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76  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: NC-NBC/WSJ/Marist: Cooper +1 on: October 13, 2016, 03:42:56 pm
Guys, large parts of NC-01 and Eastern NC is flooded right now. Polling will not be accurate in this state. Also Fayetteville and Lumberton have a lot of flooding as well.

Also McCrory has been all over the response to this storm, which is worse than Floyd in some ways.

I don't know that people are understanding just how bad it is out here. My town is litterally surrounded by other communities that are under water or were underwater yesterday.
77  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: October Presidential Election Debate Commentary Thread on: October 11, 2016, 01:13:36 pm
Good for Clyde to give Yankee time to answer those questions, since most likely that Hurricane Matthew has knocked out his power (which is obviously horrible timing, but sadly the weather doesn't schedule itself around Atlasia).

That is correct, unfortunately.

We just the just got the cable/internet back today for the first time since Saturday evening and the power has been hit and miss.

Our main problem right now is that there is rising water out front and we may still be forced to evacuate. The Neuse river supposedly crested around noon in Wayne County, but there is ongoing concerns about the water remaining a problem for days. Johnston County has seen its level go down from 30 ft to 24 ft since yesterday, so hopefully ours will start going down soon as well.

If the power is still on later, I will get back on later tonight and answer the questions so far.
78  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / The Yankee Doctrine? on: October 08, 2016, 04:30:23 am
The San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA
Saturday, October 8th, 2016  9:04 PM EST

I have worked on various aspects of foreign policy ranging from trade with then newbie Senator Tmthforu94 and veteran Senator MasterJedi during the Lief administration, to various situations including that of Iraq during the course of the Duke administration. That said with game reform dominating for the past year and with the economy being not only a problem but an ever present reality for a decade, foreign policy has been neglected both as an issue and as a critical element within the game.

I have worked with various people including now Vice President Lumine, fmr, National Security Committee Chairman and Mideast Senator Benconstine and former Mideast Senator HappyWarrior and many others who over the years sought to make foreign policy a greater focus of the game. As far as the game is concerned, I have been all for the increased focus on foreign policy as a game issue and dealt with reforms to both the Secretary of External Affairs (now the Secretary of State) and the Game Moderator dealing with this issue. This fits in well with the speech I recently gave in Anaheim talking about responsiveness and the SoIA. While the SoEA/SOS has historically been far more active and responsive, it too has in the past suffered from inactivity and therefore my desire to keep/obtain an active Secretary would apply to that post as well. For a long time we had the SoIA and SoEA/SOS serving as mini Game Moderators within their areas, a decision that I think. Instead having both serve as the executive response to the stories generated by the GM is a far better system than having them generate and then respond to their own creations.

It is time for a greater degree of integration of foreign policy into the Atlasian discourse and the best way to accomplish this would be to integrate the consequences and impacts directly into domestic policy areas such as economy, budget and so forth. A great deal with this rests with the Game Moderator, but substantial influence also rests with the Congress as they consider policies that are impacted by various foreign factors be it the price of oil or exports going or up or down or any number of other interconnected areas. And I will veto any legislation that fails to account for relevant and significant foreign based impacts in their composition. Finally, it comes down to a leadership role and setting the agenda not just in congress but in the public at large. By speaking to these issues more, they will become more a part of the consideration and the discourse.

I have had the pleasure of working with everyone from neoconservative Democrats to Isolationist Libertarians and everyone in between on this issue in the Senate. I understand thus were multiple viewpoints are coming from but when it comes to me, the best way to describe my foreign policy is one of restraint. I understand the motivations behind foreign policy idealism and compassion, but on the other hand we can sometimes cause more damage when we are not careful. I certainly believe in maintaining a degree of strength and power necessary to protect ourselves, our allies and our interests, but it is most certainly the case that we derive our biggest strength on a long term basis by not overextending ourselves, and by not depleting ourselves especially when we face having inherited such large deficits and debt post reset.  These desires are not mutual exclusive and therefore it is my view that we can combat against radical terrorism, and yet remain humble on the world stage and avoid unnecessary conflicts that deplete our strength and provide opportunities of such enemies to strengthen and expand their reach. Several speeches could be made on the topics of the Middle East, on how to protect the Ukraine without getting into World War III, and China and so many others and I will strive to touch on as many of those topics as I can, as well as Latin America and other areas over the course of this campaign.

