NationStates Jolt Archive

Why I Play Nation|States

20-12-2004, 02:52
A legislative session is called to debate euthanasia as different bills are proposed. Heated debates fill the halls of Parliament; each position will have a different effect on Lindim. Some will raise the economy to unprecedented heights, some will turn the government into a large, Orwellian machine of observation.

A tense diplomatic meeting is arranged; all countries represented wait for the word. Will the alliances, international juggernauts of that elusive quality, power, settle their differences, if only temporarily? Or will the giants throw their weight at each other, willing to bring down entire civilizations in their quest for dominance in the name of what they think is right? No matter, armadas are being readied and special forces have been deployed.

In the shadows, a terrorist group waits. Long have their people been oppressed, and now they will strike back through a car bomb. Willingly or not, the international community will pay them attention. And perhaps, in the attack, justice may be achieved, a nation in waiting liberated.

Armies are mobilized against a backdrop of cruise missile strikes, entire cities are ripped apart and the sounds of machine guns echo in the distance. The generals pay this no mind in their dark rooms lit only by the glows of computer screens. They see only chess pieces and units to move, armies to outflank, bandits to engage. And the generals themselves are but pawns in larger international games, perhaps set up only to fail, serving a hidden power's interest and a nation's plot for power.

And then I blink, my computer screen flickering in the wake of a gust of wind from the outside. My windows rattle, and rain beats softly against the roof. My tea has gone cold, and the house remains quiet in a low hour. My alarm is set to go off in a few hours, ushering me to a day of school and homework, studying the rise and fall of empires, real leaders and real battles fought over real love, real betrayal, and real power.

And as I sit here in my pajamas in the youngest hour of the day, my parents and siblings sleeping on the floor below me, pencil and paper on my desk filled with the schemes and betrayals of dozen of humans, the soft hum of my computer a comforting sound, I wonder. I wonder why. I wonder why a fifteen-year old may play at ruling the world, at ruling a nation, at controlling the fates of billions.

But the people of Lindim are torn apart in a civil war, salvos of missiles and thousands of lives are hanging in the balance off the coast of Avios, and the Prime Minister has been kidnapped.

I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.

Miles to go before I sleep.
20-12-2004, 05:33
*wild applause*
20-12-2004, 05:40
That my friend, was excellent. Very nice. All of NS summarized into one tiny little post.
The Bloody Reaper
20-12-2004, 05:47
*wild applause*
20-12-2004, 05:51
One of the best posts to ever grace NS' forums.....
20-12-2004, 05:55
Thank you for that wonderful post.
20-12-2004, 05:57
This post was very good, nice work, nice work.
20-12-2004, 06:11

20-12-2004, 06:19
OOC: *tips his hat off*

Nicely done.
20-12-2004, 06:23
haha to draw the attention of AMF, you KNOW this post is good.
Chainik Hocker
20-12-2004, 06:30
That was wonderful. Thank you.
20-12-2004, 06:36
Certainly a very unique, but powerful piece of writing indeed. I think that it would work very well as a poem :)
20-12-2004, 06:37
*stares in amazement*

One post could wrap up the beauty of NS all at once.... I am amazed at how true it is.. thank you for that post.
20-12-2004, 06:43
Wowa, nicely done!

And good timing, too... about the time I was considering taking one of my long 1-2 month breaks of NS, you may have just changed my mind with that one single post.

Well done man.
Zoidburg XIX
20-12-2004, 06:47
Absolutely beautiful. I need say no more.
20-12-2004, 06:50
Wow, Congratulations, this is a great piece of work.

Very well done.
Arthurs Camalot
20-12-2004, 06:53
Very Touching

::Hides Tear::
20-12-2004, 07:25
Very good post. Very thought-provoking.
Nova Hope
20-12-2004, 07:50
Very nice Lindim; though might I ask where you’ve been? Long time no see. TAPRES has all but withered. To top that off you never did do anything with those fibre optic taps :P
20-12-2004, 13:50
Thank you all for the comments, and Nova, I am planning to work in TAPRES again once Schultaria Prime comes back from vacation.

Anyways, I was hoping to capture what NS meant to me in that post, and I think I did. Thanks again.
20-12-2004, 14:05
Was just about getting bored of NS and also beginning to crack from some of the apparently insane contributions to some of the threads, but chancing across your thoughtful piece has cheered me up no end. Thanks for that.
20-12-2004, 15:59
Perhaps I will write another essay. In a while.
20-12-2004, 21:41
Slick! *Salutes wryly*
21-12-2004, 02:29
Slick! *Salutes wryly*
*Raises eyebrow* In what way? What is slick?
The Island of Rose
21-12-2004, 02:38
I'll be putting the post in my signature now...
21-12-2004, 02:41
Lovely post, it should be sticked so noobs and occasionally us, can see what NS is really about.
21-12-2004, 02:42
I'll be putting the post in my signature now...

