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by Railana
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:39 am
 
Forum: Gameplay
Topic: Latin motto clinic
Replies: 2405
Views: 97697

It is certainly not necessary, but it is not purely stylistic either, in Latin the syntax sometimes uses a 'change-of-state' (idk what to call it) technique that elides certain verbs. Are there any sources you could provide on verb elision in Latin? Also, I must reiterate what was said about accusa...
by Railana
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:55 am
 
Forum: Gameplay
Topic: Latin motto clinic
Replies: 2405
Views: 97697

The accusative is the case used for the object. In any case, with the copula 'esse', cases must agree. e.g. in English, 'I am I' not 'I am me', and 'It is I', not 'It is me'. Thus, the nominative 'voluntas' is correct. Furthermore, Latin often drops the verb 'esse' when its meaning can be inferred,...
by Railana
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:33 am
 
Forum: Gameplay
Topic: Latin motto clinic
Replies: 2405
Views: 97697

"The natural law is the will of God." I've translated this as: "Lex naturalis voluntatem Dei est." Is this correct? No. I would suggest Lex Naturalis Voluntas Dei . Isn't that missing a verb, though? Why use the accusative for "voluntas" when it is the object of the se...
by Railana
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:59 pm
 
Forum: Gameplay
Topic: Latin motto clinic
Replies: 2405
Views: 97697

"The natural law is the will of God."

I've translated this as: "Lex naturalis voluntatem Dei est."

Is this correct?
by Railana
Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:49 am
 
Forum: General Assembly
Topic: [DRAFT] Regulation of WA Military Force
Replies: 14
Views: 789

((OOC: Bumping this. I've made some changes which I think make the proposal legal even though GAR #2 has not yet been repealed. Technically at the moment it's just a lot of duplication with a single unique active clause at the end.))
by Railana
Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:49 am
 
Forum: WA Archives
Topic: [DEFEATED] Choice in Education
Replies: 372
Views: 17356

Given that the preamble has confused several ambassadors, our delegation has altered it. Get rid of the ridiculous "parents have a natural liberty to direct the upbringing of their children" bit. But they do. Just as parents naturally have the responsibility to provide for their children'...
by Railana
Tue Jul 19, 2016 12:56 pm
 
Forum: General Assembly
Topic: [DRAFT] Foreign Patent Protection Act
Replies: 6
Views: 283

PARSONS : 347 GA states that "that nothing in this resolution should be interpreted as limiting the World Assembly from further legislating on patents". If that is so, then contradiction is impossible. Contradiction would limit the ability of the World Assembly to further legislate on pat...
by Railana
Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:29 am
 
Forum: WA Archives
Topic: [DEFEATED] Repeal "Preventing Animal Abuse"
Replies: 161
Views: 6063

"It is disappointing to see this fail. We look forward to the next repeal attempt, and hope that it also fails to use cultural relativism as an argument. The Railanan delegation has our unending gratitude for not going that route." ((OOC: The next repeal attempt -- likely by IA -- will al...
by Railana
Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:01 pm
 
Forum: WA Archives
Topic: [PASSED] Repeal "Preventing Animal Abuse"
Replies: 90
Views: 3459

Sciongrad wrote:"Needless to say, Sciongrad will vote nay."

Hey! That rhymes!
by Railana
Wed Jun 08, 2016 5:09 pm
 
Forum: General Assembly
Topic: [DRAFT] Repeal Reproductive Freedoms
Replies: 133
Views: 3206

((Infants arguably aren't sapient either. They're sentient, yes, but not sapient. Yet most people -- though not all -- consider infants to be human persons.)) OOC: Infants are self aware and have the capacity to think and reason. ((OOC: ...really? I remember reading studies that stated that many an...
by Railana
Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:00 pm
 
Forum: General Assembly
Topic: [DRAFT] Repeal Reproductive Freedoms
Replies: 133
Views: 3206

:?: OOC: Biologically speaking, human beings are clearly persons before birth. We've already discussed this before and you agreed. OOC: No, we didn't. And scientific findings clearly demonstrate that fetuses are not sapient before birth. ((Infants arguably aren't sapient either. They're sentient, y...
by Railana
Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:08 pm
 
Forum: General Assembly
Topic: [DRAFT] Repeal Reproductive Freedoms
Replies: 133
Views: 3206

The real question is: why is it that a mother's right to bodily sovereignty supercedes her parental obligations towards her child, as well as her child's very right to life? Becoming pregnant is not and should not count as consent to becoming a parent, especially if the pregnancy is the end result ...
by Railana
Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:49 pm
 
Forum: Gameplay
Topic: Right to Life News: Constitutional Convention Called!
Replies: 191
Views: 14389

