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Offline Empire of Elysium

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on: September 04, 2021, 09:29:33 pm
Debate: General Elections, September 2021


Debates close on September 7 at 9:30 PM EDT.



Brief Overview

The Debate period is intended to be a time in which citizens can assess the competence of candidates running for office and make an informed decision in the voting period that follows. All citizens may ask questions to the candidates and while the candidates are not legally bound to answering these questions, it is highly encouraged. Candidates are however legally bound to answer all questions asked of them by the Founder.

List Candidates for the House of Representatives
New Waltonburg (Fed)
 Krovx Belgium (Fed)
Unified Columbia (Fed)
Sumeka (Fed)
South Krimelski (Fed)
West Kronisia (UPP)
Caribou Island (UPP)

Candidates for the High Court
Tigslarlowducken (Ind)
Krovx Belgium (Fed)
Germaxiar (Fed)
Battadia (UPP)

Relevant Law

1. As a candidate, you are required to answer all questions asked to you by the Founder (Renegalle) and the Speaker of the House (Empire of Elysium) during this Debate or you will be automatically disqualified (§B.4.1).

Required: Questions for All House of Representatives List Candidates

1. Which House Bills do you plan to create, pass or repeal? Why?

2. In what ways should the Constitution be amended, if at all? How would this improve the Constitution?

3. What qualifies you to serve in the House? What makes this qualifying?

4. If elected, do you plan on running for Speaker? If so, what makes you a good candidate for this position and if not, who do you think would be a better candidate?

5. How will you ensure that your constituents' voices are heard in the house?

6. What reforms would you make to the house itself, if any? This can be in terms of structure, how the House conducts its work, or in any other manner.

Required: Questions for All High Court Candidates

1. Are you perfectly selected with Jury selection as is? If not how can it be reformed?

2. The Justices are responsible for determining whether any laws contradict the Constitution. With this power in mind, what method(s) would you use to come to a decision as to the legality of a law? If a law was not necessarily illegal but went against the character of the Constitution, would you consider that fair grounds for it to be overturned?

3. Do you believe it is more important to take your time when deciding the verdict for a case, even if it means the guilty party goes longer without punishment, or do you believe it is more important to quickly decide on a verdict, even if it means the punishment may not be as suitable as otherwise? What factors would tilt this more in favour of one or the other?

4. Similarly to Q2, if a case was brought to the court against someone who had not necessarily done something that was illegal, but went against the character of the Constitution, would you consider that fair grounds for the case to be considered?

5. In what way, if at all, would you like to see the Judiciary changed or reformed?
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Reply #1 on: September 05, 2021, 03:26:06 pm
1. Which House Bills do you plan to create, pass or repeal? Why?
Idk by now. Would come spontaneously.

2. In what ways should the Constitution be amended, if at all? How would this improve the Constitution?
No amendments needed.

3. What qualifies you to serve in the House? What makes this qualifying?
My reputation in NS and everything I did my years of activity. A list of offices I held can be found as factbook on my nation's site.

4. If elected, do you plan on running for Speaker? If so, what makes you a good candidate for this position and if not, who do you think would be a better candidate?
I don't plan to run and idk who would be a fitting candidate.

5. How will you ensure that your constituents' voices are heard in the house?
Constituents can always message me if they need help with something or want to talk about something. I always take time to talk to people as long as they stick to the basic rules and manners of normal conversations.

6. What reforms would you make to the house itself, if any? This can be in terms of structure, how the House conducts its work, or in any other manner.
No reforms needed.


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Reply #2 on: September 05, 2021, 04:12:24 pm
House Representative Questions:
1. Which House Bills do you plan to create, pass or repeal? Why?
Currently nothing is planned. I don't see any issues regarding Force Law currently, however when if and when they do arise I will address them then.

2. In what ways should the Constitution be amended, if at all? How would this improve the Constitution?
Currently, I see no amendments needed to the constitution of the Union of Force.

