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Each week, a summary (roughly 1000 characters long) of one of CivWiki's articles and the Civ community's current events appear at the top of the Main Page as the Featured article. This page, its features and reporting of is managed by User:Specificlanguage and oversees the complete editing process of these features, as well as the associated newsletter for each week. This page serves as an archive for each featured article and current events, as well as a way to see those currently in draft. If you notice an error in an upcoming TFA summary, please feel free to fix it yourself; if the mistake is in today's or tomorrow's summary, please leave a message to Specificlanguage. Articles can be nominated for Featured article at the form, and articles with a date connection are welcome! Feel free to bring questions and comments to the talk page.

Note: Unlike actual featured articles on Wikipedia, articles are generally required to have good content but do not indicate the quality of an article, it mostly indicates a key moment in Civ history.

Featured articles & current events

July 2024

July 1, 2024

This week's featured article is a repeat of February 3, 2023.

From the Featured Article

The Orion capitol, in the country's capital city.

Orion was a country on Civcraft 2.0 focused on a democratic and capitalist system of government, with striking similarities to the United States government. The country was established at the start of the world in the middle of the northwest quadrant, and quickly became known as the most populous country on the server. Due to its easy access and low barriers to entry (which included a free plot for newfriends), the country saw several conflicts throughout its lifespan, including raids from the Bloodcrew, the Cuban Revolution, and a secession crisis from Sennisten, one of the country’s boroughs.

Although the country had an anarchic build system, the country had several notable builds, including the capitol (pictured), a grand train station connecting the CIC, and the Grand Olympic Stadium, playing host to the first known Olympics held on Civ servers, and inspiring future Olympics on CivClassic. Additionally, Cuban leader Farley50 lent his name to today’s Farley war, a term known for either a roleplay war between two parties or a sporting event where players use weak weapons and armor for fighting. Today, some of Orion’s players make up today’s Jorvik. (Full article...)

Current Events

A landmark alongside Griffin's road network.
  • The Imperial Federation and Icenia announced an alliance with each other, creating diplomatic missions in their respective countries.
  • Wafflenation was killed by ninjajack, a Danzilonan and had a bounty placed on him, he would later be pearled after a bounty was placed on him.
  • Pavia announced that Mery would be a protectorate, bringing the country into the Lyrean Commonwealth.
  • OreStraya independently sold off 300 Monument Group shares, a record for the company; while criticized for the action, he made over a thousand diamonds across the sale.
  • Monument Bank made significant changes in their operating procedures, removing the holding fee while adding overdraft fees for everyone.
  • Civ+ announced their conclusion of their beta, with their main server getting a map reset on a new iteration on July 5.

June 2024

June 24, 2024

This week's Featured Article was contributed by clementvm.

From the Featured Article

A view of Willibald, Vinland's capital (courtesy of Not90).

Vinland is a Viking diarchy situated on the northern edge of Impendia in CivMC. From its origins, Vinland has maintained a close-knit community, developing a reputation as a friendly and welcoming nation. This environment has facilitated early alliances, notably with Baile and SPQR and as an associate member in the ASN, and contributed to Vinland's rapid growth in both population and territory. By integrating newfriend nations and safeguarding the north from disruptive players, Vinland has strengthened its position in northern Impendia, and expanded its influence to the global stage.

Similar to its social structure, the architecture of Vinland is heavily influenced by Nordic culture, yet it is also marked by a wide range of different styles. This variety reflects the independence of citizens, as well as the cultural contributions from newfriend nations that have become part of Vinland over time. The result is a unique blend of architectural styles that symbolize the nation's inclusivity and dynamic growth. (Full article...)

Current Events

A look down the avenue in Volterra Prime, the country's capital. (courtesy of ItzHoover)
  • Icenia and Exyria had a small dispute after Exyria claimed a bridge to Icenia's newly renovated isle after Jah Day.
  • Pavia announced the that Mery (the country) would become a protectorate, rendering it part of the Lyrean Commonwealth.
  • The Imperial Federation and Amicitia announced the Treaty of Illustrious Kingdoms, an alliance that commits the countries to mutual defense.
  • Mount Augusta announced their new claims, with their new primary location near the Lyrean Commonwealth.
  • Several players produced highly edited videos showcasing their various countries and time on Civ. (See on the newsletter!)
  • Civ+, a new Civ server launched last weekend — although the number of players is small, it’s been consistent and relatively stable over the weekend.

June 17, 2024

This week's Featured Article was contributed by User:QuantonBiscuit.

