th
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    June: Product Life Cycle Analysis

    AccountOther by Turbeaux . 33 reads.

  2. 6

    The Cabinets of Forest

    MetaReference by Kawastyselir . 43 reads.

  3. 12

    List of Exceptionally Green Nations

    MetaReference by Kawastyselir . 283 reads.

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    Greenness Index

    MetaReference by Kawastyselir . 576 reads.

  5. 27

    Maps of Forest

    MetaReference by Octopus Islands . 1,490 reads.

  6. 13

    Fifth Annual Forest Photo Contest 2019 - The Winners!

    BulletinNews by Mount Seymour . 171 reads.

  7. 5

    Forest's Statistics Grove

    MetaReference by Kawastyselir . 156 reads.

  8. 47

    Forest Regional History

    MetaReference by Mozworld . 1,726 reads.

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    THE OFFICIAL FOREST RECIPE LIST

    MetaReference by Palos Heights . 474 reads.

  10. 16

    Forest Directory

    MetaReference by Mount Seymour . 1,037 reads.

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    Constitution of Forest

    MetaReference by Mount Seymour . 2,187 reads.

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    NationStates Guide

    MetaReference by Amerion . 72,453 reads.

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Embassies: Yggdrasil, Refugia, Hippy Haven, Antarctica, Sunalaya, A Liberal Haven, Democratic Socialist Assembly, The Region That Has No Big Banks, Singapore, The Federation of Anarchist Communes, The Leftist Assembly, Sonindia, The North Pacific, the South Pacific, the Rejected Realms, Philosophy 115, and 20 others.Eladen, International Democratic Union, Osiris, Winterfell, Antarctic Oasis, Texas, Canada, Union of Free Nations, 10000 Islands, Oatland, The Bar on the corner of every region, Haiku, Spiritus, Portugal, Europe, Conch Kingdom, Wintreath, Futaba Aoi, Evergreen Conifer, and The Union of Democratic States.

Tags: Casual, Commended, Democratic, Eco-Friendly, Enormous, Featured, Issues Player, Map, Multi-Species, Offsite Chat, Pacifist, Regional Government, and 2 others.Social, and World Assembly.

Regional Power: Extremely High

Forest contains 501 nations, the 31st most in the world.

Today's World Census Report

The Most Devout in Forest

World Census Inquisitors conducted rigorous one-on-one interviews probing the depth of citizens' beliefs in order to determine which nations were the most devout.

As a region, Forest is ranked 2,189th in the world for Most Devout.

NationWA CategoryMotto
1.The Queendom of ThorvelConservative Democracy“In the name of God, On guard !”
2.The Webcomic RolePlaying Game of Darths and DroidsLeft-wing Utopia“Jar Jar, you're a genius!”
3.The Hotdog-craving birb of SeagullCompulsory Consumerist State“Ack? Ack!”
4.The Holy Queendom of BrellachMother Knows Best State“Her Favoured Children, of Her Favoured Lands”
5.The Borderlands of TaurgurPsychotic Dictatorship“Minnai gwannava...”
6.The Burning Trash Fire of Lord DominatorCorporate Police State“Fire Solves All Things”
7.The Holy Land of Red SpoonPsychotic Dictatorship“Compassion. Suffering. Pray for NationStates”
8.The Theocracy of The Peoples Republic of KentAuthoritarian Democracy“Once Sinners, Now Doers”
9.The Social Darwinist Imperium of The Ascendant HiveIron Fist Consumerists“What Crota began, I complete. My will... conquers all!”
10.The Glorious Islamic Caliphates of Mushir Khayr ad-Din BarbarossaPsychotic Dictatorship“*guttural noises*”
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Mowte wrote:
This is why I think we just should use the popular vote, since 1 vote = 1 vote, no matter where you are (except in DC and the territories, although they too should get to vote in the general election).

Just a little nitpick here - I know some territories have elected to remain as a territory, so that is at least partially on them.

Stat-boosting is driving me crazy... I have to look through every issue answer on that one website, check what boosts Eco-Friendliness/Environmental Beauty, click it, then my stats still go down because NS hates people having high stats... I can't recall when I last got an issue that actually helps by a significant amount and is related to the environment.

