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!

Tower of Gold: Symbol of Wealth or Discontent?

Strolling along with the hordes of tourists on Mainstreet in Nasdaqar, one can’t help but notice what lies towards the end.
The gold-plated walls and diamond windows blind any motorist who dares drive by. The parking garage is a traffic nightmare.
The city trembles ever so slightly due to the sheer weight of this monstrosity settles into the ground.

But for all it’s worth, the gargantuan 2-tower, 151-total-floor Mansion Estates & Hotel Complex, owned by Podje, is a sight to behold.

“We have been wondering where all the gold and diamonds in Nasdaqar have been going to. Well now we know.” says Lily Silva, a
resident in nearby Skyscraper Troel. “It’s hard to find even a camera to buy. The over-extravagance of this building disgusts me!”

For the people who live here, however, life takes on a whole other meaning.

On a tour through the main 101-story building, escorted by security guards, of course, one can’t help but imagine him or herself
rich enough to be able to live here. At 750 I-Shells per day for a basic room, the residents here get what they pay for.
The glow reflecting off of the solid gold floors radiate throughout the main lobby. Diamond chandeliers sprinkle dancing slivers of
light atop the faces of those strolling among the multitude of expensive shops and restaurants. Beautiful music flows from
the resident orchestra set-up in the corner of the lobby. In the middle of the lobby, displayed in a secured, closed-off exhibit,
are rare paintings and sculptures, the likes of which are not found anywhere else in the Federation.

The hedonistic exorbitance does not limit itself to the surroundings, however. The residents themselves display such a pretentiousness not
only of clothing and style, but of personality, that if one were not sure if he belonged in this tower, the disapproving and haughty
glares from one of the tenants would tell him all he needed to know.

Yes, the Federation’s small and select group of the Rich and Beautiful call this place their home.

Despite the intimidating nature of this environment, however, we were able to get an interview with one of the residents.

75 year old Madame Katelyn Mathieu, heiress and benefactress of the Valuta Oil Conglomerate, lives near the top of the main tower. She
sits with us in her parlor.

Her thickly applied lipstick, blue eye shadow and wild purple hair would remind one of some kind of exotic bird, if it weren’t for the
contrast with her pale, geisha-like, but wrinkled face . As she sits down on her plush antique settee, her posture is bent from the weight of the gold
and diamond jewelry she has hanging from her neck. Her hands, though soft and milky, are barely seen under the multitude of platinum and
emerald rings she wears on her fingers. The smell of mothballs and expensive perfume permeates the air.

She begins to talk at length about her father Bonanza, the founder of Valuta Oil, of the trials and hardships he and his family went through
while building the company, the rise to success, and eventually, the windfall of money, the bulk of which evidently found its way into the hands
of our heiress. She shows us a picture of her and her father at the grand opening of the factory.

“My father was a good businessman, but his best quality was that he was a people person through and through. He knew how to get the contracts,
build relationships, and ultimately end up as the only one with rights to drill for oil in the Valuta river. By the time I was 12, we were rich
beyond compare. I remember the day my father bought me my first horse, along with this golden bridle and saddle. I still have it on this wall, as
you can see.” Madame Katelyn stops her story for a moment to slowly sip her tea. Her eyes seem to gaze into the past as she reminisces.

I begin to glance around the room. The apartment is cluttered with antique artifacts, furniture, jewels, paintings and the like. It almost looks like
the attic room at Hogwarts. Heaps and heaps of priceless items are piled into corners, atop furniture, and stuffed into over-flowing closets.

“I’m relieved that I could find a suitable suite that can accommodate all of my treasures.”, she proclaims. “I used to live in Zwollar, but the economy
is starting to shrink. The shops started to close, and I found less and less places to shop, and even the quality of the shops have gone down in the recent past.
I demand the best, and as far as I’m concerned, there is no better place to live at the moment other than Mansion Estates. This old woman loves to shop!
But if you’ll excuse me, I must take my milk bath, as my boyfriend Ronald should be arriving in his carriage this evening to take me to dinner and shopping.
I love these young men, so full of energy, they make me feel so alive!” She cackles and calls for her butler, Brendan, to help her to her room.
Brendan, tall and unassuming, helps the dazzling old woman to her feet. She begins to shuffle away to her bedroom, her necklaces clinkity-clacketing in
rhythm to her walking cane. I show myself to the door where the security guard escorts me to the elevator and back through the lobby.

Across the street has gathered a small group of protesters, holding signs and shouting “Save our city! Down with Podje!”
Being the reporter I am, my cameraman and I run across the street, dodging the honking traffic to get live testimony from the angry crowd.

I approach one angry looking young man who identifies himself only as “Forsties”.

