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World Assembly Affairs Digest January 2018
by Deropia, Minister of World Assembly Affairs
Minister: Deropia
Deputy Minister: Kranostav
Deputy Minister: Veniyerris

From the Minister's desk:

Hello everyone! I'm Deropia, your newly appointed Minister of World Assembly Affairs. Here you'll find details of everything that has happened in the World Assembly and the Ministry in the past month. I'd like to take a moment now to congratulate Kranostav on being reappointed, and Veniyerris on being appointed Deputy Ministers.

Do you want to have a greater impact on the outcome of votes in the World Assembly? If you do, that's great because you can! In The North Pacific our Delegate casts their vote in the World Assembly based on the results of a poll we hold on our ! All you need is to have your WA nation in The North Pacific and have an account on the forum, that's it!

Would you like to help others decide how to vote on World Assembly resolutions? Then the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs wants you! The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs releases a voting recommendation for every proposal that reaches the voting floor and distributes it to every WA nation in The North Pacific. By joining the you can help us write our recommendations and make your opinion known to more than 1,500 nations!

I look forward to serving you all in the coming months.

Anyways, without further ado here's what we voted on, how we voted and what the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommended

General Assembly
Improving the world, one resolution at a time.
Proposal:
Status: Passed
Delegates Vote: For
Forum Vote: For: 10 Against: 1 Abstain: 2
Final Vote (TNP): For: 534 Against: 84 Percentage of WA nations voting: 40.18%
Final Vote (World): For: 14,314 Against: 3,117
Recommendation: The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs reviewed the resolution and found its intentions are straightforward. Voting Equality for Freed Inmates does exactly as its title says, and ensures that voting privileges are extended to convicted criminals, provided that they have completed their term of incarceration and are not subject to parole or a probation order. Exceptions are reasonably provided for instances where the voter has been convicted of crimes related to voter fraud or has aided a foreign or domestic power in subverting the lawful government. Democracy is one of the core values of The North Pacific and the Ministry believes that the right to vote is one that should be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of their past. Voting Equality for Freed Inmates accomplishes this without placing undue hardship on national and local governments.

For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommended voting for the resolution.
Proposal:
Status: Passed
Delegates Vote: For
Forum Vote: For: 11 Against: 6 Abstain: 0
Final Vote (TNP): For: 565 Against: 44 Percentage of WA nations voting: 39.59%
Final Vote (World): For: 13,762 Against: 3,856
Recommendation: Protection of Biomedical Research is a relatively mild proposal that seeks to ensure a standard of ethics and scientific rigor in biomedical experiments within the World Assembly. It ensures that member states engage only in research where the well-being and ethical treatment of the subjects are prioritized, but in a manner which makes additional testing on both human and lab animal tests possible. Further, it promotes additional research by tasking the World Assembly Science Programme to coordinate and advise international research efforts, as well as share data volunteered by researchers.

More importantly, the proposal preempts future attempts to block biomedical research in the name of religious or moral objections, ensuring that WA members can engage in research in the best interests of their populations.

For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommended voting for the resolution.
Proposal:
Status: Passed
Delegates Vote: For
Forum Vote: For: 12 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
Final Vote (TNP): For: 544 Against: 83 Percentage of WA nations voting: 40.68%
Final Vote (World): For: 15,211 Against: 2,998
Recommendation: On oxygen rich planets, the Ozone layer acts as essential protection against harmful UV rays. However, some industrial chemicals currently used deplete this fragile layer. This resolution seeks to reduce the damage done to the ozone layer by some of the chemicals used by industry. It accomplishes this by mandating that member nations and a newly created subcommittee, the Atmospheric Chemistry Establishment, identify Ozone depleting chemicals and research alternatives. This resolution also tasks the ACE with setting deadlines for phasing out the use of ozone-depleting chemicals from use, and requires that member nations cease production and use of these chemicals by these deadlines. Ozone Layer Protection provides an exemption to this by allowing the ACE to provide waivers to member nations, provided that the chemicals are used in a closed system and can not harm atmospheric chemistry in other nations.

For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommended voting for the resolution.
Security Council
Spreading interregional peace and goodwill, via force if necessary.
Proposal:
Status: Passed
Delegates Vote: For
Forum Vote: For: 10 Against: 0 Abstain: 0
Final Vote (TNP): For: 514 Against: 36 Percentage of WA nations voting: 35.59%
Final Vote (World): For: 14,623 Against: 1,156
Recommendation: The point of a liberation is to allow native and defender forces the opportunity to reclaim a region from invading forces. As Dank Memes has been refounded by invading forces, this is no longer possible and makes any attempt to return the region to native residents doomed to failure. This makes the Security Council's liberation of Dank Memes unnecessary.

For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommended a voting for the resolution.
Proposal:
Status: Passed
Delegates Vote: For
Forum Vote: For: 10 Against: 1 Abstain: 0
Final Vote (TNP): For: 503 Against: 34 Percentage of WA nations voting: 34.53%
Final Vote (World): For: 11,196 Against: 3,483

Recommendation: The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs believes that commendations should be reserved for nations that have had a lasting effect on their region or the international community at large. When it comes to the commendation of Tsunamy, there is a wealth of information to consider. Beginning with their reestablishing The South Pacific's regional forum and salvaging the Coalition of the South Pacific's Charter after it was lost in the aftermath of the coup by The Xyz Affair. We must also take into consideration the numerous coup attempts that Tsunamy has defended The South Pacific against and their efforts to restore the region after such attempts have been successful. We should consider the loyalty and dedication they have shown to their region in the numerous elected and appointed positions they have held over the years, such as serving as World Assembly Delegate for over two years spread over three terms. During their tenure in The South Pacific, they have provided advice to newly formed national governments and played an integral role in shaping the culture of The South Pacific.

For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommended voting for the resolution.
Proposal:
Status: Passed
Delegates Vote: For
Forum Vote: For: 6 Against: 7 Abstain: 0
Final Vote (TNP): For: 508 Against: 96 Percentage of WA nations voting: 39.06%
Final Vote (World): For: 8,762 Against: 7,148

Recommendation: The MT Army is a dedicated and widely-respected anti-fascist and anti-Nazi military force who has served NationStates for the last 14 years. The MT Army worked alongside the Pacific Defenders which began the Anti Nazi Alliance who functioned as a bane against hatred and bigotry in NationStates through the early to mid-2000's. The MT Army's numerous laudable achievements in fighting hatred include the destruction of The URAP, Greater German Reich, and assisting the North Pacific Army, among others, in the destruction of NAZI EUROPE. The MT Army has also administered Antifa and inspired as well as guided many anti-hate regions that are currently active defending NationStates from hatred and bigotry. The Ministry believes that the significant contributions of The MT Army to the fight against intolerance, as well as their numerous military accomplishments and a long history of service to the community, is worthy of commendation.

For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommended voting for the resolution.
Proposal:
Status: Passed
Delegates Vote: For
Forum Vote: For: 10 Against: 4 Abstain: 0
Final Vote (TNP): For: 599 Against: 38 Percentage of WA nations voting: 40.93%
Final Vote (World): For: 16,268 Against: 1,406

Recommendation: The region of Iran was invaded 5 years ago and was left to die behind a password. Although a significant amount of time has passed since the region was passworded, this should have no effect on whether or not a region is worthy of liberation. The nations currently occupying the region are under the control of a puppetmaster, so the liberation will most likely be successful. Additionally, the author of the proposal reached out to former natives of the region, and there was at least one native that was interested in returning. The Ministry believes that so long as there is at least one native willing to return to their home, that a liberation is worthwhile.

For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommended voting for the resolution.
 
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Regional Assembly Highlights
by Brendog, Minister of Home Affairs
Over the past two months, we have seen plenty of proposals, but many are still in discussion:

Passed
  1. The first to pass in December (11.12.17) was a motioned by McMasterdonia and seconded by other received 41 ayes, 3 nays, and 6 abstentions;
  2. Palliaith appointed Crushing Our Enemies, SillyString, Darcania , Eluvatar, Siwale, Syrixia, and Scorch as in accordance with the Election Reform Bill. The vote being motioned by Mallorea and Rivaand seconded by Drasnia. All were confirmed on the 19th of December;

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  3. Siwale's bill also passed on the 11th of January, with 42 ayes, 1 nay, and 6 abstentions.
In discussion from previous months
  1. , proposed by Eluvatar, which entered a discussion on the 10th of September 2017;
  2. , proposed by Sergio86, which entered a discussion on the 5th of October 2017;
  3. proposed by Sill Dorsett on the 24th of December
Failed
  1. In December (28.12.17) the Regional Assembly failed to pass the with 0 ayes, 18 nays and 7 abstentions
On hold
  1. Due to multiple request for reviews on a now outdated proposal of a the counting of the bill will not happen till all request for reviews are completed.
 
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The North Pacific
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Magicality City, 02-19-2018​

Dear Imperium Anglorum,

The government of The North Pacific entreats you to accept Yukkira and Siwale as ambassadors between our two regions. They have been citizens in good standing of The North Pacific for multiple years and legislators in our Regional Assembly for the same period and we believe they will meet the duties of this posting admirably. Their responsibilities will include above all keeping your region informed of important affairs in The North Pacific, supporting our interregional ties by interpersonal ties through social involvement, keeping our government abreast of affairs in your region, and providing services to dual citizens should they be needed and welcome.

By accepting Yukkira and Siwale as ambassadors, we hope you will continue to honour the long lasting relationship between The North Pacific and Europe.

Sincerely,
Pallaith
Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Confirming.
 
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The Spotlight #9: An Interview with Delegate Gladio
by Kaschovia and Gladio, Minister of Communications and Delegate
Kaschovia: Gladio! It's great to have you on the 9th Edition of the Spotlight!

Gladio: Thank you for having me Kaschovia, it's a pleasure to be here.

Kaschovia: So, it's been an eventful few weeks, with the lead up to the general elections and the campaigning... and eventually, the winning! But what did you find was the toughest thing for you to do over the election process?

Gladio: This was my first time running in the General Elections and the elections proved to be really interesting and challenging! I had to run against a really strong candidate, as my main opponent for the position Lord Ravenclaw is a former two-time Delegate of our region and thus convincing people to vote for me over him wasn't easy. I am glad it all worked out in the end and that I came out as the winner.

Kaschovia:I can imagine the kind of competition there must have been! How does it feel to be the new Delegate of the North Pacific?

Gladio: I've been in TNP for over six years now and it's truly an honor for me to be given the chance to be Delegate to our wonderful region. It's very exciting but at the same time, it's also very hectic, getting so many queries all the time and having so many things that require your immediate attention is definitely something that I'm not used to.

Kaschovia: It must be. What is your main goal as Delegate?

Gladio: Before running for Delegate I was Minister of Defense for six full terms, however, there is a difference between being a Minister and a Delegate, when you are a Minister you only have one ministry and therefore you only have one problem to think about. When you are a Delegate you have six different problems that you have to worry about! I ran on a simple campaign platform that's based on realistic goals for each ministry that I believe I will be able to accomplish. My main goal for this term will be to ensure that all the ministries remain active and continue to work efficiently throughout my entire term as Delegate and to recruit as many new people from the game side as possible, integrate them into our community and encourage them to become part of our executive staff.

Kaschovia: That sounds great, Gladio. If you had to dissolve one of the currently existing ministries, which would it be and why?

Gladio: Currently I'm satisfied with the performance of Defense, Foreign Affairs, Home Affairs, Communications, Culture and World Assembly Affairs and the amount of workload that each ministry has, that being said I don't plan to Create/Remove any ministries.

Kaschovia: You certainly are confident in your government, very reassuring. How do you want your Delegacy to be remembered by future TNPers?

Gladio: I hope that after the end of my term, future TNPers will remember me as a successful Delegate who always worked hard for the good of the region and that the work I leave behind me will inspire and motivate others to do the same.

Kaschovia: What are you most worried about happening during your Delegacy?

Gladio: Tough question, I think right now at the beginning of my Delegacy I don't have any particular concerns as I believe I have more than enough time and energy to resolve any issues should they occur.

Kaschovia: If you had to say, which ministry is the most important to your government, and why?
And you can't say all of them.

Gladio: Each ministry is important in its own way but if I had to pick... I would say Home Affairs. I think arguably this ministry could be considered as the most important and vital one because of the vast amount of work they do by bringing in new members and helping to integrate them into our community. Without their efforts our region would have less new blood and many other ministries would stagnate as a result of this.

Kaschovia: That is very true! Who, in NationStates, do you or have you looked up to? Who, in NationStates terms, is your idol?

Gladio: McMasterdonia and r3naissanc3r. McM Is the one who recruited me into the NPA and was my mentor In my early days when I first got actively involved In gameplay. Under r3n's delegacy, I served my first two terms as Minister of Defence. I've had the pleasure of working with him many times now and I have very good working relations with him and we easily get along very well.

Kaschovia: What is your favorite thing about being Delegate?

Gladio: My favorite thing about being a Delegate would have to be the given opportunity to work with people from different branches not just from TNP but from other regions as well.

Kaschovia: What is your biggest concern regarding the North Pacific, right now?

Gladio: Right now the North Pacific is a safe and stable region so at this moment I don't have any particular concerns regarding our region.

Kaschovia: Alright, thanks for your responses Gladio, good luck with the upcoming term!
 
