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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Griff 4 Prez: Set Your Happening Level to "It's" on: Today at 04:13:59 am
If you don't mind, where does the bald thing come from? I get being called a warmonger, fascist, Israel loving or hating, moderate hero, opportunistic, antichrist and so on, but I've never really understood where the baldness argument started.

Wait a minute, if you are a fascist...
Napoleon called you bald
Napoleon didn't survive your regime
You must have killed Napoleon. Tongue
You also must therefore be a sock of Dave, as well as murderor. Tongue 

Seriously, it is just Adam being Adam. I think most would agree that Atlasia was far better off in January than it is now.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: GriffGraph Internal: All About Me on: Today at 04:00:48 am
I can remember when fewer people liked then approved, and fewer approved then would vote for him. Tongue
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mock Parliament Diplomacy on: Today at 03:43:57 am
The idea has intrigued for the past month or so. The hostility, could make the interaction more exciting. If we elect our own Donard Trump in Atlasia, we could send one of his "killers" to do the negotiating.

What's the worst that could happen? Tongue

Still it would be fun, even if it does end up with me buried beneath a Walmart parking lot.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Simfan Plan for a new constitution on: Today at 03:16:52 am
I would be fine with an Atlasian Federation.

I do have one question. Why is the Executive Article numbered ahead of the Legislative, you crafty monarchist devil? Tongue
5  General Discussion / History / Re: Louis XIV. 300 years dead on: Today at 02:54:21 am
My recent, unchallenged interest in reading about Richard III and The War of the Roses this past week missed the 530th anniversary of Bosworth by a mere six days, now I have missed this historic date as well. I am always behind it seems when it comes to these dates, partly because I have always forsaken exact dates for months and even years, as well as the importance of said events. I have known since I was 12 the exact year Louis XIV died as well as knowing a good bit of the history of his reign.  

A remarkable facet of his reign was his longevity, inspite of his largesse. He outlived his son, his grandson (who might have saved the Kingdom had he inherited it instead of his five year old son), his best officers, artisans and the like. Even the main hinderance to his European political hegemony, who was twelve years his junior, nonetheless predeceased him by thirteen years in 1702.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Justice System Reform Bill 1 2015 on: Today at 02:14:24 am
Indeed, I urge the new Senate will work with me to finish this.

I would be willing to assume sponsorship.

I also invite and encourage you to provide input and/or any feedback you might have post leaving office as a distinguished former Senator, whose input on such matters of social policy, I have generally and will continue to value greatly.

I would appreciate any feedback on my last post, particularly the second question I posted about the criteria for determining sentence reductions and any and all factors that should fit into that criteria. The two I came up with were the sentence (any by extension is severity) and also their behavior whilst in prison. Are their anymore that extend beyond these two?
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Determining regulations of Constitutional Convention. (Debating) on: Today at 02:07:18 am
My most general idea would be to have delegates selected from all the means possible (by party, by region, by vote, etc.).

Indeed, some form of this seems to be the only realistic path. The need for party representation is to ensure that the left isn't left out of the final bargain. For this to work all need to be represented at the table, right left and center. Should anyone of them be missing then one should have no delusions about the success of the reforms, nor even the ratification of what the Convention might produce in such event.

At the same time, we must make sure that indeed that independents have a chance to be represented as well, to be sure.

Random selection poses a great risk for the future of the convention. There are some figures like Griffin, Kalwejt, Classic Conservative, Leinad, Cris, Truman, Duke, etc that should be in attendence simply because they are such leading figures in the reform movement that their absence would be like James Madison or George Washington or Ben Franklin being absent from the Philadelphia convention in 1787. Using a post count has a its limits obviously and opens the door to easy manipulation of whatever standard is set.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Determining regulations of Constitutional Convention. (Debating) on: Today at 02:01:02 am
What's needed is radical reform: dissolution of the present legislature, the election of a two-month, caretaker administration, a complete legislative reset, and a completely new and streamlined constitution at the minimum providing for regional consolidation, strong game simulation, and a focus on legislative flexibility and efficiency. Chuck everything out the window and start over-- no mucking about.

Why should throw the future of the country in hands of a unitary executive, however temporary it may be promoted under the notions of caretaker? The Senate, whilst not the operating at its utmost potential, has at various points curbed the excesses and until a successor is elected after the ratification of a new constitution/series of amendments, I must oppose any attempt to dissolve the present government. Such will merely open the door to rogue agents and if this summer has not been a lesson on the need for divided power, I know not what will. This Senate has no power to destroy the game, a rogue caretaker disatisified with the Convention's pace or product can.

