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1551  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Sentinel: Sjoyce projected winner in IDS! on: April 22, 2013, 02:18:23 am
Well, those who lost today can take comfort in the fact that there is a high chance of another special election quite soon. I'm pretty sure there will be at least one Senator who lacks the motivation or time to do his job or simply disappears from the forum after a couple of weeks. That's what usually happens, after all. Wink
1552  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Mideast Speed Limits Act (Debating) on: April 21, 2013, 08:13:24 am
75 mph would be an acceptable compromise.
1553  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / A-Bob Research Center: Mideast Political Demographics&Gubernatorial Survey 3 on: April 21, 2013, 08:10:35 am
One more poll on Mideast demographics and the race for Governor.

http://de.surveymonkey.com/s/6JD8H2R

Only participate in this poll if you're a registered voter in the Mideast, please. As usual, results will be released in the next days.
1554  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Question about the Boston terrorist on: April 21, 2013, 05:32:47 am
Life sentence without parole. That might actually be the more severe punishment than the death penalty, though I'm fortunately not in a position to compare the two.
1555  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A-Bob Research Center: Mideast Gubernatorial Election 2 (Focus on running mates) on: April 21, 2013, 04:52:41 am
Results and Analysis

Total number of respondents: 17 (100%)

Question 1: Do you have a favorable, unfavorable or neutral opinion of Lt. Governor candidate Cathcon?

Favorable: 14 (82.35%)
Unfavorable: 1 (5.88%)
Neutral/No opinion: 2 (11.76%)

Question 2: Do you have a favorable, unfavorable or neutral opinion of Lt. Governor candidate Siren?

Favorable: 11 (64.71%)
Unfavorable: 5 (29.41%)
Neutral/No opinion: 1 (5.88%)

Question 3: Are you more likely to vote for ZuWo after his selection of Cathcon as his running mate?

Yes, more likely: 9 (52.94%)
No, less likely: 2 (11.76%)
It doesn't make a difference: 6 (35.29%)

Question 4: Are you more likely to vote for Clinton1996 after his selection of Siren as his running mate?

Yes, more likely: 7 (41.18%)
No, less likely: 5 (29.41%)
It doesn't make a difference: 5 (29.41%)

While both Cathcon and Siren are good for their gubernatorial candidates, these figures suggest that Cathcon has a slightly more positive impact on his ticket than Siren. It's far from certain that this tendency will actually translate into more votes for the Federalist ticket and the question remains whether these results can be explained by the fact that Cathcon is more well-known in the region than his counterpart. Nevertheless, it seems that the running mate question favors the ZuWo/Cathcon ticket at the moment.
1556  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2013 Federal Election: At-large Senate on: April 21, 2013, 04:24:48 am
1. MattVT
2. HagridoftheDeep
3. Mr. X
4. Poirot
5. MaxQue
1557  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A-Bob Research Center: Mideast Gubernatorial Election 2 (Focus on running mates) on: April 20, 2013, 04:12:04 pm
The last couple of votes have been very favorable for Cathcon but less so for Siren. According to the most recent responses, Cathcon appears to be a net plus for his ticket while the share of voters who say that Siren's presence on the gubernatorial ticket makes them more likely to vote for Clinton1996 isn't much larger than the share of people who claim the opposite, i.e. that Siren makes them less likely to vote for Clinton1996.
However, we must keep in mind that polls such as these can be skewed in a particular direction, and the usual statistical caveats have to be taken into consideration as well.

Full figures will be released tomorrow.
1558  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Sentinel on: April 20, 2013, 01:53:06 pm
We already knew that the IDS is a polarized region but that's really extreme. Wink
1559  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A-Bob Research Center: Mideast Gubernatorial Election 2 (Focus on running mates) on: April 20, 2013, 01:28:05 pm
When will you have results for us?

