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1551  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Spamage for Pacific Senate on: May 01, 2013, 04:23:14 am
I endorse you! You did a great job at bringing the Pacific back on track when you were governor so if you have enough time for the game you will make a great senator!
1552  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Paste the last thing you copied. on: April 30, 2013, 02:18:45 pm
(2) ha[.u]þurs ann kusjam loguns
1553  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: April 30, 2013, 01:32:28 pm
I have done some research on the topic of strikebreakers and have come to the conclusion that I would rather not ban the use of strikebreakers. While strikes are often justified, there are companies which cannot afford to cease their production for an extended period of time and therefore depend on employing other workers during a strike.
However, we could consider adding a clause to the labor relations act which states that temporary workers cannot be required to work during a strike, as is the case in German law. Thus, they can work during a strike if they want to do so, but they don't have to.
1554  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Assemblyman LumineVonReuental - Reelection Campaign HQ on: April 30, 2013, 01:03:42 pm
It has been a pleasure to work with you and I sincerely hope you can serve the Mideast in this capacity for many more terms. Endorsed!
1555  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Tmthforu94-Gass3268 High Speed Rail Act of 2013 (Debating) on: April 30, 2013, 04:35:13 am
Excellent, this will be a great help for the Mideast. I love pork. Wink
1556  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Light Party [Mideast Endorsement Requests] on: April 30, 2013, 03:29:48 am
I humbly request the endorsement of the Light Party.

And so do I. Smiley
Cathcon and I may be to the right of most of your members, but I believe that we have shown that we are ready to work with members of all parties to find practicable solutions for the Mideast. We are committed to moving our region forward, and should we be elected Governor and Lt. Governor we will invite members of all major parties, including the Light Party, as well as independents to share with us their vision and ideas for the Mideast.
There are various important issues where we and members of the Light Party have common goals, e.g. our intent to pass a balanced budget, our open-mindedness when it comes to radical game reform ideas such as introducing a secret-ballot system or our goal to modernize the regional infrastructure. In short, Cathcon and I on the one hand and the Light Party on the other hand are not light years removed from each other. Wink
1557  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support 'after-birth abortion'? on: April 30, 2013, 03:05:20 am
Is that from the Onion?
1558  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: A year on: Forum approval of President François Hollande on: April 29, 2013, 04:32:25 pm
He promised "changement maintenant". I think the answer should be obvious.



Germany, and Angela Merkel in particular, is a convenient scapegoat for many people at the moment. However, we must not forget that the massive problems of Greece, Italy, Spain etc. were created by domestic factors.
1559  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Amendment to Article 1, Section 4 of the Mideast Constitution (Debating) on: April 29, 2013, 04:20:27 pm
This list is what I am referring to. You can access it if you click "citizens" on the index at the bottom of this page. I think we might be talking about the same thing.
1560  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Amendment to Article 1, Section 4 of the Mideast Constitution (Debating) on: April 29, 2013, 04:10:39 pm
Just to make sure that we are on the same page, but what is the difference between "citizen" (as in the Mideast index) and "citizen list"? As far as I can see, the "citizen" page is essentially a citizen list.
1561  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Votes and elections in Switzerland on: April 29, 2013, 03:41:52 pm
Was there a swing to the Right in Neuchâtel (ignoring the FDP>SVP movement), or was it just the introduction of the (horrendous) Green Liberals losing the Left coalition seats?

I don't really have a feel for what's the political mood in Neuchâtel but the Green Liberals have certainly contributed to the loss of the left parties. Interestingly, the Green Liberal Party is overwhelmingly supported by left-leaning voters (people who used to vote Green or SP), while the policies the party promotes are often quite centrist.
Another factor that may have played a role is the frequent tendency in cantons of French Switzerland to balance the power between the right and the left. It's often the case that one side gets a majority in the executive branch whereas the other side gains the upper hand in legislative elections. This seems to be the case once again in Neuchâtel.
1562  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: April 29, 2013, 03:31:43 pm
ZuWo, I figure I'll ask you the same question that I asked Lt. Gov Clinton, re: labor relations. As I am running for the Mideast Assembly at the moment, I have plans, if elected, to introduce an amendment to the Labor Relations Act which would ban the use of strikebreakers (aka scabs) by employers. Would you support such legislation as Governor?

