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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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High Commission / Federal Issue Resolution Notifications
« on: April 13, 2021, 04:57:33 pm »
Federal Issue Resolution Notifications



Information

This thread is for use by the Prime Minister (or a designated subordinate) and the High Commission to ensure issues states or territories face are promptly resolved in an accountable manner, per §K.2.2 of the Constitution. The Prime Minister is legally required to attempt to resolve any issues reported by these notifications within 1 month of them being issued.

Issue Resolution Form (for the High Commissioner)

Region(s):
Issue Name:
Issue Description:


(use one of these for each issue)

Resolution Form (for the Prime Minister)

Region(s):
Issue Name:
Description of Resolution/Attempted Resolution:
Successfully resolved?


(use one of these for each issue resolved/attempted to be resolved)

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Internal Affairs / Election Telegram Templates
« on: March 13, 2021, 04:17:55 am »
General Elections

To be sent individually to the capital and each state (at least)

Candidacy Announcements
Code: [Select]
[b]Good day %NATION%,[/b]

The first stage of the [b]MONTH YEAR Union General Elections[/b], candidacy announcements, has begun.

If you wish to run for [b]Prime Minister[/b], represent this region as a [b]House Representative[/b], or serve as a [b]High Court Justice[/b], then you need to declare your candidacy, following these instructions:
[spoiler=[b]How to run for office[/b]]
1. Register for a forum account (if you don't already have one) here:
[b]https://forcens.com/index.php?action=register[/b]

2. Carefully read the whole Candidacy Announcements post. It contains important information that you will need to know. It can be found here:
[b]URL TO CANDIDACY ANNOUNCEMENTS[/b]
[/spoiler]

Please act soon - you only have until [b]TIME CANDIDACY PERIOD ENDS (WITH TIMEZONE)[/b] to file your candidacy.

I hope to see you on the ballot!

Debate
Code: [Select]
[b]Good day %NATION%,[/b]

The second stage of the [b]MONTH YEAR Union General Elections[/b], the Debate, has begun.
[spoiler=[b]If you are a candidate for office...[/b]]
Please ensure you answer [b]all[/b] questions asked to you by the Founder and Speaker in the Debate.
It is required by law and you will be disqualified if you do not answer them.

This is the Debate thread:
[b]URL TO DEBATE[/b]
[/spoiler]
[spoiler=[b]If you are not a candidate for office...[/b]]
Please feel free to ask candidates questions! This is a chance for you to get to know them and what they stand for.
They are not required to answer your questions, but it will reflect poorly on them if they don't.

To ask them questions...

1. Register for a forum account (if you don't already have one) here:
[b]https://forcens.com/index.php?action=register[/b]

2. Post your question, indicating who you are asking it to, here:
[b]URL TO DEBATE[/b]
[/spoiler]

Please act soon - you only have until [b]TIME DEBATE PERIOD ENDS (WITH TIMEZONE)[/b] to participate in the Debate.

Voting Period
Code: [Select]
[b]Good day %NATION%,[/b]

Voting in the [b]MONTH YEAR Union General Elections[/b] has begun.

As a resident of [b][region=REGION][/b], you have the right to vote. Here's how to exercise that right:
[spoiler=[b]How to vote[/b]]
1. Make sure you are logged into NationStates (this shouldn't be an issue considering that you're here)

2. Login to the voting system and cast your vote:
[b]https://forcens.com/vote[/b]

3. Save your ballot number

[i]If you have any technical issues or trouble voting, please contact [b][nation=noflag]Renegalle[/nation][/b] either [url=/page=compose_telegram?tgto=Renegalle][b]by telegram[/b][/url] or on Discord.[/i]
[/spoiler]

Please act soon - you only have until [b]TIME VOTING PERIOD ENDS (WITH TIMEZONE)[/b] to vote.

I hope to see you at the polls!

Midterm Elections

To be sent individually to the capital and each state (at least)

Candidacy Announcements
Code: [Select]
[b]Good day %NATION%,[/b]

The first stage of the [b]MONTH YEAR Union Midterm Elections[/b], candidacy announcements, has begun.

