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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Pacific Voting Booth: October 2014 Elections to the Legislative Council on: October 12, 2014, 02:37:01 pm
1. WI: Riley Keaton
2. Spamage
3. ZuWo
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever been outside your home country? on: October 12, 2014, 01:31:12 am
Sure, but only to European countries so far: Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, England, Scotland, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
I'm going to add another country to the list tomorrow - Austria (Vienna).
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you move into a house/apartment, in which ... on: October 09, 2014, 04:58:11 am
I think so. The house I live in was built in the 15th-century so it's not unrealistic to assume that some unpleasant things, including murder, might have happened within these walls at some point.

Well sure I might then, in Europe, where "not long ago" can refer to the 15th century.  In America, heck no.

Oh, I didn't read the "not too long ago" part.

But I think my answer would still be yes. Unless the house was located in a neighbourhood where crime and murders aren't uncommon, I think I wouldn't mind.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you move into a house/apartment, in which ... on: October 08, 2014, 11:00:22 am
I think so. The house I live in was built in the 15th-century so it's not unrealistic to assume that some unpleasant things, including murder, might have happened within these walls at some point.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Petition to get this to stop, please. on: October 06, 2014, 12:44:12 pm
Yes, please. Hey, I can also make a thread and say "I hired soldiers and now I'm the King of the Pacific" - how entertaining!

Seriously, the spamming of the fantasy election board we are seeing is just annoying. Please stop it.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Votes and elections in Switzerland on: October 06, 2014, 06:40:35 am
A graph to highlight the federal figures Georg Ebner posted:

Result of the gfs.bern survey (federal election in October 2015)



I'd take these percentages with a grain of salt, though. While the survey shows that the SVP may lose and the SP gain a point or two, the cantonal elections which have been held since the last federal election actually suggest the opposite. Now it's fair to say that different factors are at play in cantonal and federal elections but that's something which shouldn't be ignored. (With the exception of the prognosticated FDP share the figures given for the other parties, however, seem plausible.)

As has always been the case in the past few election cycles the April 2015 legislative election in the canton of Zurich should be a pretty reliable indicator of where the national mood really is; in 2011, for example, all of the established parties lost ground in Zurich whereas the more recently formed parties, BDP and GLP, were successful. Indeed, this was also true for the federal result a few months later. 
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Magnolia Tree Polls - October Presidential Election on: October 03, 2014, 10:35:27 am
I kind of feel sorry for Marokai, who is arguably among the strongest candidates Labor could possibly field. But considering the current circumstances and how toxic the Labor brand is he is our equivalent of McCain in the late stages of the 2008 campaign.

By the way, is there a photo somewhere which shows Marokai hugging DemPGH? Tongue
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Magnolia Tree Polls - SoEA Nominee on: October 02, 2014, 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.
9  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%.
10  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.
11  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.
12  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!
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: September 21, 2014, 03:52:20 am
ZuWo
Independent
California
14  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.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: July 22, 2014, 04:34:43 pm
ZuWo
Deregistered
16  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
17  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.
18  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.
19  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.
20  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!
21  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.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: Public Referenda- OPEN on: June 26, 2014, 08:45:55 am
Aye
23  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.
24  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.
25  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!
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