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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Fremont Voting Booth: February 2019 Special Election and Amendment Referendums on: Today at 12:37:21 am

For Parliament

[X] AustralianSwingVoter of Washington
Meadowlark - Federalist


Ballot Measure 1

Vice Presidential Confirmation Amendment
Text: [The text of the amendment may be read here.]
Question: Should the proposed amendment to the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia be ratified?
[X] YES

[  ] NO

[  ] ABSTAIN

Ballot Measure 2

Activity Standards Amendment
Text: [The text of the amendment may be read here.]
Question: Should the proposed amendment to the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia be ratified?
[X] YES

[  ] NO

[  ] ABSTAIN
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Next UK election on: February 21, 2019, 06:22:15 pm
Conservative, assuming they finally got rid of May.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: AustralianSwingVoter for Frémont on: February 21, 2019, 01:17:39 am
Endorsed, good sir, keep up the good work! The House of Commons will benefit from your continued presence.
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should Lula have been imprisoned? on: February 20, 2019, 08:46:31 pm
Yes. That many of his rivals are just as bad or that the Brazilian political elite was too incompetent to stop Bolsonaro (whose election cannot be justified only due to Lula being in prison but by multiple factors that could have easily gone a different way) should not mean Lula - or any politician for that matter - should get a free pass over rampant corruption on the basis of popularity.

The logic of believing someone shouldn't be in prison just because he's popular is a rather disturbing one, and arguably similar to the mental gymnastics some people engage in to justify, for example, Trump remaining in office despite everything.
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Is Venezuela heading to civil war? on: February 20, 2019, 08:28:57 pm
Not yet. That would require substantial military defections into the Guaido camp and not just a handful of officer not in key positions of power, and even then it gets tricky accounting for the thousands of pro-Maduro militias and paramilitary groups armed and trained by the government.

Unless something dramatically shifts the current balance of power - like the blocking of the attempt to introduce the aid getting out of control and resulting in large scale military revolts against the regime, which is unlikely - the prospect of a civil war appears dubious, and even then would likely not last very long account for Maduro's advantage in terms of the military.
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: The Presidential Republic - 1953 Chilean Congressional Election on: February 20, 2019, 03:34:44 pm
A few hours left, this one may end with some reduced turnout.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: I’m so sorry. on: February 19, 2019, 08:56:33 pm
Not sure if it helps, Vern, but I personally happen to believe your presence sincerely makes the House of Representatives a better and far more responsible place, and I also believe I'm far from being the only one who thinks that.

Real life must always come first as the most important thing, and I hope you will take the seat and continue doing a good job as you've always done.
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: The Presidential Republic - 1953 Chilean Congressional Election on: February 19, 2019, 08:43:57 pm
A day left!
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: FT 10-10: Regional Correction Act on: February 19, 2019, 07:10:53 pm
Aye.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Commonwealth of Fremont • 10th Parliament on: February 19, 2019, 05:38:47 pm
Aye.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: FT 10-09: Fremont Regional Parks Act (Debating) on: February 19, 2019, 12:25:12 pm
Seems like a good, necessary bill to me. My only concern is Section 3.2.c due to asking for an appointment from the First Minister and a parliamentary process, in the circumstances in which such moves concerning NPCs seldom take place.

Would it be better to just remove this from the act?

I'd say so, the amendment ON Progressive posted seems to solve the issue pretty well. Other than that, happy to support this!
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: FT 10-09: Fremont Regional Parks Act (Debating) on: February 19, 2019, 01:10:17 am
Seems like a good, necessary bill to me. My only concern is Section 3.2.c due to asking for an appointment from the First Minister and a parliamentary process, in the circumstances in which such moves concerning NPCs seldom take place.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: FT 10-08: Kanto Starter Pokemon Resolution (Debating) on: February 19, 2019, 12:56:24 am
I rather like fire Pokemons, so count me in.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Tmth/Lumine For The People: Victory!!! on: February 18, 2019, 11:41:51 pm
Thank you all for your congratulations!

(And Wulfric in particular for a most kind comment)

It is indeed time to move on and to prepare for working very hard for the nation, I strongly hope we shall not disappoint!
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Public Office of Fremont FM Scott [LOTS OF VACANCIES INCOMING!] on: February 18, 2019, 11:39:52 pm
First Minister, you have my sincerest apologies for forcing another appointment upon you, I certainly commit to serving all the way to Inauguration Day.