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RMB Roleplay Reel #2
by Yukkira, Deputy Minister
This month, the RMB RP Reel would like to take a special look at the TNP Winter Olympics, created and hosted by resident TNP RMB RPer, Toshavo; more commonly known as Global Socialist Republic (GSR). GSR used to run one of the biggest alliances within the Strangereal community. But due to real life concerns, in addition to in-character politics, had to step down, and ultimately disband the alliance. Now, he's just another neutral country on the map, attempting to do something potentially monumental...

The 2018 North Pacific Winter Olympics is a major sporting event for all nations in the North Pacific to come together and rejoice in sports. It was an idea that Toshavo had for a long time; he thought it would be fun to do it out of character and include not just nations of the TNP RMB but nations of the entire region. Thus, he purposely planned and organized the games in the same time frame when the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics would begin.

The entire premise of the games was for nations of TNP to send their best athletes to compete in an international tournament. He envisioned it as a peaceful way to bring Strangereal together versus creating a world-spanning conflict. As of Jan. 21st, there are 28 nations competing in the Olympics. Participants include those of whom are RMB regulars, TNP government officials, and even nations from foreign regions.

This year, the Olympics will feature all of the real winter Olympic sports. From skiing to snowboarding, nations will compete in 15 sporting events, over a span of two weeks.

Toshavo's own nation will be the stage of the Olympics. From the Opening to the Closing Ceremonies, from the snow-covered mountains to the city, the capital city of Toshavo, Franshov will host the games.

The Opening Ceremony will be held on Feb. 9th. And the Closing Ceremony will be held on Feb. 25th. We hope to have 35 nations (or more) competing. An ambitious goal was to have this become one of the biggest sporting events in TNP's history.

He even made a website for it .

He hopes to make this a biannual event; eventually becoming part of TNP tradition.

I am Yukkira, and this is the TNP RMB RP Reel.
 
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Monthly Memoirs for January
by Kaschovia, Minister of Communications
This month I decided to ask questions in relation to the new year.

Questions
  1. [*]What was your favourite NS moment of 2017?

    [*]What are your new years NS resolutions?

    [*]What are you most looking forward to this year?

    [*]How do you feel about the January General Election?

    [*]Where do you want to see yourself in NationStates and our community one year from now?
 
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Deropia, Minister
Q1. For me it was moving to TNP and joining WA Affairs.

Q2. I only have one, and that is to become more active on the WA forums and be more involved in helping draft resolutions over the coming year.

Q3. Honestly I'm looking forward to seeing what comes through the World Assembly in the coming months, from what I've seen on the gameside forum, it's going to be an interesting year!

Q4. Absolutely fantastic! Gladio was my candidate of choice, his long history of service and dedication to TNP made it easy to back him. As for the other government officials, I think that the voters made the right choices. Siwale, Goy and Darc have done an excellent job in their respective offices since they were elected and definitely earned another term in office.

Q5. One year from now? I'm not really too sure aha, wherever it is, as long as I'm doing what I can to be of service to the community, I'll be satisfied.

Malphe, Minister
Q1. Passing my NPA Officer test a few months ago, certainly. I'd already failed one test and I was stupidly nervous about it all, so successfully leading my first operation and becoming an officer on the spot was pretty euphoric; I'd been a Sergeant for so long because I was too nervous to lead an operation and breaking through that glass ceiling felt fantastic, and doubtless facilitated my eventual appointment as MoD by Gladio.

Q2. They're twofold; doing the best job I can in TNP in whatever role I have and properly balancing out RL and NS. Don't underestimate the importance of the latter.

Q3. My term as MoD; it's a whole new world to me and I'm excited to see what I can do in this term. It's proven far easier than I had imagined, though that's probably a bit of an overstatement considering that the NPA is grounded right now so we're not organizing any operations yet, doubtless I'll have more on my hands before very long.

Q4. Seeing Gladio running was both wonderful and unusual, and every office had one or more exemplary candidates running for it. That, as well as the high turnout rate, made this my favourite election to date. I've missed one or two already, being involved in this one has convinced me to not miss any more.

Q5. Hopefully doing my best in TNP and not banned.

Lozinak
, Deputy Minister
Q1. Joining the NPA was probably my favorite moment of the year. That served as the launching point for me becoming more involved in TNP as a whole.

Q2. My resolution is to continue is to aid the MoD however I can, and ensure the NPA is just as active in 2018.

Q3. I'm most looking forward to hopefully getting in to RP as I should have more time to write this semester.

Q4. I was happy to see Gladio run, as he has been something a mentor for me since I first joined the TNP. Despite all the drama we also had record turn out and some close, exciting races. I think that really speaks to how dedicated the TNP community is.

Q5. Hopefully still working in the NPA and Executive staff.

Konar
, Citizen
Q1. It would have to be N-Day, and Josephtan acheiving martyrdom.

Q2. To be more active in the departments of TNP that I am part of, and perhaps to join more.

Q3. N-Day, Z-Day, and more joint operations with other militaries.

Q4. It was exciting to see the candidates be neck in neck; however, Lord Ravenclaw's pull-out of NS put a damper on it, as well as the contention of a defaced ballot which, I felt, was not settled amicably.

Q5. Hopefully, I'll be able to have become a General at that point. Being able to contribute meaningfully to the departments I am in and may join is also a hope of mine.

Novare Res, Security Council
Q1. I can't say. I was hiding. In hibernation. Lurking, that is. Which is what I should have done for the most part since game started.

Q2. be nice to people - even the ones who are not so nice to me. Eat more cheese. The good stuff.

Q3. Getting back into being more involved.

Q4. Well, I didn't get to vote because the server that hosts the forum kept kicking my connection (a glitch involving FireFox browser which wasn't easy to fix at my end). I would have voted for McMasterdonia who lost by one vote. Never say one's vote doesn't count.

Q5. Sitting back and watching how the latest generation handles things.

Hesskin Empire
, Citizen
Q1. Illuminati Raid

Q2. Finally get RP done!

Q3. RP!

Q4. It was fun, a good race as well!

Q5. Hopefully an active RP member and possibly in the politics somewhere somehow!

Zazumo, Citizen
Q1. Finally completing 100 NPA operations. I put in a lot of hours to get that ribbon.

Q2. To lead more NPA ops. Stepping in for Loz a couple times helped my confidence to lead.

Q3. Gladio's term as delegate and Malphe's term as MoD. Best of luck to both of them and the entire executive staff!

Q4. Could not be more excited. After working with Gladio during countless missions it's great to see him in the delegate seat!

Q5. Continuing my work with the NPA. Hopefully a Major if I play my cards right.

Nordpazifik, Citizen
Q1. Oof. That's a hard one. There's been a lot of fun things - Government work, RP, R/D - but in the end, I'll have to go with the two issues I wrote being published.

Q2. Get more involved, but at the same time balancing RL and NS better.

Q3. Who knows?

Q4. I didn't vote in it, but I'm excited to see what the new administration will bring.

Q5. It would be really nice if I was like instantly recognizable in the GCR community (if not the wider NS community), but in a year? Only time will tell.

Kaschovia
, Minister
Q1. Being the best MoFA this region has ever seen (sarcasm)...

Q2. Have more fun doing things on NationStates.

Q3. Running for Delegate in September (sarcasm again.)

Q4. Content as one can be about an election.

Q5. As Delegate (even more bad sarcasm!)

Siwale
, Vice Delegate
Q1. Joining TNP's regional forum, of course! Little did I know at the time just how involved I would soon get in the regional government.

Q2. I'm not a big fan of New Year's resolutions, mainly because they hardly ever stick. I prefer to make changes as the need for them arises throughout the year.

Q3. Seeing what Gladio will accomplish this term as our newly elected Delegate!

Q4. No complaints. I am certain that all of the elected officials will perform flawlessly this term.

Q5. Still as involved in TNP as I am now!

Xagill
, Minister
Q1. Being a minister of communications!

Q2. Being Vice Delegate.

Q3. The changes that will come.

Q4. Content, it was a fun and close race.

Q5. Just trying to continue to be active.
 
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NPA Bulletin for January 2018

by Lozinak (with contributions from McMasterdonia and Malphe), Deputy Minister of Defence

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*Ministerial Rodent Noises*​
The New Year saw several records and changes for TNP and the North Pacific Army (NPA). Perhaps the greatest achievement of the NPA in the last term was the detagging of over 200 regions, a record for the NPA in a single term. During this final push into the new year, Captain Zazumo was also able to achieve his 100 mission completion ribbon. Following these accomplishments, Gladio, the six-term Minister of Defence won the election to become Delegate of the North Pacific.

Captain Malphe, a long time member of the NPA and avid rodent was chosen for the honour of succeeding Gladio as Minister of Defence. Malphe accepted this enormous responsibility and assumed the duties of the Minister of Defence and General of the North Pacific Army. General Malphe is a veteran of over 50 campaigns, stretching from the raid upon [region]The Holy Historian Confederation[/region] to the most recent defence of the region of Christmas. The opening address of the New Minister of Defense is available .

The first major mission for the NPA of the new year is the Defense of The North Pacific while in a state of Delegacy transition. During this time the NPA is recalled to TNP in order to add endorsements to the delegate elect.

In order to keep their skills sharp the NPA has taken part in detagging operations during the transition with the permission of the new delegate. As a capstone for the month, the NPA conducted a tag-raid of Warzone Australia. A summary of NPA operations for the month of January and the soldiers involved is available below:

Date- Update-Type- region(s)- Participating Soldiers
20/01/2018- Major- Detag- Buckeye Boyzzz // The Protectorate and The Starry Skies
Quietdad
BMWSurfer
BluieGamer
Zazumo

20/01/2018- Minor- Detag- The New World of Name // left 4 dead 3 // IDIOTS // New Pakistani Empire // team mediocrity // The CeruleoAguarian Commonwealth // Unitys Alliance
Malphe
Lozinak
Zazumo

21/01/2018- Minor- Raid- Warzone Africa
Malphe
Lozinak
Zazumo
Quietdad
Lotion
BluieGamer
Scottie

03/01/2018- Major- Detag- Venetian Trade Routes // Alliance of Northern Somewhere // International Roleplay Region // Club of Philledelphia Eagles // Gentibus Unitatis // Kiklandia // Nationstates // Sesquipedalian Countries // Alliance of Nuclear Police States // Nationstates Vexillogical Society // Final Fantasy // Troperia // Batasun Union // Union of Autistic States // War Filled Islands // The Isles of El Nar // The Lumpy Sith Lords // Melivorica // Democratium
Lozinak
QuietDad
Darcania
Zazumo
Bluiegamer
BMWSurfer
Deropia
Hardonius
New Atos

Thank you to all members of the North Pacific Army involved in the above operations. Hail The North Pacific! Hail the NPA!

The Northern Lights: Beauty in Truth

Publisher: Gladio II :: Executive Editor: Kaschovia :: Managing Editors: McMasterdonia ::

With Contributions From McMasterdonia, Darcania, Sundred, Gladio II, Malphe, and Siwale.

The Northern Lights is produced by the Ministry of Communications on behalf of the Government of The North Pacific and distributed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Except where otherwise indicated, all content represents the views of the Government of The North Pacific.

 
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Tumbleweed In The Regional Assembly
by Brendog, Minister of Home Affairs
Over January the Regional Assembly has barely seen any activity, something we haven’t seen in a while. Whilst we have seen a decline in activity over the past few month, it has never been this low.

As still is the case, due to multiple requests for reviews on a now outdated proposal of a the counting of the bill will not happen till all request for reviews is completed.

In relation to the above proposal, the Regional Assembly attempted a of the latest Request for Review in relation the above bill. This was very controversial as it had 14 ayes, 18 nays and 9 abstentions. Later in the month, we saw one of the THO’s cease to exist.

In conclusion, we have seen barely any activity in the Regional Assembly and we are still waiting on the outcome of the Request of Reviews.

World Assembly Affairs Digest January 2018
by Deropia, Minister of World Assembly Affairs

Minister: Deropia
Deputy Minister: Kranostav
Deputy Minister: Veniyerris

From the Minister's desk:

Hello everyone! February seems to have flown by and here we are again with another issue of the World Assembly Affairs Digest. I'd like to start off by congratulating the ministries very own Kranostav on passing their first World Assembly resolution, Repeal “Promoting Sustainable Timber”!

I'd also like to announce the implementation of the World Assembly Sponsorship Program. Successful applicants can have the cost of their Delegate Approval and Delegate Vote campaigns covered by the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs!

Now, let's take a look at what reached the voting floor over the past month, shall we?


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General Assembly
Improving the world, one resolution at a time.

Proposal: The Cloning Conventions
Status: Defeated
Delegates Vote: Against
Forum Vote: For: 0 Against: 9 Abstain: 0
Final Vote (TNP): For: 108 Against: 538 Percentage of WA nations voting: 41.41%
Final Vote (World): For: 4,091 Against: 14,442
Recommendation: The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs, having reviewed the proposal, has found that while it is undoubtedly well intended, has several serious flaws. Chiefly among these being that The Cloning Conventions would seem to outlaw cloning when used during IVF, as well as the cloning of embryos. Secondly, this resolution suffers from poor definitions and unclear language in some of its clauses. Finally, in its closing clause it again, using unclear language that leaves far too much room for interpretation, either strips the World Assembly Science Programme from any oversight over cloning or creates a bureaucratic competition between the Word Assembly Science Programme and the Biomedical Innovation Organization.

For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommended a vote against the resolution.

