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76  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: HI: Civil Beat: Ige (D) up 4 on: September 23, 2014, 04:52:33 am
Ige will win by at least ten points.
77  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: September 23, 2014, 04:38:04 am
I am a candidate for President of Atlasia in the October 2014 Presidential election.

I am running for Vice President on Marokai's ticket.
78  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Marokai/Antonio V: Let Us Cling Together. on: September 23, 2014, 04:34:18 am
Fellow Atlasians,

It has been years since I have last sought elective office, and if someone had asked me about my plans just last week, I probably would have repeated what I've been saying throughout this time: I'm done with Atlasia. I know it is a common cliché for politicians to claim that they did not want to run but felt a duty to do so, but I think that I might be able to say that with a bit more credibility.

Over the past few days, I have seen the dire state of the Atlasian left. I have watched my party, the Labor Party - a party that, since its foundation, has represented my ideals - as it became engulfed in petty personal feuds, insulated itself from the rest of Atlasia, embarked in an empty quest for power, refused to engage with its opponents on policy and ideological matters, and finally was brought to near collapse.

I refuse to see my party suffer this fate. But so much damage has been done, that revitalizing the party requires pushing aside the traditional leadership that has embodied it in the past months and years, and allow "new" faces to emerge. This is why my old-time comrade Marokai has asked me to be his running mate in this presidential campaign. This is why we are running to present Atlasia with a serious, pragmatic and open-minded left-wing alternative.

I have had, and still have, major disagreements with Marokai, both on game reform and on real-life issues. But whatever you may say about him, there were very few people in all of our history who were as committed than he is to make Atlasia better. He has always been "in it" for the game, for its most wonky policy aspects, for its most heated exchanges of ideas, but never for the ego contests and the petty squabbles. Marokai is the person you can always rely on when Atlasia needs a fresh new start. And I believe that's exactly what it needs right now.

What I would like to add, as a proud Laborite, is that there is more to this party than what it has shown in these past months. There are many dedicated Atlasians who work every day to advance ideals they believe in. These people must not be forgotten. I am running because I sincerely believe in the principles upon which this party was founded. I believe that there is a way to advance leftist policies without shielding ourselves in partisanship. I believe that we should engage with those who disagree with us, to try to convince them, or at least to convince them that we put actually thought in our worldview. You won't hear me make apologies for my beliefs - you know where I stand politically and I am not going to change it. But you always will hear me explain why I believe something is right or wrong.

I have no intent to engage in personal drama because, simply put, I don't have time for it. The position of VP demanding few duties, I think I can commit to it and still do a decent job. I will do my job, and nothing more. No backroom scheming, no pointless flame wars, no bullsh*t. Only constructive debate - which ultimately is what Atlasia should be about. I have no doubt Marokai has the same commitment, and together, we shall prove you that Labor still has something good to offer to Atlasia.

Let us cling together, let us put the bitterness behind us. Vote for Marokai/Antonio this October!
79  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Alternate US States on: September 22, 2014, 03:50:03 pm
Chicago and Illinois are next! They're gonna be a lot more interesting. Cheesy
80  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Star Trek on: September 22, 2014, 02:52:14 pm
Halfay through season 2, it's really living up to expectations. Sure, a couple episodes were obvious padding, but most of them are still captivating and a couple of them are really well thought ("The Measure of a Man" might be the best episode I've seen so far).
81  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: NH: PPP for LCV: Shaheen +6 on: September 22, 2014, 02:48:04 pm
Oh thank God, finally some numbers that make sense amid this madness.

Now if PPP could also poll Colorado...
82  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the previous poster's display name on: September 22, 2014, 01:48:23 pm
bqhwatevr
83  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you think the above poster even understands dialectical materialism? on: September 22, 2014, 01:47:11 pm
Of course.
84  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post something you admire about the previous poster on: September 22, 2014, 01:46:31 pm
I'm always amazed by the depth of Kalwejt's historical knowledge, and I admire the way he manages to never take himself too seriously. Plus he's one of my first and best forum buds. Smiley
85  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Alternate US States on: September 22, 2014, 01:32:03 pm
Indiana

I have taken away Indiana's northwestern corner, the area around Gary (which, as JCL angrily pointed out, gave it access to Lake Michigan) due to its connection with Chicagoland. As you can imagine, removing one of the few Democratic bases of support in an already solid-GOP State didn't exactly stimulate competitiveness. And so, our "never voted Democrat except in 1964" club grows even bigger.

