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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: December 2014 At-Large Senate Election: Winner/Loser on: December 17, 2014, 11:14:27 am
TPP and Labor won, the Federalists and the D-Rs clearly lost.

In my view the two right-of-center parties are obviously disorganized. The Federalist Party is a mere one-man show. If no one else besides Yankee is willing to lift a finger the party won't be able to survive in the long run.
The level of disorganization among the D-Rs appears even worse but I'm not sure that party ever had a clear power structure in the first place.

That's probably because the D-Rs have less than a quarter of the membership of the Federalist Party...

The TPP is also quite a small party but yet they managed to get two people elected by running their best guys (that wasn't always the case, see the most recent NE Senate election) and due to excellent GOTV efforts.
I may be wrong, but the fact that no one ran to replace Deus until the announcement of two last-minute write-in-campaigns gave off the impression of a party in disarray. It's an uphill battle to win an at-large Senate seat for a small party like yours but I believe it could have been possible considering the bench of qualified candidates you have to offer.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People of the Republic of Atlasia vs. Alfred F. Jones on: December 17, 2014, 10:46:33 am
I would like to direct the court's attention to this thread in particular.

Indeed, as the following posts show Alfred F. Jones was in command of an army that, in an act of rebellion against the Republic of Atlasia, seized control of parts of the Northeast Region. He went on to call the newly formed "Free Republic", which he claimed to have seceded from Atlasia, by the name of "Ganonsyoni":



My fellow citizens, I come to you again today with a most urgent and liberatory message. As of now, the Northeast People's Hastily Constructed Cardboard Liberation Army is marching due south, or at least in a vaguely southerly direction. We shall continue to march thusly until the great city of Pittsburgh and the great state of Pennsylvania have been liberated. I encourage all my fellow citizens to rise up and rebel against the tyranny of oppressive governments and enter a new age of justice and freedom.

Fax mentis est incedium gloriae.

Alfred's Hastily Constructed Cardboard Naming Process

Seeing as "the Northeast" defines this great land in relation to another nation, it is hereby resolved by His Holiness Pope Alfred, President of the Nation Formerly Known as the Northeast Region, that this region is to cast off the chains of Atlasian oppression completely and totally. Therefore, we shall unshackle ourselves from being simply "the place northeast of Atlasia", a name given to us by our oppressors, but instead we shall return to the true name of this land, the land of the first peoples to build their longhouses here. From this day forth the Free Northeastern Republic is now known as the Free Republic of Ganonsyoni, or Ganonsyoni for short.

Fax mentis est incendium gloriae.

The defendant also openly admitted to having seceded from Atlasia in at least one other thread:

It's people like you who made me secede. Also people like Tyrion.

Furthermore, the following remarks strongly suggest the defendant's involvement in violent activities against legitimate Atlasian military forces, hence the charge of terrorism:

With the momentum of the Rochesterian people on our side, we have managed to repulse the counterrevolutionary forces from their attempted conquest of our capital and have regained control over most of the Greater Rochester area.

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This is to represent the people of this land both past and present, the blood we have shed and will continue to shed (if so necessary) for our freedom, and the noble spirit of our citizenry, respectively. That is all. May Ganonsyoni forever be free.

The only violence will be that brought on Pittsburgh by itself. As for me, I am in no condition to fly out to as-yet-unliberated territory and get snatched up by government thugs.

And the conquest of Buffalo went along perfectly well. I, for one, would not like to see Pittsburgh in the same situation as Rochester was left in after we had rebuffed the Atlasian troops.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: December 2014 At-Large Senate Election: Winner/Loser on: December 15, 2014, 04:10:36 pm
TPP and Labor won, the Federalists and the D-Rs clearly lost.

In my view the two right-of-center parties are obviously disorganized. The Federalist Party is a mere one-man show. If no one else besides Yankee is willing to lift a finger the party won't be able to survive in the long run.
The level of disorganization among the D-Rs appears even worse but I'm not sure that party ever had a clear power structure in the first place.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People of the Republic of Atlasia vs. JoMCaR on: December 15, 2014, 04:05:18 pm
Considering the mitigating factors I outlined in my previous post I think a ban from voting and officeholding of three months each seems sufficient.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Zero In: December Election Tracker on: December 15, 2014, 03:21:02 am
I didn't receive a single PM encouraging me to vote for a certain candidate before or even during the election. If that's in any way indicative of how the Federalists and D-Rs managed their GOTV operations this time around these results don't surprise me at all.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: December 2014 At-large Senate Election on: December 14, 2014, 02:53:35 pm
1. JCL
2. Cris
3. Write-in: Spiral
4. Write-in: Maxwell
5. Bacon King
6. Polnut
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People of the Republic of Atlasia vs. Alfred F. Jones on: December 14, 2014, 05:52:11 am
I am glad to see the defendant accepts the plea deal.

