General Assembly Resolutions
Since the rise of the World Assembly from the ashes of its predecessor, the Bureaucracy That Cannot Be Named, WA member nations have worked tirelessly to improve the standard of the world. That, or tried to force other nations to be more like them. But that's just semantics.
Below is every World Assembly resolution ever passed.
General Assembly Resolution # 394
A resolution to reduce barriers to free trade and commerce.
Category: Free Trade
Proposed by: Auralia
Recognizing that many World Assembly member states use patents to encourage scientific and technological innovation,
Believing that the disclosure of an invention in exchange for temporary exclusive rights to the invention is a fair trade between inventors and the public,
Convinced that the international recognition of patents will incentivize the research and development of inventions throughout all member states while providing inventors with a fair reward for their labours,
The General Assembly,
Defines "invention", for the purposes of this resolution, as a machine, article of manufacture, composition of matter, process, or improvement thereof;
Further defines "patent", for the purposes of this resolution, as the set of exclusive rights granted to the creator of an invention, including the right to:
prevent others from using, manufacturing, offering for sale, importing, or exporting the invention without permission,
sell or license any of these rights to others,
seek an injunction and fair damages against any entity that infringes upon these rights, and
extinguish any of these rights;
Establishes the World Assembly Patent Office (WAPO), which is hereby directed to:
receive and process WAPO patent applications exclusively from inventors who are citizens or legal permanent residents of member states at the time of filing,
establish appropriate conditions for the patentability of an invention with the WAPO, including the requirement that the invention:
is patentable subject matter, which is to be determined by the WAPO but excludes in particular sapient life,
was not disclosed or made available to the public prior to the filing of a WAPO patent application for that invention,
is not obvious, even to others skilled in the same field, and
has some practical application,
establish appropriate regulations for the structure and content of WAPO patent applications, including the requirement that the application provide sufficient description to allow a reasonable person in the same field to make and use the invention,
grant patents for inventions described by valid WAPO patent applications on a first-to-file basis,
set an appropriate term for each class of WAPO patent that ensures that inventors receive a fair reward for their labours,
establish and maintain an archive of WAPO patent applications and patents accessible to the general population of all member states, and
establish and maintain an appeals process for challenging WAPO decisions on the grounds that they violate international law or WAPO regulations;
Requires all member states to recognize WAPO patents for at least the term set by the WAPO, to the extent permitted by previously passed World Assembly resolutions;
Authorizes member states to create reasonable limitations and exceptions to WAPO patents when the patent holder uses the rights associated with the patent in a manner determined to have:
effectively broadened the scope or lengthened the term of the patent,
caused substantial anti-competitive effects, or
unfairly blocked access to the invention in a member state;
Urges member states to pursue harmonization of patent law with other member states to the extent practicable;
Clarifies that nothing in this resolution should be interpreted as prohibiting member states from recognizing patents granted independently of the WAPO.
General Assembly Resolution # 395
A resolution to reduce income inequality and increase basic welfare.
The General Assembly,
Recognizing the essential role of the Internet in areas such as economic, social, and political activity;
Concerned that Internet Service Providers hold all the tools necessary to deceive subscribers and block or otherwise degrade content;
1. Defines the following:
- (a) "Internet Service Provider" as an entity that directly controls and operates facilities that are used to provide Internet access.
(b) "Reasonable Network Management" allows Internet Service Providers to temporarily throttle access to the network on legal grounds such as avoiding network congestion or contractual obligations.
(c) "Lawful" allowed by international law and/or national law (If international law and national law conflict, international law takes precedence over national law).
(d) "Internet" refers to the collection of technical protocols that allows different devices on different platforms to communicate with each other.
(e) "Subscriber" refers to a person who pays to receive and/or access a service.
2. Prohibits Internet Service Providers from:
- (a) Arbitrarily blocking access to lawful content and/or access to the network; subject to reasonable network management.
(b) Arbitrarily throttling access to lawful content and/or access to the network; subject to reasonable network management.
3. Requires Internet Service Providers to disclose to new and existing subscribers:
- (a) Any and all pricing information related to the service plan.
(b) Any and all caps related to the service plan as well as the consequences of exceeding such cap.
4. Permits Internet Service Providers to employ reasonable network management controls.
5. Establishes the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.
6. Empowers the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority to issue fines, enforce provision(s) of this resolution and conduct investigations against Internet Service Providers. The Telecommunication Regulatory Authority may also issue declaratory rulings, at its discretion.
General Assembly Resolution # 396
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.
General Assembly Resolution #395 “Open Internet Order” (Category: Social Justice; Strength: Mild) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.
