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626  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Australia - 14 September 2013 on: June 25, 2013, 10:47:35 pm
There will be a leadership ballot tomorrow at 9 A.M., if the Daily Telegraph is to be believed. Rudd supporters have gathered enough signatures to push for a spill, and apparently it has been confirmed that he plans to contest it.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/kevin-rudd-to-challenge-pm-julia-gillard-for-labor-leadership-tomorrow-morning/story-e6freuy9-1226670143790

...I'm still skeptical on this. If I had to make a bet, I'd say he stays out and she's elected unopposed, again.

627  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Northeast Reform Commission on: June 25, 2013, 09:23:15 pm
I could come back...after my time in the IDS is done.

You're leaving us? Sad
628  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: MODERATOR ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT PACIFIC on: June 25, 2013, 09:14:17 pm
Wait....are you saying people are reporting things about this Pacific stuff to the mods? I think some people need to take a few days away from their computers.
629  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Italian Election Series - 1961 General Elections on: June 25, 2013, 02:23:21 pm
PLI has done an excellent job and is the only hope of keeping out the Leftists who want to do all sorts of terrible things to the Italian private sector. A vote for the Monarchists is a vote for Socialist control of government. And wouldn't it be something if a party on the right won two elections in a row on Atlas Tongue
630  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / IDS 1: Is Our Children Learning Act Part II (Voting) on: June 25, 2013, 01:06:06 pm
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Is Our Children Learning Act Part II

Section 1: Schools

1.   All public up to university level will be exclusively funded and administered by municipalities of the IDS. All public and private schools shall be administered by the IDS Department of Education.
2.   The founding of a new private school will require approval from the IDS Department of Education.
3.   When founded, private schools will be given a state grant comparable to that given to a municipal school of the same size.
4.   The use of tuition fees by private schools will be strictly prohibited.
5.   Private schools will be required to admit all their pupils on the same basis as the corresponding municipal school.
6.   Private schools will be required to give their students all the social entitlements that are offered to the students of municipal schools.
7.   All schools below college shall be required to be open to students for at least 190 days per year for at least eight hours a day, for no more than thirteen years unless the student is retained in a grade.  Two hours each day must be reserved to study hall periods and recess, which shall be required in all schools.
8.   All students will be entitled to health care (including mental health) and daily lunch.  If a student is of an income level below $25,000, their lunches shall be at no cost.
9.   Counties are granted full administrative, curricula and extracurricular jurisdiction over all school districts within their boundaries so long as they do not violate regional or federal law.
10.   All schools where 5% or greater of students do not speak English as their first language shall be required to have teachers certified in teaching English for speakers of other languages.

Section 2: Teachers

1.   The right of teachers to unionize shall be guaranteed.
2.   All teachers shall be accorded a great deal of autonomy in their respected professions and will be allowed to choose their own textbooks in accordance with the Is Our Children Learning Act of 2012.
3.   All teachers, public and private, shall be required to hold a masterís degree in their field in order to enter the education profession.
3a.  Existing teachers who have a degree below Masterís may retain their jobs, but are highly encouraged. Tuition will be covered under the provisions of the Is Our Children Learning Act of 2012.
4.   All school principals will be required to, through any means necessary, assess their teachers for competence and expertise in their field of study and send their reports to the Department of Education.  The Department of Education will be authorized to set its own guidelines on how each individual teacher will be paid and terminate the jobs of those deemed incompetent.
5.   Teachers shall assign letter grades when assessing student educational development, but must also individually assess students and identify strengths, weaknesses, and determine if each student is understanding the material.  These assessment reports may either be published and accessed on the internet by each student or mailed to parents.

Section 3: Exams

The annual standardized test, which shall be the only government-prescribed test in the IDS, shall be named the IDS Matriculation Exam (or the IME), and will be assigned to all high school students in the middle of their senior years.  Questions in this test (which must pertain to math, science, English, social studies, and foreign language) will be determined by the Department of Education, as shall any exemptions to the test.

Section 4: Implementation

The provisions of this legislation shall take effect at the beginning of the 2014 school year.

