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Sporting Hub / MFA World Cups 2021 IC
« on: November 13, 2021, 05:45:05 PM »
MFA World Cups 2021

The group draws for this years Football World Cups has taken place (see links below), this is the first year that the mens and the womens tournaments happen at the same time, the games will be played in the country of Vinitsia in the continent of Albion. Each tournament sees 24 teams competing against each other to be named world champions, who will prevail in this contest?

(quick rules explanation with 24 teams the top 2 from each group will advance to the last 16 along with the 4 best placed 3rd place teams from the groups - if you followed te European championships earlier this year this is exactly the same the last 16 then play in a standard knockout tournament. Games will be by match day round and alternate between the tournaments until the knockout stages)

Mens Group Draw

Womens Group Draw

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Convention Centre / Queen's Foundation Awards 2021 - Awards Ceremony
« on: November 05, 2021, 05:10:22 PM »


Charlotte Youngson Chair of the Queen's Foundation

"Good evening ladies and gentlemen, once again we come together tonight to recognize, pay tribute to and honour the achievements of the people of Mundus across a variety of fields, including for the first time this year the field of climate, we've seen in recent many great strides made in the cause of environmental preservation and sustainability, many nations have programs around this field in progress as the world moves towards the future. And so without further ado the winners of the Queen's Foundation Awards 2021 are as follows"

Queen's Foundation Award for Chemistry
Stella McIntyre - for the development of a method for genome editing

Queen's Foundation Award for Physics
Daito National Space Agency - for the development of UHS spaceplane Tenryū

Queen's Foundation Award for Physiology and Medicine
OsmanTech and Pasteur - for development of the Yellow Tongue Vaccination

Queen's Foundation Award for Literature and Journalism
BLICK - for Continued excellence in reporting

Queen's Foundation Award for Peace
Ragnar Madson (posthumous) - for Creation of the now fulfilled roadmap to Lan Na reunification

Queen's Foundation Award for Economics
Josephine F. Riggar - for Management & coordination of investigations relevant to the Elysium Incident and Heyran Coup in respect of stocks

Queen's Foundation Award for Engineering
McKinlay Naval Solutions - for the development of the MKNS Atom

Queen's Foundation Award for Archaeology and Anthropology
Melanie Bell - for Identification of the Isle of Rhodes as modern day Caesarea and Jocelyn of Rhodes as Anezaki Ayanami

Queen's Foundation Award for Mathematics
Sylvain Pascal - for contributions to the theory of optimal transport and its applications in partial differential equations, metric geometry and probability."

Queen's Foundation Award for Climate
Maxwell Little, Ewan Cochrane & Thea Forrest - for development of green hydrogen technology developed to transform how we power our homes and buildings.



OOC Explanation - Awards made firstly based on votes and nominations, for any fields without nominees I've then gone looking through RP for potential winners, in the event there's nothing that fits the time frame I've used rl plus a randomly generated name - assume NPC nations for these (this year they're the winners for chemistry, mathematics and climate)

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Convention Centre / Queen's Foundation Awards 2021 - Peace Vote
« on: October 29, 2021, 12:49:56 PM »
Name of Nominee: Akasha Di-‘nh-mi-Re, Sovereign of Sovereigns, Divine of Appearance, Beloved of Amun, Chosen of Ra, Lord of the Three Lands, Ruler of Justice like Ra, High Priest of Every Temple, the Eye of Horus, Satisfied is the heart of Ra.
Field Nominated in: Peace
Reason for Nomination: Defeat of the terrorists known as the Confederation of Clysperis and the reunification of the Clysperi State
Supporting Letter:

When the Clysperi Confederation was declared by Nekhtou a period of uncertainty, death and destruction was imposed upon the Kingdom of Clysperis. There was a time during the conflict where it appeared that the self-declared Confederation may consolidate its holdings in the Southern Lands before turning its attention to the North, bringing with them more public executions, beatings and crimes against the Clysperi People. Through her wise leadership and cooperation with partners engaged alongside her in the fight against terrorism Pharaoh Akasha Di-‘nh-mi-Re not only saw the threat posed by the Confederation to her People defeated, she also realized the reintegration of lands held by the terrorists and has embarked upon several programs to repair damage and rebuild lives.

Since the cessation of hostilities living standards across the Kingdom have risen, while fairness has been shown toward those willing to repent for their associations with Nekhtou and his Confederation. That we have seen Clysperis rise from the ashes of the conflict imposed upon it by terrorism, I feel that Pharaoh Akasha Di-‘nh-mi-Re deserves consideration in the field of peace. Thank you.

Soraya Danesh, with help from the Danesh Family
Residents of Hesikhen


Name of Nominee: Prince Jonas of Hassfurt
Field Nominated in: Peace
Reason for Nomination: Negotiating the Celtic Protectorate Withdrawal

Supporting Letter:

It is my pleasure to nominate young Prince Jonas of Hassfurt for the Queen's Foundation Prize for Peace. Over the last few months the young royal has worked to bring religious tensions within Royal Seleucid to a head and while ensuring that the region can return to national sovereignty in a more expedious manner. While the withdrawal of Ui Cennesliag troops has been achieved and system put in place to ensure Royal Seleucid maintains itself as a safe place for members of the Cult of Helus to live. It is now possible thanks to the Prince's input that citizens living there can live safe in the knowledge that their rights and identity are protected. It is for these reasons that we believe the Prince deserves this award for bringing to an end a long period of instability in this region.

May The Gods Watch Over You and the World Know Peace

King David III of East Moreland


Ragnar Madson

Name of Nominee:Ragnar Madson (posthumous)
Field Nominated in: Peace
Reason for Nomination: Creation of the now fulfilled roadmap to Lan Na reunification

Supporting Letter:

For several decades the only way the Kingdom and Democratic Republic of Lan Na saw each other was through the sights of a rifle. Thanks to the work of Ragnar Madson almost twenty years ago a path was set up to allow our two nations to embrace each other like siblings once more. This year the completion of Mr.Madson's vision has bore fruit and on happy circumstances Mundus saw itself with a nation less as two became one. The process of our nation fully joining together shall still be a long and challenging one however it is well underway and our only sorrow is that Mr.Madson did not live to see the joy his work brought. Until 2019 when he died he had worked with people on both sides of the border to ensure the smooth unification and now as our two lands sit under the same flag it would be fitting that the work of Mr.Madson is recognised by the international community.

King Chulalok of the United Lan Na States
Prime Minister President Varit Sodsri of the United Lan Na States

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Name of Nominee: OsmanTech and Pasteur
Field Nominated in: Physiology and Medicine
Reason for Nomination: Yellow Tongue Vaccination
Supporting Letter:

This year the world was ravaged by the Yellow-Tongue virus which saw a huge impact on the livestock market across Mundus. In addition to having a big impact on the agricultural industry it has also seen itself rip through certain wild animal populations. As the disease seemed to spread across Mundus teams from the two nominees worked, often co-operatively, to first map the virus and then isolate it before discovering how to map its genetic code. Once this had been done the Fleur nominees managed to come up with an effective vaccine that was then put into mass production by OsmanTech. As a result this potential catastrophe was brought under control. We believe that these people deserve this award as they have not only succeeded in manufacturing an effective vaccine in short order but have demonstrated the achievements nations on Mundus can make if and when they work co-operatively.