3. What qualifies you to serve in the House? What makes this qualifying?
I have been a continuous Legislator when the Socialist Syndicalist Union was the primary region of my residence and since then have been an active member in the Citizen's Council of the Citizens Alliance of Democracy.

4. If elected, do you plan on running for Speaker? If so, what makes you a good candidate for this position and if not, who do you think would be a better candidate?
No. I have no plans for running for the Speakership as I believe the Federalists can produce a better candidate than myself.

5. How will you ensure that your constituents' voices are heard in the house?
I will dedicate my tenure in the House to my constituents. I have always been a vocal advocate for furthering the territories development towards Statehood and a critical role in that is process is House representation. I will find it to not only represent the people of Force, but the Union as a whole for the betterment of all regions in the Union.

6. What reforms would you make to the house itself, if any? This can be in terms of structure, how the House conducts its work, or in any other manner.
I would like to see, whether through law but preferably through tradition and expectation, a structured house schedule. Example would be if a bill is introduced in the first half of the week, scrutiny would begin on Wednesday for them, vote on Friday. Second half, scrutiny begin on Saturday, vote on Tuesday, or something of similar effect. The whole idea is just to give regular days where this when the House is not only active but it keeps any laws that get proposed and seconded going through the process instead of being put on hold for some time.
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Reply #3 on: September 05, 2021, 04:26:16 pm
1. Which House Bills do you plan to pass and/or repeal? Why?
I Do Not Have Any Immediate Things I Would Like To Pass, Create, Or Repeal.
2. In what ways should the Constitution be amended, if at all? Explain how the changes would improve the current system of governance.
Remove the power of the House to impeach elected territorial officials. Doing so would respect the popular mandate those territories elected those officials on. Elected territorial officials should only be removed by the territory they were elected in.
3. What qualifies you to serve in the House? What makes this qualifying?
I've Served In The House Before, and thus roughly know the procedures.
4. If elected, do you plan on running for Speaker? If so, what makes you a good candidate for this position and if not, who do you think would be a better candidate?
No. I Do Not Feel I Am Qualified.
5. How will you ensure that your constituents' voices are heard in the house?
I will dedicate my tenure in the House as a Union Representative to advocate for respecting elected territorial institutions and their popular mandates within those territories.
6. What reforms would you make to the house itself, if any? This can be in terms of structure, how the House conducts its work, or in any other manner.
No internal reforms are needed to the House.



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Reply #4 on: September 05, 2021, 10:04:17 pm
1. Which House Bills do you plan to create, pass or repeal? Why?
Currently, there are no specific House Bills I intend to create, pass or repeal. However, my utmost priority is government transparency and accessibility, and my House voting will reflect that.

2. In what ways should the Constitution be amended, if at all? How would this improve the Constitution?
Currently, I do not have a specific way in which I think the Constitution should be amended. However, I also recognize that changing up the organization of certain Ministries and other government branches through amendment is crucial to keeping our government running smooth, and my voting will reflect that.

3. What qualifies you to serve in the House? What makes this qualifying?
I have served once as Minister of Foreign Affairs, twice as Minister of Internal Affairs, and once as a Policy Advisor. I believe this is qualifying experience as it has helped me to understand the inner functions of government through years of participation, in turn making me aware of what hinders or encourages a government's success.

4. If elected, do you plan on running for Speaker? If so, what makes you a good candidate for this position and if not, who do you think would be a better candidate?
If elected, I do not plan on running for Speaker. This is because I would like to have a first term in the House as a Representative only, and to make sure a more House-experienced candidate can take the lead role. Who that candidate will be remains to be seen.

5. How will you ensure that your constituents' voices are heard in the house?
I will ensure my constituents' voices are heard in the house by regularly attending House sessions, remaining active and receptive to suggestions on Force's Forums and Discord, promoting an agenda of government transparency and accessibility, and making sure that Force is receptive to the voices of the whole union, not just the Capital.

