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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of The Game Moderator Dr. Cynic on: December 20, 2014, 01:49:59 am
I will be on LOA from today until the day after Christmas. I will respond to emergencies and questions if I get time, but I won't be able to publish any news for the moment.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary or Warren... on: December 18, 2014, 07:40:58 pm
Warren.

If Clinton is the nominee, I'm voting third party.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: UK: Preferred Prime Minister on: December 18, 2014, 07:26:15 pm
Miliband... Not Farage. That guy is a sh**t.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Democrat: Your Official Atlasian News Service on: December 17, 2014, 06:58:12 pm
The Atlasian Democrat

Your Source for Atlasia's News!


Australia Deals With Fallout From Hostage Situation

While Australia deals with the fallout over the long hostage situation that took place just a short while ago in a Sydney cafe, the Coalition government has steadfastly resolved not to be drawn into a debate over gun control. Labor Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to bring the debate to the forefront and if necessary tighten restrictions even further.

"The fact is, Australia has one of the most stringent gun control policies on the globe," said policy analyst Jim Lewis. "The hostage situation that caused the death of two people and the gunman is not necessarily the fault of the policy."

Most pro-gun advocates in Australia are calling for the laws to be revised in case another situation like this erupts. Atlasian officials have offered condolences to the people of Sydney and Australia as a whole over the tragedy.



Public Losing Patience With Administration

While the public has generally opposed the efforts to impeach the President and Vice President, it seems that the honeymoon is over for the Lumine Administration. While elected by safe margins, the centrist coalition of the Federalists and moderate TPP members has been strained seemingly in recent weeks. It seems the slight dysfunction has been trickling out to the public as the left wing reasserted control of the Senate with the President's Federalist Party heavily battered. Some members of the TPP who spoke with us under the condition of anonymity noted how disappointed they were in the administration so far.

"Apart from a few minor things, there's been very little effort. I'm hoping after the holidays we can get something going. The budget being done would be a good start. I'm cautiously optimistic for the future, but the present has been somewhat disappointing."



Senate Battle Over Military Budget

It's no secret that Senator TNF is perhaps Atlasia's most left-wing political leader. His recent statements in the budget debate may have constituents either shaking their heads or standing up and cheering, depending on your political alignment. Senator TNF stated bluntly that he would not rest until the standing army was no more, to cheers from the left wing galleries and exasperation from moderates and conservatives. Senator Polnut, probably the most pragmatic member of the Atlasian Senate was interpreted by Senator Bore to have offered an objection. A vote on Senator TNF's amendment appears set to fail.


A Quick Note For The Pacific

Readers of The Atlasian Democrat are familiar with the woes of activity that have plagued the Pacific local government for quite some time now. However, recently a strong Pacific Council headed up by former Senator Averroes Nix, has been working on three separate bills, including a heavily debated gambling bill. Residents in the Pacific Region should be relieved to see that once again bills are being considered and debated after such a long period of inactivity.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of The Game Moderator Dr. Cynic on: December 17, 2014, 01:48:13 am
Question, has the recent hostage crisis in Australia happened in this world as well?

If it's going to be included, can you not make it in the past? I'd like to respond to it from the beginning.

Funny thing, I only just came back from there...

Yes, I was going to include it in the write up I'd planned tonight but I got so busy this evening that I just never had a chance to finish it. I'll include it tomorrow.

However, I don't see much point of actually having it take place all over again. Your best bet should probably be to extend your sympathies, etc. There's very little that Atlasia can do in this matter other than that. Australia had it handled. Look for the news story tomorrow.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Democrat: Your Official Atlasian News Service on: December 15, 2014, 07:36:32 pm
Deus was not a candidate

You're right, my bad.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Democrat: Your Official Atlasian News Service on: December 15, 2014, 06:59:59 pm
The Atlasian Democrat

Your Source for Atlasia's News!


Left Reasserts Control of Senate

After a tight at-large contest, it appears that Labor and TPP have reasserted control of the Senate while the Federalists and the DR's have clearly moved backward. Of the right wing candidates running, only Cris was victorious. Senators Deus and JCL, both controversial and outspoken libertarians, have seemingly been ousted. One thing of note is that it seems to prove that early campaign declarations can work out. In August, Dr. Cynic had been an early candidate and was victorious. Now, SWE, a longtime fixture of the Northeast Assembly, joins the Senate after having appeared to be behind for much of the contest. SWE was also an early declaration. Could campaigns be beginning earlier and earlier? Some Atlasian citizens are unhappy with such a prospect.

