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Welcome to the Office of WA Legislation | OWL


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Welcome to OWL!

Welcome to the Office of World Assembly Legislation, or OWL for short.

The Office is the South Pacific’s World Assembly program. Its main roles are to:

  • democratically run votes to determine the South Pacific’s regional stance on proposed World Assembly resolutions,

  • write recommendations and compilations of opinions on World Assembly legislation to help inform South Pacifican citizens, and

  • help new authors in the South Pacific write their own resolutions.

This page will be a brief primer on OWL activities and how you can get involved. If you get interested, you can read more about the World Assembly and the Office of WA Legislation by checking out this guide:


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The World Assembly (WA) is the United Nations (Linkquite literally) of the NationStates universe. It passes resolutions that apply to all of its member nations and regions to achieve various noble goals like peace and better living conditions for everyone. WA resolutions are voted upon by all nations that voluntarily join the WA and apply to all members equally.

The LinkOffice of WA Legislation (OWL) is a dedicated department of the regional government of the South Pacific (the region your nation is in now) that will assist you⁠—especially if you are a beginner⁠—in making the correct choice when voting on resolutions. OWL helps you understand your choices to make sure your decision benefits your nation and the world the most, enables you to be a part of the process by allowing you to democratically decide how the Delegate and the region's nations should vote, and it helps you draft your own proposals if you want to make an impact to the world by yourself! The following is a comprehensive guide to the basics of the World Assembly, the way it works, and how you can participate in and utilize OWL to make your WA life easier.

First steps first: join the WA by clicking here and join the South Pacific's Discord server Linkhere if you want to get involved in our WA community.

So how does the WA work... and what are all these weird acronyms like GA and SC?

Just like the real-life UN, the WA is divided into two chambers: the General Assembly (GA) and the Security Council (SC).

General Assembly (click here to view)

The GA is concerned with resolutions that improve human rights, trade regulations, environmental standards, equality and the like. Its resolutions directly affect your nation’s statistics (though only marginally) along with how you answer issues. At the top of a WA resolution is a “Category” indicator that shows you which areas of your nation are affected (economy, social policies, security...) and, usually, a “Strength” indicator which shows how strongly it affects your nation or an “Area of Effect” indicator which shows what specific subject is legislated (e.g. what industry, if the resolution is an industrial regulation).

A list of all passed GA resolutions can be viewed here.

Security Council (click here to view)

The SC is primarily concerned with maintaining world peace and recognizing nations that have done good or bad things. Unlike the GA, what the SC does can apply to regions, not just nations, and its powers are a lot more specific:
  • Commend and condemn: The SC can pass resolutions that commend a nation (example) or region (example) for their accomplishments which better the world, and, contrarily, can condemn a nation (example) or a region (example) for the destruction they have caused to the world. Each nation or region commended or condemned will have a shiny badge on their nation to show it! There is no effect to any nation’s statistics, however.

  • Liberation: A region that has been invaded by raiders and locked down (put a password on so nations can’t enter) can be liberated if the SC passes a liberation resolution. A liberation will prevent a region from being passworded; nations can freely enter the target region after it is passed. Liberations are primarily related to the Military Gameplay or Raiding/Defending (R/D) part of the game, which is concerned with invading regions or defend them from being invaded. (You can join our own regional military to learn more if you want!) Liberations cannot be applied to a nation.

A list of all passed SC resolutions can be viewed here.

How do I vote on a resolution, then?

You can find currently on-vote resolutions by clicking the World Assembly button on the sidebar. You can also find resolutions that will go to vote in the future or are reviewed before going to vote here (for the GA) and here (for the SC).

To vote, you first need to be member of the WA. Learn how to join the WA here, it only takes a minute! After you have joined the WA, just go to the WA page, choose a chamber to display the current resolution, scroll down, and then click "For" or "Against" to cast your vote. All WA resolutions are voted on for 3 days. Every time there is a WA resolution being brought to the floor to vote, your nation will receive a sidebar notification from the game.

