Embassy of Arda En' Estel


  • ECoJ

    This thread constitutes the Embassy of Arda En' Estel.

    The European Union looks forward to hosting you!





  • Arda: Episode I - A New Hope

    August, 2016

    Hello, world!

    On the 18th of April of this very year, the region of Arda En' Estel - Realm of Hope - was born. Three months later, it has brought forth near thirty thousand posts, and houses a friendly and bustling community focused on inclusiveness and, well, having a bloody good time all round. Its bustling Old Market houses dozens of extremely varied shops and businesses, while several families have made their home in Maple Lane. No less than five roleplays are going on, including the large scale Legacy RP which is the region's centrepiece, set in a world of steampunk and magic. There may be one or two small details still missing – some say a constitution or a government for example may be a nice addition to the region – but on the whole, Arda is thriving! And for those of you who are sceptical, do not fear... a Constitution is almost here, contributed to by all of Arda, and a Government will soon follow. In the meantime, we thought we would already make ourselves known to the world... so, hello!




    Spreading our wings

    As mentioned, we would like to get to know all of you wonderful regions a little better. For that reason, our current priority is finding other regions such as yourself who are willing to establish embassies with us, and perhaps in the future we can become “more than friends”, wink wink. NationStates is such an interesting and diverse place, where people from all over the world can meet and cooperate, and that is exactly what we want to do. For now we are mainly focusing on regions that our citizens have ties with, so we can ensure you will have an active ambassador from Arda on your forum to keep you up to date with the latest developments!




    Legacy

    Steampunk meets magic in our main role play, taking place two hundred years after the fall of the Old Ones, who used to rule over the entire region. Nations of all shapes and sizes interact with one another, be it peacefully or... not so peacefully. The Library is already overflowing with people's factbooks, and there are also several RPs between nations going on. New alliances are forged while old ones are strengthened. Pirates meet with Stormborn, Empires meet with Undead. Diplomacy is booming currently, but not all is well... A first conflict has already taken place, giant intelligent bats attacking a dwarven mine. This is only the start of what will become our region's Legacy, and we look towards the future with excitement about what is still to come!




    Rumour has it...

    Our gossip detectives have been around, and gathered some of Arda's juiciest secrets for your entertainment. This month we focus on the mysterious establishment that is Astoria Laboratories. It has been signalled that not entirely legal nor ethical practices are taking place within this institution's gates. Reports of a giant hedgehog creature being held captive and experimented upon have come in, and at least two witnesses claim to have seen giant carnivorous plants flame-thrown to death by two eccentrics and a red panda. The laboratory's Officer of Dubious Ethicality, Dr. Nightshade, claims that these rumours are false, and redirects any complaints through to Miss Riket of the Human Resources Department. So far everybody returning from HR has seemed extremely convinced that Astoria Laboratories is indeed working within the restraints of the law. Why exactly most of these people seemed to need treatment by a psychiatrist after their return from HR is as of yet unknown.





    For the Hreater Good!!


  • ECoJ

    Great to hear more about your most interesting region.

    Let's hope our co-operation and friendship are long-lasting!

    Foreign Commissioner Eric Hitchens



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    Arda Episode 2 - Attack of the Updates
    September 2016

    Constitution


    After several months of discussions, in which all citizens were welcome to partake, a final draft was reached for the Constitution. There was still some criticism, such as on the lack of civil rights for dwarfs and satyrs, the absence of any mention of glitter, and no conclusive clauses on the controversial subject of neutering. However, as spokesperson Akillian Talleyrand said, “Come on guys, this is like the one single thing in this region that has to be serious, let’s not- LIL STOP EATING THE CONSTITUTION!” And thus the Constitution was put to vote, receiving an almost unanimous aye, which means after three months and thirty thousand forum posts, we finally have a Constitution! Hurrah!



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    Elections and A New Government


    The very first elections have taken place in Arda! After vigorous campaigning defending themselves from lies and slander, accusations of bribery, and swift denial of intentions to eat the new legislation, the candidates engaged in a grueling debate. When interviewed, most attendees said it seemed like just a lot of pointless yelling, with some people just fighting with themselves off in a corner. We've compiled some infamous quotes during the intense campaigning and debate period to share with you:


    "I deny all accusations of me being the Zodiac Killer, on my honour as a politician." – Sacul

    "While I myself do not enjoy pickles I can respect the fact that others may like pickles. Therefore any interaction with said people who like pickles will be perfectly civil. Pickles." – Aynia

    "I'm basically perfect." – Leo

    "There has been some talk, by some of the other candidates who are running for senator, about the size of my horns. They have been saying that if my horns are small, my tail must be small too. But I mean, look at these horns, are they small horns? That's ridiculous. I guarantee there's no problem with the size of my tail, I guarantee it." – Lil

    "I think you should vote for me because I am the only candidate with kill in their name and you will face the consequences if you don't."
    – Akillian

    Civility was restored, however, and we are proud to announce the first elected government of Arda en Estel.


    The First Government of Arda en' Estel
    The Senate:

    Speaker: Akillian Talleyrand
    Lil La Luna
    Gabrielis Telchuri
    Sacul Astoria
    The Fox

    Consuls:
    Interior: Sacul Astoria
    Culture: The Fox
    Foreign Affairs: Aynia

    Tribune:
    Leo Emil Arnulf-Riket

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    The Story of the Hreater Good


    Religion has come to Arda! The Hreater Good has taken hold and almost daily sacrifices of death by cuddles are being made in its name and to its prophet, The Great JAzzy. The Hreater Good is a rather unique religion in the NS sphere, as instead of a fixed canon, we are letting the people themselves play out the stories of the Gods. An Arch Bishop of Cruor has also attempted to put down roots in Arda, but it seems he has been quickly labelled a heretic. When asked his opinion his only reply was: "Ummm". With such eloquent words Arda may just be converted yet, but for now they are still calling for death to the 'heretics'.


    For the Hreater Good!



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    Consulate

    Consul of the Interior
    : Sacul Astoria
    Consul of Foreign Affairs: Aynia
    Consul of Culture: The Fox

    Tribunal
    Tribune: Leopold Emil Arnulf-Riket
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    "For the Hreater Good"

    Population: 80 nations
    WA Delegate: Elvennai



    Senate

    Speaker: Akillian Talleyrand

    Lil La Luna
    Gabrielis Telchuri
    Sacul Astoria
    Evanei Riket-Telchuri







    Arda Episode 3 - The Senate Awakens
    October 2016



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    The Etele...Estali...Estelian Senate!



    The Senate of Arda got off to a flying start in its first month of existence. Legislation could be seen flying around in all directions – quite literally, as the Senators flung scrolls and papers in each other’s faces during heated debates. No less than two Constitutional Amendments passed, the first giving more power to the Popular Assembly, and the second clearing up some ambiguities in the constitution’s wording and other minor flaws spotted by the very diligent Senator La Luna. An Elections Act was passed as well, although only on the second time around, as the previously mentioned “minor flaws” in the Constitution led to it not gaining majority support the first time round… long story. Furthermore, a WA Delegate Act was passed, as well as the controversial “The, the way the wind blows act”, making headwind punishable by imprisonment in a glass bottle and receiving a harsh letter from every member of the senate, detailing how disappointed they are in the wind. Since then, productivity in Arda has increased due to cyclists getting to work earlier and being in a better mood when arriving at the office. Finally, the Senate rounded off their first month with the Official Name Act, establishing once and for all that we are called Arda en’ Estel, not Arda En’ Estel, Arda en Estel or That Odd Place With All The Weird People. And it doesn’t look like our industrious Senate will be slowing down anytime soon!



    But wait, there's more! Because our Senate is just so awesome, we can't seem to stop writing articles about them! The first major elections took place in September and three Senators were appointed. Evanei Riket-Telchuri joins the Senate for the first time, while Akillian Talleyrand and Gabriellis Telchuri come back to the Senate for a second term. Another congratulations goes to Akillian for being nominated as Speaker for a second term!




