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Vote for proposal Condemn The Black Hawks has been ended, as the proposal has been withdrawn.

Result:
For: 3
Against: 7
Present: 2

Gay Panic Defense Ban

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Gay Panic Defense Ban

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I support this 100%, I cannot add on to the argument because my colleagues have done it, and have done it better.

Vote for proposal Gay Panic Defense Ban has been ended.

Result:
For: 7
Against: 3
Abstain: 1

OWL recommendation: For

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'Long-term Storage of Produced Waste'
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Background Information

Proposal title: 'Long-term Storage of Produced Waste'
Author: Molopovia
Purpose: To require private businesses to acquire certified storage bunkers or halls for problematic waste they may produce.

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The Office's Analysis

While certainly of good intent at surface ‒ trying to protect citizens from toxic waste discharged by factories by requiring businesses to store those in specially-constructed and certified facilities ‒ the at-vote resolution "Long-term Storage of Produced Waste" is simultaneously plagued by an overly heavy-handed one-size-fits-all approach and terribly vague definitions, which ultimately hinder an effective execution of its mandates. Additionally being unconventionally and inconsistently formatted, as well as containing some grammar mistakes, the proposal is in serious need of a complete rewrite including refined mandates in order to live up to the goals it sets out in its preamble. Thus, OWL recommends a vote AGAINST the at-vote resolution, "Long-term Storage of Produced Waste".

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From TSP Citizens

The Langburn Islands is a legislator of TSP. They posted this on their OWL vote:

The Langburn Islands wrote:The disposal of waste is an issue that transcends national boundaries. In order to protect the environment, we must ensure that the international community acts swiftly to ensure that all produced waste is disposed of in a safe, clean and environmentally friendly manner.

From the World

At the time of writing, OWL had not found a solid opinion for the resolution from the rest of the world. You can make your own opinion heard by posting it on the Regional Message Board of the WA Voting Center!

Against

From TSP Citizens

Tepertopia is the OWL Director in TSP. They posted this on their OWL vote:

Tepertopia wrote:While this proposal, unlike another one that is currently at vote here, at least uses the list tag, it's still breaking with a rather large amount of GA formatting practices and contains some grammatical mistakes. Besides, the mandates of this proposal might be some of the most vague ones I've ever seen. "Measures must be taken [...] to reduce waste discharge" - what measures? How much reduction (a reduction by a gram is still a reduction)? Who certifies the facilities? This just demands to be bent by nations until it fits their interests and undermines the original intent. As it stands, it's just not in a passable state.

From the World

Calamari Lands is the WA delegate of Mariner Trench and 1-time WA author. They posted this on the on-site forum thread for this proposal:

Calamari Lands wrote:The Calamarilandese Delegacy voted against because of the lack of a drafting process. This makes the proposal's quality very dubious.

Bananaistan is a GA Secretariat member and 2-time GA author. They posted this on the on-site forum discussion thread for this proposal:

Bananaistan wrote:“There are major issues here not least the fact that the proposing delegation did not do the rest of us the courtesy of providing us with the text of the proposal themselves, and did not open a debate themselves prior to asking us to vote on it. “The requirement that every single business with an “industrial facility” must have a huge 70 year private dump regardless of the scope of the business is insane. “The fact that this is stated as a requirement but then the following clause makes it optional is insane. Just what exactly are these businesses supposed to do? “Then who pays for the 70 years of professional maintenance? “Investing time and resources in assisting the effort to an non-contained waste-free world” is meaningless drivel. “This general requirement to “reduce waste discharge” is bonkers. Specific problems have been addressed in other resolutions. It’s hardly the concern of this assemble if an old newspaper happens to blow out the door of a factory. “This penalties thing. In the incredibly unlikely event that this proposal isn’t rightly utterly rejected by the assembly, I can assure you that the penalty in Bananaistan will be no more than 1/4d per millennium. “Overall this will be a waste of the assembly’s time. It’s a shame that normal custom and practice has not been followed by the proposing delegation. Someone would have advised them not to bother and not waste everyone’s time.”

Imperium Anglorum is the WA Delegate of Europe, a Commended nation, and the author of 40 WA resolutions. They posted this on the on-site forum thread for this proposal:

Imperium Anglorum wrote:I voted against because of two things. One, the fact that you have to have a 70 year bunker in your backyard for some reason. Two, the fact that you can have the government build one for you and give it for your use.... but still get fined for not having it in your backyard. The latter part is just stupid. I don't care whether someone drafted on-site or not. Proposal quality is only weakly associated with drafting on site.

