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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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Background Information

Proposal title: 'Death Penalty Ban'
Author: Imperium Anglorum
Purpose: To internationally ban the death penalty, except for war crimes.

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As resounding as it is short, the at-vote resolution "Death Penalty Ban" calls for the immediate abolishment of the death penalty in the name of human dignity, citing ineffectiveness and discrimination in its application, in addition to the horrifying, yet unescapable possibility of irreversibly executing innocents. Founded on the significantly lower probability of this happening before a wartime military tribunal, the sole exception to that ban is designated to be for crimes under a military penal code committed in war. The arguments presented for these measures are sound and to the point, plus, should member states in the future decide they warrant a ban on the death penalty for war crimes also, the wording of the proposal leaves room for future legislation to that effect without needing to repeal it first. Thus, OWL recommends a vote FOR the at-vote resolution, "Death Penalty Ban".

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From TSP Citizens

Arvan Irawer is a Citizen of the South Pacific.

Arvan Irawer wrote:The Death penalty is cruel and should be abolished. The proposal makes excellent points about the fact that the death penalty does nothing overall.

Tepertopia is a Deputy Chair in the South Pacific and the Secretary of OWL.

Tepertopia wrote:I believe the death penalty to be disproportionate and without a doubt not supportable for ordinary lawbreakers, and only in the most severe cases of war criminals, like a genocidal dictator, where a wrongful conviction simply isn't in the realm of the possible, their atrocious deeds are unquestionably unforgivable and allowing them what they denied their victims couldn't possibly be truly just, it should be an option. The proposal at hand makes this absolutely reasonable exception, and thus I can fully support it.

Qvait is a member of the South Pacific's Council on Regional Security and a former Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Qvait wrote:It is time for the World Assembly to impose limitations and inevitably implement a total and universal ban on judicial murder. This atrocious act has been used in the name of revenge, not justice, and judicial murder tends to be an act that is used against the wrongfully accused, unjust crimes, and political dissidents. The proposed resolution is a step in the right direction.

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Kenmoria is a resident of Europe and a commended WA author. They stated the following on the NS forums:

Kenmoria wrote:“There’s not really much to dissect here, since the proposal is so simple. I actually quite like this, and it is a welcome change from Preventing the Execution of Innocents. Full support for this and any similar formulations of this draft.”

Makdon is a former WA Officer of the Rejected Realms. On TRR's forums, they argued:

Makdon wrote:For. The death penalty has no practical or moral benefits except when used in wartime.

Marxist Germany is a Citizen and former Senator of 10000 Islands. They posted on the NS forums:

Marxist Germany wrote:"The right to life is one that is inalienable from the womb to the tomb. This is a great step to be taken by the World Assembly, and it will receive my support."

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From TSP Citizens

Concrete Slab is a member of the South Pacific's Coral Guard and a member of OWL junior staff.

Concrete Slab wrote:Repealing something that protects the death penalty is one thing. Banning it outright is another issue completely. While the death penalty is used very infrequently within Concrete Slab, this proposal is a dramatic overreach of World Assembly law and treads on one of our most sacred and long-held rights. Passing this proposal would be grounds for Concrete Slab's potential exit from the World Assembly, and as such, Leader Stoneworth must vehemently recommend an AGAINST vote.

Greater Scottdascoda is a Citizen of the South Pacific.

Greater Scottdascoda wrote:It should be up to individual nations to decide to have the Death Penalty. An outright blanket ban would affect every nation under the WA Membership and I am sure there are a number of nations with the death Penalty active that would have to change their laws. There are some unforgivable crimes where it may be warranted. In relation to National Security. The Proposal Notes in Section 1. that the Death Penalty can be used by a military penal code in time of war. So not a outright Ban. I question in relation to Military crimes such as treasons and espionage as well as other matters of National Security. These same crimes can happen in non-wartime not just in wartime, but under the proposal the death penalty would not be allowed.

