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Foreign Affairs / Consulate Applications
« on: May 14, 2020, 03:41:35 pm »
Consulate Applications



Information

Consulates are a way for regions who do not meet our embassy requirements to form diplomatic relations with us. If your application is accepted, we will establish a special thread on these forums for you to post regional updates. If this posting is consistent and high quality over a period of time (to be determined at the discretion of the Ministry), we will be willing to make a special exception to embassy requirements for your region, allowing us to form in-game embassies. Thus, having a consulate and using it properly is a way for small regions to form embassies with us, where they otherwise would not be able to.

Application Form

If you would like to form a consulate, please reply to this thread using the following application form:

Region:
Your Nation in the Region:
Your Position in the Region:
Are you willing to send updates at least once monthly?:
Brief Description of the Region (type of government, community, etc):


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Courtroom / Request for Review: Internal Affairs Directive no. IA-001
« on: April 17, 2020, 08:54:20 pm »
Your Honor, Mr. Chief Justice:

In accordance with D.6.1 of the Constitution, and your ability of "...clarifying an existing law...", I hereby request that the Court clarify D.5.1 of the Constitution, as a recent action by a member of government has exposed an issue of ambiguity in the law.

Your Honor, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Caduceo, just passed a directive entitled 'Internal Affairs Directive no. IA-001'. This directive was issued on the basis that D.5.1 of the Constitution grants individual Ministers the right to create law. However, this has never been done before in the past. Previously, this section of the Constitution was presumed to mean that the Cabinet as a whole had the ability to create law, not individuals within it.

Thus, I would like to ask for the Court's opinion on the matter in order to more clearly define this section of law.

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Citizen Proposals / [WITHDRAWN] Amendment 12
« on: February 20, 2020, 07:49:18 pm »
Amendment 12: The Citizens Act

Purpose: An act to delegate the power to remove government officials to the citizens.

Existing Article, Article A: Citizenship

1. All nations in the Union are citizens.
2. Citizenship shall entitle nations to the rights outlined in Article B.
3. Citizenship may only be removed by the Court as a punishment following a criminal trial. Rights of Citizenship may be removed by the Court for the same reason, but only temporarily.
4. Citizenship shall only remain valid as long as the citizen's nation remains in the Union.
5. Citizens shall hold the sole power to remove a Representative and shall do so by holding a democratic vote in which a simple majority is required to remove them. A public hearing must be held prior to the vote.

New Article, Article A: The Citizens

1. All nations in the Union are citizens.
2. Citizenship shall entitle nations to rights, as outlined in Article B.
3. Citizenship may only be removed by the Court as a punishment following a criminal trial. Rights of Citizenship may be removed by the Court for the same reason, but only temporarily.
4. Citizenship shall only remain valid so long as the citizen's nation remains in the Union.
5. The power to remove government officials from office shall rest solely with the citizens.

5.1. A vote to remove a government official from office shall require turnout equivalent to at least 1/5 of the number of Union World Assembly Members at the time voting begins.
5.2. A vote to remove a government official from office shall last 4 days.
5.3. In order to remove the Prime Minister, Prosecutor, or Judge, a 2/3 majority in favor shall be required.
5.4. In order to remove any other government official from office, except for the Founder and members of the Cabinet, a simple majority in favor shall be required.

Existing Article, Article E: The House of Representatives

1. The House shall consist of Representatives from each region in the Union, proportional to the total number of World Assembly members in each region.
2. The total number of seats in the House of Representatives shall be decided at the start of every House election. Each region will be able to elect one Representative for every 5 World Assembly nations they have. If a region does not fill all of its seats in an election, the vacant seats will not be considered absent and thus, not subject to Article G of this Constitution.
3. The House shall hold the power to pass and repeal laws.
4. The House may pass or repeal any of its laws with a simple majority vote by its members in favor of the change.
5. The House may override an Executive Order from the Prime Minister with a 2/3 majority vote by its members in favor of the change.
6. The House may remove the following types of government officials for failing to perform their responsibilities, serious misconduct, or in response to majority support among citizens for impeachment.

