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Prime Minister Semenov answers your questions! [Q&A/READ OP]

Postby Gandoor » Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:11 pm

Due to how Gandoor's RP works, please do NOT ask questions such as 'What do you/your nation think of my nation?', 'What would you think of an alliance between our two nations?', etc. They will not be answered. Thank you for understanding.

Prime Minister Nikolai Olanovich Semenov has decided to take questions from other national leaders or citizens from other nations from around the world. He is willing to answer questions about how Gandoor's government works, our history, culture, or anything to do with our nation. He may also answer questions about himself, but be aware that he will not answer questions that he deems as being 'too personal'.

Before you ask any questions, here is an overview of our nation:
Gandoor is a democratic republic located on its own landmass near Indonesia and the Philippines. Our population is 236 million and our official languages are English, Japanese, and Russian. We are a parliamentary republic led by a Prime Minister, currrently Nikolai Olanovich Semenov, with our legislature, the Forum, consisting of 1000 Members. National politics are dominated by the Gandoor Communist Party and the New Democratic Party, although the smaller People's Party of Gandoor and Gandoor Freedom Group do have representation in the Forum.

Prior to the establishment of the modern Democratic Republic in 1904, we were a monarchy from 1603 until it was dissolved in a non-violent revolution in 1902. The monarchy was an absolute one from its founding until 1885 and a constitutional one from 1885 until its dissolution in 1902. Before the monarchy, we were governed by a semi-democratic council starting in 1587 and even before that, we were independent settlements that started being established in 1550 by exiles from England who were forever banished from their homeland.

In the modern day, Gandoor is a developed and modernized nation, with a history of being very socially liberal. We are strong supporters of equality and peace for all people. We have maintained a stance of non-alignment in foreign affairs since 1922, although we have been a member of the World Assembly since 1961. In keeping with our stance of non-alignment, we also maintain a stance of neutrality in foreign wars and our military, the National Military of the Democratic Republic of Gandoor, has not seen foreign combat since the First World War and, in the present day, is focused entirely on self-defence.

If you desire any more information about Gandoor prior to asking any questions you may have, we encourage you to check our articles on NSIndex:
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Postby Cuban Syria » Mon May 01, 2017 12:11 am

What is your nations official cuisine?
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Postby Gandoor » Mon May 01, 2017 8:37 am

Cuban Syria wrote:What is your nations official cuisine?

Grilled tuna with rice is considered the national dish of our nation. It is simply a piece of grilled tuna which has been completely covered in white rice. It's often joked here that if you can still see the tuna - you don't have enough rice.
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Postby Gandoor » Fri May 19, 2017 6:52 pm

Our Prime Minister is still open to answer your questions!
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Postby Natishna » Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:43 am

What is your nation's view on the military and it's place in your society?
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Postby The Huterric Union » Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:52 am

May we pleasure you to a state visit, where one shall be driven across the state of Huswyae by our Prime Minister, Jason Waterfalls?
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Postby Gandoor » Sun Jul 09, 2017 4:40 am

Natishna wrote:What is your nation's view on the military and it's place in your society?

Our nation views the military as a necessary evil but one that is focused almost entirely on self-defense. We have maintained a status of military neutrality since the early 1920's and we have no desire to interfere with the affairs of other nations.

The Huterric Union wrote:May we pleasure you to a state visit, where one shall be driven across the state of Huswyae by our Prime Minister, Jason Waterfalls?

I must politely decline this offer, I apologize.

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What is your view of Anna Kendrick?

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Postby Gandoor » Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:55 pm

Kannadrickenium wrote:What is your view of Anna Kendrick?

I must admit I am not familiar with her, although looking her up, I am sure she is a fine actress and hope she has continued success.
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In order to encourage more questions, an overview of Gandoor has been added.
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Postby Medwedian Democratic Federation » Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:20 am

What torture and execution methods are used in Gandoor?

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Postby Gandoor » Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:59 pm

Medwedian Democratic Federation wrote:What torture and execution methods are used in Gandoor?

