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Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

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Danube, AMR of Tanner Kott, played by me, will join the Forward Development Group

Sensing opportunity, Tanner Kott struck out for the frontier with his sizable inheritance as one of the first wave of settlers to Janus IV. There, he founded his company, JanusFreight, and rapidly turned his small fortune into a large one by offering fast shipping between the urban centers and the many fledgeling settlements poorly served by the Solar Union Post. Soon, JanusFreight expanded outward, and by 3024, it controlled some 65% of offworld shipping and had offices and operations on several other settled worlds. In the early independence era, Kott was one of the wealthiest people in Sirta, though he was something of an oddball among the world's oligarchs, preferring a more low-key lifestyle and having fewer obvious links to organized crime.

During Vallstein's first term, Kott faced mounting legal and financial pressure from the regime to sell off portions of his business to Vallstein cronies. Resentful of being strongarmed and fearing the hammer was about to come down, Kott quickly liquidated as many of his on-world assets as he could and fled the planet soon after Vallstein's first re-election. Financed by the remnants of his shipping empire, Kott dedicated the rest of his life to helping his fellow exiles and refugees, as well as providing support to the underground press in Sirta and publicizing their work to expose Vallstein's crimes to the interstellar community.

Kott's actions made him something of a boogeyman to Vallstein's state-controlled media, which portrayed him as a traitor whose shadowy influence justified the extreme actions of the regime. Persistent rumors that he lobbied Outer Alliance leadership to stage a "humanitarian intervention" to topple the regime dog him to this day. The childless Tanner Kott died of a terminal illness in 3057, but not before undergoing a brain scan and bequeathing all of his assets to his AMR, Danube, named after the first transport ship he ever bought. Danube was determined to carry on the cause of his predecessor, but fortunately, he didn't have to wait long before it was rendered moot.

In the aftermath of the revolution, the members of the Popular Resistance-linked "freedom press" who Danube supported were widely praised as heroes among the urban population for their self-sacrifice and unshakeable principles and their work to undermine the regime before it became a politically popular thing to do. (The freedom press remains somewhat less popular in rural areas, where the common sentiment is that those who took up arms are more worthy of praise than the "keyboard warriors.") The freedom press, in turn, shone a light on their patron, leading to Danube enjoying great popularity upon his triumphant return to Sirta.

In addition to subscribing to the FDG's economic policies, Danube has a special interest in upholding the rights of returning refugees and the return of assets stolen by the regime.

Age at scan time: 107

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Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

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I can only hope we'll get a decent number of votes from people who aren't playing as legislators.

Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

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My fellow Sirtans, the work of the revolution is still at hand. The coming months are crucial in defining who we are. Will we be the nation that rose from the ashes of tyranny and spread our wings to bask gloriously in the light of freedom, or will we roll around in the ashes forever, never living up to our potential? Vallstein and Greene may be gone, but the country they created is still alive. Poverty, ignorance, and crime still choke the potential of our citizens. The agenda of the Forward Development Group seeks to unlock the potential of Sirta and of every individual Sirtan. We will found free vocational and technical schools that are open to all citizens, providing a pathway off the streets and onto a good-paying job. And we will create those jobs by attracting foreign investment, so that every Sirtan will have a gateway to self-sufficiency. Vote FDG for a brighter, more prosperous future for all Sirtans.

Further, we support the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a temporary body with broad investigatory powers staffed by judges appointed by the Guardian Council, dedicated to finding abuses committed by the past regime, and empowered to strip illegitimately acquired assets from those who profited off of corruption under Greene and Vallstein and return them to their rightful owners, as well as bar the corrupt from public service for life. More serious human rights violations found by the Commission will be referred to the regular courts system after evidence is gathered. All citizens will be encouraged to submit any instances of corruption they witnessed or were victim of under the old regime.

Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

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Speaking on behalf of the FDG, we are in favor of a suite of short-term social programs designed to get the nation back on its feet, and we welcome the chance to work with other parties to establish it. The nature of our recovery program is long-term, and the immediate needs of the people shouldn't be ignored in the meantime. However, in principle, we wish these programs to remain short term and thus, we would require them to have a sunset, no later than January 1, 3064, just after the next scheduled elections. Further, we'd like to iterate that we'd like to accumulate only a manageable amount of debt in our first years of freedom. We look forward to the first official release of economic data, so that we may work out these programs in detail.

Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

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A clip from "Roundtable with Shaurya Vuong," a popular morning news vidcast, December 16, 3061

OZIOMA McCREARY: So, you aren't willing to give them the benefit of the doubt? How can this new government function if the parties believe all the others are acting in bad faith?

DANUBE [Audio feed only]: I have no doubt that the leadership of the DAL and SRLF are acting in what they believe to be the best interests of the people they represent. The problem, as I see it, is that they have too much faith in their fellow ideologues, they think anyone who publicly professes to share their goals can do no wrong.

McCREARY: You can't argue with results, citizens in areas policed by the CLF are reporting record low crime rates, and record high satisfaction with their police apparatus.

