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Debate: Union General Election, March 2022

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on: March 04, 2022, 02:16:55 pm
Debate: Union General Election, March 2022

Debate closes on March 7th at 19:17 GMT.



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 answer these questions, it is highly encouraged. Candidates are however legally bound to answer all questions asked of them by the Founder or Speaker.

Candidates for Prime Minister:

Sir Salibaic/The Scottish Republic - Force/Heart - Federalist
Krovx Hyperion - Hyperion - Independent

Candidates for House Representatives:

Sir The Scottish Republic - Heart - Federalist Party
Krovx Hyperion - Hyperion - Independent
Spadnorth - Canterbury - Union People's Party
Birdish- Heart - Federalist Party
Unified Columbia - Union  - Federalist Party
Sir Suter - RGBN - Federalist Party
New Glaceon - The New Kingdom - Union People's Party
Non-Violence - Prudentia - Independent
Sumeka - Force - Independent

*Candidates on both Union list and constituency are be marked by their primary constituency rather than as Union-wide Reps

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

Required: Questions for all Prime Minister Candidates

1. What makes you the best candidate for Prime Minister? What do you bring to the office that your opponent does not and why do you think you are better positioned to succeed in whatever you undertake?

2. How do you plan to address the current recruitment issues facing not just the capital but the Union as a whole, what steps will you take and how will this be brought about?

3. Who would you appoint to your ideal Cabinet (ex-members, people who would be ineligible, and people not necessarily willing to serve can be included)? Why would you choose these people and what specific things would they bring to each office that you consider being most important?

4. If elected, how do you plan (if at all) to change the structure of the existing Ministries? Would you consider abolishing, creating, or merging any of them? Why?

5. What will be on your legislative agenda? What reforms would you like to make to existing laws and how will you lobby the House to pass these reforms?

6. What plans do you have to tackle inactivity in the World Assembly, what will you do to address this issue? Please provide a detailed plan.

7. The Union in recent history has had an image problem when it comes to foreign affairs, how do you plan to address this?

8. Do you plan on restoring the Union Armed Forces? If so, what do you plan for it?

9. As Prime Minister of the Union, it is your job to ensure the voices of every state and territory is heard and not just the capital. What plans do you have to address the lack of inter-union participation?

10. The Union Roleplay has suffered from serious inactivity issues. What are your plans to address this?

11. The Union has suffered from a lack of voter turnout in recent months. What are your plans to address this?

12. Any other comments you would like to add?

Required: Questions for all House Representative Candidates

1. Which House Bills do you plan to pass and/or repeal? Why?

2. In what ways should the Constitution be amended, if at all? Explain how the changes would improve the current system of governance.

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

4. Do you think any changes should be made to existing House Procedures? If so, what changes should be made and why?

5. 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?

6. How do you plan to ensure the voices of your constituents are heard while in office?

7. How do you feel about the influence parties have on the House and electoral process, and should it be more or less? Explain your answer fully.

8. The House of Representatives is the sole legal body with the ability to remove a Prime Minister from office. Under what circumstances would you support the removal of one and what constitutes 'going too far'? Cite specific legal passages if necessary and ensure that your answer is sufficiently detailed.


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Reply #1 on: March 05, 2022, 06:59:05 pm
1. Which House Bills do you plan to pass and/or repeal? Why?

None as of right now. Deciding would have to take place with other members of the House.

2. In what ways should the Constitution be amended, if at all? Explain how the changes would improve the current system of governance.

I dont see where the Constitution should be amended as of now, however, if a house member did view an issue or see where it should be amended, it would be taken into my consideration.

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

I have been a member of the House for a while now, my activity on NationStates and Discord allows for me to have quick access of discussion on certain bills etc.

4. Do you think any changes should be made to existing House Procedures? If so, what changes should be made and why?

No, I do not see where there should be changes as of now.

5. 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 plan on running for speaker, and as of now I am not sure who would be a good candidate. However, I believe someone who is active and able to do House procedures on time is qualified.

6. How do you plan to ensure the voices of your constituents are heard while in office?

Discuss all/most bills with House members. Understand why they disagree/agree and question.

7. How do you feel about the influence parties have on the House and electoral process, and should it be more or less? Explain your answer fully.

I enjoy the influence parties have on the House. I would like to see more Parties join in the future.

