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(Face-claiming Rose from Elsword.)
Name: Agnes Testarosa

Age: 22

Species: Human(???) Weapon Summoner

Origin: Unknown 

Gender: Female

Height: 5'3

Personality: Quiet, serious, calm, level-headed, and motherly

Bio: She has amnesia, so little is known about her past.

Weapons: musket, revolver, hand cannon, auto gun, elemental grenades, nitro boost, and robot summons.
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Lutvija: "Okay, we have permission to make the gamer/anime club. So yeah...all I ask is for everyone to attend at least once a week. Thanks.."
People who asked to join can join!:
+Fauchereve Italy​ 
+Emma Striker​ 
+Shadow_ Wolf​ 
+Celia Fischer​

[Fire Emblem Awakening; before the game and now at the game (soon)]

Notes: Maria had a mother who was named Jane. She looked like the girl (with the light periwinkle hair) [I can show you the image of Maria if you want; young and teen], but with blue eyes and a black dress. She is great with singing. Maria inherited her mother's beauty and the gift of singing, and got brown eyes and magic skills like her father (Validar).
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STORY/STARTER

It was December 31; nighttime. The moon was full and the stars were up. Outside of the Plegia Palace were groups of people huddled side by side. They had only candles to light up the darkness.

Validar paced back and forth. His wife was in labor in another room. Often, he had prayed that his child will bear the Mark of Grima. 
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Information You Need To Know

1. Please make the replies at least 5 lines (a paragraph) or more. If there a reason for this info to be changed, I will change it.

2. You may more than one character.

3. Please have most knowledge of the characters of the game and storyline of the game. If you need the information quick, I can get a web site of the information to you.

4. We can do the RP here or PM.

5. I need Validar most likely. Some others might be needed (like Gangrel and Aversa).

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// I'm new and I hope that we'll have fun together. Here I go!

♛Country/City/State Information-♛

♛Official State Name:The commonwealth of Massachusetts ♛
♛Nickname: The Bay State,The Old Colony State,The Codfish State♛
♛Origin of name: The Massachusetts Bay Colony was named after the indigenous population, the Massachusett, whose name can be segmented as mass-adchu-s-et, where mass- is "large", adchu is "hill", s is a diminutive suffix meaning"small", and -et is a locative suffix, identifying a place. ♛
♛Residents♛
♛Abbreviation:MA ♛
♛Age:227 yrs♛
♛State number: 6th state♛
♛Date when it became a territory: February 6,1788♛
♛Date of addition to the union: ♛
♛Largest city: Boston,MA♛
♛Capital: Boston,MA ♛
♛Government♛
♛Democratic or Republican: Democratic♛
♛Government system♛
♛Local government: //I believe it's the city government but I'll do more research ♛
♛Legislature: ♛
♛Executive: ♛
♛Court System: The Massachusetts court system consists of the Supreme Judicial Court, the Appeals Court, the Executive Office of the Trial Court, the seven Trial Court departments, the Office of the Commissioner of Probation, and the Office of Jury Commissioner. ♛
♛Boss (Mayor/President): Mayor:Martin J. "Marty" Walsh
President: Currently Barack Obama ♛
♛Governor:Charlie Baker ♛
♛Lieut. Governor: Tim Murray♛

♛Senators: Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey ♛
♛U.S. Representatives: Alvin Holmes and Ray Garofalo♛
♛Flag: The flag of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts displays, on both sides, the state coat of arms centered on a white field. The shield depicts anAlgonquian Native American with bow and arrow; the arrow is pointed downward, signifying peace. The arm itself is the Goliad symbol common in early Texas flags and signifying the philosophy that those represented would rather lose their right arm than live under tyranny. A white star with five points appears next to the figure's head, signifying Massachusetts' admission as the sixth U.S. state. A blue ribbon surrounds the shield, bearing the state motto Ense Petit Placidam, Sub Libertate Quietem ("By the Sword We Seek Peace, But Peace Only Under Liberty"). The sword has its blade up, to remind that it was through the American Revolution that liberty was won.

