• RE: Get Ready For The Future...

    Here's some ideas:

    New RP/GP offices to be created

    • I.World Assembly Delegate
    • II.Commander of Eurocorps
    • III.European Union Security Council
    • IV.Founder

    The WAD will be elected by the region every four months, in line with Commission/ECoJ elections. There will be no term limits. If the office becomes vacant, a by-election shall be held to fill the rest of the term.

    They will be responsible for casting votes in the WA General Assembly and Security Council, in line with processes to be set out below.

    They will be (nominally) under the authority of the Foreign Affairs Commissioner.

    Whether, in RP terms, the WAD should be a person or a nation is up for discussion.

    The Commander will be responsible for the region’s gameplay military force, Eurocorps.

    Eurocorps’ primary objective is to defend the region and its allies.

    The Commander will be appointed by, and under the authority of, the Foreign Affairs Commissioner. However, their appointment may be vetoed by a majority vote of the European Union Security Council (see below).

    They are appointed for an eight month term, in line with Foreign Affairs Commissioner elections (see below), with no term limits. If the office becomes vacant, an Acting Commander shall be appointed from within existing Eurocorps ranks to fill the rest of the term.

    They may be removed by a majority vote of the European Union Security Council.

    The EUSC will be formed of five members: the founder, the WAD, the Premier Commissioner, the Speaker of the European Council, and one position elected by the region.

    The elected position will be for an 18 month, non-renewable term (election held in the middle of the Speaker’s term). Only players who have been in the region for more than one year may stand for election.

    The two runners-up in this election will become alternates, who will fill any vacancy that may arise from a) the elected EUSC member position becoming vacant, or b) two or more of the ex-officio EUSC offices being held by the same player.

    No player will be allowed to hold all four ex-officio roles at the same time.

    The EUSC will steer, and provide consistency within, the region’s gameplay direction. Specific responsibilities are mentioned elsewhere in this document.

    Duxburian Union is the founder of the region.

    The founder shall sit on the EUSC, and have a role in RP governance (see below).

    Duxburian Union is free to appoint a new founder, with the approval of a majority of the EUSC, at any time.

    Should an unplanned vacancy arise, the founder’s role in everything will be removed until they return or until a new founder comes into office.

    Changes to existing institutions

    • I.European Commission
    • II.Constitution

    European Commission offices will be elected separately. Slates and hearings will be abolished.

    The Premier Commissioner and Internal Affairs Commissioner will continue to be elected every four months, while the Foreign Affairs Commissioner will be elected every eight months. Elections will coincide so, essentially, a Foreign Affairs Commissioner is elected for two terms.

    A by-election will be held in the event of a vacancy on the Commission.

    The Internal Affairs Commissioner will gain gameside responsibilities, for dispatches, regional polls, and suchlike.

    If accepted, these changes will be implemented where necessary by Constitutional Amendment in the RP.

    New Practices

    • I.World Assembly
    • II.Citizenship
    • III.Masking
    • IV.RP Rules
    • V.Gameside

    General Assembly votes will be determined by gameside regional polls, which will bind the WAD. Options will include ‘for’, ‘against’, ‘abstain’, and ‘free vote’.

    Security Council votes will be the WAD’s responsibility, unless a majority vote of the EUSC binds them to vote a certain way (or abstain).

    To participate in the RP and in most regional politics, a nation will have to gain citizenship.

    Citizenship will be granted or denied at will by the forum admins (see below).

    The citizenship process will consist of existing territory selection practices, as well as a security component, and accepting the regional constitution. The security component will involve declaring one’s background on NationStates (subject to verification), and an IP check.

    A range of masking groups will be created, with various different permissions on the forums.

    These will be within the remit of the forum admins (see below).

    Masking groups will include:

    • Default (all comers, access to OOC forums only)
    • Member State (citizens, normal access to forums)
    • Eurocorps (members of Eurocorps, normal access plus military-related forums)
    • Diplomat (foreign ambassadors, access to ambassadorial forums and OOC forums)
    • Friend (allied military personnel, access to military-related forums and OOC forums)
    • Commission, ECoJ, and EUSC (members of relevant bodies, normal access plus relevant body forums)

    The 1% aspect of the existing population rule shall change from 1% to 0.5%.

    A formal structure for forum administration/RP governance will be established.

