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  2. I, Craiolia, swear that I have, to the best of my knowledge, been completely truthful in applying for citizenship in The West Pacific and that I have no other NationStates identity that has not been made known in this application. I swear my allegiance to The West Pacific and its citizens, and I swear not to engage in hostilities against The West Pacific or to violate The Manners of Governance, or any laws made pursuant to it.
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  4. I dunno, my daughter once said I'm Batman and named one of my cars 'The Batmobile'. (I no longer have it though)
  5. Marvel, yes! Strictly based on the movies. I have never read a comic book. Less angst. More snark. It's the West Pacific Way! I bet Tony Stark and Cap like Funyons, not fascists.
  6. The GA rules are a set of rules used by the Secretariat to check if proposals are legal, illegal or should be discarded if they have serious rule violations. Of course, all site rules in the OSRS also apply to proposals. Here is a summary of the most important parts written by me (with some help of the forum post containing the full set of rules), so feel free to correct grammar or other errors if there are any: Proposals are written as laws and have an operative clause; They can create a committee, but it must interact with WA member nations, instead of just being created for nothing; Proposals cannot: Contradict or duplicate current resolutions; Outlaw economic, political, religious, or other ideologies; Rely on existing resolutions to support it (except for repeals); Reference anything of the real world; Break the 4th wall (meta-gaming), which is to refer to the NS world as part of a game; Propose things that need a code change in the game; Affect only a part of WA nations, or non-WA nations; Mention the author as 'I', 'me', etc. (branding); Plagiarise another player's proposal (the offending player will be ejected from the WA or even worse!) Proposals can't be amended; instead they should be repealed and then written again; Repeals can't do anything else than repeal the target resolution, and must be only submitted by the repeal link in the end of the target resolution;
  7. Westwind is like that sometimes.
  8. What is an operative clause? Why is it so important?
  9. Great question! Stats can either increase or decrease, and there are a few tips to know which ones will change. Usually, at the top of a proposal/resolution there are a few items that are worth noting: Category: defines which set of stats will be affected. Example: Civil Rights, Education, Culture, Environmental, International Security, etc. If a repeal, the category will also be Repeal. Some categories have further subcategories (Area of Effect), such as Environmental having an 'Affected Industry' one, which defines, obviously, which industry stat(s) will be affected. Strength: defines by how much the stats will be affected. There are only 3, namely Mild (small change), Significant (medium) and Strong (big).
  10. Hey GA crew! I was wondering if you could tell me how General Assembly resolutions affect the stats of my nation?
  11. The Security Council The Security Council is the Counterpart of the General Assembly. Together they make up the World Assembly, the Security Council focuses primarily on Gameplay as opposed to the role-play centered General Assembly. Security Council resolutions are almost all based on Gameplay involving regional politics rather than any sort of role-playing. Unlike the General Assembly, the Security Council passes only three different types of resolutions: Commendations, Condemnations and Liberations. Commendations Commendations Are resolutions that are usually written in gratitude and meant to showcase the outstanding contributions of a certain nation or region. Condemnations While Commendations are written in gratitude a Condemnation is the exact opposite and are resolutions that are written to express disdain towards a certain nation or region. Liberations Liberations Are a type of resolution written that focuses only on regions, a liberation removes the ability to put a password on a region so that it may not be able to continue to be held by raiders that have taken over the region. It is also important to note that all three types of resolutions can also be repealed. This is done by a new resolution being passed in the Security Council that nulls any previously passed resolution, for Condemnations and Commendations this will remove the badge that the nation or region gained in the previous resolution and for Liberations it will mean that a region regains its ability to place a password. The Procedure for how a Security Council resolution comes to pass is done by writing one but its not just as simple as writing one out and have it be the next thing the Security Council votes on. First you’ll want to follow the rules, there are 4: You cannot commend or condemn site staff for their actions unique to staff roles, Your proposal must have a new and relevant argument, Your proposal must contain an operative clause that explains what your resolution will do, Your proposal must fit NS canon. It is important to note that to even be able to submit a proposed resolution you will first need to have your nation be apart of the