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Welcome to the Office of WA Legislation | OWL


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Welcome to OWL!

Welcome to the Office of World Assembly Legislation, or OWL for short.

The Office is the South Pacific’s World Assembly program. Its main roles are to:

  • democratically run votes to determine the South Pacific’s regional stance on proposed World Assembly resolutions,

  • write recommendations and compilations of opinions on World Assembly legislation to help inform South Pacifican citizens, and

  • help new authors in the South Pacific write their own resolutions.

This page will be a brief primer on OWL activities and how you can get involved. If you get interested, you can read more about the World Assembly and the Office of WA Legislation by checking out this guide:


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The World Assembly (WA) is the United Nations (Linkquite literally) of the NationStates universe. It passes resolutions that apply to all of its member nations and regions to achieve various noble goals like peace and better living conditions for everyone. WA resolutions are voted upon by all nations that voluntarily join the WA and apply to all members equally.

The LinkOffice of WA Legislation (OWL) is a dedicated department of the regional government of the South Pacific (the region your nation is in now) that will assist you⁠—especially if you are a beginner⁠—in making the correct choice when voting on resolutions. OWL helps you understand your choices to make sure your decision benefits your nation and the world the most, enables you to be a part of the process by allowing you to democratically decide how the Delegate and the region's nations should vote, and it helps you draft your own proposals if you want to make an impact to the world by yourself! The following is a comprehensive guide to the basics of the World Assembly, the way it works, and how you can participate in and utilize OWL to make your WA life easier.

First steps first: join the WA by clicking here and join the South Pacific's Discord server Linkhere if you want to get involved in our WA community.

So how does the WA work... and what are all these weird acronyms like GA and SC?

Just like the real-life UN, the WA is divided into two chambers: the General Assembly (GA) and the Security Council (SC).

General Assembly (click here to view)

The GA is concerned with resolutions that improve human rights, trade regulations, environmental standards, equality and the like. Its resolutions directly affect your nation’s statistics (though only marginally) along with how you answer issues. At the top of a WA resolution is a “Category” indicator that shows you which areas of your nation are affected (economy, social policies, security...) and, usually, a “Strength” indicator which shows how strongly it affects your nation or an “Area of Effect” indicator which shows what specific subject is legislated (e.g. what industry, if the resolution is an industrial regulation).

A list of all passed GA resolutions can be viewed here.

Security Council (click here to view)

The SC is primarily concerned with maintaining world peace and recognizing nations that have done good or bad things. Unlike the GA, what the SC does can apply to regions, not just nations, and its powers are a lot more specific:
  • Commend and condemn: The SC can pass resolutions that commend a nation (example) or region (example) for their accomplishments which better the world, and, contrarily, can condemn a nation (example) or a region (example) for the destruction they have caused to the world. Each nation or region commended or condemned will have a shiny badge on their nation to show it! There is no effect to any nation’s statistics, however.

  • Liberation: A region that has been invaded by raiders and locked down (put a password on so nations can’t enter) can be liberated if the SC passes a liberation resolution. A liberation will prevent a region from being passworded; nations can freely enter the target region after it is passed. Liberations are primarily related to the Military Gameplay or Raiding/Defending (R/D) part of the game, which is concerned with invading regions or defend them from being invaded. (You can join our own regional military to learn more if you want!) Liberations cannot be applied to a nation.

A list of all passed SC resolutions can be viewed here.

How do I vote on a resolution, then?

You can find currently on-vote resolutions by clicking the World Assembly button on the sidebar. You can also find resolutions that will go to vote in the future or are reviewed before going to vote here (for the GA) and here (for the SC).

To vote, you first need to be member of the WA. Learn how to join the WA here, it only takes a minute! After you have joined the WA, just go to the WA page, choose a chamber to display the current resolution, scroll down, and then click "For" or "Against" to cast your vote. All WA resolutions are voted on for 3 days. Every time there is a WA resolution being brought to the floor to vote, your nation will receive a sidebar notification from the game.

OWL helps you know how you should vote via the Recommendation Dashboards

Every time a new vote comes up, there will be a recommendation dashboard dispatch pinned on the region’s page, posted on the Regional Message Board, and notified in the region's LinkDiscord server. It contains a short text that recommends how you should vote and why you should vote that way along with opinions, both in favor of or opposing the resolution, from regional nations, nations of other regions, and experienced or notable WA experts and authors to help give you multiple perspectives on the issues. You can choose to view the current SC or GA recommendation on the top of the dashboard. These OWL recommendations will give you ideas on how to best cast a vote that will benefit your nation and the world the most. Of course, as you become more experienced, you can form your own decision instead and use the recommendations only as a source for reference.

