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WA Delegate: The MikesHope Essence of Mikeswill (elected )

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Most Nations: 35th Most Valuable International Artwork: 62nd Most World Assembly Endorsements: 229th+29
Largest Black Market: 650th Most Influential: 664th Most Inclusive: 798th Most Compassionate Citizens: 869th Nicest Citizens: 903rd Largest Soda Pop Sector: 908th Most Rebellious Youth: 924th Highest Economic Output: 1,041st Largest Information Technology Sector: 1,082nd Largest Publishing Industry: 1,272nd Most Cultured: 1,318th Smartest Citizens: 1,468th Most Subsidized Industry: 1,492nd Most Beautiful Environments: 1,561st Highest Average Incomes: 1,604th Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,669th Most Corrupt Governments: 1,739th Highest Poor Incomes: 1,753rd Most Developed: 1,810th Most Advanced Public Education: 1,846th Largest Retail Industry: 1,924th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,962nd Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,079th Rudest Citizens: 2,129th Most Armed: 2,177th Most Secular: 2,209th Largest Governments: 2,233rd Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,344th Healthiest Citizens: 2,356th
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Welcome to NationStates, aiming to become one of the strongest ranking regions. Pro-Economy, Pro-Society, Pro-WA, Pro-Peace; Join our glory! Above all, freedom for all nations to control their own destinies in a region free from war.

NationStates stands AGAINST the Security Council

Endorsement Limit: 24

Forums: http://www.runboard.com/bnationstates

Regional Embassies signal that two regions have established formal ties with one another.
The NationStates Region remains a Neutral Region ~ Friends With All; Aligned With None.

Today's Featured Nation:
The Grand Ol' Republic of Guardian Empire of Earth



Embassies: the Pacific, The East Pacific, the West Pacific, The North Pacific, the South Pacific, Osiris, Balder, Capitalist Paradise, One big Island, Greater Dienstad, Antarctic Oasis, The Coalition of Democratic Nations, India, USSD, Yuno, Christmas, and 1 other.Wintercrest.

Tags: Anti-Security Council, Enormous, Founderless, Independent, Neutral, and Pacifist.

Regional Power: Very High

NationStates contains 442 nations, the 35th most in the world.

Today's World Census Report

The Rudest Citizens in NationStates

World Census experts telephoned citizens from all nations at just before dinner time, in a study to determine which populations were most brash, rude, or brusque.

As a region, NationStates is ranked 2,129th in the world for Rudest Citizens.

NationWA CategoryMotto
1.The Rickenbacker Jangliness of The ByrdsAnarchy“I, I don't have the vaguest notion”
2.The Semi-anarchist commonwealth of SkyhookedCivil Rights Lovefest“No gods, no masters, no hangovers. Only refreshment!”
3.The Fore-Shortened Corn Flakes of Bongo FuryAnarchy“I wish I had a pair 'o bongos!”
4.The Republic of AmmaniesNew York Times Democracy“D'oh!”
5.The Imperial Dominion of AritheiCivil Rights Lovefest“Que sera, sera”
6.The Jingoistic States of DrumpfpocalypseCapitalist Paradise“When I think I’m right, nothing bothers me.”
7.The Republic of ArmsgradLibertarian Police State“Those who shop together, stay together.”
8.The Commonwealth of RhaetorSophistosCapitalizt“The Harder the Winter, the greater the Spring”
9.The Republic of FlooforiaCompulsory Consumerist State“Reason, Purpose, Self-Esteem.”
10.The Commonwealth of BassoeDemocratic Socialists“Politics done my way”
1234. . .4445»

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NationStates Regional Message Board

The Mikes Hope Essence of Mikeswill graciously extends a warm welcome to our newest Nation:

The Free Land of Dog Food Jungle

Our Esteemed Region continues to attract the Most
Enlightened Nations in the JenGov Land.

MH

Yesterday’s Answer: Who is Daniel Boone?

