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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of the Attorney General on: Today at 02:53:11 pm
The Department of Justice has taken note of the recent formation of militias in the Midwest and the Mideast. In my position as the Attorney General of Atlasia I am concerned about these developments. At the same time it must be noted that our Constitution explicitly mentions the right of Atlasian citizens to bear arms as well as the freedom of assembly. Therefore, there is currently no reason for the Department of Justice to proceed against leaders or members of those organizations. We are, however, monitoring the activities of the Nat Turner Brigade and the Mideast Matriot Militia and are ready to take legal action if members of those groups threaten to use or commit violence.

Finally, it is essential for all of us - officeholders and citizens alike - to respect and acknowledge that our republic is built on the foundation of democracy. Any attempts of individuals and groups of people to attack those who make public use of the fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression is an assault on the very foundation of our state.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People of the Republic of Atlasia vs. Midwest Governor LeBron FitzGerald on: Today at 02:18:12 pm
Frankly, I'm getting impatient too. After all, this is just a closing summary, and I think it should be in everyone's interest to conclude this trial as soon as possible.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of the Attorney General on: Today at 02:40:21 am
An official statement on the latest events concerning the "Civil Rigths Act of 2014" will follow shortly. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice urges everyone involved to exercise restraint and have confidence in the work of the federal and regional law enforcement authorities.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: I am entitled to the Presidency of Atlasia. on: January 27, 2015, 04:50:13 am
I voted for Snowstalker and Clarence in their respective races against Napoleon, fwiw.

When it came to Atlasia Hamilton/Napoleon was a sociopathic, manipulative, creepy, dishonest and abusive character almost from day one. Yet, many of our active players all across the political spectrum happily glossed over that and were eager to seek his friendship and support. 

For all the justified criticism the Federalist Party has had to face lately it must be noted that the Federalists expelled Hamilton/Napoleon from their party when he tried to join. The leaders of the Labor Party, however, didn't seem to have similar qualms when Hamilton/Napoleon knocked on their door and soon accepted him as one of their own - as their "comrade".
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Senator TNF, why? :( on: January 25, 2015, 03:23:40 pm
With all due respect, building a party around the principle of "consideration and consensus" appears terribly shallow. See the example of the Senate - "consideration and consensus" are very widespread among nearly all Senators, regardless of their partisan affiliation. Most bills are extremely left-wing, yes, but there are usually lengthy debates full of consideration and consensus-building.

If the coherent message of the People's Party is supposed to be something that 90% of Atlasia's citizens can subscribe to, fair enough.

TPP manages to rally around a set of policy points as well as a positive attitude/tone. It's something to be proud of, to be sure.

What policy points are written in a party's platform and what the individual members of said party actually stand for can often be very different. Perhaps I'm biased, perhaps I'm too dumb to grasp the underlying concept, but to me TPP means "whatever you want it to be". Don't get me wrong, I have a high opinion of most TPPers and would vote for them under certain circumstances but when I read "TPP" I instantly think "generally left of center but right-wingers and Trotskyists are welcome too". That, to me, sounds like the description of a social club rather than a party with a coherent message. But whatever, if that's what's trendy these days ... Wink
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Senator TNF, why? :( on: January 25, 2015, 12:51:28 pm
With all due respect, building a party around the principle of "consideration and consensus" appears terribly shallow. See the example of the Senate - "consideration and consensus" are very widespread among nearly all Senators, regardless of their partisan affiliation. Most bills are extremely left-wing, yes, but there are usually lengthy debates full of consideration and consensus-building.

If the coherent message of the People's Party is supposed to be something that 90% of Atlasia's citizens can subscribe to, fair enough.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Senator TNF, why? :( on: January 25, 2015, 11:07:43 am
The point JoMCaR makes is hardly controversial but it applies to all major parties (except maybe the D-R's, who genuinely seem to be a united front), not just Labor.

Among the Federalists there is the obvious divide between social conservatives and those who emphasize their libertarian leanings. Economic and regional issues are still the main reasons why this coalition has been remarkably stable so far. However, it's still hard to see what the party as a whole stands far, especially when it comes to the federal level.

