If you're new to the game, you're probably wondering what all of the site features are and how they work. You'll find that NationStates is a seemingly simple browser game with a rich community and a depth of features and game play developed by players over the course of almost 18 years. 10000 Islands is one of the oldest regions in the game, dating back to 2002, with a continuously operational defender military and active regional government. ⠀ This Dispatch includes a step-by-step guide to how to get started in NationStates and become involved in 10000 Islands. NationStates is fundamentally a social game played regularly over the course of a long time. Take a minute to read up and dive in, eventually you'll forge your own unique path and be able to customize a game experience you enjoy! ⠀ P.S. Feel free to introduce yourself over in the Regional Message Board or over in the forums in the Welcome Center.
The first thing you'll want to do, if you haven't already, is to answer your issues. In NationStates, you function as the all-powerful leader of your nation and Issues are how you effect your government's policy and national statistics. Issues are the only way to effect these and you'll have to wait for more issues once you've answered them all. To learn more about issues, you can check out the 10000 Islands issue and stats lounge or this Issue answering FAQ.
While you wait to receive more issues, you should join the World Assembly (WA). Joining the WA requires that you input your email address on the settings page (know that your email will not be visible to other users and NationStates does not send you spam emails!). Joining the World Assembly is important because it grants you a say in developing international law through the General Assembly and preserving international peace through the Security Council. More importantly, joining the WA grants you citizenship in 10000 Islands, which allows you to participate in elections and run for office.
Once you've joined the World Assembly, be sure to endorse the World Assembly Delegate Markanite. Endorsing the Delegate gives the region more power in the World Assembly because the Delegate's vote is weighted so they receive an extra vote for each WA endorsement they have. You can also decide how the WA Delegate votes once you're registered on the forum by participating in WA voting polls.
After you've done that, you can get involved in our regional community by signing up for the regional forum. The forum is the main headquarters for our regional government, economy, cultural events, our defender military, and role-playing. When you sign up for the forum, it's important to follow the instructions in the first post of this thread so that an Account Masker can go through and confirm your account to give you access to appropriate areas of the forum.
The last thing to do is join our regional Discord server. Discord is a live chat platform that we use to hang out and get to know our region-mates a little better. Stop by to meet some new friends!
Once you've done these four things (answer Issues, join the WA, sign up on the forum, and introduce yourself on Discord), you're all set! From there, take your own path and discover what about 10000 Islands interests you. The rest of this Dispatch is an index of guides and resources for you to look at.
Regional Government: 10000 Islands is governed according to the Constitution by the Chief Executive, a Council of Nine, and various executive government officials. Understanding the nuances of this system and why things are structured this way is important, and this guide serves to unpack all of that along with how you can get involved.
RMB Ettiquette and Guide: The Regional Message Board (or RMB) is the shared community space we have that is built into NationStates. If you'd prefer not to use off-site forums or chat apps, it'll be hard for you to get involved in regional government or parts of our culture, but you can access a healthy sliver of our community through talking to your neighbors on the RMB. However, this comes with rules and community guidelines outlined in this guide.
WA Guide: Learn more about the World Assembly here - what is the General Assembly and the Security Council? How does WA membership effect your nation? What regional programs does 10000 Islands have for engaging in the WA?
Join TITO!: The Ten thousand Islands Treaty Organization (TITO) is 10000 Islands' regional defender military - they help secure other regions' security when they're attacked by raider forces. Learn about what exactly TITO does and how to help here.
Houses and Generations Guide: Discover your lineage and place in XKI's family tree as well as make friends by exploring our House and Generation system in this guide. Compete in competitions with other Houses and more!
Entertainment and Activities Guide: Want more fun things to do? Look no further than this guide! Discover all the endless possibilities for fun here in the 10000 Islands and how to interact with them or learn more about creating your own fun.
Political Parties Information: Political parties are influential in 10000 Islands' electoral process. Learn more about the current parties and how the party system works in this guide.
