Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): While we are not against the commendation of Altino in concept, a cursory evaluation of this proposal shows that it simply does not meet the standards we would like such a proposal to meet. The nominee's contributions to Karma are exaggerated in both magnitude and importance, and TWPAF Commandership isn't exactly notable (much less commendable). Additionally, many of the clauses regarding meritocracies are dubious, considering that from many perspectives, Altino didn't exactly invent them. It should also be noted that many of the concerns expressed during the drafting of this proposal were either not heeded by the author or intentionally ignored. As a result, we cannot in good faith support this commendation in its current state, and advocate for a redrafting that takes into account the advice that was given and ignored in this attempt.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ensuring Effectual Recycling" (September 7, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#511)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The at-vote proposal in the General Assembly, "Ensuring Effectual Recycling," is a well-written proposal that obligates member-states to expand their recycling infrastructure and programmes. This proposal also incentivizes research done in the subject-area of recycling, which should ultimately make the process more efficient and effective in the long-term. This proposal is a direct replacement of GAR#483, "Promotion of Recycling", covering up an area of legislation that was left vacant following the repeal of which. As such, it is a worthy cause and an adequate proposal in the subject.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Commend Kuriko"" (September 5, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#323)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The at-vote proposal in the Security Council, "Repeal: Commend Kuriko," is a repeal that adequately summarizes the flaws and general inadequacies with the target resolution. Kuriko, while a worthy candidate, is not done justice in the text of the resolution, which is poorly written and reads off like a laundry list of accomplishments. There are several other inaccuracies with SCR#300, which are written in the text of this repeal in plain view. Ultimately, SCR#300 is a resolution that deserves to be struck from the books of the Security Council, and the author has a replacement ready-to-go for whenever the candidate feels themselves worthy for it.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Marine Protection Act" (September 3, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#510)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The at-vote proposal in the General Assembly, "Marine Protection Act," is a well-written proposal that tackles the somewhat nuanced problem of international maritime pollution. While this problem would ordinarily be complex to directly legislate on member-nations, this proposal eases that burden by setting up a World Assembly Committee in order to identify the problem and put proper regulations in place that should minimize the damage done to areas of profound biodiversity or cultural significance. This is a significant environmental issue which the proposal has tackled well, and its passage will be of benefit to the World Assembly and environmental health.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Commend The Red Fleet"" (September 1, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#322)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): While the Red Fleet is undeniably a staunch contributor to the cause of fighting fascism across NationStates, the region's current commendation is riddled with issues and does the anti-fascist effort no justice. "Repeal: 'Commend The Red Fleet'" aims to remove this flawed commendation, and brings its numerous issues to the forefront. For starters, the commendation was largely ghostwritten by a prominent member of TRF, which is itself dishonest and problematic. The military operations listed in the commendation are needlessly overblown and misleading, four major members of the region were deleted by game mods, and the region in question has a history of raiding regions unconnected with fascism. The actions of the Red Fleet recognized in the current commendation have arguably been of substantial detriment to the public image and standing of the anti-fascist effort as a whole.
While the current commendation should undoubtedly be repealed, there is a replacement proposal currently being drafted which seeks to properly recognize the region in question for their legitimate contributions to fighting fascism.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Land Reclamation Regulation" (August 30, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The at-vote proposal in the General Assembly, "Land Reclamation Regulation," attempts to serve the noble cause of minimizing environmental damage that may occur through land reclamation (creating new land out of a body of water). Unfortunately, the method in which it does this is peculiar at best and ineffective at worst. By placing the responsibility of impact studies under a committee that will monitor all cases of land reclamation occurring in member-states, it creates an undue burden on the World Assembly when it could just as easily be handled by each individual nation. Additionally, clause two is worded in such a way that these impact studies may simply be required to be done on land reclamation as a whole, as opposed to each individual project that involved land reclamation - which is a fairly unhelpful task and makes the crux of the resolution pointless. Clause one is also worded perhaps a little too strongly, without having any reasonable limits set on what the "minimal" amount of environmental damage would be. While this issue likely deserves being legislated on, this proposal is too heavy-handed to be the legislation that covers it.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Commend Evil Wolf"" (August 27, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "Repeal Commend Evil Wolf", the proposal that is at-vote in the Security Council, hinges nearly entirely on the somewhat flawed concept that the raiding of fascists ("fash-bashing") is not commendable. While this does seem to hold some merit at first sight, it fails to acknowledge a time-held precedent within the Security Council that fash-bashing is, in fact, commendable. This is the meat of the proposal, though there are a few more supplementary clauses that are largely non-compelling reasons for repeal. Among these are the claims that raiding that is unrelated to fash-bashing nullifies the rest of the proposal - this is not the case. What would've been more appropriate was an additional condemnation on top of the commendation. This may have been excusable, if there was a replacement condemnation drafted, but this was not the case.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "GMO International Trade Accord" (August 26, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#509)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The General Assembly proposal "GMO International Trade Accord" effectively legislates on several key areas concerning the transboundary movement and use of genetically modified organisms, with the goal of mitigating potential negative externalities of the use of GMOs. The proposal achieves this goal by targeting three points: the decision to import GMOs for agricultural or other use, the safe utilization of GMOs once they are within a member nation, and the sterilization of plant GMO seeds in order to prevent genetic contamination of nearby plants, which could result in consequences such as superbugs and herbicide-resistant weeds.
The first point is fulfilled by the creation of a committee, which provides guidance on environmental risk assessment of GMOs and their international trade. The proposal mandates that decisions on the import of GMOs are based on scientific environmental risk assessments, and that member nations take measures to prevent the release of GMOs or their genetic material where unintended or for malicious purposes. Perhaps the most important role of this proposal is to ensure that member nations have control over the sterilization of plant GMOs, so long as sterilized plant GMOs may be used where it is of net environmental benefit.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Valanora" (August 23, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#321)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "Commend Valanora" makes a convincing case for the commendation of a prolific contributor to the NationStates Sports community. The target, Valanora, has both held and ranked a number of tournaments- one of the most unforgiving and unrecognized jobs within NS Sports. They have also accomplished a vast range of athletic victories, such as being the "best football team ever in NationStates history." While these accomplishments alone are likely enough to merit commendation, they barely scratch the surface of the target's true contributions to the game's community. NS Sports is not often recognized by the World Assembly, but this proposal makes a strong and compelling case to do so.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Restrictions on Forced Eugenics" (August 23, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#508)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The at-vote General Assembly proposal, "Restrictions on Forced Eugenics", is a concise and eloquent piece of legislation that protects the right of individuals to not be subject to genetic modification under the orders of any government. The proposal guarantees that governments cannot encourage the genetic modification of any person prior to birth for any reason other than to address bodily disorders and diseases. This proposal is an important step towards fully protecting bodily autonomy for all peoples of the World Assembly.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Promotion of Recycling"" (August 19, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#507)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): A sensible repeal of quite a flawed resolution, "Repeal: 'Promotion of Recycling'" makes an effective case for why its target should be stricken from the body of international law. Chief among its arguments are the general incoherency of the target, holes in its wording, and careless oversights in matters such as the upgrading of existing recycling systems and the transshipment of viable waste materials for the purposes of recycling. With a superior replacement rapidly approaching the point of readiness for submission, we see little reason to oppose this proposal.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Noahs Second Country" (August 16, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#320)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The at-vote proposal, "Condemn Noahs Second Country", is a very well-written proposal that goes lengths and bounds to uncover the treachery committed by the target in the cards game. Noah, as they are oftentimes called, is easily within the ranks of the Card Elite, and have readily abused multiple facets of the game in order to further their own collection. Noah employs what is considered by many to be "scummy tactics", including exploitations that were so overpowered that they have since been changed considerably, meaning that it is now near-impossible to nations to replicate some of the tactics that have led to Noah's immense wealth. They have contributed a lot to the cards community, and deserve recognition for that - and the various ways that the nation has contributed to the game lend themselves well towards condemnation. Even beyond cards, however, Noah is a prolific Issues author and up-and-coming Security Council author, both of which are also touched on in this proposal.