Not all votes are equal: the Delegate’s power

One of the most realistic and frustrating aspects of the WA is that one vote of some nations can be worth 1000 times more than one vote of yours. Those nations are the Delegates. Each region has a nation called the Delegate, which is the nation with the most endorsements in the region (learn more about endorsements here) and control over all administrative powers of the region (including moderation, editing the regional flag, embassies, banning nations), along with the ability to cast a weighted vote in the WA. Unlike a normal nation, a vote of a Delegate is equal to  1 + [the number of endorsements they have]  normal votes. So, for example, this region’s Delegate (Aumeltopia) has 1100 endorsements; if they cast a vote, their vote will be equal to 1101 votes of normal nations. It is very clear that Delegates are the "big bad figures" of WA politics! Feeder Delegates (Delegates of the North Pacific, West Pacific, South Pacific, East Pacific, and the Pacific) are the most powerful of them all, as they have from 500 to over 1000 endorsements on their nations. The South Pacific has the second-most-powerful Delegate in this game (only behind the North Pacific). The fate of WA resolutions depend in large part on how feeder delegates vote. As such, it is important that each nation has the right to democratically decide how their Delegate should vote to benefit the region as much as possible.

OWL helps you democratically decide how the Delegate and other regional nations should vote!

In the South Pacific, how the Delegate votes in the WA is determined by the votes of nations like you. OWL organizes a voting program in which, before a resolution is brought to vote on the WA floor, the South Pacific's WA citizens can cast their vote and voice their opinions on how the Delegate and other nations of the region (via the recommendation dashboard) should vote when the resolution comes up. This program is carried out in The South Pacific WA Voting Center. The message board of that special region is where you cast your OWL vote and give your opinions.

How to participate in an OWL vote

Eligibility: If you want to vote, your nation needs to be a member of the WA first. (join it here)

If you are in the military (the SPSF), you may vote with a non-WA nation, but you need to mention your active military status on your ballot every time you vote.

Yes, you can, as long as you don’t have more than one WA nation at a time!

Absolutely: you can't vote, but you are nonetheless encouraged to debate, discuss, and post your opinion.

How to vote: When OWL staff detect a submitted or prepare-to-submit resolution proposal, they will post a notification on The South Pacific WA Voting Center’s page (the World Factbook Entry) and on its message board along with instructions on how to cast your vote, give your opinions, and debate with other nations if you want.

You vote by posting a message on the board that states:

  • The name of the resolution you are voting on (required)

  • Your vote selection (there are 5 options you can cast) (required)

  • Your opinion on why you are voting that way (not required but heavily recommended)

You can cast any of these 5 options in your vote:

  • For: Means you want OWL to recommend that citizens vote for the resolution

  • Against: Means you want OWL to recommend that citizens vote against the resolution

  • Abstain: Means you want OWL to recommend that citizens don’t vote on the resolution

  • No recommendation: Means you want OWL to not put out any recommendation (although the recommendation dashboard containing just opinions from voters will still be published)

  • Present: Means you cannot decide, but you want OWL to know you are active

The screenshot below is an example of what a ballot looks like. You don’t need to follow the exact formatting, but all the necessary information needs to be included.

If there are multiple votes going on, use separate message posts for each vote like below:

OWL votes will decide how the Delegate will vote and what OWL’s recommendation will advise to other nations when the resolution is brought up to vote in the WA. Voters’ opinions will be included in the recommendation dashboard to help nations see the resolution in multiple dimensions.

I want to write my own proposal, how do I do that?

OWL isn't just about letting you vote on other players' resolutions and writing recommendations: it's just as much about helping out South Pacificans who want advice and support writing and submitting their own resolutions to the World Assembly. If you're thinking of writing a resolution, you should make sure to join the South Pacific's LinkDiscord server to ask for advice. There's a channel in the server, #world-assembly, meant specifically for working on writing resolutions. OWL also has a set of players know as WA Mentors who are experienced in World Assembly matters and can tell you what sounds good, what information you should keep in mind, what's likely to pass, and so on. Don't hesitate to contact them by tagging "@WA Mentors" in one of the drafting channels on Discord.

You should also make sure to read the complete guide to World Assembly resolutions to better understand the standards, style, and history of the WA: [TBA]

I want to help write recommendations or work for OWL!

OWL welcomes anyone who has further interests in the WA no matter their experience and want to contribute to the wider community. The Office's staff are responsible for keeping the entire process ticking. The staff have two main roles: opening and closing votes on World Assembly legislation, and writing recommendations for our recommendation dashboards.

