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The Book of Fiji

Post by El Fiji Grande on Wed Oct 14, 2015 11:27 pm

Advice
(In the order of posting)

Fiji's advice for future delegates:

1.) Always seek a compromise in any dispute. A good compromise is one that everyone is willing to accept, but none are quite happy with, including yourself. Be prepared to make sacrifices even if you don't personally believe in the result if it may be the best for the region.

2.) Always try to make everyone feel included and appreciated. If someone spends a long time making a factbook and posts it to the RMB, make it known that you like it if, in fact, you do, and if not, post some helpful comments on how to improve it. If someone says hello, say hello back. If someone posts a personal link, make sure to comment on it if no one else has. Welcome everyone who enters the region, or welcome back older nations rejoining the region.

3.) Always try to be fair and reasonable when conflict arises. Try to put yourself in each nations' shoes. Be calm, forthright, and honest. Listen to both sides and keep an open mind. Don't simply favor one side because you agree with them, as your job is for the region, not for one nation or another. Try to satisfy everyone if you can, though this is sometimes not possible. Try to make everyone feel heard if they had something to say. Make a judgement call for the best of the region.

4.) When handling foreign affairs, always handle yourself with respect, caution, and professionalism. Read over your telegrams before you send them, or your posts before you post them. Think about the consequences of any given action. Act with the best for the region in mind. Looks and style matter; make all of your foreign communications formal and professional.

5.) Do not be loyal to the region. Seriously. Be loyal to the people in the region. Act in their general best interests. A great mistake is to sacrifice the people in the region for the life of the region, for it is the people who are the life of the region. If the region is going to crumble, rather than staying until the end, make a plan to move with the core nations of the region to another location to restart or to merge. That's not to say not to give the region a chance, not to love the region and defend, support, and protect it - but rather not to go down with it if there is no way of preventing it from sinking. Sacrifice pride of having it occur on your watch and save the heart of the region.

6.) Don't jump to conclusions. Try to avoid making assumptions about other nations without first really having evidence to support those assumptions.
--> Edited in later: Make liberal use of benefit of the doubt

7.) In the case of a civil trial in which you are a neutral party, always volunteer to be a defense lawyer, regardless of the supposed crime committed. Whether it be godmodding, treason, voter fraud, or some other offense, be on the side of the defense. Most trials are over trivial matters, and criminal charges can severely affect a region, so it is best to attempt to have the charges dismissed and wait a few days for it all to blow over. Try to prevent conflicts from making it to the stage of a trial if necessary, though.

8.) In most cases, it doesn't matter who's right when conflict arises on the RMB. In most cases, someone either said something overly offensive or someone was overly sensitive. But regardless of who is right, it is your job to first try to calm everyone down, and second to side with the minority. Since your job is to support all nations in the region, you should always defend those standing alone, and add the weight of your influence to their side. Act within reason, of course, and try to settle any disputes through compromise. So I'd like to congratulate Veyris for sticking up for New World Management. I saw what he said, and I saw everyone's reaction to it, and even added my own. Regardless of who was right or wrong in that argument, and regardless of Veyris' motives, he stood up for NWM. He acted like a friend, and that's what our region should try to be more about. As delegate, it will be your responsibility to encourage these friendships, which will allow the region to prosper and last.

9.) Accept and encourage criticism. Ensure that it is peaceful, respectful, and constructive criticism, and try to reform yourself and the region to meet those recommendations if you feel they are in fact a benefit to the region. Even the best delegate can't think of everything, and they rely on the commentary of others to push the region forward. An open RMB and a region free from fear of repercussions to criticism is therefore essential. Put aside your pride and your ego and listen to what your fellow region mates have to say. Their advice may be essential to the future of the region.

10.) Never make hollow threats. If you make an ultimatum, and then don't follow up, your words will eventually lose meaning and weight. Ensure that anything you do is constitutional, but don't simply become a delegate to be nice. Running a region requires about as much force as it requires kindness. Make sure that if you have to make a threat, do so with the full intention of carrying it out. But try not to make threats. Do so only after a repeated problem has failed to get solved, and you're running out of ideas on what to do about it.

