NationStates site rules regarding impersonation have recently been amended/clarified. The impersonation rule now reads:
Impersonation: Any attempt to maliciously impersonate another nation or region, including employing a similar name is illegal according to the FAQ. Note that the impersonation must be “malicious” to be a prohibited action, and we generally require the report to come from the impersonated party. We do not normally consider impersonating another nation or region for gameplay advantage to be inherently malicious (e.g. “false flag” operations), but malicious impersonation of specific players remains prohibited. (i.e. you can create a nation named “TNP Security Officer” in an attempt to impersonate the TNP Security Council, but you may not create a nation named Examp13stan, and pretend to be the player Examplestan.)
Some further context regarding this change can be found here.
In light of these changes, I wanted to ask a few questions to the Council on Regional Security and the Coral Guard.
Given this change to the impersonation rule, it is now possible to impersonate the Council on Regional Security, the Coral Guard, or other security institutions. Is the Council prepared to respond to a security threat taking this form or incorporating this tactic?
I also wanted to ask in particular about where control over and oversight of our regional endorsement promotion infrastructure lies. Dispatches that ping many nations at once have proven to be one of our most effective ways to reach our residents. The dispatch asking residents who are not WA members to join the WA and endorse the Delegate and Coral Guard has averaged over 17 reads a day since it was posted. Our welcome dispatch, pinned on the WFE and linked from our welcome telegram, has managed less than 8 reads a day. With the new impersonation rule, it would seemingly now be legal (in terms of NationStates game rules) to use this infrastructure in order to impersonate our regional security institutions and drive endorsements towards an illegitimate figure.
Under Charter IIX(19), the Coral Guard has the power to “build infrastructure […] to promote the growth of endorsements in the region.” How closely is the Coral Guard involved with our endorsement promotion infrastructure?
Relatedly, how closely does the Council on Regional Security work with the Coral Guard on this area? In 2018, the CRS was “serious about the WA Development Program.” Is this still the case? Is its approach more hands-off nowadays?
Finally, who else has access to this infrastructure? Who has the ability to revoke access in an emergency? Are access levels vetted as a security-sensitive matter?