WA Delegate: The MikesHope Essence of Mikeswill (elected )
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Embassies: the Pacific, The East Pacific, the West Pacific, the South Pacific, Osiris, Balder, Capitalist Paradise, One big Island, Greater Dienstad, Antarctic Oasis, India, USSD, Yuno, Christmas, Wintercrest, and South Pacific.
Regional Power: Very High
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The Most Popular Tourist Destinations in NationStates
World Census experts tracked millions of international tourists in order to determine the world's favourite nations to sight-see.
As a region, NationStates is ranked 2,024th in the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
|1.||The Republic of Kyupaa||Democratic Socialists Ordinary Caring Intelligent World Citizens||“O, Wind, if Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”|
|2.||The Socialist Directorate of Dindrenzi||Democratic Socialists Ordinary Caring Intelligent World Citizens||“Many Comrades, Many Planets, One Nation”|
|3.||The Imperial Dominion of Arithei||Civil Rights Lovefest Brave Progressives||“Que sera, sera”|
|4.||The Free Land of Nostovya||Left-wing Utopia Utopia||“Laugh hard, it's a long ways to the bank.”|
|5.||The Ascendant Technocracy of Xenaeth||Democratic Socialists Ordinary Caring Intelligent World Citizens||“For the Greater Good”|
|6.||The Empire of Patria Augusta||Liberal Democratic Socialists Open-Minded Education State||“Ad astra per aspera”|
|7.||The MikesHope Essence of Mikeswill||Civil Rights Lovefest Brave Progressives||“Love Conquers Fear”|
|8.||The Rogue Nation of Straeus||Democratic Socialists Ordinary Caring Intelligent World Citizens||“If you can't convince them, confuse them.”|
|9.||The Contrarian Country of The Double Wing||Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy||“Don't like what we do?...then get the frack out!”|
|10.||The Community of Cenotaph||Left-wing Utopia Utopia||“History repeats itself”|
- : The Beautiful Nation of Amor y Paz de Miguel rejected Fredonia's request for regional embassies.
- : The MikesHope Essence of Mikeswill updated the World Factbook entry.
- : The People's Republic of Envirm arrived from Lazarus.
- : The Hidden Stash Of of Butane hash oil arrived from Osiris.
- : The Republic of -w-CHINA-w- arrived from The South Pacific.
- : The Constitutional Monarchy of -Sweden arrived from The Rejected Realms.
- : Kolonywa ceased to exist.
- : The Phantasm of Afi-Aftos of the region Fredonia proposed constructing embassies.
- : The United Socialist States of Gwyfyn-Adref arrived from The Pacific.
- : Absurdya ceased to exist.
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The current WA Resolution, Repeal: “International Criminal Protocol” has been posted on our off-site forums at:
General Assembly Resolution At Vote
Repeal: “International Criminal Protocol”
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.
General Assembly Resolution #500 “International Criminal Protocol” (Category: Civil Rights; Strength: Strong) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.
The General Assembly,
Applauding GA #500 "International Criminal Protocol" for its intended goal, which was ostensibly to preserve the civil liberties of those imprisoned from the horrors of state-sanctioned legal abuses,
Reassuring member states that a replacement resolution has been drafted to carry on the vital protections GA #500 offered concerning prison conditions,
Dismayed, however, that the resolution permits member states to decide the legality of capital punishment; a state-sanctioned penalty that this Assembly regards as inherently abhorrent and as posing a devastating detriment to civil liberties,
Cognizant that many ambassadors were unaware of the resolution’s toleration of the death penalty at the time of its passage, perhaps because of its focus on the rights of prisoners,
Referring to the fact that this body has previously repealed otherwise well-meaning resolutions on such grounds (see also GA#438 Repeal: “Crime And Punishment”),
In particular, it must be noted that:
The death penalty is always inconsistent with the inherent dignity of the person,
The costs of the administrative effort necessary to fully prove the guilt of the convicted almost always outweighs any of its possible financial benefits,
The presumption that the death penalty lowers violent crime rates is based on the empirically false assumption that the circumstances of violent crime can be considered in a vacuum where criminals act rationally,
The death penalty rarely aids the family of homicide victims, as it merely adds the emotional baggage of yet another life lost, and
The use of such a severe, irreversible penalty can further exacerbate disparities in justice systems, especially those with existing widespread discrimination,
Further noting that since the justifications presented for the use of the death penalty are insufficient to allow member states to legalize it, this esteemed Assembly ought to prohibit it - which cannot occur in the presence of the target resolution,
Appalled that this resolution stands in the way of preventing the execution of innocent persons for crimes they did not commit, an atrocity that will continue to occur so as long as this resolution remains in force,
Resolved that the numerous benefits and protections this resolution brings forth does not outweigh the crippling blow it inflicts upon civil liberties, a disservice to the good intentions that fostered it,
Hereby repeals GA #500 "International Criminal Protocol".