11.) If you make a mistake, admit it. Be open and honest about the fact that you screwed up. That you were wrong. Take the heat; take the responsibility. Do everything in your ability to correct that mistake, and defend your thinking as to why whatever it was seemed like a good idea at the time, but at the end of the day, be responsible for your actions. One term as delegate is four months - that's a long time. If you're doing your job correctly, enough will happen that you're bound to make a mistake eventually. Learn from it. The worst thing to do is lie about it, to hide from the truth, and worst of all, continue to make similar mistakes.

12.) Be forgiving. Sometimes other nations in the region will come to you with a problem to say that they've messed up in some way. It is your job to put them back on their feet, to stand them up, and to get them going again. Don't reassure them, because if they made a mistake they probably shouldn't do so again, but make sure that they know that you have their back. The worst thing to do is to continue to make it a problem, and bring it up time and time again. You should try to make the region a home for everyone, and that isn't possible if they're being ostracized for their past mistakes.

13.) Be ambitious. Both for yourself and for the region. You want the region to be the best that it can be, and you want to be the leader of that world. If you can't think of what you want, you'll hardly be able to achieve what the region needs. That said, stay within your role, and never violate the constitution of the INWU. But carry a voice within the region, and extend the influence of the region abroad. Never settle for "it's good enough," because as the saying goes, 'It's never good nor enough.'

14.) Leave your pride behind when you become delegate. If you have an ego on the job, and that effects your judgement, you're not doing your job the way it should be done. The one thing that is really required to become a successful delegate is to be a good guy. Seriously. Everything else follows.

15.) I know this will probably sound corny (and this is from an Adidas fan), but, *sigh*, Just do it. Whatever 'it' is, it will never happen unless you get up and do it. Don't wait for someone else to do it. Sure, ask them to occasionally for help, but be pleasantly surprised if it comes back well done, if completed at all. And those that you ask that go that back you up - those - you make those your advisers, your assistants, and those you truly can lean on from time to time to get the job done. But the wide majority of the time, if you want something done, you need to be the one that initiates it, sees it through, and finishes it.

16.)Be flexible. Don't always insist on things being your way. Keep an open mind. Leave room for new ideas, new perspectives, and new ways of thinking. If you don't try something radical every once in a while, eventually people will lose interest in the region and leave, or you'll miss something brilliant that could have transformed the region.

Fiji's advice for citizens:

1.) Challenge the delegate. Seriously. Whoever the delegate ends up being needs to have a source of criticism. Don't challenge their power - that's nightmarish for everyone, but challenge their ideas. Speak your mind. Be honest - because if it's a bad idea, it should be known. It's not solely on the delegate to navigate through the difficult waters of indecision (to be interpreted literally in the Book of Fiji), sure, they're the delegate, and thus the leader, but it is also your responsibility to help them to not take the region down a bad path. Your criticism can also be a source of inspiration for the delegate, and they can take advice and ideas from what you say. If they're a good delegate, they'll listen, and take what you say under advisement.

2.) I hardly ever support reporting things to the mods. I generally much prefer solving problems here in the region. But if you're going to report anything, check yourself first for any wrongdoing on your own part, that may be interpreted poorly by the mods. Sure, they may have done something you don't like, but if you go forward with an official complain, expect official repercussions for your own actions. Essentially, don't be a hypocrite.

Fiji's advice for future delegates:

17.) If you want an active RMB (You want an active RMB), learn to be fine with spammy posts. It'll happen. If someone else has a problem, or if it gets really spammy, then actually deal with it. But a little bit is nearly always fine.

18.) Be very clear what you mean. As a general policy, it's best not to be excessively vague about anything. Additionally, be sure to clarify your intent before posting or TGing anyone. It's very easy to misinterpret tone through text based messages. So in a TG, be sure to openly state your intentions (or lack thereof). It's worth the extra effort, because it saves you the time of having to both explain yourself and deal with the fallout.