6.1. The Prime Minister may be removed with a 2/3 majority vote of the House.
6.2. The Prosecutor may be removed with a 2/3 majority vote of the House.
6.3. The Judge may be removed with a 2/3 majority vote of the House.
6.4. Any other government official, with the exception of the Founder, Cabinet Ministers, and House Representatives, may be removed with a simple majority vote of the House.

7. Any member of the House may propose an amendment to this Constitution. Once every member of the House has had the chance to review the Amendment, the Amendment may be seconded and subsequently, sent to vote. If the House votes in favor of it, with a simple majority, it will then be sent to the citizens for a vote, lasting 4 days. If the citizens approve of the amendment with a 2/3 majority, the amendment will be sent to the Founder for approval.

7.1. If the Founder signs the amendment, the Constitution shall be amended and the amendment shall become law. In signing it, the Founder may fix any spelling errors in the passed amendment and that fixed version shall become law.
7.2. If the Founder vetoes it, providing reasoning for their veto, it shall not become law, with no option to override the veto.

New Article, Article E: The House of Representatives

1. The House shall consist of Representatives from each region in the Union, proportional to the total number of World Assembly members in each region.
2. The total number of seats in the House of Representatives shall be decided at the start of every House election. Each region will be able to elect one Representative for every 5 World Assembly nations they have. If a region does not fill all of its seats in an election, the vacant seats will not be considered absent and thus, not subject to Article G of this Constitution.
3. The House shall hold the power to pass and repeal laws.
4. The House may pass or repeal any of its laws with a simple majority vote by its members in favor of the change.
5. The House may override an Executive Order from the Prime Minister with a 2/3 majority vote by its members in favor of the change.
6. Any member of the House may propose an amendment to this Constitution. Once every member of the House has had the chance to review the Amendment, the Amendment may be seconded and subsequently, sent to vote. If the House votes in favor of it, with a simple majority, it will then be sent to the citizens for a vote, lasting 4 days. If the citizens approve of the amendment with a 2/3 majority, the amendment will be sent to the Founder for approval.

6.1. If the Founder signs the amendment, the Constitution shall be amended and the amendment shall become law. In signing it, the Founder may fix any spelling errors in the passed amendment and that fixed version shall become law.
6.2. If the Founder vetoes it, providing reasoning for their veto, it shall not become law, with no option to override the veto.


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Past Elections / Voting: Prime Minister & House Elections, January 2020
« on: January 07, 2020, 12:25:07 pm »
Voting: Prime Minister & House Elections, January 2020

Voting closes on January 11th at 12:25 PM EST.



Making an Informed Decision

The candidate you choose matters. In a small democracy like this, a few votes can make all the difference between winning and losing. Thus, it is vital that you make an informed decision and choose the people you believe are best for the job. The Debate exists for exactly this purpose; you can find out what a particular candidate's views are on different issues, see how they would handle certain situations, and decide if they are truly competent and qualified enough to deserve your vote.

Relevant Law

1. Attempting to tamper with or interfere with an election in any manner is strictly prohibited. Any attempt at doing so will not go unnoticed and may result in the loss of certain rights (I.4 & J.2).

Official Ballot

Votes must be filed using this official form; other formats will not be accepted. Voting for the House of Representatives is only open to Force residents.

Your Nation:
Prime Minister: < Salibaic or Alemputo or Abstain >
Sumeka for House of Representatives: < Aye or Nay or Abstain >
United Nations of Colombia for House of Representatives: < Aye or Nay or Abstain >
Loomburg for House of Representatives: < Aye or Nay or Abstain >
Greatest Elysium for House of Representatives: < Aye or Nay or Abstain >
Libertatis Regalis for House of Representatives: < Aye or Nay or Abstain >
Lotria for House of Representatives: < Aye or Nay or Abstain >
Carropia for House of Representatives: < Aye or Nay or Abstain >


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Past Elections / Debate: Prime Minister & House Elections, January 2020
« on: January 04, 2020, 11:55:11 am »
Debate: Prime Minister & House Elections, January 2020

Candidacy Announcements close on January 7th at 11:55 AM EST.



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.

