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AJ_Impy
Jun 17, 2007



Yam Slacker

Brian Praxis
Minister of Agriculture


1. Repeal of the TRC, submitted by Minister Saint-Just of the SRLF. - Nay
2. Financial Holdings Transparency Act, submitted by Minister Axo of the SDU. - Aye
3. Amendment to the PAP Act, submitted by Minister Bookchin of the SRLF. - Aye
4. Restoration of Peace and Justice Act, submitted by Minister Axo of the SDU. - Aye
5. PASS Act, submitted by Minister Bookchin of the SRLF. - Aye
6. Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063, submitted by Minister Radek of the SRLF. - Aye

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sniper4625
Sep 26, 2009

Loyal to the End



Comrade Radek
Minister of Security and Defense
Speaker of Parliament


To: NSP Commissioner

...and do not forget to make an especial good showing with regards to the enforcement of Minister Saint-Just's minimum wage act. A few examples pour encoutrer should ensure that no-one considers cheating their employees out of their hard earned pay. Keep us informed and continue the good working.

To: Sheng-Ji Chang, Commissioner, Bureau of Prisons

As we discussed face to face when you accepted the position, your predecessor tendered his resignation shortly before the announcement of our new Penal Reform Initiative. No longer will our correctional facilities be dens of corruption run by the inmates. They shall return to being true correctional facilities - places where we may isolate the ills of society from that which is good, and at the same time reform those ills using every tool at our disposal. The new facilities recently ordered under construction shall be the first of those tools, and more shall come unto you as I am able to craft them. Together, we shall strike our own vital blow in the war on crime - the NSP and NFP may get them to court, and the boys in Justice may send them to jail, but it is our responsibility as to what happens for the years to follow. I know you are the right man for the job.

Some more details regarding the upcoming construction:

Facility: Sirtan Federal Penitentiary Alpha
Cost: TBD, budgeted under BOP
Staff: Drawn from ideologically reliable, thoroughly vetted members of the BOP, new recruits held to same standards. NFP may be called upon in emergencies.
Facilities: Medium-security wing, High-security wing, Maximum-Security Unit, State of the art Healthbay, Rehabilitation Center featuring counseling and other forms of care. Library, Training Center, Others
Location: As previously marked on SIRTRAK line

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


All right. After going over things in my head a bunch of times, I have finally come to a conclusion. My current schedule doesn't allow me nearly enough time to invest into running this game in the level of detail I would like, so this thing is going on hiatus until August. If anyone still remembers or cares about this by that time, we will pick it back up right where we left off. If not...I guess this is it. I enjoyed running this game while I could, and hope to keep running it in the future. Sorry, everyone. I let you down, but there isn't really anything I can do about it.

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AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


Here is a small update to tide you over until August and remind all of us about the current state of affairs in the game:

Left Behind: On the Present State of Past Leaders
[Article published on the 6th of January in Hope Watchers, a post-revolution weekly political magazine, by Claudia Barnes and Clara Cotton.]

It’s hard to believe that scarcely more than a month has passed since the election, so swift was the pace of change in our government’s highest ranks. In what felt like the blink of an eye since Parliament was first convened on the 4th of December, plenty of Ministers were replaced, several major acts were drafted and passed and a major controversy (the so-called “Truth and Justice Commission”) leapt past all of the traditional stages and is now on the way to an apparently final resolution. As we amateur pundits often like to say - there’s never a dull moment in post-revolutionary politics.

Lost amidst these developments and the usual array of worries that come part and parcel with everyday life in Sirta, was a single curious fact, almost an afterthought or a minor footnote in history – none of the forces that made up our original revolution have a part to play in this new government. All of the parties most strongly associated with the Popular Resistance and the CLF have suffered what can only be described as humiliating defeats. FDG, DAL, UCS and, most dramatically, Dawn have all been crushed under the public’s overwhelming support for the SRLF and their new rural ally - the SDU.

Why? How were such powerful and admired figures reduced to such a miserable state? What made the people lose their trust in them? Conversely, what caused the public’s surge of support for the socialist parties? Is this a passing mood or the prelude to a new and permanent order? What will become of the celebrated leaders responsible for rescuing us all from a whirlpool of corruption and authoritarianism? What will their new roles be, in the Sirta they have created?

We could think of many answers to these questions, some more pleasant than others. But our perspective is highly personal and of limited interest to a critical reader. What we offer instead is far more valuable to readers of all kinds, both in the current moment and in generations to come – the perspectives of those leaders themselves. We’ve tracked them down, cutting through layers of disheartened supporters, and cajoled them into sharing their own answers to some of these questions.

“There is not much to say.” says new UCS leader Lillian Ford, one of the party’s two MPs, “People have always been drawn to optimistic messages promising radical change and sweeping reforms, especially when they feel economically insecure and personally vulnerable. There is no surprise that parties employing nakedly populist rhetoric and immersing themselves in viscerally attractive ideologies do so well in this climate. But any government that lets purely ideological considerations dictate its policy risks losing touch with outside reality and, eventually, the trust of those living in it. I can only hope that the new coalition heeds our advice and adopts an evidence based approach to policymaking before it reaches that point. Otherwise, our party will be here, waiting for the public to come to their senses.”

“It doesn’t matter.” opines sole DAL MP Victor Knapfstein, “In or out of power, we will keep up the struggle against the murderers of the old regime and their bootlickers. We will make sure that every enemy of the Sirtan people gets their due punishment. Our comrades-in-arms in the SRLF and SDU have pledged to fight alongside us in this struggle, and I trust them to deliver on that promise. I am certain they will stand firm against any attempts to undermine true justice, such as the recent statement by the Citizen’s Rights Commissioner, and stay the course on the original TJC act. As a result, we are unconcerned about our exclusion from government. But make no mistake, we will see this struggle through, one way or another. I can promise you that!”

“As I keep reiterating, Sirta’s economy is in a very delicate state.” writes FDG leader Stefan Borisov, whose party managed to retain most of its original support base, but not its position in government, “These next few years are going to be crucial for Sirta’s future development. The government must manage the recovery of key industries, with biotechnology being chief among them, educate a new generation of skilled professionals and attract the attention of foreign investors. Any other course of action risks plunging us right back into the downward spiral of rapid decline in living conditions and flight of educated workers initiated by Robert Greene. The further we fall, the harder it will be to climb back up. In my opinion, the new government is mistaken in its priorities and will let the Sirtan economy slip right through its fingers while attempting to implement reforms ill-suited to our current harsh economic circumstances. Naturally, the public will eventually see this as well. Hopefully, sooner rather than later.”

“I am uncertain about a lot of things lately.” the first words of Lenore Hughes, who needs no introduction, have a somber tone to them that reflects her party’s dramatic reversal of fortune – diving from a height of nine seats and being the second largest party, down to a single seat held by Lenore herself – “We let the people down. I let the people down. I’ve promised Sirtans a new society, one that lifts up and protects its poorest and most vulnerable rather than spitting in their faces and letting them die on the side of the road. I didn’t do nearly enough – in policy or in legislation – to bring us closer to that society. I am sorry. I am really, truly, sorry for betraying your hopes.”

After conveying this, Lenore’s tone regains some of the notes of confidence and optimism we have all grown so familiar with over the last few years. “But you know what? I am still here. I am still alive and well and even have a seat in Parliament. Even after my failures, some of you still placed your confidence in me. I am not about to let that go to waste. Not after the years I spent out there on the streets with all of you, fighting for a better future. We’ve reached this far, despite everything that stood in our way. I am not about to give up now, when we’re farther than we’ve ever been. I will try again. To reach that society I promised you. To bring it into being. Whether with the support of the new government or without it, I will keep trying, as long as I can. Together, we can make it a reality!”

On that hopeful note, we bring this brief article to a close. We can’t say whether any of these hopeful predictions will pan out, nor can we offer a guess as to our new government’s prospects of delivering on its lofty promises. We are, as ever, merely observers here to bring you our notes on the evolving state of post-revolutionary politics and society. We hope you’ve found this piece useful, and look forward to our next correspondence in a week’s time.

tatankatonk
Nov 4, 2011

Pitching is the art of instilling fear.




To: Office of the Prime Minister
From: Office of the Minister of Finance & Foreign Affairs


Comrade Prime Minister,

Here is the proposed list of Sirtan delegates for negotiations with the Royal Messenger. I request your approval of these names, and for formal authorization to represent the Government of Sirta in drafting a successor to the Pink Rose Accords with the Kingdom of the Hesperides to be presented to Parliament for ratification.

