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101  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Why does Bernie Sanders do horribly with African American voters? on: August 09, 2015, 05:06:36 pm
Because they always support the establishment candidate, with 2008 being the only exception for obvious reasons.

Ahem

102  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: It's time to stand for something. on: August 09, 2015, 04:53:27 pm
At this point I'm extremely discouraged. The ConCon, our best chance to revive, is obviously not going to happen. We can't even find a mechanism to dissolve if we were to decide to the extreme way. And making individual reforms would be extremely lengthy.

Perhaps the only way would be for Atlasia to simply fell dormant, due to enough people either losing interest or leaving. Then, maybe after some time some could come back and pick up the pieces.
103  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A Modest Proposal on: August 09, 2015, 03:33:03 pm
2 regions is too much of a decrease, I think. 3 or 4 makes more sense; we could make it smaller after that if it really is needed.

I don't understand how someone can want more activity, yet also want the GM to be abolished. Yes, I think the GM needs to be regulated, but a fact that this is struggling in activity is that only, what, 20 or so people (totally made up that statistic) are active, so our to-do lists are derived from activities from those people. In the real world, the government's to-do lists are derived from activities from over 300 million people in the US, plus about 7 billion others in the rest of the world. My point is that the GM needs to be there to simulate those other people, and the results of bills. Otherwise it's just people making meaningless laws for a dormant country where no one does anything.

I agree with more than 2 regions, 3 might be good for starters.

As to the GM office, we cannot have a GM who goes around arresting public officials right and left and who wipes out millions with nuclear bombs.

In the final analysis, after all, Atlasia is an election and government sim, and everyone knows that.  Those who participate in the sim do so because they enjoy elections and government sims.

It does not really need a GM in my view, because the game is elections and government.

What is government but providing for the needs of the citizens? How can you know the needs of the citizens without a GM?

If Atlasia is ever to become a game about casting and getting votes, but nothing else, then count me out.
104  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Improve Our Wiki Act of 2015 (Debating) on: August 09, 2015, 02:55:47 pm
Aye
105  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A Modest Proposal on: August 09, 2015, 02:55:06 pm
I prefer my plan to restore Department of Forum Affairs by merging RG Bureau and DoFE, as well as creating Department of Home Affairs by combining DoJ and DoIA.
106  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Hoover Society on: August 09, 2015, 02:52:58 pm
Since things in Atlasia seem to be reaching crisis proportions, any further interest in my solution?  Smiley

 

You should've just let me nuke everything.
107  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Office of Senate Speaker Cris - Statement on attack. on: August 09, 2015, 02:43:35 pm
If Snowstocker is guilty of these atrocious crimes, he must be quickly tried, sentenced, and banned for life from this republic, all in one day.

I recommend he be banished to the gulag on a permanent basis.

He's already banned from the forum.
108  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: August 09, 2015, 01:18:19 pm
I will not seek reelection as at-large Senator.
109  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of At-Large Senator Kalwejt (A Proposal) on: August 09, 2015, 01:17:10 pm
Statement on not Seeking Reelection

My fellow Atlasians,

After a lot of soul-searching, I have decided against running for reelection as your At-large Senator. I will not resign outright, since there are still some bills I'm sponsoring and I'd like to see passed, as well as out of respect for the voters that elected me.

I've spend last weeks trying my best to help rebuild Atlasia. Sometimes it happened at the expense of my RL time and duties. Yet, I've reached a point when I don't have no energy nor confidence in the point of continuing my work beyond that period.

Atlasia is in dire state. The feeling of frustration and disbelief in a possibility of achieving a meaningful reform is growing stronger with every day. The Senate, which up until recently was the only branch of federal government working smoothly, is stalling, despite heroic efforts of our new Speaker.

The most disturbing, however, is behavior of the President. It's not easy for me to say this, as due to political loyalty I've always avoided to criticize bore publically and defended him on many occasions, but some things should be said. Basically, Atlasia has no President. Since his speech supporting dissolution, he's being missing for most of the time, only occasionally pooping out to sign some bills when notified. He had ignored two major crises (terrorist attacks in Nyman and Indian-Pakistani war), so I had, as Secretary of External Affairs, to take a very "creative" constitutional line and handle this myself. Only after weeks, the new Vice President had been nominated, but other cabinet positions remains vacant.