Proposal:
Status: Passed
Delegates Vote: Against
Forum Vote: For: 6 Against: 3 Abstain: 0
Final Vote (TNP): For: 257 Against: 340 Percentage of WA nations voting: 38.49%
Final Vote (World): For: 11,707 Against: 6,787
Despite its laudable efforts and purpose to uphold the quality of timber production in order to provide a sustainable future for timber production, this proposal possesses two main flaws. The first being that the resolution bans import of 'timber products' which can greatly harm locations where timber product producing nations are using non-sustainable methods. This lack of ability to export timber would prove detrimental to the timber industries of non-WA member nation which would force them to potentially use cheaper and less sustainable methods than already used. Furthermore this proposal would greatly hurt trade relations between WA and non WA nations who consume or produce not only timber but any product that uses timber. The ministry believes that despite the potential positives provided by this proposal, it will ultimately harm the sustainability of timber rather than protect it.

For the reasons stated above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommended a vote against this proposal.

Proposal:
Status: Passed
Delegates Vote: For
Forum Vote: For: 10 Against: 2 Abstain: 2
Final Vote (TNP): For: 509 Against: 104 Percentage of WA nations voting: 40.30%
Final Vote (World): For: 12,245 Against: 6,418
Recommendation: General Assembly Resolution #422 Promoting Sustainable Timber, while well meaning in its goal of attempting to ensure timber used in WA member nations is produced in an environmentally sustainable manner, is inherently flawed and places the economies of WA members at serious risk. Given that GAR#422 also seriously harms international trade in the timber industry, in some cases forcing WA members to import timber at a drastically increased cost. The Ministry would also like to note, that due to the loss of some of their clientele due to the restrictions imposed by GAR#422, timber operations may be forced to take further cost-cutting methods of production, which in turn could cause Promoting Sustainable Timber to cause more environmental damage than it currently prevents.

For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommended a vote for the resolution

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

Proposal: Liberate Westphalia
Status: Defeated
Delegates Vote: Against
Forum Vote: For: 1 Against: 11 Abstain: 2
Final Vote (TNP): For: 71 Against: 504 Percentage of WA nations voting: 37.16%
Final Vote (World): For: 5,899 Against: 11,860
Recommendation: Westphalia is a major and very old defender region who, among other things, founded FORGE – one of the biggest defender alliances in NationStates. However, they have broken our recruitment policy in the past by trying to recruit nations from The North Pacific. Furthermore, the Ministry would note that a password has not been imposed on the region, and appears unlikely to be imposed in the future as the influence levels of the natives in the region have considerable regional influence making a refound extremely difficult. Thus, making this liberation unnecessary.

For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommended a vote against the resolution.

Proposal:
Status: Passed
Delegates Vote: For
Forum Vote: For: 9 Against: 2 Abstain: 3
Final Vote (TNP): For: 541 Against: 53 Percentage of WA nations voting: 38.34%
Final Vote (World): For: 13,814 Against: 4,037

Recommendation: After spending one too many nights at the Strangers Bar, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs, nursing a collective hangover and saddened by the resignation of a number of its staff after one of the impromptu karaoke nights organized by Wrappian Deputy Ambassador Wad Ahume Orliss-Dorckes, has somehow managed to analyze this Security Council resolution while it was at vote. The Ministry has found it accurately documents the heinous actions perpetrated by the Wrappian delegation and delegations from their protectorates during their tenure in the General Assembly. These actions include, but are not limited to, actions that would violate World Assembly law and result in the arrest of one of the august bodies most esteemed ambassadors, firebombing the offices of other delegations, and misappropriating funds meant for disaster relief efforts. The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs believes that these actions are most unbecoming of any delegation to the World Assembly and should be condemned with all due haste.

For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommended (after conducting it's annual fire drill and checking all of the fire extinguishers) voting for the resolution.

For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommended voting for the resolution.

The Revival of the Lennart Awards
by Yukkira, Minister of Culture
The Lennart Awards; the internet equivalent to your dead-again born-again cousin's wedding to her purity ring. The Lennart Awards is a storied tradition inspired by the legendary TNPer and possible former Minister of Culture, Lennart, which was started a few years ago, was stopped, and then brought back again by the former Minister of Culture, McMasterdonia. Under his leadership, the Lennarts were restarted towards the end of Palliath's delegacy and have been popular ever since.

The Lennart Awards is essentially the North Pacific's version of the Academy Awards, the Oscars, or a possibly more biased version of IMDB's rotten tomatoes. Categories range from Most Popular TNPer of the Year to a category that I didn't think would become a thing, being voted as "RMBae" of the Year. How it happens is I make up a nomination thread like , wait debatably three days (depending on if I'm busy), post a couple TNP polls, and then award a Lennart Award that looks like the one in that nomination thread to the TNPer that our beloved residents have voted for. It has both been a wonderful thing indeed, and somewhat hard to keep up with all at the same time.

In my opinion, I think the Lennarts is a wonderful initiative. It involves everyone from the forums and from the gameside community. I think with a bit more polish, the Lennarts can and will not be forgotten again (I'm allowed to be optimistic; leave me alone). What I'm most proud of is the fact that we've had a slew of winners so far. Winners ranged from Aerilia, an RMB RPer who roleplay's as a sentient blanket of moss to Lord Ravenclaw, TNP's friendly neighborhood birb. I think one way the Lennart Awards can be improved is its execution. This is due, in part, to the fact that the Ministry of Culture turned over the new term on a rough patch due to internal circumstances. The Lennart Awards were not paid enough attention to and were neglected because I, as the Deputy Minister in charge of them, wasn't adequately aware of the status of them nor did I think I needed to pay much attention.

All in all, the Lennart Awards is on track to finish sometime in March. I think that, with time, the Lennart Awards will continue to be improved to the point where the categories will better reflect the best that TNP has to offer. This, in turn, would allow the Ministry of Culture to do its job better, by better identifying and shining the spotlight on those who make TNP a region to be lauded about and beloved by not just its residents, but its friends abroad.

Any questions, comments, or concerns? Please feel free to telegram me gameside. Or, more than likely, I inhabit your Discord server and you can most definitely DM me through there. Thank you for reading about one of the many facets of the North Pacific's culture!

The Spotlight #10: Interview with MoD Malphe
by Kaschovia and Malphe, Communications and Defence
Kasch: Malphe, welcome to the tenth edition of the Spotlight, it is great to have you here and to ask you some questions!

Malphe: It's great to be here! I was looking forward to this interview for some time.

Kasch: As was I, it is such a privilege to interview you as Gladio's successor. Do you feel any pressure to follow in his footsteps? Or to be as successful?

Malphe: To some extent certainly, but I was much more dreading it when he first proposed it back in December. I hadn't at all considered that I'd be MoD at any point, until quite recently I wasn't even an officer and I had no plans to become one, so it was very overwhelming at first. I'll concede that it did cause me some stress. However, I had about a month to prepare myself, and in that time I lead many more operations than I had prior, with quite good results. Now I'm not so pressured to be as successful as Gladio, the last thing I want to do is beat myself up over supposed shortfalls. Rather, I want to go my own way, and take examples from Gladio's term and implement my own ideas. I want to have some fun with the role, as opposed to hating myself for doing something differently to Gladio.

Kasch: It's promising to know you're taking the role in your own style! I respect that. So, let's go back to your roots. Why did you join Defense in the first place?

Malphe: I'd always had a fascination with military gameplay, even when I hadn't a clue how to do it, so once I joined TNP there wasn't much question about it; I applied the day after I joined the forums. I just liked the idea of it, I doubt I really understood what I was signing up for, but once I had become involved with the NPA's community I never left.

Kasch: What is your stance on raiding and defending? Do you align yourself with the independent policy that our region adheres to, or do you have a preference for either raiding or defending, and why?

Malphe: Honestly, I don't care about the raider and defender feud. I can see where it came from, I can see why people subscribe to either side and how they can have such strong opinions on the matter and if I hadn't joined the NPA I'd probably be a raider by now, but I sooner have a regional military act in the best interests of the region and its allies. In that way, I suppose I'm closest to an independent.

Kasch: What is your greatest NPA ccomplishment, and why?

Malphe: I'd say passing my officer test last year. It was proposed to me about eight months before I actually did it because I was so nervous, and I actually failed the test on my first try which didn't help. It was really easy in hindsight, but managing to conquer my insecurities and just passing the test was just about the hardest thing I've done in the NPA and I'd still name it my greatest accomplishment. Here's to hoping that it won't be by the end of this term.

Kasch: I have to say I was very nervous when I did mine too! What are your core principles regarding Defense? In other words, what's most important to you about Defense?

Malphe: Fundamentally the NPA exists to defend and serve TNP and it's allies but that can only happen for as long as the NPA is both active and capable, which I hold as my core principles. If the NPA isn't active and if it's members aren't competent then we can't do anything really, we'd become a non-entity, so maintaining those aspects is very important to me, and to that end, I donate no small amount of my time.

Kasch: How do you believe your role as Minister of Defense will benefit the ministry as a whole this term? What unique benefits does your leadership bring to the table?

Malphe: A breath of fresh air, I'd say. It's good for a switch in leadership ever so often, provided that the newcomer is competent so that they can implement new ideas and run the NPA in their own way. A change of pace. Beyond that, I'm still exploring the position so it's hard for me to judge how good I am in the role.

Kasch: That's understandable. Now, veering slightly away from the NPA, what are your opinions on Gladio's other cabinet appointments?

Malphe: On the whole, I was very pleased with them. Ghost was a fantastic choice for MoFA and I feel that he's a very inspired diplomat, I certainly enjoyed his lecture on Optimistic Diplomacy. Brendog is shaping up as an effective MoHA and has been doing a good job from what I've seen in the ministry; Kasch is very hardworking and I think will do- and is doing- a very good job in Communications (not biased, I swear). Deropia, from whatever I've seen of the MoWAA, looks to have been a good choice and is well fulfilling his duties. Artemis has been getting on with the Lennarts recently and looks to be an active Minister of Culture and MiniCult of all the ministries needs somebody like that at the helm the most. Put simply, I'm very pleased with Gladio's cabinet and I think it'll keep the region running smoothly for this term.

Kasch: If you were Delegate, what would your cabinet be, just out of curiosity?

Malphe: That's a very difficult question, I'm new to government and not wholly familiar with all sectors of it. For Defense, of which I have the most expertise, Lozinak; he's the only Deputy MoD we've had in some time and has shown to be eager in organizing and leading operations, handling NPA applications and even the paperwork (google docs, not very riveting). I'd reckon that he's future MoD material. For Culture, Mcmasterdonia; it's difficult to not notice McM going about their business, and they've consistently shown ambition and imagination in organizing events, of which culture is largely, if not primarily, focused. In Communications, Kasch, for their work ethic and efficiency of operation, which has kept the Northern Lights afloat. In Foreign Affairs I'm inclined to say Ghost; very purposeful, and their writing is second to none. As per Home Affairs and World Assembly Affairs, I can't say I know and I'm not going to make up an opinion on the spot, so I'll have to pass on those.

Kasch: As I asked Gladio this, I'll ask you... Who is your NS idol/inspiration?

Malphe: Perhaps unsurprisingly, Gladio. Most of my time in NS has been almost exclusively in the NPA, and throughout much of that time, Gladio has been my mentor. I've practically berated him with questions when preparing for my officer test and for my term as MoD, and he's always been helpful in answering my concerns. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for Gladio's patience, and I still frequently ask him questions. He has always been a very capable MoD, maintaining activity virtually on his own and organizing more operations than I could count in his six terms as MoD.

Kasch: What legacy would you like to leave behind when your time on NS is over? How do you want to be remembered?

Malphe: I honestly don't much care about my legacy, I'm on NS because I enjoy the community aspect and the opportunities it offers, not to leave a big impact. I'm quite fine with going about my business quietly and leaving NS in the same manner when I've decided that my time is up. If I had to be remembered, though, I'd most like to be remembered as competent and helpful.

Kasch: What is something about you player-related that nobody knows?

Malphe: What do you mean by player-related?

Kasch: Let me rephrase. What is something that you have done within NationStates that not many people know about? Or do you believe there is nothing other players do not know?

Malphe: There'll be some things but I can't think of any from the top of my head, and if I've done something and I haven't told anybody about it there's probably a reason I've kept it to myself.

Kasch: Interesting! What is your least favourite thing about the North Pacific? And your most favourite?

Malphe: For my least favourite thing, I'd say the OOC drama. It appears in all of NS and TNP isn't exempted, every now and again it comes around and I despise it with every fibre. I've seen plenty of it elsewhere and I know how it turns people off NS, I don't like it here or there. My favourite thing about TNP is the community spirit of the region, which needs little explaining.

Kasch: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Malphe: Don't take NS too seriously, certainly. You'll hear this everywhere, but not enough people really adhere to it. Don't stress yourself out much about NS, if you're losing sleep over whatever's happening in Nationstates you're doing it wrong and you should either ease up or take a break for a while. NS doesn't compromise RL, RL compromises NS always. This applies to a lot outside NS too, it's a good rule to stick to. Mind you, I'm not the best at following that advice myself.

Kasch: If every other nation were to CTE tomorrow morning, and you could only keep six nations alive, who would they be?

Malphe: That's too loaded for me to confidently answer, so I'll pass.

Kasch: Fair. If you could sum yourself up in one sentence, what would that sentence be?

Malphe: Reasonably competant, hopefully getting better.