Thank you.
21-12-2004, 02:46
That truly is a magnificient piece of writing. It really is the same as what I think...being 15, "playing" NS in the dead of night...

Very nicely done.
21-12-2004, 02:48
And perfect...5 votes, every one 5 stars. Good job, Lindim.
Generic empire
21-12-2004, 02:54
And to think I nearly forgot what NS was all about. *weeps for the sheer beauty of that post*
Present Day Comatica
21-12-2004, 03:01
*aye, 'tis like the singin' of the angels themselves...*

Certainly one of the best posts I have ever come across in this dwindling've captured the sheer addiction and the exact reason why I play Nationstates, and...poetry in it's own form.

Yes, that's what it is.

21-12-2004, 03:46
Well bravo to you. Excellent post, sums up NS quite nicely. I dare say, you've been an amazing asset these past weeks. YOur timely and informative guides for us all on "special" weapons and now this.

I applaud your dedication to NS sir. Bravo, from a student who doesn't have enough time to do what you've done.
21-12-2004, 03:49
*aye, 'tis like the singin' of the angels themselves...*

Certainly one of the best posts I have ever come across in this dwindling've captured the sheer addiction and the exact reason why I play Nationstates, and...poetry in it's own form.

Yes, that's what it is.


Not to hijack the thread or anything, but why do you think II is dwindling?
21-12-2004, 03:51
*joins in the weeping*
Modern Atlantis
21-12-2004, 03:51
Again, i just must express thanks, for allowing me to read such a masterful writing.
21-12-2004, 03:54
This seems to ask for a sticky, but I don't know why. Brilliant writing.
21-12-2004, 05:55
This is one of- no the best post I have everseen on NS. It sums everything up so perfectly! I appluad you and salute you.

To spread this around
A: I will put it in my sig
B:We should get this stickeyed!
21-12-2004, 10:13
Awesome... just awesome...

*joins in applause*
21-12-2004, 10:19
WOOOOOO! WOOOOOOOOO! WOOOOO- *bursts into coughing fit*

"*cough...cough* Oooh....*cough* I shouldn't try that again....*cough*"
21-12-2004, 10:24
Brilliant. Pure brilliance.
Lessr Tsurani
21-12-2004, 11:38
OOC I love being a Girl

IC Does butterfly eyes, holds hands under chin clasped together, ect. "Your my hero" Is said in a high whinny voice.
21-12-2004, 11:39
That was one nice post, it explains to us WHY we stay on nationstates with detail and clarity, keep up the good work!
21-12-2004, 14:39
OOC I love being a Girl

IC Does butterfly eyes, holds hands under chin clasped together, ect. "Your my hero" Is said in a high whinny voice.

That would work, maybe.

If I wasn't female too.
21-12-2004, 14:40
Thanks for all the comments.
21-12-2004, 14:51
BTW, when I said "slick," I think I was tired and not really thinking much, since on reflection it makes no sense. :D

It may have been a contracted form of "I think this is a most excellent discourse which sums up exactly the reasons why the majority of NS players persist, despite the many foibles that can be found, both in the game and their fellows."
Then again, it may just have been random. :D
21-12-2004, 15:02
*jaw drops*

Great post. This is probably something to be archived when we're all finished with it.
21-12-2004, 15:05
AWesome. True, too.
21-12-2004, 15:09
I think everyone should read this thread. Some people have forgotten why they RP, and are looking to win rather than write a truely excellent collective story of this world called NationStates.
21-12-2004, 15:55
Very well spoken, well I guess I should say writen.

I'm not sure where you got the idea to post this as a thread, but it was good. It captured the true reason we all play nationstates, because it's addicting. I've just started playing, like three weeks ago, and I'm already hooked. Bravo, I say again, Bravo. :)
Yafor 2
21-12-2004, 16:22
Amazing. Truely it is amazing. This should get stikeyified.
21-12-2004, 18:07
The inspiration was the scene I describe. My long forgotten tea had gone cold, it was at some undescribely late hour I wrote that, and my computer screen was flickering, making my fear the power would go out.

And then as I sat there, looking at my papers with little notes on them and drafts for various posts and plots, I kinda realize why I am an NSer. For moments like that.

Also, thanks again for the comments.
21-12-2004, 22:22
You are welcome for the comments. I now see the inspiration behind the poem. You should be a writer, if you aren't already. And you're right, these are the moments we live for. ;)
The Emperor Fenix
21-12-2004, 23:12
I think everyone should read this thread. Some people have forgotten why they RP, and are looking to win rather than write a truely excellent collective story of this world called NationStates.