From the Featured Article

A view of the Gang Shi’s skybridge (and counter-skybridge) on Yoahtl's capital, Altepetl.

The Grasslands Gambit, also known as the DGP-Gang Shi War, was a major war on CivMC that occurred in December 2023. The war was notable for its significant impact on CivMC geopolitics, the short and decisive nature of the war, and a double insiding resulting in two major pearl holding vaults falling after just days of combat. The war began when the Dawn Guard Pact, an alliance formed between Icenia and Yoahtl, launched a devastating first strike against the nation of Gang Shi and its allies.

The DGP justified the first strike on Black Mesa, Gang Shi’s primary vault, in a post titled “Pearled Harbor”, citing numerous leaks from Gang Shi’s discord that described a plan to isolate, encircle, and eventually destroy Icenia and possibly Yoahtl along with other leaks describing further, server-wide ambitions. The War exemplified several interesting tactical sequences like trapping and then baiting an iceroad and repelling a skybridge. Additionally, the war set a new status quo for effective uses of public relations and subreddit posts on Civ. (Full article...)

Current Events

New cherry blossom sprouts in Shiroyama, Nara, following the 1.20 update.
  • Truidencia, Transylvania and the Imperial Federation announced the Antarctic Treaty Entity, a new regional alliance of countries focused around the southern regions of the map for mutual defense and security.
  • Pavia held a new round of general elections, reelecting Cissonius of the Pavia First party to their first full term in power.
  • A mysterious message from CivMC admins was posted in their discord, it was a direct response to laggy cactus farms in Yoahtl the previous night.
  • Vinland and the Bebo Corporation had a minor issue over a territorial dispute, accusing each other of encroaching on the other's territory.
  • Anisso gained land following negotiations from the Iris Confederation through the ATS, with the Temporal Empire mediating.
  • Civ+ announced their relaunch, opening Friday, June 21.

June 10, 2024

From the Featured Article

Entrana's wheat fields along with a view of their town.

The Entranan Republic was a nation on CivClassic 2.0 that intended to be a successor city to Pacem. Founders of the country travelled to the southeastern quadrant of the server for more populous players in summer 2018, constructing a German-like government. Consisting of mainly oak and stone structures in European styles, the country eventually took shape around Freelands, another country in the region which merged later on.

Entrana had built considerable relationships with other nations, formalizing an embassy row and completing a long sought-after rail connection to The Commonwealth via the Entranan Transcontinental Express, and built a modest XP and brewing economy revolving around agriculture. The founders of the nation eventually moved back to Pacem in the later part of CivClassic. The territory eventually became owned by Cortesia Del Mar in the server’s later years. (Full article...)

Current Events

Fempire's rainbow bridge, along with several landmarks of the country in the background.
  • A conflict occurred between PhysicsGamer and SlothInASuit over trespassing and raiding within the Temporal Empire, and a bounty was placed on Sloth, along with a large argument on Reddit.
  • This later boiled over into a bounty hunt as Sloth and Jarlatos entered Estalian territory, with Jarl being pearled prior to entering Exyria while Sloth escaped in the Imperial Federation.
  • Pavia reformed itself into a democracy, with CedarValiant initially winning the office of Prime Minister but eventually resigned and was assigned to Cissonius.
  • A leak on how to make various drugs via Brewery leaked on Reddit, resulting in an in-game conflict between Exyria and Heikki.
  • Icenia is celebrating Jah Day with a get-together and a small PvP tournament on June 18.
  • The ASN formally announced Baile's and Vinland's membership into the alliance.

June 3, 2024

From the Featured Article

The town hall of Pavia, one of the major landmarks of the server.

CivMC is a Civ server that is widely known to be the mainline successor for CivClassic, and carries many innovations for the genre. Headed by much of the same team that helped with CivClassic’s final year, the server was launched in summer 2022 with a highly anticipated and busy launch. Major gameplay changes also saw the Nether being used as the ExilePearl dimension, as opposed to the End in previous iterations, along with a single account limit. The admins continue to push boundaries with new updates, events and features throughout its run.

Although the server experienced major wars in the form of the Generic War with a global conflict against Rhode Island, along with several wars between the SEC and its member states against Gang Shi, the server has also seen considerable player interaction and numerous massive builds. Among the unique aspects of this iteration compared to previous Civ servers are the standardization of global railroads such as OneDest and Great Overland Rail, the creation of the Monument Bank, the first banking system on Civ, an International Hockey League, and several major alliances across the server. (Full article...)

