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« Reply #200 on: March 14, 2010, 08:26:00 pm »

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GTO Monetary Fund Faces Uphill Climb
Coordinated statements from two of the world's strongest developing nations, India and Brazil, indicate that the GTO Monetary Fund, proposed by Germany and France last week, could see difficulty passing the GTO General Assembly this week.

Officials briefing reporters on the statements swiftly poured cold water on a German suggestion that a GTO Monetary Fund would be accompanied by tough penalties for countries that breached the GTO’s fiscal rules, including suspension of economic aid, voting rights or even of GTO membership.

France has also distanced itself from the penalties floated by the German finance minister, saying that "penalties of this nature were not part of the discussions between Paris and Berlin and had simply been floated by Germany in the media."

Some of the weaker members of the European Union, including the debt-ridden PIIGS countries (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain), have warned that they will not support the plan without significant revisions, including assurances that the fund will not be used by the stronger nations to impose strict monetary policies that hurt growth.

In addition, such a mechanism would normally require changes to the GTO’s charter, though no official language has yet been proposed. It is also possible that a “less solid” mechanism could be set up on an intergovernmental basis through a series of treaties and debt guarantees.
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« Reply #201 on: March 14, 2010, 10:10:07 pm »
« Edited: March 14, 2010, 10:15:47 pm by GM Purple State »

With the Global Treaty Organization (see here and here) General Assembly taking place from Monday, March 15 to Wednesday, March 17, the Office of the GM will take a decidedly international focus for the event. Look for "GTO Watch" headlines covering the ins and outs of the event. Here is the first installment...

International News

GTO Watch: World Leader Speech Schedules
The following is the order in which each world leader will be giving his or her address to the GTO General Assembly over the coming days...

March 15
European Union member nations

March 16
Australia
India
Japan
New Zealand
Norway
South Africa
South Korea

March 17
Atlasia
Brazil
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Mexico
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« Reply #202 on: March 15, 2010, 05:19:26 pm »

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GTO Watch: Sarkozy Blasts The GTO, Pushes For Greater Involvement
French President Nicolas Sarkozy took the stage earlier today. Sarkozy has recently taken a hard line on financial regulation in the leadup to the announcement of the GTO Monetary Fund. He has also criticized Atlasia for being too "hands-off" with Europe.

Below are excerpts from his comments before the GTO General Assembly.

Quote from: Sarkozy
"The stability of GTO member states must be our top priority as we move forward from the financial crisis. A monetary regulator and safety net will allow us to better weather the next storm, but this cannot be a blank check to profligate spending and ever-growing debt."

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"It is unacceptable that Africa has one member in this body. We must do more to support African development. And that requires that we rethink how we handle global aid."

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"Communication is vital to this organization. Going through the motions, making declarations, that does not indicate meaningful involvement in the issues. At today's meetings we have been discussing the war on drugs in Mexico. Tomorrow will be the Israeli settlement issue. And Wednesday will be the GTO Monetary Fund proposal. It is astounding how disengaged some delegations have been. Next month's meetings must be different. We must all come with concrete ideas and a willingness to work together."
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« Reply #203 on: March 16, 2010, 12:49:05 am »
« Edited: March 16, 2010, 08:26:38 pm by GM Purple State »

*Adapted from FP Passport...

International News

Atlasian Deaths In Mexican Drug War Amid GTO Talks
Gunmen believed to be linked to Mexican drug cartels killed a pregnant Atlasian consulate worker and her husband as well as the Mexican husband of another consulate worker in an ambush on their cars in Ciudad Juarez on Monday. Several children were also wounded. The deaths occurred in the midst of a particularly bloody weekend for Mexico, in which at least 50 people were killed throughout the country in gang-related violence.

In a statement President Afleitch pledged that Atlasia would lend its support to Mexican authorities, saying, "We owe it to Mexico and we owe it to ourselves to fight that fight on our borders too." FBI agents have been sent to Ciudad Juarez to assist in the investigation. It is rare for Atlasian officials to be targeted in Mexico's drug violence, although cartels did lob a grenade at the Atlasian consulate in Monterrey in 2008. The motivation for this weekend's attack is still unknown.

Authorities say the Atlasian-Mexican border has become increasingly violent in recent weeks thanks to the breakdown of an alliance between two rival cartels. Dozens, including several journalists, have been killed and cartels have even set up "checkpoints" on roads to search for their rivals.