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Wayneactia is a resident of Osiris. On the NS forums, they stated:

Wayneactia wrote:"While we do not impose the death penalty for any crimes committed within our borders, we recognize the right of other sovereign nations to punish their criminals as they see fit. This proposal is nothing more than the complete decimation of national sovereignty and we will absolutely not support it in any way."

Emnaria is a resident of 10000 Islands. They posted the following on XKI's forums:

Emnaria wrote:I believe the death penalty is essential. It shan't be used like the "national razor", but it is necessary for people who have murdered, tortured, and made terrorist attacks against people. It is no different than the war on terrorism, bomb terrorists, execute severe offenders. It is not always possible to keep people alive. I would love to vote to ban it but people like hitler or a mob boss need to be executed if they commit mass crimes. You COULD imprison people for life, but that takes up space and only makes them depressed and suicidal. That won't teach them anything because they're gonna die of old age anyway.



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Proposal title: 'Commend Northrop-Grumman'
Author: Makdon
Purpose: To reward Northrop-Grumman's extensive involvement in the creation of NationStates' Dark Theme and more than decade-long maintenance of various recordkeeping efforts with a badge of commendation.

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Aumeltopia is a member of the South Pacific's Council on Regional Security and a former Secretary of OWL.

Aumeltopia wrote:Creating the dark theme is a pretty major achievement. Those here who are talking about how the commendation is "only about one archive" or whatever... the main thing being alluded to with all the light/dark references is the NS site theme that Northrop-Grumman created.

Neazland is a Citizen of the South Pacific.

Neazland wrote:Hard work put into nationstates and although the dark theme may be confusing (in my opinion) It adds a variety to NS and Northrop Grumman has been in NS for a very long time and has put hard work into that time. Helped with the record keeping. I believe that Northrop Grumman deserves a commendation.

From the World

Honeydewistania is a multi-time WA author and Citizen of the North Pacific. They posted the following on TNP's forums:

Honeydewistania wrote:I disagree strongly with the ‘we are commending them for this but we’re not saying it, tee hee!’ nonsense. The rules are the rules, even if they suck, but I’m still in favour as in spite of the dark theme not being included I think they are a worthy nominee

Eastern New England is the Foreign Affairs Secretary of 10000 Islands. On XKI's forums, they stated:

Eastern New England wrote:Even though the proposal reads weird out of context, creating Dark Theme along with keeping index(es) on nations' leaders and capital cities updated for the past one and a half decade is certainly commendable. I'm inclined to vote FOR.

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From TSP Citizens

Doge Land is a Legislator in the South Pacific.

Doge Land wrote:Dark theme? DARK THEME? dark theme kills more per year than discord light theme More seriously, half the resolution is about an archive, which is nice, but I never use it, because when I go look at the information of nations that are relevant to me, I look at their nation page or a dispatch.

Volaworand is a Legislator and Local Councillor in the South Pacific.

Volaworand wrote:This commendation is pretty thin on details, and browsing the dispatches mentioned, while admirable, didn't appear worthy of a commendation.

From the World

Shy Guyia is a Tactical Officer in 10000 Islands's military. They argued on XKI's forums:

Shy Guyia wrote:I don't really think something can be considered well-written if I need to ask Makdon what something actually means. You can't type the words dark theme but this is a very poor way to dance around it. Secondly, the part about UNITE does not seem to be relevant at all? It is a roleplaying thing NG used only a few times in one roleplay and is hosted on a decently read dispatch. It is not one of the big indexes but just a good bit of worldbuilding, which isn't really the most commendable thing (especially since the rest of the proposal is not about worldbuilding at all).

Boston Castle is a GA author and Citizen of the North Pacific. On TNP's forums, they stated:

Boston Castle wrote:Perhaps I just don’t see the point in things like the archives and what not, but this nominee doesn’t seem all that commendable to me. Against.



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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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