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« Reply #525 on: March 22, 2009, 10:05:16 am »

The Regional Activity Amendment

1. Article V, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Constitution is hereby amended to read: "No person may simultaneously hold two or more offices of the Republic of Atlasia at the same level of government. This is not to exclude one from holding offices at different levels of government."
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« Reply #526 on: March 22, 2009, 10:14:26 am »

It is not clear how that formula would work. Can you give examples partiuclarly for personal incomes less than $20,000 (or do they pay nothing - which I would support in principle)? Does it affect taxation levied against businesses?
Section 3 outlines that if you make less than $20,000, there is actually a negative tax.  This bill would not effect current regulations on business.

It may be worthwhile to amend Section 3 so that the increase in the thresholds is in line with or linked to wage inflation as opposed to consumer inflation
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« Reply #527 on: March 22, 2009, 10:46:08 am »

It is not clear how that formula would work. Can you give examples partiuclarly for personal incomes less than $20,000 (or do they pay nothing - which I would support in principle)? Does it affect taxation levied against businesses?
Section 3 outlines that if you make less than $20,000, there is actually a negative tax.  This bill would not effect current regulations on business.

It may be worthwhile to amend Section 3 so that the increase in the thresholds is in line with or linked to wage inflation as opposed to consumer inflation
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« Reply #528 on: March 22, 2009, 10:49:11 am »

The Regional Activity Amendment

1. Article V, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Constitution is hereby amended to read: "No person may simultaneously hold two or more offices of the Republic of Atlasia at the same level of government. This is not to exclude one from holding offices at different levels of government."
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I'll introduce this for you.

Thank you. It was your idea after all. I just figured I would get the ball moving.
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« Reply #529 on: March 22, 2009, 06:05:06 pm »

Could someone sponsor this? Play about with the wording too.

Amendment to the Elimination of Civil Marriage Law and Establishment of Civil Unions Act

Inserted into Article 3 shall be the following;

i. Any civil union that is deemed by a court of law to be found to have been entered through force, threat or coercion involving one or more parties will be nulled.
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« Reply #530 on: March 22, 2009, 11:17:51 pm »

Could someone sponsor this? Play about with the wording too.

Amendment to the Elimination of Civil Marriage Law and Establishment of Civil Unions Act

Inserted into Article 3 shall be the following;

i. Any civil union that is deemed by a court of law to be found to have been entered through force, threat or coercion involving one or more parties will be nulled.

I see no problem with the wording and would be happy to sponser it.
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« Reply #531 on: March 25, 2009, 02:10:10 pm »

I don't believe that this has been adressed in any previous statue. I have looked long and hard, but I could have missed it.

Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Weapons Ban Act

Section 1. Chemical and Radiological Weapons
a) The Government of Atlasia will hereby decommission and destroy all chemical and radiological weapons in their possession and end the production, trade, and research of chemical and radiological weaponry and associated technologies by the end of 2009.

Section 2. Biological Weapons
a) The Government of Atlasia will hereby decommission and destroy all biological weapons in their possession and end the production, trade, and research of biological weaponry and associated technologies by the end of 2009.

b) The Government of Atlasia will maintain a small supply of the viruses, bacteria, and other organisms that are used in the biological weaponry. They shall be used for the purpose of manufacturing vaccines against these organisms only. Once these vaccines have been produced, these stores will be destroyed. This shall take place no later than the end of 2010.
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« Reply #532 on: March 26, 2009, 09:51:21 am »

At the beshest of the AG:

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The Beginner's Guide to Atlasia Act.

1. The Introduction to Atlasia Act is hereby repealed.

2. It shall hereinafter be the responsibility of the Attorney General of Atlasia (hereinafter "Attorney General") to maintain an introductory thread in the Atlas Fantasy Elections Forum containing therein such information which may be of use or benefit to newbies.

3. This thread shall include the following opening statement:

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Welcome to Atlasia.

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

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

Parties.

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

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

Registration.

To join Atlasia, you must register in the Registration Thread. Simply state your preferred state of residence and the party you wish to register with. You may register in anyone of the 50 real life states, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

You can register at any time; however, there are rules in place limiting rights to vote to those who have reached a total post count on the forum of 50; have posted more than 25 times in the previous 8 weeks; and have registered more than 10 days prior to the election. You may only change your state of registration every 60 days but you may change your party at anytime. After your initial registration, you are allowed to make one "free move" which does not count under the 60 days rule.