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    LEAF's of Arda en' Estel



    Arda is proud to introduce to the world it's new military force, The Legion of Estelian Armed Forces, or "The LEAF's!" Several operations have already been undertaken with citizens of Arda joining to help out Lone Wolves United and Osiris. The military is still in it's infancy, but it is off to a promising start! Talks are underway to decide on an official flag and we should have even more good news for you coming next update!

    Behold the current flag submissions:



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    The Yacht Saga Continues...



    It was a beautiful summer’s day when Evanei decided to invite her family and friends onto her yacht. Everyone climbed aboard, bringing along plenty of booze, and then they set off into the unknown. But little did Evanei know that her mother already had other plans for the boat… until the Angel of Death, an albino Megalodon, turned up. Evanei’s mother, Captain Fox, had chartered the yacht for a Megalodon-hunt. Unfortunately, Captain Fox got rather… distracted by her wife, and ran the yacht straight into an iceberg. While Fox and Jazzy prepared to take on Angel, Aynia, Sacul and Cain attempted to save the sinking ship. At first they had little success, and in the end it was only with the help of Stuart the elemental duct tape octopus (yes – those exist) that saved the boat from sinking. Close to a thousand posts later, little progress has been made on hunting down Angel, but the crew haven’t given up yet!



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    Unions come to Arda?



    Several political parties have appeared on the scene over the last month: Arda's Union of Conscientiously Work-Shy Elements, The Egalitarian Pacifist Group and The After Party. Could they be forming as protest to the working conditions in Astoria Laboratories? Could it have anything to do with the mysterious health inspector that has been showing up at all of Arda's shops? Could it really be that they just want to make even more clubs? We aren't exactly sure, but tensions are already running high between AUoCWSE and TAP! It seems we could have a friendly, or not so friendly, rivalry on our hands soon!



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    NEWSFLASHES!


    - New special stamps are available for donators to use in signatures, courtesy of Lil la Luna!


    - Arda recently hit 45,000 posts, that's, like, 260 posts a day or some crazy number!


    - Megalodon still swimming in Arda waters, will the yacht crew ever survive?!


    - The tavern now has private rooms that seem to be the hot spot for romantic dates around Arda!


    - Can we ever decide on final masking colours? Probably not!



    Until next month, For the Hreater Good!



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    Please join us on the Arda en' Estel offsite forums here!



    We have tons of spooky stuff planned such as a haunted house, scary choose your own adventure stories, spoopy spam games and more! Go pick out your costume and we'll be waiting for you!



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    Consulate

    Consul of the Interior
    :
    Akillian Talleyrand
    Consul of Foreign Affairs: Aynia
    Consul of Culture: Sacul Astoria

    Tribunal
    Tribune: Leopold Emil Arnulf-Riket
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    "For the Hreater Good"

    Population: 115 nations
    WA Delegate: Elvennai
    Senate

    Speaker: Akillian Talleyrand

    Lil La Luna
    Gabrielis Telchuri
    Sacul Astoria
    Evanei Riket-Telchuri

    Arda Episode IV: The Pumpkin Menace
    November 2016

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    Arda becomes Pumpkin Town of MURDER

    Arda's very first festival took place the second half of October! From Ghastly Games to a Monster Ball, spoopy was the theme around Arda those two weeks. Gathering almost 1500 posts, the festival was considered a huge success! Read below for some Halloween highlights:


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    A House of Haunting

    “A group of friends on a weekend away together decide to explore an old mansion surrounded by legends about ghosts and spirits. But when they enter the house, they find themselves locked in, with no means of escape. And it soon becomes clear that there is more going on than meets the eye, as people start dying in suspicious circumstances…” That was how one of the Halloween Festival’s most popular events started: The Haunted House game – based on the popular party game Mafia/Werewolf. Several people got possessed by the evil spirit of the house, and claimed a nightly sacrifice, leaving their victims in the most horrific conditions, having feasted from heir flesh as the others slept fitfully. The unpossessed had a stroke of luck the first day, with psychic Aynia discovering the evil within Jazzy, Consumer of Souls. And so Jazzy was shot, taking with her another possessed, Vixy, who had fallen madly in love with her. But two possessed remained, and the following nights were marked by death while the days were marked with indecisiveness. The exorcist Akillian, the priestess Lil, the watchwoman Nightshade… they all died one by one. Eventually, Aynia identified another possessed – her own beloved fiancée, Lucinda – but she was too late… and ended up being voted out, her life terminated by a shot to the chest. Her death also brought with it a victory for the possessed, whom outnumbered the unpossessed, driving them to insanity, a state in which they all ended up taking their own life. Although the possessed won, they too ultimately met their demise by overeating on the remains of their victims. Oh well, some stories just have no happy ending for anybody.

    The Murder Ball

    "You exit the ghostly coach driven by no one but the skeletal horses and follow the walkway up to the doors, where atop a grand stair case heading towards a rather elegant, if not dark, ballroom, you are announced by a disembodied voice. Welcome to the Murder Ball."

    Drinks and drama abound at the one and only Murder Ball! Citizens danced through the night, sharing gossip and good times in their best Halloween costumes. Did you see what Fox was wearing? How scandalous! The ball was coined a marvelous success, culminating the the engagement announcement of Willow Nightshade-Riket and Dominic Von Bismark. Congratulations!

    The Macabre Marketplace

    A highlight of the festival was taking a stroll through the macabre marketplace. Whether you fancied a new costume, some super spoooookyy music, or one of Fuzzy's world famous cakes, you could find it in the marketplace. You could even go for a drink in the Pony Tavern, but don't question the name! If you don't get taken out by evil deer head you may may just find a knife in your gut!


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    The End of the Yacht?

    I am sure you have all been sitting on the edge of your seats throughout the past month, wondering if the Arda crew finally managed to hunt down Angel the Megalodon? It will probably come as a great surprise that, eventually, they succeeded in doing just that! At first a glittomic bomb was considered, but a lack of volunteers to deliver the weapon of mass destruction led to that plan being ditched. That’s when Vixy mentioned that she had, naturally, injected explosive nanobots into Angel’s bloodstream, just like she did to all of her pets (news that was received with horror by Jazzy). After a lot of exasperated chiding, followed by angry demanding, and eventually desperate pleading, Vixy eventually caved and activated the nanobots… spraying the boat with Megalodon remains. And so comes an end to the tale of the yacht. But do not fear, the Estelians are already off on another boat trip in Bali, and who knows what might happen there… perhaps you will find out in next month’s update!


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    Major Elections, a Not So Major Event

    Major elections happened this month with little fanfare. Sacul Astoria was elected Consul of Culture, Akillian Talleyrand took over as Consul of Interior, and Aynia was reelected as Foreign Consul. The Senate was in a hot race, with everyone calmly sitting near the middle of their seats, not anxiously awaiting the results. In the end seats were won again by both Sacul Astoria and Lil' la Luna!


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    Newsflashes!

    - Arda now has a comprehensive Criminal Code, after lengthy discussions in the Senate.

    - Post count is halfway to sextuple digits! *giggle*

    - Rumour has it that the Arda Discord chat houses a secret bunker, where the most unspeakable acts take place...

    - The Cult of Metal Wolf spreads to Arda, how will the Hreater Good react to this abominable heresy?


    For the Hreater Good!





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    Consulate

    Consul of the Interior
    :
    Akillian Talleyrand
    Consul of Foreign Affairs: Aynia
    Consul of Culture: Sacul Astoria

    Tribunal
    Tribune: Leopold Emil Arnulf-Riket
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    "For the Hreater Good"

    Population: 150 nations
    WA Delegate: Elvennai
    Senate

    Speaker: Akillian Talleyrand (TAP)

    Lil La Luna (AUoCWSE)
    Vaclav Vinograd (RA)
    Sacul Astoria (TAP)
    Jazzy (Multiparty)


    Arda Episode V: Attack of the Christmas Festival
    December 2016

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    The Inaugural Estelian Awards Ceremony

    The first ever awards were given out in Arda this month by the Consul of Culture. There were commendations handed out for politics, spam, culture, and two very special awards designed specifically for two citizens who have made a large impact on Arda in a very short time.

