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The Willemstan Discord Server

This article was last updated on: February 3rd 2022

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The current server icon for the Willemstan Discord Server.

Lore

The Willemstan Discord Server was created on September 19th of 2018 by Eli Payton. However, the official move to Discord did not take place until October 18th of 2018, when the few Willemstan members at the time voted to move Willemstan to Discord through a 4-2 majority vote. Ever since this move, the Willemstan Discord Server has been the core of Willemstan, leaving the Silly School for Cosmic Children as a mere outpost. When it was originally founded, it was under the joint control of Eli, Charlie, and Joey due to the elected Dictator's absence.

The server has changed a lot in the years since its establishment. Text channels have come and gone, Dictators have been elected and re-elected. #notifications is the only original channel left at this point. Willemstan has a pretty lenient immigration policy, as long as new server members have connections to those already in the server. However, since Eli Payton's takeover in 2020, some new members have been oppressed by the state. Despite this, the citizens of Willemstan have been attempting to increase the population of the server, as the graduation of most of Willemstan's members from high school looms closer by the day.


Current Status

The Willemstan Discord Server has 59 members, a significant increase since the Google Classroom days. This includes the bots and people not living in Williamston, as well as server members with no rights. SuS has been monitoring the entire server since January of 2021 after an 8 month exile. The sever continues to be the heart of Willemstan, serving as a hub of propaganda production, citizen activity, and government planning. As previously mentioned, anyone is welcome to join the Willemstan Discord Server, but they must have connections to avoid being thrown in "the can". The server is currently simply and appropriately named "Willemstan".


Membership Count Overtime

Unfortunately, the number of members in the Willemstan Discord Server has not been documented well. While there was a record of all citizen information, this was lost during the failure of the Willemstan folder in June of 2019. That was the only attempt at record keeping. Also, there used to be a distinction between a server member and a citizen. During 2018 and some of 2019, new members were required to fill out a citizenship form in order to obtain full rights. However, this practice gradually fell out of use until it became forgotten about entirely. Most notably, Ian Hampton never became an official citizen of Willemstan, despite becoming Dictator in the future. Speaking of, it is still a requirement to be a "citizen" of Willemstan in order to run for Dictator, even though the term means little now as a result of the disbandment of the citizenship form.

During 2018, there were probably only a dozen or so members of the Willemstan Discord Server, and less than 10 active members. The Willemstan - Wolfenstan War resulted in some membership growth due to the mass recruiting initiative associated with it. Soon after the war concluded, immigration laws were relaxed to allow anyone to join the server, even if they were outside Williamston. Also, SuS and many Discord bots were created during this year. By the end of 2019, there were probably about 30 people in the server. During 2020, server activity surged due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, which resulted in both an increase in active members and total members. By the end of the summer, the server had reached about 45 members. However, in November of 2020, Eli and his administration kicked inactive server members, removing about a dozen people. In December of 2020, there was a surge in new server members (17 join messages), caused in-part by the Winter 2020 Election. By August of 2021, the server had reached 50 members. In September and October of 2021, many underclassmen joined Willemstan as a result of the recruiting initiative triggered by the Future of Willemstan Vote. Most of the recruiting has been done by Andrew, Thomas, and Kendal. In November of 2021, the server reached 60 members. In January of 2022, the server reached 70 members.


Willemstan Discord Server Countup

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Foundation Period

The Foundation Period was a time period on the Discord server from September of 2018 to February of 2019. The Move to Discord and the Willemstan - Wolfenstan War were the highlights of this time period. As the name suggests, these months were spent getting the Discord server going. Many changes to the Willemstan Commandments were also made, as this period contains the early months of Eli Payton's First Dictatorship. It was also rather unstable, as there were three different Dictators and many text channels came and went. The server wasn't even under the control of an elected Dictator until December of 2018, due to Josue's absence and Charlie's brief acting dictatorship.

