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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party Fall 2014 Convention - San Francisco, CA - BYLAWS on: Today at 02:22:05 pm
I appreciate that, Oakvale.
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: opinion of this kind of cookie on: Today at 11:23:32 am
Every once in awhile I convince myself to try one again, usually when around my grandparents, and remember that it's just crumbly sugar dough topped with sugar and more sugar. At least a chocolate chip cookie actually has flavor and a proper consistency to it.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: Today at 11:15:57 am

The Midwest will miss you. Sad
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Petition for the Withdrawal of Mideast Speaker Hifly's Nomination as SoEA on: Today at 11:15:02 am

I sign this not out of hatred of Hilfy, or insult to DemPGH, but merely extreme skepticism in Hilfy's temperament in handling a job that represents us to the rest of the world. We have statute, and are party to international treaties and resolutions, that protect the rights of disadvantaged minorities, specifically LGBT individuals, to the extent that it impacts trade laws. Perhaps Hilfy could surprise us all and do a good job, but I have too many doubts at this time.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: September 30, 2014, 10:56:14 pm
Obviously if you agree to a drink and say "NO" you mean "NO"

but if you agree to a drink and you don't say anything, you will come off as being coy, and that's probably your intention unless you're mentally ill or an idiot.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party Fall 2014 Convention - San Francisco, CA on: September 30, 2014, 06:03:58 pm
Labor's chairman is gay. I'm gay. Our Midwest Governor is the most gay. You have nothing to worry about, X. I promise on all of my gayness.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Sawx for Governor - Our Northeast (Statement on Hifly for SoEA) on: September 30, 2014, 05:12:24 pm
Yeah, I'd.. enjoy hearing the rationale there..
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Marokai/Antonio V: Let Us Cling Together. (Game Reform Stuff) on: September 30, 2014, 03:49:06 pm
I could see the case for a staggered sort of auto-abolishment of laws, but one month is definitely on the harsher side.

The statute page of the Wiki is something of a monster at this point, but it's also a monster that's been roughly a decade in the making. Making laws fall out of effect a year (or two) after passage seems far more reasonable, and allows for political trends to ebb and flow by the time auto-abolition rolls around so we wouldn't just get a nearly word-for-word re-implementation of a law almost immediately by most of the same people who just put it into place.

Basically making a checklist of every law to re-approve at the end of the month is sort of asking for most of Senate business to get held up by old laws over and over again, which is the sort of thing you seem like you want to prevent. But there is definitely merit in the general idea overall, assuming much more lenient implementation.

Though, as noted, I hate to distract from the more immediate issue of re-editing the Constitution we already have. I worry other issues might just get everyone in a twist, resulting in nothing at all.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Marokai/Antonio V: Let Us Cling Together. (Game Reform Stuff) on: September 30, 2014, 03:19:53 pm
What is your opinion of a Statute Reboot where we abolish all laws and start over

I definitely see the value in scrapping a lot of statute, particularly as earlier years of statute is written in a very different style, but a complete legislative reboot seems shortsighted to me. Stuff like our criminal code doesn't seem like something we'd want to just scrap, and if we start creating exceptions to assuage different concerns, it starts to defeat the purpose.

I think the most obvious concern with abolishing everything and starting over is that it would just lead to us re-litigating literally the same issues yet again, just in the name of having something to do. Do we need to debate issues like gay marriage again? Would that even be a debate? Perversely, I've always thought that despite how exciting a legislative reboot sounds in theory, in practice it would probably be sort of boring.

That, and despite a lot of the concern that we've "solved" a lot of issues and don't have much left to argue over, a lot of people have been saving that since we did the first re-consolidating of the Constitution, and we still seem to have economic issues worth arguing over.

The statute page is a gigantic nightmare at this point, though, I won't disagree.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Official Petition to Call a Constitutional Convention on: September 30, 2014, 02:53:05 pm
x Marokai Blue.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Marokai/Antonio V: Let Us Cling Together. (Game Reform Stuff) on: September 30, 2014, 02:51:27 pm
  • Greater Oversight In Amendment Ratification.

