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 # 406
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.
General Assembly Resolution #398 “Internet Neutrality Act” (Category: Social Justice; Strength: Mild) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.
Recognizing the critical importance of internet access to international business, trade, education and communications,
Acknowledging the importance of limited international network neutrality regulation to prevent anti-competitive behaviour by internet service providers,
Commending GAR #398, "Internet Neutrality Act", for attempting to establish such regulation, while convinced that the target resolution's numerous flaws unfortunately warrant its repeal,
Concerned that the definition of "internet" used by the resolution is sufficiently vague so as to encompass telecommunications networks that are not publicly accessible, which should not be subject to a network neutrality mandate,
Alarmed that the target resolution's prohibition on throttling prohibits multiple forms of reasonable network management by internet service providers, including:
throttling users consuming large amounts of bandwidth when the network is congested in order to improve performance for others, and
prioritizing traffic with higher latency requirements than other traffic, such as video streaming or telemedicine over peer-to-peer file sharing,
Distressed by the vagueness of the target resolution's definition of "throttling", especially the confusion as to what constitutes the "maximum possible connection speed" for a particular link, which may cause the target resolution to prohibit standard industry practices such as oversubscribing the last mile,
Dismayed that the target resolution's absolute prohibition on internet service providers blocking content prevents them from providing internet filtering as a service to their customers on request, such as the case of a family, school or library requesting an ISP to block access to pornography on their connection,
Noting that prohibition on member states blocking content is meaningless, as member states can simply declare any content they wish to block illegal, rendering it unprotected by the target resolution,
Hoping that replacement legislation will soon be passed,
The General Assembly,
Repeals GAR #398, "Internet Neutrality Act".
General Assembly Resolution # 407
A resolution to reduce barriers to free trade and commerce.
Category: Free Trade
Proposed by: Auralia
Recognizing the critical importance of the internet to international business, trade, education, and communications,
Aware that the internet often has no centralized governance, and that access to the internet is largely provided by private sector entities in many World Assembly member nations,
Believing that limited international regulation of the internet is necessary to prevent anti-competitive behaviour by internet service providers,
Seeking, however, to prohibit the World Assembly from engaging in more intrusive regulation in future,
The General Assembly,
Defines "the internet", for the purposes of this resolution, as any system of interconnected telecommunications networks using a packet-switched, end-to-end protocol to communicate between endpoints that is:
generally accessible to the public, and
intended to be used by the public to publish, distribute, and use content, applications, and services;
Further defines "internet service provider" as any entity that provides access to the internet as a service to the general public, for free or in exchange for compensation, but only if the service can reasonably be used in a residence or workplace;
Declares that member nations must require internet service providers to:
allow authorized users of their network to access and use the legal internet content, applications, and services of their choice within the bandwidth limits and quality of service of their service plan,
allow authorized users of their network to connect to the internet using a legal device of their choice,
clearly inform authorized users of their network of any discrimination between legal internet content, applications, and services on their network, and
refrain from unjust discrimination between legal internet content, applications, and services on their network, including but not limited to discrimination that has a substantial anti-competitive effect;
Recommends that member states extend the mandate of their respective telecommunications or antitrust regulatory agencies or other appropriate bodies with the enforcement of internet neutrality, especially the timely investigation of consumer complaints regarding potential violations of applicable internet neutrality regulations;
Further declares that member states have the right to determine for themselves whether to adopt more restrictive internet neutrality regulations, within the confines of this and previous World Assembly resolutions;
Clarifies that nothing in this resolution:
creates an affirmative obligation for internet service providers to provide access to their networks or to refrain from charging for access to their networks,
requires internet service providers to, through action or inaction, endanger national security, law enforcement activities, or the security or stability of their network, or
prohibits member nations from regulating internet-enabled devices or internet content, applications, and services.
General Assembly Resolution # 408
A resolution to increase democratic freedoms.
