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WA Delegate: The Militaristic Federation of The Sheika (elected )

Founder: The Founding Nation of Assorro

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Most Influential: 5th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 92nd Most Rebellious Youth: 370th+38
Most Cultured: 412th Most Beautiful Environments: 533rd Most Nations: 615th Largest Welfare Programs: 722nd Highest Economic Output: 771st Nicest Citizens: 788th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 831st Best Weather: 838th Smartest Citizens: 962nd Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 962nd Healthiest Citizens: 981st Most Advanced Public Education: 990th Most Compassionate Citizens: 1,017th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,072nd Lowest Crime Rates: 1,096th Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,102nd Most Inclusive: 1,113th Largest Governments: 1,157th Fattest Citizens: 1,252nd Most Devout: 1,317th Most Avoided: 1,330th Highest Poor Incomes: 1,394th Largest Black Market: 1,459th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,555th Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,583rd Most Corrupt Governments: 1,596th Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,623rd Highest Average Incomes: 1,684th Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,704th Largest Populations: 1,813th Largest Publishing Industry: 1,833rd Most Subsidized Industry: 1,958th Highest Disposable Incomes: 1,991st Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,018th Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2,108th Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,181st Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,311th Most Developed: 2,560th
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A little place of forgetting. NationStates oldest and original neutral community, founded September 16, 2006. All are welcome, pets too.

*** Neutral Independence and Sovereignty [ Read more... ]***
Embassy requests are declined to maintain all three.

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    Regional Information Guide

    BulletinNews by Assorro . 437 reads.

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    Your World Assembly Delegate!

    FactbookMiscellaneous by The Sheika . 90 reads.

Tags: Anti-Security Council, Casual, Independent, Isolationist, Medium, National Sovereigntist, and Neutral.

Regional Power: Very High

Absolution contains 30 nations, the 615th most in the world.

Today's World Census Report

The Largest Retail Industry in Absolution

The World Census estimated levels of employee ennui to determine which nations have the largest retail industries.

As a region, Absolution is ranked 2,933rd in the world for Largest Retail Industry.

NationWA CategoryMotto
1.The Multiversal Empire of PetzConfederationFather Knows Best State“Loyalty leads to Glory !”
2.The Biker Gangs of GaspaciaAnarchy“United in independence.”
3.The Republic of UnikonAnarchy“Honor, loyalty, valor!”
4.The Corporate Conglomerate of MechislaCapitalist Paradise“No Union Shall Save You Now!!!”
5.The Rogue Nation of Useless UtilitiesCorporate Police State“If only!”
6.The Republic of Arming RepublicsCompulsory Consumerist State“COME AND TAKE IT!”
7.The Commonwealth of MuseCorporate Police State“Become a citizen erased.”
8.The Sultanate of The ShadowCivil Rights Lovefest“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?”
9.The Founding Nation of AssorroInoffensive Centrist Democracy“Semper Paratus Pro Patria”
10.The Holy Empire of Nation1204Iron Fist Consumerists“Unity, Discipline, Work”

Recent polls: “Protecting The Rights Of Labour Unions”“Gay Panic Defense Ban”“Repeal "Fairness In Collective Bargaining"”

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Absolution Regional Message Board

I'm no lawyer but I can definitely tell you that your position is totally justified. Doubly so if you were given a timeline that would result in a reasonable expectation to be housed. I'll keep my fingers crossed that things change for you very soon.

Things seem to be moving slowly again, this time it could be contracts exchanged on Monday with me moving in 2 weeks after that, so as Monday is the 8th it could be the 22nd before I move in. And this has been in motion since the offer went in for the property I moved out of in January back in October. Certainly proving that a house move is not as simple as you think it could be.

"Procedural generation is a wonderful breath of fresh air, blowing away a lot of stale thinking and stale storytelling in the games industry. To be honest, it freaks the crap out of many a writer. Why? Because it's impossible to rely on tried and true structures like "3 Acts" and "The Hero's Journey" when anything could happen in the game at any time. Suddenly, the player isn't just going along for the ride on a nice, smooth character arc. This isn't Booker DeWitt coming to terms with his past. This isn't Joel and Ellie building a relationship only to have the hostile world threaten to tear it apart.

With procedural generation, the game is reacting to what the player does, not what the character is expected to do.

The Player = Protagonist

The Game = Antagonist

The Story = What happens as the Protag struggles to overcome the Antag.

There's no predictable plot here, because the Protag can succeed or fail in a myriad of ways. Plot is replaced by Story Experience.

But how do you 'write' for something like that?

For a start, you switch off all the lights in your plot brain except for that one desk lamp at the workstation called Department of Cause and Effect. And then you get down to the business of writing tiny scripts, sometimes just one line, that capture specific moments of cause and effect in your game."


If there came a day where a documentary or a book titled "The Making of Parathia" existed, there would be a section or a chapter titled "Karma vs Fate". Since last August, I've gone through four laptops. Black Screens, power issues and worn-out puffer-fans have all tried to encourage the notion of this project being ill-fated. However, fate hadn't accounted for this knuckle-draggers ability to make use of mechanical screwdrivers and hard-drive adapter cables.

