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WA AFFAIRS

There is

resolution at vote.

The last resolution, Commend Greater

Dienstad,

passed 13,689 votes to 1,317 against earlier in July.

was

no SC

GA resolution “Ban on Conversion Therapy” is looking to be passed in 1 ½ days. The current vote tally is approx. 12,000 to 2,000. The last resolution, Protecting Free Expression, was passed 12,495 to 3,443 against earlier this week.

Citizens

residents may vote via regional poll and forum poll on the resolution.

and

After the last issue of the Saturday Edition’s newspaper was published, all of commended GA author Imperium Anglorum’s proposals failed to reach quorum.

There

are

three

current

Security

Council proposals,

but all three are not

reach

quorum in the time allotted.

expected

to

GA

resolutions have been proposed by various authors, but only two only hold the ‘legal’ status required to reach quorum and those have little support from regional World Assembly Delegates.

Seven

As

through a regularly occurring slump in WA activity during the year, not much

resolutions

substance or legality have been proposed in the SC or GA sections of the NationStates forums.

we trudge

of

The World Assembly Affairs Digest is written by Chief Editor

Trabardia.

WORLD NEWS

Voting in the Grand Gameplay Armchair Awards has started.

The satirical awards organization was announced almost two weeks ago by an anonymous nation. Awards range from lazy raiders, lazy defenders, lazy independents, and am award for inactive faces in Gameplay. You can

vote

Gameplay section of

the NS forums.

in

the

After electing a new Delegate to lead the region, The South Pacific has started the Southern World Assembly Initiative (S.W.A.N.) The program is intended to encourage residents to endorse the delegate, the members of the Council on Regional Security, and other WA nations in TSP. The program was modeled on the North Pacific’s own WA program, the World Assembly Development Program (W.A.D.P.), which brought TNP to #2 in the world in terms of individual endorsement counts of WA nations.

The region of Japan has opened up for the first time in a while after constant threats from invasion by major raiding organizations for years that have plagued the founderless land. As the name implies, the region is Japanese-themed. A new cultural initiative, the Japan Open, is starting tomorrow on Discord. According to event organizers, roleplay channels on the event’s Discord server are already for

open

participation.

The World News Digest is written by Chief Editor Trabardia.

The World News Digest is written by Chief Editor Trabardia. Europeia’s Red Light District earlier this

Europeia’s Red Light District earlier this month. The most active area in the region is ongoing a quiet slump along with the rest of Europeia’s forum that once rivaled the likes of The North Pacific.

A Giant in Decline

Europeia’s indefinite forum transfer and slow government have diminished activity in the bustling user-created region

by TRABARDIA Chief Editor

The giant is slipping.

Europeia, the envy of aspiring founders and politicians across NationStates, has slipped into a period of inactivity not seen in years. The Active Topics page of the region, the heartbeat of any regional forum, has seen itself reduced to less than a page -- a stark contrast to its usual bustling 2+ pages. But just why has this standard of stable and active government in NationStates slowed its pace?

An indefinite move

resisted but the outlook remained grim for the continuation of the region’s current forums. Almost a month ago, forum administration released a gameplan that detailed the future of Europeia’s forums. The plan was to convert everything to ZenForo (the Bloc’s former hosting software), and the move was scheduled for just days after the game plan was posted. However, issues were faced along the way, and little updates were provided by administration except that the tool used to transfer the forums was malfunctioning.

Turnover in the executive

The inactivity of other parts of Europeia’s government are contributing factors as well. During this presidential term, the ministries of Radio, Foreign

In May, it was announced by the root administrator that ZetaBoards was converting all of its forums -- including Europeia -- to a hybrid Tapatalk interface. The community

Affairs, Culture, and the Chief of Staff’s Office have all been left vacant at one point in time because the office holders could not sustain the activity or just did not wish to continue in their position. The administration has overseen little substantial progress (compared to previous governments) in the past term. However, the upcoming presidential election could serve as either a breeding ground for new ideas to turn the region around or a testament to the downward pace of the regional government.

A stalled legislature

The Senate of Europeia is perhaps Europeia’s proudest institution: a reminder of the superb legislative skills of its top members that tops all other see EUROPEIA, A3

Foreign Affairs Flourishing Under Penrose

by LIL’ STAPLER

The best thing Lil’ Stapler has done so far under his administration was appointing Nathaniel Penrose as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Because of the work between Stapler and Nate with his amazing volunteers, the MoFA has started to flourish. The Bloc has been reaching out to her fellow leftists

and started healing the gaps created years ago. We have apologized to our friends for our past wrongdoings, and relations have started to thaw. Our biggest success so far was getting embassies with The Internationale. This also improves our chances of getting into NSLeft, the largest leftist alliance across the site.

