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AJ_Impy
Jun 17, 2007



Yam Slacker

Arthur Subtallier, Unity Coalition slate

1. The AMR Accountability Act, submitted by Member Amnesty. - ABSTAIN

This is a matter for scientists and sociologists, not politicians. We have no place decreeing first or second class citizens without very thorough evidence as to its necessity.

2. The Rehabilitation Act, submitted by Member Amnesty. - AYE

I suspect the mood in this chamber is otherwise, but I cannot in good conscience vote against an act of such clear benefit to both people and society as having a plan in place to halt the scourge of addiction. If not now, then soon, in as good a form as we can muster.

3. The Free and Fair Elections Act, submitted by Member Subtallier. - AYE

What price Democracy? What cost on the trust of the People? We need nonpartisan representation lest our system devolve into a degenerate low participation democracy with party before nation looming. Our elections must be free and fair, to do less than that standard is to betray all Sirtans!

4. Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court, submitted by Minister of Foreign Affairs Vanderbush. - AYE

The transcript was very revealing. This is only sensible.

5. The Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act, submitted by Minister of Internal Security Radek. - AYE

It's about time the Sirtan people received restitution from opportunists and gangsters. It's time to convince the bandits to take up honest work - or else.

6. The Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062, submitted by Prime Minister Luxemburg. - AYE

We are obliged to continue the work of this chamber as best we are able.

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AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


Child Care Overview (April 3062):

There are currently 7 orphanages in Sirta, scattered across all of the cities. Conditions in each are fairly poor, with shortages of staff and extreme overcrowding being constant factors throughout the last four years. Until the recent increase in funding, many orphanages lacked access to basic medicines and hygiene products, resulting in crippling periodic outbreaks of what would otherwise be fairly minor diseases.

In addition, due to the dire state of the economy, very few families can afford to adopt or foster any new children. Worse still, of the ones that choose to do so, many only take in teenagers, with the expectation that they will take on several part-time jobs and act as a much needed additional income source for the family. Many of these teenagers eventually end up involved with organized crime.

As for children in abusive families, due to the unreliability of the police, plenty of abusers were easily able to simply scare away Child Care workers with threats of violence.

These and other factors have led the employees of Child Care to develop a pervasive attitude of cynicism and indifference to the children under their care, as any other attitude is unsustainable in the face of such dire circumstances.

The recent injection of new funds was vital in securing much needed supplies and an expansion of staff for the orphanages, but this alone is far from being sufficient. Prospects for improvement are dismal without some sort of radical change in government priorities.

sniper4625
Sep 26, 2009

Loyal to the End



Comrade Radek
Minister of Security


As the vote has closed, I am pleased by the unanimity behind the OSCAR Act, and vow to use it judiciously to burn out the weeds so noxious choking our fair society.

Shogeton
Apr 26, 2007

"Little by little the old world crumbled, and not once did the king imagine that some of the pieces might fall on him"

Xavier Dubois


1. The AMR Accountability Act, submitted by Member Amnesty. - Nay

They are legally distinct personalities.

2. The Rehabilitation Act, submitted by Member Amnesty. - AYE

As a doctor, I find this bill will do much to counter the work of organized crime, and help people lead new and constructive lives.

3. The Free and Fair Elections Act, submitted by Member Subtallier. - AYE

It is good to start this thing early. Despite agreements I have good working agreement with our coalition allies, so I don't suspect new elections will be needed, but it's a good thing.

4. Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court, submitted by Minister of Foreign Affairs Vanderbush. - AYE

5. The Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act, submitted by Minister of Internal Security Radek. - NAY

Organized crime is a plague on our society. But like any plague, a doctor should have 'Do no Harm' as a guiding principle. This law allows the government overreach, and as I read it, will allow people to be convicted for using money they could not know was dirty. It is rife with the potential to abuse, and even considering the crime situation, I cannot vote in good conscience for it.

6. The Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062, submitted by Prime Minister Luxemburg. - AYE


To my shame, to late to count most likely, but I will not remain silent on it, and will propose amendments to the OSCAR act in the next session.

Edit: Forgot to remove some stuff from the post I quoted. Votes have not been changed.

Shogeton fucked around with this message at Jan 1, 2018 around 17:38

Nothingtoseehere
Nov 11, 2010


Freedom and Stability Party

1. The AMR Accountability Act, submitted by Member Amnesty. - NAY

2. The Rehabilitation Act, submitted by Member Amnesty. - NAY

3. The Free and Fair Elections Act, submitted by Member Subtallier. - NAY

Electing the people who decide if an election is fair? That sounds like a sure way to a dictatorship of the majority to me.

4. Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court, submitted by Minister of Foreign Affairs Vanderbush. - AYE

5. The Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act, submitted by Minister of Internal Security Radek. - NAY

6. The Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062, submitted by Prime Minister Luxemburg. - AYE

sniper4625
Sep 26, 2009

Loyal to the End


Shogeton posted:

5. The Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act, submitted by Minister of Internal Security Radek. - NAY

Organized crime is a plague on our society. But like any plague, a doctor should have 'Do no Harm' as a guiding principle. This law allows the government overreach, and as I read it, will allow people to be convicted for using money they could not know was dirty. It is rife with the potential to abuse, and even considering the crime situation, I cannot vote in good conscience for it.


