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The North Star - Issue XIX, July 2020


The Spotlight - Interview with Prydania
by Chinese rebel, Reporter for The North Star

Chinese Rebel: Well everyone, here we are with our Delegate Prydania. I have a few questions I'd like to ask. Let's start from the beginning - How did you get started in NationStates?

Prydania: So I got started in NationStates like so many do, as a teenager who was interested in politics and history.

I was in my grade twelve year of high school and I had just finished with Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. And I stumbled upon NationStates. I was still thinking about a passage form Nineteen Eighty-Four that explained that the totalitarian INGSOC regime had built a statue to honour Oliver Cromwell. Something about a socialist Britain that found common cause with Cromwell was very interesting, so I created Inglo-Scotia. It was a Britain expy whose government was a mix of Orwell's INGSOC regime and Cromwell's British republic.

I can't remember where I spawned, but I quickly joined the Lexicon where I met Eluvatar. That was back in 2006.

Chinese Rebel: That is such a long time ago! How did you eventually make your way into The North Pacific's government?

Prydania: I came to TNP full time in the summer of 2017. I had some bad experiences with game play and regional government in my last region, Taijitu. I had been there for nine years by that point, but it ended in a very explosive way.

So I decided I only wanted to be part of RP in TNP. No government stuff. Problem was I was a good enough RPer to be made a RP mod! And that got some attention from the GP community. I had to turn down multiple offers to be Minister of Culture. I finally accepted when Minister of Culture MadJack resigned in the final two weeks of Ghost's last term. I agreed to fill in. And Fiji, who succeeded Ghost, convinced me to stay on. I ended up staying on as Minister of Culture for a year. And then enough people who I respected in GP convinced me to give a run at Delegate a try. And here I am!

So I got started in TNP government through slow, eventual capitulation to peer pressure! Not a good look for a teacher, I admit, but I'm glad I did. I'm proud of what I've been able to do as both Minister of Culture and as Delegate.

Chinese Rebel: That is an extremely interesting experience! So for most of your time in government you have been Minister of Culture. What did you oversee and accomplish in that position?

Prydania: Regular publication of the Roleplay Reel magazine. We set up and ran a number of cultural events with regions such as Greater D?enstad, XKI, and the other Pacifics. We ran fantasy football, which was a huge success. And we successfully resurrected the Lennarts. Not to mention getting a RP map included in the 2019 Democracy Day reward package!

Chinese Rebel: So now that you are Delegate, what has been your most challenging problem so far?

Prydania: So that's an interesting question! This is my first shot at being Delegate in my long time spent in NationStates, but that long run in the game has given me a good idea of what the position entails. My good friend Sovereign Dixie was a multiple time Delegate or Taijitu, and I served as his Vice Delegate for one of those terms.

So I decided to run for Delegate it TNP with a pretty good idea of what the job would entail. As such most of the trials of the office haven't bothered me too much. I knew what I was signing up for, essentially.

I would say the biggest problem I've had is dealing with what I didn't expect. TNP is a very large region with a lot of moving parts. Of course as Delegate I oversee many of those moving parts but even so. It seems like a lot of people, both inside TNP and outside, are of the belief that I'm the guy who can snap my fingers and address whatever problems they have. I've been inundated with requests about the Civil Defence Siren and embassies and "grand initiatives" random players dream up in their spare time since I was sworn in.

The trials of the Delegacy- working to accomplish goals I want to see accomplished- I'm fine with those. I knew what I was getting into.

Being the point man to absorb everyone's random thoughts or grievances, however, has taken some adjustments.

Chinese Rebel: Of course, there will eventually be a time when you are no longer Delegate. What do you plan to do then?

Prydania: I plan on focusing on my roleplay. Both as an active participant in the roleplay community and with my duties and lead RP mod.

Chinese Rebel: One thing I've been wondering - did you ever consider joining the NPA?