Current Events

A collage of several player-run events, including the Nara-Danzilona Olympics, the end of the Generic War, the Civball map of the world, and an art piece from the Butternut-SEC War.
  • CivMC celebrated its second anniversary on June 2, with a commemorative cake and cherry blossom during the event that had over 150 players on at peak.
  • Gidein announced his withdrawal from being chancellor of the Imperial Federation, naming his vice chancellor, Sunanic, his successor.
  • Yoahtl announced the event lineup for their upcoming Olympics, set to be held in mid-July.
  • Truidencia and the Imperial Federation had events coinciding with the anniversary event, which included a coronation and consitutional convention.
  • Mercutio and its Reggio territory constructed a rail between the two countries, enabling further access to the southwest.
  • Monument Bank announced it is currently holding 100,000 diamonds in their accounts, a high for the bank.

May 2024

May 27, 2024

From the Featured Article

An overhead render of Mount Augusta, a commonly used picture when advertising CivClassic on other servers.

CivClassic (sometimes noted as CivClassics) was a Civ server that revived the Civcraft style of servers. While it initially launched with a short-lived iteration in 2016, its second iteration launched in 2017 and ran until 2021, making it the longest-lasting Civ server of all time. In its initial years, it intended to keep Civcraft-style mechanics, but several different admin teams in its later years performed version upgrades, delivered significant updates, and imposed new rules to invite more vibrant and exciting gameplay.

The server’s history can be marked with two major wars, the Somber and Infinity Wars, both long-lasting wars involving major world powers across a server-wide landscape. Many players and nations from previous Civcraft iterations returned after years-long hiatuses due to its classic mechanics, and saw the return of major world events including the Olympics and a burgeoning economy with major marketplaces in cities like Mount Augusta and Yoahtl. Although its founder, TealNerd, closed the server in 2021, its final admin team would go on to develop CivMC following its closure. CivClassic’s server itself stayed up as an archive of past worlds, being dubbed CivLegacy until a sudden closure. (Full article...)

Current Events

Groveheart, in the Imperial Federation.
  • Mount Augusta formally announced their relocation plans, with additional commentary about their thoughts on the state of the community on CivMC.
  • The Yuan Empire was attacked last week, with Baile and others helping to free Ambush, the leader of the country and disable some military infrastructure in Derzavian territory.
  • Monument Group is planning to lower the standard iron/diamond rate after the exchanges' rates have stagnated in many countries.
  • Lambat announced they would be moving to a monarchy due to its current relationship in the Lyrean Commonwealth and inactivity.
  • Baile and Vinland were announced to be joining the ASN as associate members.

May 20, 2024

From the Featured Article

The thumbnail for the Civcraft trailer.

Civcraft was a Civ server that is widely regarded as the pioneer of the Civ genre. Self-described as an “experiment for communities, political ideologies, debate and discussion”, it focused player-driven civilizations with minimal admin intervention, a wildly experimental format for its time. Launching its first iteration in 2012, its admin, ttk2, introduced many mechanics and design decisions that modern Civ takes for granted today, including Citadel, Bastions, FactoryMod and NameLayer, amongst a whole host of different plugins.

Civcraft’s main policy was to never interfere in in-game policies unless in drastic measures, only banning when breaking out of game or hacking rules, and attempted to never reset its world. However, several events forced them to reset the server twice. Civcraft 2.0, launched in 2013, is generally regarded as the most famous Civ server, having a considerable amounts of activity and media coverage and for a time, was the longest-lasting Civ server. Although they launched two further iterations, Civcraft would close in 2016 due to the retirement of its founder, but its mechanics, gameplay, and design would continue to live on in future servers such as CivClassic and today, CivMC. (Full article...)

Current Events

Several pictures of dormant nations, celebrating the second anniversary of the newsletter!
  • The Temporal Empire, Baile, and Yuan Empire originally signed a pact before Baile backed out of the pact due to PhysicsGamer's history.
  • Highroll announced his departure from the game, after his pearl, previously held by Icenia, would be handed over to DockerImage for a bounty placed on by the Moria Corporation.
  • RogueX7 was pearled in Pavia after raiding an axe shop and attempting to kill one of the dukes.
  • Gidein was elected as the new chancellor of the Imperial Federation, whose citizens had a negative view of the previous chancellor, SlothInASuit.
  • Several other elections occurred including in Yoahtl and Pacem.
  • A new Vintage Story Civ server, Realms of Andora, launched today. See their discord for more information.

May 13, 2024

From the Featured Article

An overview of Anburon, Imperial Truidence's capital city.