Torture and the death penalty are both illegal in our nation. While torture has never been legal, the death penalty was legal until 2003, so we can inform you that, prior to its abolition, hanging was the execution method used here.
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Postby Manaime » Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:02 pm

1. What made you get the idea of the nation of Gandoor?

2. How did you also get the idea of Ichiban Burger?

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Postby Gandoor » Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:07 pm

Manaime wrote:1. What made you get the idea of the nation of Gandoor?

2. How did you also get the idea of Ichiban Burger?

1. The idea for Gandoor? I don't understand what you are asking, this nation has existed in its current form for over 100 years before I became Prime Minister, and for an additional few hundred years prior to the current government. I had nothing to do with the founding of Gandoor, although I do try to keep the ideals that our nation was founded upon intact.

2. Again, I don't understand what you're asking, I think you must have something confused. I was born in 1962, Ichiban Burger was established in 1958, four years before I was born. The only ties I have to Ichiban Burger is I'm quite fond of their famous Ichiban Burger.

[OOC - Yeah this thread is supposed to be for in-character questions to the Gandoorese Prime Minister, who obviously has nothing to do with the founding of Gandoor nor Ichiban Burger, since both of those occurred before he was even born.

However, while the questions you posed have been responded to IC-wise, I feel it is only fair to give the actual OOC answer to them as well:
1. I do not remember where I got the original idea for this nation from. It must be stated that I made this nation back in late 2008 when I was twelve years old and I didn't join the forums until 2010, when I was fourteen. Of course, it's likely I didn't actually have any real 'idea' behind this nation when I started, but regardless, when I started posting on the forums and started developing this nation, the idea was based on my own views as of being 'communist'. (Keep in mind, however, this was a fourteen year old's interpretation of it) If you were to go back and read early Gandoor posts from 2010, you would see that A) they are very poorly written and B) don't seem anything like how I RP and write Gandoor today, back then I called Gandoor the Independent Socialist Nation of Gandoor (what a mouthful!) and it was a single-party state where the only legal party was the Gandoor Communist Party and the leaders (plural, you will note) were the Commander, Co-Commander, and Prime Minister. (Let's not even get in to my 'not even knowing how economics works every job pays the exact same' thing) The whole communism thing is ALSO why Russian is, IC-wise, one of Gandoor's official languages because 'communists = Russian'.

At the same time, even in the VERY different early days of how I developed Gandoor, you can see the seeds of the current story of Gandoor already planted. A good way to see this would be to check the VERY old factbook I originally posted only a few days after joining the forums. While the history I had written back then is VERY poorly done, as I can and will admit, you can find that many concepts of Gandoor's history are still in my nation's canon today, such as: Gandoor having formerly been governed by a monarch referred to as a Nzard, a revolution leading to the dissolution of the monarchy, said revolution being led by a Chiba Masato, the third ruler of modern Gandoor being a dictator during the 1940's, and a civil war occurring in the 1950's. Even some aspects of Gandoor's government and society is unchanged from the early days of working on this nation, including: the administrative divisions being called yons (and there being eight total), the leader (or leaders in those days) being limited to two terms of six years, and the legislature being the Forum.

As for what happened for Gandoor's canon to change and alter so much to the point where it is now, the answer is fairly simple: I got older. I got older, I got better at writing, I learned how to make my nation feel more realistic. Naturally I didn't want to completely throw away the history and nation that I had been working on since 2010, but in late 2012 (after being away from this site for most of that year), I began to redo and improve Gandoor, while still basing it upon the early concepts I had created back in 2010, which led to the current story and concept behind Gandoor. I will freely admit Gandoor is designed as a nation I would like to live in (and it being a very socially liberal nation reflects how I am a very liberal person), but I do make an attempt for it to not seem like a MarySuetopia, whether or not that is successful is up to the reader. (I will also add that the SOLE thing that I consider to have 100% retconned out of Gandoor's history, rather than improved and reworked, is the country of Likah, which I RP'd as a territory of Gandoor that later voted for independence. I completely retconned that since Gandoor having any colonies or territories would be OOC, since they are an anti-imperialist nation)

