[EMBASSY] Embassy of Balder

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  1. Zander Cerebella

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    Greeting Europe

    I am Zander Cerebella the Balderan ambassador and foreign minister wishing to open our embassy here. Its been a few months since Europe opened one in Balder and we thought it was about time we did the same here.
     
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    Happy to see you!

    Please present your credentials by an in-game telegram from either the Delegate (Queen, in this case) or Foreign Secretary for Balder. Also, will you be moving an Ambassador puppet into Europe?
     
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  3. Zander Cerebella

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    Telegramed you in-game.

    Our ambassador service is currently understaffed so I am current ambassador to about half of our embassies for now. I could move a nation to Europe if needs be however we do not require ambassadors to keep a nation in our region.

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    The Realm of Balder

    Balder Forum
    Population - 4,612 nations ~ Delegate Endorsements - 156 ~ Endorsement Cap - 15 ~ Forum Posts - 106,304

    Monarchy

    Queen - Rach Eriksen
    Crown Prince - North East Somerset

    Statsraadet (Executive)

    Statsminister - OnderKelkia
    Minister of Foreign Affairs - Zander Cerebella
    Minister of Integration - Tom Vasentius
    Minister of War - Theoden Sebastian
    Minister of Culture - Gradea

    Storting (Legislature)

    Lawspeaker - Arastaoir
    MP - Gradea
    MP - Onder Kelkia
    MP - Theoden Sebastian
    MP - Tom Vasentius

    Election News & Future Plans

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    In the latest round of legislative elections, three incumbent MPs were returned (Arastaoir, Theoden Sebastian and Tom Vasentius) and two new legislators were elected to the Storting (Gradea and OnderKelkia). Within the Storting, the outgoing Lawspeaker Tom Vasentius did not seek re-election. Arastaoir and Theoden Sebastian emerged as the two candidates for this position, which serves as presiding officer in legislative debates. A close contest ensued. After voting was tied, Theoden Sebastian withdrew from contention, leaving Arastaoir to be elected Lawspeaker as the remaining candidate.

    The process for selecting the new Statsminister went more smoothly, as OnderKelkia was elected unchallenged, following a term as Minister of Integration and after topping the polls in the Storting election. The Statsminister serves as Balder's head of government. OnderKelkia was quick to announce his cabinet and detailed plans for improving the performance of each government department.

    Under the new administration, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be developing our valuable relationships with existing allies, while forging ahead with new partnerships which cement Balder's position both among fellow game-created regions and as a leader of the wider Independent sphere. The Ministry of Integration will build on the progress made with manual naturalisation telegrams during the previous term to mentor new forum members and direct them to activities which are beneficial to the region. The Ministry of War will be organising Balder-led military occupations and building up our capacity to provide significant reinforcements led by our allies. The Ministry of Culture will be working on a major event to mark the fifth anniversary of Balder's creation and maintaining growth in general forum activity.

    Integration Ministry Reformed

    The biggest institutional reform announced by the new Government thus far is the re-branding and restructuring of our Integration functions. Previously, the Balder Civil Service was administered centrally through the Ministry of Integration-Civil Service. Following an announcement by Statsminister OnderKelkia, Civil Service appointments will be directly managed by each member of the Statsraadet within their own department, while the Ministry of Integration will retain ownership of this agenda as part of its wider outreach to new and existing members. It is believed that the new system will provide greater flexibility and allow assistant ministers to become directly engaged in the actual running of their departments. The new grade of Deputy Minister was also created and the Statsminister announced Sygian Vasentius as the first Deputy Minister of Culture.

    Treaty News

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    Over the last two months, Balder has seen a significant amount of new diplomatic activity. In July, we formed the GCR Sovereignty Accords with our allies in The Pacific and The West Pacific. The Accords rapidly obtained the unanimous approval of the Storting. This partnership represents an exciting opportunity expand our cooperation in good faith and enhances the security of all signatories against potential adversaries. The Realm of Balder is firmly committed to carrying forward this agenda.

