Crimes and Criminals in Virtua

Doing this week, there has been a lot of shooting going on in virtua.

MoonPoker was shoot 85 times by Tranqer and COE.

Refund was shoot few times as well by either Tranqer or COE.

 

Bleech was bankrupted in El Peso, we have to assume it was by his will, since he logged out there.

Virtua lost their Criminal Mastermind, and got a normal Citizen back, MoonPoker dropped all his criminal points.

There are those who now say, that he was dangerous before, but even more now.

 

Instead we got a new small time criminal, Woodsman managed to earn his way into the criminal world, by what we have to assume was robbery.

There hasn’t been other shooting then of the shooting in Cashington, where Refund and MoonPoker lives.

Virtua General – Day 12/21

The last week trade has been flowing good, until MoonPoker decided to move to NSQ to get more wood, it resulted in Virtua having leak of wood at some times, because our taxi companies couldn’t keep up with the tons of wood there was skipped out of NSQ.

A few days later Refund moved to NSQ, which meant a drop in wood prices and an ore MV was created. It just meant that the already limited taxi companies had a lot more work to do.

NSQ stock rised and Rokta got some work to do, instead of being on vacation, while the cash Stock dropped a little.

It was also this week Digitaliens tried to conquer our Iron and Wood marked by making an attempt to bankrupt our Wood supplier, and getting their own stores here in Virtua.

At the same time they created 2 MV’s, one to dig iron ores, and one to make iron, but Virtuans proved strong of mind and kept buying from their local suppliers.

 

However Centropolis’ mayor had another thing in mind, he announced that his citizens should buy wood from Tranqer(the Digitalian who shoot at MP), because the wood price MoonPoker had was a bit to expensive, That statement gave lot of problems and discussion on why he did it.

It ended with the mayor withdrawing the announcement after MoonPoker lowered the wood price, but it is forgotten? Many of the council members raised their voice and seemed to be angry about it.

 

This was also the week where Virtua got their first harbor, whom annoniem 2 was the owner of, He bought the harbor  lot from the former Mayor of Centropolis Rico.Vito.

Few days later Nasdaqar was fast to get their own harbor, from which Boats to Cyberia now sails daily to ensure that Virtuans can keep their stores stocked there.

It has been an eventful week in Virtua.

Criminals in Virtua

We have seen most of the criminals from all over Virtua moving out and back to Digitalie, what affect has it had on our ”criminal” community?.

First we have seen few if any criminal activities this round, we only have two known criminals left in Virtua, and they are Bleech and MoonPoker.

Bleech already said that he wouldn’t be doing any crimes this round, reason yet unknown. Bleech is trading Trees and PC’s.

This leave us MoonPoker, who is virtua’s only criminal mastermind, there are no indications if MoonPoker wants to do crimes this round, but as far we know, he has not done any yet. MoonPoker is Virtua’s biggest wood supplier and some say that he wont do crimes this round at all, do to the chance of winning.

Virtua has been a quiet place, we haven’t seen any shooting at all, it might be because we had few, if any at all living in Nasdaqar from the beginning of the round.

Its surprising to see so few robbery attempts and none of them done by our known criminals, we have not seen any shooting, bank robbery or bombing in Virtua yet, but will we see them after the harbors open?

We are looking forward to the next week and what it might bring on the crime front.

Mayor interviews

I’ve been questioning the Mayors of virtua a few questions.

Nasdaqar, Rokta is the Mayor:

Q: How does your town goes?

A: I think that our city is running well, which is good because we have very late start (two active citizens one day after round start). We now have 4 parking spaces which should prevent parking jams with MoonPoker as citizen.

 

Q: How would you evaluate yourself?

A: I think I did good with stuff that I had, At start there was variety of exports, I did one 1k ISH mass subsidy, which I will do earlier if I will be Mayor again. I didn’t hire any officers yet, but I also didn’t hear any complaints about crime in Nasdaqar yet.

 

Q: What do you think about Crime in this round?

A: As I said in previous answer there wasn’t any complaints about crime in Nasdaqar yet. I think that is because of late round start and I think that citizens of Virtua don’t like crime in general.

 

Q: Planning to run for any elections next round?

A: Yes, I will candidate for mayor of Nasdaqar again.

 

Q: Give a guess for who/how many who is at top26 turnover?

A: I don’t think that there will be much change from previous round.