DANUBE: Yes, and the best path forward is to give the people the tools to make sure it stays that way. Right now, the CLF is accountable to nobody. If a particular settlement is unsatisfied with the way their police conduct themselves, the mayor can't pressure or replace their local CLF commander. They're at the mercy of the higher ranks of the CLF to-

McCREARY: The CLF hasn't caused any such problems so far, what makes you think they will? They clearly have the best interests of-

DANUBE: It's in the best interests of no one for an unelected militia to-

[crosstalk]

SHAURYA VUONG: [sips coffee]

DANUBE: All I'm saying is let's give democracy a chance. We've been conditioned by 30 years of dictatorship to just roll over and accept the presence of unaccountable armed groups in our society. The revolution is supposed to be a chance to change that. The reason the police in the old regime were so corrupt was because they weren't accountable to the people, there was no way for the people to effect change on their local police. That's why, if I'm elected, I intend to introduce a bill to integrate the CLF militia with police, to bring the effective police forces into civilian control. We'll need the manpower after clearing out all the corrupt police of the old regime, anyway.

VUONG: Thank you, Danube. As always, it's good to have you on the show.

DANUBE: My pleasure to be here, Shaurya.

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Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

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AFancyQuestionMark: How is local and regional government organized under the new constitution?

Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

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OOC: Since we'll need to pass a budget fairly soon, could we get a report on Sirta's finances? I figure the official budget the last years of the old regime should be taken with a grain of salt, but current tax policy and expected tax revenue, along with current debt would be useful to know.

Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

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Private message, dated 01:47 03 January, 3062.

To: FDG Central Committee
From: Danube
Subject: SRLF Coalition Negotiations
Message: It has become necessary for us to enter into more formal talks with SRLF with regards to our potential coalition. Privately, based on my conversations with SRLF MPs, I believe their leadership is quite amenable to a coalition, though perhaps not as willing to concede as much in certain realms of policy. As the most outspoken and one of the more connected MPs of our party, I ask you to appoint me official representative of the FDG for these coalition talks. As such, I will focus on maximizing our representation in the cabinet, where I believe we can do more to pursue our agenda than we can with general legislative promises given at the beginning of the term.

Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

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Private memo sent to all FDG MPs.

I would urge the honorable members of the Forward Democratic Group to accept the terms of this coalition. These are not conditions dictated by SRLF, but terms worked out by discussions between members of all involved parties. The SRLF is not pursuing a number of the more radical items in their agenda in favor of taking part in a coalition with goals that, I believe, can be broadly agreed on by all of us. Just as they've agreed to moderate themselves, we should seek compromise as well. In these early days of our government, it's critical for the stability of the nation and the public's trust in our new democratic institutions that we demonstrate a commitment to the parliamentary system and embrace the compromises that it encourages.

Danube

Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

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Yes, I can field that question. We wanted Mr. Vanderbush as Minister of Foreign Affairs because we believe he, as a very influential man of high ideals, is an asset to the Sirtan government and to our coalition, as well as an excellent face of Sirta to neighbors and to potential investors.

Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

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A census is a good idea. We can't entirely trust the statistics published by the old regime. I would, however, wish to amend the bill to include more precise language about how the census should be carried out.

Census Act Amendment 1 posted:

The Census Act of 3062 is amended to include, appended at the end of the current text:

quote:

The Interior Ministry is directed to conduct the census in two phases, firstly of assembling a registry of all buildings in Sirta and secondly assembling a registry of the population.
The building registry is to include the following information:

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Address, residential status, owner, number of permanent residents (if residential),type of residence (if residential)
The population registry is to include the following information:

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Name, AMR status, age (or, if AMR, age at scan), age since scan (if AMR), gender, address of primary residence, occupation, education level, head of household status, relation to head of household
The Interior Ministry is required to have its full report for the 3062 Census ready for government use by 1 February, 3063.

For the sake of transparency and for use in research, I would introduce another amendment relating to the public disclosure of census results, with considerations toward privacy.

Census Act Amendment 2 posted:

The Census Act of 3062 is amended to include, appended at the end of the current text:

quote:

Upon assembling a full report, the Interior Ministry is required to disclose publicly all building registration data except number of permanent residents and owner, and all the assembled population data excluding names, addresses, and ages. For the public report of the population survey, each entry shall be identified with generic household groupings associated with the lowest level of local administrative division in place of addresses, and with ages rendered as age groups.

And finally, I would also like to submit a third amendment for the consideration of parliament, making the census reoccur regularly.

Census Act Amendment 3 posted:

The Census Act of 3062 is amended to include, appended at the end of the current text:

quote:

Every fifth year after 3062, the Census shall be conducted according to these terms, to be made available by 1 February the following year.

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Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

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One of the most important and daunting tasks before our fledgling government is to sort out the question of guilt and restitution for the abuses of the Old Regime. It is my intention with this act to enable the people to seek justice and damages for the corruption they suffered under Vallstein and Greene, and to enable our society to weed out from government everyone who profited from tyranny.

The Truth and Reconciliation Act posted:

1. Definitions
For the purposes of this act,
Victim - Any person who brings claims before the Commission.
Defendant - Any person who is accused of a crime before the Commission.
Old Regime - The Government of Sirta as it existed between the accession of Adrian Vallstein in 3032 and the coup that ended the Greene government in 3061.
TRC - Truth and Reconciliation Commission

2. Formation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
There is hereby established a temporary body under the Ministry of Justice known as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The objective of the TRC is to hear claims of and publicly investigate crimes committed against individuals at the behest of, or by persons previously protected from justice by, the Old Regime.

