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76  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Lion and the Rose, Game Thread (Turn Seven) on: March 15, 2015, 12:11:34 am
One day Aegon will stop trying to take Dragonstone....One day.
77  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Lion and the Rose, the II ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) on: March 13, 2015, 09:09:39 pm
Well the most important thing is that Lumine doesn't burn out; I want to see this through to the end! If that means really long turns, I guess that's a necessary price we have to pay.
78  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Lion and the Rose: South on: March 12, 2015, 10:10:46 pm
I should have done this at the end of last turn, but I don't think its caused too much of a problem waiting.

The Small Council

As the War Council is no longer sufficient to adequately govern the realm, the Small Council is hereby reconvened to assist the Thone. All councilors, excepting Ser Florent, are hereby ordered to join me at court or send a representative in your stead.

The Capital of the Seven Kingdoms is King's Landing, now and forever. Until such time as King's Landing can be liberated and rebuilt, my court will be temporarily located in Gulltown unless it is required elsewhere.

Because of the damage done to the Kingsguard by the two pretenders, the guard is currently unable to fulfill its duty. Until the condition of the realm improves,  the vacancies on the Kingsguard will be left unfilled. Ser Balon Swann and Ser Jaime Lannister have my leave to continue their work for Lord Lannister. Should he live, Ser Barristan Selmy is invited back to his rightful place on the guard.
 
Hand of the King: Lord Davos Seaworth
Spiritual Advisor: Melisandre
Master of Coin: Lord Tyrion Lannister
Master of Laws: Lord Yohn Royce
Master of Whispers: Lady Anya Waynwood
Master of Ships: Lord Wyman Manderly
Special Represenative to the Iron Bank: Ser Axell Florent

Lord Commander of Gulltown City Watch: Ser Samwell Stone

Kingsguard:
Ser Jaime Lannister
Ser Balon Swann

So Says Stannis Baratheon, First of His Name, King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men, and Lord of the Seven Kingdoms.

79  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Lion and the Rose, the II ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) on: March 12, 2015, 09:14:00 pm
Yeah, each person has their own ways of playing the game. Whenever I try to write a PoV it either ends up being too boring or too revealing of my intentions, so I mostly avoid doing it.

In my opinion, the characters who really benefit from PoVs are those we don't know enough about (Waters, Royce, Aegon) or those who are taking their characters in a new direction that couldn't have developed in the original timeline (Snow "Bolton" or Lannister). We know Stannis pretty well from POVs of his two closest confidants and he's so inflexible that I can't imagine him changing his goals no matter what Lumine throws up. I don't think there's much I could say that y'all would benefit form.
80  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1992 American Union National Convention on: March 07, 2015, 07:58:44 pm
Why is it sabotage? The goal of these election series should be to make elections and scenarios as interesting as possible, and Duke will definitely make 1992 interesting.

Because the average AU voter would never support Duke? If "make 1992 interesting" means completely eliminating the right from the equation and just leaving it to the left to fight it out, then I guess you're right. But if that's the case, then why include a candidate of the right in the first place?
81  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Florida Law Banning Cohabitation Still Being Enforced on: March 02, 2015, 11:49:33 am
Disappointing but not surprising that the FL GOP won't agree to repeal it, but I am very surprised that that egregious infringement on privacy has not been taken to court, especially if people have actually been charged with it this century or in the latter half of the last century. Got to be one of the most unconstitutional, actually existing "crazy laws" that I've seen.

