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    Short Updates

    Press Release: The North Pacific Army deploys to Lazarus On the orders of Minister of Defense Bobberino, The North Pacific Army deployed in support of the delegacy transition from outgoing Chief Executive Officer Imkiville (Imki) to incoming Chief Executive Officer Treadwella (Tubbius).The North Pacific Army deployed 16 nations in support of this transition. Delegate Pallaith expressed his appreciation to Imki for her service as Delegate of Lazarus and for her conscientious work in restoring unity and stability to Lazarus. Likewise, he congratulated Tubbius on his new role and wished him the very best.
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    Short Updates

    I will be using this thread for shorter updates such as press-releases and things.
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    The North Star - Issue VI

    Campus News by Marcus Antonius, Chancellor of The North Pacific University The North Pacific University Has A New Chancellor Chancellor Marcus Antonius On March 9 2019 I took on the mantle of Chancellor of The North Pacific University. I would like to thank St. George [nation]The Notorious Mad Jack[/nation] for his hard work and efforts as chancellor within these hallowed halls of the university and for personally recommending me to take up this honorable position. Within the university there have been fits of activity that have subsided almost as soon as they have begun, my efforts included. I am grateful that there are still forum members that contribute to our knowledge database. It is my intention to try and maintain and encourage their efforts. I have a great personal passion for history and the arts. This is reflected in my humble submitted efforts. That aside we must remember that the university was created for bringing education and knowledge of NationStates and The North Pacific to the populace of the region. I am aware that our Delegate, Ghost [nation]Pallaith[/nation], has a vision of developing the University. As chancellor, I shall endeavor to bring about his vision. I would be interested to hear feedback and ideas on what is needed to make this vision become a reality. One of my first acts as Chancellor was to appoint St. George [nation]The Notorious Mad Jack[/nation] and Prydania [nation]Prydania[/nation] as my Vice-Chancellors. They will be the first members of the University Committee. I will be seeking further members as my tenure continues. I have also commissioned a Coat of Arms for the University. The design was composed by Prydania [nation]Prydania[/nation] with further embellishments by Malpe [nation]malphe[/nation]. It comprises of the following elements. A sun rising over water, indicating the sun always shines over the Pacific. The open book, meaning study, with the numbers 2012, the year the University came into existence. An Owl, the universal symbol of wisdom, teaching and learning. The crossed pens, symbolizing the work of the student. The symbolized star, a commonly used motif in The North Pacific' heraldry, representing The North Star or to give it the correct name Polaris. Finally the motto “sequere Polaris“ which translates from the Latin to “Follow The North Star”. I would take this opportunity to thank all who have supported the University in the past and appeal to them to continue to do so. I would also appeal to any budding writers out there, who have lectures or articles they would like to share in the University to get in touch with myself [nation]Ethnon[/nation], [nation]The Notorious Mad Jack[/nation] or [nation]Prydania[/nation].You will find The North Pacific University here https://forum.thenorthpacific.org/forum/3038622/ so please, come and visit us. I have a real passion for the university to become a shining beacon in the minds and lives of the nations of The North Pacific, I hope you will find this too. "in victoria!" (To Success!) MARCVS ANTONIVS Chancellor of The North Pacific University [nation]Ethnon[/nation] Judiciary Election Results by BMWSurfer, Acting Minister of Communications Bootsie and friends celebrate victory in the elections and form an "Eluvatar" The dust has settled on the first Judicial Elections of the season. An impressive total of 23 people were nominated for this election, and in the end, 7 candidates ran in the election. Let’s take a look at them: Eluvatar In his campaign, Eluvatar drew from his extensive experience going back to 2006, including being delegate of TNP and writing many of her laws. Eluvatar, in an exchange with McMasterdonia, did an in depth analysis of the fictional hearing found in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Eluvatar also defended the length of time it takes for the courts to conduct reviews, saying that procedural correctness must be followed. He did, however, say that the courts should take suggestions on how to better do this. Lord Lore A 2 time former justice, Lord Lore kept his campaign simple, directly opening up his campaign thread to questions. I’m contrast to Eluvatar, Lore agreed that court reviews take too long and that they should be shortened. He also dismissed the argument that the court doesn’t get new people very often. Bootsie Bootsie, a longtime security councilor and former Justice, made communication the center of his platform. He believes that the court should communicate with the people better. When asked about review lengths, Bootsie said that reviews should be optimized to take as little time as possible, while still maintaining the integrity of the process. Dinoium Dinoium had by far the most complex and involved platform of all the candidates. His campaign was based around a more active judiciary. He proposed creating several programs to achieve this goal, including the creation of an appointed court staff and a joint program with the Attorney Generals office. He also promised that he would review all Regional Assembly legislation to ensure their legality. Romanoffia Romanoffia, a former Security Councilor and Justice, also kept his campaign simple. He promised that he would follow “Due Process, The Constitution, Legal Code and Separation of Powers”. King SillyString SillyString, a longtime member of TNP and justice, ran on a platform of precedence. In her campaign post, she emphasized a new policy that was adopted by the courts last term. She, like Eluvatar, defended the length of time taken by the courts for reviews. When asked about the lack of new faces on the bench, she said that the courts were not suited to newer players. Janus Janus, also known as isimud, posted a late campaign thread that focused mainly on his history and background as a part of TNP. King SillyString, Eluvatar, and Bootsie won the election. Discussion SillyString, Eluvatar, and Bootsie clearly won due to their previous experience in the region and the courts. Dinoium was also a favored candidate in the election, but his activist views on the courts likely cost him votes from the more traditional voters of TNP. Lord Lore was another favored candidate due to his experience, but just couldn’t get voters excited about the courts like the others. Janus didn’t have a campaign until just before voting started which likely hurt his prospects, and Romanoffia had a lengthy exchange with the admin team in his campaign thread which may have alienated voters against him. NPA Bulletin by Bobberino, Minister of Defense The North Pacific Army swept through February and March in fashionable terms. The soldiers went from region to region, sweeping clean of native scum; or went from region to region, sweeping clean raider scum and reinstating native unity, depending on the direction that former Minister of Defense Darcania's floof flowed in the wind that particular day. Warrant Officer Rank Tab Important news; the NPA passed a resolution proposed by then-MoD Darcania to institute a new rank, Warrant Officer. The officer test no longer could fulfill the standards of the draggo, who regularly orders his soldiers into 40-tags to "test their switching speed." and thus the Warrant Officer rank allows the MoD to hold rightful officers hostage until either they are burnt out to oblivion, or the oligarchy permits the torture to stop. Yet another power grab by the reckless and harsh policies of the oligarchy while the people are left behind yet again. NPA forces at The Battle of WinterFell For the lolcow of the report… we have Winterfell! We spun the wheel of floof because the wind wasn’t blowing that day. So we landed on a raid. It started off harmless, with Bob being asleep at the major and being pingspammed, Dino quoting the legal code and stating “Correct”, and a smol lil incident thanks to some memeposting. We also did some border control work for when we ban Siwale for TSP interference in the election. More to come on that. Bobberino, the new Minister of Defense, in discussion with his staff. The day this was due, Bob became MoD. So instead of doing this on time like a good DM of Comms would, Bob decided to write this blurb. And before Bob is attacked and dragged away by the oligarchy, he'd like you to know that ----- muffled screams ----- Everything is fine and under control in the NPA. O7 Spotlight #17: Interview With BMWSurfer by Bobberino, Deputy Minister of Communications Views in this interview may not reflect the views of TNP's government BMWSurfer is surprised and caught, by Bobberino, for an interview. Bobberino: Welcome to The Spotlight, BMW! I am excited you were able to take part in this edition. BMWSurfer: Thank you! I’m excited to be here! Bobberino: So let's start with your beginnings - how did you first join NS? BMWSurfer: Well, a friend who was building a communist paradise on NS invited me to join. I initially didn’t play very much, and I almost CTEd in the beginning. But, I eventually was sucked in like everyone else. Bobberino: Oh, that sounds interesting. Was that in a UCR of his? Or simply his nation? BMWSurfer: His nation. He didn’t last very long in the game, though. Bobberino: Gotcha. So what brought you to the shores of The North Pacific? BMWSurfer: Well, I originally founded in The South Pacific, and hopped around UCRs for a while, but decided joining the biggest region would allow me to figure out the game before moving to a smaller region with more responsibilities. I liked this region so much that I decided to stay. Bobberino: I actually ended up similarly - I just founded in TNP and stayed. How'd you get involved with TNP's gov? BMWSurfer: Well, after I joined, I spent a few months joining and participating in all of the various Ministries and in The North Pacific Army. I eventually found my niche, which was World Assembly Affairs. Eventually, I became a deputy there and was very dedicated to that position. This gave me name recognition, and eventually got me hired as Minister of Home Affairs. Bobberino: That makes sense; again, I draw similarities to myself there. What has been your favorite position thus far? BMWSurfer: Honestly, my first term as Deputy Minister of World Assembly Affairs was my favorite. We had lots of fun, and I didn’t have as many responsibilities as a deputy. Bobberino: I'd say Fiji has me working, as do you! Lol Where do you foresee yourself in TNP in a year? BMWSurfer: Well, I see myself still serving my region in whatever way I can. Bobberino: Do you see another Delegacy run? Y'all and your endorsements SMH. So what made you stick in NS? What do you like most about it? BMWSurfer: Well, for me its the people. I have met so many great people on NS and that has been the reason I stay. Bobberino: Definitely; we got a lot of good eggs in NS. Very interesting to learn about the host of personalities that take part in such a niched game. BMWSurfer: For sure! It is interesting how borders dissolve and national identities become irrelevant on the internet, and on NS especially. Bobberino: Definitely. Speaking of, is there one positive memory that sticks out in your mind in terms of your NS career? BMWSurfer: The first time I was able to successfully plan and organize a defensive operation in the NPA, and the night I became an officer. I just remember thinking for really the first time in my NS career, "I got this. I know what i'm doing." Bobberino: My officer test stuck out to me too, yeah! What advice would you give to TNP's new folk? BMWSurfer: I would say: jump in! Get as involved as possible and be as outgoing as possible. Once you find your niche, you can start focusing on that, but having the experience of the various aspects of the region is priceless. Bobberino: Awesome stuff and true advice. Who do you look up to in TNP? Who are your mentors or trusted friends? BMWSurfer: The two people I most look up to here are El Fiji Grande and Deropia. Deropia was my first boss and a true mentor to me. I wouldn't be here without him. Fiji is one of my most trusted advisers. Bobberino: I miss Dero. Great dude and a trusted friend. I wish him well wherever he is. Is there anything you're never asked you feel you should be? BMWSurfer: I don't think so. Bobberino: Is there anything you'd like to be remembered by? Not expecting you to leave, but in case you pull a Dero. (Cries) BMWSurfer: I would like to be remembered as an honest, generally good person. Nothing fancy. (sticks out tongue) Bobberino: I'd prefer to be remembered as the eccentric, hardworking memer. Just who I am. BMWSurfer: And that you will be, bob. (sticks out tongue) Bobberino: You're the groundhog I fed the other day right? Those carrots were poisoned. BMWSurfer: Uhhh.... I don't feel so good... *BMWSurfer left the channel* Bobberino: Victory is mine! BMWSurfer: Ha! ha! Bobberino: Is there anything else you'd want to add? BMWSurfer: Nope. Thank you for your time! Bobberino: Likewise! Cheers! Regional Assembly Highlights by Artemis, Speaker of the Regional Assembly Regional Assembly March 2019 Speaker of The Regional Assembly: Artemis Deputy Speakers of The Regional Assembly: Bobberino Artemis looks on at events in the Regional Assembly Vote Passed Amendment to the NPA Doctrine, put forward by Knightblood. [ B]Status: Passed[/B] Summary: Previously the Legal Code of the North Pacific recognized the legal name of the military of TNP as the North Pacific Armed Forces (NPAF). Knightblood proposed amending Chapter 8 of the Legal Code to rename the military as its commonly known name, The North Pacific Army (NPA). VOTER BREAKDOWN Current Business Vice Delegate Check Efficiency Bill, put forward by Sil Dorsett. Status: In Discussion Summary: Vice Delegate Sil Dorsett has proposed an amendment to Section 6.1 of the Legal Code which deals with the Vice Delegate’s Security Checks of nations applying for citizenship in TNP. This bill continues to be in discussion before the Regional Assembly. The Ministerial Ethics Law, put forward by Wonderess. Status: In Discussion Summary: A proposal to establish a Mandatory Ministry that will be charged with ethical affairs of the government of TNP. The purpose of this office will be to decrease corruption in the regional government by advising the Delegate on issues regarding ethics and producing public reports of government activity that will be available to the citizens of the region. This bill continues to be under discussion . Recall Reform Act, put forward by Romanoffia. Status: In Discussion Summary: A discussion brought forward to add specific instances that a government official of TNP can be recalled by the Regional Assembly. Currently, the Regional Assembly can recall any official for any reason with a 2/3rds majority vote. While no specific changes have been proposed, the thought process is to prevent a recall of an official unless a specific violation of a specific law or legal requirement of position is cited. The Regional Assembly would still be required to meet a 2/3rds majority to recall an official. This bill continues to be discussed before the Regional Assembly. Making sense of who are government officials, put forward by Haor Chall. Status: In Discussion Summary: A discussion started to properly identify the role that certain officials, primarily Deputy Ministers have as government officials. The debate has led to a proposed constitutional amendment to Article 7 and amendments to Chapter 6 and 7 of the Legal Code. World Assembly Digest by Marcus Antonius, Deputy Minister of Communications General Assembly Improving the world one resolution at a time. Repeal: “Defending The Rights Of Sexual And Gender Minorities” Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 4088 Against: 11740 Final Vote (TNP): For: 128 Against: 457 Percentage of WA nations voting: 40.2% Recommendation: The targeted resolution, in application, is one of the most far reaching and beneficial pieces of civil rights legislation in recent WA history. While there are certainly holes to be filled and issues to still be addressed, a full repeal is not the way to achieve this. In knowing that the author had the best intention for those who have lacked civil rights in the past, this ministry hopes that extraneous legislation is introduced to patch the potential loopholes pointed out by the repeal. In conclusion and hopes for additional legislation to be introduced, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommended a vote Against this repeal. Repeal: “On Tobacco And Electronic Cigarettes” Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 3230 Against: 12698 Final Vote (TNP): For: 61 Against: 521 Percentage of WA nations voting: 40.5% Recommendation: This repeal focuses on the issue of the word "should", and how the interpretation of its application may affect compliance in member nations. The use of "should" allows some optionality in how member nation can print labels for the products covered by the proposal, which further allows nations to use the appropriate language that would most benefit certain communities. As such,the intent of GAR 459 was never to create overbearing regulation on member nations. In the event warning labels are printed in a language that would be ineffective and deliberately avoid the intended effects of this proposal, member nations would still be required to educate smokers and non-smokers alike on the dangers of tobacco and the greater safety of electronic cigarettes as an alternative. Barring the possible consequences of nations applying this resolution