Further Information.

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

Also, you should feel free to post any questions you have about Atlasia in this thread and someone should shortly be able to provide some guidance.

4. Following the above opening statement, the Attorney General shall post short statements from each of the parties. It shall be the responsibility of each party to provide a short statement (no longer than 200 words) outlining the ideology of the party to the Attorney General for posting in this thread. The party may also include a link to another site (such as the party’s wiki page) which shall not count towards their word limit. Parties shall not be obliged to produce any such details should they so choose. Those which do not shall forfeit their entry. Parties may at any time give to the Attorney General an amended statement for posting.

5. Following the above opening statement, the Attorney General shall post a list consisting of each region in the Republic of Atlasia and the states therein.

6. The Attorney General shall be free to edit the opening statement such that it correctly represents the law or state of affairs of Atlasia.

7. Each new Attorney General shall create a new a new "Beginner's Guide to Atlasia" Thread within the terms of this Act. The President of Atlasia shall make such representations and efforts as are necessary to ensure that the new thread shall be ‘stickied’ such that it shall always be easily accessible to newbies.

8. The Attorney General shall be allowed to include in the thread such other information as he considers desirous or useful for newbies to be made aware of.

9. If for any reason the Attorney General is incapable of exercising the duties outlined within this Act the President of Atlasia shall have the power to temporarily appoint an official of the Federal Government in charge until the Attorney General is once again capable of exercising the duties outlined within this Act.
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« Reply #533 on: March 26, 2009, 09:59:16 am »

The Regional Activity Amendment

1. Article V, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Constitution is hereby amended to read: "No person may simultaneously hold two or more offices of the Republic of Atlasia at the same level of government. This is not to exclude one from holding offices at different levels of government."


Just for the record, I'm officially introducing this.
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« Reply #534 on: March 26, 2009, 02:47:48 pm »

I'd just like to point out that there are some minor mistakes in the "Registration" section of the bill I drafted, and hope the Senators can fix those when it's brought up for debate. Smiley
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« Reply #535 on: March 26, 2009, 06:39:32 pm »

The China Import Restriction Act

1. All imports from China will be hereby removed. Import quotas will no longer be issued to firms looking to import goods from China.

2. This bill will not forego any outstanding debts with China.

3. This bill will not force Atlasia to discontinue trade with any nation that trades with China.

4. This bill will not affect any exports to China. Exports will continue as the Chinese government deems necessary.


(I'm introducing this on behalf of a constituent, Persepolis. He is the one who wrote the bill.)
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« Reply #536 on: March 30, 2009, 02:13:40 am »

Middle East Peace Act of 2009 II

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Preamble

The Senate recognises the difficulties in negotiating a peaceful settlement in favour of a two nation solution to the Israeli/Palestine conflict.

The Senate acknowledges that at present thirty six nations do not recognise the State of Israel. These include all members of the Arab league with the exception of Jordan and Egypt.

Therefore;

1a. The Senate extends to the Arab League an offer that should Israel and the Palestinian Authority agree to a two nation solution, under the terms of the Middle East Peace Act of 2009, the Arab League should in return recognise and support the agreed solution in return for a negotiated trading deal involving member states of the League.

b. This offer shall take the form of regional talks chaired by representatives from Atlasia, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Jordan and representatives from the European Union with the invitation to attend extended to all member states of the Arab League

c. Any nation that will not recognise nor extend diplomatic relations to the State of Israel and/or refuses to formalise and reinstate diplomatic relations with the Republic of Atlasia shall be exempt from the material outcome of any talks.

(d) Optional: Due to violence and racial genocide in the Darfur region, Sudan will be excluded from the material outcome of any talks

2 a. Talks will focus on an agreement to suspend tariffs between signatory nations, a targeted increase in aid from Atlasia to these nations and formalisation of a free trade agreement.

b. Conditions relating to the recognition of the State of Israel, counter terrorism measures, the cessation of state sponsorship and funding of terrorist groups and efforts to enhance the democratic process within the civil and political sphere will be tabled, discussed and enforced.

3. Any agreement reached in respect of informal free trade shall not be seen to infringe or replace the conditions within the exisitng free trade agreements with Morocco, Bahrain, Israel, Oman, Jordan and Kuwait.

4. Upon conclusion of these talks, any agreement reached shall will be presented to the Senate for it's discussion and approval.

