< User:NilsTheBest

The Chair of Republic was a trend where scratchers changed their icon to chairs[1]. It didn't really have a point or a meaning, people (including I) changed their profile pictures to chairs for no reason. More specifically, those chairs are chairs from IKEA. The Chair of Republic's motto is: "Join us, we have cookies".

A pile of cookies.

Birth

The profile picture that people joining the Chair of Republic would change to.

creation

Originally, I had changed my profile picture to a chair, as a joke. It was meant to be temporary and last a week. However, I noticed that two or three people had also changed their icon, so I thus decided to create a studio for those who did so. The name "Chair of Republic" is intentionally spelled this way.

growth

After the project "the chair god" by user DANISON was shared, and the creation of ads for the studio, the chair icon which was originally supposed to last one week ended up becoming a trend - which has been growing ever since its creation. For more details, see the timeline.

motto

"Join us, we have cookies" was a catchphrase that was adopted soon after a manager had chanegd the title to that, and it catch on really quickly among the other managers. The first mention of cookies can be found here.

Controversy

AntiChairClan's thumbnail.

AntiChairClan

About a week after the creation of the Chair of Republic[2], some scratchers created an "AntiChairClan", a movement / group of people supposedly "against" chairs icons[3] most probably not in a serious intent[4].

The scratchers who claimed to be against chair icons claimed to be "cats". The trend / movement has since died, and scratchers who were formerly "cats" eventually joined / supported the chair trend (not everyone), as less and less scratchers adhered to the AntiChairClan[5].

Note Warning: The AntiChairClan / cat movement is not to be taken seriously, nor any sort of movement that goes against "chair icons".


"Chair lighting festivals"

A few months later, again, some users created a similar movement, but this time by organizing "chair burning festivals" or "chair lighting festivals" - a virtual / imaginary festival where one would "burn" chairs.

ACCR

AntiChairClan Revived was a studio that supposedly imitated the original ACC. It was quicly dramatised which lead to events such as the closing of comments for a week to avoid further gossip about scratchers. As such evenments and measures were taken, some Notable Chairs found it to go "too far"[6][7]. It lasted from late June until mid July 2019. It was found that the movment began from a disagreement in the rules; a solution was attempted to be found and a truce was made later on.

Other

There have been various small groups of scratcher creating groups supposedly against the studio, but most of us ignored them if possible.[8].

Ever since the ACCR incident, the studio has been known for being a "peaceful" studio and members insist on not starting any form of disagreement to prevent such event to happen again.

Question of The Week

The QOTW (Question of The Week) is a fun weekly open question relating to cookies, chairs, or ikea. The program started on July 28th, 2019. There has been nearly 30 QOTWs since its creation. The questions are all suggested by the community in the Extra studio, usually all by different people. The first QOTW that has ever been suggested aside of the first one was by user @LegoManiac04 (who is also the only user with 3 QOTWs!). Here are some examples of QOTWs:

  • If your chair had a superpower, what power would it be? (QOTW #9, by @PinkFlower101_1)
  • What would happen if a radioactive cookie bit you? (QOTW #16, by @KopiCat)
  • A chair becomes ruler of the world. What does it do, what laws does it make, and how do people react? (QOTW #17, by @miriyanguyen)
  • What would you get your chair for Chairmas? (Christmas-special QOTW #21, by @Portalmaster32)
  • If you could, what would you add to IKEA to make it better? (QOTW #25, by @pepeda)

Remarkable celebrations

April Fools 2019

During the 2019 AFs, the AntiChairClan roleplay studio was still relevant; as such, a manager of the CoR, previous principal leader of the ACC changed the thumbnail, title, and descrption, to those of the ACC.

The thumbnail of a celebration studio

First anniversary

Since the beginning of Winter 2019-2020, lots of excitement has been gathered around the Chair of Republic's anniversary. For instance, a countdown has been created thanks to user @smileycreations15 (counting down the days since November 8th 2019!). Various polls, contests[9], and propositions of celebrations have emerged throughout December 2019 and January 2020, as well as throughout the whole anniversary month of the studio.

Many celebrations and events were organised to mark the first anniversary:

  • On February 14th 2020, a studio has been created in its honor, which serves as a place to suggest and celebrate.
  • A remix chain of Story Tiem has been organised by @LegoManiac04 about a week before February 22nd, which is supposed to last at least a weak or two. It was completed within a day, but it had 10 parts. The final story can be seen here.
The thumbnail of Chair of Republic during 2020 AFs.