(Keep up the good work!)
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regarding Sestak on: February 18, 2019, 11:29:25 pm
I was wondering on what exactly to say about this entire situation, which is partly why I took some time to take a step back and think of what lessons I could extract from a very unpleasant experience last night when it could – and should – have been a night to celebrate.

What Sestak said was quickly and clearly established to be plain and simple slander, and in my opinion it was unfair, undeserved and even dangerous. But the more I thought of it the more I realized the issue was actually simpler than I considered it might be: essentially, some people really need to calm down a bit and think about what they’re actually doing.

That goes for me as well, certainly, but the more I thought about it the more I found it sad that a player with evident skill would end up so consumed by the game so as to quit after being unable to handle the pressure. And worse, that being so embittered by his experiences he would find it reasonable to throw that dangerous slander around to justify his own frustrations.

Am I angry at Sestak? Yes. More than angry though, I find it sad that the pressure of the game – plus the Discord culture - could push someone with potential into such a dark and bitter place so as to make it seem reasonable to act like that. That can’t be healthy. Not for him, not for anyone who could have had the misfortune of having some sort of slander flying around about him/her.

I have no idea whether Sestak will ever apologize, or change his current ways, or even play again. But what I’m trying to say, I guess, is that it isn’t worth it. The game is worth playing, but it isn’t worth becoming a worse person because of it.

And that's all I'd say on the matter, really.
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / The Presidential Republic - 1953 Chilean Congressional Election on: February 18, 2019, 07:11:24 pm

March 1953 - A year to go until the next Presidential election,
and women mobilize to vote for Congress for the first time

Prelude: While weakened by internal divisions, failed domestic reforms and a constant struggle against the labor unions and over land reform, President Alessandri has nonetheless presided over victory in the 2nd Beagle War, an economic recovery and the full expansion of women's suffrage. Left with only a year in office and with many would-be presidential candidates using the Congressional election to set up their campaigns, what will happen?

Bonuses: Due to dice rolls the Government narrowly avoids the coveted 3% bonus. In order to simulate the early impact of full Women's Suffrage the four parties perceived to be strongest on the issue (PCA, PL, PDL and PSP) will receive a 1% bonus each.

The Government (Concentración Nacional)

Liberal Party (PL) - Despite tensions over Alessandri's moderation and technocratic attitude, the Liberals continue to stand as the bulwark of Alessandrismo and continue to promote the government's economic achievements. Promoting Finance Minister Arturo Matte - architect of the recovery - as their candidate, the Liberals continue to promote themselves as "the voice of social and economic liberalism" in Chile, and support further reductions into the size of the government, upholding law and order, supporting women's rights and participation, and aiding the government in Argentina against the Eva Perón insurgency.

Conservative Agrarian Party (PCA) - Hoping to benefit from their unyielding push in favor of the successful 2nd Beagle War and despite the loss of the Social-Christians, the PCA enters the race promoting Interior Minister Jaime Larraín (chief promoter of the intervention) as their candidate. Arguing the victory of the left or of the unions would mean disaster for Chile, the PCA continues to fight for foreign policy nationalism, strong law and order stances, regional decentralization, support for women's participation, anti-communism and anti-peronism and greater investment in the armed forces.

Women's Party (PL) - After the successful passage of full women's suffrage several women's organizations gathered into the new Partido Femenino, an electoral vehicule to support integration of women into politics. Led by the passionate and moving orator María de la Cruz - one of Chile's most colorful personalities - the PF has decided to support President Alessandri government on this election due to his agenda, and its platform calls for "justice and social harmony", promotion and integration of women and moderate economic and foreign policy nationalism.

The Centrist Parties (Bloque Democrático)

Radical Party (PR) - Having withdrawn from the government after three years of collaboration (49' - 51'), the Radicals have now struck an alliance with the Social-Christians. Focused on expanding their support to contest the coming presidential election - possibly under the strong-willed and experienced Arturo Olavarría -, the Radicals have updated their platform, which includes promotion of meritocracy, industrialization and increased government involvement in the economy, expansion of public sector spending, anti-communism and social liberalism.

Social Christian Party (PSC) - After years of internal struggles the Social-Christians under Dr. Cruz-Coke have finally abandoned the Conservatives to form their own party (1952). Inspired by the notions of Christian Democracy and the works of Jacques Maritain and following a trend of new Social Christian parties in Latin America, the PSC promotes Christian Humanism, progressive catholicism, a reformist outlook towards politics and support for progressive economics while directly rejecting both capitalism and marxism.

