There’s a small edit, if you are neither for or against the nominee, you can abstain.
The three nominees have proved before us that they are well cut-out for the Ministries they have been nominated to head.
Home Affairs Ministry and Education Ministry are expected to be two of the most work-intensive departments in the Government, and Primo Order and Nova Anglicum fit these criteria by far.
Primo has been one of the region's foremost integrators, along with Andusre, Brototh, Xernon, and many others, and given the fact that the Home Affairs Ministry will focus not only on recruitment this time but also on integrating the newcomers, he will be a good fit for this job. And having worked with Primo and also Nova during my time as HAM and PM, I have known both of them to be focused on the tasks they are asked to do, and another plus point is they themselves have a brilliant mentor in Prime Minister Xernon, who can guide them and make sure the departments collectively fulfil their tasks. They both have shown a clear understanding of what is expected of them and that is another factor that works in their favour.
Ashlawn is also someone who enjoys extensive FA knowledge and being in Thaecia for a long time, I expect them to have a good understanding of the region's FA direction. He is also sure to be aided by our capable Diplomats in the Foreign Affairs Council and policy-wise, I am on the same page of the nominee, as both of us believe Thaecia's current FA policy needs not to be changed and it is going on the right direction, so we can expect the nominee to continue the previous Foreign Ministry's policies. He is also a capable bureaucrat, with extensive administrative experience under his belt as Chairman of the Senate, and this also makes me trust their reliability. And furthermore, giving a fresh face the chance to lead the Foreign Ministry gives off a ripple effect in that relatively newer members will not feel they won't ever be able to head the FAM given the fact that in the past, the post used to be headed by mostly long-time members of the region. All in all, as a Senator, I am expected to judge Ashlawn as a nominee, and he passes this exam by far. So he has my vote.
And worth noting, should all of the candidates pass this hearing, they will have my utmost support.
Primo Order: Aye
Nova Anglicum: Aye
I hope Ashlawn convinces me otherwise during his term, but for now it's a nay from me or no I guess
Closing of the Voting Period of the Confirmation Process
As all the Senators have voted, the period of voting on the nominees are hereby closed and the fate of the nominees sealed. I thank the Senators for performing their duty to vote, and I hope this shall be the case for the rest of this Senate’s term.
As it stands,
Nominee for the Minister of Home Affairs, Primo Order has been confirmed by a vote of 7 Senators in favour, out of the 7 Senators present in this chamber.
Nominee for the Minister of Education, Nova Anglicum has been confirmed by a vote of 7 Senators in favour, out of the 7 Senators present in this chamber.
Nominee for the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ashlawn has been confirmed by a vote of 3 Senators in favour, out of the 4 Senators who decided to issue a vote in favour or against the nominee. 3 Senators have exercised the option to abstain.
The Senate wishes the Ministers and Prime Minister Xernon well for the remainder of their term.
This post has since been edited to reflect on the correct number of abstains in FAM nominee Ashlawn’s count. The earlier post mentioned 2 Senators abstained, when in fact 3 Senators abstained.
Opening of the Hearings of The Nominees For The Posts of Minister of Communications and Civil Service, Justice Minister, and Minister of Culture
We shall now be scrutinising the second batch of the nominees: Nominee for Minister of Communications and Civil Service Bikini-Bottom, nominee for the Justice Minister Cerdenia and the nominee for the Minister of Culture Antenion.
You shall have a minimum of 48 hours to ask questions to the nominees and scrutinising them. Should more time be required, I am prepared to extend that by another 24 hours.
While asking questions to the nominees, keep in mind the different factors the candidates should cover in order to allow for a reasonable scrutiny of the nominees:
a) Management Plan of the Nominees which will give the Senators an idea if they can convert their plans into reality
b) Experience relevant to the field which will assure the Senators that they know the challenges they are going to counter in their term in the office
c) Understanding of the core issues affecting the branches they are nominated for
d) Contingency plans should they have to remain away from NS for a while
e) Opinion on some of the choices they will most likely be making as a Minister
I suggest you to ask the the nominees questions in separate batches because both of the posts require skills technically different from both of them.
And if you are to edit anything in your original post, I suggest you to make a new post with the changes in the original post you wish to bring or if you desire to edit it in your original post itself, making a post stating the changes you have made. The Public has the right to know what you had said/did earlier.
