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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Presidential Debate Thread on: January 28, 2015, 03:50:29 pm
Mr. Secretary?
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Chris Kyle on: January 27, 2015, 08:56:16 pm
HP. He defamed Jesse Ventura for no reason other than because he could.

I was following that story in The Wrestling Observer ages ago. My opinion that the guy was a jag-o was affirmed after reading the coverage of the trial.

I also refuse to ever watch the movie because of Sienna Miller's comments about Pittsburgh years back. I will never support any project that b**tch is involved with.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Matriot Militia - For the Defense of the Motherland! on: January 27, 2015, 08:48:43 pm
So this is where we're going?

Well.... Okay.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Smash racist reaction! on: January 27, 2015, 08:45:09 pm
Some of my staffers were nearby and noticed radical socialist pamphlets on the the individual arrested.

This was not reported by me, nor was it the case. There were no pamphlets or anything else of the kind either socialist or capitalist found in possession of the arrested individual. I'd be glad for you not to put forward such incorrect nonsense.
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1820 Election (The Hearse at Monticello) on: January 27, 2015, 11:30:45 am
Clinton/King!
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Presidential Debate Thread on: January 27, 2015, 11:27:41 am
Senator, you brought up the case of the Civil Rights Bill. With the news of several threats made on Atlasian politicians, what will your administration do to both suppress that kind of violence and make sure the bill is enforceable?
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of the Interior—Statement on the Civil Rights Act on: January 27, 2015, 02:08:55 am
Seen and will be taken into account. Smiley
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Federal Reserve Reform Act (Debating) on: January 26, 2015, 10:38:54 pm
If I could chime in and offer my two cents here, I feel a bit like my future is being discussed where I have little say in the outcome.

I have no problem if you want to get the economic number crunching away from me. It's something I have a hard time doing and it's probably the only part of this job I don't enjoy. I have no problem if you guys want to make the SOIA position the effective number cruncher for people who are good at that kind of thing.

I much more greatly enjoy coming up with news storylines. In the news tonight, I've brought forward a new one that you guys could react to. What you choose to do is up to you. If I felt that there was an attempt by the Senate to strip me of the powers that I feel I am doing the most good with, then I would resign. I don't feel that way (at least not yet). I want what's best for the game and if you guys feel that handing that portion of the game to the SOIA is for the better, then you should do it. It's not my hill to die on.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: I am entitled to the Presidency of Atlasia. on: January 26, 2015, 10:23:46 pm
See, I miss all the good stuff when I go away.

Are we going to "Chris Benoit" Nappy?
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Democrat: Your Official Atlasian News Service on: January 26, 2015, 10:20:38 pm
The Atlasian Democrat

Your Source for Atlasia's News!


Presidential Debate Begins

The Presidential debate between frontrunner Senator Bore and his opponent, Secretary of State Potus is underway. So far, this campaign has been a rather tame affair, but there have been rumblings from officials close to both campaigns that both sides are looking for openings to go negative. The Atlasian public has stated several times to us that such vitriolic campaigns leave them extremely weary and that they have so far appreciated both campaigns sticking to the issues and not the personalities. Said voter Maria Kendall, "At this time, Atlasia needs a little calm in politics. This past year has been very difficult and we appreciate the efforts of those people working to make things better by making things calmer."

However, one voter, who requested anonymity told us that he liked the chaos by saying "Hell, this is the whole point. Politics is a spectator sport and what good is the game if it's going to be boring?"



Civil Rights Act Goes To Final Vote!

The new Civil Rights Act, one of the most heavily debated bills in recent Senate history looks finally ready to pass the floor. The bill, which started its life severely troubled was heavily amended and in the end now looks like it will be passed and most certainly enacted even if President Lumine should use a veto.