Laws that interfere with a religious practice but that don't target a specific religion are not discriminating against that religion- the apply uniformly. You're taking a very narrow view of "religious practice". Religious belief usually entails accepting an entire worldview and moral phi...
by Railana
Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:42 pm
 
Forum: General Assembly
Topic: [DRAFT] Repeal Reproductive Freedoms
Replies: 133
Views: 3206

"Why? Does a woman's body suddenly become not her own as the due date approaches?" Nobody has an absolute right to bodily sovereignty: ⋅ compulsory vaccinations ⋅ mandatory DNA swabbing ⋅ conscription ⋅ body cavity searches ⋅ imprisonment ...
by Railana
Wed Jun 01, 2016 6:42 pm
 
Forum: WA Archives
Topic: [PASSED] Crime and Punishment
Replies: 155
Views: 5590

"It would logically follow that either all convicted criminals that would otherwise be imprisoned in a nation with the appropriate infrastructure in this system are executed or there exists some alternative punishment to prison. Neither scenario is a defense of the death penalty when it is use...
by Railana
Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:38 pm
 
Forum: WA Archives
Topic: [PASSED] Crime and Punishment
Replies: 155
Views: 5590

To those who oppose this proposal and support a complete ban on capital punishment: what about societies that simply don't have the capacity to safely imprison people? I'm thinking of small, impoverished communities; nomadic peoples; or even nations that have recently undergone conflict, national di...
by Railana
Thu May 26, 2016 5:28 am
 
Forum: WA Archives
Topic: [DEFEATED] Repeal "Preventing Animal Abuse"
Replies: 161
Views: 6063

For example, GAR#17 explicitly calls for a non-mandatory funding scheme in its preamble, but we both agree that it does, indeed, establish an obligatory funding mechanism. GAR #17 calls for "solicited donations from national and private benefactors". It's not clear whether such a system w...
by Railana
Thu May 26, 2016 5:04 am
 
Forum: WA Archives
Topic: [PASSED] Repeal "Convention on Execution"
Replies: 171
Views: 5945

Glad to see this is passing. Best of luck!

Joseph Fulton
Chief Ambassador, Railanan Mission to the World Assembly
by Railana
Wed May 25, 2016 3:48 pm
 
Forum: WA Archives
Topic: [DEFEATED] Repeal "Preventing Animal Abuse"
Replies: 161
Views: 6063

snip I readily admit that owning an animal for certain purposes, such as keeping it as a pet, would impose a duty of care on the owner. My point is that if the term "reasonable and appropriate" is defined exclusively with respect to the purpose for which the animal is being kept, then the...
by Railana
Wed May 25, 2016 9:00 am
 
Forum: WA Archives
Topic: [DEFEATED] Repeal "Preventing Animal Abuse"
Replies: 161
Views: 6063

snip Interpreting "reasonable and appropriate" in the manner you described would effectively render the clause meaningless. If I am only required to provide "care necessary to promote the health of the animal and avoid suffering and disease" to an animal consistent with the purp...
by Railana
Tue May 24, 2016 2:40 pm
 
Forum: General Assembly
Topic: [DRAFT] On Execution
Replies: 37
Views: 976

((OOC: Bumping this.))
by Railana
Tue May 24, 2016 11:20 am
 
Forum: WA Archives
Topic: [DEFEATED] Repeal "Preventing Animal Abuse"
Replies: 161
Views: 6063

OOC: Resolutions can't always cover everything in 3500 words. Sometimes, it's good to let nations exercise reasonable discretion in enforcement! The argument about ants is so marginal (and, arguably actually covered by the resolution), that I don't think it warrants this type of backlash. I also be...
by Railana
Mon May 23, 2016 1:34 pm
 
Forum: WA Archives
Topic: [DEFEATED] Repeal "Preventing Animal Abuse"
Replies: 161
Views: 6063

((OOC: None of the above discussion is particularly relevant to this repeal. Can we stay on topic, please?))
by Railana
Sat May 21, 2016 5:52 am
 
Forum: WA Archives
Topic: [DEFEATED] Repeal "Preventing Animal Abuse"
Replies: 161
Views: 6063

[DEFEATED] Repeal "Preventing Animal Abuse"

Repeal "Preventing Animal Abuse" Category : Repeal | Resolution : GAR #372 Affirming the object and purpose of GAR #372, "Preventing Animal Abuse", which is to criminalize animal cruelty, Strongly condemning in particular the morally depraved practice of torturing or cruelly kil...
by Railana
Fri May 20, 2016 4:53 pm
 
Forum: WA Archives
Topic: [PASSED] Preventing Animal Abuse
Replies: 310
Views: 9073

Our delegation would like to express our opposition to this legislation. Railana, like most civilized nations, prohibits animal cruelty and is open to international legislation on the subject. However, we are concerned about the following clause: 4. Requires that any person who keeps an animal to pr...
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