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The North Star - Issue XIV, December 2019

NPA Report

by Bobberino, War Correspondent

Leadership

Minister of Defense: Trondstorm

Deputy Ministers of Defense: Lieutenant Rom

In a bit of a pivot since the last NPA Bulletin, the North Pacific Army took place in largely raiding operations in the month of November. The waifu takeover of the NPA is still progressing, unlike what Robes will like to tell you… *audibly muffled screams in the back*

Beginning on the 30th of October, we joined our friends in Lazarus in getting them the delegacy of Warzone Australia and briefly holding. We then followed up, in true independent style, by liberating a close ally in Stargate, then pivoting the next update and raiding the region affiliated with Stargate’s raiders in The Anti World Assembly. The next minor update, Deropia put on his best Gladio impression in leading a featured region tag, after which in the major, Agadir led a two-detag run.

After all that, you’d expect the NPA to stop somewhere and fuel up, but we’re too good for that. We then invaded New Western Atlantic for a few days with our friends in Europeia and The West Pacific. After getting bored of sitting there, we decided to tag 5 regions, then 7 more the next day. Then we decided on invading Xedas with The Black Hawks, the Europeian Republican Navy and The West Pacific Armed Forces.

Another day, another tag run. 4 regions were hit on 11/17 and another 4 on 11/19. The next day, the ERN, TBH, NPA and TWPAF got together and did another tag. The next major, we got together with Osiris and amassed 17 tags. Rounding out the month was an invasion of North Ustaynga beginning on 11/23’s major, with the ERN, TBH and LWU all showing up alongside us, which we held for a week.

Whether we were defending treatied allies, raiding with friends or spreading the good news of anime across NS, one can be sure that we are not idle at the NPA. We are as agile, adaptable and coordinated as always. Happy holidays, all!

Spotlight #23 - Interview with Koopa

by Angshire, Interviewer

Angshire: So, first things first, are you new to NationStates? Also, what encouraged you to come to the North Pacific?

Koopa: Im probably around a year old or so, maybe a little more. My nation initially formed in TNP, and after moving around for a while, I eventually found myself back here and ended up staying.

Angshire: Well that's definitely interesting!

Angshire: Did anything in particular bring you back?

Koopa: I guess I always associated it with home, since it was where I started. I was also intrigued by it being a democracy, so I felt like it was a fitting place for what was my relatively small nation to grow.

Angshire: TNP does have a very stable democratic system, that is true.

Angshire: Have you gotten involved in the government, whether in the executive branch or otherwise?

Koopa: I am currently the Deputy Minister of Defense, this being my second term.

Angshire: So you are both a Deputy and an NPA colonel?

Angshire: Quite an impressive resume!

Angshire: So do you have any other goals that you want to accomplish within TNP government?

Koopa: I do hope to become Minister of Defense at some point, and maybe even become a full fledged General down the line.

Angshire: What about the delegacy or anything of that branch of government? Do you see yourself ever ending up there?

Koopa: The delegacy seems like a bit of a stretch, never really had goals in that sector. That being said, I do have a lot of respect for the people who can pull it off.

Angshire: What about the RP section of TNP?

Angshire: Are you active in that area?

Koopa: No, I have yet to engage in the RP sector. I'm not even active on the RMB. Nothing against roleplayers, it's just not my cup of tea.

Angshire: Ah yes, I totally get that.

Angshire: You definitely seem to be very skilled in the defense part of TNP, and I noticed how you have risen through the ranks.

Angshire: Before we wrap this up, do you have any questions you'd like to ask of me, or anything else you'd like to answer?

Koopa: Nothing from me, aside from saying that you have been an excellent host.

Angshire: Why thank you very much!

Angshire: I had a splendid time interviewing you :)

Regional Assembly Highlights

by Kaschovia, Minister of Communications

Regional Assembly Highlights, November 2019

Speaker: Deropia

Current Business

The current business for the RA for the month of November is the act for Committee Codification by Wonderess (in discussion), and the repeal of the Unicorn Star Accord and the adoption of the Unicorn Star Treaty between the North Pacific and the Rejected Realms.