There are two primary ranks of seniority in the Office of World Assembly Legislation: senior staff and junior staff. Senior staff oversee all operations within the office, as well as events and group projects (like group resolution writing). Senior staff are responsible for opening votes on proposals and writing OWL’s analysis of each proposal, and are appointed directly by the WA Secretary (the head of OWL). Junior staff carry out the basic procedural responsibilities of the Office. A junior staff member’s responsibilities consist of regularly checking in on forums and proposals that have been submitted, notifying a senior staff member about any proposals likely to be submitted or reach queue. Junior staff are also responsible for preparing text for the recommendation dashboard, including compiling opinions, counting up votes, and formatting the dispatch.

Anyone with their WA nation in the South Pacific can apply to join the OWL junior staff. To do so, you must first join the South Pacific's Discord server, which is where OWL conducts all of its activities. You can join Linkhere. Just hop in, introduce yourself, and check out the #world-assembly channel. Then, join the South Pacific's Linkoffsite forum and apply to join OWL by filling out the form Linkhere. The WA Secretary will then process your application.

Most new staff will be contacted by a member of the senior staff once they have posted an application, so if you do have any questions, do not hesitate to ask in the Discord server! Newer staff are also encouraged to read the full World Assembly guide, which can be found here: [TBA]. New staff should remain active on Discord and respond to instructions from senior staff or the WA Secretary.



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There are four ways you can get involved with the Office, outlined below.

Read Our Recommendation Dashboards

The OWL Recommendation Dashboards contain recommendations on any World Assembly resolutions currently at vote. A recommendation usually includes the official analysis of the Office, some background information about the resolution, and some opinions from high-profile World Assembly nations advocating for and against the resolution.

The Recommendation Dashboards are written and compiled by staff who work for OWL. This means that recommendations are written by people who have some experience in the World Assembly.

You can read our recommendation dashboard for the General Assembly here:

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Repeal 'Voting Equality for Freed Inmates'
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Background Information

Proposal title: Repeal 'Voting Equality for Freed Inmates'
Author: Tinhampton
Purpose: To repeal previous legislation, which blocks the WA from passing new legislation that would require member states to grant full suffrage to current and former prisoners, as it currently reserves the decision on this topic to the individual nations.

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Although GAR#419's intentions were admirable in prohibiting the disenfranchisement of voters by their criminal history, included in that resolution were the means to disenfranchise citizens who remain imprisoned. The current repeal provided by Tinhampton is aimed at allowing future General Assembly law to extend guaranteed voting rights to the incarcerated. OWL voters have deemed that voting is a civil right that all citizens should have, and that a repeal is necessary for new legislation to this end.

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From TSP Citizens

Anatasha is a Citizen of the South Pacific. They posted this on their OWL vote:

Anatasha wrote:While some criminals and those that have gone to prison might have done horrible acts, most of the criminals are generally not that bad. Just like what Cocao has said, many of these criminals will serve long times in prison so that they will turn into better person and turn into a new leaf instead. Therefore, I believe that they should have the right just like any other individuals to be able to vote in the democratic process.

Concrete Slab is a Local Council member of the South Pacific. He posted this on their OWL vote:

Concrete Slab wrote:Anyway, I agree that prisoners should have the right to vote, and Article 3 of the target resolution could prevent them from having this right. Thus, the delegation from Concrete Slab is pleased to cast a For vote.

From the World

Scalizagasti, also known as Chunga chunga chunga, is an Alliance Cabinet member of URA and Senator in Mariner Trench. He posted this on the on-site forum thread for this resolution:

Scalizagasti wrote:We are generally supportive of this resolution and the replacement as well. 'Tough on crime' narratives have negatively impacted civil liberties and caused widespread disenfranchisement.

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Doge Land is a legislator of the South Pacific.

Doge Land wrote:The quality of proposals has taken a huge drop lately. Yeah no, just because some crap proposal hit the voting floor in the SC (and got stomped accordingly) doesn't mean you can make some 2-liner repeal and expect it to pass. I need more than one reason, or maybe I'm just bored and want to see some proposal die on the voting floor

From the World

Thermodolia is the WA delegate of Zentari. He posted this on the on-site forum thread for this resolution:

Thermodolia wrote:Against. Those who are in prison have lost their right to vote among other rights due to the fact that they are in prison



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Proposal title: 'Commend Honeydewistania'
Author: Calamari Lands
Purpose: To award Honeydewistania a badge of commendation for being the author or co-author of many World Assembly resolutions, antifascist efforts as part of the MT Army and Antifa, and contributions as a member of government to Mariner Trench and the URA.

