In our Union, there is a division between exploiters and exploited. The exploiters form a hegemonic circle, which seeks to export its own culture and economic system to all others. Through the mechanisms of power in our Union it accomplishes this, quietly forcing deregulation, quietly forcing conformity, in the name of progress and advancement. There is a need to combat this issue. The road is more difficult than it once looked to me, an arduous path, surrounded by mirages which once seduced even me - but I remain faithful that we may soon reach the end.
Here, my friends, are my proposals:
Strictly enforce legislation regarding agencies. Most of these, taken literally, provide for great decentralization - the issue has not been the legislation itself, but rather the way in which agency directors interpret them. I will keep a close eye over them all to ensure that they are not overstepping their mandate or the budget they have been given, as well as to ensure that they are cooperating with national-level agencies to the maximum level.
Continue work on the democratization of aid and research. At some point, I reached the conclusion that the only model was to structure these as cooperatives - but this is now clearly false to me. Such a path is not viable and in reality is a form of imperialism in itself. Instead of imposing my own vision wholesale, I will open a discussion with the Council on the issue, and work cooperatively to reach a model in which the self-determination and independence of nations is protected, a model which ensures maximum participation and encourages self-sufficiency and auto-development.
Continue work on the issue of cultural flexibility. To reach a single formula for such a thing is difficult - there are always exceptions, always loopholes which may be exploited - but I remain convinced that they may be overcome. I will formulate, clearly, my basic thoughts and ideas on the issue, which I have been collecting for the past few months, present them to the Council, and begin a discussion on the issue in order to create a functioning model which genuinely protects the cultural independence of nations.
Firstly, clearing unions are not radical concepts, and in all likelihood would only involve payments in central-bank issued currency due to the impossibility of doing otherwise. As you will note, I have proposed revisions to this proposal, which I have actually read out to you, which remove the original restrictions placed on non-Euro international trade. Regardless, as the sole point of the clearing union with the revisions is to track deficits and surpluses, it is not entirely necessary, as those can be estimated by other authorities. It will therefore be dropped completely from the proposal, without replacement.
I must reiterate that unless if Councillors believe that the purchase of bonds or employment programs, both of which have their basis in very liberal economics, are communist in nature, this proposal is not at all communist.
Given the objection to the tax, I will drop it, and propose the following in its place:
"The European Central Bank will issue a 'carbon unit' to companies and organizations which work to mitigate climate change, at a rate of 1 unit per 1000 kg of CO2e (estimated) mitigated over a period of 100 years. Carbon units will be traded on in an open market. Individual central banks will expand their bank reserves at rates agreed upon mutually between them and the European Central Bank, to limit inflation and to ensure that it is equal across all nations, in order to purchase carbon units so as to regulate the market price of the carbon unit and therefore to change the demand for it. This will create a market incentive to turn towards more green technology.
Internal Affairs Commissioner
Councillor Greene, yes, I was not impartial. But here non-intervention risked the debate being repeatedly interrupted by someone demanding an apology, a situation in which I would not be able to do anything about. In the future, however, I will consider impartiality as being far more important and use alternative methods to control such possibilities.
Council Speaker and Councillor for the Republic of Istkalen
Name of councillor:Izumi Miwako
Name of nation: Federal Republic of Yosai
Reasons why:I used to be the deputy head of the Federal Assembly Budget office in Yosai as well as serving as a financial analyst for the Yosainese Reserve Bank so I do have experience. What I beleive is needed is to reform the European financial system and think that input of all of our European colleagues should be considered, no matter how large or small their nations standing in the EU is.
The invaders have arrived and landed throughout the city-state. And the journalists are preparing for the worst. Some guards were accompanying them in case they need armed defence against the aggressors. The doors were closed, and someone was thumping hard trying to break in. Emergency communication lines between the secret underground bunker were made, but it was no use. The invaders broke through the door and open fired to everyone in the building, they then quickly proceeded to take over the building and studio. All the guards died, it was a massacre. Some journalists were taken hostage, others killed in front of them.
St. Peter's Square
The Gendarmerie began to open fire against the arriving invaders, the tourists were kept in good condition at a special underground bunker not connected to the ones where the pope is. However, the defence was not enough to keep them away. But it was enough to give time for the evacuation to be done and the bunkers' entrances closed. Some were wondering, others traumatized and scared, but the common question remains on whether the pope was safe.
While all the guards at the square were killed, tents were erected by the invaders. Some of the civilians and soldiers who managed to escape took pictures and videos of what was happening.
Vatican Underground Bunkers
The Pope was notified, with video evidence, of what happened to Cardinal Medina. Immediately he order the appointment of Cardinal Vincent Nichols as the new President of the Governorate, with tears from his eyes. All they could do was pray, and that was what they did. The ground shook so much, as if an earthquake happened. They did not know, it was the Basilica, all gone and collapsed.
alt text St. Peter's Basilica
As bombs explode at the columns, the heavy roof and dome did the job of completing the demolition. It all collapsed, to ruble. Some artifacts and religious relics were saved, but some did not survive or had to stay. Rebuilding the entire building would take so much time, and so it was hard to say whether it would still be rebuilt the same way. Only the obelisk remains dominating the square, aside from the ruble of the now destroyed basilica
With three votes against and two in favor, Amendment I has FAILED.
With four votes against and one in favor, Amendment II has FAILED.
With two votes against and one three in favor, Amendment III has PASSED.
The amendment that has passed is vague in nature and would completely undermine the purpose of this act. While there has been significant debate on this subject, this act would, if passed, cause significant legal dysfunction. Therefore, I now withdraw it. While I intend to propose another motion or act for roughly the same purpose, but changed as to reflect some of the concerns expressed, and therefore debate has not occurred in vain, I deeply apologize to all.
Council Speaker and Councillor for the Republic of Istkalen