More than 18,000 people have been killed throughout Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched an antidrug offensive in 2006. Despite critics who fear the drug war is becoming a quagmire, Calderon's efforts are enthusiastically supported by Nyman which has provided more than $1 billion in aid.

The current meeting of the GTO spent Monday discussing the how to bring the violence in Mexico under control. A full analysis of the talks will be issued after the close of the General Assembly.
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« Reply #204 on: March 16, 2010, 08:44:26 pm »

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GTO Watch: Singh Calls For Light Regulation, Global Drug Crackdown
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took the stage earlier today. Singh has recently pressed for lighter financial regulations in the leadup to the announcement of the GTO Monetary Fund, pressing the need for developing economies to have greater leeway. He has also joined Latin and South American countries in calling for heightened global efforts at stemming the flow of black market drugs.

Below are excerpts from his comments before the GTO General Assembly.

Quote from: Sarkozy
"India, too, suffers from the unrestrained flow of illicit and black market narcotics around the world. We join our friends in Mexico and Colombia and Chile and Brazil in urging other nations to stem their unquenchable demand for drugs."

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"China has become a daily worry. As it rises, its shadow falls over larger and larger swaths of the region. We cannot continue to appease their newly aggressive posture or they will only be emboldened to move faster and push deeper."

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"The developed members of the GTO must remember what is was like when they were emerging into the global market. If regulations are too strict and if penalties are too steep, innovation in the developing world will be stifled. The Monetary Fund will need to strike the right balance: restraint and balance on the one side, but risk and growth on the other."
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« Reply #205 on: March 17, 2010, 12:57:58 am »

Regional News

Northeast Union Threaten Wide-Scale Strikes
Richard Stern, director of the Union for Northeast Public Sector Employees (UNEPSE), has sent out a call for a region-wide strike if the Practical Labor Policy Act is passed by the Northeast Assembly.

In a statement put out by his office, Stern called the legislation "a direct attack on public employees" and an attempt to "strip away the wages and benefits that these workers earned." Stern took particular umbrage with the clause mandating the renegotiation of all public employee contracts, arguing that to renege on these deals would represent a "gross breach of contract."

Though the union had remained relatively quiet during the debate of the bill, it is taking a firm stand as the Assembly enters a final vote. According to officials close to the union's internal discussions, the decision to draw a firm line was based on the inclusion of the "renegotiation clause," as well as a penalty on workers that choose to go out on strike.

UNEPSE is the largest union in the Northeast, representing almost all of the 6 million public sector employees in the region. This would be the first time in the union's history that a region-wide general strike is called, leaving analysts uncertain as to the feasibility of such a strike occurring or to the impact of the strike if it is successful.
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« Reply #206 on: March 20, 2010, 10:45:40 pm »
« Edited: March 20, 2010, 10:50:29 pm by GM Purple State »

Financial News

Financial Indicators
  • ANSE     895 -37 (3.97%)
  • $1 Atlasian = $0.95133 World Index (-0.01083)
  • Crude Oil = $80.15/barrel +0.94 (1.19%)

Analysis:
The ANSE plunged, after increasing continuously for a few weeks, due to a reported strike-call for all public employees in the Northeast. The threat of a protracted standstill in the nation's largest economy has investors on edge and preparing for even larger sell-offs in the event of an impasse in negotiations. The strike is set to begin on Monday.

The Atlasian Dollar fell as discussions on a Global Treaty Organization Monetary Fund provided the first hints of a strong new body to regulate global finance and rescue failing states, boosting world currencies which have fallen in recent weeks due to fears of insolvency in weaker states.

Oil prices rose slightly on the news of greater global economic stability.
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« Reply #207 on: March 24, 2010, 09:59:45 pm »
« Edited: March 25, 2010, 11:58:31 am by GM Purple State »

Regional News

Biweekly Regional Report
Mideast
As mentioned in a previous report, recent studies by the Mideast Engineering Corp. has found that the region's infrastructure is lacking, citing that a number of bridges and tunnels fail to meet regional and federal standards. Additional resources should be devoted towards bringing these structures up to repute.

Midwest
As previously noted, an influx of complaints about the quality of services at regional hospitals has resulted in a record number of medical malpractice lawsuits in the last year. The enactment and enforcement of stricter standards are needed to improve regional health and reduce the cost of the growing number of lawsuits.