The bill promises sweeping changes for minority, women, and LGBTQ Atlasian rights. It also offers a $25 million anti-discrimination campaign and an apology for past discrimination. Equal Rights campaigners are overjoyed that the bill, which at one point looked dead on arrival, is now set to be law. Said LGBTQ activist, Norma Bakewell, "We are so pleased to see that the Atlasian legislative branch has taken this stand for progressive human values. While it may not have been everything for everyone, it's better than a dead bill."

Not everyone was so enthused though. An Indiana resident was arrested after threatening to set off bombs in Nyman and to assassinate Senator TNF, the bill's most prominent early backer. Local law enforcement agencies have contacted the Interior Department to ask for the Secretary's help in aiding investigation into potential security risks in the event that the bill becomes law.



Investigation Into Fringe Party's Real Estate Deals

Acting on an anonymous tip, The Atlasian Democrat has investigated a claim that a charity known as "The Temple of The People" is in fact controlled by the so far fringe Transcendental Democratic Party. This, in itself, is not a particularly problematic thing. Several previous political parties have kept charitable arms. However, the group has been buying up cheap real estate in several economically struggling sections of Atlasia. The purpose of doing this is so far unclear, however, our sources speculate that the party could be attempting to form a breakaway nation a'la The Papal Patch (which seems to recognize Atlasian authority and is rather like a self-contained religious commune). Is that truly the party's aim or is it all benign? Again, we're unsure.

Al, the former President (who the editor actually served as VP under), is the person in charge of the organization and has actively been building a party which is based seemingly on frustration with the current system. However, the party decision making is taken in private by a mysterious inner council. We will update you as we learn more.



Editor's Note

We are overjoyed to return to publication after an unfortunately extended absence. Both work on the budget, which is still ongoing, and some personal life issues unfortunately caused delays in the publication of news stories. I want to thank those who admirably stepped up on that front when I was unavailable. I look forward to continue to bring you high quality news as GM. Thank you.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Presidential Debate Thread on: January 26, 2015, 10:08:49 pm
Senator, your response?
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Presidential Debate Thread on: January 26, 2015, 09:32:27 pm
Thank you, Senator.

The first question to Secretary Potus is on the economic front. What are your thoughts on the current Senate proposal to in ten years time raise the minimum wage to $25 an hour and do you feel that such a high minimum wage would be a boon or a detriment to the economic growth of Atlasia? Why or why not?
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of The Game Moderator Dr. Cynic: Offering an Apology... on: January 26, 2015, 02:24:57 pm
There will be an edition of The Atlasian Democrat coming tonight after a very extended break. Hopefully you'll check it out!
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Presidential Debate Thread on: January 26, 2015, 02:18:59 pm
Thank you, Mr. Secretary.

Senator, your opening statement, sir?
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Americans Only: Who Would You Vote For (2015, Northern Ireland edition) on: January 25, 2015, 12:56:24 pm
Alliance or SDLP... Couldn't stomach anyone else and even then, none of these choices are any good.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Americans Only: Who sould you vote for 2015 on: January 25, 2015, 12:50:51 pm
It would depend on my constituency. In most cases, Labour, but if I lived in certain marginals in the West Country or Charles Kennedy's Scottish seat, then Lib Dem.

Maybe Green in the seats they had the best chances in.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Presidential Debate Thread on: January 24, 2015, 12:17:45 pm
Though I am still on the road until Monday, I have been asked by both Presidential candidates, Senator Bore and Secretary Potus to moderate their debate. I thought I could start now since I have the chance at the moment.

In my capacity as GM, I have pledged to support neither candidate over the other. Indeed, I like them both as friends and have worked closely with both of them. Here's how I figure the debate will go:

Each candidate may make an opening statement, then I will ask a question to one candidate and the other will be allowed to respond. The candidates will be permitted to ask each other a single question and a follow up and then there will be closing statements.

I randomly flipped a coin to decide who goes first and Potus won the toss. His opening statement will be followed by Bore's.

Gentlemen, whenever you're ready.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of The Game Moderator Dr. Cynic: Deputy GM Announcement! on: January 22, 2015, 02:21:44 pm
A minor delay in the budget work, I'm sorry to report...