    Lil la Luna was awarded three, count 'em, three! insignia for her impressive spamming on the forum, with Fox earning two and Jazzy one spam insignia awards.

    Both Aynia's and Fox's estates earned them cultural insignia's for over one thousand posts a piece, and Ye Old Tavern was recognized as the cultural hot spot that it is (even though the rabid deer head may or may not have scared a few patrons away.)

    The one and only political award went to Lil la Luna in appreciation for writing or co writing five different laws during her time in the Senate. Keep up the good work!

    Finally, two very special awards were created for both Jazzy and Phantasus, who both have had a large and lasting impact on the region as a whole. The Ray of Sunshine insignia was given to Jazzy for being quite possibly the happiest red panda in all of Nationstates, and most definitely the happiest citizen in Arda en' Estel. Jazzy's good cheer can't help but put smiles on everyone's faces who sees him. Or her. Or him.

    Phantasus was granted the insignia of Overmaster, and enjoys a special custom masking on our discord channel for his upkeep of the Overmind bot. His love and diligence keeps the citizens of Arda from mass hysteria whenever Overmind fails to start the requested heist. It's rumored there's even a new cult forming around the great Overmaster, praise his name.


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    ARDA IN MASS PANIC AND RIOTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS EVERYTHING GOES OFFLINE!

    For the first time in the history of Arda en' Estel, the forums were offline for two whole days! Citizens huddled together in Discord, reminiscing on 'the good old days' and planning the first things they would do as soon as the forums came back online. Just when all hope was dwindling and citizens began planning a way to post via courier pigeon, the forums were back online. There was some brief fear that some posts had been lost, but at last order has been restored and things are finally back to normal, the elections proceeding with only a short delay. Our thoughts go out to all of the other hapless regions out there that were struck by this terrible disaster, and we hope not too many lives were lost to insanity during those days of darkness!


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    Arda en' Estel Ratifies the CAIN Treaty

    The first official treaty in Arda en' Estel's history was ratified last month by the Senate. Foreign Consul Aynia Sabathiel attended the conference on behalf of Arda. When interviewed she had this to say: "Arda stands for freedom to do as you please, except take away the freedom of others. We will stand strong with the coalition and together we can wipe out the Nazi presence all across Nationstates. I mean, I'm sure they'll love the taste of freedom. Or else."

    The Senate debated little over signing the treaty, but first had to push through the Treaty Act, so they would have a procedure in place for how to deal with treaties. Once the red tape was cut through the treaty prevailed, and Arda en' Estel's name was added to the official signatory list.


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    Anti-Imp Candidates Win Big in Senate Elections

    Arda en' Estel recently held its major Senate election, where three of the five Senate seats were open to election.

    Four candidates offered themselves up. Three sitting Senators ran for re-election - Akillian Talleyrand, Jazzy, Gabrielis Telchuri – as well as one new challenger - Vaclav Vinograd.

    When the dust settled, Jazzy was returned to the Senate, as well as Akillian Talleyrand. Vaclav Vinograd was elected as a new Senator. Together, Talleyrand and Vinograd represent the most prominent faces of the anti-imp faction of the dominant party of Arda, the After Party.

    During the election campaign, Talleyrand blamed the recent Zetaboards crash on the imp community and added if re-elected, "I will finally be proposing an Imp Registration and Control Act and we'll make sure this dangerous section of the population is finally stopped."

    Vinograd, speaking to supporters after his victory, was heard saying, “we’re going to make Arda tall again, that I can tell you, that I can tell you.”

    Any anti-imp efforts from Vinograd and Talleyrand will assuredly meet with opposition from Senators like the After Party’s pro-imp faction leader, Sacul Astoria, himself a prominent imp.

    It’s unclear what the future will hold for Arda, or it’s imp community, but one thing is clear – the Senate has never had as strong an anti-imp presence as it does after this election.


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    Imp scandal, big problem

    Rumour has been going around the region that the Imp rights leader, Sacul Astoria, has actually been taking short pills since he was very young, making him an impure Imp. Our research says it started with his parents mashing the pills into his food as a baby to keep him shorter. His mother has claimed that she "only wanted to keep her baby longer," and that she "didn't know the consequences would be so severe."

    But despite this big problem about small sizes, Sacul Astoria has said that he has earned a spot on the cast of the new hit tv show Hreat of Thrones as the character Lyrion Tannister. We interviewed the hobo outside our news office about the situation, he just kept mumbling and asked for change, so we asked the Phoenix Campus Professor standing next him. He said that it's "a sad truth, that Imps, real or modified are able to become so popular."

    Newsflashes

    - Arda en' Estel sprints by 55,000 posts with a brief wave, the madness shows no signs of slowing!

    - Vaclav Vinograd and Sister Snow appointed as Aediles of Culture

    - Political parties popping up like mushrooms

    - Two new role plays are in the works!


    For the Hreater Good!






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    Consulate

    Consul of the Interior
    :
    Akillian Talleyrand
    Consul of Foreign Affairs: Aynia
    Consul of Culture: Vixy

    Tribunal

    Tribune: Leopold Emil Arnulf-Riket
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    "For the Hreater Good"

    Population: 130 nations
    WA Delegate: Elvennai



    Senate

    Speaker: Akillian Talleyrand (TAP)

    Ervald (AMP)
    Vaclav Vinograd (RA)
    Sacul Astoria (TAP)
    Jazzy (Multiparty)

    Arda Episode VI: The Legion Awakens
    January 2017

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    Farewell 2016, Hello 2017!!

    2016 hasn't necessarily been the best year, but in Arda en' Estel we've made the most of it! Ending the year over an awesome 62,000 posts!! And we've not even had the whole year to achieve this legendary number!


    2016 will be one to remember, with many bad things such as the death of David Bowie, Alan Rickman, George Michaels and- hey! That hurt! Erm, back to the positives! It's finished now, and we must look forward to the future... We've all made resolutions we intend to keep, (face it, we probably won't) and we're all wondering what will 2017 be like... will she be kind? Or will she terrorize us like her predecessor...


    From all of us in Arda, from every citizen, admin, consul, senator and all the various political parties vying for your vote....


    We've had a happy Christmas, now have a...


    MERRY NEW YEAR!!!


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    A Celebration in Tinsely Twinkletown!

    To conclude what has been a busy, but awesome year, Arda en' Estel threw the very first annual Arda Christmas Festival! With a Christmas Feast, Christmas Ball, an Advent Calendar, Santa Elections and much more, it was destined to be quite a fun time... However, I don't think anyone expected just how well it would go down! The ballroom was alive with dancing and while one or two attendees did drink far too much eggnog, it was still very fun...


    Another attraction that was popular were the fun winter activities, such as the snowball fight or the game 'Do you wanna build a snowman?' Everyone got to participate, resulting in the snowman looking like this:


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    And then, the sad bit came... The End of The Festival! There was not a dry eye in the house as the fantastically fun festival finally finished. All the Candidates for the New Santa were picked off, one by one, in mysterious accidents, until only two remained, Sacul Astoria and Rhaegar Riket. The ensuing fight ending in hospitalization for both participants and no presents being delivered on Christmas morning, much to citizens' horror and dismay. As the season of Yuletide Cheer left the province of Tinsely Twinkletown, it was replaced by rioting in the streets in protest to not receiving the required presents under the tree. The elves there retaliated against the rest of Arda with fruitcake explosions, licking candy canes till they were really sharp and stabbing people with them and more horrific stuff. All in all the holiday season was deemed a giant success, with less hospitalizations than anticipated and more than enough snow for all the snowballs, snowmen, and snow angels Estelian citizens could make.