Prydania: No. I had a few unremarkable stints in the Taijitu army but military gameplay isn't really my cup of tea. That being said, working with Rom as my Minister of Defence and the rest of the NPA has been an enlightening experience. The work those guys and girls put into the Army is incredible.

Chinese Rebel: Now, as a Delegate, I'm sure you've looked to past Delegates for inspiration. Who was the delegate when you first arrived and do you think they did a good job?

Prydania: I arrived in the summer of 2017, and the Delegate was Ghost. I thought he did an amazing job, despite being hampered with the RMB drama that was kicked up just before his term started. I have a lot of respect for Ghost, and it's been an honour. Both to kick off my Minister of Culture career under his Delegacy and to have him on board as my Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Chinese Rebel: And who was your favourite Delegate?

Prydania: A lot of them are quite good. McMasterdonia's ability to be everywhere at once was something to admire. McM has also been a great mentor for me in both the Delegacy and earlier in the Ministry of Culture. Fiji provided calm, stable leadership that I personally see a lot of myself in. Ghost is that special sort of leader who can just get you to do anything after a pep-talk! Siwale did a lot for the RP community and the RMB, which I think speaks a great deal to his character because he's not really part of either community. Yet he went the extra mile for both communities.

Those would be the favourites of mine since I've been here, but if I had to pick one? Geeze...I would go with Fiji because I tend to jive with his leadership style and it's one my own is closest to.

Chinese Rebel: Well, unfortunately, that's all we have time for. Thank you for joining us in this interview, Prydania!

North Pacific Army Bulletin - June 2020

by Gorundu, Lieutenant of the North Pacific Army


Leadership

Minister of Defence: General Rom
Deputy Ministers of Defence: Colonel Robespierre and Colonel BMWSurfer


The North Pacific Army and The Black Hawks wait for orders to enter Liberty Nations Alliance during RaiderCon

So what has the North Pacific Army been up to these days, you ask. Well, curious reader, let me tell you the answer - a lot! We started the month of June with an occupation in SECFanatics, courtesy of an invitation from our friends at The Black Hawks, to stop them from spamming all those pesky embassy requests.

And what?s that? It?s the smell of fresh, new blood in the air! After a successful hold that saw 18 NPA soldiers deployed among over 100 total pilers, two of our newest Privates were promoted to Private First Class (PFC). Soon after, a joint tag raid on June 6 with the Europeian Republican Navy and East Pacific Sovereign Army, hosted by ourselves, saw three of our PFCs joining in to hone their skills in the art of tagging, taking 34 regions with two teams even as update variance threatened to thwart our plans.

Of course, all this raiding doesn?t mean we?ve forgotten about our defender friends! On June 13, we hosted the Rejected Realms Army, South Pacific Special Forces and East Pacific Sovereign Army in a joint detag run, efficiently taking down the eyesore non-NPA graffitis from 45 regions in three teams.

But alas, nothing can beat what?s to come at the end of June. On the 29th, under the cover of a sleepy minor update, the NPA and The Blacks Hawks snuck out during a regular tagging run to capture this year?s RaiderCon target: Liberty Nations Alliance. We swiftly restored order to the chaotic, crumbling region, taking action decisively to suspend its Constitution and eject the troublemakers. Again, 18 soldiers were deployed as part of an over-100 coalition occupying force to maintain order.

In the ensuing RaiderCon festivities, much fun was had, whether it?s listening to RaiderVision entries, beating the Puzzle Hunt in impossible time, or laughing at the [S]cringeworthy[/S] entries to the meme contest. But the show-stealer came from our newly minted General BluieGamer, who claimed victory in the triggering contest, beating out The Black Hawk?s finest, including fellow General Jakker in the finals! Of course, the bragging rights were immediately claimed by Minister of Defence Rom, and as a reward, we expect Bluie to be leading a lot more missions in the coming months :)

Regional Assembly Highlights - June 2020

by Cretox State, Deputy Speaker

Speaker: LinkSt George (MadJack)
Deputy Speakers: LinkRobespierre, LinkCrushing Our Enemies, LinkCretox State, and LinkBobberino

Current Business

The only current outstanding business for the Regional Assembly from the month of June is the Court Amendment Act.