I think it is also essential to invoke a certain amount of Bismarckian realism when it comes to many foreign policy questions. Take the UK Brexit vote for example. This vote produced divided opinions not only in the UK but also here in Atlasia. Many wanted them to stay in, some wanted them to leave, some now want Scotland to break off and Northern Island to join Ireland. While I understand, appreciate and respect the opinions of all the difference voices on this subject, from a realistic standpoint we face a UK independent of Europe, but still united as of this time. The UK is a great ally of Atlasia and therefore it should be our desire, while not to impose our will, but to pursue mutually beneficial policies like the Common Market, that will serve to preserve and strengthen the United Kingdom. There are critical details in regards to the formation and implementation of such a common market and I will detail my opinion on that later on.

This is not the end of the discussion on foreign policy, but I hope it is in fact the beginning and that as we pursue A More Welcoming Atlasia, we are also more welcoming to considering not only ideas, but issues that previously were of little interest but that can be of the utmost importance and also have a dynamic impact on the game. I plan to address far more on this topic in the days in weeks ahead, but plan for this serve as a general statement of my guiding principles as well as the roll that it can serve in an enhancing game play.
79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: October Presidential Election Debate on: October 08, 2016, 03:32:10 am
Because of work tomorrow afternoon and concern that I might get swept out to sea by the wrath of the ocean tempist, it looks like I am going first.

To begin with, I want to thank Enduro for hosting this debate as well my distinguished opponents Senator Blair and Secretary Rpryor for joining me for this occassion to discuss the most pressing issues facing our country.

Back in May we saw the ratification of the Fourth Constitution and with it all the reforms it consisted of. This was a great accomplishment for Atlasia, but as I warned at the time and continue to state, reform only enables activity, it will not produce it. Atlasia is suffering today to the extent that is because we have had an activity bubble burst, I recently spoke to this both to its similarities to the economy and its economic impacts. I also spoke to solutions both at the regional and federal level.

Some of these solutions are shared by my opponents, while others we might disagree on. Overall we need both a surge in membership, as well as to attempt to diversify our membership, so as to flatten our these cycles of activity somewhat. We need a combination of new ideas and some old gems that worked well to provide us guidance to address this and other problems. For instance, six years ago, the Fritz Administration championed a recruitment task force that was small, extremely focused, directly led and served to bring in some very talented Atlasians (and also a certain short corporal with a suspenders problem, but that was going to happen with or without this task force obviously).

I also addressed both how the President can influence activity indirectly at the regional level by mobilizing the public and creating innovations, and directly at the federal level. This is demonstrated by how I would organize my cabinet using similar fundamentals that were successfully deployed to compose and pass the successful pre-legislative reset healthcare law after months of stagnation. This requires a combination of leadership, focus, experience and determination that I have utilized on multiple projects and with great success over the years. Regular "productive interactions", responsiveness to Game Moderation and focusing on achieving results by working with members of Congress. I have demonstrated my experience with the first of these above, also my long experience in trying to improve game moderation forms a critical understanding on how important it is to integrate the work of the GM into the game. Finally, I was most proud of having worked with such diverse people from all ideologies in the Senate to get results.

I have said we need to create “A More Welcoming Atlasia”, I selected this as my theme because it embodies our quest for diversity, for new ideas, for working productively to achieve results and the desire for competence on the part of our officials. It is my deep concern that we will not just fail to move forward but that we could backslide into the old mudslinging and personal attacks. Atlasia has come too far in my opinion since the July Anarchy to head back to a sad discourse that discouraged so many in the years leading up to that climax of chaos.

I look forward to discussing these issues further and others both domestic and foreign over the course of this debate.
80  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / The Mechanics of a Yankee Administration on: October 08, 2016, 02:28:37 am
The Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA
Friday, October 7th, 2016  10:08 PM EST

I had the pleasure of speaking recently to a large gathering in Houston activity and its effect on jobs. Now, I have the pleasure of giving an address in Fremont. Today, I want to speak to you about a topic that might seem far away, but that only serves to highlight the impact and consequences and how far reaching they can be.