    So farewell, Christmas Festival, We hope to see you again next year!


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    News from the Senate

    Arda’s Senate just doesn’t seem to want to sit still, with no less than five diverse pieces of legislation under intense discussion this month. The third Constitutional Amendment has been in the works for quite some time now, as people just keep on coming up with ways to improve the Constitution even more. Senator La Luna attempted to pass the Worker’s Right to Relax Act, giving workers the right to 8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of rest and 8 hours of free time every day, very much in the spirit of her party, Arda's Union of Conscientiously Work-Shy Elements. However, she didn’t manage to get the support of her fellow Senators, which includes the business magnate Sacul Astoria who heavily opposed the legislation. A much more successful proposal of Senator La Luna’s was The Religious Freedom Act, giving all citizens the freedom to follow the one true religion of the Hreater Good or be labelled a heretic. The National Holidays Act is also in the making, granting certain days such as Descent of the Sacred Pillow, Day of the Hreat Prophet and Heretic Tuesday the status of an official public holiday. Finally, the imp debate has come to a head with Senators Talleyrand and Vinograd’s proposal of the Imp Registration and Control Act. Senators Astoria and Ervald immediately retaliated with lengthy defences of the imp population, calling Tallerand and Vinograd’s views extremist, bigoted and radically right-wing. It remains to be seen which camp will win the debate, the deciding vote lying with the Senate’s fifth and final member, Senator Jazzy.


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    A 'LEAFY' Milestone!

    Arda en Estel's military, LEAF, completed its very first successful solo raid and refounding during the month of festivities! The refounding was pulled off in less than two weeks and the region 'League of Bastards' is now firmly within the hold of Arda en Estel.


    As the Consul of Foreign Affairs, this operation was lead by Warmaster Aynia and her second-in-command, Centurion Tira Tyrus. Tira was soon appointed Officer of Badassery and Rhaegar Riket finally got some power, and was named Officer Santa. Together the three held watch over the region, only encountering minor stumbles during the operation.


    This milestone will go down forever in Arda's Military History and all the future generations can learn from this great success.


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    NEWSFLASHES

    • This term we had our most intense elections yet, with no less than six people running for Senate and three for Consul of Culture. Ervald replaced Lil La Luna in the Senate, while The Fox took over the Culture Consulate from Sacul Astoria.
    • Phoenix Campus founded, new concept of an NS university seems to be working so far
    • The Lilquisition sets out to spread the word of the Hreater Good and purify heretics
    • Several major new roleplays started, featuring everything from anthropomorphic animals and a divided Europe to space pirates and post-apocalyptic NYC


    For The Hreater Good!



  • Estelian Manor

    Arda en' Estel is hosting, twice a month, parties at the Estelian Manor.
    Citizens from all regions are welcomed to join the all-day parties. One must only apply as a tourist and head to the Estelian Manor subforum in Maple Lane to get started.
    To get updates and discuss upcoming parties, ask Management for an invite to the Discord server. Party dates will be given out on the server, so keep an eye out.
    We hope you enjoy this time to converse and have fun in these party roleplays!

    Sincerely,
    Party Management
    "Strengthening friendships and regions together one party at a time."

    Recruitment

    Party Management is looking for Sub-Planners to help in planning the parties and updating the citizens of the regions.
    If you wish to get in on the action and help out, message a Manager. To explain the roles, a part-time planner works once in awhile when he can, while a sub-planner works with Party Management as full-time. Parties, as stated, are twice a month and are planned a week in advance. Parties are a day long event and during the party planners may join and relax. The work is done and it's time to have fun in what you have worked to create!
    Sub-Planners from other regions will also be masked as a tourist on the forum, so fill that out, unless you are an ambassador.
    We hope to have fun in working together to bring delight and fun to the citizens of all regions!

    Links are pasted below:
    Estelian Manor
    Tourist Application
    Discord Invite




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    Consulate

    Consul of the Interior
    :
    Akillian Talleyrand
    Consul of Foreign Affairs: Aynia
    Consul of Culture: Vixy

    Tribunal
    Tribune: Leopold Emil Arnulf-Riket
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    "For the Hreater Good"

    Population: 145 nations
    WA Delegate: Elvennai




    Senate

    Speaker: Akillian Talleyrand (TAP)

    Rarry Riket (TAP)
    Lil La Luna (AUoCWSE)
    Sacul Astoria (TAP)
    vacant


    Arda Episode VII: The Empire Strikes the NS World Fair
    February 2017
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    May the Odds be Never erm… Ever in Your Favour


    This month Arda held it’s very first annual Estelian Hunger Games! It was an action packed 7 days with 19 participants from the forum and 5 NPC’s from around Arda. Vixy Riket went on to take the title of last survivor after racking up 5 kills and setting off a brutal explosion that had narrowed the field down considerably. By Night Three, it was all over. After Adorabella fell out of a tree and landing on Leopold Arnulf Riket and killing both of them it left Vixy as the last tribute standing. It just goes to show how brutal Vixy can be, when she's determined to do something. The win was seen as ironic by many, since despite being a ruthless murderer, on Night 2 she was seen begging Altino to kill her off. Altino refused however, leaving Vixy distraught enough to go on to win the 1st Hunger Games of Arda en' Estel!


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    The Very Un-Election


    As the Senate Term ended for the Fifth Time, it was time for the Elections to happen once again. Three Seats were vacant from Vaclav, Akillian and The Almighty JAzzy.


    However, they wouldn't be vacant for long as Lil La Luna, Rarry Riket and Akillian Talleyrand all ran for the seats, resulting in a violent clash of wits and promises to be elec-- oh wait... That's not right… In fact this election resulted in a peaceful exchange of power, as the amount of seats was equal to the amount of candidates, meaning no one even had to campaign for the spot of Senator. EVERYBODY WINS! EVERYBODY GOT A SEAT!


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    Speaking of the Senate…


    In a surprising turn of events, the Fifth Senate of Arda failed to pass the Imp Regulation Laws, a fundamental part of some senators' election campaigns. In response to this news, Imp Rights Activists celebrated all across Arda en' Estel, while Imp Hunters were captured on camera smashing windows and rioting. Known Imp Activist and Senator, Sacul Astoria, said "With three of four Senators opposing this legislation and only one supporting it, the Imp Registration and Control Act fails, and justice prevails!"


    Known sweetheart, Jazzy Riket, was overjoyed at this news and said "Yay! We don't need to put you under special control!" She then flailed in happiness, as is customary for the Hreat JAzzy.


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    Arda Arrives at the World Fair


    The ESS Arda, the region’s first spaceship, was on its way to the exoplanet Yiunus X1 when it ran into some unfortunate problems. While in Really Very Fast Indeed Drive, it ran out of fuel. The Hreat JAzzy must have been smiling down upon the crew however, as they ran out of fuel not in the infinite expanse of empty space, but in a gathering of regions from all over the multiverse: The NationStates World Fair V.


    With nothing better to do, the ship's crew decided to visit some other space stations and stellar vessels, and while they enjoyed themselves in all manner of ways, they were secretly pocketing shiny things at every opportunity.


    All hell broke loose as Lieutenant Aynia invited inquisitive, obnoxious foreigners (also known as tourists) onto the ESS Arda to explore. Captain Sacul shouted loudly as the tourists stole all the badges and then, when he tried to relax in the science module, he had the fright of his life as Aynia burst in, bringing with her even more tourists! They touched thing and threw things and burned stuff with acid until it was time for them all to leave. Some, however, decided to remain on the ship to come back to Arda, resulting in Sacul giving up and letting the annoying tourists stay on board. With the ship refuelled with all manner of substances gathered from around the Fair, the Estelians – and their new companions – were finally ready to head home once more.


    Arda’s presence at the Fair was strong, with the ESS Arda accumulating over 1 200 posts, which is more than 20% of activity in the entire Fair. Estelians were not only active in their own booth, but also encouraged to broaden their horizons, venturing forth to visit booths all over the Fair, resulting in three of the top five posters at the Fair being Estelians. We are already looking forward to next year’s Fair!