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Public Access to Court Records" (August 15, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#506)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): A solidly constructed proposal legislating on an important subject, "Public Access to Court Records" sets out to achieve one goal: to ensure public access to judicial records for the purposes of facilitating more effective oversight of national court systems. The proposal effectively fulfills this objective by mandating that court documents be provided to the public free of charge and in an easily accessible manner, while crucially allowing for redaction or sealing where it serves the public interest. Additionally, the proposal in question requires that all documents it pertains to be deposited with the Universal Library Coalition where reasonable.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Wallenburg" (August 12, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#319)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "Commend Wallenburg" is a commendation of one of the most well-versed General Assembly players, which they have authored nine distinct resolutions for. They are an incredibly well-respected voice within the community, and have helped countless drafts there. They also have served as The East Pacific's Chief Minister of World Assembly Affairs for approximately a year and a half to this day. The proposal touches on several other aspects of Wallenburg's good deeds, including their time spent in The Conclave (regional court) of The East Pacific, as well as multiple positive facets of their roleplay.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Wartime Journalism Protection Act"" (August 10, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#505)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): A well-written proposal, "Repeal: Wartime Journalism Protection Act" helps illuminate multiple glaring flaws in the target resolution. There are several loopholes in the resolution which include granting member-states the ability to expel reporters from scenes where chemical and biological weapons are being used on the grounds that it would put the journalist in danger, the ability to cover up crimes against humanity on the grounds that it would jeopardize its military efforts, and the ability to expel journalists carrying objects on the grounds that they are weapons, especially considering that target does not define a weapon. While these are not all the issues with the target, it very quickly becomes apparent that this repeal is necessary.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Nuremgard" (August 8, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#318)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "Commend Nuremgard" is an unusual proposal compared to the recently passed "Commend Frieden-und Freudenland" and "Commend Trotterdam," due to its focus on pure issue writing rather than other issues-related and regional development work. Nuremgard, the nation in question, has had eighteen high-quality issues written by them make it into the game for all nations to answer. Nuremgard is a unique target due to their lack of forum drafting for their issues, and their lack of a well-known online presence. Nevertheless, they are a highly skilled, dedicated, and underappreciated author who deserves to be recognized for their work in developing the game's community through issues authoring.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Integrity in Law Enforcement" (August 8, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#504)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): A proposal designed to lay the groundwork for police accountability in all member nations, "Integrity in Law Enforcement" effectively legislates in pursuit of its goal by mandating the disclosure of law enforcement records relating to investigations into and incidents of alleged wrongdoing by police, such as sexual assault and excessive use of force. The proposal strikes a good balance between facilitating transparency and providing for a necessary level of confidentiality, by allowing the redaction of records in order to protect personal information and preserve national security, as well as other reasons. Additionally, the legislation explicitly allows for national and World Assembly law to increase the scope of transparency regarding law enforcement records, and the public's access to such.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Trotterdam" (August 2, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#317)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Trotterdam is a well respected member of the Got Issues community for a plethora of reasons. First of all, Trotterdam has left useful feedback on hundreds of issue drafts over the years, enabling aspiring authors to produce high quality drafts that eventually end up in the game for players to answer. Additionally, Trotterdam has made significant strides in the general public's understanding of issue features that may not always be obvious, such as validities, macros, and issue chain sequences through posts on the various stickied megathreads in GI. Just as impressive is the creation of a database documenting more than 5000 issue effect lines, stat effects for each option, and a plethora of policy information. Ultimately, "Commend Trotterdam" does an excellent job of laying out these contributions and more in a comprehensible manner.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Legal Rights of Workers" (August 2, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#503)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): A well-written and necessary proposal, "Protecting Legal Rights of Workers" comes hot on the heels of workers' rights legislation such as "Rights of the employed" and "Fair Arbitration Act." This inherently more specialized proposal aims to ensure that workers have unabridged access to the legal system in order to enforce their rights. This is achieved through provisions preventing arbitration agreements between workers and employers from being coerced or unfairly imposed, protecting workers from retaliation for not signing arbitration agreements, and most importantly, protecting workers from being retaliated against for seeking to enforce their rights in court. The General Assembly, as well as many member nations acting on their own, have already made significant strides in protecting the rights of workers, and legislation ensuring that those rights can be enforced is equally essential.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Frieden-und Freudenland" (July 30, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#316)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "Commend Frieden-und Freudenland" is an excellent, well-written proposal for a worthy target. Frieden-und Freudenland has contributed to the game in several significant ways. First and perhaps most notable is their authorship of a plethora of daily issues that cover a vast range of topics, a brief selection of which can be read about in the target proposal. They have also been an utmost contributor to the region of Forest. Some of these contributions that the proposal cites is the creation of the regional newspaper "The Forest News Leaf," as well as the annual "Forest Photo Contest" - both of which give a fantastic demonstration of the target's dedication to Forest.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Freedom to Seek Medical Care II"" (July 30, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#502)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "Freedom To Seek Medical Care II", a resolution that is well-meaning in intent and is good general legislation to have on the books of the World Assembly. Unfortunately, there is one significant flaw that the proposed repeal of this resolution points out. Clause four of the target resolution explicitly states that member-nations are prohibited "from taking legal action against citizens or permanent residents who seek medical treatments or operations abroad, as long as General Assembly resolutions have not been violated," meaning that any criminal who is wanted for a crime in their home country can flee to a foreign nation in search of medical help, while having absolute immunity from their home country in the process - especially when taken in synergy with clause one, which prevents nations from stopping individuals from seeking foreign medical attention. While it is unfortunate that one such flaw can ruin the entire resolution, this flaw is very significant. A replacement is currently in drafting, hopefully leaving as little downtime between the potential passage of the repeal and the submission of the new proposal.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Vippertooth33" (July 25, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#315)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): A well-constructed commendation of a worthy target, "Commend Vippertooth33" focuses on a longtime anti-fascist military player. The nation in question, Vippertooth33, has a long (17-year) history of leading and supporting raiding, defending, and trophy operations against fascist regions. Some of the target's achievements include deceiving the founder of a large Nazi stronghold into inadvertently allowing said stronghold to be utterly annihilated, leading operations to destroy Nazi regions with active founders, and defending multiple regions from defilement at the hands of fascists.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution " International Transportation Preclearance Act" (July 25, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): An incredibly niche proposal at heart, "International Transportation Preclearance Act," while fairly well-written, is ultimately both entirely optional and utterly ineffective at what it sets out to do. The singular objective of this proposal is to expedite travel between member nations, thereby allegedly benefiting tourism and commerce. However, the proposal makes it very clear that 'preclearance stations' are entirely optional agreements between two member nations. The legislation then devotes large amounts of text to describing, in detail, how these entirely optional agreements are to be constructed.
We find it strange that a proposed World Assembly resolution would task itself with micromanaging a highly specific agreement that member nations may or may not sign. We find it especially puzzling that the proposal in question would include obvious filler such as mandating that preclearance stations be closed if a member nation desires it, and requiring that member nations "collaborate and adhere to each other's border control policies."
Additionally, the proposal's stated objective of expediting international border crossings can be easily achieved in a simple way that doesn't necessitate bloated micromanagement: increasing the number and efficiency of border control and processing personnel. Indeed, the proposal in its current form may actually increase waiting time, by encouraging member nations to reassign existing personnel to preclearance stations.
While these issues are alone enough to justify opposing this proposal, clause 5 is written in such a way that member nations would be prohibited from ever screening international travelers if they pass through a preclearance station even once.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Mikeswill" (July 21, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "Condemn Mikeswell" is a well-written proposal, but one that falls flat in its arguments and targets a nation unworthy of recognition by the Security Council. The nation in question, Mikeswill, is a prolific cards player and long-time Delegate of the region NationStates. The proposal's reasoning for a condemnation hinges on two things: Mikeswill's history as Delegate, and his history as a cards player.
