First Minister Martyn Kiryu has posted their January 2021 end of term address and handed out awards. They discussed the highs and the lows of this term at length. You can check it out here
The following people were awarded:
Feyrisshire was awarded the Order of the Guide
Pajonia was awarded the Order of Development and the Hero of Liberty
Eriadni was awarded the Order of Development
Trabardia was awarded the Order of Artistry
Theria Han was awarded the Cross of Education
Sodoran Alesia was nominated for Order of the Committee
Shamian was awarded the Order of Loyalty
Monkey, Rotasu, Karumia, Baobab, Seva, Lime, Xecrio, Vlaska, Peeps, Lethen and Pichtonia of Europeia have been awarded the Order of Friendship
Nottinhaps was awarded the First Ministers Star and the Order of Innovation
The Executive Election will open up in 2 days! If you want to run, it would be a good idea to get a campaign ready now. You must be a citizen to vote in this election. If you have not yet applied for citizenship, please apply here
The Law Archive is finished and has been released! This is an easy way to navigate and keep track of all our laws. This document will be updated as new laws get passed.
The Minister of World Assembly Affairs. Servilis, has been recalled with 9 yes votes and 4 no votes in the Peoples Assembly. An election will be held to elect a replacement. As the Constitution only allows for one election at a time, it will happen during the next scheduled executive election on January 15th. After being recalled, Servilis made death threats and would not stop flaming in the discord and RMB, and was promptly removed and banned from the region.
The Revolutionary Endorsement Program has launched. If you want some more endorsements, this is an easy way to get them! (If you were having issues with REP recently, it should be working properly now)
The Legislative Committee is voting on whether Kirk Socramander should be awarded the Order of the Committee
The Ex Post Facto Act of 2021 has been proposed in the People's Assembly. The Assembly is discussing this bill along with with Bloc Time Act. You can view the full discussion in our Regional Discord.
We now have a channel in our Regional Discord dedicated to trading cards! If you've ever wanted to get in to trading cards but didn't know where to start, this is a great place to start learning.
Our forums are back online, but unfortunately, we have lost a whole year of data. If you applied for citizenship after January of 2020, make sure to reapply!. You may also have to recreate your account. Apologies for this inconvenience. The government will be working as quickly as possible to re-accept citizenship applications. In order to prevent this from happening again in the future, we will be discussing our options and holding a vote on a potential forum transfer in the near future. Stay tuned!This Day in HistoryBy Theria Han
Happy Thursday Comrades! Here is This Day in History for January 14!
We start in Germany, where on this day in 1875, theologian, musician, philosopher, and Nobel Prize-winning physician Albert Schweitzer is born on January 14, 1875, in Upper-Alsace, Germany (now Haut-Rhin, France). The son and grandson of ministers, Schweitzer studied theology and philosophy at the universities of Strasbourg, Paris, and Berlin. After working as a pastor, he entered medical school in 1905 with the dream of becoming a missionary in Africa. Schweitzer was also an acclaimed concert organist who played professional engagements to earn money for his education. By the time he received his M.D. in 1913, the overachieving Schweitzer had published several books, including the influential The Quest for the Historical Jesus and a book on the composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Medical degree in hand, Schweitzer and his wife, Helene Bresslau, moved to French Equatorial Africa where he founded a hospital at Lambarene (modern-day Gabon). When World War I broke out, the German-born Schweitzers were sent to a French internment camp as prisoners of war. Released in 1918, they returned to Lambarene in 1924. Over the next three decades, Schweitzer made frequent visits to Europe to lecture on culture and ethics. His philosophy revolved around the concept of what he called “reverence for life”–the idea that all life must be respected and loved, and that humans should enter into a personal, spiritual relationship with the universe and all its creations. This reverence for life, according to Schweitzer, would naturally lead humans to live a life of service to others. Schweitzer won widespread praise for putting his uplifting theory into practice at his hospital in Africa, where he treated many patients with leprosy and the dreaded African sleeping sickness. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 1952, Schweitzer used his $33,000 award to start a leprosarium at Lambarene. From the early 1950s until his death in 1965, Schweitzer spoke and wrote tirelessly about his opposition to nuclear tests and nuclear weapons, adding his voice to those of fellow Nobelists Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell. (Birthdays)