Kasch: I think that is all we have time for! Thank you for joining me Malphe, it has been a pleasure!

Malphe: Been a pleasure.

RMB RP Reel #3: Terrible Times In Toshavo
by Illusia, Citizen
February's coming to a close, and it seems not shortly, things are going down really hard in the RMB Olympics, you won't believe it yourself! TNP Winter Olympics, which was started by Toshavo several weeks ago, has been cancelled due to several arising issues that sparked the discovery of the virus known as GIV, or Global Immunodeficiency Virus.

On the 20th of February, the International Olympics Group based in Lahos, the capital of the Akhara Islands, postponed the Winter Olympics due to deaths of some Olympic athletes and cases of some being relatively weak. An international organization, named World Health Association, based in Toshavo, determined that the cause of their deaths was a mysterious flu.

Days later, the WHA, with assistance from Paxiosolange's research centers, and to add the fact most of the athletes that died were from them, named the virus Global Immunodeficiency Virus, in layman's terms would be the failure of the immune system, rendering the body defenseless from certain pathogens and disease. The WHA has designated the virus GIV-1.

Like a wildfire in a dry climate, the flu spread rapidly, effectively blanketing all of the Fusean continent, infecting a large number of nations. Estimates from WHA shown at least 700,000 and more are infected and increased to at least 3.4 million.

Despite this, however, collaboration efforts between WHA, other nations and those who are uninfected have been sprouting around to combat the disease and prevent a global epidemic.

The Toshavoan government also issued a martial law, amidst the epidemic. WHA officials and the Toshavoan Armed Forces rolled around their city streets to contain the infected.

Thanks for reading! I'm Illusia, a new writer for the RMB RP Reel. Hopefully, you appreciated the reel, and here's hoping I can do many much more articles for TNL. Once again, this is Illusia, for the TNP RMB RP Reel!

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NPA Bulletin for February 2018
by Lozinak, Deputy Minister of Defence
Minister of Defense: Malphe
Deputy Minister: Lozinak
General(s):QuietDad

Following the transitional month of January, the NPA wasted no time returning to training. The NPA started off the month strong with an operation on February 1st, resulting in seven detags. When the Updaters returned, an Auxiliary found them and cried "The Beacons of TSP are lit! Erinor calls for aid." Malphe, still awash in the glow of battle replied: "And the NPA will answer." Thus the NPA departed once again to aid TSP in their transition of power. The operation in the South Pacific was a success but proved to be too calm. The returning soldiers were eager for combat, and the Officer Corps was keen to give it to them. In the seven day period between the 11th and the 18th, the NPA detagged 53 regions. The soldiers were weary after their glorious accomplishments and desired a rest from battle. The NPA decided to go on a vacation to the region of Yorkshire with Europeia. The two relaxing armies were soon joined in glad friendship by the West Pacific, Balder, The Land of Kings and Emperors, and the United Kingdom. Rested from their stay in Yorkshire, the NPA returned to duty. On the 25th the NPA, with our ally the Royal Albion Legion raided the Fascist League of Dictators. The NPA, however, was not satisfied to put only one fascist region in its place. On the very same day, the NPA deployed to the Backbone of Fascism, at the request of the East Pacific, in order to reinforce hold they, and the NPO had established in preparation for a refounding.

Lozinak was promoted to Captain on 12/02/2018.
Lotion was promoted to Corporal on 17/02/2018.
Deropia was promoted to Sergeant on 24/02/2018.
Dinoium & Vyamaz were promoted to Private First Class on 24/02/2018.

DateUpdateType
Region(s)
Participating Soldiers

01/02/2018MinorDetag
UCCN/Herin archipelago/Southfield/New United Nations of the Gator Empire/Asta fan Club/Land of the OG/aoeria
Minister Malphe-Lead
Deputy Minister Lozinak
GEN. Quietdad
CPT. Zazumo
PFC. Lotion

03/02/2018N/ADelegacy Transition
The South Pacific
Minister Malphe
Deputy Minister Lozinak
GEN. Quietdad
MAJ. Darcania
CPT. Zazumo
LTN. BluieGamer
LTN. BMWSurfer
SGT. Aber639
SGT. Cimmerien
CPL. Deropia
PFC. Michael Power
PFC. Arstotzka1
PFC. Almacs
PFC. Hardonius
PFC. Dinonium

11/02/2018MinorDetag
Hardin/Hoffman Heffner Principality/Kids Alliance/World Setting/The Commonwealth of Liberated States/The Planet of Erresia
Minister Malphe
Deputy Minister Lozinak-Lead
CPT. Zazumo
PFC. Lotion

13/02/2018MinorDetag
United Cluster of Europian States/Islands of Sicherheit/New United Nations of the Gator Empire/The Isles of El Nar/The Lower South/Union of Doomed States
Minister Malphe
Deputy Minister Lozinak
GEN. QuietDad
CPT. Zazumo-Lead
LTN. Bluiegamer

14/02/2018MajorDetag
ace space/the last ones standing/lemonelly/the pacific conglomorate/the lumpy sith lords of rock/horus and ra/unitys alliance/east scandanavian peninsula/adenia/17 D nations/akachan/3ss3ntial/Alliance of Left countries
Deputy Minister Lozinak-Lead
GEN. QuietDad
MAJ. Darcania
CPT. Zazumo
LTN. BMWSurfer-Lead
SGT. Aber638

16/02/2018MinorDetag
Ifunny political region/United National Socialist Nations/YEDI/The Sanguine/The Islamic Confederation/A Bigger Better Fork Union/The Republics Of Southern Africa/Southern Africa
Minister Malphe-Lead
GEN. QuietDad
MAJ. Darcania
CPT. Zazumo
SGT. Aber639

17/02/2018MinorDetag
Golmaal/The Bone Zone/United Nation States of Conservatives/The Boy Band/SEARAF/Demanare
Minister Malphe
GEN. QuietDad
CPT. Zazumo-Lead
CPL. Lotion

18/02/2018MinorDetag
N0vum/Antarctic Alliance/That Broken Wanasnaswa RP/Jebtopia/The Diplomatic League/Power/The Conglomerate of Royal Ashholes/Deathdrift Watch/North Sea Collective/Tierra/Drekuki/Sili/The United Alliance of Republic Alliance/Smiley Region
Minister Malphe-Lead
Deputy Minister Lozinak
GEN. QuietDad
CPT. Zazumo-Lead
CPL. Lotion

20/02/2018MinorRaid & Hold
Yorkshire
Minister Malphe
Deputy Minister Lozinak
GEN. QuietDad
MAJ. Darcania
CPT. Zazumo
LTN. BluieGamer
LTN. BMWSurfer
SGT. Aber639
SGT. Deropia
SGT. Cimmerien
CPL. Lotion
CPL. Sergio86
PFC. Vayamaz
PFC. Dinoium
PFC. Almacs

25/02/2018MinorRaid
League of Dictators
Minister Malphe
Deputy Minister Lozinak
GEN. QuietDad
CPT. Zazumo
SGT. Aber639
CPL. Lotion

25/02/2018N/AHold and Refound
The Backbone of Fascism
Minister Malphe
Deputy Minister Lozinak
GEN. QuietDad
MAJ.Darcania
CPT. Zazumo
LTN. BMWSurfer
SGT. Aber639
SGT. Deropia
CPL. Lotion
PFC. Dinoium
PFC. Vyamaz

The NBS Ends February In Success!
by Kasch, Minister of Communications

The Northern Broadcasting Service recently recorded their , in which they discussed the success of each of the ministries so far, their thoughts on the revival and the current winners of the Lennart Awards, the effectiveness of the Vice Delegate and the Speaker in processing citizenship applications and how that makes TNP very unique in retaining new members, the idea of political parties in TNP, and finally, the upcoming Justice elections!

In accordance with our policy to provide anyone with a voice within TNP the opportunity to speak on topics that are important to the community and to themselves, the NBS plans to recruit over March and April to increase the number of NBS members.

The Northern Lights: Beauty in Truth

Publisher: Gladio II :: Executive Editor: Kaschovia :: Managing Editors: McMasterdonia ::

The Northern Lights is produced by the Ministry of Communications on behalf of the Government of The North Pacific and distributed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Except where otherwise indicated, all content represents the views of the Government of The North Pacific.

 
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Hi everyone, I am assigned as the new ambassador from The North Pacific. With me I bring the latest edition of The North Stars, a periodic newsletter from The North Pacific.
If there is any procedure I need to follow, can the local moderators and officers DM here? Alternatively you can send me a message on Discord (The Setting Sun #7085). Thank You!

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NPA Bulletin

by Robespierre, Minister of Defense



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Leadership


Minister of Defense (MoD): General

Deputy Ministers of Defense (DMoDs):

Colonel and Colonel


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Troops from the Legio Pacifica of the New Pacific Order arrive at the North Pacific Army's military base stationed on the outskirts of Magicality City in preparation for the East Pacific's liberation effort


Lieutenant was to Captain

Private First Class was to Corporal

Private was to Private First Class

Corporal Rom was to Sergeant

Warrant Officer (DMoD) was to Lieutenant



Phew! Finally, the waifu uprising has been laid to rest! … If you’ll remember back to the North Star’s last installment of the NPA Bulletin ( ) then you might recall how we had a bit of an epidemic going on for a while there. I have no shame in admitting that at one point they even managed to corrupt yours truly with cuteness, but luckily I’ve since come to my senses and so have most of the other soldiers for the most part. Nonetheless, you still have menaces like Gorundu and Koopa lurking in the shadows; not to mention that mega-nerd Bobberino. They’re always preying on potato peelers in the hopes that they’ll lure them to the animator’s lab >_>


Anyhow, so goes another month of fun in the North Pacific Army! The flavour of this month’s activities? Righteous liberations and coup fighting! (Plus supporting our allies from abroad, that too!) On the fifteenth (15th) of October’s major update troops from the Legio Pacifica of the New Pacific Order, the Ten Thousand Islands Treaty Organization, the South Pacific Special Forces, the Rejected Realms Army, the Europeian Republican Navy, and the East Pacific Sovereign Army all participated in a large-scale joint operation that would later see the East Pacific liberated from the clutches of the tyrannical Fedelegate. The operation was lead by moi with backup triggering assistance from General Zazumo and Colonel Bobberino. All and all, this endeavour was a huge success on the part of our organization and on the part of our allies.


Next up, we have … more defending?! On the twenty-first (21st) of October's minor update, the North Pacific Army, along with the Rejected Realms Army and the South Pacific Special Forces, conducted a set detag operations in which eight regions were hit with two teams. A total of eighteen soldiers participated with twelve of them being from the North’s barracks. We made up for it though, because on the twenty-fourth (24th) of October's major update we embarked on a raiding excursion that saw our soldiers accompanied by the Sekhmet Legion of Osiris. [strike]I promise I'm not turning the NPA fenda[/strike]


With the Ministry of Defense being at its midterm, one can only await what slew of incoming announcements may be coming in the next week. At present, the newly-seated Delegate of the East Pacific, Marrabuk, has distanced himself from transitional Delegate/Vizier Aelitia by a margin of twenty endorsements. In a short address given before the Officer Corps late last night, the Minister of Defense promised to begin withdrawing transitional troops from the East Pacific in the coming days. The High Command is currently monitoring the differential in endorsements for the two East Pacificans so as to ensure that the removal of NPA intervention from the region is sustainable, as forum records currently reflect that approximately thirty-five members deployed to aid TEP sovereignty.


Lastly, as I’m sure many have already noticed: McMasterdonia was seated as Delegate of the North Pacific twenty days ago! In spectacular fashion, the North Pacific Army was able to make their jump on the East Pacific in the same twenty-four-hour time span as they propelled the Delegate-Elect of the North Pacific over the threshold to overtake outgoing Delegate El Fiji Grande. Both Delegacy transitions were strongly aided by the North Pacific’s finest, but we can’t take all the credit in these endeavours because hadn’t it been for fantastic native populations none of this would have been possible. As always, thank you to our natives.


Whether it was upholding treaty obligations, hosting joint operations, liberating GCRs, conducting training missions, teaching upcoming officers how to trigger, or raiding all the livelong day - one thing remains as true a statement as ever: The North Pacific Army is versatile, agile, and hopefully here in the next few days mobile as well ;) Cheers!




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Regional Assembly Highlights September 2019


by Kaschovia, Legislative Correspondent


Regional Assembly Highlights, October 2019


Speaker:

Deputy Speakers: ,


Passed


The proposals that passed through the Regional Assembly in the month of October were the 'Emergency Flag Bill', and the 'Peace Terms Acceptance Amendment'.





Summary: Due to Tinypic™ shutting down, our flag and coat of arms ended up becoming image. Deputy Speaker Darcania immediately proposed reverting the images back to their previous conditions.


Results: 34 ayes, 3 nays, and 1 abstention.


Status: Passed





Summary: An amendment to Section 6.4, Clause 18 of the Legal Code, this bill clarifies conditions around the recognition of all terms, formal or otherwise, rather than just treaties, that can end a war, and establishing a voting requirement for ending wars through a simple majority vote in the Regional Assembly.


Results: 22 ayes, 9 nays, and 4 abstention.


Status: Passed


Current Business


The proposals discussed for the month of October were the 'Lessening Repeating Work (L.R.W.) Bill', and 'Criminalising Espionage in Our Partner Regions'.