Imperial Truidence was a monarchy and republic on CivClassic well known for their participation in the UDF and Nordic culture. Located near 0,0, the country was founded in 2019 with Emperor Bez being its leader, establishing a nation quickly in the marsh and forest area. It was accepted into the first iteration of the United Northern Congress and upon its collapse, was one of the founding members of the United Defensive Front along with nearby Icenia. Despite having several changes in government throughout its lifespan, the country remained a stable force within the region, and began to build military defense late within CivClassic’s life.

Despite being memed for the formation of a “frisbee”-like grass structure in its initial town, the country eventually constructed major builds including Coram Castle, St. Bez Cathedral, and Barad Dur. The country also controlled several other cities including Northland, Inis Moin, and Ban Ard. Since the beginning of the country, a religion was founded named Bezism, originally committing to serving a duty to serve the Truidencian state rather than the more mystic devotion it formed late into the server’s life. Today Imperial Truidence’s successor state, the Holy Truidencian Empire, is once again active on CivMC. (Full article...)

Current Events

Colorful buildings along the coast in Lambat.
  • CivMC made a major update, upgrading the server to 1.20.4. Although there were some minor bugs, the update went relatively smoothly. For a mods list & upgrade guide, check Mods.
  • Cokeandmentos was pearled after attempting a raid in Nassau. They were originally pearled after raiding in the Imperial Federation, and were sentenced in Winterbourne.
  • Highroll was pearled by Shadno after accidentally using a horse macro and entered Icenia's vault.
  • Truidencia would become active again after a year, focusing on building and constructing their capital.
  • Monument Bank is opening their eighth bank branch in Vinland.
  • Pacem introduced a new constitution with a Council of States.

May 6, 2024

From the Featured Article

A lighthouse on the Eastern Shining Isles which gives the accord its namesake.

The Lighthouse Accord was an agreement between the Free Danzilonan Republic and Mery, establishing rights for settlers on islands near Danzilona’s territory. The two nations both originated from Danzilonan and U3P-like roots, particularly in Civcraft 3.0 in Nova Danzilona. Although the two nations were then founded separately, they hoped to charter an agreement that would give rights on its Eastern Shining Isles, and be given both English and Mery names, not unlike a place similar to Gibraltar, for example.

The treaty was initially proposed by Des23 but was withdrawn quickly due to dissatisfaction from the Church of Ranubis, however, it was re-proposed and passed soon after. While they allow Mery residency and protection on the isles, they also have promoted Mery culture on the islands as well. Although the accord was passed, FDR relations soured as laws were passed to prevent conflicts of interest within government as well as purging those not aligned with the Ranubian faith. This forced original treaty writer Des23 to emigrate from FDR to Mery. Although Danzilona still exists today, Mery’s existence is in a dormant state; the islands are still present but are today uninhabited. (Full article...)

Current Events

A vast flower field in Griffin.
  • A raid on the Temporal Empire finally brought sentencing to Gracipie, however it was in vain as he was banned via association.
  • Monument Bank made a slew of announcements in early May, including IPOs for Tusk Armory, a new bank branch in Kallumbia, as well as the introduction of multiplayer accounts.
  • Transylvania claimed Gensokyo following the latter's inactivity for nearly a year. They also signed a non-aggression pact with Eldoria.
  • Meenos was pearled by IbisMan in the Nether, a collective effort by ASN nations freed him within six hours.
  • The Lyrean Commonwealth announced Lambat's entry into the alliance, and committed to taking care of its lands.
  • An announcement was made by CivMC admins to both mark Veinfriend, a mod that aided diamond vein mining as legal, as well as clarifications over the legality of Litematica.

April 2024

April 29, 2024

From the Featured Article

The logo of SATO.

SATO, formally the Southern Axis Treaty Organization, was an alliance based on CivClassic between many southern countries. Yoahtl, Okashima, Vinland, and Hjaltland desired to formalize the Western Alliance following the Somber War, which became SATO. Later members included The Commonwealth who were part of the Western Alliance during the war, Southshire, and Caledonia. The regional alliance played a major part during 2018 and early 2019 during a cold war between FRIENDS, which included proxy wars in Laconia and Rhodesia, as well as election interference in Mount Augusta, located between the two alliances.

Although the alliance members had always been close diplomatically, by mid 2019, several factors led to its downturn. Its cold war ended following internal issues in FRIENDS would lead to the establishment of NATO. Icenia’s failed admittance would spell further disaster with relations in the alliance. With the creation of newer pacts that offered better security, such as the UNC and the Entente, as well as Yoahtl annexing many members of the NCA, SATO eventually became irrelevant within the wider world. (Full article...)