May The Gods Watch Over You and Mundus Know Peace

King David III of East Moreland


Name of Nominee: Dr.Simon Hindmarch
Field Nominated in: Physiology and Medicine
Reason for Nomination: Pioneering Biological Scaffolding surgery

Supporting Letter:

It is well known that early this year I was part of a programme to test a new surgical technique known as Biological Scaffolding. Several years ago a terrorist attack left me with part of my lower back missing muscle mass. Under the guidance of Dr.Hindmarch a pigs bladder was used to create a kind of biological net that was implanted where scar tissue had once been, this area received regular stem cell injections and has allowed me to gain much of the mobility of the region. A similar technique has been used on arms and legs to give greater mobility to those, usually injured soldiers, who have been wounded in the line of duty. Those having the operation have also included members of the Achkaerin royal family. It is my belief that through Dr.Hindmarch's skill, dedication and dexterity that I will have a much better quality of life and as such his ongoing roll out of the method will lead to a wider world impact.

May The Gods Watch Over You and Mundus Know Peace

King David III of East Moreland.

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Diplomacy and Events / Cartier's Fate
« on: October 22, 2021, 11:33:24 PM »
The diplomatic ramping up around Colonel Cartier had been expected but perhaps not at this speed, the myriad of legal issues was more than enough to bury most lawyers and the amount of pre-trial procedural motions that had been submitted by Cartier's legal team were quite significant not to mention complex and it was these motions combined with intelligence and political concerns along with the growing attention of the international community that was creating a perfect storm around the Colonel. In the Marble Palace it was decision time, Emperor Peter had gathered his advisors and they were in the midst of a deep conversation on the issue. Peter put the phone down after a rather bittersweet call with the Duchess of Aquitaine.

"She doesn't like it but she'll do it." Peter said looking around the room "Is everyone happy with handing him to Marseilles if they meet our conditions? Rion?"
"He's the most valuable intelligence source I've got on the Sorority, but I do have Alys now." Rion said
"Better Marseilles than Nya Aland." Kumiko Arkwright Peter's chief of staff said "We're legally within our rights to try him, but we don't need Brook 2.0."
"Marseilles where the crimes occurred better there than sending a message we don't want to send." Rion said
"All right summon the Marseilles let's get the assurances, if they agree we extradite to Marseilles, if not we reconsider." Peter said

An official summons was promptly dispatched to the Marseilles embassy.

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Sporting Hub / MFA World Cups 2021 OOC
« on: October 20, 2021, 12:47:40 AM »
Back for an eighth tournament (after a year away due to certain things), the Men's and starting this year also including the Women's World Cup. The pinnacle of football tournaments (or soccer if you're American) on Mundus.

as in the last tournament the World cup will consist of a group stage, with grouping being dependent on the number of declared nations competing after which there will be Quarter final, Semi Final and Final Stages (these are minimal rounds if we get 32 competing teams there will obviously be a knockout round and we if we get certain numbers of competing countries we may require some qualification rounds)

Boost events have been removed from the equation (this will simplify the scoring mechanism), in addition teams will play each other once not twice in the group stages.

Nations are invited to bid for the hosting rights I have included the minimum criteria . As in previous events there will be a bidding deadline this time of October 31st with a view to starting soon after.

  • A list of appropriate stadiums, 1 of at least 85,000 capacity to hold the Final, 2 of at least 50,000 capacity (May include re use of the 85,000+ Stadium as well) a minimum of 6 stadiums.
  • Name of the Main TV Rights Holder (Your News Service presumably)
  • Plans for the housing of athletes and staff and training pitches in place for the duration of the Cup
  • Importantly a written letter signed by a ranking member of your government stating that they will provide safe venues and protective services for all players and staff no matter which nation they hail from. (No refusing entry to a nation or holding people prisoner because you don't get along in RP with their nation).

I will handle the scoring side of things, however I will ask someone else to do the scoring of the final should Achkaerin get that far (as I have done in other tournaments when this has happened).

Note: When signing please make clear if you signing up for one or both competitions

Current Participants Mens

1. Achkaerin
2. Revana
3. Rayyu
4. East Moreland
5. Royal Seleucid
6. Daito
7. Izhitsa
8. Vinitsìa
9. Djabidjan
10. Jugland
11. Ui Cenneslaig
12. Nya Aland
13. Zaporozh
14. Lijiang
15. United Lan Na States
16. Kaitaine
17. Lodja
18. Tytor
19. Floodwater
20. Marseilles
21. Aquitaine
22. Seaforth
23. Zimalia
24. Rodina

Current Participants Womens

1. Achkaerin
2. Revana
3. Rayyu
4. East Moreland
5. Royal Seleucid
6. Daito
7. Izhitsa
8. Vinitsìa
9. Djabidjan
10. Jugland
11. Ui Cenneslaig
12. Nya Aland
13. Zaporozh
14. United Lan Na States
15. Kaitaine
16. Theocracy of Kaitaine
17. Lodja
18. Tytor
19. Floodwater
20. Marseilles
21. Aquitaine
22. Seaforth
23. Toshikawa
24. Zimalia

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Convention Centre / Queen's Foundation Awards 2021
« on: October 04, 2021, 03:11:09 PM »

The Queen's Foundation Awards (otherwise known as the Queen's Medals), are a set of awards granted to people each year in acknowledgement of their accomplishments across a variety of different fields, are once more upon us. This year we intend to award prizes for accomplishments in the fields of Chemistry, Physics, Physiology and Medicine, Literature or Journalism, Peace, Economics, Engineering, Archaeology and Anthropology, Mathematics and new from this year Climate Science (OOC - this essentially combines various RL awards together). Nominations will be open until the 26th of October with the winners being announced on the 1st of November at a reception hosted by Queen's College of the University of Artaxia.

We look forward to another celebration of humankind's accomplishments.

Charlotte Youngson
Chair of the Queen's Foundation

OOC Explanation

Ok this is essentially modelled on the Nobel Prizes. You can nominate any of your own characters, someone else's character, or even an international organisation if you can justify it in any of the fields. There are some rules regarding nominations explained below. All I ask is that people be reasonable, this is intended as a fun RP event not a competition.

The Rules

1) The reason for the nomination (I.e. what the nominee has done) must have happened between the 27th of October 2020 and the 26th of October 2021 - i.e. the period between last years nominations closing and this years nominations closing.

2) The reason must be a completed RP event - for example if the SSC Honeybadger was nominated then it must have achieved the speed record and not still be being constructed. This also means it must be something on the forum. The nomination period is deliberately long to give everyone the opportunity to complete RP's that may be relevant.

3) The reason must be feasible (within the RP rules) - self explanatory.

4) The Queen's Foundation reserves the right to reject a nomination should it deem it to be inappropriate.