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    NEWSFLASHES


    • A new Role Play class has started in Arda University. Miss Aynia is role playing a teacher teaching a class about role playing. Only a few heads have exploded at this role playception.
    • The Defense Act is finally wrapping up discussions in the Popular Assembly, will it be passed soon?
    • A new subforum has been created for adventures as your NS Persona.
    • The Legion of Estelian Armed Forces pairs with the Mafia of Equinox for it’s longest tag raid to date, 18 nations.
    • Ervald resigns as a member of the Senate, special election to be held.


    For the Hreater Good!



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    Consulate


    Consul of the Interior
    :
    Akillian Talleyrand
    Consul of Foreign Affairs: Aynia
    Consul of Culture: Rarry Riket

    Tribunal
    Tribune: Leopold Emil Arnulf-Riket
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    "For the Hreater Good"

    Population: 187 nations
    WA Delegate: Elvennai



    Senate

    Speaker: Akillian Talleyrand (TAP)

    Lil La Luna (AUoCWSE)
    Rarry Riket(TAP)
    Sacul Astoria (TAP)
    Satya Romefeller (AMP)

    Arda Episode VIII: Return of the Update
    March 2017


    The ESS Arda, a ship you may remember from the NS World Fair, was taken hostage by the First Order, one of the region’s parties, upon its return home. Sacul Astoria, the ship’s Captain, summoned backup from Astoria Laboratories, while Supreme Commander Vixy av Riket of the First Order left control of the Troopers in the hands of her capable sister and second-in-command, Tira Tyrus.


    The Arda’s crew are putting up a fight with the help of the Astoria Laboratories staff, but it seems that the First Order may lay their hands upon the plans they are attempting to steal, as Jazzy leads one towards the secret documents in a classic treason move. Or perhaps she’s just a little naïve, and believes too much in the good of people.


    For now, the fight could go either way. What the crew lack in numbers they make up for in combat skills, but the sheer quantity of Troopers may result in them overpowering the crew of the ESS Arda. What exactly the plans contain has not been disclosed, but if the First Order is willing to put this much effort into obtaining them, it is likely something quite nefarious. Whether the ESS Arda will attempt to get back the plans can currently only be guessed at.


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    Love was in the air in Arda recently, as our Valentines Festival kicked off with a bang, or rather, a wub... Market stalls soon popped up, with some people selling kisses and cuddles while others sold Stuff like glitter bombs, and Loneliness Chocolate, for that special someone who just doesn't have a valentine.


    In a change from the classic game 'Insult the Poster Above You' we played 'Compliment the Poster Above You' which was a nice way to make everyone awkward.


    Some other games Arda played were 'He/She loves me' in which participants would alternate between 'Loves me' and 'Loves me not' Some players believed it was indicating what the poster above you felt about you, but that has not been confirmed.


    Other games were 'Love Memes' Basically post memes about love, 'Love Songs' basically post songs about love, 'To: and From:' in which people would find funny Valentines cards to send to someone.


    And of course, what festival would be complete without 'Last Poster gets to Live'? Yes, in true festival style, Vixy slid a 'Last Poster gets to Live' into the various topics of sickening love.


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    'February marked the first TAP (The After Party) Conference. Many people from all around Arda attended, some of them even decided to take to the stage to speak about the topic of the conference which was 'Unity'. Some very important words were spoken at this conference. Here are a few quotes from the evening:


    Quotes from TAP:


    “By working together we can overcome the challenges we face and we can all continue to be proud of our region and confident of our future." - Akillian Talleyrand, TAP Co-Founder, Consul of the Interior and Senator


    "I believe that The After Party’s values align well with those of the region as a whole, and those upon which it was founded. Inclusiveness, a strong, transparent and democratically elected government, a great sense of fun and light-heartedness." - Sacul Astoria, TAP Co-Founder and Senator


    "Our region is quite literally built on unity. We are governed in unity and our culture is unity. There are so many different moving parts that all make up the body of Arda, and they are all equally important and worthy of respect." - Aynia Lucina-Holland, TAP Glitter and Joy Supplier and Consul of Foreign Affairs


    "When I first came here... I didn't know what in the world was going on, I was expecting something to do with NationStates but no, not much about that. I knew about the roleplaying though, and, that's great. I hoped there were kind people, and no disappointing from that because all the people I have met are the nicest and greatest people I could know online." - Taylor Cameron, TAP Press Secretary and newcomer to the region


    "However, unity does not mean constantly being happy with one another, that would be ridiculous. We need resistance and we need to be contested every now and again. Once again, the Senate is an example. My recent proposal for a change in the Criminal Code got challenged, to attempt to make a more efficient, more intelligent article for us to vote for. While unity is necessary, sometimes, so is resistance." - Rarry Riket, TAP Health, Safety and Sanitation Officer and Senator


    "But I did stumble across one seemingly inherent attribute of partying, and I'd like to share it with you today. You see, parties seem like a finite experience. A microcosm of revelry, if you will. A tiny blip of celebration on the otherwise dull register tape of time. But they aren't. The real party is the register tape. It is the macrocosm the microcosm sits in, an infinite spiral of time and alcohol." - Cthoria Cerulean-Bloom, TAP Expert on Partying


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    NEWSFLASHES

    - Arda University now offers courses on Roleplay, Journalism and Laboratory Science
    - Le Cameron Restaurante opens its doors, an extravagant, yet refined establishment, which has very polite staff, and an exquisite menu, all of which tastes very good... but is very expensive.
    - Established news source Ask Freddie! and fresh tabloid The Daily Estel fight for dominance in Arda's media landscape.
    - Minor elections saw both Interior and Foreign Consuls keeping their seats, while Rarry Riket won Culture uncontested.
    - The Senate stays the same!


    For the Hreater Good!



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    Consulate


    Consul of the Interior
    : Lil La Luna
    Consul of Foreign Affairs: Lil La Luna
    Consul of Culture: Lil La Luna

    Tribunal
    Tribune: Lil La Luna
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    "For the Hreater Good"

    Population: 666 nations
    WA Delegate: Elvennai



    Senate

    Speaker: Lil La Luna (AUoCWSE)

    Lil La Luna (AUoCWSE)
    Mr. Fluffypants (AUoCWSE)
    Akillian Talleyrand (TAP)
    Sacul Astoria (TAP)


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    A New Age Dawns

    In recent elections, Lil La Luna was elected as Consul of the Interior, Consul of Culture and Consul of Foreign Affairs. This came as a surprise, with established Consulate members such as Akillian Talleyrand, Rhaegar Riket and Aynia losing their positions, every one of them not gaining a single vote. Someone mentioned electoral fraud, but they haven’t been active in Arda since, they probably realised how silly that comment was and are too ashamed to show their faces. I mean face. It was only one person. Obviously. Lil La Luna also won two Senate spots, the other three being filled by her pet goat, Sacul Astoria, and Akillian Talleyrand. She also managed to secure the Tribune seat without any opposition worthy of mentioning. Everyone seems very pleased with God Empress La Luna's landslide victory. No one, especially no the authors of this update, have anything negative to say at all on the subject.

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    The new Senate’s first order of business was to discuss the Wall Act (2017), Senator La Luna’s eternal electoral promise. With three votes in favour, it passed the Senate, and construction of the Wall will be commenced forthwith. Once the wall is in place, no new members will be allowed to join Arda - nor old ones be allowed to leave - without an extensive vetting process. This also means that ambassadors will most likely no longer be able to leave Arda to distribute updates, which is why it has been decided not to write anymore after this one, making this The Last Update. Senators Talleyrand and Astoria did not approve of this new government policy, but have been charged with slander by Tribune La Luna, and impeachment will likely follow. More on that in our next upda- oh, right. You'll have to visit if you want to find out mo- of yeah. Well, you'll probably never know Talleyrand and Astoria's fate!