So start formulating questions, Senators.
Questions for Bikini-Bottom aka Emaha:
1. Can you brief the Senate about your experience relevant to the field you have been nominated for? This could be in Thaecia or abroad.
2. The Ministry of Communications and Civil Service is a new project initiated by the Rt. Honourable Prime Minister Xernon, thus so far we haven't seen it in action. Thus this question arises, what responsibilities would the Ministries be charged with?
3. Do you prefer working on multiple projects at a time or not? Given it's a new Ministry, you would have to start from the scratch, so how do you plan to set it up initially, and once it is set up, how do you plan to achieve the completion of the projects entrusted in your Ministry?
4. Regional newspaper is another new project which have been mooted. Do you have a draft of how you aim it to be? If yes, can you describe it?
5. How significant do you think the Ministry will be in the grand scheme of things aka the workings of the Government?
6. Gaining volunteers is a pretty difficult job, and keeping them motivated is an even harder task. How do you plan to set up the workforce of the Ministry and at the same time, keep them engaged/motivated?
7. If you were to leave NS for a few days or weeks, how do you plan to ensure the work of your Ministry isn't interrupted and continues as planned?
8. How do you think the proposed Civil Service will aid the Government and its departments, and why do you think it is needed?
Questions for Antenion:
a) Your last term was marked by considerable inactivity. Can you explain to the Senators why it was the case and how we, the Senators, can expect it not to be the case this time around?
b) Do you prefer frequent holding of small games/events like Gartic Phone, Skrribl.io, Codenames, Among Us, Tetris every 3 or 4 days or do you prefer holding large-scale events after every one or two weeks? Or do you prefer a mix of both?
c) How do you plan to ensure more and more people get to take part in the CM-held events, rather than the same 8-10 people always?
d) Should it require you to take a leave from NS due to IRL reasons for a week or two, what contingency plan do you have in place?
e) One thing I noticed was the fact that the Ministry was highly dependent on the Minister, and once the Minister is gone, everything comes to a standstill. We saw that when IG resigned and the whole CM which was buzzing a few days back was now silent until you took charge. For a stabler Ministry, I do believe there needs to be a system in place which ensures the Ministry isn’t dependent on the Minister for its survival. Do you acknowledge and if yes, how do you plan to ensure this happens?
f) During IG’s term as Culture Ministry, we saw that there was a monthly/weekly schedule of what the Culture Ministry is going to do. In my opinion, this sets a clear set of goals for the Ministry which helps it in achieving them. What is your opinion on it? Do you plan to implement this?
g) Cultural co-operation has been touted by many as a way to strengthen ties between our foreign allies and so it is clear Culture Minister can play a vital role in this. Do you have plans to help the Foreign Affairs Ministry in this?
h) Aside from the regular browser games, do you have any idea for a more different types of events (should they exist?)
i) What are some of the things you learnt from your last term as Culture Minister?
j) Can you cite some of your achievements from your previous terms in office?
Questions for Cerdenia:
a) The Justice Ministry has traditionally failed to find ways to make the most use of this Ministry and it has mainly been reduced to issuing the government opinions and handling the Bar exams. Do you acknowledge this is a problem and if so, how do you plan to rectify it? Do you have any such activity which you plan to energise the Ministry with?
b) Last term then-Justice Minister Snalland had proposed that the Justice Ministry should aid those who wish to draft legislations, through interpretational and writing assistance. Are you in favour of such a proposal and if you are so, do you plan on introducing it in the next term?
c) There was also a proposal by some in Thaecia that the Justice Ministry should actively play a role in pinpointing the inconsistencies in the laws and then have legislations drafted to fix them. What are your thoughts on it?
d) Mock trials has been something mooted by many previous Justice Ministers but yet we have seen nothing substantial on that front. Do you plan to revive this proposal during your term?
e) Are you willing to co-operate with the Education Ministry on projects involving the legal stuff. Such an example would be the past Education Ministries has attempted to publish simplified summaries of some of our most important laws to aid the newcomers in understanding. If you were asked about this project, would you support this?
f) How do you see the Justice Ministry’s role in the overall functioning of the Government and the region and what do you think, are its roles and responsibilities, since I have a sense that this changes due to no such clarity being provided by our regional laws and thus this depends on each individual Ministry’s Minister.
a) Is it a problem? Well perhaps to some it might be, but to me the real issue is that the Justice Ministry previously wasn't even able to fulfill it's basic duties, such as properly updating the bar, which is something I had started with the last term AND which I plan to continue, the current bar won't be left abandoned as has happened in the past. One thing we must understand is what people are interested in, there is no point in establishing a series of different programs and activities regarding Legal Affairs because most people aren't into that, they would rather participate in cultural activities, or play politics in the legislature, and that's completely fair.
