Independent Interstate Society

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IIS
IISlogo official.jpg
The IIS's current logo
Status
Inactive (Merged with HWU)
Founded
July 30th, 2019
Disbandment
November 17th, 2020
Members
Roughly 1,500 total Discord Members
Bases
Extensions to the Nether Highway System
Events
Maintaining the Nether Highway System
IIS's New Banner
Banner of IIS
IIS's Old Banner


The Independent Interstate Society (IIS) was once most active nether highway repair group on 2b2t, with the goal of expanding and maintaining all eight highways in a uniform, functional obsidian design, to ensure the best possible highway experience. They also constructed ring roads, which connect the main highways at specific intersections.

The roads IIS built were made with elytra flight in mind, meaning they were meant to be spacious and unobstructed (the group does not concern itself with overworld highways). Since the group's inception in the summer of 2019, its discord grew exponentially and as of May of 2020, had over 1,500 members

IIS is not associated with SIG, the highway sub-group of The Vortex Coalition. However, IIS was founded after multiple failed attempts to work with SIG, when the leaders of IIS found SIG to be poorly organized and essentially inactive[1] (see History for more details).

Activities

The group built and maintained the roads in all the 8 regular directions; portals and other obstructions on the road such as banners and random blocks are removed during routine repair runs.

Another part of the group's construction effort was focused on the ring roads, which are horizontal highways that connect all the 8 highways at specific intersections (allowing people to completely avoid the spawn region when travelling to a different axis). Some of these ring roads already existed as 1x2 tunnels, but the IIS expanded them into full-blown obsidian highways, albeit slightly less wide than their main roads. The ring roads that IIS constructed are located at intervals 1,000; 2,500; 5,000; 10,000; 15,000; 20,000; 25,000; and 50,000. Some of these ring roads were added to help nether renders to be done, the most notable being done by IronException.

It is debatable whether or not the 100 / 200 / 500 / 800 ring roads are part of IIS's network, but that is because the state of the nether spawn area can vary so strongly that these roads may not exist, or be rendered irrelevant for periods of time.

Obsidian is obviously the traditional block used for highways, since it is the hardest to grief, and with the many dupes during the period of IIS's activity, it had become available in nearly infinite quantities. The IIS set up a network in its discord where members could request enderchest shulkers to be delivered to them by the group's core team, while it also appreciated donators with dupes of obsidian who stepped forward to fund the group's activities.

Members were encouraged to share screenshots of their work, but unlike other highway groups, there wasn't much of a focus on forcing people to provide proof of their activities; since IIS didn't technically reward its builders in any way besides the honor of working on a 2b2t public infrastructure project, lying about work wouldn't have the same temptations.

IIS was a neutral organization and did not care for faction drama going on around the server; the group (which didn't like to refer to itself as a "group" in the traditional 2b2t sense) did not want to take part in any ongoing wars, beefs or conflicts, but were willing to work with anyone and everyone, as long as they wanted to help build roads and have fun doing it. This means they interacted with a lot of the spawnfags and also groups like Conquest, The Emperium, The Infinity Incursion, and the Vortex Coalition; however, IIS did not want any official "allied" or "enemy" status with any of these groups, specifically so that they could work with whoever.

The group also did not see highway maintenance as a pro-newfag activity, and did not in any way restrain its members from killing new players, raiding stashes, being active in war/raiding groups as individuals, or anything else done outside of IIS activities, although it was strongly encouraged to not attack players while doing IIS work and instead try and recruit them.

With regards to highway griefing, the group's founder TheFifthAge had been quoted as saying that the IIS repairs roads faster than any griefer can grief them, and the group generally has a "sure, whatever ok" attitude to highway griefing (members have expressed that without highway griefers, "IIS would be out of a job").

Map of the Nether Highway System at Feb.13, 2021, created by CorruptedSeal. Purple: Completed Obsidian Highway, Orange: Ready for Paving, Green: (3x3)/(6x4) Netherrack Tunnel

History

The founding members of The North East Highway Group (precursor to what would become the IIS) were TheFifthAge and Adam8067; the IIS was founded by TheFifthAge, Adam8067, CoziePanda, Eddie123 and Maxed/5K5K shortly after.

The first real activity of IIS's repair effort was just its leader building the +X -Z highway solo from near spawn to 35k, where Adam8067 then joined the effort and together (with some help) built the highway all the way to 80k.

The group's leaders initially joined SIG and tried to claim credit for work they had already completed on said highway, but since they had already completed more repairs than the SIG credit system was designed to deal with, they ran into obstacles like rankup bureaucracy and a need for recorded screenshots every 100 blocks, that seemed counterproductive[1]. Furthermore, SIG's policies on repairs did not specify whether one had to use obsidian, which led to roads looking like patchwork netherrack-cobble bridges without walls, easily destroyed by withers and even people with tnt and/or pickaxes. All of these things led to the IIS being founded as a much more loosely-managed, independent highway group.