unfaithfully, this resolution will still benefit the majority of NS communities and ultimately achieve what it set out to do.For these reasons, The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this proposal. "The Cloning Conventions" Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 6001 Against: 9185 Final Vote (TNP): For: 131 Against: 429 Percentage of WA nations voting: 38.8% [ b]Recommendation:[/b] This resolution attempts to deal with the cloning of organisms and the legal landscape surrounding that process. Unfortunately, there are several concerning issues that arise from its mandates. The proposal attempts to limit the cloning of prenatal sapient organisms without a direct consent from the organism which couldn't possibly be provided. Further, there is no allowance for a parent or legal guardian to give that consent on behalf of the organism, regardless of its viability. Given that these organisms lack the capacity for cognizance or feeling, due to low development, this prohibition places unnecessary limitations on medical research, and specifically in the creation of cloned organisms for the beneficial harvest of stem cells. This resolution, in clause 5, permits the cloning of organs or like unfeeling organisms from people. It does not include a requirement making that cloning contingent on consent. Insofar as the proposal permits people to have their genetic material harvested without their consent, it may be in violation of previously passed resolutions. In accordance with the reasoning above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this proposal. Security Council Spreading interregional peace and goodwill, via force if necessary. "Condemn Civil Defence Siren" Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 2016 Against: 13366 Final Vote (TNP): For: 46 Against: 497 Percentage of WA nations voting: 37.7% Recommendation: The Ministry of WA Affairs cannot decide if we should be dumbfounded or impressed. It is incredible that the collective fragility of CoCD's egos was able to produce such a profound, instantly back-firing garbage fire. Not only was there actual monetary investment in a campaign to support the proposal, but there was also an apparent lack of spellcheck. This concoction of utter incompetence has led to the most impressive aspect of this proposal, the record for the quickest discarded proposal in SC history. The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recognizes that the vote now no longer matters but recommends a vote Against regardless. Furthermore, we award you zero points and may the Civil Defence Siren have mercy on your souls. "Commend Severisen" Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 11236 Against: 3701 Final Vote (TNP): For: 516 Against: 37 Percentage of WA nations voting: 38.3% Recommendation: This commendation is generally well written and properly exemplifies the achievements and contributions of Severisen to the communities he has spent time with and the greater NS community. Amoung things not mentioned for whatever reason, Severisen has also been active in and contributed to The North Pacific during different times in his NS career. Furthermore, it can be found that Severisen is widely acknowledged as being 'good people', and the ability to maintain that overall impression among a wide cross-section of one's peers, after nearly a decade-and-a-half, is a testament to the quality of their character. Seeing this long standing reputation and his previous contributions, Severisen is quite deserving of this commendation. In accordance with reasoning presented above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this commendation. The North Star: Lighting The Way To The Truth Publisher: Pallaith :: Executive Editor: BMWSurfer :: Managing Editor: Marcus Antonius The North Star is produced by the Ministry of Communications on behalf of the Government of The North Pacific and is distributed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs externally and the Ministry of Home Affairs internally. Except where otherwise indicated, all content represents the views of the Government of The North Pacific. 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    Stargate Statement

    Magicality City, March 14th, 2019 Statement Regarding Invasion of Stargate During major update on March 10, forces led by The Democratic Republic invaded Stargate. The NPA mustered a force to retake the region the following update and the rightful delegate Casl was returned to the delegacy. Twenty of our finest, led by Minister of Defense Darcania, came to Stargate's aid during the operation, which has just concluded. The North Pacific has a long and cherished relationship with our friend and ally Stargate, and we will always come to its aid when needed. As is evidenced by the participation of McMasterdonia, who returned to active duty after many years, we will always go the extra mile to ensure our friends are safe, and will act immediately regardless of who tests them or what their motivation may be. We extend our best wishes to the people of Stargate and their continued security, and congratulate the NPA for a swift and successful mission. Pallaith Delegate of The North Pacific
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    The North Star - Issue V

    The Spotlight #16: Interview with Great Bight's Mum by Marcus Antonius, Deputy Minister of Communications Views in this interview may not reflect the views of TNP's government Marcus Antonius and GBM share a bottle of Shiraz Marcus Antonius: Welcome to The Spotlight, GBM! I am delighted you were able to take part in this series of interviews. GBM: Thanks for asking me. Marcus Antonius: I am relatively new to NS compared to yourself and I know little about you. Could you tell me how you came to join NS? GBM: About 15 years ago, my brother, whose son had starting playing in college, suggested I might enjoy it. He said, "You make your own country and just answer issues. It takes only a couple of minutes a day." HA! Marcus Antonius: (laughing) So, what made you pick TNP? GBM: Fate. I was founded here. At first I wasn't sure I was going to stay, but everyone was so nice - Magicality, Thel D'ran, Blackshear, Poe/Indy Girl, that I decided this was the place for me. And Flem. Can't leave out Flemingovia Marcus Antonius: That's exactly how I find TNP, really friendly and welcoming. Did you join the ministries straight away? What positions have you held here prior to being on the Security Council? GBM: Actually, the whole thing was very foreign to me. I had no idea what a forum even was when I started playing. So I lurked for several weeks trying to figure things out. Marcus Antonius: Yes, that was my experience as well, I found the spam games gave me more confidence. What ministries did you join? GBM: My first position was MoC for Thel's Government-in-Exile during Great Bight's delegacy. I've been an ambassador, NPA, Vice Delegate and Delegate on a few occasions. Marcus Antonius: That's really impressive GBM! What was your favourite Ministry or role? GBM: Delegate. Hands down. It is a fine thing to be Delegate in a GCR. Marcus Antonius: You mentioned Thel's Government-in-Exile during Great Bight's delegacy, this sounds like a very interesting time in TNP's history. Can you give me a summary please? GBM: Yes, I hadn't been playing very long when all hell broke loose. We suddenly had a rogue delegate who was banning nations left and right. Great Bight was RPing a 12 year old pirate. (BTW, My original nation was not GBM, I created this one to harass him on the RMB. After all, how heartless would someone have to be to ban his own mother?) Anyway, GB had removed the forum link on the RMB, and replaced it with an elementary school student's piratey website. So we needed to reach as many nations as we could through TG, and by keeping the forum link on the RMB. Remember, in those days once the posts scrolled off the RMB, they were lost to the ether. There was no mass TGing. There were no scans for nations needing endorsements. Everything was quite labor-intensive. Also, there was no influence cost for the delegate in terms of banning nations. After several weeks of unendorsement campaigns, and rallying support from other regions, the Puppetmaster invasion led by Better Times/Ballatonia was successful in unseating GB. For me, the GB delegacy was an experience that fostered a true commitment to regional security. The GIE was created to have a functioning government which could step in once GB was unseated. Avengers Assemble was the region many of us gathered to coordinate things. Marcus Antonius: That is incredible! That must have been a terrible time for TNP and very understandable that, like myself, you take security seriously. I wondered how you got the name Great Bites Mum. Are there any particularly noteworthy moments during your time as Delegate or the Security Council? GBM: In 2008 Lewis & Clark, aka Westwind was elected Delegate. He established the Crimson Order, which was in fact a rogue delegacy. It very much divided the region, and it was corrupt at its core. Once I regained the delegacy, we had real problems in terms of unity. Now, we could follow the constitution and try numerous nations for war crimes, but I already had a deep disillusionment with the judicial process which was in place at the time. I also believed that drawn out litigation would further divide the region. So, I decided to grant amnesty to the members of the Crimson Order. I believed that rebuilding the community was more important than the letter of the law. I had already lived through the spirit-crushing Pixiedance regime, and I wanted to try and foster some unity in TNP. Marcus Antonius: You have seen some really trying times GBM. Do you think the judicial processes in place now are better? GBM: Of course, they are much improved now. Everything is improved! TNP is so much more sophisticated now than it was back then. Pre-McMasterdonia, we were a tribe. Now we are an organization. Marcus Antonius: That is reassuring. Those must have been very dark times for TNP. Would you ever like to be delegate again? GBM: No. Even after 15 years of NS, the list of nations who get to be delegate in a GCR is pretty short. I'd like to see as many people as possible get the chance to give it a go. Marcus Antonius: Would you say being a delegate is a stressful position? GBM: Yes, but in a really good way. It has become a much bigger job than it used to be, so if someone cannot make the time commitment, then that would be a problem. But the stress of running things here beats RL stress, since the consequences if you mess up are, well, make-believe. Marcus Antonius: That's very true. What was the most, positive, memorable thing that has happened to you in NS? GBM: It isn't just one thing. It is more the sense of community I've gained through sharing this NS experience over the years with so many people from different countries, with different viewpoints, and different walks of life. Yet somehow, by being brought together here, it gives us more in common than we know. Marcus Antonius: You are right, it is a TNP family and that is great. My next question I hope, brings a smile to your face. What motivated you to eject McM during ZDay when you knew it would cost you so much influence? GBM: It was an accident. I was looking for where to check to see what the influence cost would be if he were to be ejected. That button wasn't where I thought it was. And the next thing I knew - Poof! It said, in red, "McMasterdonia has been relocated to the Rejected Realms." And that's when the screaming started. OMG! I still can't believe it happened. Marcus Antonius: (laughs) That must have been quite a shock! It's a shame it doesn't give you a warning like "Are you sure you wish to perform this action" Obviously McM made it back from the Rejected Realms OK. It must have been a bit embarrassing for you. I am sure the Security Council were supportive of you. I hope you laugh about it now. GBM: I too, thought a confirmation screen would be a nice feature. But then I thought about how much it would slow down a delegate who wanted to do mass bannings.(laughs) Marcus Antonius: What image is your Avvy? GBM: it was a gift from Thel. Marcus Antonius: Do you know who the character is? GBM: I do not. Marcus Antonius: Do you have any plans for where you want to take the Security Council? GBM: Not really. The SC is here in case bad things happen. We aren't political. We are just defenders of the region. I do agree that every council member should be visible and active in the region. Marcus Antonius: That's sensible. What's the best piece of advice you've ever received on NS? GBM: Ah... that's easy. Thel once said "Everyone has the right to play the game as they see fit." Marcus Antonius: For good or bad, hero or villain? GBM: Yes. It is truth. There are so many paths to take and each is allowed to choose for himself. Marcus Antonius: Wise words indeed, this is fantasy after all. What advice would you give any newcomers to the region to have a successful career here? GBM: Have fun! Look around and find what interests you, there is so much to do. Talk to people in the ministries you want to be involved with. Ask for help if you need it. Have fun! Alternative advice: Join the NPA. Everyone should do a stint in the military. It builds character, teamwork and it's fun. If I wasn't SC I would be NPA. Marcus Antonius: Two lots of advice from GBM! Both good. Is there anyone in the region in particular whom you look up to, and if so, why? GBM: The short list of people I look up to is still pretty long. But, first would be Flemingovia, because he is God. Marcus Antonius: Not that we are expecting you to disappear soon GBM, but how do you want to be remembered in TNP? GBM: I resolutely do not like to blow my own horn, Marcus. Keeper of the flame, maybe. I've also called myself everybody's Mum. Marcus Antonius: (laughs) I like that. What do you want your legacy to TNP to be? GBM: That I did as much as I could to keep TNP safe. If a community doesn't feel secure, it is difficult for it to flourish and grow, and be creative and just have fun. Marcus Antonius: That is an honourable and wonderful legacy GBM. What’s the question nobody ever asks you but you wish they would? GBM: I'm drawing a blank. Marcus Antonius: (laughs) That's ok. Alright, before we bring this interview to an end, is there anything you'd like to add? GBM: No, I am done waxing philosophical on NS. Did you have fun? Marcus Antonius: I certainly have. It was an absolute pleasure speaking to you. Thank you for answering the questions. I shall see you on the spam threads no doubt. GBM: Thank you. It was lovely. The lights fade and Marcus produces a bottle of Shiraz Marcus Antonius: I thought this would be a change from Rum. GBM: (laughs) I love Shiraz, mind you I will drink anything except Gin. Regional Assembly Highlights by Artemis, Speaker of the Regional Assembly Regional Assembly February 2019 Speaker of The Regional Assembly: Artemis Deputy Speakers of The Regional Assembly: Ark, Bobberino and Bootsie Vote Passed Extension of Border Control Powers to Nessuno put forward by Delegate Pallaith. Status: Passed Summary: Pursuant to Chapter 7, Clause 9 of the Legal Code: ”In the event of a Delegate Emergency, or with the permission of a majority vote of the Regional Assembly, the Serving Delegate may assign Border Control powers to any member of the Security Council.” Delegate Pallaith has requested the Regional Assembly grant Security Councillor Nessuno to help assist moderating the RMB of TNP. [ SIZE=7]Current Business[/SIZE] Amendment to the Rules of the Regional Assembly put forward by Artemis. Status: In Discussion Summary: During the past several months, Artemis had seen some comments about amending the rules of the Regional Assembly. Therefore, he would like to present a draft for consideration of some changes. None are too drastic and would be beneficial. RMB Regulations Bill put forward by Artemis. Status: In Discussion Summary: This bill expands upon the Delegate of the North Pacific power to regulate the RMB as they see fit by allowing offending nations to be ejected or banned from the region. Current laws already specify that these regulations must not prohibit speech which is in the context of TNP Politics, nor conflict with other laws, Bill of Rights or the Constitution. Vice Delegate Check Efficiency Bill, put forward by Sil Dorsett. Status: In Discussion Summary: Vice Delegate Sil Dorsett has proposed an amendment to Section 6.1 of the Legal Code which deals with the Vice Delegate’s Security Checks of nations applying for citizenship in TNP. Recall Novare Res from the Security Council put forward by McMasterdonia. Status: Cancelled Summary: A motion to recall Novare Res, aka Romanoffia, was put forward by McMasterdonia following a recent publication by the Vice Delegate detailing endorsements received, and given by members of the Security Council. It was noted that Romanoffia had only endorsed 11% of WA members of TNP, but still maintained the legal requirements of the office. Discussion on this issue came down to what should be expected of members of the Security Council and calls for Romanoffia to respond. Once a response was received from Romanoffia, several members were still not satisfied and motioned for a vote. Prior to the conclusion of the vote, Romanoffia resigned from the Security Council. The recall and the vote were thus cancelled. The Ministerial Ethics Law put forward by Wonderess. Status: In Discussion Summary: A proposal to establish a Mandatory Ministry that will be charged with ethical affairs of the government of TNP. The purpose of this office will be to decrease corruption in the regional government by advising the Delegate on issues regarding ethics and producing public reports of government activity that will be available to the citizens of the region. Recall Reform Act put forward by Romanoffia. Status: In Discussion Summary: A discussion brought forward to add specific instances that a government official of TNP can be recalled by the Regional Assembly. Currently, the Regional Assembly can recall any official for any reason with a 2/3rds majority vote. While no specific changes have been proposed, the thought process is to prevent a recall of an official unless a specific violation of a specific law or legal requirement of position is cited. The Regional Assembly would still be required to meet a 2/3rds majority to recall an official. NPA Doctrine - Consistency, put forward by Knightblood. Status: In Discussion Summary: A member of the NPA has proposed an amendment to provide consistency between the title of Chapter 8 of the Legal Code and the text of it. The current legal name for the military of TNP is the North Pacific Armed Forces (NPAF), while the colloquial name of the organization is the North Pacific Army (NPA). This proposal seeks to change the legal name from the NPAF to the NPA. North Pacific Army Bulletin February 2019 by Dinoium, Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs [title]Leadership[/title] Minister of Defense Darcania Deputy Ministers of Defense Bobberino and Malphe [title]Description[/title] The North Pacific Army has entered into the second month of 2019 with the Delegate Transition in The South Pacific. [title]Promotions[/title] Islands of Tonga promoted to Private First Class * ACR of Deerfenland promoted to Corporal.