Willemstan - Wolfenstan War

Main article: Willemstan - Wolfenstan War

The Willemstan - Wolfenstan War was an early conflict from December of 2018 to January of 2019. The war started when Josue Mejia and Nick, who were the two highest ranking government officials in Willemstan, left Willemstan and formed "Wolfenstan", a rival nation. The war ended quickly due to a lack of interest, but resulted in some growth for the server and established Tax Collection as a reputable practice.

February 2019 Vote

On February 4th of 2019, the decision was made that people outside of Williamston, Michigan were allowed to join Willemstan. This was a highly controversial vote because the measure passed with a slim 8 - 7 majority. This established the "open invite" policy that is still largely in effect today.


Political Drought Period

The Political Drought was a period on the Discord server from March of 2019 to December of 2019. During this period, very little government action actually occurred, little legislation was passed, and election enthusiasm was down. This period began when Joey Badra became Acting Dictator and was instructed to do nothing. This continued when Annie Payton was elected and also accomplished nothing. The primary cause of this period was that Eli was feeling burned out and had little interest in leading. This period was easily one of the darker ones in Willemstan's history, but came to an end after the Winter 2019 Election sparked new energy with new candidates and a fresh Dictator.


Live Camera Feed Period

The Live Camera Feed Period was a period on the Discord server from January of 2020 to April of 2020. It was characterized by the Live Camera Feed which ran throughout the vast majority of the period, as well as fresh policies such as the Water Mandate that were widely accepted. Things were going very well for Willemstan, in fact you could consider this a golden age. However, once the Live Camera Feed went offline, and server activity began to decline, things took a turn for the worst. The Willemstan Wiki was founded near the end of this period.


Controversial Period

The Controversial Period was a period on the Discord server from May of 2020 to December of 2020. It began with Sean's reputation taking a turn for the worst as he and his administration passed a complete server overhaul, known as the Willemstan 1.1 Reforms. These reforms started off strong but were soon met with widespread disaproval and unrest as they delayed the Summer 2020 Election. The government's lack of transparency and failure to take the concerns of the citizens seriously lead to a rebellion, a Civil War, and another wave of reforms. Aside from the initial instability, the events of May and June have caused a lot of instability and divided opinions. The Willemstan Wiki recived extensive development during this period. On the bright side, server activity had increased and stabilized. This had been due to many factors, including online school, the new reforms and the subsequent drama, and consistent events.

Willemstan 1.1 Reforms

Main article: Willemstan 1.1

The Willemstan 1.1 reforms are well known for several reasons. For one, this was the first change in the Willemstan government system since the Willemstan Commandments were introduced back in 2018 during the Silly School era. The government was changed so that Willemstan was more of a Flawed Democracy, rather than a Dictatorship. However, the most important change that came out of this was that all but one of the text channels in the Willemstan Discord Server were deleted. #notifications was spared from this fate only because the server members rallied together in the new #chat during the reforms. This purged removed the vast majority of first hand information regarding Willemstan's past, as the chat logs were no more.

Willemstan 1.2 Reforms

Main article: Willemstan 1.2

The Willemstan 1.1 reforms caused a lot of controversy, which lead to the reactionary Willemstan 1.2 reforms. These reforms undid the changes caused by the previous reforms, but unfortunately there was no way to recover the deleted channels. These reforms steered Willemstan back onto its original path and were supported by a large majority of the citizens.


Resurgence Period

The Resurgence Period was a period on the Willemstan Discord Server from January of 2021 - March 2021. It was brought on by Sean Kavanagh's Second Dictatorship, and resulted in a resurgence of the Discord bots, government oppression, and Sean's reputation as a credible Dictator. The SuS and Gere bots returned to Willemstan after over 8 months in exile, and new ones were added, including "ninja brian". The government used a new system known as the Willemstan Salt Mine that replaced the Willemstan Deviant system and was used to suppress all forms of discontent and cringe. The Live Camera Feed livestream made a return as Live Camera Feed: Season Two as well. Finally, Willemstan elections were changed at a legislative level and made uncorrupted. However, in March of 2021, the Resurgence Period was brought to an abrupt end due to the March Incident.


