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1551  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Repeal of the T-G-I-T-Z-L Mideast High Speed Rail Act of 2013 Act (Debating) on: June 25, 2013, 03:41:04 pm
I'd prefer if we at least held off on this until we have the re-analysis from the GM on our current budget situation.

Frankly, I don't think a re-analysis of our budget situation will change much; the "Mideast High Speed Rail Act" is too heavy a burden for the Mideast to carry alone since it requires the region to allocate $20 billion dollars from this and next year's budget to the construction of new railway lines, which will in all likelihood lead to a deficit in the years 2013 and 2014.

Thus, I think it's more responsible to kill the bill now, pass our budget and see what we can do with our surplus at a later point.
1552  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Repeal of the T-G-I-T-Z-L Mideast High Speed Rail Act of 2013 Act (Debating) on: June 25, 2013, 02:26:48 pm
First of all, I want to make clear that I am not suddenly opposed to the construction of new high speed railway lines. However, it has become evident that we are not going to receive federal funds for the "Mideast High Speed Rail Act". Without these funds, the project is way too expensive for the Mideast (it would take $20 billion dollars from this year's budget alone). If we're going to pass a new "Mideast High Speed Rail Act" we will definitely have to set our sights lower.
1553  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Mideast Assembly Thread on: June 25, 2013, 02:18:20 pm
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Repeal of the T-G-I-T-Z-L Mideast High Speed Rail Act of 2013 Act

The "T-G-I-T-Z-L Mideast High Speed Rail Act of 2013" is hereby repealed.
1554  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What outside temperature do you prefer? on: June 25, 2013, 12:57:00 pm
Between 20 and 25 degrees. Celsius, that is.
1555  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Question the Power: Ask Me Anything! (Mideast) on: June 25, 2013, 12:22:07 pm
I'm bumping this just in case there's someone who has a question and hasn't seen the thread.
1556  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / A-Bob Research Center: Mideast Government Poll on: June 25, 2013, 10:06:49 am
http://de.surveymonkey.com/s/9KQYF37

Please only vote in this poll if you are registered in the Mideast. As the title indicates, this is a poll about the members of the Mideast government.
1557  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Mideast Budget 2013 (Debating) on: June 25, 2013, 08:51:05 am
The Senate probably won't help us fund our High Speed Rail projects so we must consider repealing it. If we don't do that, we might end up having a budget deficit because the construction of the new lines costs us $20 billion this year.
1558  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Office of Mideast Governor ZuWo and Lt. Governor Cathcon on: June 25, 2013, 03:09:53 am
I thank the outgoing Superior Court Judge TJ for his service and his final ruling. Indeed, his ruling in the case Inks. v. the Mideast Region is important because it provides me and future voting booth administrators of the Mideast with a legal framework when dealing with the question of what constitutes a case of campaigning in the voting booth.
1559  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: Because the Senators Are Really that Stupid Amendment on: June 25, 2013, 02:32:25 am
Aye
1560  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Mideast Voting Booth: Because the Senators Are Really that Stupid Amendment on: June 25, 2013, 02:30:46 am
Mideasterners, please vote AYE, NAY, or ABSTAIN on the following FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. This vote will last for seven days.

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AN AMENDMENT
To correct a typo that no one has seemed to notice or care about until now.

Title: This is to be entitled the "Because the Senators Are Really that Stupid Amendment".

The text of the "On Second Thought, We Have Expectations Amendment", Is Amended as Follows:

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The On Second Thought, We Do Have Expectations Amendment

If the President, Vice President, or a member of the Senate does not post on in the Atlas Fantasy Government board for seven consecutive days (168 hours) without posting a leave of absence, an article of impeachment shall be automatically placed before Senate in accordance with Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 of the Constitution and thus considered accordingly.

Whenever a Justice of the Supreme Court shall have failed to participate in the two consecutive rulings issued by said the aforementioned court, an article of impeachment shall be automatically placed before Senate in accordance with Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 of the Constitution and thus considered accordingly.

Participation in a case shall be determined by whether or not the Justice in question joined, concurred, dissented or recused himself in the case thread, by individual public post, for that particular case.
1561  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: A Bill Concerning Atlasian Internal Turmoil, & the Mideastern Response (Deb) on: June 25, 2013, 02:21:52 am
If possible, I'd like to withdraw this bill. It was crafted in a fit of jingoistic fervor and put forward lacking detail and foresight. I do not deny my own views on the bill, but it seems like it would take a certain amount of work to properly amend so as to include military structure, and it wouldn't pass, it seems, so yeah.

I believe that this is the right thing to do. Thank you, Lt. Governor.
1562  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Office of ZuWo/Cathcon: Mideast Superior Court Judge Pick Announced on: June 24, 2013, 04:09:32 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
1563  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Ben on: June 24, 2013, 10:04:52 am
Thank you for your service! Smiley
1564  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Question the Power: Ask Me Anything! (Mideast) on: June 24, 2013, 09:15:25 am
A new month, a new chance for you to ask questions! I know many are exhausted after these nerve-racking elections but now we must go back to work. Smiley

Please note that you can ask questions both to me, the Governor, and to Cathcon, the Lt. Governor of the Mideast.
1565  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of ZuWo/Cathcon: Mideast Superior Court Judge Pick on: June 24, 2013, 08:20:04 am
For the record, the "Mideast Electoral Reform Act" failed and the "Inactivity Amendment" was adopted.