Comrade Radek
Minister of Security


Then re-read it. As clearly stated, anyone indicted under OSCAR must be a legal principal to the acts so listed, and thus your hypothetical is flawed.

I thank the FSP for their willingness to go on the record in favor of Crime.

sniper4625 fucked around with this message at Jan 1, 2018 around 17:25

unwantedplatypus
Sep 6, 2012

THUNDERDOME LOSER

1. The AMR Accountability Act, submitted by Member Amnesty. - Aye

2. The Rehabilitation Act, submitted by Member Amnesty. - Aye

3. The Free and Fair Elections Act, submitted by Member Subtallier. - Aye

4. Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court, submitted by Minister of Foreign Affairs Vanderbush. - Aye

5. The Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act, submitted by Minister of Internal Security Radek. - Aye

6. The Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062, submitted by Prime Minister Luxemburg. - Aye

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


The voting phase is over. A full breakdown will follow later today.

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


April 3062 Parliament Votes:

The voting phase is over. Remember that, in the narrative, these votes were separate and took place over the duration of the month, rather than all at once.

Proposals under consideration:

1. The AMR Accountability Act, submitted by Member Amnesty.
2. The Rehabilitation Act, submitted by Member Amnesty.
3. The Free and Fair Elections Act, submitted by Member Subtallier.
4. Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court, submitted by Minister of Foreign Affairs Vanderbush.
5. The Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act, submitted by Minister of Internal Security Radek.
6. The Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062, submitted by Prime Minister Luxemburg.

Party Breakdown:

* SRLF:
## AMR Accountability Act – Support 0, Abstain 1, Oppose 17
## Rehabilitation Act – Support 0, Abstain 1, Oppose 17
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Support 0, Abstain 18, Oppose 0
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Support 17, Abstain 1, Oppose 0
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support 17, Abstain 1, Oppose 0
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support 17, Abstain 1, Oppose 0

* Dawn:
## AMR Accountability Act – Support 0, Abstain 0, Oppose 9
## Rehabilitation Act – Support 9, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Support 9, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Support 9, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support 8, Abstain 0, Oppose 1
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support 9, Abstain 0, Oppose 0

* UCS:
## AMR Accountability Act – Support 0, Abstain 3, Oppose 3
## Rehabilitation Act – Support 0, Abstain 0, Oppose 6
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Support 0, Abstain 0, Oppose 6
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Support 0, Abstain 0, Oppose 6
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support 6, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support 6, Abstain 0, Oppose 0

* FDG:
## AMR Accountability Act – Support 0, Abstain 0, Oppose 6
## Rehabilitation Act – Support 0, Abstain 0, Oppose 6
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Support 3, Abstain 0, Oppose 3
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Support 6, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support 6, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 – Support 6, Abstain 0, Oppose 0

* DAL:
## AMR Accountability Act – Support 0, Abstain 6, Oppose 0
## Rehabilitation Act – Support 0, Abstain 6, Oppose 0
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Support 6, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Support 0, Abstain 0, Oppose 6
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support 6, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support 6, Abstain 0, Oppose 0

* FSP:
## AMR Accountability Act – Support 0, Abstain 0, Oppose 3
## Rehabilitation Act – Support 0, Abstain 0, Oppose 3
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Support 0, Abstain 0, Oppose 3
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Support 3, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support 0, Abstain 0, Oppose 3
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support 3, Abstain 0, Oppose 0

* Unity Coalition:
## AMR Accountability Act – Support 0, Abstain 3, Oppose 0
## Rehabilitation Act – Support 3, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Support 3, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Support 3, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support 3, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support 3, Abstain 0, Oppose 0

* KNK:
## AMR Accountability Act – Support 0, Abstain 3, Oppose 0
## Rehabilitation Act – Support 0, Abstain 3, Oppose 0
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Support 0, Abstain 3, Oppose 0
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Support 0, Abstain 3, Oppose 0
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support 0, Abstain 3, Oppose 0
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support 0, Abstain 3, Oppose 0

* The Community:
## AMR Accountability Act – Support 3, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Rehabilitation Act – Support 3, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Support 3, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Support 3, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support 3, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support 3, Abstain 0, Oppose 0

* VM:
## AMR Accountability Act – Support 0, Abstain 3, Oppose 0
## Rehabilitation Act – Support 0, Abstain 3, Oppose 0
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Support 0, Abstain 3, Oppose 0
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Support 0, Abstain 3, Oppose 0
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support 0, Abstain 3, Oppose 0
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support 0, Abstain 3, Oppose 0


Guardian Council Appointments:

* Vera Albright:
## AMR Accountability Act – Oppose
## Rehabilitation Act – Support
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Support
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Support
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support