Purge Period

The Purge Period is a period on the Willemstan Discord Server from April of 2021 - Present. It was brought on by the wrath of the WCS Administration, which discovered the Live Camera Feed and brought hellfire down on Willemstan as a result. Extensive purges to the Silly Goose YouTube Channel and Willemstan Wiki were made, all content related to the school had to be removed. Around 80 videos were set to private on Silly Goose, and 25 articles removed from the wiki. While it is true that the videos have been re-uploaded to System IV, and the wiki articles backed up to Ian's computer, this was still a very demoralizing event for Willemstan. Access to the Willemstan Wiki was heavily restricted to developers only for several months. The motivation to do stupid computer shit at the school was killed off and would never return for the System Trio. Whether or not all of the purged content would come ever come back out into the public light again was uncertain, but at least Willemstan was able to conduct the first fair election in its history.

Later into the period, some high quality Silly Goose content was produced. This began on October 2nd of 2021 with the release of "Normal Probability Plot script [Trap Beat Remix]". Later into October, Charlie uploaded the original footage from Ok2Say Propaganda Franchise. On October 16th of 2021, Ian released a meme of Williamston staff as "vapebusters" in #propaganda, as a callback to the Vapebusters parody video released almost a year prior. After weeks of hinting at the possibility of a remastered version of Vapebusters, Ian completed Vapebusters: Remastered on October 30th of 2021. The video was released to Willemstan the next day. In November of 2021, the first gaming live stream in 8 months took place. It is important to note that almost all of this new content was released unlisted due to the implications of the March Incident.

Future of Willemstan Vote

On August 16th of 2021, Dictator Ian Hampton asked the citizens of Willemstan to vote on the future of Willemstan. On August 22nd of 2021, the poll closed, and the winning option was to "mass recruit young people to the server". The hope is to get a decent amount of underclassmen to join Willemstan, in order to continue it after the Class of 2022's graduation. However, it is worth noting that the poll option "let Willemstan die after we graduate" came in second place.

November 2021 Vote

On 8th of 2021, Dictator Ian Hampton asked the citizens of Willemstan to vote on a possibile election reform. The subject at hand was the restriction of voting rights for new citizens of Willemstan, and wheter or not the "not elligible to vote period" should be expanded or shrunk. Twenty-four citizens voted in this poll, a record for non-election polls. Twenty of which voted to extend the no voting rights period to the entire month before elections. This policy was adopted officially on November 30th of 2021.


A Guide to All Current Willemstan Text Channels

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A Guide to Sean's Second Dictatorship Text Channels

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A Guide to Late Willemstan 1.2 Era Text Channels

#notifications - For all things Willemstan.

#propaganda - Willemstan propaganda. Glory to Willemstan! In SuS we (don't) trust.

#economics - Details regarding the Willemstan Economy.

#election - All election information, updates, and candidate information.

#welcome-to-willemstan - All join messages are here. This is a rebirth of the original #welcome-to-willemstan.

#chat - For general discussion. No attachments, such as images, are allowed.

#media - This is for all kinds of posts, links, images, and attachments. It replaced #gere-shihs, #gifs, #cursed-images, #aminals, #memes, #ytp-in-the-plural.

#nsfw-media - Same rules as media but NSFW is allowed.

#quality-media - Same deal as #media, but only four media posts are allowed per day.

#gaming - For gaming related content, like competitions, screenshots, etc. Replaced the old #games and #gaming.

#venting- Judgement free ranting zone, based off the original #venting.

#eyebleach - Images only channel.

#eyebleach-discussion - For discussion about the images in #eyebleach.

#server-events - For serverwide events.

#cosmoteer-tournament - For the participants of the current Cosmoteer Tournament.

#event-planning - For events hosted by server members, not serverwide events. Formerly known as #events.

#whs-updates - All updates regarding Williamston Community Schools, and anything that affects Williamston Community Schools.

#math-and-science-academy - For the MSA students.

#williamston-discussion - For discussing/talking about Williamston & WCS.

#vip-chat - For people who have purchased the VIP rank.

#willemstan-wiki - Where all the images for the Willemstan Wiki are stored. There is also occasional discussion there. Only accessable to wiki contributors.