OWL helps you know how you should vote via the Recommendation Dashboards

Every time a new vote comes up, there will be a recommendation dashboard dispatch pinned on the region’s page, posted on the Regional Message Board, and notified in the region's LinkDiscord server. It contains a short text that recommends how you should vote and why you should vote that way along with opinions, both in favor of or opposing the resolution, from regional nations, nations of other regions, and experienced or notable WA experts and authors to help give you multiple perspectives on the issues. You can choose to view the current SC or GA recommendation on the top of the dashboard. These OWL recommendations will give you ideas on how to best cast a vote that will benefit your nation and the world the most. Of course, as you become more experienced, you can form your own decision instead and use the recommendations only as a source for reference.

Not all votes are equal: the Delegate’s power

One of the most realistic and frustrating aspects of the WA is that one vote of some nations can be worth 1000 times more than one vote of yours. Those nations are the Delegates. Each region has a nation called the Delegate, which is the nation with the most endorsements in the region (learn more about endorsements here) and control over all administrative powers of the region (including moderation, editing the regional flag, embassies, banning nations), along with the ability to cast a weighted vote in the WA. Unlike a normal nation, a vote of a Delegate is equal to  1 + [the number of endorsements they have]  normal votes. So, for example, this region’s Delegate (Aumeltopia) has 1100 endorsements; if they cast a vote, their vote will be equal to 1101 votes of normal nations. It is very clear that Delegates are the "big bad figures" of WA politics! Feeder Delegates (Delegates of the North Pacific, West Pacific, South Pacific, East Pacific, and the Pacific) are the most powerful of them all, as they have from 500 to over 1000 endorsements on their nations. The South Pacific has the second-most-powerful Delegate in this game (only behind the North Pacific). The fate of WA resolutions depend in large part on how feeder delegates vote. As such, it is important that each nation has the right to democratically decide how their Delegate should vote to benefit the region as much as possible.

OWL helps you democratically decide how the Delegate and other regional nations should vote!

In the South Pacific, how the Delegate votes in the WA is determined by the votes of nations like you. OWL organizes a voting program in which, before a resolution is brought to vote on the WA floor, the South Pacific's WA citizens can cast their vote and voice their opinions on how the Delegate and other nations of the region (via the recommendation dashboard) should vote when the resolution comes up. This program is carried out in The South Pacific WA Voting Center. The message board of that special region is where you cast your OWL vote and give your opinions.

How to participate in an OWL vote

Eligibility: If you want to vote, your nation needs to be a member of the WA first. (join it here)

If you are in the military (the SPSF), you may vote with a non-WA nation, but you need to mention your active military status on your ballot every time you vote.

Yes, you can, as long as you don’t have more than one WA nation at a time!

Absolutely: you can't vote, but you are nonetheless encouraged to debate, discuss, and post your opinion.

How to vote: When OWL staff detect a submitted or prepare-to-submit resolution proposal, they will post a notification on The South Pacific WA Voting Center’s page (the World Factbook Entry) and on its message board along with instructions on how to cast your vote, give your opinions, and debate with other nations if you want.

You vote by posting a message on the board that states:

  • The name of the resolution you are voting on (required)

  • Your vote selection (there are 5 options you can cast) (required)

  • Your opinion on why you are voting that way (not required but heavily recommended)

You can cast any of these 5 options in your vote:

  • For: Means you want OWL to recommend that citizens vote for the resolution

  • Against: Means you want OWL to recommend that citizens vote against the resolution

  • Abstain: Means you want OWL to recommend that citizens don’t vote on the resolution

  • No recommendation: Means you want OWL to not put out any recommendation (although the recommendation dashboard containing just opinions from voters will still be published)

  • Present: Means you cannot decide, but you want OWL to know you are active

The screenshot below is an example of what a ballot looks like. You don’t need to follow the exact formatting, but all the necessary information needs to be included.

If there are multiple votes going on, use separate message posts for each vote like below:

OWL votes will decide how the Delegate will vote and what OWL’s recommendation will advise to other nations when the resolution is brought up to vote in the WA. Voters’ opinions will be included in the recommendation dashboard to help nations see the resolution in multiple dimensions.