Also if one is truly concerned for the welfare of the product of the convention, then it should be of the utmost importance to ensure that the delegates are representative enough to ensure it can garner the necessary support to be ratified. Nothing hinders that more then hasty crafting of selection processes to be sure.

Here we see the very necessity in this debate for this to be ironed out as opposed to being stampeded through.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Gov. LePage "very strongly" considering US Senate run in 2018 on: August 30, 2015, 11:21:13 pm
Isn't he more likely to be considering a run from the law?

I find this weird situation with politicans on this site. We get these threads about how they are litterally one step away from the slammer or impeachment or whatever. Several months go by and then he is talked about as a candidate for something, with barely any mention of the scandal occuring in the thread. Tongue
10  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: What if? Leonidas Polk dies in 1861. on: August 30, 2015, 10:39:57 pm
Where you been Rooney, this board isn't the same without you. Smiley

Kentucky was not a critical as say Maryland, so even if it had officially seceded, the union would have just occupied it.

As for battles, it might have had effects on the margins, but I don't know to what extent Polk impacted the results at Shiloh. The biggest setback for the Confederacy in that battle was Albert Sidney Johnston getting killed.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Determining regulations of Constitutional Convention. (Debating) on: August 30, 2015, 10:31:10 pm
Indeed we are not yet wetted to a single approach at this juncture. It is merely that most agree that it is necessary that the left have a seat at the table, lest they be left out and likely drift away from the game. How we acheive that is still up for debate for right now.

It's abundantly clear that this, the worst Senate in Atlasian history, should not have a hand in choosing the delegates to such an important convention. It is also astounding that people are arguing that political parties should be excluded from the process because of their ideology - RIP democracy.
I know why you think this is the worst senate beacuse a its a conservative senate, b they won't dissolve Atlasia and come over to the great Mock Parliament.

I'm a proud member of the Conservative Party in South America, have been a rather conservative Supreme Court judge here, and more often than not voted with the right while in the Senate. Don't be silly.

Except for those two times when you voted Labor in at least two elections that decided the balance of power at time when TNF was dominating the agenda. Tongue
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Griff 4 Prez: Set Your Happening Level to "It's" on: August 30, 2015, 10:07:50 pm
You will not have to worry about me losing steam, suddenly disappearing or faltering, because I have been forged and tempered in the pits of fiery failure, and am now immune to such flaws.

No deleGAtion member is safe from disappearing anymore. Tongue
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Office of Senator Polnut - The Cabinet on: August 30, 2015, 09:55:44 pm
I "reluctantly concur".

It is a difficult task, even more so in this present climate. But there is a need for some effort to be made and if private entreaties down't work to get people to appoint, one could post a thread to ask for applications. I have seen this done previously as well. Regardless, not even trying is certainly not going to solve the problem.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Can an officeholder be impeached for dereliction of duty? on: August 30, 2015, 09:45:38 pm
This came up to an extent in July. Of course none of those impeachments were completed thanks to deregistrations, so we still have not successfully impeached anyone for anything in this game.

Senators have been expelled for dereliction of duty, though.

My best guess is that you can, simply for no other reason than the use of impeachment as part of the Expectations Amendment, implies impeachment can be a tool to enforce officeholder competence and activity.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Determining regulations of Constitutional Convention. (Debating) on: August 28, 2015, 12:16:14 am
Well Griffin, your thoughts on Lumine's proposal?

You guys should also address regions like the Pacific and the Midwest since they're low on activity and we need delegates from there. I like Griffins idea also but we should try to equal spilt them up between every region.

Definately. Any convention that lacked you and Cris would be a travesty as well.

Also two from each region would make it more practical since the Pacific and Midwest might struggled to find 4 people people each.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Leinad, Southern Governor on: August 28, 2015, 12:11:15 am
A wonderful choice, Mr. Governor. Congrats Clarence. Cheesy

I hereby resign my position as Southern Judicial Overlord, Effective Immediately.


17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Determining regulations of Constitutional Convention. (Debating) on: August 27, 2015, 05:01:25 am
I actually sympathize with Griffin's concern. If the delegates do not include a number of Laborite and other leftist voices, then this convention will surely fail. I also think Griffin should be one of the delegates himself obviously. Tongue
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Yankee Workshop - Building for the Future on: August 27, 2015, 04:42:32 am
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / New Yankee Workshop - Building for the Future on: August 27, 2015, 04:41:24 am

A new Senate office, equiped for the times.  God I miss that show.

