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The Red Standard: Official News of The Communist Bloc - January 12, 2022


Latest Announcements


First Minister:

  • Please see "An Announcement from First Minister Pajonia" below.

Minister of Information:

  • The standing period for the executive election begins Saturday, 15 January. If you are interested in running, you can read the interviews below from all of the current ministers to get an idea of the job. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. In order to run, you must be a citizen of TCB in good standing.

  • Vote in the 2021 NSGP Awards! TCB has been nominated for "UCR Region of the Year" and our Minister of Domestic Affairs Wasc is in the running for "Up and Coming Raider", so go support TCB!

  • The Law Archive has been updated. Thank you for your patience.

  • Bem-vindo a todos os novos camaradas brasileiros! Welcome to all of our new Brazilian comrades!

Minister of Foreign Affairs:

  • Our embassy with Thaecia has just gone live! I'm excited to have this new connection with them, and I hope we can foster a strong connection between our two regions. Feel free to head over to the Thaecia RMB to say hi from TCB!

An Announcement from First Minister Pajonia


Comrades, I am pleased to announce that our most recent treaties, The Collectivist Comrades Pact with the Pacific and the Treaty of Solidarity with Thaecia have officially been ratified in all respective regions. You can see our votes and read the treaties Linkhere.

The last few months have been fantastic for The Communist Bloc. We have nearly doubled in population, more than doubled the endorsements on our delegate, have rebooted our regional military with fantastic success, and have entered into new relationships that have shown to be beneficial to all parties. Executive elections will be opening in a week from now, and it my hope that the next government can continue this success. I will be writing an End of Term Address in the coming days and handing out awards to the many comrades that have helped contribute during this term.

I have not yet decided on whether I am going to run for a third term as First Minister. I have been First Minister for 6 months now, and we have seen massive success during that time. Other Ministers that have done amazing work the last few terms are not going to be running again, and I feel some sort of obligation to run again and try to ensure that all of the work we have all put in over the few terms continues. On the other hand, I have been First Minister for 6 months and am also an Admin of our Discord and Forums, and both of these jobs come with a lot of responsibility. I also have a lot of responsibilities in real life, and the upcoming semester in school will be a tough one for me. I will have to decide if I can handle being First Minister for another 3 months. If someone that I believe is competent enough decides to throw their hat in the ring for First Minister, I may just let them have it. If not, I will run again.

Regardless of whether I continue to serve as your First Minister, I am incredibly proud of the work our region has collectively put in over the last few months, whether you have done manual recruitment, written something for the news, created artwork for the region, or anything else, thank you for your hard work and support. This is a silly little browser game, but the community we have built here brings me joy, and I hope to see it prosper far into the future.

I probably should've saved all this for the End of Term Address, huh?

Chatting with Comrades Over Coffee

I want to get to know our comrades better, and I like coffee. Please don't sue me, Mr. Seinfeld.


We're only a few days away from the beginning of the standing period for the executive elections, and I wanted to do a special edition of Chatting With Comrades Over Coffee with all the current Ministers.

Coffee: yea or nay?

    Ant: I wish I liked coffee because it smells very good but every time I have tried it I've never liked it. It's always too strong for me. Too bitter or too sweet If yes, what's your favourite way to take your coffee?

    Karl: Nay

    Wasc: Neutral

    Iota: yeas i do enjoy the occasional fun coffee drink when i'm not having ice water

    Sam: Always and forever. Hence why I ask this question lol

    Syplhy: yes

If yes, how do you take it? If no, what's your favourite drink?

    Ant: My favorite drink is water, my beloved. I also like tea and juice.

    Karl: Hot drink? Hot chocolate. Cold drink? Iced Chocolate, Coke and Raspberry or tropical juice, depends on the mood. Alcohol wise, apple crumble cider or a fruity cocktail.

    Wasc: *favorite Most of the time I just drink water tbh, I guess I occasionally have tea? But beyond that not much.

    Iota: squints at google. according 2 this it's the frozen chocolate cold brew from panera

    Sam: I like to joke I'm an oat milk evangelist, so usually a latte with oat milk

    Syplhy: idk i just mix it with the coffee blend, i like lots of coffee

What office position do you hold right now?

    Ant: First Minister

    Karl: Minister of Absent Culture

    Wasc: Minister of domestic affairs

    Iota: tcb's very own minister of foreign affairs !

    Sam: Minister of Information

    Syplhy: Ministry of World Assembly Affairs and Legislative Committee Member

How many terms have you served in this position?

    Ant: I have served two terms.

    Karl: Too many, though in all seriousness I think it's six now, five consecutively and one now. I needed a break and I wasn't planning on running for this term but I was peer pressured lmao.

    Wasc: 2, and thankfully that will not be 3

    Iota: working on one as of now, but i'd like to make it many more.

    Sam: About to finish my 2nd

    Syplhy: 2 terms from Jan-Feb 2021 to July 2021, and another term from Oct-Nov 2021 to today (so 1-3+ terms?)

What's your favourite part of the job?

    Ant: Getting to dip my fingers into the whole pie. I do a little bit of everything, and I'm not tied down to just doing one thing.

