On behalf of the Duxburian Union, I cast my vote as follows:
1. Gisela Stuart
Internal Affairs Commissioner
1. Chelsea Clinton-Mezvinsky
Foreign Affairs Commissioner
1. Vincent Drake
2. Emma Granger
Good morning, EU! I'm Vincent Drake and I'm running for the position of Foreign Affairs commissioner.
For most of our region's history, we have practised heavy isolationism. Over the years, we've withdrawn into our own affairs to such an extent that our region has stagnated and we don't even converse with our allies. I believe that the time is right to break with this unuscessful tradition and take the European Union to the world stage.
Overhaul of the Embassy Program
We have several new friends in The Order of the Grey Wardens, Spiritus, Conch Kingdom, and Renegade Islands Alliance joining our longstanding relationships with Arda en Estel, Canada, 10KI, and United Kingdom. Few of them have heard from us in many, many, many months. We also haven't heard from some of them. My vision for our embassy program is an active, immersive exchange of news, events, ambassadors, and the building of strong relationships between our regions.
If elected, I'd restore the ambassador program we used to have, dividing up ambassador duties among those willing to represent us abroad. In addition to keeping partner regions informed of our news through foreign reporting, European ambassadors should also get to know life and culture in them, participating in their events if desired. I'd also keep exploring new relationships and opportunities as they arise.
We have built a region of diverse nations with rich civilizations, intriguing politics, unique heritage, and fun multilateral events like Eurovoice. However, the wider world knows next to nothing about us and what we have to offer. If elected, I would visibly promote our interests to the international community through the appropriate platforms, platforms we currently don't utilize at all. The more exposure the European Union can achieve, the more attractive we look to nations considering attaining membership.
Participation in a Powerful Defensive Coalition
Long has the European Union been considered a doormat by foreign armies, nothing but a juicy target when relevant at all. We have suffered many rounds of huge attacks by coalitions of nations and regions seeking raiding conquest and imperialist glory. European history is stained with the blood of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our great Union, many of them foreign friends. What have we done in return? Next to nothing.
Our Union has the potential to do great things, commendable things, defending our friends and all who are vulnerable to attack as we once were. I have spent much time laying the foundations for excellent working relationships with numerous organizations, such as TGW, SPSF, RRA, TITO, ex-JTF, TSH, RIASF, SDF, ex-FORGE, ITDA, UDSAF, TMO, TOP, SWORD, and Lily. We have excellent connections and deep knowledge in-house to take our military capabilities to the next level.
I hope this platform and the policy changes it contains are the right things the EU needs to move forward and revitalize its foreign affairs. We have so much potential, but it remains so frustratingly under-utilized.
Candidate Name: Vincent Drake am Weisshaupt
Home Nation: Iunio Dairghazburiano
Office(s) sought: Commissioner of Foreign Affairs
Incumbent? (Y/N): N
Eurogroup Affiliation: European Liberals
Vincent Drake was born in Dairghazbury in 797. He graduated Blackstone University with a BA in International Relations and Devoy Academy with an MA in Cyber Defense. He served as a European ambassador under ex-Commissioner of Foreign Affairs Charley Baakre. During this term in 825, Vincent established new relationships between the European Union and Spiritus, the Renegade Islands Alliance, and the Order of the Grey Wardens. He climbed the ranks of the military in the Grey Wardens, achieving the position of Chamberlain in 826. In 827, he became a commander in the International Trade and Defense Alliance, and currently liaisons with numerous regions dedicated to international defense.
Who even is my councillor now
Oh undeveloped RPs RIP
It's still Devoy
I, Acwellan Devoy, on behalf of the Duxburian Union, vote FOR the constitutional amendments.
1. I support doing whatever level of integration makes sense. A lot of GP is OOC, whether by nature or by necessity. Echoing Angleter's thoughts here, organizing potential offices within the Commission makes the most sense. Not necessarily just under the Foreign Commissioner - if you see a better match elsewhere, it should go there. However, everything from diplomats to military commanders to delegates are inherently dealing with foreign affairs, and could all go there. Appointment vs election can be worked out based on what makes the most sense for each position. Diplomats are probably best appointed, delegates elected, etc. We should still probably establish offices formally, using the European Council. Perhaps mark such GP-related proposals in a way that they need not be IC. We'd still be debating and voting with councillors, not as players, but said debate could be OOC where necessary.