    The Treaty of the Ancient Gods with Osiris was updated and revised in late August following talks between both parties, with new language to remove an out-dated reference to the Imperial Sovereign Realms Army. In reaffirming our alliance, Balder is glad to have renewed commitments to our fellow sinker.

    Back on 18th July, there was an announcement in the Gameplay forum delivered by Glen-Rhodes, The South Pacific's Minister of Foreign Affairs, that TSP was dissolving its treaty with Balder. Following this announcement, it emerged that the requisite legal approval for dissolving the treaty had not been obtained in The South Pacific when Glen-Rhodes issued his statement. It is now over 2 months since Glen-Rhodes made his announcement. Despite the passage of time, we have still yet to receive the required five-days' notice from TSP that the treaty has been dissolved in TSP's embassy on our forum, even though providing this notice is a requirement of our treaty.

    Statement on the Grey Wardens' Aggression against Osiris

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    As we approach the fifth anniversary of the creation of Osiris and Balder next month, our commitment to the welfare of our sister sinker remains strong. We are therefore disturbed by recent developments. On 7th September 2016, the Pharaoh of Osiris issued a royal proclamation concerning unprovoked aggression against Osiris perpetrated by the Order of the Grey Wardens. Specifically, the Grey Wardens re-founded Islamic Republics of Iran, a territory belonging to Osiris since 2013. This action followed general threats by the Grey Wardens to engage in hostilities against regions which are prepared to undertake offensive military operations.

    The Realm of Balder hereby announces its full support for the retaliatory steps announced by Osiris and our opposition to the Grey Wardens. Barring exceptional circumstances, such as multi-regional anti-Nazi missions, we will not cooperate militarily with the Grey Wardens and we will not entertain any diplomatic relations with their organisation. We will also be developing and implementing security and citizenship policies to maintain the safety and integrity of Balder. The Grey Wardens seized Islamic Republics of Iran as a calculated and gratuitous insult to the sovereignty and security of Osiris. In needlessly choosing to attack Osiris, to minimal practical effect, the Grey Wardens not only gained the enmity of Osiris; they earned the enmity of the allies and friends of Osiris. We will not allow our allies to be singled out and intimidated by enemies who seek to constrain their military autonomy. Balder stands boldly and firmly with Osiris.

    Furthermore, by their actions, the Grey Wardens have illustrated that any assurances they offer cannot be trusted. On this occasion, they proceeded to seize Islamic Republics of Iran in spite of the High Constable of the Grey Wardens having previously implied that they represented no genuine threat in conversations with the Pharaoh of Osiris. Clearly, the Grey Wardens are willing to offer misleading impressions to preserve the political position of their members in their target regions, but in the long run they cannot help themselves from jumping on the limited number of military opportunities which arise to undermine their targets. In this context, trusting the Grey Wardens would be naive in the extreme. Any region which is willing to raid has good reason to identify the Grey Wardens as a hostile force which must be contained. Independent regions like Balder have as much reason to fear as Raider regions like Osiris. Accordingly, Balder will be consulting with our allies to develop an appropriate response to the political project represented by the Grey Wardens.



     
  4. Zander Cerebella

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    The Festival of the Ancient Gods

    19th October 2016 marks the fifth anniversary of the creation of Balder and Osiris.

    Over the past five years, many players have committed their time and effort to the development of Balder and Osiris. Due to the success of our citizens, vibrant communities have emerged and prospered in in both regions. The addition of two sinkers has also had a significant impact on the game as a whole, reinvigorating the game-created regions as centres of NationStates politics and altering the course of gameplay.

    In honour of this occasion, Balder and Osiris will be holding the Festival of the Ancient Gods between 21st and 24th October. The first two days of the Festival will take place in Balder on 21st and 22nd October. The second two days will take place in Osiris on 23rd and 24th October.

    The Government of Balder is delighted to invite you to join our celebrations. The scheduled events for the Festival include an in-character role-play of the founding of Osiris and Balder, as well as several spam games, tournaments and contests.

