Troop Interviews: Army of CP’s Keynikki

ALASKA, CP Army Hub Headquarters, Troop Interviews Office –  Welcome to the Army Hub’s Troop Interview, where we speak to some of the interesting penguins from around the army community. Whether that be the lowest recruit or the highest-ranked soldier, we will give them the platform to speak out on their army and the community as a whole.

Today we will be interviewing Keynikki also known as Nikki, a retired Major in the Army of CP!

Kava: So Nikki, how are you today?

Nikki: I am doing fine, how about yourself?

Kava: I’m doing well too thanks for asking :Cute:! May I ask, when did you first join the Army of CP?

Nikki: I joined in very early 2009 when I was 6! Its been about 11 years since then and I couldn’t be happier!

Kava: Wow! You must be very experienced in the army community!

Nikki: I’d like to say I am, yes

Kava: You have recently retired from your position from the Army of CP right?

Nikki: Indeed.

Kava: Could you explain to us what your rank was and what your duties were in the army before you left?

Nikki: Well, being a major, I was two ranks away from being a moderator. You need to first pass a Major test to be ranked up to Colonel, which means you need to recruit at least 3 people a week for the span of two weeks. I wasn’t the best at recruiting, as it took a lot out of me mentally, but the people in the recruiting force were the best and they were a major factor as to where I was before I left!

Kava: And what is it that led you to join the army?

Nikki: I’m not sure really! I remember being recruited in 2009 by two people in green saying to join the Army CP, and little 6-year-old me decided, “eh why the heck not” and here I am today, having fun! I always had fun and I remember making a lot of friends, such as Aeropos, who I still consider one of my good friends to this day!

Kava: That’s very exciting, it’s amazing how you’re still good friends with your recruiter after all this time! And what is it that led you to your retirement?

Nikki: It’s a bit sensitive so I apologize if it’s vague! I retired mainly for my mental health. Between grieving the loss of my friend in November and the fact that my senior year of high school may be ruined due to COVID-19, I wanted to focus on myself. Doing that meant I had to be selfish for once in my life and retire from the community so that I could focus on myself and nothing else. I wanted to let go of my past, and being in the community makes it harder for me to do so because I’m attached. Some might call it self destruction, but I think it’ll help me. I know I’m always welcomed back into the Army CP and the community in general, and I’m always grateful for that and the people. And of course, I’ll always be back when the Army CP needs it.

Kava: That’s perfectly reasonable! I’m sure they were very grateful to have you in their community. Are there any noticeable changes throughout the years you’ve spent in the army?

Nikki: A lot! We now use a clover system for promotions, which I don’t recall ever having one in the army until the CPPS era. I’ve just recently returned in May, however, and my memory may be a bit fuzzy because it’s been a good 5 years since I’ve been back in the Club Penguin Army community, along with being in multiple armies as well. I also see a lot of new faces, but that is always bound to happen as the years past.

Kava: Wow, I’m sure there are countless changes in the army since you’ve rejoined. Why did you return to the army?

Nikki: I decided to play Club Penguin Rewritten for the nostalgia of playing Club Penguin, and I actually happened to stumble in on the first event that Chaos had when they returned as an army. Chaos’s return was my return as well, RIP Chaos… I later on rejoined with the Army of CP because my friends were there and I thought, eh why not? And then when Chaos shut down, the Army of CP became my only army, and then here I am now!

Kava: Were you active in both armies when you rejoined Club Penguin Armies? It must’ve been nice to rejoin the army with familiar faces around! Now that you’ve retired from the Army CP, what are your opinions about this army?

Nikki: I was active in both, yes, especially after World War Rewritten was over and the terms were over. My opinions on ACP are always the same and probably a little biased – I love this army more than anything in the world! There are some people here that have quite literally seen me grow up and get through very rough times in my life when I was at such a young age. I never saw ACP as an army really, I’ve always seen it as a family who just has fun events.

Kava: You must’ve been incredibly close to your fellow troops! ACP does give the impression of a family-like army. With that said, what would you say is your favorite part about ACP?

Nikki: The people of course! But if I had to choose something other than the people, I’d say the events, of course. They’re always fun and friendly.

Kava: Were you ever affiliated with any other armies besides ACP?

Nikki: I was! I led a few SMAC armies back in 2013-2015 such as Navy Seals of CP with Gordon Edwards to which I achieved legend status in (hi Gordon if you’re still around), I was in Pirates, Heat Warriors, RPF, Doritos, a few other SMAC armies with friends that didn’t really last long, and some other larger armies I remember being in but can’t really remember the names of. I hopped a lot, but in all, ACP was always my home!

Kava: I see you’ve been associated with quite a few armies since you’ve joined CPA! What is your opinion about Club Penguin Armies in general? Do you have any suggestions for improvement in the league? Or just any changes you’d like to see?

Nikki: I haven’t really seen much toxicity, really, but I know that where this is, it gets shut down almost immediately. I also am just baffled as to why people multi log so much, I get its a game and all but still, it’s kinda sad to see. I personally believe that CPA is amazing the way it is and I haven’t really seen much outside of what CPAH reports and what goes on in ACP, CPA is a family to me as well and I don’t really have much to say on the community due to a lack of knowledge, really, because I’m pretty oblivious, haha.

Kava: That’s perfectly understandable, I completely agree with the multi-logging situation – I do think it does get out of hand. Back to ACP, where do you see ACP in a year’s time, and do you think you might plan on a return?

Nikki: If the CPPS era doesn’t come to end in a year, I definitely think that ACP will be bigger and better, as it always will be. As for myself, I’m not sure where I will be. In a year I will have graduated high school, so in regards to me being active or not – I don’t know yet. I do think I will plan on returning sometime soon whether that be in a year’s time or maybe sooner! It’s my family and home after all! I just need a break to focus on myself, but in a year, I don’t know if I’d still be a soldier or not, but I’ll always be part of the family. Life happens, but family always stays. If the CPPS era of the CPA community does come to an end, I know for sure that the community, and ACP as an army, will come back strong, as they continue to do.

Kava: Random question but we ask this in every interview – what is your favorite color?

Nikki: Oh goodness that’s a hard one…a dark purple is definitely up there, though!

Kava: I agree dark purple is a lovely color! Well, Nikki, it looks like we’ve almost reached the end of our interview! Is there anything you’d like to say before we end it?

Nikki: A lot, but they’re little things! To Aero, 2014! To ACP, I love you all, GTFF (especially CSY because you’re my dad and Max because you’re my eboy). To everyone that read the whole thing because I write too much, don’t let anyone stop you from doing what you wanna truly do. And if they try and stop you, eat them Krampus style! You’re all loved! Also, There Goes Chaos. And, Tequila.

Kava: GTFF! Thank you so much for your time, Nikki! It was a pleasure to interview you – I hope we meet again sometime soon!

Overall, I believe that Nikki was a very compassionate and generous troop in the Army of CP. She strives in what she does whether that was in or out of the army. Nikki has shown to be a very independent person outside of Club Penguin Armies. Although she has retired from her rank in the Army of CP, she does have plans on making a comeback which demonstrates how closely attached she is to the army. All in all, Nikki has been a very dedicated and considerate troop and has proven to be an asset in the community.

Be sure to keep an eye out for next week’s interview! Who knows? Maybe you could be our next interviewee! Be sure to direct message either katerina#1424 or Jason6331#3481 on Discord if you would like to be interviewed!

Kava

CP Army Hub Reporter 

Jason

CP Army Hub Reporter 

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