Thats a Great Post... and Praetonia is right, too many people are out to carve an empire not a story. Its not about winning or losing so much as doing either with grace.
21-12-2004, 23:13
Lindim, you are truly talented.
22-12-2004, 02:24
Just so you know, this has been listed in the news post today. Congrats!
22-12-2004, 02:32
Beautiful, just plain beautiful
North Duke
22-12-2004, 02:35
Some of the best writing I have ever seen, inside or out of NationStates.
Great job.
*joins in the wild applause that has existed for several replies*
22-12-2004, 02:54
Wow, I'm in... the news...
22-12-2004, 03:11
I'd clap muh hands.....*sniff* if only they hadn`t been blown off.....
JRRmiddle earth
22-12-2004, 03:30
*brings tear to eye*
22-12-2004, 05:43
Lindim, you da man. I stand here a humble player and this is magic.
22-12-2004, 07:28

*from the News page*

Tue, 21 Dec 2004

Happy Holidays!

by Max Barry

Best wishes to all our players (in a non-denomination-specific way, of course) as we close off 2004. It's been a big year for NationStates, with the move to Jolt, a bunch of improvements, and the game basically doubling in size. Thanks for being part of it!

And while we're reflecting (well, I am), check out the amazing "Why I Play NationStates" post from Lindim . Brings a tear to my eye, it does.
22-12-2004, 07:37
Flip back a page.I already mentioned it.
22-12-2004, 07:39
Flip back a page.I already mentioned it.

I know, but I just now saw it, and nobody posted the contents here so I took the liberty.
The Island of Rose
22-12-2004, 07:41
Dude, you're immortilized now!
22-12-2004, 07:44
*joins in the applause*

Awesome post. That sums up all of the reasons that I play the game in one scene.
22-12-2004, 07:46
Brilliant simply put one of the most beutiful thing i have ever read
22-12-2004, 11:55
That was truly a fantastic post, sir
22-12-2004, 14:57
Without doubt, a truly excellent post of quite fantastic proportions.

It sent a shiver down my spine. So true a description of the game we play, and the destinies we create. Well done.
22-12-2004, 17:17
*mouth drops to the floor and faints*.
22-12-2004, 17:33
I'm kinda overwhelmed by the praise I've recieved, and I think I did freak out when I read the news page.

Thanks everyone!
22-12-2004, 17:50
Congratulations. Mods, please sticky this.
The Burnsian Desert
22-12-2004, 18:15
Oh my God... that was beautiful.

Mods, if you don't sticky this, I will nuke you...

*cries hysterically*
22-12-2004, 18:28
Absolutely beautiful. I need say no more.

you said it
22-12-2004, 22:17
well spoken.the phrophet's bless you with the craft and skill of the forerunners.may it shine upon your nation
22-12-2004, 23:17
Kick friggen ass. Damn good post Lindim. I am also posting in support of making this a sticky.
22-12-2004, 23:37
If I may ask, posting where?

And thank you very much.
23-12-2004, 00:11
damn good post, my friend, damn good. :tip's hat and bows:

(i need to come th I.I. more often)
23-12-2004, 00:35
My God.

That was art. Pure, beautiful art. There's not much more to say.

Lindim, you're a friggin' poet. That was beautiful. I'm out of words.

Mods, please sticky this. Please.
The Freethinkers
23-12-2004, 01:03
Superb. Absolutely brilliant, to capture the essence of what the game is to so many with a few well chosen words is incredible.

23-12-2004, 03:25
Ha, nice. Kinda what we all wanted to say but couldn't bring into words.
23-12-2004, 03:36
Damn good post, damn good.

It seems more like you Live and Breath it, :) :) .
23-12-2004, 03:45
Bump and it's good. Just what's living in our hearts when we click that 'accept' button on the issues page.
23-12-2004, 04:25
Damn good post, damn good.

It seems more like you Live and Breath it, :) :) .
Haha, almost but not quite!
23-12-2004, 08:12
Now, despite being on NationStates for just over 650 days, this is only my 8th post on the forums. The 7th was made back in July.

But I HAD to express my amazement in this thread. Wow, Lindim...brilliant! Amazing! Fantastic, even!

Did I mention it was brilliant?
The Cult of Pi
23-12-2004, 08:25
not a bad piece, though it lacks some detail that could make it good, not a bad piece, at least you do know one bit of good writing advice, alliteration...a nice ending provided by the Poet ROBERT FROST.... :headbang: I am afloat upon the sea of mediocrity :headbang:
The Cult of Pi
23-12-2004, 08:36
the above is not meant to be derogatory, just to be a critic.....good writiers blossom from criticism.....
23-12-2004, 13:36
*raises eyebrow* Less than good? Not enough... detail? An opinion, I suppose, though I admit I am confused by your vague critique.
23-12-2004, 13:41
Certainly a very unique, but powerful piece of writing indeed. I think that it would work very well as a poem :)

The last part is part of a poem.