As soon as I will have a sufficient number of respondents, so maybe tomorrow. As of now I have 15, which is not too bad.
1560  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Mideast Speed Limits Act (Debating) on: April 20, 2013, 10:10:54 am
I don't oppose the use of speed cameras, but I'd like to see slightly higher speed limits - 80 mph would be preferable.
1561  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Executive Office of Tmthforu94/Clinton1996 on: April 20, 2013, 10:07:57 am
Free speech isn't in danger if this bill becomes law; no Atlasian voter is deprived of his/her right to express his/her will. Also, the amendment that was debated, i.e. that voters could cast their ballots in any language that is covered by Google Translate but have to say what language they use if they don't vote in English, isn't any better. It also discriminates against languages that are not English and essentially subjects us to what Google considers a valid language. Just to give you a concrete example of why this is a problem: My own mother tongue, Swiss German, is not understood by Google Translate!
1562  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: The Much Better Mideast Emergency Budget Amendment on: April 20, 2013, 04:59:03 am
Aye
1563  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A-Bob Research Center: Mideast Gubernatorial Election 2 (Focus on running mates) on: April 20, 2013, 04:51:22 am
Both Cathcon and Siren are popular and a net positive for their respective tickets (after 12 respondents).
1564  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Confession Booth: Post something very personal about yourself on: April 19, 2013, 03:43:26 pm
Teenage neighbors that I know by sight are starting to address and greet me in a formal way, and it makes me feel old.
1565  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A-Bob Research Center: Mideast Gubernatorial Election 2 (Focus on running mates) on: April 19, 2013, 09:48:20 am
Not surprisingly, both Cathcon and Siren are popular in the region. I only have 7 respondents so far, though, and I obviously need more! Wink
1566  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: April 19, 2013, 09:35:20 am
Two reform ideas

I don't think that our region needs a massive constitutional or political overhaul because the Mideast is doing fine in most respects. However, there are always certain aspects which can be improved, and that's why I'd like to put forward two reform ideas that I'm looking forward to discuss with all citizens of our region.

1. A runoff election for Governor

Under the current system, a governor is elected with the help of redistributed votes from one or several eliminated candidates if he/she doesn't receive an outright majority of votes on the first ballot. While this way of electing governors is certainly time saving, I regard this method as quite unattractive from the point of view of someone who likes clear-cut election results. Additionally, some voters might not even be aware of the importance of their second-preference votes under the current system. So why not consider introducing a runoff system? Fortunately, Atlasian elections don't cost the taxpayer any money, and a runoff election system guarantees that the results are transparent for everyone.

2. What exactly are the Governor's and Lt. Governor's Wiki duties?

The Mideast constitution says that 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." While this looks clear and straightforward at first glance, an open question remains. It seems evident that they have to update the relevant sections of the Wiki (e.g. "Statute", "Elections" etc.), but does this mean that the Governor and Lt. Governor should also be held responsible for updating the personal wiki pages of every single citizen in the Mideast whenever there is an "occurrence" which involves a particular citizen? This might appear like a trivial question but due to fact that the Governor/Lt. Governor face serious consequences if they don't update the Wiki in an appropriate fashion (i.e. a temporary expulsion from their offices), it's an important one nevertheless. Thus, a clarification of the constitution may be necessary.
1567  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Assembly Poll on: April 18, 2013, 03:51:44 pm
This will be another nailbiter, just like the most recent election for Assembly. I'll try to make a short and cautious analysis of the state of the race, though.

Inks, despite his relatively poor showing in this poll, is likely to be re-elected. He's a very-well known figure in the region, does a good job as Speaker of the Assembly and is backed by the largest party in the Mideast.
Miles hasn't held elective office for quite some time now, but he's exactly the type of candidate who usually does well in the Mideast: A nice guy who is fairly moderate. He will be supported by the Federalist base, but I also think he will attract a lot of non-Federalist votes.
LuminevonReuental may not be as well-known as Inks and isn't a member of a major party but he has proven to be an independent voice in the Assembly. He has definitely shown that he is able to be a bridge-builder between the right and the left in the region. Thus, his chances shouldn't be underestimated.
HoosierPoliticalJunkie has the advantage of being the only candidate running for the Liberal Party, which means that the Liberals don't have to split their votes between several candidates. Additionally, he has run an active campaign so far, and that's certainly helpful, too.
Finally, Odysseus and a Person are both running as candidates of the newly formed Light Party. Their campaigns have been active and very substantial, which is an advantage for both of them. Nevertheless, the Light Party isn't extremely powerful (yet), which could be an obstacle.
1568  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Are Pirate Parties useless? on: April 18, 2013, 03:06:47 pm
The Pirate Parties seem to have passed their peak in Europe already, and it doesn't appear likely that they will ever become relevant anywhere else, so yes, I consider them useless.
1569  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: April 18, 2013, 02:58:55 pm
An addendum to my last post on the state of our infrastructure and the need to spend more money on its maintenance and modernization:
Concretely, I am mainly considering increasing our expenditures in the following sections of our budget

