After quickly having flown to St. Regina after the founding of her United Green Front, Judy Speller joined the ALDGE members at the conference and took to the stand, barely having prepared a speech.
"Thank you very much indeed for having me. Even though my party is barely a week old, I feel it has a large consensus in my country, Inimicus. I am honoured to be allowed to speak to you today. I would also like to take a moment to commemorate my beloved father, who was unrightfully put to death after being accused of attempting to assassinate the Inimician Emperor, William. Jeffrey Speller, I am who I am because of you, and I am sure I would not be here if not for your effort to provide for a safer, greener Inimicus.
The United Green Front of Inimicus is a welcome party, for it provides a political refuge for millions of Green voters who could not trust any MP since the abolishment of the former Green Party in October 2013. I am extremely grateful to Emperor Artabnos, the first Inimician Emperor who has shown benevolence towards Green voters. Without him, the UGF would not even be an imagination. I am sure the UGF will manage to get many votes in the next Inimician General Elections, and perhaps even provide a European Councillor in possible upcoming European Elections.
Speaking of Inimician European Councillors, I find it an absolute shame that the Party of National Pride has provided for every Inimician Councillor to date. Nicholas Benfield was the worst councillor I have ever seen. His phoney climate change denial and bigoted anti-gay sentiments were a disgrace to the EU and Inimicus. I was favourable to Sir Augustus Barrington, but I still find it a shame he refused to vote for a better European Union by blocking the Marriage Recognition Act. Admittedly, he did a good job as Commissioner for Foreign Affairs. Less so in the office of Defence and Peacekeeping, though. His replacement, Ralph Jaevons, seems to be more constructive, despite being a eurosceptic. I still feel guilty about the rejection of the first Ocean Protection Act and the Marriage Recognition Act.
It is time to more Europe into a different direction. We need more climate legislation if we want to continue living on this beautiful planet. Inimicus is a true horror scenario when it comes to green policies. Nearly fifty nuclear fission reactors have been erected since the 1950s, and research into nuclear fusion is heavily subsidised. Contrary to this, wind, solar and tidal power sources are virtually non-existent. I would like to see European legislation to ensure this changes.
I am afraid I don't have much more for you today. I wanted to introduce myself to the ALDGE, and show that also Inimicus has a large green consensus. I thank you warmly for your time, and hope we can work together for a greener, liberal European Union"
The crowd applauded as Ms Speller vacated the stand
Nadira Orcello, who had a very personal history with the intraregional counterterrorism cooperation plans, herself being one of the instigators of the Europol Act, a bill that did not pass in the Council, laid out a summary of the Aurean views.
?I'd like to begin with a bright ray of optimism by claiming that all things considered, Europe as a region is a stable, peaceful, and politically mature continent, with few seeds for violent crises or armed conflicts. We have come a long way from the days of superpower cold wars and frentic arms race for military supremacy. We work ardently towards social justice, democracy, and universal human rights. That's something we all should be proud of.
Those few seeds, however, must be taken with all seriousness, for though they are not many, they all contain a potential disaster waiting to happen. We as a region and we as a europarty shouldn't and can't turn our backs on them.
The recent coup and the civil war that broke out in the former Balkan Socialist Federation is a horrible tragedy, something none of us can ignore. It's also a textbook example of an endemic crisis sparked by an undemocratic society. We've also seen examples of civil unrest and civil war elements in nations with an emphasis on militarization, such as Davishire, and the unfortunate clashes between the Inimican Imperial government and the extreme elements of the environmentalists. Gradual demilitarization and de-emphasis on military prowess would therefore be keys to reduction of similar internal tensions in EU member states ? a development our party should be spearheading.
The Dromund Kaas War continues to be our shame and sorrow, but as we've seen in the past, little can be achieved by outsider parties to end it. Perhaps the EU can take responsibility for mediating negotiations between the Coalition of the Willing and the Kaasian regime once such initiative is taken seriously by the latter. In the meantime, the ALDGE should stay committed to the humanitarian aid operation Enduring Hope and prepare ? both domestically and in Europolis ? to the aftermath, which will certainly require a massive input by the European Relief Force.
Third, we have terrorism, again domestic and international. Over the past year we've seen senseless violence in Pax Aurea, Inimicus, Davishire, Inquista, Italy... Especially worrying is the rise of sectarian violence. As is often the case, these terrorist organizations, different as they may be, all seem to thrive on social marginalization. I'd be in favour of resurrecting the Europol as a treaty organization, something I know the government of Pax Aurea is currently investigating. And though it looks like we'd have little better chances in getting such a move passed in the Council than we had previously, what the ALDGE can do is focus on the roots of the problem: social marginalization.
I find it wonderful how our own Commissioner Karolinasz has focused on the LGBT rights and brought to spotlight the minorities that're ? even today ? often marginalized by society. The results have been promising and inspiring, for so much progress has already been done. A remarkable and welcome move was also the summit of religious spokespersons, summoned by the previous Premier Maleeka Liszckoszi. This is exactly what Europe needs: open and honest discussion that involves all parties, especially those that feel they're being dismissed or marginalized or even oppressed in some way. Otherwise, as we've sadly seen, frustration may lead to radical acts.