"I'd rather they actually get some work done for us rather than campaigning all the time," declared energy sector employee Charles Ford. "We need an active government, especially in regards to environmental concerns. Senator Polnut was especially good in that and I gave him first preference."

The most newsworthy item though to come out of the election is most likely that the stock market was down today after the left wing triumph. Investors in particular are cautious of any new regulations being placed on them by the new Senate. One stockbroker, who spoke to us under a condition of anonymity revealed that though Wall Street had anticipated a left victory, that they hadn't anticipated both JCL and Deus to lose. "If Labor and The People's Party take a sensible route when it comes to regulation, the market will recover quickly. However, the more we see TNF style communism, the more uneasy we investors feel."



Coalition Forces See Positive Signs in Iraq Front

While election results and recent efforts of impeachment probably bring no cheer to the administration, a spot of good news for President Lumine when coalition bombing strikes have hit ISIS targets all along the Iraqi-Syrian border today. While we have yet to receive a comment from the White House, Nyman officials are said to feel that these strikes have been a serious injury to Islamic State militants. We expect comment very soon from the Administration.


Mumps Outbreak Worries Health Officials in Pittsburgh and Elsewhere

Recently, there has been a mumps outbreak in Atlasia that has affected 5 NHL hockey teams, including the league's poster boy, Sidney Crosby. While this in and of itself might not have been a major issue, word has come to us that one possibly infected teammate, Beau Bennett, had visited Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh. Patients and staff are being tested as we write this. As of right now, several public health advocates are calling on the Interior Department to find new ways to contain the infectious disease. More on this when we learn it.
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: MINMUM WAGE on: December 13, 2014, 07:34:03 pm
I hope this guy isn't banned. Everything he says I read as a deranged Hulk Hogan promo. It's amazingly entertaining.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I SHOULD BE PRESIDENT OF THIS FORUM AND THIS PATHETIC FAT NATION on: December 13, 2014, 07:27:58 pm
I'm writing in one of my fellow fat turds.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE4: October-December Northeast Budget FY2014 (Debating) on: December 13, 2014, 07:25:57 pm
It's 4 months (the length of your term). Go back and look and see how every other Governor has approached it.

Also...Flo?



...yeah, and the Assembly is a singular body anyways, so my interpretation makes no grammatical sense in the first place.

I'm a dumbass. Sorry, Cynic and Flo.

Flo told me that he was able to do the figures with the help of someone else who was willing to help, so I naturally referred Sawx in that direction since I'm horrible with that sort of thing.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Democrat: Your Official Atlasian News Service on: December 13, 2014, 07:05:10 pm
The Atlasian Democrat

Your Source for Atlasia's News!


Russia Backs Off of Threats

Presently, sources tell us that the Russian President is rapidly backing off of the strong language that had heretofore dominated the discussions between them and the Atlasian government. There was a major concern among many of those working in the intelligence sector that this disagreement would come to blows. Russia has backed off of the full on condemnation rhetoric and has spoken of a desire to try and work with the administration regarding terrorism. It's thought that the Syrian government's request for aid has caused the Russian position to change course.


Elections Underway While
Administration Faces Impeachment Effort

While Atlasians go to the polls, the administration is facing an impeachment effort led by several of the more radical members of the Labor Party. While polling indicates that the support for such a measure is low, those that support the action are citing inactivity as the primary motivating factor.

Meanwhile, the Senate election is underway. As of right now, it looks as though it's a close race for survival for incumbents JCL and Bacon King. Bacon King had been accused of being inactive after winning the special election and it has strongly harmed his momentum. He and JCL, whose views and personality remain an issue for many voters, are in a tight race for survival that it appears only one will make it out of. When we last checked, Bacon King was the one who would win out, but that could change at any time. It will be a close one that will see at least one new member elected.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of The Game Moderator Dr. Cynic on: December 13, 2014, 06:49:21 pm
Here is my lovely official office. Any questions or anything you need of me should also go here.