Executive Delegate

-Denver Axo, SDU MP, Minister of Finance & Foreign Affairs

Deputy Executive Delegate

-Aurora Campos, SRLF MP, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Advisors for the Sirtan Delegation

-Charlotte Howe, Director of the Office of Foreign Research & Analysis
-Sjef Peeters, Professor of Complex Systems
-Stefan Borisov, Professor of Sociology

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


Likely Intentions of Foreign Nations (January 3063):

This report, produced by the Office of Foreign Research & Analysis at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, outlines the probable aims of Sirta’s neighbors in future negotiations, based on an analysis of their prior statements, internal status and current position in regional and interstellar politics.

* Republic of New Frontier – Since its independence from the Solar Union, the republic’s economy, society and government have been heavily dominated by the influence of a small number of long-standing corporate and religious organizations that were strong enough to carry the country through a lengthy period of economic isolation in its early years. Since the formation of the Outer Alliance, their presence is no longer as all encompassing, but it is still clearly felt in many spheres of culture and politics.

The most relevant aspect of this state of affairs is the near complete control the republic’s old major conglomerates exert over its economic policies, both internal and external. Any proposed initiative or change in policy in these areas, no matter how minor, must be reviewed by the Industrial Office of Trade and Development before implementation. This semi-government body is staffed entirely by representatives of the major conglomerates.

It should serve as no surprise that the IOTD was heavily involved in the recent negotiations with our delegation and crafting the trade agreement. We assume that their primary objective with this agreement is to increase the volume of trade between our nations to its prior level, in order to expand their customer base in Sirta and gain easy access to any future products of our biotechnology industry. However, the current state of our economy and its uncertain future prospects make us a fairly low priority on their agenda. In any case, New Frontier’s access to the OA internal market renders trade with Sirta relatively insignificant from their perspective.

* Unitary State of Saguenay – As our economy declined under Greene, so too has the demand for new interstellar vessels, to the point where only 8 such ships have been constructed by Sirta based entities over the last 3 years. Consequently, Saguenay’s main export – a rare metal used in the outer hull of most interstellar vessels - was no longer relevant to us. This, as well as the relatively large distance between our nations, means that Saguenay has little cause to concern itself with Sirta.

Nevertheless, the current Secretary General has been pushing policies that position the country as a friendly and reliable regional actor, cultivating stronger ties with its neighbors. Earlier statements by their government can be taken to mean that it is willing to extend such policies to Sirta in the near future.

* Kingdom of Hesperides – Any competent evaluation of the Kingdom’s policies in any given era must be heavily informed by an analysis of the reigning monarch - their power is nearly absolute, limited only by the Eternal Privy Council, the body which selected them in the first place. Kate IV, previously known as Kate Middleton, was an unremarkable fiction author selected for her “natural curiosity, elevated capacity for long-term planning and an impressive sense of respect for the Eternal Monarchy and our society”. Like others before her, she effortlessly adapted to her new position and has ruled the Kingdom in accordance with her own insights and priorities. As she enters her eight year on the throne, she is likely to be increasingly preoccupied with securing her legacy - making lasting positive impressions in the public’s perception and ensuring her subjects are better off at the end of her reign than at its beginning.

One of the policies she has taken to that end is an increase in directed foreign investment and economic cooperation with developing nations, in an effort to ensure a growing stream of future profits (which would lead to much desired growth in the Kingdom’s relatively stagnant, if prosperous, economy) and raising the Kingdom’s profile and influence on the interstellar stage. Sirta’s biotechnology industry, already a familiar partner for her government, seems like a prime candidate for inclusion in this policy, even in its current diminished state.

* SRECC – Not much can be said about the factors and motivations that drive SRECC policy. Their history with Sirta before Greene consisted of a long series of largely unrelated short-term agreements conducted with individual biotechnology companies, usually centered on cutting edge research and development in the fields of genetic engineering, artificial hormones and neural interfaces. Many of the details of these agreements were kept strictly confidential and are beyond the reach of this office.

Regardless, the SRECC has only ever had the absolute minimum of contact with the government, and has never engaged in any activities that could be said to fall under the purview of state diplomacy. The four-member team that arrived in September of last year has yet to make any further contact with us, and is unlikely to do so in the future. However, it is the opinion of this office that the future of our relations with the SRECC hinges entirely on the contents of the report this team will bring back home in two years time concerning the state of our biotechnology industry.

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tatankatonk
Nov 4, 2011

Pitching is the art of instilling fear.




Denver Axo, Minister of Finance & Foreign Affairs

To: Office of the Speaker of Parliament, Office of the Prime Minister [80 CCs to every MP]


Negotiations with the Royal Messenger, representing Her Majesty Kate IV of the Hesperides, have finished. As Minister of Foreign Affairs, I present the following treaty between Sirta and the Hesperides to Parliament, to be ratified by a vote. The Accord has my full endorsement and I am very pleased to have secured such sizable loans at extremely agreeable rates. I am also pleased that we have modified the previous treaty in several ways, simultaneously deepening our relationship with our allies in the Hesperides and strengthening our sovereignty. Lastly, with Article XII of this Accord both the Eternal Monarch and the Government of Sirta say as one: Sirta is free once more. To any Sirtan forced to flee during the dictatorship, we urge you to come home and help us rebuild our new society.

quote:


The Lotus Accord

In accordance with the friendship existing between the Eternal Monarch of the Hesperides and the people of Sirta,

And with both parties promising to uphold these articles in full good faith,

The Eternal Monarch of Hesperides hereby graces the Sovereign State of Sirta with the following boons.

Article I.

All present tariffs on products associated with the Sirtan biotechnology industry are discarded. No tariffs will be placed on these products in the future.

Article II.

If a Sirtan government contract is offered to foreign firms (defined here as a firm registered to do business on Sirta where non-Sirtan nationals control a majority of shares), then firms registered in the Kingdom shall have first right of refusal on those contracts before they are offered to the firms of other nations.

Article III.

The Sirtan government recognizes the right of businesses originating in the Kingdom with a net annual revenue of up to 1,000,000 NSC to operate on Sirta without obtaining a special, revokable corporate charter, and pledges to exempt Kingdom businesses of this size from any future legislation requiring foreign-owned businesses to obtain a special corporate charter.

Article IV.

The Royal Authority on Investment and Speculation will provide significant incentives for private investment in the Sirtan biotechnology industry.

Article V.

The Kingdom and Sirta both pledge that any expropriation of property owned by Sirtan or Kingdom nationals, respectively, will be matched with fair and prompt restitution to the party that has had its property expropriated.

Article VI.

The Sirta Biotechnology Institute will be considered a Royal University and a part of the Royal Scientific Community.

Article VII.

The Royal Treasury will add the Sirtan biotechnology industry into its list of Second Order Development Goals.

Article VIII.

The Kingdom and Sirta will found a Joint Industrial Corporation on Sirta. The JIC shall have as its charter the responsibility of expanding and modernizing industrial production on Sirta. The JIC shall raise funds through an initial investment of 20,000,000 NSC each from Sirta and the Kingdom, and shall afterwards sell shares of stock to investors up to a total of 1,000,000,000 NSC issued. The JIC shall issue a 5% annual interest to shareholders. The JIC’s charter must be renewed by its Board every three years; if it is not, the JIC shall sell off its assets and pay an 8% dividend to its investors. The JIC's Board is to be comprised of 12 Members from four groups - 3 Members appointed by the Kingdom, 3 Members appointed by Sirta, 3 Members representing shareholders, and 3 Members elected by employees.

Article IX.

The Eternal Monarch, as a boon granted to Sirta, and in order to help them out of poverty, shall direct that a sum of 3,500,000,000 NSC shall be invested directly into Sirta, to be repaid at a rate of 5% interest. This sum shall be split into two parts: an initial sum of 750,000,000 NSC to be authorized upon the ratification of this accord by the Parliament of Sirta and to be repaid over 15 years; and a subsequent sum of 2,500,000,000 NSC to be authorized by August of 3063, to be repaid over 20 years.

Article X.

