The Union Post
Attempted Election Fraud by Anti-Democratic Region Caught!
According to a report released by the Supreme Court, the region’s hostile efforts were unsuccessful. Four nations affiliated with The Union of Undemocratic States were accused of collaborating in the fraud attempt. One nation accused was Great east prussia, a Councillor in the Council of State, while some others included Los cincos muertes, Arsubian states, and Virginia and florida. The final verdict landed three suspects with a swift banjection from the region after being declared guilty of treason, terrorism, impersonation and sedition. Councillor Great east prussia was declared not guilty due to a lack of evidence.
The Supreme Court took an entire week to make a factually detailed report about those accused of participating in the voter fraud. Soon after the release of the report The Union of Undemocratic States simply collapsed. The once treacherous region is no longer a threat to democracies across NationStates thanks to the steadfast leadership of the Union.
The swift action by the Supreme Court shows the capable ability of the Supreme Court under the leadership of Relfa. After the report was released, Prime Minister Brittalia and Councillor Great east prussia, one of the convicted, supported the final verdict and praised the Supreme Court for its efforts in keeping the Union safe.
Founder Victorious in FORGE Election
Thatcher quickly followed through on his campaign promises, pushing through new legislation in the first few weeks of his office, which revamped and changed the format of certain FORGE institutions, starting with the number of representatives votes according to the number of nations. It is no small feat, that the founder of our region handily won the election, once again proving the capability of our region in leading others on the world stage.
In the end, the Union is very proud of our Founder for his victory, and is proud of his successful term in his time as FORGE Chancellor. It is of no surprise however, that after completing his legislative agenda, that the founder is doubted to run for re-election, although it is very certain that he would still be highly favored against his possible opponents.
The Long Awaited Bill of Rights Finally Passes
After passing the Council of State, the Speaker released the landmark bill for a vote in the General Assembly. Amongst some of the amendments in the bill of rights were the right to citizenship, the right to vote, and the right to receive equal treatment from the government. It is important to note that under the sixth amendment, no clause may be removed from the bill of rights. Unsurprisingly the important bill passed with 92% of the General Assembly in favor, voting “Aye”. 63 nations voted Aye with only 5 nations in opposition.
New Arrival in the Union!
New Constitution Passes Convention Vote Despite Stiff Opposition
Prime Minister Brittalia and the Founder The Noble Thatcherites hotly debated controversial provisions. The central argument revolved around about a line in the Constitution that stated that mandated the Speaker to relinquish all political ties and affiliations before assuming office. The Minister of Education, Asdersland, argued alongside the Prime Minister. Attorney General Relfa & Speaker Kanglia defended the provision proposed by The Noble Thatcherites, and Relfa further proposed the that Supreme Court Justices should relinquish their political ties as well.
The Founder stated that the reason the Speaker should recuse themselves of all political affiliations and ties is to ensure the neutrality of the position. However, the Prime Minister argued that recusing oneself from all political affiliations before becoming Speaker doesn’t ensure that the Councillor becoming Speaker won’t be biased towards certain bills. In the end, when the motion was finally brought to vote, it narrowly passed by one vote.
When asked about the aftermath, the Prime Minister stated “I’m fine with the results. We all have different opinions and ideas, and disagreements happen. The Founder and I got our points across, and what matters the most in the end is what the people think of it.” In the end the Prime Minister supported the new constitution along with the entire government. Unlike the argumentative atmosphere of the constitutional convention, the vote in the General Assembly was near unanimous with 51 nations voting “Aye” and only 4 nations voting “Nay”. After months of drafting the new constitution was finally implemented on the 14th of August 2017.
The End of a Historic Alliance
Kanglia, our current Speaker, General-at-Arms, and former President of The Free Nations Region was harassed and threatened for “not being a real defender” by the Founder, Crystalsummer. When speaking with the Cabinet, the Founder said, “We cannot tolerate this action. [...] The UDS cabinet cannot tolerate it when one our our officers is demeaned and belittled.” Just when matters appeared to be at their worst, things took a greater spin downhill. Crystalsummer, The Free Nations Founder, proposed a merge between the regions. The negotiations went well, and everyone was optimistic. Towards the end of negotiations, without warning and without regard for the gravity of the situation, the Founder canceled the negotiations. The Union’s Government affirms that they were not aware of this cancellation and that they should have been notified about such an important deal cancellation. None in The Free Nations Region's Government denied these accusations. In a motion to the cabinet, the regions ambassador to the FNR, The Noble Thatcherites, proposed closing down embassies with The Free Nations Region.
