Early-Installment Weirdness: In 2009, his first posts were not quite that good. The characterisation was poor and clunky. But he is slowly starting to move on.
Expy: Of the United Kingdom (for his nations) and of Europe.
Girl on Girl Is Hot: Averted, but there is a lesbian couple in one of his RP's. Although he created lesbian couple Karla and Rani, it is definitely not for Fanservice but rather for diversity reasons, and we have Word of God on that.
Write What You Know: Automobiles make up the bulk of his posts, followed by British-related themes. Also writes on media topics too.
Bearing no relation to the Aurora Confederacy, Aurora is a player-created region that holds itself to very high RP standards. Founded and led by Norvenia, it is an MT (Modern Times) region famed for its very talented (or, at least, very verbose) writers. Aurinsula The Republic of Aurinsula is an Expy of conservative, militant East Asian democracies, particularly Taiwan and South Korea.
Alternate History: Relies on this, but not to the extent that you'd think - it's very much an Expy of Taiwan, albeit considerably scaled up.
Alt Itis: Both Aurinsula and Songhia, despite having completely unrelated histories, are played by the same person - the only example of this in Aurora to date. Their stories generally interact as little as possible.
Faction Calculus: The Aurinsulans call their method of waging war the 'Pancake,' as distinguished from the Norvenian 'Cereal Bowl' or the Skorzenian 'Jelly Doughnut.' In short, their armed forces relies on being a big, durable, homogenized mass that can exhaust enemies through sheer attrition.
Iron Lady: Their current president, Zhao Yingtai, is something like this (or at least tries to be).
Mega Corp.: An enduring feature of their society, the largest ones have a huge influence over the country's politics.
No More Emperors: Their history can roughly be construed as, "What if remnants of the first Republic fled overseas and kept operating a government there?"
Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The Aurinsulans are unhappy about their dependence on foreign aide to fight the Skorzenians, but they know that they don't stand a chance without it.
Translation Style Choices: Definitely option 2; Aurinsulans refuse to truck with phonetic transliterations of anything and always translate for meaning. They religiously track down the origins of foreign names and render them in their own language, however it might end up sounding. This works in reverse, too; the name of the country is a reverse-translation of its actual name, Jindao - meaning 'The Golden Island.'
We Have Reserves: How Aurinsula prepares to fight a full-scale war. They have a book that rates the value of all their forces and those of the enemies, and are encouraged to make trades - kill 20 points of your guys at the cost of 15 points of our guys - without hesitation. Average soldiers are the cheapest thing in the book.
Worthy Opponent: To Skorzenia; the Aurinsulans are very well-prepared for a fight with them.
Afalia The Kingdom of Afalia is an Expy of Australia with some Irish influences. A former Regnum Albion colony that gained independence in 1952 it is now a tolerant, stable, wealthy parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarchy although since a terrible war in 2013 it has been going through the motions.
Big Bad: Undoubtedly the biggest enemy of Afalians everywhere is the dictator of Titanica Jack Lazin, a fascist dictatorship which attacked Afalia in 2013 in the bloodiest war in its history. He is currently on trial for war crimes.
Civil War: The Harling Terrors-the ongoing conflict between the Harling Freedom Army and army. The HFA is fighting for independence in a conflict suspiciously reminiscent of The Troubles.
The High Queen: Queen Amelia of Afalia who became monarch in 2013 espouses beauty, kindness and wisdom despite her young age. Despite being a constitutional monarch she enjoys enormous respect and thus some power.
Irish Priest: The minority of vicars in the Church of Afalia and the majority of priests found in Harling.
Iron Lady: Chancellor of the Exchequer Jessica Shaw and to a lesser extent Queen Amelia.
The Vicar: 95% of Church of Afalia vicars are like this.
Western Terrorists: The Harling Freedom Army from Harling Island who demand independence from Afalia. They are the main side, along the Royal Afalian Army, in the Harling Terrors conflict.
Bratoslovoukia The Federal Republic of Bratoslovoukia is the largest nation in Aurora by area, and is its Expy of Russia and the Soviet Union. Bratoslovoukia recently lost a war with Norvenia and the Cookish States, leading it to reform its political system.
Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: The Lydenburg National Police are above the law. They don't answer to Joe Public, they question his politics and beat confessions out of him. It's no surprise they're far better at curbstomping dissent than solving any actual crime.
Shown Their Work: Lydenburg is played by an actual South African and fluent Afrikaans-speaker, lending all of their posts a definite ring of verisimilitude.
Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: The Morota National Party (MNP) insurgents are alternatively depicted as communist terrorist scumbags, or selfless patriots liberating a disadvantaged people.
Wretched Hive: The country's black townships are squalid, dangerously overpopulated, slums ignored by health services and law enforcement.
Norvenia The Commonwealth of Norvenia is Aurora's resident super-power, and is an Expy of the United States, at least in the role it takes in the region.
Eagleland: Type I. Norvenians are devoted to liberal interventionism, and don't hesitate to deploy troops in order to overthrow oppressive regimes.
The Federation: Norvenia not only sees itself as this, but tries very hard to live up to it.
Proud Warrior Race: Norvenians hold the armed forces in very high regard, and have a standard of training and equipment for every soldier that is unmatched except by the most elite of foreign armies.
Seahold The Grand Duchy of Seahold is an Expy of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, if it got colonized by Anglo-Saxon and Norse seafarers instead of the Spanish.
