CivWiki:Featured/Fall 2022

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This page lists features from October 2022 to December 2022.

October 2022

October 3, 2022

From the Featured Article

Squareblob's guide on snitches, made for CivClassic.

Snitches are special blocks used in Civ servers which players and groups can place to record and relay actions of other players within the block’s vicinity. The mechanic is enabled using a plugin called JukeAlert. Two types are used; Noteblocks can only output player entry, while more powerful jukeboxes can log nearly every interaction. This simple tool has allowed players to conduct surveillance of cities and builds, and is commonplace on Civ for monitoring builds and defensive structures for grief.

In conjunction with Citadel, JukeAlert and snitches have been a staple of security and protection on Civ-genre servers and its mechanics have been relatively unchanged. Due to its simple nature, players have made numerous tools for players to view and interact logs in many different fashions, from in-game mods like Gjum’s SnitchMod as well as out-of-game tools like Kira, a discord relay for snitch groups. (Full article...)

Current Events

Roma's market district currently being constructed in SPQR.

October 10, 2022

The featured article this week was contributed by User:Kaprediem.

From the Featured Article

An overhead render of Lambat City during Civclassic 2.0.

The Republic of Lambat’s iteration in CivClassic was a democratic nation located in the shallow +,- quadrant. Lambat was a member of the Augustan Federation and Conference of Eastern States. In the server’s final year, Lambat grew from a small hamlet into a country that consisted of three provinces, one special administrative region (Greater Duskwood), and one chartered city, Lambat City, which was the country’s main hub of activity. distinct characteristic of Lambat are its references to Filipino culture, reflected in the architectural design of Lambat City, which took inspiration from Colonial era Philippines. The country also had American, Western European, and Hispanic influences.

Lambat was a constitutional democracy, with an elected President and Supreme Court. Bills were directly proposed by citizens, regardless of status. Lambat’s politics were gradually divided into two movements, arising from differences in views on its defense policy. Despite this, Lambat was overall a peaceful nation that advocated peaceful diplomacy among nations. It had positive relations with countries such as Capeland and Lusitania. Today, Lambat continues in a new iteration on CivMC. (Full article...)

Current Events

A new fish market in Provence, Lusitania.
  • Cortesia del Mar (CivMC) celebrated its transition of power this past weekend after passing a 136-page constitution; the country hosted a ceremony which saw half of the server appear in Santiago, its capital city.
  • Truidencia has put out a large bounty for the pearls of OLivay and AlexanderTheBest for raiding the country.
  • Icarus, Reggio Argeddina, the Hyperborean Confederation, among others have formed the "Neat Alliance That Won't Obbybomb", or NATWO.
  • Yoahtl's continued development of the second Great Overland Railway has reached developments in Lambat and Lusitania, with service planned to come soon.
  • Lambat has signed a border agreement treaty with Exilus take over former lands of Judea.
  • Pavian Crown Prince BritishWanderer III has survived his third dice day, a first for the royal line.
  • CivReign's latest teaser shows the use of multiple dimensions, including a underworld and nether dimensions, incentivizing players to build machines or find portals to travel between each.

October 17, 2022

From the Featured Article

The Kamakon Scriptorium, part of the Maester Alliance's headquarters in CivClassic’s iteration of Mount Augusta.

The Maester Alliance is a group of players preserving the stories, texts and accounts that have been written by other Civ players into in-game books. Players can be nominated to the alliance as Maesters by transcribing highly requested works, with 37 players being initiated as Maesters to this day. Most books transcribed by the Maesters have been from past iterations onto the current ones, using their own mod, Ghostwriter, to aid them in transcription, however other out of game books have been written in game.

The Maesters have been present on nearly every major Civ server, originating on Civcraft 1.0 all the way up to modern-day servers in CivClassic and CivMC. Each Civ iteration brings a new library design and headquarters, ranging from humble mining outposts to large grand central libraries and towers. Their intricate libraries, notably Shardore Tower Library, are set up with easily accessible book lists and a unique book classification system, allowing readers to borrow books easily. Today, the Maesters have set up two headquarters on CivMC in Yoahtl and Mount Augusta. (Full article...)

Current Events

The Fish Lady statue in Santiago, Cortesia del Mar's capital.
  • Mount Augusta elected wFangw as their new Governor this past week after a tight election with Asakuun, succeeding the previous governor ComradeNick.
  • Truidencia was raided and obbybombed by AlexanderTheBest and OLivay this past week; the former was eventually pearled by Estalia in the following days.
  • The Four Continent Concordat was created last week with signatories Pavia, Imperial Federation, Pridelands, and Venne all signing the treaty at Pavia's town hall.
  • Cortesia del Mar has elected its first presidential slate, including IceCarim as President and Yodabird19 as Vice President.
  • Pavia's longest serving crown prince, BritishWanderer III has died, with Creepi0n I succeeding him.
  • CivMC's latest update, which included city spawns, was pulled after issues and a lack of testing forced them to rollback the update.
  • CivReign's latest teaser hints at comprehensive transportation changes, including a buff to overground rails and expanded boats.

October 24, 2022

From the Featured Article

The Statue of Athena of Alexandria, as approached from the sea.

Alexandria, officially the Free City of Alexandria, was a country on CivRealms self-described as “founded with the desire to provide a friendly place for newfriends to learn about basic server mechanics and the history of the server”. Growing from a Brewer's Guild, the city became the server’s most populous area, and seceded from Varathia due to its growing population. It became implicated in many wars throughout the server’s history, such as the Ez2War and being involved in minor conflicts in the USA War.

The main building in the city was the Newfriend Manor, intended as an entry point for newfriends to be introduced to the mechanics and plugins on the server. Among other landmarks in the city are the Statue of Athena, Temple of Sarapis, Ampitheatre, and the Lighthouse. Like many other countries, the country held territory in CivRealms’ various expansions, in this case, Solitude in the Thomas Archipelago. The country served as a quality example for newfriend orientation, however no direct successor in CivMC was created. (Full article...)

Current Events

The rail station at Estalia's under-construction market at 0,0.
  • An anti-Borian speech from an Imperial Federation government members (intended as a joke) resulted in outrage from Thorian players. An agreement was soon reached to treat Borians equally under the law.
  • Lambat's L-City was founded as a metropolitan district, however, due to a lack of candidates, president Kaprediem announced he would be picking the city's first mayor.
  • Danzilona celebrated its 10th anniversary on Civ servers, making it one of the longest running nations in Civ history. The country celebrated with a gathering last Wednesday.
  • The Mount Augusta Voter Tree was inexplicably missing, for the second time this iteration.
  • Southshire has announced a Halloween-themed Civball competition, asking nations to submit Halloween- or spooky-themed Civballs on their discord.
  • CivReign's latest teaser highlights the overhaul of farming and crops with the introduction of seasons, a long-hypothesized system of changing farming in Realistic Biomes.

October 31, 2022

The featured article this week was contributed by User:Specificlanguage and User:Prawny331.

From the Featured Article

Helios, the winner of the build contest on the server.

Devoted Hell was the most recent iteration in the Devoted franchise of Civ servers, run by ProgrammerDan and Convoy. The server was unique in that the Nether was the only playable dimension, forcing players to innovate in order to survive and thrive and build cities in the new environment changed by the Nether update. On launch, the server had four shards arranged in sequence, varying in difficulty and plugin makeup. Another new feature was the inclusion of the Jobs plugin, tying progression through the server’s tech tree to several MMO-like skills.

The server launched in January 2021; the server was planning to use a subscription model for users to play in order to fund the server’s expenses, though a rough launch left the server with rampant TPS issues due to faulty hardware. Before players joined the server, the server also attempted a tutorial system in its lobby. Among the most notable nations were Inferno and Helios, the latter winning a building contest on the server due to its massive scope. As the novelty wore off and the server’s issues became rampant, the server died after a couple of months, with Devoted teasing a fourth iteration shortly after. (Full article...)

Current Events

A rainy (and semi-spooky) autumn night in Samchester in Southshire.
  • Juliana, a self-proclaimed Mount Augusta successor, claimed over nearby Zakota for their territory, creating a diplomatic conflict between the three countries; while initially hostile, an agreement was made for sharing land between Juliana and Zakota.
  • New Jersey announced a build contest at their unveiling of Halloween Town, on Halloween of all places.
  • Nara implores outside investigators to take a closer look at the suspicious murder of citizen TolypeVelleda.
  • Icarus elected CredixYt as their new president after two rounds of voting.
  • Icenia and the Imperial Federation are starting their November elections, with many Senators running for reelection.
  • CivRev owner Owain_X has announced a whitelisted, survival-multiplayer server geared towards Civ named CivSMP, imploring existing Civ players to apply. Reactions have been mixed.
  • CivReign's latest teaser highlights an overhauled PvP system with improvements to autopots, Brewery, and chorus recalls.

November 2022

November 7, 2022

From the Featured Article

Caledonia's capital, Aberdeen and its city center, overlooking the village and city streets.

Caledonia was a country on CivClassic highly focused on economic development, and was one of the few culturally relevant countries located on the eastern half of the server. The country was founded by Wingzero54 and meat312, both former Yoahtlans who were tired of the country's government policy at the time. In addition to their economic activity, the country also engaged in diplomatic affairs with Wingzero becoming the first spokesperson of SATO, an alliance with many southwestern countries, and engaging in parts of server conflict in the War of The Coalition.

One of the major landmarks in Caledonia was the aptly-named Securemall, an obsidian case filled to the brim with XP, enchanted armor and tools, bastions, and other valuable items not normally found through regular mall shops. The country’s capital, Aberdeen, was also a major cultural hub as the Central Station was a transportation hub for the quadrant as well as expansive builds such as Castle Vroengard, a large fortress, HenryDraton’s palace, built after his departure from Mount Augusta and the Caledonia Library, an outdoor library located among the streets of the city center. Wingzero became an admin for CivClassic and today is the owner of CivMC, while many of Caledonia's residents currently live in Dalgon. (Full article...)

Current Events

Cottages within Bedford in Pavia, taken by ArtificialDriver.
  • CivMC players heavily lobbied admins to unban player SapienFrfx, who had been banned for using a VPN. After a post from Yodabird19 was made, Sapien was unbanned less than 30 minutes later. The main grievance has been the administration's slow response, after previous commitments to be more communicative with the player base.
  • Relations between Icenia and the Temporal Isles boiled over this week after small shenanigans between Icenian individuals and the Isles' government resulted in a relations breakdown.
  • A new alliance, the Independent Southern Powers, has been formed with members Cortesia del Mar, Venne, Ila'Kyavul, Arsenio Pact, and Nara joining for "regional collaboration, integration and unity."
  • The NDZHL hosted its first hockey matches since the Generic War, with the Naran national team defeating the visiting Lambat team with a score of 11-1.
  • Petrichor has recently built a new hospital, currently associated with the Blue Cross in The Commonwealth.
  • The Imperial Federation elected Southw3st as their new chancellor after 57 votes across the country's electoral districts.
  • CivVie is currently beginning development of their second beta, taking new feedback into account.

November 14, 2022

From the Featured Article

A render of the broken Holy Jaded Empire vault after the Infinity War.

Vaults are extremely fortified defensive structures on Civ servers, designed to hold and protect prison or exile pearls. Since its debut in a primitive form on Civcraft 1.0, vaults have seen numerous upgrades, both in size as well as design due to new mechanics such as snitches and Bastions. Vaults have played a large role in multinational server wars, including the Titan, Somber, Infinity and most recently Generic Wars; to prevent vaults and multinational wars from absorbing server politics, admins have taken various measures to prevent vaults on the borders of the server’s map and various other tactics to change the “vault meta”.

Main features of vaults are deep trenches to bedrock, acting as “rings” preventing attackers from reaching the center. At the center, a ground bunker contains a pyramid holding pearls. Additionally, a skybunker at sky limit allows attackers to defend above. So-called “vault scientists” attempt to optimize these components to make the best defensive vault possible. Many attempts to “break” vaults have been done using sky bridge attacks, such as the one at Tinian, which take a considerable amount of time and attacking prowess to successfully defeat defenders. (Full article...)