The Nomination Form

Please fill out the following form to nominate for a prize

Code: [Select]
Name of Nominee: (Link to character profile if they have one desired but not essential, do include titles)
Field Nominated in: Chemistry/Physics/Physiology and Medicine/Literature and Journalism/Peace/Economics/Engineering/Archaeology and Anthropology/Mathematics/Climate - Delete as Appropriate
Reason for Nomination: What have they done to earn the nomination?
Supporting Letter: Why you (the person nominating) think they should be given the award, signed by the person doing the nominating (must not be the nominee and you can nominate someone from another nation).

If anyone has questions get in touch with me on discord or PM.

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Diplomacy and Events / Quebec/CSU Discussions
« on: October 03, 2021, 02:16:59 PM »

To - President Boucheron

The Cross-Straits Union has received your application to join the Union as a full member, as is our custom I would like to invite you or a representative of your nation to the headquarters of the organisation located in Ashinxao, Rokkenjima for the purposes of the interview stage of the application.

Signed

Madison Pryde
Chair of the Council of Head of States of the Cross-Straits Union

OOC - Just post turning up at the HQ no need for a formal response.

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Diplomacy and Events / The Pretenders Endgame
« on: August 12, 2021, 01:18:49 AM »
OOC - This is what would have happened with Dangerous Game had rl not got in the way, anyone can jump in if they want.


April 2021

Rion Ayanami stood listening to the play by play as the retaking of the hijacked liner Poseidon took place, it was textbook well apart from the entry, but once inside everything had been standard the Sorority of Materna terrorists either killed or captured, yet despite the inevitable success Rion was incredibly uneasy this just didn't make sense, none of it - why hijack an ocean liner when this was always the inevitable outcome there was no logic to it...unless it was a sacrifice play, a misdirect, Rion's eyes darted around visualising everything else in play, and then she saw it and her heart sank because she knew she'd seen it too late, this was all about that rogue Clysperi submarine. They'd had a pretty tight net in operation but the hijack had forced them to pull ships from that leaving holes that a submarine could get through. She punched the nearest wall as she put it all together, it certainly had the elegance of Anna La Mortagne but then how had she managed to pull a Clysperi submarine and crew? Either way she suspected she hadn't heard the last of it. There was a game afoot and that submarine was likely to be a major piece if it was worth staging a hijack as a diversion for.


12th August 2021

Valtheim International airport was the busiest airport in Achkaerin, but like every other airport it had moments where it was a dead zone, it was here at a very early hour, so  early that the terminal was otherwise empty that Julian Lawson and Roxanne Cohen stood waiting for a late night/early morning flight from Ecclesiastical State to land, the pair braced themselves as if expecting anything which considering who was on the flight was entirely justified, they'd had a note the previous day with the flight number on it and the message I surrender AA written with it. Who had authored the note was obvious enough  - Alys Arsenault  the former Duchess of Marseilles ousted by the Sorority of Materna. The two Justicars waited until Alys came into view, Julian beckoned her over while Roxanne's hand went closer to her sidearm. Alys knew Julian from her prior interrogations by Achkaerinese intelligence, she knew the form, knew what came next she walked over to Julian and turned around allowing him to put the handcuffs on her.
"Why come in?" Julian asked
"Not here." Alys said

An hour later at Ashai Castle they had Alys in an interrogation room, Rion was standing opposite a table where Alys sat.
"You're not the type to come out of hiding without a reason." Rion said "What is it?"
"Someone kidnapped my son from his school." Alys said "I want him back."
"And we should help you because?" Rion asked
"Because the Sorority is planning an attack." Alys said
"And you know that how?" Rion asked
"I still have some pull in Marseilles." Alys said "Get me my son back and I'll tell you my source, after that you can do whatever you like with me."
"Name of your sons school." Rion said putting a pen and paper in front of Alys.

A minute later Rion was in the corridor looking at Julian "It's the Bene Gesserit school in Seaforth." she said
"Explains why she came to us, she can't exactly admit to having a son in Seaforth." Julian said "Especially considering who the father was."
"The things we do in this job." Rion said "Get out there and take Hazel with you find out what you can. Meanwhile if the Sorority's planning something let's see who's sticking their heads up above the parapet."
"You think they are?" Julian asked
"With everything happening in the world right now?" Rion said "I guarantee it."

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Sporting Hub / Mundus Games 2021 - OOC Signup
« on: June 21, 2021, 11:59:05 PM »
Mundus Games 2021

It's that time of year again- our version of the Olympic Games is back for its eighth outing, as always there have been a few minor tweaks to the event list with some new events added (horseback archery, chess and jousting) I'm also once again foregoing group stages in various competitions to simplify things. Bidding information is included in this post for anyone interested in hosting, if no one bids for hosting then you're all coming to Valtheim.


Bidding information

The bidding process requires nations wishing to host to submit requested information, what information is dependent on the event in question. There will be a deadline set for bid submissions in the case of the Mundus Games this is the 6th of July any bids entered after that date will not be considered unless the vote has not opened. As you can probably guess from that sentence once bidding closes there will be a vote conducted. By vote this will be in the form of a post in this topic and the format of that vote will be explained at the time as it depends on the number of bids received.

So with that in mind the following is the criteria for Mundus Games Bids:
  • A list of venues for the events- you are expected to include the capacity of these venues and the athletics stadium must have a minimum capacity of 80,000 (please make sure to include which events are going where)
  • Name of the Main TV Rights Holder (For example EMTV)
  • Plans for the Athletes Village (just an image will do with a brief explanation)
  • Importantly a written letter signed by a ranking member of your government stating a) that they will provide safe venues and protective services for all athletes and staff no matter which nation they hail from. (No refusing entry to a nation or holding people prisoner because you don't get along in RP with their nation) and b) explaining the legacy of the games in your nation (what will the venues be used for afterwards, will there be a focus on the next generation of athletes? etc) This is the selling aspect of the bid

Everyone is advised that the last bullet point is quite important as it involves something akin to the Olympic Truce.

Also as the controller of the Mundus Games Committee (our IOC) I reserve the right to refuse a bid should there be a legitimate IC reason to do so, e.g we wouldn't be having this in a country in the middle of a civil war. I would like to remind everyone that if they believe there to be a legitimate IC reason to question a bid they may do so icly, just please do it in a separate thread.

As a word of advice to any prospective bidder do bear in mind that you will require multiple stadia for events such as football and cricket.


As usual competing nations will have the opportunity to choose disciplines to specialize in that is those headings in YELLOW, you are permitted three specialisms. You may also suggest the addition of an event if you wish but please remember these are the summer games (so no snowboarding). Also this is just the event list I have not yet worked out the schedule.

Finally I am not simply assuming everyone competes in everything but I am instead letting you determine which events you enter however please note that some events have a set number of people involved and some have a minimum number, these are generally team events and are indicated. Also please remember when determining your team size what the size of your nation is and how sporty they are.

Event List

All events apply to men and women unless specified otherwise, and all relay events are one relay team per nation. Team events are also one team per nation.