The Ibañist-Socialists (Alianza del Pueblo)

Democratic Labor Party (PDL) - Having survived the 1949 disaster and the semi-retirement of General Ibañez, the PDL has reassembled itself under a younger generation of populist and semi-socialist Ibañistas, all of which continue to dismiss the lefist Frente del Pueblo due to the strong influence of the PCCh to instead champion the PDL as "the true voice of the popular masses". Thus the PDL maintains its platform of anti-corruption and anti-establishment politics, pro-women's rights and participation, nationalism and foreign policy neutrality and economic protectionism.

Socialist Party (PS) - Following 1949 the rump PS has survived thanks to its twelve Senators elected in 1945 - and up for reelection now -, and has also found new leadership after prominent labor union leader Bernardo Ibañez (once an ally and then an enemy of Schnake and Rossetti) took control over the party and attempted to give it a strong link to the labor unions while keeping the alliance with the PDL. Stating that both the PSP and PSA cannot claim the true mantle of Socialism, the rump PS aspires to stage a combat with a new platform which emphasizes socialism with syndicalist leanings, economic and foreign policy nationalism and political and economic empowerment of the unions.

The Leftist Bloc (Frente del Pueblo)

Communist Party (PCCh) - Having constantly fought the government on land reform and with the unions, the Communist Party aspires to retain its role as the largest opposition party. Locked in a struggle for supremacy over their PSP coalition partners the PCCh still led by Ricardo Fonseca maintains its support for Stalin and the Soviet Union as the "anti-imperalist" superpower and its known plank to "replace the bourgeois state" with a Constituent Assembly, while promoting full-nationalization and land reform, empowering workers and peasants and opposition to US influence in the Americas.

Popular Socialist Party (PSP) - Competing against the PCCh inside the same coalition over the right to field a presidential candidate, the PSP hopes to make 1953 the graveyard of the rump PS to become the single Socialist party. Led by Ampuero and with Marxist humanist ideologue Eugenio González as their likely presidential candidate - which could signal a dogmatic conflict with the PCCh over Stalinism -, the PSP champions democratic socialism, an anti US and pan-american attitude, civil liberties, women's rights, centralization of the labor unions and resumption of land reform.

Radical Democratic Party (PRD) - Despite the perceived failure of the Radical splinter force in 1949, the PRD has geared for revenge and remained in the coalition between the PSP and the PCCh, perhaps in the hopes of becoming its presidential kingmaker. With firebrand González Videla still leading the party, the PRD has denounced the PR from taking part of Alessandri's government and now being an ally of the Social-Christians, arguing the PRD is the true heir of the decades-long Radical heritage and the ideal vehicle for progressive, democratic and pro left-wing unity policies.

Other

Authentic Socialist Party (PSA) - Former President Óscar Schnake has made a surprising return from self-exile to form his new "Authentic Socialist Party". Denouncing the rump PS and Rossetti as "traitors" over their Peronist financing and the rising PSP as a "slave to authoritarian communists" and casting himself as the true Socialist heir, Schnake is trying to revive his political career by championing his "Social-Democracy Agenda" of socialism under a strong government, promoting nationalization, protectionism, land reform, pro-US foreign policy and anti-fascism / anti-communism.

Two days.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: FT 10-07: Fremont Rural Hospital Act of 2019 on: February 18, 2019, 06:57:41 pm
I'll start with the grammar mistakes:

Quote
AN ACT
to improve rural medical care
Quote
Section 1: Title
1. This act is titled "Fremont Rural Hospital Act of 2019" and may also be cited as the "RH Act".

Section 2: Definition
1. A "community health center" is defined as.

Section 3: Funding
1. A sum of $200 million shall be set aside to build rural hospitals in the Commonwealth of Fremont.
a.2 City, and town councils and mayors with populations of less than 25,000 may apply for a maximum of $40 million for the restoration and construction of hospitals and community health centers.
b3. No more than 25% of the funds set aside may be used in a single given fiscal year.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Commonwealth of Fremont • 10th Parliament on: February 18, 2019, 06:55:39 pm
Aye to all four.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: The Presidential Republic – The Argentinian Civil War (1952) on: February 18, 2019, 12:55:55 pm
The 2nd Beagle War
January-March 1952


1952 - As Eva Perón loses the war,
Chile takes revenge and seizes Tierra del Fuego

Note: Alessandri rolled a 6 on foreign affairs, then a 5 on this war.

