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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Magnolia Tree Polls - SoEA Nominee on: Today at 03:47:52 am
I voted 'yes'. I disagree with him on a couple of foreign-policy issues but both his activity in the Mideast and quite detailed answers in the confirmation hearing thread make me think that hifly deserves a fair chance.

Also, just two months ago the Senate confirmed Napoleon of all people to serve as GM in a near-unanimous vote (only Lumine voted 'nay') so let's keep things in perspective.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: What 2015 Election are you most looking forward to? on: September 24, 2014, 07:33:31 am
Switzerland!
I strongly believe that the outcome of the 2015 election is going to shape and define the future of the country more than any other federal election in the last decades. The dominating campaign issue will be the future relationship between Switzerland and the European Union, which puts the Swiss People's Party (SVP) in an excellent position.

And Switzerland should have a referendum about an unconditional basic income, I am looking forwards to that, even if I don't expect it to be accepted.

I predict a "yes"-share of about 20%.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is etymology of you home city/town? on: September 23, 2014, 03:42:57 am
The oldest mention of the name Zurich in its Latin form Turicum dates back to the second century AD; the words STA(TIONIS) TURICEN(SIS) are carved in a Roman gravestone, a copy of which can still be viewed in the old town.

The name can be traced back to the Celtic root *dur- 'water' and may be derived from the personal name Turos.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Why not abolishing the parties? on: September 22, 2014, 10:08:25 am
When they become registered voters most people choose to affiliate with either Team A, B, C or D and then usually cheer and vote for candidates of their own team. Factors such as qualification, activity and ideology generally don't matter as much as they should. This holds true for real-life politics and is particularly apparent in Atlasia. So what you described is hardly a new thing; whether we like it or not, it's the way this game has always worked.  

My solution: We need more independents and should implement a secret-ballot voting system which both retains the most important feature of Atlasian elections we all enjoy (i.e. the ability to follow the outcome of an election in real time) and does away with voting patterns that are all too partisan.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of ZuWo - Fresh start in the Pacific! on: September 22, 2014, 04:35:54 am
After a two-month hiatus from Atlasia I have decided to make a fresh start in a region which has recently shown encouraging signs of positive change, the Pacific.

Under the leadership of recent governors and especially the current regional executive Varavour/Simfan the Pacific has undergone a transformation from a seemingly hopeless and ideologically one-sided region to a place with more competitive elections and increased activity in its legislative body. I will gladly try to contribute to shape this region in a positive way in the upcoming months!
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: September 21, 2014, 03:52:20 am
ZuWo
Independent
California
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What do you call the first and last slices of a loaf of bread? on: September 09, 2014, 01:31:40 pm
Depends on the person I talk to. The word I picked up from my parents is Bödeli, derived from Bode (Standard German Boden "ground, floor, bottom") with the diminutive suffix -li. However, this is a dialectally restricted and somewhat outdated word so I guess I tend to use the neutral Aschnitt when talking to people around my age or not from my dialect area.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: July 22, 2014, 04:34:43 pm
ZuWo
Deregistered
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: July 2014 Elections on: July 21, 2014, 06:43:27 am
1. Spiral
2. Cassius
3. Inks
4. Jack Enderman
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever been to a KZ (concentration camp) ? on: July 21, 2014, 05:16:20 am
I visited Auschwitz/Birkenau twice. A surreal experience.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Mideast Surveillance Safeguard Act (Debating) on: July 02, 2014, 03:14:56 pm
I am sympathetic towards the motivations behind this bill. I am, however, concerned that restricting the use of UAVs could negatively affect the effectiveness of the regional law enforcement authorities in certain cases. I just want to ensure that the police are able to obtain a warrant to use UAVs in a reasonable period of time when necessary.

Do you have any ideas for amendments in mind that will make you fully comfortable with this bill?