That being said, one thing that I do plan to do is make better usage of the structure we are creating with our new Bar Association. Typically the Justice Minister or Deputy Justice Minister have just handled all cases, and I wish to change that. I personally still plan to take on cases in the future myself, but I want to provide an opportunity for our Honourable Attorneys to test their legal skills in actual cases, representing the Justice Ministry. Many people who are excited about Law could end up as future Justices, or also future JMs, yet they rarely get an opportunity to practice their skills. TL;DR, I plan to designate more cases to members of the Bar, and help them preparing and elaborating their arguments rather than directly taking on all cases myself.
b) I don't mind helping people sort out legal issues in their drafted bills, all they will need to do is ask me. Not much else to say in that area, perhaps we will advertise that this is a possibility but ultimately people have to ask us for something to be done about it.
c) I think it's a good idea overall, though for the last few months there has been good effort put particularly by the President to replace old legislation with minor legal issues, there is still legislation with possible constitutionality issues which haven't been noticed and could be improved upon. So yes it's something which we can do.
d) To be very honest with you, I don't think mock trials will ever happen. Cool idea sure, but I genuinely don't believe the court is willing to take the extra work to deal with a mock case when they have been having more work to do lately. The replacement to this mock trial proposal however, is my bid to allow Bar Members to also take on cases with aid from the Ministry, which I do see potential in.
e) I think collaboration with the Education Ministry is possible, and I do hope to work on that. I think we can produce documents explaining a lot, particularly in government structure, to help newcomers who actually seek to engage to understand what is happening in the region. A lot of newcomers sound like they have no idea of what they are doing, but plenty of them have potential to get involved and be successful if they get a general understanding about how the government works, rather than letting them be overwhelmed and left to discover all by themselves. That being said one thing which is also necessary is that the Government properly advertises these documents (such as in the welcome telegram, WFE, etc), so that they are easily accessible to newcomers.
f) Ultimately I think we can list the following as the responsibilities of my Justice Ministry:
Maintenance of the Bar Exam: Keeping it up to date, significantly updating it at least twice throughout my term.
A More Active Role for the Bar Association: Allowing Bar members to participate in cases more often, and providing them with legal advice.
Ensuring the Constitutionality of Legislation and Providing Aid for New Bills if Requested: Basically solving legal issues with existing laws and helping to prevent them in future bills.
Drafting Explanatory Factbooks of Thaecian Law: Factbooks regarding government structure, laws, etc to aid newcomers.
I answered your questions to the best of my ability. Please see my answers below.
1. As you might know, for all the time I have been here I do not have government experience in Thaecia. However, I gained extensive experience in The Free Nations Region which will be useful for my duties here.
I have considerable experience with communicating with a whole region consisting of hundreds of nations. Currently serving as an Election Commissioner as well as a Supreme Court Justice I regularly need to make use of my communication skills. How? Well, people need to be kept up to date on the whole election process or informed about Supreme Court decisions in an easily understandable way.
Back in the day I also used to be Minister of Immigration. In that position, which I held for a year, I learned to properly manage my own staff and to effectively realise campaign promises over the course of a term.
2. The responsibilities of the Ministry of Communications and Civil Service are the following:
• The establishment and maintenance of a Civil Service to recruit ministerial executive staffs
• Composing monthly Regional Updates for our foreign allies
• Writing monthly Press Releases to inform our own populace on regional happenings
• Creating and managing an active and high-quality regional newspaper
3. The initial priority for the Ministry is to set up the Civil Service which is going to be done within one week. I will also look for interested staff for my own Ministry as soon as my term begins.