Debate within the government on the opportunities afforded by the Civil War in Argentina was brief but intense, and signaled a significant level of disagreement as to the course that should be followed. Generally speaking, President Alessandri was averse to the notion of a military adventure along with roughly a third of the cabinet, while at the same time the supporters of the war - led by Minister of the Interior Jaime Larraín (PCA) - counted roughly two-thirds and passionately promoted their dream of avenging the Beagle disaster. With most of the press demanding intervention and a wave of anti-Peronism frenzy taking over the public President Alessandri (perhaps remembering the memory of his now-deceased father) took one of his rare impulsive decisions: it was time for war.

Instead of the bitter, costly war of attrition that had meant taking on the entire military of Argentine the offensive - following a war declaration by the Senate - was focused on the South and essentially to lost territories and Tierra del Fuego. With the pro and anti-Perón military too busy fighting their way across north and central Argentina enemy units proved to be isolated, allowing the concentrated Chilean forces to slowly but surely overrun the enemy positions as the Andes proved to be a useful barrier against any possible counteroffensive from the Argentine. By February the Civil War continued to present a never-ending dilemma to both sides on the war, and after the fall of Ushuaia offensive operations could cease.

Negotiating a deal with the new opposition Junta formed in Mendoza the Treaty of Ushuaia was declared void, returning the territories lost in 1947 to Chile, ending war reparations and restoring the Chilean claims on Antartica in what essentially reversed the 1947 situation. Having ruled out major territorial demands on Argentina out of fear of international backlash, minor border corrections over past disputes proved to be the price the Opposition Junta would pay at the Treaty of Punta Arenas (March 1952) in return for captured territory being placed under their control as well as receiving logistical support from the Chilean military. It would take months for Evita to be evicted from Buenos Aires following the November Riots, and even more time for the opposition to temporarily seize control of the nation as Evita fled, pondering her next moves.

In the meantime President Alessandri wasted no time to claim victory. Despite criticism in some quarters over the dangerous gamble that had taken place, it seemed that the 1st Beagle War had been avenged and that it would take some time for Argentina to regain control due to the bloody civil war.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Tmth/Lumine For The People: Victory!!! on: February 18, 2019, 12:53:52 am
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you.

This has been one of the most dramatic, intense and even strange elections in our recent history, and one in which every single candidate did his best and fought hard for the result they wanted. After several days of hard-fought campaigning the Atlasian people have the chance to express their verdict, and in their wisdom they have decided that Tmthforu and myself should be elected President and Vice-President of Atlasia.

Despite not having expected to take an active role on this election it was my pleasure and my privilege to join Tmth’s on his ticket and fight an active, committed campaign, and present a positive vision of a better Atlasia that could aspire to be better than it currently is. It was an honor to have talked to so many of you, to have worked so hard for this ticket out of a sincere belief we could make the game better. It was an honor to have taken part on this active race, something Atlasia desperately needed. And it was my honor to see that the people had decided that this ticket deserved to go to the White House.

Due to that I should feel pleased, but what I feel right now is a profound sense of bitterness. And that is because it was not to be that I would get to enjoy this victory, not before having to see that my integrity not only as a person, but as a moderator of this board and forum, was impugned in such a false, deceitful and ultimately unfair manner, which contradicts essentially every single principle I have tried to pursue both in the game and as a moderator. And these are the times, my friends, in which one wonders what may even be the point.

Time will say as I myself ponder and reflect on what to do next. In the meantime, it is only right for Tmth to thoroughly celebrate and enjoy a well-deserved victory, for the nation to trust that they have an excellent President-Elect who will delivered on much needed change. Our Republic experienced an active and well-fought contest, and of this we must always be proud.

Thank you all.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: February 2019 Federal Election on: February 17, 2019, 08:17:24 pm
President:

[1] Tmthforu94 / LumineVonReuental
[2] Write-in: LumineVonReuental / Siren
[3] Write-in: Diego Portales / Arturo Alessandri
[4] MB298/KoopaDaQuick
[5] YE / Jimmy7812

House of Representatives:

[1] Ninja
[2] Vern
[3] Razze
[4] CMB222
[5] Tea Party Hater
[6] LouisvilleThunder
[7] Pericles
[8 ] TSA
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: The Presidential Republic – The Argentinian Civil War (1952) on: February 17, 2019, 06:11:55 pm
A few hours left, currently two-thirds in support of intervention and the invasion leads the ultimatum.
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: The Presidential Republic - 1949 Chilean Congressional Election on: February 16, 2019, 02:01:58 am
I don't understand how you got the "Government" figures and what you mean by them.  What parties are being combined?  You mention the Government as PL-PCA-PR, but aren't the figures are too low to include all of those?