As I said in Houston, there is an unmistakable connection between the economy and the activity and competence level in this game. I can assure you that having been here over the last few years only the financial crisis has had a greater impact on the job market and the economy as whole. Most of my speech in Houston focused on regional activity and this is an issue that is of the utmost important to a place that has see first hand the worst that can from such a crisis and the worst economic consequences imaginable from such a situation.

However, no region is going to be an island and although the great people of Fremont are faring better this time than the old Pacific did three years ago, when it was ground zero for the crisis of activity, the situation in Nyman can impact the situation here as well and therefore it is critical that it be addressed.

While a surge of new players and new activism plays a substantial roll at the regional level (innovation does too), at the federal level, the pendulum is almost entirely flipped and weighed heavily on the side of innovation and leadership. For years, we have struggled to keep the Vice President and Secretary of Internal Affairs as active posts. Over the past seven years, most of them have been unsuccessful. When I became PPT the last time, a stretch lasting almost two years, I came up with a formula that broke a continuous multi-year stretch of inactive Vice Presidents and beginning with Duke and running through Windjammer, gave us four out of five active and engaged Vice Presidents. The Vice President was President of the Senate (no House back then of course), but aside from opening PPT elections, he did nothing. It was my desire to involve them in the administration of the Senate, particularly over those slots that handled administration related bills and those designated for foreign policy, forum affairs and emergencies. In the short year plus time span that this was in place, the results were remarkable and the results after it was unfortunately removed, were easily predictable, a return to the previous status quo.

It is difficult to motivate a hunger for action and change. But sometimes, it just requires a spark. Without setting out to do so, I almost single-handedly with a minor court case and a Survey Atlasia poll set off a revolution that nearly saw the impeachment of all three Supreme Court Justices as the time and resulted in the passage of stiff activity requirements for the Justices to ensure activity. But even once the populist mass has been let loose, only going half way and not rising to provide the necessary leadership to direct it towards practical ends can result in more damage than good. I have more experience than anyone in creating, leading, and extracting results from these situations as well as constraining counterproductive ideas that don’t solve the root problem or actions that are purely politically motivated to achieve some kind of temporary benefit at the expense of the game.

 As your President, it will be directly within my power both to set the tone and example, to lead us towards productive ends and to achieve results as far as the Federal Government is concerned. As President, my first priority will be to assemble the best cabinet possible. This could include current members of the administration or soon to be added members or new people altogether with a simple yet powerful requirement. Using my vast experience, I can set the template for less defined rolls like the SoIA and give directives to all cabinet officials that ensure that they understand what their role is, and how they fit into it. Once that is done, I can then insist about the necessary levels of activity that we all expect. If I am elected as President, the cabinet will meet twice weekly as well in response to any emergencies that might arise that require immediate attention. During the course of those interactions, and that word is important, we will productively address problems facing the country in an organized fashion. I have seen IRC at worst, I have seen how distracting it can be and how much damage it can cause. I have also seen what it can accomplish when four adults lock themselves in a room an refuse to leave until we have a real healthcare bill that works, that solves problems and that ultimately got passed and signed into law.

The same model that myself, along with President Duke, Senator Lumine and then Senator Shua used to craft the 2014 Reforming Public Healthcare Act in its final form, will be my model for how each and every cabinet meeting will take place. We will not be “used” by these mediums, we will instead use the mediums to accomplish the work of the people. The cabinet officers responsible for policy will meet, all relevant reports from the Gamer Moderate will be discussed along with ongoing responses and the need for further action from myself the President, the cabinet officer in question, legislative responses from Congress if necessary and the necessary engagement with members of that body to achieve results.

I agree wholeheartedly with my one of my distinguished opponents that we cannot be so dependent on the IRC as it has its limits. Back prior to 2013 or so, most all business in Atlasia was conducted via AIM. Whether it is that antiquated. but reliable old workhorse or some more modern implement, we should indeed get back to the use of instant messengers and less on IRC. They allow for greater control over the space and greater focus on the topic at hand with less distractions, and most importantly, avoiding the creation of cliques who exist within their own bubbles with their facts and engaging more amongst themselves on IRC than with each other on the Atlasia boards, both of which but especially the AFE board have been drained of posting since the arrival of IRC and the result of it soaking up so much discussion.