When the countdown was nearing zero, the studio was quickly gaining in activity. When the countdown had hit zero, it is estimated that there were up to 28 connected users at once (possibly more!).

Special mention goes to @jakel181 for creating the second countdown, one which was made to play Crab Rave on the last minute, and to @smileycreations15 for creating the original 100-day countdown.

April Fools 2020

During the 2020 AFs, the CoR was turned into Table of Monarchy. All instances of chairs were turned to tables in the description of both the main one and Chair of Republic Extra, which became Table of Monarchy Extra. The thumbnails were also changed, and so was the forum banner.

Trends within the CoR

title

Shortly after the creation of the studio and the promotion of a few curators, other managers and I often changed the title[10] (while keeping the original title name "Chair of Republic" in it). Examples of previous title names as described above are "Chair of Republic: join us, we have cookies"; "Chair of Republic: now with lamps", etc. New managers rapidly joined the title-changing trend.

This caused confusion among people who recently joined, but people quickly adapted to it.

cookies

Cookies have been a remarkable trend since the first week of the creation of the studio, as it also remains in our motto "join us, we have cookies". The thumbail and banners of the Chair of Republic are almost always represented with cookies in it, and sometimes our catchphrase. The cookie trend has always existed, and is now a symbol that represents the CoR.

Story Tiem

Story Tiem is an old trend originally started by user @acooperw2018 around the summer, which consists of starting a plot, and then letting every other user complete the plot and make a story from all of the other elements given by other partakers of the challenge. The trend has somewhat died throughout the fall, but there was a recent resurgence in that trend again around January 2020. A Story Tiem event through remixing was organised in honor of the CoR's birthday, which also boosted its popularity.

the letter Q

In late February 2020, replacing each vowel with the letter Q became a trend that lasted shortly, which got popularised quickly but started and died in the same day. As such, a studio dedicated to the letter Q has been created and can still be found here. It is however inactive as of April 2020.

Being promoted

becoming curator

In the early days, scratchers were usually only invited if they had a chair profile picture. However, more and more exceptions were made over time, to the point where there was no rule.

We no longer require anything!

becoming manager

Unlike curators, you can't ask to be promoted. You must have been part of the studio for a while, and have been active or generally regularly visited it. Most people are promoted to manager if they have been active for a month or two. Thus, manager promotions don't occur very often.

Note Note: As a lot of members have joined, it is important to keep the amount of managers not too high. We have decided to keep that limit to 50.

Notable Chairs

A Notable Chair (invented term) is a member who has been managing the studio for a very long period of time, who has usually joined in the early days or a very long time ago generally. Promotions to "Notable Chair" occur very rarely; as it is managers who joined the Chair of Republic around February or March, or who has been managing and active for a few months.

Since February 22nd 2018, there are 9 Notable Chairs, who are, from oldest to newest:

  • ScratchTheCatNine4s
  • TheMagicalMrMoo
  • acooperw2018
  • DANISON
  • ajsya
  • Chair-McSittings
  • LegoManiac04
  • BearSlothCoding
  • -TheGreenNinja-
  • smileycreations15

For the same reason as the manager restriction above, this also applies to NCs; with a limit of 10.

See also

references

To see this page in Turkish, see tw:User:HighFlyer222/Sandalye_Cumhuriyeti


  1. "1) Set your pfp to a chair ╠╗"
  2. ScratchTheCatNine4s. (28/06/2019) "BTW, the ACC was created on February 28th."
  3. "No more Ikea chairs! We are the enemies of Ikea chairs, and we shalt stop them!" (https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/6007906/)
  4. "How? I dunno. RP I guess..." (https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/6007906/)
  5. Portalmaster32. (15/05/2019) "Can I join, or is this group ded"
  6. acooperw2018. (08/07/2019) “People have been taking the roleplay too far recently. First we have the Holy Pepsi incident, then [redacted]'s betrayal, then the new ACC. This needs to stop.” (post:3617751)
  7. LegoManiac04. (07/07/2019) “But now things are getting out of hand.”
  8. NilsTheBest. (07/07/2019) "Let them do their own drama and let's ignore them. The Chair of Republic is supposed to be a joke not to take seriously." (post:3616154)
  9. https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/357420625/ thumbnail contest hosted by @legoManiac04, one of the leading members of the Chair of Republic
  10. LunaLovegood35. (12/06/2019) "omg the title keeps on changing"