Congratulations:
The Fire in the Hole of Justified

Only telegrammed responses will be considered
All responses must be in the form of a question

20th CENTURY ARTISTS

"LOS TRES GRANDES" WERE JOSE CLEMENTE OROZCO, DAVID ALFARO SIQUEIROS & HIM

Who is ... ?

The current WA Resolution, Commercial Arbitration Recognition has been posted on our off-site forums at:

https://bnationstates.runboard.com/t84252

General Assembly Resolution At Vote

Commercial Arbitration Recognition

A resolution to reduce barriers to free trade and commerce.

Category: Free Trade

Strength: Significant

The World Assembly,

Realizing that the member nations of this Assembly are significantly outnumbered by their external counterparts,

Believing it the responsibility of this august body to further the prosperity of the nations under its aegis and confer substantial benefits upon its membership,

Recognizing the importance of strengthening international commerce in achieving the above,

Highlighting the effectiveness of alternate dispute resolution, particularly through arbitration, in furthering international commerce by ensuring that any disputes arising from international commercial agreements can be efficiently resolved in in a forum that confers neutrality, finality of judgement, confidentiality, and procedural flexibility, all of which hinge upon the enforceability of resultant judgments, and

Wishing to provide a framework for the international recognition and enforcement of judgement arising from arbitration of international commercial disputes, thereby promoting free trade and commerce, hereby:

Defines:

"arbitration" as the deciding of a legal dispute in a forum outside of a member nation's judiciary or international court of law;

an "arbitral award" as a judgement on the merits of an arbitration by an arbitration tribunal, including judgments made by arbitrators appointed for a particular case as well as judgments made by a permanent arbitral body; and

an "arbitration agreement" as any agreement providing for arbitration of a dispute;

Declares:

all member nations must recognize arbitration agreements within their legal jurisdiction; and

all member nations must recognize arbitral awards as binding, and enforce them to the extent required by the arbitral award;

Clarifies that member nations may not impose unnecessarily onerous conditions on the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards within their legal jurisdiction;

Further clarifies that member nations may refuse to recognize or enforce an arbitral award if any of the following conditions are met:

the arbitral award or the arbitration agreement preceding it are invalid under said award or agreement's governing law;

the party against whom the award is invoked was given insufficient notice of the arbitration proceedings, or was otherwise unable to present its case;

the arbitral award concerns matters beyond the scope of the arbitration agreement;

the procedure of the arbitration was not in accordance with the arbitration agreement or its governing law;

the arbitral award has not yet become binding on the involved parties; or

the subject matter of the arbitral award cannot be resolved through arbitration;

Asserts that nothing in this resolution shall be construed to limit the ability of individuals, nations, and organizations to enter into an arbitration agreement;

Clarifies that this resolution shall only apply to arbitration agreements, arbitration, and arbitral awards arising from international commercial agreements between two firms, a firm and a government, or two governments, or similar agreements of an international character between two firms, a firm and a government, or two governments; and

Further clarifies that nothing in this resolution applies to arbitration, arbitration agreements, or arbitral awards issued by or under the jurisdiction of a non-member nation.

Mikes Hope Essence of Mikeswill
WA Delegate
NationStates Region

Thursday, 17 September, 2020 | 30

Whoever relies on the Tao in governing men
doesn't try to force issues
or defeat enemies by force of arms.
For every force there is a counterforce.
Violence, even well intentioned,
always rebounds upon oneself.

The Master does his job
and then stops.
He understands that the universe
is forever out of control,
and that trying to dominate events
goes against the current of the Tao.
Because he believes in himself,
he doesn't try to convince others.
Because he is content with himself,
he doesn't need others' approval.
Because he accepts himself,
the whole world accepts him.

Today’s Featured Nation:

The Grand Ol' Republic of Guardian Empire of Earth

” We fight, not to the death, but for our lives”

WA Category: Democratic Socialists

Civil Rights: Good
Economy: Frightening
Political Freedoms: Good

Guardian Empire of Earth's national animal is the Purple Spotted Pygmy Dolphin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.
Guardian Empire of Earth is ranked 144,165th in the world and 320th in NationStates for Rudest Citizens, with 40.21 Insults Per Minute.

