My Background in TNP I arrived in The North Pacific on July 17, 2018 after a long UCR career. I was looking for a fresh start in a new region to call home. I was warmly welcomed, and soon found my place within the Ministry of Communications. Under my leadership, Comms has been transformed by a number of key changes. The Ministry increased its focus on having high standards of quality and reliable productivity. I believe it is now capable of meeting the expectations of a fully functioning, high-performing Ministry. While I am exceedingly proud of my work in the Ministry of Communications, I am more proud of the region that took me in and allowed me to rise swiftly in the ranks of the Ministry. Such a region was respectful of tradition, yet generous to newcomers. It is my hope to expand on that legacy, and serve as delegate of this fine region. General Administration While each Minister should be capable of working independently, I intend to be a Delegate of action, and I like getting things done. I intend to be hands-on with each of the Ministries. This will be especially true in Home Affairs, Communications, and Culture. Furthermore, I believe in executive accountability, transparency, and ethical responsibility. All Ministers under my delegacy will publish monthly reports. Additionally, RMB AMAs will continue, and NBS interviews of Ministers will be encouraged. Doing so will increase public awareness of Ministry activities and promote ethical responsibility within the ministries. Vision for the Term Spoiler: Ministry of Home Affairs I’ll start with Home Affairs. All successful terms require activity, and from what I can tell, TNP is currently facing staffing shortages across many of our ministries. I can list only a handful of people active in WA Affairs, in HA, and in Comms. I’m not nearly as aware of the staffing situation within the NPA, Culture, and FA, though I’m sure more staff would always be helpful. While these ministries all have bold plans for the future, these plans cannot be achieved without sufficient resources. One of the focuses of my term would be to bring more people into our community. HA can do more to streamline operations and be more targeted in the recruitment they do. HA will conduct weekly manual recruitment lists to boost regional participation and will concentrate initial efforts to update and rewrite recruitment telegrams. Recruitment isn’t the only concern; retention and mentorship of recruited nations is vitally important to a successful future. As such, HA will produce training resources and guides for newcomers looking to get started in each of our ministries and in other facets of our region, such as elected offices and roleplay. This will include producing NBS tutorials to help retain newcomers’ interest, updating and revamping the FAQ’s, and rebooting the in-person mentorship program that, prior to the forum emergency, was so active. These guides, training resources, and tutorials will form the backbone of TNP’s University. The mentorship program should not stop with a cursory overview of the boards and discord, but help train newcomers for success in each ministry. HA should partner with each ministry to make these efforts successful. Additionally, HA cannot forget the Gameside Advocates, who are really an underutilized resource. GA’s should not only be moderators of the RMB, but stewards of activity. Their role should be redefined to build personal connections with new players, and recommend players to specific ministries or activities within TNP. This can be done by assisting in their nation development, directing them to useful resources in NS and in TNP, conducting RMB games and events, by introducing them to our forum and discord, and by promoting roleplays within our community, both on SR and Eras. The RMB AMA program will continue. GA’s would also be encouraged to host other events, like trivia nights and Cards Against Humanity sessions. While it is my hope that the program brings many more people to the offsite forums, the GA’s will bring at least twenty new players to forumside in the term. HA will also continue the current NS Card programs. This includes the NS Card Giveaway, our daily Keeper of the North lottery, and our monthly WADP awards. NS Cards may also be featured as awards in contests and other regional events. Spoiler: Ministry of Communications With the Ministry of Communications, my first goal will be to see through the transition period to the next Minister. This will include overseeing activities of the new Minister to ensure deadlines are met and that the Ministry is running smoothly. There are four publications produced by the Ministry of Communications: Spoiler: Publications The North Star: TNS consists of governmental reports and can be handled easily. It will be published once each month, and more focus will be put into consistently meeting deadlines. The Northern Lights: TNL features op-eds and serves as a professional journal. It shall maintain this status and be published every other month. It is my hope that TNL retains its high standards and continues to produce quality content. As such, each issue of TNL should have a theme, and we will continue to encourage more allies abroad to contribute. Each issue will aim to have at least one foreign author. The Roleplay