If you wish to represent the [url=/page=dispatch/id=1348830][b]Union at-large[/b][/url] as a [b]House Representative[/b] or serve as a [b]High Court Justice[/b], then you need to declare your candidacy, following these instructions:
[spoiler=[b]How to run for office[/b]]
1. Register for a forum account (if you don't already have one) here:
[b]https://forcens.com/index.php?action=register[/b]

2. Carefully read the whole Candidacy Announcements post. It contains important information that you will need to know. It can be found here:
[b]URL TO CANDIDACY ANNOUNCEMENTS[/b]
[/spoiler]

Please act soon - you only have until [b]TIME CANDIDACY PERIOD ENDS (WITH TIMEZONE)[/b] to file your candidacy.

I hope to see you on the ballot!

Debate
Code: [Select]
[b]Good day %NATION%,[/b]

The second stage of the [b]MONTH YEAR Union Midterm Elections[/b], the Debate, has begun.
[spoiler=[b]If you are a candidate for office...[/b]]
Please ensure you answer [b]all[/b] questions asked to you by the Founder and Speaker in the Debate.
It is required by law and you will be disqualified if you do not answer them.

This is the Debate thread:
[b]URL TO DEBATE[/b]
[/spoiler]
[spoiler=[b]If you are not a candidate for office...[/b]]
Please feel free to ask candidates questions! This is a chance for you to get to know them and what they stand for.
They are not required to answer your questions, but it will reflect poorly on them if they don't.

To ask them questions...

1. Register for a forum account (if you don't already have one) here:
[b]https://forcens.com/index.php?action=register[/b]

2. Post your question, indicating who you are asking it to, here:
[b]URL TO DEBATE[/b]
[/spoiler]

Please act soon - you only have until [b]TIME DEBATE PERIOD ENDS (WITH TIMEZONE)[/b] to participate in the Debate.

Voting Period
Code: [Select]
[b]Good day %NATION%,[/b]

Voting in the [b]MONTH YEAR Union Midterm Elections[/b] has begun.

As a resident of [b][region=REGION][/b], you have the right to vote. Here's how to exercise that right:
[spoiler=[b]How to vote[/b]]
1. Make sure you are logged into NationStates (this shouldn't be an issue considering that you're here)

2. Login to the voting system and cast your vote:
[b]https://forcens.com/vote[/b]

3. Save your ballot number

[i]If you have any technical issues or trouble voting, please contact [b][nation=noflag]Renegalle[/nation][/b] either [url=/page=compose_telegram?tgto=Renegalle][b]by telegram[/b][/url] or on Discord.[/i]
[/spoiler]

Please act soon - you only have until [b]TIME VOTING PERIOD ENDS (WITH TIMEZONE)[/b] to vote.

I hope to see you at the polls!

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Elections / Elections FAQ
« on: March 13, 2021, 03:27:17 am »
Federal Elections



Stages:
1. Candidacy Announcements: 3 days
If you wish to run in an election, you must announce your candidacy in the appropriate thread during this stage.

2. Debate: 3 days
The debate is a period where all candidates are given questions to respond to related to the office they are running for. In some cases, these questions will be specifically designed for a particular candidate.

For candidates, participating in the debates is mandatory. If you fail to respond to debate questions asked to you by either the Founder or the Speaker of the House, you will automatically be disqualified. Providing a response which does not address the question asked is considered 'failing to respond', as is providing one word or incomplete answers.

3. Voting: 4 days
All voting must take place within this window. All voting is anonymous and held using a special program. You will be given a ballot number after voting which will let you change your ballot later in the voting period if you choose to and confirm that your ballot was counted when the official results are released.

There shall be a maximum of 12 hours between election stages. Stages may be shortened by up to 1 day if circumstances require it, but this shall be announced before the stage begins.

Dates:
1st of January, March, May, July, September, and November: Prime Minister and all constituency and list seats in the House of Representatives.




RGBN Elections



Stages:
1. Candidacy Announcements: 2 days
If you wish to run in an election, you must announce your candidacy in the appropriate thread during this stage.

