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26  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: The Much Better Mideast Emergency Budget Amendment on: April 19, 2013, 05:06:44 am
Aye
27  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: Fix to the Mideast Emergency Budget Amendment on: April 12, 2013, 08:26:07 pm
Nay
28  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Light Party [Voting on Endorsements] on: April 12, 2013, 08:24:44 pm

Napoleon (Liberal-SC)
[X] Aye
[] Nay
[] Abstain

Alfred F. Jones (Labor-PR)
[X] Aye
[] Nay
[] Abstain

HagridOfTheDeep (Federalist-SC)
[X] Aye
[] Nay
[] Abstain

Kalwejt (Liberal-VT)
[X] Aye
[] Nay
[] Abstain
29  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Miles for Assembly Campaign Thread on: April 11, 2013, 09:17:18 pm
Thanks for the kind words, and I wish you luck as well. Smiley
30  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Odysseus for Mideast Assembly (Campaign Headquarters) on: April 11, 2013, 03:41:08 pm
OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON THE ISSUES (April 11, 2013)

      The campaign for Mideast Assembly is beginning to kick into high gear, and it's time I begun to state clearly my positions on the issues. I am a member of the Light Party, and you will undoubtedly notice similarities between my beliefs, other Light Party members, and indeed the official platform of the party. However, I can assure you that you'll definitely find differences between my beliefs and the Light Party's beliefs no one political institution is going to completely represent any one person's belief.
      
      CIVIL LIBERTIES & SOCIAL POLICY: As previously mentioned by my campaign, one of my primary goals as an active politician is the preservation of civil liberties when at all possible. I support social progress on a grand scale, and I intend to keep the Mideast's reputation of being socially inclusive. I am one for justice, and equality. I believe that LGBT Atlasians (such as myself) deserve the same rights and privileges as any other citizen. However, on some issues, I must admit neutrality, simply because some issues are just too divisive and 'hot-button' to be worth pursuing. Specifically, gun control, and abortion. Broadly speaking I support very low-level gun control, and wish for abortion to be remain status quo, but these issues are largely not worth the high levels of emotion involved. I believe that freedom is the of the utmost importance to every citizen. Freedoms of speech, religion, assembly, and so on. While I may in fact be a proponent of secular government, this is entirely for the purpose of protecting the religious beliefs of all citizens.

      ECONOMICS: My economic policy is one of pragmatism. As the most recent chapter in the nightmare that is the Mideast Assembly's attempts to pass a balanced budget amendment indicates to us clearly, we cannot allow ourselves to get hung up on the exact numbers when it comes to economics. The past several bills have been largely the same, with mere numerical differences. Currently, I support Governor Tmth's compromise or, in the case that his will not go through, I would support my fellow Assembly candidate and Light Party member a Person's proposal. If worse should come to worse, I would attempt to work with the members of the Assembly in order to pass some sort of reasonable compromise. In addition, the infrastructure of the Mideast, and much of the nation, has fallen into a state of heightened disrepair. We cannot allow this to continue. In the Mideast Assembly, I will offer solutions, and work with my fellow assembly, to correct to Mideast's infrastructure and upgrade it into something that all citizens will be proud of, and something that all citizens will feel safe using. High speed rail, reconstruction and revitalization of our highways, roads, and bridges, and preservation of the still standing and pristine pieces of infrastructure we still have.

      EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY: Education is, perhaps, the most important thing to me after the protection of liberty. It is no secret that our education system, both nationally and regionally, has fallen behind. I intend to help rectify this. The first thing to understand is that our system of standardized testing is hampering the job of teachers the job of educating our students. High schools, both nationally and in the Mideast, must be revitalized. There is a reason while college degrees are now worth so much more, and while high school diplomas have become worth so much less. It is because our high schools are falling behind, and moving in the wrong direction. Our education system cannot be simply fixed by an assemblyman from the Mideast. It will require many more people than just one man. We need to break the barrier. We require a new entire education motto. The 'taught to test' education system that has developed in our nation and in our region is not the right direction. We are running on the industrial education system, and we're well into the digital age. Times must change. While one national curriculum is a good step, a standardized test based on it is not. Communities require more administrative jurisdiction over their school districts. Teachers require more jurisdiction over their classrooms and their curriculums in general. And, I cannot stress enough how important it is for us to integrate the new technology of this new era into our classrooms.

But what I can most stress perhaps above all else is the need for pragmatism. The need for the ability of our legislators to compromise. The recent balanced budget amendment nightmare has shown us that time and time again.

