Terms of Use

By using the Democratika website you agree to the following rules:

Section 1: General

This website & the services it provides for you are made and provided with no warranty implicit nor explicit. This site makes use of some third party services with their own terms of use, which will be given to you when you use those services.

  • Donations should be made legally & properly to prevent financial headache for both us and you. Make sure you comply with the PayPal terms and conditions when you donate.

  • You should never attempt to hack, manipulate, interfere with or otherwise mess with the website, and you must not attempt to take down this website or overcome it's DDoS (& similar) protection.

  • You must not leverage the website nor the services it provides for any illicit, morally or ethically foul or illegal activity

Section 2: Roleplay

The Democratikan Council is committed to providing a stable, fair, and robust platform for international roleplay between the members of our region. In order for this to be and remain effective, there must be a basic set of rules against which all participating nations, herein referred to as members, must be held to. This stands as follows:

  • Members must refrain from god modding. If you command your nation and its people without limits or consideration for other members, the Council will consider that to be god modding. If you control other members' property or people or make yourself invulnerable or unstoppable, it's god modding. It creates an unfair, hostile, and unnecessarily competitive environment. This is our most important rule. God modding posts will be deleted at the discretion of the Council presence on this website.

  • Make sure to post in the correct threads. Posting willy-nilly can and will ruin narratives and planned interactions. The categories are relatively self-explanatory, but you can find more details in the stickied post in Meta titled "Roleplay Information". One thread is one narrative. You are allowed to make new threads!

  • The RP canon is wholly separate to real-world history. Don't base your nation off of the history of other nations that only exist IRL, because that history didn't necessarily happen. The same goes for the locations of your cities, details of your terrain, some minor climate details, culture, and so forth. The in-character canon is meant to be devised by players.

  • No silly names in RP. If your nation name is something like Hrntai bafk, you will not be allowed to roleplay under that name. You will need to create a new nation for the purpose of roleplaying. The roleplay is meant to be as immersive and realistic as possible, and having silly names takes away from that.

  • Knowledge gained out-of-character cannot be used for in-character activity. If you learn on the Discord server that your nemesis is building chemical weapons, your RP characters are still unaware unless they find out through the RP itself. Remember to maintain the fourth-wall at all times. If you do break the fourth wall, the post will be voided at the discretion of the MoC and/or other officers.

  • Your initial land claim is wholly inflexible. Your territory can only be changed through roleplay activity and expansion requests. You may not have more than three expansions into unclaimed territory, and you must apply for expansion on the Map Change Requests thread.

  • Be reasonable with your initial land claims. This rule doesn’t need excessive explanation; don’t be outlandish and ridiculous with your initial land claim. No, you can’t claim the entire continent.

  • The Council reserves the right to cease activity or delete posts at their discretion. This will only happen should a member break rules or serious etiquette.

While failure to meet the following does not constitute the breach of any specific rules, it will reduce the enjoyment factor for all participants:

  • Don't rush. Some of our best posts so far have taken multiple weeks of planning, writing, formatting, and proofing before they reached their best. There is no rush, so you can take as much time as you want or need.

  • You should exercise good spelling, punctuation, and grammar skills in your posts. The presentation of your ideas and actions can change their tone and sincerity, so it is important to maintain a decent standard of writing.

  • Your RP posts need to have a considerable degree of detail. If you're sending your army to the other side of the world, you can't just say that you're doing so and be done with it. You need to explain the motivations, logistics, planning, and execution of such an event. Although there is no minimum post length, your posts need to make sense to other players.

  • Try to develop personality, culture and characters. Establish a narrative. All war and no play makes Member a dull roleplayer. The roleplay is an opportunity to show an audience of interested individuals what your nation is like, so why not take advantage of it? This includes slice-of-life posts (taking the perspective of a civilian, non-working life of a politician, or some other down-to-earth subject) and general political intrigue.

  • Keep the canon intact. Consider your nation's economy, military size, workforce scale, and resources when carrying out actions. A tiny island nation won't be able to afford a space program, while a country with no oil won't be selling petroleum to the world. Make sure to exercise common logic when writing. Do try to maintain consistency within your posts, regarding names, locations, and figures.

  • Acknowledge the passage of time. You cannot take over an entire continent in a weekend. Spread your movements across multiple posts, and write to incorporate the passage of time. It's more interesting and gives the opportunity for other members to respond or intervene.

  • Use images in moderation. Yes, you can use images to illustrate your point. No, you can't put fifteen images in a five-sentence long post. A picture may be a thousand words, but image-only posts will be automatically voided. Also, please refrain from using images from animated TV shows/films, which includes anime and cartoons. We try our best to stay professional and in character at all times, and using such images is detrimental to that fact.

Section 3: Cultural Exchange

While your Cultural Exchange page will be mediated by the Ministry of Intelligence, we request that you do not:

  • Use your CE page to host content such as videos, file downloads, and so forth. Server storage and bandwidth is limited and using that to distribute heavyweight content will actively worsen the site experience for other users.

  • Use your CE page to host offensive or inappropriate content.

  • Use your CE page to host content unrelated to your Nation.

  • Interfere with other CE pages.

Section 4: Database

Once the Database has migrated from the legacy website you will be able to find the rules for using it here.

Section 5: Afterword

This website is an extension of the Democratika on NationStates. The same rules we enforce elsewhere apply on here too.

Please remember to have fun and enjoy your time in the Democratika - it's easier if you follow these rules!

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