Athletics and Field

100m
200m
400m
800m
1500m
5000m
10,000m
3000m steeplechase
110m hurdles (Men)
100m hurdles (Women)
4x400m relay
4x100m relay
Marathon
Heptathlon (Women)
Decathlon (Men)
Pentathlon (men and women)

Triathlon (ind and team) (team is 4 athletes in a mixed relay)
Cross Country (ind and team) (four athletes is assumed)

Shotput
Discus
Javelin
Hammer Throw
High Jump
Long Jump
Triple Jump
Pole Vault

Swimming

50m (free, back, breast, fly)
100m (free, back, breast, fly)
200m (free, back, breast, fly)
400m (free, back, breast, fly)
800m (free)
1500m (free)
200m indiv medley
400m indiv medley
800m indiv medley
4x100m medley relay
4x200m medley relay

10k open water swim

Synchronized Swimming
Water Polo (15 athletes per squad)

Weightlifting

Men’s 56, 62, 69, 77, 85, 94, 105, over 105kg
Women’s 48, 53, 58, 63, 69, 75, over 75kg

Rowing

Single Sculls
Double Sculls
Quad Sculls
Coxless Pairs
Coxless Fours
Coxed Eights
Lightweight Pairs
Lightweight Fours

Sailing

Men’s solo- RSX, Laser, Finn
Men’s Team- 470, Star, 49er
Women’s solo- RSX, Laser
Women’s Team- 470, E6
Surfing - mens ind, womens ind, team (team is mixed 3 surfers)

Gymnastics

Individual and Team all around competition (six athletes per team will be assumed)
Men’s disciplines, Rings, Vault, Floor, Pommel Horse, Parallel Bars, High Bar
Women’s disciplines, Floor, Vault, Balance Beam, Uneven Bars,

Ind Men’s Rings, Vault, Floor, Pommel Horse, Parallel Bars, High Bar
Ind Women’s Floor, Vault, Balance Beam, Uneven Bars

Ind Women’s Rhythmic Gymnastics (Ball, Hoop, Ribbon, Clubs, Rope)
Women’s all around (team and ind)

Trampolining (ind and team)
Trampolining Pairs

Tumbling (ind and team)

Fencing

Epee
Foil
Sabre
Kendo (ind and team (team is 3 athletes))
Katana

Diving

3M Platform (indiv and pair)
5M Platform (indiv and pair)
10M Platform (indiv and pair)

Cycling

Individual Pursuit
Individual Sprint
Team Pursuit (four riders per team)
Team Sprint (three riders per team for men, two riders per team for women)
Keirin
Individual Scratch Race
Individual Elimination Race
Individual Points Race
Individual Flying Lap
Individual 1km Time Trial
Madison (two rider event)
Omnium

Road Race (maximum of six riders per team)
Time Trial
Mountain Bike (Cross Country)
BMX

Archery

Recurve Individual
Recurve Team (three archers per team)
Horseback Archery - Circuit, Cross Country, Cross Country Relay, Time Attack

Boxing

Men’s 49, 52, 56, 60, 64, 69, 75, 81, 91, over 91kg
Women’s 51, 60, 75kg

Judo

Men’s 60, 66, 73, 81, 90, 100, over 100kg
Women’s 48, 52, 57, 63, 70, 78, over 78kg

Taekwondo

Men’s 58, 68, 80, over 80kg
Women’s 49, 57, 67, over 67kg

Karate

Men’s 58, 68, 80, over 80kg
Women’s 49, 57, 67, over 67kg

Mixed Martial Arts

Mens and womens individual events at lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight

Medieval Mixed Martial Arts

Mens and womens individual events at lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight
Duo events at lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight

Football (squad size of 23 players)

Basketball (squad size of 20 players)

Rugby Sevens (squad size of 16 players)

Muggle Quidditch (squad size of 16 players)

Netball (women only, squad size of 14 players)

Cricket (T20 Format)

Ball and Stick Games

Hockey (squad size of 23 players)
Lacrosse (squad size of 16 players)
Baseball (squad size of 20 players)

Volleyball

Volleyball
Beach Volleyball
Spikeball

Racket Sports

Tennis

Singles
Doubles
Mixed Doubles

Badminton

Singles
Doubles
Mixed Doubles

Equestrian

All Equestrian events are mixed i.e. men and women compete against each other

Dressage (ind and team)
Cross Country (ind and team)
Showjumping (ind and team)
Three Day Eventing (four riders per team)
Puissance
Polo (12 riders per squad)
Mens Jousting
Womens Jousting

Shooting

Rifle- 10m, 50m prone, 50 m three positions
Pistol- 10m, 25m, 25m rapid fire, 50m
Shotgun- trap, double trap, skeet

Skateboarding

Freestyle
Halfpipe

Cue Sports

Snooker
Pool

Rock Climbing

Individual Rockclimbing

Chess

Individual Chess


Sign Up Information

Again this year we're using google sheets to create the Database as far as I understand it I believe you should be able to add in your athlete information without needing to sign into a google account, if for whatever reason you can't add yours in post it below and I'll get it added. I have already put Achkaerin's information in there to give people an idea of when numbers are entered and when yes/no isn't. If you aren't entering an event please enter either a zero or no into the cell or leave the cell blank.

Also remember to include your nations three specialist disciplines in the sign up post you do.

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A Letter to MICA and the AKO

To the members of MICA and the AKO,

As you will be aware the island of Awhaele which sits within the geographic locality of both your organisations is following a referendum sovereign Achkaerinese soil, one of the key aspects following that referendum was how to ensure Awhaele wasn't left isolated in its locality while also making sure that any method of doing so was respectful of the situation at hand, this led to a schedule of friendship between East Moreland and the island of Awhaele being signed. This is a good first step and now I hope to take the next step with you. I would like to invite you to Farthing Castle close to the city of Leonaise in the hope of negotiating an agreement between Achkaerin and your organisations that falls along the lines of the agreement presently in existence between East Moreland and the Cross Straits Union.

Signed

Emperor Peter Azurewind



An Invitation to the Kingdom of East Moreland and the Kingdom of Seaforth

To King David and King Andrew

As you will both be aware I have extended invitations to the members of MICA and the AKO to come to Achkaerin and negotiate an agreement between my country and those organisations that develops Awhaele's relationship with the Illumic and Alba Karinya communities while also ensuring that decisions regarding matters such as Illumic security are made by Illumic nations. The latter half of this point is why I would in addition to the invitations you've already received in respect of MICA and the AKO add a third invitation for representatives of East Moreland and Seaforth to meet with my representatives to negotiate an agreement between our three nations that not only addresses this matter but also reflects the strong history of cooperation that has existed between our nations.

In friendship

Emperor Peter Azurewind

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Sporting Hub / Aquarius Cup 2021 IC
« on: May 09, 2021, 12:48:40 PM »

The Aquarius Cup 2021

The Aquarius Cup the biggest sailing competition outside of the Mundus Games. Teams from across Mundus compete for this prestigious title, who will emerge as national champions? Who will become champions of their continent? Who will earn the right to compete for the title at East Moreland's Festival of Sail? There are sixteen teams drawn from eight nations, only one can win.