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LinkCourt Amendment Act by LinkMcMasterdonia

Summary: Proposed by former Delegate McMasterdonia, the Court Amendment Act would attempt to modernize the Court's operations to be more in line with the region's present needs. In its form as of writing, the bill would shift Justices to being appointed by the Delegate and confirmed by the Regional Assembly on a rolling basis, with each Justice serving six-month terms. The bill is currently being revised and discussed, and will likely be submitted at some point in the future.

Status: Proposed



Passed

The proposals that have passed through the Regional Assembly in the months of June and July thus far are the Confirmation of Dreadton, Sil Dorsett and Eluvatar as Election Commissioners, the Confirmation of Dreadton as Prosecutor in The North Pacific v. Pigeonstan, and the Lessening Repeating Work (LRW) Bill.

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LinkConfirmation of Dreadton and Sil Dorsett as Election Commissioners

Summary: Nominated to the Election Commission in early June 2020 by Delegate Prydania, Dreadton and Sil Dorsett had both garnered acclaim for their previous work on the Election Commission. A week after the opening of debate on the subject, both nominees were deemed to have responded to questioning satisfactorily and a motion for a vote began. Both Dreadton and Sil Dorsett were later confirmed by near-unanimous majority Regional Assembly vote, and were admitted to the Election Commission.

Results:
Dreadton:
51 Ayes | 1 Nay | 4 Abstentions
Sil Dorsett: 51 Ayes | 0 Nays | 5 Abstentions

Status: Confirmed as of 21 June 2020



LinkConfirmation of Dreadton as Prosecutor in The North Pacific v. Pigeonstan

Summary: Dreadton was appointed in mid-July 2020 to serve as Prosecutor in the criminal case The North Pacific v. Pigeonstan. A vote was quickly opened and scheduled to run for the shortest possible duration of three days. Dreadton was confirmed by majority vote at the conclusion of the voting period.

Results: 31 Ayes | 6 Nays | 7 Abstentions

Status: Confirmed as of 23 June 2020



LinkLessening Repeating Work (L.R.W.) Bill by LinkGorundu

Summary: Initially brought before the Regional Assembly by Praetor in mid-July 2019, the L.R.W. Bill was revived and revised by Gorundu in mid-March 2020. The bill sought to implement a preferential voting system for Judicial elections, and passed the Regional Assembly by majority vote.

Results: 30 Ayes | 5 Nays | 13 Abstentions

Status: Passed as of 1 July 2020



LinkConfirmation of Eluvatar as Election Commissioner

Summary: Eluvatar was nominated to the Election Commission by Delegate Prydania in mid-July, 2020. Eluvatar has previously served on the Election Commission, and the confirmation was expected to pass easily.

Results: 37 Ayes | 2 Nays | 4 Abstentions

Status: Passed as of 27 July 2020



Failed

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Two proposals have failed in the Regional Assembly since the last update, being Wonderess' Security Council Application, which failed to reach a two-thirds majority Regional Assembly vote, and the Delegate's Report Bill, which failed to reach a majority.

LinkWonderess' Security Council Application

Summary: After applying to the Security Council on the first of May, Wonderess failed to be recommended for admission. The Regional Assembly then began a discussion to examine the proposition of upholding or overturning the Security Council's decision.

Results: 37 Ayes | 42 Nays | 12 Abstentions

Status: Failed as of 25 June 2020



LinkDelegate's Report Bill by LinkRocketDog

Summary: The Delegate's Report Bill was originally introduced to the Regional Assembly a year ago during El Fiji Grande's term as Delegate as a way to clarify when the executive administration was to give reports on its activities. After a period of dormancy for many months, discussion surfaced again in late March of 2020 and after a few revisions the bill was later passed by the Regional Assembly and vetoed by the Delegate. On 14 July 2020, the bill has been brought to vote again after further revision.