19.) Try not to make your speeches long. Brevity is short and sweet. Being succinct will make your voice more heard, as more will actually read what you have to say. You have to pack power into the words you want to say rather than make long and elaborate explanations for things that don't require it. That's not to say that if a speech runs long you should shorten it - for after all you need to say what you need to say - but never try to make it long for the sake of it being long. Nothing wrong with being thorough though.

20.) Be confident. You have to be able to imagine yourself doing something in order to have a chance at actually getting there.

21.) If you know yourself to be lacking in a certain area, make it known. Ask around/TG specific nations to see if they'd be willing to serve effectively as a member of your cabinet in that area. As leader of the executive branch, you'll need to ensure that you're doing your job effectively. Additionally, this policy allows more people to have a say in government, even in an appointed position, and can reduce marginalization. Always choose active nations though.

22.) Personally know how the military works. This is important, not because we have an active military (we don't), but because if we ever have the need to make one, the delegate needs to be competent enough to make it happen alone, or with the help of a select few other nations. Learning how military operations work on NS can be difficult, depending especially on the time zone where you live and when updates occur. It will also put things into perspective a bit with regards to foreign affairs, raiders, and being able to secure the delegacy for the sake of regional security should the founder go inactive or not be around during an invasion. It's important knowledge for anyone who wants to be delegate - and hope you'll never be forced to use it.

23.) Always share your knowledge with your region-mates. Not classified documents, but experience, and the how-to's of NS. Do so even if doing so may decrease your chances of success in the upcoming election - because at the end of the day, doing so helps the future of the region. Even if you're competing with that other nation, do your best to be friendly. Do so especially if it is knowledge that will aid them if they win the election.

24.) Get involved. Try to become a major part of any major event occurring around the NS world at any given time. Do not worry that you're abandoning your region, but do keep a hold of the delegacy. You will be hindered in that your WA must stay in the INWU. But that should be your only limitation. Write telegrams, send puppets, gain influence, build trust, be active. Extend the reaches of the INWU and encourage citizens to get involved.

25.) Remember where you came from. Always try to help out new recruits, welcome them, explain to them, and introduce them. We were all there at some point or another, and it helps to have some humility. Be a friend to everyone you can, try to get to know everyone, and go out of your way to help everyone in the region.

26.) Good intentions, when acted upon, can have unforseen bad consequences. As delegate, you need to understand that your actions represent the government of the INWU to the region, and the region to the world. You want to be very careful to review your ideas before you put them into action, to ensure to the best of your ability that these will not occur.

27.) You serve all of the nations in the region, not just those active on the RMB or on the forums. It can be easy to focus solely on the most visibly active nations, but you should encourage community participation from all members of the region. You are also responsible for their well being and happiness - just like that of those who post regularly on the RMB - and as such should contact them via TG as well - checking in, chatting, and inviting them to join the broader regional community.

28.) Miscommunication and misunderstandings can be common. If someone doesn't understand what you mean, clarify. If they still don't understand, say what you mean in a different way, or using a different method. If they still don't understand, keep your temper. Maybe ask someone else to explain. Or come back after a small break. There's no need to start a fight over nothing.

29.) Don't be scared of conflict. It happens, and from time to time you will be called upon to lead the region through it. Try to calm any given situation, and resolve the dispute. You don't want a divide to start within the region and be allowed to fester. Any problem that arises should be settled as soon as possible to ensure that lurking tensions don't arise far into the future.

30.) Use judgement. There's a lot of times when it's needed. Delegate's discretion, advice to citizens, amendments, policy both foreign and domestic are all examples. There are many other instances, such as with classified documents, and being impartial. You have to make the right choice. No pressure.

31.) Explain everything to just about anyone who asks. That is, if you know them and trust them of course. But be liberal in your trust. Take it upon yourself to be that guy who goes out of his way to help everyone else understand. Solve their Rubik's Cube.