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The Office's Analysis

The at-vote resolution, "Commend Honeydewistania", is decently written and presents plenty of reasons for issuing a commendation for the nominee in a nicely structured manner. Honeydewistania has authored or co-authored no less than 20 resolutions in the World Assembly, but additionally to the sheer number of authorships, the frequent help they've provided to newer nations looking to write proposals is what really sets the nominee apart. Also tying in to WA matters is their work in the United Regions Alliance, where they helped in building a professional WA program, but this is only one organization they immensely contributed to: Prominently their accomplishments with the MT Army and Antifa in fighting fascism on NationStates are rightly highlighted by the proposal. Thus, OWL recommends a vote FOR the at-vote resolution, "Commend Honeydewistania".

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From TSP Citizens

Not Austria is a Citizen of the South Pacific.

Not Austria wrote:Of all WA authors, Honeydew is one of the first that comes to mind. The proposal is both thorough and 1000% deserved. Full support.

SouthernSanity, also known as HumanSanity, is a legislator of the South Pacific and a former Delegate of 10000 Islands.

SouthernSanity wrote:Narrowly for this. Nominee has a wealth of GA authorship and smaller contributions in other areas of the game. The writing of the proposal is conceptually well organized (an improvement on the previous draft of this Commend) but does leave something to be desired in terms of style and flare.

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Scalizagasti is a WA author and the Overseer of the URA's Assembly. He posted on the NS forums:

Scalizagasti wrote:I fully support this resolution and its commendee. Honeydewistania has been a great friend to me and also a helpful mentor when I began greater involvement within the World Assembly. So far, I have written two resolution proposals, and both times he helped me in the early stages of my writing. As this commendation mentions, he helped numerous other first-time writers as well. He consistently writes high-quality legislation, and indeed is an incredibly prolific writer in both the GA and the SC. I also had the honour of working with him in both Mariner Trench and the URA, so I can confirm that his contributions outside the WA are also noteworthy. He has been a valuable ally in the fight against fascism on NationStates as part of the MT Army, and like this commendation says, was quite instrumental in certain anti-fascist operations. Honeydewistania has proven himself to be a community leader in both the World Assembly and the greater NS world, and in my opinion has truly earned this commendation.

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From TSP Citizens

At the time of writing, OWL had not found a solid opinion against the resolution from TSP citizens. You can make your own opinion heard by posting it on the Regional Message Board of the WA Voting Center!

From the World

Sylh Alanor is a WA author and the Delegate of Refugia. They lodged the following on Refugia's RMB:

Sylh Alanor wrote:If a commendation is supposed to be a capstone for someone's career, it or the nominee should inspire in people more than a shrug. The lack of enthusiasm about this speaks more to me than the text of the commendation is attempting to. As it would be a waste for me to abstain, I will be voting against.

Wayneactia is a resident of Osiris. On the NS forums, they criticized:

Wayneactia wrote:Wow. Passed some resoultions and conducted unspecified operations on behalf of the MT Army, which apparently cannot be elaborated on?




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Vote on the Delegate's Stance on WA Resolutions

This is particularly important, as it gets your democratic voice across to the WA Delegate, who then casts their vote on WA proposals in the name of the region. Not all votes are equal - the Delegate has as many votes on World Assembly Resolutions as they have endorsements, whereas you only have one vote. This means that it is customary for the Delegate to vote in line with the decision of all WA nations who take the opportunity to vote through OWL. OWL also writes its recommendations in line with that vote.

To learn more about how to vote on the official stance of the delegate and the office, read more here.

You should always remember to vote on-site as well. This means that as well as taking part in the OWL vote as explained in the link above, you should also scroll down to the bottom of these two pages: GA, SC. Once you see the buttons “vote for” and “vote against”, you can click on one of them, and the site will register your opinion.

Get Involved in the Discussion

This allows you to voice your opinions on World Assembly resolutions, and get help with writing resolutions. There are two ways that you can join in the discussions on WA proposals. First, you can post your opinions and discuss on the Regional Message Board where you also cast your OWL vote. You can find the Regional Message Board here.

You should also join the South Pacific's Discord server. Doing so allows you to discuss World Assembly-related matters with experienced writers, as well as debate on the nature of resolutions and Linkbecome part of the OWL staff. You can join the South Pacific's Discord server Linkhere.

Join the OWL Staff

OWL has its own body of staff! The role of OWL staff is to write recommendations on World Assembly legislation, open and close votes, and notify others when a piece of World Assembly legislation is about to be submitted. You can become part of the staff by following the instructions Linkhere. Your application will be processed by the Secretary (the head of OWL) as soon as possible.

You can read more about applying for staff here.



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