World Assembly and it must hold a minimum of two endorsements. Before you submit your proposal it is recommended that you get feedback, a great way is to go to the Security council section of the Nationstates forums. The first thing to do after your new resolution has been written is to start by submitting your proposed resolution. Once you have submitted your proposed resolution you will need to reach the minimum number of members of a deliberative assembly which is called attaining quorum. For your proposal to reach quorum all it needs to do is be approved by at least 6% of World Assembly Delegates within 3 days of submission which can become very difficult since many delegates do not look through the proposed resolutions. It is highly advised that you run a proposal campaign to try and reach as many delegates and get them to vote as you can within your 3 day period. One of the best ways to do this is by running a telegram campaign letter which will allow you to not only get delegate's to vote on your proposal to reach quorum but will also allow you see what delegate's aren't so convinced with your proposal and may end up voting against it. If your proposal attains quorum, your proposal will be placed into the Security Council's queue but be careful and make sure that you have more then just the bare minimum of delegate approvals because if it falls below 6% the amount of approvals required, it will drop out of the queue. Now finally if you attained quorum and made it to the front of the queue your proposed resolution will finally move to the voting floor and will be at vote for four days by all everyone that is in the World Assembly which means both WA delegate's and ordinary WA members will be voting. It is highly recommended that you also are active on the Nationstates forums while you proposed resolution is at vote. Many WA nations will vote either for or against your resolution based on the arguments for or against that are made in the thread for your proposal so you should address as many criticisms people have about your proposed resolution there. Written By; @TUMS, @Kurabis and @Teralyon
  12. Steps to Create a Proposal: 1. Think of a subject that hasn't been yet made into law for proposals. If you override a current resolution, yours will be deemed illegal. For repeals, check previous resolutions that don't clearly fix the addressed problem and/or have other errors. 2. Before writing, keep in mind all GA rules. If in doubt, ask on the forums. Illegal proposals will be deemed as so by the Secretariat and won't be voted. 3. After you are ready, post it in the GA forum so other players will give you an advice on grammar and other things to fix, if there are any. Have patience, usually up to a month is a good amount of time to wait. 4. Submit your proposal, and get the support of delegates. A proposal must get support of 6% of all delegates: currently it is around 60, since there are ~1000 delegates. Telegrams asking for delegate approvals are important here. 5. Wait for your proposal to go on the voting floor after it reaches quorum. You may have to wait previously submitted ones to be voted first. 6. Your proposal goes on to the voting floor, and must get more than half of the votes (50%, simple majority). Getting support of delegates again, especially of ones running larger regions, is also important here, as their endorsements are translated into votes and can be often be the decising force.
  13. The journey of how an idea from an individual can become a law:
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  15. World Assembly (WA) NationStates' governing body Established 6 April 2008 2 branches General Assembly (GA) Pass and repeal legislation Security Council (SC) Commendations and condemnations Liberations Voluntary membership You can only have one nation in the WA at a time Nation with the most endorsements in a region is the delegate General Assembly Purpose Establish and Enforce International law Laws are passed to (among other things) Improve human rights, civil rights, social justice Establish environmental standards Focuses on "Humanity as a whole" instead of individual nations Promotes political awareness Both in NS and in real life Forums and RP community to draft and debate legislation
  16. Lemme see, What shall this one be, Marvel or DC?
  17. Hail! *pulls flask form his crimson jacket pocket, swigs rum*
  18. A belated “hi” from me - welcome to TWP. Think I’ve seen you on the GP and SC forums?
  19. In this thread the SC group will place their presentation and the subsequent discussion.
  20. In this thread the GA group will place their presentation and the follow up questions.
  21. Well, they're still at it, so that entire IP Block is now blocked at the firewall. Hope it wasn't anyone too important at Huawei International Pte. Ltd.....
  22. I, Taledo, swear that I have, to the best of my knowledge, been completely truthful in applying for citizenship in The West Pacific and that I have no other NationStates identity that has not been made known in this application. I swear my allegiance to The West Pacific and its citizens, and I swear not to engage in hostilities against The West Pacific or to violate The Manners of Governance, or any laws made pursuant to it.
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