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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Party - Special Chairman Election on: July 30, 2015, 03:04:28 pm
I'm happy to see pikachu hold the NE for The Party. I guess that means we still have some fight left in us. Brighter days are surely ahead, we just have to drink this koolaid and keep believing.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: July 27, 2015, 02:20:00 pm
I'm taking another bar exam tomorrow. This time, it's NC. I don't know why I decided to do this in all honesty. I haven't studied much for the MBE this time around, and the NC essays seem much easier than the 3 days of hell I endured in SC last summer. The only weird parts are that NC tests on Professional Responsibility, why, I don't know, I already had to pass the MPRE, and suretyship and ignores Commercial Paper and Insurance law.

I don't know if I am too relaxed for this one or what, but most of my law school brethren tell me NC and especially Georgia are much easier than SC's bar, because SC doesn't want outsiders coming into their legal community.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: North Carolina Yankee killed Atlasia on: July 25, 2015, 01:20:41 am
Man, we birthed laws during my second term like rabbits birth babies! I had no idea we smashed the record by that much!
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Petition for a Constitutional Convention, that would reform Atlasia on: July 22, 2015, 02:34:25 pm
Well yes, losing Adam is quite the blow to my plans. I was hoping between the two of us, we could at least present an updated version of the plan we proposed years ago.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Bacon King Statement on: July 22, 2015, 02:09:22 pm
I question the degree to which one can seriously assert Bacon King is fully "responsible" for what he did, given his... issues. I agree that in a vaccum that yes, it would be rephensible and completely indefensible, but there are other factors at work here.

If we are talking courts of law, I doubt, given the extent of what he's said about his health issues, that he'd be held criminally liable or anything of that sort. Mitigating circumstances, more or less.

It just depends really. If BK was under the impression what he was doing was wrong, even with the issues going on in his life, he'd still be found guilty if he were to be put on trial. The only way he avoids liability is if his condition is so poor that he's unable to tell right from wrong and at the time he gave out his password, he didn't know his conduct was wrong. Otherwise, the law doesn't care, and you're still guilty.

As for BK, I said this over at AAD, and I'll say it here - this is much bigger than a mod position here or a membership there. From what BK has been saying lately, his life is in poor shape, and it saddens me to read some of the things he's posted. I do think he needs to focus on getting himself right more than anything else. This forum or any other forum should be the last thing on his mind. I don't want to wake up some day and hear something awful has happened to him.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Banned Posters: Adam Griffin on: July 22, 2015, 01:49:33 pm
The lawyer in me has so much to say about all of this Tongue
7  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Recent bans on: July 22, 2015, 02:11:16 am
What on earth is going on??
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Party - Special Chairman Election on: July 21, 2015, 04:27:29 pm
Sorry guys, but I think it's all over.

I move to hold a dissolution vote.

We already held one and it failed. I don't think we can hold another one a week later.

you don't think that the loss of sawx is a change significant enough to merit a revote?

Naw

If anything, there would be a large No vote, since Sawx was among those arguing for disbandment.

Well, I advocated dissolution too, but that was likely out of a moment of weakness. As long as Polnut and the rest want to keep going, I will stick around and do my best to move The Party forward and position it to lead this game forward as best I can.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Next Chapter on: July 21, 2015, 04:24:13 pm
Sure, a mock parliament game can co-exist. Let people chose which one they wish to play. The only reason I'd never support changing Atlasia to a parliamentary style game is because past parliament mocks here have lasted no longer than a few months before people got bored and interest died off.

If a parliament style game succeeded, then both games could work together internationally.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The "Let's Get the Show on the Road and Not Act Like Idiots" Coalition on: July 21, 2015, 04:19:56 pm
In terms of realistic solutions to this game, yes, this is the only way forward. We have had a realistic plan developed as far back as mid 2013 and it is still workable if enough people jump onboard.

While I personally am fine with abolishing the game, I don't see it as a realistic outcome because to do that, we'd need a overwhelming majority to pass it, and those in the "A New Start" party don't make up the overwhelming majority of voters. It seems like there is still a decent number of people that want to play this game. The problem is, no one seems to know what they want out of it.

Those who only want to abolish the game are actually hurting this place going forward because they're merely endorsing the status quo indirectly. "Either abolish the game or else!" will get us nowhere.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: BK MEGAPOLL: Final Solution for the Atlasian Question on: July 20, 2015, 07:49:24 pm
Option 2/Reboot as I am technically an older member. Emphasis needs to be on fewer, more meaningful offices in whatever system is set up.

just editorializing but I agree with this, and elections should be more frequent

I agree with this too and I've tried to push a plan for this for years now with no success.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Next Chapter on: July 20, 2015, 07:02:04 pm
Why not just kill off the game and let something form organically? The parliament experiment has been tried before and usually dies off pretty quickly due to lack of interest, so I really don't see it as a viable plan to follow in the footsteps of Atlasia.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: BK MEGAPOLL: Final Solution for the Atlasian Question on: July 20, 2015, 03:42:04 pm
Abolish would be my preference, but if this is to continue, the game structurally needs to be overhauled, with less offices and more opportunity for new members to advance, which means only people like me really need to move on from this place.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Party - Special Chairman Election on: July 20, 2015, 03:39:30 pm
Sorry guys, but I think it's all over.