Under normal circumstances, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs would likely support such a proposal. However, we cannot in good faith recommend that this effort be allowed to pass. Both Mikeswill and his region harbor a fervent anti-Security Council stance, going so far as to oppose the chamber's very existence. Regardless of how well-written or coherent a condemnation is, it should not be granted with the target's support to a player opposed to the very idea of the Security Council.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Wartime Journalism Protection Act" (July 21, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#501)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): A flawed proposal at its core, "Wartime Journalism Protection Act" attempts to ensure that journalists are granted freedom to move and report in warzones so long as their activities do not compromise military operations. However, the very concept of such a proposal is inherently problematic. The nature of information is such that it is nearly impossible to discern whether it could be potentially compromising at some point in the future, and it is equally difficult to prevent information from being released once it is accessed. The simple fact that national militaries would be forced to allow civilian reporting in warzones unless they can prove on the spot that said reporting would definitively lead to a loss of life is reason enough to oppose this proposal.
Additionally, the current writing of the legislation does not prohibit member nations and their armed forces from detaining and arresting journalists for reporting, and does not define what constitutes reporting, meaning that journalists, in effect, can easily be stripped of the freedoms afforded by the rest of this proposal should a member nation desire to do so.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Christian Democrats" (July 18, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Christian Democrats has served as a generally well-respected and accomplished author in our community. His contributions to the World Assembly are numerous and grand, worthy of praise on their own. However, recently, Christian Democrats opted to sign a charter, which declares that the nations placing their name on it will not comply with five separate resolutions in the General Assembly. In doing so, Christian Democrats has turned on an institution from which he has benefited greatly, and which benefited from his work. The disrespect he has now shown this institution should not be honored. Under no circumstances should this behavior be rewarded with a Commendation.
In addition, there are comments from Christian Democrats that have raised concerns regarding several of his viewpoints, specifically concerning the values on which the WA is built.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "International Criminal Protocol" (July 18, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#500)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Arguably a wolf in sheep's clothing, "International Criminal Protocol" seeks to protect various rights of those sentenced to death, but in doing so, relegates the legalization of capital punishment entirely to member nations. This is unacceptable in its own right.
There are more specific issues that must also be made apparent. The proposal requires that executions of the pregnant only be held off until they are no longer pregnant, denying expectant parents the opportunity to raise their child and separating families. As a result, pregnant women may feel pressured to get an abortion when they would otherwise choose not to, so that their child need not suffer having their parent executed. Possibly the most important problem is that the proposal prevents the WA from banning the death penalty, ultimately failing to address capital punishment itself and betraying any good intentions the proposal may have had. Even with the highest level of protection and due process being provided concerning capital punishment, innocent people may still end up being executed. Regardless of any other good provisions the proposal contains or any valid arguments it makes, this penultimate clause soils it.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn ravana" (July 14, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "Condemn ravana" is a poorly-thought-out and reactionary proposal that fails to give adequate reasoning towards a condemnation. The author is an officer in the region of Lasagna, which ravana supposedly "incited war" against. As such, it can only be presumed that the proposal was written with the sole intent of humiliating ravana, or similar. In this proposal, which solely focuses on hostilities against one region, much of the language is clunky and confusing to the point where what actually happened is difficult to discern. This does not seem to be a significant matter, and rather a minor dispute not worthy of the Security Council's time. All in all, it does not make a convincing argument for condemnation. These issues may have been able to be pointed out, had the author decided to undergo drafting for the proposal, but they decided not to, and instead submitted and resubmitted their proposal until it was legal - but not necessarily good.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Peaceful First Contact" (July 14, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): A proposal with just one operative clause, "Peaceful First Contact" shows itself to be largely useless to WA member nations. The proposal only prohibits member nations from attacking people and/or vehicles of "unknown origin", "unless it is in response to either an attack or a territorial incursion by said persons or vehicles". This already reveals one problem: how can one determine whether a person or vehicle is engaged in a territorial incursion if the person and/or vehicle is of unknown origin? It also remains unclear that if these situations could actually lead to unnecessary war, why any member nation would allow its citizens to attack people/vehicles of unknown origin. Considering this, the marginal benefits of this proposal do not weigh up against its potential downsides when a nation cannot be as careful in determining a potential invader's origin and whether it engages in an attack.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Access to Abortion" (July 9, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#499)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Access to Abortion' is a well-written and needed proposal, not just protecting the right to choose, but mandating that right be accessible to all regardless of their financial position as well. The proposal justly provides adequate funding, clinics, and further regulations to ensure safe abortions are administered to those that need them. Believing that the right to choose whether or not to terminate a pregnancy should be protected in itself is admirable, but going the extra steps that this legislation does is commendable.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on Forced Blood Sports" (July 5, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#498)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): A revision of an earlier failed proposal, "Ban on Forced Blood Sports" attempts to achieve what its predecessor could not. The proposal sets out to prohibit animal blood sports that carry a significant risk of harm to any participant, and establishes a framework for the processing of newly-freed participants. The proposal also bans non-consensual sapient blood sports.
However, this is where the issues begin. The proposal's second and third clauses are inherently contradictory, as a blood sport involving both animals and sapients would be prohibited even if it did not carry a significant risk of harm to any participant, since animals are fundamentally unable to provide informed consent. Additionally, the proposal mandates that blood sport participants be "given [their] freedom" or "relocated to [their] natural habitat," without specifying how this release is to occur, or that it occurs humanely.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Military Identification Tag Act"" (July 1, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#497)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "Military Identification Tag Act" is a flawed resolution that has several glaring issues, any one of which could justify a repeal on its own. One of the most pressing issues is that the resolution disallows the destruction of its mandatory ID tags by anyone, including soldiers to whom the tags have been issued. This means that soldiers cannot conceal their identity if they are taken as a prisoner-of-war without breaking international law, and, depending on the information put on a tag, may be unable to prevent torture that can result from the information on a tag.
Another significant issue is that the resolution gives no protocol for how military tags can be decommissioned - it doesn't even clarify that member nations could decide how to decommission tags. This is an oversight that can be interpreted as member nations being unable to decommission tags. These are just two of the more pressing issues with the target resolution, but there are others as well.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Fair Arbitration Act" (June 27, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#496)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "Fair Arbitration Act" (GA) fulfills an important role in comprehensively regulating arbitration agreements, which are agreements that mandate the resolving of legal disputes by an independent arbitrator, rather than a court of law. The proposal seeks to ensure that these agreements are only valid when they serve the public good, and accomplishes this effectively by prohibiting all such agreements with respect to matters of antitrust violations, civil rights, consumer goods, and employment. The proposal sees to it that arbitration agreements will only apply between two parties of relatively equal bargaining power, and will never unduly interfere with the ability of an individual to seek legal action over alleged wrongdoing. The proposal nicely complements prior resolutions passed by the General Assembly, by ensuring that individuals can enforce their rights in court.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Australian rePublic" (June 27, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#314)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): A focused and well-written proposal, "Condemn Australian rePublic" (SC) makes a thorough and humorous case for why its target is to be condemned by the Security Council. The nation in question, Australian rePublic, is one of the game's most prominent issue authors, with a full seventeen (17) published issues to their name, and a consistent presence in the "Got Issues?" subforum. While the seemingly logical decision would be to commend the target for their lasting efforts rather than condemning them, the proposal's author blends the meta with the in-character to build a compelling argument that is pleasing to read and feels entirely appropriate in its conclusions. Additionally, the fourth wall in our office went missing shortly after one of the "missions" mentioned in the proposal, and we want it back.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Standards On Police Accountability" (June 23, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): While the proposal reveals the noble intentions of its author, "Standards On Police Accountability" does not achieve the goal its title suggests. Potentially its most significant problem is the fact that the proposal does not mandate that bodycams and onboard cameras ever be turned on, providing nations with a major loophole. Secondly, the proposal defines "police force" and "law enforcement officer" in a way that is overly broad and includes institutions (e.g., intelligence services) that are not intended to be included. Lastly, the proposal jeopardises the safety of undercover officers by requiring them to wear bodycams.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend The Salaxalans" (June 23, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#313)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The Salaxalans is one of the most dedicated players in the game, dedicating over eight years to their home region of Spiritus. Over this time, he has spent six years as delegate, furthering the community around it and thrusting the region onto the international stage. "Commend The Salaxalans", gives a superb demonstration of this dedication, and shows how Spiritus would not be the region it is today if not for The Salaxalans' leadership, amongst other various accomplishments. Among these accomplishments includes the dispersion of the "potato" meme amongst NationStates, a meme so widely popular that it was recognized by Max Barry, superb leadership through both Z-Days and N-Days, and becoming the first-ever Vice WA Secretary-General.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Supporting and Valuing the Humanities" (June 19, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#495)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Supporting and Valuing the Humanities is a proposal that firstly notes the importance and rightful mention of the humanities within the halls of the WA, coming after GA#475 which spoke on the importance of the Natural Sciences. This resolution not only speaks about the humanities' importance, but takes steps to ensure their presence and usage in member nations' curricula. Funding is offered for those nations who may not be able to support such curricula with their own national budget through the World Humanities Fund. Such funding has been given concrete objectives to ensure that no money is being improperly used. These funds are not limited to only governments, but are extended to non profit entities who help further the mission of this proposal.