In a speech given by the Founder on the Regional Message Board of The Free Nations Region, he said: “For too long the cabinet has allowed the FNR to abuse our current relationship. [...] The motion stated that the Union of Democratic States can no longer, in good faith to the rule of law and in upholding the honor and dignity of our ambassadors, continue to maintain embassies with The Free Nations Region. As a close friend of the FNR for over a year, this news comes as a shock, but as an ambassador, I know that it must be done. An embassy with the UDS is a privilege and not a right.” The Noble Thatcherites also affirmed that FNR citizens would be very welcome in our Union. The special relationship that was once existed between The Free Nations Region and The Union of Democratic States is coming to a close, but it is undeniable that this historic alliance, is one to be remembered forever in the legends of Union history.
Obanland Resigns from Council of State
On that same day, hours before his resignation from the Council of State, Obanland was dismissed from the Ministry of the Census by the Prime Minister. This has led to speculation that his dismissal from the Ministry of the Census prompted his resignation from the Legislative Branch. Only one nation announced its candidacy to fill Obanland 's seat in the Council of State. That Nation was Chief Justice and (newly appointed) Minister of Census Heaverian islands. As of Wednesday, no date has yet been announced for a by-election to fill the seat.
Ministry of Roleplay Established: Region Becomes Roleplaying Region
This week, the Speaker released a new bill (now law) titled “The Roleplaying Act 2017”. This bill created a Ministry that would manage all roleplaying affairs in the region, both on the regional forums and discord server. It also formally made the Union an official roleplaying region, opening up the region to a completely new audience of nations. This move was a complete swerve from the Regions hyper-political past.
The Act passed with a whopping 42 votes, with no opposition. Shortly after its passage, Prime Minister Brittalia appointed former Councillor Zaegrad to the position of Minister of Roleplay. Zaegrad is now in charge of managing the Ministry and working with the new roleplaying community.
Government Approval Ratings: Speaker Holds Highest, Councillor Holds Lowest
Founder The Noble Thatcherites: 87% / 13% Council of State: Summer Government: 75%/25%
WA Delegate United Millennials: 25% / 75%
Prime Minister Brittalia: 54% / 46%
Speaker Kanglia: 94% / 6%
Attorney General Relfa: 62% / 38%
Zion Imperium: 50% / 50%
Obanland: 18% / 82%
Lia-Jennes: 25% / 75%
Great East Prussia: 56% / 43%
Councillor Alioth States was not on the survery./
Council of State:
Summer Government: 75%/25%
Kanglia’s Corner An Opinion Article
As a writer for several articles on the Union Post, it is remarkable with how effective Relfa is, at making the articles look presentable. As somebody who thinks of himself as a decent writer, I am not always the best at being tidy & making things pretty. Relfa does an incredible job of that. The entire Union Post team is incredibly talented, especially Relfa who truthfully, does more work than any of us here for the newspaper. You won’t here him complain though. He truly does love this region and this newspaper.
As far as being Speaker, it is an arduous task. I have been Speaker for almost 5 months, & quite frankly, I’m tired. Part of me pushing so hard for the change in the Constitution was selfish. I wanted a break just as much as I wanted to have a new format. I really believe that I have done some good here. And I am very proud of everything I have established & accomplished. I want to thank every member of the Council of State for my time in presiding over it. I would also like to thank every person, in or outside the government, who wrote bills. I think the largest thanks however, has to go to Thatcher. For all the late nights & early afternoon conversations that pertained nothing but writing bills, to the one night, we literally wrote 2 bills and a dispatch in the course of an hour. I have been truly lucky to have made a friend like him, and someone who has worked with me so well. What you may not know is that bills do not have just one writer most times. The CoS helps revise and edit the bills. However, in basically all of the bills “written” by myself or Thatcher, what isn't mentioned is that 90% of them were done collectively as a team. I would like to thank him for being a great teammate. I would also like to state how happy I am to see where the rest of this term leads us, right where I need to be at the moment; on the sidelines. Anyways, I want to thank you all for reading my first opinion article here, and I hope that you continue to read & submit me questions!