Candidates for Prime Minister

Salibaic
Alemputo

Candidates for House of Representatives

Sumeka
United Nations of Colombia
Loomburg
Greatest Elysium
Libertatis Regalis
Lotria
Killashandra
Carropia

Relevant Law

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

Required: Founder's Questions for All Prime Ministerial Candidates

1. What makes you the best candidate for Prime Minister? What do you bring to the office which 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 inactivity? Please provide a specific plan that addresses every aspect of government and community.

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 to be most important?

4. If elected (or re-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?

Required: Founder's Questions for Salibaic

5. What has your biggest failure been this term? What caused it and how do you plan to avoid something similar from happening in future?

6. How do you plan, if re-elected, to pursue a more constructive working relationship with all areas of government?

Required: Founder's Questions for Alemputo

5. What, in your opinion, has the incumbent done well that you plan to expand on if elected?

6. As Founder, I find it very important to maintain a person to person relationship with the incumbent to discuss issues, ideas, and concerns. What would this relationship look like under your administration, should you be elected?

Required: Founder's Questions for All House of Representatives 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? Why?

6. Do you think the way in which impeachment works should change? Should the power to impeach rest with the House or should it perhaps be given directly to the citizens?

7. How do you plan to facilitate a better working relationship between the House and Cabinet? Why do you think this is the best approach?


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Candidacy Announcements: Prime Minister & House Elections, January 2020

Candidacy Announcements close on January 4th at 11:55 AM EST.



Up for Election: The office of Prime Minister, 8 seats allocated specifically to the region Force in the House of Representatives, and 1 seat allocated specifically to the region RGBN in the House of Representatives.

Prime Minister

Responsibilities and Privileges: Taken directly from C.1 of the Constitution: "The Prime Minister of Force shall be the Unions 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: 3 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: 3 months

Election and Activity Laws

1. Attempting to tamper with or interfere with an election in any manner is strictly prohibited. Any attempt at doing so will not go unnoticed and may result in the loss of certain rights (I.4 & J.2).
2. Following the closure of these candidacy announcements, a debate period will begin. As a candidate, you are required to answer all questions asked to you by the Founder (Renegalle) within this period or you will be automatically disqualified (B.4.1).
3. Inactivity will not be tolerated and you will automatically be removed from office after two weeks of inactivity (G.3). It is entirely possible that you could be removed from office by a vote sooner than that, especially if your absence goes unexplained or follows a string of prior absences.

Official Candidacy Form

Candidacy must be filed using this official form; other formats will not be accepted. The House of Representatives is only open to Force and RGBN residents.

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


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Past Elections / Voting: Special Judge Elections, December 2019
« on: December 27, 2019, 10:10:09 am »
Voting: Special Judge Elections, December 2019

Voting closes on December 31st at 10:10 AM EST.



Making an Informed Decision

The candidate you choose matters. In a small democracy like this, a few votes can make all the difference between winning and losing. Thus, it is vital that you make an informed decision and choose the people you believe are best for the job. The Debate exists for exactly this purpose; you can find out what a particular candidate's views are on different issues, see how they would handle certain situations, and decide if they are truly competent and qualified enough to deserve your vote.

Relevant Law

1. Attempting to tamper with or interfere with an election in any manner is strictly prohibited. Any attempt at doing so will not go unnoticed and may result in the loss of certain rights (I.4 & J.2).

Official Ballot

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

Your Nation:
Marcelli for Judge: < Yes or No or Abstain >


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Past Elections / Debate: Special Judge Elections, December 2019
« on: December 24, 2019, 12:15:17 am »
Debate: Special Judge Elections, December 2019

Debate closes on December 27th at 12:15 AM EST.



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.

Candidate for Judge

Marcelli

Relevant Law

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

Required: Founder's Questions for the Judge Candidate

1. The Judge is responsible for deciding the punishment for a person found guilty, following a trial. You are required to do this with the advice of the Jury. Keeping that in mind, how would you balance your own thoughts on how harsh a punishment should be with the Jury's recommendation?

2. As you may or may not know, the previous Judge was under scrutiny for taking a while to determine the verdict in the case, Libertatis Regalis vs Salibaic. Do you believe it is more important to take your time when deciding the verdict, 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?