We have been participating in military operation with our allies to help thaw relations. Nate will more than likely go down as the greatest Minister of Foreign Affairs in TCB history.

Lil’ Stapler is a staff writer and election correspondent for the

Ministry of Information.

election correspondent for the Ministry of Information. The main building in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The main building in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs complex near the northern island of the Bloc’s capital. The Ministry is part of a larger system of military and foreign agencies

located on the Rocky Island.

FRONT SECTION INTERNATIONAL OPINION & COMMENTARY State of Party Politics | A2 Frits Wins Runoff
FRONT SECTION
INTERNATIONAL
OPINION & COMMENTARY
State of Party Politics | A2
Frits Wins Runoff | A2
PRAF Operational Report | A3
The Rise of Independents | A3
Legislative Analysis | A3
Farmers Protest in Farao | B1
The Direction of the PRC | B1
International Weather | B2
Problems, Solutions, and Fearmongering | C1
Legislative Proposals | C2
Should the Bloc adopt Direct Democracy? | C2
How We can Fix the Tribunal | C3
DAILY NEWS SATURDAY EDITION | 4/8/2018 | PAGE A2 The State of Party Politics in

DAILY NEWS SATURDAY EDITION | 4/8/2018 | PAGE A2

The State of Party Politics in the Bloc

Frits Wins Runoff to Become 5th Justice

by LIL’ STAPLER

Quite recently the Bloc has been undergoing a lot of changes and event party wise. There have been numerous times that something interesting party wise has come up. So, it has led me to believe that it is now a good time to discuss what the current state of parties in the Bloc is.

Starting off, the CRP-PP (Communist Revolutionaries Party and People’s Party, respectively) merger. For a bit of background if you’re new or not reading the daily news (shame on you. Trab works really hard on these), about 2 weeks before the General Secretary election, Glorious Leader approached Lil’ Stapler (as the Party Secretary) with an offer for the CRP and PP to merge. Stapler entered negotiations. Then he had to resign as he was elected General Secretary. Since then negotiations on the merger has largely slowed. There has been very little talking between the two parties about the merger, showing how the parties are losing popularity amongst themselves. The questions still remains, will a meremain her save or help the parties? Even after entering negotiations, Lil’ Stapler says it can’t. Citizens of the Bloc have expressed their opinions on the topic and they largely agree a merger won’t save the parties. Now we move to the Workers’ Party, where First Secretary Alexinomics has opened a referendum on dissolution. The referendum ended with only two members having voted, one for dissolution and one for remaining, definitely showing the increasing apathy towards the WP and parties as a whole. After an interview with Alex, they believe themselves that the WP shouldn’t really exist anymore with no stable leadership and 1 barely 2 active members. Minutes after the vote ended tied, Alex resigned from the party effectively leaving about 1.5 active members. I use .5 because the second is sorta active. They do have new members so that also remains as the last fuel to the party. After months upon months of fighting about parties, and a month or two of quiet, it seems like the no-party supporters have won out. The WP faces dissolution and the CRP-PP merger won’t do much. All Bloc forum parties are falling, and there seems to be no way to save them. Direct Action has taken its

course. The People have spoken, and

no

parties

is

their

answer.

Lil’

Stapler

is

an Election

Correspondent for the Ministry of

writing regular

election analysis articles in addition to serving in his role as General Secretary.

Information,

Former First Secretary of the Worker’s Party Frits won a relatively close runoff election for the fifth seat on the People’s Tribunal on Monday earlier this week, bringing in 14 votes to opponent Thomas Calloway’s 11. Candidate Frits campaigned on the three promises that he would be transparent in his actions, independent and fair in his rulings, and that he would be able to control his emotions and make rational decisions as a Justice on the People’s Tribunal. He was criticised by some citizens because he was quick to defend General Secretary candidate Trabardia after he sent a telegram to the region using bought stamps to promote his campaign. He responded to this criticism by stating that he checked all relevant law and reinforced his view that the telegram was legal in his eyes, also saying that court cases are much more drawn out than a Discord argument regarding a campaign telegram -- giving justices more time to seriously deliberate and consider the options. His opponent, former Petrovsky Administration official and Central Committee member Thomas Calloway, released a more detailed campaign highlighting his experience in the Bloc’s government over the years. His promises were to hear all cases in an unbiased and fair manner, establish clear guidelines on how each court case should be held in order to make it easier for those participating in the case, and working on the Executive Government on a law program to educate citizens on Bloc law and the legal process of the region. There was no questions or criticism of his campaign. General Secretary Lil’ Stapler offered his congratulations to the 5th Justice of the People’s Tribunal Frits on Tuesday evening after he won the close vote. After being asked who the new Chief Justice was by a Ministry of Information reporter, Frits confirmed that the Tribunal had internally selected M.M. to continue into the 6-month term as Chief Justice, making him the longest serving head of the judiciary in Bloc history.