Current Events

Northfort, a tundra settlement in the far northwest.
  • Paddington_Bear was pearled by Volterra following self-proclaimed "shenanigans" that constituted griefing. They argued against excessive reparations amongst most ASN nations..
  • Exyria launched a campaign to free various players that were formerly part of Kallos, including staging a peaceful protest in Icenia. Protests are expected to continue next week.
  • An independent poll from the Imperial Federation showed Chancellor SlothInASuit have an unfavorable approval rate despite relative stability and variety across the political spectrum within the country.
  • Exyria joined the Lyrean Commonwealth, doubling its size.
  • The Commonwealth declaimed Hell, reprimanding one of its players in the process for a relatively pointless holding of territory. This was corrected hours later.

April 22, 2024

From the Featured Article

Lazuli Lake District in the first iteration of Vintage Civ.

Vintage Civ is a Civ server based in Vintage Story. It is notable for being one of the few Civ servers to be in a game that is not Minecraft. Although it itself a derivation and expansion of AbjectPovertyCraft, another Civ server based in Vintage Story that introduced their version of ExilePearl, VintageCiv expanded upon the concept significantly in scope. It introduced Citadel-like reinforcements and the concept of Snitches into the game, both of which would eventually be adopted into the main game itself.

The initial iteration of VintageCiv launched in early 2022, during a break between CivClassic and CivMC’s release, which was praised for its features had mixed reception. Its second and longest iteration so far, 2.0, was introduced in May 2022 and saw more emergent gameplay than its prior iteration. Although its admins have announced they would be working on a third iteration in 2024, no progress or release date have been announced as of yet. (Full article...)

Current Events

The Maester's Walo Nela assembly in Mount Augusta's Alenarith territory.
  • Pavia, Amboise and Griffin announced the creation of the Lyrean Commonwealth, a European-Union like organization that shares foreign policy and discusses various internal matters.
  • The Temporal Empire was raided in the efforts of pearling PhysicsGamer by Savaguard raiders Gracipie and realmichael. The former was barred from logging in for several days.
  • JPM_Stalin announced the establishment of Iaumea, claiming old Santiago in Cortesia Del Mar in the efforts to continuing rebuilding efforts of the city.
  • SPQR had their anniversary celebration, with several games and auctions being present to celebrate eleven years on Civ.
  • CivRush opened their server for players to continue playing their first iteration, while their third event is set to happen next month.

April 15, 2024

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From the Featured Article

Adina City on CivClassic.

Adina was a country on CivClassic that had a significant Spanish, Moorish and Caribbean theme that extended to their builds and government. Originally setting within Vitelian territory in 2018, the country became independent following its collapse and developed its own government. Despite a tumultuous political history with raiders, attempted coups from countries such as Astonia, and monarchical struggles for power, the country continued to develop various builds by the time ImperatorMendes came to power as president. By the late stage of the map, the country was part of the Conference of Eastern States and became a territory of nearby Caledonia.

The country was unique in that it migrated from various settlements, from Antigua, a typical village that was Caribbean themed, to settling nearby Tobago y Corona and finally developing Adina City, which developed on a large cliff and adopted a Arab and Moorish-like architecture style and was the hotbed of Republicanism in the country. Along with major churches and seats of government there, it became a minor economic hub, with many shops and rails there making it a small hub in the sparse southeast of the map. Although there was no notable successor, it is one of the few successful instances that survived through multiple rounds of political turmoil on Civ. (Full article...)

Current Events

A hockey rink along the Margaritaville rollercoaster.
  • Current Imperial Federation chancellor SlothInASuit was pearled by The_JKH the past week for ongoing disputes and a run-in with Nara.
  • Lambat President Kaprediem returned, absorbing most power of the Metro Council and abolishing the position of the mayor of L-City due to inactivity from the country
  • Estalia renamed their nether portals to avoid confusions and properly mark public portals with recognizable names.
  • Cicero was elected as Lord Paramount of Volterra, along with the council endorsing the creation of the Volterran Equestrian Company's international expansion.
  • Several companies in Pavia released their Q1 results, showing massive growth within the companies.

April 8, 2024

From the Featured Article

An overview of the New World on CivRealms.

