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76  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: IDS Fine Act (Debating) on: August 06, 2014, 04:12:19 am
Something similar came before the senate a couple years ago. I didn't support it because I was afraid that police officers would unfairly target rich people in order to "meet quota." For example, it would likely be more worthwhile to pull over someone who is speeding in a Jaguar than someone who's speeding in a 15-year-old Toyota. Since fines have the dual purpose of punishing misdemeanors as well as generating revenue, I have a hard time supporting something that will force certain people to pay more for the same offense.

That's true; I hadn't even considered the revenue implications. Still, I think this is the best solution to the problem of fines not being anywhere near large enough to be an effective deterrent. Thinking about it, the additional revenue could be a very good thing for local governments and would probably lead to lower property taxes or more spending in most area.
77  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: IDS Fine Act (Debating) on: August 05, 2014, 01:01:58 am
This is fine with me. Often times, the wealthy are not hurt by criminal or civil fines, whereas the poor take a larger hit. A $100 fine may not be much to someone, but it is to a poor.

How would we determine income though? Tax returns?

That's right. I'd assume we'd do what Finland does and use the monthly income from the previous year's tax returns to determine the fee.
78  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Recognizing Excellence in Leadership Resolution (Final Vote) on: August 04, 2014, 02:50:34 pm
A bit late, but aye

With 4 ayes and one not voting, this bill passes the IDS legislature and is sent to the Emperor for signature or veto
79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: July 2014 Federal Special Election - At-Large Senate on: August 03, 2014, 10:50:03 pm
1. JCL
2. Matt from VT
3. Spiral
4. Mechaman
5. Wrath of the Gods
6. Poirot
7. Dr. Cynic
80  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Recognizing Excellence in Leadership Resolution (Debating) on: August 02, 2014, 09:21:48 am
Seeing no further debate, I bring this resolution to a final vote. Legislators have 48 hours to vote aye, nay or to abstain.

Quote from: final text
A RESOLUTION


To recognize the career and accomplishments of native IDS resident and 31st President Duke, as well as those of IDS Senator North Carolina Yankee, Attorney General PiT and prominent statesman Jbrase


Be it enacted by the Legislature of the Imperial Dominion of the South assembled


SECTION 1. TITLE

This legislation may be cited as the Recognizing Excellence in Leadership Resolution.

SECTION 2. COMMEMORATION

IDS citizen AHDuke99 of South Carolina, commonly referred to as Duke, 31st President of the Republic of Atlasia, is hereby recognized for his leadership, both to his home region of the Imperial Dominion of the South and to the Republic of Atlasia, throughout his service as both legislator and executive.

IDS citizen North Carolina Yankee of North Carolina, current Senator of the Imperial Dominion of the South, is hereby recognized for his long and continuing record of leadership to the Region as our delegate to the Atlasian Senate.

Longtime statesmen PiT and Jbrase are hereby recognized for their long times of service in multiple positions, including that of Emperor, throughout their residencies in the Imperial Dominion of the South.

Upon enactment of this legislation, it shall be incumbent upon Scott of North Carolina, current Emperor of the Imperial Dominion of the South, to formally commemorate the honorees at the East Room of the Imperial Mansion in Memphis, TN.
81  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 300 AL (2) - The Winds of Winter) on: July 30, 2014, 11:09:44 pm
Oh, isn't Shireen Baratheon around as well? I don't think she was ever killed off.
82  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 300 AL (2) - The Winds of Winter) on: July 30, 2014, 09:23:28 pm
Arya Stark is still around, right? Anyway, if you're looking for potential matches, there are always Freys around.
83  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 300 AL (1) - A Time for Wolves) on: July 30, 2014, 03:16:52 pm
Would whoever has the dragons kindly send them north of the Wall? We have some "friends" in our former home that could really use a dragon or three.
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Federalist Party: June 2014 Convention (48 HR VOTE STARTED, VOTE NOW!!!) on: July 29, 2014, 09:00:22 pm
Aye
85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: IDS Fine Act (Debating) on: July 29, 2014, 07:50:11 pm
Its meant for all offenses; if pressed I'd say it could actually be a better policy for non-violent rather than violent crimes, just because of how prison focused violent crime sentencing is.