Thanks for the question. I must admit that I'm not familiar with this concept - there are hardly any large-scale strikes in my home country let alone strikebreakers of the kind you mention - so I have some reading up to do before I can give you an informed answer. I will get back to you as soon as I know more about "scabs" and how they are used.
One thing is clear to me, though: I do not want to punish those workers who for some reason decide not to participate in a strike and want to continue their work even when their colleagues are on strike (I'm referring to workers who were already employed before the beginning of the strike here - I guess the term "scab" doesn't apply in this context).
1563  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: April 29, 2013, 02:46:04 pm
Mideast Gubernatorial Debate

I am glad to announce that Clinton1996 and I have agreed to hold a gubernatorial debate. Many thanks to Gass3268 for declaring his willingness to moderate it! The details of the debate are still being worked out, but we can tentatively say that the debate will begin next weekend. Smiley

Details of Assemblyman ZuWo's debate preparation plans will not be published, but it has been revealed that a relatively unknown, yet aspiring young politician from a small city in Arkansas will take on the role of ZuWo's sparring partner.  
1564  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Votes and elections in Switzerland on: April 29, 2013, 02:20:00 pm
Update on the Neuchâtel elections: Philippe Gnaegi (FDP), sitting member of the cantonal government, has decided to throw in the towel and will not run for re-election on the second ballot on May 19 after a highly disappointing first ballot result. Meanwhile, the second FDP member of the government, Thierry Grosjean, as well as the third FDP candidate in the race, Alain Ribaux, have hinted that they are going to run again.

The FDP (PLR; Parti libéral-radical in French) now has to decide whether they will seek a formal alliance with the SVP (UDC; Union démocratique du centre) and its candidate Yvan Perrin to prevent the left from obtaining a majority in the 5-member cantonal government (Conseil d'Etat). Regardless of the party's decision, the FDP in Neuchâtel (and elsewhere) has to stomach a lot of bad news in the recent weeks and would be well-advised to prepare for another painful defeat.

Article in French: http://www.lematin.ch/suisse/conseiller-etat-philippe-gnaegi-jette-leponge/story/11997757
1565  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your actual first name? on: April 29, 2013, 01:54:13 pm
Joël (French pronunciation)
1566  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do you pronounce the preceding poster's user name? on: April 29, 2013, 01:34:27 pm
Hatman:

Hätmän [hætmæn]

Örl Ei Dabeljuu [ɜ:rl eɪ dʌblju:]

Snowstalker:

Snoustaaker [snoʊstɔ:kɐ]

1567  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Votes and elections in Switzerland on: April 29, 2013, 12:57:23 pm
On the local level there was an interesting special election for city council in Zurich, my hometown, this month. The city council consists of 9 members and was composed of the following councillors before the special election:

Corine Mauch (SP, mayor)
Martin Waser (SP)
André Odermatt (SP)
Claudia Nielsen (SP)
Ruth Genner (Greens)
Daniel Leupi (Greens)
Gerold Lauber (CVP)
Martin Vollenwyder (FDP)
Andres Türler (FDP)

Martin Vollenwyder (FDP) retired and the FDP tried to retain its seat with Marco Camin. Camin was challenged by Richard Wolff, candidate from the left-wing Alternative Liste (AL). In a major upset, the FDP candidate, who was backed by his own party and all major centrist and conservative parties lost a narrow race to his challenger, who only got the official support from his own party and the Greens (the Social Democrats decided not to endorse any candidate):

Second ballot:

Richard Wolff (AL) 27.550 votes ELECTED
Marco Camin (FDP) 26.865 votes

This election has been another major blow for the once proud and strong FDP and has had the effect that the city council of Zurich has moved to the left even more. While the left had a 6-3 majority before the special election, it now has a 7-2 majority.

http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/content/portal/de/index/politik_u_recht/abstimmungen_u_wahlen/vergangene_termine/130421/resultate.html?path=wm_resultate_stadtrat&context=standalone
1568  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / A-Bob Research Center: Mideast Gubernatorial Poll on: April 29, 2013, 09:34:36 am
It's been a while since we had the last poll, so let's do another one.

Please only vote in this poll if you're a citizen of the Mideast. If you're not a Mideast citizen and can't wait to see the results just click option 5.

This poll will run for 4 days.
1569  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Votes and elections in Switzerland on: April 29, 2013, 09:10:20 am
Who is in the Valais Left Alliance - SP, GPS & CSP?

SP, Greens, CSP Lower Valais and a movement called "Entremont Autrement". The CSP Upper Valais is in an alliance with the CVP.
1570  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Votes and elections in Switzerland on: April 29, 2013, 07:54:11 am
The results of the election for parliament in Neuchâtel have been published:

FDP/PLR: 35 seats (-6)
SP/PS: 33 (-3)
SVP/UDC: 20 (+6)
Greens: 12 (-2)
POP/SolidaritéS: 9 (-1)
Green Liberals/Vert'libéraux: 5 (+5)
CVP/PDC: 1 (+1)

While the left has emerged victorious from the elections for canton government, the left parties have lost their majority in parliament. The FDP can be considered the clear loser of the cantonal elections, while the SVP managed to improve its position.

http://www.ne.ch/neat/site/jsp/rubrique/rubrique.jsp?StyleType=bleu&CatId=4954
1571  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Votes and elections in Switzerland on: April 29, 2013, 07:45:37 am
Who do you usually vote for Zuwo?

