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  1. The clarification is appreciated. I may reconsider, not that it matters.
  2. The issue with "net neutrality" is that, in the way in which the resolution outlines it, it is very, very vague and broad. What if a department of education wants to block certain websites on its computers? What about parental controls? At its core, Nationstates is a government / nation simulator, and not a people simulator. Those nations that already provide Net Neutrality will gain absolutely nothing, as this resolution only repeats existing laws (or lack thereof). What this does, is it forces corporations, governments, etc. to provide access to *everything*, including sensitive information. This is incredibly broad and vague. It's like trying to promote free expression by forcing everyone to walk around naked. You're completely right about Badger. Our votes can't compete with his 500+. And he seems to have already decided his position.
  3. The main issue with the wording, as you said, is that the wording is very broad. There are obvious issues with banning all internet restrictions (education systems restricting access to computer games on their computers). My personal issue with this is that there's just no benefit. The nations that support this likely already provide Internet neutrality, and so would not benefit from this. The nations opposing this likely do not provide Internet neutrality, and so would only have more policies imposed on them by the WA. There's no benefit.
  4. World Assembly Central Medicinal Database and Reforms Compact failed after reaching around 75-80 votes. I am not sure of the exact number, as I wasn't online for when it died. It was entirely my fault for not campaigning this whatsoever after it was submitted. Still, I don't find it entirely bad for my first proposal, which also lacked a campaign :). Will probably resubmit (with revisions and a campaign) after the Internet Neutrality Act leaves the floor, however that may be, and after getting settled into a new region.
  5. Just as a warning, Google Translate does a poor job of grammar.
  6. #LiKETotaLlyDO0dWOOPRoLfMAoW zRocksiZASSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  7. Xerox Prime (New York Times Democracy) approves this resolution. The approval of our delegate, and others, will hinge entirely on whether or not they already provide Internet Neutrality.
  8. My main point was not that democracies=net neutrality, while autocracies=no net neutrality, though that is fairly common. The point that I was trying to make was that the supporters of this resolution will gain nothing from it, as they already provide net neutrality, while the biggest opposition will come from those most affected by it. The only possible effects of this resolution, logically, will be negative, and fall entirely on the opposition to this resolution. The supporters will already provide net neutrality, and so will not be affected, positively OR negatively. It's zero sum. There is no possible benefit for the nations of the World Assembly (WA). The only ones that benefit are the citizens, and the citizens are not represented in this game :).
  9. As I wrote previously: This is the interesting thing about this resolution. If you already provide net neutrality to your citizens, then this basically does not affect you. It will be in line with your own policies, so you will support it. These are the democracies. If you do not already provide net neutrality to your citizens, then this strongly affects you. It will not be in line with your own policies, so you will oppose it. These are the autocracies. So, basically: The strongest opposition to this resolution will be from those that it affects the most. Its strongest support will come from those that it does not affect whatsoever. I think that the implications are obvious. Interesting, no?
  10. Internet Neutrality Act: Highly Technical Review --------- Below is the analysis of the Xeroxian Union World Assembly Committee: I personally find this proposal to be very interesting for several reasons. I will also state the position of Xerox Prime on this resolution: 1. The proposal both increases personal freedoms of the citizens, while limiting the freedoms of the governments of nations (and those that control them). Allow me to explain. This resolution will prevent governments from limiting the Internet content accessible by their citizens. This, obviously, increases the personal freedoms and economic productivity of individual citizens. However, at the same time, it limits the freedom of governments to dictate the Internet freedoms of their citizens. 2. This resolution will have the greatest effect on the nations most likely to oppose it. This is very interesting. If you are a democracy with no internet restrictions, then this will not affect you in the slightest. It just reinforces already existing laws. Therefore, you are likely to support it. HOWEVER, if you are a psychotic dictatorship with the Internet made illegal, then this resolution will have the greatest effect on you and your laws. You are also likely to be against it. These factors are what make the resolution particularly interesting. The nations that will not be affected by this (the democracies) are likely to support it, while those nations that actually are (severely) affected (the dictatorships) will be completely against it. Due to this, your position on this resolution will be entirely personal. Those that provide Internet neutrality will not be affected. They will support it. Those who do not provide Internet neutrality will be affected severely. They will be against it. Xerox Prime is against it due to these reasons. The identity of Big Bad Badger will determine whether or not he supports it. The ones that support the resolution the most will gain nothing from it, while those that are against it will be impacted the most. This is interesting, and presents a fun little contradiction. The implications should be obvious. Additionaly, this resolution is very vague and broad. What if a Department of Education wants to prohibit gaming sites in its computers? What about parental controls? My stance can be summarized in the following sentence: There is a difference between allowing self-expression and forcing people to walk around naked. Overall, this just provides needless extra policies at no benefit to the nations of the World Assembly (WA). I will not support it in its current form. -This highly technical review was brought to you by Xerox Prime. Xerox Prime is against this resolution.