As for Deadprez, who said he doesn't know he's still in the legislature? Citizens have been active in commenting on what we do in the past, its not like its discouraged or anything.
86  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 300 AL (1) - A Time for Wolves) on: July 28, 2014, 02:52:04 am
Well, it seems this end of turn will have almost no battles and carnage, that is rather curious, xD. That said, I'm having some trouble with the outcome of a certain campaign, so this turn will end tomorrow afternoon. (Hopefully this will give time for a Tyrion Lannister to appear)

I'd think that's what the endgame might look like in this war. No King on the Iron Throne is ever going seriously to accept any of his kingdoms permanent independence; at the same time most (all?) sides no longer have the military strength to bring everyone to heel. So maybe this uneasy ceasefire is the beginning of the end?
87  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 300 AL (1) - A Time for Wolves) on: July 28, 2014, 02:41:45 am
The Free Folk did not cross to this side of the Wall to wage a war against the kneelers; we came to escape the greatest risk we have ever faced. We thank the King in the North for acknowledging this, for providing support for our people and for not trying to interfere in how we choose to rule ourselves.

As the King in the North accepts that we are free to live as we see fit without kneeling to any lords we will cooperate with him against those who would take our freedom away from us.

Mance Rayder
88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Recognizing Excellence in Leadership Resolution (Debating) on: July 28, 2014, 02:12:49 am
I'm glad PiT and Jbrase were included. All those on this list are more than deserving of praise and I'm happy to support this bill.
89  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 300 AL (1) - A Time for Wolves) on: July 26, 2014, 02:58:21 pm
Good; otherwise the only claimants left to the Iron Throne were Renly and maybe Myrcella.
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: IDS Fine Act (Debating) on: July 25, 2014, 11:52:17 pm
This is based on the mostly Finnish-used Day Fine. The idea behind it is to make fines a legitimate punishment for courts to use; a multi-millionaire probably wouldn't mind a $500 speeding fine, but the risk of a $100,000 dollar fine might make them consider not speeding a little harder.

Part 3 is mostly unrelated, but there have been a few studies suggesting that combining fines and imprisonment cause lower recidivism rates than just using imprisonment, so I thought it was worth discussing.
91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / IDS 2: IDS Fine Act (Passed) on: July 25, 2014, 11:40:42 pm
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IDS Fine Act

1. All fines used in punishment for criminal offenses will be based on the daily disposable income of the crime's perpetrator.
   a. Daily disposable income is defined as 1/60th of monthly mean income.

2. No fine will exceed a year's worth of daily disposable income. Each crime will have a mandatory minimum fine to be used if daily disposable income is below the set rate.

3. All punishments for felony convictions will include a fine.

Sponsor: Dereich
92  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / IDS 1: Recognizing Excellence in Leadership Resolution (Passed) on: July 25, 2014, 11:38:11 pm
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A RESOLUTION


To recognize the career and accomplishments of native IDS resident and 31st President Duke, as well as those of IDS Senator North Carolina Yankee


Be it enacted by the Legislature of the Imperial Dominion of the South assembled


SECTION 1. TITLE

This legislation may be cited as the Recognizing Excellence in Leadership Resolution.

SECTION 2. COMMEMORATION

IDS citizen AHDuke99 of South Carolina, commonly referred to as Duke, 31st President of the Republic of Atlasia, is hereby recognized for his leadership, both to his home region of the Imperial Dominion of the South and to the Republic of Atlasia, throughout his service as both legislator and executive.

Likewise, IDS citizen North Carolina Yankee of North Carolina, current Senator of the Imperial Dominion of the South, is hereby recognized for his long and continuing record of leadership to the Region as our delegate to the Atlasian Senate.