Falling firmly in the "streamlining" camp, it has become more and more clear as time goes on that ratification of Constitutional Amendments has been treated a bit... lackadaisically at times. It is unacceptable that votes on matters as serious as Constitutional Amendments should ever go un-certified or ignored outright.

Though efforts have been made to solve this issue in the past, they have been somewhat heavy-handed; Antonio and I do not believe in taking away the power of regional executives to conduct these votes altogether or directly taking away powers granted by the 17th Amendment. However, should these votes be conducted sub-optimally, there should be greater oversight to ensure the referenda can reach some sort of professional closure.

Antonio and I support an Amendment to give the Secretary of Federal Elections the ability to open ratification voting booths on behalf of a region's executive if that executive does not do so within 48 hours of passage through the Senate, as well as the power to certify referendum results if the regional executive does not do so within the appropriate time. This preserves the regional executives power, so long as those responsibilities are being performed punctually. We believe in regional power and self-governance, but some basic safeguards are a harmless way of reducing a potential constitutional conundrum.

  • Make State of the Unions Matter.

Though Section 1, Clause 7, of Article 3 of the Third Constitution affords the President the ability to give formal State of the Union Addresses, few have taken the opportunity to do so. In a time where communication between the Executive Branch and the general public feels sparse, we believe it's time for that to change.

Though many different steps need to be taken to solve that broader problem, we believe this step will be a good first. Antonio and I support a Constitutional Amendment mandating at least one formal State of the Union speech per term, to be made in the Atlasia Fantasy Elections board for maximum viewership.

  • Our Thoughts On Consolidation.

Regional Consolidation has been a recurring issue for awhile, and while we understand there is a dedicated group of individuals in Atlasia that make good points on the merits of that idea, over 60% of voters opposed efforts to achieve this in January, and in a recent merger referendum between the Midwest and the Pacific, the Pacific voted against.

I personally oppose regional consolidation. As Hagrid once said, it just strikes me as a permanent solution to a temporary problem. I've been around these parts for a long time, I've seen regions become active, die down, and then rise up again. Literally all of the regions have gone through these periods, and efforts to solve regional depressions provide opportunities for new people to rise up, and the population of the country to shift. These changes in activity and enthusiasm are natural and typically self-correct.

Antonio is of a different mind on consolidation, but we agree on at least one thing: It is not any one person's decision to make. If regions are to merge, those regions will decide, and we will support their rights to self-determine regardless of our personal beliefs otherwise. The battle over Consolidation will occur in the regions, among The People, and we happily defer to them.

  • Miscellaneous Positions.

  • I have, for a long time, supported the abolition of the Secretary of Internal Affairs position. It's nothing personal to those who have taken up the job over the years, but it has never quite found its niche. The position was originally meant as some sort of liaison between the federal government and the regional governments, but the responsibilities exploded into something resembling the Game Moderator. Though many (rightfully) support GM assistant positions to lighten that workload, it shouldn't be the SoIA's responsibility, and we should free up that position to better make use of the manpower elsewhere.
  • Though I generally like to consider myself open to most ideas and arguments, I have yet to be convinced by bicameralism proposals ever since they were first pitched to me back in 2009. I'm still open to hearing arguments in favor, but like with the SoIA issue, we have better uses for manpower these days, particularly on the regional level.
  • And speaking of regions, though we've tried to get this done in the past, the Regional Government childboard deserves front-page recognition. We've tried to pester Dave about this before (he did, afterall, recognize the request to create the childboard in the first place) but we should continue to advocate for raising that board's status.
  • We should probably sticky the National Initiative system thread(s) so people stop forgetting it exists.

When looking back on my time with Purple State, and the things we went through in our campaign, I came across a question directed at him that struck me as odd. "Why do you have to be President to do this?"

The truth is, well, I don't. It's a preposterous question in general because the Presidency has precious little direct power over the Constitution or Statute. You don't really need to be President to accomplish any of those things. Neither does Lumine "need to be President" to do 90% of the things he'll propose in the campaign, either. Even so, the Presidency matters more than any other position because of its power to lay the groundwork for where Atlasia the country, and Atlasia the game, is taken.