  11. Here's what you need to know: Strategic specialist: get shields and deploy them for others as needed. Shield others! Military specialist: stockpile nukes to use against specific targets en masse. Listen for targets! Economic specialist: build up a production stockpile to dig into as needed for shields/nukes. You're our reserve! I hereby propose that we Pacific nations do not hit each other. Tip: When you are about to go offline for a few hours, spend all your resources on something! That way, you'll have both lots of goodies AND a full bank when you return!
  12. Here's what you need to know: Strategic specialist: get shields and deploy them for others as needed. Shield others! Military specialist: stockpile nukes to use against specific targets en masse. Listen for targets! Economic specialist: build up a production stockpile to dig into as needed for shields/nukes. You're our reserve! I hereby propose that we Pacific nations do not hit each other.
  13. To deploy the shield, just go to the nuke control center from nation main page and click on "incoming nukes". You'll be able to shield if you have them incoming
  14. Technical specialist: get shields and deploy them for others as needed. Military specialist: stockpile nukes to use against specific targets en masse. Economic specialist: build up a production stockpile to dig into as needed for shields/nukes BBB should coordinate, as delegate. The nuke control center is on the nation main page (looks like a radioactive symbol).
  15. Nations of the WA: Wishing to expand on the benefits provided by the creation of a centralized database of texts into the field of medicine; Therefore, Hereby: Establishes & constructs a WA Central Medicinal Database (WACMD), with the purpose of: -Collecting medicinal knowledge possessed by the members of the WA, -Archiving historical and present medicinal research and knowledge in a centralized digital database [with exceptions], -Serving as a centralized nexus for submission of medical research and development of new knowledge by entities both government and private, -Providing access of such information to WA nations, and ensuring the preservation of aforementioned medical knowledge, -Providing administrative functions to regional research and healthcare centers in the form of funding and education; Encourages that WA nations contribute [non-sensitive] existing medical knowledge to the WACMD database; Provides funding for and encourages WA nations to pass legislation with the purpose of developing new medical knowledge and methods of treatment, and expanding national healthcare and research spheres; Encourages that WA nations unable to provide affordable healthcare for their citizens accept the assistance of the WA in developing a capable form of such service, if in applicable governmental status and with appropriate confirmation of services; Mandates for the fulfillment of these purposes, for the WACMD to undertake the: - Archiving and iteration upon contributed medical knowledge, - Integrating new received knowledge into international standards of medical care and treatment, - Providing relevant collected knowledge to the pharmaceutical industry for the development of treatments and procedures, - Dedicating effort and manpower to particular areas of medicinal research, with sufficient funding, at reasonable request, - Establishment of a reasonable and fair program for investment and funding for the maintenance of such a database, - Establishment of a WA committee for the oversight of funding and education for the purpose of developing healthcare and research spheres in applicable countries; Mandates that WACMD establish such a program and division to oversee: - Ongoing funding of medical research and study, - The possible restrictions on certain types of knowledge (ex. sensitive information pertaining to biological warfare), only available through background checks, - The creation and implementation of new standards of medical procedure, protocol, and operating guidelines, where applicable; Tasks the Office of Building Management (OBM) to determine the optimal location of WACMD servers with the potential for: - Defense against potential threats, - Easy access and communication between WACMD servers and possible accessory structures for maintenance and communication; Encourages WA Nations to promote healthcare, medicinal and pharmaceutical research; Clarifies that WA member nations possess access and clearance to non-sensitive documents and information contained within the WACMD database; Ensures the understanding of the WACMD as an entity independent from, albeit still obligated to, its donors, overseers, and WA supervisors; Affirms the right for private entities to participate in their own research and production of medicinal and pharmaceutical goods and information; Establishes a committee for the funding and expansion of WA nation healthcare sectors, pharmaceutical sectors, and medical research sectors. --------- General Assembly Forums & Submitted
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