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Welcome to Atlasia!


The Republic of Atlasia National Flag.

Atlasia is a political/governmental simulation wherein participants take part in elections and referenda which shape the nature and laws of the nation. Atlasia operates as a federal state with five regions. The federal government has three branches: executive (President and Cabinet); legislative (Senate); and judicial (Supreme Court). Elections to the Presidency, Senate, and regional offices are held at regular intervals.


Citizens of each region can participate in the regional government either as elected representatives such as the Governor or simply as proposers of legislation at the regional level. Each region has developed their own constitutions which set out their system of government. Below is an image of each region and the states they contain.*


*Puerto Rico is a state in the Republic of Atlasia and is placed in the Southeast Region.

Parties.

Numerous parties exist in Atlasia encompassing a wide range of ideological positions. Many parties have a leadership, organize a platform and put forward and endorse candidates for elections. A brief summary of the ideology of the major parties is provided in the post below. There are also numerous Independents in Atlasia who act outside of any party structure.

Alternatively, if you do not see a Party that you find yourself on common ground with, why not start one on your own? There are no special measures one needs to go through to accomplish this, simply open a thread, hammer out an ideology and get recruiting!

Registration.

Registration requirements have changed as of the passage of the last Constitutional Amendment.

To join Atlasia, you must register in the Registration Thread located here. Simply state your name, the party you wish to register with, and preferred state of residence in that order. You may register in anyone of the 50 real life states, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Here's an example:

Tmthforu94
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Kansas

In order to register, you must havea total post count on the forum of 18 and your account must be at least 7 days old.

You may only change your state of registration when moving to another region every 180 days but you may change your party at anytime and your state registration may be changed when moving within the same region once a month. After your initial registration, you are allowed to make one "free move" to anywhere, which does not count under the 180 days rule during the first week, however, after this you are not allowed to move for the required time.

Board Organization.

When first joining, occasionally some of you may be confused as to what the different boards are. The board structure looks something like this (as of November 1st, 2010):


Atlas Fantasy Elections is the most important board and the board you will most likely end up spending most of your time on. It covers all miscellaneous chat between citizens, who post threads such as political party headquarters, conventions, newspapers, offices for politicians, and so on. Feel free to introduce yourself here in this thread, or create a thread introducing yourself on your own. Smiley
       
      Child Board: The Voting Booth is where Governors, Lt. Governors, party leaders, and the Secretary of Forum Affairs open voting booths for citizens to vote on important matters relating to national or regional office and ballot initiatives, and sometimes as trivial as voting on political party platform planks.

Atlas Fantasy Government is where business of the government is done. The White House, certain political offices, and court cases are all handled here, but most of all, is Senate business. It's advised you don't post here unless you're personally championing an issue, as it's rather impolite to interrupt the Senate's work.

      Child Board: The Constitutional Convention board is a temporary one that debate the changing of Atlasia's system of government. It is now a defunct board.

      Child Board: The Regional Governments board is a recently instituted board that allows regional governments to gather in one centralized location to do their business unencumbered by other unrelated threads. Regions centralized their legislatures and executive offices here to do their business quietly and more efficiently.



Law & Regional Governments.

Some of you may wonder where you can find some more detailed information about Atlasia. As for laws, the Statute on the Wiki provides a long list of every law ever passed by the Senate.

Depending on where you take residence, you will have your own Regional Constitution:


List of Officeholders

This is a list of all office-holders, though it is rarely updated.

Your President is: ahduke99 (Federalist-SC)
Your Vice President is: Cincinattus (The People's Party-NY)

Atlasian Senate:

Mideast Senate Seat: DC al Fine (Federalist-OH)
Northeast Senate Seat: Bore (Labor-RI)
Imperial Dominion of the South Senate Seat: North Carolina Yankee (Federalist-NC)
Midwest Senate Seat: TNF (Labor-KS)
Pacific Senate Seat: TyrionTheImperialist (Labor-CA)

At-Large Senators:
Lumine (TPP-MT)
Talleyrand (Labor-ME)
jdb (X) (Labor-NY)
Goldwater (Federalist-DE)
Shua (Democratic-Republican-VA)


Miscellaneous Information.

If you want to learn more about Atlasia, you can explore the Atlas Wiki (located here) or on the toolbar above via the button, which stores the Atlasian and regional Constitutions and laws, as well as information on current office holders and some details about many of the current (and past) participants in Atlasia.

Also, you should feel free to post any questions you have about Atlasia in this thread and someone should shortly be able to provide some guidance. You are also more than welcome to message me with any questions you may have, along with other prominent Atlasians. Smiley Any of us would be happy to help!

