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CivWiki Newsletter for April 1, 2024

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Good morning and happy April from New England!

Well, I mean, what did you expect, an April Fools joke? I know I’m one of the most respected publications on the platform (if you can really call it that), but this would be a pretty heinous crime to spout fake news on a day like this.

We’re literally in the middle of a serious election year and you want me to make jokes about a Minecraft block game? I couldn’t possibly do that, at all. As you all know, Civ is talking about the civilization we all live in, and the wiki part is the community contribution part, not to mention I work from Wikipedia so much.

Without further ado, let’s get into the news!

This week’s featured image is the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Built out of copper by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and Gustave Eiffel in France in 1876, it was presented as a gift to the United States to celebrate the centennial of the country. Today, it stands as an icon of America and New York City, representing opportunity for immigrants and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, representing “endures as a highly potent symbol — inspiring contemplation, debate and protest — of ideals such as liberty, peace, human rights, abolition of slavery, democracy and opportunity.”

Although, the background doesn’t have that recognizable New York skyline I remember so well… must be my memory.

Featured Article

The Order of Brothelyngham was a gang of men who, in mid-14th-century England, formed themselves into a fake religious order in Exeter, Devon. Styling themselves as theatrical players, they terrorised, kidnapped and extorted the locals. They may well have been satirising the church, which was commonly perceived as corrupt. The group appears to have named itself after a non-existent place, “Brothelyngham”. The name was probably meant as an allusion to the Order of Sempringham, which was known to enclose both monks and nuns on the same premises. Members of the Order of Brothelyngham dressed as monks.

They supposedly elected a madman to rule them as their abbot, possibly from a theatrical stage, and bore their ruler aloft before them in a mockery of a bishop’s throne. As one of the few such gangs known to modern historians, the order is considered significant for what it suggests of anticlerical activities and attitudes in England during the period. (Full article…)

This week’s featured article image is a picture of the Cathedral of Exeter, which condemned the order in 1348.

This Week Last Year

On the week of April 2, 2023,

The News

On the outskirts of the Chesapeake Bay looking towards Baltimore, at night.

As all of you know, we keep the sections to five bulletpoints or less (mostly less), focusing on the most important news and referencing multiple sources to make sure everyone gets the full picture throughout the world. It was a little slow of a news week this week, so luckily this won’t be as painful…

The US



Marshes at Warta Mouth National Park near the German border at Kostrzyn nad Odrą, Poland.

Middle East & Africa

Asia & Oceania

A floating market, called Pasar terapung, in “the city of a thousand rivers”, Banjarmasin, Indonesia

Business, Tech & the Economy

The Fun Stuff

A volcano in Iceland erupting — amidst inklings of the Northern Lights in the background.

Cool Content

Sports Corner


Internet Zone

Poll of the Week

Last week, I asked you about who you’d vote for president in the Uniteed States. I don’t think it’s worth showing the graph for this though, I think it’d be pretty polarized and everyone wouldn’t want to look at it.

This week, I want to look at something way more lighthearted.

Please note that all information submitted is anonymous. A red star (
) means that this question is required to submit.
Is sneezing normal?
How many legitimate, real books did you read in the past twelve months?
Select all that are applicable.
How much do you read the news?
Select all that are applicable.

Seriously Not April Fools Cry for Help

A piece by my friend Jenna, The World Felt Hard Today, a mandala portrait.

Thanks for reading this week’s newsletter. As you know, this newsletter is one of the few places where you can read independent journalism, we appreciate the community’s support, but we always appreciate financial contributions where applicable.

Alright, I’m done with the serious journalism jokes. I hope you get that being “a reputable Civ news source”, the joke this year was to take out the “Civ” in this regard.

A special shoutout to Cosmojynx for nearly sussing out this year’s April Fools prank, and hkl, Shadowvdark and Ahme63 for bringing the idea into my head nearly two months ago. I hope this joke isn’t as terrible as I thought in my head.

For those who are actually clicking the links or paying attention to stuff:

Speaking of which, a general shoutout to the following news sources/newsletters I follow for these kinds of things and were somewhat helpful in preparing this week’s incredibly massive (and mostly like skimmed) joke:

Now, don’t worry if you guys were actually looking for real Civ news, a proper newsletter will probably become available within the next couple of days. I hope you can forgive this stupid of a joke.