10000 Islands Frequently Asked Questions ⠀ What is the first thing I should do now that I've joined the region? There are many ways to become involved in the region now that you've joined, like becoming a citizen, joining the forum where you can vote in elections and do lots of fun things, joining the discord server, or doing things gameside like endorsing the delegate, solving issues, and chatting on the regional message board. Learn more about the opening steps to involvement in the region in the XKI Welcome Guide. ⠀ What is the World Assembly and how do I join? The World Assembly is like NationStates version of the United Nations which governs the World. It passes different laws, and can condemn or commend nations on their acheivements. Members get to vote on each of these laws (you can vote for the ones you like and vote against the ones you don't), however you will have to follow anything that passes. You aren't allowed to just follow the laws you like and ignore the ones you don't. ⠀ Joining the World Assembly is not mandatory but it is open to everyone. Just go to the World Assembly page and click "Apply to Join" which just sends you an email that you need to accept (there's no actual application process). Be warned, as a user while you can have multiple nations and puppets only one can be a member of the World Assembly. Being a member allows you to endorse the delegate as well as other nations, and in addition allows you to vote on resolutions. More information on what endorsements do as well as the benefits of joining the World Assembly are below. ⠀ In addition check out the XKI World Assembly Guide for more information. ⠀ How do I become a Citizen? / What is the difference between WA and Non-WA membership? All 10000 residents in the WA are citizens of 10000 Islands. Citizens are eligible to vote and run in various elections and hold certain government positions, where as non-WA members are not able to. All WA members are highly encouraged to endorse the delegate to help keep the region safe. Learn more about citizenship and 10000 Islands government in the Regional Government Guide. ⠀ What are endorsements? How do I get endorsements? Endorsements are something you can do to fellow WA member nations in your region. In order to endorse another nation you both need to be WA members and to be in the same region. While they don't matter too much (however are important for bragging rights) endorsing the Delegate is very important as it keeps our region safe. ⠀ In order that Delegate transitions are more easily achieved, we limit endorsements to 1/2 the total of the sitting Delegate. Endorsement trading (aka "endo tarting") is OK up to this limit, but if you are over this limit at the time of Delegate transition, once every 6 months, you will be asked to shed your endorsements to get to this limit - or failing that, be temporarily booted from the region (which will cost you all of your endorsements). So mind this limit please.
Keep in mind that even when there isn't a Delegate transition going on, the limit still applies. Please remember this. ⠀ What is TITO? How do I join TITO? The Ten-thousand Islands Treaty Organization or TITO is 10000 Islands' defender military. You can learn more about joining TITO here. ⠀ Does 10000 Islands have a map? How can I get added to the map? Yes, 10000 Islands does have a map. You can view the map in this dispatch or on the forum here. ⠀ To be added to the map, you need to register a forum account and have a minimum of ten posts over a period of one month. You also must be a Citizen (WA resident) of 10000 Islands, with a national population of at least 250 Million. ⠀ If you qualify, you can post here to be added. ⠀ What is the legislative process of this region? / How can I get onto the Council? The Council of Nine is the legislative body of the Islands. Here legislation is written, passed, revised, and repealed. There is also a Council of Nine Lobby, where you can bring matters to the attention of the Council. In addition all official Council discussions except those marked secure will be viewable by all citizens so you can get up to date information on what's happening in the Council. However only council members are able to post in these non-secure discussions. ⠀ There are 3 appointed, and 5 elected positions in the Council (the other is held by our Chief Executive). Elections occur every odd numbered month. Senators serve a 4-month term and the Delegate serves a 6-month term. ⠀ What is recruiting? How can I become a recruiter? Recruiting is sending invitations to other nations. We use something called the Accelerator for ease of recruiting. Read here for more info. ⠀ What is a buddy / How can I get a buddy? Buddies are volunteer nations who help new players learn about the NationStates game and the 10000 Islands region. After moving to 10000 Islands, you should receive a telegram from a Buddy and you are welcome to ask them questions! ⠀ I have more questions! Great! Check out the the rest of the guides, telegram your Buddy, and/or see the forum for more Information about 10000 Islands!