3. Selection and Succession of Commissioners
The TRC is to be constituted of 7 commissioners, of whom 4 are nominated by the Prime Minister on the advice of the cabinet, and 3 are nominated by the Minister of Justice, and all of which are confirmed by a majority vote in Parliament. Parliament reserves the right to recall a commissioner at any time with a majority vote. One commissioner is to be designated as the chairperson by the Minister of Justice. In the event of the death, incapacitation, recall, or resignation of a commissioner, the chairperson will designate an acting commissioner to serve until a new commissioner is installed by either the Justice Ministry or Parliament, depending on which body nominated the previous holder of the post. In the event of the death, incapacitation, recall, or resignation of the chairperson, the Minister of Justice will choose a new chairperson among the commissioners, who will then appoint an acting commissioner, who will serve in such capacity until a new commissioner is installed by either the Justice Ministry or Parliament, depending on which body nominated the previous holder of the post.

4. Powers of the Commission
The TRC shall have the power to:
 form and dissolve subcommittees and hire staff to carry out any of the duties assigned to the Commission.
 subpoena witnesses and evidence relating to any claim brought before it.
 order restitution of assets and monetary compensation following the judgement of the council, including the power to seize assets and order the garnishing of wages.
 bar individuals from all elected office and civil service for life following the judgement of the council.
 dissolve itself at any point at least one year after its inception, when the commissioners unanimously agree that the purpose of the commission has been satisfied.

5. Responsibilities of the Commission
The TRC shall:
 seek justice for crimes committed by and for the Old Regime while adhering to the Process of Justice detailed in Section 6.
 implement a process for submitting a claim for judgement which is free and easily accessible.
 make all proceedings publicly available via live SCN broadcast, video recordings, and transcripts.
 issue a quarterly report to Parliament detailing the progress of the Commission, on a qualitative and quantitative level, and making any recommendations it has come to feel, through its contact with the public, Parliament could do to further improve the lot of those who were victimized by the Old Regime.

6. Process of Justice
Submission of claims
 Any Sirtan citizen has the right to submit a claim of damages incurred during the Old Regime to the TRC. The TRC, or a subcommittee it so designates to handling this task, shall evaluate the claims, and if it has any reason to believe the alleged crime was committed by, at the behest of, or under the protection of any individual who worked for the Old Regime, the TRC will accept the case.
Investigation
 The TRC, or a subcommittee it so designates to handling this task, shall contact the defendant and, should the defendant wish to dispute the claim, investigate relevant financial records, call witnesses to testify, and hear the testimony of the victim and the defendant.
Restitution
 A unanimous decision by the TRC is required to rule whether, by a preponderance of the evidence, the defendant owes restitution to the victim. If the return of the original property is not possible, then the amount owed is decided by the TRC and is to be set based on the value of any damages incurred and an appropriate amount for hardship faced by the victim as a result of the damages. Unless amnesty is granted, a defendant found responsible for the claim is to be further barred from ever holding elected office or entering the civil service.
Amnesty
 A defendant who is found responsible for damages may appeal for partial amnesty. The defendant is still responsible for paying the damages of any lost money or property, but a defendant who can, by the unanimous judgement of the TRC or a subcommittee it so designates to handling this task, prove by a preponderance of the evidence that they could not have avoided committing the damages without risk to the lives or health of themselves or their loved ones shall not be barred from holding elected office or civil service.
Referral to the Regular Courts System
 If, at the conclusion of the case, the TRC considers it likely that the defendant committed or ordered an act of murder, torture, surprise sex, or other serious, violent human rights abuses, the TRC shall refer the case to an appropriate court as a criminal case.

7. Rights of Victims, Witnesses, and Defendants
Victims shall overall be treated with respect and dignity.
Victims, Witnesses, and Defendants have the right to appear in person before the Commission if they so choose. Such persons shall be provided room and board for as long as necessary when testifying before the Commission, if they so request. Otherwise, reasonable accommodations shall be made for telepresence.
Victims and defendants shall not be discriminated against on the basis of sex, gender, place of birth, race, class, military or militia service history, or political affiliation.
Victims and defendants have the right to an attorney.
Defendants found responsible for claims shall be protected from any further civil litigation and criminal prosecution for any crimes for which they complete their TRC-ordered restitution.

Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

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I must disagree with my colleague, Mr. Knapfstein. His bill creates an unaccountable body with excessive power.

The TRC, as set up in my act, is completely transparent, as all proceedings are mandated to be broadcast live over SCN and made available to the public.
The TJC, as set up in his act, has no such provisions. It would effectively function as a secret court with the power of judge, jury, and executioner.

The TRC deals with cases that are brought forward by the victims, ensuring justice is prioritized around restoring the property and dignity of the victim.
The TJC is not set up to deal victim-oriented restorative justice, rather, it may investigate anything it wishes, including crimes committed with no connection to the Old Regime by anyone who happened to work with them at any point. This opens the door for abuse.

