I think some history might be helpful here:
The FAC – I agree that we need to close that embassy. The FAC was a successor region to FAC, founded after FAC’s founder CTEd. They seem not to have been able to keep it going, unfortunately.
Futaba Aoi – The first time we were looking at closing embassies, I was against closing this one. Ransium was also against, I believe, and his reasoning was that closing an embassy can only hurt our foreign relations, especially when we’ve had embassies for seven years. In the most recent round of embassy-auditing, though, I came to the conclusion that as long as we made a respectful ceremony out of closing the embassy (and maybe made it a bit of an event celebrating the many years of embassy relations, rather than just something Ruinenlust did in the background), it would be acceptable. That’s my basic feeling now too – a respectful funeral would be ideal.
A Liberal Haven – The previous embassy closure you’re noticing – in August 2016 – was the result of a raid of ALH by the Black Hawks and Europeia (that raid was actually what got me into defending, and eventually into gameplay in the wider world!). ALH was a fairly active region and one of our best allies, but its founder CTEd, and then after that raid, it passworded and slowly became less and less active as they weren’t able to get off the ground again. I suppose a respectful funeral wouldn’t be a bad way to go for ALH as well, but it does seem a bit sad that this is all a result of one raid.
Singapore – Like ALH, that closing and sudden reopening was the result of a raid (by HYDRA, if I recall correctly). Singapore has been raided many, many times in the past because it has no founder. During the period when they were more active, I remember them having quite a complex vetting process in order to allow them to remain alive while keeping a password up.
You may not have realized, but @Garden-of-Holly (a.k.a. Alanis Star or Valentine Z) is also a Singaporean. Back in June, when we were doing this embassy audit thing before, I asked them what state Singapore was in:
[9:00 PM]Somyrion:Heya - Forest’s government was wondering if you could tell us anything about the state of Singapore (the NS region). We’ve noticed it’s been really inactive recently, and saw Conifer was withdrawing their embassy. As the resident Singaporean government official (I think? 😛), we thought we should ask you.
[9:03 PM]Valentine Clarissa Alanis Star Z:Let me ask the others first, then we will get back to you! ^^
[9:03 PM]Valentine Clarissa Alanis Star Z:Sorry for the late reply!
[9:03 PM]Somyrion:You might have already gotten a TG from Turbeaux about the same thing, just noticed, sorry >.>
[9:04 PM]Somyrion:not at all, that was just three minutes of wait :stuck_out_tongue:
[9:08 PM]Valentine Clarissa Alanis Star Z:Haha, sorry as in I think it will take a while for me to talk to others. Gotta see if they are active.
[9:09 PM]Somyrion:that’s okay, we just wanted to check in
[8:49 PM]Valentine Clarissa Alanis Star Z:I’m still asking my other active nations in Singapore, so… this is gonna take a while.
For us, some of us are still active, but it’s just that we don’t really talk much, and we certainly will feel awkward if it is just puppets talking to each other.
[8:54 PM]Somyrion:what do you mean by just puppets talking to each other?
[8:56 PM]Valentine Clarissa Alanis Star Z: Oh, what we meant is that in RMB, the active ones made up like 90% of the posts, that is for sure. But at the same time, we feel that it will be pointless and awkward if we bring our other puppets from other regions just to make the RMB more active, when in reality, maybe 3-5 people tops are active.
[10:17 PM]Somyrion:ah okay
[10:18 PM]Somyrion:did anything change in the last month (no RMB posts) or just a period of people doing other stuff?
[10:19 PM]Valentine Clarissa Alanis Star Z:I think it’s just some RMB talk here and there, nothing much. :sweat_smile:
[10:22 PM]Somyrion:do you foresee the region getting more active again?
[10:23 PM]Somyrion:Forest is going through its furiously inspecting the embassies stage again and people wanted to know why we had and were maintaining an embassy with you guys… I can’t remember what the circumstances around the formation were
[10:27 PM]Valentine Clarissa Alanis Star Z:I don’t think so.
[10:28 PM]Valentine Clarissa Alanis Star Z:For the exception, I’m not very sure either. I remembered it was told why once but I think I forgot.
[12:03 AM]Valentine Clarissa Alanis Star Z:So yeah, some of them were active for more than a decade on NS, and were basically retired at this point. We still talk to each other now and then, but I don’t think it will warrant for a maintained embassy since we are going to be very inactive. :sweat:
[12:03 AM]Somyrion:Mhm. That’s unfortunate to hear of course.
[12:03 AM]Somyrion:Can I relay that back to Turbeaux and the rest of the Forest government?
[12:04 AM]Valentine Clarissa Alanis Star Z:Sure thing! ^^
[12:04 AM]Valentine Clarissa Alanis Star Z:Yeah, it will be unfortunate to lose the embassy, but at this point, I don’t think we really mind.
[12:10 AM]Somyrion:Well, it’s not clear that we’d withdraw embassies yet, just take an “audit” so to speak.
[12:10 AM]Somyrion:I really like you guys in Singapore so it is quite unfortunate though
[12:10 AM]Valentine Clarissa Alanis Star Z:Yeah, I know. :/
[12:11 AM]Valentine Clarissa Alanis Star Z:Well, we can always visit you with a puppet (I already have my main in Forest) if we are feeling chatty!
[12:11 AM]Valentine Clarissa Alanis Star Z:But I think we will never get back to being too active. Activity has really died down.
Two other regions that are plenty active but that I think we should have our eyes on: Winterfell and Sunalaya. I’ve never been able to get any response from them when running the Photo Contests, N-Day, or any other regional event – they both have a lot of embassies and don’t seem interested at all in a relationship with Forest. I don’t think we should be considering closing the embassies, but we might want to try and encourage some dialogue and see if they’re still interested.