Chimes is the WA Delegate of the Rejected Realms. They posted this on TRR's forums:

Chimes wrote:Poorly written sadly. Also disappointing to see proposal was not drafted or posted on the NS Forum by the author. Against.



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NEW SECURITY COUNCIL PROPOSAL DISCUSSION AND VOTE
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Title: Commend Valentine Z
Author: The Chuck (co-authored by Destructive Government Economic System, Orca and Narwhal, and Honeydewistania)
Purpose: To award Valentine Z a badge of commendation for a series of achievements, most notably their extensive public work in all things data, and involvement in the North Pacific and the Free Nations Region.

The Chuck wrote:The World Assembly,

Affirming the mission of this Council to recognise nations who have made immense positive contributions to the international community, and believing that Valentine Z is one such nation,

Applauding Valentine Z for their painstaking efforts in the utilisation of multiple supercomputers to process statistics from every nation in existence to publish “Trends, Correlations, Anti-Correlations, Oh My!”, a repository of graphs that deal with how possible statistics may affect other statistics when addressing national issues,

Delighted that Valentine Z has also released the raw statistical data for public use, allowing other interested nations to create their own graphs and make observations,

Appreciating Valentine Z for their curatorship of a list of every single dilemma posed to national leaders, as well as their creative usage of technology to automatically update the list, granting speedy access to this documentation of issues for the perusal of all,

Extolling Valentine Z’s creation of the application "Gold Retriever", a highly versatile and vital tool that enabled nations to easily track cumulative art valuations and funds from multiple entities, an otherwise complicated and time consuming process which posed onerous barriers to artwork trade,

Admiring Valentine Z's involvement in The North Pacific Cards Guild, the predecessor the current Ministry of Cards, an artwork organisation that promotes unity among collectors, wherein Valentine Z served as Deputy Guildmaster and played a critical role in the recognition of impressive collections via “The Monthly Card Collection Competition”,

Observing that in the The Free Nations Region, Valentine Z under the satellite state Vostrov served as Minister of Information and as a moderator of the region’s official communications channels, contributing to the distribution of crucial regional updates and the enforcement of proper conduct in communications media,

Further noting that Valentine Z has also published articles that distribute information to the public, notably a well-researched news bulletin that documented a recent thermonuclear war, granting many curious people access to a plethora of knowledge regarding the international event,

Pleased that as a candidate for the 2020 WA Secretary-General election, Valentine Z joined forces with Atlantian Oceania and achieved fourth place, and that this pact between the two nations has been credited with forging unlikely alliances between many nations that last to this day,

Lauding the linguists of Valentine Z for spearheading the international documentation of the Valentian language “Valkyrie Språk”, a microcosm of many different languages, with the goal of ensuring that the cultural entities of those languages can all feel included as part of the Valentian country,

Grateful for Valentine Z’s multiple, extensive contributions, every single one being of an inspirational, motivational, or helpful and informative nature and generally spread a morale-boosting message internationally, promulgating ceaseless positivity to all nations in the name of peace and well-being, hereby

Commends Valentine Z.

View submitted proposal | View on-site drafting thread

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Commend Valentine Z

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Commend Valentine Z

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Commend Valentine Z
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Commend Valentine Z

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Ethoodly wrote:For

Hi, please include the name of the proposal you are voting on in your post. Even if there is only one at vote (like now), it is still a requirement for clarity and recordkeeping purposes. Thank you!

Commend Valentine Z

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I agree that they have made useful contributions, I often use the list of issues so I can see what my decisions will result in. Overall, the reasons listed I agree with.

Commend Valentine Z

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Commend Valentine Z

For

Commend Valentine Z

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NEW SECURITY COUNCIL PROPOSAL DISCUSSION AND VOTE
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Title: Commend Roavin
Author: Vippertooth33 (co-authored by Praeceps)
Purpose: To honor Roavin's immense contributions to the South Pacific and The Order of the Grey Wardens, and the Defender community in general, with a shiny badge of commendation.

Vippertooth33 wrote:The Security Council,

Recognising the selflessness of Roavin as a resolute protector and public servant to regions across the NationStates community,

Celebrating Roavin’s contributions to the just and noble cause of defending during their service as First Warden of the defender region The Order of the Grey Wardens, where over the course of a year they:

  1. Tripled membership of the Wardens, ensuring more regions were able to be protected,

  2. Led the creation of the Guardian program, empowering less active defending nations to contribute to operations through focusing on detag and piling, providing a basis for future success,

  3. Created an advanced registry of nations in regions which could be mobilized in the event a defence was required,

Applauding Roavin’s work as a mentor for well known and respected defenders including the current WA Secretary-General and commended nation Kuriko, as well as Nakari, Merlin, Aumeltopia, Phoenix, Omega, and Pyrohy,

Astounded by Roavin’s sheer determination to protect innocent regions completing well over 1600 defenses and liberations, most notably:

  1. Leading a liberating force of 49 nations against an occupation of Japan in 2017,

  2. Liberating the Philippines just in time to save the Christmas holidays,

  3. Besting an active raiding force of 25 nations to help defend Portugal,

Acknowledging Roavin’s strategic and technological abilities, which have enabled thousands of defensive victories in raided regions, including but not limited to:

  1. Developing a technique in 2017 that allowed greater accuracy whilst defending regions, in spite of usual limitations such as size or proximity to large regions that would otherwise make some regions hard to defend,

  2. Establishing strategies to ensure that the endorsements of a large liberating force are placed in an accurate and timely manner,

  3. Training organisations in the attrition run technique to dislodge raiders with large influence levels,

  4. The creation of the “Hunter Prime Operations Technology” in 2016; increasing organisation and operational security for defender communication channels,

Impressed by Roavin’s significant contributions to The South Pacific (TSP) over several years in a variety of areas which have made TSP more secure; including:

  1. Serving as the Prime Minister of the region for five terms, where they emphasized Cabinet forum discussions over instant communication media, improving record keeping and quality of discussion, introduced initiatives aimed at increasing transparency and addressed communication issues between the Ministry of Regional Affairs and the Assembly,

  2. Serving as interim Minister of Foreign Affairs for TSP during an attempted coup of The East Pacific, coordinating TSP’s response which included mobilizing TSP’s military and their citizens’ militia as well as disseminating progress updates to TSP citizens,

  3. Authoring “Commend Tsunamy”, a Security Council Resolution that recognised a nation for their contributions to the stability of TSP,

  4. Being notably involved in improvements to TSP’s legislation through collaboration in creating premises, writing legislation, or lobbying for the passage of legislation such as:

    1. Comprehensive judicial reform to simplify the judicial system, eliminate loopholes, and transform the court into a non-adversarial system,

    2. Rewriting the transparency laws to ensure it applies to the Court as well as the Executive, requiring thorough documentation, and permitting auditing,

    3. Empowering the Council of Regional Security to utilize border control,

    4. Creating the Legislator Committee which streamlined the bureaucratic system in which new representatives are acclimated to the legislature.

Noting that the Curious Observations made by Roavin on the state of Lazarus in July 2017 were right, and that they exposed corruption and subterfuge within the region,

Extolling the dedicated service of Roavin in the noble struggle to prevent the advance of the Nazi/Fascist menace, as evidenced by them:

  1. Uniting multiple major regions with varying ideologies to fight Nazis/Fascists through founding the organization Ruining Nazi Sandcastles,

  2. Supporting liberating the regions The Red States and The Empire of Lights from Nazi/Fascist control through serving as a border control officer and planning the operations,

  3. Providing logistics support in the Union Of The Fascist Nations operation, a region just short of 700 Fascist nations at its peak,

  4. Coordinating, planning, strategising the raids against Nazi Imperialist Japan and Elite Region Of Global Command, and securing the demise of these hateful regions,

Believing Roavin’s contributions have made an immense positive impact on the international community, hereby,

Commends Roavin.

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Commend Roavin

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Obviously =)

Commend Roavin

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Duh, who wouldn't?

Commend Roavin

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Commend Roavin

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Commend Roavin

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Commend Roavin

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Commend Roavin

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Commend Roavin

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This proposal is a well-written and well-deserved commendation for a pillar of our community.

Commend Roavin

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A good commend for a great South Pacifican.

Commend Roavin

For

Roavin has been doing an incredible job in TSP alone, and while many of their other achievements noted in the proposal predate my time in NS, I've still heard of Roavin's great leadership ‒ and I'm not even a person particularly involved in the R/D sphere, which makes the fact that that information trickled down even to me even more impressive. I also don't have anything to complain about regarding writing or formatting of the proposal, so full support from my side.

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