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Democratic Socialist Assembly contains 377 nations, the 34th most in the world.

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Nations ranked highly spend the most on national defense, and are most secure against foreign aggression.

As a region, Democratic Socialist Assembly is ranked 9,824th in the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.

NationWA CategoryMotto
1.The Allied States of The Lost SoulsDemocratic Socialists“From fire we came, from fire we hoped.”
2.The Social Libertarian Democracy of AstringtonDemocratic Socialists“Sow Knowledge, Reap Wisdom.”
3.The United Kingdom of La Pays De SolielDemocratic Socialists“Ex Astris Scientia (From the Stars, Knowledge)”
4.The Federal Republic of North TohondaCorrupt Dictatorship“Power, Prosperity, Unity”
5.The Federal People's Republic of The Celtic IsletsCivil Rights Lovefest“A lucht oibre an domhain, aontaigh!”
6.The Free Syndicates of WileyshireScandinavian Liberal Paradise“The Worker Needs Bread and Roses.”
7.The Republic of AlitoneLeft-wing Utopia“We will communicate like this, 1 press release a time!”
8.The Holy Jebist-Posadist Order of DekksLiberal Democratic Socialists“Our prophets Jeb and Posadas guide us to glory.”
9.The Socialist Federal Republic of CantonaliaDemocratic Socialists“Destroy those fascist pig dog Pryropans!”
10.The Democratic Confederacy of DankAss CommunesLeft-wing Utopia“Everything's Better With Butter”
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The Great Lefties wrote:This region seems great. I should invite people.

it'll be better if you vote for me wink wink

I've endured this hate for too long. I've dealt with so many of you holding this aggression against me for so long, so much of it unfounded, so much of it without context, because someone else told you to dislike me or they didn't tell you the full story. Some of you, I still genuinely don't understand why you hate me so much. I really dont. Maybe instead of hiding, you all could have solved your grievances by reaching out to me and voicing them. I would have accepted your criticism and tried to become a better person. But you never did. You all set up this facade of acceptance towards me. Your systematic suppression and system of lies is far waorse a creation than any comments I may have made. Fun fact: sometimes when a friendship deteriorates, one of the friends doesn't realize that it has because the other friend never said a thing about it to their face, and they think it's okay to still talk as friends. That doesn't make them a bad person, it means they misunderstood the nature of their friendship because the other person never reached out to them, and all their conversations appeared to be genuinely friendly. I've spent years here preaching the idea of considering that you may not always know the full context of a situation or understand the complexities of something. It's something I recognize about myself and it's something that I ask you all to do as well. It hasn't happened yet, but I still have hope that one day that message will break through. Please remember to be mindful of the future people that come through the DSA. I wouldn't wish the hate exhibited towards me on anybody else. And remember, if you don't like something somebody says, talk to them. If you sit as a bystander, nothing happens. This goes for literally everything in life. Stand up for those who actually experience sexual harassment or racism or transphobia. Privately sending messages online will not accomplish real change and it never will. You need to actively stand up for what you think is right and wrong. At the same time, remember that others' experiences are not yours and that your perception of a situation may not match their perception or even the true nature of a situation, so it is important to raise your thoughts in a constructive and helpful way to foster a more positive society.

To those who have shown me respect, I appreciate the time spent with you. We had a lot of fun and I'm gracious for the positive impacts you had on my life. I feel I am a better person now thanks to you. Hail Jeb! and hail Syvis.

Just join The Way of The Bean

Cheeseworld has left the region. First, obviously, we have a new MoFA. Second, I believe it is my duty as MoJ to tell you what happened. Yesterday, old messages from Cheeseworld to another resident were brought to my attention. It was my opinion that these messages constituted sexual harassment. When I confronted him about it and informed him that I would likely be prosecuting, he got angry, referring to it as an smear attempt to derail his presidential campaign, and he subsequently left. This kind of toxicity has no place in the DSA. To resist even an attempt at fair trial, and leave before it even starts, is not behavior that befits a resident.

For prosterity, I am the new Interim Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Today in the Alpyrea International Press (Only available internationally):
Fourth container ship disappears in Ratateague Sea; no comment from Alpyrean government, corporations

A fourth container ship has apparently disappeared in the waters between northern Romaxia and the southern coast of Iskar, according to several relatives of sailors who reached out to this publication earlier this week.