“It’s bad enough that the mayor has taken all of our gold to create his lavish trophy, but to sacrifice the lot state that he is responsible for in order
to show off his wealth is a travesty. The Mayor owns the town, and everyone knows it. His corruption and greed runs rampant throughout the city! Did you
know we have to pay 5 I-Shells just for the privilege of driving past his Tower?” The crowd continues to chant for the demise of the Mayor-Millionaire.

Another demonstrator runs up to us, obviously excited to get herself on camera. “The Mayor’s Tower is beginning to sink into the ground! It’s too heavy!”
she screams into the camera. “It’s going to fall and kill us all!” She runs off into the crowd, her screams fading away into the cacophony of noise.

My cameraman and I begin to notice the protesters becoming more and more out of control. Police sirens begin to fill the air, and we start to head off onto
Loco Road, where we find Aximili, the owner of Axi-Guns and Bombs, standing in the doorway of his shop with a rifle strapped across his back.

“This town is gonna revolt, and I plan to be armed and ready when it happens. Ain’t nobody gonna try lootin’ MY shop when that happens, that’s for damn sure!”
he remarks grimly. “If they want a gun or a bomb, they gots to pay a fair market price.”

“I agree”, says tourist-resident Tom Butler, who is looking through Aximili’s display case of rifles. “This town has run amock. I’ll tell you what’s really
goin’ on. Mayor Podje is set to take half this town for himself. He’s gonna gate off his towers and create a separate city inside of a city. A gated community
for the rich.” He spits a wad of tobacco into an iron spittoon in the corner of the shop. “We folks don’t take kindly to politicians cuttin’ our city in half.
When the shit hits the fan, I’ll be ready with my guns and bombs. I’ma tell you, if you want a gun, you’d do well to get one before that mayor’s fancy police wife Troel starts confiscating weapons. If these rich folks want a war, we’ll give ’em all they can handle. It’s time for a revolution.”
Tom spits another wad into the spittoon, adjust his rifle strap, tips his blue and yellow Virtua cap and walks off onto the road with his new weapon.

As we head off to find a cab back to the vNews HQ, it still remains clear through all of the controversy and conspiracy theories, the economy of Nasdaqar remains
strong and vibrant. The shops still shine, the traffic is still busy, children are playing in parks, cash registers are cha-chinging, and the light reflecting off
the gold-plated walls of Mansion Estates still blind passer-bys. Construction machines whine and grind as the 51st floor on Podje’s Hotel begins to take shape.

The ground trembles slightly as the new building settles.

Nasdaqar or Eurodam? A Difficult choice.

This Article was written and sent to us by Tranqer, who owns Invest in Virtua MV and Alarm MV, both based in Virtua. 

 

Nasdaqar has, for a long time been, the small town in Virtua. In general, the activity only increases when the trees in Cashington ran out, and the wood trader moves to Nasdaqar, followed often by the iron, and sometimes brick, traders. A usual face is Rokta, the mayor of Nasdaqar for more then 5 rounds.

 

It was no exception this round, with Rokta starting another trade period in Nasdaqar, without any “big traders” around in the city. I feel lots of respect that he’s doing this trading period after trading period, without any complaint. When I started this trading period, I had a lot of doubt between choosing Nasdaqar and Eurodam. Both cities were inactive for several rounds, and after an absence of 5 rounds I had the ambition to revive one of these cities.

 

When I had decided to start in Eurodam, the day before the trading period opened, Rokta was the first player that I informed.  He told me that there was again no big players planning to show up, and I’d promised that my nephew would help the city where he could.

 

I’d wanted to start easily in chips in Eurodam, as I thought that there wouldn’t be much activity. At this stage of the trading period, all that I was thinking about was reviving Eurodam as much as I could. I tried to keep in touch with Rokta, to hear how it was in Nasdaqar. Apparantly the activity began slowly, but for Nasdaqar customs, quite well.

 

But I heard rumours that the rest of Virtua stayed stuck. From that moment, I was glad that I could help both Eurodam and Nasdaqar. On Sunday evening I started the first negotiations and how we could organise Virtua in a better way, that supply of everything. With the three mayors Rokta, White Queen and spainman0, some active traders and some MV’s, we tried to tackle bottle neck by bottle neck to increase the general activity in Virtua.

 

After 5 days, I think Virtua could be glad that the economy is better again, as we can see in the Turnover statistics, with 5 Virtuans belonging to the top 20, and Virtua is still boosting.

 

It’s cool to see players who left the trading period, coming back one by one, not to mention the opportunity to meet many new players I hadn’t seen before now. We must accept them, because, after all, it’s one for all, and all for Virtua.

 

We’d like to thank Tranqer for taking the time out of his day to write this article for us.