Summary: An amendment to the way that elections are run in the North Pacific. This bill introduces some grammatical fixes to the election laws, changes the method of election for Court Justices to a preferential voting system instead of first past the post, and includes methods for dealing with candidates that either become ineligible or withdraw during the voting period. This bill additionally deals with instances of ties at the end of the voting period.


Status: In Discussion





Summary: An amendment to Section 1.2 of the Legal Code, criminalises espionage in all of our partner regions through the rewording of several clauses, so that alliances ratified by the Regional Assembly, and non-aggression pacts, are included.


Status: In Discussion





Summary: As the title suggests, this proposal aims to amend both a grammatical error, and a vagueness in wording of the Peace Terms Amendment bill passed by the Regional Assembly.


Status: In Discussion​
 
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World Assembly Digest


by Brendog, World Assembly Correspondent

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General Assembly

Improving the world one resolution at a time


Repeal "Preventing Desertification"


Status: Passed | Delegate's Vote: For

Final Vote (World): For - 11,639 (86.6%); Against - 1,797 (13.4%)

Final Vote (TNP): For - 465 (90.0%); Against - 51 (10.0%)

Percentage of TNP WA nations voting: 39.5%


Recommendation: The target resolution was an attempt to address the damaging consequences of desertification with a call to action on member states to confront the phenomenon within their nation and a grant of authority to the WA Environmental Council to oversee such efforts. Based on the proposed repeal and our previous arguments found during the voting period of the original proposal, we find the measures urged by this proposal both weak and fair ineffective. Various aspects of desertification and the contributing factors therein are generally ignored and vaguely defined when addressed. The duties granted to the WAEC are fundamentally insufficient to address the alleged magnitude of the issue. This has unfortunately created a resolution that is fiscally unproductive and blocks stronger potential legislation on the subject.


Seeing that this proposed repeal is an ends of means for paving the way for new and improved legislation on this topic, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this repeal resolution.


Ban on Sterilisation of Minors Etc


Status: Passed | Delegate's Vote: For

Final Vote (World): For - 10,312 (76.7%); Against - 3,139 (23.3%)

Final Vote (TNP): For - 440 (84.5%); Against - 81 (15.5%)

Percentage of TNP WA nations voting: 41.3%


Recommendation: This proposal is intended to fill a gap that was highlighted in previous legislation attempts at addressing the rights those who are seeking surgery to alter their sexual identity. This issue boils down to legal guardians having full authority on the sterilisation of their minors they are legally responsible for. This surgery, by nature, is totally irreversible and therefore requires a high level of scrutiny when making this very sensitive medical decision. As such, this proposal will aim to prevent dangerous and/or coerced surgery that the minor does not want or need. This will reduce possible abuse and give rights to those minors who would otherwise be helpless in this situation should it involve parental/guardian bad actors.


In conclusion, it is great to be able to work with and support Imperium Anglorum as a WALL ally in assisting this proposal in passing. Therefore, in accordance with the reasoning displayed above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal.


Responsible Land Mangement


Status: Passed | Delegate's Vote: For

Final Vote (World): For - 11,351 (76.9%); Against - 3,409 (23.1%)

Final Vote (TNP): For - 481 (91.5%); Against - 61 (8.5%)

Percentage of TNP WA nations voting: 42.8%


Recommendation: This proposal aims to minimize environmentally harmful practices and effects that may lead to desertification. This is achieved through the establishment of a committee that tasks with testing, reporting, and educating member nations so as to how to most effectively deal with the various environmental hazards present in their local region(s). The proposal further targets a few specific scenarios that narrow the scope of the resolution somewhat. While not ideal, this proposal is harmless in application and will work to provide a net gain in environmental awareness and quality to WA member nations.


In accordance with this reasoning, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal.


Financial and Economic Education


Status: Passed | Delegate's Vote: For

Final Vote (World): For - 11,435 (84.0%); Against - 2,185 (16.0%)

Final Vote (TNP): For - 482 (91.5%); Against - 45 (8.5%)

Percentage of TNP WA nations voting: 42.0%


Recommendation: The GA proposal "Financial and Economic Education" aims to increase general awareness of important topics such as financial mathematics, currency, and economics, all of which are pivotal concepts that are greatly beneficial to learn. This goal of increasing knowledge among the populace is to be achieved by mandating WA member nations to educate its citizens on these important financial and economic concepts. This acquired knowledge of said concepts can make it significantly easier for those transitioning into adulthood to manage their life and get adjusted to adult living.


Seeing how this proposal is completely beneficial to the greater WA community, the Ministry of WA Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal.


Promoting Natural Sciences in Schools


Status: Passed | Delegate's Vote: For

Final Vote (World): For - 13,316 (91.4%); Against - 1,246 (8.6%)

Final Vote (TNP): For - 483 (85.5%); Against - 82 (14.5%)

Percentage of TNP WA nations voting: 44.9%


Recommendation: The GA Proposal “Promoting Natural Sciences in Schools” aims to promote and provide for the furthering of the teaching of the natural sciences. While this goal is admirable, the proposal falls victim to vague language, incorrect definitions, and troublesome clauses that leave open the possibility of abuse. The definition of 'natural science' becomes an issue because the sciences that are listed refer to various physical and natural sciences instead of exclusively natural sciences as the definition would suggest. This defined science also has zero requirements to be peer-reviewed or validated so as to maintain scientific uniformity across WA member nations. The proposal goes on to refer to the term 'Natural Science' only once before abandoning it after clause 2 for the more general term of 'science' for the remainder of the proposal. Furthermore, Clause 6 allows for religious influence over the aforementioned sciences which further undermines the purpose of this proposal by allowing flawed religious historical beliefs to influence the teaching and understand of natural science which is crucial for a functional, modern society.


In hoping of a redraft or another proposal to cover this important topic, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this proposal.


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Security Council

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Repeal "Condemn The Black Hawks"


Status: Failed | Delegate's Vote: Against

Final Vote (World): For - 2,206 (17.6%); Against - 10,271 (82.4%)

Final Vote (TNP): For - 50 (9.7%); Against - 463 (90.3%)

Percentage of TNP WA nations voting: 40.1%


Recommendation: This is the third time that the Security Council has voted upon a repeal of the original condemn The Black Hawks resolution. Raider groups consider condemnations such as this to be a badge of honour, a recognition of the role they play as the villains within the context of military-based gameplay. The original resolution (SC #52) is both of historical significance and is a snapshot in time of The Black Hawk’s early contribution to NationStates. It would be very difficult and unlikely that this resolution, if it were to be repealed, would be replaced by a more detailed resolution that covered that early history of The Black Hawks and their influence on the multiverse.


The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs believes that little has changed since the last repeal attempt of this resolution. The Black Hawks are deserving of both of their condemnations and continue to be a real threat to founderless regions. Therefore the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this proposal.


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NPA Report

by Bobberino, War Correspondent


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Leadership


Minister of Defense: Trondstorm

Deputy Ministers of Defense: Lieutenant Rom



In a bit of a pivot since the last NPA Bulletin, the North Pacific Army took place in largely raiding operations in the month of November. The waifu takeover of the NPA is still progressing, unlike what Robes will like to tell you… *audibly muffled screams in the back*


Beginning on the 30th of October, we joined our friends in Lazarus in getting them the delegacy of Warzone Australia and briefly holding. We then followed up, in true independent style, by liberating a close ally in Stargate, then pivoting the next update and raiding the region affiliated with Stargate’s raiders in The Anti World Assembly. The next minor update, Deropia put on his best Gladio impression in leading a featured region tag, after which in the major, Agadir led a two-detag run.


After all that, you’d expect the NPA to stop somewhere and fuel up, but we’re too good for that. We then invaded New Western Atlantic for a few days with our friends in Europeia and The West Pacific. After getting bored of sitting there, we decided to tag 5 regions, then 7 more the next day. Then we decided on invading Xedas with The Black Hawks, the Europeian Republican Navy and The West Pacific Armed Forces.


Another day, another tag run. 4 regions were hit on 11/17 and another 4 on 11/19. The next day, the ERN, TBH, NPA and TWPAF got together and did another tag. The next major, we got together with Osiris and amassed 17 tags. Rounding out the month was an invasion of North Ustaynga beginning on 11/23’s major, with the ERN, TBH and LWU all showing up alongside us, which we held for a week.


Whether we were defending treatied allies, raiding with friends or spreading the good news of anime across NS, one can be sure that we are not idle at the NPA. We are as agile, adaptable and coordinated as always. Happy holidays, all!


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Spotlight #23 - Interview with Koopa

by Angshire, Interviewer


Angshire: So, first things first, are you new to NationStates? Also, what encouraged you to come to the North Pacific?


Koopa: Im probably around a year old or so, maybe a little more. My nation initially formed in TNP, and after moving around for a while, I eventually found myself back here and ended up staying.


Angshire: Well that's definitely interesting!


Angshire: Did anything in particular bring you back?


Koopa: I guess I always associated it with home, since it was where I started. I was also intrigued by it being a democracy, so I felt like it was a fitting place for what was my relatively small nation to grow.


Angshire: TNP does have a very stable democratic system, that is true.


Angshire: Have you gotten involved in the government, whether in the executive branch or otherwise?


Koopa: I am currently the Deputy Minister of Defense, this being my second term.


Angshire: So you are both a Deputy and an NPA colonel?


Angshire: Quite an impressive resume!


Angshire: So do you have any other goals that you want to accomplish within TNP government?


Koopa: I do hope to become Minister of Defense at some point, and maybe even become a full fledged General down the line.


Angshire: What about the delegacy or anything of that branch of government? Do you see yourself ever ending up there?


Koopa: The delegacy seems like a bit of a stretch, never really had goals in that sector. That being said, I do have a lot of respect for the people who can pull it off.


Angshire: What about the RP section of TNP?


Angshire: Are you active in that area?


Koopa: No, I have yet to engage in the RP sector. I'm not even active on the RMB. Nothing against roleplayers, it's just not my cup of tea.


Angshire: Ah yes, I totally get that.


Angshire: You definitely seem to be very skilled in the defense part of TNP, and I noticed how you have risen through the ranks.


Angshire: Before we wrap this up, do you have any questions you'd like to ask of me, or anything else you'd like to answer?


Koopa: Nothing from me, aside from saying that you have been an excellent host.


Angshire: Why thank you very much!


Angshire: I had a splendid time interviewing you :)

 
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Regional Assembly Highlights

by Kaschovia, Minister of Communications


Regional Assembly Highlights, November 2019


Speaker: Deropia


Current Business


The current business for the RA for the month of November is the act for Committee Codification by Wonderess (in discussion), and the repeal of the Unicorn Star Accord and the adoption of the Unicorn Star Treaty between the North Pacific and the Rejected Realms.





Summary: This proposal aims to grant the Speaker the right to create committees made up of citizens to serve the purposes of the Regional Assembly, the structure and scope of which would be determined by law.


Status: In Discussion





Summary: A proposal which aims to repeal the Unicorn Star Treaty currently legally in effect, and adopt the new Unicorn Star Treaty in its place, between the North Pacific and the Rejected Realms.


Status: At Vote


Passed


The proposals that passed through the Regional Assembly in the month of November were the repeal of the North Pacific and Albion Security Treaty, confirmations of Siwale and Crushing Our Enemies to the Election Commission, confirmations of Marcus Antonius to the Security Council and 'Criminilising Espionage in Our Partner Regions'.





Summary: Due to an inactivity that does not seem to be ending on Albion's part, the Regional Assembly of the North Pacific, by majority, has decided to repeal the security treaty shared by the two regions.


Results: 24 ayes, 1 nay, and 3 abstentions.


Confirmation of to the Security Council


Summary: Marcus Antonius' confirmation of membership on the Security Council was supported overwhelmingly, despite concern over Marcus' lack of experience in major leadership roles, due to his enthusiasm


Results: 25 ayes, 3 nays, and 5 abstentions.


Status: Passed


Confirmations of and to the Election Commission


Summary: The Delegate appointed Siwale and Crushing Our Enemies to the Election Commission, and so the RA discussed and eventually voted to confirm the appointees' membership on the Commission.


Crushing Our Enemies: 26 ayes, 0 nays, and 2 abstentions.

Siwale: 28 ayes, 0 nays, and 2 abstentions.


Status: Passed





Summary: An amendment to Section 1.2 of the Legal Code, this proposal criminalises espionage in all of our partner regions through the rewording of several clauses, so that alliances ratified by the Regional Assembly, as well as non-aggression pacts, are included.


Results: 34 ayes, 3 nays, and 1 abstention.


Status: Passed


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World Assembly Digest

By Deerfenland, World Assembly Correspondent


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Improving the world one resolution at a time





Protecting Borrower Rights


Status: Passed


Delegate's Vote: For


Final Vote (World): For: 11,637 Against: 3,020


Final Vote (TNP): For: 464 Against: 78 Percentage of WA nations voting: 39.81%



Recommendation: This proposal aims to alter the way we deal with debt and the ability to repay for those who fall into debt. It achieves this by eliminating the harmful practices that deliberately target those who are in debt, such as criminalising the act of having debt so far as to punishing it via forced labor. While not infringing on member nation's ability to enforce the law, this proposal allows citizens the ability to repay their debts by keeping them out of jail and in the workforce or whatever method they may have to procure the required funds to repay their debts. This proposal also protects citizens ability to make investments with higher risk that would otherwise land someone in jail for making an investment that went negatively. This allows greater investment into small business and otherwise risky ventures that could ultimately benefit the greater community via their success.