The state flag was officially adopted in 1901, but had been used unofficially since the American Revolutionary War as the ensign of the Massachusetts State Navy. In 1971, the earlier pine tree was replaced by the current design.♛
♛ Coat of arms ♛
♛Biggest Ethnic Group: RankAncestry% of Population1.Irish22.52.Italian13.53.English11.44.French85.German5.9♛
♛Language(s) spoken: As of 2010, 78.93% (4,823,127) of Massachusetts residents age 5 and older spoke English at home as a primary language, while 7.50% (458,256) spokeSpanish, 2.97% (181,437) Portuguese, 1.59% (96,690) Chinese (which includesCantonese and Mandarin), 1.11% (67,788)French, 0.89% (54,456) French Creole, 0.72% (43,798) Italian, 0.62% (37,865)Russian, and Vietnamese was spoken as a main language by 0.58% (35,283) of the population over the age of five. In total, 21.07% (1,287,419) of Massachusetts's population age 5 and older spoke a mother language other than English. ♛
♛Population: 6,593,587 ♛
♛State size (sq miles): 10,555 sq mi
(27,336 km2) ♛
♛Number of counties:14  ♛
♛Largest county by population and area: Middlesex County, Massachusetts ♛
♛Religion: Catholic ♛
♛Climate: Massachusetts has a transitional climate between the humid continental andhumid subtropical climate regimes. The warm to hot summers renders theoceanic climate rare in this transition, only applying to exposed coastal areas such as on the peninsula of Barnstable County. The climate of Boston is quite representative for the commonwealth, characterized by summer highs of around 81 °F (27 °C) and winter highs of 35 °F (2 °C) and is quite wet. Frosts are frequent all winter, even in coastal areas due to prevailing inland winds ♛
♛Economy: The United States Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that the Massachusetts gross state product in 2013 was US$446 billion The per capita personal income in 2012 was $53,221, making it the third highest state in the nation Thirteen Fortune 500companies are located in Massachusetts, the largest of which are the Liberty Mutual Insurance Group of Boston andMassMutual Financial Services of Springfield CNBC's list of "Top States for Business for 2014" has recognized Massachusetts as the 25th best state in the nation for businessAccording to a 2013 study by Phoenix Marketing International, Massachusetts had the sixth-largest number of millionaires per capita in the United States, with a ratio of 6.73 percent

Sectors vital to the Massachusetts economy include higher education,biotechnology, finance, health care, and tourism. Route 128 was a major center for the development of minicomputersand electronics and high technology remains an important sector. In recent years tourism has played an ever-important role in the state's economy, with Boston and Cape Cod being the leading destinations. Other popular tourist destinations include Salem, Plymouth, andthe Berkshires. Massachusetts' is the 6th most popular tourist destination for foreign travelers. As of April 2015, the state's unemployment rate was 4.8%, below the national level of 5.5%.

As of 2012, there were 7,755 farms in Massachusetts encompassing a total of 523,517 acres (2,120 km2), averaging 67.5 acres (0.273 km2) apiece.Particular agricultural products of note include green house products making up more than one third of the states agricultural output, cranberries, sweet corn and apples are also large sectors of production. Massachusetts is the second-largest cranberry-producing state in the union after Wisconsin.

Taxation

The overall state and local tax burden in Massachusetts ranks 4th highest in the United States. Massachusetts has a flat-rate personal income tax of 5.2%,after a 2002 voter referendum to eventually lower the rate to 5.0%.There is an exemption for income below a threshold that varies from year to year. The corporate income tax rate is 8.8%, and the short-term capital gains tax rate is 12%

The state imposes a 6.25% sales taon certain system design/computer software service and retail sales of tangible personal property—except for groceries, clothing (up to $175.00), and periodicals The sales tax is charged on clothing that costs more than $175.00, for the amount exceeding $175.00 All real and tangible personal propertylocated within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is taxable unless specifically exempted by statute. Property taxes in the state were the eighth highest in the nation There is noinheritance tax and limited Massachusettsestate tax related to federal estate tax collection.♛

♛♛ STATE SYMBOLS ♛♛
♛State senators: Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey
Bird:Black-capped chickadee, wild turkey
Fish:Cod
Flower:Mayflower
Insect:Ladybug
Mammal:Right whale,Morgan horse,Tabby cat,Boston Terrier
Reptile:Garter snake
Tree:American elm,Inanimate insignia
Beverage:Cranberry juice
Colors:Blue, green, cranberry
Dance:Square dance
Food:Cranberry, corn muffin,navy bean, Boston cream pie,chocolate chip cookie,Boston cream doughnut
Fossil:Dinosaur Tracks
Gemstone:Rhodonite
Mineral:Babingtonite
Poem:"Blue Hills of Massachusetts"
Rock:Rolling Rock
Shell:New England Neptune, Neptunea lyrata decemcostata
Ship:Schooner Ernestina 
Slogan:Make It Yours,
The Spirit of America 
Soil:Paxton
Song:"All Hail to Massachusetts"
Sport:Basketball

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♛ HUMAN INFORMATION ♛

♛ Face Claim ♛
♛*Name:* Skylar Emerson Kirkland-Jones♛

♛Nickname(s): Sky,Em♛
♛age appearance:19♛
♛*Gender:Female ♛
♛ gender identity ♛
♛ Sexuality: Straight ♛
♛ Species:Human/state♛
♛ Ethnicity: Caucasian ♛
♛ Nationality: partial American Indian,British?♛
♛*Astrological Sign: Aquarius♛

