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626  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: The Imperial Dominion of the South's Legislature on: August 15, 2013, 11:29:56 am
The one I would most object to is energy. The long, arduous battle on the bill to build 7 nuclear power plants (which passed) is still recent and I feel that any energy plan coming after it should be a comprehensive long term energy plan, not another stopgap measure. I'd be happy with some of the money being spent on a tax freeze, but I'll always keep ports and the international trade they bring as my favorite cause.
627  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: On a scale of 1-10, how electable is the previous poster? on: August 13, 2013, 09:37:09 pm
1 as a Democrat but 4 maaaybe as high as 5 or 6 once he becomes a Republican
628  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Usury is Bad Act of 2013 on: August 13, 2013, 07:33:05 pm
I don't get what you're trying to do with this bill. It can't be enforced because its unconstitutional and even if it could it would just drive out credit cards and could make people resort to more risky ways to obtain credit. What are you hoping to accomplish?
629  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Federalists: Stop robbing the working class to pay the rich! on: August 13, 2013, 07:31:17 pm

Is there any Federalist in particular who threatens to start a nuclear war?
630  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Campaign of Dereich for Emperor on: August 13, 2013, 06:55:36 pm
Hey y'all, the election's getting closer and I thought I should address something that has been getting a lot of attention recently that would change our fair Imperial Dominion: Reducing the number of regions.

The movement to reduce the number of regions has been gathering steam and several prominent posters, including our President, have suggested that regional executives should be the ones to decide the new boundaries. If that were to happen and I were to be elected your Emperor I'd fight for a version of the South to be one of the new regions. Regions should be more than lines on a map; from Texas to Georgia, from the Carolinas even down to Florida we southerners have a unique identity. Our region is culturally distinct from the rest of Atlasia in a way no other region can claim to be. I think that this constitutes reason enough to do our damnedest to keep the current IDS states in one of the new regions, undivided. Aesthetics, partisan concerns, and other worries are all exaggerated or are actually helped by maintaining the South as a singular entity.

Oh, and on another note: we still have stimulus money left over! If anyone has any suggestions you can post them here!
631  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Caucus against the Two-Party System. on: August 13, 2013, 06:25:39 pm
I have been saying for months and I will keep saying that we must go back to a 2 party system before anything else will be viable. I know in the past, Atlasia has had multiple parties, but we have essentially been in a 2 party system with a few breaks between 2009-2011. If not for the manufactured dissolution in 2012, we'd still be in one.

Most of us in the game are Americans, so we are simply wired to believe in a 2 party system. The more we keep fighting it, the closer we move back to it.

If you feels so strongly that we should have a two party system then why don't you join one of the two parties Wink
632  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Federalist Standing Committee - Small Change in the By-Laws! on: August 13, 2013, 06:21:24 pm
633  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Birthday, SJoyce! on: August 13, 2013, 01:33:48 pm
Happy birthday!
634  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Italian Election Series - 2000 General Elections on: August 13, 2013, 11:03:22 am
Well how will you deal with this Tony? Are you going to drop Berlusconi? Without being in government even once he wouldn't have the immunities and ability to change the laws that kept him out of prison and without winning even once (and probably being in prison) he wouldn't have kept the right's loyalty forever. I don't see how you can keep him around for another 2-3 elections.
635  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: If we reduced the number of regions, map what Atlasia would look like on: August 13, 2013, 10:57:59 am
Where is all of this coming from, anyway?  Is there actually talk of changing the regional boundaries?  If so, that'd probably kill the game for me.

Its been a big thing people have been talking about since at least the Pacific incident, one of the main ideas championed by those wanting game reform. I think the reason we're talking about it now is because the Senate is going to be debating it soon because of Napoleon.
636  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Who do you believe will win the at-large senate election? on: August 12, 2013, 09:04:38 pm
We all know what the polls say, but Atlasian polls are notoriously unreliable. Who do you believe will end up winning come polling day?
637  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: South East Militia Dissolution Act (Debating) on: August 12, 2013, 08:50:38 pm
As y'all may have seen the Militia was victorious in court. Baconking did an admirable job defending us. Now we should wrap this up. Does anyone have anything else to comment on? I personally like the Militia, it fits our region's unique culture and is a less objectionable part of our Southern weirdness.
638  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Usury is Bad Act of 2013 on: August 12, 2013, 11:50:14 am
It depends on what we're talking about. If its the overnight rate or the federal funds rate its high. If we're talking about credit cards its low enough to stop any sane bank from issuing them in the IDS. From what I can tell the only thing this would do is drive business from the IDS.
639  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / IDS 1: Usury is Bad Act of 2013 on: August 11, 2013, 12:41:05 pm
Usury is Bad Act of 2013

1. The legal rate of interest shall be 6%; the general usury limit shall be 8%. Judgments shall bear interest at the rate of 10%.

