Aexnidaral, the longest-serving Delegate in Europeian history by total days in office, resigned in a shock move yesterday after a row with moderators on the regional Discord server concerning their discussion of mature themes despite repeated warnings.
They have been the region’s Delegate since December 2018, having also served a shorter stint in the role from August 2017 to September 2018, and their sudden departure from the World Assembly with almost 300 endorsements left the government in an initial panic.
Warnings Go Unheeded
Numerous players participated in the mature-themed discussion in the general channel of the regional server, including Aexnidaral and Senators JayDee and Xecrio. After several general warnings from moderators to discontinue the conversation topic since it was in a channel that lacks a ‘not-safe-for-work’ (NSFW) tag, meaning it was likely read by several minors, Aexnidaral specifically received a direct warning for two particular comments in which he used a homophobic slur and an explicit sexual reference. Aexnidaral, who identifies as a member of the LGBT+ community, described the warning as “f*cking ridiculous.”
The ensuing tense argument saw Aexnidaral unexpectedly depart the region’s server, as well as several other region’s servers, at approximately 2:30 a.m. (UTC+0) on November 14. Within minutes, they had resigned from the World Assembly on-site, leaving Europeia without a Delegate. They subsequently issued a formal notice to President Peeps that they would be stepping down from all their positions with immediate effect.
Departure Leaves Numerous Vacancies
Due to Aexnidaral’s resignation of the Delegacy, President Peeps was left responsible for appointing a new individual to fill the position. As they wrote in an official statement on the region’s offsite forum, “we leapt into action immediately to find [a] replacement.” Three nations are now involved in an unusual transition of power.
Firstly, Darkslayer, by virtue of being deputy to Aexnidaral, has become the acting World Assembly Delegate in name alone, but is unlikely to take over the actual role game-side given the endorsement gap between themselves and the new in-game Delegate.
Secondly, Le Libertia is the de facto Delegate as the individual who had the second-highest number of endorsements below Aexnidaral at the time of their departure. They look set to remain in the position for at least the coming few days.
Thirdly, Primorye Oblast (commonly known as Prim) was nominated as the new Delegate by President Peeps, but must first be confirmed by the Senate. This is likely to happen shortly at the discretion of Senate Speaker Lime. However, even with a rapid confirmation, it may well be weeks before Prim can close the gap of more than 150 endorsements that stands between them and Le Libertia.
Additionally, Aexnidaral’s resignation vacated the roles of Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, which the President is also responsible for appointing. In their place, acting Delegate Darkslayer has been nominated, pending approval from the regional legislature. Darkslayer is also the incumbent Chief Justice of Arnhelm, a semi-autonomous body within the region, and a former Senate Speaker.
Rapid Recovery Mode
In an official statement provided to NationStates Today, President Peeps said of the region’s recovery efforts:
“While the sudden departure of what was our longest-serving World Assembly Delegate is not a position I would have chosen to be in, I believe that we handeled [sic] it professionally and with speed, naming a replacement about an hour after the vacancy. Prim is an experienced, long-standing member of our community who has served as both Councillor of World Assembly Affairs and Chief of State, which is exactly what we need right now.”
Europeia’s swift response to the unexpected turn of events demonstrates the strength of its institutions, but has illuminated a concerning issue: the Deputy Delegate was not second in endorsements – in fact, they were lying a staggering 80 endorsements behind Le Libertia. Others will also likely ask questions about whether the server moderators took the right steps in dealing with the situation, and if the rules were even clear enough to server members in the first place.