♛Birthday: February 6♛
♛Current Residence: Boston,Massachusetts ♛
♛*Occupation: Being a state of course ♛


♛♛ PERSONALITY ♛♛

♛ Traits: bossy, pessimistic, sarcastic and arrogant ♛
♛ personality: Skylar is very intelligent but she hates to be around people who make silly or downright stupid mistakes. ♛
♛Vices: Arrogance,Impatience for some people and Generosity ♛
♛ Flaws: Skylar's impatient and arrogant demeanor causes her to to exert her anger on others.♛
♛Bad Habit(s): Skylar tends to lash out most of the time and she also tends to call people by their pet names a lot ♛
♛ Strengths: Using her wit and She's very fast on her feet.♛
♛ Weaknesses: WIP ((I'M WORKING ON IT))♛
♛ Pet peeves:Fighting,Taking other people's things ♛
♛ Phobias ♛
♛ Fears:Using Magic only to be punished for it,Losing loved ones ♛
♛ Habit(s):Calling people immature only to realize she was being immature,Getting herself in sticky situations. ♛
♛ Talent(s): She can perform magic.((I'm adding more soon))♛
♛Hobbies: Writing stories,Playing musical instruments,Reading about different subjects. EX:chemistry,physics etc ♛
♛IQ: 134 means♛


♛♛ LIKES/DISLIKES ♛♛

♛ Likes:Reading,Writing,Spending time outdoors ♛
♛ Dislikes: Staying indoors for too long,Not having a pen and/or pencil and paper to jot down ideas for a new book♛
♛Culture Favorites: ♛

♛ Favorite(s) ♛
♛ -Color: Blue
♛ - Book: “Corridor,” by Saskia Hamilton
♛ - Band:
♛ - Food: Tuna steak Barcelona
♛ -Drink: Coffee,Hot chocolate


♛♛ APPEARANCE ♛ ♛
♛ description ♛
♛Anything on your body that represents your country?: No♛
♛ Features: Skylar has freckles that she constantly covers with make-up. ♛
♛ Body: Sky has mire of an hourglass shape ♛
♛*Blood Type:AB+ ♛
♛ Hair Color: Brown♛
♛*Eye Color: Green ♛
♛ Skin Tone: Fair♛
♛ Height:4'8♛
♛ Weight: 100 lbs ♛
♛ Style: Skylar has more of a school girl style.♛
♛Accessories:N/A ♛
♛Accent: Bostonian ♛
♛Outfit(s): ♛
♛ Outfit (Military): http://www.polyvore.com/military_dress/set?id=69008492
♛ Outfit (Casual): http://www.polyvore.com/school_girl_outfit/set?id=52881464
♛ Equipment/Weapons: None


♛♛ RELATIONSHIPS ♛♛

♛ Ancestor: Native America♛
♛ Family: The 50 states and of course American himself ♛
♛ Mother: N/A♛
♛ Father: Research needed ♛
♛ siblings: The original 13 colonies♛
♛ Friends: Tokyo,Beijing and London ♛
♛ Rivals: N.Y. ♛

♛ Enemies: N/A ♛
♛ Pet: Sky has a cat name Sebastian.♛
♛ Potential Love Interest: N/A♛
♛ Foreign Relationships: ♛