Usually for the smaller evangelical parties, the FDP or SVP.
1572  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Should drug users be put in jail? on: April 29, 2013, 04:00:27 am
    What somebody does with that person's own body is no business of the government.

Unless we are talking about what kind of meat Atlasians are allowed to eat. (That's not directed at you, of course, but I couldn't resist. Tongue)

Well, meat is the body of someoone else.

Yes, but since the consumption of animal meat is generally legal in Atlasia it's extremely nanny-statist to regulate what kind of animals Atlasians are allowed to eat (especially because dogs don't belong to those species that are threatened of extinction).
1573  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Should drug users be put in jail? on: April 29, 2013, 03:56:34 am
     What somebody does with that person's own body is no business of the government.

Unless we are talking about what kind of meat Atlasians are allowed to eat. (That's not directed at you, of course, but I couldn't resist. Tongue)
1574  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Swiss Elections & Politics (18 October 2015) on: April 29, 2013, 03:08:21 am
There have been quite a few interesting and surprising votes and elections in Switzerland lately so I decided to create a thread for this.

Let's start with the most important recent cantonal elections.

- In March, a new parliament and canton government were elected in Valais.

The results were as follows:

Parliament:

CVP/CSP 61 seats (-7)
FDP 28 (+/-0)
SVP 21 seats (+9)
Left Alliance 20 (-2)

Canton Government (second ballot):

Oskar Freysinger (SVP - new) 56.913 votes
Waber-Kalbermatten Esther (SP - incumbent) 48.602 votes
Cina Jean-Michel (CVP - incumbent) 46.369 votes
Melly Jacques (CVP - incumbent) 42.862 votes
Tornay Maurice (CVP - incumbent) 41.792 votes
Bender Léonard (FDP - new) 29.874 votes - NOT ELECTED

Seat changes: FDP -1, SVP +1

http://www.vs.ch/Navig/droitspolitiques.asp?MenuID=4340&Language=fr

- In April a special election for a seat in the 5-member canton government was held in Basel-Landschaft since Adrian Ballmer, one of two FDP members in the canton government, retired. The FDP decided to throw their support behind a SVP candidacy, and subsequently an election took place between Thomas Weber (SVP) and Eric Nussbaumer (SP).

Second ballot:

Thomas Weber (SVP) 36.797 votes - ELECTED
Eric Nussbaumer (SP) 32.176 votes

Seat changes: FDP -1, SVP +1

http://www.baselland.ch/main_wahlen-htm.273417.0.html

- Elections for cantonal parliament and the 5-member canton government were held in Neuchâtel yesterday.  

Full results of the elections for parliament aren't available yet due to technical problems and because of the fact that several candidates appear to have the same number of votes. The electoral authorities of Neuchâtel released the following message last night:

"Attention : les résultats de l'élection au Grand Conseil contiennent certaines égalités de suffrages. C'est notamment le cas entre MM. G. Tarantino et L. Godet du district de Boudry.

Il appartiendra donc à la commission chargée du tirage au sort de départager les candidats. Cette commission n'ayant pu se réunir en raison de l'heure tardive des derniers résultats procédera à cette opération dans la journée de lundi."

Canton government (first ballot):

Absolute majority: 22.311 votes

Kurth Laurent (SP - incumbent) 21.351 votes
Karakash Jean-Nathanaël (SP - new) 20.422 votes
Perrin Yvan (SVP - new) 18.698 votes
Maire-Hefti Monika (SP - new) 17.440 votes
Ribaux Alain (FDP - new)16.987 votes
Herrmann Patrick (Greens - new) 15.363  votes
Grosjean Thierry (FDP - incumbent) 14.055 votes
Humbert Fred Alain Nago (POP (Left) - new) 13.904 votes
Gnaegi Philippe (FDP - incumbent) 12.767 votes

Preliminary seat changes: FDP -2, SP +1, SVP +1

No candidate has been elected on the first ballot, but the voters of Neuchâtel appear to be massively fed up with the current FDP-dominated government.

http://www.ne.ch/neat/site/jsp/rubrique/rubrique.jsp?StyleType=bleu&CatId=4954
1575  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Super Polling Center: Mideast Senate possibilities on: April 28, 2013, 02:29:57 pm
The second match-up would be a repeat of the most recent regional Senate election, while shua would be favored in the first one because he would get the support of the right and a substantial number of moderates and liberals.
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