    All participants from regions with embassies with either Balder or Osiris are most welcome to attend events at both segments of the Festival.​
     
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    What is your NS nation name?
     
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    Hello! I am Lord Docomo from Balder. I have recently been assigned here to serve as an ambassador between Balder and Europe. I get the impression that the majority of the members here have little to do with NS, but i hope to engage in conversation with the few that are involved and hope to better strengthen our two regions relationship.
     
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    Welcome! This is the NationStates portion of the forum. Many of the other people here don't have all that much to do with NS, that's for sure, but others (well, like myself at least) do. What is your NS nation name?
     
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    Glad to hear there are a few participates left. I think RP within NS has drastically declined over the past year.

    My nation within in Europe is lord-docomo4.
     
  9. Alta

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    Hello! My name is Alta, & I've just been appointed to serve as Balder's ambassador to Europe. Y'all seem like a very unique NS region - in fact, transcending just an NS region - and so I hope I'll get to learn a little bit about this area while I'm hear.

    Cheers!
     
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    Hello, I'm Fuzzy, Balder's current Foreign Minister. I'm also Balder's new ambassador to Europe. I'ts good to be here

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    Balder Bugle Issue II

    A publication of the Ministry of Communications of the Realm of Balder.


    New Regional Structure Lays Strong Groundwork

    When he was re-appointed for his current term as Statsminister, OnderKelkia emphasized the importance of the position of Zander Cerebella as Minister for Regional Development. This position, tasked with suggesting cultural and thematic changes to the Statsminister to help guide the region back towards its Nordic origins, was most fitting for Cerebella. As a former Delegate, Vice-Delegate, and Statsminister as well as current Prince, he has extensive experience with the cultures and practices of Balder, past and present. Zander's work this term has been pleasing, and in conjunction with the release of the new forums at balder.boards.net, a plethora of pleasing thematic changes were also implemented.



    Firstly, the old terms "Citizen" and "Non-Voting Resident" were scrapped in favor of the terms "Viking Citizen" and "Viking Resident," respectively. Secondly, Viking Citizens and Viking Residents are now asked to pick a city based on excellent roleplay blurbs developed by the Minister of Regional Development. These cities are: Ribe, the city of trade and diplomacy, Aarhus, the city of culture, and Jomsborg, the city of the military. The Ministry of Regional Development is hoping to develop these three cities, and arrange events, such as competitions or festivities, between the three. It is excellent to see Balder returning to its Nordic origins.



    King Appoints Three Experienced Princes

    Using the powers vested in him as Monarch of Balder, King North East Somerset has announced the appointment of three princes as members of the monarchy. They are tasked with maintaining a higher endorsement count, along with other miscellaneous security tasks, as well as serving as advisers to the King. Their presence as border control officers with a high level of influence only solidifies Balder's position as the most secure game-created region in NationStates. The Princes were appointed based on the new cities - OnderKelkia for Jomsborg, ZanderCerebella for Aarhus, and Fuzzy for Ribe. We are glad to have these three highly capable indiviuals in these capacities and are pleased to see them doing excellent work.



    Balder and The East Pacific Host Gala

    On 2nd February, Groundhog's day, the Realm of Balder was pleased to host a gala along with our friends in The East Pacific. Although the Realm of Balder has typically hosted our events in the past on the regional forums, we had a unique change this time: the event was hosted on a Discord server that was prepared by the Statsraadet (Cabinet) of Balder in conjunction with our colleagues in The East Pacific. In addition to the formal roleplay of the gala that was hosted in the Manor's Ballroom, the Discord server allowed for games such as Chess, skribbl.io, Town of Salem, and many others to be played by the guests at the festival.



    The Realm of Balder was encouraged by the high number of people (59) who joined the Discord server and participated in the gathering. Following the event, Minister Cinder, one of the organizers of the event, commented, "I think the event went very well. Everyone seemed to have a good time once it started, the games lasted for several hours, the music bot was active until after sundown." The Gala's participants enjoyed themselves and we were pleased to partake in this cultural cooperation.​



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    Balder Bugle Issue III
    A publication of the Ministry of Communications of the Realm of Balder.