Sponsor: Emperor Sjoyce
631  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: The Imperial Dominion of the South's Legislature on: June 25, 2013, 01:04:47 pm
The Promoting Education Act has passed and is awaiting signature from the Emperor. A thread has been opened in IDS 1 for the "Is Our Children Learning Act Part II"
632  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Promoting Education Act of 2013 (Voting) on: June 25, 2013, 01:02:41 pm
With 5 votes to 0 this bill passes and is sent to the Emperor for signature or veto.
633  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: There are now four regions on: June 24, 2013, 11:51:08 pm
If you need A to give you B in order to do C and A no longer exists, then obviously you can't be given B and by extension can't do C.

Who shall administer the plebiciste and under whose authority?



Organizing a plebiscite would actually be right up our alley on this. What I've argued elsewhere that we've done here is create "2 regions, 1 government", with the Pacific still existing on paper and having Federal representation but in regional issues being represented by the IDS. As for authority, I'd say that our control of the region makes us the prime authority to handle regional affairs like this.
634  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: The Imperial Dominion of the South's Legislature on: June 24, 2013, 10:41:29 pm
Alfred's emergency legislation on dealing with the Pacific territories is now open for debate here: http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=175365.0. Also, the vote on the Promoting Education Act is still open. Go vote!
635  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / IDS 2: Restoring Order in the Acquired States Act (Failed) on: June 24, 2013, 10:38:23 pm
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Restoring Order in the Acquired States Act


1. WHEREAS several persons in the western part of the Imperial Dominion of the South (formerly known as the Pacific Region) have attempted to rebel against their lawful government,

2. WHEREAS their rebellion is an attempt to secede from the Imperial Dominion of the South (henceforth referred to as the IDS),

3. WHEREAS only two citizens have even participated in the secessionist effort,

4. The government of the IDS recognizes their attempt to create a new "Pacific Region" is founded on blatantly and openly undemocratic principles, and that it is an affront to the region of the IDS itself.

5. WHEREAS the IDS is a shining beacon of representative democracy,

6. The IDS Militia is hereby authorized by the government of the IDS to stop any efforts to create a new "Pacific Region" and/or impugn upon the ability of the IDS government to govern its constituent states.
   

Sponsor: Alfred

636  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: Restoration of Pacific Order Act on: June 24, 2013, 08:08:40 pm
With 4 votes to 0 the Emperor's veto is overridden and this bill officially becomes law. Nice work everyone Smiley
637  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: There are now four regions on: June 24, 2013, 07:43:05 pm
There are five regions.  The fact that several of the folks behind Rimjob voted for Senator for a region they claim doesn't exist speaks volumes.

Yes, it speaks volumes as to our understanding of the legislation that was passed. The geographical area that was formerly governed by the government of the Pacific Region still exists, and it still elects a Senator in accordance with the Constitution. It merely has no regional government. The difficulty that people seem to have comprehending this is baffling.

It is administered by the IDS government.

Exactly so. While for federal purposes there are still 5 regions, there are two that are administered by the IDS. I admit the topic is a bit showy and not wholly representative of the real situation, but that's an Atlas tradition.

On another note, as AdamGriffin so intelligently pointed out elsewhere, even if clause 1 (the part focusing on the militia) has run into a bit of trouble with the Emperor's statement clause 2 of the passed bill (the "annexation" part) still applies.
638  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS Voting Booth: Because the Senators Are Really that Stupid Amendment on: June 24, 2013, 07:33:56 pm
Aye
639  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: SE House legislation introduction Thread on: June 24, 2013, 02:19:48 pm
We can deal with that when it comes. What would you suggest, imprisonment?

Withdraw our presence form the region, as per the orders of the Emperor. They are the fed's problem. We can only commit the assistance of our militia to the feds, and even then, that is with the approval of the Emperor.

Does the Emperor get to just ignore IDS law? The Restoration of Pacific Order act was passed in a perfectly legal way and the fact that the Emperor disagrees with it doesn't give him the right to not enforce it.
640  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Should a new Pacific government be established? on: June 24, 2013, 02:13:18 pm
Why doesn't the "Imperialists" in the IDS go ahead and claim the Pacific and fight for it? If we are forever going to keep these names, we should embrace our destiny. Spread our seed all over the pacific!