I want to write my own proposal, how do I do that?

OWL isn't just about letting you vote on other players' resolutions and writing recommendations: it's just as much about helping out South Pacificans who want advice and support writing and submitting their own resolutions to the World Assembly. If you're thinking of writing a resolution, you should make sure to join the South Pacific's LinkDiscord server to ask for advice. There's a channel in the server, #world-assembly, meant specifically for working on writing resolutions. OWL also has a set of players know as WA Mentors who are experienced in World Assembly matters and can tell you what sounds good, what information you should keep in mind, what's likely to pass, and so on. Don't hesitate to contact them by tagging "@WA Mentors" in one of the drafting channels on Discord.

You should also make sure to read the complete guide to World Assembly resolutions to better understand the standards, style, and history of the WA: [TBA]

I want to help write recommendations or work for OWL!

OWL welcomes anyone who has further interests in the WA no matter their experience and want to contribute to the wider community. The Office's staff are responsible for keeping the entire process ticking. The staff have two main roles: opening and closing votes on World Assembly legislation, and writing recommendations for our recommendation dashboards.

There are two primary ranks of seniority in the Office of World Assembly Legislation: senior staff and junior staff. Senior staff oversee all operations within the office, as well as events and group projects (like group resolution writing). Senior staff are responsible for opening votes on proposals and writing OWL’s analysis of each proposal, and are appointed directly by the WA Secretary (the head of OWL). Junior staff carry out the basic procedural responsibilities of the Office. A junior staff member’s responsibilities consist of regularly checking in on forums and proposals that have been submitted, notifying a senior staff member about any proposals likely to be submitted or reach queue. Junior staff are also responsible for preparing text for the recommendation dashboard, including compiling opinions, counting up votes, and formatting the dispatch.

Anyone with their WA nation in the South Pacific can apply to join the OWL junior staff. To do so, you must first join the South Pacific's Discord server, which is where OWL conducts all of its activities. You can join Linkhere. Just hop in, introduce yourself, and check out the #world-assembly channel. Then, join the South Pacific's Linkoffsite forum and apply to join OWL by filling out the form Linkhere. The WA Secretary will then process your application.

Most new staff will be contacted by a member of the senior staff once they have posted an application, so if you do have any questions, do not hesitate to ask in the Discord server! Newer staff are also encouraged to read the full World Assembly guide, which can be found here: [TBA]. New staff should remain active on Discord and respond to instructions from senior staff or the WA Secretary.



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There are four ways you can get involved with the Office, outlined below.

Read Our Recommendation Dashboards

The OWL Recommendation Dashboards contain recommendations on any World Assembly resolutions currently at vote. A recommendation usually includes the official analysis of the Office, some background information about the resolution, and some opinions from high-profile World Assembly nations advocating for and against the resolution.

The Recommendation Dashboards are written and compiled by staff who work for OWL. This means that recommendations are written by people who have some experience in the World Assembly.

You can read our recommendation dashboard for the General Assembly here:

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Repeal 'Toxic Heavy Metals Act'
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Background Information

Proposal title: Repeal 'Toxic Heavy Metals Act'
Author: Jedinsto
Purpose: To repeal previous legislation, claiming its definitions are too broad to the point of prohibiting almost every relatively dense metal, and arguing that the actual limits imposed on toxic heavy metals are ineffective and contradictory.

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The Office's Analysis

The at-vote resolution, "Repeal 'Toxic Heavy Metals Act'", rightfully criticizes the target for simultaneously being too heavy-handed ‒ its definition of what constitutes a "toxic heavy metal" includes a broad range of not actually toxic metals ‒ and too lax ‒ by excluding the military from all the protective requirements ‒ in its mandates. The proposal is of good quality and argues its case well, and OWL voters overwhelmingly agreed that the target resolution overly impacts harmless metals negatively, leading to severe unintended consequences for industry, and is too ineffective in the handling of actual toxic materials. Thus, OWL recommends a vote FOR the at-vote resolution, "Repeal 'Toxic Heavy Metals Act'".