    Storting Elections Conclude

    Last month, elections for five seats in the Storting (parliament) of the Realm of Balder were held. Incumbent Lawspeaker Linkin Maximus and MPs Akillian Talleyrand and Aexnidaral stood for re-election and all three of them were voted back into office by the entire citizenry of Balder. In addition, four other candidates battled it out for the other two positions: Minister of Regional Development Zander Cerebella, MP and Minister of World Assembly Affairs Griffindor13, Minister of Internal Affairs Theoden Sebastian, and Minister of Communications Vulturret. The latter candidate was the only parliamentary candidate to also announce their intention to seek election to the Office of Statsminister as well as to the Storting. Winning these two seats were Theoden Sebastian, a long-time Balderan, and Vulturret, a newcomer to the region whose work as Minister of Communications was well-received by the citizenry.

    What is interesting to note from the full results below is that the top four candidates were all tied for first place. This is excellent for the region because it represents how satisfied citizens are with the plethora of candidates available. There was no clear-cut front-runner, which allowed all members of the Storting to enjoy a large base of support among the citizenry, thus allowing them to have strong support among the citizenry and govern with the people of the Realm fully behind them.

    The full results of the Storting elections are as follows, with the members being elected (the top five) being shown in bold, ordered based upon votes received:
    1. Vulturret
    1. Linkin Maximus
    1. Theoden Sebastian
    1. Akillian Talleyrand
    5. Aexnidaral
    6. ZanderCerebella
    7. Griffindor13


    Storting Convenes to Elect Lawspeaker

    Following the conclusion of the elections to the Storting, the new members of the Storting gathered in the chamber to deliberate on the Lawspeaker (presiding officer) for the term. Outgoing Lawspeaker Linkin Maximus announced his election to stand for the position once more, which was well-received by the other elected members. Speaking about his colleague Linkin, newly-elected MP Vulturret said, "based on his long record of service to the Storting and his excellent ministerial work, there is no question that [Linkin] is highly suited to continue in the role." Lawspeaker Linkin was confirmed by unanimous support of the Storting.


    Crown Prince Selected and Confirmed

    Additionally, in the State Opening of Parliament, the King, North East Somerset, revealed that after careful deliberation he had selected OnderKelkia, the Prince of Jomsborg and longtime Balderan governmental figure to be nominated to the role of Vice Delegate, styled as Crown Prince. In the confirmation process that followed, all members voiced their unanimous support for OnderKelkia. Speaking to the Storting, OnderKelkia said of his nomination, “I would like to record my immense gratitude to the King and the region for the trust His Majesty has demonstrated in nominating me to serve as Vice Delegate and Crown Prince. I have enjoyed my many terms as Statsminister of Balder and I now look forward to meeting a new challenge. If my nomination as Vice Delegate is approved by the Storting, I hope to serve the King and region well in this capacity.” The Government is pleased to have Onder's senior leadership abilities in this capacity to assist the Crown and Government and ensure regional activities run smoothly. We look forward to what he will bring to the new position.


    Nomination of a new Statsminister (Prime Minister)

    Also on the legislative agenda for the newly-elected members of the Storting was to nominate a new Head of Government. Under the Instrument of State and Government Act, the Storting is responsible for making a recommendation of a Statsminister (Prime Minister) for appointment by the King. As almost all executive authority is held by the Statsminister, making the selection of a nominee a highly important function of the Storting.

    Lawspeaker Linkin Maximus nominated MP Vulturret (who had previously released a platform for activities as Statsminister as part of his campaign for the Storting) for the position. He accepted that, thanking the Lawspeaker for the nomination, and proceeded to receive unanimous support of the Storting to form a government following an appointment by the King.