No, not really to be honest. There's probably no way for us legislators to directly influence how efficiently judges work and issue such warrants.
In short, I am ready to give this bill the benefit of the doubt. If we notice in the future that this bill has a clearly negative impact on the effectiveness of the work done by our law enforcement authorities, we will have to reconsider it, though.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Mideast Surveillance Safeguard Act (Debating) on: July 02, 2014, 02:21:08 pm
I am sympathetic towards the motivations behind this bill. I am, however, concerned that restricting the use of UAVs could negatively affect the effectiveness of the regional law enforcement authorities in certain cases. I just want to ensure that the police are able to obtain a warrant to use UAVs in a reasonable period of time when necessary.
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 01, 2014, 02:45:40 pm
Heartbreaking!
On top of that, this game also marks the end of an outstanding coaching career. Thank you, Ottmar, you have done us (and the Balkans) proud!
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: The Governor's Budget (Debating) on: June 27, 2014, 10:11:18 am
We have passed quite a few bills which will end up costing us a considerable amount of money. I would not be surprised if that resulted in a projected deficit.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: Public Referenda- OPEN on: June 26, 2014, 08:45:55 am
Aye
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: The Big Society Act (Debating) on: June 25, 2014, 02:14:29 pm
I can support certain clauses of the bill, such as clause 2, but I consider the idea of a "Leadership Curriculum", which mandates community service or work experience, too intrusive. I think it's great when young people do community service and gain valuable work experience, but making it a legal requirement goes too far in my opinion.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia: June Regional Executive Approval Ratings on: June 25, 2014, 07:53:23 am
I approve of RileyKeaton. He's doing the right things to get the Mideast back on track.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: clarence for Senate on: June 25, 2014, 07:38:48 am
You offer a unique perspective and you call a spade a spade when necessary. I like that and that's why you have my endorsement!
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Office of Mideast Governor Riley Keaton and Lieutenant Governor TJ on: June 25, 2014, 01:34:43 am
If only it were that easy to ratify regional amendments! Wink

The "Public Referenda Amendment" has to be brought to a public vote this week, and at least two-thirds of the people voting have to vote "aye" in order for it to pass.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Mideast Foster Care Reform Act of 2014 (Debating) on: June 23, 2014, 09:41:09 am
Has a cost analysis already been made for this bill? We need to keep our next budget in mind, which we are going to debate soon.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: June 2014 Federal Election - President, VP and Regional Senators on: June 21, 2014, 03:02:21 pm
President/Vice President:

1. Write-in: TJ/Shua
2. Write-in: Hagrid/Tmth

Mideast Senator:

1. DC al Fine
2. Bmotley
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Lumine's Election and Political Tracker (Election Night) on: June 21, 2014, 02:52:12 am
I can only speak for myself, but the reason why I'm not going to vote for SirNick/Dallasfan is twofold. Firstly, when he was Northeast Governor SirNick opened the regional voting booths to ratify federal amendments a few days late on several occasions in order to protest against the current ratification process. As a former Governor and as someone who opposes further centralization, I strongly disapprove of that.
Secondly, vice-presidential candidate Dallasfan voted for left-wing candidates on several occasions even when there was a more right-wing person running in the same election. His (and a couple of other D-R members') recent vote to endorse socialist Senator TNF for re-election was the straw that broke the camel's back.
I used to cast unenthusiastic votes for tickets that I perceived as less "left-wing" in past presidential elections. However, since I almost always regretted such votes I have decided to abstain this time.
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: June 20, 2014, 03:47:53 pm
Balm for the soul. Scoring isn't that difficult, after all.
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: June 20, 2014, 03:19:04 pm
Ok, we've seen enough for today. Referee, blow the whistle, please!
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Post a pic of your hometown, and tell us a couple interesting facts about it! on: June 19, 2014, 04:28:35 am
Great thread! I love seeing pictures of and reading random facts about random towns, many of which I have never heard of.

Zurich, Switzerland




- With nearly 400'000 inhabitants Zurich is Switzerland's largest city.
- During the first part of WWII until the fall of France Zurich was designated to be the main northern line of defense in case of a German invasion. That's why you will occasionally find bunkers and anti-tank obstacles spread over the entire city.
- In March 1945 Zurich was accidentally hit by US Air Force bombers, which resulted in five fatalities. Due to this and other unintentional bombings on Swiss cities, the US government paid CHF 62 million in reparations to Switzerland (roughly $193 million at current prices).
- Switzerland in general and Zurich in particular are popular settings for Bollywood films. In fact, more than 200 films have been shot during the past two decades.
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