As your President, you can look not only to these promises, but to a long history of leading reforms and achieving specific results that have improved institutions within the game, but also steering a course that avoided obvious pitfalls and bad paths. My record and service in the Senate is long, but a constant theme was always my willingness to work productively with practically everybody (even people I had big personal disagreements with at the time), my ability to strive for and achieve results and finally the longest continuous stretches of active engagement in the game. And I plan to bring the same qualities to the White House if you elect me on October 21st-October 23rd.

Thank You, Anaheim! and Thank You, Atlasia! I look forward to earning your vote.
81  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / A Different Kind of Stimulus on: October 08, 2016, 01:28:33 am
The George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX
Thurdsay, October 6th, 2016  8:00 PM EST

Good Evening Houston

Throughout the history of this game, we have born witness to two powerful dynamics in the regions. One is the witness to the awesome potential of regions providing a stepping stone to new players, putting them on a glide path to high accomplishments and even the Presidency in a very short period of time. However, on the flip side we have witness the significant impact that activity and incompetence can have on a region and the resulting impact on the economic situation in that region and in the game as a whole.

I have often said and I think it is quite accurate, that there is no such thing as economic policy in a free society. There is a series of policy areas and issues, each of which directly or indirectly affect the economy. You have the obvious ones, taxes, infrastructure, trade, education, energy, right on down to health care and even the environment. However, in Atlasia we have seen established time and again that the biggest impact on the economy comes not from those areas but from lapses in activity at the regional and federal levels.

We have cycles of boom and bust, just like in real life, but our boom bust cycles occur not in GDP but in active membership, and this as we have seen in our latest Game Moderator reports, has had a significant impact on the unemployment rates in two regions, as well as the nation as whole. This therefore requires a stimulus of sorts, but unlike the tax cuts and infrastructure one would traditionally associate with that word, for us in this present situation, a different connotation of the word is necessary. For us, we face a traditional rut that has resulted from the a shift in real life obligations. It is as predictable and expected as time itself, when people go back to college, Atlasia sees a withdrawal of members, typically the youngest and most active ones that are often powering its success in other times of the year.

For us, our stimulus has to be two fold. We have to attract newer members and former players into the game. But as I said in my speech in New York, we need to create a more welcoming environment for a more diverse crowd of Atlasians. There have been and there are examples of people who are older and working who also participate in the game. That is small in number, but we should explore diversifying our base membership to an extent practical. this will flatten out the cycles of boom-bust in our activity as well as flatten out the cycles of decline in our economy that are inevitably attached to it.

In keeping with the economic analogy. I am going to say that the above is a macro response, but there are individual circumstances within regions and as President it would be beyond my power to alter them directly. However, it is in the power of the great people and their representatives at the regional level and as President and even as a Presidential candidate it is within my responsibility to call on the people of this game to rise up and demand action in their regions. I advise you to contact your legislatures and make sure they are functioning, make sure they are addressing your concerns, and if they are not I advise you to run in the next elections.

In this game we too often forget that it is a game and it is has to be played. We too often think that reform equals fix, as in a President can sign a bill and fix everything from on high. If this were the case, when President Duke, did all in his power to fix the Pacific, it would have truly had lasting success. President Duke, Emergency Administrator Oakvale and Governor DemPGH did all they could to that extent, but the people of the region did not pick up the ball and run it down the court. There was not competition, no hunger for the game, no animating animal spirits driving forward the interaction necessary and essential for activity to be sustained.

In the South, we used to have parties that existed only on the regional level. This was not a dissolution of national parties, which failed after only six months. This was a complimentary system that allowed for the development of a sublevel of party systems at the region level. People could be members of different parties nationally and in the same party at the regional level. This created dynamism and competition in a region that was heavily dominated by conservatives and libertarians, with only a minority on the left. This system had its peak early on but faded as newer people were not exposed to it and players who championed it like Yelnoc and others faded from existence. I am glad that my campaign and more specifically an endorsement from one of those champions, Fmr. Governor Jbrase, helped bring this idea back to the forefront at a time at a when the Governor of the South is someone who likewise recalls this system. It is my firm belief that this kind of inspiration and innovation, will be inspired by this campaign going forward and will help power success, not dictated from above, but encouraged from above and percolating from below amongst the active multitudes.