I've always believed that as long as we're playing, we owe the game some responsibility. If one doesn't want to play, then he should resign and let other do the job. If someone's busy in RL, there's a mechanism called leave of absence. Otherwise, there's no justification.

I'm still a hopeful fool and won't say Atlasia is dead, but there are little reasons to be optimistic. The only bright side is that we still have some active newbies, who are not discouraged with the inactivity, negligence and sometimes very toxic climate. If there's only for us to recover, it will come from those newbies, as the old guard, myself including, had failed.


Kalwejt.
110  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Swearing in of New Officeholders on: August 09, 2015, 12:57:11 pm
I resign as Secretary of External Affairs
111  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Improve Our Wiki Act of 2015 (Debating) on: August 09, 2015, 12:55:42 pm
Very well. I will withdraw my motion in order not to delay other, important bills coming to the floor, although the President's late action is disappointing.
112  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Improve Our Wiki Act of 2015 (Debating) on: August 09, 2015, 11:45:33 am

Quote from: How Does This Look?
A Bill
To give the President greater resources and flexibility to bring the wiki up to date.

Bill Title: Improve Our Wiki Act of 2015

1. The President shall have the ability to select a "National Archivist" for the purpose of updating the wiki, including the statute page, main page, as well as all info on federal institutions.

2. This position shall not be fixed or permenent and shall serve as long as the President deems it necessary.

3. No confirmation shall be required, nor shall there by any restrictions placed on other officerholders from serving concurrently in this position.

VETO


It's not so much that I oppose this bill (I, too, like kittens and happiness) but this seems supremely pointless as a bill.

Why? This is just a tool to be used in case of wiki again sliding into a decline. It doesn't create any permanent post.

Well for one thing I think such a post would be very hard to fill, but the other thing is, as this bill is written, there is nothing stopping me creating that post without it.

Too bad you were basically missing for so long. Voicing your concerns before could've save us a lot of time.
113  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Improve Our Wiki Act of 2015 (Debating) on: August 09, 2015, 05:45:17 am

Quote from: How Does This Look?
A Bill
To give the President greater resources and flexibility to bring the wiki up to date.

Bill Title: Improve Our Wiki Act of 2015

1. The President shall have the ability to select a "National Archivist" for the purpose of updating the wiki, including the statute page, main page, as well as all info on federal institutions.

2. This position shall not be fixed or permenent and shall serve as long as the President deems it necessary.

3. No confirmation shall be required, nor shall there by any restrictions placed on other officerholders from serving concurrently in this position.

VETO


It's not so much that I oppose this bill (I, too, like kittens and happiness) but this seems supremely pointless as a bill.

Why? This is just a tool to be used in case of wiki again sliding into a decline. It doesn't create any permanent post.
114  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Improve Our Wiki Act of 2015 (Debating) on: August 09, 2015, 05:43:55 am
Senators have 24 hours to motion to hold a vote to override the veto.

Motion to hold a vote.
115  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Vice Presidential Election Amendment on: August 08, 2015, 04:54:31 am
On a more serious note, I also think that this would lend itself to electing more active and engaged VPs. This amendment has my support.

I haven't thought of this but you're absolutely right. People would have to seek the office (and expectations would be higher) instead of posting "I'm running with..." in declaration thread and frequently nothing else.
116  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: RIP Schweiker on: August 07, 2015, 05:44:22 pm
I've always found it ridiculous how Goldwater and other conservative Guardians of the Temple basically disowned Reagan for a VP pick. I mean, who gives a sh*t about the VP? It's not like he made any concession to moderates on policy or anything, but suddenly he was a traitor just for choosing a centrist running mate? It's weird because the Conservative movement, at least up to the 90s, has generally been pretty pragmatic in its conquest of power.
Goldwater wasn't the delusional type either. His own running mate was rather moderate IIRC.
Miller? Uh, no...
Here's a riddle, it's a killer, who the hell is William Miller?