    There shall be two forum admins – Miraco (web admin), with primary responsibility for website management, and Angleter (game admin), with primary responsibility for RP governance – issues like HR, setting and enforcing RP rules, and other roles mentioned elsewhere in this text.

    The game admin will be responsible for appointing the war mod and econ mod, who will be responsible for managing the war system and the econ system respectively.

    The forum admins will be free to appoint general mods at will, and may appoint each other or a mod to fill their duties during absences.

    Should an admin vacancy arise, the remaining admin and the founder shall agree on a new admin to fill the vacancy.

    The web admin and game admin will be free to make small changes at will, within their remits. Should a player object to a change within one week of it occurring, then a week-long debate shall be held, followed by a week-long vote in the region where the change must be supported by 75% of the region or be overturned.

    Any admin or mod may propose a major change. This change shall be subject to a week-long debate and then a week-long vote. Major changes require a 75% majority of the region to take effect.

    The community will move back to European Union and retain The European Union as a backup region.

    posted in Chamber Of Loose Lips
  • RE: Get Ready For The Future...

    We should move on this soon, as the region isn't looking so good now.  Who else has feedback?

    posted in Chamber Of Loose Lips
  • RE: British Press and Social Media

    Winter Weather Causes Travel Headaches

    Snow across the United Kingdom has fallen, with significant falls of up to 25 centimetres in Scotland, Ireland and northern England, with 15-20 centimetres expected to fall around central and southwest England. The travel nightmare has shut down several airports and trains have been delayed or cancelled altogether across Britain. The Met Office has warned that London and the southeast will experience significant rain and wintry mix and wind speeds up to 70 mph (110 km/h). 

    London Stansted, Birmginham, Edinburgh, and Dublin airports had to wait as snow was cleared from their runways before flights could take off, but as the day has worn on, it has grown apparent that air travel across the United Kingdom has been interrupted due to the inclement weather. 

    posted in European News Consortium
  • RE: United Kingdom Government White Papers

    Building Britain's Energy Future: Industry and Energy in the 21st Century

    It is imperative that, as an island nation, the United Kingdom stands ready to accept the reality that climate change is a real and present threat to Britain's physical status and to its economy. If we allow climate change to run rampant, our seaside towns will be swallowed, London will be submerged, and our economy will cease to function normally. That being said, the Government has come together on a sensible and smart energy policy, culminating with the Industry and Energy Act 2017. 

    What we have seen is an energy sector that has grown inefficient and unwilling to change in public hands. While we have built numerous nuclear energy facilities from 1980-2016, research and development into battery storage of hydroelectric, solar, and wind energy has stagnated. British Energy, under the direct management of the Government is not as competitive as the counterpart companies across Europe. Therefore, it has become the view of the government that we allow British Energy to be sold off in 2018 and be allowed to be a publicly listed company. That said, the Government does have a package of regulations and incentives ready for the private energy sector.

    The Rt. Hon. Dr. Greg Clark, MP

    Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

    1. All new plants must be made to be carbon neutral, which includes nuclear, natural gas, oil, and coal fired power plants. 
    2. The establishment of cogeneration plants will be promoted, which will provide 50% of all heat in the United Kingdom by 2030. This target allows companies to use waste hot water to generate heat for millions of homes in the UK.
    3. Encourage the creation of loans by the Government and other banks for fitting households and industries with energy saving technologies. The Government will also provide a rebate of up to 30% of all costs in switch to energy efficient technologies for households.
    4. OFGEM will be used to regulate the energy market and standards will be a joint implementation between OFGEM and the Environmental Agency. 
    5. Energy cost will be capped at rising 1.2% above inflation with no ability to raise energy prices more than once a year. 
    6. British Energy will be privatised and shares in the company will be publicly available in 2018 at market value of the company in the initial public offering.

    posted in Politics & Incidents
  • RE: Monthly European Union Economic Report

    November 2017 - December 2017

    • Wage growth in the United Kingdom (1.2%), Australia (1.9%), and Derecta (7.4%)
    • Wage stagnation in Angleter, Duxburian Union, Inquista
    • Wages fell in Miraco (-7.3%), Fremet (-0.5%), Pefki (-2.1%)
    • November GDP growth:
      • Derecta (15%)
      • Australia (2.9%)
      • The United Kingdom (2.2%)
      • Angleter (1.8%)
      • Inquista (1.2%)
      • Fremet (1.2%)
      • Duxburian Union (0.8%)
      • Pefki (-0.5%)
      • Miraco (-3.3%)