At this critical point, we need a realization both of the importance and of the limits that are present at the highest office in the land. We need a surge of the people coming forward to demand and seek action on their behalf, for without that mobilization at the grassroots level, all reforms will fail. You can knock off limbs and chase a downward spiral. We can take that tempting approach, or we can move in a different direction. It starts with me calling on all Regional Authorities to organize and direct their institutions towards the immediate servicing of the people, but it ends with the people demanding and pushing it in that direction. We can have a new burst energy and activity in Atlasia at all levels of government and the only way to do it is through the people. Therefore, we must create A More Welcoming Atlasia for all players of diverse and different backgrounds, both new and former players. This along with innovations and imagination can breath new life into languishing bodies and establish competition where there is prsently none.

I cano not do this alone, no one can. I encourage you to not only come join my team, but also to actively demand action from your government officials.

Thank You, Houston! And Thank You, Atlasia! Come out and vote NC Yankee for A More Welcoming, a More Active and a More Engaged Atlasia on October 21st.  
82  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: NH-Suffolk poll: Ayotte +6 on: October 07, 2016, 11:41:22 pm
Keep in mind Republicans could have pulled off a 1996 in 2012 with better candidates in IN, MO, and ND, and a better campaign from Rehberg in MT. That results in a gain of 2 for 49 Senate seats, despite Obama winning reelection by 4 (and it would have been 52 had Repubs not pissed away DE, CO and NV in 2010).
83  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: North Carolina Yankee Presidential Campaign HQ (Important Announcement) on: October 07, 2016, 11:04:43 pm
For Immediate Release -

I am announcing the selection of fmr. Senator and People's Representative shua and Fmr. Senator Potus as the first members of my domestic advisory panel. Both of these distinguished players have a long history of formulating and constructing policy reforms and I look forward to working with them in Nyman, if I am so fortunate as to be elected by the people. There will be more additions to this team in the comming days.

Please stay tuned.
84  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Updated Sabato Senate race ratings on: October 07, 2016, 04:01:06 am
Ohio's loss of jobs is a byproduct of Rob Portman's jobs in the Bush administration. It's hilarious and hypocritical to be attacking Strickland on it.

We were hit hard, no doubt, but when Ted was leaving office, we were ranked 5th in the nation for economic growth. We also went from 27th-best schools in the country to 5th.

If you are going ot blame Bush's trade policies, then technically Bill Clinton holds far more responsibility have been involved with the most decisions that directly related to the job losses, from trade to Glass-Steagal Repeal and much more beyond that. But of course leaving office before the chickens come home to roost has it benefits as in credit for the present good times and no responsibility for the future, long-term consequences of decisions made.
85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: North Carolina Yankee Presidential Campaign HQ (Now Open) on: October 07, 2016, 03:09:41 am
On the other hand, I can officially roll out our official signage for the campaign:

86  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: North Carolina Yankee Presidential Campaign HQ (Now Open) on: October 07, 2016, 02:22:36 am
Any news forthcoming on a VP nomination?

Yes, but it seems the Hurricane wants us to delay our plans. Tongue
87  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: IN-WTHR/HPI: Bayh +1 on: October 07, 2016, 12:23:49 am
Right about on schedule. Tongue

Remember when people said the NRSC should pull out of IN? Wink

People are right, Bayh will make this a close race and the diversion of resources from other states was a benefit to the Democrats, but people were fooling themselves to think this was a secure seat for them like ILL and WI.
88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Battleground Liberty Insights opinion poll 10/9 weekly tracking poll on: October 07, 2016, 12:04:09 am
Just so you are aware, the regional political parties didn't exist as substitutes for national parties. They existed on the regional level only. The big parties had the option of allying with one or creating an affiliate if they opted to do so.

For instance, in 2011, I was concurrently member and Chair of the Regional Protection Party nationally and also a member of the Imperial House of Jbrase in the South.  Jbrase, the other member of the IHJ, at time was a member of first the Populares and then the Coalition of Independent Democrats nationally.

So it really creates its own kind of local dynamic.

89  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Battleground Liberty Insights Special Presidential Poll! on: October 06, 2016, 02:14:40 am

Nothing like a little Shakespeare to lighten the mood. Tongue
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlasia Chronicle - Atlasia's Official News Source (Truman Interview) on: October 05, 2016, 10:54:36 pm
Truman: "I have honestly enjoyed being Secretary of State, and would gladly accept an offer to continue in office as part of the next administration - provided that I may remain effective. We haven't heard much from Yankee or Rpryor on the foreign policy front, so I can't say if I would be willing to serve under them. I'd wager that will become more clear as the campaign unfolds."

