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General Congressional Elections '20

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Phase Three Vote- State Elections for Corona and Animalpolis

Poll ended at Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:49 pm

Koralo (NLP - Corona)
1
13%
Arisa Kamiya (U - Animalpolis)
3
38%
Kurlino Ueda (UIP - Animalpolis)
4
50%
Junpei Takiguchi (NLP - Animalpolis)
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 8

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AHSCA
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General Congressional Elections '20

Postby AHSCA » Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:34 pm

NOTE: Because the polls only allow 10 options, I'll be listing several polls over the next few weeks in this thread so that each candidate can be voted upon. Please stay tuned for further updates. You are welcome to say you endorse, like, dislike any candidate you like. Please be civil, In Character and write a proper response. Any RP ideas, feel free to telegram me. Until then, May Madokami have mercy on us all~

Every six years, AHSCA has a general election for it's legislative branch of government and to date, the only democratically elected sector within the nation. Some may recall the special election two years ago to fill the position of Congressional Head with the resignation of Senator Mikela Olaff whom now serves as an ambassador overseas. Now every state has been asked to put up candidates to represent their states for the new legislative session. Will the powers shift again? We haven't seen a major political shift since the the elections of 2013. And the National Liberal Party is once again hoping to re-take control of the Congress as the Majority.

Each island of the UIS is allotted two sitting senators to represent in the unicameral congress. Additional seats may be allotted to minority parties on a conditional basis. This election is rather notable as several of the incumbents have reached their term limits or are retiring leaving a large open rush for political gain in the congress. Regardless of the outcome most powers are still vested in Her Highness, The Duchess and the Congress is more in a sense meant to be a direct voice of the people and streamline the legislative process. Still Duchess Villa generally believes in the cooperation between branches of Government and generally wants the Legislative to do it's due role over simply issuing Royal Decrees, laws put into action without formal Congressional Debate or Votes.

Political Parties in AHSCA:

Though host to several parties, AHSCA is largely a de facto two-party system with only two major parties gaining ground in politics. In a general sense, both parties would largely be considered on the left end of the spectrum but their policies and practices vary greatly that within AHSCA's own culture and system of government, one could easily be considered the conservative the other liberal. Her Majesty, The Duchess however never belongs or prescribes to a specific party. While not written into rule of law this was a policy adopted by Duchess Shino Villa, the First Duchess of the UIS in the hopes to fairly approve or disapprove legislation without undue bias or blind party loyalty.

United Island Party: This party was established during AHSCA's reconstruction era originally as the United Island Party, and sometimes mistakenly still called that. The party while fluctuating over the years has often regarded itself as a fairly progressive party, wanting to take AHSCA to new heights while still holding true to what makes the islands special in the eyes of its residents. It generally supports a progressive tax system, universal education, civil and political rights and a minor push towards vigilant international policy. Some would argue hawkish despite AHSCA is constitutionally forbidden from participating in a war unless directly attacked first. The party remains split in regards towards AHSCA having an official national religion with some arguing a greater separation of church and state. That said, AHSCA still generally recognizes freedom of worship.
Partty Motto: Together we form a bright future.

National Liberal Party: Despite the connotation of the name, in terms of island politics the NLP is considered the more conservative party. The NLP first rose as a political party in the first Major Congressional Elections held on the island but still found itself beat by dominate single party. The next election it took full control of the Congress, taking advantage of changes in the political climate at the time along with a particularly aggressive rainy season. Despite it's name, this party is largely seen as the more conservative party in AHSCA, with it's base largely in the old tribal politics of years past. Critics often say the party is isolationist but the party regards itself as not isolationist but simply selective due to history with various occupying powers. in general the party supports, the national recognition of the state religion of Madokamisim, strong environmental platform while at the same time relaxed fishing. Pro LGBT rights, centralized economics but opposed to open immigration. (Not all immigration just open and unchecked). Some argue the party is largely a matriarchal party but the party also welcomes men to serve. The party has largely opposed a nationalized education system more firmly believing in the individual choice and responsibility of families to decide.
Party Motto: Tradition of the people will hold us strong.