Any future contract between Sirtan citizens or non-governmental organizations and subjects of the Eternal Monarch or groups under their sovereignty will be subject to Arbitration carried out by the Hesperides-Sirta Trade Arbitration Commission (HSTAC). The HSTAC shall maintain its offices in Sard, and be made up of two Commissioners appointed by Sirta, two Commissioners appointed by the Kingdom, and a Head Commissioner appointed by the Kingdom. The Commission shall base its rulings and procedures on the established legal principles of Royal Arbitration. If such an Arbitration should be invoked, Sirta and the Kingdom are obliged to comply with its results.

Article XI.

No laws will be enacted or policies implemented to confer Sirtan citizens with a superior status, with regards to private contracts and investment agreements, to subjects of the Eternal Monarch.

Article XII.

The Eternal Monarch will formally endorse the voluntary repatriation of any Sirtans who fled to the Hesperides during the Vallstein or Greene administrations to avoid political persecution. Any Sirtan national seeking to return to Sirta from the Hesperides shall have their travel fees paid for in full by the Government of Sirta and be transported at the nearest possible opportunity through the Sirtan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and any co-ordinating Hesperidean agency.

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AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


The above accord is now officially included in the January 3063 voting session. Feel free to vote on it now, as if it were a regular bill, so that we don't have to be delayed once the game resumes in August.

AJ_Impy
Jun 17, 2007



Yam Slacker

Brian Praxis
Minister of Agriculture

The Lotus Accord - Aye.

tatankatonk
Nov 4, 2011

Pitching is the art of instilling fear.


Denver Axo
Minister of Finance & Foreign Affairs


The Lotus Accord - Aye.

sniper4625
Sep 26, 2009

Loyal to the End


Comrade Radek

Aye

paragon1
Nov 22, 2010

FULL COMMUNISM NOW


Grimey Drawer

Comrade Saint-Just
Minister of the Interior
NFP Commissioner


The Lotus Accord-Aye

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

Aye

Crazycryodude
Aug 15, 2015

Lets get our X tons of Duranium back!

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







Prime Minister Luxemburg
Minister of Infrastructure

The Lotus Accord - AYE

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


January 3063 Parliament Votes:

Might as well get this out if the way now, in anticipation of the game’s resumption in three weeks.

Proposals under consideration:

1. Repeal of the TRC, submitted by Minister Saint-Just of the SRLF.
2. Financial Holdings Transparency Act, submitted by Minister Axo of the SDU.
3. Amendment to the PAP Act, submitted by Minister Bookchin of the SRLF.
4. Restoration of Peace and Justice Act, submitted by Minister Axo of the SDU.
5. PASS Act, submitted by Minister Bookchin of the SRLF.
6. Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063, submitted by Minister Radek of the SRLF.
7. Ratify the Lotus Accord, negotiated with the Kingdom of Hesperides.

Party Breakdown:

* SRLF:
## Repeal of the TRC – Support 0, Abstain 1, Oppose 24
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Support 24, Abstain 1, Oppose 0
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Support 24, Abstain 1, Oppose 0
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support 24, Abstain 1, Oppose 0
## PASS Act – Support 24, Abstain 1, Oppose 0
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Support 24, Abstain 1, Oppose 0
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Support 24, Abstain 1, Oppose 0

* SDU:
## Repeal of the TRC – Support 0, Abstain 0, Oppose 19
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Support 19, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Support 19, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support 19, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## PASS Act – Support 19, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Support 19, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Support 19, Abstain 0, Oppose 0

*SnnSP:
## Repeal of the TRC – Support 0, Abstain 7, Oppose 0
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Support 0, Abstain 7, Oppose 0
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Support 0, Abstain 7, Oppose 0
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support 0, Abstain 7, Oppose 0
## PASS Act – Support 0, Abstain 7, Oppose 0
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Support 0, Abstain 7, Oppose 0
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Support 0, Abstain 7, Oppose 0

* FDG:
## Repeal of the TRC – Support 0, Abstain 5, Oppose 0
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Support 5, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Support 0, Abstain 0, Oppose 5
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support 5, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## PASS Act – Support 0, Abstain 0, Oppose 5
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Support 0, Abstain 5, Oppose 0
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Support 5, Abstain 0, Oppose 0

* UCS:
## Repeal of the TRC – Support 0, Abstain 0, Oppose 2
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Support 2, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Support 0, Abstain 0, Oppose 2
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support 2, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## PASS Act – Support 0, Abstain 0, Oppose 2
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Support 2, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Support 2, Abstain 0, Oppose 0

* DAL:
## Repeal of the TRC – Support 1, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Support 1, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Support 0, Abstain 1, Oppose 0
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support 0, Abstain 0, Oppose 1
## PASS Act – Support 0, Abstain 1, Oppose 0
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Support 0, Abstain 1, Oppose 0
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Support 0, Abstain 1, Oppose 0

* Dawn:
## Repeal of the TRC – Support 0, Abstain 1, Oppose 0
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Support 1, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Support 0, Abstain 1, Oppose 0
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support 1, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## PASS Act – Support 0, Abstain 1, Oppose 0
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Support 1, Abstain 0, Oppose 0
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Support 1, Abstain 0, Oppose 0

Guardian Council Appointments:

* Vera Albright:
## Repeal of the TRC – Abstain
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Support
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Abstain
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support
## PASS Act – Abstain
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Support
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Support

* Thomas Gill:
## Repeal of the TRC – Abstain
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Support
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Oppose
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support
## PASS Act – Oppose
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Abstain
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Support

* Frank Probst:
## Repeal of the TRC – Abstain
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Support
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Oppose
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support
## PASS Act – Oppose
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Abstain
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Support

* Lucia Caldera:
## Repeal of the TRC – Abstain
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Support
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Abstain
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support
## PASS Act – Abstain
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Support
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Support

* Sander Hansen:
## Repeal of the TRC – Support
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Support
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Abstain
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Oppose
## PASS Act – Abstain
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Abstain
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Abstain

* Lisa Wyatt:
## Repeal of the TRC – Oppose
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Support
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Oppose
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support
## PASS Act – Oppose
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Support
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Support

* William Viner:
## Repeal of the TRC – Oppose
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Abstain
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Abstain
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support
## PASS Act – Abstain
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Abstain
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Abstain

* Roger Rockwell:
## Repeal of the TRC – Abstain
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Support
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Abstain
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support
## PASS Act – Abstain
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Support
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Support

* Janet Oliphant:
## Repeal of the TRC – Oppose
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Support
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Oppose
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support
## PASS Act – Oppose
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Support
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Support

* Silvia Collins:
## Repeal of the TRC – Oppose
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Support
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Oppose
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support
## PASS Act – Oppose
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Support
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Support

* Rachel Hoffman:
## Repeal of the TRC – Support
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Support
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Abstain
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Oppose
## PASS Act – Abstain
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Abstain
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Abstain

* Paul Thiede:
## Repeal of the TRC – Oppose
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Support
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Abstain
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support
## PASS Act – Abstain
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Abstain
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Abstain

* Della Jalbert:
## Repeal of the TRC – Abstain
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Abstain
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Abstain
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support
## PASS Act – Abstain
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Abstain
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Support

* Sofia Juhl:
## Repeal of the TRC – Oppose
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Support
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Oppose
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support
## PASS Act – Oppose
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Support
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Support

* Jade Ross:
## Repeal of the TRC – Oppose
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Support
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Oppose
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support
## PASS Act – Oppose
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Support
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Support

Citizen Seats:

* Rutherford T. Vanderbush:
## Repeal of the TRC – Abstain
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Abstain
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Abstain
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Abstain
## PASS Act – Abstain
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Abstain
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Abstain

* Jessica Ramsey:
## Repeal of the TRC – Oppose
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Support
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Abstain
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support
## PASS Act – Abstain
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Abstain
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Support

* Susanne Brandt:
## Repeal of the TRC – Abstain
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Abstain
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Abstain
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support
## PASS Act – Abstain
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Abstain
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Support

* Autumn Black:
## Repeal of the TRC – Abstain
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Abstain
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Abstain
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Abstain
## PASS Act – Abstain
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Abstain
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Support

* Grace Wright:
## Repeal of the TRC – Oppose
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Support
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Oppose
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support
## PASS Act – Oppose
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Support
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Support

Overall:

## Repeal of the TRC – Support 3, Abstain 23, Oppose 54
## Financial Holdings Transparency Act – Support 67, Abstain 13, Oppose 0
## Amendment to the PAP Act – Support 43, Abstain 22, Oppose 15
## Restoration of Peace and Justice Act – Support 67, Abstain 10, Oppose 3
## PASS Act – Support 43, Abstain 22, Oppose 15
## Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063 – Support 55, Abstain 25, Oppose 0
## Ratify the Lotus Accord – Support 66, Abstain 14, Oppose 0

Outcome:

The Lotus Accord with the Kingdom of Hesperides was ratified.