An Interview with Mayor Rokta

Interviewer: Tortaam/Bleech (Bold writing)

Interviewee: Rokta (Non-Bold Writing)

 

As I drove my car to Nasdaqar, I wondered how the Mayor of Nasdaqar would live. I figured I should have guessed it when I drove up the lane leading to a nice cozy barn. Rokta welcomed me inside, poured me a home made Slovenian drink (more alcoholic than I ever thought possible) and showed me to a humble seat near the fireplace.

 

You are mayor once again, why does this job appeal so much to you?

I like it because I do not need to focus too much on trading and can help other NSQ citizens to achieve great position. When I started playing MC there was no good mayor in NSQ so none like to live in it, but now that I am Mayor, I think that more and more players start in NSQ so I want to see that trend continue.

 

Why this connection with the well-being of Nasdaqar?

As you can remember last round I did not candidate for mayor again, and when Feds forbid mayor to trade he almost disappeared and I think that was bad for citizens of NSQ, which I would not do, other time Bleech start hitting people, etc.

 

Why not leave NSQ for what it is and move to CP or Cashington?

I started playing in NSQ so I feel that I have special connection to it. Also, there are usually other good player who want to become Cash or CP mayor, opposite to NSQ where I suspect we would often had “Federal Government” as mayor.

 

You then still consider yourself new?

Yesterday I asked myself same question, and I did not find answer. For some things (mayor, trading) I feel that I am not new, but for others (President, consul) I am quite inexperienced.

 

Is it in your ambition to try these other facets soon?

I did apply for president and consul once, but I got so low support that I think I will need to play some more rounds before I will try again.

 

If you became President next round, who would you choose as Consuls and what would your general policy be?

This would be hard decision but I would choose active players who had at least some similar experience like current consuls. I do not always agree with their policy but I think that they are doing great job. My general policy would be cleaning Virtuan law book as in current state is hard to read and in some cases does not make sense. I would also try to speed up international affairs as I don’t have nothing against other countries, which I have feeling previous presidents had.

 

Are the people who always live in Nasdaqar different from the immigrants and people who live in Centropolis and Cashington?

No there is not many difference between them, maybe only that NSQ citizens are more used to shortage of good in their city in first few days

 

How long have you been playing MC and what was the most bizarre experience you have had here in MC?

I started playing in round 105 but for first couple round I did not have clue what to do. I do not remember anything too bizarre, maybe what MoonPoker did before he was fired.

 

After these questions and several refills of the ‘strong water’, I decided to head home. As I could barely walk straight to my car, I tried to catch some sleep on the back seats. Suddenly, coming from the forest came Sugarfree. With his pants still around his ankles, he made way to my car. I immediately closed all doors and wished I had not drunk so much. Even though Sugarfree could not enter the car, he loudly reminded me of the time I left him cuffed in his basement. ‘You and I still have some unfinished businesses to attend!’ he said while enjoying himself next to the car. Not much later, Rokta came outside with a double barrel shotgun and asked Sugarfree to get the hell out of his city. Rokta, thank you for not only saving my ass, but also for keeping Nasdaqar a good place to be.

 

Thank you to Rokta for taking the time to answer our questions. As well as this, Thank you to Tortaam/Bleech for taking the time to conduct and write up this interview.

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…

 

Virtuan City of Crime Improvements?

I realise an article about the City of Crime was released last week, so I shall keep this one short..

 

Following the evaluation and voting to see the public opinion of the City of Crime, (Brendan) has opened a thread in the “Virtuan City of Crime” club which is designed to allow the public to be heard.

The idea of the thread is to allow both the people against the concept and for the concept to suggest improvements to help find a middle ground on the City of Crime.

 

If you have any Ideas you feel could improve the City of Crime concept, please post them in the “Improvement” topic in the “Virtuan City of Crime” club.

 

 

Virtuan City of Crime Evaluation

This week saw (Brendan) organising an evaluation for the controversial “Virtuan City of Crime” idea.

 

The Virtuan city of crime was first proposed a few rounds back, and was hit with both support and criticism. Supporters of the topic said that it would mean English-speaking criminals had a place to practise crime and also that it would allow Virtua to defend itself against foreign shooters, whereas Critics of the idea said that it would deter new players from Virtua, and also that it would lead to more bankrupting, and therefore less business and chat.

 

Now that the idea has been in place for several rounds, another evaluation topic has been opened. Similar arguments have been put forward by veteran and newer players alike, although we have seen some players who were originally against the idea now being indifferent or even supporting the idea. (Brendan) has been contacting people via chat and looking at the “Virtuan City of Crime” club for an idea on people’s views on the topic, and has posted an interesting set of findings. These statistics can be found in the “Council Room” club.

 

Haven’t made your views known, but want to? Check out the “R112: Evaluation” topic in the “Virtuan City of Crime” club and have your views known!