My sincere gratitude to Afleitch for the work invested in the drafting of this bill. He deserves all the credit for it.
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« Reply #537 on: March 30, 2009, 03:55:40 pm »

Repeal of the Affirmative Action Bill

F.L. 28-9 is repealed.



Modification to the World War II Commemoration Act

Section 3 is repealed.



Repeal of the Aesbestos Ban Amendment Act

F.L. 12-5 is repealed.
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« Reply #538 on: April 06, 2009, 09:46:34 pm »

Atlasian Agriculture Reinvestment Act

1) Farm subsidies will be reduced by ten percent across the board throughout the nation.

2) All farm subsidies to tobacco will be immediatly cut off.

3) No farm making more than a 50% profit on it's investment will be granted a subsidy if the owners of said farm make more than $200,000 dollars a year in personal profit.

4) No farm belonging to an individual or family making over $500,000 dollars a year in any field other than agriculture will be granted a subsidy.

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This is only a rough outline and I hope to get some input on how to improve this once it is brought to the Senate floor.
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« Reply #539 on: April 06, 2009, 10:25:10 pm »

Amendment to the Marijuana Legalization and Taxation Act

1. The first section 1 is amended to read "The possession, sale, and consumption of marijuana, and the plants needed for its processing, shall not be considered illegal by the federal government of Atlasia. Individual regions may regulate it as they see fit."

2. The latter section 1 is renumbered section 3.

3. The latter section 2 is renumbered section 4.
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« Reply #540 on: April 07, 2009, 08:45:31 am »

Well in reality the U.S. now has this and I like the idea so I think Atlasia should have it as well.


Country of Origin Bill

1. All stores that sell fresh produce in Atlasia shall be required to post the country of origin next to the price for these products.
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« Reply #541 on: April 10, 2009, 07:55:19 am »

An old favorite:

Legalization of Heroin Bill

Section 1: Findings
1. Heroin is a white, crystalline, narcotic powder, C21H23NO5, derived from morphine, formerly used as an analgesic and sedative.
2. The pharmaceutical price of heroin is only 5% of the average street price of heroin.

Section 2: Applicability
1. This law shall remove all federal restrictions on heroin in addition to legalization in Nyman and other federal territories which do not form a region.
2. The Regions of Atlasia shall be free to legalize and regulate heroin in any manner which they may choose.

Section 3: In Regards to the Legal Status of Heroin
1. The possession and consumption of heroin shall be legal.
2. This law shall not be interpreted as to decriminalize driving under the influence of heroin.
3. Penalties for driving under the influence of heroin shall be the same as those for driving under the influence of alcohol and other substances.

Section 4: Taxation
1. Sales tax on heroin will be 30%.  Individual regions may set their own taxes on heroin as they see fit in addition to the federal tax which shall not exceed 20%.
2. Federal revenue raised from taxes on heroin shall be spent as follows:
   a.) 50% to a newly created National Opiate Addiction Help Center
   b.) 25% to funding for the needle exchange program created by the Atlasian Policy Regarding HIV/AIDS
   c.) 25% to improvements to federal interstate highways
3. Regional revenue generated from sales of heroin shall be used however the region deems necessary by a vote of the people upon voting for legalization.
4. The National Opiate Addiction Help Center shall not be funded by any other taxes.
5. The National Opiate Addiction Help Center shall focus on treatment options not involving methodone

Section 5: Purchases
1. Heroin shall be available at any licensed pharmacies that chose to sell heroin.
2. Heroin shall not require a prescription but will kept behind the counter under all circumstances.
3. Individuals not in possession of the proper licenses shall still be prohibited from selling heroin.

Section 6: Age Restrictions
1. No one under the age of 18 shall be allowed to purchase heroin
2. Any pharmacist selling heroin to a person under the age of 18 shall be subject to any of the following:
   a.) a fine not to exceed $100,000
   b.) 30 days in a regional prison
   c.) a suspension or revokal of license
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« Reply #542 on: April 13, 2009, 01:09:21 pm »

Fair Trade Renewal Act

1)  All Atlasian free trade agreements will be hereafter restricted on the basis that their existence will be contingent on both countries enabling free trade. 

