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1  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Worst Relationships between Heads of Friendly or Allied Countries on: March 24, 2015, 01:40:30 pm
It would be a stretch to call it one of the worst but it is no secret that the relationship between Kohl and Thatcher wasn't brilliant, to put it mildly.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: Reintroducing the Efficient Referenda Amendment on: March 24, 2015, 04:10:42 am
Nay
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: March 2015 Elections on: March 21, 2015, 09:25:12 am
1. JCL
2. shua
3. Hatman
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Welcome, Federalists and Atlasians, to Middle Class Monday!!! on: March 10, 2015, 01:42:56 am
X ZuWo
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Bore must go on: March 07, 2015, 01:56:09 pm
Well, with hindsight we can say it would have made more sense to elect bore/random TPP placeholder ...
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Oval Office (Lumine/SJoyce Administration) (Au Revoir!) on: March 06, 2015, 02:19:34 am
Thank you for the Gold Star, Mr. President. That's a tremenous honor!

You can be proud of your work. You have been subject to a lot of unfair criticism but the large majority of active players has always supported you and you have been an exceptionally popular president.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics on: March 01, 2015, 11:50:53 am
Looking at the way political processes work it would be a stretch to say there's going to be a referendum on gay marriage soon, it's probably going to be a matter of a few years. I guess both chambers of parliament will approve of the proposal, though the yes majority in the Council of States can be expected to be a lot smaller since the less populated and more conservative cantons have more seats there compared to the National Council. After that, certain groups within the SVP, CVP as well as the smaller conservative parties will likely gather signatures to get a federal referendum on the issue.

Civil unions for homosexual couple have already been in place for ten years and as most surveys are showing the idea that two men or two women should be able to enter a relationship recognized by the state is not controversial. The question whether or not they should also be allowed to adopt children is much more disputed, however, and since the issues of gay marriage and adoption rights are closely related the outcome of the potential referendum might be closer than the polls seem to be suggesting at this point.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: In general (not just dating), do nice guys finish last? on: March 01, 2015, 06:39:55 am
No. Being nice helps you a lot provided you know what you want and dare to say no now and then.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia: February Cabinet Approval Ratings on: February 28, 2015, 05:21:36 am
I thank Nix and Oakvale for their kind words!

To be honest, however, I don't think I did an exceptional job in any way. My main priority was to take the office seriously and fulfill its basic functions, nothing more. I guess that this is viewed as worthy of praise says more about the way the AG position has been handled by some of my predecessors than about the quality of my work. In fact, I should have paid more attention to legislative matters pertaining to the Justice Department but as I have less time for Atlasia now and was completely swamped with court cases I simply couldn't do that. We should also mention all the behind-the-scenes work rpryor has done. He's been doing all the wiki updates and I'm very grateful. I hope my successor will be able to rely on a similarly diligent Deputy Attorney General.

So, to cut a long story short I'm not going to re-apply for the position. With bore, the Atlasian voters have elected a Labor President, and since I've been under heavy fire from the Labor Politburo from day one I think it would be only fair if someone closely affiliated with the inner circles of the Labor Party got the opportunity to show they can do a better job.   
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia: February Presidential Approval Rating on: February 27, 2015, 03:44:27 pm
Strongly approve.

Lumine has restored stability and shown a great deal of competence on various issues. As someone who's really worn out at the end of this term I can't blame him for being tired after four months of relentless and typically unjustifiable attacks.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does this forum have a tendency to feign outrage over trivial things? on: February 26, 2015, 11:51:51 am
Yes, I think so. I have been reading posts on this forum for four years now and I'm still baffled when I see that most users don't seem to mind abrasive or downright rude attacks and insults on other posters while being fixated on and taking offense at very minor things.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of the Attorney General on: February 26, 2015, 10:12:50 am
We are delighted to report that the treasurer of Atlasia's Patriotic Militia has been arrested by FBI agents. Federal law enforcement authorities will continue to do everything in their power to apprehend everybody else who has been involved in the most recent wave of terrorism on Atlasian soil.

PMA Treasurer Arrested

(Pierre, SD) - Acting on a tip, the FBI agents arrested Norman Blythe, identified as the Patriotic Militia of Atlasia's treasurer and overall third-in-command. He was apprehended in a motel in rural South Dakota.

Blythe, a longtime friend of the group founder, Rowan Cotton (now incarcerated) and a fellow Alabama native, was among the PMA's founders. 