Built into the proposal is the formation of the Department of External Auditors, which ensures funds are being responsibly allocated to avoid wasteful spending and ensures transparency when it comes to the use of funding.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Condemn Vandoosa"" (June 19, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Repeal: 'Condemn Vandoosa'" makes a well-formulated and straightforward case for why its target resolution would best be repealed. The target resolution in question (SC#188), a condemnation of the now-defunct Vandoosa, is largely obsolete at this point. The proposed repeal notes the depreciated nature of the target resolution (especially considering that the nation in question has since been refounded under a new name), and highlights several deficiencies in its clauses, such as the overinflated description of the nation's actions alongside numerous errors, which the author of the target themselves attested to.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Regulating Desalination" (June 15, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#494)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Written with the goal of curbing the possible negative environmental effects of desalination, "Regulating Desalination" naturally legislates on a very narrow topic. However, this limited scope does the proposal more harm than good. For starters, the legislation's clauses are quite weak, and do not take advantage of the proposal's narrow topic to effectively regulate desalination. The issues posed by desalination are not limited to waste products harming ecosystems; rather, they include risks to human health, which are not covered by the proposal, and ocean-specific issues such as the intake and destruction of animals and eggs. Additionally, the proposal fails to address the potential commercial applications of waste products, nor does it effectively address the financial issues plaguing desalination in water-scarce areas or encourage water conservation measures. It is our belief that a proposal on such a narrow topic must take full advantage of its limited scope. Otherwise, it may as well be rewritten to regulate water treatment or land-based industry in general.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Apulita" (June 14, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "Commend Apulita" is a resolution that seeks to recognize a prominent native of the Warzone regions for their lengthy tenure as Delegate of Warzone Europe and for their supposedly invaluable influence in keeping the region stable. If Apulita is commendable, this resolution does not make the case. The resolution misrepresents the influence The North Pacific (TNP) had in protecting Warzone Europe which at the time Apulita was Delegate was a protectorate of Equilism, a treatied ally of TNP. TNP deployed to the region a number of times when the region was under threat and TNP's support of Apulita served to dissuade regions from toppling Apulita. The proposal additionally falls into the trap of just listing positions (eg. Senator, President, etc. ) without specifying what exactly Apulita did in those positions.
Additionally, it should be noted that simply reigning as Delegate for an extended period of time in one's native region is not a commendable feat on its own and as such this proposal relies far too heavily on that one subject.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Language and Education Rights for Deaf Individuals" (June 11, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#493)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Over the years, the General Assembly has sought to protect the rights of all people to enjoy the same freedoms and opportunities afforded to their peers, regardless of categories like race, gender, or sexual orientation. Unfortunately, international law has not afforded deaf and hard of hearing individuals this protection until now. "Language and Education Rights for Deaf Individuals" seeks to remedy this deficiency, by guaranteeing deaf individuals the right to an equal education, freedom from discrimination, and the ability to fully participate in society through recognition of non-audial languages. The proposal displays good writing, and effectively legislates on an important topic.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Liberate Iran"" (June 11, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#312)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Iran has been a long-standing region that has withstood the process of time. It seems that the resolution to liberate it it has already worn out its reason and its need. A refound is likely, meaning that the only thing standing in its way is this resolution that is still in place. Iran will be safer, more stable, and have a better presence in the world if it is refounded accordingly.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Proper Hygiene For Medical Instruments" (June 7, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#492)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Proper Hygiene For Medical Instruments" is a well-suited replacement of the recently-repealed "Ensuring Safe Syringe Use" - not only does the replacement cover up all the issues that the repealed resolution had while still maintaining the integrity of the legislation, it also has a far broader scope so as to ensure proper sterilization of all susceptible medical instruments and not just syringes. The topic it is on is an essential area of legislation in ensuring that the spread of disease through improperly sanitized equipment in medical settings is minimized, and it legislates on this topic very effectively.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend 9003" (June 6, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#311)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "Commend 9003" outlines a most eloquent and refined set of rationales for the favorable recognition of 9003 by this most noble World Assembly. A truly cultured nation, 9003 is most deserving of this pinnacle of honors, as exemplified by its everlasting commitment to the collection of "artwork" in the form of cards from across NationStates. The proposal articulates two fine reasons for why 9003 is to be commended, those being its noteworthy history of tasteful card collection and its storied history of involvement with both the North Pacific Army and the forces of Mordor. Special emphasis is placed on the nation's role as Deputy Guildmaster of the North Pacific Cards Guild, and its hosting of Olympic Games for art. In the opinion of the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs, both this proposal and this nation will undoubtably age as befitting a bottle of fine wine.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Rights of the employed" (June 4, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#491)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Despite being written with the commendable goal of fighting workplace discrimination, "Rights of the Employed" is marred by several glaring issues which leave it unable to achieve its lofty goals. Though ostensibly intended to ensure "a range of rights" for workers, the proposal inexplicably omits freelance workers and most contractors from benefiting under its clauses. The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs finds it troubling that the first thing a resolution against workplace discrimination does is discriminate against certain types of workers.
