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76  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: The Grand Duchy of the Northeast Act (Debating) on: August 19, 2014, 12:34:10 pm
I feel strange saying this, but why wasn't the Republican Form of Government Clause included in the Atlasian Constitution?
77  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Lumine playing politics wih Tyrion's nomination for VP on: August 19, 2014, 12:31:40 pm
See,  the thing is I nearly voted for DemPGH, the moderate Laborite. And look where we are. It's difficult to find such declarations of "moderate Laborites" plausible at this point; even Adam openly admitted those that don't toe the party line would face difficulties getting elected. As far as I'm concerned I'm more likely to see a unicorn than a "moderate Laborite" in a position of power...
78  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: TESCO Analytics: Hypothetical federal law on: August 19, 2014, 11:51:39 am
79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Lumine playing politics wih Tyrion's nomination for VP on: August 19, 2014, 11:15:30 am
Many on the right voted for an administration that they imagined would be considerably less left-wing than the one we have. I don't know why you are all so shocked and appalled that they now seem to be lashing out at it.

This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever read. Are you implying that individuals can retroactively alter their votes? TPP also voted for Lumine; do we get to recall him because he changed parties mid-term and didn't do or serve exactly as implied? If not, then guess what: there's always the next election!

Are you suggesting that voting for someone compels a person to slavishly follow their every desire, come what may? You are suggesting the opposition does not have the right to oppose the government.

For all the hubabaloo about the fact DemPGH was elected let us also member the Senate is also elected by the people, last I checked. Being elected, as you all mention, doesn't give one some sort of carte blanche. Which this administration has increasingly acted like it has a right to.

Again, I must ask a seemingly ridiculous question: are we in a parliamentary democracy? If not, then the two have nothing to do with one another in terms of a singular mandate. I still don't understand your point, as the majority of regions elected Labor representation to the Senate, the two at-large Labor candidates who won Senate seats in the past election ranked #1 and #2 in number of preferences, and a majority of voters elected a Labor President and Labor Vice-President understanding full good and well that there were 5 Labor Senators at the time and likely to be 5 after the fact.

Also, please cite what exactly DemPGH has overreached on (and before you say anything about the power debate, please make the distinction between a bill and a law).

It's so cute when you go all populist and pretend to love Athenian democracy or some equivalent.

Do you believe this nonsensical justification? Your majorities in some category or another force Senators to bow to the will of the Labor Party? Do you seriously believe this? Representatives of three parties- the TPP, Federalist, and the DRs, have come out in opposition. Last I checked there were more people in those parties combined than in Labor.

I'm sorry, but I doubt you'll be short-circuiting this.
80  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of International Affairs on: August 19, 2014, 02:50:32 am
Special Envoy makes Ebola report

The Special Envoy of the Secretary of External Affairs to Sub-Saharan Africa, Governor Simfan, has made his report on dealing with the Ebola crisis in West Africa. The Special Envoy urged Atlasia to help the states of the region contain the disease by using satellite technology and other tracking tools to model the range of the disease and track its spread.

The envoy also recommended that quarantine and isolation equipment be sent to help hospitals deal with the flow of patients while minimising the risk to health officials. Also, it was recommended that production of experimental medicines be significantly increased, with federal assistance.
81  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Lumine playing politics wih Tyrion's nomination for VP on: August 19, 2014, 02:43:50 am
Many on the right voted for an administration that they imagined would be considerably less left-wing than the one we have. I don't know why you are all so shocked and appalled that they now seem to be lashing out at it. For all the hubabaloo about the fact DemPGH was elected let us also member the Senate is also elected by the people, last I checked. Being elected, as you all mention, doesn't give one some sort of carte blanche. Which this administration has increasingly acted like it has a right to.
82  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Pacific Voting Booth: The Bicameral Birthing Amendment on: August 19, 2014, 02:00:37 am
NAY
83  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Pacific Voting Booth: The Bicameral Birthing Amendment on: August 19, 2014, 01:59:58 am
             

This booth shall open at 00:00:00 PDT (03:00:00 EDT) on August 19 and remain open for seven days, until August 26 at 11:59:59 PDT (August 27 at 02:59:59 EDT).  

Editing your ballot at any point after posting will result in disqualification of your vote. Voting outside of the time parameters will disqualify your ballot.

This voting booth is on a constitutional referendum to amend the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia.

A vote will be counted so long as the voter that casts it is eligible to vote in this election and casts a formal ballot.  For constitutional referendums, you may choose only one of the three options (Aye, Nay, or Abstain).


Official Ballot

Quote from: Final Text
The Bicameral Birthing Amendment of 2014

Section 1: Timeline, Conditions and Implementation

1. This amendment shall go into effect upon the ratification of both itself and the Fix the Regions Amendment by three-fourths of the Regions, along with the completion of a consent process as outlined in the Fix the Regions Amendment that alters the number of Regions to three.

2. Any changes to regional boundaries, number of Regions, districts or the creation and elimination of regional and/or federal offices shall go into effect in concurrence with the following Class A Senate Elections or at a time set via proper legislation if such a categorization would no longer exist under the new number of regions.



Section 2: Changes to the Senate

1. Article 1, Section 1 of the Third Constitution of Atlasia is amended to read:

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1. The Senate shall be composed of six Senators, each with a term of four months.

2. Article 1, Section 4 of the Third Constitution of Atlasia is amended to read:

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1. The Senate shall be divided into two classes: Class A and Class B, which shall both comprise Senators elected from the Regions. Each class shall be limited to 3 Senators. Regions shall not elect more than one Senator for each class.