* [title]Mission Logs[/title] [title]Other Announcements[/title] The Soldier of The Issue is Minister of World Assembly Affairs and Private First Class TlomzKrano. The Officer of The Issue is Lieutenant John Maynard. The High Command Officer of The Issue is Deputy Minister of Defense and Major Bobberino. The North Pacific Armed Forces Doctrine is currently being discussed in the Regional Assembly for amending. Two people have been removed from the North Pacific Army for Inactivity and failing to maintain a nation in the region. World Assembly Digest by El Fiji Grande, Minister of Communications General Assembly Improving the world one resolution at a time. Right to Self-defense Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 5,575 Against: 10,531 Final Vote (TNP): For: 162 Against: 430 Percentage of WA nations voting: 41.2% Recommendation: This proposal is being resubmitted despite it having been previously repealed for cause. The author has made some minor amendments, but their attempt to shoehorn the fix into the old version, instead of rewriting from scratch has left a convoluted document that claims to fight government oppression but affords citizens no coherent means by which to do so. Many other problems can be cited, including an unnecessary grocery list of weapons and a defined threshold for their use that is highly subjective. Self defense is a very complex issue that requires case by case interpretation and evaluation far more intricate than a generic piece of legislation can address for every single WA nation. Rights to self-defense should develop organically through each nation's judiciary and be appropriate to their culture. Matters of government oppression are better handled in WA legislation that is more thoughtfully constructed than this. For this reason, The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this proposal. Defending the Rights of Sexual and Gender Minorities Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 8,758 Against: 7,400 Final Vote (TNP): For: 295 Against: 272 Percentage of WA nations voting: 39.8% Recommendation: This proposal is well-meaning in its goal of ending sexual and gender discrimination and ensuring marriage rights are fully and completely extended to the LGBTQ+ community, but close examination of the content reveals some critical flaws. Firstly, the Ministry believes that the Charter of Civil Rights (GAR#035) already prohibits discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity, making a large part of this proposal redundant. Clause 3 mandates member nations punish organizations for discriminatory practices but does not allow for an exemption for compelling practical purposes. Under the proposed legislation an organization that assists victimized women could be penalized for having a policy of hiring only biological women. Additionally, clause 5 specifically exempts religious institutions from the scope of the proposal. It is the belief of the Ministry that religious beliefs are insufficient grounds to excuse discriminatory practices. For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends voting Against the proposal. Command Responsibility Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 13,020 Against: 2,806 Final Vote (TNP): For: 501 Against: 72 Percentage of WA nations voting: 40.0% Recommendation: This well-crafted proposal seeks to ensure reciprocal protections for individuals both up and down the chain of military command. It is designed to both prevent war crimes from being committed, and to provide a disciplinary framework for those who violate the accepted rules of engagement. Given significant attention are the rights of military subordinates to legally decline orders that contravene established law, placing the onus on those issuing such orders. Similar protections are extended to military commanders, limiting their responsibility for any rogue, illegal actions of their charges in the field, provided those rogue individuals are held by their commanders, to account. Throughout existing WA legislation, actions defined as war crimes are surprisingly few and tend toward the most commonly understood and egregious acts. The mandatory education clause ensures widespread understanding of fair rules of engagement across the spectrum of the military and makes clear what actions would be contrary to those rules. The Ministry believes this framework will help to establish a prescient culture of fair conduct in combat, greatly decreasing the likelihood of illegalities. For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. On Tobacco and Electronic Cigarettes Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 14,393 Against: 2,960 Final Vote (TNP): For: 518 Against: 49 Percentage of WA nations voting: 39.7% Recommendation: This proposal wants a healthier WA and seeks to place stringent regulations on the producers of tobacco products. These regulations include the placement of clear warnings on tobacco packaging, prohibition of advertising, and mandatory public education about the risks of use. There is some common-sense regulation placed on tobacco use by the public, like a prohibition of sale to minors. As an alternative to complete prohibition, the proposal requires that nations encourage tobacco users toward safer forms of nicotine ingestion, like electronic cigarettes, gum, patches, or mists, which don't rely on the dangerous inhalation of burning tobacco leaves. While not sweeping in scope of change, this proposal does represent a transition away from the cancer-causing harms of tobacco, and a movement towards less dangerous alternatives. This should both reduce health care costs for nations and contribute to greater life expectancy throughout the WA. For these reasons, The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. Restricting Solitary Confinement Status: At Vote Delegate's Vote: Against Recommendation: The proposal, while well meaning in its intent to address the complex problems that arise as a result of solitary confinement, ultimately does more harm to its cause than good. The proposal is extremely vague, using language that can be easily misinterpreted or creatively interpreted to be used in whatever fashion member nations see fit. The use of 'problems' with virtually no context in the definition of 'solitary confinement' exemplifies this issue. This use of the term also does not take into account the nuances of a situation requiring confinement; whether that be police custody for a temporary time of an individual who may be experiencing stress or anxiety or long term imprisonment and the various psychological effects that are becoming of such. Another example is the problematic use of 'reasonable' in the second clause. This allows law enforcement and any other party using solitary confinement, as defined in clause one, to use any justification they wish as long as it can be deemed 'reasonable' per their own authority. Finally, the third clause inherits the issues of the first two as it suffers from overly vague wording and the ability to be exploited by the lack of sensible application in the second clause. For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this proposal. Security Council Spreading interregional peace and goodwill, via force if necessary. Condemn Antifa Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 4,265 Against: 12,089 Final Vote (TNP): For: 143 Against: 397 Percentage of WA nations voting: 37.8% Recommendation: A bit of effort by the author might have made this a condemnation worth supporting, but the lack of detail and concrete examples of the alleged transgressions render it difficult to justify. Condemnations must make a clear case to support their allegations. If Antifa has crossed lines, then explain against whom, provide dates, and inform as to the impact on natives. Without that, support is impossible. Similarly, suggesting that a region is ‘just as bad’ as other regions qualifies as little more than a statement of opinion, and nothing close to grounds for WA condemnation. For this reason, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this proposal. Commend The North Pacific Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: Abstain Final Vote (World): For: 6,312 Against: 7,801 Final Vote (TNP) For: 497 Against: 46 Percentage of WA nations voting: 37.4% Recommendation: In accordance with the delegate issued statement and Executive Order per Clause 5 of the WA voting policy, "In keeping with WA tradition, as well as prior precedent, I [The delegate] will be abstaining from this resolution when it goes to vote. No vote will be held, and no recommendation will be issued." For this reason, The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs issues no recommendation and the delegate will abstain from the vote. [small]The North Star: Lighting The Way To The Truth Publisher: Pallaith :: Executive Editor: El Fiji Grande :: Managing Editor: Marcus Antonius The North Star is produced by the Ministry of Communications on behalf of the Government of The North Pacific and is distributed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs externally and the Ministry of Home Affairs internally. Except where otherwise indicated, all content represents the views of the Government of The North Pacific.[/small] Index of Issues
  6. Sanjurika

    The North Star - Issue IV

    January 2019 General Elections by Marcus Antonius, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Communications The January 2019 elections were a spectacular event with a large turnout of candidates. Eluvatar and Owenstacey served as Election Commissioners. Delegate Results Pallaithvs Madjack: The candidates for Delegate were St. George, Bluie Gamer, abc, Bobberino, BMWSurfer, Pallaith and Praetor. St. George (Mad Jack) once served as Delegate previously in Osiris in 2012, but had a DOS status that prevented him from accessing NS for the last several years. When, a few months ago, he successfully appealed that decision with the NS mods, there was significant hype around the potential for a campaign of his for the delegacy. His platform was impressive and certainly gave Pallaith a run for his money in gaining 36.36% of the region's voters. Bluie Gamer was going to run in the last election but was struck by the 'forum apocalypse'. He ran a joke campaign in which he advised the region not to vote for him, but still succeeded in securing a solitary vote. abc has been a member of TNP for two years and has held the positions of Speaker and Minister of Home Affairs. He received some criticism from his term as Speaker when he 'vanished,' leaving Wonderess to essentially take over the office. This may reflect why voters only gave him the one vote. Bobberino ran a joke campaign in which he declared himself 'Spammer in Chief!'. He still managed to attract four votes. BMWSurfer, our hard working Minister of Home Affairs, Deputy Minister of World Assembly Affairs and relative 'newcomer' to TNP, managed to sway six votes. His campaign made light of his plan to have “Some people will be on my cabinet, some animals,” referencing some peoples' choice of forum avatar and NS flag. Praetor's campaign was well thought-out, and provided a deep level of suggestions for future delegates. It was intended to be a model campaign. Praetor withdrew his bid for Delegate on the first day of voting as he never intended to actually run, not having the time to dedicate to the role. Pallaith - serving as Vice Delegate and Security Councillor - was always going to be a very strong contender for the delegacy. His commitment, work ethic and the fact he has been Delegate on two previous occasions, proved a popular choice for the voters. He claimed victory with 52.73% of the vote. The new Delegate of TNP is Pallaith, having secured 58 of the 110 total votes cast. St. George came second with 40 votes. BMWSurfer, third with 6 votes. Fourth place went to Bobberino with 4 votes. The last place positions were shared by abc and Bluie Gamer with 1 vote apiece. There were 7 Abstains. Vice Delegate Results Syrixia gives SiberianFedRep some sound advice: The candidates for Vice Delegate were Brendog, Sil Dorsett, SiberianFedRep, Bobberino and Bootsie. Brendog - a former Minister of Home Affairs - has previously pursued the Vice Delegacy. He provided a sound but intriguing campaign in relation to the running of the Security Council. This achieved him 14.16% of the vote. SiberianFedRep received no votes, having abandoned the region prior to the start of voting. While his campaign was clearly beneath the standard of a serious candidate in the election, it is important to emphasize that TNP makes an effort to seriously consider the campaigns of experienced newcomers, even if they're not familiar faces. Bobberino not only threw his hat into the Delegate race, but also the Vice Delegate race. He did not submit a campaign thread for the VD race, but still managed to achieve 9.73% of the vote. His joke delegate bid has already been discussed above. bootsie has been on the Security Council for three years and has served as Vice Delegate. As Sil Dorsett, a fellow Security Councillor, was running for the Vice Delegacy as well, bootsie tactically withdrew from the contest so as not to split the votes between them. Sil Dorsett is a current member of the Security Council. He has been involved in TNP for over two years and has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of World Assembly Affairs. Voters agreed that he was indeed 'The Right Person in the Right Job.' With the withdrawal of bootsie, the race for Vice Delegate was left open for Sil Dorsett to bring home 76.11% of the vote. At the end of voting, Sil Dorsett is the new Vice Delegate with 86 of the 113 votes cast. Brendog came second with sixteen votes, and Bobberino gained third place with eleven votes. There were four abstains. Attorney General Results General COE discussing legal matters with Yuno: There were only two candidates for the position of Attorney General: Yuno and Crushing Our Enemies. Yuno is relatively new to TNP but she didn’t want COE running against himself. To prove herself knowledgeable and understanding of TNP's Legal Code, Yuno summarized the aforementioned document in her campaign. This impressed some voters as she achieved 27.96% of the votes. Crushing Our Enemies was the sitting Attorney General and was seeking re-election to the office. Four months ago, he promised to center his work as Attorney General around the values of Compassion, Objectivity, and Efficiency. The voters of TNP acknowledged his appeal and he won, accumulating 67 of the 93 cast votes of which there were 23 abstains. So, Crushing Our Enemies has been re-elected as the Attorney General. Regional Speaker Results Wonderess, Dinoium and Artemis settle matters in the Speaker's Office: Wonderess (the former Speaker) as well as Artemis and Dinoium entered the fray for election for Speaker. This particular race became quite controversial. Wonderess completed one term as Speaker after succeeding ABC for the role in the last election. He was very keen to be re-elected as he wanted to publish a successor to the Regional Assembly Digest, a comprehensive summary of RA activity that had fallen by the wayside in his last term. Artemis (also known as Oracle and as Sundred) served as a member of the Security Council, Election Commission, and Deputy Speaker at the time of the election, and is a former Minister of Culture. His campaign cited his plan - if elected - to surround himself with active Deputy Speakers, and hopes to blend the make-up of the Deputy Speakers with experienced members as well as newer individuals to help train future speakers. Dinoium has had experience as a Deputy Minister of Communications, Deputy Attorney General, Ambassador and has served on the Speaker's Staff. When the voting started, it became obvious that it was going to be a very close race indeed. At the cease of voting, there were only four votes separating the first and last places. Wonderess - the incumbent - was defeated, taking 34 of 108 total votes. There were nine abstains. Artemis and Dinoium could not achieve a clear majority with 36 and 38 votes achieved respectively at the cease of the voting period. This then led to a runoff vote, which is further described in the section below. Speaker Runoff Results Dinoium takes on Artemis: The runoff vote between Artemis and Dinoium got off to a good start and it very quickly appeared as though Dinoium was going to secure the victory. However, a few days into the campaign, Dinoium had a change of heart having been dropped as a Deputy Minister of Communications. Preferring to once again pursue that role, he wished to concede the Speaker race. There was some speculation as to his intent, given that such an action is illegal. A candidate cannot concede once the voting has started. Dinoium would have had to drop his citizenship or not take his oath if elected. If he dropped his citizenship, the voting process would have to be re-started. If he was victorious in the voting and was awarded the Speaker position and then not taken his oath, this would have triggered a Special Election a week after the Oath Taking period had lapsed. All that said, Dinoium later stated that he had merely attempted to admit defeat and encourage his supporters to shift their