No books? Sad

I'm still in the process of bringing a library in. At the moment, please enjoy our magazines Cheesy
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: December Assembly Elections on: December 13, 2014, 06:35:04 pm
Abstain
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: Protecting People From Explosives Amendment on: December 12, 2014, 04:27:12 am
Aye
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: December 2014 At-large Senate Election on: December 12, 2014, 04:26:36 am
1. Abstain
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of The Game Moderator Dr. Cynic on: December 12, 2014, 04:24:36 am
Important question,

Russia is very dependent on the energy market in the real world. Our oil and gas demand is much lower in Atlasia versus America. What is Russia's economy like?

I'm just getting back in today to be able to use some internet and will try and look at everything with fresh eyes after I've had a bit of rest.

Based on that, I am assuming that it's probably still fairly similar, if a bit weaker, to how it is IRL. It will just be relying on heavier exports to nations like China that still consume vast amounts of oil and gas.

But that's just speculation on my part right now. I'll get back to you with something firmer ASAP.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Democrat: Your Official Atlasian News Service on: December 08, 2014, 11:50:48 pm
INFLATION!

Holy s**t our inflation rate is through the roof! Shocked

I don't think we've had rates this high since the 70s, no?

And it appears that unemployment has gone back to what it was back when I was GM, huh...

It should give you guys something to work on then while I'm gone. It was actually supposed to be a lower inflation number but I hit submit and just decided "f**k it, give you guys something to do". See you all on Friday! Cheesy
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Democrat: Your Official Atlasian News Service on: December 08, 2014, 08:40:53 pm
The Atlasian Democrat

Your Source for Atlasia's News!


Russia Issues Ultimatum to Atlasia

With foreign tensions high, the latest issue facing the administration comes from the tense relationship with Russia. President Vladimir Putin issued a statement today again warning Atlasia off of escalating airstrikes in Syria and putting any boots on the ground. Most international observers believe that Putin's language is deliberately incendiary, designed to provoke a harsh reaction from Atlasia, particularly from the hawkish Secretary of State Potus. Whether or not any Atlasian public official responds to Putin's statement will remain to be seen. In other foreign news, Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has scheduled a trip to the U.S. to meet with both Vice President SJoyce and Secretary Potus. It isn't known if Putin's latest comments will be discussed.


Electoral Commission To Reboot Atlasia?

The three member Electoral Reform group has been meeting for a few weeks now. The members: Bacon King, Bore, and the Chairman of the group, RPryor, are considering several reforms to regional boundaries and the way we elect our Senators. When President Lumine formed the Commission, there were no specific instructions given to the group, merely that they investigate areas to fix the political system. One popular method discussed by the general public was a full reboot. Publicly, this has always been met with mixed support (including from me during my recent days as an active politician), however, the Atlasian public seems to want the matter discussed. Several Atlasians have brought forward the proposal for the members to consider. The Atlasian Democrat sees support for a full reboot as gaining steam once again. Time will tell if such a proposal is even considered, but it once again has been brought to the forefront.


Weekly Economic Forecast

The Following is an economic forecast for the Regions and Atlasia at large:

Northeast: Unemployment: 7.7%
IDS: Unemployment: 7.9%
Mideast: Unemployment: 8.6%
Midwest: Unemployment: 9.7%
Pacific: Unemployment: 10.8%
National: Unemployment: 9.5% Inflation: 8.3%

Overall Analysis

Compared to last week, unemployment was up slightly thanks to the lack of investor confidence coming from the trouble in foreign policy recently. Inflation wasn't measured last week, but according to our reports, it has been relatively stable. Employment should definitely look to be a major concern for lawmakers within the next few weeks as a holiday season with such a high unemployment rate could continue to hurt the confidence of both job creators and job seekers. While some firms are hiring to compensate for the holiday season, these creations have barely managed to keep up with the negative numbers. The feeling among the general public is that this situation demands immediate attention from regional as well as the national governments.


NOTICE

There will be no further issues of The Atlasian Democrat published until Friday as the editor will be abroad to plan his wedding which will occur this spring. We apologize for the inconvenience to readers.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of The Game Moderator Dr. Cynic on: December 08, 2014, 08:02:54 pm
Just letting everyone know, after tonight's edition of the Atlasian Democrat is published, I will be going on a short LOA from tonight until December 12 as real life must take precedence, particularly this. Tonight's paper will feature news and weekly economic indicators.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Democrat: Your Official Atlasian News Service on: December 07, 2014, 02:09:21 pm
The Atlasian Democrat

Your Source for Atlasia's News!


