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76  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.
77  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.
78  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Lion and the Rose: King's Landing (Small Council Meeting) on: January 14, 2015, 03:31:02 pm
Your Grace, I can assure you that Lady Sansa could not have poisoned my beloved sister and father. If you insist on this, you may find yourself a new Master of Coin. Come, Bronn. Let us head for The Rock and leave my nephew to his own devices.

Rising from the table whistling, I slowly walk out of the chamber with Bronn in tow.
79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Democrat: Your Official Atlasian News Service on: January 14, 2015, 03:18:01 pm
I dropped it because it was only asked for once. It's not a statistic that I really think needs continuously printed.
80  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Andrew Cuomo vs. The Big Bang Theory on: January 12, 2015, 09:53:24 pm
I actually like The Big Bang Theory... It's one of the few sitcoms left that I'm actually amused by.
81  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Lion and the Rose: King's Landing on: January 12, 2015, 07:03:31 pm

First of all, gentlemen, we must get the formal business solved. We need a new Hand of the King. I have no wish to continue on as Master of Coin and will instead be acting as Hand for my beloved nephew, the King. I believe our new Master of Coin should be Mace Tyrell. As father in law of the King, and having been so helpful in keeping our populace fed with your own treasury, I feel that you are the best man for the job.

Not bloody likely, Tyrion thought to himself. Mace Tyrell was a buffoon, but not a buffoon to be made an enemy of. Keeping him in an important council position would certainly keep him puffed up and proud. His uncle Kevan would certainly be useful in helping him and Tyrion implicitly was going to rely on his uncle if Mace Tyrell proved useless in this job.

Gentlemen, let us turn to military affairs... Right now, our most important job is to finish off the Stark loyalists and then turn to those loyal to Stannis. I will raise another 2,000 troops to join to the Riverlands army and we send them in force against the Blackwoods and Mallisters. See if we can get peace with them in exchange for pardons. We could add their forces to ours and then all that's left is the Blackfish and Riverrun. We can besiege them and then see where we are. Prince Oberyn, Gregor Clegane is currently in the Riverlands with the army. If you're willing to add to our force, I can have you escorted there as soon as you like. I know you are anxious to see him.

Might as well have got something out of Oberyn. If he's going to kill The Mountain (he well may), then he should be prepared to give a little help for it...

Well we can't very well leave Lord Baelish alone, can we? We must let the Lords of the Vale know that it would displease the crown should they continue to cause trouble. They want help with the mountain clans don't they? It wouldn't be in their best interests to continue, lest the crown simply stop promising to keep the mountain clans at bay. That might convince them...
82  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Democrat: Your Official Atlasian News Service on: January 12, 2015, 06:14:42 pm
The Atlasian Democrat

Your Source for Atlasia's News!


Fallout of French Terror Attacks

After the cold blooded murder of several French journalists and others, we finally are able to take stock of the terror that had gripped France over the weekend. Atlasians and others abroad were told to stay in as French police searched the countryside for the suspects. Eventually found, a massive shootout saw the deaths of three terror suspects, however, radical elements vowed to continue targeting civilians in France and other nations. A march of world leaders, led by French President Francois Hollande, was made in defiance of the radicals and went off without a hitch. President Lumine has promised Atlasian aid to France however they may require it. Here at home, people remain somewhat anxious. A terror attack on Atlasia months ago led to the nation descending into a chaotic period. Many people want to avoid a retread of that disaster.

"We should all stand united against terrorism," Robert Stark, a Baltimore engineering student, said to us. "My sister happened to be in France this past week and I can't tell you how hard it is to continue to worry about the safety of a loved one. We just got over our own attacks..."

Clearly, the mood of the country is a bit shaken in the wake of the news, but there was optimism also. One woman told us that she planned to continue on her European holiday and wasn't worried for her safety. "They'll take care of us," she said. "I am not afraid."