I move to hold a dissolution vote.

We already held one and it failed. I don't think we can hold another one a week later.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Party - Special Chairman Election on: July 19, 2015, 06:43:42 pm
Sawx was apparently banned so we are without a Chairman or vice chairman. This is great Cheesy
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: July 2015 Southern Legislative Election on: July 19, 2015, 12:12:42 pm
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17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Party - Special Chairman Election on: July 18, 2015, 01:19:08 am
He was banned?! What happened? We're a party with no captain now
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Party - Special Chairman Election on: July 18, 2015, 12:17:13 am
Did we have a chairman? Last I heard he left The Party.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Is it time to end Atlasia? on: July 14, 2015, 12:10:29 pm
Well yes, AAD is kicking this place's ass right now, and most of us would be perfectly happy posting exclusively on there these days.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Party - Special Chairman Election on: July 13, 2015, 03:02:04 pm
This is a time for a probable restructure of the Party and a whole boost of activity. I'm thinking over ways over how to help the Party. Could we call an emergency Party Convention to discuss the paths of TPP? There is a lot to discuss about our Platform in my humble opinion.

Agreed.

While The Party has voted to continue it's work, we remain in a state of crisis as a political institution. In the last week alone we've lost over a third of our membership to an anarchist outfit founded by our former chairman, while others have left us for various joke parties. Our last Senator is set to retire at the end of next month, and of those who voted on the dissolution question, less than 30% were in favor of carrying on.

If we are to remain a viable political force, we must have an aggressive strategy to make up the ground we've lost. It's heartening to see that Duke has entered the fray once again - at this point, he might be the one person who can turn TPP around. As Polnut and others have said, The Party has the real potential to emerge as the voice of reform in the current crisis, but we can't do that with only a half dozen active members and a dwindling pool of officeholders.

While I agree with you, I don't believe that's an appropriate tone or reflection of the sentiment of the actions of our former Chair who has undertaken remarkable work for this party, nor the vast majority of those who are members of this other grouping.

I agree. While I was disappointed to see Oakvale leave The Party and take a third of our members with him, I am still proud of the job he did as chairman of The Party and have nothing but fond memories working with him dating back to the first run in 2013.

While I wish he had kept The Party intact and used it as a machine for reform, that didn't happen, so we must march forward without him and those who left us for his new party. I hope no one attacks the job he did as chairman. We need to focus our attention on shaping the debate and actively participating in what is to come.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Fmr. President Duke (I'm back) on: July 13, 2015, 02:58:38 pm
Duke/Polnut October 2015!!!

And people wonder why Atlasia is in such disarray.

Yup - that's not the answer. There's too much desire to retreat to the past and talk about glory days etc, usually, with rose-coloured glasses.

Yes, I haven't returned to run for any office. I have returned to participate in the discussion that we are likely to have about the future of this game, not to run for President or any other office. We need a healthy interest and a blossoming next generation of Atlasians to vy for those offices. Not myself or Polnut. We've had our time in the sun.
22  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Don't open up PMs from FFD on: July 12, 2015, 02:19:04 pm
Gross. How do I block him?
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Is it time to end Atlasia? on: July 12, 2015, 01:42:58 pm
I'm so happy you're back, Marokai <3
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Party - Special Chairman Election on: July 09, 2015, 10:39:51 pm
I'd be happy to participate in a party convention. After all, we've seen a lot of changes to this party in the last few days.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Fmr. President Duke (I'm back) on: July 09, 2015, 07:17:11 pm
Hey, what's up, hello,

Over the last few weeks, Atlasia has descended into near chaos as the chorus for change has begun to bellow from the hills beyond the cities. Every man, woman and child in this great nation is now thirsty for something to break the shackles that is the status quo and push us into a new era, one of vibrate activity, exciting elections and delicious caramel cake.

There is no denying that Atlasia is in terrible shape, as bad as I was last Friday night where I found myself in Mississippi, surrounded by rednecks shooting off fireworks listening to country music while dipping tobacco. But it does not have to be this way, no sir, we cannot settle for this.

Today, I am announcing I am coming out of retirement to offer my input, advice and leadership in the discussions surrounding the future of this game both electorally and structurally. As many of you know, I proposed my own plan to overhaul the game in October 2013. That plan still exists and is available to the public. At the time, I was beaten, shamed and spat upon for daring to suggest we needed change. Well, here we are. To quote mypalfish, I will now accept my accolades.

Whatever the outcome of the debate ensuing in the next few months, rest assured, The People are still here, They are still listening, and as always, even in times of doubt, Their voices will still be heard and Their will will be done. The Era may be dead like the squirrel you ran over on the way to work, but it is not forgotten.

Amen
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