on: Today at 05:49:55 am
Started by politicus - Last post by politicus
Okay, I will go with Hash and say, this might be an actual election, although I still expect Zimbabwe style levels of electoral fraud, but at least lots of parties are running - even if they are basically all the same.http://www.rferl.org/content/kyrgyzstan-elections-unpredictable-democracy/27285940.html
120 seats to be elected to the Supreme Council using PR in a single nationwide constituency.
No party is allowed to hold more than 65 seats.
Gender quota of minimum 30% and ethnic minority quota of 15%.Brief background:
Kyrgyz nationalism is on the rise and they have been clampdown on sexual minorities and all civic groups that fight for actual liberal democracy or civil rights.
- Gazprom is King in Kyrgyzstan.
- Russian media is the staple diet for the mases.
- The Moscow-led Eurasian Union has given Russian exports a boost.
- Russian military base and "advisors".
- Chinese economic expansion - its construction of gleaming pylons and new,
- Giving the locals un-potholed roads through Kyrgyz mountains and valleys.
US has lost its military base in Kyrgyzstan (Putin still has his). Western NOGs try to prop up civil society and human rights groups making Western influence unpopular with the elite.
One million+ Kyrgyz have left, a fifth of the population, most of them ending up as cheap low-skilled workers all over Russia.
Fairly mixed population with minorities of Russians, Tartars, various Caucasian groups and Kyrgyz.
Kyrgyzstan's president Almazbek Atambayev isn't as thieving as his predecessors (or his neighbours), but is pretty authoritarian, but claims he will leave voluntarily in two years.
Ten years ago the Kyrgyz made the "Tulip Revolution" expelling tyrant Askar Akayev (first president and his insanely corrupt family.
Five years ago resident Kurmanbek Bakiyev was driven out (currently in exile in Belarus ) followed by inter-ethnic clashes.
1) the usual scheming oligarchic elite.
2) ineffectual parliament.
3) pluralistic and unpredictable with no less than 14 parties competing.
4) Kyrgyz government has introduced a biometric voting system to eliminate fraud. But the important thing will be whether vote tabulation will be fair.
5) most parties led by oligarchs forming cynical alliances with arch rivals whenever it suits them with little difference in terms of policy.
6) systemic corruption, unbearable fuel and electricity price hikes, a tumbling currency.
7) Kyrgyz politicians love starting protest movements, blocking roads, or inciting violence if things don't go their way.
But for all its imperfections, Kyrgyz democracy still has a chance to prevail, buffeted as it is by changeable gales of internal and external influence. Because despite it all, it is stubbornly persistent, bobbing in a Central Asian sea of authoritarianism.
on: Today at 05:24:06 am
Started by Tender Branson - Last post by Tender Branson
Quick move to the 2016 presidential election
, which basically starts after the Vienna state election is done.
Today, Josef Moser
(President of the Austrian Court of Audit) said that "he won't rule out running for President" and the he "certainly won't retire with 60, but do something positive instead with his experience".
Moser, a highly competent guy who's no Nazi or said anything Nazi-related, would enter the race for the FPÖ and he's probably the best candidate that the FPÖ can find, even though most FPÖ-voters don't give a damn about the Presidency and would rather want to abolish that office.
For the Greens, former party leader and professor Alexander Van der Bellen
also looks likely to be "in" soon.
For the SPÖ, Minister for Labour Rudolf Hundstorfer
also looks like 99.9% in.
That leaves the ÖVP and NEOS without candidates (even though Erwin Pröll
looks likely to jump in for the former).
And then there's Irmgard Griss
, who led the HYPO bad bank investigation commission which heavily attacked SPÖVP-FPÖ for their handling of this scandal bank. She might either run for the ÖVP (if Pröll does not), as an Independent or as a joint candidate for SPÖVP.http://orf.at/stories/2302274
on: Today at 05:17:36 am
Started by Governor Leinad - Last post by Governor Leinad
First of all, I'd like to point out that I misspelled the word "Constitutional" as "Consitutional"--omitting the first "t." Spelling has never been a strongsuit of mine, which is why I unashamedly love spellcheck. That being said, I apologize for making an error like that, especially on such an important word.