Section 3: The Addition of the House

1. Article 1, Section 8 of the Third Constitution shall be entitled “The House” and shall read:
   
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1. The House shall be composed of eleven Representatives, each with a term of four months.

2. No Person shall be a Representative who has not attained 100 or more posts, whose account is not at least 60 days old, and is not a registered voter in the region of which the concerned district is a member.

3.The House shall elect a Speaker from among its ranks, who shall preside over affairs of the chamber.
      
4. The House shall choose its other officers and may define those positions in the manner it sees fit.



Section 4: House Districts and Elections

1. Article 1, Section 9 of the Third Constitution shall be entitled “Elections to the House” and shall read:

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1. Elections for the seats in the House shall be held in the months of March, July, and November.

2. Regular elections to the House shall begin between midnight Eastern Standard Time on the Thursday preceding the penultimate Friday of the month and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the penultimate Friday itself, and shall conclude exactly 72 hours after beginning.

3. Any vacancy occurring in a House seat shall be filled in one of three ways.

i. If there are twenty-eight days or more left in the term of a vacant House seat, then public notice shall be given by the Secretary of Federal Elections for a special election to begin no fewer than seven but no more than ten days from said public notice.

ii. If there are fewer than twenty-eight days left in the term of a vacant House seat, where the concerned ex-Representative is a member of a major party at the time the vacancy arises, the same party shall be responsible for filling the vacancy by whatever means they deem fit and the party's leader shall inform the Secretary of Federal Elections of its decision.

iii. If there are fewer than twenty-eight days left in the term of a vacant House seat, where the concerned ex-Representative is not a member of a major party at the time the vacancy arises, the Region in which he or she resides may appoint a replacement as it sees fit. In the absence of law on this topic in the concerned Region, the seat shall remain vacant.

4. Districts in the House shall be determined based on population figures from the Census at the discretion of the Registrar General, in a process determined by Senate legislation. The allocation of Districts in the House shall be adjusted once every four months, in concurrence with the Class B Senate Elections. Any changes in the number of Districts or the way in which they are drawn shall go into effect in concurrence with the following Class A Senate Elections. Districts are not required to be exclusively in one region, and are said to be "members" of any region which contains area also covered by the District. No states may be split in the drawing of Districts.

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84  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: "Shocking" secret service tell-all just as you'd expect on: August 19, 2014, 01:27:35 am
George HW Bush is total scum and one of the worst people to be involved in political life in a democracy in the last few decades - a far worse human being than Reagan or his doltish son.

Huh
85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor Simfan - Inauguration Dinner on: August 19, 2014, 01:16:19 am
With salmon? I don't know! Huh
86  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor Simfan - Inauguration Dinner on: August 19, 2014, 12:31:04 am


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Inauguration Dinner of Governor Simfan
Tuesday, 20th August 2014
The Capitol, San Francisco

Soupe aux pois verts iraniennes
Kongsgaard Chardonnay
2003
Papillotes de saumon à la lime en cèdre libanaise
Lit d'asperges
Ridge "Monte Bello" Cabernet Sauvignon
1992
Boeuf braisé à l'orange ukrainienne
Riz pilaf
Épinards à la crème
Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs
1988
Posset du rhubarbe atlasienne avec meringues au jasmin tunisienne
Fromages assortis
Demitasses et digestifs
87  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: CA-17: San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed endorses Ro Khanna for Congress on: August 18, 2014, 09:27:55 pm
My kind of Democrats!
88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Swearing in of New Officeholders on: August 18, 2014, 08:32:04 pm
I, Simfan34, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of Pacific Governor and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia, so help me God.
89  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Asa Hutchinson "Computer Science" Strategy on: August 18, 2014, 08:24:17 pm
This is the sort of forward thinking I want from this party.
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Twelfth (12th) Pacific Council and Discussion Thread on: August 18, 2014, 08:21:11 pm
This will be the thread for the 12th Pacific Council.
91  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which is the weirder assumption out of these options? on: August 18, 2014, 08:12:48 pm
Depends on how we define "without politics."

Avoiding all exposure to political news and discussion would be virtually impossible for me unless I locked myself in my apartment without my computer or phone.

Following a vegan diet would only require that I pay slightly more attention to labels than I usually do.



This, except following a vegan diet would be extraordinarily unpleasant.
92  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Chris Christie dancing on The Tonight Show on: August 18, 2014, 08:04:45 pm
He's getting thinner.
93  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: The Punch Watched Around the World on: August 18, 2014, 08:03:17 pm
All right!
94  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: The Romney Downfall - or is it? on: August 18, 2014, 07:59:59 pm
Santorum winning? In California? How... unusual!
95  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Sic Semper Tyrannis on: August 18, 2014, 07:58:29 pm
Quite unusual, but then again things are not normal at all here... I'll be following!
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Public Fuel and Power Act of 2014 (Final vote) on: August 18, 2014, 06:14:41 pm
One might think the opinions of no less than three former Presidents would count for something.
97  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Forum IRC Channel on: August 18, 2014, 02:19:27 pm
Help, terribles are here.
98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of President Pro Tempore TNF: Senate under Proletarian Leadership on: August 18, 2014, 02:18:11 pm
Perhaps we should nationalise UPS and FedEx and merge them into the post office? Roll Eyes
99  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What cultures do you "-phile" for? on: August 18, 2014, 02:08:54 pm
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100  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did your mother keep or change her name when she got married? on: August 18, 2014, 02:05:06 pm
Maybe it's just my environment, but I feel like more women are keeping their names than changing them, at least the ones I know.
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