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Amerion wrote:FINALLY! THE POWER IS MINE! ALL MINE!

Eh, we’ll still ignore you, just like you will us.

Drystar wrote:Eh, we’ll still ignore you, just like you will us.

lol Amerion who?

🦉Office of WA Legislation Notification (OWL)

The vote and discussion for a proposal has been opened:

SC: Commend Wallenburg (click to view information)

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GA: International Bankruptcy Protocol (click to view information)
GA: Repeal "Wartime Journalism Protection Act" (click to view information)

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'Integrity in Law Enforcement'
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Proposal title: 'Integrity in Law Enforcement'
Author: Cretox State
Purpose: To prevent dishonest law enforcement cases and help to prevent confidential information from being made public.

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Effective police forces that can be held accountable by those they protect are essential to national peace and security. "Integrity in Law Enforcement" lays a solid foundation for facilitating this accountability, by mandating the disclosure of law enforcement records pertaining to incidents and investigations of alleged wrongdoing. At the same time, the proposal provides police officers with a reasonable degree of confidentiality by explicitly permitting redaction of records for legitimate reasons, and declaring police records confidential by default. While this may not be a particularly far-reaching proposal in terms of the level of disclosure it provides for, it is nevertheless a necessary one.

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From TSP Citizens

Purple Hyacinth is a Legislator in the South Pacific.

Purple Hyacinth wrote:The proposal is targeting one thing--records--and I think it does it well and is decently thorough (I would argue that it could go farther but this is a good starting point). For example, it mentions sexual assault complaints and needing to protect witnesses and complainants. I think this proposal would be a good step towards police accountability (after all, there's no accountability without knowing what the police did in the first place).

Tepertopia is a citizen of the South Pacific and a junior staff member of OWL.

Tepertopia wrote:I believe that the transparency caused by this proposal in mandating law enforcement officers' personnel records being made public in regards to them being convicted of sexual assault or dishonesty, causing severe bodily harm or death, or discharging firearms, is a good strike against corruption in law enforcement and paves the way to an open and citizen-friendly police force without generating much of additional bureaucracy.

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From the World

Graintfjall is a contributor to the World Assembly community. They posted the following on the on-site forum drafting thread for this proposal:

Graintfjall wrote:It’s unlikely our delegation will be supporting this effort as we see nothing distinctly transnational in its scope.

Paffnia is a longtime member of 10000 Islands.

Paffnia wrote:The disclosure provisions aren't strong enough, and the assumption behind it is the necessity of deadly armed police.



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'Commend Nuremgard'
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Proposal title: 'Commend Nuremgard'
Author: Cretox State
Purpose: To give a badge of commendation to Nuremgard for their extensive Issue-writing, which they do, unusually, without any drafting on the forum.

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A fairly unique issues-related commendation compared to those that came before it, "Commend Nuremgard" targets a nation notable for issue writing without ever drafting their issues of he forum, as most writers typically do. Issues are one of the core parts of NationStates, and developing them depends on good issue writers. Nuremgard has had eighteen of their issues published, with each of them being of equally high quality. This is a substantial and praiseworthy contribution. Yet the fact that they have never participated in the community is a drawback: nearly all other nations that have been commended for their work writing issues have been leaders, mentors, and editors, helping others and building up the community. In the absence of that, this proposal stands solely on the merits of 18 issues written. The Office, therefore, will not make a determination as to whether or not this proposal should be voted for.

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From TSP Citizens

Volaworand is a citizen, legislator and newly elected Local Councilor of the South Pacific.

Volaworand wrote:I'm surprised such an excellent issue author has not already been commended.

From the World

Picairn is a citizen of the North Pacific. They posted the following on NationStates WA forums:

Picairn wrote:Full support. Nuremgard is very underrated, he deserves credit for all of his achievements on Issues.

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Aumeltopia is the Delegate of the South Pacific.

Aumeltopia wrote:Yes, Nuremgard has written a lot of issues -- and that's great. But there's really not a lot else there. Unlike the several other issue authors we've commended, they haven't contributed to the community at all. The commendation uses a lot of well-written, but frankly fluffy filler to make only one point: they've written issues. I don't buy that, in the absence of nything else, wimply doing that is quite commendable. As Drasnia pointed out here, other issue authors have all been commended (even if not outright mentioned in the commendation text) while they were pillars of the community, helping others and developing the state of Got Issues, as well as writing a lot of issues. Nuremgard, however intentionally, doesn't have any of that. It's just not as strong without that, and even the fluffy wording can't hide it.

Auphelia is a citizen and 5 time Local Councilor of the South Pacific.