8. The House of Representatives is the sole legal body with the ability to remove a Prime Minister from office. Under what circumstances would you support the removal of one and what constitutes 'going too far'? Cite specific legal passages if necessary and ensure that your answer is sufficiently detailed.

If a Prime Minister commits a high crime, I believe it should be brought to the attention as soon as possible. As this can lead to further more intense crime and treason etc.


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Reply #2 on: March 06, 2022, 02:44:35 pm
1. Which House Bills do you plan to pass and/or repeal? Why?
a: nothing at the moment
2. In what ways should the Constitution be amended, if at all? Explain how the changes would improve the current system of governance.
a: i dont think the constitution should be amended now
3. What qualifies you to serve in the House? What makes this qualifying?
a: experience as house representative
4. Do you think any changes should be made to existing House Procedures? If so, what changes should be made and why?
a: i don't think it needs changes
5. 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?
a: im in between of yeah and no and the best candidate could be anyone
6. How do you plan to ensure the voices of your constituents are heard while in office?
a: i will check everything
7. How do you feel about the influence parties have on the House and electoral process, and should it be more or less? Explain your answer fully.
a: should be less since people's voice should be more heard than the parties
8. The House of Representatives is the sole legal body with the ability to remove a Prime Minister from office. Under what circumstances would you support the removal of one and what constitutes 'going too far'? Cite specific legal passages if necessary and ensure that your answer is sufficiently detailed.
a: if the pm commits any very bad crime or causes problems to union or other regions then should be removed


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Reply #3 on: March 06, 2022, 04:04:16 pm
1. What makes you the best candidate for Prime Minister? What do you bring to the office that your opponent does not and why do you think you are better positioned to succeed in whatever you undertake?

Well for starters, I feel as if I am far more competent than my opponent. I like to pride myself on my abilities to govern and to govern well. The statesmanship that I can provide as well as activity will create a very large bonus for the Union. One of our biggest struggles is constant active leadership to drive forward progress, that is what I will aim to provide if elected.

2. How do you plan to address the current recruitment issues facing not just the capital but the Union as a whole, what steps will you take and how will this be brought about?

I would like to extend manual recruitment by creating a union-wide rota system. Our methodologies as of current are very disjointed and we need to properly flush out a system to ensure that all Union regions are recruiting to levels that ensure stability and growth.

3. Who would you appoint to your ideal Cabinet (ex-members, people who would be ineligible, and people not necessarily willing to serve can be included)? Why would you choose these people and what specific things would they bring to each office that you consider being most important?

I cannot say at this time as I am still considering who to pick for different positions. It is likely to see many of the same faces but also the possibility of new or old ones.

4. If elected, how do you plan (if at all) to change the structure of the existing Ministries? Would you consider abolishing, creating, or merging any of them? Why?

I wouldn't change them as of current but that may change in future

5. What will be on your legislative agenda? What reforms would you like to make to existing laws and how will you lobby the House to pass these reforms?

My agenda will be to improve the Union law frame, I will aim to ensure imperative reforms to the framework of the Union to provide transparency and greater efficiency

6. What plans do you have to tackle inactivity in the World Assembly, what will you do to address this issue? Please provide a detailed plan.

I would like to introduce engagement by creating incentives to be a member of the world assembly. We could do this in many ways such as a card program or creating requirements for the civil service. All are important for the overall functioning of government.

7. The Union in recent history has had an image problem when it comes to foreign affairs, how do you plan to address this?

One of the biggest steps is to isolate the issues foreign regions are picking upon preventing us from growth within the sector. I would isolate the Founder from all FA happenings as well as place pressure for OOC Moderation Reform. By targeting both from an IC and OOC perspective we can combat the criticism. I would follow this up with a large PR campaign to promote our Union abroad.

8. Do you plan on restoring the Union Armed Forces? If so, what do you plan for it?

I would bring it back as a form of reserve defence. I think the overthrowing of our delegates previously shows a need for this and I also believe it could be a great boon to activity. We must always consider all possible options though as committing to a path too early may result in a large-scale mess.

9. As Prime Minister of the Union, it is your job to ensure the voices of every state and territory is heard and not just the capital. What plans do you have to address the lack of inter-union participation?

I will direct the ministries to help with states and territories more via the High Commission which is severely underutilised. I would also like all citizens of the Union to come to me and ask questions and such. I think it is very important that conduct ourselves in such a way to ensure that everyone feels heard.