Additionally, some of the proposal's language is questionable at best. For example, the legislation places the burden on the employee to prove to their employer the need for breastfeeding at work, which is unacceptable for what should be obvious reasons. On the subject of breastfeeding, the proposal mandates that "a private, safe, hygienic and ventilated area in [the] workplace, separate from any toilets" exists solely for breastfeeding, which is unrealistic for many small businesses. Furthermore, the proposal's heavy-handed banning of "intimidating behavior" is wholly incompatible with certain professions built around experiencing such. We recommend that the authors revise their work, and cannot, in good faith, recommend voting For this proposal.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Crushing Our Enemies" (June 2, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#310)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "Commend Crushing Our Enemies" is a well drafted resolution that recognizes the substantive work that Crushing Our Enemies (also known as "General COE" has undertaken during their time in NationStates. Their tireless efforts have included vastly improving The North Pacific's internal security, laws and policies, publications, and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of government institutions as a whole. Crushing Our Enemies is one of the modern founding fathers of The North Pacific and his contributions are too numerous to mention in a single resolution. Crushing Our Enemies has a proven record of valuing regional sovereignty, military service, and the strengthening of democratic institutions. In addition to his contributions to The North Pacific, Crushing Our Enemies has helped to develop a culture of professionalism and responsibility in The Black Hawks and ensured compliance with international law following the use of the military weapon "Predator". Crushing Our Enemies is a very deserving candidate as is reflected in the resolution.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Restrictions On Blood Sports" (May 30, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): While "Restrictions on Blood Sports" sets out to achieve a commendable goal in the outlawing of fatal blood sports or those with forced participation, the proposal's effectiveness is compromised by its execution. Despite prohibiting blood sports in which the aim is to kill the opponent, the legislation inexplicably permits such practices when the goal is "merely" to maim the opponent and both parties consent. This reliance on intent and consent undermines the proposal, as intent to only maim cannot possibly guarantee that combatants are not crippled for life or eventually succumb to their injuries; additionally, consent is unreliable at best, and can always be coerced. It is the belief of the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs that any resolution pursuant to the subject matter cannot allow such exceptions, and it is the Ministry's recommendation that the author resubmit the otherwise respectable proposal with this in mind.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Vilita and Turori" (May 27, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#309)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): In the opinion of the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs, "Commend Vilita and Turori" is a shining example of what a well-done Security Council resolution should look like. The proposal rightly commends Vilita and Turori, a roleplayer of exceptional caliber and staunch contributor to the NationStates sports community. The proposal highlights their contributions and achievements in great detail, including creating Atlantian Oceania (a core region in the NSSports community), spurring development of the Baptism of Fire (a tournament for new players), and hosting a remarkable number of competitions both big and small. Significant thought clearly went into writing this proposal, and it stands as a fitting way to commend such a deserving nation.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Military Identification Tag Act" (May 26, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#490)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This resolution clearly from the beginning defines a purpose; which is to install military identification tags for the militaries of WA-member states and it reminds all voters that the absence of medical treatment to recovered, but unresponsive soldiers due to lack of identification on their person is a problem that needs to be fixed. This resolution clearly states the reasons of why such a move would be beneficiary. These include the identification to return fallen soldiers to families and to seek missing or killed soldiers. The steps needed to be taken are also very simple steps to take and the information needed per soldier is not too outrageous. Not only this, but this resolution also protects the soldiers identification from destruction from the opposing sides. This means that under this act, soldiers killed-in-combat will be able to have their remains brought home to their loved ones relatively easily, in theory.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ethical Treatment of Animals in Research" (May 22, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#489)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This proposal serves as a well-written answer to the current dearth of animal rights legislation in the World Assembly. The legislation effectively restricts excessively cruel animal testing, while allowing member nations enough flexibility to engage in testing when it is justified. Additionally, several key clauses ensure that animals are humanely treated both before and after testing, along with prohibiting experimentation on species at risk of extinction unless it will aid in conservation efforts. The establishment of an Animal Experimentation Board is handled well, and allows member nations to receive the necessary funding to comply with the act's provisions.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Candensia" (May 20, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#308)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Commend Candensia is a well-written, unique take on a unique nation who has applied themselves to the admirable but under-appreciated cause of music education, as well as some other niche but similarly important topics such as last meals for criminals on death row, and several takes on environmental issues among several others. In addition, Candensia has applied themselves to protecting and serving the region of The Hole to Hide In - in their offices as WA Delegate and Chief Moderator, has contributed to the Security Council by authoring SC#275 "Commend Jutsa" and co-authoring SC#291 "Commend Duxburian Union", the latter of which notable for commending a defender and member of Candensia's aforementioned region.
All of these factors come together to form a well put-together, deserving case for Candensia's commendation and applause from this Security Council.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Ensuring Safe Syringe Use"" (May 18, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#488)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The repeal at vote is well-written and outlines a few major reasons that the target should be repealed. These points were actually pointed out near the beginning of the voting period for the target resolution, but it wasn't enough for a lot of people to vote against without replacement legislation. Now, replacement legislation has been drafted and is simply waiting on "Ensuring Safe Syringe Use" to be repealed. Both the repeal and the replacement adequately address the issues that are in the initial proposal, without being too over-the-top about it. While the repeal is rather short and you can read the issues there, a brief synopsis of them is that some of the wording is overly ambiguous, to the point where the meaning is muddled, and that it constantly refers to "syringes" despite the author meaning to address needles, not syringes. The replacement proposal has neither of these issues.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Auphelia" (May 18, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#307)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This is a well written, highly creative, and humorous RP condemn of Auphelia, a prominent member of the TSP community. We believe that the proposal fulfils its main objective, to jokingly condemn Auphelia for RP actions. While some were put off by the graphic descriptions of torture within the proposal, they mirror the style of Auphelia and are a creative addition to the proposal. We believe proposals that are well constructed and employ humour tastefully should be supported, this being a great example of such.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Requiring Promulgation of National Laws" (May 14, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The current proposal at vote, Requiring Promulgation Of National Laws, is flawed in an assortment of ways. Primarily, this legislation is ripe for abuse on multiple levels. There is concern of a potential loophole allowing nations to abuse the period of vacatio legis to indefinitely delay the application of legislation they do not wish to comply with. Regardless of a good faith issue, the proposal does little to outline any restrictions on how vacatio legis may be used. Additionally, this mandated waiting period adds unnecessary bloat to member states' domestic legislative systems, and restricts their ability to quickly deal with any issues that demand haste. Furthermore, there is a gross overreach in empowering the Judicial Committee of the Compliance Commission to shut down emergency legislative functions during a State Of Emergency if they feel you are not in enough "danger" to justify it. Not only should that be a power held only in the hands of each nation's sovereign government, it should not be able to be reviewed by a party that does so only to evaluate the legislative processes of a government in its more dire time of action.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Audioslavia" (May 12, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#306)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Roleplay resolutions are quite uncommon, so it's always pleasing to see one appear. On top of this, "Commend Audioslavia" is an excellent resolution. The proposal is written by an experienced roleplayer who clearly went though adequate research and drafting to document Audioslavia's history in NationStates. Audioslavia has contributed to the NationStates community in roleplaying consummately in sports competitions. This is made evident by their achievements in winning football (aka soccer) competitions, amalgams of randomness and roleplay skill. They have also given back to the community as demonstrated in clause 2, where Audioslavia is cited as running competitions, teaching new players, and providing football assistance through "kits".
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Data Protection Accord"" (May 11, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Repeal "Data Protection Accord" is a highly flawed proposal that doesn't identify any legitimate issues in the target resolution. A majority of the arguments are based on the premise of national sovereignty, which are not grounds for repeal, and those arguments which are not based on national sovereignty are generally non-issues or nonexistent in the first place. For example, the proposed repeal claims that allowing individuals to see data collected on them is "impractical" - when it should not be impractical to simply allow the viewing of collected data.
Furthermore, there are several points where the proposed repeal claims the target to be vague or otherwise nonviable, which is simply untrue. In all instances where this is mentioned, the issue is not present if good faith compliance is occurring - which all compliance must be - making these issues practically entirely fictitious. It would be one thing if these issues were addressed with an adequate replacement proposal, but no such replacement exists.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Psychotic Dictatorships" (May 8, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#305)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "Condemn Psychotic Dictatorships" is an entertaining (and well-written) proposal, but nonetheless recognizes the region as an example of how dictatorships should be played. Psychotic Dictatorships reflects their name well. The region strictly divide real life atrocities with their roleplay, and enforce silly rules characteristic of a stereotypical tyranny, which provides a great example of how to roleplay a tyranny without disturbing others. Ironically, this unique and vibrant dictatorship is worth emulation to any prospective and current dictators on NationStates.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Standards for international Road Freight" (May 6, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This proposal attempts to create a comprehensive set of laws for international cargo transport by road vehicles, but fails to do so reasonably. In clause IV, member states are required to enforce a fee on all road cargo transport entering their nation, which prevents free movement of goods. Clause II mandates that all said transport must be planned beforehand between the foriegn transporters and the domestic national services, a useless and bureaucratic procedure that will rarely be beneficial in practice. Clause VI bans the formation of preferential trade agreements by mandating all nations of origin to be charged the same fee. Lastly, Clause III takes away member states' control of their own borders, requiring entry points to be open at all times except under "compelling purposes".