♛♛ *BIO * ♛♛
♛*Major Events

1400s
(1498) English explorer, John Cabot, sailed along Massachusetts coast
1600s
(1602) Bartholomew Gosnold explored coast; named Cape Cod due to codfish found in bay
(1604) Samuel de Champlain mapped coast
(1607) Three ships arrived from England with 104 men and boys; settlers named river James after the king; established Jamestown settlement
(1614) Capt. John Smith mapped coast
(1620) Mayflower arrived at Cape Cod; Pilgrims established settlement named Plymouth
(1621) Pilgrims signed treaty with Wampanoag Indians; celebrated first Thanksgiving
(1628) John Endicott established settlement at Salem
(1629) Masssachusetts Bay Company chartered
(1630) Boston founded; later named capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
(1634) Boston Common first public park in U.S.
(1635) Roger Williams banished from Massachusetts due to religious disputes
(1636) Harvard College established
(1639) First Post Office in U. S. established in Boston at Richard Fairbanks' tavern; Mather School, first free public school founded
(1643) New England Confederation formed to oppose Indian and Dutch attacks
(1675) Settlers attacked by Indians during King Phillip's War
(1676) King Phillip's War ended
(1684) Massachusetts charter annulled
(1686) Oxford, first non-Puritan town established; Dominion of New England established
(1692) Massachusetts granted new charter, became royal colony with Maine and Plymouth; witchcraft trials held in Salem
1700s
(1716) First lighthouse in America, "The Boston Light" built in Boston Harbor
(1763) Indian wars ended
(1770) British troops fired on crowd at Custom House in Boston, killed five men
(1773) Boston Tea Party - Colonists threw tea into Boston Harbor in protest of high taxes
(1775) First battle of American Revolution fought at Lexington and Concord; Paul Revere made famous ride; first ship of U.S. Navy commissioned
(1776) British troops forced to evacuate from Boston by Colonial troops; first major victory of American Revolution; Massachusetts resident, John Hancock, first to sign Declaration of Independence
(1780) John Hancock became first elected governor; state constitution adopted
(1785) Rebellion of farmers led by Daniel Shay, protested excessive taxation, government systems, unfair treatment of working people
(1788) Massachusetts became sixth U S. state
(1796) John Adams, Quincy, became U. S. president
1800s
(1820) Massachusetts and Maine separated
(1824) John Quincy Adams, of Quincy, elected U. S. President
(1826) First American railroad built in Quincy
(1831) The Liberator, anti-slavery newspaper, published in Boston
(1833) Constitutional amendment separated church and state, Puritanism in government ended
(1837) Samuel Morse invented Morse Code
(1839) Charles Goodyear produced first vulcanized rubber in Woburn
(1840) Typewriter invented by Charles Thurber
(1845) Elias Howe invented sewing maching in Boston
(1846) Use of anesthesia surgery first demonstrated by dentist, Dr. William T. G. Morton, at Massachusetts General Hospital
(1850) First National Women's Rights Convention held in Worcester
(1860's) Massachusetts sent over 160,000 troops to battle in Civil War
(1876) Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated first telephone in Boston
(1877) Helen Magill White became first woman in U. S. to earn Ph.D. at Boston University
(1891) First basketball game played in Springfield; machine invented by James Henry Mitchell mass-produced first Fig Newton Cookies
(1897) First subway in America opened in Boston
1900s
(1903) First trans-Atlantic radio broadcast between President Theodore Roosevelt and King Edward VII of Great Britain at Marconi Station at Wellfleet
(1907) First motorized fire wagon developed by Knox Manufacturing Company
(1912) Textile workers went on strike in Lawrence
(1923) Calvin Coolidge became U. S. President
(1925) Edith Nourse Rogers first woman elected to U. S. House of Representatives; introduced GI Bill
(1942) Boston nightclub fire killed 492 people
(1947) Percy Spencer invented microwave oven; Edwin Land demonstrated Poloroid Land Camera; Dr. Sidney Farber introduced chemotherapy as cancer treatment
(1954) First medically successful kidney transplant was performed in Boston
(1957) Massachusetts Turnpike opened
(1960) John F. Kennedy became U. S. President
(1961) First nuclear-powered surface vessel launched at Quincy
(1963) President John F. Kennedy assassinated
(1966) Edward W. Brooke first black elected to U. S. Senate
(1974) Federal Court ordered integration of Boston schools; whites held boycotts and demonstrations against integrated busing program
(1985) Harvard University celebrated 350th anniversary
(1987) Construction began on "Big Dig" in Boston
(1988) George H.W. Bush became U. S. President
2000s
(2001) ACT, based in Worcester, created human embryo clone
(2002) Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandals made public; resignations and settlements followed
(2004) Same-sex marriage rights approved; Boston Red Sox won World Series; Democratic National Convention held in Boston
(2006) Legislature enacted first plan in U. S. for Massachusetts citizens to receive universal health insurance coverage
(2007) Water leaks in new tunnels of "Big Dig" caused ceiling collapse, killed one; Boston Red Sox won World Series
(2009) Sen. Edward Kennedy died
(2010) Republican Scott Brown elected to seat left vacant by Sen. Kennedy's death
(2011) Boston Bruins won NHL Stanley Cup
(2013) During the Boston Marathon on April 15, two pressure cooker bombs exploded killing 3 people and injuring 264
History
Pre-Colonization
Massachusetts was originally inhabited by tribes of the Algonquian language family such as the Wampanoag, Narragansett, Nipmuc, Pocomtuc, Mahican, and Massachusetts. While cultivation of crops like squash and corn supplemented their diets, these tribes were generally dependent on hunting, gathering and fishing for most of their food supply.[ Villages consisted of lodges called wigwams as well as long houses, and tribes were led by male or female elders known as sachems.