Geez, it is almost like I started less than 72 hours ago or something. Tongue I actually plan to "campaign", and as such there will be a multitude of events and several of these will focus on foreign policy, our veterans and our military.

I would certainly consider reappointing Truman to the position, not in spite of, but because he is such an impatient panda. Tongue I think that skill would ensure he continues to be among the most responsive of the dozen or so Secretaries of state and before that External Affairs that I have had the pleasure and sometimes displeasure (when they weren't active) of working with  over the past seven years. 
91  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: PA - Monmouth - TIE on: October 05, 2016, 04:18:44 pm
PA, IN, NC, MO, and NV. Keep an eye on FL, but pull out of everywhere else.
92  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: FL/OH/PA/NC Quinnipiac: Rubio +4, Portman +17, Toomey +8, Tie in NC on: October 05, 2016, 04:15:10 pm
A month ago, the same poll had Toomey up by but 1%. Any other polls picking up a Toomey surge? Why is there a Toomey surge if there is one? Is he blanketing the airways with effective ads? Are voters getting tired of McGinty? Did she screw up somehow?

Monmouth had him at -4 a month ago and now they have it as tied.

Toomey had equalized his TV presence in the Philly market somewhat, at least I had read that somewhere. Not sure if that has impacted these polls or not.
93  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: VP Debate Poll, Focus Group, Pundit Reaction Megathread on: October 05, 2016, 03:33:35 am
people keep talking about how this helps pence for 2020 - seriously? the guy will be out of politics for four years and i would think the party would want to move on from trump, not nominate the guy who ran on the ticket with him...this was pence's last time in national politics before moving on to fox news. maybe he takes over for brit after inauguration?

And that is arguably a good thing. He won't have to make controversial votes or sign anymore controversial laws. He can spend his time in IA and NH building a network and siphoning off some of the Evengelical support that Cruz would be depending on.

Also, numerous candidates are going to want to tap into Trump's support in 2018 without wanting to come into photo snapping distance of Trump. This will almost certainly make Pence the top sought after surrogate for Republicans running in 2018.
94  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlasia's Immigrant Heritage - New York City Rally on: October 05, 2016, 03:12:27 am
The Javits Center
New York City, NY
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016  9:16 PM EST

Yankee! Yankee! Yankee!

Atlasia is a nation of immigrants.

We call them by a different name here, either recruits or newbies, but the concept is the same. Atlasia's whole existance and success is based on the voluntary participation of enough players to sustain itself. Our actions and our motivations should and must be geared towards creating the kind of environment that is welcoming to as many players from as many different backgrounds as possible. This creates not only diversity of experience but also of opinion and such is the lifeblood of this game, creating debate and discourse that make the game fun.

It would seem obvious to encourage new participation and even old participation. However, whether it was Cathcon in 2010 or Clark in 2015, "newbie nativism" keeps rearing its ugly head and it is harmful to the game, in spite of those instances of malevolent abuse of the recruitment process that has indeed occured and necessitated a response. Indeed, the biggest harm done is the suspicion that redounds as litterally attacking new players the minute they join.

There are some in this game who desire it be smaller and exclusive, while there are others who may have been motivated to extremes by a few bad apples, but nonetheless have the impact of discouraging new members who are perfectly legitimate. Tmthforu94 fought against this the entire time he was in this game and I have always defended and supported increased participation from my first days right up until now. I have had the pleasure of twice being a long term, right of center party chair and having the responsibility of finding and encouraging mutltiple, successive generations of Atlasians, on the right.  

Supporting new players and reaching out to try and bring old players back into the game is critical, and it is a message I have always approved of.

But the number one motivation for them leaving has to be addressed and clearly there are still problems when it comes to the environment in which this game is being played. One of my opponents said a few weeks ago, that we have lost players and that is unnacceptable. Then of course we lost a Presidential candidate and a good friend. I agree it is unacceptable, but the primary root cause cannot be ignored and that is the negativity and hostility between players and certain groups of players in this game. It is the response I have heard over and over again from players merely inactive to the deregistered. So many people cannot be a misrepresentation when both people on the left and right express the same sentiments.

It is hard to address the former problem decisively and remain a free society, but there are steps we can take to boost membership and keep good members.

