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Elections / Voting Results: Midterm Elections, September 2021
« on: September 12, 2021, 08:35:58 pm »
Voting Results: Midterm Elections, September 2021




Official Voting Results for the September 2021 Midterm Elections can be found here.


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Media / Ministry of Media: Jobs Handbook
« on: August 15, 2021, 12:52:46 am »

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Courtroom / High Court: Jobs Handbook
« on: August 14, 2021, 04:44:30 am »

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Constitutional Amendments / Amendment 39: The Executive Overhaul Act
« on: August 03, 2021, 03:03:31 pm »
Amendment 39: The Executive Overhaul Act

Purpose: An Act to give the Prime Minister discretion in Cabinet appointments, solidify certain powers, and provide basic organization for the Executive.

Author(s): Renegalle

Existing Article, Article C: The Cabinet

1. The Founder of Force shall be the Union's head of state and the Prime Minister of Force shall be the Union's head of government.
1.1. The Founder shall be responsible for maintaining stability, overseeing the Cabinet, and stepping in to lead the Cabinet should the need arise.
1.2. The Prime Minister shall be responsible for actively leading the Union and Cabinet.
2. The Prime Minister shall appoint the Cabinet and have the power to remove any of its members, except for the Founder. They shall be responsible for, at minimum, appointing ministers charged with foreign affairs, internal affairs, media and culture, and roleplay.
2.1. A minister shall be responsible for maintaining existing diplomatic relationships and forging new ones, overseeing the signing of treaties, and ensuring The Force Flyer is distributed to all of them.
2.2. A minister shall be responsible for overseeing domestic matters, including Union recruitment, ensuring new members of the Union understand how the government works and all opportunities available to them, as well as producing any official publications and documents.
2.3. A minister shall be responsible for publishing The Force Flyer on a monthly basis, creating and running events for citizens of the Union to participate in, recording the history of the Union, and continuing old and forging new traditions.
2.4. A minister shall be responsible for managing the Union roleplay.
2.5. All members of the Cabinet may appoint deputies to assist them in their duties. If any deputy is delegated power or responsibilities through the administration of a formal oath affirming this, they shall be considered a government official.
3. Any military or intelligence forces within the Union shall be considered under the supreme command and authority of the Founder and Prime Minister.
4. The Prime Minister can nominate a Deputy Prime Minister to help oversee the ministries. The House of Representatives shall be presented with that nominee and must hold a vote lasting three days, until all House Representatives have voted, or until a majority of House members have approved or rejected the nominee. If the nominee is rejected, the Prime Minister may present a new nominee and restart the process.
4.1. The Prime Minister can dismiss the Deputy Prime Minister at any time for any reason.
4.2. The Prime Minister is held accountable for the Deputy Prime Minister's actions, and thus the Deputy Prime Minister is expected to be as professional as the Prime Minister.
5. The Prime Minister shall not have the authority to appoint a non-citizen to a cabinet position or otherwise.

New Article, Article C: The Executive

1. The Founder shall be the Union’s head of state. They shall be responsible for ensuring the unity and stability of the Union and advising and overseeing the Cabinet. The Founder may also be referred to as Emperor of the Union of Force or simply as Emperor.
2. The Prime Minister shall be the Union’s head of government. They shall be responsible for actively leading the Union and Cabinet and ensuring the proper functioning of government. They shall hold the sole power to create and dissolve ministries and other executive departments, appoint and dismiss ministers, other members of the Cabinet, and executive officials, except for the Founder, pardon or reduce the sentences of individuals convicted of legal offenses, and sign or revoke treaties between the Union and other sovereign governments.
2.1. The creation or dissolution of a ministry must be approved by the House of Representatives with a simple majority, after a three day voting period, once all representatives have voted, or once a majority of House members have voted in favor or against.
2.2. Pardons and reductions of sentences shall cancel or shorten a criminal sentence. The Prime Minister may not pardon themselves, their friends, or their associates in government. A combined total of two pardons or reductions in sentences may be issued each elected term.