* Thomas Gill:
## AMR Accountability Act – Oppose
## Rehabilitation Act – Abstain
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Support
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Support
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support

* Frank Probst:
## AMR Accountability Act – Oppose
## Rehabilitation Act – Oppose
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Oppose
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Support
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support

* Lucia Caldera:
## AMR Accountability Act – Oppose
## Rehabilitation Act – Support
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Support
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Support
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support

* Sander Hansen:
## AMR Accountability Act – Abstain
## Rehabilitation Act – Abstain
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Support
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Oppose
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support

* Lisa Wyatt:
## AMR Accountability Act – Oppose
## Rehabilitation Act – Oppose
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Oppose
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Abstain
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support

* William Viner:
## AMR Accountability Act – Abstain
## Rehabilitation Act – Abstain
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Abstain
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Abstain
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support

* Roger Rockwell:
## AMR Accountability Act – Oppose
## Rehabilitation Act – Abstain
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Support
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Oppose
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support

* Janet Oliphant:
## AMR Accountability Act – Oppose
## Rehabilitation Act – Oppose
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Oppose
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Abstain
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support

* Silvia Collins:
## AMR Accountability Act – Oppose
## Rehabilitation Act – Oppose
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Oppose
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Oppose
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support

* Rachel Hoffman:
## AMR Accountability Act – Abstain
## Rehabilitation Act – Abstain
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Support
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Oppose
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support

* Paul Thiede:
## AMR Accountability Act – Abstain
## Rehabilitation Act – Abstain
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Abstain
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Abstain
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support

* Della Jalbert:
## AMR Accountability Act – Oppose
## Rehabilitation Act – Support
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Abstain
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Abstain
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support

* Sofia Juhl:
## AMR Accountability Act – Oppose
## Rehabilitation Act – Oppose
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Oppose
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Abstain
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support

* Jade Ross:
## AMR Accountability Act – Oppose
## Rehabilitation Act – Oppose
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Oppose
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Abstain
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support

Citizen Seats:

* Rutherford T. Vanderbush:
## AMR Accountability Act – Oppose
## Rehabilitation Act – Oppose
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Abstain
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Support
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support

* Jessica Ramsey:
## AMR Accountability Act – Oppose
## Rehabilitation Act – Abstain
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Support
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Support
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support

* Susanne Brandt:
## AMR Accountability Act – Oppose
## Rehabilitation Act – Oppose
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Oppose
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Abstain
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support

* Autumn Black:
## AMR Accountability Act – Oppose
## Rehabilitation Act – Abstain
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Abstain
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Abstain
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Abstain

* Grace Wright:
## AMR Accountability Act – Oppose
## Rehabilitation Act – Abstain
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Oppose
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Abstain
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support


Overall:

## AMR Accountability Act – Support 3, Abstain 23, Opposition 54
## Rehabilitation Act – Support 18, Abstain 22, Opposition 40
## Free and Fair Elections Act – Support 31, Abstain 29, Opposition 20
## Constitutional Amendment on Appointments to the Constitutional Court – Support 47, Abstain 17, Opposition 16
## Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act – Support 69, Abstain 7, Opposition 4
## Budget Bill for May 3062 - December 3062 - Support 72, Abstain 8, Opposition 0

Outcome:

The government’s proposed budget for May 3062 – December 3062 was approved.

In addition, the following bills were passed into law:

* Free and Fair Elections Act
* Opposing Syndicated Crime and Racketeering Act

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


It is the morning of the 28th of April, and the streets of Sirta's cities are filled with people. They are headed for their nearest polling locations, eager to take part in today's referendum. Despite an increased number of soldiers patrolling the streets, the air is full of the same unguarded optimism and unrestrained hope that showed themselves during the acceptance ceremony and last year's election. It is a much needed break from the usual atmosphere of uncertainty and isolation that is ever present on these streets at most other times. This referendum might hold fairly minor significance, especially compared to the events of the last two years, but it represents much more - a testament to a government acting based on the desires of the people, rather than for their own enrichment. It is a public event that reminds many of the monumental changes that have already been accomplished as well as shining a light on the path towards a brighter future, a welcome respite from the countless troubles and fears that ail most Sirtans during their everyday lives.

In each settlement, the ballot reads: "Should the officially-recognized local government of [settlement name] change to the People's Assembly model, as defined in the People's Assembly Act, or remain the previously existing Representative Democratic model?"

While most rural settlements are expected to vote for a People's Assembly model, the outcome in the cities is less certain. The prospect of direct involvement in local government may seem alluring to many, but others may feel that they have neither the time nor the capability to devote to governance, so the new model would diminish their influence when compared to having representatives working to live up to their expectations. Almost no polling was conducted ahead of the vote, so neither outcome is implausible.