10. The Union Roleplay has suffered from serious inactivity issues. What are your plans to address this?

I would like to bring in new staff that are willing to help out and engage. I feel one of the biggest reasons we suffer is that we lack constant and consistent updates preventing new players from joining and older players from taking part. As well a big problem is that a lot of the way the RP functions can feel lacklustre and we should bring in new stuff as well reform current systems to establish a more active system. Our Roleplay used to be a massive reason for people to join, we should return that and expand upon the success of the past.

11. The Union has suffered from a lack of voter turnout in recent months. What are your plans to address this?

Just by campaigning and getting people political involved. We need to not be afraid to challenge the status quo nor should we be afraid to challenge those who are incompetent and unable to govern. Every voice, every vote, and every citizen is important to the political system and we should not be beholden to the political machine that breeds inactivity. We need to reform the party system and create reform of the electoral system to encourage those disenchanted by the system to vote.

12. Any other comments you would like to add?

I would like to say that I stand for every citizen across the Union who wants a future for our great Union. I stand for our people, our flag, our traditions, and most of all I stand here to ensure that carry on. We no matter the struggle always survive even in the darkest of times. We can do that again and we shall. I will lead us to our next golden age no matter the toll, the pain, and suffering we must endure to make it. We will stand for every citizen and bring us forward. We are stronger united together, not split apart into endless inactivity.





1. Which House Bills do you plan to pass and/or repeal? Why?

I have a few in mind but I will work to see what is required at the time. I will however aim to lessen the restrictions on political parties to allow for more political discourse. 

2. In what ways should the Constitution be amended, if at all? Explain how the changes would improve the current system of governance.

I think that as of current we need to take a long hard look at the constitution. It has many flaws we have to fix and for that, I think we should as a Union not just as a house review those errors and work to fix them.

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

I have served continually in the House since March 2021 (so a year) and I am the best person to represent my people in my home of Heart in my belief.

4. Do you think any changes should be made to existing House Procedures? If so, what changes should be made and why?

Not of current, no.

5. 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 will consider future candidates as I see them stand and vote for who I feel is most competent

6. How do you plan to ensure the voices of your constituents are heard while in office?

I will always keep my metaphorical door to all. I am always happy to hear people tell me their concerns.

7. How do you feel about the influence parties have on the House and electoral process, and should it be more or less? Explain your answer fully.

I am fine with the current system. I think there could be room for improvement but I often feel the system is fine. The only thing I would want is for other parties not just the federalists to stand on the list.

8. The House of Representatives is the sole legal body with the ability to remove a Prime Minister from office. Under what circumstances would you support the removal of one and what constitutes 'going too far'? Cite specific legal passages if necessary and ensure that your answer is sufficiently detailed.

I would remove a PM if I felt they were a danger to the Union


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Reply #4 on: March 06, 2022, 08:10:12 pm
1. Which House Bills do you plan to pass and/or repeal? Why?
I don't plan on repealing any House bills but I do believe the Executive branch (Cabinet and DPM and PM) should be separate from the House and vice versa.

2. In what ways should the Constitution be amended, if at all? Explain how the changes would improve the current system of governance.
I think it's a mighty fine piece of law but the punishments seem a little strict.
3. What qualifies you to serve in the House? What makes this qualifying?
I am the leader of TNK and have been the Rep before

4. Do you think any changes should be made to existing House Procedures? If so, what changes should be made and why?
Definitely a simply summary of what's at stake when a vote is announced would be nice . And maybe committees  can be made to allow us reps to focus on certain things and make a plan best for everyone before submitting it to the house as a whole.

5. 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 would recommend Ayko (Sidervia) would be a excellent candidate.


6. How do you plan to ensure the voices of your constituents are heard while in office?
I will make sure to be open to any suggestions made by the citizens

7. How do you feel about the influence parties have on the House and electoral process, and should it be more or less? Explain your answer fully.
I feel like it should be more but the parties are so similar it's literally just having different logos.

8. The House of Representatives is the sole legal body with the ability to remove a Prime Minister from office. Under what circumstances would you support the removal of one and what constitutes 'going too far'? Cite specific legal passages if necessary and ensure that your answer is sufficiently detailed.
When they expose any secrets or abuse of power by taking control of states or provinces simply with no reason. The House has to keep them in check but we also have to keep ourselves in check at the same time.


