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 # 331
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.
General Assembly Resolution #113 “The Gem Trading Accord” (Category: Free Trade; Strength: Significant) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.
The General Assembly:
Aware that many nations and individuals trade in gemstones and profit by that trade;
Recalling that GAR #113, "The Gem Trading Accord," puts in place a complicated regulatory scheme whereby the citizens of member nations must comply with various testing, standardization, and certification rules if they wish to trade in gems;
Summarizing GAR #113's regulatory scheme as follows:
Two committees are established: the International Gemological Agency (IGA) and the International Gemological Laboratory (IGL);
The IGA: (1) establishes standards of gemstone quality in cooperation with the IGL, (2) discusses gem trading issues and arbitrates disputes, (3) ensures that only WA standard quality gems are marketed as such, (4) accredits laboratories to certify gems, and (5) provides experts on gem fraud;
All gems must be certified by an IGA accredited laboratory to be lawfully traded, trade in gems not certified by IGA accredited laboratories is outlawed, and trading in non-certified gems is criminalized;
The IGL: (1) establishes standards of gemstone quality in cooperation with the IGA, (2) assists IGA accredited laboratories in certifying gems, and (3) assists producers of artificial gems to differentiate their products from natural gems;
Member nations are urged to investigate gem fraud, IGA laboratories are direct to "make every effort" to protect jewelry being tested, and any repair work incurred in testing must be detailed to the owner;
Concerned that GAR #113 deceived member nations into believing that regulating economic activity and trade would somehow increase the freedoms of their people; and that, in fact, prohibiting people from freely buying and selling gems has restricted economic liberties and freedoms;
Noting that clause "c" of GAR #113 states that "the IGA will accredit laboratories within member states to test and assess the quality of gems," and that clause "h" bans all trade in gems that are not certified by an IGA accredited laboratory;
Further noting that GAR #113 does not help poor or developing nations establish local gem testing laboratories within their jurisdiction;
Concerned that some member nations lack the advanced infrastructure needed to support a local IGA-accredited gem testing laboratory, thus requiring those nations to incur great expenses to send gems abroad for testing (or to outlaw gem trade altogether);
Concluding that the laboratory testing and accredation requirements stymie free trade by making it more difficult for people in developing countries to enter the gem trade, and by making it easier for people in established nations to create monopolies;
Recognizing that undue regulation of commercial gem trading neither increases economic freedom, nor promotes the free trade of goods;
Observing that nations outside the World Assembly are free to trade gems without complying with GAR #113's onerous regulations, thus creating an international market for gems in which citizens of member nations are (at best) disadvantaged and (at worst) completely unable to participate;
Convinced that disadvantaging or preventing individuals from freely participating in international markets is not a legitimate goal for this Assembly;
Resolved that the gem trade is not so serious an area of international concern as to justify needless meddling by the World Assembly, and that individual member nations are perfectly capable of regulating trade in gems on their own;
Now, therefore, GAR #113 is hereby REPEALED.
General Assembly Resolution # 332
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.
General Assembly Resolution #315 “Nuclear Power Safeguards Act” (Category: Environmental; Industry Affected: All Businesses - Strong) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.