1. A massive newbie drive
2. Outreach to old players.

There is in fact a model for how to do this. It was done in the Fritz administration back in late 2010 and it involved the President, a conservative star recruiter (Tmthforu94 if memory serves me) and a liberal one and they actively worked to encourage new members to join.  We could take a similar approach, but with the expanded mandate of reaching out to departed members and encourage their return.

3. I agree we do need to elicit opinions, but I think to just do so among current residents leaves out the picture of those who have departed. Some are unreachable but a number of a people are still active on the forum and could be in the game if they so desired.

4. As for the tone of which we approach players still in the game, as I said, it is hard to legislate that away. It is possible to send a message that certain tactics and methods are unacceptable and I hope that in voting for me you can send that message or at the very least start a dialogue and a dynamic that works counter to them occuring.

5. One thing that should be looked at is a ban/restriction on critical posts in the Mew Register Thread. Of course the enforcement mechanism would be a source for debate, but it is ridiculous to force new members to have to run a gauntlet of fire just to play a game. If that is the cost of doing so, what is the benefit of playing? Seems to make so much sense, yet it has happened again, and again.

Atlasia depends on new blood to survive and therefore it must exist, acknowleding its heritage as having been built and sustained by the arrival of new members and new participation and energy. I can think of no better place to deliver this message and it is a topic that is near to my heart when it comes to this game and how we play it.

Thank you, and I hope to earn your vote on October 21st-23rd.  
95  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: North Carolina Yankee Presidential Campaign HQ (Now Open) on: October 05, 2016, 01:54:01 am
yankee has the endorsement of not only me but the entire Imperial House of Jbrase.

The South should consider bringing back the regional level parties. It would possibly generate an interesting dynamic.

Governor PiT, what you think about this idea?
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: One Year On: Northeast Independence Referendum on: October 05, 2016, 01:19:07 am
Beautiful coverage; funny snippet was that as someone involved in the 'In'/'Remain' side we never doubted that our numbers would hold up

For those on the Federalist side, and I would note we took this very seriously from the beginning, we operated on the assumption that the yes side had an advantage. Our information painted a much dire picture.

Our concern was two fold. 1) this look like round two of July, since many of the players were the same or were their allies and 2) it would have destroyed the constitutional convention had the NE actually successfully pulled out since many of the leading participants were registered in the NE.
97  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: North Carolina Yankee Presidential Campaign HQ (Now Open) on: October 04, 2016, 02:43:25 am
It wasn't a wrong place,

I just like to keep my campaign HQ's tidy and by seperating the big events, it creates more activity for the AFE board. I did nearly all my Senate campaigns this way for instance.
98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / North Carolina Yankee/Rpryor03 Presidential Campaign HQ (TIME TO VOTE!!!) on: October 04, 2016, 01:40:24 am

COH: $916 Million

NC Yankee:
Southeast Regional Senator: July 03, 2009 - Mar 06, 2015
Senate President Pro-Tempore:  Dec 2009 - Mar 2010, Sept 2010 - Jan 2011, Mar 2011- Sept 2011, Mar 2012 - July 2014
Budget Revival Committee Member: Mid 2010
Government Oversight and Reform Committee Chair: 2012 - 2013  
At - Large Senator: May 01, 2015 - May 06, 2016
Southeast Regional Convention Delegate: Sept 2015 - Oct 2015
Senate Convention Delegate: Oct 2015 - May 06, 2016
South Judicial Overlord: May 2016 - June 2016
People's Representative: June 2016 - July 2016
Southern Judicial Overlord/Regional Associate Justice: July 2016 -

Northeast Assemblyman - June 2014-November 2014
Deputy Attorney General - November 2014-March 2015
Northeast CJO - March 2015-July 2015
Northeast Senator - July 2015-November 2015
Game Moderator - November 2015-January 2016
Pacific Councillor - March 2016-April 2016, September 2016-Present
Secretary of Federal Elections - April 2016-Present