32.) Be interested in everything. Even if you really aren't all that interested. You're the driving force of the region. You need to support everyone and encourage activity everywhere. You have the well being of over 100 people in your hands - or 25 really active people - regardless, you need to do your best to help them all, each in their own way. Community activity is driven by a sense of reward, perhaps for being congratulated and acknowledged for your efforts. It will be your job to provide that, even if no one else will.

33.) Life doesn't come to you, so go to it. As referenced earlier, you need to have the ambition to drive a region forward. Ideas are meaningless until they are put onto action. Intentions are useless unless they come true. You need to be that force.

34.) Be very careful which button you intend to hit: Reply or Reply to All. It matters sometimes, diplomatically.

35.) Focus on what has actually been said. Don't be triggered easily. It helps when remaining impartial, when being diplomatic, and knowing how not be manipulated.

36.) Don't hold grudges. They're bad for the region in that they create unnecessary and unwelcome tensions. Citizens may do it all the time, but you need to be representative of the best side of everyone. The longest my grudges usually last is three hours or so, and that's if it was bad. There are two exceptions of grudges I have held for months on NS, and both of them are now my friends; one of them a very close friend on NS. All future delegates should follow the same policy of making things good.

37.) Don't think about the Constitution much. One of the largest conclusions that I have made is that regions that are stricter in their constitutional creation and obedience are generally less free. That's partially why I have traditionally insisted on looser, far less restraining constitutions, that, if anything, are missing components that perhaps they should have. When it comes to regional law, follow the constitution like the book. But when it comes to a split-second decision that you need to make immediately, forget the Constitution. Do what you think is right, and do it well. Ask for forgiveness later. This applies for other things as well. If you act upon your feeling of right and wrong, you're more or less following the original intent of the constitution.

38.) Take the brunt of the blame for everything. Even volunteer yourself up for the guillotine. It's better that a few nations hate you then there being generally animosity among the nations of the region. If you take the burden of responsibility for everyone's actions and misdeeds, you're basically adding a bit of grease to the gears. Be willing to fall on a sword for the region.

Fiji's Lord of the Rings-themed Advice Regarding Infighting

1.) One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

We need such a ring to bring us all together. I appoint Topsail Empire as the holder of the ring, and every delegate that succeeds him. The power of delegate may slowly corrupt him, but in the meantime he really does need to bring us all together. So let's begin with Topsail Empire. He may not be entirely responsible for the infighting that occurred this last day with Thracian Empire, but I put the blame on his shoulders. He is the delegate of the INWU - not an ordinary citizen. He can participate in all debates, but he must ensure that all sides of the debate don't become entirely overwhelmed, and it is his responsibility to ensure that these debates do not devolve into chaos, especially if he is a part of them, like he was at first. Topsail needs to learn to be more objective and neutral in his leadership of the region, and he needs to be able to intervene when things get out of hand. He needs to be able to predict infighting before it breaks out, and solve the problem, and he needs to be able to settle everyone down when things get out of hand. He also needs to learn to become impartial more of the time.

2.) Your time will come. You will face the same Evil, and you will defeat it.

On the same theme, let us continue to New Educandi. New Educandi is a great nation, and he has my full support. But he is with Topsail, on the same pedestal, with similar responsibilities and motivations. New Educandi - you need to fully accept the burden of responsibility that comes with being Chancellor. No longer can you stand aside as others fight on the RMB - you must through yourself into the brawl, and fight against the fight. You must accept the need to use your powers as Chancellor to discipline those around you when infighting occurs, and better yet, stop it before it breaks out in the first place. You share power with Topsail, such that when he isn't online, you have to fulfill your duty to the utmost.

3.) A day may come when the courage of men fails but it is not THIS day.