The World Assembly,
Applauding the efforts of General Assembly Resolution #315 to protect the environment from harmful radioactive byproducts associated with associated with nuclear reactor failures,
Concerned clause 3(1) defines nuclear power as "as the use of sustained nuclear reactions of fission to generate heat and do useful work", whilst failing to take into account the nuclear reactions from fusion which produce highly energetic gamma rays which are known to be fatal to living organisms,
Confused that clause four "LIMITS the resolution to facilities not mobile under their own power to protect facilities which may have other means of protection" whilst failing to take into account devices such as radioisotope thermoelectric generators, and nuclear reactors aboard spacecraft and satellites, which if entering the atmosphere of a habitable celestial body can spread radioactive material over vastly larger distances than a single non-mobile nuclear reactor,
Befuddled by the confusing and very technical wording of clause 5(2), which can be very difficult to understand, let alone implement in nations that are just developing nuclear power to meet their energy needs,
Further confused that clause eight states "MANDATES nations to establish procedures and arrangements to maintain safety and update them as deficiencies are discovered", yet clause seven clearly states "REQUIRES reactor plant agencies to abide by advisories and mandates of the NSO" leading to confusion as to who actually has authority over the safety of nuclear plants,
Disappointed in the lack of clear language and punctuation that make this resolution a travesty to international law,
Hoping the World Assembly passes clear and concise guidelines that actually prevent unaffiliated persons from being affected by nuclear power disasters in the future,
Hereby repeals "GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION # 315 "Nuclear Power Safeguards Act".
General Assembly Resolution # 333
A resolution to modify universal standards of healthcare.
Area of Effect: Research
Proposed by: Imperium Anglorum
Recalling the gradual evolution of organisms through natural selection over many generations and the growing resistance of microbes to chemical therapies due to that evolution,
Remembering that resistant microbes are spread through international borders without consideration of the state of public health in those countries,
Believing that the success of modern health initiatives is due in part to our effective use of antibiotics and antimicrobials,
Concerned about the consequences of inaction on this front and resulting effects on later generations,
Worried about how previously helpful interventions may no longer be effective and the resulting increase in the lethality of infections for all people leading to the end of an era free from constant epidemics,
Convinced that immediate action is necessary to stay ahead of this evolved resistance to chemical interventions,
The World Assembly hereby:
Instructs the World Health Authority to create a mechanism of monitoring the spread of antimicrobial resistance in all member nations and international zones or borders as well as publish a report on a periodic basis to inform about the status and prevalence of such resistance;
Establishes an Antimicrobial Resistance Workgroup inside the World Health Authority to coordinate between nations on this topic and inform member nations about relevant consequences of possible public health policies;
Mandates immediate action to be taken to lower infection rates in all places of treatment as well as public and private areas to improve public health and lower the need of chemical therapies, actions which may include:
education of medical practitioners on the correct usage of antimicrobials,
educational literature on the necessity of completing a full course of antimicrobials,
severely limiting the amount of antimicrobial substances exposed to livestock, and
large investments in infection control;
Recommends that nations keep detailed statistics to monitor the prevalence and spread of resistant microbes;
Encourages development of new antibiotics through government-sponsored contests and grants to stay ahead of evolving resistance to already widespread chemical therapies for infection.
General Assembly Resolution # 334
A resolution to improve worldwide human and civil rights.
Category: Civil Rights
Proposed by: Separatist Peoples
Praising the protected status accorded to certain parties in armed conflict;
Echoing the notion that such protections are developed in the interest of all parties, civilian and combatant;
Appalled at their abuse, which inherently degrades those mutual restraints and makes the conclusion or relief of a conflict a distant goal;
Certain that the few, necessary restrictions on warfare that this august Assembly has sought to emplace to be a fair balance between strategic interests and civilian protection, and;
Endeavoring to prevent those abuses that do equal harm to innocent bystanders and civilians and the brave soldiers proudly serving their nations highest call to duty;
The General Assembly enacts the following measures:
1. During a time of armed conflict, member states combatants shall not falsely utilize the protected status accompanying the symbols or uniforms unique to humanitarian relief workers or organizations, or unarmed medical personnel.
2. During a time of armed conflict, member states combatants shall not falsely utilize the protected status accompanying the symbols or uniforms of neutral or uninvolved parties with the intention of engaging the enemy, shielding themselves from enemy action, otherwise disguising forces to execute a military objective, or for the general purpose of upsetting the neutrality of any party.