It's more a problem of time. The legislature is only in session for 60 days and has to drop most of the legislation proposed each session because they don't have enough time to get through them all. Repealing laws like this, which I assume was unused until some activist state attorney decided to start enforcing it again, wouldn't have anywhere near high enough priority to make it to the end.
82  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Lion and the Rose: South on: March 02, 2015, 04:33:52 am
EDICT ON THE RELIGION OF THE REALM

I, Stannis Baratheon, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms by right of birth and blood, do this day declare:

It is proper that all should have liberty to follow that mode of religion which to each of them appeared best; so that that R'hllor, source of all good, might be benign and propitious to us, and to every one under my government. And therefore I judged it a salutary measure that no man should be denied leave of attaching himself to the rites of the Red God, or to whatever other religion his mind directed him, that thus the true God, to whose worship we freely devote ourselves, might continue to vouchsafe His favour and beneficence to us. And accordingly I give you to know that all who choose the religion of the Lord of Light are to be permitted, freely and absolutely, to remain in it, and not to be disturbed any ways, or molested. Moreover, all monies and temples appropriated from His worshipers are to be immediately returned to their rightful owners.

Those fanatics who are known as "sparrows" reject my authority and would deny my subjects these rights. They have disrupted the natural order and forced Septon Rickard, the legitimate High Septon out of the Starry Sept. They ignore King Maegor's laws and arm themselves to terrorize the smallfolk. These zealots and the pretender they support will be purged in the flames of the Lord of Light. All Septons and right thinking men who flee from the Sparrow's persecution are welcome to my protection. They will receive no punishment and face no retribution for their previous beliefs.

So Say the King,
Stannis of House Baratheon, the First of His Name, King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men, and Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, the Lightbringer, Protector of the Realm ect.
83  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: FL: Debbie Wasserman Schultz considering Senate run in 2016 on: February 23, 2015, 02:45:02 pm
I would support Charlie Crist over Debbie Wasserman Shultz in a heartbeat

Why not give voters a choice? A real Republican vs. a real Democrat. You're welcome to vote for the Republican, but then at least we'd all know where everyone stands.

Charlie Crist supports medical marijuana and doesn't think the media has an anti-Israel bias. Plus, I'd like to see what sorts of electrical appliances he would bring to the debate.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz played a key role in preventing Congressional sanctions against Iran that could have torpedoed negotiations last year. She also came out of the extension of the deadline for negotiations with Iran. What has Charlie Crist done? (And Patrick Murphy criticized the extension of talks).

She also decided to continue the federal raids on marijuana dispensaries where states are legal, and still has not backed medicinal marijuana. Murphy is firmly against the federal government nullifying state policy on weed, supports medicinal, and actually managed to do only 3% worse than her in much more hostile territory. As does Crist.

She never "decided to continue" federal raids on marijuana dispensaries- those decisions are up to the Justice department, which were becoming increasingly infrequent anyways. She has said, "I am supportive of evidence-based medical marijuana treatment... I am supportive of expansion of its use as a medical treatment if evidence proves its effectiveness." She has also said she has considered supporting a 2016 version of the failed Florida referendum expanding medical marijuana, which shows she is open minded about this issue.

Patrick Murphy has supported the Keystone pipeline, voted in favor of spending federal funds to prop up for-profit universities that saddle students with high rates of debt and default, voted in favor of the House spending resources to continue the Benghazi witch hunt, and voted to gut the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act to redefine full time employment to 40 hours.

I don't think the O'Donnell-Schultz comparison was a straw man at all.  Debbie Wasserman Schultz is about as electable in Florida as Christine O'Donnell was in Delaware.  On the other hand, like Mike Castle, Patrick Murphy is the strongest and most electable A-lister that his state's party could run in the race.  I don't know about you, but I'd rather win with a Democrat who would likely vote the right way on most major issues if his vote was truly needed despite casting some conservative votes when the outcome was a foregone conclusion than lose with a completely unelectable liberal.  It's one thing with someone like Andrew Cuomo who is the living embodiment of everything a public official should not be (he'd probably do exactly what George Wallace did if he were running in the South during the 50s or 60s).  However, Patrick Murphy is not anywhere near being so horrible that he is unfit to hold any sort of elected office.  He isn't some Zell Milleresque DINO either, not even close.  You talked about voters deserving a real choice.  A choice where one option is already inevitable isn't a real choice.  If Debbie Wasserman Schultz is the Democratic nominee then Republicans have essentially already held Rubio's seat.  If Patrick Murphy is the Democratic nominee then we'd probably be either even money or even slightly favored to pick up the seat and be that much closer to retaking the Senate.  And I guarantee you that a Democratic Senate will do more than enough good for the American people to more then make up for the occasional bad vote by Murphy.