The AHSCA Communism Party: Of course what nation isn't complete without some Red insurgency within it's midst. The AHSCA-CP is a new party formed in the last few years hoping to influence politics enough to change the course of the system. Few take it seriously beyond some of their social policies but in general the party would support the dissolution of the Monarchy's control of the state. The party is split if to retain it as a figurehead or outright remove it but most agree they would like to see a peaceful dissolution and not through violent revolution. The party would like to see a whole nationalization of major industries of fishing, transport and government.
Party Motto:"For the people shall become the inehriters of these islands"

National Islander Party - A split off from the old UIP, this is a party that supports broad military incopration into the UIS. Higher spending on defense programs and more militant education. Currently AHSCA has compulsary service but allows those who don't wish to serve in the military to opt for clergy service instead. THe NIP wants to expand both, 20 months of complusary military service and 12 months of clergy service.
Party Motto: "United, faithful and strong is what will make AHSCA last into the future."

Legend:
Candidates whom have passed legislation are noted by marks. All other new candidates will have their platforms listed.
✔️ Legislation passed
❌ Legislation defeated
~ Outcome pending/stalled
[] (EMPTY) Proposed but Not introduced
[*] (Bullet Point) Position held by candidate whom is not in office.




Running for Majority Leader/Congressional Head

The Head of Congress generally acts as Majority Leader, Speaker and in some respects also acts as head of Government as they often oversee the various Offices of Government but is still subject to Her Majesty, the Duchess.


CandidateStatePartyBackgroundPlatform/Legislation
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Pacfica (Incumbent)
Corona IslandNational Island PartyIn 2017 she campaigned successfully to assume Head of Congress and is hoping to retain her seat and party's majority hold. She believes AHSCA is strong and has earned recognition in the world and hopes to expand it's presence on the international stage not through force but more discorce. If defeated, she will remain in Congress but as Minority Leader as she is both candidate for her island's party and the position.
    [~] Increased the national defense budget by 2%
    [✔️]Tax incentives for single adults to raise children.
    [✔️]General education for children 4-12, optional secondary or military education 12-16.
    [✔️] Importation Relief
    [] Compulsory Voting
    [] Creation of a Storm Relief Bank, a financial hold to help victims of natural disasters and keep the government running after a major event, decreasing the reliance of foreign aide from a natural disaster.
    [] Broaden foreign relations and relations with friends and allies of the UIS


Opposing



CandidateStatePartyBackgroundPlatform/Legislation
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Miela
Corona Island National Liberal PartyTrained under senator Kanea, whom is not seeking re-election this year, she's been a junior of AHSCA's politics for the last few years and now her party feels she's their candidate to really win back Congress. She holds to many views of her islanders and party's rather "old world ways" as they put it. Believing AHSCA has long suffered at the hands of oppressors and needs to walk softly. Reaching across party lines she has supported the education initiatives but also wants to amend the legislation to support an "opt out" system. She opposes the idea of compulsory voting.



Running for Aurora Island


CandidateStatePartyBackgroundPlatform/Legislation
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Kyoko Kubota
Aurora IslandUnited Island PartyAt first, Kyoko was committed to dedicating herself to theology intending to become a Priestess but she always had an interest in politics. While she supports a healthy foreign policy most of her concern is on the internal matters for the nation.
  • Supports Increased so called "faith tax" (Note that all other churches and religious organizations are taxed, this proposition would raise the current rate from 5%-25% Exempt from this would be the Church of Holy Marsh
  • Supported Pacifica's Tax incentives for single adults to raise children.
  • Broaden Medical Euthanasia options for specific conditions
  • Compulsory Voting
  • Supports a "Storm Bank"



CandidateStatePartyBackgroundPlatform/Legislation
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Georgie Ulkiane
Aurora IslandUnaffiliated A resident of Holy Marsh who arrived in AHSCA eight years ago and hasn't left since. Finding AHSCA to be his home he's helped the locals and government alike really understand The Shift that occurred in Holy Marsh and elsewhere. Speculation is he's on a short list to potentially become the next Officer of Foreign Relations if and when Officer VinoCacao retires from her position.
  • Decrease "faith tax" to 1% for all religious organizations
  • Tax Incentives for residents wanting to invest in "container homes"
  • Increased climate research, cooperation with the international community
  • Against Compulsory Voting



CandidateStatePartyBackgroundPlatform/Legislation
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Riko Tsugihara
Aurora IslandNational Liberal PartyAnother newcomer to the political world as a long time resident or Aurora Island she's witnessed many changes. The expansion of Aurora Village in particular to becoming a busy hub of the island, she sees the need to better organize how the revenue is put to use as residents pay their taxes.
  • Supported Pacifica's education plan but wants an opt-out system
  • Against Compulsory Voting
  • Against a national sales tax but supports each state levying their own
  • In support of a "Storm Bank"




