Ridgefield is the name of a small town originally founded by Ridgefielders in October 2010.
Presently, the town serves as the de facto capital to the Meritocratic League. As part of the agreement, the leader of each of the member nations lives in the town, among all the other leaders - regardless of differences in ideology, race, creed, etc. - to promote diplomacy and diffusion between otherwise distant residents of the union.
The town seeks to maintain a compliant community that upholds quality and efficiency. Ridgefield's system of government is 'meritocratic' where officials are appointed, not elected, based on merit and capability to hold to their responsibilities. The town also prides itself in its appearance, and, accordingly, all residing leaders are encouraged to put their best foot forward with every action taken and word spoken to uphold a level of maturity. Thus, there are a number of restrictions pertaining to the Regional Message Board (RMB): Notably, residents are not permitted to make consecutive posts (more than one in a row) or post any content deemed to be excessively graphic or obscene.
A brief history: After a major economic boom that lasted for two months after the region's founding, driven by national leaders flocking to a land of new opportunities, the town was struck by a severe depression in early 2011. The founding nation's government was unable to handle it and collapsed, and most of the town's residents abandoned ship. Powerful militant groups attacked the dying town several times that year, eventually destroying it. A band of heavily-armed squatters moved in and encamped in the empty buildings, and vicious wild animals roamed the streets.
In mid-2014, some former denizens of the land regrouped and made a public plea for international aid. None came, and the squatters rebuffed their efforts to move in. They mockingly offered to allow some townsfolk to live in Ridgefield, but only if they agreed to live under the squatters' absolute rule.
Finally, in January 2017, a fatal disease borne by the animals swept through the town, leaving none alive. The original founder of the town, who had been spying on the squatters and negotiating with them anonymously for months, immediately gathered reinforcements and took over the land. It was slow work removing all the animals and the foul stench left by the dead squatters, but in time, all traces of their presence were cleared away, and the streets and storefronts looked like new again. Before long, fresh residents inhabited Ridgefield once more.
The Meritocratic League is a multinational political and economic union between the residing nations of Ridgefield. With the ultimate goal of maintaining healthy cooperation between all members of the League, member nations adhere to a number of stringent policies:
Each nation's leader resides in Ridgefield and must seek to represent their nation respectfully, to the best of his or her ability. Leaders may live in communal areas or claim a plot of land through the map claims procedure. Furthermore, while leaders often make comprehensive decisions that affect their nation as a whole, regular statements made by leaders do not represent the legal entity of the nation and should be clearly separated from statements officialized by the state, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Membership in the World Assembly is mandatory to increase the union's overall international influence.
Trade is relatively unrestricted, with a limit to the circumstances and degree in which tariffs, taxes, and/or embargos may be placed on other nations in the League.
Member nations are part of a loose military alliance - solely to protect the sanctity of the League, if it were ever to go under attack from foreign invaders.
Members officially recognize the currency and language of the League, the Ridger and Ridgesh.
I'm sure we could do some RP here on the RMB, but the discord is highly recommended; not only is it a fun and convenient place to chat with all your fellow RF members, but you can also have access to the wider Augustin Alliance!
Voting for the September 2023 General Elections has begun! Voting will end on October 1st, 2023. You may vote using this form. https://forms.gle/qNNdUVBmN3rMfRoG9 Please find a list of the candidates and their platforms if they have posted one below.
RYKKLAND for PRESIDENT United Regions Alliance Experience - Commitment - Vision
I have been in NationStates since 2006. At one time I was voted 17th most influential player in GamePlay (2009). I have a proven background in community management and administration and I have a history in both IC and OoC policy development and executive leadership. My main community (the Kodiak Republic) has a reputation as a neutral power and one willing to experiment with new systems. Lastly, I also promise to hold office for only one term. I want to make a clear statement that it is my objective to work with purposeful intent to build a better URA today.
Vision and Priorities
Better Community Management To establish an environment where the alliance feels well managed, driving confidence and involvement from member citizens and member regions.
Discord Server Overhaul Review and rebuild the Discord-based communication server to minimise clutter, ensure intuitive access to information, and eliminate unused channels.
Encourage & Reward Interaction Addressing the low volume of server interactions by designing mechanisms to incentivise active participation. The URA does not need to be a centralised community but it should be a common-sense resource for member regions' leadership as well as an approachable space for participation in our central goals: World Assembly influence, cooperation, and collaboration.
Review Executive Policy & Strengthen the Alliance As part of the larger cabinet committee, failing or rotting systems should be reviewed during the more active period while it is here. Alliance systems should be built so that they do not fall apart during the low activity periods. This may include being open to changing the nature of the executive committee.
Outreach & Foreign Affairs The foreign policy of the alliance must be more obvious and properly tiered by priority. We must work to maintain established relationships, present a more interactive tone with larger delegates, and above all else facilitate positive relationships within the alliance's member states. We must be brave as well as honest in our dealings internally and externally.
In-Character and Inter-Community Integrations We should provide sound opportunities for the IC governments of our alliance members to interact. The variability of themes within the alliance makes direct influence between member states difficult and our alliance is well placed to act as a black-box to translate and telegraph interactions between communities which may otherwise be incapable of interacting.
Who am I? I am Bolgatostand and As an ambitious individual, I, Bolgatostand, have always taken opportunities when they arise. When I saw the opportunity to run for Director of Foreign Affairs of the URA, I knew I had to take that risk. This role is a serious one, and I acknowledge the importance of it. But I am here because it is my passion. I love working and getting involved, which is why I am the Minister of Foreign Affairs of HUE - a two-month-old region and a URA member region. With me in control, the diplomacy of HUE quickly grew. And I am confident that the URA can succeed if given the same opportunity.
I plan to get thoroughly involved in this alliance, but this is only the first step towards getting higher and higher in the ranks. One day, I dream of seeing the URA get commended and recognized for all the hard work and dedication of its members. I am running for the position of Director of Foreign Affairs because I take pride in my work, and I am confident in my abilities. I am a strong leader, and I know that my skills will be invaluable in this role. With me in office, the URA will continue to expand its diplomacy and make a significant impact in the world of regional diplomacy. So, please consider voting for me, Bolgatostand, as the next Director of Foreign Affairs of the URA, and trust that I will put all my effort towards the betterment of this alliance and all its members.
please consider voting for me and goodluck to the other candidates. :)
Hey! Ridgefield, as a member of both the AA and the URA, is going to be joining KHAN (Kingly Heathens Asserting Neighborliness) alongside Lone Wolves United, The West Pacific, and the Pacific! Here's a dispatch to find out more:
A coalition of regions including The West Pacific, Lone Wolves United, the Augustin Alliance, and the United Regions Alliance have pooled their medical and scientific knowledge to form KHAN (Kingly Heathens Asserting Neighborliness). Together, these regions are able to maximize their supply chain and deliver product all across the wastelands.
Join the faction on all nations you plan on using during the event.
Utilize as many puppets as you are comfortable with. More nations means more production at our disposal to use, and managing them is made easier by the Containerise extension.
Pay attention to the KHAN Discord server to get the latest orders as quickly as possible. If you are unable to use Discord, orders will be relayed to Regional Message Boards and the World Factbook Entry where applicable.
During the Event
Listen to the Khans of KHAN and Faction Commanders and published orders at all times. Trying to cut your own deal will end badly.
Check your PipBoy to learn what your specialty is. You will be given specific orders based on your specialty.
If you are unable to use a large number of puppets, you can still help by watching for incoming strikes, helping new recruits, and signal boosting Commanders' orders.