votes to Artemis. Whatever the case, this situation did not result in a legal dilemma, as at the close of voting, the votes were as follows: Artemis: 44 and Dinoium: 30, with one abstain. Artemis is the new Speaker. Minister and Deputy Appointments Regional Assembly Highlights by Marcus Antonius, Deputy Minister of Communications Delegate Pallaith being transported to the Security Council: Regional Assembly January 2019 Speaker of The Regional Assembly: Artemis Deputy Speakers of The Regional Assembly: Ark, Bobberino and Bootsie ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ At Vote None Passed Nessuno's Security Council Application, put forward by Pallaith. Status: Passed Summary: The Security Council, having previously nominated Nessuno's back in 2015, discussed his application. Siwale provided a detailed statement in support of Nessuno and the Security Council passed the nomination and it went to vote. The vote passed in Nessuno's favour with only one opposed. COE's Security Council Application, put forward by Pallaith. [ b]Status: Passed[/b] Summary: The Security Council had nominated Crushing Our Enemies for a seat on the Security Council. The vote for his admission was a majority, with 9 ayes, 0 nays, and 1 abstention. The application then went to the Regional Assembly for discussion and voting to take place. During the discussion a very interesting and reasoned answer was given by COE in relation to 'Reckless Endorsement Gathering". The RA vote was 28 ayes and 1 abstain. In Discussion Delegate and Vice Delegate Article Amendment, put forward by Dinoium. Status: In Discussion Summary: Dinoium proposes changes of Article 3: Delegate and Vice Delegate of the Constitution of The North Pacific. Amendment to the Rules of the Regional Assembly, put forward by Artemis. Status: In Discussion Summary: During the past several months, Artemis had seen some comments about amending the rules of the Regional Assembly. Therefore, he would like to present a draft for consideration of some changes. None are too drastic and would be beneficial. Making sense of who are government officials, put forward by Haor Chall. Status: In Discussion Summary: It seems very odd that Deputy Ministers are not currently seen as government officials, which is causing some confusion. Haor Chall proposes changes to the Legal Code, Chapter 6 and Constitutional Amendment, Article 7. North Pacific Army Bulletin January 2019 by Malphe, War Correspondent Minister of Defense: Darcania Deputy Ministers of Defense: Malphe, Bobberino New Minister of Defense Darcania: Entering into 2019, newly elected delegate Pallaith appointed long-time NPA member and former MoD Darcania as Minister of Defense, who then appointed Bobberino and Malphe as his deputies. Darcania is one of the oldest NPAers still active and has the experience of over three years and a short time already as MoD in 2017 under his belt. He has also served as Chief of Staff under Eluvatar and Deputy Minister of Defense under both Zazumo and Lozinak. Deputy Bobberino has been a member of the NPA since early 2018, entering during now deputy Malphe's term who has been a member (with bouts of inactivity) since early 2016. Whilst no large operations have yet been undertaken as of 27/01/2019 excepting a small tag of a fascist region, the Minister has been busy reorganizing the roster of the NPA to automatically update any soldier's number of operations undertaken. This term has also seen the return of Gladio to activity within NPA, although still WA locked he has triggered for a simple tag operation where he hit 3 out of the 3 targets, despite not having triggered for almost a year. We're optimistic this will be a very good term for the NPA! Mission Logs: World Assembly Digest by El Fiji Grande, Minister of Communications General Assembly Improving the world one resolution at a time. Preventing Groundwater Contamination Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 13,534 Against: 2,184 Final Vote (TNP): For: 511 Against: 62 Percentage of WA nations voting: 39.2 Recommendation: This proposal is a bit convoluted and not very clear in its intent. It fails to cite any parameters for the proposed project and gives only vague indications of the project's eventual benefits to member nations. Without these things, the project has the potential to become a vast and costly white elephant in space, indefinitely hemorrhaging funds into the nearest singularity. Most problematic is the requirement to a mandatory, open-ended spend for all WA nations, many of whom have no interest in space exploration at all. This lack of clarity in authorship, and perhaps an ambition that has outpaced practical realities, renders the project difficult to envision, and the proposal difficult to support. For this reason, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this proposal. Debtor Voting Rights Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 9,613 Against: 6,991 Final Vote (TNP): For: 457 Against: 157 Percentage of WA nations voting: 42.1 Recommendation: The proposal very simply and elegantly protects the voting rights of debtors. This is important as democratic member nations should not constrict the rights of citizens to elect representatives and/or the ability to vote upon other democratic processes based on their financial status or grievances. In accordance with the brief reasoning stated above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. Repeal "Debtor Voting Rights" Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 10,937 Against: 5,078 Final Vote (TNP): For: 316 Against: 218 Percentage of WA nations voting: 40.0 Recommendation: Foundationally, the target proposal remains sound. That it does not address every conceivable scenario where it may be skirted by nefarious governments does not preclude the possibility of future, enhancing proposals to address those vulnerabilities. The recent passage of GAR#450 (Don't Kill the Poor Act) addressing an oversight in GAR#38 (Convention Against Genocide) shows how scenarios not considered at the time of passage of a law can be later addressed, without a wholesale repeal and replace. Although the ideas outlined in this repeal and the ideas outlined in DVR are linked, they remain separate issues: One relating to debt and imprisonment. One relating to debt and voting rights. As a result, and provided any supplementary legislation enhancing DVR does not tread on precisely the same ground, the concerns raised in this proposal can be addressed without the repeal. While some may see DVR as incomplete, incomplete is not the same as defective. In what it sets out to do, DVR still makes it very clear that no nation shall bar member nations from invoking a person's debts as reason to deprive that person of the right to vote. Legislation relating to debt and incarceration can, and likely will, come later. For this reason, The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this proposal. Freedom to Seek Medical Care II Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 8,069 Against: 7,770 Final Vote (TNP): For: 196 Against: 410 Percentage of WA nations voting: 41.4 Recommendation: This is the second incarnation of this proposal. The first was submitted for vote roughly one year ago, and little has changed between that version and this. The Ministry cited a significant problem with version one (FTSMC), in that it created potential conflicts with standing legislation GAR#389, relating to the closure of national borders, and the prohibition of temporary emigration at times of quarantine during epidemics. Should the need arise to repeal and replace GAR#389 with a more comprehensive version, the passage of FTSMC would have rendered that legally impossible. The loss of that ability to declare quarantines, and close national borders, would present an unacceptable risk to the greater public health of the WA, writ large. While the Ministry, then, supported the premise of FTMSC, it could not support the proposal without a suggested, minor edit to language, alleviating that problem. In the current version, those recommendations have gone ignored, the troublesome language remains, as does the potential conflict. It appears the author simply sat on the proposal for a year, made minor amendments that did not address previous concerns, then added a "II" to the title in hopes that voters would forget. This shows a certain complacency, which is further highlighted by the garbled text that appeared in the previous version and remains uncorrected a year later. For these reasons, The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this proposal. [h][/h] Repeal "Safeguarding Nuclear Materials" Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 4,846 Against: 10,862 Final Vote (TNP): For: 65 Against: 496 Percentage of WA nations voting: 39.3 Recommendation: In citing our previous support of the target of this repeal, it should be noted that the target allows all WA nations to procure and trade nuclear weapons without WA interference. This is important as very real and powerful nuclear threats do exist outside of the WA sphere of influence and it is paramount that WA member nuclear programs are not subject to limitations that may prevent a response or act of aggression by a foreign power. Furthermore, the target resolution provides denuclearization services free of charge to nations who cannot defend or no longer wish to maintain their own nuclear program. In accordance with the items stated above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this repeal. Previous IFV: Right to Self-defense Status: At Vote Delegate's Vote: Against Security Council Spreading interregional peace and goodwill, via force if necessary. Repeal "Commend Solorni" Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 10,943 Against: 2,806 Final Vote (TNP): For: 169 Against: 327 Percentage of WA nations voting: 33.8% Recommendation: There is strong historical precedent within the NationStates community, that commendations of players discovered to have engaged in out-of-character (OOC) misconduct ought to be repealed, as a means of isolating these players and protecting the community. Such repeals have occurred a few times in the past, and The North Pacific has consistently voted in support of them. The need for these repeals arises, largely, due to the unwillingness of NationStates' administration to adequately address OOC actions occurring outside of the main NationStates website. It is also an unfortunate consequence of NationStates' harmful rules for handling OOC misconduct issues, that these repeals must be written from an entirely in-character (IC) perspective. As a result, repeals of this kind are difficult to write, with the authors having to waltz around the rules in order to disguise what the resolution really is about: condemnation of OOC misconduct. Unfortunately, in the case of the repeal in question, the attempts for rule compliance have resulted in a resolution containing assertions that are at best exaggerations, and at worst outright falsehoods. The problematic claims are found in two clauses, "Disgusted..." and "Disturbed...": In these clauses, the resolution takes allegations of misconduct by the commended nation, previously published in Europeia's investigation, and elevates them into statements of fact. This is despite the fact that Europeia themselves acknowledge that there is not sufficient evidence to prove these allegations. To make matters worse, by asserting the entire career of the commended nation to be the result of OOC misconduct, the resolution grossly misrepresents even the number of these allegations. The implication of the clauses is that the commended nation routinely and consistently resorted to OOC misconduct, possibly in a majority of their interactions throughout their years-long NationStates career. There is simply no evidence to support that there has been misconduct at this scale. It is worth taking a moment to contrast this resolution with previous repeals of commendations for OOC reasons: All of them had to cite IC arguments, in order to overcome the unfortunate confines of the NationStates' rules. However, none of them had to resort to unproven assertions of OOC misconduct. This is the first resolution to do so. Supporting this resolution sets a dangerous precedent for future resolutions attempting to address OOC misconduct. Not only is this resolution not conducive to establishing an effective protocol for how the community should deal with cases of OOC misconduct by commended players, but it damages what progress the community has already made in that regard. Because of all of the above, The North Pacific must oppose this resolution. The North Pacific would vote in favor of an alternative repeal resolution that addressed the above shortcomings. But as it stands, The North Pacific recommends a vote against the current resolution. Commend Lyras Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 12,948 Against: 2,038 Final Vote (TNP): For: 439 Against: 60 Percentage of WA nations voting: 34.3 Recommendation: Lyras is a well-known figure in the RP community, commanding great respect, and possessing a highly influential style that has drawn the loyalty and alignment of numerous nations. Lyras' military power is undeniable and has proven to be a stabilizing force in times of conflict and turmoil. As a superpower, this military might has been used overwhelmingly as an ultimate force towards good, and always with a beneficial, strategic endgame in mind. Lyras is expert in military armament, custom manufacture, and is always open to educating fellow RPers, and to bringing an unprecedented technical expertise to the realm of play. With a presence dating back nearly to antiquity, Lyras' place in the stratocracy is undeniable, and their leadership in shaping the post-Jolt landscape has contributed to the thriving RP community enjoyed today. For this reason, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. Commend Jutsa Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 12,930 Against: 1,634 Final Vote (TNP): For: 474 Against: 44 Percentage of WA nations voting: 35.2 Recommendation: In addition to being regionally active in the East Pacific, Jutsa has been an ongoing contributor to the greater NS community. Jutsa has authored several of the daily issues that appear in regular gameplay and has also collaborated in the authorship of legislation for the WA. Additionally, Jutsa is a regular contributor to legislation development for other nations, providing leadership and expertise through consistent forum activity, along with post-factum documentation and archiving. This is often thankless work that benefits every member of the WA by providing a clear and well-organized window into the past. Jutsa is a deserving member of the community and an important contributor to that which keeps the WA functioning day-to-day. For this reason, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this resolution Commend Paffnia Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 11,963 Against: 2,600 Final Vote (TNP): For: 541 Against: 43 Percentage of WA nations voting: 39.9 Recommendation: At first blush, the nomination seems to place greatest emphasis on Paffnia's regional accomplishments within 10,000 Islands, but more careful review reveals extensive international work as well, both diplomatically and militarily. A former WA Delegate and Foreign Affairs Minster for 10KI, Paffnia has forged numerous international relationships and has been recognized for ongoing good conduct abroad. Militarily, Paffnia has participated in some of the most significant defender campaigns in recent history, assisting some of the largest GCRs in the realm, and contributing to hundreds of smaller campaigns that have brought relief and stability to thousands of WA nations. Rounding out their contributions to the greater community is Paffnia's authorship of SC Resolution #93. Paffnia has received numerous accolades, awards, and military decorations domestically, and this worthy nominee is an ideal candidate for SC Commendation. For the reasoning displayed above, The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. Repeal "Commend Imperium Anglorum" Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 3,514 Against: 11,845 Final Vote (TNP): For: 75 Against: 502 Percentage of WA nations voting: 39.5 Recommendation: Like all SC proposals, this one should be given a fair assessment, and decisions should be made based on content rather than any assumption as to the author's motive. Similarly, that benefit of the doubt should be extended to the target as well. If we can't jump to the conclusion that the author has submitted this proposal with anything but reasonable intention, then we equally can't jump to the conclusion that IA has submitted past proposals with any less reasonable motives. We must assume that both are acting with what they feel is in the best interest of the Assembly, even though those ideas may be in opposition. Much of the author's case for repeal is in trying to convince us of the target's ill motive, and it is in the absence of benefit of doubt where the author's argument falls apart under the weight of unsubstantiated speculation. Accusations of ill motive are quite simply a matter of opinion, and don't carry the sort of weight necessary to justify repealing a commendation for a player who has made significant and laudable contributions to both their region and the World Assembly. For this reason, The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this proposal. Liberate Politics Amino Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 10,357 Against: 4,574 Final Vote (TNP): For: 523 Against: 51 Percentage of WA nations voting: 39.5 Recommendation: Politics Amino is a small, active region who became the unfortunate target of an aggressive raid and refound orchestrated by a joint force led by Osiris. A liberation becomes necessary as those known to the situation believe it is a trophy hunt without specific reasoning and Osiris has stated that there is no explicit justification for the operation taking place. It is the stance of The North Pacific to oppose the total destruction of innocent communities and the support of legislation aiming to fulfill that goal. In accordance with the reasoning displayed above, The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal.