President Addresses Nation After Speaking With Coalition Partners

President Lumine has addressed the nation regarding plans for how to deal with ISIS going forward. The President has only recently met with several world leaders in hopes of creating a broad coalition to combat the threat. This paper can confirm that President Lumine came away with at least tacit endorsement of the air strike campaign from a majority of those who he spoke with. The Chinese government, for example, heretofore moderately opposed to the airstrike campaign, has come away tacitly endorsing the action, though still unwilling to aid or participate. The one nation remaining stridently opposed to Atlasian military operations is Russia. Sources confirm to us that the conversation with President Putin was somewhat tense, though cordial on the surface. Russia continues to oppose any further escalation of action, especially within ally Syria.

In the backdrop of all of this, President Lumine has addressed the nation. While a pugnacious address, it also invited the Atlasian public to offer active participation in this matter. Polls show that Lumine's handling of this situation is almost a 60-40 favorable/unfavorable margin. More on this situation as we learn it.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of The Game Moderator Dr. Cynic on: December 06, 2014, 12:14:26 am
---President speaks with various leaders of other nations at this time---

---Details Unknown, but President to Speak on Television Soon---
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of The Game Moderator Dr. Cynic on: December 05, 2014, 11:55:07 pm
---Atlasia on Brink of War: Secretary Potus Pressing for heavy troop presence in Iraq and Syria---


---President Lumine yet to decide on troop increase as allies remain uneasy---
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Democrat: Your Official Atlasian News Service on: December 05, 2014, 11:50:52 pm
BREAKING NEWS:

Sec. of State Pushes for Heavy Military Presence in Iraq & Syria

The Atlasian Democrat can confirm that the State Department has sent a recommendation to President Lumine that ground troop presence in Iraq, already a point of contention for many in Atlasia, be ballooned up heavily to over 50,000 troops. Secretary Potus issued a statement saying that "Evil is alive in the world and we should not be afraid to confront it". Also recommended was a significant increase in the bombing of targets in Syria. The Secretary is also meeting with the President to discuss further strategic and tactical matters this evening. More information will be printed as it becomes available....

24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Democrat: Your Official Atlasian News Service on: December 05, 2014, 07:38:43 pm
The Atlasian Democrat

Your Source for Atlasia's News!


BREAKING NEWS:

BRITISH PLANE CARRYING HUMANITARIAN AID SHOT DOWN!

A British plane carrying humanitarian aide was shot down over Northwest Iraq this evening, The Atlasian Democrat has learned. The plane had been accompanied by military escort planes, but was shot down from fire on the ground. So far, precious little information has been made available to us, but Foreign Secretary, Phillip Hammond spoke to the BBC less than a half hour ago on this tragedy and it was determined that ISIS were most likely responsible. Here in Atlasia, we await comments from Secretary of State Potus and President Lumine with regards to what, if any, Atlasian aid will be forthcoming. Already there is high anxiety in the nation thanks in part to the administration's decision to put boots on the ground to combat ISIS in Iraq. President Lumine has said he will be mindful of protecting Atlasian humanitarian planes, but with a British plane being shot down, will the administration extend escorts to other nations? More on this as we learn it...

Civil Rights Bill met with Furious Opposition and Support

The 64th Senate has certainly been a controversial session. Probably the bill generating the most though is Senator TNF's new Civil Rights bill. As of right now, the bill has undergone several amendments and modifications, but much of it has been met with both strong support and furious opposition. Senator TNF, a self-described communist, has authored many bills in an attempt to lead the left of Atlasia. However, even many leading left wing politicians, mostly social democrats, have expressed opposition to much of the legislation, one individual even condemning it as "fascist". However, many others on the left have been supportive. "It's about time someone stands up for everyone's right to be treated with dignity and Senator TNF has done just that," said one man.

President Lumine has vowed to veto the legislation, even a scaled down version so far.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of The Game Moderator Dr. Cynic on: December 05, 2014, 07:12:56 pm
New Edition coming tonight covering some very interesting news in Iraq...
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