The TRC is accountable to Parliament, so if the behavior of a counsellor is found to be unsatisfactory, we may recall that counsellor.
The TJC is accountable only to the Minister of Justice, and while we all respect our soon-to-be Justice Minister's judgement, we need more voices and more accountability.

Overall, the TJA represents an overreach of power by the Ministry of Justice. Did we learn nothing from the Old Regime? That sort of vast, unchecked power doled out to a small number of individuals several layers removed from any popular vote is what allowed Vallstein and his cronies to loot our nation for decades. We need a body that focuses on alleviating the hardship of the victim, and isn't susceptible to the abuse and corruption that plagued us in the past. That body can be established by the Truth and Reconciliation Act.

Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

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1. A Motion of Confidence for the formation of government under Comrade Luxembourg from the SRLF.
I Support this, and I welcome the opportunity to work with our coalition partners to build a more free and prosperous Sirta.

2. The SIRTRAK Act, proposed by Member Radek of the SRLF.
I Support this.

3. The SISTER Act, proposed by Member Bookchin of the SRLF.
I Support this. While I share Member Vanderbush's concerns regarding the potential of the mandated civic education to serve as political indoctrination, I believe in the necessity of helping the people adjust to Democratic norms and traditions, and I trust Member Bookchin's education department to ensure civic education is taught as "Democracy 101" and not "Socialism 101."

4. The Census Act, proposed by Member Subtallier of the Unity Coalition, along with associated amendments with Member Danube of the FDG (each amendment needs to be voted on separately).
I Support this and all three amendments.

5. The Care and Shelter Act, proposed by Member Hughes of Dawn.
I Support this. The homeless face extreme challenges integrating into the productive economy. History has shown us that one of the best ways to help the homeless is to give them a home. For my fellow fiscally-minded Members of Parliament, think of this not as a handout, but as an investment. This program will help thousands of homeless people off the streets, and set them on the path to working proper jobs and paying taxes once again.

6. The Sirtan Budget Office Act, proposed by Member Vanderbush
I Support this.

7. The Outer Alliance Resolution, proposed by Member Vanderbush.
I follow the lead of the sponsor of this bill and Abstain. I believe that acquiring membership in the OA should be a goal of the government and will raise our quality of life, but we do need to look before we leap, so to speak. Next legislative session, I look forward to working with our soon-to-be Foreign Minister to create a more comprehensive plan for OA membership.

8. Bill F-1, also known as the Tax Enforcement Act, proposed by ReSeAu Gen of the UCS.
I Support this.

9. Constitutional Amendment on Parliament's Composition, proposed by Amnesty of the Community (requires 61 votes to pass).
I Oppose this. I don't believe we should make such radical changes to the structure of government before the government has had a chance to even do anything.

10. The Truth and Reconciliation Act, proposed by Member Danube of the FDG.
I Support this. I sincerely believe this is the justice the people of Sirta have been waiting for.

11. The Truth and Justice Act, proposed by Member Knapfstein of the DAL.
I Oppose this. This bill promises justice, but it seems clear to me that all it will deliver is vengeance.

12. The PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY Act, proposed by Member Bookchin of the SRLF.
I Support this. However, I have significant reservations about the way the bill forces this new form of local government on every single municipality. I'm concerned about the unnecessary upheaval this creates in areas which wish to retain their current structure of representative government. Yes, in these areas, the new peoples' assembly may re-establish the old government, but I say why tear it down in the first place in such areas? I'm supporting this bill now, as I have no problem with allowing areas which prefer this new form of local government to adopt it. However, next legislative session, I plan to introduce a bill requiring referenda to be held in all local governments ahead of the transition, so the people may choose which option is best for themselves, in their own locality.

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Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

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Volmarias posted:

I've just caught up. I'm interested in participating, but don't want to make long effort posts. In lieu of creating a spoiler party (The People's Shitposting Collective, etc), am I limited to voting for parties in the next election?

You should be able to register a new party when AFancyQuestionMark opens party registration ahead of the next election.

Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

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Godlovesus posted:

10. The Truth and Reconciliation Act - Abstain. While the UCS understands the need for restorative justice, we are unable to reach consensus as to the potential effect this bill may have on members of our party. Further review is required

Speaker, if I may have a word, I would like to address the understandable reluctance of our civil servants to support the Truth and Reconciliation Act. I know you and your party have as much of an interest as the rest of us, if not moreso, in clearing out the corrupt remnants of the Old Regime that remain in the civil service, but I absolutely share your commitment to protecting honest civil servants, and this commitment is reflected in the bill. Unlike the Truth and Justice Act, the commissioners in my bill are ultimately answerable to Parliament, and the proceedings of the TRC will be open to all. This transparency and accountability, along with the clearly defined limits to the operation of the commission and the restitution it can order, will prevent abuse. Everything about the Truth and Reconciliation Act is designed to ensure that the Commission is dedicated to seeking justice, not vengeance.

Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

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I'm honored to accept the office of Interior Minister. It's truly a remarkable thing to not only watch, but be a part of a free and democratic Sirta rising from the ashes of tyranny.

Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

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Members of Parliament, we have a lot of work ahead of us this month. I would submit, for the consideration of Prime Minister Luxemburg, a suggestion for the staffing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a national hero and a woman of irreproachable integrity, Marta Kayembe.