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Almonaster Nuevo" (May 4, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#304)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The flag of one's choice is often difficult for them to obtain, but some players devote their time to making them for other players. Almonaster Nuevo has spent a half a decade selflessly making flags for hundreds of strangers, notably in this thread. They're respectful, prolific, and serviceable in their work, making them extremely well-known for flag making. Additionally, Almonaster Nuevo has been a wonderful inclusion to the communities they have participated in, including consummate ambassador work and NationStates World Fair maintenance. We find the sheer abundance of this unrewarding work to be enough to commend Almonaster Nuevo.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on the Administration of Unwanted Substances" (May 2, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#487)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "Ban on the Administration of Unwanted Substances" is a well-written proposal that is the natural continuation of previous proposals to ensure the right to bodily autonomy. Giving reasonable exceptions to its mandate, it adequately prevents nations or any other entities from applying substances to most individual that would not want that substance applied to them. Additionally, it allows a pathway towards future legislation further covering information in the proposal, including adding more exceptions to the proposal if need be.
While there has been some criticism over the proposal allowing "anti-vaxxers" to put the public at risk of being infected with preventable diseases, these are unfounded concerns. There is a clause that specifically allows the administration of substances deemed necessary "for the widespread public health of either the nation or the large." Furthermore, due to the phrasing in clause two that says "Subject to other World Assembly Legislation...", this resolution, "Public Health And Vaccinations Act", would be in effect and negate any concerns of public health in regards to vaccines.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Destructive Government Economic System" (April 30, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#303)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Early on after trading cards were introduced, Destructive Government Economic System (DGES) discovered the essential value behind cards with ex-nation flags: they realized "ex-flags" wouldn't exist in later seasons. DGES argued for the special recognition and collection of these cards (inspiring many members of the community), and paid enormous markup for these ex-flags. The card community has dedicated itself to collecting ex-flags is normal and, with the discovery that ex-nation's cards only spawn while at auction, a culture (which DGES has greatly assisted in) of paying a high amount of bank for some ex nation cards has sprung up. DGES has paid a massive markup to collect and display thousands of ex-nations, and has collected virtually every major ex-nation card. In addition, DGES has also helped the community in their role as a Deputy Guildmaster of the Cards Guilds of The North Pacific, the largest region-based cards community that has benefitted countless TNPers, and by authoring a comprehensive guide to cards for all nations to use.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Reproductive Freedoms"" (April 28, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The proposal at vote, "Repeal: Reproductive Freedoms", attempts to repeal a resolution that is known for its longstanding protection of women's rights, and namely the right to have bodily autonomy in regards to the termination of pregnancy. The author wishes to repeal the target solely for the fact that he has a natural dislike of abortion.
While there are some concerns that are not completely without merit, these are mostly able to be overlooked, given the fact that Reproductive Freedoms does actually supply more societal good than the moral outrage that some may have over it causes. The author attempts to claim to be concerned with the flaws they believe are present in the resolution, ignoring the fact that none of the "flaws" are unobjective, and are rather moral concerns, which, in most cases, is not grounds for repeal. Even in the case that these claims were factually accurate, the author is intentionally misleading with them, given the fact that they have no intention to actually have a replacement go into effect.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Deruuu" (April 26, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The Security Council is polluted by an excessively-large series of joke proposals, each one more tiresome than the last, and many players are fed up with it. "Condemn Deruuu" is yet another one of these resolutions; one which should've been posted on the forums to entertain without being submitted. The resolution is centered around a single, 20 minute YouTube video around NS by Drew Durnil, who owns Deruuu and recruited players to NationStates with the video. He only did things any new player would do: answered issues, read telegrams, voted on WA resolutions, made fun of Marrabuk, etc. This objectively makes Deruuu no better as a NationStates player than anyone else. The above-average quality about Deruuu is that they run a popular YouTube channel, something which is irrelevant to a NationStates World Assembly. If that weren't enough, the resolution claims that a temporary site outage was caused by the influx of nations from Drew Durnil's YouTube channel, when in reality there was a pre-existing break. This inaccuracy unravels the claim made in "Condemn Deruuu".
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "On Marijuana" (April 24, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): While On Marijuana is well-intentioned, those intentions are not sufficient enough to make a well-written proposal. First of all, considering the vast variety present in World Assembly nations, it is almost nonsensical to write a proposal on such a narrow category of drugs - it would've made more sense to write a proposal on a wider category of drugs. Beyond the topic, the proposal text is equally flawed. For one, in the Mandates clause, the phrase "incarcerated for marijuana and marijuana related paraphernalia" simply makes no sense because people can only be incarcerates for crimes related to the drug. If we were to interpret is this way, the proposal becomes extremely problematic as it would require dealers and even violent offenders to be released, whose crimes are not victimless, unlike possession. In the Ensures clause, without a proper specification of the percentage for reparations, the clause is meaningless as nations can set any percentage they want, including almost zero.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend The Holy Principality of Saint Mark" (April 22, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#302)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The North Pacific Ministry World Assembly Affairs appreciates the idea of commending the Holy Principality of Saint Mark (commonly known as Halo), but feels that this resolution lacks effort or quality. Its opening clause, stating Halo is "a leader in many aspects of the world", is unsubstantiated throughout the proposal as it only describes their actions in specific regions or organizations. The resolution reads like a laundry list containing very little description of the nominee or proof that these actions are commendable. Examples include listing their former position of "Arbiter in the judicial system", but providing no details on their actions in that position; mentioning their creation of a religion in Albion, without explanation of its purpose or why it was desirable; and stating their role in creating Osiris' court system, without explanation of whether it has impacted the region positively, as court systems are known to be divisive at times. In the most substantive part of this resolution is on their tenure as WA Delegate of the West Pacific, we are left with no understanding of the "Imperial Culture", the "Manners of Governance", or what events Halo responded to "in a thoughtful, reasoned way". On the many treaties negotiated, it fails to state any positive impacts. The resolution also vaguely references "[encouraging] internal reforms in The Pacific" without explanation of what internal reforms or what work was done by Halo to cause them. The mention of NSToday's News Partnership Framework is bewildering as there is no evidence of whether the organization has become a positive force, or whether there are any benefits to the regions themselves, of which Halo is a leader (as stated throughout the proposal).
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Prevention Of Forced Sterilisation" (April 20, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#486)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "Prevention Of Forced Sterilisation" is a proposal that seeks to put an end to involuntary sterilisation (that is, the involuntary "removal of an individual's reproductive ability"), an immoral and inhumane act often used to oppress the rights of people and groups, as well as an ineffective punishment. It accomplishes this goal in an effective and concise manner. It is a necessary and adequate extension to the extant resolution Ban On Sterilisation Of Minors Etc, especially through clause four of the proposal. The proposal demonstrates the sophisticated handling of the subject at hand and would make an excellent addition to international legislation.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Condemn This Game"" (April 18, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#301)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "Condemn This Game" was a resolution intended to be a joke for April Fools' Day, which the Ministry had opposed due to its lack of purpose. The repeal currently at vote recognizes this, and exemplifies the arguments that jokes shouldn't be made simply for the sake of being made in the Security Council. The repeal also satirises comments from other attempted repeals, taking the assertions and taking it to the extreme, stating that the intent to bring traits such as "good-will", "joy", and "humor" into the Security Council is an overall bad thing and "should be eradicated."
All in all, the author has gone above and beyond to provide a fitting repeal to a light-hearted proposal that wasn't meant to stay.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Nations Creating Regions For SC Props" (April 14, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Condemn Nations Creating Regions For SC Props' must be the last proposal of its kind to reach the voting floor of the Security Council. As this proposal correctly points out, creating regions as props to commend or condemn them is an awful trend. It is one that began as a joke, admittedly a bit funny as well, yet it has become an annoying bit that must be quashed. There is no effort put into these proposals, no research conducted, and nothing positive is ultimately contributed to the Assembly by them being voted on and potentially passed. It is imperative for us to euthanize this cancerous trend once and for all.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Kuriko" (April 13, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#300)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "Commend Kuriko" hits all the points to be made for why Kuriko has had an exemplary impact on NationStates. The first predominant reasoning is that Kuriko is a consummate Security Council player, having written the most SC resolutions by any one player, many of which being liberations to protect invaded regions. Kuriko has also been elected Delegate of 10000 Islands three times, a position she served with distinction as her World Assembly experience allows her to spur rational discussion. In the same role, which also gives her responsibility for Foreign Affairs, Kuriko led a notable shift in a region which has been isolationist for the majority of its 17 year history, towards increased cooperation (including with The South Pacific, the Rejected Realms, and Yggdrasil). This has helped to solidify 10000 Islands as a member of the worldwide community, particularly in defending. Kuriko is also the founder of The Hole to Hide In, an impressive role-play region.