Northeast
With negotiations seemingly at a standstill, the UNEPSE has announced its intention to commence a region-wide strike beginning Thursday at 8:00am. Experts believe such a strike would cost the region between $20-$30 million each day in activity.

Pacific
Scientists believe that shifts in the crust of the earth will result in stronger and more frequent earthquakes in the western portion of the Pacific region. It is recommended that immediate steps be taken to upgrade and install earthquake-sustaining infrastructure.

Southeast
A study of the region's prisons finds that 90% of non-free-range prisons are at or above capacity, with the remaining 10% nearly there. The packed prisons comes at a cost to both the taxpayers and the prisons, burdening the system with growing costs and making it difficult for prisons to account for all prison activities. The region should look into expanding capacity and staffing, lightening restrictions on free-range prisons or reducing penalties for some non-violent crimes.
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« Reply #208 on: March 25, 2010, 11:46:57 pm »

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Regional Budgets Released
Mideast: This region has revenue of $960 billion and expenses of $1000 billion, resulting in a deficit of $40 billion. The deficit, though large, is considerably lower than the last report, mostly as a result of increased revenue as the economic crisis subsides. One industry that continues to stagnate is the automobile industry, which has fallen behind its peers in other countries. In order to fully revitalize the Mideast, the regional government must work to both close the current deficit and encourage the modernization of the domestic auto industry.

Previous budget report of the Mideast.
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« Reply #209 on: March 28, 2010, 01:18:21 am »

Financial News

Financial Indicators
  • ANSE     867 -28 (3.13%)
  • $1 Atlasian = $0.95545 World Index (+0.00412)
  • Crude Oil = $78.52/barrel -1.63 (2.03%)

Analysis:
The ANSE continued its downward trend as the government of the nation's largest region has essentially shut down as a result of a strike of all public employees. With only local and municipal governments in effect, the regional government is losing an estimated $30 million a day in lost productivity. Losses slowed towards the end of the week as investors await the decision in a legal case regarding the strike.

The Atlasian Dollar rose slightly as a bloc of developing nations, including India, Brazil and Colombia, came out against a strong global monetary agency to regulate finances in the GTO. Lack of sustained leadership by larger countries, including Germany and Atlasia, on the issue has rendered the plans gasping for air.

Oil prices returned to a falling trend as alternative energy sources constructed when oil prices were at record highs have drastically reduced demand for oil.
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« Reply #210 on: April 01, 2010, 01:37:12 am »

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April GTO General Assembly: Paris, France
The next GTO General Assembly, slated for April 20 to April 23, will take place in Paris, France, according to sources close to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. A formal announcement will be issued tomorrow morning.

The four-day extended meeting will likely focus heavily on resuscitating the GTO Monetary Fund idea, which has received strong opposition and very weak leadership since its announcement. As the host country, France used its agenda setting power to set aside two full days for discussions on the proposed monetary branch of the GTO in the hopes that a deal can be struck. Atlasia has not announced a formal position on the issue.

Discussions on the drug trade and international drug trafficking will continue as well. The governments of Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and India have begun work on a proposal that would focus on reducing demand for drugs in wealthier countries, especially Atlasia. Many European countries have cringed at the idea in the past, arguing for greater local control of drug production. There has been no word on a potential compromise.

The final day of the conference will revolve around issues in African development, including aid reform, a set of global goals for the continent, and women's rights. South Africa's delegation will likely chair this portion of the meeting and has called on GTO countries to each craft a clear agenda on the topic to be presented to the entire body.
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« Reply #211 on: April 02, 2010, 02:39:56 am »

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Riots Break Out In Federal Prisons
Around Atlasia riots have begun to break out in federal prisons as convicts argue that their constitutional rights have been violated. The riots come on the revelation that the Senate may not have the power to create criminal laws under the Constitution.

Guards in the prisons have been unable or unsure of how to respond to the situation, with many sympathizing with the prisoners. With some guards refusing to help quiet the prisons, it has become nearly impossible for wardens to gain full control of their facilities. The spontaneity of the situation has left prisons without central guidance from the Secretary of Internal Affairs as of yet, resulting in a patchwork of policies to address the emerging crisis.

Some wardens have initiated prison lockdowns, cordoning off wings of their prisons with sealed doors and armed guards. Others have retreated to safe zones within their own complexes, locking the prisoners out, rather than in.

Immediate action is necessary on the part of the SoIA to ensure the peace is restored.
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« Reply #212 on: April 02, 2010, 01:26:52 pm »

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Riots Break Out In Federal Prisons
Around Atlasia riots have begun to break out in federal prisons as convicts argue that their constitutional rights have been violated. The riots come on the revelation that the Senate may not have the power to create criminal laws under the Constitution.

Guards in the prisons have been unable or unsure of how to respond to the situation, with many sympathizing with the prisoners. With some guards refusing to help quiet the prisons, it has become nearly impossible for wardens to gain full control of their facilities. The spontaneity of the situation has left prisons without central guidance from the Secretary of Internal Affairs as of yet, resulting in a patchwork of policies to address the emerging crisis.

Some wardens have initiated prison lockdowns, cordoning off wings of their prisons with sealed doors and armed guards. Others have retreated to safe zones within their own complexes, locking the prisoners out, rather than in.

Immediate action is necessary on the part of the SoIA to ensure the peace is restored.

Oh come on, PS. While an interesting game development I assure you prisoners would not riot because someone wrote a scholarly article (albeit a very well written one) proposing criminal statutes may not be within the Senate's enumerated powers. They might call family and gang members to hook them up with a lawyer, but they'd only riot for things like worse food, too much lockdown, or being forced to associate with other races.
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« Reply #213 on: April 03, 2010, 11:07:54 pm »

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Financial Indicators
  • ANSE     861 -6 (0.69%)
  • $1 Atlasian = $0.96617 World Index (+0.01072)
  • Crude Oil = $76.48/barrel -2.04 (2.60%)

Analysis:
The ANSE remained relatively flat compared to recent losses as the UNEPSE announced it would pause the current strike in the Northeast until the Supreme Court hears its appeal to NE CJO RowanBrandon's finding in Northeast v. UNEPSE. The strike has so far cost the region approximately $120 million.

The Atlasian Dollar rose as commodity prices continued their fall from previous highs.

Oil prices plummeted amid waning demand and as alternative energy sources become more readily available.
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« Reply #214 on: April 07, 2010, 01:30:18 am »

Regional News

Mideast Return Of Rhetoric Bill Analysis
The Mideast region has proposed to increase the gasoline tax by 2% to pay for materials used to support the teaching of debate and speech in public schools.

The following is a brief report on the Return of Rhetoric Bill to determine the impact of such a tax:

An increase in the gasoline tax by 2% would result in a 0.904 cent/gallon increase in the price of gas, yielding approximately $12.8 billion per year. The true yield over time is likely to decrease as demand for oil is projected to continue to fall. Taxation will contribute to this downward trend, precipitating the continued decline of gasoline consumption. Over a ten year projection, the 2% increase is likely to raise $81.6 billion, an average of $8.16 billion per year.
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« Reply #215 on: April 13, 2010, 10:48:25 pm »
« Edited: April 15, 2010, 12:58:37 am by GM Purple State »

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Federal Prisons Return To Order
As reported earlier this month, federal prisons had been the subject of large prisoner riots after the revelation that federal crime laws may be unconstitutional. The situation has since been controlled after the quick response of the Secretary of Internal Affairs, who provided immediate guidance to federal prison staff (full directive below).

Investigations by the DoI have found that the violence was fomented predominantly by a small coterie of guards at the prisons in the states of Maine and New York, who spread news to prisoners that their imprisonment may be illegal. The riots spread mostly through the Northeast and to some prisons in the Mideast before the SoIA stepped in.

Only the federal prison in Maine remains at heightened alert levels.

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I'm issuing the follow guidance to the administration and staff at all federal prisons.

1. Armed lockdowns are to be instituted in all federal prisons (irrespective of security level) until the DoI orders otherwise.

2. Any member of staff at any federal prison who has aided in any riot in any federal prison must be suspended immediately and brought before an internal tribunal when the crisis has passed.

3. Any senior prison administrator or official who has failed to restore order with twenty four hours, or refuses to follow this order from the DoI will be immediately dismissed from their post by the DoI.

4. All federal prisons that saw a loss of control during the crisis will be investigated by the DoI when the crisis has passed.
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« Reply #216 on: April 16, 2010, 05:31:45 pm »

Foreign News

Biweekly International Report
Asia
China has announced a slew of new gas-pipeline deals with countries in the region, including Iran, Uzbekistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Human rights groups have protested the move.