The following bills were passed into law:

* Financial Holdings Transparency Act
* Amendment to the PAP Act
* Restoration of Peace and Justice Act
* PASS Act
* Budget Bill for February 3063 - December 3063

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


Reminder: the game will resume in two weeks.

A few hours after Parliament's ratification of the Lotus Accord with the Kingdom of Hesperides, Stefan Borisov, MP and Chairman of the Forward Development Group, releases the following written statement through his official SCN channel:

"The Lotus Accord is, without question, the greatest boon to our economy's development since the end of the old regime. The articles of this agreement are bound to serve as a basis for a significant resurgence of Hesperidean investment in our ailing biotechnology industry. I must commend Minister of Foreign Affairs Denver Axo for his remarkable discernment and flexibility in preparing and negotiating this agreement. As someone personally involved, I can testify that the negotiations were conducted with a full understanding of the delicate balance between the Kingdom's priorities, the needs of our economy and the political demands of Parliament.

However, this is just the first step of many on the road to economic recovery. It now falls to the rest of the government to make full use of this deal and enact the appropriate measures to guide our nation towards prosperity. They must not let themselves be hindered by a rigid adherence to their ideological principles. The actions that they should take are clear: pouring the loaned funds into accelerating and expanding the CEC program, improving the quality of and access to education at all levels, working towards a gradual elimination of tuition over the next several years and instituting financial and regulatory incentives to aid the creation and recovery of biotechnology companies. As for Foreign Affairs, I hope preparations for a comprehensive trade agreement with New Frontier are already underway and steps towards partial membership in the Outer Alliance are already being considered.

Above all, the government should firmly fix the development of our economy as its topmost priority and put aside radical projects and policies that may jeopardize it until we reach a more stable and sustainable level. Any other approach would doom us to an inescapable cycle of poverty and unrest."

paragon1
Nov 22, 2010

FULL COMMUNISM NOW


Grimey Drawer

MP Borisov insists that we should focus on fixing the economy. That's all very well and good, but it raises a simple question in my mind. Fix it for who?

The MP rightly points out the dire straits that we are in, and his promotion of universally free education for the public is highly laudable. But I worry that he does not yet understand that there are fundamental problems present in our society. Problems that will not be solved by raising up a new generation of skilled workers and reinvigorating biotech, though our parties agree that these are goals to strive towards. Wealth flowing once again into Sirta from elsewhere will do little good if that wealth is kept from reaching the hands of those who most badly need it. Free education means nothing to the person who cannot spare the time to attend because they do not have the resources to sustain themselves while doing so.

I encourage Mr. Borisov to more closely examine his own ideology and how it dictates his priorities. Especially before he again decides to criticize the government for not ripping out our hearts for the sake of his definition of economic expediency.

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


Organized Crime Update (January 3063):

In June of last year, the newly created NFP launched a broad and motivated campaign against organized crime, seeking to break its stranglehold on Sirtan cities. Now, after more than six months, the landscape has changed immensely. Far from reigning unopposed, criminal organizations have been attacked at every turn, their operations compromised, their members hunted and their very existence threatened by the officers of the NFP, who channel their revolutionary fervor into their work.

Despite this, these organizations are far from defeat. The past several decades have left them with deep personal and financial ties in most Sirtan municipal communities. Old debts, familial relations, group loyalties, widespread low-level corruption and an ingrained culture of cynical self-reliance – all of these factors prop up the presence and reach of organized crime in Sirta.

The present state of the major organizations is as follows:

* The Old Cartel – This ancient juggernaut has been the target of a sustained assault by the NFP’s Illegal Substances Taskforce. From smuggling routes to drug labs to individual dealers – all are endangered by the taskforce’s scrutiny. The new rehabilitation centers, the Urgent Rescue Act and the recent nationalization of Sirtan Pharmaceuticals Co. have also made significant impacts on the cartel’s business. However, the sheer size of the cartel itself and the tall demand for the products it provides frustrate the efforts at shutting it down. By all accounts this will be a slow and gradual process, demanding long-term purposeful coordination between the NFP, local police and the Ministry of Health.

* The Chappell Family – Through the use of thorough investigative techniques, aided by the details provided by several carefully inserted informants, the NFP’s Organized Crime Taskforce has began pulling at the threads of the tight web of proxies, shell companies, bribes and intimidation that this insular clan has weaved to maintain its criminal business empire. Their usual tactics of threats and disappearances have failed to deter the investigators, many of whom are former Popular Resistance members used to such treatment under the old regime.

A recent sting operation personally carried out by the taskforce’s head Annette Weiss netted a big catch – Evelyn Chappell herself was recorded attempting to secure a deal where the NFP would ignore the Family’s activities in exchange for their cooperation against the gangs and a cut of the profits. She is now in custody, facing indictment under the OSCAR act and a 20 year sentence if she refuses to turn witness against her Family. Unfortunately, she’s held out so far and it is difficult to find other witnesses who are both willing and able to testify against the Family directly. For now, the prosecutors have to settle for going after low-level intermediaries, as one case after another makes its way through the courts. The first convictions of note are expected to arrive in late February.

* The Special Exchange – Despite a concerted effort from the NFP’s SCN Security and Financial Crimes taskforces, little progress has been made in identifying the main facilitators of this underground marketplace. Individual deals have been traced, and a few prominent buyers and sellers arrested, but no leads have been uncovered as of yet on the mechanisms or people behind the Special Exchange. It is all but certain that its operation is decentralized, so even should someone important be finally uncovered, everyday functionality would not be compromised. The investigators strategy has shifted to personally involving themselves in transactions, in the hopes that frequent traces and arrests would eventually deter most criminals from using it.

* Gangs – The combined efforts of the NSP and the NFP’s Enforcement division have led to a drastic reduction in open gang activity. Where once gang members were brazenly going about their business, controlling residents and extracting protection fees from businesses, worrying only about occasional “wars” with other gangs - they are now forced to operate covertly, retreating to their core neighborhoods and carrying out swift raids on those who dare defy them under the cover of night.

The result of several major investigations led by the NFP’s Large-Scale Corruption Taskforce against former members of municipal police forces was the complete collapse of the gangs aura of unassailability and an end to the impression that the law is powerless against them. This, in turn, resulted in strong local community led efforts to dislodge the gangs and their influence over most neighborhoods. Opal, in particular, saw a major drive by neighborhood watch organizations to openly defy gang members and protect their would-be victims through tight cooperation with police forces via the Citizen’s Auxiliary. As a result, the gangs have regrouped in their original bases – the areas of the city where the residents are too intermingled with gang culture to be capable of opposing them in any way – where they reign uncontested, mend their wounds and recover their numbers until they can “take back” the rest of the city.

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AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


Preliminary Design for Federal Penitentiary Alpha (January 3063):

This design was composed by the Bureau of Prisons, in accordance with the specifications provided by the Ministry of Internal Security.

The FPA is intended to be a high-capacity, general purpose correction facility for serious offenders. It would consist of three wings arranged around a core hub.

The Hub would have an arrival/release processing facility, visitation rooms, administrative offices and staff quarters.

The East Wing would be rated Medium-Security and consist of 38 physically separate units housing up to 600 prisoners each, connected by two parallel wide corridors, with access to each unit secured by remotely controlled steel gates.

The West Wing would be rated High-Security and consist of 21 units containing up to 250 individual cells each. The units would be on separate floors, both above and below ground, accessed through 8 elevator shafts and 4 stairwells reserved for emergency use. The bottom floor, accessible only through 2 of the elevators and a single emergency stairwell, would contain the Maximum-Security Unit, housing up to 300 prisoners in secure, soundproof cells, specially monitored 24/7 and designed to open only after approval by the Chief Warden.

The North Wing would contain cafeterias, medical facilities, recreation areas and a library. All areas would be subdivided into separate portions that would only allow up to 45 occupants at a given time. During recreation time, each prisoner would be directed to a randomly chosen portion of the area he would have requested in advance, with the requests system governed by an algorithm designed to minimize the formation of cliques.