Reel: RPR is a new publication that is jointly produced by the Ministries of Communications and Culture. It is designed to show off the effort and creativity the roleplay community of TNP has put into the creation of characters, nations, and worlds. The first issue will be released in the next few days, and will now become a regular publication, much like The Northern Lights. It will be published every other month. Northern Broadcast Service: NBS has faced some difficulty picking up speed in the last term, and it is important to note that scheduling and staffing issues have been a major factor here. That said, NBS is full of potential to improve life in The North Pacific. If elected, NBS will expand to feature more frequent, albeit shorter news shows. By becoming a regular production, NBS can help introduce important topics and lead to valuable community discussions and panels. Additionally, third-party hosts will be sought out to introduce additional shows. While this may affect the average quality of shows, it will hopefully increase interest and listeners of the program. NBS will feature weekly shows, for a total of sixteen over the course of the term. Furthermore, Comms will make more of an effort to focus on newcomers entering the Ministry. Increasingly, it has felt as though it is just my deputies and I completing the work for the Ministry, but this is mainly due to a lack of opportunities for newcomers to the Ministry to get started. Newcomers will be given more opportunities to edit and format articles, and the points system will be expanded to accommodate this need. Spoiler: Ministry of Culture There is so much potential for the Ministry of Culture to excel, and to expand.It should work together more closely with other Ministries. For future issues, Culture will actively promote The Roleplay Reel (RPR) within the RP community, and take a more active stance in seeking writers. Producing the publication more jointly can take some of the weight off of the Ministry of Comms, allowing Comms to focus on The Northern Lights and NBS. That said, Culture should also help bring the RP community to NBS by encouraging members of both the gameside and forumside RP worlds to use NBS to discuss and showcase major events, characters, nations, and whole roleplays. NBS should serve in some sense as an extension of RPR. Culture will produce at least four such NBS shows throughout the term. Another way of arousing interest in roleplay is to create roleplay-themed regional poll games - sort of like choose-your-own adventure books. Poll authorship could be on a rotation to give as many authors as possible a chance to participate. Everyone loves events, and Culture should really make an effort to make more of them happen. First and foremost, if elected, Culture will make a special effort to work with the Ministry of Communications to host a Comms Festival. Essentially, TNP would invite foreign speakers and writers from many of NationStates’ most productive interregional media sources. An issue of TNL and RPR would be produced right before the festival. While the idea needs some expanding, the event would be a ‘Media Frenzy,’ and would host several NBS panels on how to produce interesting content, sharing techniques, and discussing how NS media sources help promote foreign affairs across NS. Additional panels would discuss important topics from across NS. The benefit of such a festival is that it draws particular attention to NS media sources, and would bring us together as one community across many regions. In this way, Culture could help strengthen bonds with our allies abroad, and lead the path to new cross-cultural events. These interregional events wouldn’t have to be as large as a full festival, but could serve to bring us closer to key allies. For example, we could host guests from abroad on NBS, but we could also have influential TNPers speak on other radio programs abroad, such as on EBC Radio or NS Today. By the end of the term, Culture will host another Lennarts. The Lennarts are basically TNP’s version of the Oscars, and help shine the spotlight on those among us who really stand for what TNP is, both here at home and with our friends abroad. It has become a storied event that comes and goes over the years, and I want to make it happen again. I also intend to incorporate feedback from previous Lennarts to improve the execution of the one planned. The nominations process should be quicker and the award categories should be more representative of our community, and be better defined. However, the Lennarts should continue to be hosted via NS polls rather than on the forums, because these polls will draw more attention to government initiatives from the gameside community, and their participation will boost turn out. While there has been some criticism of vote stacking, in my mind, this is all part of the fun. Delegate’s Day will be celebrated by Delegate Delirium. For those who don’t know, this is a wonderful program that commends past delegates for their service to the region. Essentially, the event pits delegates against each other in NS polls to determine who among them was the best. It’s a cool event, because it encourages all members of the region to learn more about our regional history. Culture will also host another Endorsement