Reports of a coup in Kyrgyzstan call into question the continued operation of an Atlasian military base in the country. The interim government had opposed the presence of the base previously.

Middle East
An Atlasian citizen whose name has not been released was found dead this week in the West Bank city of Ramallah, riddled with as many as 30 bullet wounds.

Europe
Ash from Iceland's recently erupted Eyjafjallajokull volcano has forced Britain, Ireland, and Sweden to close their airspace, resulting in the cancellation of hundreds of flights to the region.

Africa
A petition calling for the revamping of Atlasian foreign aid, which experts in Africa and Atlasia started around a month ago, has gathered over 15,000 signatures, including many leaders in the foreign aid community and a couple of heads of state in Africa and Europe.

Americas
South American countries have crafted a charter that would create the first multilateral group of American states that would not include Atlasia as a member.
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« Reply #217 on: April 17, 2010, 11:29:04 pm »

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Financial Indicators
  • ANSE     876 +15 (1.74%)
  • $1 Atlasian = $0.94086 World Index (-0.02531)
  • Crude Oil = $78.02/barrel +1.54 (2.01%)

Analysis:
The ANSE rose as public employees in the Northeast returned to work pending the decision in UNEPSE v. Northeast and as investors have positive expectations for unemployment numbers this week.

The Atlasian Dollar plummeted as rumors of a new international currency, to replace the Atlasian Dollar within the year, spread amid Atlasian intransigence to take a leadership position on pressing global issues.

Oil prices rose as the AD weakened and demand rose for the upcoming summer months.
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« Reply #218 on: April 18, 2010, 03:35:55 pm »

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Landmark Bridge Collapses In Mideast, Kills Five
Regional police report that the New River Gorge Bridge, a steel-arch bridge near Fayetteville, West Virginia, has collapsed into the New River, killing five and injuring as many as 30 people.

Emergency teams continue to work to pull victims to safety and recover bodies from the gorge. Meanwhile, officials from the environmental bureau have begun to assess the impact of the collapse on the surrounding area and downstream regions. The bridge was located over the New River Gorge National River, protected by the Department of Internal Affairs.

Recent studies by the Mideast Engineering Corp. have found that the region's infrastructure is lacking, citing that a number of bridges and tunnels failed to meet regional and federal standards. Experts had warned that such a collapse was imminent and many predict that the New River Gorge Bridge incident may just be the first of many such tragedies if immediate action is not taken.

The New River Gorge Bridge was the third largest arch bridge in the world and spanned 1,700 feet.

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« Reply #219 on: April 18, 2010, 07:20:54 pm »
« Edited: May 09, 2010, 02:07:16 am by GM Purple State »

Regional News

Mideast "GI JANE" Act Analysis
The Mideast region has proposed the following legislation to address the unemployment situation in the region:

GI JANE AMENDMENT
GI JANE will be replaced with the following
Growth. In. Jobs. And. New. Economy.
WHEREAS: Unemployment is at 12.1% in the Mideast with over 7 million citizen unemployed and
WHEREAS: Most citizens are employed in small businesses and consumer confidence is down
BE IT RESOLVED:
SECTION 1:
1.   Any business that creates 1 new job and currently has under 15 employees in the current fiscal year will be given a $2,000 corporate tax credit.
2.   There shall be no waiting period for a business or company to start after government forms are approved.
3.   Drop the corporate tax rate to 22%.
4.   Cut capital gains tax by 4% for incomes over $500,000 and 7% for incomes under $500,000.
5.   Welfare program requires 40 hours a week of, or a combination of, education (to receive a GED), job training, work, or community service, for those that are deemed “fit to work” by the Mideast Government. Every welfare recipient deemed “able to work” must find work within two years of being enrolled in a Mideast welfare program or four years if the recipient is attending education at any level.
SECTION 2:
6.   Departments and committees of government in the Mideast will eliminate overlapping responsibilities, tasks and programs to save tax-payer funding and to guarantee no business has to file or complete the same form or paperwork more than once. Each department and committee will send one representative to a weekly meeting in which they will decide who will have what specific responsibility that they alone will posses. The “Government Employment Committee” headed by an appointee by the Governor, confirmed by the Assembly will lead these meetings.
7.   Eliminate all subsides to farms that are deemed inactive and are paid to not produce or grow crops, livestock, etc.
8.   The Mideast government must buy products and materials to complete projects that are the cheapest on the market when the material is non-essential to safety and not needed for efficiency (examples: toilet, paper clips, hammers)
9.   Projects of the Mideast government carried out by private companies must be chosen based on the cheapest, most efficient budget requested.
10.   Halt Mideast government purchase of land for one year unless in case of emergency related to public health and safety.
11.   Eliminate corporate subsidies for corporations that cannot provide a business plan or execute a plan that will bring in a profit within 3 years or a profit enough to pay off the subsidies in 9 years giving the corporation the option time for research, development, innovation and improvement or let a different, profitable, efficient company replace the failing corporation.
12.   The Mideast “Government Employment Committee” will recommend and advise to cut jobs they deem “unneeded” or not beneficial to the Assembly, Governor or any Department or Committee to eliminate.