In accordance with this reasoning, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal.









The Amelioration of Maritime Conditions


Status: Defeated


Delegate's Vote: Against


Final Vote (World): For: 3,286 Against: 11,679


Final Vote (TNP): For: 132 Against: 426 Percentage of WA nations voting: 43.83%



Recommendation: The Amelioration Of Maritime Conditions has the laudable intent of monitoring and reducing the number of pollutants released by member nations into the hydrosphere, however, it fails in properly executing that goal. The Ministry has reviewed the proposal and has found that its scope is too narrow to have any meaningful effect, as it only requires the governments of member nations to record the pollutants they release into water supplies. The Ministry also believes that the pollutant reduction target is poorly set, as the "recorded international average" is a poor metric to use when setting international targets. The mandate of reducing the pollutants by this arbitrary value is also very difficult to enforce given that exactly recording 'any and all' pollutants is an unreasonable task. Further, a committee is perhaps a better option here, by handling the collection and distribution of the data and working specifically with member nations to reduce their pollution where possible.

For these reasons, and in hopes that a redraft will occur, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote against the proposal.




Convention On Animal Testing


Status: Passed


Delegate's Vote: Against


Final Vote (World): For: 7,621 Against: 7,310


Final Vote (TNP): For: 190 Against: 356 Percentage of WA nations voting: 42.62%





Recommendation: Convention on Animal Testing is well-meaning in its attempt to place ethical restrictions on the use of animal test subjects, however, the Ministry is unable to recommend support at this time. Upon close inspection, the proposal would seem to allow for undue pain and suffering caused by negligence. It should also be noted that the proposal requires that "all procedures" be documented and reported to the World Assembly Bioethics Board. Without a proper definition, the Ministry believes this to be an overreach and would include something as simple as shaving fur for future placement of testing devices. Further, it is concerning that the World Assembly Bioethics Board appears to acts as a judicial entity; while this is something that extant legislation has done in the past, we must question the necessity of the practice in regards to a subject such as animal testing.


For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote against the proposal.







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Security Council



Spreading interregional peace and goodwill, via force if necessary






Commend Grays Harbor

Status: Passed


Delegate's Vote: For


Final Vote (World): For: 11,013 Against: 2,464


Final Vote (TNP): For: 459 Against: 45 Percentage of WA nations voting: 39.56%


Recommendation: Gray's Harbor has been a long time member of the NS community who has shown extensive activity in a notable UCR, contributed multiple proposals and GA illegal proposal shenanigans, and is a seasoned RnDer. GH possesses the longest tenure of any other delegate in the new defunct The Heartland in which they helped saved them in 2003 by brokering a deal with Texas and Wysteria to protect The Heartland from invading forces. GH has also passed three General Assembly proposals and established the "Illegal Proposals" thread in the WA forums which became a quickly growing repository of humorous and silly proposal attempts in the GA. Finally, GH has a history as a defender who participated in various notable events as well as designing and a world map for the regions he was involved in.


In line with the reasoning above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal.





Condemn Atlantic

Status: Passed


Delegate's Vote: For


Final Vote (World): For: 10,050 Against: 3,223


Final Vote (TNP): For: 469 Against: 42 Percentage of WA nations voting: 39.82%


Recommendation: The Atlantic is a region with a demonstrated history of unbridled imperialism in the NS R&D sphere. Throughout their history they have threatened and invaded close allies and friends of TNP including Europe, The South Pacific, The West Pacific, and The Rejected Realms. Numerous UCRs were also harmed by repeat invasions so much that they were reduced to bits and pieces of their former selves. This behavior in this context is unacceptable, especially so when done to allies of TNP.


In accordance with the reasoning above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal.





Liberate Aurelia

Status: Passed


Delegate's Vote: For


Final Vote (World): For: 12,414 Against: 2,236


Final Vote (TNP): For: 486 Against: 52 Percentage of WA nations voting: 41.83%


Recommendation: For sake of clarity in this IFV, Aurelia is the region that was invaded and is being liberated, and Auralia is the invading force that is the aggressor.


The region known as Aurelia has been under the tyrannical control of the similarly-named Auralia for nearly a year. In this time, the invaders have been banjecting the natives, clearing World Factbook entries, suppressing RMB posts, and password-protecting the region to prevent the original inhabitants from reclaiming it. The primary cause for this liberation stems from the fact that the region of Auralia has expressed its desire to refound Aurelia, wiping out all of the region's history and culture permanently. Additionally, Auralia is founded by the individual known as Nephmir, who is known for various acts of attempted raiding and threats against a number of GCRs and UCRs, including 'war' with TWP. They, and their childish creations, should not be allowed victories.


Given the reasons above, the Ministry of the World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal.



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Statement on the Confederation of Corrupt Dictators operations against The North Pacific


The North Pacific has uncovered an undercover espionage operation (dubbed “Operation 84”) which was orchestrated by the Confederation of Corrupt Dictators against The North Pacific starting in December 2018. At the order of regional founder [nation]Jocospor[/nation], two agents from the Confederation of Corrupt Dictators, Castelia (a Supreme Council member of the Confederation of Corrupt Dictators) and The Inquisitor, joined The North Pacific under the assumed names Artemizistan and Ikea Rike with the ultimate goal of securing The North Pacific’s delegacy. [nation]United Massachusetts[/nation] was also recruited by Jocospor to serve as a mentor/handler of Castelia’s operation.


Ikea Rike’s cover was blown immediately upon joining The North Pacific when they applied for an embassy between The North Pacific and the Confederation. Nevertheless, Ikea Rike continued with the operation for almost a year and made regular reports to Jocospor. Artemizistan’s operation appeared to have been underway for approximately six months and was not immediately known to us. Neither operation was a success with both agents not rising beyond the ranks of junior members of the executive staff.


The Chuck, a former administrator of the discord server of COCD has provided us with damning supporting evidence, including screenshots. This evidence is extensively detailed in The North Pacific’s official report on this incident which can be read . You will also see many of these screenshots be presented in proceedings against the foreign agents in the Court of The North Pacific. We were also given testimony from United Massachusetts, which will assist us in prosecuting the agents involved.


The motive appears to be Jocospor’s desire to turn The North Pacific into a puppet state of the Confederation and to end his region’s presence on the Civil Defence Siren, a warning system utilized by the feeders to discourage players from joining fascist regions.


While this effort was poorly executed and ultimately came to nothing, it was an outrageous violation of The North Pacific’s sovereignty and will not be tolerated. To that end, I have ordered military strikes on six regions affiliated with the Confederation of Corrupt Dictators, and have against the individuals involved. We will continue to target the Confederation of Corrupt Dictators itself with our retaliatory recruitment and will strike against any region that maintains any ties with the Confederation of Corrupt Dictators.


It is clear from this plot that the Confederation of Corrupt Dictators, with Jocospor at the helm, has delusions of grandeur and empire. Its rhetoric regarding the common nation and opposition to elites rings hollow. It is not a region led by a pretend fascist, but an actual fascist, one who consorts with neo-nazi groups in secret, beyond the knowledge of even his Supreme Council.


We continue to oppose this direction and will continue to stand up against fascist forces in NationStates. We will not stand for this inexcusable behavior, whether it is directed at us, our allies, or our neighbors in this game. And we call on all regions to take the same stand.


Yours sincerely,


[nation]McMasterdonia[/nation]

Delegate of [region]The North Pacific[/region]
 
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The North Star Issue XV

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NPA Report

by Rom, War Correspondent


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Leadership


Minister of Defense: Trondstorm

Deputy Minister of Defense: Colonel Rom



During the month of December, the NPA participated in a variety of operations. Whether it was going on tag runs, doing some detags, raiding regions with our allies, or partaking in a liberation or two, we definitely had plenty of operations to do in December.



Having just wrapped up our hold in Cretanja Queendom with our allies, we decided to go on a joint tag run with TBH on the 7th of December. In this joint tag run, there were three teams of tag raiders that consisted of both TBH and NPA soldiers, and we were able to tag well over 40 regions between the three teams. We also participated in another raid with TBH, and other allies including the ERN, LWU, LKE, and Balder. With NPA soldiers and soldiers from those allied militaries, we partook in a raid of Cretenja Kingdom during the 22 of December. The NPA would also proceed to stay in the region, and help our friends hold the region until the conclusion of that operation.



The NPA also did several solo operations during the month of December as well, including several tag runs, a detag run, some liberations, and a successful defense as well. During the month of December, we did five tag runs, and tagged a total of 16 regions. Besides the tag runs, we also did a detag run, where we detagged 5 regions. We also liberated our close ally Stargate on the 23rd of December. Other operations the NPA did over December was a Liberation of the region The Tyrannian Empire, where we thwarted a refound attempt that was made by The Vedigothic Imperium during the December 16 Major. During that same update, the NPA also successfully defended a region, World Alliance of Kingdoms and Empires, from a TVI invasion, that one with the help of TITO.



The NPA concluded 2019 with a tag run on the 27th of December, where we tagged a total of 4 regions. We had a very great 2019, where we continued to partake in a wide variety of operations, and we kept ourselves very busy over the last year.


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The Spotlight #24 - Angshire

by El Fiji Grande and Angshire

El Fiji Grande: What made you decide to join TNP?


Angshire: Well, my nation Angshire was founded here. I decided to start getting involved in the community, first with roleplay, and then with government.


El Fiji Grande: When joining NS, nations are bombarded by recruitment telegrams. What about our community made you decide to stay?


Angshire: One of the telegrams that I received told me to block out all recruitment telegrams, which I did.


El Fiji Grande: It took you nearly three weeks to gain citizenship due to a duplicate account issue. What was that all about?


Angshire: Well, it was my older brother who introduced me to NationStates, and we shared a computer. He was involved in TNP as well, but not to the extent I am.


El Fiji Grande: Right, that sucks. Did you have to kick him off? XD


Angshire: He went off to college starting this September. Which was when I started actively playing and when I founded my main nation.


El Fiji Grande: You appeared on the RMB posters for the executive staff Home Affairs telegram list. Did this reach you/influence your decision to apply for the executive staff?


Angshire: Quite frankly, I don't remember the TG I recieved from Home Affairs. What made my decision to join executive staff was someone recommending it to me on the TNP RP server.


El Fiji Grande: I expected as much, but I figured I'd ask. Who recommended you join the RP server?


Angshire: I believe I found it after I joined the TNP main server, linked to the NS factbook.


El Fiji Grande: Right. Which roleplays have you taken part in since joining?


Angshire: Mainly RMB based ones. Strangereal, Hestis, Tempest Alpha, and Facet, all of which are RMB-based.


El Fiji Grande: For those who don't know, can you explain the major themes behind each of those RPs?


Angshire: Well, Strangereal is based on the modern world, similar to Eras. Hestis was based on the classical world, but I have no idea if Hestis is still running, or if it got discontinued. The rest, I presume, are also based on the modern world.


El Fiji Grande: Between October 9 and October 21, you became a member of all executive staff ministries. Is there a reason you didn’t apply to all of them all at once?


Angshire: Originally, I joined the Ministry of Culture. After being there for a couple of days, someone else recommended I joined Comms and WA Staff, which I did. Eventually, like a week or so later, someone else recommended that I join all of the ministries, so I could see which ones I liked and disliked. I ended up joining them all, and have decided to stay in them all.


El Fiji Grande: That's good news for TNP :D

You applied for TNP University Senatus on October 28. While the Senatus is now obsolete, do you have any plans to expand your thread on the Basics of Statistics into a full course?


Angshire: I don't know what I plan to do with that.

TNP University is obsolete now, you say?


El Fiji Grande: No. Just the Senatus plan that was pre University re-integration with TNP government.

You showed strong support for Marcus Antonius’ SC vote on Oct 28, 2019. What do you look for in a Security Councillor?


Angshire: My biggest concern for a Security Councillor, or for any governmental position for that matter, is activity. While Marcus might have been new to TNP relative to other members of the council, he has consistently shown that he is active and eager to engage in the TNP community.


El Fiji Grande: McM appointed you to the External Affairs Oversight Committee. Can you describe your role as a member of this committee?


Angshire: In all honesty, the External Affairs Committee has been relatively inactive. The chair, St George, recently resigned, so we are currently electing a new chair as of now.


El Fiji Grande: Ideally, what do you think its role should be?


Angshire: I think it's best role is to ensure that the management and administration of WA Affairs, Foreign Affairs, and Defense are being conducted with integrity, honesty, and in the best interests of the region and the citizens.


El Fiji Grande: What is your opinion of the oversight committee process - back when it was more active, that is?


Angshire: I believe that it had potential, and I still believe it does, but it seems to have taken a back seat to the ministries, both then and now.


El Fiji Grande: In your opinion, are Ministry reports useful for government transparency?


Angshire: Most definitely. I believe the citizenry is entitled to know what goes on the region and the decisions that TNP is making.


El Fiji Grande: Let's move on. On Oct 30, you started the Count to 10 until Angshire posts thread. Do you enjoy spam games?

You’ve lost 25 times (so far) in that thread. How much does losing there irritate you?


Angshire: I did for a little while, like 2 weeks. Then I ended up getting busier with other governmental things.

Speaking of, I need to check that thread, I haven't checked it in days.


El Fiji Grande: On Nov 2, you decided to run for Justice. What did running a campaign to teach you about TNP’s elections?