    Karl: Hanging out with people, setting up competitions that people enjoy and seeing the positive feedback in the form if participation. As well as working with other regions.

    Wasc: *favorite again
    The strange telegrams people send in response to recruitment and region wides, some of my favorites have been the gorilla dude that sent me this

      "equality love no good bad bad bad

      gorilla good
      that bad
      banana good
      you bad”

    And the dude that once sent me the poem “Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College BY THOMAS GRAY

    Trolling right-wingers is fun as well

    Iota: i'm a fan of ridicuous online drama, and any kind of high-up foreign affairs role on nationstates is a ticket to a front row seat for some of the dumbest online drama you'll ever see. i still take the job seriously, though--i'm pretty good at talking to people, and i like handling situations that some people might find stressful so the rest of our members can just focus on havin a good time playing the game. watching people argue about sht that absolutely does not matter is just a bonus.

    Sam: I think it's cool that my job is so forward-facing. Even if all you do is answer questions and read the RMB, you probably see what the MoI is up to. Plus I get to keep people in the loop on what's going on across NS.

    Syplhy: i don’t know, probably none! Xd but most likely in analyzing a resolution, and finding loopholes and telling it to people (as a duty), but it is too long, bothersome and cumbersome

And your least favourite?

    Ant: Ironically the same thing. It's a double edged sword. I do a little bit of everything, and it can be a lot to keep up with lol

    Karl: At first it was having my co-minister Viz to bounce ideas off of, he was why our first 3 terms were so successful. However as the bigger competitions failed to get participation and my life starting to get busy again when I got a job, it was tough to love the job with such low participation.

    Wasc: *favorite yet again The dispatch work that can come along with it and the slurs/death threats I get sent in telegrams sometime

    Iota: writing treaties. i love making friends for tcb, but my brain doesn't handle legalese well. i propose that, for tcb's next era of foreign affairs, all treaties are replaced by spitting and shaking on it. or a pinky promise, if you want health-conscious accomodations.

    Sam: It's sometimes a lot of work keeping up with stuff outside of the Bloc. I like adding international news, but digging through different regions' Discords for news is sometimes hard. There's a reason the news isn't always daily.

    Syplhy: probably all (xd) but probably making a voting thread in the tcb forums (because the formatting in markdown is too wonky) and spanking everyone to vote! (no one)

Do you plan on running again in the coming election?

    Ant: See my recent RMB post :p (Editor's Note: You can also read this above and to the right.) I have not yet decided. I'll have to do some soul searching and decide on it in the next few days.

    Karl: I don't really want to but I feel that I will be haha.

    Wasc: God no, I’ve suffered enough.

    Iota: absolutely, i'll go until i stop finding it fulfilling.

    Sam: Highly unlikely. If you are interested in running, I'd be happy to talk about it with you and answer questions

    Syplhy: idk, probably. No one would run other than me

Do you have any advice for the next Minister (be it yourself or someone else) on how to do their job or avoid any mistakes you made?

    Ant: Listen to people. Listen to your fellow Ministers, and let them have autonomy to do what they want. Listen to citizens and see what they want out of the region. Also, just don't stress so much. It's a silly browser game and it's not so serious.

    Karl: Don't wait on the forum move, just do whatever you want to do here and now. If we do move forums this term then that's just a pleasant bonus.

    Wasc: Uh don’t let the shtty things you’ll get affect you, if you’re starting to burn out don’t be afraid to take a break or ask for help, try to have fun with the job. Oh and don’t forget to send even a single stamp telegram for 3 months in a row ;)

    Iota: pleased to announce that i haven't made any real mistakes so far! which is great, because "not shtting the ministerial bed" was one of my campaign goals. simply put, my advice for people who are just getting into foreign affairs is to stay proactive, stay organized, and stay aware.

    Sam: Staying on top of stuff (especially adding new laws and treaties to the archive) is the easiest way to keep it from being overwhelming. It's a lot easier to knock it out that day/week than let it pile up then have to do 3-4.

    Syplhy: it would depend if the reform in the LegCom goes through and the process would be different, but advice would be to understand things and to contribute to the region even if little or little by little over time

Instead of a 10Q this time, I'm going to make a playlist of all the ministers' top 5 favourite songs, so what are yours?

    Ant: This is quite possibly hardest question you can ask me lmao, my favorite songs change all the time. I guess I will just go with whatever comes to mind first that I consistently listen to lol (Editor's Note: they added 6 more here lol) Shoot, that's more than 5 lol. Pick and choose your favorites I guess lmao i wanted to add like 12 more. Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers; Good Riddance - Green Day; C.R.E.A.M - Wu-Tang Clan; N.Y. State of Mind - Nas; So What - Miles Davis

    Karl: My top songs are always in flux but at the moment... Hand me my Shovel, I'm going in - Will Wood and the Tapewoms; Old Gods - Shined; Peach - Chevelle; I can't cope - The Leers; Troubleman - Electric Guest