The Office of the GM projects that the legislation will save or create 1.5 million jobs over two years at a cost of approximately $3 billion per year. Over ten years, this bill would save or create 2 million jobs at a cost of approximately $20 billion.

It is recommended that some clauses be further clarified to avoid mis-implementation, such as...
Clause 1: Is this for only one worker or at least one worker? One new job created starting when? When does this credit expire? Is it $2,000 per new worker or a lump-sum of $2,000?

Clause 5: Requires a structure to rate and track all recipients of assistance.

Clause 6: Are these playable or non-playable positions?

Clause 11: Requires fuller consideration of the impact to specific industries, some of which may provide essential or beneficial services at little or no profit.
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« Reply #220 on: April 19, 2010, 05:14:44 pm »

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Mideast Infrastructure Renovation Act Analysis
The Mideast region has proposed the following legislation to promote investment in algaculture, or the use of algae farms to form renewable sources of energy:

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A RESOLUTION CONCERNING
    ALGAE PROMOTION AS ALTERNATIVE ENERGY Mideast Region
  WHEREAS:  Algae has the capability to replace all use of our dependence on foreign oil using only up to 1% of all farm land in atlasia
 WHEREAS: Algae can be used effectively as ethanol and can be harvested in one day
 WHEREAS: One acre of algae can produce the equivelant of up to 10,000 gallons of oil a year
 WHEREAS: Algae farming is expensive and some estimates show $32,000 needed to build one acre farm and $12,000 a year maintance
BE IT RESOLVED: The Mideast Assembly shall hereby grant a $5,000 tax credit for any farmer building two acres of algae farm for the next fiscal year. The $5,000 tax credit will be offset by a decrease in foreign energy imports. A 1% tax will be placed on the sale of one gallon of algae oil (ethanol).

The Office of the GM recommends that, if the Mideast chooses to commit to such a project, that it truly buy into the program through larger and more proportional subsidies than are currently in the legislation.

As is rightfully pointed out in the preamble of the bill, algae farming is an expensive endeavor at a cost of approximately $32,000 to install a single acre. Under the proposed subsidy plan, a two-acre farm would cost $59,000, rather than $64,000. This seems a reasonable incentive, but it is worth noting that a proper algae farm requires far more than two acres to produce a sizable amount of fuel. Most companies would need at least 250 to 500 acres of algae farms to ensure a worthwhile investment. Under this assumption, it is unlikely that a $5,000 tax credit on an $8 million investment will provide a strong incentive.

If this is indeed a project that the Mideast feels is a worthwhile expenditure (about which each assembly member should research and come to a conclusion on their own), it is recommended that a more advanced subsidy structure, promoting large investments with gradually increasing subsidies based on acreage, be amended to this bill.

This office also feels that creating incentives for pilot projects to further research the use of algal fuel beyond basic fuel would be well founded and create the conditions for future innovation in the region.
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« Reply #221 on: April 20, 2010, 08:59:35 pm »

Regional News

Biweekly Regional Report
Mideast
With the summer rise in gas prices on its way, residents of the Mideast have begun to voice worry about any rise in the tax on gasoline in the coming months.

Midwest
With the passage of the Midwest Healthcare Stuff Initiative, experts predict a sharp increase in the number of applicants to Midwest medical schools to practice medicine. It is recommended that consideration be given to legislation boosting medical education, as well as providing increased funding to the regional program.