Auphelia wrote:As stated, they haven’t done much that is exceptional beside make issues. For Condemnations, there is a narrow window between being a monster and being not evil enough. For Commendations, there is a high bar and anything short of excellence won’t make it. This player is good, but not excellent.

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Noahs Second Country is a citizen of the North Pacific. They posted the following on TNP's WA forums:

Noahs Second Country wrote:Against - As an issues author myself, I have respect for Nuremgard and their accomplishments. However, I feel like most c/c proposals are targeted towards community builders and people who have had an undeniable impact on their respective fields. There are exceptions (ie Condemn Koem Kab) but I feel as if Nuremgard already has the deserved recognition of 18 issues with their name on it. Every other issues c/c focuses much more on the other achievements of the user, whether it's community feedback, region building, etc.. If you were to ask someone from GI about Nuremgard, they wouldn't have much to say, in contrast, if you ask about another commended issues author they likely would have had a positive encounter with them in the past or interact with them frequently. This proposal also sets an odd precedent - if I were to publish a ton of issues on a puppet, does that automatically qualify it for a commend as well? Nuremgard already has 18 shiny badges, so I don't think this one is necessarily suitable for their contributions, especially when numbers stop mattering at some point. Writing issues is largely formulaic, and the people with the highest numbers just happen to have been around for a while (not to discredit them, of course, I'm sitting here with a measly 4 lol).

Drasnia is a citizen of Forest, has received a commendation and is the author of 15 issues. They posted the following on NationStates WA forums:

Drasnia wrote:This will sound a bit weird, but Nuremgard is the kind of nation you'd make up as a hypothetical when discussing whether writing issues is commendable per see. They've authored 18 issues yet have never interacted with the greater issues community. They've never posted in Got Issues? even. So, is authorship alone a commendable action? I don't think so, and I hope to lay out why I believe that. In my opinion, commendations should be reserved for people who go above and beyond what is expected of them. You can argue that just writing an issue that gets accepted is going above and beyond expectations; however, it isn't a one-person process. Some issue submissions are pretty bad and only get dragged kicking and screaming to publication because an editor really loves the premise of it and is willing to sink a lot of time and effort just to get it publishable. At 18 issues authored, I don't think that's the case for Nuremgard The thing about commendations for issue authors is that most of the time, authorship is only one of several supporting details in it. I'm going to go through each commendation and explain why Nuremgard's doesn't meet that same bar.

SC#126: Commend Sanctaria. This commendation focuses primarily on Sanct's regional government work, then goes on to talk about WA authorship and then finally issue authorship.

SC#190: Commend Nation of Quebec. This is perhaps the weakest of all active commendations of authors. Like this draft, it only talks about his authorship. That said, NoQ was a pillar of the community. He helped mentor me when I was starting out, and he helped a lot of people in GI by giving feedback. Honestly, this comm doesn't hold up that well and I wouldn't be opposed to a R&R.

SC#224: Commend Drasnia. This one starts off with my authorship, but quickly moves on to the work I've put into GI and into regional governance. It might be first, but it isn't the most important bit. (It's just impressive sounding to outsiders).

SC#233: Commend Zwangzug. Zwangzug is a prolific sports RPer and issue authorship rightfully is only a footnote at the end.

SC#235: Commend Candlewhisper Archive. This is also similar to NoQ's commendation. The actual text is only about authorship, but it is OOCly motivated by factors that can't be explained in an SC proposal.

SC#236: Commend Ransium. This one is almost entirely concerned with Ransium's tireless efforts to build and improve Forest. Authorship only comes at the end.

SC#258: Commend Helaw. This one is mostly concerned with helping develop the Augustin Alliance. Issues only come at the end.

SC#275: Commend Jutsa. This one's similar to my commendations. Issues come at the beginning, but it's mostly about his work and importance in the community.

SC#308: Commend Candensia. Starts off with issues, goes on to talk about regional government and SC work.

Nuremgard's accomplishments don't hold up to the same scrutiny that most active commendations do. I simply can't support this even though they're a good author.



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Amerion wrote:FINALLY! THE POWER IS MINE! ALL MINE!

As a newcomer to the TSP, I’m curious as to what Amerion’s and Aumeltopia’s original flags looked like before they were changed to ‘Endorse Amerion’ posters.

More tunes...

