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1551  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: April 28, 2013, 02:21:49 pm
Maybe we could do Atlas elections on Survey Monkey Wink

Not a bad idea in principle. Wink But the general problem with off-site election is the question of how we can make sure that only people who are registered in Atlasia cast a ballot.
1552  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Drj101 on: April 28, 2013, 02:19:38 pm
Entertaining, to say the least.
1553  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: TNF for Mideast Assembly on: April 28, 2013, 11:02:37 am
16 years vote: I would also oppose this. People that are 18 years old have no idea about politics, and that's even more common in 16 year old kids. They would be too easy to manipulate.

We should also keep in mind that the minimum voting age in Atlasia is way below 16 already. Tongue
1554  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: April 28, 2013, 06:50:37 am
On the Question of a Secret Ballot

Candidate for Mideast Assembly a Person has asked Clinton1996/Siren about their stance on introducing a secret ballot (to read the question and Siren's answer click here), and I would like to offer my thoughts on this question as well.

My personal opinion on this issue is that we should pursue the idea of introducing a secret ballot and consider all options that are available.

Indeed, I believe it would make our game more democratic if ballots were not cast publicly. Voters could cast their ballots for the candidates of their choice without having to fear negative consequences of any sort. I am convinced that Atlasian elections would be much less partisan and more peaceful with a secret ballot system. Additionally, we would no longer have to see elections where people campaign for the invalidation of votes or put others under pressure to vote a certain way. All in all, I absolutely think that the game would become more fair with a secret ballot system.
It seems evident, however, that in order to establish a secret ballot system we need a method which is 100% safe and trustworthy. Is that difficult to achieve? Yes. Is it impossible? No, I don't think so.

I can think of two ways in which we could establish a secret ballot system.

1. Off-site elections.
2. A system whereby each Atlasian voter receives a secret code by the SoFE, then sends his/her vote to the SoFE and the SoFE publishes the code and the respective vote in a special thread. This way, voters can verify that their vote has been counted but no one (with the exception of the SoFE) can see how a certain person has voted.

I am leaning towards the second idea, but I am aware that a new and revolutionary system like this requires careful consideration. If there are questions, comments or additional ideas I will be glad to answer and discuss them. Smiley
1555  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: April 28, 2013, 04:37:38 am
To address the question that was asked in Russian (I suppose):

Yes, I like kitties if that's what you want to know. Perhaps not to the same extent as you do, but I still think they are cute. Wink

Unless 'kitty' is some kind of new slang word for 'asexual trans victimologist', I don't think you're answering his question. Wink

I refuse to use "Google Translate" in an Atlasia-related context, so you might very well be right. Wink
1556  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: April 28, 2013, 03:57:28 am
To address the question that was asked in Russian (I suppose):

Yes, I like kitties if that's what you want to know. Perhaps not to the same extent as you do, but I still think they are cute. Wink

Endorsed! You were an excellent governor last time and I can think of no one better to retake the reins once Governor Tmthforu retires!

I'd also like to point out how exceptional it is that both members of your ticket have been major-party presidential candidates. That is some formidable experience indeed.

Thank you, TJ. With the judicial branch on our side nothing can stop us. Tongue
1557  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Tmthforu94-Gass3268 High Speed Rail Act of 2013 (Debating) on: April 27, 2013, 01:55:55 pm
That is part of the reason why the original legislation only included the one line, but everyone else wanted more regional diversity in who would get served. I would be fine with just having the Chicago > Fort Wayne > Toledo > Cleveland line and the offshoot to Detroit. This would cost 20.1012 billion. We could construct the other lines at another point. I would like to know the opinions of the other legislators and the Governor. 

Having seen the GM's cost estimates, I think your initial idea was not too bad. We should aim to build all of these railway lines at some point in the not too distant future but it seems obvious that we cannot tackle all of them at the same time. $20 billion is a very large sum for our budget.
1558  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Amendment to Article 1, Section 4 of the Mideast Constitution (Debating) on: April 27, 2013, 01:39:22 pm
Great amendment. Why not just say every page listed on the Mideast index, though?

Yes, the points I listed are exactly those that are on the Mideast index. The reason why I listed every single of these pages was that I wanted to be as specific as possible. But it's no big deal to me - if the Assembly wants to amend it to "index" I can accept that.

A fantastic idea! I agree with the Governor, we should include every page on the Mideast Index. I personally believe that private citizens should be included as well, I've seen individuals with mistaken info (a person was listed as being a former Assemblyman, I think), and others that have done a lot for the region, but their history goes only to 2011 in the Wiki.