Colonial period[
In the early 1600s after contact had been made with Europeans, large numbers of the indigenous people in the northeast of what is now the United States were killed by virgin soil epidemics such as smallpox, measles, influenza, and perhaps leptospirosis.[86][87] Between 1617 and 1619, smallpox killed approximately 90% of the Massachusetts Bay Native Americans.
The first English settlers in Massachusetts, the Pilgrims, arrived via the Mayflower[89] at Plymouth in 1620, and developed friendly relations with the native Wampanoag people. This was the second successful permanent English colony in the part of North America that later became the United States, after the Jamestown Colony. The Pilgrims were soon followed by other Puritans, who established the Massachusetts Bay Colony at present-day Boston in 1630.
The Puritans, who believed the Church of England needed to be purified and experienced harassment from English authority because of their beliefs,came to Massachusetts with the goal of establishing an ideal religious society. Unlike the Plymouth colony, the bay colony was founded under a royal charter in 1629.Both religious dissent and expansionism resulted in several new colonies being founded shortly after Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay elsewhere in New England. The Massachusetts Bay banished dissenters such as Anne Hutchinson and Roger Williams due to religious and political disagreements. In 1636, Williams founded the colony of Rhode Island and Hutchinson joined him there several years later. Religious intolerance continued. Among those who objected to this later in the century were the English Quaker preachers Alice and Thomas Curwen, who were publicly flogged and imprisoned in Boston in 1676.
Capture of Brookfield by Nipmucks in 1675
In 1641, Massachusetts expanded inland significantly, acquiring the Connecticut River Valley settlement of Springfield, which had recently disputed with, and defected from its original administrators, the Connecticut Colony.This established Massachusetts' southern border in the west,though surveying problems resulted in disputed territory until 1803–04.
In 1691, the colonies of Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth were united (along with present-day Maine, which had previously been divided between Massachusetts and New York) into the Province of Massachusetts Bay. Shortly after the arrival of the new province's first governor, Sir William Phips, the Salem witch trials took place, where a number of men and women were hanged for alleged witchcraft.
The most destructive earthquake yet known in New England occurred in 1755, causing considerable damage across Massachusetts.

The Revolutionary War
Massachusetts was a center of the movement for independence from Great Britain; colonists in Massachusetts had long uneasy relations with the British monarchy, including open rebellion under the Dominion of New England in the 1680s.Protests against British attempts to tax the colonies after the French and Indian War ended in 1763 led to the Boston Massacre in 1770, and the 1773 Boston Tea Party escalated tensions. In 1774, the Intolerable Acts targeted Massachusetts with punishments for the Boston Tea Party and further decreased local autonomy, increasing local dissent.Anti-Parliamentary activity by men such as Samuel Adams and John Hancock, followed by reprisals by the British government, were a primary reason for the unity of the Thirteen Colonies and the outbreak of the American Revolution in 1775.
The Battles of Lexington and Concord initiated the American Revolutionary War and were fought in the homonymous Massachusetts towns. Future President George Washington took over what would become the Continental Army after the battle. His first victory was the Siege of Boston in the winter of 1775–76, after which the British were forced to evacuate the city. The event is still celebrated in Suffolk County as Evacuation Day. On the coast, Salem, Massachusetts, became a center for privateering. Although the documentation is incomplete, about 1,700 Letters of Marque, issued on a per-voyage basis, were granted during the American Revolution. Nearly 800 vessels were commissioned as privateers and are credited with capturing or destroying about 600 British ships.

Federal period
Bostonian John Adams, known as the "Atlas of Independence",was an important figure in both the struggle for independence as well as the formation of the new United States. Adams was highly involved in the push for separation from Britain and the writing of the Massachusetts Constitution in 1780 which, in the Elizabeth Freeman and Quock Walker cases, effectively made Massachusetts the first state to have a constitution that declared universal rights and, as interpreted by Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice William Cushing, abolished slavery. David McCullough points out that an equally important feature was its placing for the first time the courts as a co-equal branch separate from the executive. The Constitution of the Vermont Republic, adopted in 1777, represented the first partial ban on slavery. Vermont became a state in 1791, but did not fully ban slavery until 1858 with the Vermont Personal Liberty Law. The Pennsylvania Gradual Abolition Act of 1780] made Pennsylvania the first state to abolish slavery by statute. Later, Adams was active in early American foreign affairs and succeeded Washington as the second United States President. His son John Quincy Adams, also from Massachusetts, would go on to become the sixth United States President.
From 1786 to 1787, an armed uprising, known as Shays' Rebellion led by Revolutionary War veteran Daniel Shays wrought havoc throughout Massachusetts, and ultimately attempted to seize the U.S. Federal Armory at Springfield. The rebellion was one of the major factors in the decision to draft a stronger national constitution to replace the Articles of Confederation. On February 6, 1788, Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the United States Constitution.