 

Cashington, Forsties is the Mayor:

Q: How does your town goes?

A: I think that it’s going well so far.

Bad bits first: Lot condition is getting to be a bit of a worry, but I’m sure that it can be fixed over the round, especially once diamond drills are being made and eximmed. Also, I’m receiving some pretty conflicting views on the timing of the harbour auction, as well as the method of selling harbours (cough the mister cough), but I hope to have that sorted out soon.

Good bits: The citizens have to be the best part of the town. They exim everything super quick, they take initiative and they aren’t afraid to ask for help when they need it, which is an underrated skill in my opinion. The only thing I would change is asking more people post in the town hall on different topics with their views (I get very lonely there :P).

In terms of exims, firstly, I can say without any doubt in my mind is that trees are quickly becoming my least favourite product in the whole of miniconomy simply because I NEVER EVER have enough of them to build parks when I want to build them.

All the other products, however, have been eximmed at double speed, thanks to some particularly vigilant citizens. I’ve had a situation at least once that exims have been snapped up before I’ve finished setting them up, which makes me confident that I’ll have all the resources I need to fulfill requests in the coming weeks.

 

Q: How would you evaluate yourself?

A: I think that I had a bit of a bumpy start, but I feel that I’m starting to settle into the job. We got our first officer, Felix D, hired yesterday, and I hope that more Cashington citizens come forward for this role. That being said, I tried my hand at being an officer last round and crime in Cashington was minimal, so I can only hope that the same again happens this round.

I have certainly attempted to set out as many exims as I can. Once again, I had a bumpy start with them, but I think I’ve got them almost succed.

Considering this is the first time I’ve tried being the mayor, I was delighted to see that I have had some positive feedback posted in the town hall saying I was doing a good job as mayor recently, and I hope that all the other citizens of Cashington feel the same way. So far I haven’t received many complaints, and I hope I can do a good enough job to keep it that way.

 

Q: What do you think about Crime in this round?

A: There isn’t much to say about it at the moment. As far as I’m aware, the only crime that has been committed in Cashington thus far was that somebody robbed kire1’s shop on the 21st of January. Hard to say who, the only clue given was that they are a citizen, which doesn’t narrow it down too far.

One of the common beliefs I’ve heard from citizens who I’ve chatted to about it is that when the harbour opens, crime will be on a larger scale, so one of the precautions I have set up is a housing area in the Town Hall for people who have/need space in a house. Also, I hope to have at least one more officer hired before the harbour is finished (any Cashington citizens who read this and who have an officer degree, I’d be grateful for an application in the Town hall).

However, I hope, as I said earlier, that crime will stay reasonably low this round.

 

Q: Planning to run for any elections next round?

A: So far, I’d like to run for mayor of Cashington again. It’s an awesome job, and It’s a nice break not having the pressures of position and making huge profits looming over you (although I have nothing against huge profits).

Council? Maybe in a few rounds time when I have more experience in the game. Next round? Definitely not.

 

Q: Give a guess for who/how many who is at top26 turnover?

A: Hard to say this early in the round, and I haven’t really talked to many people about it (mostly due to my lack of a position), but from what I’ve seen I’d have to pick:

Refund – Iron is a strong product, and I have no doubt he will be as big this round as he was last round.
MoonPoker – Despite the fact he moved away from what is clearly the best city in the Federation, the fact he already has mega-stores full of wood is hard to argue with.
Tuned – He managed top 10 last round, so I’m sure that he, along with his taxi MV, will comfortably be in the top 25

As I said, I haven’t paid much attention to positions so far, so I’ve probably missed a big competitor, but hey; everyone makes mistakes.

 

Centropolis, natcha12 is the Mayor:

Q: How does your town goes?

A:  Everything is good, exims, never full Mayor warehouse or anything bad, everything is just good.

 

Q: How would you evaluate yourself?

A: If i could change it, i would have another officer instead of so high subsidies.

 

Q: What do you think about Crime in this round?

A: Same as other rounds, but without a harbour requirement. As long towns/shops are secure I expect to see a little change.

 

Q: Planning to run for any elections next round?

A: I hope I do well enough to warrant another opportunity as mayor.Its up to the citizens of Centropolis.

 

Q: Give a guess for who/how many who is at top26 turnover?

A: Not me. Though i have hopes for gelaarsdekat, Refund and mystq.