I thought about whether we should require the Governor and Lt. Governor to update the pages of all regional citizens but I eventually came to the conclusion that this would be too big of a burden. As long as the Governor/Lt. Governor only had to update the most basic information for each citizen, i.e. name, party affiliation and whether that citizen holds an office or not, I wouldn't see a big problem. However, it becomes tricker when we take into account that the constitution states that the Wiki has to be updated for all "legislation and occurrences". Does that mean, for example, that the Governor/Lt. Governor should have to update a citizen's page for every election in which that person has participated?
All in all, I think it's easier if we don't formally require the Governor and his Lieutenant Governor to update the pages of all private citizens but leave it up to their discretion instead.
1559  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: June 2013 Presidential Poll - Federalist on: April 27, 2013, 12:09:52 am
Hagrid's "the man". No surprise. But please let's forget this poll. It's embarrassing. Wink
1560  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Mideast Speed Limits Act (Final Vote) on: April 26, 2013, 11:58:16 pm
aye
1561  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: April 26, 2013, 03:37:22 pm
List of endorsements (in chronological order)

Speaker of the Mideast Assembly Inks
Senator (and soon-to-be President? Tongue) Clarence
Former Pacific Governor and Senator Spamage
Senator and soon-to-be SoIA Matt from VT
Senator HagridoftheDeep
Supersonic
Former Northeast Governor Winfield
Former Mideast Assemblyman JCL
Former Mideast Assemblyman Oldiesfreak1854
Northeast Representative Goldwater
President Marokai Blue
Mideast Assemblyman Lumine von Reuental
Senator X
Former Senator and Superior Court Judge TJ in Cleve/Wisco
Former Pacific Governor and Senator Oakvale
1562  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator X on: April 26, 2013, 03:26:06 pm
I'd like to give a special thanks to you for introducing this piece of legislation:

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The Regional Exemption Act of 2013

1. Any region's Governor may, upon receiving majority support in the regional legislature for such an action, request a full exemption for their region from F.L. 23-5, F.L. 46.11, or F.L. 31.10
2. If a region's Governor makes such a request and the request receives a majority in the regional legislature, their region shall receive a permanent exemption from the law or laws effective immediately upon the issuance of the request.
3. Nothing in this bill shall be taken as an endorsement or any other form of support for the concept of nullification.  The bill shall instead provide a federal framework for regions to op-out of the aforementioned laws.

I think that the question of what drugs should be legal or not is best handled at the regional level, so I am glad we are on the same page. Smiley
1563  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A-Bob Research Center: Mideast Political Demographics&Gubernatorial Survey 3 on: April 26, 2013, 08:37:57 am
4. Election for Mideast Governor: Have you made up your mind about your first preference vote?

"I'm definitely going to cast my first preference for Gass3268." - 2 voters (13.33%)
"I'm definitely going to cast my first preference for Clinton1996." - 6 voters (40%)
"I'm leaning towards casting my first preference for Clinton1996." - 2 voters (13.33%)
"I'm definitely going to cast my first preference for ZuWo." - 3 voters (20%)
"I'm leaning towards casting my first preference for ZuWo." - 1 voter (6.67%)
"I'm completely undecided." - 1 voter (6.67%)

5. In general, how do you intend to vote?

14 respondents (100%)

"(1) Gass3268/ (2) Clinton1996" - 1 voter (7.14%)
"(1) Gass3268/ (2) ZuWo - 1 voter (7.14%)
"(1) Clinton1996/ (2) Gass3268" - 5 voters (35.71%)
"(1) Clinton1996/ (2) ZuWo" - 3 voters (21.43%)
"(1) ZuWo/ (2) Clinton1996" - 3 voters (21.43%)
"(1) ZuWo/ (2) Gass3268" - 1 voter (7.14%)

6. Where would you place yourself on the following political spectrum?

Far right - 2 voters (13.33%)
Center right - 3 voters (20%)
Centrist - 1 voter (6.67%)
Center left - 7 voters (46.67%)
Far left - 2 voters (13.33%)



All in all, solid results for Clinton1996, who continues to lead in the race for Governor. It seems, however, that center-right and far-right voters are undersampled.
1564  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A-Bob Research Center: Mideast Political Demographics&Gubernatorial Survey 3 on: April 26, 2013, 08:27:53 am
My call for additionall survey participants hasn't had any effect, so I'm going to post the full results now:

15 respondents (100%)

1. What is your opinion of the political balance of power in the Mideast?

"The region is too right wing." - 6 voters (40%)
"The balance of power in the region is just about right." - 5 voters (33.33%)
"The region is too left wing." - 4 voters (26.67%)

2. What would be your preferred balance of power in the Mideast Assembly?

"A majority for the right" - 5 voters (33.33%)
"A majority for the left" - 5 voters (33.33%)
"Neither a majority for the left nor for the right" - 5 voters (33.33%)

3. Which party (or parties) best represent(s) your political views and values? (Several answers possible)

Federalist Party - 6 voters (40%)
Liberal Party - 4 voters (26.67%)
Labor Party - 4 voters (26.67%)
Light Party - 8 voters (53.33%)
 
1565  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: TNF for Mideast Assembly on: April 26, 2013, 08:01:21 am
There are several ideas you stated that I don't support (basically your entire "revenue" section and your proposal regarding the Assembly, to name two examples) but I also see lots of ideas that I consider sensible, such as your stance on fracking, nuclear energy and GM foods. It's good to have candidates with lots of interesting ideas which challenge the status quo, therefore I wish you the best of luck!
1566  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: April 26, 2013, 06:31:33 am
Constitutional Amendment regarding the regional Wiki