Marta Kayembe, President of the New Sirtan Bar Association
Age: 67

Marta Kayembe, born to a family of bio-researchers in Opal, studied law at the University of Sard and practiced law in her hometown. Less than a year before Vallstein gained power, she became the youngest high judge in Sirtan history with her appointment to the Opal Region High Court. Kayembe became nationally famous as the judge of the sensational Mohammed Cook trial of 3035-3037, in which Cook, the police chief of Opal and an outspoken critic of Vallstein, was charged with corruption. Kayembe declared three mistrials for jury intimidation and witness tampering before a jury finally found Cook innocent. The whole affair proved to be quite embarrassing for the regime. A few weeks after the verdict was rendered, Cook was killed in an apparent robbery gone wrong, and the next day, Cook's attorney and Kayembe were arrested on trumped-up corruption charges of their own. Kayembe was sentenced to 12 years in prison by a more pliable judge and disbarred.

In the final years of the regime, Kayembe became an organizer in the Popular Resistance. After the coup that toppled the Greene government, Kayembe was among the founding members of the New Sirtan Bar Association, intended to replace the old, corrupt body, and she was elected President of the association. In December 3061, she published a bestselling book, "The Wilderness," about her life in prison and the years inbetween. In it, she praised the "incorruptibles," her term for honest public servants who steadfastly served their communities and never gave in to corruption even as their colleagues and bosses profited enormously from it.

Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

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In accordance with the concerns I've articulated about the People's Assembly Act, I am introducing the Self-Determination Act to modify the process of the governmental transition.

Self-Determination Act posted:

1. On Monday, 28 April, 3062, a nationwide referendum shall be held to allow each locality to choose the structure of its local government.

2. The question shall be rendered on the ballot as
"Should the officially-recognized local government of ________ change to the People's Assembly model, as defined in the People's Assembly Act, or remain the previously existing Representative Democratic model?"
Where the blank is the name of the local municipal or rural government body where the ballot exists.

3. The results of the vote in each municipality or rural government body shall be binding. Those with a majority of votes in favor of the Peoples' Assembly model shall transition to a People's Assembly in accordance with the timetable defined in the People's Assembly Act. Those with a majority of votes in favor of the Representative Democratic model shall not transition to a People's Assembly at this time.

4. Section 1 of the People's Assembly Act shall be changed to read as follows:

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Section 1. That the local municipal and rural governing bodies of Sirta in such municipalities or rural areas that elect to change their officially recognized local government, in accordance with the results of the Referendum mandated in the Self-Determination Act in that locality, will be governed by direct Assemblies of the People of Sirta, broken out by municipal or rural area.
(a) All political, economic and social issues not under Parliament's purview will be decided upon by voting within these People's Assemblies. 
(b) The People's Assemblies otherwise will self-determine all other aspects of the meeting, but are ultimately answerable to Parliament. This includes the ability to levy tax on the citizens in the Assemblies' governance. 


5. 28 April, 3062 shall be designated a national holiday known as Referendum Day. All non-essential employees shall be given a paid day off so they may exercise their right to vote, and all possible accommodation shall be made for essential employees to be given time off to vote.

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Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

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From: Danube, Minister of Interior
To: All Staff, Ministry of Interior

It is my distinct pleasure to say "let's get back to business." I'm sure all of you are itching to get some real work done after nearly a year floating in this interim state, and we definitely have a lot on our plate in the coming months. The census will be a major undertaking, and the Care and Shelter Program, being the first welfare program established by the new government, has an importance beyond the immediate care given to the beneficiaries of the program. It's up to us to prove the peoples' faith in our new government is not in vain.

I saw a lot of empty offices on my way in today. To the old veterans, I say congratulations on your integrity.

Minister Danube


From: Danube, Minister of Interior
To: All Acting Department Heads, Ministry of Interior

The records left by my predecessor are curiously incomplete. Please submit an executive summary of your department, including last month's expenditures and ongoing projects, not including the census and the Care and Shelter Program. In addition, send me an evaluation of your department's staffing needs.

Real work on our new projects can't begin until a funding bill is passed, but we can lay out the groundwork in the coming weeks. I'll have directives for the census and the Care and Shelter Program shortly.

Minister Danube

Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

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1. The Self-Determination Act, submitted by Minister of Interior Danube.
AYE.
2. The Right to Know Act, submitted by Member Arthur Subtallier.
AYE.
3. The Police Reform Act, submitted by Minister of Interior Security Radek.
AYE.
4. Amendment to the SIRTRAK Act, by Minister of Interior Security Radek.
AYE.
5. The Healer Amnesty Act, submitted by Minister of Health Dr. Xavier Dubois.
NAY. I must respectfully disagree with my colleague, Dr. Dubois. I don't think this law is necessary. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission already offers protection from prosecution under the regular court system for those who pay reparations.
6. The Budget Bill for March 3062, submitted by Prime Minister Luxemburg.
AYE.