The People's Party is so extremely broad that it's surprising the party hasn't been ripped apart yet. Apparently no one considers it questionable to have a conservative regional executive in the Pacific and to run a candidate for Northeast Senate whose proposals even make socialists blush. Since most of its members are highly popular individuals the party doesn't suffer from its complete lack of a coherent ideology, though.
 
Finally, it would be silly to argue there isn't any kind of ideological divide within Labor. Clearly, there is a sizable number of unapologetic socialists on the one hand and more pragmatic social-democrats on the other hand. Members of the former group seem to be the ideological pacemakers, while the latter often content themselves with working to moderate the proposals put forward by the first group.

The Northeast Senate race sums up all of this very neatly; there is a Labor candidate who's probably very close ideologically to most TPP members, and there's the TPP candidate who fits in very nicely with the far left of the Labor Party. Yet, the leaders of each party immediately endorsed their own candidate, which shows this race is about party politics rather than ideology. Conservatives and centrists in the Northeast once more have the choice between voting for one of their own, abstaining or picking who they regard as the lesser evil. 
 
To cut a long story short, for most players being a member of a major party is still primarily a matter of picking a certain side and cheering for it (almost) no matter what - questions of ideology are secondary. Atlasia never changes!
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Spiral for Mideast Senate on: January 23, 2015, 11:03:04 am
I'm no longer a citizen of the Mideast but I'm offering you my endorsement. I hope conservatives, libertarians and centrists in your region will unite behind your candidacy!
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: BIOPOLITICS with Foucaulf - Exposing the Midwest on: January 23, 2015, 11:01:39 am
You have my cross-regional endorsement as well!
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris Survey - If I say... (RESULTS) on: January 21, 2015, 09:09:46 am
Great job, Cris!  That's one of the most entertaining Atlasian polls I have ever seen (but I must admit its sheer length deterred me from answering it). Cheesy
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People of the Republic of Atlasia vs. Midwest Governor LeBron FitzGerald on: January 20, 2015, 04:11:25 pm
Several of us have spent the last weeks debating whether Governor LeBron FitzGerald did or did not contact voters of his region with disinformation about the election process, which is explicitly mentioned as a crime against Atlasia in the Re-Consolidated Criminal Justice Act, during last year's gubernatorial recall election in the Midwest.

I am convinced that the evidence the prosecution has presented undeniably shows that the Midwest Governor is guilty of that crime. Indeed, two chatlogs were presented, the first of which highlights that the Governor attempted to mislead Midwest citizen Gustaf by alerting him of an alleged mistake in his ballot, which, if Gustaf had tried to correct his "error", would have invalidated his vote. As has been pointed out, the "error" the Governor referred to was a negligible aspect concerning the layout of Gustaf's ballot that is very widespread in Atlasian voting booths and has never rendered a vote invalid. The second chatlog then suggests that the Governor, when confronted with the first chatlog, admits his guilt by saying that he made an error.

The defense, opting not to respond to the first part of the argument I outlined in the previous paragraph, has claimed that Governor LeBron FitzGerald was impersonated by an anonymous Atlasian citizen and was not responsible for the content of the chatlogs. However, this assertion was disproven when witness Bacon King testified under oath that the IRC host address of the person posting as "LeBronFitzGerald" clearly identified that person as the Midwest Governor. I was able to confirm that Bacon King sent me all the evidence including the Governor's IRC host address the same night the two chatlogs were created. Indeed, to doubt his testimony is tantamount to insinuate that Bacon King committed perjury and that I, the Attorney General, may have given false testimony as well. Importantly, the manner in which the witness chose to present the information he obtained, i.e. whether it was presented as part of a personal message or a screenshot, is ultimately irrelevant to the quality of the evidence.

