The ups and downs of Virtua

Like everything in life, Virtua also faces her ups-and-downs. Lately, many of the most notable Virtuans have been taking a holiday in Cyberia or outside of the federation. This results in somewhat slow rounds, but most practically also in an ineffective government. This round, we face a lack of functional education department and sufficient judges to preside cases in the Virtuan Court. What will be the answer to these problems?

In this article I wish to highlight my position in a discussion that is not about being right or wrong, but about what feels right for most of the people while respecting the traditions and customs of the greatest nation of the Miniconomy federation.

First of all, having ups and downs are reality. Last round we had almost zero trading activity, but this round the Virtuan economy booms with the NSQ stock quotation being the highest of the entire federation while writing this article. In my opinion, the same can be said for our government. The efficiency of the government and her departments is fully dependant of the input of an active group of players committing themselves to the same noble cause, improving Virtua. Positions like judge and teacher can be taken at the same time as many of the other professions, but still it is a fact that you need at least a group of about 10 players to achieve the minimum level of efficiency.

The solution for solving inefficiency of the government should not be sought in changing the law. The law preserves the most important values and customs most of the inhabitants feel most comfortable with. For example, having an educational system where you have to take an exam to acquire a degree needed for certain jobs maintains a level of professionalism in a country where we take things seriously. At this moment, we are the only country to do so and I think it is not coincidence that the larger part of the international jobs is held by experienced and valued Virtuans like Tuned, Mystq (CoV) and natcha12 (IC).

No, instead of changing the law, we need to guide new players into all the dimensions this game provides. We should contact our old friends who have been taking long holidays from the Miniconomy Federation. And above all, we should cherish everything our fellow Virtuans do for our shared cause.

Viva Virtua!

The Joys of Miniconomy

I’m sure many of us are here because of our Economics/Business teachers. But I am also sure that we are all learning so much from the experience. I will admit I was hesitant at first, but now that I can understand the layout and how everything works, I am enjoying my time so much. I have learned how to trade, and how producing a good requires so much more than originally thought. I have learned to trade civilly with friends, and also how to understand VAT and other costs associated with producing and selling. I have understood how an economy works, and how buying and selling can fund everything we want and need. I have also learned how we all need to work together to produce our goods, and good bargaining and understanding of auctions are a must! I wish you all the best of luck in enjoying this tremendous activity.
A.Ham

The View From Centropolis: A Monumental Occasion

Forsties was already dreading the inevitable call to the insurance company about yet another natural disaster as he searched through the rubble of yet another vNews office. Only 10 days since it had been rebuilt! 10! The premiums would be though the roof!

Forsties had to find something to bring in paper sales… He searched through the rubble, finding nothing but outdated overviews and old burned papers in the ruined archives. And then, out of the corner of his eye, he sees the gem he is looking for, a film recorded and narrated by Jythier before the eruption hit, somehow preserved even through the destruction of the office and surviving from round 144!

Praising his luck, Forsties finds a projector and turns the film on, hoping to strike gold and placate the angry insurance men. This is what he sees:

The View From Centropolis: A Monumental Occasion

A hush falls over the crowd that has gathered for this momentous occasion. The brass band has just stopped playing. The children all become silent, and stop their childish games, waiting for the great reveal.

Jythier steps to the podium for the final few words of his long, drawn out speech which nobody listened to anyway. “And now! Thank you town of Centropolis for dedicating this statue of me, to me.”

The ropes are pulled, and away comes the canvas that had been covering the true art – a sculpture of the illustrious leader of Centropolis, a monument for the ages, set down for the next few days as a testimony to his greatness.

The image is a perfect likeness of him, capturing his handsome visage for all to see, throughout eternity or until a nearby volcano erupts, whichever comes first. For a brief moment, all is right in the world, as the crowd ooo’s and ah’s over the magnificence of this hunk of iron and bricks, this beautiful specimen of craftsmanship, forged by the profit of all the Centropolis resident business owners, and paid for by the National Government of Virtua without their knowledge.

The crowd remains silent as their leader speaks once again.

“I will not be running for another term in office, at least, not in the upcoming election.”

The resounding boos hit like a wrecking ball. It’s all the on stage personnel can do to remain standing at all.

“I know, I know you will miss me as mayor. But I have things to do. Places to go. Rounds to win. Maybe after the volcano destroys everything a couple more times, I’ll come back. But I just can’t commit to this right now. So I leave you… leaderless, once again. I am sorry this is the way it must be, but nobody else would run for office. I won’t let it happen again, but I must let it happen… this once.”

The announcement of a leaderless Centropolis physically pained us all, but there was nothing for it. To be without this great leader and thrust into chaos would be difficult, but not so difficult. It could be worse, after all. We could have had Federal Assistant.