This august World Assembly,
Restating, again that:
one-size-fits-all legislation of this sort generally fails to adequately consider the specific situations in which nations may find themselves, thereby preventing them from applying relevant and situationally apt policy and
it is impossible to amend legislation and patch these issues, thereby making repeal the only option,
Concerned that Open Internet Order imposes cumbersome regulations which, due to high transaction costs, cannot be worked around, thereby leading to delays in network expansion and access,
Believing that the resolution's definition of 'internet service provider' includes national governments, as many governments provide information services to their citizens so they can access information necessary for fulfilling and productive lives,
Extremely distressed by clause 6 in the resolution, empowering the Telecommunication(s) Regulatory Authority to issue fines and declaratory rulings against ISPs at its own discretion, which when combined with the general vagueness of the resolution, allows the World Assembly to use these discretionary powers to raise revenue against national governments,
Perturbed with the privacy and national security implications of permitting an international agency to examine ISP (and therefore, government) data, information, and services without any oversight, at its own discretion, allowing international bureaucrats to look into the finances of subscribers, trade secrets of domestic companies, and the security preparations of the government,
Laughing at the ineffectiveness of the resolution at actually fulfilling its goals, as its definition of 'reasonable network management' allows a massive loophole of undefined 'legal grounds', which can easily be expanded by national governments, meaning the author has created a terrifying regulatory agency which fails to actually expand access in any way, saddling the member nations with all the costs of regulation and none of the benefits,
Disappointed that the resolution provides a cut-out for governments to create unlawful content, thereby allowing them to censor information and render the benefits of creating an open Internet utterly meaningless, and
Suspecting that any consistent interpretation of the resolution is in an incredible double-bind, as either it:
prevents internet providers from prioritising basic switching packets, thereby slowing down the entire network and restricting access for everyone, or
falls into 'reasonable network management', which means that practically all traffic prioritisation schemes can be run through such a loophole, making the resolution meaningless,
Hereby repeals 395 GA 'Open Internet Order'.
General Assembly Resolution # 397
A resolution to promote funding and the development of education and the arts.
Category: Education and Creativity
Area of Effect: Cultural Heritage
Proposed by: The United Royal Islands of Euramathania
The World Assembly,
Recognizing the work of the Universal Library Coalition (ULC), its Executive Committee (ULCEC), and their Universal Literary Exchange Network (ULEN), in promoting literacy;
Concerned, however, by a lack of protections for preserving physical written works, and thus, that the mission of digitizing and distributing literary works may be hindered by not having a central repository from which to conduct this import work;
Establishes & builds a World Assembly Central Library Complex (WACLC), with the purpose of:
-Restoring & Replicating older written works, which may have become damaged with age,
-Collecting new & informative written works for archival purposes,
-Displaying rare, unique, or important works from nations,
-Providing scholastic access to such works, and maintaining the circulation of important written works among nations;
Mandates that WA Nations seek to preserve &, wherever possible, restore the historic & cultural written works of their nation, which may have become damaged through age;
Further, Requires all WA nations adopt standards governing the preservation, restoration, and security of historical, cultural, or important written works;
Encourages that all WA Nations unable to provide for the preservation and security of historic & cultural written works, seek wherever permissible to donate such works to the WACLC;
Mandates, that in order to achieve these goals, that the ULC be tasked with:
- Collecting & Preserving written texts as donated by entities to the WACLC, and when applicable returning original texts to their donor,
- Providing for the storage & security of written works;
- Creating replicated copies of works which may not be stable enough for public handling,
- Comparing digital copies of works to original written works to prevent tampering,
- Restoring & Repairing, at fair cost, written texts, at the request of donor entities;
Mandates that ULCEC oversee & consult with donors on:
- Ongoing funding efforts for WACLC operations,
- The importance, or literary value of a written work donated to the WACLC,
- The restoration or replication of written works provided, to ensure authenticity and validity,
- The security of written works donated to the WACLC,
- New standards of preservation, restoration, and protection of written works against loss or damage,
- Transfers of written works from donors to the WACLC;
Mandates that the Office of Building Management (OBM) locate suitable land(s) and/or a planet, in international territory on which to build the WACLC, which shall:
- Have adequate access to transportation to & from the WACLC & WA Nations,
- Be sufficiently large enough to include for future expansion(s) of the WACLC,
- Ensure necessary protection against fire, natural elements, or other natural phenomena;
Encourages all WA Nations seek wherever possible to donate new, informative written works to the WACLC and the ULEN for circulation amongst nations and/or archival purposes;
Affirms that all donors retain cultural ownership of all written works donated to the WACLC, and may elect to remove their work from circulation by providing written notice to the ULCEC;
Clarifies that nothing herein shall be read as to remove written works from member states, and that all contributions to the WACLC must be voluntary;
Affirms the rights of all WA Nations in promoting, as they see fit, the written works and literary traditions of their nation.
General Assembly Resolution # 398
A resolution to reduce income inequality and increase basic welfare.
Category: Social Justice
Proposed by: Draconae
The General Assembly,
ACKNOWLEDGING that the Internet is a means of communication, collaboration, expression, and business for many;
BELIEVING that access to all lawful content on the Internet is fundamental to both freedom of expression and the growth of small businesses;
DISTURBED that WA nations or Internet Service Providers could arbitrarily restrict access to lawful content or the Internet itself;
Internet as a system of interconnected networks of digital devices used to transfer data between said devices and their networks,
Internet Service Provider as an entity that provides the ability to access the Internet to businesses, residents, or other customers such as shops, schools, or libraries, excluding entities who only offer the ability to access the Internet as an additional benefit and not as a primary source of Internet access,
Bandwidth throttling as the intentional act of decreasing the speed of a connection below the maximum possible connection speed,
PROHIBITS WA Nations from blocking access to or bandwidth throttling the Internet or specific lawful content, directly or indirectly, including content that is critical of the government or of other government interests,
PROHIBITS Internet Service Providers from blocking access to or bandwidth throttling the Internet or specific lawful content, unless allowed by Clause Four,
ALLOWS blocking access or bandwidth throttling by Internet Service Providers to
Allow all digital devices to receive access to the Internet,
Allow all digital devices access to necessary services in extreme situations, such as natural disasters, or
As a result of a published scale of prices for connection speeds and data caps disclosed to all customers of the Internet Service Provider.