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    The Lilquisition Spreads Fire of Righteousness

    Since God Empress La Luna's crowning... uhm... Consul La Luna's democratically elected victory, the Lilquisition has been busy. They have been spreading the word of the Hreat Prophet JAzzy around the region, invadi- visiting stores and households all over the region. So far heretical items from the List of Abominations Unto JAzzy have been found in all visited establishments, and all items have been dealt with using Purifying Flame. As well as the owners of said items, of course. All heretic temples and cathedrals have been demolished. The region is more heresy-free than ever, and that has been achieved in only a couple of days time! Once the Religious Freedoms Act (2016) Amendment has passed the Senate, the Lilquisition will be able to deal with heretics even more efficiently.

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    NEWSFLASHES

    • Pants to be banned in all of Arda.
    • The Hreat Library torched, all records have been eradicated.
    • Political Parties Act will ban all parties outside of AUoCWSE if it passes the Senate.
    • All government business has been moved into the Spam Citadel, which has been placed at the top of the board

    For the Hreater Good and her God Empress Lil!







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    Consul of the Interior
    : Akillian Talleyrand
    Consul of Foreign Affairs: Aynia
    Consul of Culture: Rarry Riket

    Tribunal
    Tribune: Lil La Luna
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    "For the Hreater Good"

    Population: 235 nations
    WA Delegate: Elvennai



    Senate

    Speaker: Akillian Talleyrand (TAP)

    Lil La Luna (AUoCWSE)
    Satya Romefeller (AMP)
    Sacul Astoria (TAP)
    Drall (AUoCWSE)


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    Arda Survives Nuclear War!

    In a surprising turn of events that absolutely no one foresaw or had any sort of count down for, NationStates was plunged into a 36 hour nuclear war. Arda quickly formed a plan and before long was in the top ten, then five, then three, two, and first spot! Several screenshots were taken along the way to document our rise to power. Arda held spots in the top ten for most of the first day of the war, before citizens eventually got bored and moved on to the next source of destruction for entertainment. The initial stay at the number one spot was commemorated by Queen's 'We Are the Champions' and will live on forever in the memories of the citizens of Arda en' Estel.


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    Arda Plays the Fool!

    If you hadn't noticed, we are still kicking and have survived not only the nuclear war, but the brief coup of Lil La Luna. Both were hard fought battles and barely won, but at last order has once again been restored to Arda en' Estel. All of the rightful government is in their places (for now...) and life has returned to (somewhat) normal...well, at least as normal as you can get for being in Arda en' Estel.


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    The Festival of Knowledge:

    Are you S-M-R-T? The Festival of Knowledge came to Arda and let citizens test out their skills in things like riddle solving, finding the common thread, and tons of general knowledge quizzes. Right answers (and picking lucky cases in ‘Right or No Right!’ earned the players books, which they can now cash in at the festival shop for prizes. The big winner of the festival was Jazzy, who ended with 50 books! Congratulations!


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    Arda Radio!

    Arda en' Estel went on air for the first time March 29th as Radio Arda kicked off its first live episode. The opening topic was "The History of Arda" and covered the basis of the region and some of the more important aspects of its culture. Current events were also covered such as the Major Elections, Arda's upcoming one year anniversary, and where our cohosts, DJ Punkin' and DJ Puddin', would go on vacation. That last part probably wasn't very important. Radio Arda plans on airing biweekly, and for those of you who miss it, you can >go here< to catch up!


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    Newsflashes:
    Houses are springing up like weeds down Maple Lane, and citizens are loving it!
    Arda breaks top 50 for most nations in NS!
    Whispers of a D&D group spread throughout Arda discord.
    The Ministry of Supernatural Prohibition roleplay has started!



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    Consulate

    Consul of the Interior
    :
    Sacul Astoria
    Consul of Foreign Affairs: Theio Altherio
    Consul of Culture: Rarry Riket

    Tribunal
    Tribune: Lil La Luna
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    "For the Hreater Good"

    Population: 210 nations
    WA Delegate: Elvennai




    Senate

    Speaker: Akillian Talleyrand (TAP)

    Lil La Luna (AUoCWSE)
    Drall (AUoCWSE)
    Rarry Riket (TAP)
    Theio Altherio (Ind)


    Arda Episode XI: A New Dawn
    June 2017

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    Admin, Admout, Adshake it all about - Theio Altherio
    You may remember from our previous update (or not, if it got lost in the post...) that three of our admins resigned or announced their resignation last month. After extensive consultation, Siegfried Tyrus and Sacul Astoria announced their nominated replacements, who were put before the Popular Assembly and approved unanimously. Soon after this, Siegfried, Sacul, and Vixy all formally handed over their admin powers and now Arda en' Estel has a wholly new administrative team. Akillian Talleyrand, Jazzy, Narcissus Astoria, and Drissea Evanei Riket have the full support of the region and they, together with our new Discord admin Lil La Luna, shall continue the efficient management of the region.


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    A Surprisingly Foreign Affair - Theio Altherio
    The resignation of Aynia, who up until that point had been Arda en' Estel's only Foreign Consul, left a large question hanging over the region's head. Aynia had been Foreign Consul ever since the region's founding, and nobody else had run for the post beforehand, deeming it fit to leave matters in her capable hands. With her gone, it was unclear who would be able to continue her work - and so, for the first time ever in the region's history, there was a contested Foreign Consulate election. Regional stalwart and attempted wearer of multiple hats Rarry Riket faced off against perennial Senate candidate Theio Altherio, the most active member to have joined in 2017, in a contest that promised to be close but proved to be a landslide for unexpected winner Theio Altherio.


    It has not been long since his election, yet the broom has been active. Aynia and Vixy had both resigned all their ambassadorial posts and these were redistributed to other willing citizens. All regions that have embassies with us have had the favour reciprocated. And despite the mess inherited, entirely new diplomatic relationships have been formed with Greater Diendstad, Hellenic Empire, and The Rejected Realms, a trend that the Foreign Consul hopes will continue.


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    Can't LEAF It Alone - Theio Altherio
    One of the many posts that needed refilling this month after Aynia left the region was that of Warmaster of LEAF, Arda's military. Her replacement as Foreign Consul, Theio Altherio, was left with the task of picking a new one from LEAF's sadly shrunken roster. In the end, he picked the only member who wasn't also either an admin or a consul, Gabrielis Telchuri, as the new Warmaster of LEAF. Gabrielis' mandate is one of recruitment and reorganisation, which he has gone about with gusto. A new ranking system has been introduced, modelled on that of the mid-republican Polybian legions, and a new recruitment push has been started for LEAF, which has already seen people volunteering to join.


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    Making the Library Hreat Again- Rarry Riket


    A massive increase in Cultural activity occurred this month, but it didn't come from the culture consulate, it came from the people of Arda en' Estel. Emerstari introduced such titles as 'The Survivor', 'The Constitution of Arda', 'The Government of Arda en' Estel', and 'The Hreater Good'; whilst Theio Altherio added some poetry to the collection, in the form of Run. These are quite good to read, if you want to find out about their respective subjects.


    Other entries into the Hreat Library include 'Consuls of the Consulates' by Sacul Astoria, an updated 'Senators of the Senate' by Sacul Astoria, and 'Legislative History of the Senate' by Akillian Talleyrand, who have been very active and very awesome members, since the day they set foot on Estelian soil. We hope to see more of these fantastic Estelians writing up books for the Hreat Library. Anyone who wishes to read any of the books mentioned here, can go to the Hreat Library, where you will find a list of all the books to read.


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    If Your Election Lasts More Than Two Rounds... - Theio Altherio

    In addition to the Foreign Consul by-election earlier this month, there were also a set of regularly scheduled elections, this time for the post of Tribune as well as three Senate seats. Lil La Luna was returned unopposed to the Tribunal, but with four candidates running for three Senate seats the region's electoral efforts found a safe exhaust. Akillian Talleyrand, Lil La Luna, and Drall all stood for relection, and were joined by ambitious neophyte Emerstari in what promised to be a close race.