The View From Centropolis

Looking out amidst the dead sea of oil that is Centropolis, I think back to how the round began. No mayor in Centropolis. The normally vibrant economy of the town was shot, due to a terrible lack of export opportunities, subsidies, and road lots. No parks were built or even planned for prior to Mukyrlax’s temporary mayorship, and the second road was built by the Feds, meaning it cost an arm and a leg.

As a citizen, I was very concerned. Would I have any chance to do well this round? The answer was no. No chance to win. The money in your pocket at the beginning of the round is supposed to grow exponentially throughout the round, and so not being able to invest that money meant that I was behind the 8 ball. Not enough product out, not enough shop locations, and a couple stories less on the skyscraper were all I would get out of it.

Eventually VAT was returned, subsidies paid out, exims reset. The economy started to flow better in Centropolis, but there were still problems. Throughout the round, I have taken Thor’s Hammer of parks to the enemy that is the lot state. I have not been able to recover it above 90, which was desperately needed early on when I took over. With a lack of exims for 4 days, there was no way to have the resources to build those parks. And so the lifeless lots remained so, slowly deteriorating the entire area, one lotstate at a time, with myself unable to keep up with the deterioration and the digging.

Business, however, continued to flow well for plastic, with several electronics dealers involved in the round, as well as Aximili’s Chip MV which seemed to be around all the time. Of course, nothing I threw out there could hold a candle to Aximili’s no-competition iron, and the wood he also had a pretty secure hold on.

Meanwhile, my Blue Cab MV was raking it in, except when I repeatedly ran out of gas. Gas has been hard to find all round long. themostrichestman tried to keep it stocked, but ran out of oil lots. The MVs couldn’t dig oil lots. I tried selling them oil but I ended up losing money on the deal, due to it pushing the price of my lots up, therefore pushing the price of my plastic up. I sold gas to the world for a big profit, but only because I had bad skills on it, but skills nonetheless, and the oil dug to make it.

As a mayor, I feel everyone has been really great this round helping out. Wish we could have gotten some diamonds in. As a trader, my oil got cut off in the south but there was plenty of it up north, so everything’s turned out all right so far. Trade is slowing down, now. There’s nothing much more to build.

It’s great to be back, trading, mayoring, and enjoying the community that makes Virtua the best place in the world.

City Statistics day 13/21

 

Here are the city statistics for this week:

City Cashington Nasdaqar Centropolis
Mayor india2020 Rokta White Queen
Number of shops 78 69 81
Number of garages 2 1 2
Number of banks 1 0 0
Number of houses 6 8 6
Number of clubs 12 8 7
Number of harbours 1 0 0
Number of parking lots 6 7 9
Number of lots 6102 5188 7804
Number of road lots 101 116 144
Number of free lots by road 8 78 66
Number of parks 32 40 32
Number of hospitals 1 1 1
Number of monuments 0 1 0
Average lot state 93.1858 106.9611 93.4371
Federal lots sold 1829 1649 2086
Lots for sale by Federals 4148 3372 5581
Successful thefts 26 60 31
Active players 68 38 68

The Parts in Bold are used to calculate the city budget that is given.

 

Turnover and City stats day 20/21

Turnover:

# Name Turnover (ISH) Home town
1 traag begrip 976,187.22 Roebelarendsveen
2 kennycrack2 875,977.03 Ibisha
3 Bleech 823,242.95 Nasdaqar
4 Plastic dame 622,120.90 Eurodam
5 Federal Government 554,197.46 Sans Francishco
6 the hawk 543,583.36 Ibisha
7 gelaarsdekat1 503,294.48 Roebelarendsveen
8 Technix 454,514.30 Monapoli
9 Peckkoo 380,770.70 Roebelarendsveen
10 CIT 380,060.31 Ibisha
11 Lepejian 376,010.04 Cashington
12 Refund 375,420.60 Nasdaqar
13 Rednax 374,893.68 Roebelarendsveen
14 Andoversr2 365,042.37 Ibisha
15 Primetimer 347,351.23 Cashington
16 alecto 329,440.68 Ibisha
17 martijn5 325,045.35 Kronenburg
18 bell ibi version 316,303.13 Centropolis
19 TH Plastic MV 304,771.21 Ibisha
20 Forsties 297,395.53 Centropolis
21 spainman0 286,814.86 Cashington
22 bonanza 285,035.43 Kronenburg
23 Fraakan 282,467.93 Centropolis
24 Minimize 279,537.12 Monapoli
25 Bruno Provenzano 279,021.50 Kronenburg
26 Zoe gek wie sjek 278,098.80 Ibisha

Thank you to Federal Researcher for providing the Statistics this week.