So, this our first referendum in the game, and it's a local one! This is going to work as follows: everyone can vote for either option on the ballot, but they need to specify which settlement they reside in. Since Sirtans, in general, are not really mobile, you will remain a resident of this settlement for the purposes of any other local events/elections/people's assemblies for at least two in-game years. So, if you say you live in Opal, this is where you will keep living for the near future. Aside from the cities mentioned in the Sirta Overview linked in the first post, you can be a resident of the following rural settlements: Nielsen's Hill, Lucky Break, Panorama, Lavintia's Mark and Prosperity. If you want any details about one of them, don't hesitate to ask.

The referendum will run until Friday - the 5th of January - at 14:30 UTC, and the next month is going to begin soon after the results are announced, so any Ministers that want to do more things this month, please take note.

sniper4625
Sep 26, 2009

Loyal to the End



Comrade Radek
Minister of Security


Sard

People's Assembly

Shogeton
Apr 26, 2007

"Little by little the old world crumbled, and not once did the king imagine that some of the pieces might fall on him"

Dr. Xavier Dubois
Minister of Health
Sard
Representative Democracy

Nothingtoseehere
Nov 11, 2010


Michael Janstin
Leader of the opposition
Peridot
Representative Democracy

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


Organized Crime Overview (April 3062):

If there is one thing Sirta has no shortage of, it is organizations whose entire purpose is facilitating criminal activity. They come and go, some having existed since before Vallstein first came to power and others coming into being as recently as a year ago. There are far too many groups and establishments to list here, so this overview focuses on the major ones.

* The Old Cartel – A group that traces its’ history from humble beginnings as small-time smugglers in the decade following Sirta’s declaration of independence to the near-unrivaled juggernaut it is today, counting an estimated 125,000 members among its’ ranks. It deals primarily in illegal drugs and human trafficking, both within Sirta and with foreign groups. Aside from the CLF and some local gangs, not many dare to openly oppose them.

* The Chappell Family – An insular clan bound by familial ties and personal loyalties. It controls many of the casinos, brothels and illegal drug labs in the country. It also owns stakes in many financial companies. Rumored to have had a personal understanding with Greene. People who gets on its’ bad side tend to disappear.

* The Special Exchange – An underground financial market that facilitates trade in illegally acquired commodities, products and company shares as well as money laundering. Many “independent” criminals such as smugglers and assassins offer their services there. According to some unverified rumors, it also deals in slaves.

* Gangs – Present in all cities, but are most brazen in Opal. Almost every business is expected to pay its’ “dues” to the gang that controls its’ neighborhood. They routinely fight among themselves, often resulting in dozens of casualties per “battle”. Every resident of one of Sirta’s cities needs to be aware of the “gang politics” of their living and working area in order to avoid trouble.

Godlovesus
Oct 16, 2015

Ask me about continually throwing myself at the enemy and losing every single time in EU4 Multiplayer.

ReSeAu Gen
Minister of Finance
Sard
Representative Democracy

Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

WE ARE SMART

Danube
Minister of Interior

Opal
Representative Democracy

Ministerial actions:
Ministry of Interior Budget, May-December 3062
Total funding: 34 Million Minimum(-1.5 Million)

Administrative Costs & Salaries: 4 Million (No change)
Citizen Records: 3.625 Million (-2.375 Million)
Passes and Documents: 7.5 Million (No change)
Social Welfare:
-Unemployment Allowance: 6.925 Million (+0.875 Million) (+ 50% of all the Ministry's extra funding beyond 34Mil)
-Disability Insurance: 2 Million (No change) (+ 25% of all the Ministry's extra funding beyond 34Mil)
-Food and Essentials Rationing: 4.5 Million (No change) (+ 25% of all the Ministry's extra funding beyond 34Mil)
-Child Care: 5 Million (No change)
-Care and Shelter: 0.45 Million (No change)

With the up-front cost of the census taken care of, Citizen Records reverts to its previous funding, plus the ongoing cost of the census.

Crazycryodude
Aug 15, 2015

Lets get our X tons of Duranium back!

....Is that still a valid thing to jingoistically blow out of proportion?







Comrade Luxemburg
Sard

People's Assembly

unwantedplatypus
Sep 6, 2012

THUNDERDOME LOSER

Amnesty
Opal

People's Assembly

HiHo ChiRho
Oct 23, 2010

Then you remember. You have a message to send.

Something everyone must know.

You have the power. You have the means.

Let it be known.




Comrade Bookchin
Sard

People's Assembly

The Lord of Hats
Aug 22, 2010



Rutherford Vanderbush
Topaz

Representative Democracy


Also, can I get the budget breakdown for Foreign Affairs? I keep forgetting to formally ask.