  7. Sanjurika

    The North Star- Issue III

    Regional Assembly Highlights By El Fiji Grande and Dinoium, Minister and Deputy Minister of Communications Delegate Siwale in the Regional Assembly discussing Artemis' SC application. Regional Assembly December 2018 Speaker of The Regional Assembly: Wonderess. Deputy Speakers of The Regional Assembly: Prydania and Artemis. Members of The Speaker's Staff: Dinoium and Bobberino. Vote Passed Delegate Advisor Law, proposed by St George. Summary: Delegate Advisor Law was an attempt to amend the legal code to make advisors official government roles, and both define and limit their powers. The proposal ran into some opposition due to concerns that its passage would lead to less transparency, not more. Every delegate makes use of advisors, and publicly displaying them is essentially one form of public disclosure. The concern was that by setting bounds on advisors and by making them bound by oath, it would discourage future delegates from officially appointing advisers. However, after the concerns were addressed, and when the bill ultimately reached quorum, it was passed by an overwhelming majority. Members voting Aye (24) QuietDad Great Bights Mum Pallaith Sil Dorsett mcmasterdonia Prydania Nessuno Dinoium Syrixia Artemis bowloftoast Bobberino SillyString Sanjurika Eluvatar Kyle Loh ibiscaton Marcus Antonius Praetor Haor Chall Scorch St George Yuno Members voting Nay (1) Yalkan Members Abstaining (3) Crushing Our Enemies Siwale Wilkshire Artemis's Security Council Application, put forward by Pallaith. Summary: With the Security Council unanimously voting in favor of Artemis' application for a seat on the Council, Vice Delegate and Security Council Chair Pallaith presented the application to the Regional Assembly for discussion and vote. While most favored Artemis for the role, Siwale made an unexpected and high-profile declamation against Artemis' acceptance. He passionately argued that while the SC has had difficulty with activity lately, that that should not be an excuse to bring on new members with what he viewed as having questionable records. The Regional Assembly threw out this argument however, and voted nearly unanimously in favor of the confirmation. Members voting Aye (19) Dinoium Wonderess St George Bobberino Rachel bowloftoast bootsie Yuno Syrixia Highton Praetor Pallaith Great Bights Mum Romanoffia Chinar Sanjurika Loh Sil Dorsett Lord Lore Members voting Nay (1) Siwale Members Abstaining (5) Artemis Owenstacey Gladio Crushing Our Enemies QuietDad Votes Discounted (1) Haor Chall - discounted for not being one of Aye, Nay, or Abstain, without embellishments. Citizenship Amendment, proposed by Siwale Summary: The Citizenship Amendment proposal is a proposal to make sure if you post on either the forum or regional message board in under 30 days, you can keep your citizenship. It currently is done via forum posts, but if passed, regional message board posts would count as well. Such a measure could substantially enlarge our citizenry, and could potentially provide a bridge between various groups within the region, allowing for a more unified TNP. Proponents of the bill feel that posting requirements should be loosened, and this is a good step towards that goal. On the other hand, opponents argue that citizenship does require activity on the forums - from voting in the RA to elections in general - and that as such, the current system where only forum activity is counted towards posting requirements should continue. Members voting Aye (47) QuietDad Zaz Pallaith Brendog abc BMWSurfer Thomas Insaniac Aerilia mcmasterdonia Prydania Nessuno Lotion BluieGamer Highton Dinoium Acria(Hardonius) Sasten bowloftoast Bobberino King SillyString Sanjurika Krevt Loh mtboy66 El Fiji Grande Escade Plembobria ibiscaton Yrkidding Marcus Antonius Sopo Praetor Pasargad Klegspart ACR of Deerfenland Xyre Scorch Patrick Henry St George Yuno Islands of Tonga Wilkshire Vapia Rachael Vamperiall Western Remnant Sinelona Members voting Nay (12) Romanoffia Great Bights Mum Owenstacey Goyanes Crushing Our Enemies TlomzKrano Lord Lore Syrixia Haor Chall Iraelia Chinar Eireistan Members Abstaining (6) Gladio Sil Dorsett Siwale Artemis Wonderess Notboss Dragonking Completed On the Rejection of Andrew's Citizenship Application, put forward by Pallaith. Summary: The Vice Delegate Pallaith rejected former TNP Minister of Home Affairs and former Balder Minister of Integration Andrew because it has been known that he shared confidential information with officials in Balder while serving under Delegate Tomb. Pallaith saw this violation as a possible security threat to the region, and did not clear Andrew of the Vice Delegate security check. As required by law, this matter was brought before the Regional Assembly. After some heated discussion, the RA voted to overturn the VD check and confirm Andrew as a citizen of TNP. While this may give him a second chance within the region, future administrations should carefully re-evaluate his disposition before bringing him onboard again. Election Commission Nominations of Brendog and Artemis, put forward by Siwale. Summary: There was some difficulty getting this to vote as Artemis currently serves as a Deputy Speaker. However, since Constitutional restrictions on holding multiple offices is waived for Election Commissioners, this vote proceeded without fault, and both Brendog and Artemis were confirmed. Election Commission Confirmation of Eluvatar and Owenstacey put forward by Siwale. Summary: While the vote was initially voided due to a technical error, Eluvatar and Owenstacey were both confirmed as Election Commissioners. Discussion The Speaker Accountability Act, proposed by BMWSurfer. Summary: This legislation was proposed by BMWSurfer in an effort to increase the transparency of the Speaker's office, as he is not entirely sure what the Speaker's staff actually does. While some saw it as a statement, Wonderess - the current Speaker - supports the bill as doing so may increase the connection the office has with the public. However, many wonder whether this Act is worth inscribing into law, as it does not seem necessary. The Executive Accountability Act, proposed by Wonderess. Summary: This legislation proposes to have Regional Officers (ie Ministers) submit summary reports of their actions on a monthly basis to increase transparency and aid Executive Staff recruitment. In debate, some feel the legislation poses a needless bureaucratic burden on the Executive. However, others feel that any added accountability in the Executive Branch - irrespective of how long or short the reports are - make the regional government more accessible to the general public. Some controversy was stirred over the Speaker himself proposing this legislation, where some felt his actions inappropriate and others that he had acted merely as a standard citizen. North Pacific Army Bulletin Nov-Dec 2018 By El Fiji Grande, Minister of Communications North Pacific Army Bulletin, November-December 2018! Minister of Defense: Zazumo Deputy Ministers of Defense: Darcania Chief of Staff: QuietDad NPA Soldiers review their holdings[/i ] Loz served from October 24th to December 14th. His brief tenure in office saw training operations, officers' tests, and notably, the West Pacific Delegate transition and deployment to St Abbaddon. After publicly resigning due to IRL military time conflicts, former Minister of Defense Zazumo returned to take the helm. Promotions: Zazumo is promoted to General Bluie Gamer is promoted to Major BMWSurfer is promoted to Major Malphe is promoted to Major Dinoium promoted to Captain Brendog promoted to Lieutenant Praetor promoted to Lieutenant Koopa103 promoted to Lieutenant Stoskavanya1 promoted to Sergeant Krevt promoted to Corporal Yuno promoted to PFC NastyGamer promoted to PFC Pasmeni promoted to PFC ABC promoted to PFC Spang promoted to PFC Alex Thompson promoted to PFC BeanTaz promoted to PFC Logs of the Period To close this off, we'll be continuing our Featured Troop of the Report. Congratulations Yuno! World Assembly Digest by El Fiji Grande, Minister of Communications General Assembly Improving the world one resolution at a time. Repeal "On Universal Jurisdiction" Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 14,483 Against: 1,445 Final Vote (TNP): For: 539 Against: 44 Percentage of WA nations voting: 38.8% Recommendation: "On Universal Jurisdiction", while well meaning in supporting the ability of WA member nations to prosecute war criminals and those who commit crimes against humanity, possesses critical flaws that are exposed upon further review. Specifically in section three where the resolution requires prosecution, but fails to require the sharing of pertinent evidence or information that will assist the prosecution in reaching a conviction, therefore harming the ability for nations to properly prosecute criminals. Additionally, section seven prevents the World Assembly, as a collective, from claiming jurisdiction over said criminals, therefore preventing any WA based court from effectively bringing up charges and using acquired evidence in prosecuting criminals. In hoping that a corrected replacement or equivalent proposal is draft, and in accordance with reasons stated above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this repeal. Repeal "Preventing the Execution of Innocents" Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 9,411 Against: 6,397 Final Vote (TNP): For: 392 Against: 165 Percentage of WA nations voting: 37.2% Recommendation: The target resolution, while intending to modernize WA legal systems and ensure innocents are not unjustly killed, possesses various flaws that may lead to its downfall. Namely, the block of limits on discovery and admission of evidence, as well as requiring cases to meet a requirement of no doubt, well beyond that of reasonable doubt. Furthermore, the resolution possesses multiple points that appear to be selected arbitrarily; including the restriction on the amount of people affected by the crimes committed and the order and separation of the discovery periods by the Division and various council associated with the case. Lastly, a criminal could avoid capital punishment by indefinitely delaying appeals and other avenues that prevent the Division from certifying the case. In hopes of a redraft or new draft addressing capital punishment in the WA, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a close evaluation of the repeal and the target resolution, and a vote For this repeal. For reference and sake of comparison, the Ministry gave a "No Recommendation" at the original passing of this target resoltuion, such IFV you can find in the following link: here. International Aero-Space Administration Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 13,990 Against: 1,357 Final Vote (TNP): For: 555 Against: 37 Percentage of WA nations voting: 39.2% Recommendation: The support of development of space research is a laudable and very important goal for the World Assembly to promote and properly legislate. The proposal addresses a swath of space, engineering, and data issues that concern the way nations interact and share this information. This includes the publishing of donated research, coordination on spacecraft launches, assisting in the development of civilian space programs, and acting as an intermediary for international joint space programs. It further requires nations to coordinate flight plans for aircraft and spacecraft while not infringing on military secrecy or unreasonably requiring corporation. Lastly, and most importantly, the proposal allows for expansion upon the many topics it addresses and lays groundwork for proper space legislation in the future. For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. Repeal "On Universal Jurisdiction" Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 14,843 Against: 2,064 Final Vote (TNP): For: 503 Against: 44 Percentage of WA nations voting: 36.3% Recommendation: "On Universal Jurisdiction", while well meaning in supporting the ability of WA member nations to prosecute war criminals and those who commit crimes against humanity, possesses critical flaws that are exposed upon further review. Specifically in section three where the resolution requires prosecution, but fails to require the sharing of pertinent evidence or information that will assist the prosecution in reaching a conviction, therefore harming the ability for nations to properly prosecute criminals. Furthermore, the requirement of prosecution will lead to criminals seeking out apathetic or even sympathetic jurisdictions in order to reduce or eliminate penalties all together. Additionally, section seven prevents the World Assembly, as a collective, from claiming jurisdiction over said criminals, therefore preventing any WA based court from effectively bringing up charges and using acquired evidence in prosecuting these types of criminals. In hoping that a corrected replacement or equivalent proposal is draft, and in accordance with reasons stated above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this repeal. Repeal "Preventing the Execution of Innocents" Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 7,199 Against: 9,737 Final Vote (TNP): For: 167 Against: 408 Percentage of WA nations voting: 38.2% Recommendation: The Ministry is nearly equally divided about this repeal. Among Ministry members, there is a majority objection to the practice of capital punishment, but the GA has elected to maintain this punitive option for member nations. GA#443 Preventing the Execution of Innocents (the target of this repeal) was passed to maintain checks and balances, and to create a WA body for sober second thought and review of such cases before executions may take place. The objective being to prevent innocent persons from being executed by overzealous, careless, or corrupted judiciaries. Noble in that cause, GA#443 also has its flaws and is perceived by some as too complex and invasive. As the Ministry vote is nearly equally split, the deciding factor must be the likelihood of passage of any replacing legislation, should the target be repealed. While this repeal makes a competent case in pointing out the flaws in the target, it is the opinion of the Ministry that the pursuant replacement would be unlikely to pass, leaving no protections whatsoever against unsound verdicts leading to the execution of innocents in a criminal context. At present, it is the belief of the Ministry that even a flawed legislation that saves innocent lives is better than no legislation at all. For this reason, The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this proposal. Intersystem Space Stations Programme Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 7,652 Against: 7,988 Final Vote (TNP): For: 209 Against: 337 Percentage of WA nations voting: 36.9% Recommendation: This proposal is a bit convoluted and not very clear in its intent. It fails to cite any parameters for the proposed project and gives only vague indications of the project's eventual benefits to member nations. Without these things, the project has the potential to become a vast and costly white elephant in space, indefinitely hemorrhaging funds into the nearest singularity. Most problematic is the requirement to a mandatory, open-ended spend for all WA nations, many of whom have no interest in space exploration at all. This lack of clarity in authorship, and perhaps an ambition that has outpaced practical realities, renders the project difficult to envision, and the proposal difficult to support. For this reason, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this proposal. Security Council Spreading interregional peace and goodwill, via force if necessary. Commend Xoriet Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 14,443 Against: 2,222 Final Vote (TNP): For: 536 Against: 46 Percentage of WA nations voting: 38.3% Recommendation: Xoriet is a hard working contributor to the greater Nationstates community, and one who had a crucial role in The East Pacific and the East Pacific Sovereign Army (EPSA). They led its golden age and helped make it one of the preeminent militaries of its time between 2014 and 2015. They are also a nation that provided guidance on treaties with other regions, including TNP, and helped set new harassment policies around NationStates. Furthermore, the commendation itself is well written and spotlights a positive community contributor. In accordance with the reasons presented above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. Liberate the Coalition of Fascist Nations Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 4,008 Against: 10,470 Final Vote (TNP): For: 125 Against: 411 Percentage of WA nations voting: 35.8% Recommendation: This proposal represents the culmination of a series of ideologically driven offensive liberation attempts to an inevitable triviality. Where once liberations of this nature targeted overtly racist regions that celebrated historic atrocities, and had wide support within the Ministry, this proposal relies heavily on hyperbole in an attempt to equate the mundane with the Machiavellian. Coalition of Fascist Nations is an insignificant region, not actively campaigning, hosting roughly 80 nations, and posing no threat to the wider community. Some may find their political position offensive, and those individuals are well within their rights to support liberation. It is the opinion of the Ministry, however, that an indiscriminate use of this important and powerful tool will ultimately render the tool ineffective. For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this proposal. Commend The Church of Satan Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 7,815 Against: 8,349 Final Vote (TNP): For: 288 Against: 278 Percentage of WA nations voting: 37.5% Recommendation: Because this proposal reads more like a grocery list of government positions rather than citing accomplishments, the initial response might be to reject it. Taking a deeper read, however, it becomes apparent that Church of Satan has made significant contributions in leadership, to a variety of regions over time, and across the spectrum of the WA. The varying demands of each of those posts, within markedly different realms should not be overlooked. There is clear evidence here of a dedication to knowledge and the development of the sort of soft skills that led to CoS being elected to leading positions in region after region. One does not simply walk into The Rejected Realms and garner respect. It is by the years of commitment and hard work, abilities acquired, challenges encountered, lessons learned, that CoS has been able to instill in each region touched, a sense of pride, and so for TRR. This sort of long term, adaptable, get-the-job-done dedication is worthy of acknowledgement. For this reason, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. Repeal "Liberate The East Pacific" Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 15,074 Against: 1,767 Final Vote (TNP): For: 488 Against: 45 Percentage of WA nations voting: 35.3% Recommendation: "Liberate The East Pacific", while a well written and humorous piece of legislation that has blessed these hallowed and secure halls for some time now, has appeared to have lost meaning in accordance with the raider princess being usurped latest election results. The new regime lead with changes in the hue of their official government documents; changing from an autocratic pink to a more democratic green as well as transforming the emigration process to be more shudders cosmopolitan friendly. Furthermore, despite everyone's hopes, TEP was never turned into a Black Hawk or West Pacific puppet state. As a result, the region has moved on and is not currently experiencing the various issues raised in the liberation. In observance of moving on, while not attempting to demean the artistic flair of the previously passed legislation, and in accordance with the evidence presented above (jokes aside), recommends a vote For this repeal. Condemn The Pacific Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 14,006 Against: 1,866 Final Vote (TNP): For: 540 Against: 37 Percentage of WA nations voting: 38.5% Recommendation: The last time The Pacific was condemned, the current regime (the New Pacific Order) apologized for their actions and subsequent conduct in the 2015 coup d'etat of Lazarus. As a result of the apology, the international community repealed the condemnation and attempted to start anew with the NPO. Unfortunately, recent events, including previously covered up events following the 2015 condemnation, have revealed to the international community that its trust in the NPO was misplaced and those apologies were hollow. Recent events include, the infiltration and espionage of Osiris and Lazarus by Feux and A Mean Old Man, and the forced exile of Topid from St Abbaddon. Furthermore, various NPO officials have been directly involved in coups in The North Pacific, The South Pacific, and Lazarus and concealing the true identity of a player who committed vandalism and destruction of various regional forums. The Pacific's resident regime of the New Pacific Order has proven to be aggressive, disrespectful of regional sovereignty, and willing to pursue their own agenda at any cost without fear of repercussion. In accordance with reasons stated above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For the condemnation of The Pacific. Condemn Macedon Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 13,732 Against: 2,249 Final Vote (TNP): For: 509 Against: 45 Percentage of WA nations voting: 36.9% Recommendation: Macedon is an ancient region who was among the first imperialistic regions in the NS community. In accordance with actions they committed during their active existence, they were condemned under the very first Security Council Resolution (SC #1). The reason for existence of this second condemnation is to expand upon the first, specifically in detailing the actions Macedon committed which warranted the original condemnation. These actions including using puppets to undermine other regional governments and overthrow sitting governments, invading and forcing out natives from their home region, passwording and refounding regions to prevent natives from reestablishing their community, and attempting to take over and/or refound France, Belgium, and Greece. Furthermore, the actions Macedon committed against Belgium helped pave the way for the creation of Liberations in the SC. In hopes of maintaining proper SC history while providing context to historical resolutions and in accordance with the facts stated above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. Commend Bachtendekuppen Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 10,113 Against: 5,726 Final Vote (TNP): For: 384 Against: 183 Percentage of WA nations voting: 37.4% Recommendation: It is undeniable that Bachtendekuppen has made significant contributions to The East Pacific as delegate, mediator, diplomat, mentor, and archivist. The ongoing good work cited in the proposal is laudable and should be celebrated. Also notable is Bach's significant contribution to the treaty between TEP and The North Pacific, forming a long standing alliance between the regions, further strengthened by Bach's continued diplomatic efforts. This is a highly regarded player, and a respected diplomatic force in the wider world. For this reason, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. Repeal "Condemn Macedon" Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 12,625 Against: 5,035 Final Vote (TNP): For: 397 Against: 167 Percentage of WA nations voting: 37.6% [ Recommendation: This repeal is the coup de grâce in a strategy to repeal and replace previous Security Council ruling SC#1, but while taking a slightly different route: Passing first the replacement, then seeking the repeal afterwards. SC#1 was written in the infancy of the Security Council and was without precedent in terms of its structure. The result was a less than comprehensive resolution that failed to provide detail and context to the offences of the target region. The replacing resolution SC#269 accomplishes that, and in doing so renders SC#1 redundant - little more than a curiosity of a bygone era. While care should be taken against wanton revisions of the historical record of both the GA and SC, in this case the repeal of SC#1 poses no threat, and its replacement actually enhances our understanding of that period in our shared history. For this reason The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. Condemn United World Order Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 13,062 Against: 1,762 Final Vote (TNP): For: 462 Against: 43 Percentage of WA nations voting: 34.0% Recommendation: This is a Roleplay condemnation, and since they aren't that common, some explanation: A condemnation of this nature is designed to acknowledge both the outstanding roleplay of the nominee, as well as their contributions to the community while out of character. The form the nomination takes, either condemnation or commendation, will often be determined by the role. In the case of United World Order, the role is one of an insidious and villainous nation (in character) guilty of numerous atrocities and crimes against humanity. This condemnation is an extension of that roleplay, and an acknowledgement from their peers of outstanding dedication and commitment to their character. Out of character, UWO is an accomplished RPer with a history of high-quality roleplay for over 5 years. Respected in the community, UWO has always been approachable and willing to help new RPers with advice and feedback, and, has been an upstanding member of our allies Greater Dienstad for some time. For this reason, The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. Repeal "Commend Solorni" Status: At Vote Delegate's Vote: Against Recommendation: There is strong historical precedent within the NationStates community, that commendations of players discovered to have engaged in out-of-character (OOC) misconduct ought to be repealed, as a means of isolating these players and protecting the community. Such repeals have occurred a few times in the past, and The North Pacific has consistently voted in support of them. The need for these repeals arises, largely, due to the unwillingness of NationStates' administration to adequately address OOC actions occurring outside of the main NationStates website. It is also an unfortunate consequence of NationStates' harmful rules for handling OOC misconduct issues, that these repeals must be written from an entirely in-character (IC) perspective. As a result, repeals of this kind are difficult to write, with the authors having to waltz around the rules in order to disguise what the resolution really is about: condemnation of OOC misconduct. Unfortunately, in the case of the repeal in question, the attempts for rule compliance have resulted in a resolution containing assertions that are at best exaggerations, and at worst outright falsehoods. The problematic claims are found in two clauses, "Disgusted..." and "Disturbed...": In these clauses, the resolution takes allegations of misconduct by the commended nation, previously published in Europeia's investigation, and elevates them into statements of fact. This is despite the fact that Europeia themselves acknowledge that there is not sufficient evidence to prove these allegations. To make matters worse, by asserting the entire career of the commended nation to be the result of OOC misconduct, the resolution grossly misrepresents even the number of these allegations. The implication of the clauses is that the commended nation routinely and consistently resorted to OOC misconduct, possibly in a majority of their interactions throughout their years-long NationStates career. There is simply no evidence to support that there has been misconduct at this scale. It is worth taking a moment to contrast this resolution with previous repeals of commendations for OOC reasons: All of them had to cite IC arguments, in order to overcome the unfortunate confines of the NationStates' rules. However, none of them had to resort to unproven assertions of OOC misconduct. This is the first resolution to do so. Supporting this resolution sets a dangerous precedent for future resolutions attempting to address OOC misconduct. Not only is this resolution not conducive to establishing an effective protocol for how the community should deal with cases of OOC misconduct by commended players, but it damages what progress the community has already made in that regard. Because of all of the above, The North Pacific must oppose this resolution. The North Pacific would vote in favor of an alternative repeal resolution that addressed the above shortcomings. But as it stands, The North Pacific recommends a vote against the current resolution. VECTEEZY [small]The North Star: Lighting The Way To The Truth Publisher: Siwale :: Executive Editor: El Fiji Grande :: Managing Editors: Dinoium, Bobberino The North Star is produced by the Ministry of Communications on behalf of the Government of The North Pacific and distributed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs externally and by the Ministry of Home Affairs internally. Except where otherwise indicated, all content represents the views of the Government of The North Pacific.[/small]
  8. e: Harry Potter and the Festival of Friendship A NationStates Community Event Event Discord ~ Sponsored by The North Pacific, The East Pacific, The West Pacific, Europeia, Greater Dienstad, and Escade's Event Services Dates: Saturday December 22,2018 - Tuesday January 1,2019 This festival is an end of the year celebration with a Harry Potter theme for the NationStates community. All players in good standing are welcome to partake While the theme is based around J.K. Rowling's epic universe - the festival is to celebrate the end of 2018 and the beginning of a new year! Festival attendees choose a Hogwarts House to be sorted into and then play to compete in team and individual events including trivia contests, dueling bot, battleship games, art competitions, writing competitions, New Years wishes, a Yule Ball roleplay mystery and other activites TBA! Preview of Events and Activities First stop! Take the custom NS edition Buzzfeed Quiz to get sorted into your House! Houses will earn points and the the House with the most points at the end of the festival will earn the House Cup and shout outs on the event dispatches, posts and regional WFEs! Posting a screen cap of your Buzzfeed Quiz results will earn your House 10 points Ways to get House points by Monday 12/31/2018 midnight: On the NS Forums: ~ Submit decent entries into the Golden Snitch Writing Contest (5 points for each decent entry, 25 points for the best according to our esteemed judges) ~ Create beautiful artwork representing your House (and all members) in the Fantastic Art & Where to Find It contest (15 points if artistically pretty) ~ Write decent RP posts in the Yule Ball Role Play (10 points per fleshed out post) On the Event Discord ~ Take the Buzzfeed Sorting Quiz and post your results in the house-points channel (10 points per individual player) ~ Win the HP Trivia Rounds answering questions about the books, the movies, and the prequels! (20 points per round winner, 5 points for second place) ~ The highest duel hits (pinned) and most duel hits in the Discord Room of Requirement (10 points for highest hits and 25 points for best dueler) ~ Winners of the fantasy and Harry Potter themed Cards Against Humanity Games (10 points to each winner) ~ Winners in the Wizarding Battleship (20 points to each member of the winning team) (5 points to each player) ~ Wizarding Chess duels with bracket ranking. (5 points per completed chess game, 10 points to winners, 50 points to the grandmaster) ~ Complete the Quest for the Last Time Turner (20 points to the first to compete the quest, 10 points to each quest completer) ~ More activites to be announced! On Discord: - #the-leaky-cauldron - discuss the books (characters, plots, favorites, unfavorites), fan fiction, the movies, the prequels and everything else that makes us love this amazing series! - #the-goblet-of-fire - the games channel for HP Quiz Bowl, & Cards Against Muggles - a Harry Potter themed CAH deck (for mature players) - #the-quibbler - channel for spam games and music, etc - #floo-network - for voice chats with your fellow festival goers See you there, lovelies Escade ❤️