    And by God was it a close race. The first round saw an unprecendented three candidates tied for second place on 7 votes, as Akillian was returned to the Senate on 9. For the first time ever, a run-off round had to be held, with three candidates chasing two posts in a contest that proved to be just as close as the first, as Emerstari narrowly overtook Lil La Luna to join the Senate for the first time in a 3-way contest split 5-5-4. The new team will take up office soon as the Tenth Session of the Senate commences.


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    NEWSFLASHES
    Emerstari appointed as Aedile of Foreign Affairs with specific responsibility for scouting regions we may wish to extend ties to.
    Narcissus Astoria added to the List of Ambassadors; has taken up postings in Equilism and Hellenic Empire.
    ExaltedToast also appointed as an Ambassador.
    Avatar Contest rebooted under new Commissioner Theio Altherio - this month's theme is Steampunk.
    Four new businesses opened in the Old Market - news agency The Estelian, Coronet Airlines, The Singles Pub, and AEA Altherio Estate Agents
    Treaty between Arda en' Estel and the United Kingdom approved.
    Fourth and Fifth Amendment to the Constitution proposed.


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    All articles attributed; edited by Theio Altherio.


    For the Hreater Good!



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    Consulate
     Consul of the InteriorEmerstari
    Consul of Foreign AffairsTheio Altherio
    Consul of CultureRarry Riket

    Tribunal
    TribuneLil La Luna
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    "For the Hreater Good"
    Population: 165 nations
    WA DelegateElvennai
    Senate
    SpeakerAkillian Talleyrand (TAP)
    Lil La Luna (AUoCWSE)
    Drall (AUoCWSE)
    Emerstari (VP)
    Sacul Astoria (TAP)


    Arda Episode XII: Summer Is Coming In
    July 2017

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    ARDA?! UK?! FESTIVAL?! What are You...K on about?! - Rarry Riket
    Earlier this month the Arda-UK Festival kicked off with a bang! no... Literally, it kicked off with a bang... two planes crashed onto an island!

    With members from Arda en' Estel on Coronet Airlines 336, and the Brits on Flight 4554, the two teams separated at first, but now, they are being chased by Carnivourous Coconuts, and the lousy brits keep trying to steal our food! It's alright though, because we're hitting them back in the Attack of the Estelians thread! Woohoo! Go the Awesome Ardanians! Go the Excellent Estelians! Go the Marvellous Mystics! Go the Cool Cogs!

    Anyway, the festival shows a great number of posts, and the runway train... or plane, as the case may be, of posts doesn't seem to be slowing!


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    We Are The Senate - Theio Altherio
    It's been a busy old month for our Senators. Nine entirely new bills were presented on the Senate floor, of which the Senate Records Act and Senate Standing Orders have been introduced as standalone legislation and Constitutional Amendment V has been passed, introducing to Arda en' Estel the previously alien concept of Vicarius (Deputy) Consuls. Additionally, the Estelian Diplomacy Act got resurrected from the coffin of red tape and was passed into law as well. The new Senatorial team elected last month have decidedly proven their mettle, and will continue to do a fantastic job.


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    When I Hear The Word Culture I Reach For My KeyboardTheio Altherio
    Cultural activity in the region has not been confined solely to the Arda-UK Festival however. The Hreat Library continues to take in new entries, with Emerstari and Theio Altherio adding more long-form fiction and poetry respectively. Arda University has reopened for education, with a new practical class available for those wishing to learn how to use a laboratory - more teachers are always welcome. There's ever more events going on in the houses on Maple Lane, including at least one impromptu concert. 

    But perhaps most importantly, the NationStates: Arda RP has finally started. For those looking to get in on the ground of some present-day roleplay, it's a perfect opportunity to get stuck in.


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    Whatever Floats Your Vote - Theio Altherio
    Election season came upon Arda en' Estel again, as it does for us all, in the form of Minor Elections VI, where all three Consuls were up for re-election, along with the Senate seats held by Rarry Riket and Theio Altherio. Only the Culture Consulate stood uncontested, as Rarry Riket was once again returned unopposed to the post. The Foreign Consulate saw a contest much like last time - a landslide for incumbent Theio Altherio against perennial contender Rarry Riket - but elsewhere it proved to be an interesting election.

    The voting for Interior Consul saw three contenders - incumbent Sacul Astoria, candidate last time around Emerstari, and memorable neophyte Nacho Moxy - run in what proved to be a nail-biter, as Emerstari clinched it by a single vote ahead of Sacul Astoria. It's not a complete loss of continuity - Emerstari was Interior Aedile previously, so will be able to bring his experience there into the role. The Senate, meanwhile, saw five people stand, with both incumbents running again against hopeful returnees Sacul Astoria and Lil La Luna as well as Nacho Moxy on his Mexican crusade. As it was, a low turnout saw Lil pass the first hurdle, with Theio then proceeding to lose the run-off against fellow second-placer Sacul Astoria in a landslide. The new (and current in some cases) team are sure to serve just as well as their predecessors (including themselves) did last month.


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    NEWSFLASHES
    Avatar Contest #9 won by a British pineapple - region in shock
    Sacul Astoria and Drissea Riket appointed Vicarius Consuls of the Interior and Foreign Affairs.


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    All articles attributed; edited by Theio Altherio.
    For the Hreater Good!




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     Consul of the Interior:Emerstari
    Consul of Foreign AffairsTheio Altherio
    Consul of CultureRarry Riket

    Tribunal

    TribuneTheio Altherio
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    "For the Hreater Good"
    Population: 165 nations WA DelegateElvennai
    Senate
    SpeakerAkillian Talleyrand (TAP)
    Lil La Luna (AUoCWSE)
    Rarry Riket (TAP)
    Emerstari (VP)
    Sacul Astoria (TAP)

    Arda Episode XIII: LUCKY FOR SOME
    August 2017

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    LAW, HUH? WHAT IT IS GOOD FOR? - Theio Altherio
    At the start of this month, Lil La Luna stood down from the Tribunal in order to take up their seat in the Senate. The resulting vacancy was filled by Foreign Consul Theio Altherio, who quickly made his mark on the office, in particular formalising the process by which somebody may sue another citizen, and has also brought his legal knowledge to bear in Senate discussions when clarification was required.

    The Senate of course has been busy this month, as always. The Phoenix Campus Act, a Regional law formalising the structure of the Phoenix Campus - home of the Hreat Library, Eastview College, and Arda University - has passed the Senate, with Sacul Astoria appointed as the inaugural Rector of Phoenix Campus. The Election Act has been amended to expand the franchise, whilst extending the period in which results can be challenged. A proposal to formalise the format of all proposed legislation, as well as limiting the number of proposals that can be debated at any time, was defeated by a unanimous vote. Public consultation has opened on a Constitutional Review. And lastly, the Senate approved a treaty with Olympia, which will be covered in more detail below.


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    ALL THE WORLD OVER - Theio Altherio
    It's been a busy month for the Foreign Consulate. Embassies have been opened with Olympia and Kantrias, both regions with which we have a lot in common. Not only that, but the Treaty of Eastview, guaranteeing co-operation between Arda en' Estel and Olympia, was approved by both legislatures; sadly, the attempt to pass a similar treaty with Kantrias has been stymied for the time being. Embassies from Arda en' Estel to The Order Of The Sword and Lazarus have been closed; the former due to the region being closed, the latter due to regional upheaval as well as a lack of interest on the Lazarus end. Ambassadors have been received from Caer Sidi, Greater Dienstad, Olympia, Canada, Balder, Osiris, and Kantrias. And the Foreign Consul now has a deputy - Drissea Evanei Riket-Tyrus, ambassador to The East Pacific, The Allied States, Caer Sidi, and Olympia, has been appointed as Vicarius Consul of Foreign Affairs.