Race Day One Results

Alba Karinya Regatta

East Moreland - Seabrooke Naval College defeat Portworth Naval College

Zimalia - Presidents Sailing Club defeat Mogebbe Sailing Club
 
Albion Regatta

FOA - The Red Rockets defeat The Lachtens College Boating Team

Tytor - RNA Midshipmen defeat WSC International

Ardia Regatta

Arashkai - The Ikhan Dragons defeat The Ishkot Ghosts

Toshikawa - Rennyo Clan Sailing defeat Shogun's Sailors

Cotf Aranye Regatta

Jugland - Sjovegen Klubb defeat Juglandensk Sjoroveri

Achkaerin - Queen's College Sailing Racing Team defeat Naval Cadets Sailing Team

OOC - for the audience of doubt I've deliberately paired teams from the same nation up against each other for the first round, this amounts to a 'national title' so to speak, next the winners of nationals will face off against each other to win their continent and then we whittle the four down to two for the final.

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Diplomacy and Events / The Once and Future Empress's
« on: April 18, 2021, 11:06:47 PM »
They'd thought these days were long behind them, but if it wasn't one thing it was another especially when it came to Rokkenjima. Where Beatrice had been unpredictable, questionable, stubborn, foolish and paranoid Evanthe was stable, solid and to use a common phrase a safe pair of hands and with Emerson at her back and her Seaforthian experience there were no real worries there, the unknown variable was what happened when Adriana got on the throne. Would she be closer to her mother or would she be the trusting ally the stalwart rock that people needed her to be. In truth helping prepare Adriana for that task had been part of the reasoning agreed to by the current rulers of Achkaerin and Rokkenjima, Peter and Evanthe to give Adriana the benefit of experience, of learning from someone who had the experience but who would also occupy the throne of Achkaerin while Adriana sat on the Rokkenjiman throne. Naturally that person was Crown Princess Serenity, it was a bit of a weird moment however as Serenity flew into Josai, she'd hoped to have a year to prepare for Adriana but it seemed that despite all the progress that had been made that somehow things still happened and the result was what might be termed an intervention, she'd have been down in Tytor like a shot weeks ago if she hadn't been busy holding the fort while her father had surgery, on that occasion Adriana's comments by tweet had been of concern, now though she was heading off the apparent silliness out of Pyrena.

Finding the Austrana wasn't difficult, the yacht did stick out like a sore thumb, stepping onboard the yacht she sighed as she quickly conversed with Gemma Sanders, the bodyguard assigned to Adriana from the Justicars. Getting a quick update on everything from her end.

"Where is she?" Serenity asked knowing this was a surprise visit, when she was told Serenity walked the distance below decks, this wasn't an announced visit this was a head start with Adriana. She pushed the door of the room open and found a rather surprised Adriana "What on Mundus are you playing at?"

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Sporting Hub / Aquarius Cup 2021 - OOC (sign ups)
« on: April 17, 2021, 09:58:42 PM »

The Aquarius Cup 2021

The Aquarius Cup is an international sailing competition where teams from the nations of Mundus compete against each other in a knockout style tournament by region across the waters of Mundus until only the final two teams remain for the final contested as part of the Festival of Sail in East Moreland.

OOC - First a big thanks to Dave for letting me put the final race as part of the Festival of Sail. This is a fairly self explanatory sports thing, imagine it along the lines of Formula Mundus but applied to sailing teams, this is basically a slightly more elaborate America's Cup. Ideally (and dependent on numbers) the initial rounds of the tournament will be consisted within regions which will be figured out when the entries are in. I'm initially saying two teams per nation. For those interested please provide the following information:

Team Name
Nation of Origin


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Diplomacy and Events / An Invitation to Tytor
« on: April 11, 2021, 11:21:32 PM »

To Prime Minister Thatcher,

It seems slightly unbelievable that considering the steadfast commitments and nature of our respective nations that outside of our contributions within international organisations and attendances at international occasions Achkaerin and Tytor have not at any point engaged solely with each other, a state of affairs I would very much like to see righted. As such I'd like to invite you and/or other representatives of your nation to visit Achkaerin so we may remedy this, I am quite happy to visit Tytor should you prefer to meet on your soil. Should you choose to visit Achkaerin I would request you fly into St James's airport outside Santiago.

I look forward to your response

Signed

Emperor Peter Azurewind

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Economics and Industry / The Spirit of Mundus Floating Museum
« on: April 09, 2021, 12:46:53 AM »

The Spirit of Mundus is a floating museum that is intended to give greater accessibility to different cultures from across Mundus for a variety of purposes. The ship is open to galleries, museums, traditional craftsmen, performers, historians, students etc from across Mundus and has room for:
  • Approximately 200-300 exhibition spaces (depending on size)
  • Space for 50 restaurants
  • Approximately 150 virtual reality suites
  • There is a performance stage aboard where music/dancing/cultural tradition may occur


The ship is due to set sail on the 7th of May 2021 and we encourage all interested parties to contact us with the following information:

Code: [Select]
Name: Who/what are you?
Type: Exhibition/Virtual Reality/Craft/Restaurant (delete as appropriate)
Nation of Origin: Where do you come from?
Description: Give a basic idea of what you're going to be doing
Designated Contact: Who does the operator call if there's an emergency?
Number of people staying aboard: How many staff do you need?
Any special considerations: For example access to the deck, secure rooms, specific temperature etc

OOC - As some of the above may not be entirely clear an exhibition would for example be a collection of paintings from Tytor, a craft activity could be traditional sword forging from East Moreland or sword dancers from Achkaerin (also I include musical performers in that). On virtual reality is stuff like interactive virtual tours of somewhere like the pyramids or an interactive (slightly computer game VR experience) of something historical such as a famous battle, wedding, event etc.

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Diplomacy and Events / A Dangerous Game (Open)
« on: March 23, 2021, 12:25:29 AM »
Great Northern Ocean 23rd March 2021

Fleet Captain Mark Sullivan sighed as he stood looking down at the touchscreen table that the Achkaerinese military and intelligence communities called the 'chessboard' he commanded the INS Firebreather, a Riviere class destroyer in the Achkaerinese navy his current orders were to hunt down and deal with the rogue Clysperi submarine that was somewhere in the Northern Ocean, they hadn't had a lot of success yet but that was perhaps to be expected, the ocean was rather vast and the Clysperi submarine by comparison very very small. Mark was the senior officer in the group of ships that were assigned to this task and was in the process of reworking the search pattern again when the bridge chatter increased for a moment.

"Sir." the coms officer said "You need to hear this."
"On speaker." Mark said

"IMS Poseidon, repeat this is the IMS Poseidon declaring an emergency ship has been hijacked by the Sorority of Materna...."

The distress call was cut off and Mark's eyes widened, what the heck were the Sorority doing this far north? "All right set a course for the Poseidon tell the Normandy they'll have to search alone for now. Contact Command let them know what's occurring."