A Guide to the Early Willemstan 1.2 Era Public Channels

#notifications - For all things Willemstan.

#whs-updates - All updates regarding Williamston Community Schools, and anything that affects Williamston Community Schools.

#election - All election information, updates, and candidate information.

#propaganda - Willemstan propaganda. Glory to Willemstan! In SuS we (don't) trust.

#chat - For general discussion. No attachments, such as images, are allowed.

#media - This is for all kinds of posts, links, images, and attachments. It replaced #gere-shihs, #gifs, #cursed-images, #aminals, #memes, #ytp-in-the-plural.

#quality-media - Same deal as #media, but with a 6 hour slow mode to serve as quality control.

#quality-discourse - For discussion about the images in #quality-media.

#eyebleach - Images only channel.

#eyebleach-discussion - For discussion about the images in #eyebleach.

#gaming - For gaming related content, like competitions, screenshots, etc. Replaced the old #games and #gaming.

#current-events - News and political channel.

#events - For events hosted by server members, not serverwide events.

#venting- Judgement free ranting zone, based off the original #venting.

A Guide to the Willemstan 1.1 Era Public Channels

#announcement - A channel where government officials post announcements relating to the server only.

#orders - Formerly known as #notifications, this is the only original channel left in the Willemstan Discord server that has been there since the start. It is now used for announcements by the President and the Governors.

#chat - For general discussion. No attachments, such as images, are allowed.

#media - This is for all kinds of posts, links, images, and attachments. It replaced #gere-shihs, #gifs, #cursed-images, #aminals, #memes, #ytp-in-the-plural.

#quality-media - Same deal as #media, but with a 6 hour slow mode to serve as quality control.

#quality-discourse - For discussion about the images in #quality-media.

#t3ch-5upp0rt - The replacement for the old #tech-support. For bot commands.

#gaming - For gaming related content, like competitions, screenshots, etc. Replaced the old #games and #gaming.

#current-events - News and political channel.

#tweets - Has a bot that automatically links every new tweet sent out by the Willemstan Twitter account. However, the bot so far has proven to be very unreliable.

#youtube - Has a bot that automatically links every new video published on the Silly Goose YouTube channel.

A Guide to the Old Willemstan Era Public Channels

#notifications - Policy changes and announcements from the Dictator, as well as notifications about new videos from the Silly Goose channel, server events, and Williamston High School updates were sent here.

#welcome-to-willemstan - All join messages were sent here, tucked away quietly.

#poll-updates - This channel was only active during elections. It consisted of updates showing the election poll, so you can see who is winning the election.

#enemies-of-the-state - This is where announcements were made by the Dictator that described who the current enemies of the states were. The guidelines for becoming an enemy of the state would change at any time and were entirely circumstantial. There were four enemies of the state.

#chat - General chat, images and videos were (usually) permitted.

#memes - Meme channel, it was locked down during Memeless March.

#animals - It was for pictures of animals, cursed animals, and real animals.

#ytp-in-the-plural - It was for youtube poops, although it seemed almost all youtube videos are allowed, as non-ytps are not removed.

#tech-support - It was a channel for bot commands, most notably SUS commands.

#propaganda - A channel that was supposed to be for only posting propaganda.

#gone-wrong-in-the-hood - "NSFW" channel, but the vast majority of the stuff in there wasn't NSFW. Nobody in the server was over the age of 18, so there's that.

#cursed-images - It was a channel for cursed images. Most of the images in here wasn't actually a truly "cursed" image.

#gere-shihs - Random files from the Mediapool were sent here by the Jonathan Gere Discord bot.

#wet - It was a channel for posting images of water or milk you intend to drink, as per the Dictator's orders.

#gaming - It was a channel for video games. It replaced the #games channel after the rebellion.

#music - It was the music bot commands channel.

#market - The channel that was used for announcing new shipments of Comrades' Choice for sale. It was a very dead channel.

#comrades-choice-suggestions - Exactly what it sounded like. Another channel that was dead due to the collapse of the Comrades' Choice franchise.