Fancy the scenario of me not being able to complete ideas flowing from my mind due to a laptop suddenly saying it's outie 5000. If you know me, you know the computer is actually denying me access to my baby, and that's just not going to be "on well" with me at all.

I went to Walmart Saturday morning, and due to my impatience, didn't do much other than point and grunt at what I thought was a laptop, but didn't realize until the moment I turned it on at home was a Chromebook. Just WTF is a Chromebook? Google's own OS, practically no storage and focused mostly for online use. Ewwwwww.... it's going back in four hours when Walmart opens this Sunday morning. Yes, I'm using it now. Then, I get to transfer my baby into another crib. Discouraging? I can easily see why others might choose surrender, but when I want something I tend to get it. I expect that nothing worthy will be easy and will bare both loss and cost. It's the forward progression that matters most to me.

What occurred to me as I sat through Saturday like a junkie without a fix, is how selfish I've been. I could make use of a free host to offer an online sandbox for posting live examples. There's no way the complete site would be acceptable to any free host as it makes use of PHP functions extensively, but as long as the application isn't "resource intensive" there shouldn't be any issues, right? Yeah, our history with free hosts is stellar. See you soon.

That was quite an adventure there. I've had my fair share of the "changing of the laptop" over the last couple of years. The one I had when I first moved to Washington I had for a couple of years and it was a low-end laptop; good enough for browsing, great for word processing, but horrible for games that required more than just moving a card from one place to another. So I "upgraded" to a newer model. It wasn't really an upgrade, just more of the same that I was dealing with just with a different exterior, so back to Walmart it went and I dropped another $150 on top of what I already paid for something better.

Was it better? Meh, just enough for me to be satisfied with it for a couple of years. It did great until one day I noticed certain tasks were taking longer. My first thought was malware! I threw everything I had short of formatting the hard drive at it and nothing changed. I stepped it up to checking for spyware, and possibly a virus. Nothing really changed. I started combing the registry (for those not familiar, it's a whole lot of looking for something that you know shouldn't be there. Truth be told I really shouldn't have done it myself) and came up with nothing so one day I rebooted the computer and went into the boot menu. The hard drive was the source of the issue, and by that point I was out of warranty. Went and bought a Chromebook, not realizing what it was and that transaction lived for about two hours when I realized what I couldn't do with it so back it went. That brought me to my present laptop which handles browsing great, word processing is a breeze, and it can actually play AAA title games from a few years back without much of a problem, modern games? Not so much, but not a deal breaker for me.

The free host idea for examples is a good option I think. Just a means of showing what you've done so far sounds great. Thank you for updating us on your current goings on.

Ah the dreaded chromebook. I still don't get those things, they are so limited. Hopefully you can get/got something worth the money that will last you. Anyone who thinks a set back is going to stop you doesn't know you by a fraction, including the project!

Happy Valentines day to everyone who cares, otherwise happy... whatever today is.

Yes, the Chromebook had to go the way of the Llama. It's a shame, actually. I have nothing personal against the Llama.

I created an account with out old friend byethost. Hopefully, provided they don't delete me just for existing, I'll have something posted tomorrow.

Byethost totally suspended the account during the uploading and testing of login functions. Nothing more than login and registration functions and it used up allowances. Okay, I'll build a rudimentary system, which, hopefully is more acceptable after the 24hr suspension.

Ah, good to see you again, Hillop. Welcome back.

So the changing of the laptop continues....

Yesterday was the first day of my long, overdue vacation. Didn't accomplish much, and didn't want to so mission accomplished. I have a few things on the radar this week that need to be taken care of so it's been a little bit here, little bit there kind of deal preparing for those. My Dad and I were in the midst of doing just that when things took a turn. We're getting maintenance on our gas fireplace tomorrow, so yesterday we figured we'd do a little bit of clean up in and around it. Nothing heavy, just a shop vac will do. I manage to pull off the screen and heat shield as my Dad is coming along with the shop vac. Right at the same time, one of the dogs decides he wants to join in on the fun and down goes my Dad, and down I go because I'm in the path of his fall. It's a good thing I was; he's not fragile or anything but he's up there in years and the last few years haven't been too kind (aging is not for wimps). Down he goes, so down I go right into the end table, the leg of his reclining chair, and right on top of my laptop.

As soon as I hit the floor I knew what happened. It happened and at that point it was just a matter of figuring out how bad the damage was. Knowing that the damage was done, I took my time getting up; at that point it was a matter of making sure I was working properly haha. Once we get up and determine that we'll be okay I take a look. Oof! The display was destroyed beyond repair, the housing for the screen was bent and cracked in a couple of places. As I'm sitting there going over the cost of a new laptop in my head, my Dad goes upstairs and comes back with a box. He hands it to me and says "Happy Birthday". It was a brand new laptop. So I spent the better part of the afternoon and evening hooking up the old laptop to a TV with an HDMI connection (gotta keep that in mind when I want to watch something that I can't normally get on TV) and loading things onto an external hard drive to load them onto the new laptop. Fun and games all around.

I hope that everybody else is doing well.

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