INS Valiant, Strait of Shaw, 13th July 1998

The INS Valiant cruised slowly through the Strait of Shaw heading down to the mid region of the strait, specifically the Marseilles area. Standing in command on the bridge was Captain Peter Azurewind, Crown Prince of Achkaerin and somewhat lucky to have his rank, in truth he felt like he'd been accelerated up the ranks because of who he was rather than his ability, something he was keen on seeing stopped when the time came for him to occupy the throne. He was reading over the orders that had been sent to him for this mission, they were very weird when compared to what he was used to most of his orders were patrol routes this was a special forces operation and he was the chauffeur. A few weeks earlier at the beginning of May the ruling family of Aquitaine had been killed, assassinated by the Marseilles military, it read very much like the feud over Aquitaine sovereignty had come to a head but then out of nothing a message had landed at the Achkaerinese embassy in Montaulon, the capital of Marseilles, and it was the contents of that message that had brought the Valiant to the Strait. It was a dark cloudy night, no moon, no stars were visible, the rain was falling lightly

"Approaching position sir." the helm officer Ensign Hermione Bennett said
"Thank you Hermione go to all stop." Peter said
"All stop aye sir." Hermione said
"Aoife?" Peter asked
"No sign of any Marseilles reaction to our presence, no shadows, no aircraft." Lieutenant Aoife Thorn the senior weapons officer aboard the ship said
"And now we find out if this is for real or some sort of elaborate trap." Commander Celine Tyler, the ships XO said

"Yep" Peter said he looked at his watch, their contact from inside Marseilles, their source on this had stated in communication that one of the Aquitaine noble family, the newborn daughter had survived the massacre of the family. This was an extraction of that child from the country. "Celine."
"Captain?" Celine asked
"Launch it." Peter said
"Aye sir." Celine said she picked up the radio "This is the XO commence Spectrum"

No sooner had Celine given the order than a Finch was taking off from the Valiant and flying into Marseilles, the hope was that the stealth features on the helicopter would get the onboard Achkaerin Special Forces Team in and out without being detected. The ASF team was Silver Troop under the command of First Lieutenant William Yates the helicopter journeyed not more than a couple of miles inland, settling on the Marseilles coast in the countryside close to the cliffs, the ASF team disembarked and fanned out securing a small perimeter, William looked at his watch they were right on time now where was their contact? His orders were clear, he was to wait up to two  hours and then get back to the ship if the contact was a no show. Fortunately it didn't take long before a lone off road vehicle pulled up, out got a man carrying a baby seat in one hand a sports over his shoulder, he moved quickly forwards to where the Achkaerinese soldiers were waiting.

"Captain Cartier Aquitaine Yeomanry." the man said
"Lieutenant Yates." William said "That her?" he indicated the child in the seat.
"Yes this is Danièle Aveline." Cartier said "Technically she's the Duchess of Aquitaine."
"What's in the bag?" William asked, unzipping it to inspect
"Baby clothes, nappies, wipes, bottles, her favourite stuffed toy and some documents that are for her when she's older." Cartier said
"Ok." William said he took the bag and the seat containing Danièle and headed back to the finch "Silver Troop move it out."

Shortly thereafter back aboard the Valiant Peter was crouched in his quarters changing Danièle's nappy, it was something he was well practiced at having done plenty of his son's, his newborn daughters, his nieces and nephew as well. He smiled as he finished changing the nappy and got a smile from Danièle who was cuddling her stuffed toy rabbit. "Ok then." Peter said lifting Danièle up "Let's put you to bed." he put her in the cot that had been set up in his quarters and watched as she went to sleep, he let out a deep breath, two years earlier he'd promised Cecelia Anselmo that he'd look after Beatrice and now here he was with another exiled royal under his protection. Would that be his legacy he wondered? The father coming through all the time?


Marble Palace, Valtheim, 23rd March 2021

Peter stood looking out of the window of his study, he was enjoying a little bit of personal time reading one of his favourite stories - Watership Down, he glanced at where the book sat open on his desk just in front of Danièle's stuffed rabbit, she'd given it to him on the father's day just before she returned to Aquitaine. He could still remember seeing Danièle grow up watching her run around with Simon, Serenity and Beatrice plus occasionally Celine's daughter Yuki, Peter actually chuckled a little as he remembered that Lucinda Hadley had come along later.

"Peter." Celine said stepping into the study "We've got a problem."
"Please tell me Adriana's not been on social media again." Peter said
"She hasn't." Celine said "The IMS Poseidon's been hijacked by the Sorority of Materna."
"First I wish you had said that Adriana had been on social media again." Peter said "Second what are the Sorority doing hijacking a Rokkenjiman ship?"
"No idea yet." Celine said "The distress call received by our ships got cut off. They're on their way to the location now."
"Ok." Peter said he sighed "I want at least a ten kilometre perimeter around the Poseidon no ship or aircraft within it, isolate it and make sure Rokkenjima know what's going on please."

OOC - Anyone who wants to play hostages or ships picking up the distress call, offers of support etc is welcome to jump in. Anyone needing info on the Sorority give me a yell.

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Sporting Hub / Rugby World Cup 2021 - OOC Signups
« on: February 09, 2021, 11:05:09 PM »
Rugby World Cup 2021

Back for the sixth time is the Mundus Rugby World Cup (which is most likely the most hotly contested trophy on Mundus). Last tournament saw Achkaerin win their first World Cup defeating defending champions the Iwi in the final, will the plucky underdogs triumph again? Will the Iwi regain their crown? Will the Honeybadgers win their third world crown?

Ok serious stuff, as per the usual sports sign ups state in this thread if you want to enter your nation into this - all hosting bids to be posted by the 19th of February please, following which there'll be a vote for hosting which I'll explain if one is needed. The full explanation of the bidding process is below. If no one bids we're going to an NPC nation.

Bidding Process

The bidding process requires nations wishing to host to submit requested information, what information is dependent on the event in question. There will be a deadline set for bid submissions. any bids entered after that date will not be considered unless the vote has not opened. As you can probably guess from that sentence once bidding closes there will be a vote conducted by vote this will not be in the form of a poll but in the form of a post in this topic (this is to ensure fairness of the vote). Importantly I want to make clear that as I for the purposes of sport effectively play the governing bodies (in this instance Mundus International Rugby Confederation or MIRC) and I generally everyone to be a member, nations can protest bids, but please if doing so make it about something not just 'my nation does not like the bidding nation'. Also I reserve the right to invalidate a hosting bid if it would place competitors at risk  which I generally take to mean nowhere where there is a civil war or large scale civil unrest.

So with that in mind the following is the criteria for the Rugby World Cup bids
  • A minimum list of eight stadia- you are expected to include the capacity of these venues at least one stadium must have a minimum capacity of 80,000 (for the final) and at least two must have capacity's of 70,000
  • Name of the Main TV Rights Holder (For example Tytorian News Service or EMTV)
  • Information relating to accommodation for teams and supporters.
  • Importantly a written letter signed by a ranking member of your government stating that they will provide safe venues and protective services for all athletes and staff no matter which nation they hail from. (No refusing entry to a nation or holding people prisoner because you don't get along in RP with their nation).

Also a word of advice to those wishing to host. It has been brought to my attention that we've had an awful lot of "Image Parade Bids" of late i.e. bids which amount to venue pictures and a fairly generic letter. Therefore I strongly encourage all those who wish to host this competition to "Sell" their nations in terms of why they are the best host for it and to think about the legacy factor i.e. what will the lasting impact of your nation hosting the tournament be?

Final note I am (particularly after the last one of these) limiting the number of tournaments to 32 nations if we get more than 32 nations then a qualification round will need to be held which I will explain if we get far. The participants shall be listed here, I have got Ben's OOC permission to enter the Iwi into sporting events in his absence.