I conclude my summary by thanking Justice Oakvale, Attorney Windjammer, the witnesses and the members of the jury for their time and attention.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People of the Republic of Atlasia vs. Midwest Governor LeBron FitzGerald on: January 20, 2015, 02:43:29 pm
Mr. Attorney, while you didn't explicitly state that Bacon King (and myself, the Attorney General) lied to the Court when it was revealed that the Midwest Governor posted from the above-mentioned IRC host address during the chats, this is the only plausible explanation as to why the witness's testimony under oath should be dismissed.

And frankly, I don't see what we and the Court gain from making Bacon King answer your latest question and those questions that are likely to follow; I see the point you are going to try to make, which is that because Bacon King made a mistake nearly two years ago he must be an unreliable witness, but I consider this line of questioning to be frivolous and irrelevant.

I apologize to the Court for speaking up but I thought it was necessary. This is all I have to say for now.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People of the Republic of Atlasia vs. Midwest Governor LeBron FitzGerald on: January 20, 2015, 01:55:43 pm
In other words, the argument of the defense hinges on the assumption that witness Bacon King (and possibly the Attorney General himself) committed perjury because the IRC host address that was posted is undeniably LeBron FitzGerald's.

Sorry if I say this prematurely but, in my humble opinion, unless there are new questions which don't simply make Bacon King repeat the exact same thing over and over again I think we are ready to enter the next stage of the trial.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: cinyc for Northeast Senate on: January 20, 2015, 10:55:33 am
Endorsed! Atlasia would benefit from having a true independent in the Senate.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Hmmm..... on: January 20, 2015, 05:23:12 am
I concur with those who have expressed their disgust with what has happened in the Northeast during the last few weeks. I have been part of Atlasia for a long time and have seen a lot but the witch hunt that was waged against Rep. Winfield is a new low.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of the Attorney General on: January 19, 2015, 10:30:38 am
Two court cases involving the office of the Attorney General are still pending:

Roe v. Attorney General ZuWo

People of the Republic of Atlasia v. Midwest Governor LeBron FitzGerald
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People of the Republic of Atlasia vs. Midwest Governor LeBron FitzGerald on: January 18, 2015, 04:29:27 am
I can confirm that Bacon King sent me the PM on December 4. The insinuation that he simply looked up the Governor's IRC host address a few days ago for the purpose of this trial and, in other words, has committed perjury, is moot; he hasn't.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the rebanning of Libertas on: January 17, 2015, 06:30:44 am
He was given a second chance when he was allowed to return but ended up being a spammer who made almost every post about himself and his attention-whoring. I wasn't around when he got banned for the first time, but from what I have heard his behavior didn't seem to have changed at all. He also sent a creepy PM to at least one moderator so I fully understand and support the rebanning.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People of the Republic of Atlasia vs. Midwest Governor LeBron FitzGerald on: January 17, 2015, 05:53:47 am
Thank you, Bacon King.

While it is generally possible to impersonate other users of the Atlas Forum on the IRC, this has not been the case in the chatlogs in question. Based on the evidence we have seen we can say with near-absolute certainty that the person posting as "LeBronFitzGerald" was, in fact, the Midwest Governor.

My second and probably last witness is Gustaf, the Midwest citizen and voter who was approached by Governor LeBron FitzGerald. I want to ask him if he could verify that the person posting as "Gustaf" in the first chatlog was actually him.
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Do child poors get birthday parties? on: January 16, 2015, 04:54:43 am
Sometimes the Atlas Forum is like Mitt Romney minus the money.
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics on: January 16, 2015, 04:32:01 am
I wonder how this will affect the election.

I guess that's impossible to say at this point. The SNB is politically independent. While its headquarter is literally next door to the Bundeshaus (Federal Palace) no one, not even high-ranking members of the Swiss government, knew of the SNB's decsion in advance. That's why it's going to be hard for any party to put a particular political spin on yesterday's events.
Also, since it could take a while until all of this has a tangible impact on the economy the October election may actually be too early to judge.