Fmr. President/Senator/Governor AHDuke99 (TPP-SC)
President Leinad (F-GA)
Delegate Santander (F-AL)
Senator dfwlibertylover (F-TX)
Representative Enduro (F-PA)
ModerateVAVoter (F-VA)
Fmr. Governor RGN08 (F-NY)
Governor PiT (F-LA)
Representative ClarkKent (F-CT)
Fmr. Emperor/Senator Jbrase (DR-TX)
Fmr. Governor TedBessell (F-CA)
Fmr. Acting Governor Heisenberg (F-NM)
Fmr. Senator Potus (F-CA)
Fmr. Senator/Rep Goldwater (F-CA)
Fmr. NE Rep Pessimistic Antineutrino (F-NJ)
Fmr. Senator/Representative shua (FS-AK)
Representative Classic Conservative (F-TX)
Representative 1184AZ (LAB-KS)
Fmr. Senator Pingvin99 (F-TX)
Fmr. Senator/Governor Spiral (IND-MO)
Fmr. MW Representative Rfayette (F-CA)
Fmr. Senator Celticempire (F-KS)
Senator Cris (UA-CO)
Fmr. Governor Zuwo (I-KY)
Fmr. Delegate Golfman76 (F-OK)
Fmr. Governor/Senator/GM Simfan34 (I-CA)

Oct 2nd - Announcement
Oct 4th - Atlasia's Immigrant Heritage
Oct 6th - A Different Kind of Stimulus
Oct 7th - The Mechanics of a Yankee Administration
Oct 8th - Domestic Policy Advisors Announcement
Oct 8th - Debate Opening Statement
Oct 8th - The Yankee Doctrine?
Oct 13th - Debate: VP, GM, Regions
Oct 13th - Debate: Foreign Policy
Oct 13th - Debate: Healthcare and Mental Health
Oct 13th - Debate: Budget and Economy
Oct 18th - Debate: Closing Statement/A Record of Fighting
Oct 19th - Leadership for Sciences
Oct 19th - Protecting Our Rivers and Coasts
Oct 20th - Simfan Endorsement Remarks
Oct 20th - Duke Presidential Library Endorsement Remarks
Oct 20th - Leading for Our Country
Oct 20th - A Covert Ops Game Mechanic?
Oct 21st - Time to Vote Statement

Election: Oct 21st - Oct 23rd
99  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: United Alternative - September/October 2016 Convention on: October 03, 2016, 01:09:22 am
Distinguished members of the United Alternative,

I don't anticipate being able to persuade you guys to not endorse your own ticket in this election. That is perfectly, understandable, though we disagree on a few things, Rpryor is a distinguished candidate who deserves consideration.

However, I would encourage you to consider giving me strong support in the preferential voting. Some of you know of a good bit of my record in the Senate, whereas others are newer I would hope to earn your support by focusing on the things I care deeply about. Some folks have been in this race, preparing for this or expecting it perhaps for a month, I have been in race for just over an hour.

 For one thing, I most deeply am concerned about preserving an Atlasia that is both Welcoming and that we can be proud of. Secondly, since I joined this game, I have passionately fought to improve and preserve regions and my top priority will be to improve and drive regions forward. I have kept an open mind to reform and have led fights to improve the cabinet and Game Moderate (it was litteraly the first bill I worked on). I understand how difficult these problems are and I undersand how best to fix them. I have worked to facilitate other reforms as well, even those where I was not in full agreement, from Antonio's 2012 plan to the gov't reform aspect of Duke's 2013 plan. And finally serving as a delegate in the recent convention and fighting to protect the convention from things that could have destroyed it.

I did not do these things alone. I have worked with people in other parties on everyone of these matters. This is not the first time we had a healthcare committee of sorts and this is not the first time it has ground to a halt. In 2014, the same thing happened. I pressed on, assembled the key Senators and the President, and we got it done. I will take the same approach to getting real results on mental health as well. You can check the present committee and in it you will see a good outline of my preferred approach to the issue of healthcare, to which I will be adding more in the coming days. However, it should be noted that the final bill has to be the product of a compromise, just like the 2014 bill was.

Finally, I want to end by thanking your party and your members for your participation in this game and the contributions that so many of your members have made. I have had the distinct pleasure of working with some of them, and hope to do so with the rest in the near future.

Thanks and I hope to earn a high preference.
100  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: United Alternative - September/October 2016 Convention on: October 03, 2016, 12:30:00 am
...interesting word choice, Senator. Tongue
Shocked ANUSTART has hijacked Blair's account! Somebody call an exorcist, quick!

South American Mosquitos, they'll bite your head off! Probably got infected last year. Tongue
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