2.3. The Prime Minister may nominate a Deputy Prime Minister to help oversee the ministries. The House of Representatives shall be presented with that nominee and must hold a vote lasting three days, until all House Representatives have voted, or until a majority of House members have approved or rejected the nominee. If the nominee is rejected, the Prime Minister may present a new nominee and restart the process.
2.3.1. The Prime Minister may dismiss the Deputy Prime Minister at any time for any reason.
3. The Executive shall consist of the Cabinet and its associated ministries, and any other executive departments.
3.1. The Cabinet shall hold regular meetings to discuss its progress.
3.2. At minimum, the Ministries must: maintain existing diplomatic relations and be capable of negotiating diplomatic settlements and treaties, oversee the recruitment and integration of new nations into the Union, produce official publications and other documents, including The Force Flyer, record the history of the Union, host events and celebrate traditions, operate a Union roleplay, and ensure active engagement in the World Assembly.

4. All military and intelligence forces within the Union are under the supreme command and joint authority of the Founder and Prime Minister.

Existing Clause, F.12

12. The Prime Minister may issue a pardon to anyone convicted of a crime, effectively canceling that person's sentence, provided that the person is not themselves, a close friend of theirs, or an associate in government. They may only issue a pardon once per term.

New Clause, F.12

12. The Prime Minister may issue a pardon to anyone convicted of a crime, effectively canceling that person's sentence, provided that the person is not themselves, a close friend of theirs, or an associate in government. They may only issue a pardon once per term.

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Past Elections / Voting Results: General Elections, July 2021
« on: July 13, 2021, 12:10:44 am »
Voting Results: General Elections, July 2021




Official Voting Results for the July 2021 General Elections can be found here.


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Announcements & News / Official Statement: June 1st, 2021
« on: June 01, 2021, 03:29:21 pm »

Official Statement: June 1st, 2021

We are now prepared to address the situation which occurred on May 29th. A series of different factors, including miscommunication, misunderstanding, and structural issues are all to blame.

Timeline

The Prime Minister of the Union, at 10:31 AM EST, began an operation to refound The Socialist Syndicalist Union, henceforth referred to as TSSU. They knew of a native operation to refound, but did not make this fact clear to anyone else involved in the mission. Thus, when the Founder came online at 10:51 AM, they approved of the operation and it went forward. We gained the region at the minor update and only then were we informed that TSSU had been trying to refound the region themselves. A member of the operation created a puppet, which they moved to TSSU. They made a post, which was soon deleted, but Krovx saw it before that and figured out that we were behind the refounding.

Having realized this, Krovx and another member of TSSU came into our Discord server with various questions about the operation. At 12:35 PM, the Prime Minister proposed offering a referendum on accession to the Union. The Founder had to leave around then, so the operation remained in limbo until they came back. At 1:43 PM, when the Founder returned, the Prime Minister again brought up this suggestion of a referendum. At first, the Founder opposed this idea, saying they’d vote against it, but eventually decided to go forward with it. The Prime Minister then released a statement announcing the operation and the Founder made the proposal directly to TSSU.

At 2:06 PM, Krovx, on behalf of TSSU (as Acting Syndicate Overseer) agreed to a referendum. Two minutes later, he changed this agreement to a conditional one – he would only agree if the people of TSSU were not opposed. We agreed to this condition and at 2:16 PM, the Founder went offline again. After this, a great deal of chaos would ensue.

Krovx went to the NSL (NS Leaders’ Server) and explained to a number of people what had happened. Many of them saw our actions as wrong and rapidly began to make conclusions about the whole series of events. This would later lead to embassy closures, condemnations, and even an attempt at a liberation.