Frenzy in an effort to regain top position in average regional endorsements. This effort will make the region more secure by increasing the number of endorsements of the delegate and security council, as well as by elevating the average influence of all WA member nations. Spoiler: Ministry of World Assembly Affairs WA Affairs is a Ministry that has done pretty well in the past, but can always do more to improve. The Ministry should put a major focus on getting IFVs to come out right at the start of voting, not hours or even days later. The Information for WA Voters program is the single largest aspect of what WA Affairs does, so it should be perfected. This can be done by starting discussions earlier, even if that means covering resolutions that don’t make it to quorum. Additionally, more attention should be given to TNP’s WA Sponsorship program. The WA Affairs Ministry should not just vote on resolutions, but write them, and teach newcomers in the Ministry the process through which resolutions are passed. In an effort to further this cause, the Ministry of WA Affairs will host a WA Resolution Workshop with our WALL allies. This workshop will help strengthen the alliance we share. I will do my part as Delegate to ensure that our vote in the WA is as strong as possible. Updates occur at 9am/9pm, which are both exceptionally good times for me. I will be online to vote for WA proposals as they reach quorum, maximizing the effect of Vote Early, Vote Often. In addition, I am a strong endotarter, and dedicate some time each day to this task. My aim is to reach at least 80% of the regional endorsement count. Spoiler: Ministry of Defense The Ministry of Defense will work on expansion and recruitment in order to boost the number of operations over last term. Defense should continue the precedent of joint operations with our allies abroad. The Ministry should aim for regular operations. For my part, I support the continued independence of the NPA, and understand the reasoning and importance of our adherence to The Independent Manifesto. Operations should be conducted in our regional interest. Additionally, I do not support the idea that The North Pacific should conduct tag raiding operations to remove support from WA resolutions before they reach quorum. While doing so would serve our immediate regional interests, I think the long-term consequences do not. We have for some time now been working towards a proactive and engaged foreign policy, and this is best achieved via collaborative efforts of positive diplomacy. Conducting this type of raiding operation would only serve to advance the agendas of our critics. I don’t believe there’s some sacred line over which military gameplay cannot cross; I simply believe that these operations would hinder our long-term regional interests. Spoiler: Ministry of Foreign Affairs The focus of Foreign Affairs will be to increase the strength of current alliances through cross-cultural activities and events. Some of these events have been described extensively above, from the Communications Festival ‘Media Frenzy’ to the WA Resolution Workshop with our WALL allies. FA will work closely with other Ministries to ensure the success of these events. These cultural exchanges will form the core of FA’s work in the term. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already made strides in the last term to improve the Diplomatic Corps, by reducing the amount of time between the release of an update by the Ministry of Comms and its distribution. This standard should continue to rise. The Ministry should also make more of an effort to keep the Civil Defense Service up to date. It’s one of the best tools the NS community has to keep potential recruits away from those toxic regions. Important Note: In past years, a huge effort has been made for Democracy Day, and it would be my goal to continue the Pocket Constibillcode program this year. This is a program I have been interested in since the first week I joined TNP, and I proudly use my Constibillocode to this day. It’s a fantastic program, and it really speaks to the enduring nature of our region’s democracy and the strength of our culture. While I will do my utmost to make this happen again, it’s something that I can’t promise. Summary MinistryGoalAdminMinisters will publish monthly reportsHAconduct weekly manual recruitment listsHAupdate and rewrite recruitment telegramsHAresources for newcomers: NBS tutorials, updating the FAQ’s, mentorship programHAThe RMB AMA program will continueHAGA’s will bring at least twenty new players to forumsideHAcontinue the current NS Card programsCommsTNS: monthlyCommsTNL: every other monthCommsRPR: every other monthCommsNBS: weekly showsCommsExpansion of the points system to award staffers for editing/formattingCulturepromote The Roleplay Reel (RPR) within the RP communityCultureproduce at least four RP-themed NBS showsCulturehost a Comms FestivalCulturehost the LennartsCulturehost Delegate DeliriumCulturehost an Endorsement FrenzyWAAIFVs to come out right at the start of votingWAAWA Resolution Workshop with our WALL alliesDefensejoint operations with our alliesFAcross-cultural activities and events (see Culture/WA)FAkeep the Civil Defense Service up to dateIf you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them!