2. Voting: 3 days
All voting must take place within this window.

Dates:
3rd Monday of February, May, August, and November: Speaker of the Assembly
3rd Monday of March, June, September, and December: President




Heart Elections




Stages:
1. Candidacy Announcements: 4 days
If you wish to run in an election, you must announce your candidacy in the appropriate thread during this stage.

2. Voting: 2 days
All voting must take place within this window.

Dates:
21st of June, September, December, and March: Delegates of the Chamber of Assembled Delegates and Justice of the Lord's Court




Canterbury Elections



Stages:
1. Candidacy Announcements: 2 days
If you wish to run in an election, you must announce your candidacy in the appropriate thread during this stage.

2. Voting: 4 days
All voting must take place within this window.

Dates:
1st of January, March, May, July, September, and November: All seats in the Femoral Council




Citizens Alliance of Democracy Elections



Stages:
1. Candidacy Announcements: 3 days
If you wish to run in an election, you must announce your candidacy in the appropriate thread during this stage.

2. Debate: 3 days
The debate is a period where all candidates may be asked questions by citizens. They are not required to respond to these questions, but they are meant to give citizens an idea of what a particular candidate stands for.

3. Voting: 3 days
All voting must take place within this window.

Stages may be shortened by up to 1 day if circumstances require it, but this shall be announced before the stage begins.

Dates:
The last week of November, March, and July: Archon

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Past Elections / Voting Results: General Elections, March 2021
« on: March 13, 2021, 01:37:23 am »
Voting Results: General Elections, March 2021




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


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Requests for Review / Request for Review: Election Laws
« on: March 11, 2021, 02:35:38 am »
Honorable Justices of the High Court:

Having read our current election laws and finding them to be filled with numerous inconsistencies, loopholes, and a general lack of clarity, I would like to ask the Court for its interpretation of the law.

For my three separate queries, I direct the Court's attention to §H.2.2.1 of the Constitution.

1. In §H.2.2.1.4, it says, "This process [determining the winner of a seat based off ranked choice voting] shall be repeated with the capital and each state or territory until the total number of seats allocated are filled. If the allocated seats cannot be filled, they shall be considered absent as indicated in §G."

If you read the section before this, it makes sense and there is no issue allocating the first seat, since the process is clearly laid out. After that though, it's not so clear. For instance, the law does not say that someone who has already won a seat is not considered when you repeat this allocation process. Therefore, it is plausible that the person with the most votes would just keep winning seats (until they gained as many seats as were allocated to their region). I do not think that this was the intention of the law when it was written and would like to ask the Court whether or not someone who had already won a seat would be considered when tallying up votes for other seats.

2. In §H.2.2.1.1, it says, "Should no candidate achieve a simple majority, the candidate with the least votes shall be eliminated and their second choice votes shall be divvied up among the remaining candidates. Should there be a tie for last place in first choice votes, whoever has the least second choice votes shall be eliminated, and so forth until a candidate is eliminated."

Again, this works fine the first time you go through the process, since you narrow down the number of options, thereby forcing someone to achieve a majority. My question is, do people who have been eliminated when determining the first seat remain eliminated when determining other seats? There is no indication whatsoever in the law as to whether or not this is the case, so my interpretation was that since the law did not say otherwise, people eliminated when determining the winner of the first seat would remain eliminated when determining the second one and so on. Again, I do not think this was the intention of the law when it was written, but its lack of clarification seems to make this the case.

3. Finally, I have a question about ties. If two candidates (for the House) are tied in the first round, and their second choice votes are also tied, who wins? For electing the Prime Minister, in §H.2.1.2.4 it says, "If for any reason, this process of elimination does not result in a candidate holding a majority of the vote, another vote, following the same procedures and lasting only one day, shall be held," but there is no such clause for House elections. Does no one win (for that specific region)?

Thank you for your time and I would like to ask that you let me know of your judgement as soon as you reasonably can, since this is vital to determining the outcome of the ongoing election.

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Candidacy Announcements: General Elections, March 2021

Candidacy Announcements close on March 4th at 11:50 PM EST.