I think you're greatly exaggerating Murphy's potential here. Castle was so strong because he frequently won statewide office even while others in his party lost in landslides. Murphy has won in one congressional district against a no name and Allen West. Sure, he's far and away a better choice than Debbie Wasserman Schultz, but I doubt he'd even be even money against an incumbent.
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: February 2015 Presidential and Regional Senate Elections on: February 22, 2015, 11:54:32 pm
President and Vice President
[1] Maxwell/Dallasfan65
[2] JCL/Devin
[3] Bore/BK

Senator
[1] Dereich
[2] Cassius
[3] TNF
85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: MW: February 2015 Gubernatorial Election on: February 19, 2015, 01:41:07 pm
Ballot for Governor
[2] Gass3268 (Labor Party-EX)
[1] Foucaulf (Federalist Party-MN)
86  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: WE'RE GOING TO THE BEACH in February!!! Federalist Convention (Sign in!) on: February 16, 2015, 03:12:19 am
Quote
Ballot:

President:
[2] JCL/Devin
[1] Maxwell/Dallasfan65


Midwest:
[1] Dereich
[2] Cassius


Northeast:
Should we endorse Cinyc for NE Regional Senate?
[  ] Yes
[X] No
87  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Lion and the Rose: The North on: February 15, 2015, 02:51:18 pm
An Announcement on the Will of Rob Stark

I am Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and King of the First Men and hold ultimate authority over my subjects. However should the Warden of the North so choose, he is free to adopt the title of King in the North, along with all the rights and privileges that title entails, so long as he continues to acknowledge and accept the ultimate suzerainty of the Iron Throne.

So Says the King,
Stannis Baratheon


Notice: I'm sorry, but this will have to be overridden by the GM. While Renly may have showed a willingness to consider a similar arrangement, I think it's out of character for Stannis to allow one of his vassals to be named King, even if he remains a vassal.

Oops; hadn't read that book in a while. I was mistaking who said what.
88  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Lion and the Rose: The North on: February 15, 2015, 05:39:51 am
An Announcement on the Will of Rob Stark

I am Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and King of the First Men and hold ultimate authority over my subjects. However should the Warden of the North so choose, he is free to adopt the title of King in the North, along with all the rights and privileges that title entails, so long as he continues to acknowledge and accept the ultimate suzerainty of the Iron Throne.

So Says the King,
Stannis Baratheon
89  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Duke-Glory Days Act (Passed) on: February 13, 2015, 01:33:30 pm
Just a reminder that the Imperial titles ARE part of the constitution; to change them like this requires a vote by citizens of the region. So before you start changing the wiki you should probably make sure this will actually become law.
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Dereich for Senate: It's just a game people. on: February 13, 2015, 04:35:26 am
With activity and inactivity having come up a lot in the last week, I wanted to say a few things on the issue. I want to join the chorus who have been reminding everyone to step back and remember: its just a game. The only reason this is here is for all of us to have consequence-free fun; none of us really loses if someone prioritizes real life over their game responsibilities. There is no correct way to be an Atlasian and being an officeholder shouldn't have to be a mandatory job. It seems like all sides have been losing track of this; the Court is packed with "witch-hunts" of all kinds.

In this line of thought, as a Senator I'd put forward and support several changes to impeachment and removal for office. First, outside of those who are absolutely necessary for the game to function, cabinet members should NEVER be impeached. The Senate should have no binding authority over executive officers once they've been ratified; being able to impeach cabinet members tramples over the separation of powers. Only the President should have the power to dismiss members of the cabinet, and should bear full responsibility for their decisions on keeping or dismissing their appointees.