6. What reforms would you make to the house itself, if any? This can be in terms of structure, how the House conducts its work, or in any other manner.
I believe that since this will be my first term as a House Representative, I need to first experience how it works first-hand before suggesting any possible improvements to its functioning and structure.
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Reply #5 on: September 05, 2021, 10:12:11 pm
1. Are you perfectly selected with Jury selection as is? If not how can it be reformed?
A. I am fine with the current method of Jury selection.

2. The Justices are responsible for determining whether any laws contradict the Constitution. With this power in mind, what method(s) would you use to come to a decision as to the legality of a law? If a law was not necessarily illegal but went against the character of the Constitution, would you consider that fair grounds for it to be overturned?
A. I dislike this kind of general question because each review in unique in its own right. However, laws that go against the character of the Constitution are almost always still valid. There's probably at least one situation where going against the character of the Constitution might be sufficient, but I can't think of one.

3. Do you believe it is more important to take your time when deciding the verdict for a case, even if it means the guilty party goes longer without punishment, or do you believe it is more important to quickly decide on a verdict, even if it means the punishment may not be as suitable as otherwise? What factors would tilt this more in favour of one or the other?
A. The two are not mutually-exclusive, but I would rather have a thorough Court than a fast one.

4. Similarly to Q2, if a case was brought to the court against someone who had not necessarily done something that was illegal, but went against the character of the Constitution, would you consider that fair grounds for the case to be considered?
A. No

5. In what way, if at all, would you like to see the Judiciary changed or reformed?
A. The amendment Renegalle's been working on sounds nice.
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Reply #6 on: September 05, 2021, 10:29:45 pm
1. Are you perfectly selected with Jury selection as is? If not how can it be reformed?

While the jury selection process works, I believe that having the jury selected by the Justices is open to manipulation and bias, and therefore should be replaced, although I am unsure as to what method should replace it.

2. The Justices are responsible for determining whether any laws contradict the Constitution. With this power in mind, what method(s) would you use to come to a decision as to the legality of a law? If a law was not necessarily illegal but went against the character of the Constitution, would you consider that fair grounds for it to be overturned?

I personally abhor giving blanket statements, which is what this question is asking for. Each case would have to be judged individually.

3. Do you believe it is more important to take your time when deciding the verdict for a case, even if it means the guilty party goes longer without punishment, or do you believe it is more important to quickly decide on a verdict, even if it means the punishment may not be as suitable as otherwise? What factors would tilt this more in favour of one or the other?

The Court should always take as long as is necessary to come to a just conclusion.

4. Similarly to Q2, if a case was brought to the court against someone who had not necessarily done something that was illegal, but went against the character of the Constitution, would you consider that fair grounds for the case to be considered?

Like my response to Q2, I'm not going to give a blanket statement for this.

5. In what way, if at all, would you like to see the Judiciary changed or reformed?

Longer term lengths, as it is rather annoying to have to campaign every 2 months just to see the same faces back in the courtroom again.
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Reply #7 on: September 06, 2021, 08:57:02 am
1. Which House Bills do you plan to create, pass or repeal? Why?
None as of the moment, but of course options would present themselves as time progressed.

2. In what ways should the Constitution be amended, if at all? How would this improve the Constitution?
Perhaps refine the statehood process slightly, as it was a slightly awkward process to move through when my Region was navigating it, and I would like to improve it so that the next region to make the attempt will have an easier, cleaner time.

3. What qualifies you to serve in the House? What makes this qualifying?

Several previous terms, including being speaker. This is qualifying for the most obvious reasons.

4. If elected, do you plan on running for Speaker? If so, what makes you a good candidate for this position and if not, who do you think would be a better candidate?

Perhaps. I have done the role twice before, and did so pretty successfully.

5. How will you ensure that your constituents' voices are heard in the house?

Ensure that I have an open Inbox where they can message me, with questions, requests and views to ensure they are heard, and I represent those views.