3. The Constitution currently stipulates maximum punishments for guilty parties, but no minimum punishments. Do you believe minimum punishments should also be defined or do you believe it is more important that the Judge maintains wider discretion in coming to a verdict? Why? (keep in mind that the Judge has no legal power to change this stipulation)

4. The Judge (following the likely passage of a Constitutional Amendment) will be 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?

5. You are the only candidate for your position in this Election. Why should voters trust you to uphold the rule of law when no other candidate with better or worse qualifications is challenging you?

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Clubs / Anime Club
« on: December 22, 2019, 12:03:38 am »

Force's Premier Club for Weeaboos, Otakus, and regular people interested in anime (although recent studies have indicated that these type of anime-watchers do not exist).



This club is for the discussion of all different animes, from the most famous to the most obscure. From time to time, the club shall also make an effort to watch anime together, in order to build bonds and have fun.

To join, simply indicate your interest by posting below.



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Candidacy Announcements: Special Judge Elections, December 2019

Candidacy Announcements close on December 23rd at 9:14 PM EST.



Up for Election: The office of Judge.

Judge

Responsibilities and Privileges: The Judge is responsible for overseeing court cases and depending on whether the defendant is found guilty or not, handing out a punishment, considering the advice of the Jury (F.1.2).  They shall also hold the shared responsibility, with the Prosecutor, of choosing a Jury (F.3).

Term Length: 6 months

Election and Activity Laws

1. Attempting to tamper with or interfere with an election in any manner is strictly prohibited. Any attempt at doing so will not go unnoticed and may result in the loss of certain rights (I.4 & J.2).
2. Following the closure of these candidacy announcements, a debate period will begin. As a candidate, you are required to answer all questions asked to you by the Founder (Renegalle) within this period or you will be automatically disqualified (B.4.1).
3. Inactivity will not be tolerated and you will automatically be removed from office after two weeks of inactivity (G.3). It is entirely possible that you could be removed from office by a vote sooner than that, especially if your absence goes unexplained or follows a string of prior absences.

Official Candidacy Form

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

Nation:
Region:


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Past Elections / Voting: Court Elections, December 2019
« on: December 11, 2019, 06:48:21 pm »
Voting: Court Elections, December 2019

Voting closes on December 15th at 6:49 PM EST.



Making an Informed Decision

The candidate you choose matters. In a small democracy like this, a few votes can make all the difference between winning and losing. Thus, it is vital that you make an informed decision and choose the people you believe are best for the job. The Debate exists for exactly this purpose; you can find out what a particular candidate's views are on different issues, see how they would handle certain situations, and decide if they are truly competent and qualified enough to deserve your vote.

Relevant Law

1. Attempting to tamper with or interfere with an election in any manner is strictly prohibited. Any attempt at doing so will not go unnoticed and may result in the loss of certain rights (I.4 & J.2).

Official Ballot

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

Your Nation:
Farallaracks for Prosecutor: < Yes or No or Abstain >


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Past Elections / Debate: Court Elections, December 2019
« on: December 08, 2019, 02:46:34 pm »
Debate: Court Elections, December 2019

Debate closes on December 11th at 2:47 PM EST.



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.

Candidate for Prosecutor

Farallaracks

Candidate for Judge

Marcelli

Relevant Law

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

Required: Founder's Questions for All Prosecutor Candidates

1. The Prosecutor is 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?

2. As Prosecutor, you are responsible for determining whether or not a case should be accepted for Court review. What laws and/or reasons would you use to justify choosing to deny the hearing of a case and why? (Cite the law and/or past precedent as necessary)

Required: Founder's Questions for All Judge Candidates

1. The Judge is responsible for deciding the punishment for a person found guilty, following a trial. You are required to do this with the advice of the Jury. Keeping that in mind, how would you balance your own thoughts on how harsh a punishment should be with the Jury's recommendation?

2. As you may or may not know, the previous Judge was under scrutiny for taking a while to determine the verdict in the case, Libertatis Regalis vs Salibaic. Do you believe it is more important to take your time when deciding the verdict, 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?

3. The Constitution currently stipulates maximum punishments for guilty parties, but no minimum punishments. Do you believe minimum punishments should also be defined or do you believe it is more important that the Judge maintains wider discretion in coming to a verdict? Why? (keep in mind that the Judge has no legal power to change this stipulation)

Required: Founder's Question for All Candidates

1. You are the only candidate for your position in this Election. Why should voters trust you to uphold the rule of law when no other candidate with better or worse qualifications is challenging you?