Other aspects of my platform remain unveiled, but I've chosen to emphasize this point because it is why I ask for your vote in the Presidential race. My intentions have always been true, my perspective on this game always open-minded and focused on hearing what doesn't work, and making it better.

If the GM is the "God" of the game, then the President is the "director," choosing where to place emphasis, and what the vision and atmosphere for the overall product is. What general goals to achieve, and the bully pulpit to achieve them. The power to raise awareness over anything he or she touches. Though any Senator could propose a law, or an Amendment, no Senator has that level of weight to their words, or the power to build a productive team with a specific attitude in mind.

The vision I have of the Presidency is one of a communicative, active participant in all aspects of the game, a game that it is his or her responsibility to focus on being productive and fresh. A mega-phone of epic proportions. I hope that you allow me to be that person.

I will continue to roll out platform planks of other important areas as they are done. Thanks for your time, guys. As always, I encourage people to PM me anytime they please if you need anything.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Marokai/Antonio V: Let Us Cling Together. (Game Reform Stuff) on: September 30, 2014, 02:50:42 pm
Marokai/Antonio On: Game Reform.
An issue we hold dear.

Throughout my time in Atlasia, mechanical changes to the game itself have been where I have put most of my energy. Everyone who has ever worked with me on anything knows this very well. Some have worked out for the better, some have taken refinement, but tinkering with the game itself is a love of mine, and if you go back far enough, many things in the game today bear my mark.

But these things are team efforts, and fresh perspectives on those old ideas are always needed. A willingness to experiment, to throw out ideas that didn't work out, or tweak the ones that haven't quite gotten there, defines how this game moves forward.

Many of us have ideas on where Atlasia needs to go, ranging from sweeping changes to election systems and merging of regions, to simple streamlining and oversight changes. But trying to move forward with the larger ideas with Atlasia where it is now is like trying to sprint while waist-high in mud, which is why these things must be handled in an order.

(You can definitely tell which banners I make...)

  • It's Time: Atlasia's Constitution Needs Consolidation Once Again.

Nearly four and ahalf years ago I stood before you all with Purple State to declare that our Constitution had to change. Termed "the BIG IDEA" Purple State and I desired a Constitution that more reflected our time. Five years and nearly thirty Amendments had led us to a point where this game was creaking under the weight of a spaghetti-coded document, patched together by Amendments, many of which were contradictory, named in our history books with titles none but the most nerdy of us could ever remember.

After four years, and nearly thirty Amendments more, we are at that point again. The time is at hand for us to put aside differences on substantial reforms and start with a clean document we can all understand.

It is vitally important to remember that our best chance at a new, modern Constitution is through a ConCon limited in scope and laser focused. The Convention under Purple State's guidance succeeded because it started with a specific goal: A straightforward, re-edited Constitution that merely brought together, in a single document, all of the heretofore passed Amendments, leaving major changes to be discussed afterwards.

Purple State was a shepard of that process, using all of his time and effort to ensure that we all remembered we could not languish over grander philosophical differences, or let the Convention be bogged down in bureaucracy. If elected, Antonio and I promise to be a similar whip. The Presidency is the greatest bully pulpit of them all.

This debate must be had in good faith. This is not a trick, nor an effort to sneak changes through. Die-hard reformists must practice restraint, and the more conservative among us must be able to trust the good-intentions of this process. You don't have to trust Labor, but you should be able to trust me.

Good citizens have recognized this need, Tyrion, Talleyrand, Nix, and others, and they deserve all the credit in the world. But there has yet to be a true rallying cry. My opponent Lumine has questioned the necessity of it, but there is no doubt in my heart. There is no more time to waste. A petition to call for a Constitutional Convention started over a year ago. I ask of everyone reading this to sign it! It must be a team effort.

  • Post-Consolidation, We Must Be More Forward-Thinking In Wiki-Editing.