3. During a time of armed conflict, member states combatants shall not utilize the protected status of civilian noncombatants by disguising themselves as such with the intention of engaging the enemy, shielding themselves from enemy action, or to otherwise execute a military objective, with the singular exception of those individuals escaping Prisoner of War status as defined by WA law. Member states combatants are not restricted from utilizing civilian equipment or clothing, provided they alter or mark them in a clear and obviously recognizable way so as to prevent being mistaken for civilians, or otherwise remain immediately recognizable as combatants.
4. During a time of armed conflict, member states combatants shall not falsely utilize the protected status guaranteed to any other particular category or group of individuals and their associated symbols, subject to the immunities and exceptions granted by General Assembly law.
5. Member states shall consider actions contrary to the provisions of this law to be an abuse of protected status in wartime, and therefore an illegal war crime.
6. Member states shall consider command responsibility in the prosecution of the abuse of protected status in wartime, and shall consider orders to the contrary of these provisions to be manifestly illegal. Member states shall further ensure that subordinates can refuse such orders without fear of penalty.
7. Nothing in this law shall be construed as preventing ruses or deceptions in armed conflict that do not rely upon deception by inviting the confidence of an enemy with regard to protected status under World Assembly law.
General Assembly Resolution # 335
A resolution to restrict civil freedoms in the interest of moral decency.
Category: Moral Decency
Proposed by: Losthaven
The Member Nations of the World Assembly:
Recognizing that animals are sentient beings capable of experiencing stress, fear, and pain;
Convinced that there is no just cause for intentionally abusing an animal, and that animals should be cared for in ways that support a healthy life free from suffering;
Resolved that animal abuse is utterly unjustifiable and should be universally condemned and prohibited;
Now, therefore, the General Assembly hereby enacts the following provisions, subject to the rules and laws set by earlier WA resolutions that are still in force:
1. Defines an "animal" for the purposes of this resolution as any non-person species of mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, or fish.
2. Prohibits the intentional abuse of animals, including:
causing an animal serious and debilitating bodily disfigurement;
inflicting physical trauma or intense pain on an animal;
recklessly abandoning an animal or otherwise placing the animal at grave risk of death, injury, disfigurement or disease;
torturing an animal;
sexually assaulting an animal; and
maliciously or cruelly killing an animal;
3. Clarifies that the following acts do not constitute abuse and are not prohibited by this resolution:
acts of veterinary medicine - including the acts of a licensed veterinarian taken in the course of caring for an animal, emergency aid provided to an animal in distress, and any other acts based on sound veterinary science;
animal research that is conducted for a legitimate scientific purpose and does not needlessly inflict pain or suffering;
butchering, slaughtering, or killing an animal for food or other consumption, so long as the methods used are not cruel and the animal is killed as swiftly and painlessly as possible;
acts of pest control, including any reasonable method of dealing with pests that is not unnecessarily cruel,
the employment of properly trained animals in potentially dangerous situations or occupations - such as law enforcement animals, guard dogs, war horses, and other service animals - so long as the animal is adequately handled for use in such situations and the intent is to avoid harm to the animal,
acts based on the science of animal breeding and appropriate care;
4. Outlaws the use of animals in fighting sports, or any other exhibition where the purpose, theme, or substance of the exhibition endangers the long term health and safety of the animal;
5. Requires that any person who keeps an animal - whether commercially, as a pet, or for any other purpose - must provide that animal with reasonable and appropriate care, including:
food of appropriate quantity and quality to keep the animal healthy,
access to a sufficient quantity of clean water to satisfy the animal's needs,
sufficient space for exercise as necessary for the health of the animal,
regular maintenance of the animal's space to keep it reasonably free of debris, waste, and disease, if the animal is kept in an enclosure,
shelter, refuge, or other appropriate protective barriers that supply reasonable protection from weather and injury, and
adequate personal attention and care necessary to keep the animal free from distress, injury, neglect and disease;
6. Further requires that any person who keeps an animal must, to the best of their means and ability, provide the animal with access to professional veterinary care deemed necessary to relieve the animal from distress, injury, neglect or disease.