a)
Quote
Energy ($5.75  billion)
$3 Billion ...... Loans to be granted to energy companies that have a responsible environmental track record, are seriously attempting to develop clean energy alternatives, push for energy efficiency and/or have an approved plan to do so.
$1 Billion  ...... Fund for alternative energy
$1 Billion  ...... Updating the Mideast's current energy infrastructure
$0.5 Billion  ...... Refitting all government buildings to run on clean energy
$0.25 Billion  ...... Refitting all government vehicles (cars, planes, etc.) to run on clean energy)

b)
Quote
Transportation ($23.25 billion)
$9.00 billion ..... Highways and highway safety (No Change)
$4.00 billion ...... Mass transit (No Change)
$0.25 billion ...... Railroads (No Change)
$2.05 billion ..... Air Transportation (No Change)
$1.05 billion ...... Water transportation (No Change)
$0.45 billion ...... Other transportation (No Change)
$6.45 billion ..... Non-Highway Roads (No Change)

Link to the last budget debate
1570  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Tmthforu94-Gass3268 High Speed Rail Act of 2013 (Debating) on: April 18, 2013, 11:24:02 am
Is there a reason that this is limited mostly to the western side of the region? Does the east (VA, KY, etc.) have decent high speed rail or other public transportation already?

I'd like to know this too Plus maybe introducing some more buslines as well.

As I said, I support this bill and I am not going to change my mind, but this is a very good question.
1571  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / A-Bob Research Center: Mideast Gubernatorial Election 2 (Focus on running mates) on: April 18, 2013, 04:45:31 am
I have decided to create another poll on the gubernatorial election with a focus on the two candidates for Lt. Governor, Cathcon and Siren. I will probably make another poll of the Lt. Governor candidates when Gass has made his choice.

To participate in the poll, click on the link below:

http://de.surveymonkey.com/s/Y95QD7L

Please only vote in this poll if you are a registered voter in the Mideast.
1572  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Study: Belief in an angry God associated with variety of mental illnesses on: April 18, 2013, 03:46:11 am
I don't understand the juxtaposition of a "loving and forgiving" God on the one hand and a "punishing" God on the other hand. From my understanding of the Bible the Christian God clearly encompasses both aspects. Additionally, I highly doubt that there are even people who first and foremost believe in an "angry" God. There are Christians who overemphasize the aspect of punishment (just like there are Christians who choose to entirely ignore it), but if you consider yourself a Christian you can hardly ignore God's message of love.
1573  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Keeping the Voting Booths Clean Act (Final Vote) on: April 18, 2013, 01:42:48 am
Aye
1574  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Federalist Convention—LITTLE ROCK, AR (Endorsement Vote) on: April 17, 2013, 02:25:54 pm
Senate at-large:

[X] Senator X

IDS Emperor:

[X] SJoyce
1575  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ZuWo and Cathcon: Experience and Leadership on: April 17, 2013, 06:59:36 am
Campaign Event in East Lansing, Michigan


Let's be frank: Our infrastructure is not in the best shape. We can do better when it comes to the state of our railroad system, roads or power lines, just to name three prominent examples. But let me be clear: I neither blame the current government nor any previous Mideastern administration for this situation since this is a problem that affects all Atlasian regions to a certain degree as well as a large number of poor and rich countries all around the world. Indeed, the maintenance and modernization of a region's infrastructure is very costly and presents a serious challenge to every modern government.
So what can we do to improve the infrastructure of the Mideast? Clearly, whatever we do it will cost us money. I do not subscribe to the notion that the state is responsible for creating wealth and making the economy thrive. However, the state can lay the groundwork for economic success by providing a well-developed and functioning infrastructure, and that's what we need to do. In all honesty, I do not yet know how the Mideast will be able to increase spending on infrastructure projects and have a balanced budget at the same time, but I am ready to work with those on the right and the left to achieve this ambitious goal. I am willing to listen to and debate various ideas on this matter.
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