Considering that we are getting close to the end of this month, I will be working on our very first organised Regional Update and the Press Release at the same time. Both will be released at the start of each month.
So yes, I am able to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
4. The yet unnamed regional newspaper will be an excellent addition to our culture and the opportunities we offer. I am well aware that establishing a regional newspaper that lasts is not an easy task. I cannot do it all on my own, so the first thing I am going to do for the newspaper is to assemble everyone who expresses enthusiasm in becoming a journalist or otherwise help the effort. I already know that there is interest. The Civil Service will surely come in handy when looking for staff.
As far as contents go I imagine a wide range of topics being covered, e.g. articles on elections, special events, opinion pieces and even interviews with famous residents; a mirror of life in Thaecia in a way.
The newspaper is most likely going to be hosted on Google Sites. It will be well designed. Most importantly, articles will be posted as soon as they are ready instead of compiling everything into one monthly or so edition. It will be instantaneous so to say, always up to date.
As with the Civil Service, a rank-based reward system will be implemented for the newspaper. As Xernon explained: "The more articles a writer writes, the higher their rank within the press office will be."
With some help Thaecians are soon going to have the chance to become acclaimed journalists by writing insightful articles for our Residents. I could see journalistic prizes being instituted too as soon as we have the newspaper up and running.
5. It will be quite significant because maintaining a good connection to all Thaecians is crucial for all Ministries and the Government as a whole. Furthermore, the Regional Update will definitely be of great value to the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
6. First of all, I will set a good example to follow by being motivated and engaged in the tasks of the Ministry myself.
Moreover, I plan to divide tasks among my staff members and taking their interests into account. People will contribute by writing on an event they are passionate about for the Press Release and the Regional Update. Or they can become journalists and focus on the regional newspaper, which should be able to run by itself after some time. I know many enjoy this sort of task as a fun activity, writing and working together. Additional motivation will surely come from experiencing the positive impact on the region that is going to stem from our work.
7. As soon as I have assembled an organised staff I will look for a suitable Deputy Minister of Communications and Civil Service among them. In case of a foreseeable period of absence I will naturally make sure to inform everyone beforehand. My Deputy would continue the work of the Ministry along with a committed staff to reach our goals.
8. Active and dedicated executive staffs for every single ministry are extremely important for a functional government. The Civil Service serves this exact purpose. It is going to be a dispatch which will serve as the first point of contact for interested nations. With this easily accessible central hub for jobs and opportunities everyone will be able to straightforwardly apply for any of the listed positions. I envision that the Civil Service is going to be very beneficial to all parts of the Executive. More engaged staff members are always needed to properly achieve the goals of the administration.
I can attribute my short comings as Culture Minister to the following two reasons:
Since Late April-Mid June 2020. I have been on a streak of not playing nationstates, due to the reasons that I grew bored of the game and not being interested in onsite activities and turned my time to other interests I was in
Miscommunications with the ministry staff and leaving no events for the lower staff to do/ not making it clear that they can do it autonomously, as long as they leave the idea in a common area (partially my mistake).
Having these massive game nights can be too much of a drag Senator, and to be frank, it is much more do able to have multiple mini game nights as well as having one massive or overarching events between ministries, like RMB Soccer, or Hunger Games.
Most games can’t necessarily handle more then 10 people so I make the mandatory cut off point at 10 people. With that said in some instances less then 8 people are in the game events due to everyone being done with waiting and just wanting to play the game.
I’ll probably have Two Deputies, if Possible, so I can have a Snr. Deputy and the Jr. Deputy, these people will be in charge of the duties of the CM where I have not been here for more than 3 days, usually on the weekends due to my IRL Work.
Answer to this is quite simple: give autonomy to the people, either by saying to the deputies “You can do what you want with my approval or supervision” or say that to the greater thaecian public.
No, this causes much more time to be consumed, of which I am not able to give, as I said I have a job and have greater IRL activities that to be frank, I don’t necessarily have the time for. But we will do weekly announcements of planned events. Just not a formalized schedule for the thing.
Yes, I will work with the FAM in Cultural events with other regions.
Yes, I have plans for other events, I won’t get too much into the details but I do have some things planned to get some RMB activities and other activities once I am in office done.