That's the spirit!

641  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Should a new Pacific government be established? on: June 24, 2013, 02:01:01 pm
I just realized; nobody has yet actually asked this question. I know there are conflicting beliefs among the No side on what should happen if a new government is not formed, such as IDS annexation or other inferior options, so that question is left for a different poll.

642  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Office of IDS Emperor SJoyce on: June 24, 2013, 01:51:37 pm
Things were going so well too Sad

Why must you stand in the way of the representatives of the southern people? We have passed the law, it is your responsibility to enforce it!
643  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Promoting Education Act of 2013 on: June 24, 2013, 01:50:19 pm
Aye
644  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of IDS Legislator Jbrase: Statement on Pacific Crisis on: June 24, 2013, 01:48:30 pm
How very disappointing. I had hoped you'd be a supporter of our efforts to bring order and southern hospitality to our friends in the Pacific Sad
645  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: June 24, 2013, 01:45:04 pm
Considering the Pacific now belongs to the South by way of annexation, I hereby register as follows:

Big Wiggly Style
Ya'll Muthafudgers Need Jesus Party
Texas

We're happy to have you! I hope you enjoy your stay in the greatest region to ever grace Atlasia Smiley
646  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: SE House legislation introduction Thread on: June 24, 2013, 01:43:51 pm
Restoring Order in the Acquired States Act

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1. WHEREAS several persons in the western part of the Imperial Dominion of the South (formerly known as the Pacific Region) have attempted to rebel against their lawful government,

2. WHEREAS their rebellion is an attempt to secede from the Imperial Dominion of the South (henceforth referred to as the IDS),

3. WHEREAS only two citizens have even participated in the secessionist effort,

4. The government of the IDS recognizes their attempt to create a new "Pacific Region" is founded on blatantly and openly undemocratic principles, and that it is an affront to the region of the IDS itself.

5. WHEREAS the IDS is a shining beacon of representative democracy,

6. The IDS Militia is hereby authorized by the government of the IDS to terminate with extreme prejudice all citizens who have participated in any efforts to create  new "Pacific Region" and/or impugn upon the ability of the IDS government to govern its constituent states.

Forgive them Alfred, they know not what they do.

As this is again an emergency matter I'll introduce it immediately after the last bill is officially done this afternoon.
647  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Battle of the East European Communist Dictators, 1972 on: June 24, 2013, 01:16:33 pm
I voted Tito, but in 1972 Ceausescu might have still qualified as a (relative) FF. After all, the beginning of his regime started with condemnation of Soviet atrocities and a loosening of censorship. Some time around then though was when he began qualifying as super HP.

Hoxha is obviously the best if you think pillboxes are the height of architecture.
648  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: There are now four regions on: June 24, 2013, 12:11:01 am
To answer President Marokai's order: we are fully willing to allow the Federal government to act as our partner in taming and controlling the lawless Pacific and we will do our best to work with them. The President's assistance in this is greatly appreciated and I hope he will fully work with us to keep other regions from acting against the Pacific's integrity in its time of weakness. And to Pacific residents, remember that we're here to help Smiley
649  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: There are now four regions on: June 23, 2013, 11:55:02 pm
My view on this speaker is that its the senate's job until the Pacific's rightful leadership (Spamage) chooses to do something about it like stand up to the perps of Pacific Rimjob. We should work together rather than one region going at it alone.

Has the senate actually assumed responsibility for the Pacific's future? The new constitution did say that the senate do that, but it doesn't seem very constitutional for regions to force something on the Federal government. When the Federal government does act of course we'll give way, but until then someone needs to fill the lawless power vacuum and we'll work with the government to do so.
650  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: There are now four regions on: June 23, 2013, 11:43:48 pm
The rest of Atlasia does not recgonize the IDS's unlawful attempt to annex another region.

The South has always fought against the countless injustices imposed on it by the rest of the regions. We only have the Pacific's best interest at heart, unlike the vultures in the Midwest and the listless copycats in the North East.
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