Upon enactment of this legislation, it shall be incumbent upon Scott of North Carolina, current Emperor of the Imperial Dominion of the South, to formally commemorate the honorees at the East Room of the Imperial Mansion in Memphis, TN.

Sponsor: Emperor Scott
93  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 300 AL (1) - A Time for Wolves) on: July 25, 2014, 10:34:15 pm
Hmm....Tywin very pointedly never named an heir to Casterly Rock. Who is lord of the Westerlands now? Ser Kevin or the free-ish Tyrion?
94  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 300 AL (1) - A Time for Wolves) on: July 25, 2014, 12:54:35 am
To all the Southerners:

Your Night's Watch has failed to keep us contained. The Starks who have beaten the Kings-Beyond-the-Wall in the past are too busy fighting a little girl for an uncomfy chair to remove us. We're here and we aren't going back. If you're concerned about where to send your rapists and murderers, don't be. Your little black crows can keep Eastwatch-By-The-Sea and the Shadow Tower. They can keep patrolling their Wall. One day, once winter is done they can even have their other forts back. But Castle Black and the Gift belong to the Free Folk. Acknowledge this and help us get through this winter alive and we'll have no reason to fight you. You can keep your lands and your thrones, all we intend to do is survive with your help or without it.

Mance Rayder
95  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: The Imperial Dominion of the South's Legislature on: July 24, 2014, 04:16:18 pm
Anyone? Speaker? I'm fine with staying on if that's the case, but last call for nominations.
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: The Imperial Dominion of the South's Legislature on: July 21, 2014, 01:37:19 pm
Ok, another group 1 election is over and done with, so its time to elect a new speaker. Anyone want to put their name forward?
97  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: SE House legislation introduction Thread on: July 21, 2014, 02:15:23 am
IDS Fine Act

1. All fines used in punishment for criminal offenses will be based on the daily disposable income of the crime's perpetrator.
   a. Daily disposable income is defined as 1/60th of monthly mean income.

2. No fine will exceed a year's worth of daily disposable income. Each crime will have a mandatory minimum fine to be used if daily disposable income is below the set rate.

3. All punishments for felony convictions will include a fine.
98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS July 2014 Regional Election on: July 18, 2014, 08:09:30 pm
[2] coyolxauhqui of Mississippi
Labor Party
[1] sjoycefla of North Carolina
The People's Party
[3] Write-in: Deadprez
99  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Bill to Forbid the Enactment of Failure-to-Vacate Laws (Final Vote) on: July 18, 2014, 04:01:24 pm
With 3 ayes, 1 nay and 1 not voting this passes this IDS legislature and is sent to the Emperor for signature or veto.
100  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / IDS 2: Help For Those Who Seriously Can't Help Themselves Act (Debating) on: July 17, 2014, 01:54:23 am
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Help For Those Who Seriously Can't Help Themselves Act

Section 1 - Definitions
1. This bill recognizes that more attention needs to be paid to those who can not help themselves, or are mentally disabled.
2. "mentally disabled" is defined as not being able to perform the basic functions of life without the help of someone else.

Section 2 - Schooling
1. Parents of mentally disabled children have free reign over which school district their child may go.
2. TBA Millions shall be invested in special education classes.
3. Exit and Entrance doors are required to be locked at all times, with the exception of entering the classroom, bathroom breaks, and end of the school day.
4. A special ed teacher must be fired if found to be neglecting or assaulting a student.

Section 3 - Facilities
1. TBA Millions shall go to investing in facilities for mentally disabled adults.
2. The Mental Inspection Commission shall be founded to inspect the conditions of these facilities.

Section 4 - Research
1. TBA Millions will go to research for causes of mental disability in children and adults.
2. TBA Millions will go to research care techniques for mentally disabled children and adults.

Debate will fill in some of the blanks, but I think this is an important bill for us to work on.
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Sponsor: Maxwell
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