That I have to delegate tasks better, what has been the problem for the Culture Ministries of the past is that they rely too much on the Minister and yet does not give any other people to the voice they want as they could simply be shrugged off and ignored if the CM so pleased.
Well early on, we did start the Minecraft Server that is just for thaecians, but I do not know the status of it now.
I'm satisfied with the two nominees' answers. I have another question for Emaha: could you describe your connection to Thaecia recently and why you accepted this nomination despite not exactly being someone who has any experience in the Thaecian government whatsoever?
Furthermore, do you have any particular names in mind who would make a good journalist / deputy minister of communications? You don't have to name those people but I want to know if you have any candidates in mind.
Also, why were Communications and Civil Service even combined? I feel like Civil Service is something more suitable for Home Affairs, so why this choice?
Also I have to note that Antenion hasn't answered the questions yet so I have serious activity concerns already, just to put it out there.
I really am satisfied with Emaha's answers, but as someone who is a relative newcomer and is nominated for a brand-new ministry I hope you understand the rather increased scrutiny
I fully support Cerdenia’s nomination for JM and will be voting aye. Having served with Bikini-Bottom in FNR I have full confidence in their ability to serve as Minister of Communication and will also be voting aye.
One Question for Antenion: You mentioned the two reasons you were inactive for a good time last term in response to ICH’s questions. I was wondering what plans you have to avoid these issues and ensure that this term is active and productive?
I believe that you posted just as Antenion had posted his own set of answers. Anyway, if you don't mind, I'll answer the bit about the Civil Service. Between recruiting, welcoming, and mentoring new residents, the Home Affairs Ministry will have more than enough on its plate in terms of workload. As I explained in my campaign platform, my vision for that ministry is to focus operations on recruitment and retention and so we are keeping it simple and limiting operations to those two already exhausting tasks.
Communications is the perfect home for the Civil Service for multiple reasons. First, out of all the ministries, Communications will by far see the most inter-ministerial interactions as all other ministries will feed their updates and news through Communications. This gives Comms a unique understanding of what the other ministries' staffing needs are at any given point of time. Second, given that it is a department focused on communication, they will have the capability/interest/skills to promote and advertise the Civil Service to the region.
To address another thing you brought up, Antenion's activity was likewise a concern for me due to his tenure the past term. I take the Culture Ministry very seriously and I have very ambitious plans for it, and so this decision was not made lightly. While not all Senators were around during those times, Antenion was instrumental in the operations of the Culture Ministry during the premierships of Korsinia and Bigtopia, and I have seen how productive he can be. I have had a number of conversations with him and he has assured me that he has drive and passion for the position again. He understands that inactivity will not be tolerated. Given his experience and history of service to the region, I am willing to give him a second chance. This time, though, he will not be alone as he will also have a full staff team to help him navigate his ministry's work.
I have talked about this a bit on Thaecord immediately after my nomination. Thaecia is a region that always had a special place in my heart. I remember back in 2019 when FNR and Thaecia happened to be part of the same faction on N-Day, ANAL. That was when I got to know some Thaecians for the first time and subsequently advocated in FNR for the opening of diplomatic relations with Thaecia. I have been your ambassador from FNR for a long time now and recently felt like the time was ready for me to begin contributing to Thaecia in a meaningful way.
I did not expect to be nominated as Minister. After taking time to think about this office and the responsibilities that come with it, I happily decided to take the opportunity. Now I am enthusiastic to open a new chapter in my personal relationship with this region by serving as your Minister of Communications and Civil Service.
I do not. As I previously said, I will be looking for a Deputy Minister among my staff. As of now I cannot judge if a person is suitable for the position.
Xernon answered this very well.
That is entirely understandable. I ensured that my answers are detailed and comprehensive for that reason. Thank you.
Closing of the Debate Period and Opening of the Voting Period
I thank the Senators for meaningfully scrutinising the candidates through well-thought out questions.
The debate period has been closed and now the Senate shall move to the voting stage. You are requested to cast your votes within the next 24 hours and while you may no longer ask the nominee questions, you are encouraged to provide the reasoning for your vote along with the statement of intent on how you’ll be voting.
Since this is the second time the Senate shall be voting for three nominees together, it is my duty to recommend you how to indicate your vote for the nominees.
The Preferred Format is: