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Orinnari
Orinnari
Personal Info
Current Citizenships Southshire

 Ashelor

 Nyasaland
Known ForBeing the puppet-master of Civclassic.
Main ResidenceOakhurst, Southshire
Known Spoken LanguagesEnglish
Only remembers that which was said in an argument.
Civ Servers
First Civ ServerCivClassics
Iterations played onCivClassics
CivEx: First Light
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DiscordDioxain#2968


Orinnari

Orinnari joined CivClassic in July of 2017 having played no prior iteration. He's currently a citizen of Southshire, Ashelor, Nyasaland, but resides in Oakhurst, Southshire.

History

Joining

Orinnari joined after the /r/WorldPowers community Minecraft server shut down. He found himself playing the server more than WorldPowers itself, so a friend from the subreddit - DarkyDu - suggested CivClassic. He joined the server and after some local chat exchanges, settled in Westeros just above, and fifteen blocks below, contemporary Anburon. He planned on building a small house with a large basement, but quickly lost interest in the server and covered the basement hole.

The Plantation

District map of the Commonwealth showing The Plantation, Strassburg, and Southend.

Not long after, DarkyDu suggested joining him in the Commonwealth where he owned the area known then as The Plantation. Orinnari accepted and began levelling out a small area of roofed forest along the south western coast. This was until SirCrowley raided the Commonwealth on 17th June 2017. At the time not much could be done but logout and hope he got bored before doing any significant damage, however everything Orinnari owned was stolen or despawned.

Hidden base

Orinnari then attempted to make an underground base in the hopes of steering clear of any future raiders while still remaining close to population centres. This however fell flat within a day or two when he discovered how RealisticBiomes was preventing his farms from growing.

Commonwealth capitol

Orinnari decided to move to the Commonwealth's then unnamed capitol for more protection and integration with the community. But on 20th June 2017 he bore witness to and was the victim of an episode of MiloY, who had grown angry at his fellow countrymen for surpassing an unclear boundary and so began to destroy any and all such property surpassing that boundary. This lead to a feeling of alienation since the first week or so of playing had been so unfruitful.

Strassburg

MiloY's manor and its bridge to Stassburg.

Fadedsoul invited Orinnari to join him is Strassburg, a German themed settlement within a snow biome. He accepted though did not like the snow biome, nor the build style restrictions of Strassburg, so he built a cliffside house and a staircase to it, both of which largely remain intact. Soon after, StrPlatinum joined him in Strassburg after his own experiences with MiloY. Additional drama occurred when fadedsoul decided to remove a bridge between MiloY's manor and Strassburg. That being said, after a frank and earnest discussion of politics, Orinnari and MiloY came to respect each other even if they didn't agree, and MiloY unexpectedly appeared in Strassburg territory, taking a huge risk in doing so, to return Orinnari's items that were taken during the boundary issue.

Founding Southshire

Orinnari and StrPlatinum decided to search for a place to settle a new borough on 25th June 2017, as while they both appreciated fadedsoul's hospitality, they didn't agree with Strassburg's direction. A few potential areas were explored but then Orinnari spotted the empty peninsular south west of the Capital District, now known as Southend. They explored and after finding it to be a roofed forest biome, Orinnari practically begged for them to settle there, and they did, and that's how Southshire was founded. StrPlatinum suggested calling it "Niro" ("Orin" backwards) however Orinnari suggested "Southshire", a play-on name of Northshire from World of Warcraft. Orinnari then laid out most of what is now known as the Downtown Area: the roads, the river, the train station and underground rail tunnel, the bank, the farms, the plots, and the factory building.

Harassment from a mercenary

On 2nd July 2017, Tabby, a Commonwealth citizen, hired a bounty hunter to pursue an alleged griefer named DurianSmash. Durian had been given a plot within Southshire after being driven out of the capitol - something Orinnari and StrPlatinum could sympathise with - but was interpreted by Tabby as Southshire protecting and perhaps even funding an unrepentant griefer. Zayshi, the bounty hunter, arrived at Southshire and started behaving ominously, checking chests, minor griefing, and minor harassing. Tabby warned that Orinnari might "try stuff" if Durian was captured, and Zayshi soon went rogue and attacked Orinnari and attempted to break into his home.

Southshire's reconstruction

On 10th July 2017, after Orinnari had visited the Commonwealth's capitol, he took a liking to the canal design and began a reconstruction of Southshire, replacing the dirt bank river with a network of canals though without the prohibition on bridges. The reconstruction resulted in the bank and factory being being sacrificed and moved respectively. It is also when Orinnari rebuilt his home.

Southshire pre-reconstruction
Southshire post-reconstruction

Southshire-reconstruction-canal-design.pngOrinnari-southshire-reconstruction-home.png

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The third councillor

Orinnari and StrPlatinum had been the only two members of the council, a body created by Orinnari to decide things together, or at the very least keep the other informed on any decisions made. Around mid July 2017 a new player called SamuelV joined Southshire and immediately showed a skill for building. After a few days, Orinnari and StrPlatinum decided to extend an invite to SamuelV to join the council. This would lead to the start of the Building Era.

mrmamizoupie

Around the 15th August 2017, a Southshire and Commonwealth citizen known as mrmamizoupie was pearled. The people of Southshire, which had grown significant since the start of the Building Era, were naturally outraged that a friend and citizen had been pearled within and removed from Southshire's territory, particularly when there was at the time seemingly no rhyme or reason. Information was slowly released over the next day or two. On 17th June 2017, Orinnari stated Southshire's position in the Commonwealth's Discord:

"Mami commited crimes abroad, but then he became a citizen of Southshire and therefore the citizen of the Commonwealth. Now, I have been told that the Commonwealth does not intervene in cases of extradition in cases where someone has been pearled for crimes abroad, however, Southshire does intervene, and because he was a Southshire citizen and pearled in Southshire, we feel we have a right to a say and to block extradition. However, we can be overruled by the Commonwealth.... so we need a ruling over whether Mami can and will be extradited."

MiloY, who then seemed to chair the Commonwealth's response to this matter, agreed with Orinnari's interpretation of the law and brought up precedent made in previous iterations of civ, that the Commonwealth does traditionally allow extradition. The conversation was then taken into relevant channels and voice chats where the Commonwealth gathered its most trusted citizens to rule on the issue and, taking Southshire's voice into consideration, decided to allow the extradition.

However a new issue arose: the Commonwealth had been operating under the assumption that the pearl was held by Southshire, and Southshire believed the opposite, and so when a vocal minority within Southshire began to conspire to break mrmamizoupie free and that the pearl wasn't being handed over, the Commonwealth assumed that Southshire had gone rogue. It turned out however that the pearl's owner, ThePayman, wanted his own set of demands met before relinquishing the pearl. The Commonwealth managed to talk ThePayman down from these demands since an agreement had already been made and would otherwise create an international incident.

On 19th August 2017 when the situation was resolved and mrmamizoupie was going to be tried (listen here), Orinnari felt extremely exhausted since he had dedicated several days to this issue and the conversation surrounding it was extremely toxic and boiling over. Orinnari had received accusations and verbal abuse which he was woefully prepared for.

Oakhurst's creation

Oakhurst's borders
Oakhurst's government building and Orinnari's manor
Oakhurst was an area within Southend that Orinnari had been building in for about a week or so since his house was at the time dead centre of Downtown, Southshire and didn't like the sheer amount of snitch pings from passers-by. After the mrmamizoupie pearl situation was resolved, Orinnari wanted to get out of the spotlight, so stood down from the council and annexed Oakhurst. Oakhurst was intended to behave like the City of London and even created the title of "Lord Mayor" to cement that connection. Oakhurst's creation didn't receive any resistance from the council at the time since Orinnari co-founded Southshire and they felt he had the right to claim some land for himself.
As other things are happening right now, I will keep this short and to the point. The peninsular that I have claimed has now split, legally speaking, from Southshire. It will not become another borough, nor is it claiming independence from the Commonwealth. It is becoming something akin to The City of London, not to be confused with London. And as such, I hereby formally rescind my council member status, and any roles that included or implied. I will transfer ownership of the Citadel groups of Southshire, as well as the website's GitHub repository. I am formally dissociating myself with Southshire in order to live and build on my own, to be left alone.
View of Southshire from Oakhurst

Returning to Southshire

Orinnari's proclaimed desire to dissociate from Southshire did not last long. When JC, Orinnari's successor, decided to step down on 28th August 2017, Orinnari knew this could be an opportunity to rejoin Southshire. He knew that his stepping down was a moment of weakness, that after a week he had rested and recovered and was willing to rejoin the council should they want him back. His problem however was that by the time he contacted StrPlatinum, he had already announced to the Southshire discord that the replacement would be decided by election, so Orinnari begrudgingly decided to run as a candidate, but knew he would probably fail.

During some candidate questions, Charlameme brought up that since Orinnari was the leader of Oakhurst, an autonomous territory of Southshire, and was running to become a council member of Southshire, there could be a conflict of interest. Thus after some hours of negotiation and agreement, the following deal was struck:

As I am unable to simultaneously hold the position of Councillor and Lord Mayor of Oakhurst, this is my statement on how that would be resolved. If elected, the autonomous district of Oakhurst, where I am the sole resident and owner of, will be encapsulated into Southshire proper. All Oakhurst laws, building codes, criminal codes, and other miscellaneous government enactments, will be placed on hold, to no longer be legally binding or enforceable. The land of Oakhurst will become my personal private property within Southend, with all the protections that includes under law. Oakhurst shall remain in this state until such time where I leave, or are otherwise removed from the council, whereby Oakhurst returns to its previous state and I am reinstated as its sole owner and leader.

It should be noted that this statement only becomes binding once the council votes to legitimise it, and then being elected into the council. If only one of the two occur, or happens in the wrong order, the statement becomes null and void. It is also not my intention for my statement to set a precedent, instead I would ask to keep any future agreements on how to resolve conflicts of interest on a case by case basis.

That kind of negotiating rejuvenated Orinnari's drive to be a legislator, but he also knew he wasn't a people person, which made the inevitable loss of the election even more impactful. He ran not as a John Doe, but as a co-founder, as a previous council member, as the builder of Southshire, as a writer of its laws; he knew he wasn't popular but hoped that people would elect him on his ability rather than popularity, but he ended up losing disproportionately to Callum.

Oakhurst's boroughification

The complete and total loss of the election lead Orinnari to believe he wasn't welcome and that if he ever wanted to legislate again, he'd need to do so elsewhere, and so when the Oakhurst Agreement became null and void, Orinnari decided to focus on but also 'boroughify' Oakhurst, to put it on the same level as Southshire. He figured that if he could build and rebuild Southshire, he could build Oakhurst just fine. However, opinions of Oakhurst and Orinnari immediately began to sour; the boroughification was considered another tantrum, a power grab, an attempt to screw Southshire over. It drew the ire of Dr_Oracle, the then owner of Southshire's branch of Empty Promises, though this was resolved when Orinnari sent him an essay detailing Oakhurst's history.

Oakhurst construction plans in The Plantation


Hostilities between Orinnari and SamuelV reached a peak, so in early October 2017, Orinnari decided to dismantle Oakhurst and cede the land back to Southshire to relocate elsewhere. At first Orinnari returned to The Plantation, even going so far as to reconstruct the government building, but this was later abandoned as large swaths of the land was reinforced to DarkyDu's groups. Oakhurst was then relocated again to an island just north of The Plantation, now known as Shen. The island however was small and Teal-cliff'd, thus requiring it to be lowered down to sea level to make it usable. But the move itself from Southshire turned out to be a mistake as not only was Shen isolated geographically, socially, and infrastructurally, but also because the Commonwealth refused to recognise it as a borough. This became a very inactive time for him.

Returning to Southshire, really this time!

Orinnari remained a citizen of Southshire and would often submit proposals, but he only fully returned towards the end of November 2017. Though server activity was at an all time low due to The Somber War, where Orinnari and cinzar (the then Chancellor of Southshire) would often be the only players online. They both decided to stage what was effectively a minor coup of the Council to reinstate governance in Southshire. At first they decided to leave the Constitution of Southshire unchanged, but soon after began submitting petitions (example) to amend and interpret the Constitution to fit more in line with how the government actually worked. A few weeks later however the government was reformed in an attempt to return to a simple three person council without abolishing the Constitution entirely, but this ultimately failed. Southshire had always been lacking in law enforcement, particularly by its own government officials, but with the reformation this became more acute where for example citizenships were granted and stripped without regard to the law. And so it was decided by the Council on the 14th January 2018 to abolish the Constitution, using it only as a guideline, and reverting fully to the three person council. This however was controversial as it was seen by some as a nuclear option to prevent tvman from running in the next election. During this time, Orinnari rebuilt the house he once had downtown but within the Dark Oak District in the northern part of city.

Yoahtl accession

Becoming a town of Yoahtl had been a semi-serious meme within Southshire for quite some time. On 13th January 2018, serious talks began between Southshire and Yoahtl to become an autonomous town. These talks were leaked, which caused some drama within the obstinate, meta-bound citizenry, but negotiations were productive and a treaty was drafted.
After votes and negotiations, Southshire has decided to secede from the Commonwealth in order to join Yoahtl as an autonomous town as described in this document.

If we were going to transition to Yoahtl we wanted to do it properly, and so we devised three steps to complete before pushing the button and making the change.

  1. Receive and invitation from Yoahtl via their own processes. We did not want to first secede from the Commonwealth and then find ourselves in the position of having to wait or possibly being denied, which would cut ourselves off from all federal protection and infrastructure.
  2. Negotiate with the Commonwealth to discuss permission and concerns. We wanted to make sure that our plans were acceptable to the Commonwealth as to not create an international incident, our primary concern being land.
  3. Conduct a vote within our local government. We wanted to make sure that we did actually want to go through with this, and so the entire government - the council and deputies - were required to vote, and only if the vote was unanimous would we make the transition.
All three conditions were met, and so we made the transition.
On 14th January 2018, Southshire officially became an autonomous town of Yoahtl.

"Inventory Checking"

On the same day that Southshire joined Yoahtl as an autonomous town, Orinnari travelled to NYC for the first time. The server was lagging like crazy and large groups of people were being kicked from the server at the same time. Orinnari was kicked twice while on the rails and rode past SouthernBloc along the way who was standing to the side of a rail. After a kick SouthernBloc was ahead of Orinnari though travelling slowly, so Orinnari caught up fast. After another kick which effected them both, Orinnari went to his minecart but so did SouthernBloc, seemingly not noticing nor caring about their minecart up ahead. SouthernBloc prevented Orinnari from continuing his journey, forcing Orinnari do try and move past them, and then prevented him again. Orinnari used his axe to one hit his minecart, but SouthernBloc attempted to take the minecart at the same time, causing them to get hit, which was used as justification to kill Orinnari to "inventory check him", stealing all of Orinnari's items and minecart. Orinnari still has claims against SouthernBloc for what they did.[1][2]

Settling in Yoahtl

Orinnari's NYC shop

Progress in Southshire was slow and Orinnari's attempt to reset his sleeping pattern alienated him from the goings on in Southshire, and it appeared like the population wouldn't truly recover. Orinnari decided in late February to early March 2018 to move to NYC. However he was almost immediately accosted by TheOrangeWizard for building a property outside the city trench. Orinnari quickly dismantled the property in fear of being thrown out and created a slim shop within the trenched city. This shop quickly grew in size however when 1) SgtSoda agreed to trade his plot for a larger one in the south eastern part of the city, and 2) when Feathercrown ceded a small area to Orinnari to square out the plot, and 3) when the ore exchange was moved from under his plot to allow for a basement.

Even with the plot's expansions, it was still dwarfed by 5point0's mansion, Fort Ruina, and SpiderString's brewery. And so he found it perplexing how TheOrangeWizard would continuously bring up and refer to Orinnari's plot size with more than just an edge. When TheOrangeWizard was speaking with someone else and their plot, he brought up Orinnari's plot and its size. That moment was when Orinnari realised that TheOrangeWizard was not going to let it go and would continually dangle this issue in front of him and anyone who'd listen. And so he decided around mid June 2018 that he couldn't live in Yoahtl anymore if he would continuously face this level of toxicity.

Returning to Southshire, really really this time!

View from the South Island property
Orinnari returned to Southshire for a short stint of a few days. The previous Oakhurst land was already occupied and even then the bridge was being used as a tree farm and so blocked the original sought after view. He instead attempted to build a house at the top of a mountain on South Island, but this fell flat as the path to reach the house was laborious, the biome was ugly, and the build space too awkward for him to work with.

Moving to Bloom

Orinnari found himself in a frank discussion with ComradeNick on Mumble where he expressed his feelings of aimlessness, that his return to Southshire, or a potential return to the Commonwealth or back to Yoahtl felt like a step back rather than moving on. ComradeNick pointed Orinnari towards Bloom as it was a new nation and most of its inhabitants were newfriends from towny, so Orinnari could delve into integrating and developing them as a civ-nation. He became a citizen of Bloom on 24th June 2018.

Orinnari's shop (later christened as "Forward Settle") would soon kickstart Bloom's economy as it brought XP and enchanted diamond tools to the market. He also quickly took interest in Bloom's parliament, which while elected did not have the same issues that plague(d) nations like Mount Augusta and Icenia. After a particularly devastating raid on his shop that was never repaid, Orinnari withdrew from his business and focused more on local politics: he would later introduce many new laws into Bloom including trademarks, date standardisation, a ban on the phrase "hub" in official contexts, as well as several improvements to Bloom's Constitution.

Ashford's location, size, and purpose

In an attempt to restart his business, Orinnari claimed a portion of Bloom's eastern territory to become a farming district called Ashford. It would be segmented into different farming sections with the most important and first completed section being the tree farms, where the land was expanded into the river to allow for the growth of spruce trees. But he quickly discovered that he wasn't a power farmer, nor had motivation to create farming bots, so he kept to political matters from the safety of his bunker home within the borders of Ashford. Towards the end of 2018 Orinnari disbanded Ashford in favour of rebuilding Forward Settle within Bloom's capitol.

Founding the Kingdom of Ashelor

The Kingdom of Ashelor's borders

In November 2018, a player named ThirdOfFive became a citizen of Bloom. At first they gravitated towards each other as they both had a great enthusiasm for law making, however Orinnari quickly found himself frustrated by ThirdOfFive's inexperience and tendency to insist upon solutions that either wouldn't work or would cause more problems than they solved. After a spat in which ThirdOfFive created a knock-off of Orinnari's shop, insisting on his right to do so, and stating that Orinnari should feel flattered, Orinnari and dBeatzx left for greener pastures on 6th January 2019 and found themselves in the +,+. Since dBeatzx left with Orinnari, ThirdOfFive began spreading the lie that Orinnari had poached dBeatzx and was therefore a traitor. Orinnari successfully negotiated the land from the Free Territory of Kropotnia on 8th January 2019 with a treaty called the Treaty of Mutual Recognition.

Meme of Ashelor by Aleh

CivEx

On 28th January 2019, Orinnari received an invitation from bgbba to join Yoahtl on CivEx, which after some exploration he accepted. dBeatzx had already become somewhat inactive and so when Orinnari and Aleh moved over to CivEx, Ashelor was effectively put on hold. On 17th February 2019 in a spurt of activity, dBeatzx attempted to revive the Ashelor by negotiating to become a state of Bloom, however this was quickly vetoed by Orinnari due to fears of interference by ThirdOfFive and other Members of Bloom's Parliament, though this sadly made dBeatzx go inactive again. CivEx would however effectively die by the end of March 2019 due to bad admin public relations incorrectly stating the lie that the lifespan of the server would only be about three months.

Timeline

Returning to Yoahtl and Bloom

After CivEx died Orinnari followed Yoahtl back to CivClassic, moving back to NYC as well as placing an alt back in Bloom. Soon after NYC went through a reconstruction period, undoing the damage that TheOrangeWizard did while he was Alcuahtl (leader of Yoahtl) to the city.

In February 2019, the O.R.I.N. rail was completed in Bloom, standing for Overland Rail In the North.

In May 2019, Orinnari, iOminous, and Aleh began constructing a new city in Bloom called New Haven, a successor to iOminous' Haven city, a trenched city in a northern territory of Bloom. The idea was to create a larger and closer version that could fit more citizens and be directly connected via rail. ThirdOfFive soon joined in to help in its construction, but also began proclaiming that New Haven would be the new capitol of Bloom, despite the numerous protestations of the rest of the group. It was a particularly tenuous situation since Orinnari had spearheaded the blocking of legislation that would have privatised the government vault hole. If they thought that legislation would be forced through to move the capitol to this new trenched city to which they might not have access, it could have shut the entire project down. However, when ThirdOfFive was told categorically that New Haven would not become the new capital, he dropped out of the project, which caused a quick spiral downwards in motivation in the rest of the group.

Orinnari switched focuses between Yoahtl and Bloom pretty regularly, but on 23rd July 2019, Orinnari was a councillor for Yoahtl and suggested a structured mechanism for proposals which included the ability for the council reject blatantly populist or meme worthy proposals subject to any restrictions imposed by the Chief Justice of Yoahtl. But this wasn't taken well by Tigen, a long standing Yoahtlan citizen, who went on to characterise Orinnari's entire personality and contribution to Yoahtl as being a busybody councillor coming out of the woodwork to accumulate ever more power, thinks players are dumb and aren't worthy of power, and is a shy dictator who's no longer forcing the indignity upon others of having to pretend he's anything but. Orinnari was completely taken aback at the level of spitefulness and vitriol since it came from nowhere and was completely unprovoked, and so he decided to step down figuring that he would not tolerate such behaviour from a work colleague or a friend and so shouldn't be expected to tolerate it from a voter.

Reattempting Shen

The plan to expand the island of Shen

Soon after Orinnari stepped down from the council in Yoahtl, he sought out an external project to focus on and remembered Shen, the island that was used for Oakhurst. He asked the Ashelor people to join him however they didn't seem interested since they sensed that it was Orinnari's project rather than a group project. He wanted to expand the size of the island, transforming it from a small sliver into something more respectable and workable. However the sheer scale of the project worked to demotivate Orinnari, especially since he was determined to fill in the expansion rather than leave it as a shell or hollow island. The expansion plan was soon abandoned, but managed to commission Aleh to design a bridge to connect the island to the mainland for rail purposes.

Shen's rail bridge design

Returning to Yoahtl, really this time!

Returning perhaps isn't the right word since Orinnari hadn't left Yoahtl, but was just focusing something outside of Yoahtl. Nonetheless, Shen seemed more and more like a secondary project, a place to build farms or some sort of weird attraction rather than it be a new home or town, especially since specificlanguage had made Orinnari promise it wouldn't become like another Southshire or Oakhurst. His focus naturally fell back towards Yoahtl since Tigen had disappeared again so there was no longer a source of drama in that respect.

However, around the beginning of September, both Sventhar and SpaceVolcano's toxicity became quite acute, so much so that within the next month, Sventhar would be sued twice for toxicity and harassment. It got to the level of intolerability, and after Aleh had mentioned exploring old Ashelor for nostalgia's sake, they both sought to reclaim Ashelor.

Restarting Ashelor

When Orinnari and Aleh sought to reclaim Ashelor, they quickly found that in the year since its founding and subsequent abandonment, the territory was now owned by another: the Federation of Adina. It was lead by Kaly, who didn't take to Orinnari whatsoever given his Yoahtlan citizenship, even going so far as to call him a "Yoahtl agent." However, the other citizens of Adina were amenable to the idea of Ashelor but only as a territory of Adina. Orinnari hoped he could work his way towards gaining Ashelor's independence like he did with the Free Territory of Kropotnia though over a longer timespan, however, disaster struck during negotiations.

Under the Adinan constitution, autonomous territories are allowed to request opt outs of federal law, so as part of the negotiation process, Orinnari read through Adina's federal laws and noted any concerns. One concern was communal storage, the remedy for which was exempting Ashelor from that law on the basis that Ashelor would not have access to Adina's communal storage and vice versa. Another concern was that of Koric Law, which appeared to be a set of religious doctrines that imposed some odd restrictions in the context of minecraft such as: the prohibition of the mutilation of dead bodies, the prohibition of TNT'ing trees, state protection of burial grounds, state protection of foetuses, etc. This is not to say that there weren't any aspects relevant to minecraft or any that weren't agreeable to Orinnari, far from it, he very much respected the right to be free from discrimination for example, but such things would already exist within Ashelor's constitution. The request for an opt out however was interpreted by Kaly as a slap in the face, a fundamental insult to the very fabric of Adinan society, and so broadcast this to Adina. ImperatorMendes then acted as a mediator, offering Ashelor the compromise of being subject to Koric Law but under a strict system of Judicial Review, that only qualifying cases would be accepted, and Ashelor begrudgingly acquiesced.

On the next issue however - defence - Orinnari and Kaly clashed again, and it became clear that neither liked nor trusted the other. Orinnari feared that this would become the ongoing relationship with the federal government, that it would always be hostile and at odds with Ashelor's wants and desires. Orinnari made the decision on 12th September 2019, two days after negotiations started, to relocate Ashelor to the eastern coast of Dithmarschen, Maltovia. The exact location and borders of Ashelor were negotiated on 7th October 2019 but only revealed a month later on 3rd November 2019 to prevent any invitation of raiders.

Moving to Nyasaland

Around 24th December 2019, Orinnari went on a spree of joining Discords linked on the ccmap, one of them being Nyasaland's. The community seemed very active and welcoming, which was a surprise since he thought they were inactive or kept to themselves as his only interaction with Nyasaland had been their shop in Bloom. He was also drawn to them by the mutual liking of the game League of Legends, and would often watch streams of the game in voice channels. His intention was to move Ashelor to Nyasaland in hopes of it being more active and populated. By 30th December 2019, he had terraformed and constructed the canals, though the area was not independent or even autonomous, since the area was on Nyasaland's main island and they were newcomers, but Nyasaland nonetheless accepted the idea of it being its own thing and not necessarily complying with the aesthetic of the main town. It however became quickly apparent that a mutual liking for a game was not a substitute for the kind of affinity that smooths group dynamics when he often found himself treading on eggshells around certain longstanding members. He didn't want to cause upset or make waves, but this often meant double checking everything he said, writing disclaimers before writing anything political, and being extremely specific in conversations, which quickly became tiring and outweighed the benefits of staying, especially since playing League of Legends with the others meant playing on North American servers, thus having very high latency.

Ashelor's statehood of Adina

On 10th January 2020 Ashelor was griefed for the second time within the span of a week by seanfpa and xVANCEx. Seeming that Orinnari was spending a lot of his time in Nyasaland and Aleh was largely inactive, Orinnari decided to offer Ashelor as a state to Adina so that they could use the land for farms and such should Ashelor be abandoned. But over the coming days and weeks, this (the abandonment) would never happen since Orinnari was already growing distant from Nyasaland and instead becoming more involved with Adina. Ashelor's accession to statehood also brought with it the federalisation of a version of Ashelor's Habeas Corpus laws. Adina passed the "Ashelor Integration Act" on 17th January 2020, and Ashelor responded by passing the "Recognising the Ashelor Integration Act" on the same day. On 24th January 2020, Ashelor passed "Integrating into the Republic of Adina" which officially transitioned Ashelor into a state of Adina.

Around the beginning of March 2020, both Orinnari and Aleh found themselves more active and so made an effort to be more involved with Adinan affairs, however, the cultural divide between Ashelor and Adina became more and more apparent, particular when Orinnari ran as a judge candidate on the principle of separation of powers: that judges should, in their official capacity, be limited to judicial affairs. This along with Orinnari's proposal to make the National Assembly more transparent clashed with Adina's unwritten conventions thus framing Orinnari as an outsider. It was surprising therefore when Orinnari and pamaxwell (the incumbent) tied and were brought into a private room and asked to choose between deciding the winner through random chance, or allowing the National Assembly to vote. After a short discussion, they both decided to allow the National Assembly to resolve the tie; Orinnari didn't want to set the precedent of ties being resolved through random chance, but he was not surprised however when the National Assembly swiftly chose to elect the incumbent.

Ashelor's secession from Adina

On 24th February 2020, ImperatorMendes approached the government of Ashelor with a proposition to build a vault within Ashelor's red desert. Orinnari and Aleh had immediate concerns, mostly to do with its proximity to the the town of Ashelor and the implications that would have but also what it would mean in terms of borders since it would be a dramatic reduction in Ashelor's then already small land claims. After some research into Adina's laws and constitution he found that there wasn't anything specific pertaining to land jurisdiction with the sole exception of the "Ashelor Integration Act", which stated that Ashelor would retain its borders thus implying that those borders meant something. This was backed up by the fact that Adina was requesting Ashelor for the land rather than acquisitioning it, thus also implying that Ashelor could in fact refuse.

On 25th February 2020, Ashelor passed "Land Negotiations with Adina" which empowered its Governor - an newly formed governmental role created under the requirements of Adinan statehood - to negotiate the desired area of red desert with Adina, thus negotiations began. At first there were discussions of a land exchange, but Ashelor quickly asserted that a land exchange should be mutually beneficial, that it shouldn't be land area for land area but rather useful land for useful land, but that caused that line of negotiation to end pretty quickly. Adina then bragged about having sold Phylon, an area they had recently been gifted, to Odresh (yikes) for 192 diamonds. This inspired Ashelor to suggest a land purchase, but while Adina understood, they felt it wasn't within their budget.
"yeah i totally get why you guys do want to be compensated, we just may have to move location if it is too pricey" - matanic, President of Adina
Ashelor came up with the price of 64 emerald blocks, and after some discussions of a zero-interest payment plan, Incentives offered to pay bill in full himself, so it seemed like construction would start in a matter of days.

On 14th March 2020 - two days after a newly elected Adinan government - the mood suddenly changed: matanic sent Ashelor a rather scathing message which stated in no uncertain terms that the government of Adina was disappointed with the request for compensation; that they understood that Ashelor (supposedly) didn't feel Adinan; that other states do feel Adinan and thus would give up their land if it were them; that Ashelor should start acting like a state; that Ashelor doesn't deserve to be a state; that if Ashelor citizens wished to exercise their Adinan rights (such as running for election) then they should act like Adinans; that Adina will be "clarifying" its laws and constitution to give powers to the federal government to be able to take land from states without asking.

This was not surprisingly taken poorly by Ashelor, but civil discussions began nonetheless about how to transition Ashelor into a (supposedly) more appropriate arrangement, leaning towards an autonomous territory. However they were soon made privy to the fact that Adina was, as part of their "clarifications", updating the constitution to strip autonomous territories of their voting and candidacy rights. This was seen by Ashelor as a blatant attempt to coerce them into either handing over their land or accepting a form of self-imposed and federally enforced isolation from Adina, thus giving credence to the idea that Ashelor wasn't really Adinan. It was also not lost on Ashelor that the federal government could, in theory, pass federal legislation requiring Ashelor to relinquish its land anyway, so in an abundance of caution, Ashelor pursued independence, becoming independent on 19th March 2020.

Problems with the Salisbury Gazette

Following the secession, on 20th March 2020, the Salisbury Gazette published a heavily one sided and propagandised article about the recent dispute between Ashelor and Adina selectively using more dramatic quotes which deliberately left out discussions from voice chats and other channels, as well as curiously going out of its way to mention Orinnari's and Aleh's narrow defeat in the recent Adinan elections, which could imply certain untrue things to readers. Orinnari posted a rebuttal to the article's subreddit post, but it was then that he began to view the Salisbury Gazette as a tabloid rather than a prestigious and unbiased news source.

Ashelor's first execution

On 20th March 2020, a player by the name of Mr__Wiggles entered Ashelor and began breaking chests. Still skittish over the raid in January, Orinnari called in reinforcements. Onederful from Adina offered to help. Wiggles was pearled and Onederful was compensated for his troubles. It turned out that Wiggles thought that Ashelor was abandoned because while wandering around for a few minutes, he didn't see any activity. Orinnari only noticed the raid because he was up late and AFKing in his home. Wiggles was then sentenced to five days exile pearl, as well items known to be taken from neighbours in similar raids to be confiscated and returned. However, in Ashelor's laws, someone who is sentenced to pearl time must be ceremonially executed. Wiggles was executed by guillotine on 25th March 2020. (Watch here)

Ashelor's township of Yoahtl

The general decline of CivClassic saw a reduction in players in and around the +,+ often leaving Orinnari AFKing for days on end without seeing anyone at all. With his continued and ongoing citizenship of Yoahtl and their reasonable though mostly meta-bound activity convinced Orinnari to offer Ashelor as a non-autonomous town of Yoahtl via the Treaty of Terestai, signed 7th August 2020.

Bloomification of Ashelor

A little over a month later on the 11th October 2020, Orinnari convinced many of the Bloomeans to migrate to Ashelor, spawning a large set of law and treaty changes including secession from Yoahtl, though not for any hostile purposes but simply as a means of self-determination as the circumstances had changed from the accession. Indeed within a week, Ashelor had gone from one active citizen to sixteen. Among the many changes to Ashelor was the abolition of the Royal Prerogative (watch Orinnari's execution), which put Ashelor's laws into disarray, requiring many proposals through the Citizens' Assembly to piece Ashelor's laws back together in a form that the Bloomeans consented to. The day after (12th October 2020) Slushhi was elected as Prime Minister, and soon after came the beginnings of the trenched city now known as Denver, the new capitol of Ashelor, the idea being that the city would offer reasonable security to all citizens who resided within it, thus avoiding some of the issues that open planned cities often fall prey to.

Founding the Admiralty of Wesbury

On the 10th January 2021, Orinnari sought a new project. Ashelor was firmly established but was quickly fading into inactivity. Ashelor had the disadvantage of being remote so that travel to and from other nations took an inordinate amount of time. Nor did Ashelor have any neighbours, allies, or foes. Once people had built their houses there wasn't much left to do. Slushhi became the last bastion of activity, so once he decided to take a break, the last few who logged in here and there went dormant too. This issue was compounded by the increasing popularity of Icenia with its promise of juicy drama and government positions, but also the launching of Devoted Hell. Either way, Orinnari felt it would be inappropriate to start making changes to Ashelor without the consent of the citizens and so began considering a small project nearby to other nations. He noticed the sickle shaped area named Brodre on the map, where upon visiting discovered was abandoned to the point where the reinforcements were so decayed as to break on the second hit. On the 26th January 2021, Orinnari officially published the preliminary borders of the newly found nation: the Admiralty of Wesbury.

Treaty troubles with Mount September

During informal discussions of whether Wesbury should join the Augustan Federation, Orinnari noticed certain gaps in policy, notably extradition, which was important to Orinnari given Wesbury's extremely small size, being only ~300 square metres in size. Not wanting to force the Augustan Federation to change its charter however, Orinnari figured the best course of action would be standalone treaties with surrounding nations. The Commonwealth, known for its lax extradition policy, agreed to an arrangement with Wesbury, however Orinnari was primarily focused on Mount September given the concerning fact of it being the spiritual successor to Mount Augusta as well as the largest and closest population centre; that if Wesbury's were to be raided, the raider would most likely either be from Mount September or otherwise need to be extradited from Mount September, thus negotiations began on 16th March 2021. Negotiations deteriorated quickly however since Wesbury was refused a private diplomacy channel, forcing negotiations to happen in public in Mount September's "#foreign-office" channel, allowing AllenY, an esteemed Septembrian, to say without official position that the proposed treaty was fundamentally and irreconcilably incompatible with Mount September's constitution[3]. Just over two weeks later on 4th April 2021, Orinnari tried a different tact, to take Mount September's internal extradition process as a given, but to construct a holding cell on an island that Mount September would claim, allowing Wesbury to securely store pearls while it begins to fix any damage caused by the prisoner. However, the requested exemptions to derelictions laws that were okay'd by AllenY were subsequently denied by RedDevel, Mount September's newly appointed diplomat, stating that Mount September has no interest in a mutually beneficial agreement and that Wesbury should be thankful that Mount September is even entertaining claiming the island to begin with[4]. Negotiations haven't continued since.

Returning to Southshire, really really really this time!

On 7th June 2021, Orinnari glanced at Southshire's Discord server, noticing a lot of recent activity, most notably RoboRik's proposed redesigns of the downtown factory building. He rushed down to Southshire to see if it had been built, or whether anything else had been built since the last time he had been visited and that's when he found himself in a conversation with cinzar who then invited Orinnari to build a house, but was later given permission by StrPlatinum to claim most of Oakhurst's old territory as private property. Cinzar insisted however that the Nymph Embassy ought to remain. However, Orinnari successfully negotiated the deed to the land in return for manually relocating the embassy and its items to the opposite side of the canal, effectively reclaiming all of Oakhurst's former territory as private property. StrPlatinum then spontaneously granted Oakhurst autonomy, returning it to its original form back in 2017.

Relinquishing Ashelor

Orinnari had been the Lord Protector of Ashelor since 30th December 2020 when the Royal Prerogative was re-instated with a few minor changes and named as the Lord's Prerogative, hinting at a Cromwell-esque republic which was totally not a Monarchy. But Ashelor was growing increasingly inactive. On 3rd February 2021, Orinnari suspended the election cycle due to lack of interest. Later, on 17th May 2021, Orinnari suspended the need for citizens to register to vote and the need for proposals to be seconded. Ashelor became so inactive that Icenia effectively occupied and annexed Old Bloom, however this was instigated by Truckman, a Bloomean and Ashelor citizen, so the only issue was the Icenia didn't consult with or inform Ashelor's government. Wanting to move onto other projects, Orinnari passed on the position of Lord Protector to 7misun on 5th July 2021.

Relinquishing Wesbury

Wesbury was somewhat abandoned after Orinnari returned to Southshire and restored Oakhurst. In August 2021, Orinnari dismantled the castle he had built in Wesbury, intending to transfer the territory to an interested party should they make themselves known. On 26th August 2021, Dr_Oracle approached Orinnari about Wesbury. The territory was sold to South Augusta on 4th September 2021.

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