19th century
In 1820, Maine separated from Massachusetts and entered the Union as the 23rd state as a result of the ratification of the Missouri Compromise.
Textile mills such as the Boott Mills in Lowell made Massachusetts a leader in the U.S. industrial revolution.
During the 19th century, Massachusetts became a national leader in the American Industrial Revolution, with factories around cities such as Lowell and Boston producing textiles and shoes, and factories around Springfield producing tools, paper, and textiles. The economy transformed from one based primarily on agriculture to an industrial one, initially making use of water-power and later the steam engine to power factories. Canals and railroads were used for transporting raw materials and finished goods.At first, the new industries drew labor from Yankees on nearby subsistence farms, and later relied upon immigrant labor from Europe and Canada.
In the years leading up to the Civil War, Massachusetts was a center of progressivism and abolitionist activity. Horace Mann made the state's school system a national model.Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson made major contributions to American philosophy. Members of the transcendentalist movement emphasized the importance of the natural world and emotion to humanity.
Although significant opposition to abolitionism existed early on in Massachusetts, resulting in anti-abolitionist riots between 1835 and 1837,opposition to slavery gradually increased throughout the next few decades.Abolitionists John Brown and Sojourner Truth lived in Springfield and Northampton, respectively, while Frederick Douglass lived in Boston. The works of such abolitionists contributed to Massachusetts' actions during the Civil War. Massachusetts was the first state to recruit, train, and arm a Black regiment with White officers, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. In 1852, Massachusetts became the first state to pass compulsory school attendance laws.

20th century
Part of the "Big Dig" construction project; this portion is over the Charles River.
The industrial economy began a decline in the early 20th century with the exodus of many manufacturing companies. By the 1920s competition from the South and Midwest, followed by the Great Depression, led to the collapse of the three main industries in Massachusetts: textiles, shoemaking, and precision mechanics.This decline would continue into the later half of the century; between 1950 and 1979, the number of Massachusetts residents involved in textile manufacturing declined from 264,000 to 63,000.The 1969 closure of the Springfield Armory, in particular, spurred an exodus of high-paying jobs from Western Massachusetts, which suffered greatly as it de-industrialized during the last 40 years of the 20th century.
Massachusetts manufactured 3.4 percent of total United States military armaments produced during World War II, ranking tenth among the 48 states. In Eastern Massachusetts, following World War II, the economy was transformed from one based on heavy industry into a service based economy. Government contracts, private investment, and research facilities led to a new and improved industrial climate, with reduced unemployment and increased per capita income. Suburbanization flourished, and by the 1970s, the Route 128 corridor was dotted with high-technology companies who recruited graduates of the area's many elite institutions of higher education.
The Kennedy family was prominent in Massachusetts politics in the 20th century. Children of businessman and ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. included John F. Kennedy, who was a senator and US president before his assassination in 1963, Robert F. Kennedy, who was a senator, US attorney general and presidential candidate before his assassination in 1968, Ted Kennedy, a senator from 1962 until his death in 2009, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a co-founder of the Special Olympics. In 1966 Massachusetts became the first state to popularly elect an African American to the US senate with Edward Brooke. George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States (1989–1993) was born in Milton, Massachusetts in 1924.
Recent history[edit]
In 1987, the state received federal funding for the Central Artery/Tunnel Project. Commonly known as "the Big Dig", it was, at the time, the biggest federal highway project ever approved. The project included making the Central Artery a tunnel under downtown Boston, in addition to the re-routing of several other major highways. Often controversial, with numerous claims of graft and mismanagement, and with its initial price tag of $2.5 billion increasing to a final tally of over $15 billion, the Big Dig has nonetheless changed the face of Downtown Boston. It has connected areas that were once divided by elevated highway, (much of the raised old Central Artery was replaced with the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway) and improved traffic conditions along a number of routes. Additionally, Massachusetts has had a diplomatic relationship with the Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido since 1988.
On May 17, 2004, Massachusetts became the first state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage after a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling in November 2003 determined that the exclusion of same-sex couples from the right to a civil marriage was unconstitutional.
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[Time: Afternoon- School's over]
Casshern was skateboarding down the street towards the school. He was planning on grinding on dome rails and benches while no one was around. He skating down the street casually but a little fast. As he was reaching the corner, Someone ran from around the other side towards the corner. Casshern shouted to warn you he was coming... then
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Ricana was sent to the office again due to her getting into bloodstained and bone breaking fights she has sent one kid to the hospital for calling her a little bitch as she sat in the office they suspended her for 3 days after the three days past 3 days came back with a more violent attitude
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Lutvija was in a meadow, practicing on her violin. She loved how peaceful it was, and how it was free of annoying people. It was a perfect day to do this, since it was quite sunny outside. Whats even better is that she gets a break from tending to her country. However, she heard footsteps..

(Anyone can join. If you want to do it in private post then please tell me.)
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Hello! Thanks for the invite! So here is my OC, Maria.

Name: Maria Lucy Vargas
Origin: Sicily, Italy (It's the island off the boot)
Age: 100+ (We don't really know, but she looks like she's 15)
Background: She is a very kind and family oriented person. She's quick to forgive, loves art, video games, music, singing and inside jokes. She will always stand up for what is right, and cares more about others than herself.
Dislikes: Being useless, not being able to help others, not being allowed to sing, feeling stupid, making other people cry, and not being able to fight for others when they can't.
Looks: She has Sandy blonde hair, blue eyes, she has several scars across her back, and a prominent one on her right eye. You can see a huge scar on the back of her head if you look close enough, and she tends to break bones by accident. She broke her left hand while falling UP the stairs, and broke her foot by tripping on lose gravel.
Relationships: She has a twin brother, a close cousin, and a friend that is practically a little sister to her. Her parents are Feliciana Vargas and Ludwig Beilschmidt, and she has relatives ALL over the world, in Spain, America, Nordic countries, Switzerland-Liestenstein area, Austria, Hungary, you name it.
Fun facts: She doesn't remember getting a concussion. She was named after her Aunt Maria. Her brother was named after their Uncle Gilbert. She will rant ALOT about Legend of Zelda, particularly Skyward Sword, because that's the only Zelda game she has yet to beat. She loves puns, and jokes. Yes, she does have an Italian curl, but this picture doesn't show it. She adores a friend of hers named Siegfried and ships him with another friend of hers; Luciana. (Pronounced SiegFreed, it's German)

(That's all folks! Thanks for reading this, I can't wait to start roleplaying! And the last picture is her parents.
Edit: Well the last picture WAS supposed to be her parents, but nope! sigh Center picture is her parents)
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Name: Lutvija Chejvan

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Born/Created: Dates back to the first or second century of BCE

Age: 22

Personality: cold, rude, tomboy, motherly, calm, level-headed, compassionate, a little clumsy, shy, intelligent, clever, nice at times and boyish

Likes: taking naps, reading, playing video games, watching anime, being alone, playing her violin and spending time in meadows.

Dislikes: being mistaken for a guy, being misunderstood, ignorance, stupidity, people, and obnoxious people.

History: When the Romans extended their conquests into the territory of modern Bosnia during the 2nd and 1st centuries bce, the people they encountered there belonged mainly toIllyrian tribes. Most of the area of modern Bosnia was incorporated into the Roman province of Dalmatia. During the 4th and 5th centuries ce, Roman armies suffered heavy defeats in this region at the hands of invading Goths. When the Goths were eventually driven out of the Balkans by theByzantine emperor Justinian I in the early 6th century, the Bosnian territory became, notionally at least, part of the Byzantine Empire.

Slavs began to settle in this territory during the 6th century. A second wave of Slavs in the 7th century included two powerful tribes, the Croats and the Serbs: Croats probably covered most of central, western, and northern Bosnia, while Serbs extended into the Drina River valley and modern Herzegovina. The terms “Serb” and “Croat” were in this period tribal labels; they were subsequently used to refer to the inhabitants of Serbian or Croatian political entities and only later acquired the connotations of ethnic or national identity in the modern sense.

During the late 8th and early 9th centuries, part of northwestern Bosnia was conquered by Charlemagne’s Franks. This area later became part of Croatia under King Tomislav. After Tomislav’s death in 928, much of Bosnia was taken over by a Serb princedom that acknowledged the sovereignty of the Byzantine Empire. The first written mention of Bosnia was recorded during this period by the Byzantine emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus, who described “Bosona” as a district in “baptized Serbia.” The district he referred to was an area much smaller than modern Bosnia and centred on theBosna River. Soon after Constantine wrote those words, most of the modern territory of Bosnia reverted to Croatian rule.

During the 11th and 12th centuries, Bosnia experienced rule by Byzantium through Croatian or Serbian intermediaries, incorporation into a Serbian kingdom that had expanded northward from the territory of modern Montenegro and Herzegovina, rule by Hungary, and a brief period of renewed Byzantine rule. After the death of the emperor Manuel I Comnenus in 1180, Byzantine rule fell away, and government by Croatia or Hungary was not restored: a Bosnian territory (excluding much of modern Bosnia and all of Herzegovina) thus became, for the first time, an independent entity.