Current Events

Liguria, an Italian Riviera themed town in the heart of Lusitania.
  • The Commonwealth tore down what was known as "Watergate", a tall column of water stretching across the sea. It raised several protests from other nations who wanted the wall there.
  • ___TheBoss___ raided Ila'Kyavul's bunker on Sunday, and an Independent Southern Powers campaign started on the Rozia bunker to recover the looted materials and obtain his pearl.
  • ComradeNick has won a full term as Judge in Mount Augusta), after a close election with recurring adversary Ahme63.
  • Nara revealed the plot to its Halloween Murder Mystery, as well as the various clues involved in its mystery. It was discovered that several people were behind the plot to kill TolypeVelleda.
  • A crisis in Yoahtl's capital, Altepetl, saw individuals from Doom City and Estalia steal the Yoahtlan pigeon, after clues and hints from the week before.
  • The Monument Group in Pavia are currently selling new homes, after selling several homes the past month.
  • CivMarket is holding a building competition over the next couple of weeks, with potential victors winning diamonds or a free shop plot.

November 21, 2022

The featured article this week was contributed by User:Specificlanguage and was edited by User:Des23.

From the Featured Article

A render of Breslau, Prussia's capital in its final state at the end of the world in Civcraft 2.0

The Kingdom of Prussia, more commonly known as simply Prussia was a nation on Civcraft 1.0 and Civcraft 2.0 as a country themed around the German Empire. Originally formed through the /int/ board on Krautchan, Prussia grew to be both a political and diplomatic power, starting with being part of the Southeastern Alliance (SEA) on 1.0. On 2.0, they were involved in several complicated relationships with the alliances of Civcraft 2.0 including joining with Grundeswald to form the Holy Krautchan Empire, participating in Goten Secession Conflict, and having crises with Holy Tree and New Phoenix.

Prussia was mostly known for its cultural aspects, along with their strong monarchist German theme and style of government, the country was also the founding place of the “Church of t”, similar to the modern day “g”. The country was also notable for hosting numerous megastructures especially on 2.0, whose builds included an opera house (which hosted the end of the world celebration), cathedral, harbor, numerous ships, university, palace, and palace gardens. After 2.0, Prussia announced they would not return for future iterations, although Prussians founded a new country called Sigmaringen in CivClassic, but have not returned since. (Full article...)

Current Events

The town square of Adria, the capital of the High Kingdom of Griffin
  • The Independent Southern Powers disabled the Rozian bunker, which had been protecting TheBoss after raiding one of their members, Ila'Kyavul last week.
  • A Farley War was held by Pavia, with the winning party, Sdorr, winning 32 emerald blocks.
  • Representatives from the Imperial Federation, Reggio Argeddina, Neo Sovia, Butternut County, and others held a summit in Western Boundary and formally split the Western portion of the Western Continent into a new continent, Karydia.
  • Imperial Federation chancellor Southw3st was pearled temporarily after griefing a cathedral, while released he was still punished severely internally.
  • CivMC admins have improved their backup strategy which should make restarting faster.
  • CivSMP launched this past weekend, running two play sessions. They implore players to watch Civ server subreddits for activity over the next week. Current participants are allowed to invite one other player each to join them on the server as well.

November 28, 2022

From the Featured Article

A look at Mount Chungusta's city alongside its cliff.

Mount Chungusta was a country on CivTest, a short-lived experimental Civ server run on Minetest. Its name derives from the long-living state of Mount Augusta(where many of its citizens hailed from) and the ironic meme of Big Chungus. The country was one of the most developed on the server, becoming the first nation with all factories as well as a bunker and vault. The country had several minor conflicts involving Chungustan citizen affairs, but developed a minimal, reasonable albeit amusing “minarchist” law structure like Mount Augusta’s that held throughout its iteration.

With the server turning offline in April 2020, the country’s citizens became inactive for a time but eventually moved to CivClassic. Many of its citizens played a major part in founding the aptly-named Mount September, a spiritual successor to Mount Augusta. (Full article...)

Current Events

The skyscape of Altepetl in Yoahtl, with its brand new developments, like its wall and trench in recent months.
  • War broke out between Arnen, the Temporal Isles, and their allies after several grievances between the two nations. Arnen eventually disabled the Temporal vault and skybunker, and declared them dissolved however Temporal figures are still active and picking fights on the server. More information here.
  • Icenia had been involved in the early fighting but chose to remain neutral and remove association from all Gang Shi members, an important Arnen ally.
  • The Commonwealth held a coronation ceremony for its new king, Bowilla, a ceremonial sacrifice of theFinalGoat stoked controversy as many of his supporters expected him to become the new king instead.
  • wjkroeker looted an Estalia-Rhode Island coalition base in the nether for profit.
  • Moloka's high tax policy has sparked outrage in the country, protesting taxation without representation.
  • CivSMP has released its first episode highlighting several Civ players.
  • CivReign's latest teaser hints about bird nests.

December 2022

December 5, 2022

From the Featured Article

The city of New Turing, on CivClassic, in August 2021.

Acadia was a country on CivUniverse and CivClassic that focused on accessible democracy for its citizens as well as building productive infrastructure. The first iteration, founded by Cortwade, was one of the most built up on the server as part of a vassal state of Javaya, but became inactive due to the New Vegas war. Eventually the country moved to CivClassic in March 2021, however, upon entry the country was embroiled in conflict, after raids, an attempted coup, and an international crisis involving Caledonia their ally Adina. The town eventually grew in late 2021 after economic activity and a resurgence in player interest allowed the city to build new infrastructure until the server’s end.

The country of Acadia was built based on ideas from Norlund and Adinan policies. Acadia prides itself on its governmental culture, from its long list of political parties and struggles of federal power in the country. However, it was most remembered for its infrastructure, including its Grand Central Station in CivUniverse, and its many Victorian-style builds in New Turing. One of its most notable areas was a part named “Rainbow Row”, as it spurred waterfront development and its LGBT movement. There currently is no successor to Acadia on CivMC, and many of its citizens have gone to other nations; however some citizens are currently the force behind the development of CivReign. (Full article...)

Current Events

A late sunset in Pioneer Village in Lambat.
  • An attempted coup by SpeedyJustice on Gensokyo ended in horrific failure with many allies, such as New Jersey, Gang Shi, and Truidencia, among others, helped to deter attackers. This is oversimplifying quite a lot, as this attack was premeditated for months.
  • Temporal Isles players have been seen returning to the country after losing a conflict against Arnen.
  • Danzilona and Nara have signed a friendship pact, and have announced a joint bid for the Olympics set to be held in January next year.
  • The Commonwealth provided additional clarification on their succession crisis the previous week, as several events had led many people astray from Commonwealth ideals.
  • Pavian Crown Prince Creepi0n I has died, with Gobblin II being elected as his successor. It's caused some political tension in Pavian spheres.
  • The Imperial Federation has announced Spoonce as the new Chancellor of the country, after winning in the seventh round of an election with 73 votes.
  • CivMC admins have released a development roadmap, hoping to account for miscommunication and slow progress over the past months.

December 12, 2022

From the Featured Article

Lazuli as seen on CivLegacy at the current moment, unchanged since its appearance at the end of 1.0.

Lazuli was a country on Civcraft 1.0, known mainly for its trade and government. The country was named after a Lapis Lazuli vein was found under the city. Founded after the fall of nearby Rift, the country experienced a rapid suburban sprawl in its early founding months. Its proximity to other popular nations like Rift and Atlantis granted its early growth. After governmental reform, the country invested heavily in security infrastructure and urban development, creating one of the first instances of a widespread snitch network and creating the Lapis Arena, hosting several international tournaments. While mostly peaceful, Lazuli still was involved in drama as part of the PumpkinJacks raid.

Eventually, the country went into downfall, coincidentally on the same week as Columbia, the other most populous city on the server thus far. Blame was mainly placed on extreme difficulty for travelling via Nether into the country, as well as beautification of the country’s city being a talking point for many citizens. Many of the country’s main residents, such as Ttocs_is_Awe, NateMagic and SomethingSaucy were pivotal in the founding of today’s Maester Alliance. (Full article...)

