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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: June 2015 Federal Election - President, VP and Regional Senators on: June 21, 2015, 07:31:38 am

1. Dkrolga/JoMCaR

Mideast Senate:

1. Lumine
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast voting booth: Fix the Constitution Amendment on: June 12, 2015, 02:36:31 am
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: PiT for Southern Senate on: June 12, 2015, 01:49:56 am
Heartily endorsed! You'll represent the South well.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Deeply Disturbing on: May 22, 2015, 02:50:10 am
Oh dear ...
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Deeply Disturbing on: May 22, 2015, 02:47:51 am
Oh dear ...
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: International thread for shootings on: May 10, 2015, 07:40:15 am
5 fatalities. It appears that the gunman drove to the house of his parents-in-law having planned to shoot them. He also shot his brother-in-law who was there as well as a neighbor who tried to help. Afterwards he killed himself.
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: International thread for shootings on: May 10, 2015, 02:39:20 am
It has been reported that "several" people were found dead in Würenlingen, a village roughly 30 kilometres north-west of Zurich, last night. Apparently they were all shot. The police are going to inform the public about the circumstances of the shooting in a press conference in the afternoon.


8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Record-Courier Polls: May 2015 Mideast Gubernatorial Election on: May 02, 2015, 04:23:28 am
I'm not running for any office.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Electoral Reform Debate - Commentary Thread on: April 29, 2015, 03:35:35 am
It's both remarkable and fascinating to watch how eagerly Labor is throwing their own president and the key reform project of his administration under the bus.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor Madman Motley on: April 23, 2015, 02:44:47 am
Greetings, Governor. Congratulations on your elevation to the highest office in our region!

Your post says that very few Mideasterners, if any, are actually interested in serving as your Lt. Governor. Well, I'd be willing to serve in that position. However, if there is a less senior citizen who really wants the job I will gladly yield to them.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: No Heart of Stone Act on: April 23, 2015, 02:23:30 am
I think shua's concerns are valid. A more neutral title would reflect the purpose of this bill much more effectively. Why don't you name it something like this:

No "Right to Life Act"

No Right to Life Act

so as to make clear that the phrase "Right to Life" refers to the bill you're trying to get repealed.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: on election day 2004... on: April 22, 2015, 03:45:42 pm
Kerry. I watched the Swiss news on election night and they showed a very reputable pollster named John Zogby who predicted with a great deal of confidence that Kerry was going to win.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of DeadPrez on: April 22, 2015, 02:45:43 am
Possibly our dumbest poster

Don't you say this often about other posters?  Rather ballsy of you don't you think?

The poster you're addressing is 15 years old. That explains a thing or two.
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics on: April 21, 2015, 06:39:32 am
    I'm surprised that SVP is even really active in Ticino and Geneva, considering that I would think of it as a Swiss German movement. Is that not how it is perceived in Switzerland?

The main SVP strongholds are obviously in the rural and suburban areas of German-speaking Switzerland and nearly all of the party's leading politicians at the federal level are Swiss German. However, the Swiss People's Party, which is called Union démocratique du centre (UDC) in the French-speaking cantons, has been growing in the rest of Switzerland as well. In fact, the UDC received between 15% and 23% of the vote in every canton of Western Switzerland at the last federal election in 2011. Indeed, the political priorities of the party, i.e. a strong focus on national sovereignty and reduced immigration, are considered important issues by many people in the entire country.

As for the elections in Ticino things have remained remarkably stable. The executive branch still consists of two Lega members and one FDP, SP and CVP officeholder each.

The composition of the cantonal parliament hasn't changed a lot, either:

FDP - 26.3% (+1.6%), 24 seats (+1)
Lega - 24.2% (+1.4%), 22 (+1)

CVP - 18.6% (-1.9%), 17 (-2)
SP - 14.6% (-0.5%), 13 (-1)
GP - 6% (-1.6%), 6 (-1)

SVP - 5.8% (+0.3%), 5 (0)
Communist Party - 1.5% (+0.2%), 2 (+1)
Mountain Party - 1.2% (+0.4%), 1 (+1)
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics on: April 19, 2015, 04:46:10 am
Indeed, I was just going to make a new post. Wink

The people of Ticino elect 5 members of the Consiglio di Stato (executive branch of government) as well as 90 members of the Gran Consiglio (parliament) today.

Also, there are municipial elections in 45 communes in Geneva.

Both cantons stand out because there are major right-wing and economically populist parties that are actually more powerful than the Swiss People's Party (SVP). In Ticino the Lega die Ticinesi has a voter share of 23% while the SVP is a minor party with just 5.5%. In Geneva, the Mouvement citoyens genevois received almost 20% of the votes at the most recent cantonal elections in 2013 and the SVP only a little over 10.
Both Ticino and Geneva are considerably more left-wing on economic issues than Switzerland as a whole. At the same time, there is a non-negligible number of anti-immigration voters in both cantons.