Would the court still like to see the evidence that the prosecution gathered? If yes, I will be able to present the evidence any time.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Robot Unicorn Polling: Articles of Impeachment Against Pres Lumine & VP SJoyce on: December 13, 2014, 04:32:25 am
Under no circumstances will I support the impeachment of the President and the Vice President.

That said, the constitutional provision in question needs to be amended as soon as possible.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Pacific Voting Booth: December 2014 Governor and Legislative Council Elections on: December 12, 2014, 03:22:39 pm
Governor

Varavour

Council

1. Paleobrazilian
2. Türkisblau
3. Devin
4. Superique
5. Guly Foyle
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People of the Republic of Atlasia vs. Alfred F. Jones on: December 12, 2014, 01:49:01 pm
Not only in the case of Snowstalker but also in the case People of the Republic of Atlasia v. hifly15 the court has made clear that it takes treason and crimes against Atlasia very seriously. I acknowledge the mitigating facts that have been mentioned but I cannot accept the two-month ban on voting the defendant has suggested. Considering the evidence we have and recent rulings of the court I simply do not believe this is realistic.

The most lenient sentence I consider appropriate for the charges brought against the defendant is a six-month ban on voting and a ban from officeholding of the same duration or longer. If the defendant insists on the mere two-months vote ban I am afraid a plea bargain probably can't be made.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People of the Republic of Atlasia vs. JoMCaR on: December 11, 2014, 11:51:32 am
Back in August JoMCaR was found to have created three sock accounts and was subsequently banned from the Atlas Forum for three months:

JoMCaR has been banned for 90 days.  His three sock accounts (WrathOfTheGods, WorkingClassBro, and Dr. Liberty) are permabanned.

Prior to that, the defendant had entered two of his socks into the tally of registered voters:

WrathOfTheGods
Independent
Kansas

WorkingClassBro
Labor
Michigan

Creating sock accounts and adding them to the tally of registered voters is righfully considered a severe offense and therefore listed in the Re-Consolidated Criminal Justice Act as one of seven crimes against Atlasia which may be punished by a one-year ban from voting and officeholding in Atlasia.

However, I would like to highlight three additional facts which I consider important and potentially favorable to the defendant; firstly, JoMCaR's swift admission of guilt, secondly, the above-mentioned previous ban of three months the defendant already received, and, finally, the lack of malicious intent. In fact, JoMCaR entered two identities into the tally of registered voters who were diametrically opposed when it comes to their ideological and partisan background. Thus, it can be argued that the defendant probably did not attempt to aid or hurt a particular Atlasian party or ideological group.

If the court wishes to hear me in regard to sentencing, I will gladly provide my point of view.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People of the Republic of Atlasia vs. Alfred F. Jones on: December 10, 2014, 09:46:56 am
I move to formally request the prosecution to accept a conditional plea.

Conditional on the acceptance of the above by all parties, my client wishes to conditionally plead guilty of all charges, on the condition that he is not prohibited from voting for a greater duration of time than two months.

The maximum sentence for acts of treason is, according to the Re-Consolidated Criminal Justice Act, a lifetime ban from voting and holding any office under the Republic of Atlasia. Indeed, Alfred F. Jones' case appears very similar to the case of Snowstalker, who was sentenced to a three-year ban from voting and a lifetime ban from holding any office. While I appreciate the defendant's readiness to plead guilty I must say that a mere two-month ban from voting would seem a very lenient form of punishment, to put it mildly.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People of the Republic of Atlasia vs. Alfred F. Jones on: December 09, 2014, 04:56:21 am
If the defendant is ready to plead guilty I am willing to enter into a plea bargain.

Due to the severity of the charges brought against Alfred F. Jones and the example of a recent case, namely People of the Republic of Atlasia v. hifly15, we should, however, bear in mind that the result of our plea bargain and the verdict of the court may differ considerably.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post your Christmas presents on: December 07, 2014, 12:10:50 pm
I will probably get panicky a few days before Christmas and try to find some suitable gifts in those overheated, overcrowded stores.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Oval Office (Lumine/SJoyce Administration) (An address to the nation) on: December 07, 2014, 10:01:49 am

For the sake of transparency I should state that Attorney General Zuwo is acting in agreement with the administration and that all judicial matters have been discussed beforehand. We take the judicial system quite seriously, and we share the belief that we were elected to follow and enforce the laws of Atlasia, no matter how hard that may be at times.