 

Thank you to all our Mayors for taking their time to run the city and also for answering this.

Virtua General

Trade this round has been moving fast at some times and slow at others, but due to the constant wood most of the time, it seems like that it really did matter and made the trade picking up.

We have traders, who have made one or more mv’s, we also see big traders who hasn’t made an MV yet.

We wondered why it was so, and asked Refund, Refund answered with saying that it was because he could and had the money to do it, and some offers was just too hard to turn down.

While some might say our biggest trader MoonPoker has yet to make any MV’s at all, he would not speak to vNews about the reason behind that, instead he pulled a gun and waved us on.

 

General Centropolis and Cashington has been doing well with a lot of traders living there, but Nasdaqar has been turned into some kind of a ghost town the first couple of days, they had a rough time at the start of the round, but it seems that they managed to get the rid off it.

Centropolis managed to fire their first mayor Rico.Vito because he hadn’t showed up yet to do his job, and now 5 days later, none has yet to see him.

Natcha12 was fast to take over the job and managed to use about 20.000 ISH the first day of his reign as mayor.

In Politic there has been a lot of things happening, first extension of degrees was made free for all, and (Brendan) was out from the start to make it legal for criminals to extend their degrees as well, it seemed like a smart move and earned him the favor of criminals in Virtua.

The council has approved of laws allowing the criminals to have jobs and be a part of the community, it was general asked for last round, and it seems the council has listened to the ideas of many traders.

“Criminals may function in the following capacities:
– Advisor to the Council
– Mayor of NSQ (must be in compliance with VL 1.3.1)
– FCS
– National Teacher
– Head Archivist
– Archivist
– Secretary of Register of Eligibility”

Andoversr has been pushing for a lot of new changes to the education front, but the council has yet to approve of the ideas and are still looking for the reason behind and the why?.

 

Virtua has yet to have their first harbor, but auctions are being approved by the council as we speak, will it improve our trade and will lot of our traders go international? It is yet to be seen, and we will have to wait till next time to see that.

 

President interview

I have been talking to our Predident (Brendan).

Q: There have been very many minor law proposals, do you think that is good or just ‘waste’ of your time?

A: Any law proposal that improves the law book is of course worth my time. Minor laws can help tidy the law book and are the key to having a good law book, if we have it all grammatically correct, up to date and consistent it is not only easier to read but also helps prevent confusion and ensures clarity. We also have big law changes running, so it works quite well to have the minor and major being proposed together.

Q: Would you like more loopholes and/or grammars to be changed?
A: Grammar can be changed when it is noticed. In a lot of cases, grammar doesn’t have an effect on the meaning of laws and can’t be used to exploit the law. Loopholes are harder to find and should be amended where ever possible.

Q: Maybe even make a Consul of finding mistakes in Virtuan Law?
A: I think it’s the responsibility of all Consuls to find mistakes in the Virtuan Law. They should be up to date with it and responsible for improving it. It’s encouraged that they find mistakes in the Virtuan Law and propose changes to the rest of the Council, even more encouraged that they check the part of the law book that they are ruled by.

Q: This round the number of Virtuan criminals have been zero, do you think it would be smarter just to remove the opportunity to sell/buy illegal(restricted items) in Nasdaqar?
A: No, not at all. The ability to sell/buy the former illegal goods in Nasdaqar wasn’t introduced to help a certain few players but to make it easier for those who wish to partake in crime in Virtua easier. Just because a few of the first few Virtuan criminals have since stopped, this doesn’t mean it can no longer run – make we could see some new criminals! However in a few rounds, it could be possible that upon reviewing the changes it may not be worth having it in place. Who knows.

Q: Refund(I) have been raging a bit in the IC, is it a reason for firing your CoF, as it is not giving a good image of Virtua?
A: First of all, I don’t agree with the bad language he used initially. However, after that happened he is now standing up for something he believes in and is strong willed. This is a good quality in a Council member. I don’t think it is giving Virtua a bad name since he may have his personal dealings without being confined to his Consul profession. Unless the situation escalated to the point where Refund was causing harm or acting against the good of Virtua then that would be the one where I review his employment.

Q: Do you plan to try make any international treaties or alike this round?
A: An education treaty is currently being discussed in the International Convention.

 

Thanks to our beloved President for answering.