LinkAn Act for Committee Codification by Wonderess

Summary: This proposal aims to grant the Speaker the right to create committees made up of citizens to serve the purposes of the Regional Assembly, the structure and scope of which would be determined by law.

Status: In Discussion

LinkThe Unicorn Star Treaty

Summary: A proposal which aims to repeal the Unicorn Star Treaty currently legally in effect, and adopt the new Unicorn Star Treaty in its place, between the North Pacific and the Rejected Realms.

Status: At Vote

Passed

The proposals that passed through the Regional Assembly in the month of November were the repeal of the North Pacific and Albion Security Treaty, confirmations of Siwale and Crushing Our Enemies to the Election Commission, confirmations of Marcus Antonius to the Security Council and 'Criminilising Espionage in Our Partner Regions'.

LinkRepeal of the North Pacific and Albion Security Treaty

Summary: Due to an inactivity that does not seem to be ending on Albion's part, the Regional Assembly of the North Pacific, by majority, has decided to repeal the security treaty shared by the two regions.

Results: 24 ayes, 1 nay, and 3 abstentions.

Confirmation of LinkMarcus Antonius to the Security Council

Summary: Marcus Antonius' confirmation of membership on the Security Council was supported overwhelmingly, despite concern over Marcus' lack of experience in major leadership roles, due to his enthusiasm

Results: 25 ayes, 3 nays, and 5 abstentions.

Status: Passed

Confirmations of LinkSiwale and LinkCrushing Our Enemies to the Election Commission

Summary: The Delegate appointed Siwale and Crushing Our Enemies to the Election Commission, and so the RA discussed and eventually voted to confirm the appointees' membership on the Commission.

Crushing Our Enemies: 26 ayes, 0 nays, and 2 abstentions.

Siwale: 28 ayes, 0 nays, and abstentions.

Status: Passed

LinkCriminalising Espionage in Our Partner Regions by St George

Summary: An amendment to Section 1.2 of the Legal Code, this proposal criminalises espionage in all of our partner regions through the rewording of several clauses, so that alliances ratified by the Regional Assembly, as well as non-aggression pacts, are included.

Results: 34 ayes, 3 nays, and 1 abstention.

Status: Passed

World Assembly Digest

By Deerfenland, World Assembly Correspondent

General Assembly

Improving the world one resolution at a time

Protecting Borrower Rights

Status: Passed

Delegate's Vote: For

Final Vote (World): For: 11,637 Against: 3,020

Final Vote (TNP): For: 464 Against: 78 Percentage of WA nations voting: 39.81%

Recommendation: This proposal aims to alter the way we deal with debt and the ability to repay for those who fall into debt. It achieves this by eliminating the harmful practices that deliberately target those who are in debt, such as criminalising the act of having debt so far as to punishing it via forced labor. While not infringing on member nation's ability to enforce the law, this proposal allows citizens the ability to repay their debts by keeping them out of jail and in the workforce or whatever method they may have to procure the required funds to repay their debts. This proposal also protects citizens ability to make investments with higher risk that would otherwise land someone in jail for making an investment that went negatively. This allows greater investment into small business and otherwise risky ventures that could ultimately benefit the greater community via their success.

In accordance with this reasoning, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal.

The Amelioration of Maritime Conditions

Status: Defeated

Delegate's Vote: Against

Final Vote (World): For: 3,286 Against: 11,679

Final Vote (TNP): For: 132 Against: 426 Percentage of WA nations voting: 43.83%

Recommendation: The Amelioration Of Maritime Conditions has the laudable intent of monitoring and reducing the number of pollutants released by member nations into the hydrosphere, however, it fails in properly executing that goal. The Ministry has reviewed the proposal and has found that its scope is too narrow to have any meaningful effect, as it only requires the governments of member nations to record the pollutants they release into water supplies. The Ministry also believes that the pollutant reduction target is poorly set, as the "recorded international average" is a poor metric to use when setting international targets. The mandate of reducing the pollutants by this arbitrary value is also very difficult to enforce given that exactly recording 'any and all' pollutants is an unreasonable task. Further, a committee is perhaps a better option here, by handling the collection and distribution of the data and working specifically with member nations to reduce their pollution where possible.