Estradia: Let me begin by thanking you for contacting me, and making me fully aware of the situation, both through your TG summary and through the specific links you have posted for my convenience. I thank you for recognizing the existence of a problem, and for doing your best to get me to come back to help solve it. But I cannot solve every problem the INWU will ever have, nor will I try to. Eventually, this region will need to stand up and be able to rear back on its hind feet before galloping into the future. Being the former Chancellor, you have no formal obligations. But I highly recommend, for the sake of the region, that you exercise the same manners and diplomacy as you did when you were in a position of power. I suggest you find the courage to not only stand by your friends, but disagree with them if necessary. To find the courage to continue as if you had never left your position as Chancellor, and command the same respect as I always have. You haven't done anything wrong, but you need to do more right, yourself.

4.) If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

Celibrae: I have not failed to notice that much of this conflict revolves around you. I don't blame you for any of what has happened, but I am displeased, and I ask that you listen to what I have to say. I've long since said that the moment RP matters start tensions throughout the region, our positions on roleplaying must be reconsidered, as the benefits we gain from them aren't worth the fights that follow. Your position as Minister of RP has led to a number of confrontations surrounding the realism of RP. Allow me to remind you that there are some RPs that do not require realism, and thus it is not your job to universally enforce it. It is your job to enable all those seeking enjoyment in RP to have fun, in a number of different RPs of varying complexity and realism. Only when a nation uses unrealistic tactics in a realistic RP should you become involved. You must also refrain from allowing your temper to get involved. You need to realize that others have put effort into their creations and ideas - and you should know this all too well yourself from your wiki work - and you should be more respectful and constructively-criticize their work. Realism is taken all too seriously now. Sure, it is important, and may take away from the fun of others if it is lost, but it cannot be made into such a crisis that nations leave and the region is destabilized.

5.) But in the end it is only a passing thing, this shadow; even darkness must pass.

Tracian Empire, New World Management, MNSMR: Those of you that have left, and those of you who have encountered troubles in this region through this culture of non-acceptance and regional infighting (unfortunately not mutually exclusive), I ask that also hear me out. I always respect those who leave, especially those who do so on principle, for good or for bad, for right or for wrong - and I do the same in this instance as well for NWM and Tracian Empire. Now being well aware of what caused you both to leave, I understand your positions. Leaving might seem to be the best option, but I ask that you reconsider, and see if the region is in favor or your return. I urge apologies around the table to be made, and the region to move on to a brighter future, without the burden of shadow that has befallen us.

6.) That there is some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it is worth fighting for.

Ichoria, Crumstain, Albiorix, Mallaska: I think you will agree that if we can get past our troubles, this region can recover, and regardless if it is achievable, that trying is worth it, for the sake of the region, to retrieve our golden age of the last term of my delegacy. The foundation has been laid, and progress is being made on a daily basis. The regional military has been revived, roleplaying is beginning to become more of a thing, and the RMB is still blazingly active. My request to you is to consider yourself diplomats, and treat others on the RMB with the respect that they deserve, even if you don't think they deserve it. In the same way I have asked other nations here to fulfill more of their role in governing the region, I ask you to more fulfill your role as citizens.

7.) Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.

I now address the bulk of the citizens of the INWU; to everyone that I haven't specifically addressed by name, but to everyone that is active or thinking of being active. You may be new to the region, or old and never spoken a word. You may have no government position, or you may be an influential leader here on the RMB. Whatever your position, even you can help change the region for the better. All it takes is the courage to speak up, and to defend the greatness of the region from the insanity of infighting and anger. The last things we need are hatred, fear, and flame wars. The last things we need are banjections, departures, and internal divides. It can also be up to you to make the region a better place and ensure these never become a permanent part of our regional culture.

8.) I am Gandalf the White. And I come back to you now... at the turn of the tide.

Hopefully my work here is done. I hope you have learned at least something from what I've had to say, and I hope that the region improves significantly because of it. I will be watching, and every now and then I'll drop by. Hopefully this evening has been a phase shift... a turn of the tide in our culture... from one of hostility and clashes to acceptance and friendship.

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