Introduction to the United Kingdom Aug 31, 2018 20:43:58 GMT
Post by Akillian Talleyrand on Aug 31, 2018 20:43:58 GMT
Introduction to the United Kingdom
Whatever corner of the country you have arrived in, welcome to the United Kingdom. We are delighted to have you with us and look forward to getting to know you. As a new citizen, we understand that you may feel overwhelmed or a little lost about what NationStates or our region is all about. In order to make life a little easier, we have prepared a guide to help you settle in.
Brief Guide to NationStates
NationStates is a multiplayer online text-based game which stimulates a government setting. Players (under the guise of their nation) operate their own country by making decisions that have an impact on the economy, society and culture of their people. The object of the game is to lead a country in the way the player finds best. At the start of the game, the player chooses a few basic characteristics including country name, flag, motto, currency, national animal and style of government. Answers to a short questionnaire determine the initial ratings of the country's civil, economic and political rights. The nation's population starts at five million and increases every day automatically with play.
Once a nation is created, nations will be given the opportunity to answer issues. Issues are political decisions that players make, which shape their nations as a result. The choices a player makes on issues directly affects the nation's civil rights, economic, and political freedom levels, as well as the national tax rate. As time progresses, issues will determine the type of government a nation has, with the game categorizing the type from 'Democratic Socialists' to 'Psychotic Dictatorship'.
One of the key things nations can do is join regions. Regions is to a nation how a real-life country/city is to a person. It is a community of nations which generally incorporates basic social values that all regions, regardless of their ideological foundation, are expected to provide and uphold for the benefit of their citizens. There are thousands of regions in NationStates, each with it's own personality and direction. Different regions have different focus points, some choose to be specifically themed with a general purpose whilst others are just a casual gathering place for nations. The United Kingdom is a region based on the real life UK, to a large extent, and is welcome to players from across the world. We are probably the most active British region that there is and pride ourselves on offering a strong political and cultural environment.
About the United Kingdom
The United Kingdom is a decade old British-themed region with a rich history, as well as a large community of friendly people who would love to offer you a place to reside! We're an inclusive region that loves democracy! We have momentous elections regularly, where any citizen can run for a seat in the House of Commons, or even for the Prime Ministership! Plus you can always have your say in the United Kingdom! And not only do we have a vibrant political scene, we have an exciting cultural scene, including spam games, role play, competitions, debates, discussions, a military, and so much more on our offsite regional forum! Our region is built on having strong activity and there is something for everyone here, whether that be in politics or our wide cultural opportunities.
We have always considered ourselves an approachable and hospitable region, prepared to accommodate the views of anyone and everyone. That's because we want everyone to have an enjoyable time on NationStates, and feel safe as a member of a prestigious and prosperous region. With a quick and easy citizenship application which can be found on our flourishing regional forums, you could be fighting your way to the top of the political ladder! ... Or slaying in our spam games area!
First things first
Applying for Citizenship: If you haven't already done so, the first thing you need to do is apply for citizenship. If you don’t, you are only masked as an immigrant and cannot see the full forum. By applying for citizenship, you can enjoy all of what the UK has to offer. To experience the full workings of the United Kingdom, you should create a topic using the Citizenship Application Template, that can be found in the Customs and Border Control
Introducing yourself: Creating a formal introduction thread is the best way to meet people. We're a friendly bunch here and want to get to know you. The Welcome Terminal is our dedicated space for introductions and you should feel free to offer as much information about yourself as you want.
What to do now - Getting involved as a Newcomer in Culture
General Discussions - Whatever your interests, head over to Britain's favourite pub, The Red Lion to get a drink and talk about various topics and things happening across the world. Regardless of what interests you, there should be something here for you to get involved in. And if you don't see any topics that interest you, why not create one yourself!
Spam Games - Do you want to be the King of the Hill, the last poster to win or help reach a posting target? Then head over to The Penny Arcade for some fun and entertainment. Spam Games are a relatively easy way of getting involved in the region and you can make yourself familiar with people here.
Role Plays - We have ongoing role play in the Role Play Arena that you can take part in. Role plays don't take a lot of time and if you don't see any interesting ones, you can always create your own.
Teaching - If you are interested in any particular field of study or wish to educate others and show your knowledge, take a trip to the University and set up your own course, or join a course run by someone else. We have several courses on offer, including the very popular law degree which all hopeful politicians should find valuable.
Everyone in the United Kingdom can select their preference of which country they want to be assigned to in the United Kingdom. The choices are obvious but it England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland and you can create an estate or a business in these nations or participate in the local government. To get to these nations please select the links below.
Estates - Everyone in the United Kingdom is entitled to own their own property which they may use for any function they wish. Whether you want to use your property to store all your creative work or whether you want to throw the best parties, apply within your constituency nation to make a house!
Business - Each constituency nation has a business area which you can find media groups, legal firms and entertainment shows. You can set up a business on anything you want so long as you make it practically feasible. You may have a talent and wish to offer your services, or you may find there is something missing in the region that you can fill.