As promised I have put forward a constitutional amendment to clarify the duties of the Governor and Lt. Governor with regards to the regional Wiki. Since the Wiki is an essential aspect of the game and the Mideast Constitution provides for severe consequences for governors who do not update the Wiki in an appropriate manner, we need more specific guidelines. Indeed, I think my amendment provides just that. I am looking forward to debating the amendment in the Assembly and in public and welcome any additional suggestions or ideas.
1567  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Mideast Assembly Thread on: April 26, 2013, 06:23:54 am
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Amendment to Article 1, Section 4 of the Mideast Constitution

Article 1, Section 4, Clause 1 of the Mideast Constitution shall be amended to read:

The Governor and Lieutenant Governor shall hold the responsibility of updating the Mideast regional Wiki for all legislation and occurrences during and prior to his or her tenure. This comprises the following pages of the regional Wiki:

- Constitution
- Statute
- Governor
- Assembly
- Lt Governor
- Superior Court
- Elections
- Citizens
1568  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: April 26, 2013, 04:18:57 am
Sir, you seem to have little grasp of the facetious. My unique sense of humor will have a very large presence in my press conferences as Lieutenant Governor.

And that's, among many other "serious" reasons, why I have picked Cathcon as my Lt. Governor. Being aware of the possibility that Cathcon may outshine me, I'm confident that his truly unique sense of humor will be a boon for this office. Wink
1569  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: Mideast Balanced Budget Amendment on: April 26, 2013, 03:17:27 am
Aye
1570  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A-Bob Research Center: Mideast Political Demographics&Gubernatorial Survey 3 on: April 25, 2013, 02:23:43 pm
I will extend this survey for one more day and hope that more people participate.
1571  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: April 25, 2013, 09:56:35 am
What are your views on the following issues:

- Campaign Finance Reform
- Deregistration Reform (federal issue, but still would like to know your thoughts)
- The region's current abortion laws
- The region's current labor laws
- Fracking
- The current regional income and corporate tax rates
- Increasing the powers of the LG office

I can only speak for myself because I haven't discussed all of these issues with Cathcon yet so here's what I think:

- Campaign Finance Reform: With all due respect, that doesn't seem relevant to me in Atlasia. Tongue Thus, I'm not planning to introduce any bill on this issue.
- Deregistration reform: I think the status quo is alright. Someone who doesn't want to participate in the game anymore can simple stop voting so he/she will be removed from the voter rolls after three federal elections. However, if the Senate manages to pass a bill which doesn't create additional problems (e.g. a court case like the one mentioned in the debate thread), I'm fine with that, too.
- Abortion laws: You and I know that I consider myself pro-life/anti-abortion/anti-choice (whichever you prefer Tongue) so in my ideal world abortions would be outlawed. Yet, since the Mideast is a region that is quite diverse politically speaking I stand behind the current abortion statute, which is a compromise most people can live with.
- Labor laws: I generally support the recently passed "Labor Relations Act" but I want it to include a clause which states that an employee cannot be forced to join a union because that, in my view, is a violation of one's right to freedom of association. Nevertheless, the people of the Mideast have spoken and approved of the "Labor Relations Act" so I accept that.
- Fracking is an issue which we have to approach carefully. While fracking is a very interesting method from an economic point of view there are certain environmental risks involved, though the scientific community appears to be split on the question whether these effects are severe or not. I think we should give fracking a chance and put a special emphasis on environment-friendly techonologies, such as "clean (or advanced) fracking".  
- Taxes: I am of the opinion that our regional taxes need not be lowered. Our income and corporate tax rates are low enough to ensure that the Mideast remains competitive. If anything, the federal tax rates must be lowered, and I am glad to see that the Senate has taken certain steps in that direction.
- LG: I opposed the re-establishment of the Lt. Governor and what I have seen so far hasn't really convinced me otherwise. The Lt. Governor only has a couple of "behind-the-scenes" duties, which does little to strengthen the public appeal of the position. So yes, if we want to make the office of Lt. Governor more attractive and effective, we need to increase its powers. However, this only seems possible if we take some of these powers away from the Governor, and I am not sure if I like this idea. Thus, as I said above, I am still not convinced that it was a good idea to re-establish the office of Lt. Governor. Of course, if I am elected Governor I will do as much as I can to involve my Lt. Governor Cathcon in my executive work.
1572  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: April 25, 2013, 01:54:46 am
When you keep referring to the Wiki in campaigning, are you mainly referring to clarifying what specifically the Governor and Lt. Governor should be doing?

Our first priority will be to keep the Wiki up to date. I think you as Governor have done a good job on that front so we will simply try to continue your work. But yes, another idea is to clarify the responsibilities of the Governor/Lt. Governor with regards to the Wiki. We will come up with such a proposal soon.
1573  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Power To The People Amendment (Final Vote) on: April 24, 2013, 03:37:45 pm
Aye
1574  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Keeping the Voting Booths Clean Act (Vote to Override Veto) on: April 24, 2013, 03:37:12 pm
Aye
1575  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: clarence and Matt for Atlasia on: April 24, 2013, 01:54:20 pm
I endorse you and I am glad we already know that there will be two very strong tickets in the race.
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