2. Now THIS question, luckily, does not need several paragraphs explaining stuff like 'I came up with Ichiban Burger years ago and it was really bad and I changed it as I got older'. How I got the 'idea' for Ichiban Burger is rather simple, back in 2014, there was a thread here in F&NI asking if there were McDonald's in your nation, I simply replied 'No, we have Ichiban Burger instead', then a later thread in early 2015 about a travel guide to your nation, I mentioned them again as 'the largest and most popular fast food chain in Gandoor'. Then later that year I wanted to make another storefront in addition to the Gandoor Broadcasting Corporation, so I decided to make a fast food chain and decided to make it Ichiban Burger, since they already 'existed' in-character-wise for Gandoor, although I didn't have any real information about them. So basically, the Ichiban Burger storefront was created entirely because I wanted to actually create a story for a fictional fast food chain that I had previously mentioned a total of two times on the forums.

OK, so those two questions have been answered but I will, once again, state that this thread is intended for in-character questions to my Prime Minister, not out-of-character ones intended for the 21 year old lesbian who operates this account, so please make sure any future questions you (referring to anyone reading this, not the person I am quoting specifically) are in-character.]
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Postby Flowrisa » Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:09 pm

Do you have any recipes for making sweets?

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Postby Gandoor » Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:37 pm

Flowrisa wrote:Do you have any recipes for making sweets?

-some random kid who loves to cook

I apologize, I don't. I'm not very good at cooking (can barely manage grilled cheese) and my wife, who cooks instead, is very protective of her recipes.
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What is your opinion on Imperialism?
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Postby Gandoor » Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:22 pm

The Liamese Empire wrote:What is your opinion on the Empire?

Please read the OP, specifically the OOC note at the beginning.
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Postby Very Small and Unusually Obscure Island » Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:42 pm

A few questions:
How long have you been a parliamentarian for?

Why did you want to become a politician, PM?

What was it like on the day of your first election?

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Postby Gandoor » Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:18 pm

Very Small and Unusually Obscure Island wrote:A few questions:
How long have you been a parliamentarian for?

Why did you want to become a politician, PM?

What was it like on the day of your first election?

1. Believe it or not, I was only a Member of the Forum for six years prior to becoming Prime Minister. In fact, I was a Member of the Forum for exactly six years, I took my seat representing the 2nd District of Southside on 12 October 2012 and, exactly six years later on 12 October 2018, I gave up my seat when I became Prime Minister. (As an aside, and as you likely are unaware, unlike other parliamentary republics, here in Gandoor the Prime Minister must give up their seat in the legislature upon becoming the PM)

2. I've had an interest in becoming a politician ever since attending intermediate school, although I didn't start to work towards it until attending Chiba Masato Elite Secondary School, where I was part of the student government and student body president from 1979 until I graduated in 1982. Naturally this influenced my decision to major in political science while attending the University of Osaka.

As for why I wanted to become Prime Minister, I can say that I honestly didn't. Don't get me wrong I have no plans to resign or anything, but I never honestly planned or expected to become PM. I fully thought I'd serve in the Forum until my term limits were up and then work somewhere else, maybe go back to serving locally. The fact that I was elected leader of my party after only four years in the Forum and the fact that my party gained the most seats in 2018 came as a shock to me.

3. The day of my first election? I'm assuming your asking about the day I was first elected to a political office and, if I may be honest, it was mostly like a normal day. Of course, I should admit that this election occurred back in 1993 and I was simply running for a seat on the city council of New Yordin City. Honestly I didn't even expect I was going to win since the seat I ran for was widely considered a safe seat for my opponent, who's name slips me at the moment (do forgive me, it's been almost 30 years) who had won the previous eight elections, so I simply watched the election results at my apartment with my then-girlfriend and future wife. Imagine my surprise when I got a phone call that evening congratulating me on my victory from the mayor himself. If I am recalling correctly, I actually won by around 100 votes!
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Postby Gandoor » Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:18 pm

The Liamese Empire wrote:What is your opinion on Imperialism?

I am opposed to imperialism in all its forms. It is an ideology that has no place in modern society. I am a firm believer that all nations have the right to sovereignty and freedom from being controlled by other nations.
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Postby Welskerland » Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:58 pm

Why is your Prime Minister also your head of state?
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