Native Atlasians Protest Over Unemployment, Health and Education Access

Story contributed by Barnes

Recent figures showing that the unemployment rate for Native Atlasians increased to a two-year high of 16% have sparked protests and demonstrations among Native associations and on reservations.  The largest rally occurred near the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (part of the Oglala Sioux tribe) in South Dakota with some 5,000 natives and local residents marking in protest of the local reservation jobless rate of near 19%.

The protests have remained civil and seem to be having the intended effect of drawing media and government interest.

Secondary themes common among the protests included demands for a easier and fairer access to health and education resources on reservations -- health issues, and in particular alcohol related deaths, have blighted reservations for years.

Tribal leaders have accused both regional and federal administrations of being indifferent to their grievances.  Bryan Brewer, President of the Pine Ridge Reservation, interviewed during the rally, stated, "It doesn't really matter who's in charge in Nyman, things never change for us here.  We've been talking about these issues for years, and I think the total lack of response over the most recent unemployment figures shows that Native Atlasians have been forgotten and left behind."



Budget Debate Drags On As Emergency Resolution Enacted

Emergency action was deemed necessary by the Senate during the budget debate as President Lumine asked for a resolution keeping last year's budget in effect until this year's can pass. The administration and the Senate seem to be at odds over spending, which is little surprise to observers who have watched the battles between a left wing legislature and a right wing executive. Senator Lief said frankly on the Senate floor that with inflation numbers up, he would refuse to vote for any tax cuts in the budget.

Senate Speaker and Presidential candidate Bore mentioned how uncomfortable he was with the President's proposed cut in health care to facilitate a tax cut for the wealthy and the Senate defeated the President's motion, introduced by Senator Yankee on near unanimous grounds. Insiders tell us that the President and the administration as a whole are deeply frustrated with the lack of progress they wanted to achieve in terms of taxation reform. While our sources requested anonymity, Atlasian historian and political scientist Al Samuelson told us that the Lumine Administration is certainly suffering from the makeup of the Senate. "When he had a more moderate legislature to work with, the people inside found it very easy, but now towards the end, President Lumine is seeing the most difficulty he's had in his Presidency. His leadership is going to really be tested until we have a new administration."
83  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of The Game Moderator Dr. Cynic: Deputy GM Wanted on: January 12, 2015, 05:43:29 pm
Just a quick couple of announcements:

Tonight's edition of The Atlasian Democrat will involve the news in France and how this act of terrorism is impacting Atlasians.

Also, I would like to announce the hiring of my first Deputy, Barnes. In his application, I was very impressed with his enthusiasm and his first news story will be printed in the news tonight.
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of The Game Moderator Dr. Cynic: Deputy GM Wanted on: January 10, 2015, 10:39:00 pm
I had planned to cover the terror attacks in France this weekend, but real life issues have kept me at limited connectivity.

I will try and do it this weekend, but if not, then the next edition of the news will be on Monday.
85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Democrat: Your Official Atlasian News Service on: January 08, 2015, 07:51:09 pm
The Atlasian Democrat

Your Source for Atlasia's News!


Campaign Settles In For Center-Left

While the right's Presidential candidate, Potus, will no doubt continue to call attention to his stint in the cabinet, one interesting factor about this campaign seems to be the solidifying of the forces of the left and center-left. Labor and TPP, having just recently been embroiled in a major fight for the soul of Atlasian progressive politics, seem to be working harmoniously to elect their joint ticket in the first election of the year. One Labor activist told us that the Bore/BK ticket is the most exciting Labor ticket they've ever volunteered for. A TPP worker said that cooperation among the two parties has been easy for the most part. "It helps that Bore and Bacon King are both on the center-left. If one was an extremist, it may not have been as easy."

Even doing his part for the campaign, notable Labor lion, Senator TNF stated that no one could beat the combination. Secretary Potus' hopes for success in what is now a very difficult prospect for him rely on the turnout of the right in his favor.