Authorities are still unable to identify remaining top two leaders.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: February 2015 Presidential and Regional Senate Elections on: February 22, 2015, 03:42:16 pm
President:

1. JCL
2. Maxwell
3. bore

Mideast Senate:

1. Spiral
2. windjammer
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: No More Witchhunts Act (Debating) on: February 22, 2015, 03:39:57 pm
This doesn't make a lot of sense. We need to give both the prosecution and the defense a chance to present all of their arguments in order to make it possible for the Court to decide whether the case in question is of merit or frivolous.

But if you want to go ahead and pass this at least make sure the title of the bill is amended. To suggest that there have been any "witchhunts" is quite ridiculous and below the dignity of this body.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Vote Windjammer for Mideast Senate! (Victoire!) on: February 22, 2015, 06:00:22 am
Just to make it clear, my previous post is not solely directed at Windjammer. While it's true that the candidates in the Mideast haven't been very visible in public, the same can be said about several other races. The IDS Senate race strikes me as another prominent example, though to be fair at least Yankee has tried quite a few things during the last days. Also, the NE Senate race didn't turn out to be exciting but it's good to see the candidate with the best activity record is on track to win. Finally, I haven't been thrilled by the effort the incoming vice president has put into his campaign, either.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Vote Windjammer for Mideast Senate! (Victoire!) on: February 22, 2015, 03:17:35 am
Yes, with a few notable exceptions this has been a particularly awful election cycle when it comes to candidate activity. Unfortunately, that's only logical - elections are decided by zombies, not by those who actually pay attention. That's why it's a lot more effective to send out dozens of specifically tailored PMs. You still need the vote of this libertarian-leaning zombie? No problem, tell him you voted for a few drug liberalization bills and don't say you're a hawk. The economically left-wing independent may be a swing voter too? Emphasize your pro-union views and exaggerate a little. Probably no one's going to do a fact-check because it's a PM!

Almost everyone does that but some simply have more time and skills. At any rate, it's bad for the game when private campaigns almost completely replace public campaigns.
17  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Maduro Confirms Arrest of Caracas Mayor for Coup Plotting on: February 21, 2015, 04:06:44 pm
Let's wait for the Jacobin's take on this before we prematurely condemn Maduro.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor TDAS04/Lieutenant Governor MadmanMotley (leave of absence) on: February 21, 2015, 06:49:42 am
Hold on for a moment. According to the Mideast Constitution the Lt. Governor can only act in the capacity of the Governor if the Assembly votes to install him as the Acting Governor. In other words, the Lt. Governor can only sign bills and perform other gubernatorial duties after having been confirmed as the Acting Governor by the members of the Assembly.

That's not terribly important in the current situation because the bill in question becomes law after seven days anyway if the Governor doesn't veto it but we should keep that in mind for future reference.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Record Courier: Live Coverage of the Feb. '15 Elections on: February 21, 2015, 05:27:42 am
TNF will win by about two or three votes.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Roe v. Attorney General ZuWo on: February 20, 2015, 05:06:47 pm
I thank the Court for its very detailed ruling and kind remarks directed at me. I, too, have appreciated working with the Justices of the Supreme Court, who at all times have shown their impartiality.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: JCL/Devin for Atlasia Town Hall on: February 20, 2015, 01:33:21 pm
Let's bash JCL. How very brave!
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Record Courier: Live Coverage of the Feb. '15 Elections on: February 20, 2015, 03:36:28 am
Talleyrand and Windjammer have it in the bag. The latter will receive around 25 votes (+/- 10%).
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of the Attorney General on: February 19, 2015, 04:47:11 pm
There have been renewed calls on the office of the Attorney General to prosecute SirNick for having deleted various threads concerning Northeast Assembly affairs and his tenure as GM of Atlasia. While this behavior is clearly unacceptable, I must reiterate that there is no legal basis for the Department of Justice to take action against deregistered users; those who are no longer on the Atlasian voter rolls cannot be prosecuted.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Is there any reason why the President has yet to resign? on: February 17, 2015, 03:50:28 am
As a general rule - and in this case it's directed at the poster who created this thread - if people overwhelmingly have negative feelings towards Atlasia and their posts reflect that it may be time for them to rethink their presence in the game. Deregistering temporarily can work wonders.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlasian Fair Courts Alliance on: February 16, 2015, 02:35:08 pm
I support this. It's high time we, the people, organized against the political witch hunts and frivolous lawsuits that are clogging our courts.

I've won all the cases I put before the court. Deal with it.

Actually, you haven't, because you've been barraging the court with so many that there are still two pending cases at the moment.

Read my post again and try to stick to the facts for a change. I have personally submitted three cases to the court, and I've won all of them.
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