Trabardia is the Chief Editor of the Ministry of Information Daily News and the Saturday Edition, as well as the Minister of Information.

Saturday Edition, as well as the Minister of Information. The People’s Tribunal hearing attorney arguments during

The People’s Tribunal hearing attorney arguments during the case Trabardia v. Cheval in the spring of this year. The case is the only case finished by the Tribunal in its term. The Kiryu v. Petrovsky case was dropped due to the fact that both sides of the case had ceased to exist in NationStates.

both sides of the case had ceased to exist in NationStates. The three-member Administrative Council headquarters

The three-member Administrative Council headquarters on the North Island of the Bloc’ capital. The Council manages the technical functions of the Bloc, such as Discord and the forums. It also runs all of the numerous elections happening every month and determines of any candidates have violated electoral law.

determines of any candidates have violated electoral law. The Worker’s Party headquarters on the South Island

The Worker’s Party headquarters on the South Island of the Bloc’s capital islands in mid-July. The Worker’s Party, after holding a majority and then supermajority for a short period in May, has fallen down to 1 active member. The future of the former largest party in the Bloc is unclear.

future of the former largest party in the Bloc is unclear. Saturday Edition 4th of August,

Saturday

Edition

4th of August, 2018

Credits

The

Saturday Edition is

Ministry

of

Information

Daily

News

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Minister, Chief Editor Trabardia

Party Affairs & Military Correspondent Frits

Election Correspondent Lil’ Stapler

Legislative Correspondent Alexandria Whittaker

Opinion Columnist Lewis Kuznetsov-Flood

DAILY NEWS SATURDAY EDITION | 4/8/2018 | PAGE A3 Europeia’s Inactivity CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1

DAILY NEWS SATURDAY EDITION | 4/8/2018 | PAGE A3

Europeia’s Inactivity

CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1

regions in NationStates. However, activity in the Senate has been slowing down in the past term. 4 bills are being discussed right now, but 3 of them have less than 15 posts. This is not to say that the Senate is declining like the rest of

the region, but its levels of activity are objectively lower than usual for an institution of its significance. The real concern lies in the region’s Citizens Assembly. As the name implies, it is composed of all citizens of Europeia. It can propose legislation to send to the Senate -- and that’s about it. The last post in the Assembly forum was made on July 20th, and Chairman of the CA Aramor hasn’t been active on Europeia’s forums in 9 days -- possibly following down the path of several popular Chairs that have shown great promise but later faded into inactivity. The CA’s inactivity is an indicator of how enthusiastic and engaged regular citizens are about the region’s legislative branch, and during this period it seems like they are sleepy. Europeia’s Constitutional Convention was convened almost two months ago, and like the other legislative functions of the region, is also showing signs of slow activity in a process meant to create activity and develop new ideas. Only one idea coming from the Convention, splitting the executive into two main offices -- one

managing executive policy and the other foreign policy -- has been voted on and approved. Most registrants to the Convention expressed a concern that there is a problem of forum engagement in the region, but it is yet to be seen if

there are proposals that will solve this.

Is there still hope?

Of course. Europeia is a time-tested region and hallmark of democracy that has gone through scandals and periods of inactivity, and it is likely to overcome this period. Presidential elections were recently called by the Supreme Chancellor, and elections in the region are mostly guaranteed to generate activity. We shall see if the Presidential elections will produce any promising results, if the Constitutional Convention will bring new life to the region’s legal system, if Europeia will comfortably and quickly transfer its forums and preserve its history, or if the lifeblood of the decade-old region will hold.

Trabardia is the Chief Editor of the Daily News and the Saturday Edition as well as the Minister of Information.

the Saturday Edition as well as the Minister of Information. The restless capital of Europeia. PRAF

The restless capital of Europeia.

PRAF Operational Report

by FRITS

There have been several raids since Minister of Defense/Marshal of the People’s Revolutionary Armed Forces Gabriel Xavier assumed office

First, Lieutenant GenralTrabardia and Corporal. Mecho have together taken over 3 monarchist strongholds, known as The New Liberal Republic, New Found Land and East Caribbean. Second -- An ally, New Switzerland has been succesfully liberated after being taken by an invader. Lieutenant General Trabardia took, together with support of The Revolutionary Communist Alliance, the region out of the wrong hands. 7 people

participated

in

total.