The Veronica was sailing from Port Sakiba's International Seaport to Lerencia, SLD on the Sea of Jotunland in central Frimunira, departing on 08 April, but the ship never arrived at an intermediate stop at Saufhavre to pick up more goods. Based on claims from the families of sailors onboard this ship and three before it- the Oryol, the Fortuna, and the Edith May- these ships seem to have simply "vanished".

"It's just been absolute silence," said Aliya Das, mother of Shahil Das who was last seen in Saufhavre on the Oryol on 23 March. "We haven't heard a word since."

All four ships were carrying assorted goods between the Basalt Coast and ports like Lerencia or the Capital, and all four went missing in the western Ratateague Sea just a few days into their journeys. There was never any announcement made of their disappearances, with no word from the government nor the companies who either produced or carried the goods onboard. These potentially related cases only came to light with the efforts of crew members' dedicated families and "a hefty bit of luck", according to organizer Marion Romario.

"We found each other with our own stories, our own tragedies, and from them we've tried to figure out what exactly happened out there," Romario said in an interview on Monday.

A network of families managed to connect across borders and seas, as relatives or others close to those missing reached out to one another, even in a repressive Alpyrea that has restricted online communications. Romario herself managed to orchestrate several meet-ups and online groups, all with the aim of collecting information for investigation as well as public release through channels such as this publication. Romario's long-term partner was onboard the Oryol, the first ship to go missing, and since then she has devoted herself to finding answers for the dozens of families waiting for answers as well.

"So far we've narrowed down an area from publicly accessible data from buoys and stuff, but there's only so much we can really do," Romario shared. "What's saddening to me is that despite how we've all found each other in uncertainty and grief, there are still dozens who were onboard those ships without family, who were on their own in this world and trying to find a way out.

"The fact that we've still managed to find each other with such hope and determination is comforting, all things considered."

"I might never hear from my Shahil again," Das said while staring out the interview room's window, "but if we can at least get some answers, we might at least find some peace."

Updates will be posted as more information comes in.

Read more about it and other articles here! (OOC: new dispatch woo! Previous dispatches are accessible via links at the top.)

Today in Alpyrea
Here you can get a glimpse of life in Alpyrea through the lens of the press.

Volume 3: April 2019-present
Volume 2.5: February 2019-April 2019
Volume 2: July 2018-December 2018
Volume 1: March 2018-July 2018

Note:
With an ongoing National State of Emergency, press in Alpyrea has been suppressed since October 2018 (OOC: see Volume 2). As a result, the Alpyrea International Press has been reporting on events to international audiences from the Alpyrean Embassy building in the DSA Capital, which has not been occupied since the NSoE was declared. As such, access to information is limited, and veracity of claims or news cannot be fully checked at this time. The AIP will endeavor to provide the fullest picture of events in Alpyrea as they happen, and hopes to enlighten international audiences of the situation in these dark times for the Commonwealth and the Basalt Coast.


Fourth container ship disappears in Ratateague Sea; no comment from Alpyrean government, corporations
17 April 2019

A fourth container ship has apparently disappeared in the waters between northern Romaxia and the southern coast of Iskar, according to several relatives of sailors who reached out to this publication earlier this week.

The Veronica was sailing from Port Sakiba's International Seaport to Lerencia, SLD on the Sea of Jotunland in central Frimunira, departing on 08 April, but the ship never arrived at an intermediate stop at Saufhavre to pick up more goods. Based on claims from the families of sailors onboard this ship and three before it- the Oryol, the Fortuna, and the Edith May- these ships seem to have simply "vanished".

"It's just been absolute silence," said Aliya Das, mother of Shahil Das who was last seen in Saufhavre on the Oryol on 23 March. "We haven't heard a word since."

All four ships were carrying assorted goods between the Basalt Coast and ports like Lerencia or the Capital, and all four went missing in the western Ratateague Sea just a few days into their journeys. There was never any announcement made of their disappearances, with no word from the government nor the companies who either produced or carried the goods onboard. These potentially related cases only came to light with the efforts of crew members' dedicated families and "a hefty bit of luck", according to organizer Marion Romario.

