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The Alliance Challenge

Let's take the final community challenge of the year to peek into an Alliance that formed in your world. This Organization article will be all about a group in your world! So let's get together and crush the Alliance Challenge!
Sat Sep 5th - Sat Oct 10th

Description

“Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies.” - John F. Kennedy
  Alliances have been formed throughout the history of man. When a threat greater than the individual arises, then others must either band together or fall separately. Whether it be a group of nations, a league of planets, or a fellowship of families, we want to hear about a history-making alliance in your world.   Keep in mind that an alliance is an organization of organizations, not an organization of characters.   It's time to band together and take on the Alliance Challenge! We at World Anvil and the Master of Games would like to hear about an alliance that occurred in your world. Be it still existing or a piece of history; be it the size of a galaxy or the size of a town. For those who are Master and above, this challenge is a great chance to use those new organization webs!   It is not required to flesh out the individual organizations within the alliance article, nor is it required to use the new organization webs in order to win.

Prizes

All participants will receive the challenge participation badge. The winner will receive an extra shiny badge, have their article featured, and will be shouted out on the weekly World Anvil update stream and on the official World Anvil social media accounts.
The Winners of the Premier and Regular league will get be receiving Steam gift card with a value of 25$ each.   There will also be a Guild Member-only Prize Draw for all entrants, no matter if they made it into the shortlist or not! The Raffle of this competition will be a 25$ steam gift card!   World Building Magazine Feature!
In Addition to the amazing prizes already on the table, the winners of the leagues will have a chance to be featured in the Worldbuilding Magazine! This not only includes having your work published, but also the ability to have your work edited by the professional folks at WBM!   Premier League Features
Every week following the adjudication, a Premier League entrant who made the shortlist will be featured on World Anvil for a week! We'll shout out and showcase these fantastic entries on the weekly update stream!

The Brief

World Anvil and the Master of Games want to read about an alliance of your world, its mission and dynamics.   First step is to create your alliance organization article in World Anvil! Tell us all about who made up the Alliance, what it stood for, and its history. This is a great chance to stub out or reference the existing members of your alliance. Once you've done that, using the new organization relationship fields to create an organization web in your Alliance article!   The alliance can be of any scale as long as its members are organizations as well. It could be an alliance against a natural threat, or it could be a military pact. It could be a pair of nations who set aside their differences for mutual growth. It could be a friendly group of families who work together to ensure each others wellbeing. It could be merchant companies, banding together to improve their hold on the economy. They can be long forgotten alliances of the past, or brand new alliances set up to tackle a brand new issue.   Your alliance can be within any setting, be it fantasy, modern, sci-fi, or anywhere in the middle.   Try to add an organization web to your alliance article! Organization articles without a web will not be disqualified from winning.

What to include in your article

An Alliance

The core feature of this article should be the alliance itself, and how it functions as a whole. This alliance should be a coming together of other organizations, be they nations, planets, or smaller entities. Make sure you tell us a bit about the members, and what they banded together to face.  

History

History is going to be a big part of this Alliance. How did they come to be? What are the situations that led to its upbringing? How did they fare against their threat? Have they since fallen apart or do they still work together to this day? There is plenty to go into with this!  

Members

An alliance is a group of organizations, so make sure to list a few of these members who form the alliance as a whole! They don't have to be full articles, you can just list stubs and expand them later! Making these member articles will also allow you to create an organization web to display on your alliance article.

The Rules

How to Enter

Firstly, all competitors will need a World Anvil account (don’t worry, it’s free!) to get started. Once you’ve logged in and created your first world, you’re ready to enter the competition.   Write your entry using the Organization template on World Anvil.   Once you have finished your entry and are ready to submit it, make sure that your article is not a draft and then click on the button on the right-hand side to submit it to the challenge.  

Adjudication Criteria and Process

A shortlist of the top twenty entries (as organized by community likes and ten from each league) will be compiled by the Master of Games. The Judges will choose the winner. The winner will be announced by the World Anvil Team on the following weekly update stream.   Entries will be judged on a number of criteria, including originality, presentation, and thoroughness.   Any work you submit, as long as it was owned by you originally, is still owned by you even if you win!
Timeline Event
September 5th - October 10th Competition is active and opened!
October 10th- October 17th Sharing period, give feedback, make minor edits.
October 17th- October 31st Adjudication and Judging
November 7th Winner Announcement Date! (Subject to change)

Other Rules

  • Articles for Submission must use the Organization Template
  • Articles must be submitted before the closing time, else they will not be judged
  • Articles will be taken from a shortlist of likes, the top ten from each league will be judged by the Master of Games or a guest judge.
  • Guild Member submissions will be added to a raffle pool, this can be won even without entering the shortlist
  • You will be able to submit your article only if it is public!
  • Only one article may be submitted per author, this does not mean one article per world. Think of the Coauthors!
  • Articles will have a week-long period after the deadline to make small edits, share, and get feedback from the community. This period will end when the shortlist is compiled. The purpose of this deadline is to let people focus on writing and sharing separately.
  • Articles can be no longer than 2500 words in length!
  • Word Count will be counted by copying all words present in the article's body and sidebar into a word counter. The Timeline will also be added in the word counter. BBCode does not impact word count, attached articles do not impact word count.

For any further questions or clarifications about this challenge, message the Master of Games, Barron, on the World Anvil Discord!


 

Master of Games, Barron, will be juding both Premier and Regular Leagues for this challenge!


 

Social media sharing

Because community likes are an important part of the competition, competitors may wish to share their entries on social media to garner more interest from the community. Entries which are tagged with #AllianceChallenge and mention @WorldAnvil might get shared by World Anvil social media!  

Leagues

There are two leagues that will be independently judged. The Regular and the Premier League. The Premier League consists of all the authors who have previously won a competition.   Winning a competition in the regular league will promote you to the Premier League for future challenges.  

Useful Resources

And here is a codex article all about Organization Webs
Guide to Diplomacy webs
Generic article | Sep 28, 2020
 
Looking for inspiration or seeking some ideas? Make sure to stop by the World Anvil Discord for worldbuilding conversation and inspiration!
 

Timeline

Septembers Competition will be open on the 5th of September at 1700 London Time and closed on October 10th at 23:59 London Time. The Shortlist will be compiled on 17th of October!

Challenge entries