On a positive note, it's now possible again to get euros from all cash machines. However, some shops are currently refusing to accept euros.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Pacific Voting Booth: Recall Amendment on: January 15, 2015, 12:38:28 pm
Nay
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics on: January 15, 2015, 10:09:15 am
The only bright spot about today's news from a consumer perspective is that it makes it a lot more attractive to buy euros. Indeed, that's what I actually wanted to do later today or tomorrow but according to the latest news a few banks have already started to make it impossible - at least temporarily - to withdraw euros from their cash machines.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics on: January 15, 2015, 10:02:47 am
Today's announcement of the National Bank of Switzerland (SNB) to end its efforts to stabilize the exchange rate between the Euro and the Swiss Franc at a ratio of 1 to 1.20 has sent shockwaves through the country. The Swiss stock market (SMI) has plummeted and fell by about 10%, and both the Euro and the US Dollar have lost a considerable share of their value in relation to the Swiss Franc; 1 Euro now has the value of approximately 1 Swiss Franc, and 1 Dollar is worth just 88 Rappen.

The SNB implemented their policy to stabilize the Euro-Swiss Franc exchange rate in 2011 in order to save the Swiss export industry from becoming uncompetitive in the European markets. It was clear that the measure would have to be lifted at some point but today's move by the SNB caught everyone by surprise. Analysts now fear that Switzerland's growth will suffer as a consequence of todays' decision or that we could even experience a recession in the short term.

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/swiss-national-bank-scraps-exchange-rate-ceiling/41217364
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Good Post Gallery II on: January 15, 2015, 06:58:40 am
Alcon, people hold troubling views around the world, many times due to their religion, but what I don't get is why are we talking specifically about muslims?

I'm sorry, I don't mean this to sound dickish, but exactly how do you, and so many other people, not grasp the distinction? People talk "specifically" about muslims because there is no comparable religious/political ideology in terms of sheer scope and scale that influences people across the world to justify the subjugation women, gays, and other religious or social groups as much as Islam. "But what about the Christians" is a stupid comparison. Majorities of European and American Christians do not support the death penalty for leaving the religion. Or for virtually any other sin that isn't murder. (Hell, and even then..) Even the "But, Africa!" deflection fails in this regard. Christians, to the degree of Muslims throughout the world, do not support the utter repression of female rights and autonomy, nor to anywhere near the violent degree that they have been held back.

Whenever people defend Islam from these criticisms you keep acting like Islam exists in this fictional scenario where its followers are equally as bigoted or enlightened as any other given religion around the world and are unfairly singled out; this simply isn't reality. They are especially focused on because Islamic society and mainstream Islamic thought for even purported "moderate" countries are especially violent and repressive relative to nearly anywhere else. There is absolutely no denying this. There has been absolute evil carried out in the name of all sorts of religions and ideologies, and I would absolutely criticize those too, but we live in the present.

Look, I don't believe in racial profiling, I think there's absolutely an unfortunate strain of anti-Muslim bigotry that has been born from all of this and we shouldn't give quarter to those people, and I have no reason to feel personally threatened by Muslims I would meet in my life. But we as people who support liberal principles need to stop deluding ourselves about the dangerous beliefs that are being fostered in that religion, and in those societies, and from those governments, and we need to get real about one major thing in particular: These views are not rare, radical sentiments only shared by the fringes of Muslim society. They are frighteningly common relative to nearly any other major religion on the planet right now, and they are dangerous.

To handwave away the repugnant views of these majorities of people by saying "well, they go about the rest of their day living like normal human beings" is absurd. Many terrorists have gone through their lives living completely normal day-to-day, everyone around the oblivious to what was really going on in their heads until the moment something horrific happened; and we're just talking about situations that pop up in the Western world, not the actual theocratic societies that may as well be making these outcomes an inevitability themselves. There is absolutely a huge difference between fundamentalist Islam and violent individual Muslims who end up terrorists, but the difference between fundamentalist Christianity and fundamentalist Islam is that the latter is several orders of magnitude more common, and unlike the former, several orders of magnitude more difficult to criticize because people are afraid it might seem racist to not confront it as they are minorities in our societies, and any criticism of minorities is abhorrent to social justice activists. (Sorry that the co-writer behind Feminist Frequency is turning out to be a crank, traininthedistance.)
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