    Wasc: Ok why did you spell it right this time. (Editor's Note: I was not consistent in how I spelled favorite/favourite when I sent this.) Anyways I have a hard time coming up with favorites a lot of the time, especially when it comes to music, but some songs I like and have been listening to recently are “Song of choice” (crazy arm version); Hannes wader’s version of “das einheitsfrontlied”; “Rye whiskey” by the pirates charles; David rovic’s “if I had a hammer”; And Jello Biafra and Mojo Nixon version of “Love me,I'm a liberal”

    Iota: i don't have an Overall List, so i just shuffled my spotify a few times instead. all star by smash mouth; salad days by mac demarco; dude looks like a lady by aerosmith; bee kind to the bugs by culture abuse; i'm free by the soup dragons/junior reid

    Sam: This is so hard. Why did I ask this?? Against Pollution - the Mountain Goats; She's An Angel - They Might Be Giants; I Know the End - Phoebe Bridgers; Surrender - Chris Farren; Sun in an Empty Room - The Weakerthans

    Syplhy: Machikado Mazoku – Machikado; Tangent – shami momo; Demondice/Calliope Mori – Fake Type cover; Bang Dream – Poppin’ Party – Initial (イニシャル); Soul’s Refrain (魂のルフラン) – Roselia cover; Rewrite - Philosophyz


Thank you everyone for humouring me with this, and thank you for a great term!

If you are reading this and are interested in running for an executive position, please reach out to me (The Passerine Islands), and I can send you more information or answer questions.


Regional News


International News


  • The standing period for the Executive Elections begins 15 January. You will have 7 days to sign up, after which there will be 48 hours to vote on who you want to sit on the Council of Ministers.

  • Construction of our embassy with Thaecia is complete. Here's to a bright future between our regions!

NSLeft
  • Hello there!

    On behalf of The Leftist Assembly, we'd like to formally invite our friends in TCB to join us here in TLA for our Assembly Day festivities and help us celebrate the 6th anniversary of our region's foundation.

    Our Ministry of Community Affairs will be hosting various events on Linkour community Discord server, throughout the weekend, beginning Friday 14th and finishing up on Sunday 16th. We hope you can join us!

    Unity in Diversity!

    Kavagrad, Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Leftist Assembly

World
  • Congratulations to Giovanniland on becoming The West Pacific's new Delegate! We wish him all the best.

  • TWP's new monthly newspaper is published! You can read about our cultural festivities, as well as monthly updates of our ministries and a great new comic here. - Fhaeng

  • Lord Dominator has put together the 2021 NSGP Awards. You can vote in the thread on who you think should win each category. TCB has been nominated for "UCR Region of the Year" and Wasc for "Up and Coming Raider", so go do that!

LinkThe Leftist Times - NSLeft's Most Trusted Newspaper
LinkNationStates Today - NationStates' Most Reliable News
The Western Post - A publication of The West Pacific Cultural Trust

Current Events
Keep an eye out for announcements about upcoming events here and on Discord!


Region
  • Executive Election Standing Period (15 - 22 January)

NSLeft
  • TLA Assembly Day Festival (14 - 16 January)

General Bulletins


Politics:

  • If you’re not endorsing our delegate Kethania, you should do that straight away! Every endorsement on our delegate protects our regional security as well as amplifies our voice on WA resolutions. If you are not, you are limited to 10 endorsements yourself. You should also endorse our vice delegates, Marxmeans, Shamian, and The Workers Union of Habsburg-Lorraine!

  • Become a citizen! This allows you to participate in regional politics, pick your representatives, and join the Regional Discord server. More information can be found here.

  • Check out the Law Archive. It is an easy way to navigate and keep track of all our laws. This document is updated as new laws get passed.

  • If you are interested in getting involved, consider volunteering with one of the Ministries. You can Linksign up here. We greatly appreciate the work all our volunteers do!

NationStates:

  • Want some endorsements? Run the Revolutionary Endorsement Program! It's simple and doesn't take very much time. Endorse comrades, get endorsed back. Alternatively, post the following to the RMB:

    [nation]ink_cloud[/nation], rep

  • The TCB Card Factory is open and churning out cards! This program includes regional giveaways, a regional art museum, card requests, and of course, shiny 1% International Artwork badges. TCBs Card Factory is asking for a team of volunteers to help operate card farms to ensure a steady supply of cards are being printed. Think you can help? LinkSign up today.

  • We have published the Master Dispatch. This should be the first place you go if you are looking for information on TCB or NationStates. It contains links to every major resource, and it is pinned under the WFE.

Other:

  • Former Vice World Assembly Delegate and Admin Nathaniel Kuznetsov-Penrose resigned from all positions in TCB on 27 November, 2021. Thank you Nate for everything you've done for the region. We wish you all the best!

  • Please create an account at Linkhttps://theredand.black/ so the transition to the NSLeft forum goes as smoothly as possible.

  • We have created a list of leftist resources! This is an ongoing project, and if you think there is something missing from this list, please telegram or DM me. I am The Passerine Islands here and Sam on Discord.

While run by the Ministry of Information, the Daily News does not necessarily reflect the stance of the current administration. Please contact the Minister of Information The Passerine Islands on NationStates or Sam in the Regional Discord for any corrections, suggestions, questions, comments, or concerns.

This article, including This Day in History, was authored by The Passerine Islands.

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