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


Self-Determination Referendum Results:

Total Votes: 12 (9 players, 2 NPC leaders, 1 GM)

Player influenced results:

Sard:

* Votes – 7 (5 players, 2 NPC leaders)

* People’s Assembly – 4 (3 players, 1 NPC leader [Lenore Hughes]) – 57.14%

* Representative Democracy – 3 (2 players, 1 NPC leader [Stefan Borisov]) – 42.85%

Opal:

* Votes – 3 (2 players, 1 GM)

* People’s Assembly – 1 (player) – 33.33%

* Representative Democracy – 2 (1 player, 1 GM) – 66.66%

Topaz:

* Votes – 1 (player)

* People’s Assembly – 0 – 0% - 5.5% for narrative purposes

* Representative Democracy – 1 (1 player) – 100% – 94.5% for narrative purposes

Peridot:

* Votes – 1 (player)

* People’s Assembly – 0 – 0% - 7% for narrative purposes

* Representative Democracy – 1 (1 player) – 100% – 93% for narrative purposes

Results not influenced by players:

Sapphire:

* Votes – 1,014,267

* People’s Assembly – 403,032 – 39.73%

* Representative Democracy – 611,235 – 60.26%

Amber:

* Votes – 687,849

* People’s Assembly – 184,522 – 26.82%

* Representative Democracy – 503,327 – 73.17%

Rural Settlements: All rural settlements without exception have chosen to implement the People’s Assembly model of local government, with support rates higher than 85%.

AFancyQuestionMark fucked around with this message at Jan 5, 2018 around 17:30

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


The May 3062 drafting phase starts now and will last until Monday - the 8th of January - at 15:30 UTC. The Income and Expenses Summary will be up later today, followed by a mechanical explanation of People's Assemblies.

AFancyQuestionMark fucked around with this message at Jan 6, 2018 around 06:14

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


Expected Government Income and Expenses for May 3062:

All amounts listed are in millions of New Sirtan Credits.

Items that are one-time only (aren’t recurring on a monthly basis) are marked with square brackets.

Income Breakdown: Entries are listed in the “income source – income amount – algorithmically estimated loss from tax evasion and other relevant forms of crime” format.

Meaning that, in a crime free world, you would have both of them combined.

* Income tax, bottom bracket – 79 – 15

* Income tax, lower middle bracket – 84 – 15

* Income tax, upper middle bracket – 97 – 5

* Income tax, top bracket – 143 – at least 120

* Sales tax – 60 – 26

* Personal Vehicle Tax – 13 – 12

* Legal Addictive Substances Tax – 0.4 – 3.8

* Corporate Tax – 98 – too many factors for remotely accurate estimation, but at least 50

* Foreign Aid – 10 – 0.5

* Trade Tariffs – 13.5 – 9.3

* [Outstanding Tax Payments – 14 – at least 80, likely much more]

* [Punitive Fees for Tax Evasion – 6 – 0]

* [Government Bond Purchases – 4 – 0]

* [Remaining From Previous Month – 61.8 – 0]

* Other Sources – 1.7 – 0.9

Overall Income: 685.4

Expenses: As provided for in the approved budget.

* Prime Minister’s Office – 6

* Ministry of Justice – 82.25

* Ministry of Defence – 75.39

* Ministry of Internal Security – 92.53

* Ministry of Foreign Affairs – 22.27

* Ministry of Interior – 39.41

* Ministry of Finance – 66.83

* Ministry of Education – 73.68

* Ministry of Infrastructure – 95.96

* Ministry of Health – 75.39

* Office of the Attorney General – 4

* Sirtan Budgetary Office – 1.2

* Regular Court System – 17

* Truth and Reconciliation Commission - 4

* Parliament – 10

* Guardian Council – 8

* Government Bond Payments - 3

* Other Expenses – 2

* Emergency Fund – 6.48 (total – 6.48)

Overall Expenses: 685.4

Remaining: 0

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


Local Government:

According to the constitution, local governments are “responsible for determining local laws, programs and initiatives not provided for by the national government and Parliament”, meaning that, in theory, they have a fairly wide array of responsibilities. In practice, due to widespread corruption within existing municipal administrations, the transitional government has neutered them, while the rural settlements were ruled by the CLF in all but name.

After the referendum, the situation has changed. Many settlements, including the capital Sard, have chosen to adopt the People’s Assembly model of local government, drastically altering the concepts at play – every resident can now directly participate in governing from the comfort of their home by connecting to the Assembly’s SCN channel. Even the cities that chose to retain the old model were altered – the old model now enjoys a democratic legitimacy that it clearly lacked during the previous administrations.

With all that said, the national government provides most utilities and services, especially since the dissolution of the municipal police forces, so the role local governments have to play is less clear than in other countries. In essence, barring any new legislation from Parliament, it is up to each local government to determine the scope of its’ own powers and responsibilities.

Mechanically, this means the government of each settlement may do whatever it wants, as long as it doesn’t contradict national laws and it has enough funds. In the absence of any extra funding from Parliament, the primary income source for each settlement is the taxes they decide to put in place. Essentially, local governments can be molded to occupy whatever role you want them to.

This is a great opportunity for players that aren’t MPs to actively engage with the game. Though, obviously, MPs may also participate where appropriate. As a reminder, you can choose to reside in any of the following locations: Sard, Opal, Topaz, Sapphire, Amber, Peridot, Nielsen's Hill, Lucky Break, Panorama, Lavintia's Mark and Prosperity. Once you do so, you will remain a resident of that settlement for at least two in-game years.

