Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Procrastination for Experts

Although the Project From Hell (TM) is showing no signs of being over, as I find myself carreening through its third week like a ten-car pile-up waiting to happen, in a situation where I have absolutely no willingness to do the work involved, and the work apparently has absolutely no willingness to do itself (and, frankly, who can blame it?), ze vonderful Noorster has come to the rescue, with this!

Yes, I have founded the Most Serene Republic of Frissonia Bananique. Although it doesn't say so yet, our aspiration is to become a nation of hair stylists who use banana-scented shampoo.

The idea is that you set up your own little nation state and get to play governments. You feed in a few minor details such as the type of government, the name (of course), the name of your currency and the national animal, and the game begins. So far, I have received offers from all sorts of big world powers to join their agglomerations extraordinaires, but we are declining in the interim, since, as you will note, we are a "Most Serene Republic" and we wish to remain serene.

I have also received issues that my government needs to deal with such as - should voting be compulsory (being a former Australian, I, of course, said yes!) and should we keep marijuana legalized despite the fact that the pizza delivery boys (on whose services we partially subsist) have very red eyes by this stage (once again, yes!). I now must wait until tomorrow until I receive a new issue, but the veritable multitude of countries already playing the game makes this a certified timewaster. For expert procrastinators only! :)

I invite you to play also! And do let me know what your countries names are :)

Let the games begin!


Anonymous noorster said...

Poxia here. Just sent you a telegram. Did you set the number of telegrams per day to 2? And how's your deforestation problem?

06 March, 2007 02:41  
Blogger nominally challenged said...

Greetings Poxia!

Due to our policy of making marijuana consumption compulsory, we have invested a great deal in reforestation - we had all that land, and it was perfect for growing. We didn't even need to go hydroponic.

The kamikaze wombat is now a lot less endangered, and a lot more mellow :)

06 March, 2007 03:24  
Blogger Liza said...

If you find you've got some time on your hands, you're always welcome to come visit the tiny, socially progressive nation of the Principality of Chocolatania. Our national animal is the cow, and our motto is "Dark, light or white. Everyone's alright."

06 March, 2007 04:28  
Blogger nominally challenged said...

Greetings Chocolatania!

We have long had our collective (though somewhat drugged) eye on your frolicking forest cows. In fact, several of us have developed a religion based entirely on one such cow which apparently (and I quote) "jumped over the moon". We may need to trade you for some of those in the near future.

06 March, 2007 12:19  
Blogger Liza said...

Facts you probably didn't know about Chocolatania: "Chocolatania is ranked 2123rd in the region and 33,396th in the world for Stupidest Citizens."


07 March, 2007 00:29  
Blogger nominally challenged said...

"Frissonia Bananique is ranked 883rd in the region and 17,115th in the world for Stupidest Citizens."

Hah! We beat you at being stupid :)

But then again, we only pay 14% income tax which, from the point of view of the citizenry, is not a sign of stupidity, really ...

07 March, 2007 00:56  
Blogger Lirun said...

wahaluhaijika friendly people

from the egalitarian people of dollarnia.. here everyone is treated on a perfectly fair basis in a manner perfectly proportionate to their financial wealth..

we do not discriminate against people of any colour religion or creed.. nor do we dsicriminate against people who are low in intellectual assets.. morally bankrupt or spiritually devoid..

all are welcome.. just as long as you bring your cheques and have adequate coverage..

ps all major oecd currencies welcome..

07 March, 2007 12:16  
Blogger nominally challenged said...

Ah Dollarnia :) A noble country indeed!

We see, however, that you are not actually registered as a country. We can only presume that this is an oversight and hope to see you in the game as soon as possible - otherwise we shall be sending our kamikaze wombats in your general direction vewy vewy soon!

You have been warned ...


07 March, 2007 13:43  
Blogger Savtadotty said...

Greetings from the citizens and permanent residents of The Disputed Territories of RedorGreenland. The citizens have passports, and the permanent residents have redorgreen cards. Our national animal is the chihuahua, which joins the Parliament in marking teritory for further dispute.

08 March, 2007 12:09  
Blogger nominally challenged said...

I just voted for compulsory organ harvesting in my country. I hope they didn't mean live organ harvesting ... (scratches head ...)

08 March, 2007 13:12  
Blogger Nizo said...

Nominally, I humbly ask for citizenship in your great land ;-)

I can take care of the organ harvesting if needed.

08 March, 2007 15:47  
Blogger nominally challenged said...

Savta - Who does one have to marry to get a redorgreen card?

Nizo - Frissonia Bananique welcomes you with open arms, a wallet full of poodles and a combine harvester.

In fact, your offer to take care of organ harvesting places me splat in between thoughts of Monty Python, and some other quite risque thoughts indeed, and so I'm going to avoid both of those by taking the following coward's path:

You may start with the Wurlitzers and work your way slowly up to the Pipe Organs. You may have some trouble taming them, and I'll give you some earmuffs if you like. We'll be exporting them to the Sad Underworld of Church-choiria where they will be free to do what organs around the world love to do - mope.

09 March, 2007 01:31  
Blogger Nizo said...

To our sister State of Frissonia Bananique, we at the Queendom of Paristine, would like to peg our currency, the Paristine Hound to the Bananique Poodle. This will help ensure a most prosperous future for our two peoples.

Furthermore, we have waived all entry requirements for Bananiquans provided they spend 100 Hounds or more at our duty free store, which now offers a great selection of carbonated camel milk smoothies.

For more information on our great land, kindly refer to our ministry of tourism and hedonism website below:


10 March, 2007 18:01  
Blogger nominally challenged said...

Ah, the Queendom of Paristine, (what a surprisingly original name ...) we salute you!
We have long held the opinion that there are simply not enough Paristinian Queens - apparently we just weren't looking hard enough.

Words cannot express our delight at your request to peg our currencies, however, we would request that wooden pegs be used. The plastic ones ruffle our poodles' fur and they get quite upset about it and tend to sulk.

Fortunately for our peace-loving, totally non-violent States, carbonated camel-milk smoothies are a much sought-after delicacy in these parts, being a principal ingredient in our better quality hair products, which contain no artificial sweeteners, and only a hint of enriched uranium. Therefore, spending 100 Hounds at your Duty Free Store will be not merely a pleasure, but a national duty.

We take this opportunity of wishing our countries a long, prosperous and happy period of mutual back-rubbing ... uh ... scratching.

11 March, 2007 03:14  
Blogger Savtadotty said...

In answer to your question, whom does one have to marry to get a redorgreencard? is an interesting one, because the only marriages that are recognized legally in the Disputed Territories of RedorGreenland are between same-sex couples. Heterosexual marriage (or as we call it "marrying Out") is not recognized although mixed couples can register as domestic partners. We have a domestic partnership breakup rate of about 50%, whereas the divorce rate is much lower.

13 March, 2007 00:47  

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