    Top European Economies

    1. Inquista
    2. Duxburian Union
    3. Angleter
    4. The United Kingdom
    5. Australia
    6. Fremet
    7. Derecta
    8. Miraco

    posted in European Central Bank
  • RE: British Press and Social Media

    Politics: New Poll Shows Large Gap between Liberals and Social Democrats; SNP Falters

    The Prime Minister will be grinning as her party continues its 12th consecutive poll in almost 8 months after the election. The Liberals and the Social Democrats are 8 points apart in the latest Ipsos/Mori poll, with the Government getting a 2% bump up after the Budget. Measures that included technology subsidies for start ups in Ireland and Scotland has helped raise the Prime Minister's numbers. If an election were held today, almost none of the seats would change in England, Ireland or Wales. The Scottish equation, however, changes dramatically. The SNP which was on at 3.1% nationally was down to about 2.5%, which means that in Edinburgh and across Scotland, seats would change hands. Where would they go? Back to the Social Democrats and to a couple of Liberals running in those seats, which means that both major parties have seen off quite a huge challenge in the general elections when it comes to Scotland. 

    What does this mean? Nicola Sturgeon seems to have radically charged politics in Scotland and that included threats to call an independence referendum. The Liberal Unionists and Social Democrats both have decided that they would fight for the Union, as would the Progressives. That combination of parties would soundly defeat a referendum vote right now 68-32, and with the SNP already forming a minority government in Holyrood, would they risk what could be set up as a vote of confidence in the Scottish government and head to yet another election on Scottish independence, or would they work on some other angle? Perhaps spinning the Budget and other decisions in London to get more support for a majority government in Holyrood would be beneficial as well. 

    In terms of the UK Government, they have more political capital to use. They have done a good job of proving their economic competency and are trying to develop the economy in other parts of the United Kingdom, including Ireland and Scotland, with Scotland not being merry hunting ground for the Liberals. This Government is playing a longer ball than most governments in the past, including the near two decade rule of the Social Democrats between 1997 and 2015. Now guaranteed 7 years of Government, the Liberal Unionist Party have an opportunity to shape and mould the centre ground in their image, and it is very likely they'll get it.  

    posted in European News Consortium
  • RE: The EU's Latest Tweets


    posted in European News Consortium
  • RE: An Australian Arrival At An Angleteric Airport

    "Thank you very much, Mr. Courtenay. It is a pleasure to be here in Oldknow House. The roundabout wasn't troublesome today, so your fixes may have debugged the whole thing," Mrs. Clinton said to the Angleteric prime minister. She looked at her team of Bowen and Burke before moving on to Dromund Kaas.

    "Yes, I would like to talk about Dromund Kaas today. This is a long standing war, and Australia has taken in many refugees. I know you have a strong interest in ending the conflict there, and I've talked to British Prime Minister May and she also wants to end the conflict. Australia does want to aid Angleter and the Coalition to bringing the conflict to an end. I wonder what the plan is for the territory in the future. I think it is also important to increase secure acceptance of refugees in our nations. The terrorist attack in London showed that these refugees are feeling alienated in their new countries and isolated, and they may also be dangerous."

    posted in Politics & Incidents
  • RE: The EU's Latest Tweets


    posted in European News Consortium
  • RE: An Australian Arrival At An Angleteric Airport

    The Australian delegation were whisked to Oldknow House, the Prime Minister's residence. Courtenay, joined by Foreign Minister Mary d'Ivry, was outside to meet them.

    "Mrs Clinton, a pleasure!" said Courtenay, as he shook her hand. The delegations exchanged pleasantries and posed briefly for a group photo before heading inside, where they took their seats around the table.

    Pouring the tea into a cup, Courtenay was the first to speak:

    "Well, welcome to Angleter. I trust you all had a nice flight, and that the drive here from the airport wasn't too bad. Everyone used to get stuck at the Noyan Roundabout, but Apache Indian insists he's fixed that now."

    "Anyway, to business. If we perhaps start with Dromund Kaas?"

    posted in Politics & Incidents

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