Mikeswill

The Mikes Hope Essence of Mikeswill graciously extends a warm welcome to our newest Nations:

The Principality of The Fools Guild
The Republic of Amerizstan

Our Esteemed Region continues to attract the Most
Enlightened Nations in the JenGov Land.

MH

Yesterday’s Answer: Who is Diego Rivera?

Congratulations:
The Pacific Mexican Coast of Riviera Nayarit

Only telegrammed responses will be considered
All responses must be in the form of a question

ENGLISH POETS

AN 1816 POEM BY HIM SAYS, "THAT WITH MUSIC LOUD AND LONG, I WOULD BUILD THAT DOME IN AIR, THAT SUNNY DOME!"

Who is ... ?

AGAINST AGAINST AGAINST AGAINST

The current WA Resolution, Liberate Syria has been posted on our off-site forums at:

http://www.runboard.com/bnationstates.f2.t84253

Security Council Resolution At Vote

Liberate Syria

A resolution to strike down Delegate-imposed barriers to free entry in a region.

Blah, Blah
Blah
Blah
Blah

Blah

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LIBERATION PROPOSALS:
The bottom line is that when Defenders lose in the field of battle they result to cowardice and change the rules of play. I have kept my Region Raider free for 15+ years by keen vigilance to the Game Play throughout the JenGuv World. This has included Puppets and Spies and infiltration of Regions. Such is the way of the Rules which I accepted when I created my Nation on October 28, 2003. If a Region cannot defend itself, too bad! The leadership should have been responsible. These SC Resolutions tilt the balance to Elitist who determine what is a Raid and what is Liberation by manipulating the Rules. It is like playing with a brat who takes away the toys when the outcome goes against his bias. The only security I have in my Region aside from Endorsements is the RIGHT as Delegate to Password my Region against any threat. If this RIGHT is at the whim of the SC then have the game makers remove all password abilities across the board thereby removing this continued farce of hypocrisy.

As such, Mikeswill voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate Syria".

Mikes Hope Essence of Mikeswill
WA Delegate
NationStates Region

AGAINST AGAINST AGAINST AGAINST

Friday, 18 September, 2020 | 31

Weapons are the tools of violence;
all decent men detest them.

Weapons are the tools of fear;
a decent man will avoid them
except in the direst necessity
and, if compelled, will use them
only with the utmost restraint.
Peace is his highest value.
If the peace has been shattered,
how can he be content?
His enemies are not demons,
but human beings like himself.
He doesn't wish them personal harm.
Nor does he rejoice in victory.
How could he rejoice in victory
and delight in the slaughter of men?

He enters a battle gravely,
with sorrow and with great compassion,
as if he were attending a funeral.

(CNN)Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer, the court announced. She was 87.

Ginsburg was appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton and in recent years served as the most senior member of the court's liberal wing, consistently delivering progressive votes on the most divisive social issues of the day, including abortion rights, same-sex marriage, voting rights, immigration, health care and affirmative action.

Her death -- less than seven weeks before Election Day -- opens up a political fight over the future of the court. Addressing the liberal justice's death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday evening, "President Trump's nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate."

But Ginsburg told her granddaughter she wanted her replacement to be appointed by the next president, NPR reported. "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed," she dictated to granddaughter Clara Spera days before her death.

"She led an amazing life. What else can you say?" President Donald Trump said Friday evening upon hearing about her death. "She was an amazing woman whether you agree or not she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life."
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden praised Ginsburg as a "giant in the legal profession" and a "beloved figure," saying in brief on-camera remarks Friday evening that people "should focus on the loss of the justice and her enduring legacy."

"But there is no doubt, let me be clear that the voters should pick the president and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider," he added, saying that was the position of Republicans who refused to vote on then-President Barack Obama's nominee in 2016.