Next, the one week automatic trigger for impeaching Senators needs to go, or at least be pushed back farther than a week. The Senate is perfectly capable of policing itself; if a Senator's absence is causing a problem they should be impeached when there are enough of their colleagues willing to take that step, not at some mandatory trigger time.  

Inactivity hasn't been the only focus of witch-hunts. The Midwest's very own Governor LeBron was struck down based on something he said on IRC. I don't think that's right. Atlasian courts and trials should be based on evidence within the game, not gathered outside of it. To say nothing of problems of IRC name-changing, allowing evidence into trials from outside of the forum rests on shaky legal support and sets a bad precedent for future trials. In the past, Atlasia's most celebrated takedowns didn't require bringing in outside information, neither should those of today. None of this is to say that things on IRC shouldn't be brought forward and shown to everyone, just that binding court decisions shouldn't be based on them. A bill to forbid this kind of outside evidence use would be my first Senatorial bill.

On a less policy based note the forum tells me its 5:00, which must mean time for us all to settle down in Serenity (the state and the State) and drink. Senator TNF can keep his whistle-stop tour; this is the let's-not-take-things-too-fast leisurely stroll type of campaign.
91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: WE'RE GOING TO THE BEACH in February!!! Federalist Convention (Sign in!) on: February 12, 2015, 01:46:01 am
Regardless of what anyone thinks of the state of the party and of the benefits or costs of dissolution, I think we should agree that RIGHT NOW is not the best time for it. We're a week away from a major election and just about the WORST thing I can think of is for a massive split in the right to occur when what we need to focus on is electing Federalists. So can we please table this discussion until after the election?
92  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: McCulloch v. Maryland on: February 09, 2015, 03:34:50 pm
Its called the Supremacy Clause J.J. Glad to see you made it through elementary buddy. Who are you John Marshall's alterego? Im sure you've already heard about another form of Supremacy in the Dred Scott decision. Still feel superior, Big Guy? Wink

This is traitorous sedition.  This sort of reasoning is the cause of our astronomical national trade deficit today.  Free traitors practice their lunatic policies with communist govts. that dominate the guidelines of preference.  The govt. must ensure sound credit for the nation.  What was the use of Philadelphia Convention, but to bring the country a more financially sound system of cooperation under federal law.

I'm certain all the Presidents through Hoover would have agreed with "the necessary and proper clause" of obligation to credit although to differing degrees.

The first mistake was the overthrow of John Q with Ol' Hick in '29.  Natl. bank credit and protection would have ended slavery on a dime without a war because the South would have been stripped of their resources.  From '29 to '61 the nation was acting under the impression of the Articles of Confederation with no authority to make the people recognize ethical financial obligations.

And please believe that the Civil War is the original cause of inflationary policy in this country.  The so-called Greenback has scarcely been on par with gold, and now we can forget about this ideal until Gold becomes our standard bearer again.

Unite our system with Britain!

Ah, the decision was that the state could not tax the national bank.

It's been SEVEN YEARS since he responded to you. At some point you need to let these things go.
93  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: "A New Kind of Republican" (Slate article, Jeb Bush-related..somewhat) on: February 09, 2015, 03:06:12 pm
The fact that people think the gold standard will ruin the country is shocking and sad.
What's shocking and sad is the huge deflation and recession we'll get with the gold standard. Sorry.

There is nothing wrong with deflation if deflation is due to continuous increases in productivity. There is NO reason why prices must forever be on a continuous upward trejectory.

The problems with deflation have nothing to do with government debt and everything to due with maintaining stable levels of private consumption; its the start of a vicious cycle. Prices start going down and people reduce spending in anticipation even lower prices in the future; less spending means businesses need to reduce production, leading to job loss and even less spending. From there you're quickly moving into recession or worse. The massive deflation in the 30s did more to create the Great Depression than anything else. I don't know why anyone would want to bring that threat back.