Current Legislation:

Public Events:

Press Releases:
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Yankee4Senate: Yes We Can...And We Will on: August 27, 2015, 04:15:13 am
Yankee enters the arena and approaches the podium as Waitin on a Sunny Day by Bruce Springsteen plays


I purposely delayed my victory speech because I wanted to wait for the petition for the convention to be activated before I went ahead with declaring victory, and then I had to work. Tongue

I come before you today to give my thanks for the trust placed in me by you, the Atlasian public. It had not been objective of mine, nor even a desire to be the first place finisher in this contest, it had merely been my desire to ensure that the best mix of Atlasians committed to a brighter future, committed to reform but steadfast in their desire to preserve the game and the country, were elected to help us lead Atlasia towards a better future. And we succeeded in that objective, as left, right and center we have a some of the best minds in Atlasia and I think one of the most solid combinations of At-Large Senators this game has had since the era of Good Feelings. In the process our message resonated with a large number of Atlasians who demanded a balance between the excesses of the dissolutionists and the status quo, as well as a consistent voice for the values of conservatism, freedom and protection of life.

This election, followed by the activiation of the conventions, has demonstrated clearly that the people of Atlasia demand a future. A future of a game build around reason driven reforms, aimed at fixing Atlasia's deficiencies, not satisfying the drama filled demands guided by some irrelevant history of a faraway land. A future not build on the radicalism of July, on Revolution, dissolution and seperatism. Instead the people of this great land have indeed risen up and called instead for approaches that have seen timeless success.

The people have demanded reason over radicalism, reform over revolution and devolution instead of seperatism. We have too many offices in this game, therefore reason dictates that with two games competing for the same pool of participants, we must consolidate the number of regions. We have too much law and statute built up over years by people who long gone from this game and we need a fresh start, guided by reason and sound judgement to avoid a chaotic repeat of July. We have had regions starved of considerable purpose and influence, therefore we must devolve some essential functions to the regions.

We must determine to not concentrate authority in Nyman, just as we should seek to not concentrate wealth in the hands of Wall Street. Such concentration empowers the few at the expense of the many of the many. We should seek to have large debates over big items at the Federal level as oppose to having narrow determinations of the most finest points of law, and thereby starving the regions of responsibility. 

In a convention we have not a magic bullet, nor a guarrantee of success. The past two conventions illustrate full well the road ahead is a difficult one fraught with peril. However, if we remain focused on solving key deficiencies, if we be mindful that everyone has different expectations ranging from the most radically extreme to the most cautiously conservative, then we can come up with a design that left, right and center will feel comfortable playing the game after such is put in place. It can be done and I am confident that we will succeed as long as we have the collective determination to save this game. Yes we can save this game and yes we will!!!

Thanks Atlasia for the faith you have demonstrated in me!

Yankee departs from the stage as Springsteen's The Rising
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Leinad, Southern Governor on: August 27, 2015, 03:31:04 am
Congrats Governor. Smiley

I look forward to your appointments.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: August 27, 2015, 03:22:28 am
Ah why the hell not.


Finally decided to jump in, eh? Cheesy Welcome!!!
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Romney to be the Anti-Trump? on: August 25, 2015, 01:29:26 am
Romney's presence as second place finisher and his eventual nomination as a result of it in 2012, is entirely do his challenging the COC orthodoxy on immigration and even on trade (criticizing trade agreements in 2007, bashing Chinese Currency manipulation in 2011), and thereby winning the support the support of a middle class niche both conservative and moderate overal, but concerned about these issues as the economy began to decline and then in 2011 was sputtering along with a weak recovery.

If Romney takes Trump down, it will be by removing his strength, that is his ability to win over those voters on that issue. If he doesn't, if he tries to turn himself into an open borders candidate to appease the big donors in some failed hope of unifying the anti-Trump vote, he will likely fail as that was the one area where Romney could say, "I am better for you then anybody else", even many of his conservative challengers.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of At-Large Senator Kalwejt (Victory statement) on: August 25, 2015, 01:19:32 am
Whose that crazy Pole destroying the world, its Kal, Crazy Kal

The blood of the Senators will flow without end, its Kal, Crazy Kal

Congrats on your victory!!! Cheesy
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris Survey Poll - Political landscape. on: August 25, 2015, 01:05:11 am
Uh, I refuse to participate in a poll in which (at the time of its creation) the largest party in the game isn't included.

Its also missing some "other potential" candidates for said same party. Tongue
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