Each prisoner would be implanted with a tracking and listening device, with audio and positional data being stored onsite and erased bi-monthly. The data would be used by penitentiary staff to ensure the safety and cooperation of prisoners, and would not be released externally.

The staff would be recruited from among former CLF and Popular Resistance members, vetted for competence and personal commitment. The Chief Warden appointed by the Minister would have full control over day to day operations, within the bounds established by any future regulations set by the Ministry.

The overall cost of construction, recruitment and training is estimated to be 8.5 million NSC, with all work to be completed within four months. From then on, a monthly expense of 650,000 NSC would ensure the smooth operation of the facility.

sniper4625
Sep 26, 2009

Loyal to the End


Excellent, most excellent progress all around. Much yet to do, but the people of Sirta can have hope that their Government is fighting for them against any who would do them harm.

sniper4625
Sep 26, 2009

Loyal to the End


Officially greenlit, will find the funds when i get home.

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


Ministry of Interior Update (January 3063):

Aside from the Census and the Care and Shelter Agency, this Ministry has undergone very few changes over the past year. Both of the previous Ministers were content with distributing funds among the departments and letting them do their work, with little in the way of specific direction. Regardless, the increase in funds and, more importantly, the many societal and economic impacts of larger government policies in the previous year have greatly increased the efficacy of these programs.

The Ministry’s total budget for this month is 36.96 million NSC, of which 4 million are reserved for administrative costs and salaries of Ministerial staff.

The current status of the Ministry’s divisions is as follows:

* Citizen Records – Their primary task this past year has been carrying out the Census and analyzing the raw data to compile meaningful results on Sirta’s structures and population. The collection of data is now complete. A full report on the Census is being prepared for early February.

Current Funding: 3.625 Million NSC

* Passes and Documents – As the new police forces do their work, resulting in a corresponding decrease in the power and influence of organized crime, the strain on this division decreases, as fake documents are gradually removed from circulation. Even so, the employees are kept busy by the demand on new financial documents of all kinds, which increases with the gradual recovery of the economy.

Current Funding: 7.5 Million NSC

* Social Welfare – Despite an injection of funds, this division still struggles to fulfill the population’s demands from its programs:

- Unemployment Allowance – The unemployment rate has decreased recently due to various measures and public work projects undertaken by the government, as well as the general recovery of the economy. In addition to this program, local policies, such as the Basic Unemployment Allowance in Topaz, are helping unemployed citizens to maintain a basic quality of life. However, even with increased funding, this program is unable to cover many unemployed citizens, forcing them to engage in various illegal “under the table” work arrangements to survive.

Current Funding: 6.925 Million NSC + 1.48 Million NSC (50% of leftover Ministerial budget beyond 34 Million NSC)

- Disability Allowance – Not much has changed here in the past year. Only severe disabilities are covered, and the payouts are often unable to match the basic costs of living.

Current Funding: 2 Million NSC + 0.74 Million NSC (25% of leftover Ministerial budget beyond 34 Million NSC)

- Food and Essentials Rationing – The increased funding allowed the expansion of this program to deliver food and other necessities to an increased range of people, though even this is far from ideal.

Current Funding: 4.5 Million NSC + 0.74 Million NSC (25% of leftover Ministerial budget beyond 34 Million NSC)

- Child Care – The only change from the status in April 3062 is that the presence of the NSP means that social workers may operate with less fear of intimidation. The situation is still considered dire, as no measures were undertaken in this area.

Current Funding: 5 Million NSC

- Care and Shelter – This is widely considered to be the previous government’s most successful welfare program, greatly bolstered by local initiatives like the Free Shelter Act in Topaz. The Care and Shelter Agency reports that 38,605 previously homeless citizens are housed in its 721 properties, divided into 16,182 living units, with access to free food and medical care. A minor problem is that the increase in properties under the agency’s management was not matched with a corresponding increase in funds, leading to their staff and resources being spread a bit thin.

Current Funding: 450,000 NSC

paragon1
Nov 22, 2010

FULL COMMUNISM NOW


Grimey Drawer

A new plan of action for the Child Care program will be handed down soon. It is abominable that past ministers have allowed.the present situation to persist.

tatankatonk
Nov 4, 2011

Pitching is the art of instilling fear.




Bing Ngai, Minister of Health

As one year has passed since the last report, I would like to request a comprehensive update on the status and duties of the Ministry of Health, as well as any major changes that have occurred since January 3062.

sniper4625
Sep 26, 2009

Loyal to the End


Comrade Radek
Minister of Defense and Security


Also requesting a status update for the Ministry of Defense, including but not limited to the status of those reallocated factories.

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


Ministry of Health Update (January 3063):

Overall, healthcare in Sirta doesn’t differ significantly now as compared to a year ago, as there were very few major changes in this area of policy.

The present circumstances of each area in the Ministry’s competency are as follows:

* Public Hospitals (Municipal) – Due to the influx of additional funds, municipal hospitals are now better able to cope with the enormous strain they are under. Nevertheless, a shortage of professional doctors and space constraints ensure that issues of overcrowding and lengthy wait times persist, along with the associated discreet “supplementary” payments for prompt and proper care.

Current Funding: 32.38 Million NSC (40%)

* Public Hospitals (Rural) – The gradual increase in funding has somewhat improved the ability of most rural hospitals to acquire supplies and provide adequate care for most patients. However, shortages of qualified staff and specific medicines hinder their ability to properly treat severe or uncommon ailments.

Current Funding: 20.24 Million NSC (25%)

* External Contracts – Despite the recent establishment of the Sirtan Drug Administration, the Sirtan medical system still relies on foreign companies for procuring the majority of its specialized medicines. The main companies involved are still the Ambrosia Group and Cure-All Interstellar.

Current Funding: 8.09 Million NSC (10%)

* Sirtan Drug Administration – Before nationalization, Sirta Pharmaceuticals Co. had been teetering on the verge of bankruptcy for a long time. The newly formed SDA found its manufacturing facilities in a sorry state, with equipment missing and staff involved in the drug trade. The research departments are almost entirely devoid of people, as most researchers with experience left Sirta over the course of the Greene administration. The SDA is very far from restoring production rates to pre-Greene levels, even where it comes to the most basic of medicines.

Current Funding: 4.86 Million NSC (6%)

* Specialized Clinics – The few remaining clinics specializing in narrow areas of medicine sill charge their patients substantial fees to keep operating, despite formally being free to all citizens.

Current Funding: 4.05 Million NSC (5%)

* Mental Health Facilities – Even with increased funds, the facilities are barely able to provide their patients with proper treatment and care. Three out of four facilities are struggling with overcrowding, as only the old Mental Recuperation and Wellness Center in Peridot is capable of coping with the large number of people that require their services. Many citizens with less severe issues are being turned away without receiving proper treatment.

Current Funding: 4.05 Million NSC (5%)

* Rehabilitation Act Facilities – Established in August and distributed among the cities, these facilities are meant to help drug addicts recover. Many of the currently popular illegal substances significantly affect the body’s biochemical balance or even permanently alter neural pathways, making recovery a long, painful and risky process. This fact, along with the psychological effects of these substances, makes any addict unlikely to voluntarily submit to rehabilitation efforts and thoroughly resist any treatment courses forced upon them. Out of 14,482 addicts admitted under the program so far, only 215 have been able to complete the full recovery course.

Current Funding: 4.05 Million NSC (5%)

* Sirtan Pharmaceuticals Shareholder Compensation – The Ministry is still paying out the sum decided by the Property Appropriation Committee.

Current Funding: 2.42 Million NSC (3%), Left to Pay: 4.66 Million NSC

* Immediate Response Service – Current funding is sufficient to maintain operations at pre-Greene levels. The amount necessary for attaining the best possible response times in all of Sirta is estimated to be around 2.5 Million NSC.

Current Funding: 1.62 Million NSC (2%)

There are also 25 million NSC left in reserve, slated for dealing with epidemic outbreaks or other major health emergencies.

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tatankatonk
Nov 4, 2011

Pitching is the art of instilling fear.


sniper4625 posted:


Comrade Radek
Minister of Security and Defense
Speaker of Parliament


It seems our erstwhile former Justice Minister was playing a bit fast and loose with the funds entrusted with him. With the information so eventually provided us by his staff, we can better reallocate some funds

The majority of the wealth tax income is to be reserved for direct capital investments


Numbers to be finalized.

This budget will enable advances across society, from free primary education to new advances in our war on crime, putting more cops on the beat and building new, superior prisons to address the long standing problems with the old ones. I welcome discussion.