Results: 9 Ayes | 23 Nays | 19 Abstentions

Status: Failed as of 21 July 2020

World Assembly Digest


General Assembly
Improving the world one resolution at a time.

Rights Of The Employed

Status: Passed
Final Vote (World): For: 11828 Against: 10133
Final Vote (TNP): For: 330 Against: 365 with percentage of WA nations voting: 34
Delegate's Vote (TNP): Against
Final Vote (Balder): For: 76 Against: 45 with percentage of WA nations voting: 27
Delegate's Vote (Balder): Against
Final Vote (Europe): For: 116 Against: 53 with percentage of WA nations voting: 32
Delegate's Vote (Europe): Against
Final Vote (Europeia): For: 169 Against: 23 with percentage of WA nations voting: 32
Delegate's Vote (Europeia): For

Recommendation:
Despite being written with the commendable goal of fighting workplace discrimination, "Rights of the Employed" is marred by several glaring issues which leave it unable to achieve its lofty goals. Though ostensibly intended to ensure "a range of rights" for workers, the proposal inexplicably omits freelance workers and most contractors from benefiting under its clauses. The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs finds it troubling that the first thing a resolution against workplace discrimination does is discriminate against certain types of workers.
Additionally, some of the proposal's language is questionable at best. For example, the legislation places the burden on the employee to prove to their employer the need for breastfeeding at work, which is unacceptable for what should be obvious reasons. On the subject of breastfeeding, the proposal mandates that "a private, safe, hygienic and ventilated area in [the] workplace, separate from any toilets" exists solely for breastfeeding, which is unrealistic for many small businesses. Furthermore, the proposal's heavy-handed banning of "intimidating behavior" is wholly incompatible with certain professions built around experiencing such. We recommend that the authors revise their work, and cannot, in good faith, recommend voting For this proposal.
For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends voting Against the resolution, "Rights of the Employed".

Proper Hygiene For Medical Instruments

Status: Passed
Final Vote (World): For: 18256 Against: 1803
Final Vote (TNP): For: 696 Against: 17 with percentage of WA nations voting: 37
Delegate's Vote (TNP): For
Final Vote (Balder): For: 126 Against: 6 with percentage of WA nations voting: 30
Delegate's Vote (Balder): For
Final Vote (Europe): For: 189 Against: 7 with percentage of WA nations voting: 38
Delegate's Vote (Europe): For
Final Vote (Europeia): For: 193 Against: 8 with percentage of WA nations voting: 34
Delegate's Vote (Europeia): For

Recommendation:
Proper Hygiene For Medical Instruments" is a well-suited replacement of the recently-repealed "Ensuring Safe Syringe Use" - not only does the replacement cover up all the issues that the repealed resolution had while still maintaining the integrity of the legislation, it also has a far broader scope so as to ensure proper sterilization of all susceptible medical instruments and not just syringes. The topic it is on is an essential area of legislation in ensuring that the spread of disease through improperly sanitized equipment in medical settings is minimized, and it legislates on this topic very effectively.
For these reasons, The North Pacific Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For the at-vote proposal, "Proper Hygiene For Medical Instruments".