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Reply #5 on: March 06, 2022, 10:00:17 pm
1. Which House Bills do you plan to pass and/or repeal? Why?
The current bills I would like to pass are not exactly decided but I do have some ideas. Firstly, I would like to pass a bill setting up an official Force calendar with the official recognized holidays in order to help the government for the holding of future events. Here in Force, we have some recognized holidays such as Founders Day and Cheese Day but they do not seem to do anything as everyone seems to forget them. With this official calendar, we could have some official recess time for the government around certain events such as in the time of the holidays.

2. In what ways should the Constitution be amended, if at all? Explain how the changes would improve the current system of governance.
We should focus on fixing the current loopholes in the Constitution, apart from that I do not see anything important.

3. What qualifies you to serve in the House? What makes this qualifying?
I am one of the longest-serving house members and have been representing RGBN in the Union for more than a year. I've been Speaker of the House multiple times as well as being PM of Force and President of RGBN. I'm not the best at wrting bills but I have been the co-author of many legislations.

4. Do you think any changes should be made to existing House Procedures? If so, what changes should be made and why?
No idea that comes to mind really. The House has seen a betterment in activity but I think we can do better.

5. 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 am always ready to take on the position and responsibilities if need be but I am not planning as of now to be running for the position. I will only do it if no one else is fit to.

6. How do you plan to ensure the voices of your constituents are heard while in office?
I am always open to be contacted even if I sometimes might seem dead I'm actually still here. I tend to always answer my messages and if any person from RGBN would like to pass a bill. I will gladly present it to the House of Representatives. Though that does not mean I support it, I will at least insure the proposed bill will be seen by my colleagues as it is my duty for RGBN.

7. How do you feel about the influence parties have on the House and electoral process, and should it be more or less? Explain your answer fully.
Parties are pretty much dead right now, they might have another renaissance in the future but as of right now I do not think they influence the House that much. Most House politics are decided by different factions which have developed independently from the parties. Though I do believe that even those factions do not hold too much power in the House.

8. The House of Representatives is the sole legal body with the ability to remove a Prime Minister from office. Under what circumstances would you support the removal of one and what constitutes 'going too far'? Cite specific legal passages if necessary and ensure that your answer is sufficiently detailed.
I'll repeat what I said last time. I think that the Prime Minister should only be impeached when he is either going up directly against the will of the people or his administration is not able to conduct his job properly anymore. I do believe that the House of Representatives should have the right to start the impeachment procedures against the PM as they represent the people of the Union but only the people directly should be able to impeach him.


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Reply #6 on: March 07, 2022, 10:03:56 am
Required: Questions for all Prime Minister Candidates

1. What makes you the best candidate for Prime Minister? What do you bring to the office that your opponent does not and why do you think you are better positioned to succeed in whatever you undertake?
A fresh perspective to the Office of Prime Minister. While experience is certainly beneficial, a fresh pair of lenses is always useful for sure.

2. How do you plan to address the current recruitment issues facing not just the capital but the Union as a whole, what steps will you take and how will this be brought about?
I would shift the focus of our recruitment away from numbers, and put more on retention. If we can get more to stay within, then the speed of recruitment will matter less and allow us to weather lulls better.

3. Who would you appoint to your ideal Cabinet (ex-members, people who would be ineligible, and people not necessarily willing to serve can be included)? Why would you choose these people and what specific things would they bring to each office that you consider being most important?
DPM: I’m indecisive over whether Sir Salibaic or West Kronisia would be the better DPM in the most ideal cabinet, for both are excellent citizens of the Union and would be a boon to any cabinet.
MoFA: Sir Lashnakia ; Sir Lashnakia is one of the few people within the Union that I consider to surpass me in terms of FA prowess. He’s masterfully managed the MoFA during his tenure of it, and removing him from the positions would be disastrous.
MoIA: New Waltonburg ; In the past they were excellent at managing the ministry. They’ve shown themselves to be superb at delegating within the ministry.
MoM: Sir Azerurbia ; Despite our tense relationship, Sir Azerubia produced some of the best Force Flyers when he was MoM. If he ever returned to the mantle of MoM, it would be beautiful.
MoC: Qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm 1234567890- ; Pikacurhin has consistently led the MoC with diligence, producing wonderful events over and over again. It would be foolish to not pick them.
MoRP:
PS: Moon Frost ; They seem to understand what to do as is from what I am aware of.