TNPers may recall a campaign by Kuriko against a commendation for prominent TNPer Crushing Our Enemies based on his past raiding activities. The ministry recognizes that this came from a strong ideological position which she is obligated to uphold and does not reflect ill on her person or negate her abilities or achievements.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn This Game" (April 1, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#299)
Reason for vote: No
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Disease Naming Compact"" (March 25, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#485)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This proposal to repeal the recently-passed "Disease Naming Compact" highlights the flawed premise and execution of the resolution. Firstly, the resolution falsely assumes that cooperation is almost nonexistent between member states and that nations are unable to adopt a common name for a novel disease, or easily search up foreign names. Secondly, it claims to have the intention to avoid bureaucracy, while ironically adding more bureaucracy through the creation of a mandatory regulatory body. Lastly, its objective is likely impossible, as diverse languages and writing systems would prevent the adoption of a common name appropriate for all member states.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Cormactopia Prime" (March 24, 2020)
Reason for vote: He didn't want it, and he didn't deserve it anyway.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "On The Health and Financial Well-being of Workers" (March 23, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This proposal aims to establish leave for workers in the event they become sick, have a family medical emergency, or if they have children. These types of events in a person's life are important for them to attend to, regardless of work obligations. On top of that, in the event they are sick, it would be wise to provide some sort of program that allows them to stay home and prevent the spread of the disease. Further, workers will receive identical compensation as they would have had they been at work, easing financial stress undertaken by not attending work. Creating an umbrella program for each of these, allowing greater flexibility for workers, is the best course of action. However, by the author's request and due to fundamental flaws discovered during vote, we will take another approach to the resolution and try again later.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Cormactopia Prime" (March 17, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Cormactopia Prime, commonly known as Cormac, despite being a potentially deserving nominee, is the subject of a rather stale proposal that doesn't paint an accurate picture. Cormac is known for being capricious but still dedicated and charismatic in any role (defender, invader, imperialist, journalist, etc) they decide to take. The proposal doesn't argue that, rather that Cormac has great recognition among their peers for a collection of accomplishments. The proposal is jumpy and doesn't flow well throughout the clauses, each of which is shakily written and barely supports the the initial argument. Several of the clauses, such as the "Affirming" clause on developing stability in Osiris, contradict further evidence on Cormac's history with Osiris. We hope for a better proposal down the line.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Interference-Causing Equipment Standards Act" (March 17, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): While a well-intentioned proposal, it unfortunately falls victim to wording problems, which are at times overly complex while also creating loopholes. For example, clause 2i includes technical vocabulary that is not properly defined. Clause 3 prohibits distribution of non-compliant devices between member states while allowing member states to import and export from non-member states. Clauses 3 and 4 together ensure only member states capable of developing non-compliant devices are able to use them for government purposes such as security and defense, while those not as technologically advanced cannot purchase them, and are left without a vital line of defense. We hope for a better proposal down the line.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Disease Naming Compact" (March 13, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#484)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This proposal appears to be written opportunistically based on current real-life events. Unfortunately its provisions appear unnecessary as a common name for a novel disease would be adopted by most nations through communications between government authorities, and medical professionals would be aware of different names if they exist. In addition, the large variation in the languages of WA nations will make the task of creating a name suitable for all languages functionally impossible, and nations need flexibility to adopt a name that suits their language.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Kindjal" (March 13, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#299)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): While we have our reservations, Kindjal has demonstrated a determination in a popular field of the game that is not usually discussed in the Security Council. Although they intended to dedicate to roleplay, they struggled with writing as English is not their first language. Instead, they chose a path that led to them becoming the best in their field of NS issues. Kindjal, in adjudicating right from wrong, has topped every other nation in 10 different censuses in the game, all of which are highly competitive. We hope that this well-written commendation demonstrates that nations in all fields of the game can be commended, and serve as an inspiration to dedicated issue answerers.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Promotion of Recycling"" (March 6, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This repeal ironically uses rather ambiguous reasoning to argue that clause 3 of GAR #483 is ambiguous, stating that it creates for possible loopholes and abusive regulations for member nations and large corporations, without providing prove or examples as to how the by the author predicted negative consequences might come to pass. It is also rather contradictory, in claiming firstly that clause 3 was ambiguous, but then stating that clause 3 specifically creates abusive regulations while in fact the resolution itself does not create those regulations, but requires member nations to create regulations or subsidizations and tailor them according to their needs and requirements. Although it is possible for environmental regulations such as those on recycling to impact small businesses more than big businesses, it is up to national governments to craft regulations that do not disadvantage small businesses unfairly.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate The East Pacific" (March 3, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): In an event that can only be described as confusing, the Delegate of the East Pacific themselves has called for an end of their tyranny and wishes for a liberation of their region. While The North Pacific is always glad to help the weak and oppressed, we believe in this case it is sufficient to point out all the wonderfull options available to end ones own tyranny and political career, like self-impeachement or a good old donation affair.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Oceanic Hazardous Waste Disposal Ban" (March 2, 2020)
Result: passed, but discarded due to rule violations (GA#484)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA):
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend 00000 A World Power" (February 25, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA):
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Promotion of Recycling" (February 25, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#483)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This proposal seeks to promote the conservation of resources and does so in a way that is accessible and practical to all members of the GA. While the proposal is somewhat broad, the active clauses ensures that no heavy burden is placed on nations as nations are only required to act based on their capabilities. Mandating the introduction of recycling and salvaging, and making these easily accessible to the citizens of the nations is a necessary proposal, and is executed carefully here.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Limitation of Inhumane Weaponry" (February 22, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This proposal, while written for a noble cause, is undermined by its contradictory wording and unclear intentions of the author. While Clause 4 seemingly only prohibits its use in "situations where lethal force would also be prohibited", thus allowing most military uses, clause 5 then prohibits "development of, trade in, and funding" of these weapons, making it effectively a blanket ban. Such a blanket ban would in fact undermine security, by depriving nations of a way of defending themselves. In addition, many inhumane weapons, including chemical and bio-weapons, are already covered by previous resolutions, while nuclear weapons cannot be prohibited per GA#10, rendering the scope of this current proposal to be ineffective.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Arconian Empire" (February 20, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Even many experienced players and defenders are rightfully unfamiliar with Arconian Empire. Much of the proposal cites work in regions unheard-of and commends Arconian Empire for a slew of inconsequential missions. In the rare listing of a defense by Arconian Empire that was potentially significant, such as the liberations they have participated in, the proposal does not state whether they organized or were a key part of the missions. Further, in the "impressed" clause of the resolution, it describes Arconian Empire's region as having "small stature, lack of formal training, and absence of a surrounding network", which is contradictory to any claim that the nation runs a venerable military. Overall, while the nominee has shown dedication to the defender cause, their contribution cannot be said to be significant.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate The Union of the Axis Powers" (February 16, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#298)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The North Pacific and the Security Council has a long history of engaging in anti-fascist actions. Fascists have no place on this site. Through this liberation, we are able to work to accomplish this goal. At least, that was before an attempted refound which was thwarted by the NPA. Now the password would serve as an obstacle.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate Pars" (February 11, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): At the time voting began on this proposal, Pars was occupied by the raiders mentioned in the proposal and held under a password. However, since then, the raiders have removed the password and left the region, and the region was subsequently liberated, thus eliminating the need for a liberation resolution, which the author has confirmed.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Tinfect" (February 6, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#297)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Condemn Tinfect" is a thoroughly written, roleplay-oriented proposal that condemns the Imperium of Tinfect - a nation with significant breaches of international legislation on human rights. Completely avoiding any reparations for its history of genocide, Tinfect remains in flagrant noncompliance with several vital General Assembly resolutions, while using a puppet nation to gain the benefits of being in the World Assembly. Beyond the issues of noncompliance, Tinfect is an imperialist nation that shows little regard for sovereignty of other nations and their internationally recognized borders. The proposal at hand puts the atrocities committed by Tinfect in a well thought-out manner to end any hesitancies about the goodness that Tinfect tries to play off.