Denver Axo
Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs

I endorse this budget, though the final expense total should be 717 million NSC, not 711.

This leaves us with a total of 144.5 million NSC remaining from the one-time wealth tax. We can add to that 750 million NSC which we will be receiving in a loan package from the Hesperides, though this latter amount comes with a monthly interest payment of 4.375 million NSC, so I suggest keeping them separate for the sake of good bookkeeping. In total, though, we will have 894.5 million NSC to invest as we see fit. 26.25 million needs to be withdrawn to cover 6 months of loan payments, after which we can hope that the recovering economy will cover the costs instead. Additionally, the Joint Industrial Corporation needs 20 million in capital investments. After these, we will have 848.25 million to spend. More loan packages will be arriving later this year, as per the terms of the Lotus Accord.

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AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


First Census Report (February 3063):

These are the results of the building and population census conducted by the Ministry of Interior’s Citizen Records division, as demanded by the Census Act.

This is the data for all of Sirta. If you want to see the data for a specific settlement, ask.

Population Data:

Total Population – 22,482,034

By Gender:

* Female – 53% - 11,915,478

* Male – 46.2% - 10,386,699

* Other – 0.8% - 179,856

By Settlement:

* Opal – 33.7% - 7,576,445

* Sard – 22.4% - 5,035,975

* Topaz – 15.6% - 3,507,197

* Sapphire – 5.8% - 1,303,957

* Amber – 3.9% - 876,801

* Peridot – 1.9% - 427,158

* Rural Settlements – 16.7% - 3,751,501

By AMR Status:

* Human – 99.6% - 22,392,106

* AMR – 0.4% - 89,928

By Age:

* [0 – 11] – 13% - 2,922,664

* [12 – 17] – 6.3% - 1,416,368

* [18 – 21] – 3.9% - 876,801

* [22 – 29] – 7.5% - 1,686,152

* [30 – 49] – 24% - 5,395,688

* [50 – 74] – 30% - 6,744,610

* [75 – 89] – 13.6% - 3,057,556

* [90 +] – 1.7% - 382,194

By Education Level:

* University – 12% - 2,697,844

* Trade School/Professional Training – 10% - 2,248,203

* Mandatory Curriculum – 38% - 8,543,172

* Basic – 30.5% - 6,857,020

* None – 9.5% - 2,135,793

By Occupation Sector:

The following figures refer to adult citizens only – data on underage employment is considered unreliable. As such, all percentages refer to the adult population (18,143,001 – 80.7% of the overall population).

Registered self-employed citizens and business owners are included in the data for their respective sectors (e.g. a convenience store owner is considered to be employed in Retail and a self-published author is under Entertainment and Media).

* Manufacturing – 21% - 3,810,030

** Manufacturing (Electrical Appliances & Specialized Electronics) – 7% - 1,270,010

** Manufacturing (Biotechnology Products) – 5.3% - 961,579

** Manufacturing (Furniture) – 3% - 544,290

** Manufacturing (Complex Systems) - 2.3% - 417,289

** Manufacturing (Other) – 3.4% - 616,862

* Research – 7.5% - 1,360,725

** Research (Biotechnology) – 6% - 1,088,580

** Research (Other) – 1.5% - 272,145

* Engineering, Design and Development – 9.5% - 1,723,585

** EDD (Biotechnology) – 4% - 725,720

** EDD (Complex Systems) – 2% - 362,860

** EDD (Software) – 1.5% - 272,145

** EDD (Other) – 2% - 362,860

* Maintenance – 4% - 725,720

* Construction – 2.5% - 453,575

* Resource Extraction – 2% - 362,860

* Agriculture – 0.2% - 36,278

* Private Service and Retail – 3.3% - 598,719

* Education – 4% - 725,723

* Healthcare – 3.7% - 671,291

* Transportation – 0.3% - 54,429

* Finance – 1% - 181,326

* Entertainment and Media – 2.5% - 453,575

* Civil Service – 1.2% - 217,716

* Law Enforcement – 0.9% - 167,456

* Military – 0.4% - 81,629

* Unemployed – 36% - 6,531,480


Building Data:

Total Buildings: 506,214

By Location:

* Opal – 32% - 161,988

* Sard – 23% - 116,429

* Topaz – 15% - 70,869

* Sapphire – 7% - 30,372

* Amber – 5% - 20,248

* Peridot – 1.5% - 7,593

* Rural Settlements – 15% - 75,941

* Other – 1.5% - 7,489

By Ownership:

* Private Organizations – 42% - 212,609

* Private Citizens – 26% - 131,615

* Government – 24% - 121,491

* Foreign Entities – 4.5% - 22,779

* Other – 3.5% - 17,717

By Type:

* Residential – 37% - 187,299

* Manufacturing – 22% - 111,367

* Office – 16% - 80,994

* Research – 9% - 45,559

* Commercial – 6.5% - 32,903

* Storage – 4% - 20,248

* Other – 5.5% - 27,841

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


Last month, notorious industrialist and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Rutherford T. Vanderbush suddenly and unceremoniously resigned his “citizen seat” in Parliament so he could return to a more hands-on role in managing Apex Industries, triggering a constitutional process to randomly select a new citizen to replace him.

This process is now over. Steve Carlsburg (Volmarias), a self-described “concerned citizen with an unconventional streak” will fill now join Parliament for 2 years time, unless he too chooses to resign prematurely. Not much is known at present about Carlsburg or his politics, so we can only guess as to what he will contribute to this crucial period of our country’s history.

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


Mechanical Changes:

As we are about to return from a several month long hiatus, this seems like a good time to introduce several changes to the mechanics of the game. The reasoning for these changes is simple – this game has evolved in a significantly different direction than the one I was imagining when I started this back in November of last year.

Currently, a small, mostly united group of players is trying their best to implement their chosen set of policies and reacting to political, economic and social challenges as they arise. There aren’t many disagreements between players, and the few that do happen are resolved internally. Additionally, correct me if I am wrong, but there are virtually no players outside of the core group of Ministers and national policymakers – no consistent voters, only one local politician, etc.

I think the following changes will make the mechanics of the game better support this state of affairs:

1. Party leaders can now exchange generic NPC MPs for player characters. In other words, if someone new joins a party while Parliament is still in session, and the party has more seats than players, the party leader may choose to give one of their seats to the new player. This applies to NPC party leaders as well. Be aware that this is a one-way transaction, as party leaders can’t eject players from Parliament mid-session (but they can eject them from the party at any time).

2. Every three in-game months, there will be a report detailing the current state of each Ministry’s remit, as well as progress on major policy efforts and any currently ongoing controversies. This should cut down on the aimlessness and uncertainty that plagued the game right before the hiatus. The first such report will go up tomorrow, upon the resumption of the game.

3. A revised NPC Popular Sentiment system will have a major influence on the outcomes of elections, referendums and People’s Assembly votes. This is necessary because there aren’t actually any players to represent the non-partisan citizens of Sirta, so without a system like this public opinion would be a non-factor in the game. See next post for details.

4. Both the Mayor and the City Council can now call a new election at any time in any city with a Representative Democracy model of local government. This is to prevent any potential gridlock scenarios, and allow for the easier entry of new players into local government.

5. Local government officials may now concurrently serve as MPs and Ministers. Since the main action takes place in national government, it doesn’t make much sense to force players choose between national and local politics, especially when considering the existence of People’s Assemblies.

6. Players may now change the settlement they reside in once every six in-game months, instead of once every two in-game years. The previous restriction was too onerous, considering the timescale of the game.

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AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


The NPC Popular Sentiment system is designed to reflect the opinions of Sirtan citizens without firm commitments to any particular political party or faction. For now, every vote open to the public will have 40% of the result determined via this system. This percentage may change later on, depending on what I think would be best for the game dynamics.

Each of the major cities and all of the rural settlements combined have an individual score for each party, which represents how much they approve or disapprove of that party’s policies and rhetoric. In case of a national or local election, these scores will determine the proportional distribution of votes between the parties (out of the 40%) in that settlement. Parties with a score of zero or less will not get any votes from that settlement (within this system). NPCPS People’s Assembly votes are influenced by both the score of the party putting forth the proposal and the local population’s support/opposition for the proposal itself.

A poll of the NPCPS population will be released every three months. The first one is goint to be up tomorrow, and will be largely based on the recent election result.

