Contrary to the bulk mail I have sent, we will be opening applications for all nations at this moment. Work on the new round is ongoing, and we will not see a round start before the end of this month, but as of now applications will be opened. Once we have received sufficient applications, we will be working on releasing a preliminary list, followed by the masking of all players for P5 nations. These players will be masked first to provide them with some more time to prepare their countries and related elements (such as Orbats). The bare minimum that needs to be posted in this application thread, by all players, is a list of countries they applied for, with the detailed application being PMed to Jos1311. However if you want to post your detailed application here, that is also allowed.
Picking a country
How to chose which nations are the best fit for a player is a difficult matter for most of us, and everyone has their own interests, criteria, and method of doing so. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind when applying. Please carefully select the nations you would like to play, as it is important to continue to be interested to retain a high level of activity. For the upcoming application process a list has been created where all nations that can be played are mentioned, the list is mentioned below. You will need to make a selection of a maximum of 5 nations from that list when making your application. My first priority will be to get players for the P5 nations, those being United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia and China, as these nations are extremely important to game activity. For the United States I prefer a team application, as it simply is far too much to run this country by yourself.
Players assigned to P5 nations will be allowed to seek a second in command, but preferably these countries should be awarded through team-applications. I again like to stress that activity of these nations is vital to the game and therefore these nations should be involved in almost any discussion or debate on the board. Keep this in mind when applying, and if necessary seek a player that can fill in your "weak" spot.
At the same time people in general should be very aware of what type of countries they add to their list. A warmongering Germany for one is extremely unrealistic. If you want conflict you can look at including Libya, Iraq, KRG, Syria, or perhaps Nigeria on your list. Perhaps countries such as Mexico, Colombia, or Sudan can also be added to your conflict list. However this game is about diplomacy and war and/or conflict is an element of that, it is NOT the main pillar of diplomacy.
Please take note and understand the fact that nations have interests, not friends. We will be looking to more strictly start enforcing this, and that means people will thus have to research their countries better. You have the entire internet at your disposal, so use it. Syria kicking Russia out and turning towards the US is of course absolutely unrealistic, while Colombia is not very likely to do the same the other way around. No matter how good of a friend you are IRL with other players or how you dislike others, you will have to deal with them in a realistic manner IG.
Having written much about this already, the factor that keeps coming up in each part is the country you've selected. Your initial claim should be based on a country that interest you, that you know something about and that have your initial attention. Selecting Saudi Arabia because they spend a lot on their military is a really poor reason to make a claim because after you've spent $30bn on jets and ships you're going to be really bored and then you'll ask to switch. And country switching is something that we would like to keep to a minimum, as it is extremely disruptive for other players as well. Seek countries with which you can identify yourself, as those are often the ones you are willing to do some more work for.
When you think of which country to claim, look up the country on Wiki or in a book, you know those paper things, and read a bit about the politics and economy in that country. Does the fact that the country is bankrupt and is teetering on the brink of civil war put you off; you better ignore these countries, and look towards other options. When submitting a claim if you can't think of more to say than 'modernize the military and become a global player' then it's probably a good indication that not much thought has been put into your claim, as this game is not just about military matters. Be sure that you select countries that have your interest, as that will most likely guarantee a full round playing for this option.
Here is the list of nations where you can pick you maximum of five (5) nations from. Note that only nations mentioned in the list are currently considered eligible for application. This is NOT an optional list, but the actual list of nations you can play. Any country added that is not on the list will be ignored. If you however are very interested in playing a non-listed country (or organization) contact me and try to convince me why to add it.
APPLICATION FORMList of Nations wrote:Nation list:
Kurdish Regional Government
* Countries in bold are explicitly being looked for, as these are considered important for overall game activity.
Take note of the above mentioned, as well as your level of experience in playing nation sims, and, very important, your own anticipated activity level. These factors combined with the quality of your application will ultimately affect what nation you will be granted. Please provide some information on these matters in your application, and keep in mind that you cannot apply for more than two P5 nations. I would like to add that the lesser countries you mention in your application, the bigger the risk is that you get nothing. However I also advise not to add nations just to fill it up, but do understand that less options could lead to the possibility that you get nothing and have to submit a new application. I further like to state that new regulation does no longer prevent a player to be a moderator and play a P5 nation, however it is still not advised due to time related issues.
I would like everyone to carefully consider their nation choices. I again stress to closely look at your style of playing and the type of nations that could be best played, select nations that have your interest and only than submit your application. For more information please look HERE as well, to get some more detailed information on applications.
General layout of an application:
NOTE: The application procedure will be opened, once the announcement has been made. All applications will go here, and applications send through PM will be considered as NOT sent. If you want to be a part of the upcoming round, you will have to post in this thread, once it has officially been opened.APPLICATION wrote:Name applicant:: (Enter your Username here)
Which nation sim have you played before?
How did you find Nations? (Nations has not turned up often on Google results, but the moderators want to get an insight on how we can improve our methods to attract new players.)
If referred, who is responsible for the referral? (If you saw an advertisement posted on another forum, please let us know who posted it. If you returned because of an email from the board, please indicate such.)
How will your activity be over the next few months? (Generally speaking, we look for higher levels of activity from more important countries. Nations such as Ireland do not have requirements as high as, for example, America. These requirements are based upon experience and roughly reflect how much time the claim itself commands.)
List of nations you want to apply for::
1. United States
2. United Kingdom
Here you write a brief outline of your plans. this should be a brief outline and not a one sentence remark. We need to be sure that the right person gets the right nation, so convince us.