When it comes to People’s Assemblies, any resident of the settlement (meaning, any player that sets the settlement as their location) may propose anything for the Assembly’s consideration. Any proposal needs a simple majority of the vote to be approved.

In June of this in-game year, local elections will be held in all the cities that chose the Representative Democracy model in the referendum. Only residents of those settlements may vote in these elections.

The drafting and voting phases are the same for all local governments as they are for Parliament.

AFancyQuestionMark fucked around with this message at Jan 6, 2018 around 13:33

Odysseus S. Grant
Oct 12, 2011

Cats is the oldest and strongest emotion
of mankind


This seems really cool, I still need to read everything, but for now, I'm registering for a citizen seat.

Crazycryodude
Aug 15, 2015

Lets get our X tons of Duranium back!

....Is that still a valid thing to jingoistically blow out of proportion?







In the meantime, I'd recommend maybe taking part in a local government position? You can't actually be seated in Parliament until the next election (unless AFQM will let you take over an NPC), but I'd hate for new posters to be excluded for years still.

Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

WE ARE SMART

Also, get on the Discord.

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


Odysseus S. Grant posted:

This seems really cool, I still need to read everything, but for now, I'm registering for a citizen seat.

Done. Welcome aboard!

Odysseus S. Grant
Oct 12, 2011

Cats is the oldest and strongest emotion
of mankind


In as Karin Moon, resident of Prosperity, which I'd also like to know more about.

tatankatonk
Nov 4, 2011

Pitching is the art of instilling fear.


Registering to play as Denver Axo, influential Citizen (some say its First) in the rural settlement of Panorama. Axo was the former, now-retired, head of the CLF in the region, and is known as an honest and prudent organizer. Following the death of his mother shortly after the revolution, he resigned his commission in the CLF to head his family's fashion house, Axo's. The business, which produces high-end clothing, perfumes, and accessories, has enjoyed a recent run of success as Denver's CLF-inspired fashions gained a following in a population eager to display its Revolutionary taste. Axo's factories and stores employ a plurality of Panorama's population, and Denver himself wields an accordingly outsized voice in the community. Most are happy with the relationship, though, since the recent boom in Axo's popularity in the big cities has also seen their wages and benefits increase.

In 3062, Denver is 30 years old.



I'd also like to know more about Panorama.

tatankatonk fucked around with this message at Jan 8, 2018 around 05:42

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


Panorama Overview (May 3062):

Named for the breathtaking view of the surrounding valley visible from any point in the settlement, Panorama was established in 3018, only 6 years before Sirta declared its’ independence from the Solar Union. Initially founded as a small resort town, it has grown rapidly as several niche fashion, furniture and handicraft businesses moved their operations there due to rising living costs and crime in the cities.

However, like other rural settlements at the time, it soon developed several homegrown gangs that plagued it for over 30 years. As the economy collapsed under Greene’s administration, Panorama experienced severe shortages of food and other essentials, while much of the aid intended for its’ residents was delivered to the local gangs instead, as a result of widespread corruption at the lower levels of the SDF. This allowed the gangs to exert even more control over the town.

Eventually, many of the residents bound together and formed a local militia to oversee the distribution of basic goods and deal with the gangs. It wasn’t long before this militia violently clashed with the SDF, subsequently joining the newly-formed CLF. While the two and a half years of insurgency weren’t pleasant for the residents of Panorama, they now enjoy relative calm and stability under the CLF, which dealt with the gangs long ago and is seen as the source of the recent success of Axo’s, a local fashion house.

Panorama has a relatively sizable population of 18,000. It isn’t connected to the national power grid, instead relying on a combination of wind farms and hydroelectric power generated from the local river. It remains inaccessible by train until the promised SIRTRAK repair project gets underway.

AFancyQuestionMark fucked around with this message at Jan 8, 2018 around 08:13

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


Since some new players joined us, and no bills were submitted so far, this drafting phase is extended until Tuesday - the 9th of January - at 12:30 UTC. To reiterate, the drafting and voting phases are the same for Parliament, People's Assemblies and the city councils (which will be elected in June), so take this opportunity to start defining what you want the local government of your settlement to look like. This is particularly important for rural settlements, where many services and utilities are managed locally, so their future is in the hands of the residents themselves post-referendum.

AFancyQuestionMark fucked around with this message at Jan 8, 2018 around 08:30

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


Prosperity Overview (May 3062):

Having been established in the late 2990's at the base of a mountain on the western edge of the peninsula, Prosperity was once a rapidly developing mining town. But most Sirtan manufacturers have ceased using their metals long ago in favor of more readily available resources. The town's relatively isolated location meant that once the mining industry declined, there was nothing left to replace it. Over the past decades, the town has gradually shrunken in size as most young people and skilled workers left it behind. The town's decline was already well underway by the time Greene took over the national government, and his disastrous economic policies only accelerated what many say are Prosperity's dying breaths. While the revolution has injected new hopes into the residents' minds, few think that the town can ever live up to its' name once more.