The story of the mayors

We’ve talked with the 3 mayors of Virtua, (Brendan), Gean Starwind & Nater, about how it is going for each of their towns.

Cashington:

Nater is the mayor of Cashington, who was taking control after 1987 retreated as mayor, maybe a wise decision when checking the chance of a new best result for him.(Turnover day 12/28 #19)

Q: How does your town goes?

A: “I believe Cashington is running quite well. We are seeing lots of activity, and sales seem to be pretty high. This activity is really evidenced in two ways: one, the lot state is falling… now this is not a good thing, but it is an indicator as to the activity level of the city… at well over 60 parks, we are doing our best to keep it up. Two, our budget, even though we are not the biggest city out there, our budget is pretty high in comparison, which means the citizens are both give and getting a lot!

The one down side at the moment is exports… I feel as though people are not exporting as much as they could, and in turn this is making it hard to build parks and keep the lot state up.

We still have two weeks! I think Cashington and her citizens will finish well.”

Q: How would you evaluate yourself?

A: “I would say that over all, I feel that I am doing pretty well. I know I have made my mistakes, but as first time mayor I am allowed a few. 😉 Right?

I think out subsidies have been good. They encourage things that help the city and trade, yet are not too hard to get, so that money gets in the hands of the citizens.

There are lots of exims. They are not as diverse as I would like, but due to the lot state I am having to focus on things that will help us recover the lot state.”

Q: What is your evaluation of the new crimes?

A: “I would say there has been an increase in crime, not as much as I had first expected. Crime is never “good”, but I don’t think the crime level has hurt Virtua to any great extent… it might have even helped get rid of some people from other countries (not Digi… they are welcome for the time being 😛  ) who were trying to use Virtua for their own personal gain. I do think some changes still need to be tweaked, but I think things are better than expected.”

Q: Plans to go for election next round?

A: “I do plan on running for President again. With a lightly different platform than last time. Lat round I was “”no crime, no crime, no crime””. This time I will be more of a “”Crime might be not all bad, in the right place/context.”” If I am elected I will work WITH those who have an interest in this area, to see what ideas, and compromises we can come up with. I will be a good listener.

Another area that I think needs some work is the area of education reform, and I plan on doing some work and brain storming on that with others, and hope we can create some great solution. I would also like to try and push for another international Education treaty.

There are some more things to be said… but I will wait for my Election Speech before I spill all the beans! :D”

Q: Any players you would like to award or thanks?

A: “Everyone has been doing a wonderful job, but I would really like to think 1987, the former mayor. He has eximed items I needed, after asking me, instead of what might have been best for me. He has also sold me lots that I have needed. I know it has to be hard to step aside when you have plans, but real life can make us have to, but in all that he has not lost is goal of helping the city, and that is greatly commendable!”

Thanks for your answers Nater.

Centropolis:

Gean Starwind who is the mayor of Centropolis have been doing some things that not everyone have agreed in this round, selling the harbour to forgein MV and putting up the Bylaw only affecting citizens of Centropolis but not others.

Yet we’ve not revived anything from Gean Starwind.

Nasdaqar:

In Nasdaqar is the mayor (Brendan), who earlier have been active in national and local politics.

Q: How does your town goes?

“I think people are exporting enough. I’m making sure there is always at least something to export so there is always a chance to earn some money!

Lot state is at a constant figure of around 92. I usually come online in the evening so this has dropped to about 90 when I come online but then I can raise it by 2-2.5 when I’m online. This isn’t a problem and is high compared to the other Virtuan cities (although I must mention that we’re the tree city – this could contribute to being able to build many parks). I don’t feel like we’re at any risk in regards to lot state.

Free road lots by the road is beginning to become a problem. It’s hard trying to find a place where I can construct a new road and with inactive players owning lots who can’t place them for sale, it’s even harder and rather frustrating for me. I will probably contact the Federals to ask for some help with this to ensure we have road lots available.”

Q: How would you evaluate yourself?

“I think I’ve been coming online enough (or more using my online time efficiently, everytime I’m online I give VAT back, if no exports are available then I set them and check the Townhall to make sure everyone’s OK. I wish I could give out more mass subsidy, but I’d rather not spend a large proportion of my budget on that when I’m not sure whether high budget incomes can be secures or not. However the state is providing subsidy of up to 2500 I-Shells to those who request it, so this is a kind of substitute.