A Bosnian state of some kind existed during most of the period from 1180 to 1463, despite periodic intrusions from the neighbouring kingdom of Hungary, which maintained a theoretical claim to sovereignty over Bosnia. Bosnia enjoyed periods of power and independence, especially under three prominent rulers: Ban Kulin (ruled c. 1180–1204), Ban Stjepan (Stephen) Kotromanić (ruled 1322–53) of the Kotromanić dynasty, and Stjepan’s successor, King Tvrtko I (ruled 1353–91). Under Stjepan Kotromanić, Bosnia expanded southward, incorporating the principality of Hum (modern Herzegovina). During the reign of Tvrtko I, Bosnia reached farther south and acquired a portion of the Dalmatian coast. For a brief period in the late 14th century, Bosnia was the most powerful state in the western Balkans. This Greater Bosnia of Tvrtko’s final decades was an exception, however: for most of the medieval period, Bosnia was mainly a landlocked state, isolated and protected by its impenetrable terrain.

One consequence of this isolation was the development of a distinctive Bosnian church. After the schism of 1054 divided Western (Latin, or Roman Catholic) and Eastern (Eastern Orthodox) Christianity, most of the Bosnian territory (excluding modern Herzegovina) was Latin, but during the long period of isolation from Rome the Bosnian church fell into its own de facto schism, electing its own leaders from among the heads of the monastic houses. A combination of poor theological training, lax observances, and Eastern Orthodox practices led to frequent complaints from neighbouring areas, beginning in the 1190s, that the Bosnian church was infected withheresy. In 1203 a papal legate was sent to investigate these charges, and Ban Kulingathered a special council at Bolino Polje (near modern Zenica), where the church leaders signed a declaration promising to undertake a series of reforms. Most involved correcting lax religious practices; in addition, however, they promised not to shelter heretics in their monasteries. The extent to which these reforms were observed is very uncertain, since over the following century the church in Bosnia became increasingly isolated. Occasional complaints from the 1280s onward still referred to “heretics” in Bosnia, and, by the time the Roman CatholicFranciscans began to operate there in 1340, the official view from Rome was that the entire Bosnian church had fallen into heresy, from which its members needed to be converted.

Beginning in the mid-19th century, many historians argued that the Bosnian church had adopted the extreme dualist heresy of the Bulgarian Bogomils. Evidence for this view came from the papal denunciations of the Bosnians, which sometimes accused them of Manichaeism, the dualist theology on which Bogomil beliefs were based. In addition, Italian and Dalmatian sources referred to the Bosnians as “Patarins,” a term used in Italy for a range of heretics including the Cathari, whose beliefs were linked to Bogomilism. However, later scholarship suggested that the authors of those denunciations had little or no knowledge of the situation inside Bosnia and that confusion may have been caused by the existence of genuine dualist heretics on the Dalmatian coast. Furthermore, the surviving evidence of the religious practices of the Bosnian church shows that its members accepted many things that Bogomils fiercely rejected, such as the sign of the cross, the Old Testament, the mass, the use of church buildings, and the drinking of wine. The Bosnian church should thus be considered an essentially nonheretical branch of theRoman Catholic Church, based in monastic houses in which some Eastern Orthodox practices also were observed.

During the 14th century the Franciscansestablished a network of friaries in Bosnia and spent more than a century trying to convert members of the Bosnian church to mainstream Catholicism. In 1459 this campaign received the full support of the Bosnian king, Stjepan Tomaš Ostojić, who summoned the clergy of the Bosnian church and ordered them to convert to Roman Catholicism or leave the kingdom. When most of the clergy converted, the back of the Bosnian church was broken.

The final decades of the medieval Bosnian state were troubled by civil war, Hungarian interference, and the threat of invasion by the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Ottoman armies began raiding Serbia in the 1380s and crossed into Bosnian-ruled Hum (Herzegovina) in 1388. King Tvrtko I sent a large force to fight against them alongside the Serbian army at the Battle of Kosovo Polje in the following year. Tvrtko’s successor, Stjepan Ostoja, struggled for possession of the crown against his brother Tvrtko II, who was supported first by the Turks and then by the Hungarians after Ostoja’s death. The nobleman Stefan Vukčić also engaged in tactical alliances against the Bosnian rulers, establishing his own rule over the territory of Hum and giving himself the title  (duke), from which the name Herzegovina is derived. Ottoman forces captured an important part of central Bosnia in 1448, centred on the settlement of Vrhbosna, which they developed into the city of Sarajevo. In 1463 they conquered most of the rest of Bosnia proper, although parts of Herzegovina and some northern areas of Bosnia were taken over by Hungary and remained under Hungarian control until the 1520s. Vukčić and his son were gradually forced out of their domains, and the last fortress in Herzegovina fell to the Turks in 1482.

Height: 5'2

Hobbies: Reading, playing on her violin, stargazing, hikes, and sleeping

Friends: She doesn't consider the people she knows 'friends', and she doesn't have much interaction with the rest of the countries.

Languages: Her country's language is mainly Bosnian, but they also speak English and Croatian. 

Sexuality: Polysexual 
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