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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Confirmation of Junkie for Superior Court Justice (Debating) on: July 08, 2013, 06:35:57 pm
I don't think assurances of that kind really exist in Atlasia. 

I'm not saying he has to stick around for 5 years... just more than say, 6 months.

It is a fair question.  My only answer is that I will stick around as long as this game is fun and does not seem like a second job that I hate (I actually like my real one).   Last time I was here I found the atmosphere to be quite toxic and really took away from the game.

I came back to the Mideast because I can say the best time I had in this game was when I was in the Mideast Assembly.  That was fun.  No personality conflicts, so good old fashioned poltical discourse.

I have no plans to do anything other than stay in the region and work on my history of atlasia.  Almost done with the first couple of pages.

While I am here, I am more than happy to do this job to the best of my ability.  But I will not make any promises about staying.  With a job, a wife and a six month old, if this game becomes toxic again, I will leave.

Also, if sworn in, I plan to stay independent (no political party) and abstain from voting so that there will no question as to any bias.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of ZuWo/Cathcon: Mideast Superior Court Judge Pick Announced on: June 27, 2013, 02:50:02 pm
Mideast Superior Court Judge Pick Announced

Cathcon and I are proud to announce our appointee for the office of Mideast Superior Court Judge:

Junkie, former member of the Mideast Assembly, the Atlasian Senate and former Attorney General

We believe that Junkie's resume speaks for itself so when he expressed interest in the office we had no doubt that he would be the right person for this position. We hope the Assembly will confirm the appointment of Junkie. Smiley

Thank you for the nomination.  I hope I can live up to the legacy of those who came before me.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlasia Law Journal on: June 24, 2013, 12:46:02 pm
For those that did not know me, my name is Junkie and this, the Atlasia Law Journal, was perhaps the only significant thing I did during my time here.  I left quite some time ago and just returned.

You may wonder why.  Before I left, there was some discussion of writing a history of the Atlasian Political system.  I did some research and had a brief outling for the beginning.  I just recently found my notes, have some free time for a brief period, and decided to get going in that direction.  So start looking forward to my history
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: June 2013 Federal Election - President, VP and Regional Senators on: June 23, 2013, 07:13:14 pm
PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT


[2] AverroŽs Nix of New York and DemPGH of Pennsylvania
Labor Party - Liberal Party



[1] Matt from VT of New York and Maxwell of Kansas
Federalist Party



[3] Xahar of California and Hashemite of Florida
National Movement "Aliya Mustafina"



MIDEAST SENATOR


[  ] JohanusCalvinusLibertas of Indiana
Independent



[1] Siren of Virginia
Light Party



[3] Talleyrand of Missouri
Labor Party



[2  ] TJ in Cleve of Ohio
Federalist Party



[/quote]
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: Inactivity Amendment on: June 21, 2013, 08:38:16 pm
Aye
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: Mideast Electoral Reform Act on: June 21, 2013, 07:24:46 pm
Aye
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: June 09, 2013, 06:48:03 pm
Junkie
Independent
Wisconsin
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / See you guys... on: March 28, 2012, 11:00:23 am
I regret to say that I am resigning from my Senate seat.  This place was really fun when I first started, but lately I am only logging on beause I feel I have to.  I ran for the Senate because I really wanted the job and hoped it would restore the fun.  That did not happen.  The recent tone by some really sucked the fun out of it.  I really wanted to contribute, but the fact is that I do not believe that I will do so, and thus will not be doing my job.

You guys deserve a Senator that will take this game to the next level.  That is no longer me.  I thought about just hanging on until the next election but that would be a disservice to the voters.  So I resign and am taking my leave of Atlasia and the forum.  To all the friends I made, I am glad I met you guys.

So long.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Varied Senate Membership Amendment [Debating] on: March 19, 2012, 03:45:09 pm
Aye
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Homely for RG/SoFE on: March 15, 2012, 06:12:10 am
Aye
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Fuzzy for AG on: March 15, 2012, 06:11:44 am
Aye
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Ben for SoEA on: March 15, 2012, 06:11:22 am
Aye
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Jake Matthews for SoIA on: March 15, 2012, 06:10:56 am
aye
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Shua for Game Moderate on: March 15, 2012, 06:10:27 am
Aye
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: March 2012 At-large Senate Special Election on: March 09, 2012, 06:56:25 pm
1. Clarence
2. WI: Oakvale
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: PPT Election Thread: 48th Senate on: March 09, 2012, 06:53:42 pm

[1] Marokai Blue

17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Assembly Special Election March 2012 on: March 04, 2012, 03:23:39 pm

Official ballot of the Northeast

[ 1 ] Snowstalker (Labor Party)
[ 2 ] Jerseyrules (Popular Liberty Party)
[  ] Write In___________________

18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Varied Senate Membership Amendment [Debating] on: February 29, 2012, 11:19:59 pm
Let's try an old pre 17th amendment idea. Have the regional assemblies elect the senators.

Noooooooooooo

I concur...