I'm on a long road trip and have very limited access to net for the next few days... So, my desire to get the budget to you guys quickly is not turning out so great, but Barnes and I have both been hard at work with it... I know news has been quiet as well the last few days and I'm sorry about that.

I'm hoping the department heads will take this opportunity to put forward some work of their own and when I have full access again, I can help them out a bit more fully.

Again, I apologize for all the delays and the periods of quiet. It's not how I'd intended to work as GM, but I'm letting you know, my office is still trying to work everything out for you guys and that news updates will return when I'm back in Pittsburgh.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: Reintroducing the Efficient Referenda Amendment on: January 20, 2015, 05:59:32 pm
Aye
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of The Game Moderator Dr. Cynic: Deputy GM Announcement! on: January 20, 2015, 05:57:53 pm
I'm still working on the revenue estimates for the budget. I'm hoping to have it done by Tuesday, after which I'll discuss it with Barnes, make any final revisions and have it ready.

Great to hear, Cynic, thanks again for your hard work as GM!

Well, I'm doing my best at least. I'm currently in discussion with Barnes and we're going to get this done as fast as we can.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of The Game Moderator Dr. Cynic: Deputy GM Announcement! on: January 18, 2015, 02:28:16 pm
I'm still working on the revenue estimates for the budget. I'm hoping to have it done by Tuesday, after which I'll discuss it with Barnes, make any final revisions and have it ready.
22  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Lion and the Rose: South on: January 15, 2015, 08:06:01 pm
Tyrion


Tyrion did not intend to stay long in the Capital now. He didn't want to give his unpredictable nephew a chance to change his mind. He was packed quickly, removing half of the Lannister guards in the capital, but leaving half behind as a show of loyalty and for his uncle Kevan's protection.

"It was a mistake to do that, y'know," Bronn told him. Suppose the little c**t had you killed right there?"

"Yes, I know," Tyrion said. "Maybe it was rash, but I need a new look at the board and the pieces..."

"Lord Tyrion," One of the guards exclaimed, running up in a huff, "The Red Viper's been arrested for the murder of your lord father and sister!"

Tyrion exchanged a look with Bronn. Would that make Sansa safe? He had made arrangements for her after Joffrey's accusation. Was that simply a way to get him to quit the Small Council? Tyrion decided that the King was nowhere near that clever. Besides, he was looking for an excuse to quit and this provided him with one. Going home to the Rock freed him to plan his next moves. With Joffrey able to rule on his own and with a blubbering oaf as his Hand, his prospects were not good in King's Landing. But at Casterly Rock, he could set up his pieces correctly.

Tyrion came to a sudden realization: SHAE! How could he have forgotten her? After all, she was the one who professed her love for him as her Giant of Lannister. It can't be helped... He knew she didn't really love him, but all the same he felt obliged to warn her to go. He had a message delivered to Varys to warn her off.
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What would be your Political Party in Australia ? on: January 15, 2015, 07:33:55 pm
I took a quiz online a year or so ago that said I fit best with the Democrats, which made my fiancee laugh. I'd go with Greens and Labor.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Democrat: Your Official Atlasian News Service on: January 15, 2015, 07:27:05 pm
Why is unemployment in our region going up?

Unemployment popped up generally for everyone (though very lightly) because the holiday boom is over and lots of temp/seasonal jobs were eliminated. Employment will likely stabilize around these marks through the winter unless there's any big push made by either regional or national governments.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: FY 2015 Budget (Voting on Amendment) on: January 15, 2015, 07:17:34 pm
Lumine, you are going to need to find someone else to offer any subsequent amendments. If I can get on again before Monday, it will be a miracle.

Understood, Yankee, and thanks for all your help. I am still waiting on an answer from the GM, and I will not offer any further amendments until then.

Further to this, I'm looking at it and will try and give it my best guess after I talk it over with my deputy.
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