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This is RMB and you can leave messages to your fellow region mates in here. Just don't double post, spam and be nice others etc common sense rules :) RMB etiquette and helpful guide to get you started can be found here
The RMB (or Regional Message Board) is the common property of everyone in 10000 Islands. When posting on it, please observe these rules: ⠀ 1. The RMB (or Regional Message Board) is the common property of everyone in 10000 Islands, and posts on the RMB should be PG-13 in nature and relevant to the wider community whenever possible. The XKI RMB is not a chat-board of the sort that appears as a quick moving sidebar on many games, or on YouTube channels, etc. The XKI RMB is designed for substantive posts and community discussions, government announcements, nation introductions and updates, and is an area where nations may ask questions and get answers relating to the game. ⠀ The RMB should not be monopolized by a few, for extended conversations, to the exclusion of everyone else. This sort of one-on-one chatting should be moved to the regional Discord server or conducted using the NationStates telegram feature. ⠀ 2. Racist, homophobic, or generally intolerant comments directed at another group or individual, be they political or social in nature, are not acceptable in the RMB. This applies to everyone, regardless of political stripe or perspective. ⠀ NationStates is a political game, and political conversations in the RMB are frequent. If you disagree with someone, make your case by presenting a different set of ideas, not by attacking the individual with whom you don't agree. Flaming and trolling (posts designed specifically to incite controversy, bait others, or create negative discourse) are also expressly forbidden forms of posting. ⠀ 3. Roleplay is not permitted in the 10000 Islands RMB ⠀ Occasionally posting in-character (from the perspective of your nation's leader), presenting IC updates from your nation, or posting national factbooks, is permitted and encouraged in the XKI RMB. ⠀ However, when in-character exchanges occur between two or more people, this moves into the realm of roleplay, which is not permitted in the XKI RMB. If you wish to proceed with an in-character exchange with another nation or nations, please move the conversation to the A Taco Archipelago RMB, which exists solely for the purpose of RMB RP activities. ⠀ 4. Spamming, filler posts, obscene language, and multi-posting are not permitted ⠀ Spamming will include any nonsense posts or posts that contribute nothing to the regional conversation or the discussion at hand. Posting for the sake of posting or for attention, gibberish, posting in all caps or using bold or underlined text unnecessarily all fall into this category, and are not permitted. Quoting spam posts by another user perpetuates the spam problem and will be considered spamming as well. ⠀ Double or triple posting (posting two or more comments consecutively) is also not allowed. The posting window on each comment has an EDIT feature. If you find you have more to say after posting in the RMB, simply add to your first post instead of making a second, unless replying to a post from someone else after yours. ⠀ 5. Recruiting and region linking is not permitted ⠀ Promoting movement out of XKI to another region is against regional RMB rules. This will also include doing so by linking to another region in the RMB, using code. This is particularly true of linking to raider regions in the XKI RMB, which should never occur. You are welcome to mention other regions in the game, but please do not create hotlinks. ⠀ Nations posting from outside XKI are expected to follow regional RMB rules.
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If possible, it would be nice if you could join world assembly page=un as WA members can propose WA resolutions and vote in favour or against them. Also that allows you to endorse all WA members in region like our WA delegate Markanite and that keeps our region safe and strong :)
If you want to get more involved in regional matters like regional building part like for example government and leave your mark in our regional politics, or to join our military to stop invasions to other regions and became defender instead of just answering issues, or to just get help fast in real time from our experienced crew, talk with us on real time, join our government, military etc join our discord and or forums :) https://discord.gg/rkNTbKCn https://www.10000islands.proboards.com/ Clickable links for our discord and forum in WFE that is the big txt box in top of our regions main page along useful info and guides :)