While the roleplay may seem like bad roleplay to some, it is in fact committed rather gracefully, and with the full permission of the players behind the accounts which has imperialism enacted upon them. The target has put a great amount of effort into roleplaying effectively, and deserves to be recognized for that.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Preventing the Execution of Innocents"" (February 3, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Although the proposal seeks to replace "Preventing the Execution of Innocents" with a direct ban on capital punishment, this is likely infeasible, as proven by previous attempts. Thus, a repeal would likely only serve to remove the important protections that are put in place by the resolution. Furthermore, a repeal is not necessary to pass a complete ban on capital punishment, as the target resolution states explicitly that "member nations are permitted to sentence and carry out capital punishment within their jurisdictions", thus eliminating any potential issue of duplication.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Gatesville Inc" (February 2, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#296)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "Condemn Gatesville Inc" is a well-written proposal composed to finally recognize the terrible actions perpetrated by the oppressive regimes Gatesville Inc and its predecessor Gatesville helped to create on numerous occasions, including several times in the North Pacific, such as the infamous Lewis and Clark rogue delegacy. Gatesville, which was characteristically against the esteemed World Assembly, used its large army and intelligence network to bully game-created regions into subverting to this megalomaniac scheme. Similarly, its successor Gatesville Inc proceeded to immediately support the Dourian Embassy's rogue delegacy in Osiris, which was the consequence of The Dourian Embassy losing re-election. In one scenario, Gatesville controlled the delegate nation of The West Pacific simply through spying, and preceded to use this position to destabilize the West Pacific's government.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Crushing Our Enemies" (January 28, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Crushing Our Enemies, more commonly known as COE, is a widely recognized and respected figure for his service to multiple regions. This proposal recognises the substantive work COE has undertaken during their time in NationStates, including vastly improving The North Pacific's internal security, laws and policies, publications, and government as a whole. COE is one of the modern founding fathers of The North Pacific and his contributions are too numerous to mention in a single resolution. Crushing Our Enemies has a proven record of valuing regional sovereignty, military service, and the strengthening of democratic institutions. Contrary to misconceptions, this proposal does not commend COE for raiding, which he undertook as part of his service and leadership of The Black Hawks, an organization where he helped develop a culture of professionalism and responsibility. His contributions to The North Pacific are, nevertheless, much more prominently cited.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Norrlands" (January 26, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): A roleplay proposal, which not frequently seen in the Security Council, is one that addresses the roleplay activity of a nation, rather than gameplay actions such as raiding/defending or regional politics. A roleplay condemnation is viewed as a badge of honour for playing a good villain IC while contributing to the roleplay community OOC. On the surface, this appears to be a perfectly fine proposal of this category. However, upon closer examination, many actions by the subject, Norrlands, such as launching unprovoked nuclear strikes, or pushing another nation to launch 14 nuclear warheads, is indicative of unrealistic and excessively militaristic roleplay. Furthermore, the subject roleplays solely in the Discord server of Sonindia, and has not made any contributions to the general NationStates roleplay community.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on the Involuntary Administration of Drugs" (January 26, 2020)
Result: passed, but discarded due to rule violations
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This proposal is intended to ban the use of sedatives and hallucinogens against the will of the individual which they are being used on, which it accomplishes adequately. In proposals like "Ban on the Involuntary Administration of Drugs," the main issue is often a lack of sufficient definitions - an issue that the proposal at-vote avoids rather well. The proposal addresses a wide variety of circumstances but is clearly-written and not overbearing.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Benevolent Thomas" (January 22, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#295)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): While previously The North Pacific had voted against commendations for the same individual, we no longer believe that a small incident over a miscommunication should prevent the commendation of a notable individual. Since the previous attempts, The Order of the Grey Wardens, founded by Benevolent Thomas, has cemented its place as a premier defender organisation, and Benevolent Thomas has been recognized internationally for dedication to defending. Along with his service in developing several regions, including many prominent duties in European Union, working to revive 00000 A World Power (a prominent defender region) and significant roles in 10000 Islands as delegate, and all achievements highlighted in the proposal, Benevolent Thomas is most deserving of a commendation.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ensuring Safe Syringe Use" (January 22, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#482)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Ensuring the use of safe, sterilized syringes is a worthwhile goal for the World Assembly even if it does not seem like an obvious issue, as it will contribute to the overall reduction in the transmission of bloodborne illnesses. The current proposal does this in such a way that it does not place undue strain on medical systems in less developed member nations.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Forensics Accord" (January 16, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Forensics Accord is a poorly-written proposal that was submitted with virtually no drafting. Firstly, its title is misleading as it suggests the proposal is about forensics in general, when it exclusively covers "forensic genetics." Another major flaw of the proposal is that it does not mandate any action from nations, as its clauses only "encourage," "welcome" or "emphasize" certain things, meaning it is essentially useless and arguably has no area of effect. Its category of health is also arguably incorrect, as it does not fit the description. Furthermore, the proposal is ironically full of both vague undefined terms and unnecessary definitions. It defines the word "forensics," which is not used at all in the rest of the text, while its other definition is for "impunity," a word used only once. The vague term "forensic genetics," which is used multiple times, is undefined, while other terms such as "international sentient law" or "sentient rights international law" are unclear and/or grammatically incorrect.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Data Protection Accord" (January 10, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#481)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Data Protection Accord is a sensible and well-written proposal that would protect the privacy of the individual from data-collecting organisations by requiring explicit consent from individual users for data collection (notwithstanding crime prevention) and ensuring users are informed on how their data is used and/or shared. Additionally, individual privacy is protected against governments as they are prohibited from viewing the data unless given consent by the individual and the data-collecting organisation (notwithstanding crime prevention and judicial orders). Furthermore, the proposal protects minors by ensuring consent for data collection is required from their guardians.
Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Subject State Enforcement Act" (January 7, 2020)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This is a much-needed resolution that would prevent some World Assembly members from circumventing the enforcement of resolutions in parts of their territories. In doing so, it would ensure General Assembly resolutions are applied more fairly across all member states. Thus, all member states would have General Assembly resolution apply to all parts of its territory, closing any loopholes in this area that may have previously existed. But I think this one is convoluted and falls short, so I split with MoWA on this.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Ramaeus" (January 3, 2020)
Result: passed (SC#294)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Ramaeus is a faithful and long-time citizen of The East Pacific, serving in many notable government positions, most notably three times as Delegate. In these positions, they have contributed to the development of the region internally and externally in a meaningful manner. Although their contributions are mostly concentrated in one region, they have been instrumental in enhancing the region's international image and fostering interaction between the region and the international community through the World Assembly, the East Pacific Sovereign Army, and alliances with other prominent regions. In addition, Ramaeus has been a prolific Security Council author, recognizing other nations for their achivements, and most recently played a significant part in organizing the liberation of their home region from a rogue Delegate.
Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Wartime Healthcare Protections" (January 1, 2020)
Result: passed (GA#480)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The proposal aims to protect medical facilities and the rights of injured combatants during wartime. The GA has previously passed resolution protecting civilians, and this would be another step in ensuring that the rights of people in general are protecting even in the chaotic times of war. The passing of this proposal would help to further strengthen the protection of personal rights during a wartime scenario, by protecting the access to medical care and preventing medical facilities from being targeted, thus ensuring the least possible casualties in armed conflicts.