Saturday, August 27, 2005

Nationstates Server crash 2: Crash Harder.

On 26th August 2005, the second major server crash of the year happened, resulting in chaos reigning supreme throughout Nationstates. At around 3:00 yesterday afternoon GMT, players of the game found they could no longer log onto their nations, finding that they had been deleted without notice. Many Players had wondered what they had done wrong and why they had been deleted, with some even sending some strong worded Emails to the mods.

It soon became apparent however that it was not the Mods doing this but the sever. People started to notice that the feeders, (North south east and west Pacific’s) were no longer there, along with many player created regions just disappearing.

With reports of logging into your nation causes them to delete, many players stopped in their tracks and decided that the safest option would be to stay away from the game just in case they have done permanent damage to their nations.

After a short while the Admins of the game, closed the site altogether putting up this message to anyone who tried to enter.

“Earlier today (26 August 2005) our server experienced some data corruption, and the game is offline while we fix this. The fix will probably require restoring from a backup. We do not have an estimate for how long this will take nor when the backups will be from. I promise a status update by 7pm PST. (Unfortunately, I can't take the day off from work to fix this.)Restoring from backup means, unfortunately, that all nations and regions will lose any changes made in the last 20 hours.Any status updates will be posted to this page. Thank you for your patience.”

Following the fast work by the Admins the game was up and running within hours of this statement be given with only a few hours lost. To allay any fears that had arisen SalusaSecondus released a further statement,

“Yes, folks, it happened again. We filled up our hard disk. Apparently our fixes from the first time around didn't quite work. So, what's the situation? We ran out of space and the game tried (valiantly) to go on by making more space, by wiping out your accounts. Clearly it had its priorities messed up. Fortunately, a backup completed shortly before the game crashed. (Personally, I suspect that the backup caused the game to crash.) This means that I think that we lost just a few hours of data. I don't know how much yet. I'll get around to figuring that out after the game is fixed.
Our current status is "inconsistent". This means that the game is a tad confused about what's going on. So, until this is fixed, I've disabled new accounts. If you created an account between the last backup and the crash, your account is gone. Sorry. There are other problems that we'll be dealing with over the next week, but the game should be back to normal for most of you within a day.
Oh, yeah. I'm writing new code to keep this from ever happening again.”

AFCS Outgrows its Predecessor.

With the split of The Federal Commonwealth Society after allegations of Their founder not being who he said to be, the main bulk of weight on the political stage of NS has been in the hands of Posul, Current Prime Minister of the FCS. This is all set to change however as A Federal Commonwealth Society, started after the enforced exile of Great Britain, has grown in stature over the months after it has been formed.

After a vigorous recruiting campaign by Great Britain, the numbers of the AFCS have risen significantly while the FCS has stayed stagnate. This is due to many reasons, one of the main ones being the commitment of AFCS to rise up and reinstate Great Britain as the rightful leader of The Federal Commonwealth Society and to prove to Posul that Great Britain is Great Britain.

This news comes just days after it was announced that the planned elections to reunite the regions had been called off by Posul, after claiming that GB had been uncooperative.

“GB has been uncooperative during this time, I offered a third party to come in and he never responded therefore I am calling off the elections for good"

This action did shock a few members on both sides of this ‘Civil War’ with some sections stating that the regions could remain split forever.

Opinions are still quite divided in both regions with Arintaria commenting that, “even if the elections were perfectly fair and legal, it still wouldn't solve anything. Posul and GB are two very different people with two very different ways of running the region. Perhaps we all should just leave things be. Posul seems to be happy running the FCS and GB seems to be happy running the AFCS. Would uniting the regions actually cause more problems than it solves? I think it might. Especially between the leaders. There is obviously some friction between them and perhaps leaving them alone to run their respective region and sort things out privately with each other when they are ready to do so may be best. The rest of us can't force them to work together if they aren't ready to to so and it really isn't fair of us to try.”

With the AFCS about to exceed its predecessor in terms of numbers the chances of reconciliation seem to be growing ever more remote while the chances of a greater conflict are on the increase.