6. What reforms would you make to the house itself, if any? This can be in terms of structure, how the House conducts its work, or in any other manner.

I feel like it needs to be encouraged to conduct it's work, as again, during the statehood process for my region, it took monumental effort from one of the Representatives, Sir Salibaic, to actually get others to respond as a necessary part of the process, which clearly shows that work needs to be done on streamlining how the house conducts its business.


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Reply #8 on: September 06, 2021, 09:45:19 pm
1. Which House Bills do you plan to create, pass or repeal? Why?
I see no pressing need for new laws.  Force is currently strong and needs stewards capable of maintaining its brilliance.

2. In what ways should the Constitution be amended, if at all? How would this improve the Constitution?
The Constitution needs no amending at the moment.  I may go over it with a fine-tooth comb later, but it seems functional.  She's cute.

3. What qualifies you to serve in the House? What makes this qualifying?
I have a pulse (sort of) and breath (definitely).  This is qualifying because the dead can't run for the House ... or can they?  I also have three years of experience with near-dictatorial power in a legislative body that administrated the RMB and regional affairs in a large, unnamed region where I exercised the legislative functions of my position to grow our region's gameside growth and activity to the point of making more than 3/4ths of our region's entire RMB activity have happened between 2017 and 2020 out of our existence since 2003.  I was the longest serving member of my position and served more terms than any other member in the body's history until my recent retirement, whereupon I created a new account and stumbled into Force and decided to jump right back into politics ... I just can't be still.  This is my fifth year on NS.  This is the first month I haven't been in government since 2018 and I'm already running for something.  This is a crisis.  This is a cry for help.  Maybe you shouldn't vote for me.  I clearly don't know when to stop myself and force my mind to take a rest. 

4. If elected, do you plan on running for Speaker? If so, what makes you a good candidate for this position and if not, who do you think would be a better candidate?
I do not plan on running for the Speaker, though I will support any Speaker who shows themself to be capable and confident in their abilities and has a vision to lead our fair Union into a new golden age.

5. How will you ensure that your constituents' voices are heard in the house?
I'll give everyone a really big megaphone so they can shout at us from outside.  I'll also keep my DMs and telegrams open so all the crazies can contact me 24/6, because even God rested for a day.  But no, 24/7, because I AM BETTER THAN GOD.  No further questions.

6. What reforms would you make to the house itself, if any? This can be in terms of structure, how the House conducts its work, or in any other manner.
Okay, there's one more question.  This would be my first term serving here, so I'm just going to sit and look pretty and learn.


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Reply #9 on: September 07, 2021, 03:59:00 pm
1. Are you perfectly selected with Jury selection as is? If not how can it be reformed?
Its Perfect how it is and greatnes shall be keeped.

2. The Justices are responsible for determining whether any laws contradict the Constitution. With this power in mind, what method(s) would you use to come to a decision as to the legality of a law? If a law was not necessarily illegal but went against the character of the Constitution, would you consider that fair grounds for it to be overturned?
The constitution shall be respected no matter what that its what the constitution its for.

3. Do you believe it is more important to take your time when deciding the verdict for a case, even if it means the guilty party goes longer without punishment, or do you believe it is more important to quickly decide on a verdict, even if it means the punishment may not be as suitable as otherwise? What factors would tilt this more in favor of one or the other?
Think will be the best option, even if the thinking takes a good time its best for  all.

4. Similarly to Q2, if a case was brought to the court against someone who had not necessarily done something that was illegal, but went against the character of the Constitution, would you consider that fair grounds for the case to be considered?
Yes that its for what the constitution its made for.

5. In what way, if at all, would you like to see the Judiciary changed or reformed?
Non we shall keep it great as it is.

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Reply #10 on: September 07, 2021, 05:31:06 pm
Sumeka is EXEMPT from this given that he is on duty and thus cannot access duty. Please pray for him in his fight against Massachusetts lobster thieves.
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