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From TSP Citizens

Osheiga is an Office of WA Legislation staffer in the South Pacific. They posted the following on The South Pacific WA Voting Center's RMB:

Osheiga wrote:I will admit I was a bit iffy on this proposal since some regulation surrounding this subject is needed and even though the definition of “toxic” is vague, it’s better to be safe than sorry with potentially dangerous metals. However, since there’s a replacement in the works according to the drafting forum thread, I’m willing to support (especially due to the military exemption loophole that should hopefully be fixed by it).

Refuge Isle is the current Minister of Engagement-Elect of the South Pacific and a 4-time WA author. They posted the following on The South Pacific WA Voting Center's RMB:

Refuge Isle wrote:This repeal's construction is a bit of a nit-pick, but I cannot argue that the argument has substantial consequences as it is written. Any metal, in enough concentration, has the potential to become toxic even if we are not used to encountering it in a situation where it is. The repeated use of "extremely" in the Recognising clause and its general tone is a bit in the unprofessional category. The Confused clause is word salad. Neither of those are enough to be deal-breakers, but certainly the author should aim to improve in sentence construction in the future. The repeal is not paired with a replacement, which is relatively irresponsible because it cannot be demonstrated that what we have now is worse than what we will get. Still, it is supported by the co-author of the target. We'll see how it goes.

From the World

At the time of writing, OWL had not found a solid opinion for the resolution from the rest of the world. You can make your own opinion heard by posting it on the Regional Message Board of the WA Voting Center!

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From TSP Citizens

At the time of writing, OWL had not found a solid opinion against the resolution from TSP citizens. You can make your own opinion heard by posting it on the Regional Message Board of the WA Voting Center!

From the World

Wayneactia is a resident of Osiris. They posted the following on the proposal's on-site drafting thread:

Wayneactia wrote:I see very little reason to repeal the THMA, other than someone is looking for something to repeal. Show us a half way decent replacement and maybe this could be considered.



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Proposal title: 'Commend HumanSanity'
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Purpose: To honor HumanSanity's numerous achievements, notably their time in the regions of Renegade Islands Alliance and 10000 Islands where they immensely expanded community activity and promoted diplomacy and transparency, with a shiny badge of commendation.

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The Office's Analysis

The current Security Council resolution, "Commend HumanSanity", moves to commend the nation of HumanSanity for both civilian and military contributions to the world and the defender movement, particularly in the Renegade Islands Alliance and 10000 Islands, in positions including but not limited to Chief Executive of the former and World Assembly Delegate in the latter. The proposal is informative and makes concise points on the career of the nominee, and while there are concerns that the proposal reads as simply a list of these, it is the opinion of our office that the included information is able to speak for itself, so this is not a severe detriment to the proposal. Due to the extensive qualifications of the nominee, the Office of WA Legislation enthusiastically recommends a vote FOR "Commend HumanSanity".

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From TSP Citizens

Lucabaduka is a legislator of the South Pacific and a member of OWL staff.

Lucabaduka wrote:The target is a competent and qualified defender whose work in region-building, over the course of years, cannot be overstated. Rather than flashy feats of thrashing opponents on the battlefield, the target's best work is in infrastructure development and supporting the internal workings of regions' governments. Where strong, diverse communities help support NationStates at large, directing that work into specifically defender-aligned communities is a boon to the faction as well. The target is also the only reason I'm still on NationStates.

New Quebecshire is a legislator of the South Pacific and a member of OWL staff.

New Quebecshire wrote:I know some people are a bit bored of the recent defender commendations, but I'm not. Specifically regarding HumanSanity, though, the resolution speaks for itself regarding his accomplishments in a variety of regions - mainly the RIA and XKI in this context. Beyond the extensive résumé, though, HumanSanity is someone I would like to see continue to be a recognized and influential voice in the global stage, regardless. His mixture of regionalist and staunch defender rhetoric is something I'd like to see continue positively to the cause and remain at hand.