2)  Should any nation with an Atlasian free trade agreement not draft a free trade agreement or rescind an already present one, the Atlasian free trade agreement will also be rescinded.
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« Reply #543 on: April 21, 2009, 01:57:24 pm »

Somaliland Recognition Bill

1.  The Republic of Atlasia hereby recongnizes the Republic of Somaliland.

2.  Somaliland will be recognized to hold the lands of the former British colony of British Somaliland.

3.  Dahir Riyale Kahin is hereby recognized as the President of Somaliland.
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« Reply #544 on: April 22, 2009, 06:37:51 pm »

Somaliland Recognition Bill

1.  The Republic of Atlasia hereby recongnizes the Republic of Somaliland.

2.  Somaliland will be recognized to hold the lands of the former British colony of British Somaliland.

3.  Dahir Riyale Kahin is hereby recognized as the President of Somaliland.

Already passed, already recognized.
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« Reply #545 on: April 22, 2009, 09:27:23 pm »

Somaliland Recognition Bill

1.  The Republic of Atlasia hereby recongnizes the Republic of Somaliland.

2.  Somaliland will be recognized to hold the lands of the former British colony of British Somaliland.

3.  Dahir Riyale Kahin is hereby recognized as the President of Somaliland.

Already passed, already recognized.

I know, I meant to withdraw this.  I can not believe that I forgot that it was already passed. lol
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« Reply #546 on: May 01, 2009, 12:16:15 pm »

Game Moderator Replacement Act

Section 1: If the Game Moderator is deemed to be inappropriately inactive, he may be removed by the Senate in the interest of stimulating activity in Atlasia.

Section 2: Any such motion for removal will be sponosored by a senator and seconded by at least one other senator.

Section 3: A period of debate may be allowed for up to 48 hours concerning any such motion, after which a vote on removal from office will be held.

Section 4: The GM shall be removed from office in the event that two-thirds of the Senate vote for removal.
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« Reply #547 on: May 01, 2009, 01:32:27 pm »

Franzl Tax Cut Bill:

Section 1: In an effort to provide relief for struggling lower and middle class families in this time of economic crisis, Atllasia recognizes the economically stimulating effect of responsible tax cuts and will provide these accordingly.

Section 2: Families with a total income of between $30,000 and $75,000 will have their federal income tax rates reduced for 2009.

Section 3: The exact tax cuts are as follows:
a.) $30,000 - $49,999: 3.5% lower (in total, independent of current tax brackets)
b.) $50,000 - $64,999: 2.5% lower (in total, independent of current tax brackets)
c.) $65,000 - $75,000: 1.5% lower (in total, independent of current tax brackets)

Section 4: This tax cut scheme will expire immediately after 2009, but may be renewed or renegotiated based on economic conditions at that time.
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« Reply #548 on: May 01, 2009, 01:34:59 pm »

CO2 cap-and-trade bill:

Section 1: In an effort to combat the catastrophic effects of climate change, Atlasia will attempt to reduce overall emmissions of carbon dioxide by regulating the total amount that may be produced through a "cap-and-trade" system.

Section 2: The Atlasian government will auction "carbon credits" on the commodities market competitively.

Section 3: These credits may be bought, sold and otherwise transferred among the companies that receive them as they see fit at market based prices.

Section 4: The total level of CO2 credits issued by the Atlasian government will equal to 98.5% of the  credits issued in the previous year, with the goal of meaningful, long term reduction. The total amount of credits issued in the first year after adoption of this legislation will equal 97% of all carbon taxed by Atlasia in 2008, whether domestically or under carbon import taxation.

Section 5: The Carbon Tax and Carbon Import Tax are repealed.

Section 6: Foreign companies will be allowed to purchase carbon credits on the Atlasian market in the same way a domestic company would.

Section 7: This carbon regulating scheme will last for a minimum of 10 years, after which it will be evaluated again and renewed according to new demands and goals.
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« Reply #549 on: May 01, 2009, 05:02:02 pm »

Defense Against Piracy Act
Whereas, the Senate of Atlasia recognizes the danger posed by the presence of pirates off the coast of the Horn of Africa, and

Whereas, this threat must be quelled by the full force of the Atlasia and its allies,
therefor let it be

Resolved, that the following actions be taken:
1. The Senate of Atlasia calls upon the President to send naval and air forces to the region for the purpose of defending Atlasian citizens.
2. A tactical strike team shall be assembled to actively eliminate all known pirate threats in the region.
3. Diplomatic discussions be initiated with Somaliland and other coastal nations in the region to bolster economic conditions to stem pirate recruitment.
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