City:

City Cashington Nasdaqar Centropolis
Mayor splodge Triad Best Main natcha12
Number of shops 94 69 90
Number of garages 2 1 2
Number of banks 1 0 2
Number of houses 8 5 15
Number of clubs 15 6 8
Number of harbours 1 0 1
Number of parking lots 6 7 10
Number of lots 6100 5182 7803
Number of road lots 113 110 297
Number of free lots by road 3 28 137
Number of parks 17 18 64
Number of hospitals 1 0 2
Number of monuments 2 0 0
Average lot state 106.4597 102.2366 101.2112
Federal lots sold 3122 1415 3634
Lots for sale by Federals 2865 3643 3835
Successful thefts 12 26 19
Active players 64 64 92

 

City Overview day 13/21

Here are the City Statistics for this week. I apologise for the different formatting, but I don’t know how Refund normally does these 😉

City: Cashington Nasdaqar Centropolis
Mayor splodge Triad Best Main natcha12
Number of shops 86 63 86
Number of garages 2 1 2
Number of banks 1 0 1
Number of houses 8 5 13
Number of clubs 15 6 7
Number of harbours 1 0 1
Number of parking lots 6 6 10
Number of lots 6100 5182 7803
Number of road lots 113 110 137
Number of free lots by road 24 32 23
Number of parks 17 16 52
Number of hospitals 1 0 2
Number of monuments 1 0 0
Average lot state 95.3823 96.1878 100.7560
Federal lots sold 2892 1261 3041
Lots for sale by Federals 3094 3799 4582
Successful thefts 7 20 15
Active players 52 51 75

Federals drop a Bombshell!

“Several mayors have received a ban to trade for the remainder of the round due to the violation of Article 1.3 of the Mayor Manual.


We want to stress once more it is not allowed to buy lots before the round starts and use these lots for personal gain. They can only be used for city purposes.”

 

This was the bombshell posted in the Announcement topic of the Federal Communications club yesterday. As soon as it was posted, gossip and questions arose to which mayors were affected and why.

 

Mayors are given access to their funds and have guest access removed a few days before the start of the round to allow them to prepare their city for the big day (building roads and parking, buying any harbour lot they may have made and positioning clubs and the FES). However, the federals hold a strict rule that buying lots for personal gain during this period. natcha12 and Triad Best Main have both been affected as they had bought non-harbour lots before the round began, although it has been argued by some that this was for a valid reason. Cashington mayor splodge was unaffected by the ban.

 

Whatever the reasoning, the problems are only just being apparent. Questions are being asked as to whether these mayors are now banned from giving personal subsidies and/or using their MVs. This may slow down our shipping considerably, as well as cutting out an iron ore supplier in Cashington, and a chip maker in Kronenburg.

 

This is certainly one of the most drastic actions taken by the Federals since the infamous stock playing scandal, which landed the number 1 position player at the time, Metal Alvarez, a 400,000ISH fine, leaving him bankrupt, along with several others. However, with 2 out of our 3 mayors barred from trade, this may affect the Virtuan people far more…

 

Another busy week in the VC

This week saw a fresh new batch of cases in the Virtuan court, which has continued the already-busy round that it has witnessed. 5 more cases have been opened this week alone, many of them involving out Consul of Justice and Safety, Andoversr, who is using the By-law, which cancelled the court being restricted to only handle cases between Virtuans, to his advantage.

The court has handled 12 cases so far this round (13 if you include the dismissal of our Vice president, Nater), which has led to the hiring of 5 judges and many of the judges being involved in multiple cases at once. The court has handled a couple of big cases this round, such as the Dismissal of Nater from his position of Vice President, and a case which may have ended up leading to the firing of MoonPoker as President, for violating one of the many new laws implemented in the last round.

Judge league table (as of 6/3/2013):

Refund & Forsties– 12 cases each

dj ricky – 9 cases

Ninjabomb – 6 cases

Minder – 1 case

 

Top Suers:

Andoversr – 4 Cases as accuser

Bleech – 3 Cases as accuser

Onlineadr – 2 Cases as accuser

 

Most Accused:

Nater – 2 Cases as accused

Onlineadr – 2 Cases as accused

Various Digitalians – 4 Cases as accused (total)

 

Chip Shortages rock Virtua

Chips have recently become scarce throughout Virtua. Electronic traders everywhere have been hit hard, and PCs are becoming a rarer and rarer export for mayors to get hold of. It appears that the Gold in Nasdaqar has all but run out due to large amounts of digging by NSQ residents and some foreign MVs, leading to chip makers not having the materials to create this vital product.

Some traders have gone so far as to buy FES chips until a source of chips can be found in order to keep with demand, and the FES stores have begun to drain empty of chips because of this. If the shortages continue, traders may have to source chips from other countries and lose profits, and increases in electronics prices will be likely, which creates a new set of problems in itself, especially with tourists, which are often the biggest customers of electronic traders.

Our resident chip seller, Gean Starwind, has filled his stores with trees to replace his chips, which is at least good for mayors who were looking for trees to be exported, especially in Cashington, where lot condition is a constant problem and rarely stays over 93. However, hopefully a source of gold will be found soon, whether it be a player or an MV, which will allow Gean Starwind to once again sell the chips which many traders rely on for their products. Until then however, electronics are going to be a difficult set of products to get hold of.