Language And Education Rights For Deaf Individuals

Status: Passed
Final Vote (World): For: 17814 Against: 1221
Final Vote (TNP): For: 692 Against: 38 with percentage of WA nations voting: 38
Delegate's Vote (TNP): For
Final Vote (Balder): For: 105 Against: 12 with percentage of WA nations voting: 28
Delegate's Vote (Balder): For
Final Vote (Europe): For: 161 Against: 15 with percentage of WA nations voting: 34
Delegate's Vote (Europe): Against
Final Vote (Europeia): For: 171 Against: 16 with percentage of WA nations voting: 32
Delegate's Vote (Europeia): For

Recommendation:
Over the years, the General Assembly has sought to protect the rights of all people to enjoy the same freedoms and opportunities afforded to their peers, regardless of categories like race, gender, or sexual orientation. Unfortunately, international law has not afforded deaf and hard of hearing individuals this protection until now. "Language and Education Rights for Deaf Individuals" seeks to remedy this deficiency, by guaranteeing deaf individuals the right to an equal education, freedom from discrimination, and the ability to fully participate in society through recognition of non-audial languages. The proposal displays good writing, and effectively legislates on an important topic.
For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends voting For the at-vote proposal, "Language and Education Rights for Deaf Individuals".

Regulating Desalination

Status: Passed
Final Vote (World): For: 11930 Against: 6378
Final Vote (TNP): For: 300 Against: 389 with percentage of WA nations voting: 36
Delegate's Vote (TNP): Against
Final Vote (Balder): For: 106 Against: 27 with percentage of WA nations voting: 30
Delegate's Vote (Balder): For
Final Vote (Europe): For: 103 Against: 66 with percentage of WA nations voting: 33
Delegate's Vote (Europe): Against
Final Vote (Europeia): For: 166 Against: 34 with percentage of WA nations voting: 35
Delegate's Vote (Europeia): For

Recommendation:
Written with the goal of curbing the possible negative environmental effects of desalination, "Regulating Desalination" naturally legislates on a very narrow topic. However, this limited scope does the proposal more harm than good. For starters, the legislation's clauses are quite weak, and do not take advantage of the proposal's narrow topic to effectively regulate desalination. The issues posed by desalination are not limited to waste products harming ecosystems; rather, they include risks to human health, which are not covered by the proposal, and ocean-specific issues such as the intake and destruction of animals and eggs. Additionally, the proposal fails to address the potential commercial applications of waste products, nor does it effectively address the financial issues plaguing desalination in water-scarce areas or encourage water conservation measures. It is our belief that a proposal on such a narrow topic must take full advantage of its limited scope. Otherwise, it may as well be rewritten to regulate water treatment or land-based industry in general.
For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends voting Against the proposal, "Regulating Desalination".

Supporting And Valuing The Humanities

Status: Passed
Final Vote (World): For: 15221 Against: 3197
Final Vote (TNP): For: 638 Against: 58 with percentage of WA nations voting: 37
Delegate's Vote (TNP): For
Final Vote (Balder): For: 105 Against: 13 with percentage of WA nations voting: 27
Delegate's Vote (Balder): For
Final Vote (Europe): For: 128 Against: 31 with percentage of WA nations voting: 33
Delegate's Vote (Europe): Against
Final Vote (Europeia): For: 161 Against: 16 with percentage of WA nations voting: 32
Delegate's Vote (Europeia): For

Recommendation:
Supporting and Valuing the Humanities is a proposal that firstly notes the importance and rightful mention of the humanities within the halls of the WA, coming after GA# 475 which spoke on the importance of the Natural Sciences. This resolution not only speaks about the humanities' importance, but takes steps to ensure their presence and usage in member nations' curriculums. Funding is offered for those nations who may not be able to support such curriculum with their own national budget through the World Humanities Fund. Such funding has been given concrete objectives to ensure that no money is being improperly used. These funds are not limited to only governments, but are extended to non profit entities who help further the mission of this proposal.
Built into the proposal is the formation of the Department of External Auditors, which ensures funds are being responsibly allocated to avoid wasteful spending and ensures transparency when it comes to the use of funding.
For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends voting For the proposal, "Supporting and Valuing the Humanities".