In its first few weeks of existence, the IIS sent out repair and building crews to rework/restyle the existing disheveled highways into the IIS's specific template. Because the highways had not been properly tended to for some time, this task included the destruction of a lot of highway as well, since many of the main roads were built in mismatched styles. However, after this was done, repair and restoration on the highways became significantly easier.

During late August and the month of September 2019, the group saw a massive influx of players that necessitated large-scale reworks of the role system and a more invested obsidian delivery system. Around November and December, the group's player count stabilized right around 1800 members and has remained constant since.

On August 30th 2019, the group finished their first main milestone goal: to extend their highways to at least 20.000 in all directions.

Anti-IIS renovators used slave labor to block the -Z highway with obsidian.

In October 2019, Rageland Renovations (also known as the Anti-IIS) was founded by Steve3 with several members from The Backstreet Boys and Point Zenith to ruin IIS highways. The group became known for using slave labor to block large sections of the -Z highway with obsidian, a tactic that was significantly more effective than breaking up the roads using withers. The IIS has since removed 100,000+ obsidian placed by Rageland, and as of December all roads were cleared and Rageland has given up trying.

Other highways have also been blocked using obsidian and marked with "road closed" map arts at various moments since IIS's founding, but there have been few incidents where these griefs were consistently rebuilt after IIS's road repairs. In November of 2019, chunk-banning was being utilized to block the highways in some places, but this was patched (in the nether) by Hause in December.

As of November 2019, the four non-diagonal nether highways all extended to at least 50.000, with the north-east diagonal highway still leading at over 250k. IIS consequently focused its efforts on reaching 50k for all roads, as well as repairing and maintaining the existing ones.

In the month of January 2020, the IIS heard some of the community's cries about the massive influx of youtubers, and so came to an agreement with the Infinity Incursion to allow them to grief everything within the first 1,000 blocks of spawn, but not including the 1,000 ring road. This included all highways and ring roads within that distance, and IIS recommended that everyone should ignore that area. This agreement came to an end on May 3rd, 2020, when the IIS announced they would once again repair the highways within the first 1,000 blocks of spawn, because of the beliefs that the blockade no longer served a purpose, and that the Infinity Incursion and its allies stepped past their boundaries and griefed past the first 1,000 blocks at spawn, causing for extra work for the IIS.

On January 30th, 2020, IIS successfully finished extending all 8 directional highways out to 50,000 blocks long. There was supposed to be a meet up at spawn later that day, but was disrupted due to griefers and spawnfags.

As of March 2020, all eight obsidian highways reach out to at least 50k nether, with the x+ highway reaching out to over one million overworld.

As of April 21st, 2020, the IIS finished extending all 4 main highways to 125k nether, aka 1 million overworld. This marks a major milestone in IIS as the majority of 2b2t travel is done within the first million.

As of September 2020, IIS is under new ownership, headed by Snow710. Under him IIS Kings will give suggestions on the new course of the IIS. Snow710 took over after TheFifthAge was inactive for a period of several months. From Snow710, "Fifth and I got in a argument and I removed some roles to clean up the discord, but he got mad and left completely. He gave me owner, so I have decided to make the IIS active again."

As of October 21, 2020, IIS finished all 8 highways to 125k nether, aka 1 million overworld. This was another major milestone and the major goal that the IIS hoped to accomplish within its lifetime.

As of November 17th, 2020, the IIS officialy disbanded due to growing tensions and inactivity among various players associated with the group. IIS bowed out and gave way to the birth of the HWU, as well as some members transferring to MEG, where they are to this day.

Ranks

IIS Discord Ranks
Rank Explanation
Admin Main Administrators of IIS. Keep up with everything behind the scenes
Mod Mods to keep chat regulated and free of spam, bots, etc
IIS Kings The bread and butter of IIS. Everyone from trusted pvpers to the

original highway building team

Nitro Booster Boosts the server with Discord Nitro

Relations

The IIS was friendly with almost all groups. They had no negative relations except against Team Sexy for the intentional and deliberate highway griefing. This relation has died as the X+ has been cleaned thoroughly since and hasn't been griefed.

In early 2020, Team Sexy began an attack on the Nether Highways via a mass-clog of the highways. The IIS was quick to counteract using withers and normal pickaxes, but Team Sexy continued to persist. This event eventually ended as the operation stopped, and other groups like HWU stepped in to assist as well.

  • Dramatic video explaining this can be found here. The normal one can be found here.

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 [1]