2. I would be a bit hesitant to place GP roles on the RP commissioners themselves. We currently have no security screening process for new members the way other regions do. Beyond checking IP to make sure they aren't multiing, and checking that their desired map plot isn't taken...we have almost no formal application and screening process. Other regions have careful masking with several levels of access and citizenship. We should at least establish something like this before handing out actual regional control.
3. I'm of the opinion that the WA delegate should remain non-executive for now. Executive delegates are juicy raid targets even in foundered regions. I can always give the delegate a separate RO position with the other powers if we want the delegate to have them (a raider delegate wouldn't automatically get that position, and thus would remain powerless to tag the region). The delegate could have an "ex-officio" role on the Commission (along with the founder) with observational powers. Can't vote on executive matters, can't propose legislation, can't set or change policy in any office, but can give advice, liaison between commissioners, help organize elections, and represent the region externally. Basically, a status-quo backup system for the Commission when it is too inactive to do their job, and the Council is too inactive to impeach them. All functions of the region should not just grind to a halt when inactivity is high.
I think we should bind delegate votes to the regional popular vote in the WA, but perhaps run with Belarum's idea and recreate the Security Council for voting on SC proposals. The EUSC could perform both RP and GP roles, helping defuse internal conflict and guiding votes on external liberations/commendations/condemnations. We have allies and enemies in the greater NS world, by serving on the SC, more players can learn about our relationships.
4. The "dual delegacies" idea was to keep both regions and set up a GP parliament where there is a government and an opposition, each with a delegacy. The government's delegate could vote how its supporters vote, and the opposition's could vote how its supporters vote. More interestingly, their voting power would depend on how well they campaign/tart for WA endorsements. Admittedly, this is an ambitious idea for some future where we actually have the amount of politically-involved players this would require, and players who actually care about the WA/SC at that. For now, it might make the most sense to re-concentrate in European Union and keep The European Union as backup. We're only allowed to use one of them for recruiting, anyway.
5. We definitely have a need for overhauling the admin and mod structure. Most of our mods are inactive and we only have one active game admin. We need more people who can create masks and forum sections, mask new people on the forum and Discord, etc. I don't think we need a ton of forum mods, but we definitely need admins.
6. Full support for going to 0.5% population. At some point, I'd like to pass on admin of the war system to someone new. A population change will necessitate war sheet updates, and might as well get someone to overhaul the war system while thinking about that.
I'd actually rather defer to your judgment on this, as I've never been involved in a GCR or other GP region that keeps its RP separate. Those regions do seem stale and inactive...so you may be totally right, we should present something unique. So, perhaps we keep the FA Commission in its current role, although I'd still like to introduce legislation to help maintain diplomatic stability. The commissioner can continue to appoint and dismiss at will, but I think we should have otherwise permanent diplomats assigned to embassy regions like we used to at one point. So, if things happen and we don't have a confirmed commission for months, there is no lapse in coverage due to uncertain authority to represent the region.
I still think there is a lot of untapped RP potential in our virtually non-existent diplomatic corps. As mentioned at some point in the past, Europolis itself is underutilized and could be a hub for foreign character RP, both for us and other regions' diplomats, who might not get the opportunity for such RP in their home regions. As you know very well, foreign updates, embassies, and diplomat exchanges are typically very dry, boring things on NS...but what if we had a unique offering? Come hang out with us and RP with your diplomat?
Branching slightly off topic a bit, I also think we need a complete overhaul of the recruiting TG, welcome TG, and need a GP forum thread for the region. Making jump point attempt regions has exposed me to a ton of TGs, and most of them are too bland, they wouldn't attract me if I were just starting out. We should be expressing not only what we have to offer, but what a player can get involved in on day 1 and how much fun they could have with us.
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