Pakled
Aug 6, 2011

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Ministry of Interior Budget, March 3062
Total funding: 33 Million (+3 Million)

Administrative Costs & Salaries: 4 Million (No change)
Citizen Records: 3.5 Million (No change)
Passes and Documents: 7.5 Million (No change)
Social Welfare:
-Unemployment Allowance: 6.05 Million (+1.05 Million)
-Disability Insurance: 2 Million (No change)
-Food and Essentials Rationing: 4.5 Million (No change)
-Child Care: 5 Million (+1.5 Million)
-Care and Shelter: 0.45 Million (New, +0.45 Million)

From: Danube, Minister of Interior
To: Director of Citizen Records, Ministry of Interior
Subject: Census Delay
I'm sorry to say, we don't have the funding to begin the census. The government is operating on a shoestring budget and the priority of the governing coalition is alleviating the unemployment problem and providing basic services for citizens, and people can't eat census records. I expect the Citizen Records Department to continue normal operations until further notice. As for the mandated deadline for the census, we will be legislatively extending it soon.


From: Danube, Minister of Interior
To: Director of Social Welfare, Ministry of Interior
Subject: New Directives
Care and Shelter
In addition to the actual concrete help it provides, the Care and Shelter Agency is an extremely symbolically important government body. As one of the first new initiatives of the new government, it is imperative for the sake of public confidence in our governance that this program is a success, which is why I've allocated it the upper bound of the estimated cost. In order to get operations going as quickly as possible, have the staff start on assets in the Sard area, then in Opal, and after that at the Agency's discretion. For each area of operations, set up an SCN interface to allow homeless or nearly-homeless people to register for the program, and use targeted advertising to make sure the appropriate populations see it. Have them register as single persons or families, and get the size of the families. This'll give us an idea of the housing needs of the local population. Then, have the Agency pull the floorplans of every building on the Seized Assets List in the area of operations and, for sufficiently large buildings, divide them into "living units" of varying sizes, designed for different size families and single occupants, such that the proportion of living units of a particular size in an area are roughly proportional to the demand for that size in the initial wave of applications, with a slight preference placed on family units, as I would place a priority on helping families. Make sure that every living unit has reasonable access to bathroom facilities. Then, I want health and safety inspections conducted on every property in the seized assets list in the area, make sure they're up to code, make sure they have proper plumbing and electricity, etc. Any property needing repairs shall be held off the program until repairs can be made. Then, the living units can be furnished, and then we can start processing applicants. I expect the first citizens to be served by the Care and Shelter program to receive their housing in the first week of April at the latest.
Child Care
The situation in Child Care concerns me greatly. I'm allocating significantly increased funding for the Child Care Agency, particularly to relieve the staffing issues. In March, I want a report from the head of the Child Care Agency, breaking down the form that child care takes (orphanages, foster care, etc), the living conditions of the children, detailing the problems faced by agents in providing adequate care, and determining to what extent this increased funding is helping the situation.

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As Leader of the Opposition, I would like to put at question or two to the Minister of the Interior: What is the market value of the properties being repurposed by the Care and Shelter Commission? For that value, how many lower-quality properties could be acquired by the Commission for it's use instead?

There's no denying the fact that the properties seized from Greene's lackeys are more luxuries than the standard residence: While I don't question the Ministers aims at aiding the homeless, I wonder if the insistence on the ironic justice of housing them in the properties of the former regime is getting in the way of helping as many citizens of Sirta as possible.

Before answering this question, I should note that very little property has been sold in the last few years thanks to the current depression, and these values are, as a result, highly speculative. The total value of all residential properties managed by the Care and Shelter Agency is 45 Million NSC, with a median value of 70,000 NSC. As for how many lower-quality properties could be acquired for that price, it's highly variable, depending on location and just how "lower-quality" the properties are. For instance, a single-family home intended for median-income people in Sard costs approximately 14,000 NSC, so we could buy over 3200 such homes with that value. Meanwhile, a 100-apartment building in Opal intended for rent by people of 20th-percentile income costs about 16,000 NSC, so we could buy over 2800 such apartment buildings. A single-family home in any given rural area intended for people of 20th percentile income costs about 6250 NSC, so we could buy 7200 such homes.

So, yes, the Care and Shelter Agency could house many more people if it divested itself of its expensive properties, however, in this economy, nobody is buying expensive properties. These properties would sit on the market for years, being of no use to anybody in the meantime. The need for this program is urgent, and its beneficiaries can't wait for the economy to get better first.

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I vote Aye to all appointments. I would take this time, however, to register my extreme concern at the Judicial Appointments Committee's appointment of Rachel Gales to the Constitutional Court. Someone who has never even argued a case, much less tried one, has no place on the highest judicial body in Sirta.

I'm happy that the Ministry of Interior will be receiving the necessary funds to conduct the census. There is one minor issue that needs to be addressed. The recent budgetary issues have left us a month off track in conducting the census. We'll need to push back the date the first census is due to report in order for the projected expenses to be on target. Therefore, I introduce a new act:

The Census Extension Act

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The Census Act of 3062 is hereby amended to include, in place of the line

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The Interior Ministry is required to have its full report for the 3062 Census ready for government use by 1 February, 3063.
The following line:

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The Interior Ministry is required to have its full report for the 3062 Census ready for government use by 1 March, 3063.