This one is one that I made...maybe sometime in spring or summer of 2019? Let's just say spring. Anyways, it was very much constructed as a driving mix, light on lyrics but heavy on tunes. A mix that makes me feel as if I'm flying through hyperspace as I weave through traffic as I listen...I remember one of the first times I heard this mix in my car, I was driving to friends' house for dinner, and it was raining somewhat moderately and as the rain poured down and the lights of the cars and city around sparkled through the fog and wet, I felt as if I was sizzling along the highway, soaring with the music beating in my head and singing in my ears. In other words, it's a mix that (to my ears) has a great and unique sound, although probably not to most of your tastes. It is a CD that I have never tired of listening to and has a sound that I love - electronic dance kinda? But not too heavy on the dance. Tracks 7 & 12 are particularly beautiful and I love them so. Anyways, enough of me rambling and let me present one of my all-time fav drive mixes, LinkTorie Says:

1. Algorithm - Muse
2. Sol - Alef
3. Glue - Bicep
4. Daylight(Amir Hussain Extended Mix) - Saad Ayub & Christina Soto
5. Vale - Bicep
6. Arguru - deadmau5
7. Serij - Kolsch / Gregor Schwellenbach
8. Seventeen Years - Ratatat
9. Lex - Ratatat
10. Old Flame (Extended Mix) - Steve Allen & Sue McLaren
11. Time Stands Still - Sappheiros
12. Sail the Stormy Waters (Extended Mix) - Neev Kennedy
13. Innerbloom - Rufus du Sol

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Drystar wrote:Eh, we’ll still ignore you, just like you will us.

Nonsense, Dry <3 You know I could never ignore you

Volaworand wrote:lol Amerion who?

*heartbreak

Philippinia wrote:As a newcomer to the TSP, I’m curious as to what Amerion’s and Aumeltopia’s original flags looked like before they were changed to ‘Endorse Amerion’ posters.

As the resident graphic artist in TSP, Aumeltopia's flag was the best in the region!

Philippinia wrote:As a newcomer to the TSP, I’m curious as to what Amerion’s and Aumeltopia’s original flags looked like before they were changed to ‘Endorse Amerion’ posters.

Mine is usually: https://i.imgur.com/XoURPNw.png

Amerion wrote:
*heartbreak

aww... would our Admiral General like a hug?

well tough!

*hugs*

Amerion wrote:Nonsense, Dry <3 You know I could never ignore you
*heartbreak
As the resident graphic artist in TSP, Aumeltopia's flag was the best in the region!

Right, I’m not in the market for a bridge, thanks anyway.

Aumeltopia wrote:Mine is usually: https://i.imgur.com/XoURPNw.png

Looks great, truly Pacific-inspired! Reminds me of New Zealand somehow.

Amerion wrote:As the resident graphic artist in TSP, Aumeltopia's flag was the best in the region!

Judging by the above photo, it does look interestingly cool.

Amerion, make this term worthwhile.

Kraljevstvo Rata wrote:Amerion, make this term worthwhile.

It’s not like the old school delegates, he’s just a glorified hall monitor who has the keys to the mop closet.

Drystar wrote:It’s not like the old school delegates, he’s just a glorified hall monitor who has the keys to the mop closet.

He'll never be Sedgistan or Kandarin.

Kraljevstvo Rata wrote:Amerion, make this term worthwhile.

I'll try!

Drystar wrote:It’s not like the old school delegates, he’s just a glorified hall monitor who has the keys to the mop closet.

So Dry's ruled himself out of a hall pass for this month, anyone else?

President Trump has been swiftly and safely moved to safety during a press meeting after gunshots or firecracker explosions were heard near White House.

📣 From the Press Secretary to the Supreme Delegate 📣

At 5:00 p.m. South Pacific Time today, the Admiral General and Supreme Leader, Amerion, took the oath of office and succeeded Aumeltopia as Delegate of the South Pacific.

ANNOUNCEMENT

ADMIRAL GENERAL TAKES OATH OF OFFICE

10 August 2020
Assembly,
Fudgetopia Government Center

At 5:00 p.m. South Pacific Time today, the Admiral General and Supreme Leader, Amerion, took the oath of office and succeeded Aumeltopia as Delegate of the South Pacific.

I, Amerion, do solemnly swear that I will follow and uphold the Charter of the Coalition of the South Pacific and all the laws, regulations and ordinances derived from the same; that I will faithfully discharge my duties as such to the best of my ability without fear or favour, affection or ill-will; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Coalition; and that I take this obligation freely, in good faith, and with full disposition, for the good of the Coalition of the South Pacific.

This momentous event was attended by the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, Chair of the Assembly, Local Councillors, and High Court Justices. Also among the crowd were over 3,800 minions. This was the largest audience to witness an oath of office — period — both in person and via the video conferencing software, Voom.

— Colonel Llama,
Press Secretary to the Admiral General


OFFICE OF THE DELEGATE



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