Odysseus - Mideast Assembly - May '13: Progressive ideals, Pragmatic solutions!
31  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Light Party [Vote Period] on: April 10, 2013, 03:07:57 am
CHAIR

[X] Scott
[] Write-in:___________
[] Abstain

VICE CHAIR

[X] Benconstine
[] Write-in:___________
[] Abstain

PLATFORM - On Adoption
Part I
Part II

[X] Aye
[] Nay
[] Abstain
32  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Light Party [Platform & Leadership Declaration Period] on: April 08, 2013, 02:06:04 pm
I would like to step in briefly and express my support of Scott for Chair. Smiley
33  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the previous poster's PM score on: April 08, 2013, 02:41:27 am
Econ a little too left for me, but otherwise great.
34  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Odysseus for Mideast Assembly (Campaign Headquarters) on: April 07, 2013, 08:00:20 pm
Formally announcing that I have returned from my vacation, and also bumping this thread. Smiley
35  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Light Party [Drafting Platform] on: April 07, 2013, 04:59:03 pm
My changes to "Freedom of Speech & Religious Expression" and "Civil Liberties" have not been reflected in the official platform, despite having been approved.
36  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Light Party [Drafting Platform] on: April 06, 2013, 10:23:58 pm
Civil Liberties
The Light Party stands firmly on the side of civil liberties and views them as fundamental to Atlasia remaining Atlasia. Individual liberties, such as the rights to free speech and association, must be kept paramount. Government must stay out of the private lives of individuals. This is also true for private institutions, such as internet service providers. ISPs, or any other private organization, will not be allowed to monitor customers in any way. Although some revocations of our rights have come in the name of national security, we can remain safe while maintaining due process and the rule of law. Federal investigations must operate under judicial oversight and must provide probable cause before executing searches. Only high-risk individuals should be subject to invasive security procedures, but a legal warrant must still be obtained. Habeas corpus must be respected and individuals must be charged with a crime or released.
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Human Rights
Lightists believe that Atlasia has forever shined as a beacon of freedom, and so it must remain.  We believe that speech shall only be regulated to protect the rights, privacy, and security of all citizens.  We also believe that the freedom to practice one's religion or to abstain from any religious activity is a fundamental right. The Light Party believes that religion is a private matter, and that the only way to ensure religious freedom is to ensure the continued separation of church and state. As such, all school students should be allowed to pray in accordance with their religious beliefs. The Light Party also stands firm that peaceful protest and assembly against the government is of the utmost importance, and provides a voice for the opposition in many government debates.

Copyright Law
The Light Party believes that copyright law's recent history of being a tool of censorship is unfair to many citizens. We believe that copyrighted materials can be used fairly by the public, and works containing segments of copyrighted material are perfectly legal as long as the original producers are cited. Full versions of copyrighted works uploaded to the internet for download or viewing will be considered illegal, however. Companies or individuals who are found to be repeatedly abusing copyright claims may be subject to a severe fine.
37  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2013 At-large Senate Special Election on: April 04, 2013, 11:19:38 pm
1. Matt from VT
2. bore
38  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ScottSurveys: North Korea on: April 04, 2013, 01:58:46 am
We should not be so bold and rash as to respond so hastily to the regular sabre-rattling from North Korea. Kim Jong-un is establishing his power in the DPRK, nothing more. We should not make the first blow against the North Korean regime. We are defenders. When North Korea begins an invasion of South Korea itself, then we will respond to our allies and enter the war and swiftly bring an end to any hypothetical conflict. But, we must remember that this conflict is indeed hypothetical, and we should not create any conflicts and loss of life that need not happen.

Conflict must be necessary, not willy-nilly.
39  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Odysseus for Mideast Assembly (Party Change Announcement) on: April 04, 2013, 01:39:03 am
Will be away for war for 20 years as soon as you are elected ?

Don't worry, I have no intentions of getting "lost" for 20 years like my name sake.


OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCEMENT: I have decided to return from my absence due to vacation in order to make a response to some recent developments.

I have decided to join Governor Scott's excellent new party, The Light Party. My campaign is based on the support of one party, and I merely change my party affiliation because I have hope that the Light Party can be a successful party, and one better structured to suit the people's needs than the Liberal Party has been as of late. I will still seek the support of anyone willing to support me, and any of my former colleagues in Liberal can still support me - I speak for my own values, and not the one that some political group tells me to approve of.

I also will, like some of my other Mideast Parties, refrain from personal message box spamming in order to win votes. I believe this tactic is unbecoming of someone running for elected office, and I'd rather not annoy the people of Atlasia by filling their PM boxes to the brim with my words.

Thank you -

Odysseus. Smiley
40  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: April 04, 2013, 01:32:06 am
Odysseus
Light Party
Virginia
41  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Light Party on: April 04, 2013, 01:30:52 am
This is exactly what I've been looking for! The failures of the Liberal Party have been made apparent, and it's time for a change. Despite my current affiliation with the Liberal Party, I will be be joining this new "Light Party". I realize I am currently in the running for Mideast Assembly, but my run for Assembly is not for party, but rather for both myself and the people of the Mideast.

