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Dohania

Jonaria wrote:I'm guessing it's because some Brazilian Internet sensation posted some video of him playing Nationstates, and now a lot of Brazilians are playing the game.

(It's just a guess. I wouldn't know for sure since I'm NOT Brazilian).

*football

Yeah, a brazilian youtuber posted a video about the game. His channel is Flanela and you can find the video looking for "
O JOGO QUE PERMITE VOCÊ CRIAR SEU PRÓPRIO PAÍS".

Sma Cyrillic wrote:I am honored to be nominated. I don't expect to be given it, as I don't believe I've reached such the high bar of beingin the Order of Thaecia, but that is for the President to decide, and not me

Of Altonianic Islands add humility to the list just to mess with them

No, but seriously, Shadow, you shy away from recognition like this, but you are a paragon of all the virtues anyone could ask for in a NationStates politician. You are honest, loyal, dedicated, active, intelligent, adaptable, and hard-working. I see you as something of a mirror of myself, because of how we both work in both TEP and one of TEP's favorite UCRs, we both work in the judiciary in our two regions, we both rose pretty quickly, and we both do roleplay, but the truth is, in trying to balance this, I failed, and you thrived. You have rose above your peers and distinguished yourself so much. You absolutely deserve this. If we have seen that, I have no doubt Andy will, too.

I'd post this on my Justizpalast account but I'm too lazy to switch.

West hanko

hell yeah, tcb-thaecia embassy just finished opening. hello from tcb ! i'm happy to be establishing this new connection between our regions, and i hope we can foster a strong relationship. excited to see where all this goes :) hope everyone is having a nice day and or night

- iota, tcb's minister of foreign affairs

Taungu, Korsinia, Miharr, Janpia, and 2 othersWest hanko, and Kava Dayne

Hello and greetings! I am Voidstania, pleasure to meet you all, and I would like to say hello from the TCB! I hope that our two regions can grow a glorious and wonderful relationship! I am sure we will all become great friends!

Janpia and West hanko

Cerberrus

we playing soccer now? the flag is brazilian :/

Cerberrus wrote:we playing soccer now? the flag is brazilian :/

*Football

Jonaria wrote:*Football

It's soccer

Miharr

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Cerberrus

f**k it, we'll call it soccerball

Santa Marana wrote:It's soccer

I don't speak American XD

Salutations from TCB, hopefully our two regions can continue to foster a good relationship *salutes*

Andusre, Xernon, Primo Order, Janpia, and 2 othersEast Shancia, and West hanko

Hello from TCB. Hope both regions have good a relation.

Andusre, Xernon, Primo Order, Janpia, and 1 otherWest hanko

Holy Hell!

My retail rates just skyrocketed 9,293% !!!

Miharr and Xernon

Bom dia pra geral,acabei de me mover pra essa região aqui pois me pareceu interessante 👍🤠Tem BR até aqui ? Pensei que só tava tendo invasão lá na região de "pacífico" KKK

Good morning to general, I just moved to this region here because it seemed interesting 👍🤠Do you have BR so far? I thought there was only an "invasion" there in the pacific region KKK

New Ikesandria wrote:Holy Hell!

My retail rates just skyrocketed 9,293% !!!

👍

Caramba,vocês são bem calados

damn, you guys are so quiet

Bralu wrote:Caramba,vocês são bem calados

damn, you guys are so quiet

Depends really I reckon, sometime the RMB (Regional Message Board) gets really active recently, or it stays a bit quieter -- we're definitely more consistently active over on the regional Discord, if you're interested in joining, it's linked up above ^^

Miharr

hi from TCB

Xernon and Primo Order

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Aerodon wrote:hi from TCB

glad to see so many people from tcb saying hello to our new friends! however, please don't doublepost on their rmb--it's spammy, and can look inconsiderate.

New Astri wrote:glad to see so many people from tcb saying hello to our new friends! however, please don't doublepost on their rmb--it's spammy, and can look inconsiderate.

oops I accidentally click the back arrow and went back and posted again I guess,MB

hello tcb

and thaecia too lol

Miharr, Andusre, and Janpia

Beganshan

hello yall whats with the rigged election thing

Beganshan wrote:hello yall whats with the rigged election thing

Ashlawn admitted to Altoniac Island's second round votes not being apportioned correctly, and instead being sent to TGP candidates. This was likely revenge for Alto's whistleblowing regarding the TGP spying scandal. At least that's my understanding. Take what I just said with a grain of salt.

VOTING STARTS NOW || https://forms.gle/2Qg6JFff8htxcqEN6 ||

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Good Morning Thaecia,

After a whirlwind of a time yesterday culminating in the sudden departure of the previous Electoral Commissioner, the Justices of the High Court declared the results of the previous election as illegal and called for a second voting period with the same candidates as on the original ballot.

With that, the second January 2022 Midterm Voting Period has begun! Every vote counts, every voice is important, and it is important that every Thaecian gets out and takes the opportunity to cast a ballot with faith in the system.

Keep in contact with me should there be any questions or issues while conducting your vote or afterwards for whatever you may need if I don't happen upon you for confirmations as voting happens! And remember, don’t hesitate to follow the voting link and make your voice heard!

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Court Order 1/11/2022
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Court Order
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T H EH I G HC O U R TO FT H A E C I A

Order Authored by Associate Justice Democratized Peoples.