Prosperity is one of the very few rural settlements that haven't joined the CLF in its' insurgency. In this case, the reason was Prosperity's remote location. Order is currently maintained by an independent local militia, ostensibly under the authority of the new government's loosely organized Militia Union.

Prosperity's current population is 1,200. It is unconnected to the national power grid and relies on solar power for its' energy needs. It is almost entirely self-sufficient, albeit extremely poor. The only way to reach it is by air, and there is a single public transportation vehicle that stops there twice a week, acting as most residents' only connection to the outside world.

HiHo ChiRho
Oct 23, 2010

Then you remember. You have a message to send.

Something everyone must know.

You have the power. You have the means.

Let it be known.




From: Bookchin, Minister of Education
To: Director of Public Education, Ministry of Education
Subject: Funding Increase

Director,

Thanks to the increase in our monthly budget, I believe we can now close the gaps in our basic education institutions. I'm distributing 4 million more each to both the cities and rural schools. While we are still slightly off of our goal amounts here, we are definitely easing some financial worries off of the students and their families.



-Bookchin


Is there anything additional we should know about Sard?

HiHo ChiRho fucked around with this message at Jan 8, 2018 around 15:26

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017




This is a systematic chart showing the current state of the Sirta Transportation Network as of May 3062. Distances and locations shown don't reflect reality. Most rural settlements aren't shown.

Color code:

* Green - Track/Station is fully operational and currently in use.

* Yellow - Track/Station is partially damaged or in disrepair, capacity is reduced.

* Red - Track/Station is significantly damaged and isn't currently in use.

* Black - Track is severed.

Crazycryodude
Aug 15, 2015

Lets get our X tons of Duranium back!

....Is that still a valid thing to jingoistically blow out of proportion?







Thanks for the rail map, that's extremely helpful. I'm assuming that the SDF bases are already government property, is anything else on the map already government owned? I think we'll pay full price for anything in green, and then declare everyone else in dereliction of their duty to safeguard critical infrastructure or whatever and just nationalize it. Maybe pay reduced price for yellow, but we sure as hell ain't paying poo poo for red and black.

Anyways, yeah, is everything privately owned by big corporations besides the SDF bases? I'm thinking that we might make exceptions and give good rates to local governments, especially in the rural areas, but corporations with lots of resources who neglected our infrastructure anyway can get stuffed.

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


Everything is already nationalized now, as a result of the SIRTRAK Act. The only thing left to do on that front is to pay monetary compensation to the previous owners, which were all privately owned government contractors when it comes to the trains and tracks, and the local governments (which no longer exist) when it comes to the stations.

Crazycryodude
Aug 15, 2015

Lets get our X tons of Duranium back!

....Is that still a valid thing to jingoistically blow out of proportion?








Comrade Luxemburg, Minister of Infrastructure

I hereby authorize 4 million NSC from the MoI's budget as compensation for nationalized rail stations in rural communities, Sard, Peridot, and Amber, payable to the local governments.

The Ministry's budget allocation this month is as follows:

* SIRTRAK - 21.96 million NSC

* Sirta Energy Authority – 22 million NSC

* Communications Control – 8 million NSC

* Ports, Shipping and Travel Authority – 20 million NSC

* Water and Sewage Authority – 10 million NSC

* Public Transport Center – 10 million NSC

* SIRTRAK Compensation - 4 million NSC

The SEA is directed to use their increased budget on preventative maintenance and repairing the electric grid.
The PSTA is directed to use their increased budget on comprehensively reviewing and enforcing safety standards, as well as beginning repairs on orbital infrastructure
The WSA is directed to use their increased budget on restoring critical water infrastructure, especially in rural areas

HiHo ChiRho
Oct 23, 2010

Then you remember. You have a message to send.

Something everyone must know.

You have the power. You have the means.

Let it be known.




Comrade Bookchin
Peoples Assembly of Sard


Sardines,

We feel honored that our hometown, the capital of Sirta, has decided to be at the forefront of this revolutionary way of governance, direct democracy. Granted, we have much more work ahead of us, and the rest of Sirta has eyes on us, not to mention other people across the systems. So let us make this show as entertaining as possible!

As we have decided to take the reigns of political power and collectively wield it together, I think it is reasonable for us to look into claiming ones regarding social and economic power as well. Therefore I am calling for unions and businesses together to, at least for now, voluntarily start transitioning their businesses into worker owned co-operatives, where the workers, much as this assembly does, makes business decisions together. Let us find models that boost productivity and profit for all, and not just an owner. With a workforce that shares in the profits of the company that they work for provides more wealth for that worker to spend than one who collects most of the profits.