Octopus Islands wrote:Just a little nitpick here - I know some territories have elected to remain as a territory, so that is at least partially on them.

Good point. Then I guess any territory where they must pay taxes should have a right to vote, but only if they want. I know many in DC wish to vote, and their license plates even say “Taxation without Representation” on them. For that matter, I think if you’ve been a resident for at least 5 years you should have a right to vote in local and state elections, and maybe over 10 years before general elections, since they too must pay taxes here, yet they have no vote in what the taxes are being used for or how much they’re taxed.

Turbeaux wrote:The visual diagram suggestion is for the purpose of outlining. You could treat labor practices as an input and look at them again on the recycling end of life outcome (if the product that you choose is recyclable).

A problem that I have been running into is fact-checking corporate claims. There is definitely a huge profit motive in marketing a product as something that does not destroy the environment, lead to human misery, or put money into resource extraction practices that fund criminal activities/violent conflicts. I have found that Greenpeace rates tech companies but they are largely taking corporate reports at face value and do not get into human rights issues. I wish that there was more third-party oversight in that business. There are some great organizations that only offer certain prestigious titles to food products that meet extremely rigorous environmental standards. I learned this from taking a look at palm oil (read about POFCAP).

I was hoping you had some kind of insight that I don't. I first discovered this issue when I was looking for a paint that doesn't make me sick. I did a lot of research and the best advice I got was to read the product's MSDS (material safety data sheet). So I did, when I could find it. I always ended up at the dead-end of "proprietary formula." That's when I first realized that I knew nothing about any of the products I was buying or using, and I could discover no reliable way to find out.

Edit:
I do think this is an excellent topic for this month - and I'd like to encourage discussion about it. My suggestion is to take a product, any product, and do a quick mental sketch of where it came from and where it will go when you are finished with it. (Personally I would probably exclude foods just because the origin and destination are pretty obvious and would take me in a completely different direction.)

This is enlightening just as an exercise to raise awareness of our immediate environs. We are surrounded by dozens or hundreds of products all the time. If a cosmic anomaly suddenly occurred that disappeared everything that had been produced in a factory, what would be left? Once you become aware that most of the things around you came from "a store" and are destined to be "thrown away" that can lead you to think about how complicated our lives really are. The hardest part about being an environmentalist is even imagining how life could be different.

[I'll go ahead and release the dispatch to TLA as soon as I can do so without disrupting their election process on their RMB.]

Kinectia wrote:I was hoping you had some kind of insight that I don't. I first discovered this issue when I was looking for a paint that doesn't make me sick. I did a lot of research and the best advice I got was to read the product's MSDS (material safety data sheet). So I did, when I could find it. I always ended up at the dead-end of "proprietary formula."
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Edit:
I do think this is an excellent topic for this month - and I'd like to encourage discussion about it. My suggestion is to take a product, any product, and do a quick mental sketch of where it came from and where it will go when you are finished with it. (Personally I would probably exclude foods just because the origin and destination are pretty obvious and would take me in a completely different direction.)

This is enlightening just as an exercise to raise awareness of our immediate environs. We are surrounded by dozens or hundreds of products all the time. If a cosmic anomaly suddenly occurred that disappeared everything that had been produced in a factory, what would be left? Once you become aware that most of the things around you came from "a store" and are destined to be "thrown away" that can lead you to think about how complicated our lives really are. The hardest part about being an environmentalist is even imagining how life could be different.

[I'll go ahead and release the dispatch to TLA as soon as I can do so without disrupting their election process on their RMB.]

Apologize for not having further insight. This sort of thing is difficult to do because you almost always have to rely on a corporation's own data at deeper levels. Aside from doing these mentally, I have only put together one for "green" building materials. I took a class that covered LEED certifications and it was topical. However, it is rather easy to use recycled materials for building construction. Also, that sort of thing focuses solely on environmental footprints. I hope that some other people run into these difficulties and learn from the experience.

I included food because it is something that everyone uses. It is a bit of a different analysis but still an instructive one!

Good luck, I am excited to see what you (and others) come up with! I have all of my resources and an outline. I am ready to write mine up and should stop procastinating! My problem with writing is not having the discipline to spread it out. I get into "the zone" and have to finish it in one session.