Background
One of the primary functions of the High Court is the verification of election results, through the process laid out in Article III of LR49. This process is to ensure that all election results are faultless and can be trusted and relied upon by the Thaecian public.

During the presentation of the results of the January 2022 Midterm Election, a Citizen raised a concern that their vote was not properly counted. In the course of trying to address this concern, the High Court requested access to the original ballot form responses, as well as edit privileges on the spreadsheet where the ballots were counted in order to view the edit history kept by Google Sheets. Classically, the Justices were given view only access to the ballot counting spreadsheet. However, due to the nature of the claim made, the High Court felt that it was necessary to make deeper inquiries. The Electoral Commissioner, Ashlawn, denied this request on the grounds of caution, saying that he was worried that tampering could occur if he granted either request. Following this, the High Court ordered, with both Justices assenting, that the Electoral Commissioner grant access to the ballot form responses and edit privileges on the aforementioned spreadsheet. The Electoral Commissioner continued to deny access. After the High Court informed the Electoral Commissioner that his continued unwillingness to follow a Court Order constitutes Contempt of Court as defined in LR44, Ashlawn resigned the position of Electoral Commissioner and left Thaecia altogether. In addition Ashlawn destroyed the ballot counting spreadsheet, the Justices retained a backup copy.

This left the High Court with a few ways forward; continue to hold that the election results, as based on the copied sheet held by the High Court, were accurate and binding; recount the results with a modified version of the concerned Citizen’s ballot; or order a new election altogether.

Majority Opinion
The Court finds that the January 2022 Midterm Election is illegal under Article III of LR49, and orders that a new election be held by the Deputy Electoral Commissioner, with the same candidates and referendum options as the annulled election. In addition, the High Court is requiring that future Electoral Commissioners allow the Justices to have edit access to the ballot counting spreadsheet and original voting form responses prior to verification of the results.

Reasoning
LR49 sets out a few instances where the results may be overturned. This case does not fit neatly into any of these circumstances. However, we found that ordering a new election was the most reasonable and fair course of action.

Addressing the first path, continuing to hold that the election results were verified, we felt that this would leave a fundamental doubt in the minds of Thaecians, and overall would not be ideal given that the former Electoral Commissioner resigned in suspicious circumstances. Due to these circumstances, the Court is unable to declare, with reasonable confidence, that the election results presented by the former Electoral Commissioner were true and accurate.

The second path is one of considerable danger. If this Court set the precedent that ballots may be changed after the election based on nothing more than recollection, the floodgates would be opened for unscrupulous actors to abuse said system to attempt to change the results after they are presented. For that reason, and the lack of basis in law, this course of action was decided against.

Finally, declaring the election results illegal under LR49 and ordering a new election. LR49 only gives the High Court the power to deem results illegal if one of the following scenarios occur:

1. Electoral fraud as defined by prospective Thaecian laws.
2. A candidate loses their citizenship status through the course of the election.
3. A voter that does not meet citizenship requirements casts a ballot during the course of the election.
4. A voter loses their citizenship during the election after having already voted.
5. The Electoral Commissioner violated any section of this law.
6. A mistake by the Electoral Commissioner, such as the counting or transferring of votes, with the possibility of changing electoral results.

As the law violated by the Electoral Commissioner was not in LR49 but rather in LR44, the Justices are left with an impasse if purely using the text found in Article III of LR49. However, as previously articulated, the Justices find the potential of going the way of the other courses of action more repugnant than the potential of going down this path. Therefore, the Justices conclude that in order to guarantee timely, impartial elections as set out in Article I of LR49 and due process to voting Citizens, in the absence of clarifying statute or prior case law, election results should only be verified if the Justices have reasonable confidence that the results presented are true and accurate. This Court lacks said confidence.

Thrid, the Court had to consider whether the Court’s power to call for a new election as defined in Section III, Article III of LR49 meant that the election would start over with a new candidacy declaration period or if the voting would just be rerun with the candidates that already stood. Either option has support in the accepted meaning of statues. For example, in Article II of the Constitution, it has been typically assumed and the operational practice has been that the exemption to the right to vote when a resident becomes a Citizen during an election refers to the period that voting is open, while in Article VIII the Electoral Commissioner is given the task of organizing elections, which is taken to mean the whole schedule and process of running an election. In the end, the Court finds that it is most practical, speedy, and fair to rerun the voting period without a new candidacy declaration period. The Court has been given no reason to suspect that the candidacy declaration period or campaign period was in any way flawed. In addition, the Court believes that the option that provides as little interruption to the democratic institutions of Thaecia is preferable, and that option is to rerun the voting period with the same candidates and referendum options.

As for the requirement that future Electoral Commissioners allow the Justices to have edit access to the ballot counting spreadsheet and original voting form responses upon request of any one Justice, we believe it to be a common sense measure to preempt any situation such as this one from developing once more. If future Justices can be more confident that the election results were true and accurate as presented before any controversy arises, it is a benefit to Thaecian democracy.

Finally, the Court finds that a general review of LR49 may be prudent to negate any further failings due to lack of specificity or potential for abuse, while continuing to provide for a voting method that is accessible, private, and fair.

Assenting Justices
Chief Justice Sma Cyrillic
Associate Justice Democratized Peoples

Read factbook

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"But it doesn't take a thousand men to open a door, my lord."

"It might to keep it open.”

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- Taungu,
Acting Electoral Commissioner

Ballot Link: https://forms.gle/2Qg6JFff8htxcqEN6

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