If the Light Party will have me, I'll be glad to be a part of it! Cheesy
42  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Matt from VT for Senate Campaign HQ on: April 01, 2013, 07:47:55 pm
You seem like a reasonable guy, and even though I already told you this over PM, might as well formally announce my support for your campaign here. Smiley
43  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Zacoftheaxes for Northeast Assembly (Campaign HQ) on: April 01, 2013, 07:28:56 pm
While my support may be a bit impotent and unnecessary, seeing as how I'm from a different reason, I'll still say that you, someone I know to be very wise, principled, and truly appropriate for the job, have my utmost, rock-hard support.

I sincerely hope you do well! Smiley
44  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Odysseus for Mideast Assembly (Campaign Headquarters) on: April 01, 2013, 07:25:10 pm
I wish to thank everyone for their endorsements. It's a real honor to have people showing their support, even those from other regions. I have only the utmost thanks for you all! Smiley


Now, I wish to make a statement on the current continuation of the Mideast Budgeting Amendment catastrophe. And yes, I do call it a catastrophe at this point. After discussing the situation with my fellow Mideast colleagues, it is really just shameful to say the least. This is now a third attempt in a row which has failed. It is truly a massive disappointment to see that the Mideast Assembly has failed yet again to find a reasonable compromise for the people of the region. Now, I can continue going on about this. I can continue to say that many members of the Assembly may be putting politics and ideology over good representation. But it is better to simply say that Governor Tmth has recently released his compromise. And while even I may have reservations about parts of it, I believe it is far better to take a pragmatic approach in this situation.

Gov. Tmth's proposal has my utmost support. It is both a deserving compromise for the people of the Mideast, and a good amendment in its own right. After attempt after attempt, it is time for the Mideast to finally get its rightful budget amendment. And this is the one to support, my fellow citizens. I urge you to vote for Gov. Tmth's compromise amendment. It's time to put ideology aside, put this issue to bed, and give the people of the Mideast some actual results after all these attempts.

EDIT:

I forgot to mention this formally, but I also wish to take this as an opportunity to announce that starting tomorrow, I will be absent from the forum until Sunday, April 7. I am taking a personal vacation with my family for Spring Break.
45  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: HPJ for Mideast Assembly on: March 31, 2013, 05:25:57 pm
Endorsed!

Likewise! As another "new face" running for Mideast Assembly, I can sympathize with ya, and I wish most certainly wish you luck in the coming elections!
46  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Odysseus for Mideast Assembly (Campaign Headquarters) on: March 30, 2013, 08:28:04 pm


**

Good evening, my fellow citizens.

I hereby formally announce that I will be a candidate for Mideast Assembly in the May elections.

So let's get the obvious bits out of the way. You may recognize me as one of the newer members of Atlasia. I've only just returned and re-registered this month, and despite my, albeit short, prior involvement with the nation, I never sought politicial office. And thus, my resume is completely blank.

Some may say that electing a man with no prior experience is a frightening proposition. But I believe this is one of the many beauties of the Democratic process. Constantly, the inevitable influx of new people, new values, new virtues, and new ideas, continues. And this, my friends, is exactly why I am running in this election. To provide the people of the Mideast with a new voice.

But of course, the most important question is what is this new voice going to sound like?

Well, I can promise you only what I am. I am a man of beliefs far and wide; some pragmatic, some more principled. I intend to maintain a reasonable and a pragmatic economic policy. I intend to protect the interests of the people in the face of corporate or government intrusion. I intend to further the causes of science and education. I intend to continue our reputation of being one of the most inclusive and free regions of this union. Now I am not nearly mad enough approach hot button social issues which no one can agree upon. But I am mad enough to ensure that the civil liberties of the people of this wonderful region are thoroughly protected.

And now, I humbly ask you, my fellow citizens of the Mideast, for your vote in May. I can only hope that I'm given the noble opportunity to be one of the people's many voices. Vote often, vote Odysseus.

**


Thank you! Smiley
47  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: March 30, 2013, 07:03:24 pm
I will be a candidate for Mideast Assembly in May.
48  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Liberal Party Conference on: March 30, 2013, 01:39:27 pm
x Odysseus

And yeah, we should just be able to copy and paste over everything we need.
49  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: The Let's Really Make Things Interesting Amendment on: March 30, 2013, 05:33:17 am
Aye!
50  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: Mideast Emergency Budget Amendment on: March 29, 2013, 04:08:57 pm
Abstain
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