Participants
  • Achkaerin
  • Iwi
  • East Moreland
  • Royal Seleucid
  • Jugland
  • Tytor
  • Centralia
  • Lijiang
  • Fleur
  • Argemonto
  • Ikhan
  • Elania
  • Tamora
  • Kaedwen
  • Merina
  • Quintelia
  • Bakkermaya
  • Drenova
  • Lodja
  • Kaitaine
  • Vaguzia
  • Seaforth
  • Zimalia
  • Safraen

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TV Shows / Pole to Pole: Cycling Not as We Know It
« on: February 09, 2021, 03:38:59 PM »
OOC - INSERT FANCY BANNER HERE ONCE COMPUTER KEYBOARD IS FOUND!

Pole to Pole: Cycling Not as We Know It is a video diary styled documentary[1] following the journey of four Achkaerinese women as they attempt to cycle on land and sea from the south pole in Hygelac to the north pole in Hrothgaer. The team consists of Sammy Lawson, the renowned cyclist who has more Mundus Games medals to her name than any other athlete, Melanie Parker a team mate of Lawson, Molly Cooper a two time individual and team triathlon gold medalist at the Mundus Games and Bridget Portman a sergeant in the Achkaerinese army and a medic. They're backed up by a support team led by Eleanor Hendry, a multiple record holding sailor.
 1. OOC - If anyone's ever watched Long Way Down or Long Way Round it's basically modeled somewhat on that.

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Diplomacy and Events / A (second) Letter to Izhitsa
« on: February 09, 2021, 12:31:59 PM »

To the Government of Izhitsa,

First allow me to apologize for the lack of advance on the issue of our military deployment. I hope you can appreciate that this was due to the manner in which the events of the Parbhani-Topri and that they escalated rather quickly, we went from a position of an ongoing conflict to a ceasefire to an ultimatum with terms some of which may not be well received by the Topri. Further the ultimatum's nature puts everyone on the clock, in forty eight hours from the declaration of it Topri must either agree to the terms, the international community members that have been approached must find a way forward or the offensive will resume. Having been personally involved in negotiations of this sort it's a time limit that is not helpful and very much reads that the Parbhani leadership appears to be making nothing other than a token gesture rather than engaging in a constructive and meaningful way to end the conflict. Now not even this would see the deployment in question, what is making that happen partly is that Parbhani civilians have been killed by Topri's military, every analysis of the situation that I've seen and heard of whether it be Parbhani's own or an international one concludes that Topri will lose this war, that's a warning sign that Topri have nothing left to lose and that it is entirely possible that repeats of the temple incident or similar atrocities may occur. I hope that this conflict does not end with a descent into what the Seaforth Catholic Church did but if it does get to a point where things do either escalate or degenerate I would rather be in a position where I can assist my nations friend in Dragovah if they require it sooner rather than later given the geographic position of Topri against their eastern border.

My second concern and motivation in this situation is the lack of knowledge and information on a critical point the "respected members of the international community" are not yet known, but judging off the lack of communication coming into Achkaerin from certain nations it's reasonable to say who has not been asked and that list includes significant numbers of nations with experience in this sort of situation, as a local of the Northern Ocean Achkaerin is greatly concerned that no notification from Parbhani about who these nations are has been given, the secrecy of it begs the question whether they even exist at this point, either whoever has been asked has dropped the ball and not told the locals or Parbhani has themselves not invited anyone. Either way they're not being done any favours with a ticking clock.

With respect to your governments suggestions, we appreciate the intent and your efforts however I cannot really agree to either suggestion, to agree to keep the vessels three days away from Izhitsa would be to defeat the object of the deployment which is to be able to take an action if an ally requires it, greater distance impacts this capability. Second the suggestion that we should send a single vessel down there to monitor is understandable however considering the forty eight hour deadline not viable, if thee ultimatum's deadline was a week, ten days or so we would consider a single ship to monitor but the time frame of forty eight hours means we cannot do that, it will take the forty eight hours to get those vessels there, to send a single ship to monitor the situation is fine but in the event that the situation turn bad very quickly it is then a further forty eight hours to get the vessels down there in number.

I hope that in a few hours I will be able to tell the ships to turn for home.

Crown Princess Serenity Azurewind

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Diplomacy and Events / A Letter to East Moreland
« on: January 27, 2021, 03:55:37 PM »

A Letter to East Moreland

To: King David of East Moreland

Your Majesty, my good friend, in recent times our two nations have stood shoulder to shoulder on many issues, during many challenging times of crisis, we've fostered a strong friendship between our nations and we strongly respect each others view, even when we've disagreed on the issue at hand. One of the most significant things I believe we can be proud of is our record of being able to work our way around a problem when combining our efforts. It is this particular ability that brings me to write this letter to you, as you will be aware in the summer of last year the citizens of the island of Awhaele voted in a free and fair referendum to be governed as an Achkaerinese territory, with the transition of status of the island now finalized meetings concerning the territory have turned to the future in particular engagement with its neighbours in Alba Karinya and the Illumic. Some of these proposals concern suggestions of membership in the AKO, MICA and Illumic Council - something which I believe is in the best interests of the people living on the island however East Moreland's position on this sort of issue is well known.

As such I would like to meet with you to discuss this matter and see if we can iron out an idea or arrangement concerning this. I am due for surgery in East Moreland in the next forty eight hours, I will be available to discuss this following the operation or should it be more convenient I can arrange for a representative to meet with you earlier.

In friendship,

Emperor Peter Azurewind

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Sporting Hub / Stardust Cup 2020 - Signups
« on: January 11, 2021, 09:01:02 PM »
Stardust Cup 2020

The Stardust Cup is a 24hr motorsport endurance race, the track runs through the countryside and forests surrounding the central part of the city of Artaxia in Aelmoor province, it is an open event meaning that various different cars can be entered. The winner is decided by which car completes the furthest distance in the allotted twenty four hours.

OOC explanation - This is basically modeled on the Le Mans 24 hr race, there may be an associated event based RP to go with this, you are permitted to enter up to five teams for this for each team I need a team name, nation of origin and the car they're driving (with a wikipedia link to the car if possible), the car info is required because I may be required to sort cars (and therefore teams) into different classifications - if someone enters a VW Golf for example it wouldn't be competing against a Ferrari.

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Map / MAP PURGE NOTICE (Delayed 2020 purge)
« on: January 10, 2021, 05:45:30 PM »
Attention everyone

As Cartographer I'm giving notice that at the next update it is my intention to conduct what I refer to as a map purge (happens once a year in this case delayed from 2020 due to rl so there will be a 2021 version later in the year), inactive nations will be removed, I'm sorry but there comes a point when we have to remove inactive nations that have just sat there and no communication has been received from the players.

The map purge will occur with the next update which will hopefully (again subject to rl) be at the end of January to give people time to let either myself or Dave (as RP Mod) know that they want to stay on the map. This does not apply to the active players.

If anyone has a query grab me on Discord.

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Press Offices / Cross-Straits Summit 2020 Press Conferences
« on: December 29, 2020, 03:57:04 PM »

Cross Straits Summit 2020, Dunwich

Found here will be announcements relating to items of business at the 2020 Cross-Straits Summit. Questions from the press welcomed.