The New World was a continent on CivRealms 2.0 that acted as a map expansion to the server’s world. The second expansion after the Thomas Archipelago, the New World's land was hotly contested as negotiations for the continent’s land began prior to the expansion’s launch. Its layout was similar to the initial continent, being a world-painted map retrieved from public sources, and held a variety of climates including jungles, volcanoes, and deserts.

The New World was located 20,000 blocks roughly southwest of CivRealms’ main continent, and several existing nations sought to make colonies on the continent, among those being the Imperial Federation, Norlund, SPQR, and Otonabee. Although initial disputes over land were made, it eventually became a relatively peaceful area with much of the conflict remaining on the main continent. A rail was also made for easier access to the continent, which was slightly faster than travelling by boat. Despite its hectic launch, the New World’s expansion is one example of a successful map expansion integrated into its environment. (Full article...)

Current Events

Commonwealth's builds along Verdant Valley.
  • A bounty was placed on Coolchacha97 after committing treasonous acts against Mount Augusta; while Mount Augusta placed the initial bounty, players from Icenia and Nara added onto the bounty.
  • Mount Augusta voted to move locations on the map, citing continued issues with neighboring Doom City.
  • Pavia held a fireside chat with Archduke BritishWanderer, giving an update on the welfare of Pavia over the past year.
  • Amicitia announced that longtime diplomat jjon would be stepping down, although assuring users this would not be the end of the country.
  • CivMC held an event last weekend in celebration of Easter, adding eggs with unique drops.

April 2, 2024

From the Featured Article

Remnant, the capital of the Valex Corporation.

The Valex Corporation was a consultancy company on Civcraft 2.0. Founded from refugees from SPQR, the company was uniquely founded as a company but acted like a country that held territory. Within a few months of its founding, it gained mass revenue through material sales, but quickly switched their focus to investments. The country was a member of the North Eastern Alliance, bordering neighboring Iria.

Their capital, Remnant, was a cyberpunk-themed nation with a layer-like structure, inspired by dystopias like Blade Runner. Their pioneering shareholder system allowed any shareholder to a dividend in their revenue, and the company obtains profit through plot sales as well as consultancy services for developing nations. Although their CEO, Logic_Man still plays today in Mount Augusta, their company’s structure has been lifted into other Civ-based companies in CivMC such as the Gabon Corporation and the Monument Group. (Full article...)

Current Events

Icenia City's skyscrapers on their northern coast.
  • Yoahtl announced their next iteration of the Olympics, to be held on the weekend of June 7.
  • Icenia posted formal claims of Ez2Clutch after Estalia had asked for claims on his pearl.
  • The Imperial Federation announced that SlothInASuit was elected as chancellor of the country, replacing Potato_Duke's long and well celebrated reign.
  • Highroll announced a litany of grievances against Moria Corp, although his claims received considerable pushback from the community.
  • Exyria and Yoahtl signed a non-aggression pact after signing one with Icenia.
  • CivMC is holding an event next weekend as a replacement for Easter -- although there is no clue as to what it could be.

April 1, 2024

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From the Featured Article

A picture of the Cathedral of Exeter, which condemned the order in 1348.

The Order of Brothelyngham was a gang of men who, in mid-14th-century England, formed themselves into a fake religious order in Exeter, Devon. Styling themselves as theatrical players, they terrorised, kidnapped and extorted the locals. They may well have been satirising the church, which was commonly perceived as corrupt. The group appears to have named itself after a non-existent place, "Brothelyngham". The name was probably meant as an allusion to the Order of Sempringham, which was known to enclose both monks and nuns on the same premises. Members of the Order of Brothelyngham dressed as monks.

They supposedly elected a madman to rule them as their abbot, possibly from a theatrical stage, and bore their ruler aloft before them in a mockery of a bishop's throne. As one of the few such gangs known to modern historians, the order is considered significant for what it suggests of Anti-clericalism activities and attitudes in England during the period. (Full article...)

Current Events

The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Wait, is it supposed to look like that?
  • A ship in Baltimore Harbor lost power and rammed into the Francis Scott Key bridge. Cleanup is currently underway.
  • Although Ukraine demands more aid from the United States, House speaker Mike Johnson is facing backlash from the Republican Party over the passage of that aid, with support from Democrats.
  • After one year, the United States is pushing Russia to release imprisoned journalist Evan Gershovich.
  • The Gaza Strip could very well experiencing a famine, with the lack of aid being attributed to Israel not allowing aid through their borders.
  • FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried was sentenced to 25 years in prison after finding him showing a lack of remorse to his crimes.
  • Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun is stepping down after a series of mechanical failures in their planes throughout the past few months.