I believe that if we as a party can further these means, we'll also tackle the fourth and final threat to regional peace: the increasing presence of nuclear weapons. If we can help reduce tensions and abate crises, we'll be creating an atmosphere of genuine peace and international tranquility where the idea of nuclear deterrence becomes absurd and ridiculous. There's a long way to get there, but I honestly believe it's achievable.
It's no surprise to anyone that Pax Aurea would like to see the ALDGE profile itself as a pacifist party of the European Union ? or, even better, the pacifist party!?
Shortly, nations of Europe shall once again cast their votes and elect the next Commission to guide our Union.
I am pleased that we have received such a wonderful nominee to run for the office flying ALDGE colours. Best of luck to you, Karolinasz! I have it under good counsel that you are already making yourself well known and liked among the Aureans.
I would also like to quote Commissioner candidate Blair Von Schroeder who in the debate said: "The division between parties must go." A most welcome opening indeed! The Commission is the EU entity where it is perhaps the easiest to forsake partisan politics and find true and honest cooperation beyond party lines, as has often happened. I hope that we ALDGE as a party can for our own part encourage and strengthen such amiable spirit in the often-stormy European Council as well.
May we have a Commission that builds rather than a Commission that divides!
As we have already mentioned in the past, Red Croatia would be more then happy to see the bill re-created and presented to the Chamber of Legislation once again, and if it ever does you can count on our absolute support.
Councilor of Red Croatia
One of the greatest achievements in the Aurean politics has been, in my opinion, the general acceptance of the importance of green values. Though we have a predominantly green party ? the Green Alliance ? nearly all other parties emphasize, more or less, ecological issues in their party programs. Going green isn't only a good way to guarantee success: scoffing on environmental topics tends to quickly become a political suicide. At the moment, there isn't a single Senator who's vocally sceptical about the climate change, for example.
This consensus about the gravity of ecological caretaking has blessed us with a fertile environment, pun intended, to pursue our goals ? although, it has to be said, the methods on how to achieve this or that goal tend to vary from party to party. On 2012, several major steps were taken, and I'd like to present some of them to you here. I may sound biased, but a good amount of credit goes to the then-Prime Minister Gaius Proctus, Minister of Environment and Energy Diana Balerianus, and the late President Julia Glorius, who also served as Minister of Environment prior to her two terms in the Presidential Palace.
The state of the oceans is crucial to our islandbound nation. To our great satisfaction, we've managed to cut back our industrial, agricultural, and naval traffic based pollution load of the seas by 5% from the numbers of 2011. This is a continuing trend, and we've managed a total of 28% cutbacks from the pollution levels of the year 2000. The government program ?Mare Nostrum?, started on 2000 by Julia Glorius, seeks to reduce this load to 50% of the 2000 numbers by 2016. It's an ambitious goal, but a realistic, if we continue to invest in new green innovations, production methods, and cleantech. I can't speak about our eco-friendly achievements without mentioning the AORIST program and its contributions to this encouraging development.
One of the human footprints in the oceans is the increased acidity. Among other things, this threatens the well-being of coral reefs and various species of crustaceans and shellfish. As you all know, coral reefs form one the most complex and diverse ecosystems on the planet. Despite all the precautions Pax Aurea has taken, the reefs of our national waters have also been damaged by the raised acidity levels of the Atlantic Ocean. Thanks to a government initiative, however, we've successfully managed to halt the shrinking of 16 coral reefs, out of 19, and in the case of 6, we've actually seen a small amount of growth! This is mostly due to replantation of corals to restore the already damaged reefs with artificially farmed corals. We've also created several ocean preserves to protect these priceless underwater treasures.
Meanwhile, the emissions from naval traffic have dropped approximately 10% from the levels of 2011. This is an even more pleasing achievement than the overall reduction of our national load on the oceans, since naval traffic is so critical to the dispersed geography of Pax Aurea. We can mostly thank more fuel-efficient ships, new algae-based biofuels, and shipwright design innovations. Again, the AORIST deserves a mention.
On the air, we've subsidized the growth of modern airship industry as a viable alternative to much more pollutant airplane traffic.
On the ground level, alternate forms of commuting continue to increase their popularity as opposed to private cars. An efficient public transportation network is seen as a matter of life and death when it comes to urban development. New bike lanes carry cyclists over the streets and parks through the metropolises. On our isles where distances tend to be much smaller than on the continent, electric cars are a smart choice, and taxation also favour them over those that utilize fossil fuels.
Not an acre of rainforest was cleared in 2012. Despite the shortage of cultivated farmland, the government has decided to continue its strict preservation of the still existing rainforests in the African and Caribbean provinces. Instead, investments have focused on supporting the urban farming and aquaculture projects.
Councillor of Pax Aurea
Party Representative of the Liberal Center Party (LCP)