  9. Sanjurika

    The North Star- Issue II

    --- Editor's Note by El Fiji Grande, Minister of Communications This last month has seen several changes to the TNP Ministry of Communications, specifically regarding The Northern Lights. The North Star will continue to be published once per month, and will serve primarily as an update. The focus of The Northern Lights, on the other hand, has changed to become - we hope - substantially more insightful, engaging, and relevant. Issues will be less frequent, and likely contain fewer, albeit longer articles. While TNL remains TNP-focused, there will be articles about NS as a whole, and we encourage guest writers to become more involved. That aside, I hope you enjoy this month's edition of The North Star! Signed, --- November 2018 Judicial Elections by El Fiji Grande, Minister of Communications Just three weeks or so following the conclusion of the delayed General Elections came the Judicial Elections. General COE and BMWSurfer served as Election Commissioners. During this judicial election season, nineteen candidates were nominated. Of these, four accepted their nominations. Lord Lore and Limerick1 announced their candidacies independent of a nomination. McMasterdonia made sure to nominate each member of the current Executive Staff, each of whom then proceeded to decline the nomination or to simply ignore it. Hardonius initially accepted his nomination, but later rescinded it and dropped out of the race. The final six candidates in the race were Darcania, SillyString, Eluvatar, Limerick1, Lord Lore, and Marcus Antonius. Detailed below is a summary of each of their campaigns. Candidates: Darcania is an experienced nation, having formerly served once as Speaker, Attorney General, Election Commissioner, and as Deputy AG. He views the most important attributes for a justice in the region to be “legal experience, a legal mindset, level-minded discourse, seeing an issue from multiple perspectives… and fluff.” The main criticism surrounding his campaign was the public perception that he has the tendency to leave. Darcania responded by reassuring voters that each time he has left in the past, he did not have an official government position, and that when he had left government positions prematurely, he had always done so responsibly be notifying the Delegate well in advance such that a suitable replacement could be found. SillyString is the current Chief Justice of The North Pacific and has served in numerous other offices over the course of her five year tenure in the region. She has extensive knowledge both of the law and of court history. Her main concern “is that we need to make sure we elect justices who are thoughtful, familiar with the law, and who take the time to weigh the options and possible ramifications before making big decisions.” She believes that by doing so, TNP’s justice system will provide more consistent results. Eluvatar is a veteran nation who joined The North Pacific back in 2006, and who has served on and off in various positions including Delegate in the years since. He has extensive legal knowledge and, back in 2012 with the help of then Speaker Gulliver, rewrote TNP’s Constitution and Legal Code to set the region on a better path. There were no questions as to his qualifications, only if he was ‘especially qualified,’ in the words of Funkadelia. Limerick1 is a relative newcomer who has served on the bench for the last term and a half. Immediately upon posting his campaign thread, he received an endorsement from Siwale, our Delegate, praising him on his legal knowledge and his attitude as a team player. Limerick1 believes his ethic of hard work and the experience he gained in his previous terms make him fit to serve. Lord Lore has served as a justice for the last two terms, and has held office in numerous other positions prior to that, including as a former Minister and Deputy Minister of Culture and Lead Cartographer. He was endorsed by three important nations: Syrixia, McMasterdonia, and Pallaith. The only point of controversy in his campaign was the note that he did not sign the government letter declaring the new forum valid. His response highlighted his belief that the Court does not and should not serve as legal counsel of the administration, when rather the Attorney General serves that role. Marcus Antonius is an entirely new nation to the executive staff of The North Pacific, and his recent involvement in World Assembly and Home Affairs show that he is quick-learning, fair-minded, and has plenty of time to dedicate to regional affairs. His campaign thread mirrors that perception, and demonstrates his willingness to study and review TNP’s legal code and constitution. His campaign thread is worth a read, if only for the roleplay he posts within it! Results: SillyString, Limerick1, and Eluvatar won, with 46, 35, and 32 votes respectively. Darcania narrowly missed with 29 votes. Lord Lore placed fifth with 23 votes. Marcus Antonius placed last with 14 votes. 12% of the vote requested a re-opening of nominations. Discussion: SillyString and Eluvatar almost certainly won due to their extensive legal experience and incredible service record for the region over the years. Their past contributions have not been forgotten. Limerick1 has served about as long on the court as Lord Lore, yet does not have as much name recognition. Siwale’s early endorsement of him is likely a prominent factor that helped his campaign. I would have expected Lord Lore to get more votes. Darcania likely lost out due to the perception - true or not - that his occasional disappearances from the region have been irresponsible, regardless of his statements to the contrary. It is not much of a surprise that Marcus Antonius came last in the race because of his lack of experience regarding TNP’s legal code and history. This is understandable given that he is a regional newcomer. The North Pacific has a strong legacy of supporting qualified newcomers for offices, and we are willing to earnestly consider candidates who may not have as extensive a resume as more senior members. But said newcomers must also be qualified for the offices for which they are running. This explains the difference between Limerick1 and Marcus Antonius in the November Judicial Elections. --- The Spotlight #15: Interview with Loz by El Fiji Grande, Minister of Communications El Fiji Grande: Welcome to The Spotlight, Loz! I am delighted you were able to find time on such short notice. Loz: My pleasure, happy to be here El Fiji Grande: One thing that that struck me a couple weeks ago when you returned to TNP is just how little I know about you. Could you tell me how you came to join NS? Loz: Sure, I came into the game in January 2017 if I recall correctly. I was a pretty casual player at first, but a Telegram from Gladio caught my eye. Before I knew it I was in TNP, and in the NPA El Fiji Grande: How early after joining did you become involved in the NPA? Did you become involved in other aspects of the regional government as well? Loz: I joined the NPA as soon as I gained my citizenship! I was mainly just in the NPA in the beginning, but after a few months I started joining other ministries piece by piece. I really got my start in the executive in Comms helping to write the NPA bulletin. After that I joined the others, and actually became the Deputy Minister of Culture for Role Play Promotion. My proudest achievement there was restarting the Eras Magazine, which Prydania and McM are now doing a great job with! El Fiji Grande: Are there any particularly noteworthy moments during your rise while in the NPA? What rank did you ultimately reach before your current position? Loz: My Officer Test is a moment that will always be dear to me, but my proudest accomplishment was probably my term as Deputy Minister under Malphe. We smashed operation records that term and I learned more about R/D than I ever had before. Following my term as DMoD I was promoted to Major, which was the rank I held before becoming the Minister of Defense. El Fiji Grande: I've noticed that many - if not every - member of the NPA holds their Officer Test as a significant moment in their NS career. Could you help explain why that is? Loz: The Officer Test is in my opinion the most important part of a soldier's career. Only officers are allowed to organize and lead operations which opens up a whole new side of R/D. Being made an officer also shows you've earned the trust of your fellows and superiors in the NPA. Being a part of that brotherhood for me at least has been one of the most rewarding aspects of being in The North Pacific. El Fiji Grande: While serving in the NPA, what is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome? Loz: The greatest challenge I have had in the NPA is staying organized. I think I have largely overcome this, but when you are a new soldier it can be difficult to keep all the information you need to run an op together. El Fiji Grande: Siwale mentioned something about how being involved in IRL militaries drew you away from NS. What made you decide to return? And is that statement even accurate? Loz: Yes actually, I am in the United States Army and my duties over the last sixth months kept me too busy to be active in Nation States. For this term I thankfully have something of a break, but come May I'll have to put NS on hold once more. El Fiji Grande: (Thanks for your service!) Congratulations on your appointment to Minister of Defense!! It seems like it’s well-deserved. How does it feel to be Zazumo’s successor? Loz: Thank you for your support, I appreciate it! I am very happy to be following Zaz, but he has left a tremendous legacy. As Minister he was phenomenal in maintaining activity, and working with our allies. I will absolutely try my best to live up to the standard he set. El Fiji Grande: In your words, why is it important that the NPA remain active? Loz: The NPA needs to remain active and well trained in order to support the objectives of The North Pacific. There are parts of R/D that are inherently more difficult than others, and ensuring that my soldiers are well trained to face any operation that might come their way is absolutely critical. El Fiji Grande: Do you have any plans for where you want to take the NPA? Loz: My main focuses for this term are training and modernization. I have already reorganized the officer corps in order to make more officers involved in the administration of the NPA. I will also be updating the NPA training documents to reflect changes in R/D, and changes in the NPA. Of course I would also like to continue working with our allies, and continue our dedication to anti-fascism and anti-Nazism. El Fiji Grande: That sounds good! My plans for the future of the Northern Broadcast Service line up with that as well. Loz: I am actually in the NBS, or I was before my absence El Fiji Grande: I'm glad to hear that! I've listened to all the old episodes, so I may have heard you. To continue, why were you chosen above other candidates for the office? What do you bring to the job? Or rather, what would you say your greatest strengths and weaknesses are? Loz: While I don't want to speak for Siwale, I'd like to think that he remembered my passion for the region and for the NPA. As for strengths and weaknesses, am I very proficient at leading and triggering which has also been what I enjoy most about NS war. In terms of weaknesses I suppose my weakness is that I have been a TNP loyalist all my time in NS. I have recently starting communicating with my allied counterparts to close up that gap in knowledge. El Fiji Grande: I know from experience how difficult leading and triggering can be. Regarding stance, how do you align yourself on raiding and defending? What are your thoughts on our stance as independent? Loz: To be truthful I don’t have strong opinions either way. The NPA is a tool of foreign policy and I’ll do whatever it takes for the NPA to fulfill the needs of the Region. El Fiji Grande: A careful response. It's ok, I respect that. Is there anyone in the region in particular whom you look up to, and if so, why? Loz: Like is said I’m a loyalist El Fiji Grande: That's not a weakness! But I understand what you mean. Loz: I look up to so many people in this region it’s hard to put a few down here. QuietDad, Gladio, Bootsie, McM, Malphe, Zaz, Prydania! It’s hard to pick when this region has such a wealth of incredible people But I will say that I look to people who take the time to help others learn and grow El Fiji Grande: What advice would you give any newcomers to the region to have a successful career here - as you put it - to learn and grow? Loz: The most important advice I can give to new members of the region is to ask questions and find a mentor. I think it was easier for me to find a mentor because the NPA is already more geared towards that to begin with, but in the ministries and in RP its vital to find people who have had a myriad of experience in NS and who can help you grow. El Fiji Grande: To follow that up, what's the best piece of advice you've ever received on NS? How has that advice affected your own path through NS? Loz: The best piece of device I have ever received is from QuietDad. Once when I was stressing about something he told me "Its a friggin game." And I think that is important for everyone to remember as they start to establish themselves in NationStates. Too often have I seen people take this too far and ruin themselves in the process. El Fiji Grande: What's your favorite thing about TNP that isn't NPA-related? Loz: That's a tough question, but I would have to say participating in Roleplay is my second favorite part of TNP. TNP RP is filled with awesome and incredibly helpful people who are not only usually excellent writers, but people who also care deeply about the growth and camaraderie of the community. El Fiji Grande: *nods* To borrow a question from Kasch’s interview of Malphe: How do you want to be remembered in TNP? What do you want your legacy to be? Loz: I want to be remembered as someone who left the region better than he found. And as someone people could always come to for advice or just to chat El Fiji Grande: I'll keep that in mind. Alright, before we bring this interview to an end, is there anything you'd like to add? Loz: Yes! Thank you for having me in the spotlight tonight Fiji! I didn’t know you before I left, but it’s clear to me that you have passion and work ethic that we should all aspire to. El Fiji Grande: I appreciate that, thanks. I look forward to serving alongside you this term. Well, it looks like that's all we have time for. It’s been a pleasure. *shakes hand* Loz: *shakes hand* --- North Pacific Army Bulletin Oct-Nov 2018 By Dinoium and El Fiji Grande, Deputy and Minister of Communications North Pacific Army Bulletin, October-November 2018! Minister of Defense: Peregrinum TNP (Loz) Deputy Ministers of Defense: Malphe NPA Soldiers parade through the streets of TNP --- The former Minister of Defense, Zazumo, submitted his Letter of Resignation on October 23, 2018, stating IRL reasons that prevent him from serving to his fullest potential. Having honorably stepped aside, Zazumo was promoted to General by Loz in his Opening address. While a sad day for the Ministry, Zazumo will continue to serve in the NPA, albeit in a lower role, and Loz will surely take the Ministry to new heights! Promotions: QuietDad promoted to Chief of Staff Owenstacey and Bobberino promoted to Adjutants to the Deputy Bobberino promoted to Captain! (11/9/18) Aerilia and John Maynard promoted to Sergeant! (11/9/18) MadJack promoted to Private First Class! (11/9/18) Deerfenland promoted to Private First Class! (11/14/18) [spoiler="Logs of the Period"] [/spoiler] To close