Do you know me? I'm Bill Miller
117  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of American Dad? on: August 07, 2015, 05:31:11 pm
Roger is one of my favourite characters on television.

I couldn't agree more.
Roger is my favorite character on television.

A scammer, a murdered, a rapist, a coward, an immature egoist... but despite thatthat's why he's great.
118  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is there more hatred of metal amongst the left or right today? on: August 07, 2015, 03:53:10 pm
I don't mind your terrible music taste. But I really mind you spamming this board with random subjects you're obsessed with.

That's probably the best thing about AAD. All the BRTD nonsense is contained to one single board.

Could we please contain all the BRTD nonsense to one megathread like it was done with nkpatel?
119  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Republican: Official Atlasian News Service on: August 07, 2015, 03:51:27 pm
Breaking: Atlasian Republican Publishes Document of 8/5/15 Attacks

DKrol, Editor-in-Chief of The Atlasian Republican, has made the executive decision to release a document, sent to The Atlasian Republican by former Attorney General Al Sibboleth, with respect to the attacks that have rocked Nyman and the nation over the last twelve hours. DKrol feels that he has "a moral and ethical obligation" to make the document public.

...

1. I am, of course, in South America.

2. The Reality Or Nothing organisation (the entire leadership of which also happens to be in South America now) has decided to commit the following necessary actions:

a) attempt on the life of Senator NC Yankee
b) attempt on the life of former President DemPGH
c) attempt on the life of Senator Cris
d) bomb attacks on three sites in Nyman DC: the Attorney General's Office, the State Department and the headquarters of the Labor Party.

Have fun.

Well, what else could we have expected from that cowardly pooltron Al, who's himself sitting in the safety of another continent while sending his men to die.
120  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of the Game Moderator on: August 07, 2015, 03:47:44 pm
Could we have an update on Puerto Santos?
121  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Republican: Official Atlasian News Service on: August 07, 2015, 02:42:16 pm
Secretary Swaraj's comments are certainly understandable, as due to some past negligences, as well as internal situation which is consuming most of Atlasia's efforts, it wouldn't be possible to avoid an impression that we're no longer as interested in world affairs as we should be. I'd like to address these feelings by restating my commitment to remaining an active and engaged member of the international community.

As of the "public silence", I can't speak for other institutions, but the Department of External Affairs choose not to publically take sides (which would be inevitable) in order to be able to help facilitate ceasefire and we're very happy with Prime Minister Modi's announcement, as well as choice of Vienna. Austria is a neutral nation and is better suited to host such negotiations than any power.

We need to restore confidence in Atlasia's commitment on the world stage.
122  General Discussion / History / Re: Should Milan Nedic be rehabilitated? on: August 07, 2015, 02:30:34 pm
While he seems like a well-meaning man who decided to collaborate in order to soften his country's suffering under the occupation, there was still a very clear line during the war against collaborating with the Nazis. Intentions doesn't change it (especially since he had no real effect on the situation).

No.
123  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: RIP Schweiker on: August 07, 2015, 02:26:09 pm
I've always found it ridiculous how Goldwater and other conservative Guardians of the Temple basically disowned Reagan for a VP pick. I mean, who gives a sh*t about the VP? It's not like he made any concession to moderates on policy or anything, but suddenly he was a traitor just for choosing a centrist running mate? It's weird because the Conservative movement, at least up to the 90s, has generally been pretty pragmatic in its conquest of power.

Well, it wasn't really that much diffrent from Buchanan threatening to launch a third-party bid if Dole chooses a pro-choice candidate. Some things aren't that new as we use to think.
124  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Breaking: Sen. Schumer (D-NY) to oppose Iran deal on: August 07, 2015, 02:23:01 pm
This kind of thing is exactly why I've always loved Chuck Schumer.

This!

B'H! Schumer the Shomer stands strong!

Yeah, because current policy has been working sooooo well Roll Eyes
125  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is there more hatred of metal amongst the left or right today? on: August 07, 2015, 11:55:07 am
I don't mind your terrible music taste. But I really mind you spamming this board with random subjects you're obsessed with.
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