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1. The Tariff Abolition Act submitted by the Freedom Stability Party
NAY. While I believe the promotion of free trade is crucial to the future prosperity of Sirta, it would be irresponsible to lower our tariffs without using their lowering as a bargaining chip.
2. The Sovereign Wealth Fund Act, submitted by Minister Radek
NAY. The concerns raised by my colleagues are quite legitimate. While I trust Speaker ReSeAu and the finance ministry he's building to invest the funds wisely and impartially, it would be extremely irresponsible to create such a fund without some degree of transparency and oversight.
3. The Budget Bill for April 3062 submitted by Prime Minister Luxembourg
AYE.
4. The Census Extension Act, an amendment to the prior passed Census Act, submitted by Minister Danube
AYE.
5. The Bootstrap Act, submitted by Arthur Subtallier
CONDITIONAL AYE as long as the SBO finds that it costs no more than 2 million per month to fully fund (upfront cost can be anything). I'm leaning towards supporting this, but I would like confirmation that it's not going to be enormously expensive. We're already enormously behind on education funding as it is. Therefore, I echo Member Vanderbush's concerns about cost.

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Ministry of Interior Budget, April 3062
Total funding: 35.5 Million (+2.5 Million)

Administrative Costs & Salaries: 4 Million (No change)
Citizen Records: 6 Million (+2.5 Million)
Passes and Documents: 7.5 Million (No change)
Social Welfare:
-Unemployment Allowance: 6.05 Million (No change)
-Disability Insurance: 2 Million (No change)
-Food and Essentials Rationing: 4.5 Million (No change)
-Child Care: 5 Million (No change)
-Care and Shelter: 0.45 Million (No change)

From: Danube, Minister of Interior
To: Director of Citizen Records, Ministry of Interior
Subject: Census conduct
With the funding secured, we are finally ready to begin taking the census. Phase 1, the building survey, is to begin immediately. To help conduct this phase, I'd like you to form a "Census Investigation Task Force," whose job is to investigate properties whose owners are unknown or can't be contacted and to assemble a "phantom property list" of all such properties at the end of the census, which, depending on the scope of the problem, can either be referred to local governments (whatever form those might take when the census is finished) or dealt with legislatively. To conduct the survey, you are authorized to use local records, the latest satellite imagery, drones, and telepresence robots.
In the meantime, we can begin planning for phase 2, the population survey. I want a widespread awareness campaign underway this month over public notices and SCN advertising, and I want the population reports to be open to the public on May 1. When the survey is ready, work with the Ministry of Infrastructure's Communications Control to ensure every SCN-connected device gets rolling priority notifications. Give each household until June 30 to respond, and after that point, it shall be the CITF's job to track down stragglers using known residential properties which don't have a population report attached, and get them to fill out their report. Try to delegate the counting of the homeless population to community volunteers throughout the year where possible, and supplement with your own staff when extra numbers are necessary.

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Aug 6, 2011

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This "AMR Accountability Act" betrays the blatant bio-chauvinism of The Community. This act presupposes that AMRs are by their nature either the same person as their creator or their puppets. This act is an attack on the personhood of AMRs.

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Aug 6, 2011

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From: Danube, Minister of Interior
To: Director of Child Care, Ministry of Interior
Subject: Executive Summary
I'd like a summary of the activities of your department, including a breakdown of the status of the children in the program, that is, what portion are in foster care, in orphanages, etc. Further, I'd like to hear from you what effect the increased funding of your department is having, if the children are receiving better care as a result, and what challenges your staff continue to face in providing child care.

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Aug 6, 2011

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Danube, Forward Development Group

1. The AMR Accountability Act, submitted by Member Amnesty.
NAY. This act is nothing less than an assault on AMR personhood.

2. The Rehabilitation Act, submitted by Member Amnesty.
NAY. We don't have the funds to pursue this at this time.

3. The Free and Fair Elections Act, submitted by Member Subtallier.
AYE. The integrity of our elections should be paramount, especially at this young stage of our democracy.

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.

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Aug 6, 2011

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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.

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Aug 6, 2011

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Also, get on the Discord.

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Aug 6, 2011

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Danube, Minister of Interior

1.The Property Appropriation Process Act, submitted by Member Borisov.
AYE (even if the amendment passes). This bill is imperative for the preservation of individual liberty under our new government. Some of the worst abuses of the Old Regime included the arbitrary theft of property by government officials, and I'm dismayed to see some of our local governments entertaining proposals to do just that. PAPA ensures that this can't happen. Yes, in this case, the theft is all democratic, but we have to protect our people from the tyranny of the majority. Even if a proposal to confiscate all private property passes with 99% of the vote in a locality, what happens to the one person who refuses to give up their property? The farmer who refuses to give up their field to the collective farm? Why, legally, the local militia would be obligated to come knocking at their door and force them to give it up. This would be an intolerable situation.

2. Amendment to the Property Appropriation Act, submitted by Minister of Internal Security Radek.
AYE.

3. Bill G-1, submitted by Minister of Finance ReSeuGen.
NAY. I'm not comfortable with the assumption of such sweeping powers by the national government over the local governments.

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Danube, Minister of Interior

I'm pleased to present my nominees for the Property Appropriation Committee.

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Fatima Shwe (57) - Career bureaucrat, Deputy Head of Geographic Information Systems, Office of Citizen Records, Ministry of Interior. Highly-ranked competitive wargamer.