Ginsburg developed a rock star status and was dubbed the "Notorious R.B.G." In speaking events across the country before liberal audiences, she was greeted with standing ovations as she spoke about her view of the law, her famed exercise routine and her often fiery dissents.

"Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature," said Chief Justice John Roberts. "We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her -- a tireless and resolute champion of justice."

Ginsburg, who died on the eve of the Jewish new year, was surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, DC, the court said. A private interment service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.

Ginsburg had suffered from five bouts of cancer, most recently a recurrence in early 2020 when a biopsy revealed lesions on her liver. She had said that chemotherapy was yielding "positive results" and that she was able to maintain an active daily routine.

"I have often said I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam," she said in a statement in July 2020. "I remain fully able to do that."

She told an audience in 2019 that she liked to keep busy even when she was fighting cancer. "I found each time that when I'm active, I'm much better than if I'm just lying about and feeling sorry for myself," she said in New York at the Yale Club at an event hosted by Moment Magazine. Ginsburg told another audience that she thought she would serve until she was 90 years old.

Tiny in stature, she could write opinions that roared disapproval when she thought the majority had gone astray.
Before the election of President Donald Trump, Ginsburg told CNN that he "is a faker" and noted that he had "gotten away with not turning over his tax returns." She later said she regretted making the comments and Trump suggested she should recuse herself in cases concerning him. She never did.

In 2011, by contrast, President Barack Obama singled out Ginsburg at a White House ceremony. "She's one of my favorites," he said, "I've got a soft spot for Justice Ginsburg."

The vacancy gives Trump the opportunity to further solidify the conservative majority on the court and fill the seat of a woman who broke through the glass ceiling at a time when few women attended law school with a different justice who could steer the court to the right on social issues.

Ginsburg was well-known for the work she did before taking the bench, when she served as an advocate for the American Civil Liberties Union and became the architect of a legal strategy to bring cases to the courts that would ensure that the 14th Amendment's guarantee of equal protection applied to gender.

"I had the good fortune to be alive and a lawyer in the late 1960s when, for the first time in the history of the United States, it became possible to urge before courts, successfully, that society would benefit enormously if women were regarded as persons equal in stature to men,'" she said in a commencement speech in 2002.

Once she took the bench, Ginsburg had the reputation of a "judge's judge" for the clarity of her opinions that gave straightforward guidance to the lower courts.

At the Supreme Court, she was perhaps best known for the opinion she wrote in United States v. Virginia, a decision that held that the all-male admissions policy at the state funded Virginia Military Institute was unconstitutional for its ban on women applicants.

"The constitutional violation in this case is the categorical exclusion of women from an extraordinary educational opportunity afforded men," she wrote in 1996.

Ginsburg faced discrimination herself when she graduated from law school in 1959 and could not find a clerkship.
No one was more surprised than Ginsburg of the status she gained with young women in her late 70s and early 80s. She was amused by the swag that appeared praising her work, including a "You Can't have the Truth, Without Ruth" T-shirt as well as coffee mugs and bobbleheads. Some young women went as far as getting tattoos bearing her likeness. A Tumblr dubbed her the "Notorious R.B.G." in reference to a rap star known as "Notorious B.I.G." The name stuck. One artist set Ginsburg's dissent in a religious liberty case to music.

"It makes absolute sense that Justice Ginsburg has become an idol for younger generations," Justice Elena Kagan said at an event at the New York Bar Association in 2014. "Her impact on America and American law has been extraordinary."
"As a litigator and then as a judge, she changed the face of American anti-discrimination law," Kagan said. "She can take credit for making the law of this country work for women and in doing so she made possible my own career."

Ginsburg, even after her fifth diagnosis of cancer, was working on a book with one of her former clerks, Amanda Tyler. It was based on her life on gender equality.