Once again, if you are interested in becoming the region's next Superior Court Judge please PM me or Lt. Governor Cathcon. It's the ideal office for someone who is able to think critically, knows the Mideast Constitution and isn't planning to run for another office in the next months. All in all, the job is not very time-consuming but it requires that you are available if necessary. If you do your job right you can basically remain in the office for as long as you want.
1566  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: Mideast Electoral Reform Act on: June 24, 2013, 12:01:38 am
Voting has ended. The bill fails.
1567  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: Inactivity Amendment on: June 24, 2013, 12:00:46 am
Voting has ended. The amendment is adopted.
1568  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of TJ in Wisco: June Senate Campaign on: June 23, 2013, 11:57:58 pm
Congratulations! You were an excellent Senator in your previous terms and I have no doubts you will be a terrific Regional Senator. Smiley
1569  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Office of ZuWo/Cathcon: Mideast Superior Court Judge on: June 23, 2013, 11:52:34 pm
Superior Court Judge: Please apply for the position

With TJ's election to the Senate the office of Mideast Superior Court Judge is going to be vacated. I encourage all Mideasterners who are interested in serving in this highly prestigious function to contact me and apply for the job.
1570  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Federalist Convention—NEW ORLEANS, LA (VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!) on: June 23, 2013, 11:36:17 pm
It's tough to lose such a close election but we also have something to celebrate, let's not forget that. TJ won the Mideast Senate seat! Smiley
1571  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Xahar/Hashemite — Antimisogynists for Atlasia on: June 23, 2013, 11:18:01 pm
In other words, despite its independent rhetoric this ticket is quite mainstream and, frankly, boring. You and your supporters thought you could afford the luxury of only preferencing the two of you but as soon as it became clear that the election wasn't quite a Labor landslide and those terrible right-wingers actually had a shot at winning things changed. Wink
1572  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A-Bob Research Center: Secret Ballot Proposal (Mideast) on: June 23, 2013, 03:56:51 pm
Lol, now you two are trying to play victim and make it seem as if I accused ZuWo of planning to rig the votes? I never said anything of that sort, so that insinuation is not even worth replying to. I trust all of these people, but I don't trust that this system is safe from manipulation in a way which our current one definitely is, whether it stifles secret voting or not. Public voting has worked in Atlasia for 9 years, and I see no reason to remove it as it ACTUALLY LEAVES A PAPER TRAIL so it can be verified.

In the Assembly, it was, I meant, so it's not a load of crap. And once again, Inks, why don't you actually reply to my question instead of making immature attacks like "grow up"? This bill was defeated by the people (if the current vote holds), yet you have the temerity to reintroduce it session after session because it didn't go your way.

This is not a "democracy". This is an internet game and our current system works fine. There's no reason to change the way we've been doing it for years and years.

So what did you mean by "Federalist power grab", then? How can an electoral reform which cannot be said to favor a particular political group be a "power grab" unless a certain group is trying to rig the system in its favor?

Yes, this is an internet game. But it's a game which simulates a democracy and which we try to make as real as possible. Voter intimidation has been a serious problem in Atlasia for a long time, and this proposal could prevent that. Also, it's an open secret that many voters may feel some pressure to vote for fellow party members/mates and might vote in a different way under a secret ballot system. That's the value of this proposal.
1573  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A-Bob Research Center: Secret Ballot Proposal (Mideast) on: June 23, 2013, 03:39:42 pm
A few points:

1. I never said that this proposal would ensure the Federalist Party a permanent majority.

2. It's not true that the proposal is wholeheartedly supported by my party; in fact, several Federalists voted against it (e.g. TJ, A-Bob, Spiral, Bmotley ...)

3. I don't care who the voting booth administrators will be in future elections if this proposal passes. Indeed, I expect that they will count all votes in a fair way. If the proposal gets a majority (unlikely at this point), I will handle the election in a correct, fair and flawless manner.

4. I support the bill because I consider it important in a democracy that voters can cast their ballots in secrecy.

5. Are you insinuating that we in the Federalist Party would try to rig future elections if there was a secret ballot in place? If that's your assumption I must say I am baffled.
1574  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A-Bob Research Center: Secret Ballot Proposal (Mideast) on: June 23, 2013, 03:24:22 pm
So what were people's reasons for voting against this?  What can the Assembly do to make a better bill that y'all would support?

Honestly, nothing.  This seems like an unnecessary and generally awful bill, IMO.

Why?  What specifically is wrong with it?

What specifically is wrong with our current system? You've admitted that the potential for manipulation exists with this bill in a way that it does not with the current system, so why are we changing it? This is most certainly a Federalist power-grab, and your weak attempts to defend this bill have only proven as much.

A Federalist power grab? The bill was a Person's idea ...
1575  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A Statement on the Unorganized Territories on: June 23, 2013, 02:42:49 pm
Hagrid didn't compare anyone to a rapist.

The most important question is a different one anyway: Who knew of what was going on in the Pacific beforehand and why didn't they inform the President or other members of the administration?
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