Culture Chop Suey: Seaholders have Anglo-Saxon and Norse roots but, due to centuries of intermixing with the Carib and Taino natives of their archipelago, they strongly resemble Latinos in both appearance and culture. Why? Rule of Cool.
Latin Land: bachata, Spanish Colonial architecture, mestizos, Latin American food...
Modest Royalty: the last two generations of royals have been this. The previous ones, not so much.
Skorzenia The Holy Empire. Skorzenia is the ultimate antipode of Norvenia; it is a tyrannical state ruled by a shadowy order that oppresses its toiling masses. It is also very well-written, all things considered.
Awesome, but Impractical: The P.2000 Behemoth Tank. It's based on the P.1500 Monster and weighs over 2,000 tons. In general, all of their equipment is explicitly like this.
After the End: Skorzenia's cities and economies were destroyed in the nuclear 1984 War. The nation as it exists now is a little over a dozen massive factory cities built around Fraternity bunker complexes, with most of the country remaining lawless wasteland.
Big Bad: Of Aurora; the country takes the role of master-antagonist.
Black And Black Morality: The Fraternity has conquered several neighboring nations and basically enslaved their populations. They did this in retaliation for said nations attempting to annihilate them (for the second time) and oppressing (or even attempting to exterminate) Skorzenian refugees within their borders.
Dystopia: Members of the Steel Fraternity get democracy, education, and civil rights. The other ninety-plus percent of the population get random mass killings, deliberate mass killings, engineered poverty and overcrowding, government-backed gangs of psychopaths, human experimentation, starvation, and general soul-crushing oppression. Young prole men actually fight each other for the chance to be conscripted as Cannon Fodder for the Imperial Army.
Eagleland: The original Republic of Skorzenia, founded by American adventurers following the Civil War, had Type I ideals, but always skirted close to Type II. The Steel Fraternity likewise has Type I dreams, but following a period of laissez-faire corporate rule, a civil war, a nuclear civil war, and multiple attempts to destroy their nation, they reacted by going to the far end of Type II, then right on past it to build an oppressive oligarchy.
Emperor Scientist: Brother-Polymath Johnathan Keyes, leader of the Steel Fraternity and Emperor of Skorzenia, is an accomplished scientist who now devotes most of his time to gerontological study in an attempt to increase the lifespan of Fraternity members.
Faceless Goons: The Skorzenian National Police and most of the Fraternity's infantry wear face-concealing helmets.
Homage: To Fallout. The Brotherhood of Steel is represented here as the Steel Fraternity, and their elite warriors wear armor modeled after the Power Armor from the game. Also, the Skorzenian National Police are modeled after Judges, and the Ranger Patrol Troop is the Main Force Patrol in all but name. Johnathan Steuben, the sadistic commander of VANGUARD is named after Joachim Steuben of Hammer's Slammers. The oppressed underclass are referred to as proles, and the nuclear war that led to the Fraternity's takeover of the nation occurred in 1984, both references to 1984.
Hypocrite: The Steel Fraternity is militantly and vocally dedicated to democracy and liberty, despite being a brutally oppressive oligarchy ruling an autocratic empire.
Token Evil Teammate: The special forces/intelligence organization VANGUARD is this, even compared to the rest of the Fraternity. On an individual level, the psychotic commander of VANGUARD is this to the rest of the Imperial High Command.
Songhia The Republic of Songhia is a very troubled nation in southern Afrosia.
Alt Itis: As mentioned above, it's played by the same person as Aurinsula.
Bling of War: Much has been made of Songhia's devotion to fancy uniforms as a tangible job benefit. The President's elite guards actually wear white uniforms when on the job, making them spectacularly conspicuous.
Bulungi: More-or-less this, complete with its very own...
The Generalissimo: The irrepressible David Sundiata, who seized power in 2003 and continues to hold it to this day.
Pugna Archipelago is a player-created RP region consisting of very small (by NationStates standards, ie less than a hundred million) islands and groups of islands usually MT with some Fan T aspects.Breheim Nordic Republic which is based on Scandinavian countries during the cold war, along with aspects of the DDR, Revolutionary France, The New Russia and other things.
Cult Colony: Some. A few of the largest towns and cities in the east and north were originally founded by pagans fleeing the Christianized west and south. Bjørnøya is a more modern, and extremely small, example.
Twenty Minutes into the Past: Rural Breheim a bit more than twenty minutes, and even cities lag behind in most respects to modern nations. Changing quite rapidly with opened markets and foreign relations.
The Ditorstate of Titianicia The Ditorstate of Titianicia is effectively a dystopia which works, abusive and volatile. It also is relatively bizarre, existing in as mixture between Aztec/Mayan, imperial China and imperial Japan. Also the size of Eurasia at an area of 54,759,000 km2. That and all its problems can be solved by two words. - nuclear or space.
Dystopia: It is an isolated nation, run by high functing sociopaths, a gloriously incompetent and corrupt bereaucracy, a stuck in a state which is nearly antagonising the rest of the world. However is slowly becoming an inverted trope as reforms slowly kick on but that does not remove anymore of the pain for those living under it currently.
Hobbes Was Right: Basically now the entire legislative system of Titianicia runs on this trope.
N.G.O.:The Titianician State Authority and the Titianician Armed Forces share huge amount power inside the nation of Titianicia.
My Country,Right or Wrong: The general philosophy of the Titianician goverment and most of its people. Taken to its logical extreme with the Kēng National Revolutionary Front who justify the mass slaughter of cites, torture for the sake of it, ritual sacrifice just because they are Titianician colonisers.