10000 Islands Song

10000 Islands Song

by The Bone of Contention
November / December 2013

Melody: Flowers in the Window by Travis

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10000 Islands Song

Morning sun rises. The night’s cold
recedes. Through silver mists behold:
The early light falls on a shore as you
and I have never ever dreamt or seen before.

Wow look at you now,
The Ten Thousand Islands.
It’s such a lovely place
to drop one’s anchor down and stay.
‘Cause you stand up, out in the crowd.
You are one in a million.
Realm of blue-green waves,
you have what the heart craves.

You are a reason to feel glad.
So often we are shown how much the world is mad.
You don’t fall for the lies that are so oft retold
‘Cause you help out and carry others’ load.

Wow look at you now,
The Ten Thousand Islands.
Every cozy bay
a place to frolic, laugh and play.
‘Cause you stand up, out in the crowd,
The Ten Thousand Islands.
bathed in the sun’s warm glow.

Your history is long and fine.
For every generation there is time, time, time
to plant new seeds and watch them grow.
Each one inspires the Islands that we love and know.

Wow look at you now,
The Ten Thousand Islands.
Here at the Tiki bar
you’ll meet guests from near and far.
‘Cause you stand up, out in the crowd.
You are one in a million.
Beaches of white sand
surround each lovely land.

Wow look at you now,
The Ten Thousand Islands.
It’s such a joyful place
to drop one’s anchor down and stay.
‘Cause you stand up, out in the crowd,
The Ten Thousand Islands,
and come sun or snow,
long may our friendship grow.

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The Battle of the Bones by Aersoldorf

Poem by Aersoldorf about the roleplay of 10000 Islands with The Skeleton Army in November / December 2013.

If someone would like to re-read the RP, it starts here.

The Battle of the Bones



‘Twas the week of Thanksgiving and all thro’ the Isles
The natives awaited the season with smiles
Sir Thomas tried taking a Kraken alive
Not sensing the danger that soon would arrive
The Grubster was napping, ensconced in his fort
While Cerb worked in chambers upon a report
Yes, life was idyllic that bright, sunny day
I could not decide, should I work or just play?
When down on the beach there arose such a clatter
I slipped and fell down on fresh pelican splatter
Then loudly and clearly a single conch blew
Announcing the coming of Queen you know who
The wail of that shell, well it soon filled the sky
With the sound of the Skeleton’s fierce battle cry
Then, what to my watering eyes should appear
A Bilge Rat named Ronnie who’d come to strike fear
With a flick of her wrist that was lively and quick
She spread out some roses (to me they looked slick)
Then, lo, their great leader, Queen Ramazakal
She slipped on those petals and almost did fall
Faux pas soon behind her, the skeletal dame
Brought forth reinforcements, she called them by name
“Contention and Army, Vampiric and Spade,
On Shelob, On Nameles, On Dragon and Plague
From island to island, now scale ev’ry wall
This vast archipelago to us shall fall
Now off into battle, your air mattress row
But beware of the Kraken that’s lurking below”
A sharp, pointy rock the air mattress did sink
Then Thomas and Spade were pulled down in the drink
Armed with espresso and shiny gold coin
The Island defenders the battle did join
Assaulted by cream pies and magnolia petals
The skeletal forces displayed their great mettle
“O please, Island folk, if you’ll give us your land
We will throw a big party, complete with a band
We’ve captured your champion, Thomas, you see
What’s that? He was freed by some snack trickery!!
Your muffins have made our best plans come undone,
But so long as they’re fresh I think I’ll have one
I beg you again sign this bone of surrender
Our beerquila’s stout and our sticky ribs tender
We’re chilled by your ice and we tire of your puns
We’d rather drink rum on the beach in the sun”
Shelob’s got no sea-legs and Spade’s turned to rust
The tap dancing penguins say disco or bust
We’ll have an ice cream social, but none for BC
We’ll need a hot toddy to thaw him you see
The Skeletal Hamsters of Cerb said ‘Enough
This fighting must end so now pack up your stuff
We’ll have a big luau to relieve the stress
Now where is that butler, let him clean this mess’
So after much drinking the raiders set sail
Although just who won it is too hard to tell
But I heard them exclaim, ere they rowed out of sight
“We must do this again, it was such a fun fight”


We found our friends were close

We found our friends were close

by The Bone of Contention
On the occasion of our region’s defense by TITO, June 2013
Dedicated to every one of our defenders
Members and Friends

Melody: The Briar and the Rose
by Tom Waits


I fell asleep, so it would seem
And there I had the strangest dream
A day when cold an ill wind blows
What do you do on those

There’s a throne of bones
And you wonder where
The Queen has gone and left her chair
You send a signal in the air
And hope your friends are close

Long in the garden it has been
A spade that all the grasses green
The daffodil and iris knows
The briar and the rose

We picked up a spade one early morn
A deed from trust and friendship born
And on that day, as history shows
We found our friends were close

No ill wind shall tear us apart
Although our ribs enclose no heart
And empty skulls no brains enclose
We love this place we chose

And when we’re buried in our crypts
Tell us so we may know
An ancient tale
From long ago
We found our friends were close

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World Assembly Discussion: Commend The Skeleton Army, May – November 2010


A little bit of background – The Skeleton Army is the funniest raider group around. They’ve been in NationStates for several years, and their method of ‘raiding’ is to move some non-WA nations to the target region, and then post on the RMB claiming to have taken it over. I don’t think that description really does them justice – their invasions are absolutely hilarious, and generally enjoyed by all involved – especially the ‘invaded’ region.

Diplomats discuss in the halls of the WA


a raiding group that increases the activity of regions they ‘invade’, do no harm to them at all, don’t infringe their sovereignty, and all in all provide a good time for everyone

First Drafting in the Security Council Forum

NSwiki Article:

Following the submission of the proposal, The Skeleton Army decided to invade Yggdrasil followed by The West Pacific to demonstrate their methods.

NSwiki on the Resolution


The Skeleton Army is a rather unique group…

Citizens converse in The Rejected Realms


I am for this one

Ten Thousand Islanders talk over the idea

Moafin (Chancellor Shaw):

I quite enjoyed their stint here.

The Eastern Pacificans exchange views in The East Pacific