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Past Elections / Candidacy Announcements: Court Elections, December 2019
« on: December 02, 2019, 05:32:45 pm »
Candidacy Announcements: Court Elections, December 2019

Candidacy Announcements close on December 5th at 5:33 PM EST.



Up for Election: The offices of Prosecutor and Judge.

Prosecutor

Responsibilities and Privileges: The Prosecutor is responsible for determining whether cases brought to the Court shall be pursued and provide reasoning for their decision. Besides that, they are responsible for reviewing all new laws (House, Executive, and Diplomatic) to determine their legality and strike them down if they determine them to be illegal (while providing reason for why that is the case) (F.1.1). They shall also hold the shared responsibility, with the Judge, of choosing a Jury (F.3).

Term Length: 6 months

Judge

Responsibilities and Privileges: The Judge is responsible for overseeing court cases and depending on whether the defendant is found guilty or not, handing out a punishment, considering the advice of the Jury (F.1.2).  They shall also hold the shared responsibility, with the Prosecutor, of choosing a Jury (F.3).

Term Length: 6 months

Election and Activity Laws

1. Attempting to tamper with or interfere with an election in any manner is strictly prohibited. Any attempt at doing so will not go unnoticed and may result in the loss of certain rights (I.4 & J.2).
2. Following the closure of these candidacy announcements, a debate period will begin. As a candidate, you are required to answer all questions asked to you by the Founder (Renegalle) within this period or you will be automatically disqualified (B.4.1).
3. Inactivity will not be tolerated and you will automatically be removed from office after two weeks of inactivity (G.3). It is entirely possible that you could be removed from office by a vote sooner than that, especially if your absence goes unexplained or follows a string of prior absences.

Official Candidacy Form

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

Nation:
Region:
Position Seeking: (Prosecutor / Judge)


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Past Elections / Voting: House Elections, November 2019
« on: November 27, 2019, 08:49:52 pm »
Voting: House Elections, November 2019

Voting closes on December 1st at 8:49 PM EST.



Making an Informed Decision

The candidate you choose matters. In a small democracy like this, a few votes can make all the difference between winning and losing. Thus, it is vital that you make an informed decision and choose the people you believe are best for the job. The Debate exists for exactly this purpose; you can find out what a particular candidate's views are on different issues, see how they would handle certain situations, and decide if they are truly competent and qualified enough to deserve your vote.

Relevant Law

1. Attempting to tamper with or interfere with an election in any manner is strictly prohibited. Any attempt at doing so will not go unnoticed and may result in the loss of certain rights (I.4 & J.2).

Official Ballot

Votes must be filed using this official form; other formats will not be accepted. Voting for the House of Representatives is only open to Force residents.

Your Nation:
House of Representatives: < Lotria or Carropia or Abstain >


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Past Elections / Voting: Prime Minister & House Elections, October 2019
« on: October 11, 2019, 10:00:13 pm »
Voting: Prime Minister & House Elections, October 2019

Voting closes on October 15th at 10:00 PM EST.



Making an Informed Decision

The candidate you choose matters. In a small democracy like this, a few votes can make all the difference between winning and losing. Thus, it is vital that you make an informed decision and choose the people you believe are best for the job. The Debate exists for exactly this purpose; you can find out what a particular candidate's views are on different issues, see how they would handle certain situations, and decide if they are truly competent and qualified enough to deserve your vote.

Relevant Law

1. Attempting to tamper with or interfere with an election in any manner is strictly prohibited. Any attempt at doing so will not go unnoticed and may result in the loss of certain rights (I.4 & J.2).

Official Ballot

Votes must be filed using this official form; other formats will not be accepted. Voting for the House of Representatives is only open to Force residents.

Your Nation:
Prime Minister: < Salibaic or The Chariot or Abstain >
Atharia for House of Representatives: < Aye or Nay >
Loomburg for House of Representatives: < Aye or Nay >
Libertatis Regalis for House of Representatives: < Aye or Nay >


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