Standards On Police Accountability

Status: Failed
Final Vote (World): For: 7075 Against: 10160
Final Vote (TNP): For: 195 Against: 457 with percentage of WA nations voting: 35
Delegate's Vote (TNP): Against
Final Vote (Balder): For: 46 Against: 73 with percentage of WA nations voting: 28
Delegate's Vote (Balder): Against
Final Vote (Europe): For: 70 Against: 84 with percentage of WA nations voting: 32
Delegate's Vote (Europe): Against
Final Vote (Europeia): For: 133 Against: 37 with percentage of WA nations voting: 31
Delegate's Vote (Europeia): For

Recommendation:
While the proposal reveals the noble intentions of its author, "Standards On Police Accountability" does not achieve the goal its title suggests. Potentially its most significant problem is the fact that the proposal does not mandate that bodycams and onboard cameras ever be turned on, providing nations with a major loophole. Secondly, the proposal defines "police force" and "law enforcement officer" in a way that is overly broad and includes institutions (e.g., intelligence services) that are not intended to be included. Lastly, the proposal jeopardises the safety of undercover officers by requiring them to wear bodycams.
For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends voting Against the GA proposal, "Standards On Police Accountability".

Fair Arbitration Act

Status: Passed
Final Vote (World): For: 13157 Against: 2532
Final Vote (TNP): For: 549 Against: 53 with percentage of WA nations voting: 33
Delegate's Vote (TNP): For
Final Vote (Balder): For: 106 Against: 14 with percentage of WA nations voting: 28
Delegate's Vote (Balder): For
Final Vote (Europe): For: 129 Against: 12 with percentage of WA nations voting: 30
Delegate's Vote (Europe): For
Final Vote (Europeia): For: 151 Against: 14 with percentage of WA nations voting: 30
Delegate's Vote (Europeia): For

Recommendation:
"Fair Arbitration Act" (GA) fulfills an important role in comprehensively regulating arbitration agreements, which are agreements that mandate the resolving of legal disputes by an independent arbitrator, rather than a court of law. The proposal seeks to ensure that these agreements are only valid when they serve the public good, and accomplishes this effectively by prohibiting all such agreements with respect to matters of antitrust violations, civil rights, consumer goods, and employment. The proposal sees to it that arbitration agreements will only apply between two parties of relatively equal bargaining power, and will never unduly interfere with the ability of an individual to seek legal action over alleged wrongdoing. The proposal nicely complements prior resolutions passed by the General Assembly, by ensuring that individuals can enforce their rights in court.
For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends voting For the at-vote General Assembly proposal, "Fair Arbitration Act".


Security Council
Spreading interregional peace and goodwill, via force if necessary.

Commend Crushing Our Enemies

Status: Passed
Final Vote (World): For: 15370 Against: 5135
Final Vote (TNP): For: 599 Against: 79 with percentage of WA nations voting: 33
Delegate's Vote (TNP): For
Final Vote (Balder): For: 89 Against: 23 with percentage of WA nations voting: 25
Delegate's Vote (Balder): For
Final Vote (Europe): For: 112 Against: 49 with percentage of WA nations voting: 31
Delegate's Vote (Europe): For
Final Vote (Europeia): For: 170 Against: 20 with percentage of WA nations voting: 32
Delegate's Vote (Europeia): For

Recommendation:
"Commend Crushing Our Enemies" is a well drafted resolution that recognises the substantive work that Crushing Our Enemies (also known as "General COE" has undertaken during their time in NationStates. Their tireless efforts have included vastly improving The North Pacific's internal security, laws and policies, publications, and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of government institutions as a whole. Crushing Our Enemies is one of the modern founding fathers of The North Pacific and his contributions are too numerous to mention in a single resolution. Crushing Our Enemies has a proven record of valuing regional sovereignty, military service, and the strengthening of democratic institutions. In addition to his contributions to The North Pacific, Crushing Our Enemies has helped to develop a culture of professionalism and responsibility in The Black Hawks and ensured compliance with international law following the use of the military weapon "Predator". Crushing Our Enemies is a very deserving candidate as is reflected in the resolution.
For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends voting FOR the resolution, "Commend Crushing Our Enemies".