To safeguard our change, it is imperative that we do all within our power to maintain a Constitution and a Wiki that is navigable in a far better fashion than present. Many aspects of the Wiki present information incredibly poorly. For instance, this is how the Third Constitution template is supposed to help people read up on past Amendments:

This is abysmal! What Amendment is which. Do you know? In fact, I dare you to accurately place an Amendment to its proper name.

This style of presenting information about the Constitution made sense at the time, when a new Constitution meant very few Amendments to actually keep track of. In times where we had merely a half-dozen additional Amendments tacked on to document proper, we didn't struggle so much in keeping track of information, and remembering the powers and clauses that each one entailed.

Compare the present situation to how I propose we start thinking of Wiki-editing in the future:

With this style of template-page editing, immediately gathering information from the Wiki will no longer be as much of a hassle. This is the style of presenting information I would like to see from Atlasia moving forward, helping to keep a potential Fourth Constitution as navigable as possible.

And not just the Constitution. Similar template pages suffer from the same problem. The Senate Elections template page shows that we don't even have some entire elections properly preserved for history. The "Senates" template page just sort of puts information out on blast in the least organized manner possible.

In a place in time where much less than sixty different Senates had existed, this style of formatting made sense. But it no longer does. If elected, Antonio and I will endeavor to modernize the Atlasian Wiki, presenting as much information as possible, in as compact a manner as possible.

  • In a Post-Third Constitution Atlasia, Presidential Elections Should Change.

While Antonio and I are unified in the firm belief that the fight for a new Constitution should be solely focused on editing the present Constitution down to a clean, consolidated document, that doesn't mean we can't look toward the horizon with hopes of where to take things from there.

In a refreshed Atlasia, Antonio and I believe in establishing a region-based Presidential election system. Through allocating numbers according to population, with minimum numbers so that smaller regions can remain competitive, and safeguards to protect against carpetbagging, we believe this system would make actually winning regions a meaningful feat.

Straight-forward national elections are some of the most boring fair, and a regional system of election would provide much-needed variation.
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite Scooby Doo character? on: September 30, 2014, 05:48:11 am
Velma. There's really no debating this.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Poirot campaigns on: September 29, 2014, 05:27:22 pm
Welcome to the race, Poirot!
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party Fall 2014 Convention - San Francisco, CA - CON LOCATION VOTE on: September 29, 2014, 03:52:09 pm
1. Fort Lee
2. Buffalo
3. Scranton
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of MW Governor LeBron FitzGerald (Upcoming MW Session/ME Controversy) on: September 29, 2014, 09:56:33 am
Oh lord... and I mean that, literally.

It's sort of adorable.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Hammer and Sickle Polling: October 2014 Presidential Race on: September 29, 2014, 06:10:56 am
You have more confidence in my strength as a candidate than I do, I think. Tongue
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party Fall 2014 Convention - San Francisco, CA - CON LOCATION SELECTION on: September 28, 2014, 01:11:39 am
Portland, Maine. For funsies.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Office of Mideast Governor TJ on: September 26, 2014, 10:03:44 pm
Thank you for doing the right thing, TJ.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party Fall 2014 Convention - San Francisco, CA on: September 26, 2014, 09:56:27 pm
x Marokai Blue
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Alfred's Hastily Constructed Cardboard Polling Box: Mideast "Hate Bill" on: September 26, 2014, 06:47:55 pm
It's really terrible.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your current ignore list? on: September 26, 2014, 01:15:40 am
Apparently just one person: RitaHeigl256

I don't even remember who that is/was.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Polnut - the Mideast Hate Bill on: September 25, 2014, 08:15:22 am
I definitely see the value in federal legislation that would mandate that mentions of marriage in K-12 education be presented in a gender-neutral fashion.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of International Affairs: Atlasia supports Anti-IS offensive on: September 24, 2014, 08:06:09 pm
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Has PAPOY changed your view of homosexuality? on: September 24, 2014, 06:55:22 pm
I am not a bigot who allows the actions of a small number of individuals to define the preconceived notions I hold for of an entire group of people
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