We now move forward to 1918, where on this day, the Rumcherod declared itself the supreme power in Bessarabia, a historical location in present-day Moldova and Ukraine. The Rumcherod was a self-proclaimed and short-lived organ of Soviet power in the South-Western part of the Russian Empire that functioned during May 1917–May 1918. The name stands as the Russian language abbreviation for its full name Central Executive Committee of the Soviets of Romanian Front, Black Sea Fleet, and Odessa Oblast. Rumcherod was created at the 1st Congress of Front and District Soviets in Odessa (May 23–June 9, 1917). The majority in that first meeting consisted of Mensheviks and Esers, who supported the Russian Provisional Government and the continuation of the war to the very end. Their position was against Bolsheviks and their October Revolution. On the order of self-appointed Nikolai Krylenko who performed functions of the Chief Commander of Sovnarkom Rumcherod was forced to be dissolved. On 23 December 1917 through 5 January 1918 in Odessa, the Soviets organized a congress of Soviets that elected the new Rumcherod consisting of 180 people. The composition of the second Rumcherod was 70 Bolsheviks, 55 left Esers, 23 representatives of peasant organizations, and 32 from other parties. The committee recognized the Soviet government and approved its policy. V.Volodarsky attended the congress as the representative of the Soviet government and the Central Committee of Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (Bolsheviks) (RSDLP(b)). The former member of the Petrograd committee of RSDLP(b) Vladimir Yudovsky was elected the Chairman of Rumcherod which served as the highest authority for the Odessa Soviet Republic. From January to March 1918 the Rumcherod militarily supported the pro-Soviet forces in the Moldavian Democratic Republic and later opposed the troops sent into the region by Romania. Later the Soviet republic was forced to comply with the conditions of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk and withdraw due to the advance German-Austrian military first to Nikolayev, then to Rostov-on-Don and Yeysk. In May 1918 it was dissolved while its chairman Yudovsky relocated to Moscow. (Early Days of the Soviet Union)
Now moving to the 2010s, where on this day in 2011, the Tunisian Revolution began. The Tunisian Revolution, also called the Jasmine Revolution, was an intensive 28-day campaign of civil resistance. It included a series of street demonstrations that took place in Tunisia and led to the ousting of longtime president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011. It eventually led to a thorough democratization of the country and to free and democratic elections. The demonstrations were caused by high unemployment, food inflation, corruption, a lack of political freedoms (such as freedom of speech), and poor living conditions. The protests constituted the most dramatic wave of social and political unrest in Tunisia in three decades and resulted in scores of deaths and injuries, most of which were the result of action by police and security forces. The protests were sparked by the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi on 17 December 2010. They led to the ousting of Ben Ali on 14 January 2011, when he officially resigned after fleeing to Saudi Arabia, ending his 23 years in power. Labor unions were an integral part of the protests. The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet was awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize for "its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Tunisian Revolution of 2011".The protests inspired similar actions throughout the Arab world, in a chain reaction that became known as the Arab Spring movement. (History of Revolutions)
Also, a happy birthday to Murray Bookchin, born on this day in 1921. Bookchin was an American political philosopher and historian known for his liberation socialist ideology "communalism", associated with the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria. A pioneer in the environmental movement, Bookchin developed a theory of social ecology, urban planning, and anti-capitalist politics. He was the author of two dozen books covering topics in politics, philosophy, history, urban affairs, and social ecology. Some notable titles include "Our Synthetic Environment", "Post-Scarcity Anarchism", and "The Ecology of Freedom". In the late 1990s, he became disenchanted with what he saw as an increasingly apolitical "lifestylism" of the contemporary anarchist movement and stopped referring to himself as an anarchist. His ideas have influenced social movements since the 1960s, including the New Left, the anti-nuclear movement, the anti-globalization movement, Occupy Wall Street, and, most notably, Abdullah Öcalan's concept of democratic confederalism and its application in Rojava. Bookchin died of congestive heart failure on July 30, 2006, at his home in Burlington, at the age of 85. (Birthdays)
And also a happy birthday to Adolph Reed, turning 74 years! His full name being Adolph Leonard Reed Jr., he is a Marxist American professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in the study of issues of racism and U.S. politics. He is a contributing editor to The New Republic and has been a frequent contributor to The Progressive and The Nation and other leftwing publications. Reed's work on U.S. politics is notable for its critique of identity politics and anti-racism, particularly of their role in black politics. In his essay "The Limits of Anti-Racism", Reed wrote "As a basis for a politics, antiracism seems to reflect [a depoliticization of] the critique of racial injustice by shifting its focus from the social structures that generate and reproduce racial inequality to an ultimately individual, and ahistorical, domain of 'prejudice' or 'intolerance.'" (Birthdays)
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