Forwintrr League Beauty Contests

Following a draw of 16 votes each, the organisers have decided to announce Budgie Snugglers as our Super Rank winner, and Sakiria as our Normal Rank winner!

Budgie Snugglers' exclusive interview featuring drop-dead gorgeous Pokemon really won us over. And a special mention for Team Steam's outstanding art.

Beauty Contest

We've decided that the fan favourite will instead be declared the Super Rank winner! While you're checking them out, please don't forget to upvote!

Our organisers will then pick a Normal Rank winner once all three polls close.

Please note, you will only be able to vote in your region's poll. Polls will remain open for three days.

Polls

The Rejected Realms: page=poll/p=158812

Wintreath: page=poll/p=158810

Forest: page=poll/p=158820

Option 1: Budgie Snugglers from the Rejected Realms

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Option 2: Sakiria from Wintreath

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Option 3: Team Steam from Forest

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Option 4: Pokecorp Elite Trainer from Forest

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Winners

Following a draw of 16 votes each, the organisers have decided to announce Budgie Snugglers as our Super Rank winner, and Sakiria as our Normal Rank winner!

Budgie Snugglers' exclusive interview featuring drop-dead gorgeous Pokemon really won us over. And a special mention for Team Steam's outstanding art.

Read dispatch

And thus concludes the Forwintrr League!

Thank you to all participating nations, Gym Leaders, organisers, and the new Pokemon Master of Ownzone!

Let us know: which Pokemon did you catch? Did anyone manage to catch 'em all?

Lura wrote:
On a related note, how long does it usually take to get an easter egg issue when you fulfill its conditions?

What's an easter egg issue?

Lura wrote:On a related note, how long does it usually take to get an easter egg issue when you fulfill its conditions?

There is no "usual" with eggs, unfortunately. My understanding is that basically, if you fulfill an issue's conditions, it is entered in to the pool of issues that may be randomly assigned to you. It could be the very next issue your receive, or it might just not happen for a ridiculously long time. There is one Easter Egg that, as far as anybody seems to be able to tell, I have met the conditions of for years, and I have never seen it. On the other hand, when I decided I wanted to get some eggs at the beginning of April, I changed a bunch of my information to match, and by the end of the month I had accumulated five. Then they stopped completely, despite still matching conditions for more, and I haven't seen one since then. I'm about the change my info back to my normal, because I honestly don't like the using the silly terms required for some of the eggs, and will try again in the future.

Camden Forest wrote:What's an easter egg issue?

"Easter Egg" issues are a set of (currently) 13 issues that have special conditions to receive, with those conditions not officially published or made available. Most of them can be interpreted as a joke of some kind, and they are typically "meta" in nature - they have references to real-world things or meta-elements of your gameplay choices, rather than to the in-game reality. For example, if you have a color in your nation's pre-title, you can get an issue about having an emergency cabinet meeting to answer the question "what is your favorite color?" If you have certain "spooky" things as your national animal (for example, your national animal is "ghost"), you might get an issue asking what costume you're going to wear for Halloween.

They're just fun little things hidden in the game, and when you receive and answer one, a badge will appear on your nation showing how many you have answered. I got five, all in April of this year, so if you look at my nation page now there is a little icon of an egg down with all the stat icons that says "Easter Eggs (5)" on its tool-tip.

Hi, we’re Middle Barael’s new puppet! I’m not sure if I’ll keep this one or let it CTE, but just so you know, I now have this one as well as Mowte, which I am certainly keeping.

Octopus Islands wrote:Stat-boosting is driving me crazy... I have to look through every issue answer on that one website, check what boosts Eco-Friendliness/Environmental Beauty, click it, then my stats still go down because NS hates people having high stats... I can't recall when I last got an issue that actually helps by a significant amount and is related to the environment.

It varies per nation. I've learned that if you just answer issues consistently, eventually all of the stats that matter to you will be affected, not just the ones you're gunning for. Just look at this one and The Ascendant Hive. Polar opposites, but yuuuuuge stats. All because of answering extremes consistently.

Trying to get a couple easter egg issues right now. Going for my first easter egg. Whats your favorite color easter egg

Also going for the halloween one

My nations gonna be like this for at least 2 weeks to get these easter eggs soooooo get used to my nation being like this

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