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The Mast Misson


NN Definition:

A ‘Mast Mission’ is to a timed challenge, issued to a traveler, to capture a flag (i.e. have sex with a person from that country). This refers to the native of the country the traveler is visiting. The length of time and the country being visited will determine the difficulty of the mast mission. If you succeed, you raise the flag to the mast, hence the name Mast Mission.

Calculating your Mast Mission Rating

Use this only as a crude measure. They two factors we will consider is difficulty of country and timing. There are other variables we will ignore, such as language barriers and exotic capital, as well as racial and national stereotypes in the country you’re visiting.

Determining country difficulty

What are the sexual attitudes of the country your visiting? Withstanding the language barrier, this is best judged by SOI: Sociosexual Orientation Inventory (see Schmitt’s paper).

See SOI rating at bottom of page for a 48 nation sample of SOI ratings for women only. If your country is not on the list, estimate it using a similar one. A higher mean indicates more liberal sexual attitudes…

Let's simplify....

Less than 12 : Let’s consider this a Conservative country. On this list only Bangladesh falls in this bracket, but you may include nearly all Arab countries and places like Bhutan and N. Korea.

12 – 17: Let’s consider this a Moderate country. Taiwan, Korea, China etc.

17 +: Let’s consider this a Liberal country.

Sex ratios vs SOI

Mast Mission Ratings

Rookie Mission:

  • Cat 1: Liberal country with one month. Example: You’re in London for a month.
  • Cat: 2 Moderate country with one year. Example: Teaching English for a year in Korea.

Flagger Mission:

  • Cat: 1 Liberal country with one week. Example: You’re in Estonia for a week.
  • Cat: 2 Moderate country with one month. Example: Visiting China for a month.

00 Mission:

  • Cat 1: Moderate country with one week. Example: You’re in Armenia for a week.
  • Cat 2: Conservative country with one year. Example: You’re working for a year in Oman.

Mission Impossible:

  • Conservative country with a week. Example: You’re visiting Mecca for a week.

My Stats:

I have 42 flags, 21 were caught on mast missions.

6 were rookie missions.

14 were flagger missions (not always easy).

I have completed one ’00’ mission (Timor Leste).

To be honest, I fear mast missions. While rookie missions are ok, flagger missions are often very difficult with high failure rates. I much prefer to mosey about for undefined amount of time and just let things happen. The flag will come. But when you x amount of days in location y, the pressure is on.

When I step off the plane, sometimes it’s feels like I’m the captain of the soccer team, stepping up to take a penalty. My friends, fellow players, and followers are all watching.  People are depending on me to score.

My next Flagger mission is in Cyprus…

SOI Ratings

Via Schmitt. Take with a pinch of salt..

Country      Mean    S.D
Argentina   30.10   19.35
Australia   30.73   20.81
Austria     38.66   23.93
Bangladesh  11.80    8.16
Belgium     26.80   16.24
Bolivia     21.92   18.94
Botswana    23.06   24.21
Brazil      27.13   17.32
Canada      27.30   18.18
Congo       25.74   29.55
Croatia     32.15   16.29
Czech Rep.  29.49   15.78
Estonia     31.83   23.53
Ethiopia    18.89   14.59
Fiji        25.26   18.55
Finland     41.60   27.75
France      30.66   21.21
Germany     34.44   20.81
Greece      24.32   13.28
Hong Kong   19.21   11.86
Israel      31.71   21.56
Italy       21.39   14.58
Japan       20.72   13.52
Latvia      41.68   26.68
Lebanon     17.21   15.78
Lithuania   35.25   16.40
Malta       25.17   16.56
Mexico      25.99   11.08
Morocco     20.06   21.32
Netherlands 31.56   14.90
New Zealand 38.79   26.93
Peru        21.23   12.03
Philippines 17.95   10.53  (yeah right!)
Poland      26.90   20.75
Portugal    21.32   10.76
Romania     19.48   16.80
Serbia      31.89   21.28
Slovakia    28.52   13.54
Slovenia    36.45   17.99
South Korea 16.22   10.98
Spain       25.17   14.47
Switzerland 34.26   18.20
Taiwan      14.24    7.62
Turkey      21.71   14.58
Ukraine     17.36    8.65
U.K         29.60   21.91
U.S.A       29.24   20.56
Zimbabwe    13.98   12.11

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12 Responses to The Mast Misson

  1. Roosh October 31, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    “But when you x amount of days in location y, the pressure is on.”

    Sometimes that pressure breeds success. If you’re there for too long, you’re less motivated to push hard.

  2. Buck Dangler October 31, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    Good luck even getting to Mecca. Foreigners(Arabs) have to buy special insurance just to get in the country for Haj. How does a Qatar flag in 3 days rank?

    • Naughty Nomad October 31, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

      Mission impossible my friend. You are among the elite, congrats!

  3. Buck Dangler November 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    Any advice on Istanbul? My usual PIC’s and I are invading in Mid-November. Not exactly high season, but that raises our exotic capital, right? The glass is always half full amigo.

  4. roo November 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    good article. but some of those sd’s do seem to be a bit off. def wldnt have thought the japanese girls are as low as a 13 from my experience. and from what ive read, brazilians are a little more ‘forthcoming’ than argy girls. i’ll be trying to find out in the next few months :0)

    by the way, what was the ‘mean’ referring to?

    • Naughty Nomad November 2, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

      @roo: Agree. Some are WAY off. Perhaps we come up with a more accurate model…

  5. Atlas Al November 2, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    Great article NN! We added it to our Must Know Flagging Vocab list 😉

  6. King November 3, 2011 at 12:21 am #

    This is wicked! 🙂 .
    You have introduced graphs, standard deviation, mean Mission definitions., i.e., measurement to to these intangibles. Genius, and fun!

    I love it, I am nerd in my heart =), love reading your blog.

  7. anon May 6, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    what are Mean and S.D cause i cant understand

    • Naughty Nomad May 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

      MEAN: Average
      SD: Standard Deviation


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