At 5:13 PM, the Founder once again came online. Over DMs, the Prime Minister told the Founder about his stress and anxiety, which had come as a result of the harsh accusations made by NSL and the Founder immediately went into the server and began pointing fingers at people because his Prime Minister had been hurt and he wanted to get back at those responsible. Unfortunately, at this time, the Founder did not have all the facts, having only just come online and not read the conversation above, and it turned out his accusations were baseless. That being said, the Prime Minister does attribute what happened to him to his interactions on NSL, but not to anyone specifically and not due to personal attacks. The Founder apologized for making these accusations and the conversation ended. Shortly after, we handed TSSU to the Acting Syndicate Overseer.

The following day, attempts were made at releasing an official statement. Unfortunately, the people who had knowledge of the situation were for the most part busy and little progress was made. Later that day, the Founder went into the server, hoping to make some friendly conversation with other leaders to try and make up for what had happened the previous day. This worked for a while, but then he made a very poorly worded joke involving guns that some perceived as threatening. He has reiterated that he did not intend it as such, but did apologize for it and understands why it was perceived that way. In a separate conversation, he used a figure of speech involving hyperbole in an attempt to compliment someone on their profile picture, but this backfired and the person (and a number of others) took offense. Hyperboles are in common usage in Force, so the Founder did not think twice, but going forward, we will be more careful to not offend. The Founder apologized for this and has reiterated that his statement was neither meant to cause offense, nor did he have any reason to believe it would.

The following day, four different regions began closing embassies with the Union and four explanations were sought out. As of yet, only two regions have explained their embassy closure.

Official Position

In regards to these series of events, our position is as such:

We apologize for our failure to inform TSSU that we were attempting to refound the region. The Prime Minister, in his personal capacity, apologizes to TSSU and to the other members of the operation for failing to notify them of the native refounding attempt. We apologize for the ill-advised proposal for a referendum, which TSSU felt they had no choice but to accept, though it was just a proposal. We never intended to force them to accept it, but we understand that they got the impression that they had no other choice. Finally, we apologize for our failure to communicate or provide a unified narrative after these events occurred. This caused a great deal of confusion and anger, which has resulted in embassy closures and condemnations.

The refounding was attempted by us because TSSU had just been password-locked, with their Founder banning all natives. Thus, the region was set to be deleted and we wanted to refound it before, as we worried, a rogue region or individual might seek to do so. This does not justify the Prime Minister’s failure to notify the rest of the mission members of the native refounding attempt, nor does it justify our failure to communicate our own attempt to what remained of TSSU’s government.

Various officials have called our referendum proposal “not serious”, but neither the Founder nor TSSU knew or believed that this was the case. It was a poor decision to propose such a thing, especially under those circumstances, and we apologize profusely for having done so.

Going forward, we are looking to change much of how our command structure works. For one, the Union Armed Forces, which were charged with carrying out this operation at a time where they only existed legally and were not yet organized, will be properly organized, with a command structure put into place. This will prevent operations like this from happening in future without authorization from the top. It will also ensure operations of this type are well planned out, including plans for after their execution, which will prevent things like referendum proposals from being made. In addition, we will ensure any future attempts at refounding require communication with native leadership, to ensure we do not intercept a native refounding attempt.

The other area in need of changes is our Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From now on, when there is any sort of diplomatic situation or crisis, Cabinet officials and diplomats shall not be allowed to make statements without the authorization of the Ministry. The Ministry shall be required to provide them with talking points, explaining basic details of the situation and our position on them, and for bigger situations (or crises), an official statement. This will ensure unity in message and prevent other regions from misunderstanding either our position or what happened.

We acknowledge, as we do above, that we made many mistakes. These mistakes were in some cases errors of judgement and in others, merely a matter of poor communication. Regardless, they have resulted in consequences of a magnitude we have never seen before. In addition to the embassy closures, there have been calls for military intervention against the Union, something we strongly condemn because it is aggressive, unwarranted, and would do nothing but make this entire situation worse. We echo the call from TSSU’s Acting Syndicate Overseer to cancel the embassy closures which are currently underway. These closures, if they go through, will only force us further from the mainstream of the international community and make us more likely to align ourselves with those which many of you are hostile towards. Regardless of what happens, we are looking to reform ourselves because we do not want to end up in a situation like this again. We wish TSSU all the best in their efforts to rebuild and as stated by Krovx, are willing to offer whatever aid or support they need. We understand that it is our job to regain the trust of the international community and that is an effort which begins right now.