Oh, I use the numbers the current government and its parties have right before the election, so those "Government" figures account for how the PL and PCA stand. The Radicals - as noted in the write-up - are invited to and join the government after the election, and only then it becomes a PL-PCA-PR ministry.
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / The Presidential Republic – The Argentinian Civil War (1952) on: February 15, 2019, 11:26:08 pm

January 1952 - With Eva Perón trying to contain a coup that killed her husband,
will Chile attempt revenge over the Beagle War?

Prelude: The aftermath of the Beagle War and the territorial and economic losses left to Chile had left the nation deeply resentful and significantly weakened, in what was to be the sudden end of the Schnake Presidency. In the course of his government Fernando Alessandri had had to face constant extra demands, threats and humiliations by General Perón, but had also made good on his promise to rebuild the Chilean armed forces (helped by allies such as Great Britain) and restored a decent relationship both to Washington as well as key partners like Brazil.

On the other hand, victory in the war had enormously bolstered Perón and allowed him to take harsher and harsher measures to crack down on the opposition, as well as turned his wife Eva into an even bigger political phenomenon. An unrestrained Perón had managed to antagonize the Church, the democratic opposition and a group of high offices of the Armed Forces in the span of four years, and while his political capital was enough to secure for his dear Evita the Vice-Presidential nomination for the 1951 Presidential Election (an utterly unprecedented move) and win the election after restraining the opposition, he had also finally pushed his opponents too far.

The coup launched by Generals Menéndez and Lonardi on January 3rd, 1952 alongside most of the Navy and the Air Force had failed to mobilize a majority of the Army, but the situation had dramatically altered when an airstrike hit the Casa Rosada that evening and ended Perón's life. The situation soon turned into chaos as large parts of Western Argentina were captured by rebel forces and joined by various opposition forces - from the democratic right to the communists -, all while the passionate (and angry) new Presdent Eva Perón rallied the masses, the trade unions and the Peronist forces to rise and smash the plotters.

After a week of severe and harsh infighting - and hundreds of casualties - President Alessandri and his government now face a crucial decision.

Intervention – Revenge invasion of Argentina - Acknowledging how distracted the Argentine military is and confident on the reform of the Armed Forces during his term, President Alessandri is swayed by the furiously pro-war supporters, makes a gamble and pushes for an immediate declaration of war and invasion of Argentina. Reasoning that Chile may not get a better opportunity, the Chilean military is instructed to regain territory lost under the Beagle War and possibly capture all of Tierra del Fuego, betting on a short but successful war of revenge.

Intervention – Send ultimatum to Eva Perón - Uncertain of outright invasion, President Alessandri decides to take the opportunity to send an ultimatum to Evita Perón - not unlike the one sent by Perón on 1947) demanding the Treaty of Ushuaia to be declared void and the borders restored to the pre-Beagle War situation, threatening to otherwise invade Argentina and/or provide military support to the rebels. Reasoning that Mrs. Perón would not be willing to fight two wars at the same time, it would nonetheless mean a gamble on her possible reaction.

Non-Intervention – Minor support for the Opposition - Unwilling to place Chile into a dangerous situation but at the same time convinced of the danger posed by Eva Perón, President Alessandri openly declares Chile a neutral nation in the conflict, but nonetheless ensures a certain measure of covert support for the opposition. Those in favor would argue that a rebel victory with Chilean support would put in place a friendlier government in charge of Argentina, although whether it would mean amending the Treaty of Ushuaia would be uncertain.

Non-Intervention – Let it play out - Determined not to get himself into a war, President Alessandri refuses to listen to the pro-war voices and stubbornly keeps Chile neutral and without any role in the conflict, even at the cost of disapproval from those determined to take revenge for the Beagle War. While this would prevent enraging Eva Perón at a time in which he is fully committed to destroy her enemies, inaction could mean her victory and prolonged hostility from Argentina, or a rebel victory without Chilean support could mean a similar outcome.

Two days. I'll count the "Non-Intervention" and "Intervention" votes first, and then which alternative within that prevails.
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