For these reasons, and in hopes that a redraft will occur, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote against the proposal.

Convention On Animal Testing

Status: Passed

Delegate's Vote: Against

Final Vote (World): For: 7,621 Against: 7,310

Final Vote (TNP): For: 190 Against: 356 Percentage of WA nations voting: 42.62%

Recommendation: Convention on Animal Testing is well-meaning in its attempt to place ethical restrictions on the use of animal test subjects, however, the Ministry is unable to recommend support at this time. Upon close inspection, the proposal would seem to allow for undue pain and suffering caused by negligence. It should also be noted that the proposal requires that "all procedures" be documented and reported to the World Assembly Bioethics Board. Without a proper definition, the Ministry believes this to be an overreach and would include something as simple as shaving fur for future placement of testing devices. Further, it is concerning that the World Assembly Bioethics Board appears to acts as a judicial entity; while this is something that extant legislation has done in the past, we must question the necessity of the practice in regards to a subject such as animal testing.

For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote against the proposal.

Security Council

Spreading interregional peace and goodwill, via force if necessary[/I]

Commend Grays Harbor
Status: Passed

Delegate's Vote: For

Final Vote (World): For: 11,013 Against: 2,464

Final Vote (TNP): For: 459 Against: 45 Percentage of WA nations voting: 39.56%

Recommendation: Gray's Harbor has been a long time member of the NS community who has shown extensive activity in a notable UCR, contributed multiple proposals and GA illegal proposal shenanigans, and is a seasoned RnDer. GH possesses the longest tenure of any other delegate in the new defunct The Heartland in which they helped saved them in 2003 by brokering a deal with Texas and Wysteria to protect The Heartland from invading forces. GH has also passed three General Assembly proposals and established the "Illegal Proposals" thread in the WA forums which became a quickly growing repository of humorous and silly proposal attempts in the GA. Finally, GH has a history as a defender who participated in various notable events as well as designing and a world map for the regions he was involved in.

In line with the reasoning above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal.

Condemn Atlantic

Status: Passed

Delegate's Vote: For

Final Vote (World): For: 10,050 Against: 3,223

Final Vote (TNP): For: 469 Against: 42 Percentage of WA nations voting: 39.82%

Recommendation: The Atlantic is a region with a demonstrated history of unbridled imperialism in the NS R&D sphere. Throughout their history they have threatened and invaded close allies and friends of TNP including Europe, The South Pacific, The West Pacific, and The Rejected Realms. Numerous UCRs were also harmed by repeat invasions so much that they were reduced to bits and pieces of their former selves. This behavior in this context is unacceptable, especially so when done to allies of TNP.

In accordance with the reasoning above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal.

Liberate Aurelia

Status: Passed

Delegate's Vote: For

Final Vote (World): For: 12,414 Against: 2,236

Final Vote (TNP): For: 486 Against: 52 Percentage of WA nations voting: 41.83%

Recommendation: For sake of clarity in this IFV, Aurelia is the region that was invaded and is being liberated, and Auralia is the invading force that is the aggressor.

The region known as Aurelia has been under the tyrannical control of the similarly-named Auralia for nearly a year. In this time, the invaders have been banjecting the natives, clearing World Factbook entries, suppressing RMB posts, and password-protecting the region to prevent the original inhabitants from reclaiming it. The primary cause for this liberation stems from the fact that the region of Auralia has expressed its desire to refound Aurelia, wiping out all of the region's history and culture permanently. Additionally, Auralia is founded by the individual known as Nephmir, who is known for various acts of attempted raiding and threats against a number of GCRs and UCRs, including 'war' with TWP. They, and their childish creations, should not be allowed victories.

Given the reasons above, the Ministry of the World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote For this proposal.

The North Star: Lighting The Way To The Truth

Publisher: McMasterdonia :: Executive Editor: Kaschovia :: Managing Editor: Marcus Antonius

The North Star is produced by the Ministry of Communications on behalf of the Government of The North Pacific and is distributed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs externally and the Ministry of Home Affairs internally. Except where otherwise indicated, all content represents the views of the Government of The North Pacific.

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