For example, let’s look at the following NPCPS opinions from Fake City and False Settlement:

Fake City (90% of the country’s population):

* 31st Century Bolsheviks – 3

* Anarcho-Syndicalist Party - 1

* United Maoist List – -1

* Fake City National Liberation Movement - 4

False Settlement (10% of the country’s population):

* 31st Century Bolsheviks – 1

* Anarcho-Syndicalist Party - 2

* United Maoist List – 3

Assuming FCNLM is a local party, the result of a parliamentary election would be as follows:

* 31st CB – (0.4 * ((3 / 4) * 0.9 + (1 / 6) * 0.1) + 0.6 * regular election result) * number of seats

* ASP - (0.4 * ((1 / 4) * 0.9 + (2 / 6) * 0.1) + 0.6 * regular election result) * number of seats

* UML - (0.4 * (0 * 0.9 + (3 / 6) * 0.1) + 0.6 * regular election result) * number of seats

The result of a local election in Fake City would be:

NPCPS Mayor Ranking – FCNML candidate > 31st CB Candidate > ASP Candidate > UML Candidate

This ranking would be in 40% of the votes and the rest would be determined by players and NPC leaders (if present), as usual.

City Council:

* 31st CB – (0.4 * (3 / 8) + 0.6 * regular election result) * number of seats

* ASP - (0.4 * (1 / 8) + 0.6 * regular election result) * number of seats

* UML - (0.4 * (0) + 0.6 * regular election result) * number of seats

* FCNLM - (0.4 * (4 / 8) + 0.6 * regular election result) * number of seats

Any UML proposed People’s Assembly motion in False Settlement would get a majority of NPCPS votes, unless it is obviously opposed to the needs and priorities of the local population.

tatankatonk
Nov 4, 2011

Pitching is the art of instilling fear.




To: Director of the Division of Citizen Records, Ministry of the Interior
From: Office of the Minister of Finance & Foreign Affairs


Congratulations on a successful census. Could you forward the detailed data on Opal to my office at your earliest convenience? Thank you.

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paragon1
Nov 22, 2010

FULL COMMUNISM NOW


Grimey Drawer

Comrade Minister Saint-Just

To the Sirtan Budgetary Office


Please provide my office with estimates of the funding levels needed to fully fund all Social Welfare programs at their stated goal levels (i.e. enough to fully cover people with disabilites that keep them from working) at current levels of need.

tatankatonk
Nov 4, 2011

Pitching is the art of instilling fear.




To: Director of the Division of Citizen Records, Ministry of the Interior
From: xXx~*~iCeCOLDgAm3R~*~xXx@panoramail.net, citizen of Panorama


Congratulations on a successful census. Could you forward the detailed data on Panorama to me at your earliest convenience? Thank you.

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


Expected Government Income and Expenses for February 3063:

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 – 80 (+2) – 26 (+1)

* Income tax, lower middle bracket – 97 (+3) – 22 (+1)

* Income tax, upper middle bracket – 108 (+1) – 13 (+1)

* Income tax, top bracket – 172 (+3) – at least 134 (+2)

* Sales tax – 75 (+1) – 31 (+1)

* Personal Vehicle Tax – 13 (+0) – 12 (+0)

* Legal Addictive Substances Tax – 0.4 (+0) – 3.8 (+0)

* Corporate Tax – 120 (+5) – too many factors for remotely accurate estimation, but at least 50 (+0)

* Estate and Gift Tax – 4 (+1) – 6 (+2)

* Commercial Asset Transfer Tax – 2 (+0.5) – 4 (+1)

* Wealth Tax – 4 (+0) – 7 (+0)

* Foreign Aid – 20 (+0) – 1.5 (+0)

* Trade Tariffs – 22 (+1) – 10.6 (+0)

* [Government Bond Purchases – 1 – 0]

* Other Sources – 2 (+0) – 1.2 (+0)

Overall Standard Income: 720.4 (+9.4)

Reserved Income:

* [Wealth Cap Tax – 52 – more than 800]

* [Remaining Wealth Cap Tax Revenue (January 3063) – 144.5 – 0]

* [Lotus Accord Loan – 750 – 0]

Total Reserved Funds: 946.5

Expenses:

Extra-Budgetary:

* Emergency Youth Intervention Program Operation – 1.5

* Lotus Accord Loan Repayment – 4.375 (from Reserved Funds)

* Joint Industrial Corporation Establishment – 20 (from Reserved Funds)

Leftover Standard Funds: 718.9

Leftover Reserved Funds: 922.125

Budgetary:

* Prime Minister’s Office – 6

* Ministry of Justice – 46.73 (6.5% of income)

* Ministry of Defence – 57.51 (8% of income)

* Ministry of Internal Security – 107.835 (15% of income)

* Ministry of Foreign Affairs – 21.57 (3% of income)

* Ministry of Interior – 44.93 (6.25% of income)

* Ministry of Finance – 71.89 (10% of income)

* Ministry of Education – 86.27 (12% of income)

* Ministry of Infrastructure – 97.05 (13.5% of income)

* Ministry of Health – 82.67 (11.5% of income)

* Ministry of Agriculture – 35.94 (5% of income)

* Sirtan Survey Administration – 7.19 (1% of income)

* Sirtan Culture Administration – 7.19 (1% of income)

* 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 – 5

* Other Expenses – 2

* Emergency Fund – 0 (total – 34.42)

Important Note: The current budget doesn’t cover non-ministerial expenses sufficiently – there are 7.25% of income left, which comes out to 52.12, that’s 5.08 short of the required 57.2. These 5.08 were taken from the Reserved Funds, which leaves the total at 917.045.


Local Government:

Sard:

Income Breakdown:

* Property Tax – 5.5 (+0) – 4 (+0)

* Business Tax – 4 (+0) – at least 5 (+0)

* Income Tax – 2.7 (+0.1) – at least 4.5

* Estate Tax – 3 (+0) – at least 5 (+0)

* Asset Transfer Tax – 3 (-2) – 13 (+1)

* [Remaining from last month – 7.8 - 0]

Overall Income: 26 (+2.5)

Expenses:

* Advisory Committee – 3 (+0)

* Sard Executive Council – 2.5 (+0)

* Office of the Sard Attorney – 0.5 (+0)

* Professional Advisory Council – 2.7 (+0)

* Sun Rises on Sard Program – 3.5 (+0)

* Factory Operation – 3 (+0.5)

Overall Expenses: 15.2 (-1.5)

Remaining: 10.8 (+3)


Topaz:

Income Breakdown:

* Property Tax (5%) – 40 (+2) – 8 (+1)

* Business Tax (2.5%) – 65 (+3) – at least 15

* [Outstanding Tax Payments – 6 (-4) – at least 30]

* [Remaining from last month – 142.8 – 0]

Overall Income: 256.8 (+22.8)

Expenses:

* Mayor’s Office – 1.5 (+0)

* City Council – 3.5 (+0)

* Bedrock of Topaz Program – 2.2 (+0)

* Unemployment Allowance – 54 (-1)

* Auditing Department – 4 (+0)

* Education Stipend – 23.8 (+0.8)

* Sanitation Department – 2 (+0)

Overall Expenses: 91 (-0.2)

Remaining: 165.8 (+17)

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AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


paragon1 posted:

Comrade Minister Saint-Just

To the Sirtan Budgetary Office

Please provide my office with estimates of the funding levels needed to fully fund all Social Welfare programs at their stated goal levels (i.e. enough to fully cover people with disabilities that keep them from working) at current levels of need.

Minister, these are our estimates, taking into account the current demands and goals of each program:

- Unemployment Allowance - A monthly allowance of 100 NSC for every registered unemployed citizen would cost about 653 Million NSC. Obviously, this isn't remotely feasible at the Ministry's current funding level, or the general income of the government as a whole. Therefore, a reduced target of covering only the most vulnerable citizens is currently in place - urban residents with total assets worth under 1,000 NSC, no employed relatives or other means of support. Covering only these people (12% of unemployed citizens) would cost about 78 Million NSC a month. Currently, the program is about 10% of the way to meeting this target.

- Disability Allowance - The law divides disabilities into several categories. Those covered by this program are "crippling" disabilities that render individuals incapable of unsupervised living (0.08% of the population, 120 NSC allowance per month) and "major" disabilities which significantly limit the ability of individuals to work and participate in society (0.52% of the population, 60 NSC allowance per month). In order to reach this target, about 9.17 Million NSC a month would be required.