Local Governments Each constituency nation has a local government that can run things going on in that nation. Each member of the nation can attend the local parliament and vote on bills and make their mark. why not stand for First Minister and show how you would run your people before you go for something bigger like Prime Minister?
In United Kingdom, the executive is run by the Prime Minister (who appoints a cabinet to assist them), and the legislature is run by a Parliament, composing of five elected MP's in the House of Commons and three members of the House of Lords that are appointed by the King or Queen of the time. The Monarch embodies both ceremonial and official duties, and their duties are specified in law. The current Monarch is King George VIII of the Royal House Stewart.
There is some slight differences to the real-life UK political system though and this is in our elections. The Prime Minister is a directly elected position, it is not determined by a majority in the House of Commons like in real life and the Prime Minister (and the cabinet) don't need to be MP's. For elections to Parliament, all MP candidates all run in one big election and those with the highest five votes will win. This makes it easier for newcomers to campaign and win a seat as opposed to our previous system of five individual elections. We have made these differences because we have to be practical about what can work in a region with our size. The Prime Minister and MP's are elected in a General Election which shall occur roughly every two months.
The Prime Minister’s duties are to keep the region secure, introduce new initiatives to maintain the region’s activity and run the Government’s business. The job of the Prime Minister is a very important one, and it is paramount that the elected Prime Minister has the authority to protect the freedom of the community, to enhance the gameplay we experience, and to roll out the change that they envision. Each member of the cabinet has a different job to help advance the United Kingdom.
Parliament can be a very diverse environment at times, and it can be the complete opposite too. Political parties have risen and fallen, the region has been divided, and the region has been united in the Parliament. There have been landslide victories and landslide losses. If you want to be an MP, you must be strong-willed and able to withstand judgement from your peers and the citizens of the United Kingdom. You must stand up for what you believe in and try to install your vision for the region through amending the law and creating new laws! Our community has always welcomed newcomers into the political arena, so don’t hesitate in participating in our Parliamentary elections!
There is a large scope for Parliament to act with legislation on some of the most important features of regional life. You may find it interesting to read the Constitution of the United Kingdom and the current approved Laws of the United Kingdom.
The United Kingdom has a developed court system to ensure all laws of the region are followed and the rights of the citizenry are protected. The Court system arbitrates disputes that arise between citizens, hears cases against citizens accused of breaking the law, delivers summary judgment on any Warns issued by administrators, and serves as a central check on the other branches of government to ensure they are acting legally.
Much like in real life, the Court can only exercise its power when requested to do so by a citizen or private entity, or by a government representative (typically the Attorney General). There are two judicial bodies: The Crown Court and the Constituency Nation Court systems. You can find out more about the judiciary here.
What to do now - Contributing to the United Kingdom
Job Centre: Visit the Job Centre to look for available jobs in the United Kingdom. In the Job Centre, there are two types of jobs advertised. Government Employment, whereby you can join one of the Government Departments as a Junior Minister. Here you can get your ideas heard and enact change by working for a key Government area. Ministerial roles are a great opportunity for newcomers to get involved and form a career path. The Job Centre may also contain Private Employment, as individuals who open businesses may be looking for people to help them. This could be anything, from the Bank of England to a media group, such as Everyday Productions.
Being Elected: All citizens can stand for election for the Legislature and the Executive. Elections in the UK are held in the Polling Sation. If you want to play a part in shaping our laws and helping to create a better region, running for election is a great way to do that. If you have sufficient experience in NationStates and want to practice law outside of elected politics, you can apply to join the Bar of the Court, here.
Providing your ideas: If being an officeholder isn't for you, you can always speak to candidates about what you'd like to see changed in the UK and tell them your ideas. Or you could post your ideas on the proposals and bills in front of Parliament. Visit the Strangers Gallery to make your voice heard!
Join a Political Party: One way of getting your ideas out there is joining a political party and working with others to fight for the issues you care about or for the changes you want to make in the United Kingdom. You can apply to join a political party or create one here.
The United Kingdom Armed Forces (UKAF): The UKAF is the region's military. We will train you in all the skills you need in order to succeed and you can help advance the United Kingdom by participating in operations. To sign up for the UKAF, apply here.
Become an Ambassador: Becoming an Ambassador is a simple way for newcomers to get involved. Ambassadors are assigned to other regions to deliver updates from the Foreign Office and report back any messages from the region in which they are stationed. You can apply, here to be an Ambassador.
Questions and Answers: If you have any questions during your time here and you don't know where to post, you can direct them to our general Questions and Answers thread and someone will provide an answer as soon as possible.
Applying for a Mentor: You can ask for a mentor to be assigned to you when applying for citizenship. If you didn't ask at the time, you can always contact the Home Secretary to request one after the fact.
Contacting a Government Official: If you wish to talk privately, you should feel free to message any of our experienced and active members. Everyone will be glad to help you! If you have a query related to NationStates or HM Government, you should contact a member of HMG.
This guide was originally developed and written by Akillian Talleyrand, with content taken from the official NationStates site, Charles Fraser, Andrew B. Fraser, Constance St James, and Alexander Stewart. It has since been amended to the new forum by John Alexander.