General Assembly Resolution # 500
International Criminal Protocol
A resolution to improve worldwide human and civil rights.
Category: Civil Rights
The World Assembly,
Annoyed by the insistence regarding passing yet another pointless non-compromise that will merely facilitate legal abuses,
Acknowledging prior attempts to ensure that the criminal justice systems of Member-States operate in a just and ethical manner,
Dismayed by their failure to adequately provide protections from legal abuse and to provide closure and restitution to victims,
Seeking to immediately prevent any further abuses of criminal justice systems,
Protective confinement as the severe isolation of prisoners from contact with other inmates due to clear and present dangers to their life in the general prison population, or risks posed by the prisoner to other inmates in the general prison population,
Punitive confinement as the complete or severe isolation of prisoners from contact with other inmates and prison staff for any reason other than those established under protective confinement,
Inhumane conditions as: the refusal or withholding of necessary and healthy sustenance or of medically or mentally necessary healthcare; the maintenance of severely confined or crowded conditions, or conditions inferior to those mandated for prisoners of war,
The holding of any prisoner in inhumane conditions,
The holding of any prisoner in punitive confinement,
The holding of any prisoner in protective confinement without the informed consent of the prisoner, barring circumstances that render the prisoner legally unable to make such a decision, or circumstances in which the prisoner would present risks to individuals in the general prison population if not held in protective confinement,
The use of capital punishment for any crime that did not result in unlawful death, exceptionally cruel treatment such as torture or rape, or an exceptional betrayal of national security,
The sentencing of any individual under the age of majority, or any individual deemed legally incompetent, to capital punishment,
The practice of summary or otherwise extrajudicial executions,
The practice of forced prisoner labor,
That Member-States provide to prisoners accessible legal recourse for the investigation of any undue violence or abuse by prison staff,
That Member-States provide to prisoners sentenced to capital punishment accessible legal counsel and support, including access to appeals and stays of execution,
The use of the highest reasonable standards of evidence when considering the use of capital punishment,
That all executions be held at a reasonable date past sentencing, following any processing time for applicable legal requests, inquiries, and appeals,
That, in the case of a pregnant individual being sentenced to capital punishment, that execution be stayed until such time as the prisoner is no longer pregnant,
That protective confinement be be utilized only when there exists a clear and present danger to holding the prisoner within the general prison area,
That prisoners subject to protective confinement be allowed regular contact with psychiatric staff, and access to standard visitation,
That, once a prisoner has been subjected to protective confinement, all practical measures must be taken to allow their safe return to general prison populations as soon as possible,
Reserves to Member-States the right to determine the legality of capital punishment within their jurisdiction,
Clarifies that prisoners legally incapable of consent may be held in protective confinement as a strictly temporary measure until a legal guardian can be contacted.
International Criminal Protocol was passed 10,490 votes to 6,680.
Mikes Hope Essence of Mikeswill
Sunday, 17 January, 2021 | 29
Do you want to improve the world?
I don't think it can be done.
The world is sacred.
It can't be improved.
If you tamper with it, you'll ruin it.
If you treat it like an object, you'll lose it.
There is a time for being ahead,
a time for being behind;
a time for being in motion,
a time for being at rest;
a time for being vigorous,
a time for being exhausted;
a time for being safe,
a time for being in danger.
The Master sees things as they are,
without trying to control them.
She lets them go their own way,
and resides at the center of the circle.
Today’s Featured Nation:
” I Have A Dream”
WA Category: Left Leaning College State
Civil Rights: Excellent
Political Freedoms: Very Good
MLK I Have A Dream's national animal is the Dove, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Agnostic Pantheism.
MLK I Have A Dream is ranked 14,053rd in the world and 161st in NationStates for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 1,528.09 Tourists Per Hour.
The Mikes Hope Essence of Mikeswill graciously extends a warm welcome to our newest Nations:
Our Esteemed Region continues to attract the Most
Enlightened Nations in the JenGov Land.
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Monday, 18 January, 2021 | 30
Whoever relies on the Tao in governing men
doesn't try to force issues
or defeat enemies by force of arms.
For every force there is a counterforce.
Violence, even well intentioned,
always rebounds upon oneself.
The Master does his job
and then stops.
He understands that the universe
is forever out of control,
and that trying to dominate events
goes against the current of the Tao.
Because he believes in himself,
he doesn't try to convince others.
Because he is content with himself,
he doesn't need others' approval.
Because he accepts himself,
the whole world accepts him.
I Have A Dream
In Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)
August 28, 1963
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
In a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check -- a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.
As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied, as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating "For Whites Only". We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.
Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.
I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."
And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"