- Food and Essentials Rationing - The necessary funding for this program to reach every citizen on its list would be 12 Million NSC a month.

- Child Care - The main problems of this program aren't resource based, but another 2 Million NSC a month will certainly not be wasted. Nevertheless, other solutions must also be pursued.

- Care and Shelter - Raising the funding to 650,000 NSC a month and hiring additional staff should ensure the smooth operation of the program.

tatankatonk
Nov 4, 2011

Pitching is the art of instilling fear.




Denver Axo
Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs

The ministry budgets are currently drawing down from the Reserve Fund. To balance our revenues, here is a proposed amendment to the budget which will solve the problem. I will introduce the amendment as soon as Parliament convenes.

quote:

*Ministry of Justice – 6.5% of income

* Ministry of Defence – 7.5% of income

* Ministry of Internal Security – 14.5% of income

* Ministry of Foreign Affairs – 3% of income

* Ministry of Interior – 6.25% of income

* Ministry of Finance – 10% of income

* Ministry of Education – 12% of income

* Ministry of Infrastructure – 13% of income

* Ministry of Health – 11.5% of income

* Ministry of Agriculture – 4.5% of income

* Sirtan Survey Administration – .5% of income

* Sirtan Culture Administration - .5% of income

AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


First Quarterly Report (February 3063):

Though only two months have passed since the election, the new coalition is already hard at work implementing its agenda for the country. As there are only two ruling parties with significant ideological overlap, commanding an absolute majority in Parliament, they are expected to pursue major reforms with wide-ranging effects.

Already, several tax changes and a contentious process of replacing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission have done much to answer those expectations. The new recall mechanism established by the PASS Act granted the new government the power to overrule prior appointments, further expanding its influence.

However, what is perhaps the new government’s most major achievement – the negotiation and ratification of the Lotus Accord with the Kingdom of Hesperides - was based on consensus and a more conservative approach. The increase of investment in biotech and the loaned funds are likely to greatly accelerate the recovery of the economy.

The new government faces many challenges in a variety of sectors. These are the current states of the issues under the watch of each of the Ministries:

* Justice – The previous Minister has built up a tightly coordinated network of prosecutors that tends to handle cases in a swift, efficient and somewhat opaque manner. The municipal prosecutors are more strongly controlled than the rural ones, who are encouraged to cooperate with “local communities and law enforcement”.

However, upon assessing the division of funds in the Ministry, the new government decided to greatly reduce its’ budget, so a top-down review of programs and funding is required.

* Defence – Having removed equipment and manufacturing capability from under the control of the SDF and cancelled all extant procurement contracts, the Ministry is aiming for a general reduction in the military’s independence, with the eventual goal of bringing it under firmer civilian control and drastically reducing its overall scope and presence.

Naturally, SDF Central Command is resisting this intention at every step. For example, though the factories have been moved to the authority of the Ministry of Infrastructure, the latter has been slow to implement any concrete changes in management policy or personnel, so the SDF retains de-facto control through personal connections and institutional inertia.

* Internal Security – The NFP’s fight against organized crime is progressing well, but additional measures or a change in tactics may be required to progress further still.

Behind closed doors, the restructuring of the Intelligence Service is bearing fruit in the form of closer cooperation with the government and more frequent information reports on threats.

The Militia Union is still more a legal wrapper around the rural militias, most prominently the CLF, rather than a cohesive or functional organization.

* Foreign Affairs – After the triumph in the form of the Lotus Accord, the newly reorganized Ministry is likely to concentrate on concluding a trade agreement with the Republic of New Frontier and restoring the economic ties between Sirta and neighboring nations, especially when it comes to Sirta’s biotechnology industry.

* Interior – Aside from work on the census, this Ministry has been relatively neglected by the past government. The only new social welfare project was the highly successful Care and Shelter program, established a full year ago. Otherwise, the gradual increase in funding for the other programs has been insufficient to meet demand. The most glaring issue at the moment is the poor state of the Child Care program, which faces many issues that even additional funds would not help alleviate.

* Finance – Under the guidance of the previous Minister, the Ministry has developed many detailed and effective mechanisms for the proper collection of taxes and revenues, as well as controlling banking institutions. While these continue to be effective, a recent disengagement from the top means that it doesn’t pursue any active measures, which limits its potential.

* Education – Though initiatives such as the Civil Education Centers and the Bootstrap Act have made professional training and knowledge much more readily accessible to the common citizen, the Ministry is still far from accomplishing the ambitious goal of full tuition free education and other milestones laid out in the SISTER Act.

* Infrastructure – SIRTRAK’s sizeable STN repair project has made significant progress in reaching its goals – all of the red priority zones have been restored to partial (yellow) capacity, and work is well underway on the blue zones. It is estimated that at the current pace, Phase 1 repairs should be finished by the end of the year.

Aside from SIRTRAK, most other areas under the Ministry’s competence have received very little attention from the top, and therefore remain as they were – in functional yet precarious conditions.

As mentioned previously, the Ministry has done almost nothing with the facilities and authorities granted to it under the Arms Production Rationalization and Transparency Act, which means that for now, this is only an “on paper” change, with very little actual effects on the ground.

* Health – Despite the gradual increase in funding, not much has been done in this area, and shortages of professional staff, doctors and medicines plague the overcrowded hospitals of Sirta. The healthcare system is also struggling to cope with widespread mental health and drug addictions issues.

* Agriculture – At the end of a lengthy transition period, this new Ministry focused on agricultural research, food standards and rural development is now ready to begin regular operation. With its structure laid out in the original act, and its initial staff and procedures developed on the recommendation of the Executive Transition Team, all that remains is for the new Minister to establish a set of policies and priorities in all of the Ministry’s areas of competence.

Pending Appointments:

There are a significant number of appointments that need to be made as soon as possible.

* The Leader of Opposition and the Guardian Council have yet to submit the names of MPs to be appointed to the relevant Special Committees, as required by the constitution.

* The Minister of Foreign Affairs needs to appoint 4 members of the Joint Industrial Corporation board and 2 members of the Hesperides-Sirta Trade Arbitration Commission, as required by the Lotus Accord.

* The Minister of Agriculture needs to nominate, and Parliament needs to confirm, the 3 Directors of the Ministry’s departments, as required by the relevant act.

* The Prime Minister, the Minister of Justice and the Guardian Council need to nominate, and Parliament needs to confirm, several Peace and Justice Commissioners, as required by the Restoration of Peace and Justice Act.

NPCPS Opinion Poll:

Sard:

* SRLF – 6

* SDU – 4

* SnnSP – 2

* Dawn – 3

* FDG – 3

* DAL – 2

* UCS – 2

Opal:

* SRLF – 7

* SDU – 5

* SnnSP – 3

* Dawn – 3

* FDG – 3

* DAL – 2

* UCS – 2

Topaz:

* SRLF – 3

* SDU – 3

* SnnSP – 2

* Dawn – 3

* FDG – 4

* DAL – 1

* UCS – 3

Sapphire:

* Restoration – 5

* SRLF – 3

* SDU – -3

* SnnSP – 2

* Dawn – 3

* FDG – 5

* DAL – 1

* UCS – 3

Amber:

* IRP - 5

* SRLF – 4

* SDU – 2

* SnnSP – 4

* Dawn – 3

* FDG – 4

* DAL – 1

* UCS – 3

Peridot:

* SRLF – 4

* SDU – 2

* SnnSP – 4

* Dawn – 2

* FDG – 2

* DAL – 2

* UCS – 1

Rural Settlements:

* SRLF – 4

* SDU – 6

* SnnSP – 3

* Dawn – 2

* FDG – -2

* DAL – 3

* UCS – 0

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AFancyQuestionMark
Feb 19, 2017


The game is now no longer on hiatus! The February 3063 Drafting phase begins now and ends on Wednesday - the 8th of August - at 9:00 UTC.

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sniper4625
Sep 26, 2009

Loyal to the End


Comrade Radek
Minister of Defense and Security


I am gratified, truly gratified, to see the progress we have made, and am confident in our ability to build upon it.

A first bill for this new session, a revision to fix a misalignment of a previous act.

Amendment to the Rationalization Act

Responsibility for the factories recently transferred to MinInf will be restored to civilian control under the auspices of MinDef.

Once returned to their rightful place, I will have further instructions on that front, and more to come in general.

Onwards, Comrades!

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