Mideast Debates High Speed Rail

Atlasia has a large and modern rail network and the Mideast is currently debating a multi-billion dollar investment in their regional railroad. That being the case, The Atlasian Democrat has been conducting an investigation to determine the usage and feasibility of this project which we expect to complete in the next couple of days. Several Mideast legislators are concerned that with the current rail budget of only $0.2 billion, that a milti-billion dollar investment may not be worth it. However, in the Mideast, the most popular rail hub is the Chicago hub where rough estimates hold that close to a million people per year use and pass through the rail stations.

In general, High speed rail in Atlasia has been popular in recent times thanks to low ticket costs compared to other nations and the fact that gas prices remain at above average levels.



Weekly Economic Forecast

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

Northeast: Unemployment: 6.1%
IDS: Unemployment: 6.6%
Mideast: Unemployment: 6.5%
Midwest: Unemployment: 6.3%
Pacific: Unemployment: 8.8%
National: Unemployment: 7.2%

Overall Analysis

The overall analysis of the most recent employment figures shows in general a minor uptick in the national average thanks to the elimination of some temporary holiday work. Overall economic indicators though must be considered in good shape because though there was a rise, in general employment has held up well and looks to continue doing so as was explained to us by economics Prof. Ed Anderson that with the public and private sectors expanding, look for the rates to remain lower than they have been in some time.

He noted that while the numbers themselves may not seem spectacular, that in fact, they are a positive sign moving forward for employment in the country.
86  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of The Game Moderator Dr. Cynic: Deputy GM Wanted on: January 08, 2015, 03:55:24 pm
Tonight's edition of the news will cover the current economic forecast, a bit on the Presidential campaign and some regional news for those who've been wanting it.
87  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask the next poster a question (second thread) on: January 07, 2015, 06:43:22 pm
I've been sober for 3 years now. When I was drinking, I'd have probably taken cognac.

Is sriracha sauce over rated?
88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: Fix the Senate Rules Resolution on: January 07, 2015, 06:39:55 pm
Aye
89  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Record-Courier (Inaugural Edition) on: January 07, 2015, 06:39:09 pm
Thanks for helping me out by publishing a paper! I encourage more Atlasians to take to journalism, if for no other reason than it helps me Wink
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of The Game Moderator Dr. Cynic: Deputy GM Wanted on: January 07, 2015, 06:35:26 pm
Ok, Senator Cranberry, I've got your statistics for you:

In the Eurozone: 0.1% flat overall, though rates may differ in some participating nations and several have opted out.
UK: 0.5% on stocks.
Switzerland: .15% domestically and .3% for foreign securities.
Canada: Doesn't have one.
Australia: I believe it's at 0.3% on stocks, 0.6% on bonds.
China: 0.5% or 0.8% on bonds.
Hong Kong: 0.3% on stocks.
Singapore: 0.2%.
India: 0.5% on stocks and corporate bonds.
Japan: Had one until 1999. No longer does.
Russia: 0.2% of value of new share and bond issues.

So, Atlasia' rate is well within the global average of participants, however several nations such as Canada and Japan as previously listed, no longer have these taxes.
91  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1892 Election (Electric Boogaloo) on: January 07, 2015, 05:53:08 pm


Former President Grover Cleveland / Former Postmaster Adlai Stevenson 66.4% 402
President Benjamin Harrison / Diplomat Whitelaw Reid 30.0% 42

Despite Cleveland's national landslide, the incumbent President was still able to sweep most of the Western states, thanks to the strong performance of bimetallist candidate James Weaver.

That map makes no sense whatsoever. Vermont and Maine would never vote for Cleveland even in that landslide, and Weaver would certainly win states out west.

Obviously Cleveland was not going to obtain any votes out West, and there is an upper limit to how many additional votes he can get in the South, so that resulted in an unusually large swing in the Northeast and Midwest. As for Weaver, his performance in those regions was middling at best (even less than previous Greenback nominees), which meant that a halfing of his IRL performance would imply a particularly nasty swing in the Western states in which he dominated.