I don't see how going after citizens is good for the game. If they are banned from voting or holding office it reduces the number of active people. I don't agree with trying to exclude citizens.

I definitely see where you are coming from but I'm afraid there is no way out of this dilemma. The maximum sentences for some of the offenses outlined in the Re-Consolidated Criminal Justice Act are certainly very harsh. I would personally support lowering them but I'm not a legislator now so all I can do is state my opinion. Refusing to do my job because I disagree with the maximum sentences is not an option.

It is crucial that Atlasians who commit crimes against Atlasia or acts of treason are prosecuted. If there wasn't a mechanism to punish people for voter intimidation, for example, we would see countless attempts at manipulating clueless voters.
Also, as the President made clear as long as the laws we have are on the books there is no way for an Attorney General who tries to take his job even halfway seriously to ignore them.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of the Attorney General on: December 07, 2014, 07:13:57 am
Overview of the pending cases in the Supreme Court

- People of the Republic of Atlasia v. JoMCaR

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=203542.0

- People of the Republic of Atlasia v. Alfred F. Jones

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=203543.0

- Roe v. Attorney General ZuWo

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=203614.0

- People of the Republic of Atlasia v. Midwest Governor LeBron FitzGerald

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=203653.0

Atlasians are, of course, free to discuss these lawsuits but are asked not to clutter the above-mentioned threads where the cases are argued and trials are held.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People of the Republic of Atlasia vs. JoMCaR on: December 07, 2014, 05:56:39 am
I confirm that the prosecution has taken notice of the defendant's guilty plea.

Before the court issues a verdict in this case I would like to remind the honorable Justice of the fact that JoMCaR was already punished for the offense he committed when he was temporarily banned from the forum. Indeed, I believe it would be justified if the court took this fact into consideration and interpreted it in favor of the defendant.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People of the Republic of Atlasia vs. Alfred F. Jones on: December 07, 2014, 05:42:27 am
If the defendant disputes the charges I suggest the Northeast as the region where the jury empaneling process shall take place.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / People of the Republic of Atlasia vs. Midwest Governor LeBron FitzGerald on: December 04, 2014, 04:19:18 pm
The office of the Attorney General has obtained evidence which suggests that Midwest Governor LeBron FitzGerald may have committed a crime against Atlasia and hereby charges him with voter intimidation as outlined in section 2, clause 7 of the Re-Consolidated Criminal Justice Act:

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7. Intimidation of a voter into voting or not voting a certain way, or into invalidating one's vote, through credible threats to disclose personal information; or contacting voters with disinformation about the election process in order to prevent casting of a valid ballot.

For public convenience, the constitutional provisions regarding trials are as follows:

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1. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the region wherein the crime shall have been committed, as defined by law.
2. If a trial does not begin within one month of the accusation for any reason, no trial shall be held and the accused will be declared innocent of the crime.
3. No person shall be tried again for the same crime following a legitimate acquittal or conviction.
4. No person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.
5. The accused shall be informed of the nature and cause of the accusations against him, shall be confronted with the witnesses against him, shall have the power to obtain witnesses in his favor, and shall have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
6. All trials shall be presided over by a Supreme Court Justice, who shall be selected by the Supreme Court itself.
7. A jury shall be selected according to the laws of the Region in which the crime was committed, as defined by law, and each juror shall post their verdict publicly.

Keeping in mind the other pending cases and the heavy workload of the Justices in general, the office of the Attorney General kindly requests the Supreme Court to grant certiorari in this case.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Pacific Voting Booth: Game Moderation Reform Amendment II on: December 04, 2014, 03:55:33 pm
Aye
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of the Attorney General on: December 04, 2014, 03:40:00 pm
Mr. Attorney General,

I have received information that implicates the Governor of the Midwest with voter intimiation (A Crime Against Atlasia under the Re-Consolidated Criminal Justice Act) and I have sent you a private message with the information I have obtained. I implore you to press charges given the serious nature of the offense.

This has been seen, thank you. I have just returned from a short trip to Germany and will deal with this case as soon as possible.

On a more general note, the office of the Attorney General currently faces a heavy workload. While we try our best to work as efficiently as possible, dealing with all the pending cases may take a bit of time.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics on: December 03, 2014, 11:01:47 am
Simonetta Sommaruga (SP) is going to be President of the Swiss Confederation in 2015. Memers of both chambers of the Swiss parliament elected her with 181 out of potential 246 votes today, which is a pretty good result.