It would be possible to operate a successful modern gold standard, if the government would be willing to constantly adjust the exchange rate to prevent deflation or runs on gold, but why even bother at that point?
94  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: WE'RE GOING TO THE BEACH in February!!! Federalist Convention (Sign in!) on: February 09, 2015, 01:53:42 pm
X Dereich
95  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Dereich for Senate: A New Era! on: February 06, 2015, 01:50:12 am
You seem like a really nice guy. I hope my endorsement matters Smiley



Thank you very much Mr. Speaker!
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Dereich for Senate: A New Era! on: February 06, 2015, 01:39:22 am
Mr. [DE][Reich], how do you respond to criticisms that your name literally stands for "German Reich"?

Thank you for the question! I'm always happy to explain my name when people think I was trying to use poor German. In fact, my name came about when a random name generator for gave me "Dietrich" and I misspelled it to what you see today. I've always liked it because it was a bit unusual and otherwise I'd probably have a generic "President123" or "Politics Fan 456" type of name. I'm glad I could clear up this misunderstanding!



You know, thank you for this as well! It leads me to an important point I've wanted to make. You can call me a carpetbagger if you want. I've just joined this region and yet I'm asking to be elected as its senator; it does seem a bit unconventional. But I think I can bring something to the Senate that its not getting now; I want to make the Senate simpler and more interesting not just for those constantly paying attention, but the less active players as well. I think a Senator who also could have been called a carpetbagger at the time said it well a few years back: "I admit that I am new to the Midwest, but that I believe that I can represent Midwestern citizens in Nyman."
97  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Dereich for Senate: A New Era! on: February 06, 2015, 12:23:53 am
Endorsed!

Thanks X!

Endorsed, Dereich, best of luck!

Thank you President Lumine!

Endorsed wholeheartedly.

Thank you very much.

Endorsed man. You'll do great as the Midwest's Senator.

Thanks Maxwell. Keep the IDS going strong.

Endorsed by a bunch of fellow carpetbaggers, a banned guy and a known fascists? No thanks. How much did you learn about the Midwest in the hour you resided there before declaring for Senate?

You wound me Griffin. I though we were friends Sad

Orgasmically endorsed!!! Cheesy

Thank you for your support!
98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Dereich for Senate: A New Era! on: February 05, 2015, 08:50:29 pm
Endorsed

Wow, that was fast. Thank you very much, Emperor.
99  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Dereich for Senate: It's just a game people. on: February 05, 2015, 08:47:20 pm



Hello Midwest!

After being a legislator, speaker, and emperor of the IDS, it was time to move on. I thought hard about where to go, and I decided on the Midwest for a few reasons. One of the best things about the Midwest is that it managed to stay unique, with its own strange culture and traditions against the tide of boring mediocrity that permeates the game. I'm very happy to join a new region, especially a region with a unique personality.

Its also good to join a region with serious ideological diversity and change in the Alţing. The most fun I had in Atlasia was in the middle of Operation Cottonfield, when Griffin's leftist hordes were making every election a tough fight and when the battle over nuclear power stretched across the boards.  As Emperor, one of my goals was to get and keep leftists in the legislature to keep that spirit of competition alive. Here, there is constant change and turnover;

Which brings me to the last reason for switching regions: to run for Senate. The Senate is intellectually vapid, unnecessarily byzantine and just plain full of itself. When I look at what I'd change, I think that the Senate needs is to pare down the complexity a bit, focus itself more narrowly and do more to make its actions mean something to non-Senators. I didn't decide to run against TNF because he's the big boogeyman of the left, but because I think he's one of the worst in connecting the Senate with the rest of the game. I have ideas for all of these I hope to elaborate more on as the campaign gets moving.

I'm extremely excited to be able to run in the same race with strong candidates to my left and right; I'm sure there will be exciting debates and arguments that pop up over the next few weeks! So as things get going, now is the time for everyone to come in, relax, grab some whiskey, and ask any questions if you've got em.
100  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: February 05, 2015, 06:44:06 pm
I will be running for the Midwest Senate seat.
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