"..................The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
but I have promises to keep,
and miles to go before I sleep,
and miles to go before I sleep."

It is the end of Robert Frost's poem "Stopping by woods on a snowy evening"

It was nicely written, but I think you should have mentioned what you took from that poem rather than leaving everyone to think that you were the writer.
23-12-2004, 13:44
Of course. I thought the tone of that particular Robert Frost poem suited the meditative and reflective nature of this writing.

Alternatively, I could be acting pretentious and simply liked the lines. :p

Again, thanks for all the comments!
23-12-2004, 15:56
Fantastic well done ;)
23-12-2004, 18:11
Alexias: Honestly, I didn't mean to necessarily copy off Frost. I mean, do you attribute Shakespeare everytime you say "method in the madness" or "What's in a name?"

I just liked the words and how Frost arranged them.
23-12-2004, 18:15
On that note, I wish I could match Frost's genius for balancing his perfect meter and beats with the natural lyricism of his poems.
23-12-2004, 22:28
That was fun while it lasted. I didn't get the fuss over it, but oh well.

Now I need to concentrate on getting something done in "A Most Civil War."

Thank you all for the views and comments!

24-12-2004, 01:09
Best thread on NS forums, ever. Simply put.

*wild applause*
24-12-2004, 03:54
as a writer for tokyo pop i have to say that was beautiful and very explanitory any ways to the point... i belive you have some true potential and wish for you to keep wrting you are a credit to the writing world and keep that in mind
-Maki Murikami
24-12-2004, 04:19
Whee, thanks!
24-12-2004, 06:28
* Sobs into a tissue after reading, explains melodramatically :

" Weddings always make me cry ... ( sniff ) "

* Looks up and about at rest of thread and time of year :

" Oh ... hmmm ... ? ... "

* Sniffs into now soggy tissue :

" Errr, g'd bless'us, evy'un, n'meery'chrissie to the'wrdy Lind'm ! "
24-12-2004, 14:46
Totally stunning posting - Thats why we do it !!!!!!
24-12-2004, 15:18
You placed NS into wonderful perspective. Wonderful. :)
Pacific Northwesteria
24-12-2004, 21:15
Hot damn, man, nice job. And you say you're 15??? Why couldn't you be at my highschool?
The Merchant Guilds
24-12-2004, 21:37
Suprising I just read this must have been one of those days RL interferes with NS...

*oh well*

But excellent all round work, I don't write for a living (well apart from the occasional Military History paper) but am a great fan of literature generally and that was really good. Very succinct and to the point yet it full captures NS...

Suggustion: Become a writer...

But anyway...

/me thinks we need an NS Writer of the Month and/or Year award... and do some voting :D (AMF would have to be disqualified because half of NS seems to think he's god, but he does write a mean story... no offence intended AMF... just it would be rather predictable :D)
25-12-2004, 05:38
Why, thank you TMG! Yes, I do want to be a writer, but not starve for the profession! :p But a contest...? Well, AMF does have his groupies, so he would have to have a handicap or something.

And PN, I just turned 16 exactly ten days ago!
25-12-2004, 05:45
*wild applause*

Second that.

And nice Frost allusion/quote by the way.
Green Sun
25-12-2004, 06:24
Mind if I put my 2 cents in?

How would I rule the world? That's something I ask myself every day of my life. Every day with no exceptions. Would I be willing to put a gun in each man, woman, and child's hand and send them at some opposing force? Or would I rather ask for allies to do that for me? But is diplomaticly solving the problem going to benifit both of us? In this site I can make these choices. And there's something more. I'm not controlling one nation, I direct a culture. And the best part is, I can take my culture and ally it with someone completely different. In the real world the two factions might be complete rivals, like Facist and Communist, but yet I can make them work together. I can ally myself with nations far bigger than myself with completely different regimes to help me crush a common foe bigger than the both of us individually. I don't play NationStates because of the awesome power at my fingertips. I play it because I love communities.
I love you guys.
25-12-2004, 19:16
I also agree the community is intertwined with your playing and enjoyments of Nation|States.
25-12-2004, 22:47
All of Anagonia stands to give a wild round of Applause!

Excellent post, very good indeed!
25-12-2004, 22:57
'Twas one of the most descriptive and intelligent posts I Have yet seen on NationStates. I doubt I could have described it better. Well done, sir. Well done.
Fire dancers
25-12-2004, 22:58
that was truly amazing! may your nation become a powerhouse!
26-12-2004, 03:11
:fluffle: Yep... Id say something like... Nice job... or... that was great... But these other people seem to have said enough of that...
26-12-2004, 05:48
whoa i could hardly keep my eyes open