Finally -- Communist Paradise was at first being defended by the PRAF, but after the region being exposed as right wing and homophobic, the General Secretary and Commander in-Chief Lil' Stapler ordered the invasion of the region. The region has now been liberated from homophobia.

Frits is a Military Correspondent and Party Affairs Correspondent for the Ministry of Information Daily News in addition to his role as a Justice on the People’s Tribunal.

The Rise of Independents

by ALEXANDRIA WHITTAKER

With the resignation of the

Alexandria Whitaker from the Worker’s Party (WP) following after the former First Secretary, Frits, and many other former Standing Committee members and the decline of many other political parties within the Bloc, a wave of bloc citizens renouncing their party memberships is in full swing. The trend started a few months ago when current Central Committee members, Lewis Flood, and Pytor, left the Worker’s Party to become independents; after this many members of the Bloc’s various political parties followed suite, to the point where in the recent election for General Secretary, 5 out of 6 of the candidates were independents rather than members of a political party. This has left many parties in a state of decline and left some forced to take measures such as the Communist Revolutionaries Party (CRP) and the People’s Party (PP) which have recently gone into the

process of merging into the People’s Revolutionary Party (PRP) to combat this decline; And so for the

foreseeable future, it seems that this trend will continue to be a defining factor in political dynamics in the Bloc.

Alexandria Whittaker is the Legislative Affairs Correspondent for the Ministry of Information and former Acting First Secretary and Deputy First Secretary of the Worker’s Party.

and Deputy First Secretary of the Worker’s Party. Leadership of the Worker’s Party celebrating after their

Leadership of the Worker’s Party celebrating after their victory in the April elections.

celebrating after their victory in the April elections. Central Committee member offices in the North Island
celebrating after their victory in the April elections. Central Committee member offices in the North Island

Central Committee member offices in the North Island of the Bloc’s capital. The CC is currently composed entirely of independent members as the Bloc is slowly turning away from partisan politics.

Soldiers of the People’s Revolutionary during a parade in the Bloc’s capital earlier this summer.
Soldiers of the People’s Revolutionary during a
parade in the Bloc’s capital earlier this summer.
DAILY NEWS SATURDAY EDITION | 4/8/2018 | PAGE A4 Legislative Business Where did the Daily

DAILY NEWS SATURDAY EDITION | 4/8/2018 | PAGE A4

Legislative Business Where did the Daily News Go?!?!?!?!? by FRITS Term Dates (Repeal) Act 2018
Legislative Business
Where did the Daily News
Go?!?!?!?!?
by FRITS
Term Dates (Repeal) Act 2018
proposed by CCM Lewis
Kuznetsov-Flood
The Central Committee has
passed a repeal of the Term
Dates Act 2017, proposed by
Lewis Kuznetsov-Flood. The
Term Dates Act 2017 decided
that the winner of the General
Secretary election would
replace the former GS after 48
hours. This has not happened
since the passage of the Term
Dates Act 2017 and was
therefore seen as unnecessary.
The act was originally
proposed by Thomas Calloway
in 2017 and past the Central
Committee, but the repeal got
unanimous consent by both the
citizens poll and in the CC.
There wasn't any resistance to
be heard in The General
Gallery, nor any other parts of
the forum.
amendment is proposed in the
General Gallery. The act,
proposed by Nathaniel Penrose,
was supported by a majority of
voters, but due to the law being
having no procedure ready
when the poll function is being
used for the WA vote.
Lewis Kuznetsov-Flood and
Glorious Leader both abstained
from voting (reasons as to why
are unknown), whilst Nathaniel
Penrose, Egaleca, Trabardia,
Vlad Schpilkes and M.M. voted
Aye.
Nathaniel Penrose, the author,
is likely to propose a new
version of the bill, after the
issues mentioned by the GS are
fixed.
by TRABARDIA
Yesterday, the 3rd of August,
2018, the Daily News was not
published. There was no cheesy
attention-grabbing announcement
in the Discord server linking
everyone to that night’s issue.
I’m sure you are all wonering:
express our deepest sympathy for
anyone affected by this blip in our
nearly-clean publishing record.
We hope to provide you with
more quality journalism and
content from inside the Bloc’s
government to the halls of the
World Assembly in the future.
why wasn’t the beloved Daily
News published? Surely the Bloc
will descend into chaos if this
continues onward!
The answer is quite complex, in
fact: the Chief Editor of the Daily
News and the Saturday Edition
(myself) was writing articles to be
published in this Saturday Edition
late into the night. During that
time, before work was started on
the Daily News issue, our Chief
Editor fell asleep and was not
able to publish the issue.
We apologize for the
inconvenience and wish to
Trabardia is a sleepy Chief Editor
of the Daily News and the
Saturday Edition.
Frits is a Military and Party
Affairs Correspondent for the
Ministry of Information Daily
News in addition to his regular
role as a Justice on the
People’s Tribunal.
Footage obtained of the Chief
Editor at his desk last night.
Residents Opinion Act 2018
proposed by CCM and Premier
Nathaniel Penrose
Changes in the PRAF’s
Merit-Based Ranks
made clear per rank
by FRITS
The General Secretary has
used his veto power to stop the
Residents’ Opinion Act 2018
from becoming a law. The law
was meant to get residents more
involved in regional politics by
starting (non-binding) regional
polls when a Constitutional
The Central Committee
discussing a bill this term.
The Minister of
Defense has
announcement a
list of changes to
the ranks within the
PRAF.
First -- the
General of The
Armed Forces is
now named the
Marshal of The
Armed Forces.
Second -- the rank
of Lieutenant does
no longer exist.
Third -- it is now
what is needed to be
promoted.
Also, the GS and
Minister have
decided to demote
Vlad from General
to Captain due to
inactivity while
Minister of Defense.
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DAILY NEWS SATURDAY EDITION | 4/8/2018 | PAGE B1 International Farming in Farao Could Grow