Northeast
With the finding of the Atlasian Supreme Court in UNEPSE v. Northeast Region in favor of the union, UNEPSE president Richard Stern has called for a renewal of negotiations with the region to prevent a follow-up strike. He was quoted as saying, "The lack of a readily available contract is a problem that can only be repaired through good-faith bargaining by the union and the region."

Pacific
Residents of the Pacific region have been stumbling around daze and confused for two days now after the Pacific Legislature called up eight pieces of legislation for a vote. Experts believe that the sudden activity after a period of relative dormancy may have caused what scientists term a "collective head rush."

The Office of the GM commends the region on its efforts to reduce overlaps and redundancies that have cost the region millions of dollars. Specifically, the Universal Health Care Act Repeal, which removes portions of a law that was superseded by federal efforts to expand health care, is estimated to save the region $1 billion over ten years.

Southeast
As stated previously, a study of the region's prisons finds that 90% of non-free-range prisons are at or above capacity, with the remaining 10% nearly there. The packed prisons comes at a cost to both the taxpayers and the prisons, burdening the system with growing costs and making it difficult for prisons to account for all prison activities. The region should look into expanding capacity and staffing, lightening restrictions on free-range prisons or reducing penalties for some non-violent crimes.

Experts estimate that the Southeast region will be hit the hardest by rising gas prices as the summer months loom ahead. The Office of the GM recommends movement on the creation of domestic sources of alternative and renewable energy sources to help alleviate the growing pressure on Southeastern families.
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« Reply #222 on: April 24, 2010, 08:15:39 pm »
« Edited: April 25, 2010, 12:27:57 am by GM Purple State »

National News

Residents of Bakersville Protest Nuclear Waste Reprocessing Plant
Earlier today Secretary of the Interior Al announced (full text below) that the DoI had decided on Bakersville, California as the site of a large-scale reprocessing station for spent nuclear fuel.

The decision was made pursuant to FL 32-10, the Nucler Waste Reprocessing Act, signed last August by President Lief, which attempted to spur the investment in nuclear fuel as an alternative energy source for Atlasia. The law calls for the creation of waste reprocessing plants in "areas with few inhabitants and limited environmental sensitivity, with no nearby sources of freshwater and no exploitable water resources."

Many in Bakersville and the surrounding area have voiced concerns with the DoI's decision and argue that locating the plant there is illegal and dangerous. The town is home to over 300,000 people and is in close proximity to a number of smaller towns like Oildale and Lamont. Bakersville is also approximately 100 miles from Los Angeles.

Concerned residents have planned a series of rallies on Sunday, April 25 to protest the announcement and spur their representatives into action.


IPTE Order no. nkp34

In accordance with Section Four of F.L. 32-10, all relevant depositions shall be made in Bakersfield, CA.

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Financial News

Financial Indicators
  • ANSE     879 +3 (0.34%)
  • $1 Atlasian = $0.91985 World Index (-0.02101)
  • Crude Oil = $78.89/barrel +0.87 (1.12%)

Analysis:
The ANSE remained steady as investors try to anticipate the next step in the public sector labor dispute in the Northeast. Meanwhile, forthcoming infrastructure investments in the Mideast boosted construction companies.

The Atlasian Dollar continued to fall sharply as GTO member states took credible steps towards forming a new "global" currency to replace the AD. The discussions reached a fever pitch this week as foreign leaders expressed disdain with Atlasia's hands-off approach.

Oil prices rose slightly as the AD weakened considerably and demand was expected to rise as the summer arrives.
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Regional News

Employment & Population Information by Region
The following lists the top three industries in each region in order:
Northeast = Service; Trade and Transportation; Government
Mideast =Manufacturing; Trade and Transportation; Government
Southeast = Manufacturing; Trade and Transportation; Agriculture
Midwest = Manufacturing; Agriculture; Health
Pacific = Government; Trade and Transportation; Education

The following lists the unemployment rate in each region (estimated number in parentheses):
Northeast = 5.2%  (4,261,054)
Mideast = 12.1% (7,108,970)
Southeast = 9.4% (3,488,003)
Midwest = 9.6% (3,562,215)
Pacific = 4.9% (1,893,973)
National = 8.01% (20,314,215)

The following is the breakdown of unionization figures in Atlasia by region (previous figure in parentheses):
Northeast = 14.5% (15%)
Mideast = 17.5% (17.5)%
Southeast = 9.5% (9%)
Midwest = 16% (16%)
Pacific = 21% (20.5%)
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