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Bills / House Bill 61: The Provisional Voting Rights Act
« on: May 13, 2021, 11:40:45 am »
House Bill 61: The Provisional Voting Rights Act

Purpose: To enshrine in law the right to vote, pending a Constitutional amendment to make that right permanent.

Author(s): Renegalle

Article 1: The Right to Vote

1. All Union citizens shall have the right to vote in midterm and general elections, without hindrance. This right may not be revoked unless found guilty of a federal crime by the High Court, where the punishment involves the removal of this right.
2. Residents of each state and territory within the Union shall have the right to vote in local elections without hindrance, unless this right is revoked as a result of being found guilty of committing a crime in that jurisdiction, where guilt shall be determined either by the local Court, in the case of states which operate their own, or by the High Court, for all other jurisdictions.

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Past Elections / Voting Results: Midterm Elections, May 2021
« on: May 12, 2021, 06:08:34 pm »
Voting Results: Midterm Elections, May 2021




Official Voting Results for the May 2021 Midterm Elections can be found here.


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Past Elections / Debate: Midterm Elections, May 2021
« on: May 04, 2021, 11:58:38 pm »
Debate: General Elections, March 2021

Debates close on March 7 at 11:59 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
Sidervida (TFP)
South Krimelski (TFP)
Morglia (TFP)
Xyrgistan (UPP)

Candidates for the High Court
Tigslarlowducken (F)
Krovx Belgium (R)

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 (Kronisia) 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. The Justices are responsible for deciding the punishment for a person found guilty, following a trial. You are required to do so with the advice of the Jury. With this in mind, how would you balance your own thoughts on how harsh punishment should be with the Jury's recommendation?

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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Candidacy Announcements: Midterm Elections, May 2021

Candidacy Announcements close on May 4th at 11:59 PM EDT.



Up for Election: A total of four House of Representative seats representing the entire Union and three (or five, depending on the number of candidates) Justice positions.

House Representatives

Responsibilities and Privileges: The House of Representatives holds three distinct powers: the ability to pass laws to complement and expand upon the Constitution (but not contradict it), the ability to begin the amendment process (all Constitutional Amendments must start in and be approved by the House, before going to the citizenry for a vote), and the ability to remove government officials who fail to perform their responsibilities adequately or misuse their power (including the Prime Minister and members of the Court).

Term Length: 4 months

Justices

Responsibilities and Privileges: The Court Justices shall be responsible for overseeing and ensuring the speedy delivery of justice in trials, delivering verdicts on court cases, and judging the legality of passed House Bills. There are three (or five) justices on the Court.

Term Length: 2 months

Official House of Representatives Candidacy Form

Candidacy must be filed using this official form; other formats will not be accepted. Please ensure you fill out the proper sections, depending on whether you are running for the House or High Court.

Political Party (or if an independent, say so):
List Candidates (if you are filing as a political party, otherwise disregard):
Nation (if you are filing as an independent, otherwise disregard):
Region(s):
Position Sought: House Representative

Official High Court Candidacy Form

Candidacy must be filed using this official form; other formats will not be accepted.

Nation:
Region:
Political Party:
Position Sought: High Court Justice

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General / The Bird Republic
« on: April 15, 2021, 12:34:48 am »
An archive of an incredible April Fool's Day.

It began with:

The Bird Republic is hereby formed.
All Court Justices are hereby dismissed from their positions until further notice.
@Suter is hereby appointed Crab Commissioner.
Please standby and await further orders.


Don't @ me.

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