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    IMPROVING OUR CULTURAL RELATIONS - Theio Altherio
    After nearly a month, the Arda-UK festival has run its course, and as the teams of international castaways get airlifted off their island, we can now see the results of their endeavours. Eight visitors came from the United Kingdom to take part, alongside all those already in the region. Over a thousand posts were generated in the Festival section alone, as well as revitalising other parts of the board. And most controversially, a pineapple was declared winner of the Ninth Avatar Contest. A resounding success it has been, for both our region's activity and our foreign ties.

    On the rest of the region meanwhile, our flagship RP - Legacy - has finally left the starting blocks and is now ready to go; Galaxis and NationStates: Arda RP remain as active as ever. More literature has been published in the Hreat Library, and classes in History and Poker are open at Arda University. Activity remains steady in the Old Market and amongst the houses on Maple Lane.


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    THE WEDDING OF SACUL AND JAZZY - Jazzy
    And so, after much time and many inpatient reminders from children, grandchildren and friends, it finally came to pass that Sacul Astoria and Jasmine Astoria-Riket-Hitoza-(etc, etc, etc.) were joined in marriage. The wedding was a huge event with most of Arda en' Estel attending and some foreign dignitaries were even spotted among the guests. Fortunately the paparazzis were too busy enjoying the awesome cake to notice and the biggest distraction from the ceremony was an overly excited bride insisting on hugging everyone. Said bride was observed earlier in the day skipping around outside the church yelling "Best day ever!1!!one!!!![sic]" and enthusiastically hugging everything within arms reach. Our brave reporter barely got away from a huge snuggle pile that was quickly forming from guests and local animals alike. The groom was not seen until the wedding, whether that was due to everyone else being giants or him just hiding to surprise his love is left up to the reader's interpretation. Either way, he looked absolutely smashing for the ceremony! 

    And what a ceremony it was! Sticking to the traditions of the Hreater Good the ceremony was slightly chaotic but nevertheless ended up being incredibly heartwarming. After exchanging soulmeltingly sweet vows of eternal love and cherish the pair was married by Lilquisitioner Lil La Luna. And off to the reception they all went, where food, decorations, drinks and a bar among other things had been prepared. Some were seemingly fascinated by the contents of the bar and would stand there admiring it with their tastebuds for much of the evening, but the pair was too busy looking deeply into one another's eyes during a slow dance to notice. They were however later joined by the rest of the merry band and the after party continued, some say even to this day. (not to be confused with The After Party - Ed.)

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    PUSHING THE VOTE OUT - Theio Altherio
    As always, every month in Arda en' Estel there's an election, and this month we had our Major Elections, where three Senate seats and the Tribune are up for re-election. The Senate election passed without incident, the only change being Drall's removal from office in favour of returnee and Culture Consul Rarry Riket. The Tribune election, unlike the Senate, was contested, and it came down to a simple race between incumbent Theio Altherio and once again Rarry Riket, in a result that almost everybody expected.


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    NEWSFLASHES
    The Estelian News Company buys RadioArda and is coming back.
    Lil La Luna wins the Tenth Avatar Contest.
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    EDITORIAL SUMMARY
    With the Arda-UK festival now over, one would expect regional activity to die down somewhat. And whilst our visitors from the United Kingdom have returned home, we continue to gain new members, some of whom have already landed both feet first in our RP sections. Elsewise, activity levels continue to remain steady within the region, but increased activity in the Foreign Consulate - among other areas as outlined above - gives evidence to our belief that Arda en' Estel remains on a positive trajectory, 

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    All articles attributed; edited by Theio Altherio and Drissea Evanei Riket-Tyrus
    For the Hreater Good!



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    Consulate
    Consul of the InteriorEmerstari
    Consul of Foreign AffairsAkillian Talleyrand
    Consul of CultureSacul Astoria

    Tribunal

    TribuneTheio Altherio
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    "For the Hreater Good"
    Population: 130 nations WA DelegateElvennai
    Senate
    SpeakerAkillian Talleyrand (TAP)
    Lil La Luna (AUoCWSE)
    Rarry Riket(TAP)
    Emerstari (VP)
    Sacul Astoria (TAP)

    Arda Episode XIV: THE NUCLEAR MENANCE
    September 2017

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    CONSULATE SHAKE UP - Sacul Astoria
    Elections were recently upon us once again. The Senate saw no changes, with incumbent Sacul Astoria and Lil La Luna being the only candidates to run. For the Consulates things were different however – every position was contested, and two saw a change in leadership. Emerstari remained in charge of the Interior Consulate. After Theio Altherio announced his intention not to run for Consul of Foreign Affairs, Akillian Talleyrand took over as Consul of Foreign Affairs. Sacul Astoria replaced incumbent Consul of Culture Rarry Riket after defeating him in the elections. 

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    CHANGE AIN'T BAD JUST BECAUSE IT'S FOREIGN - Theio Altherio
    This month's been a busy one for the Foreign Consulate. Over the past month, a treaty with Kantrias has been approved, giving Arda en' Estel a leg up into the realm of NationStates Gameplay. An in-game embassy has been opened with Londinium, with an exchange of ambassadors likely to follow. But one of the big actions surely has to be the rationalisation of ambassadorships that took place; in the interests of ensuring that all our links are effective, embassies have been withdrawn from Equilism, Equinox, The Communist Bloc, and The Britannian Kingdom. 
    The other big action is that I, Theio Altherio, am stepping down as Foreign Consul. I've served for three and a half months, in which I provided ample administration; my successor shall bring inspiration.

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    HAVE A TAR - Theio Altherio
    The Avatar Contests have been a long-standing tradition of Arda en' Estel, where the good folk of the region are called upon to find and bear images that accord closely to both them and to a given theme. Those who the region think have the best images are awarded the privilege the deciding the theme for the next contest. Under the tenure of Vlada and myself, there have been eleven such contests; the most frequent winners have been Sacul Astoria, with 3 victories in hand, and Lil La Luna, on 4. And at long last, the Senate - at my urging - has enshrined this beloved institution in law, with the passing of the Avatar Contests Act. The role of Avatar Commissioner has yet to be filled, but there is time enough before the next Contest to formalise the matter.

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                                                                                                           Lil La Luna and those who repeatedly try to defeat her in Avatar Contests

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    NUCLEAR APOCALYPSE - Sacul Astoria
    Only a couple of months ago, Arda en’ Estel was faced with the threat of nuclear destruction for the first time in history. They formed a strong team of nuclear specialists, weapons experts and military strategists, who fought day and night to save our beloved region, and destroy all those meanies who bombed our homeland (along with a couple of innocent nations who unfortunately perished in the collateral damage). Their dedication brought Arda en’ Estel higher and higher up in the leaderboard, each milestone position being celebrated with loud screaming. And yes, they managed to fight their way gradually all the way to the top of the leaderboad after which they were totally obliterated, but you won’t find mention of that in the history books! Following that victory, when it was announced nuclear warfare would break out once again just days ago, we were of course confident that we would be totally fine. Thus, many decided to sit out the war while enjoying a cocktail or cigar, the region should do okay like last time, right? When the first bombs struck, an enthusiastic, albeit rather disorganised team set out to defend the region and spread terror throughout others. However, despite their dedicated work, the region was soon overrun by nuclear fallout. At the time of writing we are at a modest 765th place upon the leaderboard. We are thus sending this update out from our government bunker deep under the surface, in the hope that it will at least reach some regions… if there are any of you out there still alive. 

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    NEWSFLASHES

    - Siegfried Tyrus and Narcissus Astoria get engaged, reportedly after Sieg agreeing on a dowry of three sheep and a donkey with her father
    - Rarry Riket marries Vaythria - bride faints when tying the knot
    - Ye Olde Tavern has been occupied by a variety of monstrous alien beings, clientele seems unphased

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    For the Hreater Good!


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