DAILY NEWS SATURDAY EDITION | 4/8/2018 | PAGE B1

International Farming in Farao Could Grow Costlier by VINCENTE LEOZ The farmers of Farao openly
International
Farming in Farao
Could Grow Costlier
by VINCENTE LEOZ
The farmers of Farao openly revolted today in the state capital of
Uncallera after the state’s Public Lands Committee fast-tracked a bill to
increase the costs to graze animals on public land.
Over 75% of fertile land in the state is owned by the Farao Land
Management Office, which oversees all public land. Most small farms in
the state pay a flat fee to use and maintain 67% of the LMO land. The fee,
as it has been since most of the older generations remember, has been
$3.50 per animal unit (100kg of livestock).
The new bill would increase the cost of each animal unit to $4.00 and
lower the definition of an animal unit to 90 kilograms. Gael Montes, a
state legislator from the urban capital, proposed the bill with the support
of several members of the Liberal Party leadership and the full backing of
the
Communist
Party.
Former Land Management Office Commissioner Franco Lain, in an
opinion piece for the Farao Tribune-Register, wrote that “this anti-farmer
bill is an attack on both our livestock industry and public land grants.”
If enacted, Montes’ bill would bring in an extra $23 million in revenue
for the Office, but many, including Lain, say that the LMO doesn’t need
Farmers blocked traffic in major roads throughout the state
capital of Uncallera in protest of new proposed costly
agricultural regulation.
the
extra
cash.
The protests that have occurred throughout the day around the State
Capitol and office buildings have amassed over 45,000 participants. In
the afternoon, a group of protestors broke into Montes’ office in the
Capitol and managed to cause significant damage after being escorted out
and arrested by police.
Vincente Leoz is an agricultural correspondent working for the Jalvar
Tribune and a policy reporter for the Uncallera Daily Sun.
Cows grazing in a farm in rural Farao. Most small farms are
granted a permit to exist by the Land Management Office of
Farao.
all of us that take part in the game. Steering The Ship (OOC) The PRC,
all of
us
that take part
in the
game.
Steering The Ship (OOC)
The PRC, its President, and the Future of Roleplay
by LEWIS
KUZNETSOV-FLOOD
The NationRP is a strange beast -
while some nations play in the
space age, others are focused on a
modern timeline. On top of that,
the balance of diplomacy and
domestic roleplay mean that, for
many, it forms a integral part of
their regional identity, and a fun
and natural extension of the main
NS game.
When the council election was
held, just over a week ago, the
campaigns were split between
those in character (RPing their
campaign as an Ambassador or
Head of State) or, as in the case of
Tarrin, campaigning on their
merits in the meta of the RP -
helping to run the council during
difficult times, building the law
archive and other applicable
experiences. Yet, as I talked about
previously, the council has
increasingly moved towards an in
character meta - as far as tying it
into the NationRP as a whole,
playing as an ambassador to an
organisation in the same vein as
the EU or the UN.
So, what does this mean for our
new President? When it comes to
the NationRP, the pragmatic
approach some take to Bloc
politics is often dropped in favour
of the, many times bizzare,
politics of their nations - in a
mirror of the real world, when it
comes to international politics,
domestic policy often weighs
heavy on decisions. However,
Tarrin has shown he is above
playing his nation’s politics when
it comes to his role as President - a
naturally pragmatic person in Bloc
politics at large, it is no surprise
that he is willing to focus on
getting the council back on track,
when compared to the focus of
other council members. For the
roleplay, this is almost definitely a
good thing - the continuing
movement towards a more
focused roleplay experience has
meant that leadership its natural
heart needs focused leadership to
ensure that the plot is not lost.
In line with that, it can only be
hoped that the President, in a time
when the NationRP is more than
ever, can take the community’s
work and ensure that it works for
Lewis Kuznetsov-Flood is a
guest columnist and volunteer
staff writer for the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs in addition to
serving in his roles as Deputy
General Secretary, member of
the Central Committee, and
Head Administrator. His NS
nation is Stiegae.
The People’s Roleplay
Council in session to select
its next President in late July.
DAILY NEWS SATURDAY EDITION | 4/8/2018 | PAGE B2 International Weather Capital - 26C Lazhintsky