    King Delivers First State Opening of Parliament of Reign

    Additionally, the King bestowed four knighthoods (peerages) upon four deserving members of the region. These were made in accordance with the Titles and Honours Act. The following individuals were recognized for the applicable contributions:
    Knight of Odin - HRH Prince Zander of Aarhus - for his idea to create the Three Viking Cities, and the associated Roleplay themes, as well as the great leadership and vision he has shown over the past two months.
    Knight of Mimir - Sir Griffindor - for his excellent service in Cabinet as the Minister of World Assembly Affairs.
    Knight of Thor - Sir Vulturret - for his role in creating and drafting the Balder Bugle, as well as his input into the TEP festival and setting up a new Discord bot.
    Knight of Bragi - Sir Bran Triune - for organising and holding a successful cultural festival; the TEP-Balder gala.


    Statsminister Delivers Opening Address and Appoints Cabinet

    Upon the gracious appointment of His Nordic Majesty, Statsminister Vulturret delivered an opening address praising the success of Balder in the past and looking forward to how we can improve in the future. The new Statsminister touched on the importance of Balder sticking to its self-driven priorities as an Independent region and highlighted the critical nature of the term in shaping foreign policy. The Statsminister also highlighted his various goals for the term - including boosting the endorsement count of Delegate North East Somerset, the size of the piling force of the military, and various other cultural, civic, and diplomatic endeavors that will continue to boost the strength of Balder.

    Additionally, the Statsminister appointed a team of dedicated statesmen, many of whom have been in Balder for years, to the Statsraadet, known in English as the Cabinet. The Statsraadet is as follows:

    Minister of Culture: ZanderCerebella
    Minister of Integration: Fuzzy
    Minister of Foreign Affairs: Linkin Maximus
    Minister of War: Cinder
    Minister of World Assembly Affairs: Griffindor13
    Minister for the Cabinet Office: Theoden Sebastian

    The Realm of Balder is highly excited to see what we can accomplish this term.


    Other News

    Fuzzy, our Minister of Integration and the Prince of Ribe, won multiple prizes at the highly imaginative multi-regional festival organized by The West Pacific to celebrate their newly announced theme. Fuzzy was named the winner of the prizes for The Best Haiku, The Best Short Story and Best in Class for Writing. Balderans had an excellent time attending the festival and we appreciated the numerous contests that all attendees had the unique opportunity to engage with. The Realm of Balder could not have thought of a better way to celebrate with TWP than this magnificent event, which we thank them for organizing.

    The regional military of Balder, the Jomsvikings, are currently deployed in Westphalia supporting the operation led by The Black Hawks.


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    Balder Bugle Issue IV
    A publication of the Ministry of Communications of the Realm of Balder.

    Storting Elections Held

    April saw the election of a new Storting (parliament) in Balder. The election marked the end of the first full term on Balder's new forum, and Vulturret's first term as Statsminster. The many changes Balder faced over those two months continued to shape issues in the election, with Statsminster Vulturret looking back on the challenges met and the ones still to face as Balder continues to grow and prosper. The region went into the election with confidence, looking forward to another productive term. A number of candidates stood, and five were ultimately elected:

    Vulturret
    Theoden Sebastian
    ZanderCerebella
    Griffindor13
    Akillian Talleyrand

    Election of Lawspeaker

    With the elections concluded, the Storting's first act of business was the election of a Lawspeaker (The Storting's presiding officer). Theoden Sebastian declared his intention to run for the office when he stood for the Storting, and upon election was nominated for the position by fellow member Akillian Talleyrand, recieving the unanimous support of his colleages. Seconding the nomination, Vulturret praised Theoden's previous service in the role, commenting "Based on his record of prior service that can be found on our old board, I have no doubt he will render the region an excellent service in returning to the role." Theoden thanked his fellow members for the support and accepted his nomination.