OOC - this thread basically serves to assist in identifying what of the decisions made at the summit are and are not public knowledge, it is assumed that each CSC member has a representative available to answer questions as required.

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OOC Socialisation / The TIO Christmas Tree 2020 edition
« on: December 11, 2020, 09:38:12 PM »

It's that time of year again. Same rule as always, copy the picture, add one thing to the tree scene and post it again.

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Convention Centre / Queen's Foundation Awards Ceremony 2020
« on: November 04, 2020, 11:11:17 PM »

The Queen's Foundation Awards 2020


Charlotte Youngson - Chair of the Foundation Presenting the Awards

"Wherever you are on Mundus, good morning, good afternoon, good evening. Today we award the 2020 Queen's Foundation Awards, these are awards that recognise great achievements, that honour those people who dare to dream big, those who make a difference. We award prizes in nine different areas, we award these prizes to the people and organisations that truly deserve them. We acknowledge all the nominees and congratulate all of you on your achievements. Now as chair of the Foundation it is my privilege to announce the winners of the 2020 Queen's Foundation Prizes..."

Queen's Foundation Prize for Chemistry

Jessica McLean
"For the development of a method of genome editing."

Queen's Foundation Prize for Physics

Giuseppe Kessler
"For research into the dangers of cascading microdebris in astrophysics and orbital spaceflight."

Queen's Foundation Prize for Physiology and Medicine

Peter Simod
"For pioneering the field of utilising cyber technology with the human body."

Queen's Foundation Prize for Economics

Francine M. A. Therz
"For the economic transformation and transition of the Conglomerate to the Heyran Republic."

Queen's Foundation Prize for Engineering

Thanasis Polakis
"For bringing cheap and clean electricity to the people of Zimalia through the successful construction of the Haghighi Dam."

Queen's Foundation Prize for Peace

The Council of Albion
"For ceasefire and peacekeeping efforts in Merina."

Queen's Foundation Prize for Literature and Journalism

Dr. Marcus Merriman
"For publishing a complete History of Wars of the Modern Era."

Queen's Foundation Prize for Archaeology and Anthropology

Melanie Bell
"For the discovery and safe return to Vanora of an artifact fitting the description of and believed by some to be the Arc of the Covenant."

Queen's Foundation Prize for Mathematics

Victor Mikailov
"For contributions to the theory of optimal transport and its applications in partial differential equations, metric geometry and probability."

OOC - Chemistry and Mathematics awarded to random generated NPC's

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Diplomacy and Events / An Invitation to Altromine
« on: October 27, 2020, 10:17:36 PM »

An Invitation to Altromine

To: Arch-Protector Annakol Araanon

This is likely one of the most unexpected communications you could imagine receiving, for reasons more to do with differences Achkaerin holds with some nations around you territory on a few issues. However from what I have seen so far the actions of Altromine represent something different, with that in mind I would like to invite you, and whichever companions you wish, to meet with me and see if we can establish the beginnings of a lasting relationship between our nations.

Signed

Emperor Peter Azurewind

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Diplomacy and Events / Memorial Day 2020 - Open
« on: October 25, 2020, 12:47:52 AM »

To the nations of Mundus,

The eleventh of November is a date of great significance to many nations on Mundus, for it is the day that the final stage of what we call the "Great War" officially ended, the day the guns fell silent. Many people of many different cultures and creeds, many different people from many different nations gave their lives in that period. Every year we honor the fallen of all sides in that time and we also pay tribute to those who've given their lives in more recent conflicts and deployments. Every year on the eleventh of November Achkaerin marks Memorial Day, it concludes with the festival of remembrance in the Royal Theatre, Valtheim following a day of acts of remembrance across the nation. I would like to extend to each of you this invitation to join us as we mark the day and remember.

Signed



Emperor Peter Azurewind

OOC - feel free to reply with a letter for now if you want, I'm going to set the scene in a few days with an aim to have the act of remembrance on the 11th, after which usual diplomatic reception stuff.

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Map / Statement on the Next Map Update
« on: October 14, 2020, 04:59:32 PM »
This is an official announcement from the Cartographer concerning the next map update:

As people may be aware my normal practice with the map is to update fortnightly, this has lapsed somewhat of late and become a case of once a month or longer depending on various factors involved. Presently the most recent update is 24th August 2020, there has not been a more recent update due to my moving house at the end of August.

The files, software and such that I use to update the map I keep on my desktop computer which presently sits wrapped up in bubblewrap in the garage which is where it's going to stay until the furniture for my bedroom is fitted - that is planned for early to mid January 2021, it was originally supposed to have been fitted before I moved in however as I'm sure people will appreciate the effect of COVID-19 lockdowns meant this did not happen.

Until that point there's not going to be a map update because I won't have the access to what I need to do it. I will update the map as soon as I am able to do so and I will consider the next update to be (delayed) annual map purge of inactive nations. At this point all I can do is encourage everyone to continue to RP in accordance with the principle that nations are where their map claims say they are unless otherwise stated.

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International Organisations / Mundus Goodwill Bank (MGB)
« on: October 11, 2020, 12:15:34 AM »

We the under signed organisations hereby agree to the formation of the not for profit Mundus Goodwill Bank (MGB). The MGB will exist to fulfill the following missions.

1. The provision of relief during times of natural disaster and war.
2. The support of projects aimed at improving living conditions where without funds the project would not proceed.
3. To provide medical support for those in need
4. To aid research into life shortening medical conditions.

The official currency of the MGB shall be the Universal Standard Dollar (US$)

In order to achieve these missions the undersigned organisations hereby agree to the following.

1. Each organisation will donate annually a sum to the Bank based upon what they feel capable of providing.

2. Each organisation will appoint a Patron to sit on the Banks Council. This person may be chosen using any method the organisation wishes. A Patron may sit on the Council for as long as their nominating organisation permits.

3. The Banks Council shall appoint a President of the Bank. The President shall be chosen following an election, each Patron may nominate a candidate and vote in the election. The candidate with the most votes is named President.

4. The President shall be responsible for the day to day running of the bank. They may distribute funds how they see fit after informing the Patrons of an application. Should a Patron oppose an application on any ground a meeting of the Banks Council shall be called and a vote of the Council taken, a majority decision determines whether funding can be allocated.

5. The President shall be responsible for raising donations to the Bank from non member organisations. These donations will be accepted only when the President is sure that the funder has no ulterior motive.

6. The MGB will not charge interest on loans.

7.The President may, at their discretion, deem loans to be a gift.

8. The Presidents term shall be four years and they may be re-elected.

9. An organisation wishing to leave the MGB may do so by giving 6 months notice, during that time they may still take part in Bank business.

10. Any organisation may join the MGB by ratifying this charter and making a donation to the bank of at least US$25 million.

Signed by High Priestess Joanna Ironside on behalf of The Cult of Helus

Signed by Oracle Temari Fuma on behalf of the Cult of Namis

Signed by Archbishop Richard Valance on behalf of the Church of Tytor

Note: Any organisation can make a payment to the bank to be used to help provide loans for good causes, in case of disasters etc. This is not limited to those who have signed the charter or even to religious organisations e.g. should OsmanTech wish to donate money they could.

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