Up for Election: The office of Prime Minister, 3 or 5 Court Justices (dependent on how many candidates run), and seats in the House of Representatives. There are 7 seats up for election representing Force, 5 representing RGBN, 2 representing Heart, and up to 1 from each territory.

Prime Minister

Responsibilities and Privileges: "The Prime Minister of Force shall be the Union’s head of government and shall be responsible for actively leading it and overseeing the Cabinet."
The Prime Minister has the job of administering the entire Union and ensuring it enjoys prosperity as well as stability.

Term Length: 4 months

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 justices on the Court.

Term Length: 2 months

Official Candidacy Form

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

Nation:
Region:
Political Party:
Position Seeking: (Prime Minister / House Representative / Justice)

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Announcements & News / 4th Annual Force Day
« on: January 31, 2021, 12:26:33 am »
Address: 4th Annual Force Day

My fellow citizens,

Today marks four years since I founded Force. Much has changed in this time and there is a great deal to be proud of. For most of our early history, Force's population remained under 100. Today it is over 140 and if you consider the Union as a whole, we have nearly 400 (392) nations. Speaking of the Union, we can all be proud that for the first time, our territories are showing signs of maturity. RGBN, a territory we took on when it was down to only 9 nations, now boasts 160, more than Force itself. It has a flourishing RP on its Regional Messaging Board, which regularly sees 300+ messages a day. Even Force, which has had its fair share of population dips and jumps, is now consistently active.
Our system of government has always been in constant evolution. Our work towards achieving a more perfect union will continue forever, since perfection itself can never be reached, but our government is certainly much more efficient than it was at the start, where I used to have to do every Minister's job for them. There is still work to be done to assist our territories with developing their own reliably active governments and functioning political systems, but progress has been made on that front too - more territories have local leadership now than at any other point in our history.
Each ministry has made significant progress in these past four years. Internal Affairs went from a ministry which did practically nothing to one which regularly does manual recruitment, has dedicated people to welcome newcomers into the region, helps keep discussion going on the RMB by running polls and daily questions, and in recent days, through its WA program, has more than doubled total endorsements across the Union. Foreign Affairs used to be a ministry I practically ran on my own, but is now one which functions well on its own. We have good relations or even alliances with some of the most respected regions in the game and as a result, have gained access to valuable intelligence, participation alongside these regions in various NS events (eg. N-Day), and help and support in times of need (a stamp infusion when we experienced a major population decline a year ago and help recovering CAD when its regional founder was deleted for reasons outside our control). Media and Culture consists of what were two separate ministries which had always been notoriously difficult to run. Even so, it has done well recently, despite the many difficulties it still faces. Just last month, it held Winterfest, a special festival for all citizens. While the event did not go as smoothly as it might have under ideal circumstances (the minister who came up with it in the first place had to resign for personal reasons just a week before it was held), it still turned out to be a lot of fun and plenty of citizens participated, with some incredibly lively discussions taking place around the events. The media aspect of the ministry has also had success. Originally, the Ministry of Communications barely even produced The Force Flyer itself. I would end up writing most or all of the articles and then publishing them, with little to no input from the ministry. Nowadays, on its 51st issue, The Force Flyer is published on a monthly basis - always with multiple writers and now with many new sections, such as op-eds, which did not exist in its early days. Finally, there's the RP Ministry. A ministry which once couldn't even run an RP, now has its own series of specialized maps (for borders, resources, water availability and more) and events, helping to drive activity, as well as its own statistics program, helping to prevent many of the issues other RPs face, such as godmodding.
The most important aspect of Force has always been its community, and that remains as true now as ever. Even when we're in the middle of a population decline, the Discord always seems to be active. If people aren't in a VC watching someone play a game, listening to music, or reading the Unabomber Manifesto (yes, that did happen), they're probably in the midst of a heated debate about RL politics, obsessing over pictures of my dog, or playing trivia with the bot. Force has a community like no other - one which is active, friendly, and accepting, but also lighthearted and fun. As the first chapter of our history comes to a close, I look forward to everything the Union still has ahead of it.

Happy Force Day!
Renegalle


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