There is also an old Introduction to Atlasia thread. You can locate it here, if you're interested.

Official Citizen Initiative Thread

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Atlasian Political Parties.

Below are a list of the four major political parties in Atlasia, party logos (if available), party summaries (provided by the individual Chairmen), as well as other miscellaneous information. Hopefully this will serve as an easy way for newcomers to Atlasia to learn more about those involved in the process, and have an easier time to join others like them!



The Federalist Party, 46 Members


Chairman: Tmthforu94

The Federalist Party believes that individuals, not the government, can make the best decisions. We stand for the rights of regions, and oppose any attempts by the federal government to infringe on their rights. We believe that all individuals are equal and entitled to equal rights.



The Labor Party, 40 Members

Chairman: Averroës Nix

Government is at its core function arising out of society in order to mediate between different groups within the society and is given the power to ensure, ideally, that no part of society is in a position of absolute dominance over the others. Inevitably, however, human error will enter into the system and unbalance this mediation of forces and interests that creates society and culture. Egalitarianism in the form of redistributive justice is an attempt to correct for this human error. The human error's name is susceptibility to tribalism and greed.

The cornerstone of the Labor party is the worker.  The plight of the worker is the plight of everyday life, and it is the duty of government to treat working people with the dignity and respect that their position deserves.  The enemy of the worker is the enemy of the Labor party and it is the enemy of the overflowing pure hearts of the people; this is namely: immeasurable greed.  Greed is the basis of unregulated capitalism and the pursuit of profit over the advancement of liberty, health, and equality, is its battle cry.  Thus, it is the mission of the Labor party to fight back the monstrous blitzkrieg of robber barons, and champion the cause of the worker.




The Progressive Union, 19 Members

Chairman: GAWorth

The Progressive Union is a unification of centrists and center-leftists. We stand in opposition to the duopoly and the two-party system, and believe that more political parties make a more competitive Atlasia. Our goal of unifying centrists, center-leftists, and those opposed to the two-party system and the duopoly is described in our slogan, "Unity through Diversity." We encourage all center-leftists, centrists, and others who are opposed to the two party system to join the Progressive Union, for an enjoyable and prosperous Atlasia.



The Democratic-Republican Party, 9 Members

Chairman: Dallasfan

The Democratic-Republicans believe that individual liberty is sacrosanct. We recognize that the government plays a vital role in everybody’s lives, and can be a positive good. That being said, we also understand that there is a limiting principle to government intervention, and resolve to trim areas of bureaucratic excess. We do not support paradigms dividing society into makers and takers, but respect people of all classes and seek greater opportunity for the poor.


Cultural Marxist Party, 8 Members

Chairman: Al
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2014 Elections Calendar.
Special thanks to executives in the IDS, Mideast, Midwest, and Pacific for helping me with this! Smiley

Federal Elections:
February 21-23: Presidential and Regional Senate Elections
April 18-20: At-Large Senate Elections
June 20-22: Presidential and Regional Senate Elections
August 15-17: At-Large Senate Elections
October 17-19: Presidential and Regional Senate Elections
December 12-14: At-Large Senate Elections


Imperial Dominion of the South:
January 17-19: Class A Legislature
February 14-16: Class B Legislature
March 21-23: Class A Legislature
April 18-20: Emperor, Class B Legislature
May 16-18: Class A Legislature
June 20-22: Class B Legislature
July 18-20: Class A Legislature
August 22-24: Emperor, Class B Legislature
September 19-21: Class A Legislature
October 24-26: Class B Legislature
November 21-23: Class A Legislature
December 19-21: Emperor, Class B Legislature


Mideast Region:
January 16, 2014 - Mideast Assembly and Governor Elections
March 20, 2014 - Mideast Assembly Elections
May 15, 2014 - Mideast Assembly and Governor Elections
July 17, 2014 - Mideast Assembly Elections
September 18, 2014 - Mideast Assembly and Governor Elections
November 20, 2014 - Mideast Assembly Elections


Midwest Region:
January 13, 2014: Archduke and Midwest Alțing elections.
February 20, 2014: Midwest Governor election.
March 20, 2014:Midwest Alțing election.
May 15, 2014: Archduke and Midwest Alțing elections.
June 19, 2014: Midwest Governor election.
July 17, 2014: Midwest Alțing election.
September 18, 2014: Archduke and Midwest Alțing elections.
October 23, 2014: Midwest Governor election.
November 20, 2014: Midwest Alțing election


Northeast Region:
February 20, 2014: Northeast Gubernatorial and Assembly Elections
April 17, 2014: Northeast Assembly Elections
June 19, 2014: Northeast Gubernatorial and Assembly Elections
August 21, 2014: Northeast Assembly Elections
October 23, 2014: Northeast Gubernatorial and Assembly Elections
December 11, 2014: Northeast Assembly Elections

Pacific Region: Subject to Change via Pacific Crisis
February 13 - Governor and Council Elections
April 10 - Governor and Council Elections
June 12 - Governor and Council Elections
October 9 - Governor and Council Elections
December 11 - Governor and Council Elections

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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2012, 11:00:24 am »
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The Liberals have 25 members now, Labor and the Whigs have 24, and the IB has 13.

Also, maroon is also a Labor color.
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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2012, 11:56:41 am »
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Good work. My first action as President was going to be replacing Dallasfan because he no longer wanted to do this; you can stay in charge of this.
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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2012, 12:33:44 pm »
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Mr. Tmthforu, we have logos for the Labor Party; you can pick one or use both:





And our chairman is Nathan.
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And our chairman is Nathan.

Current Members:

National: 37

Mideast: 7
Midwest: 7
Northeast: 10
Pacific: 6
South (IDS): 7

Current Elected Officers:

Chair – Adam Griffin
Vice-Chair – Marokai Blue
General Secretary – Barnes
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And our chairman is Nathan.

Current Members:

National: 37

Mideast: 7
Midwest: 7
Northeast: 10
Pacific: 6
South (IDS): 7

Current Elected Officers:

Chair – Adam Griffin
Vice-Chair – Marokai Blue
General Secretary – Barnes


Obviously this has changed a bit, but yeah, can we get an update for all the parties? Leaderships have changed, numbers have changed, and the TPP isn't even included in this as of now. This is where most new people will first look when coming to the game, so it'd be nice if it were up-to-date.
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Of course - I'll do it this evening. Smiley
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Of course - I'll do it this evening. Smiley

Thanks!
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how abot introduction to John for the People?

can I count on you?
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how abot introduction to John for the People?

can I count on you?
One is in the works.
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These remarks perfectly capture the greatness that was lost the day that this compassionate, brilliant, giant among men became "one of the disappeared ones."  He was a man of words and food, and the brilliance of his oratory is on full display right here.  This was a great Atlasian and he will always be in The People's hearts!
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THis would be nice here 2013 FEDERAL/REGIONAL ELECTIONS:

February 5, 2013 - Pacific Council Elections
February 14, 2013 - Midwest Wisard Ekstraordinar Elections
February 15, 2013 - PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS; Regional Senator Elections; IDS Legislature Class B, Northeast Assembly & Governor Elections
March 15, 2013 - IDS Legislature Class A Elections
March 21, 2013 - Mideast Assembly Elections
April 5, 2013 - Pacific Council & Governor Elections
April 11, 2013 - Midwest Regional Kommissær & Wisard Ekstraordinar Elections
April 19, 2013 - AT-LARGE SENATOR ELECTIONS; IDS Legislature Class B & Emperor, Northeast Assembly Elections
May 16, 2013 - Mideast Assembly & Governor Elections
May 17, 2013 - IDS Legislature Class A Elections
June 5, 2013 - Pacific Council Elections
June 13, 2013 - Midwest Wisard Ekstraordinar Elections
June 21, 2013 - PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS; Regional Senator Elections; IDS Legislature Class B, Northeast Assembly & Governor Elections
July 18, 2013 - Mideast Assembly Elections
July 19, 2013 - IDS Legislature Class A Elections
August 5, 2013 - Pacific Council & Governor Elections
August 8, 2013 - Midwest Regional Kommissær & Wisard Ekstraordinar Elections
August 16, 2013 - AT-LARGE SENATOR ELECTIONS; IDS Legislature Class B & Emperor, Northeast Assembly Elections
September 19, 2013 - Mideast Assembly & Governor Elections
September 20, 2013 - IDS Legislature Class A Elections
October 5, 2013 - Pacific Council Elections
October 10, 2013 - Midwest Wisard Ekstraordinar Elections
October 18, 2013 - PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS; Regional Senator Elections; IDS Legislature Class B, Northeast Assembly & Governor Elections
November 15, 2013 - IDS Legislature Class A Elections
November 21, 2013 - Mideast Assembly Elections
December 5, 2013 - Pacific Council & Governor Elections
December 12, 2013 - Midwest Regional Kommissær & Wisard Ekstraordinar Elections
December 20, 2013 - AT-LARGE SENATOR ELECTIONS; IDS Legislature Class B & Emperor, Northeast Assembly Elections
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CORRECTIONS THE 2013 CALENDAR:

February 15 22, 2013 - PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS; Regional Senator Elections; IDS Legislature Class B, Northeast Assembly & Governor Elections

August 16 23, 2013 - AT-LARGE SENATOR ELECTIONS; IDS Legislature Class B & Emperor, Northeast Assembly Elections
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CORRECTIONS THE 2013 CALENDAR:

February 15 22, 2013 - PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS; Regional Senator Elections; IDS Legislature Class B, Northeast Assembly & Governor Elections

August 16 23, 2013 - AT-LARGE SENATOR ELECTIONS; IDS Legislature Class B & Emperor, Northeast Assembly Elections

The Constitution says the Presidential election is to be held on the second Thursday of the month; have I missed something? Sad
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CORRECTIONS THE 2013 CALENDAR:

February 15 22, 2013 - PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS; Regional Senator Elections; IDS Legislature Class B, Northeast Assembly & Governor Elections

August 16 23, 2013 - AT-LARGE SENATOR ELECTIONS; IDS Legislature Class B & Emperor, Northeast Assembly Elections

The Constitution says the Presidential election is to be held on the second Thursday of the month; have I missed something? Sad

This is what I thought, but homely clarified for me saying it was the second-to-last Thursday. I'm still not exactly sure what the protocol is, though; I just had him verify the dates.
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More reason why I'm glad I'm not, and have never been, an elections administrator. Tongue
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Taking a quick look at the Constitution, there appears to be a discrepancy that has gone unnoticed.

Constitution, Article 1, section 4, clause 3
Regular elections to the Senate shall begin between midnight Eastern Standard Time on the second to last Thursday of the month in which they otherwise would have started and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the first Friday thereafter, and shall conclude exactly 72 hours after beginning, except in the month of December. Regular elections to the Senate in the month of December shall begin between midnight Eastern Standard Time on the second Thursday of the month and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the first Friday thereafter, and shall conclude exactly 72 hours after beginning.

Constitution, Article 2, section 2, clause 1
Presidential elections shall be held in the months of February, June and October. Elections shall begin between 0000 Eastern Standard Time on the second Thursday of the election month and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the first Friday thereafter, and shall conclude exactly 72 hours after beginning.
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Taking a quick look at the Constitution, there appears to be a discrepancy that has gone unnoticed.

Constitution, Article 1, section 4, clause 3
Regular elections to the Senate shall begin between midnight Eastern Standard Time on the second to last Thursday of the month in which they otherwise would have started and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the first Friday thereafter, and shall conclude exactly 72 hours after beginning, except in the month of December. Regular elections to the Senate in the month of December shall begin between midnight Eastern Standard Time on the second Thursday of the month and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the first Friday thereafter, and shall conclude exactly 72 hours after beginning.

Constitution, Article 2, section 2, clause 1
Presidential elections shall be held in the months of February, June and October. Elections shall begin between 0000 Eastern Standard Time on the second Thursday of the election month and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the first Friday thereafter, and shall conclude exactly 72 hours after beginning.

An easter egg!

So this means that the Presidential election should start next week, in conjunction with the at-large?
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« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2013, 06:13:11 pm »
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Actually it means the Prez starts next week, and the regional Senators are the week after.
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Actually it means the Prez starts next week, and the regional Senators are the week after.

Very interesting. What about the special election - will it be held alongside the Presidential election?

Homely!?
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Its amazing no one has ever noticed this.  The elections have always been at the same time.
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Very interesting. What about the special election - will it be held alongside the Presidential election?

That's what it would mean, yes.

Honestly, I'm dead tired of these semantic disputes and conflicting/hidden statutes. I know how to run an election and help it proceed in as fair and efficient of a manner as I can. That's why I'm still working in this job one year on. At this point, I would really prefer to rewrite the whole corpus of election law rather than negotiate these frivolous and tiresome disputes. And since every Presidential Election we've held in at least the past year or two is constitutionally invalid, I think we have to decide whether we want to continue with the tradition of holding the two elections at the same time or not. I think - at least, I sure hope - that this "revelation" is not going to suddenly cause a massive crisis of confidence in our elections. Sure, I can run two separate elections one week apart, though it would be a pain in the ass for all involved. But if the elections proceed as we've done them for years now and it happens to violate the Constitution, does anyone really care?
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