IN Presidential election results, 1960-2012:


Unsurprisingly, Obama's historic win in 2008 does not survive this amputation, as McCain instead even managed to crack 50%. Otherwise, the pattern is pretty much the same as IRL: that of a consistently Republican State which Democrats can only hope to capture in LBJesque landslides. Over the observed time span, this new Indiana is consistently 2 to 4 points more Republican than its OTL counterpart:



The result is that only twice (1984 and the still impressive 2008) the Democrats managed to come within 10 points of the national margin. The State's movements remain roughly the same, with a slight Democratic uptick in the 1970s followed by a massive Republican shift from 1984 to 2004 (that shift is a bit more pronounced in the new State than IRL, indicating that the Gary area began to diverge even more strongly from the rest of the State). Overall, any Democratic candidate would say "meh, nothing to see there" and not even bother campaigning there.

Capital: Still Indianapolis

Governor: Still Mike Pence

Senators: Joe Donnelly (class 1) and Dan Coats (class 3) - Donnelly still won, though by a mere 2 points.

Representatives: Indiana would lose a Representative, and it would obviously be the Gary-based one held by a Democrat. The State government wouldn't change much, since Republicans already have full control of the Legislature. Interestingly though, the actual Indiana map doesn't look much gerrymandered - with a nice square-looking Democratic seat around Indianapolis. I would assume they keep this arrangement and thus create a 7R-1D delegation.
86  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Woman, mattress, rape, performance art on: September 22, 2014, 11:31:57 am
Having to see the woman who was raped constantly remind you that she was raped is pretty uncomfortable. Still, it has to be more comfortable than being raped and not having authorities care enough to do anything about it.
Thank You.
87  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever read a book about Marxism? on: September 22, 2014, 10:52:55 am
Not an entire book, but I've read parts of the Communist Manifesto and the Capital.
88  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: What Made You Change Politically? on: September 22, 2014, 10:16:45 am
Ayn Rand *gasp*.

For a second I though this was MattVT. I felt very, very sad.
89  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Could South Dakota be the next Kansas? on: September 22, 2014, 09:57:17 am
If it was gonna happen, it already would have.
90  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you understand dialectical materialism? on: September 22, 2014, 09:56:11 am
In broad strokes, yes. I've always preferred dialectical idealism though.
91  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Alex Salmond on: September 21, 2014, 04:55:50 pm
Seems fairly bland, but FF for opposing the forces of evil at Westminster.
92  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: San Francisco Presidential Election History on: September 21, 2014, 02:02:37 pm
That's quite interesting, but didn't you know that all this data is conveniently accessible on Atlas? Tongue

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Data out of range for non-members

Not everybody has access to it Tongue

Oops sorry. Tongue I've spent so many years with premium membership that I forgot what it's like not to have it. Wink
93  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of TNF on: September 21, 2014, 01:43:22 pm
An enlightened soul who understands dialectical materialism.
94  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Bernie Sanders on: September 21, 2014, 01:04:56 pm
I love the idea that Bernie is a radical leftist. Do the Democratic hacks on this forum even understand dialectical materialism?

95  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the Previous Poster's Signature: The Wrath of Khan on: September 21, 2014, 12:52:34 pm
I don't understand why you're making such a big deal of that. The correlation has been a bit stronger than expected, but it's not really surprising to see poorer areas support independence more strongly.
96  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: France General Discussion II: Living under Marxism on: September 21, 2014, 12:46:52 pm

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97  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Who "won" each cycle? on: September 21, 2014, 05:37:24 am
That's because I defined the victories are underwhelming based on expectations. An underwhelming victory is when a party that is widely expected to strongly benefit from an election cycle has an OK but not stellar performance. Anyway, I must admit that my rating was probably Senate-focused (the same is true for other years) and that on the broader picture the GOP didn't really underperform in 2010.
98  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Who "won" each cycle? on: September 21, 2014, 04:39:52 am
2010: GOP underwhelmingly

What? Is this because the GOP didn't win the Senate? The only reason they didn't was because Dems had a huge majority that had been mainly built up over the past two cycles (which weren't up that year).

They could easily have won 9 seats, but blew 3 of them by nominating lunatics. OK, their House performance was definitely not underwhelming, but I was mostly thinking about the Senate. Gaining 6 seats definitely isn't worthy of a "wave year".
99  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: France General Discussion II: Living under Marxism on: September 21, 2014, 04:34:21 am
Marine le Pen vs. Sarkozy in the second round?

Possibly another "Vote for the crook, not the fascist" campaign (like 2002).
This wouldn't have nearly anything in common with 2002 actually, other than the party's acronyms on the ballot. For example, I wouldn't be bothered to vote.

Hoping for Juppé at this point...

Not even that, since RPR is gone. Tongue
100  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is the main purpose of Atlas Forum? on: September 21, 2014, 04:28:19 am
Option 3 is what makes Atlas so good.
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