Hospes (Age at scan time: 76, active for 16 years) - AMR of Alois Foucault, biotech tycoon who died ten years ago. Created to run the spun-off real estate development portion of Foucault's business empire. Divested himself of his business in the waning days of the Vallstein Administration, avoiding ruin in the Greene depression.

Denver Axo (30) (tatankatonk) - Retired CLF officer, current head of Axo’s fashion house and citizen leader of Panorama.

Diya Choi (59) - Well-known former professional monowheel racer turned Director of Sard Municipal Office of Zoning and Development after the revolution.

Benjamin Ramachandra (49) - Attorney from Topaz specializing in property law, Popular Resistance activist.

My rationale in selecting these committee members is simple. They represent five different perspectives with a vested interest in the property appropriation process. The national-level bureaucracy, business, people's assemblies, municipal governments, and the courts. I believe the synthesis of these viewpoints will result in the most just and equitable body possible.

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Aug 6, 2011

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Forward Development Group will be contesting every city council election [with generic NPCs]. In addition, here are our mayoral candidates.

Amber:
Soo-min Rivlin (55) - Rail technician and sci-fi novelist.

Opal:
Sisay Cardoso (52) - Head of local Safe Place office, a charity dedicated to helping victims of human trafficking.

Peridot:
Kyra Petrov (41) - National park ranger, became Popular Resistance organizer after losing job due to Greene administration funding cuts.

Sapphire:
Amina Cook (47) - Daughter of former Opal police chief Mohammed Cook, a political martyr of the Vallstein regime. Professor of Bioelectromagnetics at Sirta Biotechnology Institute.

Topaz:
Omar Guo (61) - Sales manager of a major SDF contractor. Informant for the anti-Vallstein underground press during the Old Regime.

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Danube, Minister of Interior

My ballot in Opal:

1. [FDG] Sisay Cardoso
2. [Dawn] Cynthia Grimmet
3. [Independent] Claudia Barnes
4. [SRLF] Michael Saint-Just
5. [Unity Coalition] Harold Matteson
6. [FSP] Agnes Cash
7. [The Community] Revlo Ansin

In addition, I'm voting FDG for city council.

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A clip from "Roundtable with Shaurya Vuong," a popular morning news SCN broadcast, June 1, 3062


SHAURYA VUONG: Joining us now on the train from Sard to Sapphire is Minister Danube. Say, haven't we met before?

[VUONG, DANUBE, and AMINA COOK, via telepresence, laugh]

VUONG: But in all seriousness, two days ago, you spoke at a rally for Sisay Cardoso in Opal, last week you were on the program with Kyra Petrov of Peridot. Now, you're on your way to campaign with Dr. Cook. What's got a government minister so involved in local campaigns?

DANUBE: Well, Shaurya, you know what they say, all politics is local. Local government has been a major focus of parliament for the last couple months, and it's just so encouraging to see the flowers of democracy finally blooming in our streets. But my message, which I share with Dr. Cook, is that the Forward Development Group is the best choice for a prosperous and stable city.

COOK: Thank you, Minister. Speaking to the people of Sapphire, I offer solutions for you. Not the same plan as everywhere else in the country, but specifically for our community. We're not a rural farming community or a bustling manufacturing center, we're a university town with a burgeoning biotech sector. Mister Hammon of SRLF, on the eve of the election, still refuses to pledge to respect the private property of Sapphire's citizens. Even with the Property Appropriation Committee in place-

DANUBE: And let me tell you, the SRLF aren't happy about that.

COOK: They're undoubtedly trying to find ways around it. Mister Hammon would try to implement the same agenda his party is pushing everywhere else, a confiscation of all private property, to be redistributed by his own executive office. To me, this stinks of tyranny. The Old Regime at least tried to hide the fact that it was stealing from us, but have we been left so inundated in the authoritarian mindset by the three decades of dictatorship that we'll elect a man who's pledging to do just that? I don't think so. Now, I decided to get involved in politics after seeing the success of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, spearheaded by Minister Danube here.

DANUBE: Which passed, I should add, without a single SRLF vote in favor of it.

COOK: Right! My father's murder at the hands of the Old Regime left me deeply cynical about government, but what my own experience seeking justice for my father's murder taught me about government is that there is a way for government to better the lives of its citizens, and the cornerstone of this is respect. For life, for property, for the individual. A mayor who doesn't do that is no better than Vallstein.

VUONG: *sips coffee*

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Danube, Minister of Interior

1. The Parliamentary Confirmation Act, submitted by Minister of Internal Security Radek.
AYE.
2. Constitutional Amendment on Parliament's Composition, submitted by Member Amnesty.
NAY. I've come to reevaluate my position on this issue. Less than a year ago, 89% of our voting population approved of our Constitution. I don't believe making such a large change to the Constitution so soon is prudent.
3. The Rehabilitation Act V2, submitted by Member Amnesty.
AYE.
4. The Property Appropriation Re-evaluation Act, submitted by Minister of Foreign Affairs Vanderbush.
AYE.
5. The Urgent Rescue Act, jointly submitted by Member Jalbert and Member Hughes.
AYE.

Additionally, I would favor the act in Topaz.

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