    Statsminister Election

    The Storting then moved on to the election of a Statsminster. Outgoing Statsminster Vulturret had announced his intention to seek a second term at the outset of the Storting election, and upon completion of the elections was nominated for Statsminster by Akillian Talleyrand. Accepting the nomination, Vulturret thanked Akillian, stating that he was "pleased to accept this humbling honor to be re-nominated as Statsminister." Vulturret recieved the unanimous support of the Storting, with fellow member Griffindor13 commenting "You did an excellent job last term as Statsminister, and I’m certain you’ll do better this term."


    State Opening of Parliament and the Awarding of Honours

    With the elections complete and the Lawspeaker and Statsminster elected, parliament was opened by King North East Somerset. Formally appointing Vulturret as Statsminster, the King voiced his support, saying that Vulturret's "service over the past two months has been one of dedication and perseverance, and those are qualities that I think will serve us well going forwards."

    Praising the solidarity of Balder's citizenry and government through a tough time in the Region's history, the King stated "The transition to a new forum and from a Delegate who had served the Region for over half its history, simultaneously, would normally be one of significant upheaval, but any pitfalls have been overcome with a steady hand and determined grit to move forwards...I believe strongly that the correct application of our independent philosophy will equip us effectively for whatever is thrown at us"

    Thanking those who had played a significant part in these transitions, the King went on to say "I would like to pay tribute to all members of last term's Government, many of whom I hope will be serving again - and also to my fellow Royals; Onderkelkia, Zander and Fuzzy - who have provided valuable and wise counsel, to the Government and Monarchy. Together we make a strong team, and one which I have the utmost confidence in. "

    Honouring those who had served Balder with persistance and dedication, the King conferred the following titles:

    Baron of Hovgården - Akillian Talleyrand
    Baron of Malmö - Cinder
    Jarl of Nordland - Linkin Maximus
    Duke of Aalborg - Theoden Sebastian

    The titles are all well deserved, reflecting a long history of service to Balder. Upon awarding these titles, the king said "I hope you will join me in congratulating these much deserved Peers for their service. Their cumulative service is too detailed to go into here, but they know what they have done for the Region and over such a length of time."


    Appointment of Statsraadet and Announcement of Term Goals

    Following on from the state opening of parliament, newly re-elected Statsminster Vulturret appointed his new Statsraadet (Cabinet) making the following appointments:

    Minister of Culture: Zander Cerebella
    Minister of Foreign Affairs: Fuzzy
    Minister of War: Akillian Talleyrand
    Minister of World Assembly Affairs: Griffindor13
    Minister for the Cabinet Office: Theoden Sebastian
    Minister of Integration: Jake

    The cabinet includes a mix of experienced ministers and new faces, all of whom are looking forward to the term ahead.

    Vulturret also took this opportunity to set out his plans for the term, stating that "Our continued success is owing to the long record of service by the Monarchy to ensure our region is secure and our high World Assembly statistics are maintained; the Government, meanwhile, has been engaging in the creation of many programs last term that will be ready for implementation this term."

    The first of these is a plan spearheaded by the Ministry of Integration which aims, among other things, to improve community engagement on Balder's RMB and increase participation in the Royal Diplomatic Service. This will be supported by the recent completion of a new set of automated telegrams, which aim to increase the King's endorsement count and promote regional integration through increased participation in regional life.

    Finally, the "Information for World Assembly Voters" programme was unveiled, which aims to increase co-operation on WA affairs between the various parts of Balder's government and increase the amount of WA vote information made available to Balder residents. This aims to strenghten Balder's influence in the WA, by better co-ordinating our position on resolutions, educating our residents and ensuring that WA nations vote in accordance with Balder's official stance.

    Vulturret's plan to oversee the implementation of these programmes recieved the support of Balder citizens and royalty, with Crown Prince OnderKelkia commenting "A very fine speech. We can look forward to another strong term with Vulturret as Statsminister." and Lawspeaker Theoden Sebastian stating "A solid plan of action by the government that focuses on community engagement and participation. I look forward to serving with my esteemed colleagues."


    Other News


    The Jomsvikings had been assisting Balder's partners in The Black Hawks with their operation in Westphalia. That operation is now concluded, and the Jomsvikings are now training for further reinforcement missions.