Angshire: Well, me running for Justice definitely gave me a firsthand experience of what the election process is like, how votes are counted, how declarations of candidacy are made, etc. I believe that my experience running directly contributed to and was essential to my appointment as Election Commissioner.


El Fiji Grande: As I’m sure you’re aware, Marcus Antonius once ran a campaign for Justice as a newcomer as well. Did his campaign influence yours in any way?


Angshire: Bold of you to assume I was aware of that. Jokes aside, I think what I really focused on with my platform was trying to answer all questions as honestly and to the best of my ability as possible.


El Fiji Grande: I had thought he may have encouraged you to stick with it and un-withdraw from the race. Could you discuss your thinking on what made you decide to run again then?


Angshire: I forget who it was, I think it was Bob, but someone told me that, even if I didn't expect to win, the learning experience would be worth it in the long run.


El Fiji Grande: You ran on a platform of Activity, Fairness, and Loyalty. In your mind, why are those important qualities for a justice to possess?


Angshire: Activity is, in my opinion, the most essential, as a judge who rarely shows up is hardly a judge at all. You have to be actively engaged in this situation to deliver the best verdict. As for fairness and loyalty, I believe that both of those are linked to integrity and transparency, acting in the best interests of the region, regardless of personal preferences, being fair and just to both parties.


El Fiji Grande: You stated in your campaign that you “think it is important to increase the role the citizens play in the government’s operation.” What do mean by that, and how can future administrations improve?


Angshire: My biggest concern, and probably my first priority if I were ever to be elected to a higher governmental office, would be to increase citizen participation in the Regional Assembly, most likely through telegrams via Home Affairs. Additionally, I believe that the power the Regional Assembly plays in government operation should definitely be increased, whether that be through referendums or increased checks and balances.


El Fiji Grande: Interesting.

You obtained roughly ⅓ of the vote, putting you second to last, above Bobberino’s campaign. What do you think was the biggest reason that made voters vote for you?


Angshire: Most likely, I think voters voted for me for one of two reasons: either they wanted to see a fresh face in government, or they knew me through my heavy involvement in RP. A lot of the votes I received were from other RMB RPers.


El Fiji Grande: On Nov 5, 2019, you nominated yourself for Newcomer of the Year. You later also nominated yourself for Best Tourist Destination and for having the Best Flag. - You nominated yourself for the Judicial race and again for the Lennarts. You’re definitely not the only one to have done it, but why do you keep nominating yourself for things?

(TNP has a tradition of getting others to nominate you first)


Angshire: Putting myself out there is something I have been doing. I nominated myself for Newcomer as I believed I had a chance of winning. As for Tourist Destination, I had a high in-game tourism stat, and for best flag, one of the other RMB RPers nominated themselves, so I did too. And as for the Judicial race, nominating myself was the only way I would've gotten it: I was a fresh, relatively unknown player in TNP at the time, so it would have been unlikely that someone else would have nominated me.


El Fiji Grande: For what it's worth, I nominated myself for Best Flag too, so you're not alone :p

Also on Nov 5, 2019, you applied for the University, and you were accepted the same day. I know I already asked you about the University Senatus - What makes you interested in TNP’s University?


Angshire: At the time, the TNP University was the only major TNP institution I wasn't actively involved in yet. Additionally, at the time, a lot of the TNP University things were new, and I believed that with my experience in other ministries I could help out and gain some experience as well.


El Fiji Grande: On Nov 14, 2019, you applied to join the NPA and you were accepted the same day. What influenced your decision to join?


Angshire: Someone on the discord encouraged me to join, and I did.


El Fiji Grande: Since you didn’t have any experience with R/D when you joined, what is your opinion of the training program?


Angshire: I believe it to be beneficial.

I think, based on my own experience, the best way to learn with the NPA is learning through experience.


El Fiji Grande: Have you found someone to mentor you there?


Angshire: Not really, whenever I joined I immediately took part in an operation. It was more like everyone was my mentor.


El Fiji Grande: On Nov 16, 2019, you were promoted to Private First Class after your first raid with the NPA, which hit nine targets. What’s your rank now?


Angshire: I am still a Private First Class.


El Fiji Grande: I noticed that you've got several hundred endorsements. It suggests you may not be as active in the NPA going forward. What are your thoughts on your future in the NPA?


Angshire: Well, here's the thing: I believe I told you before because I'm in radio, but I don't have regular access to a computer currently. I have a chromebook but eh...and doing ops through mobile is practically impossible.

I don't know whether I'll ultimately choose to stick with NPA or endotarting, it all depends on government positions that I take and my schedule.


El Fiji Grande: On the topic of NS Cards, you obtained your own NS card through the TNP Great Card Giveaway due to your Keeper status. What is your opinion of the program?


Angshire: I personally believe that this program not only has a lot of potential but has also raised involvement in the community. It has gotten players who spend more time on the actual game to get involved in TNP politics, and I think that it is great. Definitely the best thing that McM has done during their term.


El Fiji Grande: What makes you interested in cards?


Angshire: Idk to be honest, I just find it to be a sort of fun minigame in NS. It's something to do when there are no issues to answer.


El Fiji Grande: Do you think NS Cards are a suitable reward for participating in regional programs?


Angshire: It totally depends on whether the person receiving the cards is into it or not. But I think as of now it is the best available reward.

The amount of activity in the Cards Guild is amazing, and it really shows the nations of TNP have some real dedication to cards.


El Fiji Grande: Are they enough to motivate you to do tasks?


Angshire: Sure, kinda. They're not the primary motivator.


El Fiji Grande: What is?


Angshire: My biggest motivator is the possibility of getting noticed by the higher government ranks so I can be nominated for other things. I love trying to make TNP a great experience for all, and I love trying everything I possibly can.


El Fiji Grande: Fantastic! And you've been doing a great job of that :D

On Nov 19, 2019, you applied to join the NS Cards Guild. You were accepted two days later, on Nov 21. Shortly thereafter, you were appointed to become Deputy Guildsmaster by Praetor. What do you believe led him to select you for the role?


Angshire: I think the main thing was my activity. While I certainly don't have the experience, the knowledge, or the skill of the other Deputies, I think what I bring to the table is an undying dedication to be an active participant.


El Fiji Grande: You certainly are active. What are your responsibilities as Deputy Guildmaster?


Angshire: Deputy Guildmaster is slightly different in terms of responsibilities than other Deputy executives in that, for the most part, the Deputy Guildmasters don't have so much to actually do, like make forum posts. The main thing we do is discuss ways to better reach out to the community, discuss events with cards, reward programs, etc.

We are kinda similar to the Ministry of Culture, but with a hyperfocus on Cards and a tie to reward programs.


El Fiji Grande: How does one become a Deputy Guildsmaster?


Angshire: Prae simply messaged me asking if I wanted to be a Deputy, and I said yes. My assumption is that Deputies are tied to the Guildmaster, like other ministry Deputies being tied to the Minister.


El Fiji Grande: For those who don’t know, can you explain what the Card Lottery, the Card Giveaway, the Market Watch, and the Card Queries page are?


Angshire: The Card Giveaway is for Guild members only - basically, you can request any non-legendary card you want, and when our farmers get it, then it is delivered.


The Card Lottery, on the other hand, is for Keepers of the North, rewards for exchanging endorsements and voting on WA resolutions.


The Market Watch, as the name suggests, gives statistics about the current card market in the form of plots and graphs. It includes card values, trades, deck values, and historical records for all of the above.


The Card Queries page can be found on the actual NS forum and basically helps you narrow down your search and find specific cards. For example, if I wanted to find the cards of commended WA nations, I could use the queries page to find it.


El Fiji Grande: How can someone who is new to the game start building a deck? How can they optimize their likelihood of winning a card here in TNP?


Angshire: I'd say the first step is to join the Card Guild. The people in the Card Guild are very experienced and could easily help guide a new player through the experience.

To optimize their winnings, just becoming a Keeper of the North helps tremendously.


El Fiji Grande: On Dec 2, 2019, you won a legendary on Day 2 of the 31 Days of Legendaries program. Your total deck value is now 99.66. Are you relying on a team of puppets, or can the majority of the growth be attributed to TNP’s card programs?


Angshire: My DV is almost entirely attributed to TNP card programs. All of the legendaries I have were obtained through TNP.


El Fiji Grande: On the subject of Foreign Affairs, you serve as ambassador to Forest. Forest is a relatively calm, quiet region as compared to some. Do you think such a region is best as the first assignment for someone new to the ministry, or would you have preferred a more engaging assignment?


Angshire: I definitely think that Forest is a suitable region for a first assignment. It isn't too much to handle and it helps an ambassador adjust.


El Fiji Grande: On Nov 5, you claimed the Spotlight interview #23 for TNS XIV. By the 29th, you completed your draft, having interviewed Koopa. How would you rate the experience?


Angshire: Not gonna lie, I didn't prepare enough for it. A lot of the questions I winged it, and I think that contributed to the relative lackluster quality of my interview.


El Fiji Grande: You shouldn't put yourself down like that - I thought your interview with Koopa was alright.

On Dec 4, 2019, you swore an Oath of Office to become Deputy Minister of WA Affairs, revitalizing the ministry with fresh blood. It’s been nearly a month since you became a deputy minister in WA Affairs - how is it going so far?


Angshire: Quite honestly I believe that, even though I have done some work, I haven't done as much as I'd wanted to. Personally, I also believe that two people in particular have shown dedication and activity exceeding my own: Deropia and Concrete Slab.

But, overall, it has been nice.


El Fiji Grande: Is WA Affairs the Ministry you're most interested in given your position there as Deputy Minister?


Angshire: As of now, yes. However, that could change, depending on if I get appointed in other ministries.


El Fiji Grande: nods I'll keep you in mind for Radio :p

On Dec 8, 2019, you were appointed to be an Election Commissioner by McMasterdonia. By Dec 14th, you were confirmed by the Regional Assembly. What makes you excited to take on the role?


Angshire: As always, I was excited to try out something new.


El Fiji Grande: In your mind, why is the election commission important?


Angshire: The Election Commission is not just important, it's necessary - having a group of trusted individuals who are able to cross-check each other ensures transparency, which is of the utmost importance.


El Fiji Grande: Of course. I'm glad to hear it from you.

Recently, on Dec 19, 2019, you approached McM and Prydania about having a Christmas-themed flag for TNP. What sparked the idea?


Angshire: I noticed other feeder regions with Christmas flags, and I thought, "Hey, TNP should have one too!" And one thing led to another.


El Fiji Grande: It's really cool the way it turned out. Thanks for the suggestion.


Angshire: My pleasure!


El Fiji Grande: That more or less brings us to the present. In the last three months, you’ve made an incredible mark on TNP as a newcomer. You’ve posted more than 400 times on both the RMB and the forum. You’ve really become a member of our community. Do you have any advice for other newcomers looking to get more involved?


Angshire: My biggest suggestion is to get involved in as much as you can. If that means trying out all the ministries until you find something that calls to you, then so be it.

And the biggest thing is to stay active. If I wasn't as active as I was my first couple of months, I likely wouldn't be anywhere close to where I am now.


El Fiji Grande: What can we look forward to from you in the future? Do you have any interest in running for elected office?


Angshire: I do eventually want to run for Delegate. However, that would be in the distant future, like in 2022. Hopefully I can be appointed as a Minister of some of the ministries, and maybe even become a VD before going for the Delegacy.

As for the near future my biggest goal is to be a Minister.


El Fiji Grande: I look forward to it!

And as a three-time former (and I suppose current) Minister and former delegate, I'd be happy to mentor you as you continue to advance in TNP.

I want your take: is the color of your forum name red or orange?


Angshire: I...I have no idea!


El Fiji Grande: Alas, it shall fore'er remain unresolved.


Angshire: Indeed.


El Fiji Grande: Your forum motto is that "Saying things in French makes you sound more cultured."

Why do you think that's true?


Angshire: My nation's motto in RP is "Longue vie au roi", which means "Long live the King" in French

And let's face it, "Longue vie au roi" just sounds fancier


El Fiji Grande: It does, it does.

What’s one question you’d like to be asked that I’ve overlooked?


Angshire: Maybe one question would be about me being one of the supervisors for the current election.


El Fiji Grande: Can you answer your own question?

For instance: What is it like to be a supervisor of the January elections?

Do you expect to encounter any challenges in performing the role?


Angshire: Well, me and Sil are the supervisors of the elections, and it'll be both of our first times. So far, it seems interesting and Siwale has guided us both through the steps.

Since McM is very likely to be re-elected, I expect no real challenges from the delegacy part of the election.


El Fiji Grande: Well, that's all I have. Thanks so much for taking the time to conduct this interview with me. Do you have any final thoughts?


Angshire: No, I think everything has been covered! Thanks for the opportunity for an interview!


El Fiji Grande: You're welcome!


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Regional Assembly Highlights

by Gorundu, Legislative Correspondent



Regional Assembly Highlights, December 2019


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Deputy Speakers: ,



Current Business


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Summary: This proposal aims to impose a total term limit of two terms for Delegates instead of the current consecutive limit of two terms. Although the author indicated he would be willing to increase the proposed total term limit, the bill was faced with widespread opposition, with the primary reasons given being that it would reduce competition and increase the chance of an incompetent Delegate. Just a few hours later, the author indicated he would like to withdraw the bill from consideration, which resulted in discussions on the Speaker's ability to table (withdraw) bills as rules were unclear. No subsequent action has been taken yet.