Current Events

A Christmas tree in Butternut's Blood Village.
  • Negotiations between Gensokyo and Dalgon broke down as the allies of both countries could not agree on adequate reparations following the Speedy Coup.
  • Icenia, Ocala, Temporal Isles, and Arnen became involved in a weekend of attacks and raids, resulting in Ocala being dissolved.
  • Pavia's build weekend ended with a great success, with the city growing twice as big as before.
  • Lambat and The Commonwealth have both built big bridges across their countries, with the former heading to CivMarket.
  • Mount Augusta elected Maester Logic_Man as their new judge with a new gubernatorial election also underway.
  • mTfUJi has created two different slander memes, one of which covers almost every aspect of CivMC.
  • CivReign's latest teaser hints at Soul Steel, a metal stronger than Netherite.
  • CivMC admins have encouraged nations to build Christmas trees or other objects to celebrate the holiday season, with a Christmas card contest and presents also being offered later down the line.

December 19, 2022

From the Featured Article

The members of the UDF, depicted as a Civball version of the Simpsons meme "Sneed's Feed and Seed" created by StrPlatinum.

The United Defensive Front, abbreviated UDF, was an alliance between several nations, mainly in the Northern Continent on CivClassic. The alliance was an all-encompassing international political and economic union, but also emphasizing self determination, neutrality, free trade, mutual defense, and shared infrastructure. Formed after the collapse of the first United Northern Congress (UNC), it was originally founded with Imperial Truidence, Icenia, and Bloom as founding members, with Yoahtl, Columbia, Southshire, SPQR, and Acadia all joining later in its life.

The alliance was a mainstay in CivClassic despite its involvement in drama across the server. Among some highlights were the aptly-named Chic-Fil-A Crisis, its involvement in the War of The Coalition and the second half of the Infinity War, and the Mount September Ice Road Conflict in 2021. Communications were managed by the UDF Spokesperson, a position primarily held by Enforcer15 throughout the latter years of CivClassic. The institution stood until the end of CivClassic in 2021, however nearly all of these countries continued in some form on CivMC, some being an autonomous state of today’s Icenia. (Full article...)

Current Events

Icenia's Christmas tree in their main city park.
  • Temporal Isles was given terms by Icenia to demilitarize after leader PhysicsGamer was pearled following the Temporal Isles Conflict.
  • Ocala was obbybombed by Arnen after the territory was dissolved and annexed by the latter country.
  • CivMC admins discovered abuse of the Brewery after finding out players were brewing extremely complex utility brews, and are rebalancing recipes to compensate. Superbgamer was one of the primary offenders.
  • The Monument Group based in Pavia recently held a public stock sale, with over 2,000 diamonds from investors.
  • Mount Augusta has reelected ComradeNick as its mayor, with laws currently planned to annex Juliana (formerly Zatoka) as well as alliances with New Jersey and Gang Shi.
  • The Royal Lusitan Corporation in Lusitania was forced to shut its doors today as the board did not find it profitable to operate any longer.
  • CivRevolution has launched a Skyblock server while developing its 1.18 iteration.
  • CivReign has released a teaser for flotsam, a small treasure that would be floating in the ocean.

December 26, 2022

From the Featured Article

Western Alliance fighters present at the breaking of the Lexington Vault.

The Fall of Lexington was the final battle and conclusion of the Somber War between the Western Alliance and Lexington. After a long war that lasted several months between the Western Alliance and Lexington and her allies, the Alliance began efforts to skybridge the main Lexington Vault, located at the North Pole on CivClassic, and was the largest vault on the server at the time. Upon setting up a staging area about a thousand blocks away at a place called Tinian, a reference to the US’ offensive into Japan, allies spent two days skybridging at the height limit to the heavily fortified vault, where they confronted defenders on the evening of April 7th, 2018 while continuing to build.

Shortly after defenders engaged on the skybridge, Lexington leader sintralin was pearled by Falstadt fighter awoo, at which point the defenders surrendered the vault and left with as many valuables that could be salvaged. At around midnight on April 8th, fighters entered the vault and freed all pearls currently stored, including leaders of The Commonwealth such as Peter5930 and Lodish, as well as Falstadt fighters S4NTA and tankbuster44 along with many others. Many of the countries that aided in the coalition made up the new alliance SATO, and the server maintained peace for several months afterward. (Full article...)

Current Events

Pavia's Christmas Tree, built by paagf.