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    Balder Bugle Issue V
    A publication of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Realm of Balder.

    June Storting Elections

    Balder's June election saw five members elected to Balder's Storting (parliament), marking the beginning of the third full term on Balder's new forum. Many existing members declared their intention to run, and were joined by new faces. Former Lawspeaker Theoden Sebastian declared his intention to run for the office of Statsminster, with veteran member Griffindor13 seeking to take Theoden's place as Lawspeaker. Ultimately, the following were elected to the Storting:

    Theoden Sebastian
    Griffindor13
    Akillian Talleyrand
    ZanderCerebella
    Aexnidaral



    Elections of Lawspeaker & Statsminster and State Opening of Parliament

    With the elections complete, Griffindor13, Balder's long serving WA minister and a multiple term Storting member was nominated as Lawspeaker by new Storting member Aexnidaral. Griffindor13 received the unanimous support of his colleagues and was duly appointed as Lawspeaker.

    Theoden Sebastian stood for the office of Statsminster, a position he had previously held with distinction in late 2015. Theoden received the unanimous support of the Storting and was nominated as Statsminster once again.

    Appointing Theoden as Statsminster in the state opening of parliament, King North East Somerset stated it was his pleasure to do so, saying "I have every faith in his qualification and capability to undertake this office to the highest of standards due to his past experience in it."

    Statsminster's speech and appointment of Statsraadet

    In his speech following on from the state opening of parliament, Statsminster Theoden announced the appointment of his initial cabinet:

    Zander Cerebella - Deputy Statsminister and Minister of Community Affairs
    Fuzzy - Minister of Foreign Affairs
    Akillian Talleyrand - Minister of War
    Griffindor13 - Minister of WA Affairs

    Announcing a focus on domestic issues, Theoden stated his main goal for the term is greater citizen engagement, both in government and forum-wide, with a number of initiatives being announced to take this forwards. In foreign affairs, Theoden
    aims to build on Balder's close alliances and further strengthen our military the Jomsvikings.



    Appointment of Minister of Discord Affairs

    At the end of June, Theoden appointed longtime citizen Cinder as Minister of Discord Affairs. Announcing the appointment, Statsminster Theoden emphasised Cinder's extensive experience at all levels of government, going on to say "Considering Cinder's presence and activity in the Discord platform, which is an important extension of Balder community life, Cinder is well placed to help the government engage and assist the citizens there. I am sure that the Minister will perform well in the role."


    Relaunching the Civil Service

    One of the key objectives for the new term was the re-launch of Balder's Civil Service. This initiative aims to increase regional activity levels and give citizens greater opportunities to get involved in regional life and Balder's government by becoming a member of one of the three new service corps.

    A key part of the Civil Service is the Community Corps, where citizens can help run community events and help run Roleplay. The Community Corps also is used to promote the Nordic culture and develop the four cities.

    Another part of the Civil Service is the Media Corps. The Media Corps is where citizens are encouraged to write articles for the Balder Bugle, along with other official publications and documents for the government.

    The Diplomatic Corps, another portion of the Civil Service, is tasked with being Balder’s face unto the wider NationStates community. It also assists in distribution of the Balder Bugle. All in all, the Civil Service is a great way for citizens to ‘rise through the ranks’, giving them the opportunity to show Balder what they can do, and what they can contribute to the region.


    Relaunch of Balder's University

    Plans are in the works for the relaunching of Balder's university, with comprised of a college for NationStates studies, a college for Balderan law, a college for natural sciences, a college for social sciences and the arts, and the refounded Museum of Balderan History. The University will enjoy academic freedom and will aim to explore and build upon this wide range of topics. The university Chancellor will be appointed by the Statsminster, with other staff appointments made by the Chancellor. The Statsraadet have recently proposed legislation for the creation of this university, and are working hard to finalise the details ahead of the launch. The university presents an exciting opportunity, allowing for a better understanding of Balder's history and NationStates as a whole.


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