Sommaruga will succeed Didier Burkhalter (FDP), whose tenure has been overshadowed by the domestic debate on the future of Switzerland's role in Europe as well as the Ukraine conflict. Indeed, Switzerland happened to head the OSCE this year so Burkhalter spent a lot of time traveling to Kiev and trying to arbitrate between the Ukraine and Russia.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Petition Against The Civil Rights Act of 2014 on: December 03, 2014, 10:40:36 am
X Attorney General ZuWo
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / People of the Republic of Atlasia vs. Alfred F. Jones on: December 02, 2014, 09:17:04 am
The office of the Attorney General charges Alfred F. Jones with rebellion, terrorism and secession pursuant to the Re-Consolidated Criminal Justice Act:

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1. Rebellion, defined as the use of military forces to overthrow the Federal or any Regional government of Atlasia.
3. Terrorism, defined as the unlawful or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating civilians and/or the federal and/or regional governments of Atlasia.
5. Secession, defined as a territory or group of people declaring or threatening independence from the Atlasia.

For your reference, I will again cite what the Constitution states regarding trials and the admissibility of evidence:

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Section 2: Trials
1. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the region wherein the crime shall have been committed, as defined by law.
2. If a trial does not begin within one month of the accusation for any reason, no trial shall be held and the accused will be declared innocent of the crime.
3. No person shall be tried again for the same crime following a legitimate acquittal or conviction.
4. No person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.
5. The accused shall be informed of the nature and cause of the accusations against him, shall be confronted with the witnesses against him, shall have the power to obtain witnesses in his favor, and shall have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
6. All trials shall be presided over by a Supreme Court Justice, who shall be selected by the Supreme Court itself.
7. A jury shall be selected according to the laws of the Region in which the crime was committed, as defined by law, and each juror shall post their verdict publicly.
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The presiding Justice may admit the following as evidence of the crime at his own discretion:
1. The actual statements made on the Atlas Forum itself
2. Screenshots of the statements made.
3. A quotation of the statement in a post by another Atlas Forum user.
4. The testimony of forum users who viewed the statement itself.
5. An admission by the accused in a thread on the Atlas Forum, or in a place viewed or heard by multiple persons, with recordings or testimony attributing to the same.
6. Evidence obtained through investigation of the IP address from which the offence was perpetrated.
7. Evidence given to the Court by the Forum Moderators or the Forum Owner, Dave Leip obtained in their capacity in that position.

I will submit evidence if the Court decides to hear the case and thank the honorable Judges for their attention and time.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / People of the Republic of Atlasia vs. JoMCaR on: December 02, 2014, 09:08:01 am
In my capacity as the Attorney General of the Republic of Atlasia I hereby charge JoMCaR with voter fraud under the terms of the Re-Consolidated Criminal Justice Act:

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3. Voter fraud, defined as the creation of identities other than ones primary identity in Atlasia and subsequently entering this identity into the tally of registered.

The constitutional article dealing with trials states the following:

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Section 2: Trials
1. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the region wherein the crime shall have been committed, as defined by law.
2. If a trial does not begin within one month of the accusation for any reason, no trial shall be held and the accused will be declared innocent of the crime.
3. No person shall be tried again for the same crime following a legitimate acquittal or conviction.
4. No person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.
5. The accused shall be informed of the nature and cause of the accusations against him, shall be confronted with the witnesses against him, shall have the power to obtain witnesses in his favor, and shall have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
6. All trials shall be presided over by a Supreme Court Justice, who shall be selected by the Supreme Court itself.
7. A jury shall be selected according to the laws of the Region in which the crime was committed, as defined by law, and each juror shall post their verdict publicly.

According to the aforementioned Re-Consolidates Criminal Justice Act evidence may present in one of the following manners:

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The presiding Justice may admit the following as evidence of the crime at his own discretion:
1. The actual statements made on the Atlas Forum itself
2. Screenshots of the statements made.
3. A quotation of the statement in a post by another Atlas Forum user.
4. The testimony of forum users who viewed the statement itself.
5. An admission by the accused in a thread on the Atlas Forum, or in a place viewed or heard by multiple persons, with recordings or testimony attributing to the same.
6. Evidence obtained through investigation of the IP address from which the offence was perpetrated.
7. Evidence given to the Court by the Forum Moderators or the Forum Owner, Dave Leip obtained in their capacity in that position.

I thank the honorable Judges for their attention. Should the Supreme Court decide to hear the case I will be ready to present evidence on this matter.
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