Commend 9003

Status: Passed
Final Vote (World): For: 13882 Against: 4806
Final Vote (TNP): For: 605 Against: 61 with percentage of WA nations voting: 34
Delegate's Vote (TNP): For
Final Vote (Balder): For: 58 Against: 62 with percentage of WA nations voting: 27
Delegate's Vote (Balder): Against
Final Vote (Europe): For: 115 Against: 41 with percentage of WA nations voting: 30
Delegate's Vote (Europe): Against
Final Vote (Europeia): For: 173 Against: 16 with percentage of WA nations voting: 32
Delegate's Vote (Europeia): For

Recommendation:
Commend 9003" outlines a most eloquent and refined set of rationales for the favorable recognition of 9003 by this most noble World Assembly. A truly cultured nation, 9003 is most deserving of this pinnacle of honors, as exemplified by its everlasting commitment to the collection of "artwork" in the form of cards from across NationStates. The proposal articulates two fine reasons for why 9003 is to be commended, those being its noteworthy history of tasteful card collection and its storied history of involvement with both the North Pacific Army and the forces of Mordor. Special emphasis is placed on the nation's role as Deputy Guildmaster of the North Pacific Cards Guild, and its hosting of Olympic Games for art. In the opinion of the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs, both this proposal and this nation will undoubtably age as befitting a bottle of fine wine.
For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends voting For the Security Council proposal, "Commend 9003".

Repeal Liberate Iran

Status: Passed
Final Vote (World): For: 16861 Against: 2416
Final Vote (TNP): For: 606 Against: 58 with percentage of WA nations voting: 34
Delegate's Vote (TNP): For
Final Vote (Balder): For: 57 Against: 51 with percentage of WA nations voting: 25
Delegate's Vote (Balder): Against
Final Vote (Europe): For: 134 Against: 21 with percentage of WA nations voting: 30
Delegate's Vote (Europe): Against
Final Vote (Europeia): For: 110 Against: 74 with percentage of WA nations voting: 32
Delegate's Vote (Europeia): Against

Recommendation:
[No Recommendation]

Commend Apulita

Status: Failed
Final Vote (World): For: 4153 Against: 11716
Final Vote (TNP): For: 112 Against: 529 with percentage of WA nations voting: 34
Delegate's Vote (TNP): Against
Final Vote (Balder): For: 20 Against: 105 with percentage of WA nations voting: 28
Delegate's Vote (Balder): Against
Final Vote (Europe): For: 43 Against: 103 with percentage of WA nations voting: 29
Delegate's Vote (Europe): Against
Final Vote (Europeia): For: 75 Against: 100 with percentage of WA nations voting: 31
Delegate's Vote (Europeia): Against

Recommendation:
"Commend Apulita" is a resolution that seeks to recognize a prominent native of the Warzone regions for their lengthy tenure as Delegate of Warzone Europe and for their supposedly invaluable influence in keeping the region stable. If Apulita is commendable, this resolution does not make the case. The resolution misrepresents the influence The North Pacific (TNP) had in protecting Warzone Europe which at the time Apulita was Delegate was a protectorate of Equilism, a treatied ally of TNP. TNP deployed to the region a number of times when the region was under threat and TNP's support of Apulita served to dissuade regions from toppling Apulita. The proposal additionally falls into the trap of just listing positions (eg. Senator, President, etc. ) without specifying what exactly Apulita did in those positions.
Additionally, it should be noted that simply reigning as Delegate for an extended period of time in one's native region is not a commendable feat on its own and as such this proposal relies far too heavily on that one subject.
Thus, for the reasons outlined above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote AGAINST the resolution Commend Apulita.