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International Weather

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Capital - 26C Lazhintsky - 16C Proletariopolis - 10C Hailfax - 6C Tolouse - -1C

Sinyeong - -3C Terenci - 2C

Ankh-Morpork - -3C Lilygrad - 21C

Emangrad - 7C Agetis - 13C

Luceria - 20C Maoist City -24C

Sankofa City - 10C Stalingrad - 1C

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DAILY NEWS SATURDAY EDITION | 4/8/2018 | PAGE C1 OPINION Section (2) of the Constitution
DAILY NEWS SATURDAY EDITION | 4/8/2018 | PAGE C1
OPINION
Section (2) of the Constitution of the People’s Republic
“All citizens are entitled to the freedom of speech, expression, the press, and
belief, unless such freedoms mentioned above intend to discriminate or defame a
group of people within The Communist Bloc or or such freedoms are employed
to actively and maliciously work against the state.”
Problems, Solutions, and Fearmonegering
by M.M.
The
Bloc
has
a
problem.
That this problem exists is almost
universally agreed upon by the Bloc's
'ruling class', the group of engaged citizens
that hold positions in government (often at
least two). This group (myself included)
believes that their very existence as the
primary holders of the Bloc's political
power signifies that there exists a severe
shortage of new residents obtaining
citizenship, remaining active, and seeking
office. The reason for this shortage is due to
the failures of the forum-based government
to integrate longtime residents ("RMB
denizens" owing to their participation on
the Bloc's regional message board) into the
offsite forum.
It is commonly believed among the forum
residents that this is the most crucial
problem facing the Bloc today. General
Secretary Lil'Stapler was elected in part on
a promise to seek a resolution to the issue.
And yet no sign of a policy proposal
specifically designated to resolve the issue
has yet come to light - not from the Stapler
administration, not from any of its
ministers, not even from the Central
Committee and Lewis Flood, whose essay
decrying the susceptibility of his fellow
legislators to "tinkeritis" came
approximately five milliseconds before his
program to reorganize basically every piece
of legislation in the Bloc commenced.
On a wholly unrelated note, Nathaniel
Penrose and myself recently introduced a
bill intended to give a 'trial run' to a directly
democratic legislature, in which citizens
would have the right to vote on legislature.
This bill was immediately decried as a
serious threat to activity by the
aforementioned Lewis Flood and other
characters such as Trabardia. Never mind
that the bill was designed to specifically
give a trial run with the ability to easily
repeal its provisions at the end of its term
rather than carrying them on; even a couple
of months was simply too much of a risk.
Even a trial run would leave us in the same
state as the inactive UCRs, with hardly any
new legislative proposals.
(Although perhaps they've found the
ultimate cure for the tinkeritis of elected
legislators?)
Of course, a decline in legislative activity
is not something that one should
automatically link to a legislative system,
and nor is it a positive - but there is reason
to suspect that it would not necessarily be
the case. A recent poll carried about by
Repeater found that out of fifteen polled
citizens, slim majorities supported direct
democracy in legislature and did not believe
that it would lead to inactivity. A
question regarding shifts in legislative
activity found that a plurality of those
polled would not change the level of
legislative activity they engage in under a
directly democratic system, while just as
many said that they would increase their
activity as those that said that they would be
less active. The issue is not open and shut.
But most important is the audience that the
poll is reaching - registered forum
members. Kirk Socramander noted that a
directly democratic legislature could be a
serious draw for RMB members. In effect,
he argued, this could be the policy that
solves the issue of resident integration.
Polls are needed to determine whether or
not this would indeed encourage residents
to register for the forums, but if they
indicate that this would be the case, then
everything the naysayers are arguing is
completely wrong.
The effectiveness of direct democracy as a
policy to get residents to become citizens is
untested, but the possibility should not be
ruled out; the chance that we have a
possible recruitment tool for the forums
sitting in our laps is too important to pass
up.
M.M. is the founder and publisher of the
private
media
outlet
The
Repeater,
in
addition to his role as an administrator,
Chief Justice, and a guest columnist.
Do We Really Need This Tribunal?