From the World

Bhang Bhang Duc is a former Delegate and Minister of WA Affairs of the West Pacific. On the NS forums, they wrote:

Bhang Bhang Duc wrote:Reads well, a lot of good research into the nominee. Will be happy to recommend support when this comes to the vote.

Chimes is a former Delegate of the Rejected Realms. They posted on TRR's forums:

Chimes wrote:For. It’s not perfect in terms of writing but the commendation makes a good argument and HS is very deserving.

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From TSP Citizens

At the time of writing, OWL had not found a solid opinion against the resolution from TSP citizens. You can make your own opinion heard by posting it on the Regional Message Board of the WA Voting Center!

From the World

Comfed is a citizen of The North Pacific. They posted on the NS forums:

Comfed wrote:I am not impressed by this resolution. Especially the XKI delegate clause.
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- You keep referencing HumanSanity as "it" - while it would be illegal to use gender pronouns, I think "they" is fine.
- I don't like the structure, it seems a bit disorganised and there are many sections that should be merged. For instance, the part about the Renegade Islands Alliance is confusingly divided into three articles, and it feels like the second two could be merged into your first list. The part about XKI should also be reorganised.
- "Hereby commends HumanSanity" should be "Hereby Commends HumanSanity"
- I think HS's term as delegate of XKI is not worthy of being referenced in this resolution, especially considering the emphasis on diplomacy, which is a very inaccurate view of a term that actually made XKI less diplomatic compared to the previous term of Kuriko.
- I oppose a commendation for this nominee because HS has acted anti-TNP without reasonable cause throughout their term, including signing on to a statement about TNP that had nothing to do with XKI, and later breaking off relations with TNP without good reason. (My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of TNP.)

Numero Capitan is the Homeland Officer of 00000 A World Power. On the NS forums, they criticized:

Numero Capitan wrote:I'd say this is a fairly borderline case in terms of merit, HS has done some great things in a number of significant regions and I wouldn't begrudge them a Commendation but when considered against the contributions of a large pool of committed NSers I am not sure anything in this Commendation has the edge that I look for in a nominee (although I feel like the bar has lowered over time). HS is brilliant but if I were to consider the impact of these clauses in terms of their wider impact on NS history and notable events they feel a bit lacking.



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Vote on the Delegate's Stance on WA Resolutions

This is particularly important, as it gets your democratic voice across to the WA Delegate, who then casts their vote on WA proposals in the name of the region. Not all votes are equal - the Delegate has as many votes on World Assembly Resolutions as they have endorsements, whereas you only have one vote. This means that it is customary for the Delegate to vote in line with the decision of all WA nations who take the opportunity to vote through OWL. OWL also writes its recommendations in line with that vote.

To learn more about how to vote on the official stance of the delegate and the office, read more here.

You should always remember to vote on-site as well. This means that as well as taking part in the OWL vote as explained in the link above, you should also scroll down to the bottom of these two pages: GA, SC. Once you see the buttons “vote for” and “vote against”, you can click on one of them, and the site will register your opinion.

Get Involved in the Discussion

This allows you to voice your opinions on World Assembly resolutions, and get help with writing resolutions. There are two ways that you can join in the discussions on WA proposals. First, you can post your opinions and discuss on the Regional Message Board where you also cast your OWL vote. You can find the Regional Message Board here.

You should also join the South Pacific's Discord server. Doing so allows you to discuss World Assembly-related matters with experienced writers, as well as debate on the nature of resolutions and Linkbecome part of the OWL staff. You can join the South Pacific's Discord server Linkhere.

Join the OWL Staff

OWL has its own body of staff! The role of OWL staff is to write recommendations on World Assembly legislation, open and close votes, and notify others when a piece of World Assembly legislation is about to be submitted. You can become part of the staff by following the instructions Linkhere. Your application will be processed by the Secretary (the head of OWL) as soon as possible.

You can read more about applying for staff here.



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