16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Office of Senator HagridOfTheDeep—Flo for Governor! on: April 17, 2015, 02:35:45 pm
What makes you say that DeadPrez is merely a "puppet" and "chosen candidate" who is "fed bad lines" by Yankee"? I see a candidate who's put on an active campaign and offers the voters of the South a real choice for Governor, something this region has been sorely missing for a very long time.
17  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Muslims on refugee boat throw Christians overboard for being non-Muslims on: April 17, 2015, 09:40:56 am
Members of the European Parliament who support cutting back funding for rescue missions claim that this will actually save lives at the end of the day. Apparently human traffickers have used examples of successful European rescue missions in the Mediterranean as a "marketing tool" to attract even more refugees. I have no means of verifying that but I wouldn't put it past the human traffickers responsible for all the suffering we are seeing.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: NC Yankee for At-Large Senate HQ (Get Out And Vote!!!) on: April 17, 2015, 02:40:50 am
I like sassy Yankee! I hope you win.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2015 At-large Senate Election on: April 17, 2015, 02:13:57 am
1. Yankee
2. Cris
3. Poirot
4. Polnut
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia: March Presidential Aproval Ratings on: April 14, 2015, 04:36:58 am
He's been in office for more than a month now but I don't think we have seen enough to judge. The President should definitely do more in terms of interacting with the public and showing what his priorities are while in office.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Living with parents as an employed adult on: April 13, 2015, 01:05:24 pm
It can be a positive experience for both of you but you need to prepare your move well. Both you and your parents must realize that, even though you will live in the same household again, the old parent-child relationship does no longer exist. While this sounds like a platitude I have seen several examples of other people in their twenties who moved back to their parents' house and assumed their parents would spoil them like they used to when they were still kids. Show them that you are thankful that they offered you to come back and, in rerturn, help them with the housework and any other area where your assistance may be appreciated. Or perhaps you can discuss some type of financial compensation.
At the same time your parents will have to understand that you aren't a minor but that you can live your life independently from them. It's still their house so I think it's well within their rights to set up some very basic rules which makes living together easier for all of you.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Affirmative Consent in Post-Secondary Education Act - Political Tracker Polls on: April 13, 2015, 11:31:21 am
Thanks for making these polls, Lumine! They raise awareness about the kind of issues our Senators are focused on and they help citizens to form their own opinions - really useful.

As for the bill in question, disapprove. It's unworkable.
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics on: April 13, 2015, 04:25:21 am
Zurich, the largest Swiss canton with nearly 1.5 million inhabitants and therefore a good indicator of national trends, elected a new parliament (Kantonsrat) and government (Regierungsrat) yesterday. The outcome of the elections can only be described as a triumphant resurrection of the FDP and a disaster for the green movement.

Kantonsrat (legislative body, 180 seats)

SVP - 30% (2011: 29.6%), 54 seats (2011: 54)
SP - 19.7% (19.3%), 36 (35)
FDP - 17.3% (12.9%), 31 (23)

GLP - 7.6% (10.3%), 14 (19)
GP - 7.2% (10.6%), 13 (19)

CVP - 4.9% (4.9%), 9 (9)
EVP - 4.3% (3.8%), 8 (7)
AL - 3% (1.6%), 5 (3)
EDU - 2.7% (2.6%), 5 (5)
BDP - 2.6% (3.5%), 5 (6)

Balance of power

The right (SVP, FDP, EDU): 50% (45%), 90 (82)

The center (CVP, BDP, GLP, EVP): 19.4% (22.4%), 36 (41)

The left (SP, GP, AL): 29.9% (31.5%), 54 (57)

Regierungsrat (executive body, 7 members)  

Thomas Heiniger (FDP - incumbent), 150'557 votes (ELECTED)
Mario Fehr (SP - incumbent), 146'307 (ELECTED)
Ernst Stocker (SVP - incumbent), 145'205 (ELECTED)
Markus Kägi (SVP - incumbent), 136'563 (ELECTED)
Silvia Steiner (CVP), 118'477 (ELECTED)
Carmen Walker Späh (FDP), 116'058 (ELECTED)
Jacqueline Fehr (SP), 115'618 (ELECTED)
Martin Graf (GP - incumbent), 109'625 (not re-elected)

Balance of power

The right (SVP, FDP): 4 seats (2011: 4)

The center (CVP): 1 (0)

The left (SP, GP): 2 (3)

Overall turnout: 32.7% (Kantonsrat), 31.3% (Regierungsrat)

24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senate Speaker Windjammer (Update) on: April 12, 2015, 03:35:48 pm
No, I am actually shocked about some things that have been happening lately.

A few Senators and the President are more or less openly discouraging citizens from posting in Senate threads even when their contributions are useful. Now we have a Senate Speaker who attacks a private citizen for conducting polls on controversial bills. Both things would have been unheard of in Atlasia just a few months ago

Things are getting worse really quickly, and if there are officeholders who want to stifle participation in this game completely this is exactly what they need to do.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senate Speaker Windjammer (Update) on: April 12, 2015, 03:17:48 pm
By posting polls. I find it strange to see the number of threads created just about a bill. I really wonder why...

Are you serious? Posting polls on bills that have attracted a lot of attention and are debated vigorously by several members of the Senate is an attempt at deteriorating the political atmosphere in your book?

If Atlasians are no longer allowed to do that without being accused of harming the political discourse in the game, what else is there left to do in Atlasia?
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