by TRABARDIA
Legislative Opinions
Every six months we elect five of our most
independent and worthy candidates to sit on
the People’s Tribunal. Maybe you’ve heard
by ALEXANDRIA WHITTAKER
Resident’s Opinion Act
of it, but I doubt that anyone not caught up
on
Bloc
politics
would.
to the Tribunal. The Administrative Council
is composed of people to administer the
technical functions of the Bloc, not
determine if a candidate followed the law.
Last, judicial education. While the Tribunal
isn’t overseeing rare court cases, they
should be writing guides and holding
Why? Because the Tribunal rarely does
anything. In the last six months, the
Tribunal ruled on one case of a minor
electoral code violation, and nothing else.
Now, the Administrative Council has seized
the responsibility of managing those
lectures on legal procedure to better educate
the next attorneys and justices. After all,
these are supposed to be the best legal
minds
in
the
Bloc.
violations. It is now looking to be that the
Tribunal will hear precisely 0 cases until
2019.
That begs the question: then why do we
need the People’s Tribunal? The answer is
quite obvious -- because every functioning
region needs functioning and fair judicial
procedure -- but there is absolutely no need
If we want to make having an election
every 6 months worthwhile, it is imperative
that we find solutions to this dormant
Tribunal -- or else our judicial branch will
be five people with an extra role on the
forum.
for a full election for five justices that will
Trabardia is the Chief Editor of the Daily
News and the Saturday Edition in addition
to his role as Minister of Information and
member of the Central Committee.
do
little
to
nothing.
What can we do to alleviate the problem
of a dormant Tribunal? Well, first, decrease
the size of the Tribunal to 3 justices, all
appointed by the General Secretary and
confirmed via referendum every six
months. As I said, there is no need for a full
5 justices if only 3 justices participate in
one ruling at a time in a court that only
hears
1-2
cases per year.
Second, we need to give the responsibility
of ruling on electoral code violations back
The People’s Tribunal building.
The Resident Opinion’s Act of 2018 is an
act recently proposed and voted on by the
Premier of the TCB, Nathaniel Penrose.
The act seeks to gauge public opinion on
polls from TBC residents through
non-binding polls, thereby increasing
citizen participation in the political process.
The specifics of the bill include sections
saying that if one or more polls were taking
place, then an external voting mechanism
would be used, and that the polls must be
posted on the RMB. Members of the CC all
either voted in favor of the bill or abstained,
however the General Secretary, Lil Stapler,
vetoed the act because it didn’t include
provisions concerning if a bill takes place
during a World Assembly (WA) meeting.
From my perspective, it seems like this bill
is a nice step forward for increased
participation in the Bloc, and a measure for
increased transparency, which some
members of the Bloc have been expressing
grievances about. However at first I thought
that the veto was unnecessary because I
thought the bill looked complete however
the General Secretary brought up a good
point concerning the conflicts of interest. I
SEE LEGISLATIVE, C2
DAILY NEWS SATURDAY EDITION | 4/8/2018 | PAGE C2 OPINION Section (2) of the Constitution
DAILY NEWS SATURDAY EDITION | 4/8/2018 | PAGE C2
OPINION
Section (2) of the Constitution of the People’s Republic
“All citizens are entitled to the freedom of speech, expression, the press, and
belief, unless such freedoms mentioned above intend to discriminate or defame a
group of people within The Communist Bloc or or such freedoms are employed
to actively and maliciously work against the state.”
Legislative Opinions
CONTINUED FROM C1
hope that this bill passes as soon as possible at the benefit of the
citizens of the Bloc.
Term Dates (Repeal) Act 2018
The Term Date (Repeals) Act of 2018 is an act that seeked to
repeal the Term Date Act of 2017, which is an act that defines
when General Secretary and Central Committee members take
office after an election. The 2017 Act says that both the General
Secretary and Central Committee members take office 48 hours
after a winner is chosen, and has provisions in case of a runoff
election, a GS having more than one term continuously, and in
case of a CC tie. Introduced by the Premier, Nathaniel Penrose,
2018 act repeals the entirety of the bill, and it passed 3 days ago
with a unanimous vote for the repeal. My concern with this is
that with the absence of this bill, there doesn’t seem to be any
precedent for when a GS or CC member takes office, but