4. If elected, how do you plan (if at all) to change the structure of the existing Ministries? Would you consider abolishing, creating, or merging any of them? Why?
No.

5. What will be on your legislative agenda? What reforms would you like to make to existing laws and how will you lobby the House to pass these reforms?
I do not have any bills I would like to pass, create, or repeal.

6. What plans do you have to tackle inactivity in the World Assembly, what will you do to address this issue? Please provide a detailed plan.
Promote cross endorsement, everywhere, heavily.

7. The Union in recent history has had an image problem when it comes to foreign affairs, how do you plan to address this?
Figure out exactly, down to the letter, what others deem the issue is, and then remedy it, and if it is already fixed, give them proof that it is. Tell them to share the news that the issue is now nonexistent. If a new issue surfaces, tackle it not as soon as possible, but as soon as the best solution can be found.

8. Do you plan on restoring the Union Armed Forces? If so, what do you plan for it?
No.

9. As Prime Minister of the Union, it is your job to ensure the voices of every state and territory is heard and not just the capital. What plans do you have to address the lack of inter-union participation?
Increase the power of the High Commission, give it some real backbone so that it can address the issues of the Union properly. Make more proactive instead of reactive.

10. The Union Roleplay has suffered from serious inactivity issues. What are your plans to address this?
Ditch an official ‘Union Roleplay’ and instead endorse independent roleplays.

11. The Union has suffered from a lack of voter turnout in recent months. What are your plans to address this?
Promote it, aggressively.

12. Any other comments you would like to add?
I wish my opponent good luck in the upcoming election, and that I would be willing to serve them if they win.

Required: Questions for all House Representative Candidates

1. Which House Bills do you plan to pass and/or repeal? Why?
I do not have any bills 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.
I cannot think of any ways it should be amended at the moment.

3. What qualifies you to serve in the House? What makes this qualifying?
I have served in The House before. I know the procedures.

4. Do you think any changes should be made to existing House Procedures? If so, what changes should be made and why?
I do not think any changes are needed.

5. 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 the best for the job. I feel Sir Suter of RGBN would be a better candidate.

6. How do you plan to ensure the voices of your constituents are heard while in office?
Submit any and all proposals from them.

7. How do you feel about the influence parties have on the House and electoral process, and should it be more or less? Explain your answer fully.
I feel that as long as there are parties, they will hold at least some influence on the house and electoral process. I also feel that if they had less influence they would fight for more, and if they had more influence it would be chaos, therefore I think they have just enough power currently.

8. The House of Representatives is the sole legal body with the ability to remove a Prime Minister from office. Under what circumstances would you support the removal of one and what constitutes 'going too far'? Cite specific legal passages if necessary and ensure that your answer is sufficiently detailed.
If the Prime Minister was to commit either, treason, nonfeasance, malfeasance, perjury, or voting fraud, I feel I would support their impeachment for in my opinion, I feel that if even just one of these acts were committed, The Union would suffer greatly.



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Reply #7 on: March 07, 2022, 01:29:49 pm

1. Which House Bills do you plan to pass and/or repeal? Why?


 a: I don't plan to pass any House Bills right now.

2. In what ways should the Constitution be amended, if at all? Explain how the changes would improve the current system of governance.


 a: I don't think the Constitution should be amended in any way currently.

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

 a: I served as FA-Director in Prudentia, so I have diplomatic experience.

4. Do you think any changes should be made to existing House Procedures? If so, what changes should be made and why?

 a: the existing House Procedures doesn't need any changes in my opinion right now.

5. 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?

 a: I don't plan on running for Speaker, though I believe anyone who plans to would be a good candidate

6. How do you plan to ensure the voices of your constituents are heard while in office?

 a: I will always be in contact with the citizens

7. How do you feel about the influence parties have on the House and electoral process, and should it be more or less? Explain your answer fully.
 
 a: I think having parties around is fine. They make things more interesting.

8. The House of Representatives is the sole legal body with the ability to remove a Prime Minister from office. Under what circumstances would you support the removal of one and what constitutes 'going too far'? Cite specific legal passages if necessary and ensure that your answer is sufficiently detailed.

 a: If the pm starts causing harm to the union / commits any crimes, I would support removing it.


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Reply #8 on: March 07, 2022, 06:32:07 pm
Debate closed. Unified Columbia and Sir Sumeka fail to answer the questions and thus disqualified