Category: Furtherment of Democracy
Proposed by: Imperium Anglorum
Whereas secret diplomacy has been observed to
cause national decision-makers to be left out of the loop of their own government's obligations during wartime, meaning that their decisions are fundamentally irrespective of the actual facts on the ground,
force other nations to miscalculate their intentions, the balance of power, their obligations, and their rewards, increasing the chances of widespread conflict, and
create misunderstandings between a government and the various factions of another government, leading to many disputes between governments which believe they have different or even contradictory obligations:
Now, therefore, be it enacted by this august and most excellent World Assembly, by and with the advice and consent of the Delegates and Members, in this present session assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows :
There shall be formed a committee of the Compliance Commission, styled the 'Judicial Committee of the Compliance Commission', to oversee the publication of all laws, treaties, and international agreements, and those other tasks that may be assigned to it from time to time.
All treaties and international agreements with the force of law entered into by member nations shall be published by those members and registered with the Judicial Committee of Compliance Commission, which shall promptly publish in full those treaties and international agreements.
Member nations may not invoke treaties or international agreements that have not been so registered in pursuance with the second section to this resolution. Provisions relating to mandates for secrecy or non-disclosure of the text or existence of past treaties and international agreements shall cease to have effect as if those provisions did not exist upon passage.
The words 'secret treaty' and all variant capitalisations thereof, excluding pluralisations, shall mean military-grade weapons and feline animals of varying sizes with tabby coats.
General Assembly Resolution # 409
A resolution to increase the quality of the world's environment, at the expense of industry.
Industry Affected: All Businesses - Strong
Proposed by: Imperium Anglorum
Whereas significant increases in the level of ocean noise have occurred over the last century due to the increasing use of oceanic sea routes, the expansion of navies, and fossil fuel exploration:
And whereas the oceans are international territory, meaning that protection thereof is a 'tragedy of the commons' issue which can only be solved by collective regulation:
And whereas it is the case that such noise,
massively reduces fish populations, thereby reducing catches, putting strain on fisheries and threatening many coastal fishing industries,
even when ambient, drowns out sonic communication, making it difficult for marine life to communicate food sources and locations, breed, etc. creating problems in survivability of adult specimens all whilst limiting marine life habitats,
can rupture swim bladders and kill zooplankton larvae, threatening the food sources of other populations along the food chain:
Now, therefore, be it enacted by this august and most excellent World Assembly, by and with the advice and consent of the Delegates and Members, in this present session assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
Member nations shall require that all maritime propulsion systems built or retrofitted after the passage of this resolution (a) include the addition of sound mufflers and (b) comply with international regulations on marine propulsion noise. Ships possessing propulsion systems which do not comply to these requirements shall be assessed a fine, consistent with their noise output, to be included in docking fees.
The World Assembly Nautical Commission shall keep records of data gathered from seismic airburst surveys of the ocean floor. Where necessary to avoid 'free rider' issues, member nations are permitted to grant time-limited exclusive drilling rights to areas in which firms explore in exchange (amongst other things) for data recovered from such surveys. It may also make regulations referenced in section 1, cognisant of trade-offs between economic feasibility and associated reductions in ocean noise.
Member nations shall prohibit blast fishing and the oceanic testing of weapons of mass destruction.
Member nations are encouraged to:
refrain from the use of active military sonar outside of wartime,
reduce the geographic distribution of shipping lanes and take actions to reduce the geographic spread of shipping so as to increase the area of marine life habitats, and
take further actions to reduce the level of ocean noise.
General Assembly Resolution # 410
A resolution to improve worldwide human and civil rights.
The World Assembly:
REGOGNIZING: That the historical and cultural significance of marriage,
REGOGNIZING: That throughout history marriage has been the cornerstone of civilization
FURTHER REGOGNIZING: That many member state prohibit same-sex couples from enjoying the benefits and legal recognition of marriage.
RESOLVED: That all member states are required allow same-sex couples to apply for and receive state-authorized marriage,
RESOLVED: That all member states are prohibited from discriminating against same-sex marriages and treating them any differently than opposite gender marriages
RESOLVED: That same-sex couples have the right to be free from discrimination in regards to their public or private affection of one another
RESOLVED: That no member of a religious organization will be required to officiate over, or required to attend a same-sex marriage contrary to their religious belief
RESOLVED: that no legal difference shall be made between opposite-sex marriages and same-sex marriages.