I actually have long advocated for the regional senators to be exactly that.  First it makes them true "regional senators" representing the region and second, it makes regional legislatures a much more important spot than just something to do until you run for something else (not saying everybody believes that, but some treat it that way.)
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: National Dessert Proclamation [At Final Vote] on: February 29, 2012, 11:17:02 pm
Nay
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Anti-Conscription Amendment [At Final Vote] on: February 28, 2012, 10:43:49 am
Nay
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Legislation Introduction Thread on: February 27, 2012, 04:24:03 pm
The Fair Compliance Amendment

Article I, Section VI of The Atlasian Constitution is amended to read:
The Senate shall make no law that applies to the citizens of Atlasia that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Regional officers; and, the Senate shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Regional officers that does not apply equally to the citizens of Atlasia.

This is perhaps one of the best pieces of legislation ever introduced.

So the Senate can't vote itself a raise? Darn it!
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Anti-Conscription Amendment [Sponsorship Crisis] on: February 27, 2012, 04:20:27 pm
I just want to say that I disagree with the opinion that a military draft is slavery.  While I see the parallels that are being drawn, they do not stand in my view.  Military service in time of war is, in my opinion, exactly that, service that may be owed to one's country.  In many it is like taxes, which no one really likes paying, but is something we have to do. 

Comparing paying taxes and being conscripted into military service is kind of an invalid comparison. I don't necessarily believe taxes should exist, but I agree that they are a necessary evil. Conscription, however, is never justified in my opinion. It's like comparing playing Call Of Duty and actually serving in war. The two are not the same. I'll pay my taxes to the state, but I do not owe my life to the state. No way, no how.

I get your objection.  However, for a free country to exist, its citizens should pay for its government and serve it if needed in time of war.  I know you disagree with my position and that's fine.  I respect our difference of opinion and realize that we will probably not change each other's mind.  Maybe with time and further experience, we will both revisit our opinion on this issue.

I know I am definitly in the minority on this one, and I accept that.  I also want to thank you for engaging in civil disagreement without calling me a coward for holding true to my beliefs (even if you may think that, which of course you can).

I do not like a peacetime draft.  In war it may be necessary, but it should apply to all citizens and not just the less fortunate.  What makes the draft often undefensible is that it appears (although is not always the case) that the less privileged are asked to do more for their country than the more fortunate.

But that is not the debate we are having.  We are discussing whether conscription is an evil in and of itself.  I do not believe it is, but can understand why others may feel differently.  Not too long ago, I voted against the changes to the tabling motion because I believe in principled lone dissent.  On this issue, I feel very principled about my position, as I am sure you do with yours.  This discussion is what makes the game fun for me, so thank you for helping making this a little more fun.

Still against it by the way, for now at least.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Secretary of Internal Affairs Abolition Act [Motion to Table] on: February 27, 2012, 08:01:50 am
Aye
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Anti-Conscription Amendment [Sponsorship Crisis] on: February 27, 2012, 07:58:26 am
I just want to say that I disagree with the opinion that a military draft is slavery.  While I see the parallels that are being drawn, they do not stand in my view.  Military service in time of war is, in my opinion, exactly that, service that may be owed to one's country.  In many it is like taxes, which no one really likes paying, but is something we have to do.  If our nation were to go to war, conscription could be necessary.  One objection I have to the current writing is the use of the term "land invasion," which would mean that in WWII it could not be authorized (or at least not until the invasion of the Aleutian islands).  In terms of the Civil War, an interesting question as to land invasion -- did the South count or did we have to wait until Lee's invasion of the north?

Also, just so we are clear on the facts, we do not have conscription right now.  We are a totally volunteer army.  What we do have is the Selective Service system which provides the option of a draft if needed in times of war (something that has not been needed since Nixon went to the all-volunteer army in the 1970s).  A little fun fact, I was actually in violation as I did not register until I was 20.  Total mistake.  I had joined the army at 17 and was actually serving, so it did not come up until later when applying to colleges.

Yes there are plenty of horrible countries that have conscription (cuba, Iran, North Korea, Venezuala).  But there are also several advanced countries that do such as Israel (although many here would not consider them an example to be followed) Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, and Greece.

Even look at some of the nations that have recently done away with conscription: Germany just went to a volunteer system in 2010, although some draftees are still serving out there time, and the law allows for it to be brought back if necessary. France suspended the draft in 1997, but it is still on the books for an emergency.  The Netherlands went to an all volunteer army in the 90s, but still has the option if needed. 

Some countries such as Australia and New Zealand have abolished conscription.  Hungary did recently, but I think is actually debating bringing back the option.

I am not saying we need a peacetime draft.  I am saying that in time of war, a draft may be needed.  Making it unconstitutional ties the hands of our leaders at a time of crises.  The current wording of this amendment makes the actual use of the draft impossible (which may be the point).

We currently do not have the draft, only the option to use it if necessary.  Many other nations have the same system.  I think the current system in place is just and fair.  That is why I am against this amendment.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Varied Senate Membership Amendment [Debating] on: February 25, 2012, 10:04:18 pm
I would say that in the real world I am against term limits, but in terms of the game, it is worthy of discussion.  If we force open elections, it might (and I stress might, because I am not totally sold on the idea) foster competitive elections.  Although the idea may have meant more when we had only two real parties.  Now with a plethora of parties, we may have more competitive elections.  But the recent regional elections seems to go against that.  I would say I would like to see how the at-large elections go before we start messing with this.

So I guess, put me down as probably against.
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