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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: 2014 October Presidential elections, political winner on: October 30, 2014, 10:02:41 am
Due to the Federalist Party being basically defunct, a flawed TPP candidacy in the Northeast and a strong showing by Windjammer Labor is obviously the winner when it comes to the Senate election.
However, since this poll seems to be explicitly about the election for president there's no way Labor can be said to have won - but neither can the Federalists. Lumine didn't win because he is a Federalist, but because his candidacy appealed to many Atlasians all across the political spectrum. 
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Begich about Murkowski: "She didn't like the photo" on: October 28, 2014, 10:39:03 am
For the record I think Murkowski is on shaky ground when she complains about Begich using her picture. She's a senator and therefore there is nothing objectionable about the fact that photos of her are used in campaign ads.
I also don't think Begich's remark, which he apparently made in jest, is sexist. What I'm suggesting, however, is that similar comments by, say, Mitch McConnell would have provoked entirely different reactions. It's actually not too hard to spin such a remark in a way that says "patronizing male senator claims that a female officeholder's main concern is her looks in campaign ads", hence the potential sexism accusation.     
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Begich about Murkowski: "She didn't like the photo" on: October 28, 2014, 05:27:29 am
http://www.politico.com/story/2014/10/lisa-murkowski-mark-begich-alaska-112230.html

Sen. Begich used Murkowski's picture in campaign ads and dismissed her complaints saying "she didn't like the photo". Murkowski shot back and said "that to me is offensive" and "no means no".

Too bad Begich is a Democrat and not a Republican incumbent. I'm sure we would have seen plenty of accusations of sexism otherwise. Wink
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: GRIFFGRAPH ELECTION CENTER on: October 26, 2014, 02:56:44 am
Windjammer is this game's most brilliant chessmaster

Yes, but so appears to be Sawx. Just as Windjammer did in the Mideast with the prevalent anti-Federalist sentiment, Sawx rode the anti-Labor wave in the Northeast to perfection. His final margin may be inflated somewhat by people who vote late and, after having been undecided throughout the entire campaign, now prefer to side with the winner and vote for him as well. But that doesn't take away from the fact that Sawx's campaign was by and large tailor-made for the Northeast electorate, regardless of whether you like its contents or not.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: GRIFFGRAPH ELECTION CENTER on: October 25, 2014, 09:22:13 am
Windjammer has probably hit his ceiling in the Mideast. I'd be amazed if he actually won.

Windjammer is turning out his voters very well, no doubt, and can only be applauded for that.
 
I'm no longer a Mideast citizen so the outcome of this race doesn't really affect me but I admit it is painful to see how this election is unfolding. I have been directly involved in several regional elections with high turnout and what is being presented to us right now is a chapter of the textbook titled "What to do to make sure Labor wins a pretty safe conservative/libertarian seat".

I could elaborate on that in detail but I guess anyone who looks at the current vote tally and the flow of preferences can easily notice what's going wrong in such a fundamental way.

Waaaaaaaaaaaa.

Where was this complaining when the Federalist Reich profitted greatly from the massive inactivity that plagued the region?  Or are you just mad now that voters are now actually getting involved with the process they are turning out in larger numbers?

I admit, I certainly could do more to help the activity problem (so far my activity has been a bit disappointing Sad) but let's not act like you guys are asking for this.  The Mideast Federalist Party has quickly become a joke, as you can tell with them supporting fascists in the regional legislature, trying to declare themselves in control of said legislature even though they were strongly rebuked last election, and now Democratic Republicans refusing to bow down and play second fiddle to what is clearly a reactionary authoritarian party.

I cannot speak for many others, but in this election I voted against the years of Federalist representation, not for Labor.

Just remember, you deserved this.

I'm not quite sure what you're getting at. I'm simply criticizing the center-right in the Mideast for blowing an easily winnable election. I don't know whether the reason for the current state of affairs is a lack of an organized GOTV effort on the right or personal reasons, but it has always been common sense in the Mideast that the center-right only wins if conservatives and libertarians work together. This is clearly not happening at the moment as many votes right of the center are split and wasted but that's obviously not the left's fault.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: GRIFFGRAPH ELECTION CENTER on: October 25, 2014, 03:52:25 am
Windjammer has probably hit his ceiling in the Mideast. I'd be amazed if he actually won.

Windjammer is turning out his voters very well, no doubt, and can only be applauded for that.
 
I'm no longer a Mideast citizen so the outcome of this race doesn't really affect me but I admit it is painful to see how this election is unfolding. I have been directly involved in several regional elections with high turnout and what is being presented to us right now is a chapter of the textbook titled "What to do to make sure Labor wins a pretty safe conservative/libertarian seat".

I could elaborate on that in detail but I guess anyone who looks at the current vote tally and the flow of preferences can easily notice what's going wrong in such a fundamental way.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: October 2014 General Election - President and Regional Senators on: October 24, 2014, 12:46:58 pm
President/Vice President:

1. Poirot/Shua
2. Lumine/SJoyce
3. Write-in: Marokai/NC Yankee

Pacific Senate:

1. Write-in: Never
2. Cranberry
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: GRIFFGRAPH ELECTION CENTER on: October 24, 2014, 10:13:45 am
windjammer clearly has the edge in the Mideast. Looking at the way Federalists and D-R voters have cast their ballots so far I must say I'm completely flabbergasted. You can't help but get the impression they are deliberately handing over that seat to Labor!
9  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
10  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).
11  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.
12  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.
13  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.
14  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. 
15  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
16  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.
17  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%.
18  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.
19  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.
20  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!
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: September 21, 2014, 03:52:20 am
ZuWo
Independent
California
22  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.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: July 22, 2014, 04:34:43 pm
ZuWo
Deregistered
24  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
25  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.
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