"We found each other with our own stories, our own tragedies, and from them we've tried to figure out what exactly happened out there," Romario said in an interview on Monday.

A network of families managed to connect across borders and seas, as relatives or others close to those missing reached out to one another, even in a repressive Alpyrea that has restricted online communications. Romario herself managed to orchestrate several meet-ups and online groups, all with the aim of collecting information for investigation as well as public release through channels such as this publication. Romario's long-term partner was onboard the Oryol, the first ship to go missing, and since then she has devoted herself to finding answers for the dozens of families waiting for answers as well.

"So far we've narrowed down an area from publicly accessible data from buoys and stuff, but there's only so much we can really do," Romario shared. "What's saddening to me is that despite how we've all found each other in uncertainty and grief, there are still dozens who were onboard those ships without family, who were on their own in this world and trying to find a way out.

"The fact that we've still managed to find each other with such hope and determination is comforting, all things considered."

"I might never hear from my Shahil again," Das said while staring out the interview room's window, "but if we can at least get some answers, we might at least find some peace."

Updates will be posted as more information comes in.



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Big news near the bottom, make sure you skip to there if you don't read all of this.

As the Interim Secretary-General and acting Returning Officer (A fancy title that means I run the elections) I have become very familiar with the Electoral Procedures Act of 2018, an act that I had not had the pleasure to work with in my last stead in this position. I understand why the Electoral Procedures Act of 2014 was repealed and replaced, and the 2018 bill has certain remedied many specific problems that it's 2014 counterpart had. That said, there are many problems with the 2018 bill that I would like to remedy as well.

To list some examples:
- The Primary System
---This was a well intended system that I feel we're better without considering our Single Transferrable Vote (STV) system. Not to mention the 7 day minimum on the primary portion of elections, which for this election specifically will leave just 2 days for the final portion of any primary elections! Given the STV system we have, I feel we should just scrap this entirely.
-23 Day Maximum Election Period
---A maximum election period is well advised, however I feel it would be more sensible to either make the period 31 days or "The last calendar month of the current cabinet's time in office." The latter could work well because the cabinet's time in office is tied to calendar months.
-Election Timing
---Other than the 23 day point, there are many restrictions on the timing of specific points during the election that could be either made more strict or more relaxed depending on the specific rule. I feel I would be well informed, especially with other Members of Congress's assistance, to make changes in this field, given my experience as the Returning Officer.

These are my primary (Heh) concerns with this legislation and I would like to replace it(More of an upgrade with specific parts changed) next term. This all said, I would like to see this all run smoothly under the new system and to make sure that it's adhered to to the best possible manner with changes being made to continually make this better as needed. I will be running for Secretary-General in the upcoming cabinet and hope I can get your votes for this position. I hope to focus on our election process next term. If anybody has any questions or concerns or would like to help me with this legislation, let me know! I'd love to hear other opinions on the matter. Thanks!

Guess what? a new poll!

Hello everyone!

I am Cephesylon, one of the candidates for the position of President in the upcoming elections. I’ve detailed my platform on our forum, and if anyone has any questions, feel free to ask me here or in our discord server.

I hope you all have a great rest of the day!

Clover Republic presidential election results:

Results

Votes of the recent election have been tallied and polls have now been officially closed. The election was dubbed as a referendum of sorts on President Clover's presidency. Hailey Ryan, Chair of the Freedom Party, took a lead of 52% in polling with Elizabeth Georgia (Chair of Independent Party) following with 11% of the vote. The results of the election have come under fire by President Shane Clover as: "[a] Corporate coalition devised to push for deregulation of the market and further social and economic inequity." Another candidate, Garret Cornell, has joined in the criticism adding that,"This is a neo-liberal attempt to unravel the achievements that we have made as a nation. This will only lead to a further capitalist takeover of our current socially democratic economy." On the other hand, centrist candidate Elizabeth Georgia congratulated Ms. Ryan for her electoral win: "I would like to take a moment to congratulate the President-elect on her victory at the ballot box. Now is a time for unity and I urge all former candidates to refrain from divisive rhetoric for the good of Clover Republic." Georgia has been accused of working with Ryan to buy votes from corporations and promising jobs to unemployed citizens in exchange for votes.
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