CandidateStatePartyBackgroundPlatform/Legislation
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Setsuko Fujihara
Aurora IslandAHSCA Communist PartySetsuko has been involved in the AHSCACP since finishing her education. Her broad platform rejects banking, a call for nationalizing all transport and an expansion of education and healthcare.
  • National Sales Tax of 8.35%
  • Universal centralized education
  • Compulsory Voting
  • Green Energy proposal
  • Increased UNICIM funding
  • Minor defense spending increase
  • Nationalization and regulation of all shipping of merchant and passanger ships.
  • In support of a "Storm Bank"


Running for Hoshino Island


CandidateStatePartyBackgroundPlatform/Legislation
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Kiri Whatitiri
HoshinoNational Liberal PartyMs. Whatitiri is a Hoshino native whom has firmly stood against the idea of any compulsory education. She rebukes the idea the "anti-state" education value ignorance and illiteracy and insists it's about the personal responsibility and the value of families to be instilled in each other and not by the state. Her goal is to allow families to be given tools and clergy to teach.
  • Repeal the State Education Plan .
  • Financial incentives for non-centralized education (eg Clergy taught, materials given for parents, etc)
  • Farming and Fishing relief
  • Triple the "faith tax" but exemptions for The Church of Holy Marsh
  • Minor defense spending increase.
  • Abolish Office Information Public Information and Culture (UNICIM)
  • Opposes a Office of Education creation
  • Supports creation of a "Storm Bank"



CandidateStatePartyBackgroundPlatform/Legislation
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Fox
HoshinoUnited Islander PartySimply known as Fox he is also a Hoshino native with a family history in politics as his father was the first elected Senator when Congressional Elections began in 2000. Fox has had mixed opinions in regards to the idea of any compulsory education but ultimately supports it. Considered an old Royalist, that is someone who favors in the broader powers of the Royal Monarch more so than Congress. His interest is more in foreign relations and trade and hopes to see a broader expansion of foreign relations. Domestically he favors general civil rights but is also very much in favor of AHSCA's notorious Black Island penal center.
  • Maintain the State Education plan but also agrees with Mrs. Whatitiri's financial incentives for non-centralized education (eg Clergy taught, materials given for parents, etc)
  • Also proposes a new set of Farming and Fishing relief
  • Minor defense spending increase
  • Expand the role of the Foreign Office
  • Expand the treaties and trade deals with UIS Friends.
  • Supports creation of a "Storm Bank"



Running for Stillestando


CandidateStatePartyBackgroundPlatform/Legislation
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Edvard Straum
StiellstandoNational Islander PartyDecorated military veteran and brother to current island governor. Having served as his brother's right hand he's now seeking office on the national stage. Much of his policies have been described as rather hawkish and nationalistic for AHSCA's interests alone. Not a staunch isolationist but rejects globalism policies.
  • Increased military defense spending
  • Increased Office of Meteorology Spending (UNIMO)
  • Abolish UNICIM
  • Opposes creation of an Education Office



CandidateStatePartyBackgroundPlatform/Legislation
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Anya Strum
StiellstandoNational Liberal PartyNo relation to the other candidate. Pacifist and largely anti-military but understands the need of a defense force and wishes to remind AHSCA's constitutional boundaries of not waging war unless attacked. Firmly opposes any increased spending for military defense beyond what the UIS currently spends. She also feels Climate Change and the results of stronger hurricanes is the greatest threat to islander life and wants to prioritize issues there.

  • Cap on military spending and strict non-interventionist.
  • Supports storm bank creation
  • Increased Office of Meteorology Spending (UNIMO)
  • Increased UICIM spending, more cultural outreach programs
  • Education funding boost
  • A greener AHSCA only those using renewable self-sustaining energy sources may use electricity of any kind. (few in AHSCA have full electricity and those who do will be required to produce it solely from green sources such as wind or water)



Running for Corona



CandidateStatePartyBackgroundPlatform/Legislation
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Koralo
Corona Island National Liberal PartyPreviously sought the HoC position now setting his ambitions to be a senator. Running along the same platform as his fellow Coronan he must obtain 60% of the vote to be selected. The NLP would gain an extra seat if accomplished and if not the runoff will be handed to a minority party.
  • Strong environmental enforcement policies.
  • Faith tax remains at current rate
  • Organic agriculture expansion