2. The IDS urges other regions to adopt the same or similar legislation (in order to scrap the problem created by Marquette Nat. Bank v. First of Omaha Svc. Corp.

Sponsor: Sjoyce
640  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: The Imperial Dominion of the South's Legislature on: August 11, 2013, 12:39:44 pm
The liberalization bill has passed and awaits signature or veto. The Usury is Bad Act of 2013 is opened for debate in IDS 1.
641  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Liberalization Act of 2013 on: August 11, 2013, 12:37:49 pm

Unfortunately, 48 hours had passed Sad

By a vote of 2-1 this bill passes and is forwarded to the Emperor for signature or veto.
642  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Liberalization Act of 2013 on: August 10, 2013, 01:35:32 am
643  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Federalist Convention—NEW ORLEANS, LA (You knew this was coming...!) on: August 09, 2013, 05:50:30 pm
Chairman of the Federalist Party
[X] Maxwell
[ ] Write-in:
644  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Liberalization Act of 2013 on: August 08, 2013, 09:24:44 pm
Voting will be opened for 48 hours or until all have voted. Please vote Aye, Nay or Abstain.
645  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Sentinel Polling: Should Daylight Savings be Abolished? on: August 08, 2013, 02:21:10 pm
I've always liked daylight savings time. It gets me more sunlight hours when I'm awake to enjoy them.
646  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ScottSurveys: IDS - Balanced Budget Amendment on: August 08, 2013, 01:38:44 pm
I'd support an amendment which gives a decent window of time to balance the budget or perhaps one that sets a hard to change debt ceiling to give a bit of leeway in a crisis. On a regular balanced budget amendment, I guess I'd support it in the end but I don't think I'd ever propose it myself.
647  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: BACON KING 4 EMPEROR on: August 08, 2013, 01:30:25 pm
Yes. Yes you are. You're doing a very good job, keep it up.
648  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Liberalization Act of 2013 on: August 08, 2013, 01:09:03 pm
I don't think we had any debate that hasn't been covered now by amendments or failed votes. If there is no more debate this will be brought to a vote later today.
649  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Foreign Policy Review (Amendment Accepted, Debating) on: August 07, 2013, 03:06:53 pm
Seeing as we're still a part of the WTO, most of these economic sanctions being discussed are pretty clearly illegal and threaten huge legal retaliatory sanctions from all corners of the globe. All member states are required to extend most favored nation status to all other members, with that if we extend privileges to one nation they must be extended to all. Conversely, we can only restrict trade to one member nation if we restrict trade to all member nations. There ARE some circumstances where we have the ability to impose sanctions and not face retaliation by all member states, the only ones which might apply are when sanctions are:

1. necessary to protect public morals;
2. necessary to protect human, animal or plant life or health;
3. necessary to secure compliance with laws or regulations which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this Agreement, including those relating to customs enforcement, the enforcement of monopolies operated under paragraph 4 of Article II and Article XVII, the protection of patents, trade marks and copyrights, and the prevention of deceptive practices;

But for many of the places that sanctions are being proposed using any of these as a justification would be shaky at best and would end in tons of WTO cases brought against us. Something should be done to either remove or change the nature of the sanctions or to leave the WTO.
650  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Florida Megathread on: August 07, 2013, 02:06:24 pm
We'll see if Democrats can eschew a primary in CD2:

A contentious Democratic primary threatens in Florida’s 2nd District and August is shaping up to be a consequential point in the race.

Florida Rep. Corrine Brown plans on traveling to Tallahassee in the coming days to meet with former state Sen. Al Lawson, the party’s 2012 nominee. Lawson is publicly mulling another run, as national Democrats are overtly behind contender Gwen Graham, daughter of former Sen. Bob Graham. Florida Democrats point to Brown as a top power broker in this conflict.

Good lord, they're relying on Corrine Brown to be their subtle negotiator? I knew the Florida Democrats are in a pretty bad state but I didn't know they were doing THAT poorly.
At least it is not Crazy Hat Lady Frederica Wilson.

Better being known for hats than for this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgbBP9Em00A
and this: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2067588/posts

In other news, I had dinner with a bunch of state senators a few nights ago. I was told that the view among the political class up in Tallahassee is that Scott has finally started to turn the corner and things are starting to look better for his reelection.
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