Status: In Discussion


Passed


Confirmation of , , , and to the Election Commission


Summary: Due to the rapidly decreasing number of Election Commissioners due to inactivity and term expiry, Delegate McMasterdonia appointed five new Election Commissioners in a short timeframe to ensure the number of Election Commissioners will not fall below the minimum requirement of five for some time. All five appointees were confirmed, though some felt the process was rushed and the appointees have not sufficiently answered all questions, leading to an objection to vote in the case of Scottie.


Results

Angshire: 16 ayes, 3 nays, 6 abstentions

Sil Dorsett: 24 ayes, 0 nays, 3 abstentions

Scottie: 16 ayes, 4 nays, 7 abstentions

Dreadton: 21 ayes, 0 nays, 6 abstentions

Darcania: 26 ayes, 0 nays, 1 abstention





Summary: Following a trial in which the defendant presented likely falsified evidence, Deropia proposed to make perjury a criminal offense, separate from the existing crime of fraud, with more specific punishments designated. It is currently at vote where it is expected to pass.


Results: 40 ayes, 0 nays, 2 abstentions​
 
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World Assembly Digest

by Rocketdog, Deputy Minister


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General Assembly

Improving the world one resolution at a time



Repeal "Ban on Secret Treaties"

Status: Failed | Delegate's Vote: Against

Final Vote (World): For - 5,507 (37.0%); Against - 9,385 (63.0%)

Final Vote (TNP): For - 106 (20.1%); Against - 421 (79.9%)

Percentage of TNP WA nations voting: 40.7%​


Currently at vote in the Festering Snakepit...er...General Assembly is the repeal of "Ban on Secret Treaties" and to be frank, the argument isn't that compelling. We are being asked to repeal a perfectly functional piece of legislation because of a "joke" within the text of the target resolution. Upon realizing that this was the only argument the repeal made, the staff of the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs spent the night reviewing previously passed resolutions and found that a number of them include these jokes. One proposal calls the assembled ambassadors "drunks, stoners and weirdos" while another repeal includes a recipe for an Orange Julius. Including jokes in proposals has been a part of the institution since its inception.


The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs, having given all due consideration to the repeal in question (which, let's be honest, wasn't very much.) recommends a vote Against the proposal.




Repeal "Promoting Natural Sciences in School"

Status: Failed | Delegate's Vote: For

Final Vote (World): For - 5,663 (38.4%); Against - 9,087 (61.6%)

Final Vote (TNP): For - 346 (64.7%); Against - 189 (35.3%)

Percentage of TNP WA nations voting: 41.0%​


Currently under consideration by the General Assembly is the repeal of GA#475 Promoting Natural Sciences in Schools. Focusing on the possibility for intentional misinterpretation of the text of the resolution due to vague language, the lack of a requirement for the scientific information taught to students to have been verified by through peer review and requiring member states to fund the science programmes of private schools. The author makes a convincing argument. Though the Ministry believes that legislation supporting the advancement of the sciences is necessary, we believe that it should be written in such a way that doesn't mandate public funds be used to fund private schools and encourages the use of a peer review system. The Ministry hopes that with the repeal of GA#475 the General Assembly will pass a sufficient replacement that corrects these problems.


For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For the proposal.




Repeal "Ban on Secret Treaties"

Status: Failed | Delegate's Vote: Against

Final Vote (World): For - 7,015 (48.4%); Against - 7,456 (51.6%)

Final Vote (TNP): For - 170 (31.4%); Against - 371 (68.6%)

Percentage of TNP WA nations voting: 41.3%​


Currently at vote in the Festering Snakepit...er...General Assembly is the repeal of "Ban on Secret Treaties" and to be frank, the argument isn't that compelling. We are being asked to repeal a perfectly functional piece of legislation because of a "joke" within the text of the target resolution. Upon realizing that this was the only argument the repeal made, the staff of the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs spent the night reviewing previously passed resolutions and found that a number of them include these jokes. One proposal calls the assembled ambassadors "drunks, stoners and weirdos" while another repeal includes a recipe for an Orange Julius. Including jokes in proposals has been a part of the institution since its inception.


The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs, having given all due consideration to the repeal in question (which, let's be honest, wasn't very much.) recommends a vote Against the proposal.




Repeal "Civilian Aircraft Accord"

Status: Failed | Delegate's Vote: Against

Final Vote (World): For - 1,672 (13.4%); Against - 10,810 (86.6%)

Final Vote (TNP): For - 74 (12.7%); Against - 507 (87.3%)

Percentage of TNP WA nations voting: 44.1%​


"Civilian Aircraft Accord" is an important resolution safeguarding protections for civilian aircraft. The interpretation of this resolution provided by the repeal proposal is unreasonable and made in bad faith. The arguments of the repeal are based on a single sub-clause of the resolution requiring member nations to provide "Assistance to any civilian aircraft that declares itself to be in distress within the communication range of that nation". The repeal ignores the fact that the same resolution ensures pilots are properly trained and would not make false distress calls, as well as the provisions of GA#334 that forbid military combatants from falsely utilising protected status as civilians. Furthermore, the repeal presumes nations would send aircraft to intercept a distressed aircraft, when that is entirely unreasonable as the most effective form of assistance is through air traffic control. The last clause of the repeals poses a more implausible scenario - that nations would send aircraft to hostile territory for this purpose, even though the nation that the aircraft is actually in would be more suitable to handle the distress call.


In accordance with the reasoning presented above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this repeal.




Ensuring Commercial Vessel Navigation

Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For

Final Vote (World): For - 11,876 (85.2%); Against - 2,056 (14.8%)

Final Vote (TNP): For - 469 (94.4%); Against - 28 (5.6%)

Percentage of TNP WA nations voting: 38.1%​


This is a clearly-written resolution with reasonable definitions and mandates that improves the safety of commercial maritime transport. It distributes responsibility to governments, by requiring them to provide and update nautical charts, and commercial vessels, by requiring them to carry nautical charts and instrumentation, and to submit pre-planned routes to governments for approval. Overall, by ensuring governments and commercial vessels are equipped with the necessary tools and information for navigation, the proposal contributes to safer sea travel.


For the reasons above, the Ministry recommends a vote For this proposal




Don't Shoot Strangers Act

Status: Failed| Delegate's Vote: Against

Final Vote (World): For - 2,779 (21.3%); Against - 10,285 (78.7%)

Final Vote (TNP): For - 78 (17.2%); Against - 376 (82.8%)

Percentage of TNP WA nations voting: 34.9%​


Don't Shoot Strangers Act is a well-intentioned proposal to promote world peace, though its definition of acts of hostility would hinder its effectiveness. Of concern is the listing of violating national borders as an act of hostility, without regard for intention and failing to account for nations that may not have exact knowledge of a previously unencountered nation's borders. Its listing of four specific acts of hostility also failed to take into account non-physical hostile actions towards a nation or a nation's citizens committed outside that nation's borders, such as some forms of espionage, or harming a nation's interests internationally.


The Ministry, in hopes of a more effective redrafted proposal, recommends a vote Against this proposal.




Repeal "Convention on Animal Testing"

Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For

Final Vote (World): For - 11,532 (90.6%); Against - 1,193 (9.4%)

Final Vote (TNP): For - 397 (88.8%); Against - 50 (11.2%)

Percentage of TNP WA nations voting: 34.2%​


The target resolution was an attempt to place ethical restrictions on the use of animal test subjects. Based on the proposed repeal and our previous arguments during the voting period of the resolution, we find that the targeted resolution allows for the suffering of test animals through the exploitation of various loopholes. These loopholes include allowing testing facilities to "humanely" kill animals rather than putting them up for adoption and testing facilities setting their own definitions of "ethical testing."


In hopes of a future loophole-free resolution that guarantees the rights of test animals to the greatest extent possible, the Ministry recommends a vote For this proposal.




Wartime Healthcare Protections

Status: Passed | Delegate's Vote: For

Final Vote (World): For - 9,966 (74.9%); Against - 3,340 (25.1%)

Final Vote (TNP): For - 434 (87.3%); Against - 63 (12.7%)

Percentage of TNP WA nations voting: 38.3%​


The proposal aims to protect medical facilities and the rights of injured combatants during wartime. The GA has previously passed resolution protecting civilians, and this would be another step in ensuring that the rights of people in general are protecting even in the chaotic times of war. The passing of this proposal would help to further strengthen the protection of personal rights during a wartime scenario, by protecting the access to medical care and preventing medical facilities from being targeted, thus ensuring the least possible casualties in armed conflicts.

In light of the above reasons, the Ministry recommends a For vote for this proposal.




Subject State Enforcement Act

Status: Failed| Delegate's Vote: For

Final Vote (World): For - 1,942 (15.2%); Against - 10,819 (84.8%)

Final Vote (TNP): For - 199 (38.6%); Against - 317 (61.4%)

Percentage of TNP WA nations voting: 39.8%​


This is a much-needed resolution that would prevent some World Assembly members from circumventing the enforcement of resolutions in parts of their territories. In doing so, it would ensure General Assembly resolutions are applied more fairly across all member states. Thus, all member states would have General Assembly resolution apply to all parts of its territory, closing any loopholes in this area that may have previously existed.


For the above reasons, the ministry recommends a vote For this resolution.




Data Protection Accord

Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For

Final Vote (World): For - 11,297 (79.7%); Against - 2,875 (20.3%)

Final Vote (TNP): For - 450 (87.5%); Against - 64 (12.5%)

Percentage of TNP WA nations voting: 40.0%​


Data Protection Accord is a sensible and well-written proposal that would protect the privacy of the individual from data-collecting organisations by requiring explicit consent from individual users for data collection (notwithstanding crime prevention) and ensuring users are informed on how their data is used and/or shared. Additionally, individual privacy is protected against governments as they are prohibited from viewing the data unless given consent by the individual and the data-collecting organisation (notwithstanding crime prevention and judicial orders). Furthermore, the proposal protects minors by ensuring consent for data collection is required from their guardians.


For the above reasons, the ministry recommends a vote For this resolution.



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Security Council

Spreading interregional peace and goodwill, via force if necessary



Commend Duxburian Union

Status: Passed | Delegate's Vote: For

Final Vote (World): For - 10,731 (83.6%); Against - 2,111 (16.4%)

Final Vote (TNP): For - 492 (90.1%); Against - 54 (9.9%)

Percentage of TNP WA nations voting: 41.8%


The matter before the World Assembly Security Council is the commendation of the Duxburian Union, better known to the international community as Vincent Drake. Throughout their career in NationStates, they have participated in over 6,000 defender operations. Counted among these are the liberations of The Monarchist Entente, St Abbadon, Japan, and Anontia. They also participated in the refounding of both their home region and Greece. The latter which had been under the oppressive rule of Yauna for almost a decade. The Duxburian Union is also credited with the development of Breeze++, a tool used by military organizations the world over. Despite the high quality of writing, potential issues arise in addressing their accolades and accomplishments in a consistent manner given the rest of the proposal.


However the Ministry does note concern with these aforementioned insufficiencies in proving warrant and reputable subject material, we do ultimately recommend a vote For the proposal given the vast contributions made by the target nation to the greater NS community.




Repeal "Liberate Aurelia"

Status: Passed | Delegate's Vote: For

Final Vote (World): For - 13,497 (93.7%); Against - 2,111 (6.3%)

Final Vote (TNP): For - 498 (93.1%); Against - 37 (6.9%)

Percentage of TNP WA nations voting: 40.1%​


Shortly after passing of 'Liberate Aurelia', the region was liberated by military forces and power was restored to natives. During a time of rebuilding, a password is very useful in ensuring there is no attempt to retake the region by hostile forces. As such, the liberation has served its purpose and now can be safely removed to allow the natives to restore appropriate control over the region.


In accordance with the reasoning above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this repeal.


Commend Markanite

Status: Passed Delegate's Vote: For

Final Vote (World): For - 10,192 (82.2%); Against - 2,208 (17.8%)

Final Vote (TNP): For - 419 (90.1%); Against - 46 (9.9%)

Percentage of TNP WA nations voting: 35.6%​


Markanite is a long-serving member of 10000 Islands, a commended region in itself. Currently the Chief Executive, and notably having been the longest-serving World Assembly Delegate of the region, Markanite has contributed significantly to the development of 10000 Islands and its place in the world. For an equally long time, Markanite has been a member of TITO, overseeing and participating in missions to restore lawful Delegates in large regions and protect founderless regions from external threats through refounding.


For the reasons above, the Ministry recommends a vote For this proposal.


Commend Ramaeus

Status: Passed | Delegate's Vote: For

Final Vote (World): For - 10,393 (79.7%); Against - 2,654 (20.3%)

Final Vote (TNP): For - 445 (90.5%); Against - 47 (9.5%)

Percentage of TNP WA nations voting: 37.9%​


Ramaeus is a faithful and long-time citizen of The East Pacific, serving in many notable government positions, most notably three times as Delegate. In these positions, they have contributed to the development of the region internally and externally in a meaningful manner. Although their contributions are mostly concentrated in one region, they have been instrumental in enhancing the region's international image and fostering interaction between the region and the international community through the World Assembly, the East Pacific Sovereign Army, and alliances with other prominent regions. In addition, Ramaeus has been a prolific Security Council author, recognizing other nations for their achievements, and most recently played a significant part in organizing the liberation of their home region from a rogue Delegate.


For the reasons above, the Ministry recommends a vote For this commendation.


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