What kind of fuzzy math did you use for this map? Weaver won states IRL and with his performance here, I fail to see how he couldn't win states at all. Explain your math!
92  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of The Game Moderator Dr. Cynic: Deputy GM Wanted on: January 06, 2015, 06:41:42 pm
I will look it up and get back to you as soon as possible.
93  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Hillary hacks circa 2008/Hillary hacks today on: January 05, 2015, 07:31:36 pm
The whole "inevitable/anointed" nominee thing pisses me off to no end. I don't fault people for supporting anybody, but that, above all other things, has always made me want to hit these people in the head with a hammer.


That said, she's clearly inevitable in 2016, and people should just make peace with it.

Well, I suppose I've already made peace with voting for a third party and not really caring who wins.
94  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The best Godfather film? on: January 05, 2015, 07:27:43 pm
Calling the Godfather III a Godfather film is like calling Phantom Menace a Star Wars film.  It technically is, but no one means that movie when they refer to the film series.

I feel this same way. I don't even acknowledge it. It needed to be the final struggle between Michael and Tom Hagan. Once Robert Duvall backed out, in my view, they should never have bothered.
95  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What was your favorite #1 hit in 2014? on: January 05, 2015, 07:25:00 pm
I don't listen to any of this.
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Democrat: Your Official Atlasian News Service on: January 05, 2015, 06:48:00 pm
The Atlasian Democrat

Your Source for Atlasia's News!


Russian Troops Begin Withdrawal Process

In what must be regarded as a victory for the administration, Russian troops have begun the process of withdrawal from Crimea. Sources close to the situation have said to us that the goal is to have all Russian troops withdrawn by March 1st. When asked for comment, Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg told the press that he was pleased to see that Russia was keeping up the terms of the bargain.
"We are pleased to see Russia take this positive step forward for international relations. Obviously, there is much work left to be done with regards to the Crimean agreement, including creating a new independent nation, which is no easy task."

Stoltenberg and others are hopeful that Putin will keep to the terms of the agreement, but here at home, several Atlasian politicians remain highly skeptical.



Civil Rights Act Debate Continues

The massive 2014 Civil Rights Act bill is still being debated in the Senate. So far, the bill has undergone numerous changes since first introduced and it appears to be ready to undergo even more before final voting is started. Senator Bore's most recent amendment struck the passage of the bill that would allow women regardless of age to be able to receive birth control for free, which was objected to by the leftist lion, Senator TNF. However, it may be a case of simply cleaning up some "redundant language".

Senator Bore said that Section 2.1 of the bill made Section 2.9 redundant as it stated that contraception would be free of charge, covered by the Department of Internal Affairs. While we've not had a comment from Senator TNF, a source close to him states that the Senator is unswerving in his support for the rights of women.

"Section 2.1 does not make it clear that a woman of any age has the right to purchase birth control and that is language we are very concerned about," said TNF supporter and women's rights campaigner Melissa Elbridge. "While we see that most Senators support the rights of women, we worry that if there is continued ambiguous language that it could open things up to discrimination."
97  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Lion and the Rose, the II ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) on: January 05, 2015, 03:49:23 pm
I really want to give another go as Tyrion, though I'm tempted to play as Wyman Manderly. After all, who better to play Lord Too-Fat-To-Sit-a-Horse than a fat man?

Nah, I wanna give Tyrion another go!
98  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Hillary hacks circa 2008/Hillary hacks today on: January 04, 2015, 10:47:07 pm
The whole "inevitable/anointed" nominee thing pisses me off to no end. I don't fault people for supporting anybody, but that, above all other things, has always made me want to hit these people in the head with a hammer.
99  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Hypothetical Presidential Election, 1888: Cleveland vs. Douglass on: January 04, 2015, 10:38:19 pm
Douglass.
100  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1965 New York City Mayoral election on: January 04, 2015, 10:36:45 pm
Lindsay
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