Second of all, I'm a bit confused as to Kalwejt's sudden departure. I have no idea why he did this. If it's something bad in his personal life, I certainly wish him well. A great Atlasian who, with the Rise and Fall of Tender Branson
, made one of the few things on the internet that are actually funny. Selfishly, I want him to come back just to finish that!
Regarding his departure from the Senate, I encourage running as an option for anyone who wants to help Atlasia achieve what we all want it to achieve. While we already have a couple good candidates, there aren't any members of major parties, so the race is there to be won.
And regarding his departure from the Constitutional Convention, I support the measure proposed by Senator Truman (another active Senator) to make Duke a delegate. I'll quote myself from the Senate floor:
As former President Duke has expressed an interest in joining the Convention as a delegate from the South, I would like to nominate Senator Yankee to replace Kalwejt as the fifth Senatorial delegate. This would create a vacancy in the Southern delegation, allowing Duke to join the convention.
I suppose I don't get to officially appoint him to take the role until you guys vote on it or something--but I'd just like to publically state that I endorse this plan and will appoint him when the time comes. Duke should totally be at the ConCon.
To any doubters, I think this is the legal way of doing it. Technically there were no rules in place for replacing delegates selected by the senate, so we go British Constitution on this issue: make it up and call it "precedent." Here's my reasoning (I know I don't need to make this argument, but there should be as much confidence as possible that we're doing this right and not Calvinball-ing it): regional vacancies are filled by the region that appointed them (specifically the Governor)--therefore, as I figure it, senatorial vacancies should logically be filled by the entity that appointed them--in this case, the Senate.
I reasoned that correctly, right? I mean, I know this is what's going to happen, and what should happen, so it's not really a point worth arguing that much. But I think it is worth making to a degree. Here's why: there are a lot of people opposed to the ConCon, or the Senate, or just stuff in general. Most are well-intentioned, some are just trolls. Either way, a house divided will fall, so it's important to not make this a stumbling block. Similar to what Truman said regarding the Senate vote that mistakenly left Justice Oakvale off the ballot, we can't let some minor thing like this be ammunition against progress, or a banana peel for our best opportunity to save the nation.
I suppose I could see this precedent being used to shuffle the delegates for ill in an evil conspiracy, but I think Duke is eager, deserved, and more than qualified enough to make his appointment be worth the risk of that unlikely scenario. -Leinad
on: Today at 05:00:35 am
Started by Nutmeg - Last post by Nutmeg
Dang, Nutmeg. That's all this year? You seriously get around.
Yep, all in 2015.
And I just realized I missed 3 Virginia districts as well as a Japanese district. So updating:U.S.
Total: 79: 44 D
, 35 RCanada
, Bonavista–Gander–Grand Falls–Windsor
, Humber–St. Barbe–Baie Verte
, Random–Burin–St. George's
, St. John's East
, St. John's South–Mount Pearl
Total: 7: 4 L
, 2 N
, 1 CFrance
: Paris TBD, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon 1
, Seine-et-Marne TBD, Seine-Saint-Denis TBD, Val-d'Oise TBD
Total: 1 PRG
, others TBDGermany
, Stuttgart I
, Stuttgart II
Total: 2 SPD
, 1 CDUJapan
: Chiba 10
Total: 1 LDPSeychelles
: Anse aux Pins
, Anse Boileau
, Anse Royale
, Au Cap
, Baie Lazare
, Bel Air
, Pointe La Rue
, Port Glaud
Total: 10 PThailand
: 1 (Chiang Mai
), 6 (Bangkok
, Samut Prakan
), 8 (Phang Nga
)United Arab Emirates
: Abu Dhabi TBDUnited Kingdom
, Bermondsey and Old Southwark
, Brentford and Isleworth
, Chelsea and Fulham
, Cities of London and Westminster
, Ealing Central and Acton
, Ealing North
, Ealing Southall
, Feltham and Heston
, Hayes and Harlington
, Poplar and Limehouse
, Westminster North
Total: 15: 11 L
, 4 C
Past U.S. totals:2014
: 55: 32 D
, 23 R2013
: 41: 24 D
, 17 R2012
: 52: 26 D
, 26 R2011
: 82: 47 R
, 34 D
, 1 vacant2010
: 92: 61 D
, 31 R2009
: 112: 61 D
, 51 R2008
: 164: 90 D
, 74 R