Additionally we should also reach out to rural settlements and look to see what they are needing, and whether our factories and industry can accommodate what they are needing, in trade for what Sardines need most. To find out our own needs I call for a committee to be formed to gather input from this assembly about what necessities or wants we are missing. Any decisions to act from this information would be decided upon the assembly, of course.

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tatankatonk
Nov 4, 2011

Pitching is the art of instilling fear.


In Panorama, the years of stagnation under gangsters, bandits, and SDF thugs had resulted in a total collapse in the region's local government. People learned how to fend for themselves when it came time to repair local infrastructure, clear land for farming, and develop work schedules that allowed crucial services like schools and hospitals to function. Neighborhoods and hamlets developed basic community agricultural plots and distribution networks to stave off starvation when the rail line was severed to Sard and the spaceports. When news arrived that Greene's successor had been overthrown, there was little enthusiasm in a region that assumed the local municipal government would continue to fail to meet anyone's needs. When the news arrived that the local municipal government was now legally abolished and that it was up to the Panoramans to pick up the slack in any way they saw fit, the news was met first with shock and then spontaneous celebrations and pro-Revolutionary processions.

The leaders of the food distribution networks, work teams, schools, hospitals, local merchants, and representatives from the region's largest employer, Axo's, met with the remnants of the now-abolished city government - a handful of railway station and air shuttle workers, utility administrators, and a 100-strong CLF garrison - to decide what to do. Surprising everyone, it was the owner of Axo's that pushed for the most dramatic reshaping of the town's self-governance. The ad-hoc body drew up several decisions and proposals to be presented to the community in a formal vote at the end of the month, though the immediate positive feedback the plans received indicated the scheme would pass by an enormous margin. Everyone claiming residence in the region over the age of 16 would be able to vote on the proposals, and a three-day holiday was declared for the occasion to boost turnout for the plebiscite. Voting is as simple as logging into the specialized channel and clicking "yes" or "no" to any proposal.


The ad-hoc body that drew up the proposals declared itself as the Panorama Regional Government, and the People's Assembly would inherit the name if its proposals passed.

The main points proposed were:

- In accordance with the People's Assembly Act, the Panorama Regional Government, consisting of the votes of every resident above the age of 16, is now the legitimate ruling body of the town of Panorama and its surrounding valley, and claims all powers and responsibilities not provided for by the national Parliament.

- In accordance with the will of the PRG, all government actions, purchases, and edicts are to originate from and be legitimated by the direct votes of its citizens, requiring a simple majority to pass. A proposal will be available for public consideration for three weeks before it is voted on.

- To assist with self-governance, a 30-person advisory committee chaired by Denver Axo will provide commentary and suggestions when requested on subjects falling under its expertise. The committee is made up of the heads of local schools, hospitals, energy and transportation utilities, the CLF garrison commander, and elected leaders from the region's ten largest businesses. The advisory committee chair has the power to waive the standard three-week consideration period for any proposal. The advisory committee chair position will be up for re-election every two years, and anyone meeting the regular voting requirements is eligible for nomination.

-In accordance with the will of the PRG, the ownership of private property is abolished, effective immediately. All former private property is held in a common collective management fund owned by the PRG, and all businesses are directed to vote on their own wages and structures, with all employees given a single vote. The PRG is now the sole "owner" of all businesses and land. A special committee will hear claims for compensation.

- To ensure an adequate standard of living, the PRG is responsible for determining the material needs of its average citizen, and producing food, medicine, education, security, housing, clothing, and entertainment to meet these needs. Only after these basic needs are met are surplus commodities to be exchanged on the market.

After exhaustive debate, a number of riders and suggestions were also included. Some were as insignificant as requesting a ruling on whether a tree belonged on one claimant's land or his neighbor's, but the most important were:

- To honor the revolutionary spirit and commitment of the people of Panorama, Axo's fashion house and all subsidiaries are to be turned over immediately to the control of the PRG with no compensation claims to follow. In addition, Denver Axo pledges a $100,000 gift to the PRG to fund expenses.

-To dispatch a delegation to the Sirta Biotechnological Institute to offer a $100,000 grant, which will fund a Panoraman Agronomy Research Institute in a campus in Panorama. Several abandoned buildings near the region's largest farming hamlet have been ear-marked as a useful site.

-To task the heads of the PRG's agricultural firms with volunteering labor that will give every neighborhood and hamlet their own vegetable gardens, either private or community, so that the threat of starvation can be further reduced.

- To decree that no one is to work more than five days a week, or more than seven hours a day, in any industry deemed non-critical by the PRG. An exemption may be secured by paying an employee up to four hours of overtime each week, with the employee's wages tripled during these hours.

-To dispatch a delegation to Parliament to request 1) the immediate repair of the rail line to at least a functional state 2) development grants and discounts on industrial machinery to encourage the replacement of Panorama's reliable but aging industrial capacity and general industrial growth.

-To dispatch a delegation to the government of Opal, which will attempt to persuade the city to encourage emigration to Panorama among overcrowded or depressed neighborhoods where additional housing is not a viable solution.

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