this off, we'll be continuing our Featured Troop of the Report. Congratulations Deerfenland! --- Regional Assembly Highlights By Dinoium, Deputy Minister of Communications and Deputy Attorney General Regional Assembly November 2018 Speaker of The Regional Assembly: Wonderess. Deputy Speakers of The Regional Assembly: Prydania and Artemis. Members of The Speaker's Staff: Dinoium and Bobberino. There have recently been six proposals up for discussion in the Regional Assembly. Of these, one was voted on within the last month. Vote Failed Amendment to the Election and Appointment Procedure, proposed by BluieGamer. Summary: The Amendment to the Election and Appointment Procedure Proposal was an attempt to postpone all future elections by one month due to the forum-emergency and delayed elections. It was also to remove a grammar error. Had this amendment passed, it would have added an extra month to the terms of the current administration. [spoiler="Voter Breakdown"]Members voting Aye: Siwale El Fiji Grande Members voting Nay: Romanoffia QuietDad Great Bights Mum Owenstacey Pallaith Sil Dorsett Crushing Our Enemies Brendog BMWSurfer TlomzKrano mcmasterdonia Lord Lore Dinoium Syrixia Artemis Sasten SillyString Limerick1 Bootsie Union of Caplis ibiscaton Funkadelia Myroria Darcania Praetor Members Abstaining: Wonderess Eluvatar [/spoiler] Discussion The Forum Day Bill, proposed by bootsie. Summary: The Forum Day Bill is a proposal to create a regional holiday similar to Blue Day which recognizes our first official forum: Old Blue. If passed, Forum Day would celebrate all of the supporters and staff members who helped with our forum-transfer from ZetaBoards to Xenforo. Reforming the Penal Code, proposed by Eluvatar. Summary: The Reforming the Penal Code proposal is a proposal from last year that has been in discussion for a very long time. It's an attempt to reform the Penal Code of the Legal Code. These reforms include defining basic terms to clarify the original language of the penal code, removing inconsistencies and repetitive sections, and adding specificity to sentencing. Delegate Advisor Law, proposed by St George. Summary: The Delegate Advisor Law proposal is a proposal to make Delegate Advisors regulated by law. Most people say that the law already states that this can exist because the Constitution states the Delegate can appoint Executive Officers at any time. This bill would have the consequence of limiting who the Delegate can appoint as an advisor. Publicly announcing advisors is merely a way of transparently informing the public who has consistent access to the Cabinet. Election Corruption Amendment, proposed by McMasterdonia. Summary: The Election Corruption Amendment was a proposal proposed back in April to stop election candidates from offering positions or influence in exchange for votes. The proposal was written by former Delegate McMasterdonia and was co-authored by Attorney General Crushing Our Enemies. With the January General Election coming up in two months, author McMasterdonia bumped it because "While we need to consider the future and should talk about it, we shouldn’t be jeopardizing the present, our ideals, or the honor by which we campaign." The bill has run into some difficulty however, as there exists a bit of a gray area with Delegates wanting to sound off potential future Cabinet members such that work can begin immediately after the election is won. This common practice has more to do with courtesy than with building support via corruption. That said, some members of the RA are of the mindset that Delegates should only begin building their administration once in office. Either way, the proposal would be difficult to enforce, relying on self-reporting and a more staunch public stance against corruption in the hopes that such a measure would discourage such activity and ingrain TNP's democratic values in newcomers to the region. Citizenship Amendment, proposed by Siwale Summary: The Citizenship Amendment proposal is a proposal to make sure if you post on either the forum or regional message board in under 30 days, you can keep your citizenship. It currently is done via forum posts, but if passed, regional message board posts would count as well. Such a measure could substantially enlarge our citizenry, and could potentially provide a bridge between various groups within the region, allowing for a more unified TNP. Proponents of the bill feel that posting requirements should be loosened, and this is a good step towards that goal. On the other hand, opponents argue that citizenship does require activity on the forums - from voting in the RA to elections in general - and that as such, the current system where only forum activity is counted towards posting requirements should continue. --- World Assembly Digest by El Fiji Grande, Minister of Communications General Assembly Improving the world one resolution at a time. --- Respondeat Superior Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 8,726 Against: 7,071 Final Vote (TNP): For: 181 Against: 393 Percentage of WA nations voting: 39.8% Recommendation: The proposal before us would allow individuals to sue companies for acts of negligence committed by employees against individuals. We believe this to be a well-intentioned proposal, however we feel it is too vague to cover the issue at hand. The proposal appears to be vague/under developed which concerns may lead to a repeal which would further harm the chances of positive tort reform coming into effect. In hopes of a redraft and subsequent resubmit, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against the proposal. --- Cyberweapons Control Act Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 5,010 Against: 10,741 Final Vote (TNP): For: 82 Against: 476 Percentage of WA nations voting: 38.7% Recommendation: In attempting to protect society from civilian and collateral damages in regards to cyberwarfare, this proposal ultimately is stunted by its murky definitions and unclear language. The leading definition of cyberwarfare appears to encompass any and all ordinance that uses electricity, far overreaching the intended target of this proposal. Furthermore, the proposal attempts to distinguish cyberwarfare from espionage in a rather unnecessary and poorly written clause. The proposal goes on to outline an arbitrary list of potential 'protected sites' without giving any relevant parameters, rendering this proposal fairly unenforceable, especially when the punishment for attacking these undefined 'protected sites' is potential trial for war crimes. In accordance with the facts stated above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this proposal. --- Right to Self-Defense Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 9,735 Against: 7,682 Final Vote (TNP): For: 253 Against: 353 Percentage of WA nations voting: 42.1% Recommendation: It is difficult to know if the current proposal is genuinely concerned with improving civil rights or if simply seeks to try and resolve violence by enabling further violence. The author cites the lack of legislation on this subject as a potential tool of oppressive regimes, but a right to self-defense never extends to acts of violence against one's government, so that argument makes little sense. The proposed justification for an individual's (often weaponized) self-defense is too broad and too open to interpretation. This leaves great potential for a disproportionate defense response, based not on the actual threat in each situation, but on the individual's interpretation of that threat. This often leads to fatal mistakes. A one-size-fits-all legislation does not work in this case, and it is the opinion of the Ministry that any nation's rights to self-defense should develop organically, over time, and perhaps through individual judiciaries. For this reason, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against the proposal. --- Repeal "Right to Self-Defense" Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 13,666 Against: 3,894 Final Vote (TNP): For: 482 Against: 122 Percentage of WA nations voting: 41.2% Recommendation: "Right to Self-Defense", while appearing to be well-meaning, is noticeably riddled with flaws. Most concerning, the resolution is overly broad and as a result unintentionally allows criminals to employ self defense against law enforcement. To reiterate, the opinion of the Ministry is that any nation's rights to self-defense should develop organically, over time, and perhaps through individual judiciaries. For the reasons stated above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this repeal. --- Sensible Limits on Industry Status: Failed Delegate's Vote: Against Final Vote (World): For: 6,749 Against: 10,702 Final Vote (TNP): For: 124 Against: 483 Percentage of WA nations voting: 41.4% Recommendation: While this proposal has clear ambition to achieve something positive, it suffers by the author's decision to rush it through the review process. The result is a hazy, half-formed blueprint, that outlines an immediate leap from vague premise of offense, to the most extreme consequence. There is little explanation as to how a nation would reasonably get from A to B, or, any detailed justification as to why nations should have this sort of unfettered power over industry. Reasonable regulation on the business sector isn't a bad thing, but there must be some manner of due process. Businesses need to know precisely what sort of actions would put them in peril, and, surely there must be other measures a nation can take prior to asset seizure and liquidation. Much of what this proposal sets out to protect is already covered by existing legislation with clearer definitions, more reasonable steps outlined, and less radical outcomes. For this reason The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this proposal. --- Don't Kill The Poor Act Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 14,051 Against: 3,344 Final Vote (TNP): Information Currently Unavailable Recommendation: The Don't Kill The Poor Act, whilst named in a more trivial way than perhaps it should, is a piece of legislation aimed at expanding the current definition of 'genocide' as set out in GAR#38 'Convention Against Genocide', to include those targeted due to economic status. The resolution, whilst short, contains adequate protections from overzealous definitions or accusations of genocide whilst protecting victims and vulnerable groups. Moreover, the resolution adequately helps those fleeing genocide and reinforces nations responsibilities as defined in aforementioned legislation. In accordance with the reasoning above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this resolution. --- Repeal "On Universal Jurisdiction" Status: At Vote Delegate's Vote: For Recommendation: "On Universal Jurisdiction", while well meaning in supporting the ability of WA member nations to prosecute war criminals and those who commit crimes against humanity, possesses critical flaws that are exposed upon further review. Specifically in section three where the resolution requires prosecution, but fails to require the sharing of pertinent evidence or information that will assist the prosecution in reaching a conviction, therefore harming the ability for nations to properly prosecute criminals. Additionally, section seven prevents the World Assembly, as a collective, from claiming jurisdiction over said criminals, therefore preventing any WA based court from effectively bringing up charges and using acquired evidence in prosecuting criminals. In hoping that a corrected replacement or equivalent proposal is draft, and in accordance with reasons stated above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this repeal. --- Security Council Spreading interregional peace and goodwill, via force if necessary. --- Condemn Chan Island Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 12,312 Against: 3,536 Final Vote (TNP): For: 506 Against: 47 Percentage of WA nations voting: 38.3% Recommendation: In acknowledging that some issues that come before our nations may be brought about by bad actors within the world assembly, we must recognize the primary abettor of this chaos and mayhem. Chan Island, formerly Annihilators of Chan Island, has contributed to at least 24 different situations that nations may encounter; in which your desired answer to these issues may not have the impact you had hoped for. To compound the villainy, Chan Island has also given direct assistance to occupiers and hostile invaders of various regions, some of which had to be valiantly liberated and fought for control of by those wishing to restore them. Understanding that Chan Island only wants to watch the world burn despite his lack of predatory superweapon usage, and in accordance with the reasons stated above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. --- Commend Minoa Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For Final Vote (World): For: 13,917 Against: 2,189 Final Vote (TNP): For: 540 Against: 46 Percentage of WA nations voting: 40.4% Recommendation: Minoa is a hard working contributor to the greater NationStates community. One who has authored and passed numerous General Assembly resolutions, maintained the database for passed Security Council Resolutions between 2009 and 2015, and maintained NSIndex as well as currently maintaining a database for tracking issues and the effects they have on member nations. Furthermore, the commendation itself is well written and spotlights a positive community contributor. In accordance with the reasons presented above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. --- Commend Xoriet Status: At Vote Delegate's Vote: For Recommendation: Xoriet is a hard working contributor to the greater Nationstates community, and one who had a crucial role in The East Pacific and the East Pacific Sovereign Army (EPSA). They led its golden age and helped make it one of the preeminent militaries of its time between 2014 and 2015. They are also a nation that provided guidance on treaties with other regions, including TNP, and helped set new harassment policies around NationStates. Furthermore, the commendation itself is well written and spotlights a positive community contributor. In accordance with the reasons presented above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal. --- The North Star: Lighting The Way To The Truth Publisher: Siwale :: Executive Editor: El Fiji Grande :: Managing Editors: Dinoium, Bobberino The North Star is produced by the Ministry of Communications on behalf of the Government of The North Pacific and distributed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs externally and by the Ministry of Home Affairs internally. Except where otherwise indicated, all content represents the views of the Government of The North Pacific.
  10. [center][img=http://z2.ifrm.com/10711/28/0/p1090277/mofa_seal.png] [size=14]The North Pacific Ministry of Foreign Affairs[/size][/center] [right]Magicality City, 11 November 2018[/right] Dear Mayor GraVandius, The government of The North Pacific entreats you to accept Sanjurika as an ambassador between our two regions. He has been a citizen in good standing of The North Pacific for almost 2 years and a legislator in our Regional Assembly for the same period and we believe he will meet the duties of this posting admirably. His responsibilities will include above all keeping your region informed of important affairs in The North Pacific, supporting our interregional ties by interpersonal ties through social involvement, keeping our government abreast of affairs in your region, and providing services to dual citizens should they be needed and welcome. By accepting Sanjurika as an ambassador, we hope you will continue to honour the long lasting relationship between The North Pacific and Equilism. Sincerely, Sil Dorsett Minister of Foreign Affairs
  11. Sanjurika

    TNP Greetings

    Hey! I'm the new TNP ambassador. Could I get a diplomatic masking? Thanks. Can;t wait to meet some new friends! -Sanjurika
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