I’ve chosen not to hire an officer. With the new laws imposed by the government last round, I wanted to encourage crime in Nasdaqar if I could. I think that having officers (like hospitals) could damage this. although I’m usually for hiring as many officers as needed, I want to take the opportunity this round to see how the new laws and system would turn out.

I think exports have been plentiful and varied. I’m building parks and monuments with the products I’m receiving which use each exportable product (excluding PCs and diamond drills but those are there too!)”

Q: What is your evaluation of the new crimes?

“As I expected, it’s been an interesting thing to watch. Virtua (especially Nasdaqar) has seen many new migrants. Its been good to meet some of the newer people who I wouldn’t have talked to and seen daily.

It has affected innocent Virtuan citizens, there’s no denying that and to some extent I feel a little bad for them. However it has probably created a boom in safety products and the need for active politicians to monitor the safety of citizens, something that’s been a little relaxed over the past few rounds.

Moreover people have had fun with crime. Fun is always good to see in a game so in that respect it’s been a good thing. “

Q: Plans to go for election next round?

I’ve been out of national politics for a few rounds now and I would love to make a return! I will consider going for a place in the Council next round. Or maybe Mayor again. I’m not certain of what I’ll do yet. 

Q: Any players you would like to award or thanks?

A: “Although it may seem controversial I would like to thank Bleech and Refund. They have took the opportunity of trying crime out in Virtua when they had the chance. They’ve took the new laws as they’ve come and managed to try crime out in their home nation. They’ve given up their political positions to try out the crime features of the game which is quite a big step but they did it.
Even more so I’d like to award MoonPoker as the previous Virtuan who has had a big impact on crime this round in Virtua. He managed to reach Criminal Mastermind and has used the new laws to his advantage and become a successful criminal.

Aside from the criminals (who I thought were necessary to mention as Mayor of Nasdaqar in the first round of crime): I would also like to thank President/Consul of Finance Tuned for his continued support and excellent skills with the treasury, He’s managed to make sure Nasdaqar has been financially secure, his policies are clear and keeps direct contact with me and other Mayors. He’s not a silent President so I’d like to thank him for his diplomacy. “

Thanks for giving us these answers (Brendan).

Degree Fees face opposition

Calls for a review of the pricing of degree renewals were called for earlier this week by Consul of Justice and Safety, lindapinda86. In the Council Room, lindapinda86 said that it would be cheaper for Virtuan citizens to go over to Cyberië to get their degree renewal, rather than purchasing the degree renewal from the state of Virtua.

Shortly after this comment was made in the Council Room, citizens of Virtua drove to the Council Public to join in the debate about how much degrees should cost, if anything at all.

Some citizens initially slammed the renewal system for its expensive fees (especially in comparison with every other country in the Federation). It was questioned why the cost of renewing a degree is more expensive than actually taking the exam. One Virtuan citizen said: ‘I think it is stupid having the renewal cost higher than it is to take the exam. The hard part is passing the exam, so the rest should be easier…cheaper’. A few other citizens were seen agreeing with this statement, while protestors outside chanting ‘Free Education Now!’ were moved on by officers of Virtua.

President Tuned, who some would call a diplomat, stepped in to the debate by giving a bit of logic behind the current law (which says the cost of renewing a degree is 500 I-Shells), saying it would be better for people to take exams rather than just renewing their degrees as it retests their knowledge of the specific field, this would imply that we would have more qualified professionals. The President had already agreed with lindapinda86 in the Council Room, saying action was needed regarding this topic – for him the options were negotiating with Cyberië on prices or allow Virtuan degree renewals to be free. President Tuned has also expressed concern with the potential lack of people with degrees if people are put off acquiring degrees.

Further initiatives were discussed by citizens natcha12 and Forsties, these initiatives would involve checking whether someone could actually do the job that relates to the degree before they could renew it. If they couldn’t do the job well then their degree could be revoked, it was said. There were criticisms to this idea such as how can we measure what a good job is and how do we ensure objectivity. It’s uncertain whether this idea will be developed at this moment. Other ideas included lowering the cost of the renewal for every round the degree is used by that citizen.

It’s likely that the government will take action about this before the end of the round, with some discussion already taking place within the Council Room. Citizens are free and even encouraged to share their opinion on this matter and how they would resolve the problem, in the Council Public.

It is still uncertain how the government will act towards this matter.