considering the unanimous vote, there must of been an issue
with the bill in the first place, so I feel like it’s safe to assume
that the CC will replace this bill with a new precedent.
The General Secretary signing a bill in July.
Should the Bloc adopt direct democracy? by LIL’ STAPLER If you truly know me, you
Should the Bloc adopt direct democracy?
by LIL’ STAPLER
If you truly know me, you know I love
direct democracy. It’s awesome. Heck, I
even founded a party on those principles
and campaigned to the CC on that principle.
But the problem is, through my time in the
government, through my time reading and
analyzing, The Communist Bloc is not
ready to handle Direct Democracy. This
article will explain reasonings for and
against Direct Democracy in the Bloc.
The biggest argument I see from the
proposition side is “We have a fuck go back
option. There’s no reason to not try”. This
however, in my eyes, seems to backfire on
to them. This makes me less confidence.
There have been no other substantial
arguments with the exception of one. The
proposition cannot simply rely on the “fuck
go back” option. Though I do like the
addition of the option. Making it a trial
period does put in some confidence that
taking this risk is okay. I also find it
hypocritical that the proposition says “we
can’t predict what will happen”, but then
says how DD will increase legislation, even
though its implementation in BIGGER
regions couldn’t increase progress. I will
say, the trial period does give them some
ground. However, to me, this becomes
negated when the two authors of the bill
have refused to discuss compromises with
me.
Next, and the only real substantial
argument on the side of the proposition is
that it can increase legislative activity and
RMB/forum integration. It’ll improve the
voices of the people, however, this directly
ignores the poll that showed a slim majority
of citizens support Direct Democracy. The
poll also showed that no change would take
place overall. On the RMB, I will agree,
myself, my Ministers, and the Central
Committee have so far failed to bridge the
gap between the forums and the RMB. So
there is a positive that Direct Democracy
could possibly bring in those citizens. But
why aren’t they here/participating anyway?
The proposition says they are shy, scared,
“just leaves it to the elites”. Instead of
taking away a cultural, historical, important
part of the Bloc, how about we just change
the attitude from the elites to new citizens.
For the best example, how about we stop
Vlad from being a dick and condescending
to new citizens who just have simple
questions? Instead of making unnecessary
change, let’s change the attitude our elitists
are giving to the new ones.
Egaleca’s recent mentorship program is
also twofold. His program has been helping
new citizens get involved and learn how the
Bloc works. This is helping change the
attitude around elitists. His program has also
been reaching out to RMB’ers, and soon
enough, we can hopefully be able to entice
some to come to the forums, and entice
some of us, to go to the RMB.
The opposition claims that DD will
decrease legislation activity, and uses
examples from much larger regions. I don’t
see this, I see no change. It’ll just be the
same old CC members continuing to do
what they did before, minus a few, and few
others joining. That’s because this
amendment isn’t teaching new citizens how
to write legislation or participate. It just
takes away titles (which I can see an upside
to).
We don’t need Direct Democracy to
increase legislative inactivity. We don’t
need it to entice RMB’ers. We don’t need to
accuse people of fearmongering. We need to
change the attitude of OUR OWN
ELITISTS, in order to fix these problems.
We need to stop being dicks and
condescending to new citizens. We need (I
am trying this week) to create ways for new
citizens to learn how the Bloc works, like
Egaleca has done. I am, however, cautiously
willing to put my support into this
amendment if proper steps are established
beforehand that will actually teach new
citizens what to do.
I now call upon the members of the Central
Committee to do their jobs. When/if the
vote does come, this amendment should
not pass. Not because I am in only cautious
support of the amendment, but because the
citizens don’t want it.
Neither of the polls were ⅔ majority in
support. You are representatives right now.
Represent the people, not your own
interests. I want to see the benefits of Direct
Democracy. I want them to come to fruition
within the Bloc. But can we handle it
without faltering? That is the question you
must
ask
yourself.
Lil’ Stapler is the elections correspondent
for the Ministry of Information in addition
to his role as General Secretary.
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