Repeal Condemn Vandoosa

Status: Failed
Final Vote (World): For: 4007 Against: 11916
Final Vote (TNP): For: 409 Against: 232 with percentage of WA nations voting: 33
Delegate's Vote (TNP): For
Final Vote (Balder): For: 19 Against: 78 with percentage of WA nations voting: 22
Delegate's Vote (Balder): Against
Final Vote (Europe): For: 22 Against: 103 with percentage of WA nations voting: 26
Delegate's Vote (Europe): Against
Final Vote (Europeia): For: 26 Against: 128 with percentage of WA nations voting: 28
Delegate's Vote (Europeia): Against

Recommendation:
Repeal: 'Condemn Vandoosa'" makes a well-formulated and straightforward case for why its target resolution would best be repealed. The target resolution in question (SC#188), a condemnation of the now-defunct Vandoosa, is largely obsolete at this point. The proposed repeal notes the depreciated nature of the target resolution (especially considering that the nation in question has since been refounded under a new name), and highlights several deficiencies in its clauses, such as the overinflated description of the nation's actions alongside numerous errors, which the author of the target themselves attested to.
For these reasons, The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends voting For the Security Council proposal, Repeal: 'Commend Vandoosa'

Commend The Salaxalans

Status: Passed
Final Vote (World): For: 13640 Against: 2763
Final Vote (TNP): For: 555 Against: 62 with percentage of WA nations voting: 33
Delegate's Vote (TNP): For
Final Vote (Balder): For: 84 Against: 19 with percentage of WA nations voting: 24
Delegate's Vote (Balder): Against
Final Vote (Europe): For: 114 Against: 18 with percentage of WA nations voting: 27
Delegate's Vote (Europe): For
Final Vote (Europeia): For: 142 Against: 8 with percentage of WA nations voting: 27
Delegate's Vote (Europeia): For

Recommendation:
The Salaxalans is one of the most dedicated players in the game, dedicating over eight years to their home region of Spiritus. Over this time, he has spent six years as delegate, furthering the community around it and thrusting the region onto the international stage. "Commend The Salaxalans", gives a superb demonstration of this dedication, and shows how Spiritus would not be the region it is today if not for The Salaxalans' leadership, amongst other various accomplishments. Among these accomplishments includes the dispersion of the "potato" meme amongst NationStates, a meme so widely popular that it was recognized by Max Barry, superb leadership through both Z-Days and N-Days, and becoming the first-ever Vice WA Secretary-General.
For these reasons, The North Pacific Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote FOR the at-vote proposal, "Commend The Salaxalans."

Condemn Australian rePublic

Status: Passed
Final Vote (World): For: 9371 Against: 4794
Final Vote (TNP): For: 499 Against: 76 with percentage of WA nations voting: 32
Delegate's Vote (TNP): For
Final Vote (Balder): For: 78 Against: 26 with percentage of WA nations voting: 25
Delegate's Vote (Balder): Against
Final Vote (Europe): For: 85 Against: 32 with percentage of WA nations voting: 25
Delegate's Vote (Europe): Against
Final Vote (Europeia): For: 136 Against: 20 with percentage of WA nations voting: 29
Delegate's Vote (Europeia): For

Recommendation:
A focused and well-written proposal, "Condemn Australian rePublic" (SC) makes a thorough and humorous case for why its target is to be condemned by the Security Council. The nation in question, Australian rePublic, is one of the game's most prominent issue authors, with a full seventeen (17) published issues to their name, and a consistent presence in the "Got Issues?" subforum. While the seemingly logical decision would be to commend the target for their lasting efforts rather than condemning them, the proposal's author blends the meta with the in-character to build a compelling argument that is pleasing to read and feels entirely appropriate in its conclusions. Additionally, the fourth wall in our office went missing shortly after one of the "missions" mentioned in the proposal, and we want it back.
For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends voting For the at-vote Security Council proposal, "Condemn Australian rePublic".

The North Star: Lighting The Way To The Truth
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