Dissents and strategy

Part of Ginsburg's renown came from her fierce dissents in key cases, often involving civil rights or equal protection.
In 2007, the court heard a case concerning Lilly Ledbetter, who had worked as a supervisor at a Goodyear Tire plant in Alabama. Near the end of her career, Ledbetter discovered a pay disparity between her salary and the salaries of male co-workers. She filed a claim arguing she had received a discriminatorily low salary because of her sex, in violation of federal law. A majority of the court found against Ledbetter, ruling she had filed her complaints too late. Ginsburg wasn't impressed with that reasoning.

"The court's insistence on immediate contest overlooks common characteristics of pay discrimination," Ginsburg wrote, urging Congress to take up the issue, which it did in 2009.

In 2015, it was Ginsburg who led the liberal block of the court as it voted in favor of same-sex marriage with the critical fifth vote of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy wrote the opinion and it was joined by the liberals, who chose not to write separately. Ginsburg was likely behind that strategy and she said later that had she written the majority she might have put more emphasis on equal protection.

After the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens, Ginsburg was the most senior of her liberal colleagues and she had the power to assign opinions when the chief justice was on the other side.

She assigned herself an angry dissent when the court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in 2013.
"The sad irony of today's decision lies in its utter failure to grasp why the VRA has proven effective," she wrote. She compared racial discrimination to a "vile infection" and said early attempts to protect against it were like "battling the Hydra."

She also penned a partial dissent in a 2012 case concerning Obama's health care law, disagreeing with the conservative justices that the individual mandate was not a valid exercise of Congress' power under the Commerce Clause. She called the reasoning "crabbed" but was satisfied that Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the fifth vote to uphold the law under the taxing power.

Ginsburg puzzled some liberals with her criticisms of the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion -- a case that was decided well before she took the bench. Although she said she felt like the result was right, she thought the Supreme Court should have limited itself to the Texas statute at hand instead of issuing a sweeping decision that created a target for opponents to abortion rights.

She was in dissent in 2007 when the majority upheld a federal ban on a procedure called "partial birth abortion." She called the decision "alarming" and said that it "tolerates, indeed applauds, federal intervention to ban nationwide a procedure found necessary and proper in certain cases by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists."

She voted with the majority, however, in 2016 when the court struck down a Texas abortion law that critics called one of the strictest nationwide.

In July, Ginsburg filed another fierce dissent when the conservative majority allowed the Trump administration to expand exemptions for employers who have religious or moral objections to complying with the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate.

"Today, for the first time, the Court casts totally aside countervailing rights and interests in its zeal to secure religious rights to the nth degree," Ginsburg wrote, joined by Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She observed that the administration had said the new rules would cause thousands of women -- "between 70,500 and 126,400 women of childbearing age," she wrote -- to lose coverage.

Friendship with Scalia

Despite their ideological differences, her best friend on the bench was the late Justice Antonin Scalia. After the conservative's sudden death in February 2016, Ginsburg said he left her a "treasure trove" of memories.
She was a life-long opera fan who appeared onstage in 2016 at the Kennedy Center for a non-speaking role in the Washington National Opera's "The Daughter of the Regiment."

At speaking events she often lamented that while she dreamed of being a great opera diva, she had been born with the limited range of a sparrow.

Her relationship with Scalia inspired Derrick Wang to compose a comic opera he titled "Scalia/Ginsburg" that was based on opinions penned by the two justices.

The actress Kate McKinnon also portrayed Ginsburg -- wearing black robes and a trademark jabot -- in a recurring "Saturday Night Live" skit responding to the news of the day.

Ginsburg suffered two bouts of cancer in 1999 and 2009 and received a stent implant in her heart but never missed a day of oral arguments. She was married to Martin Ginsburg, a noted tax attorney, for more than 50 years until his death in 2010 and they had two children.

"I would just like people to think of me as a judge who did the best she could with whatever limited talent I had," Ginsburg said at an event at the University of California Hastings College of Law in 2011, "to keep our country true to what makes it a great nation and to make things a little better than they might have been if I hadn't been there."

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