Running for Animalpolis



CandidateStatePartyBackgroundPlatform/Legislation
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Arisa Kamiya
Animalpolis Unaffiliated"All furry kind is welcome." is her major political point as her goal is to better protect the rights of animal sapiens from persecution by expanding asylum. Feral, mimi, pony etc would be protected in her state and on the national levels. She also has an interest in expanding AHSCA's transportation by relaxing seaplane access and doubling domestic ships going to and from. As such she's not pushing for a large scale modernization but will be more allowing for more modern luxury cruise ships of foreign nations to access AHSCA ports more often.
  • Transportation expansion and deregulation
  • Clarify and expand Political Asylum policies
  • Celebration of Non-Humans National Holiday





CandidateStatePartyBackgroundPlatform/Legislation
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Kurlino Ueda
Animalpolis United Islander PartyA fisherman of the islands and supports much of her other candidate's platform however believes in stronger shipping regulations in regards civilian use to prevent unwanted foreign competition and serious accidents. By contrast wants to largely deregulate fishing.
  • Transportation regulation and oversight
  • Clarify and expand Political Asylum policies
  • Celebration of Non-Humans National Holiday





CandidateStatePartyBackgroundPlatform/Legislation
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Junpei Takiguchi
Animalpolis National Liberal PartyAn old soul and classic tribes man. Mr. Takiguchi is seeking a term in congess believing Animalpolis needs greater influence on the national stage. He however rejects the wide open asylum proposals as his other candidates, believing AHSCA does not have the capacity or infrastructure to help all those who are opposed. He wants to better work with AHSCA's friends and allies to better help those persecuted without a mass immigration influx.
  • Rejects any transit expansion and wants to return to AHSCA's Age of Sail (exceptions of course are military ships). No seaplanes (exception military) in the main islands, only the Embassy Isle.
  • Rejects open asylum
  • Rejects Celebration of Non-Humans National Holiday
  • Open to expanded fishing
  • Supports national sales tax but wants an open refferendum on that matter.





POLLING RESULTS:

Round 1
Pacifica (UIP-Corona) 56% of the vote
Miela (NLP-Corona) 44% of the vote

Round 2

Kyoko Kubota (UIP-Aurora) 57% of the vote
Georgie Ulkiane (U - Aurora) 4% of the vote
Riko Tsugihara (NLP - Aurora) 2% of the vote
Setsuko Fujihara (CP - Aurora) 37% of the vote
Kiri Whattatiri (NLP - Hoshino)


Round 3

Koralo (NLP - Corona)
Miela (NLP - Corona)
Kurlino Ueda (UIP - Animalpolis)
Junpei Takiguchi (NLP - Animalpolis)
Pacifica (UIP - Corona)

FINAL RESULTS:

Seats in the Congress: 10 (Two seats per state)
Party Control:

Aurora:
UIP
CP

Hoshino:
NLP
NLP

Stillestando:
UIP
UIP

Corona:
NLP
UIP

Animalpolis:
UIP
UIP
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Postby AHSCA » Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:50 pm

The National Liberal Party thanks the people or government of Empirical Switzerland for their broad support.
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Postby Cartoonia » Sat Oct 31, 2020 10:58 pm

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The Democratic Republic of Cartoonia Department of Foreign Affairs
11/1/2020


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To the candidates running for the head of the United Island Congress,

The Democratic Republic of Cartoonia celebrates their close ally’s freedom to choose their leaders to lead the governments to an age of prosperity. Under the leadership of Her Excellency, Ms. Pacifica, the ties between our two great nations prospered. Many of us in the government support Ms. Pacifica and the United Island Party, of course there are many that support Ms. Miela and the National Liberal Party. Both have keen interests that Cartoonia holds dear. Both parties support the empowerment of youth which of course we Cartoonians commend. Both parties want to strengthen our ties between our two nations. The Supreme Leader has his preferences and would rather not publicly say out loud, but our government supports both parties in the spirit of democracy. We ask that continue strong relations in the future of our nations and to always have each other's backs in crisis.

We hope to see a peaceful transfer of power, and we will welcome whoever wins the office of the majority leader.

Thank You,
Supreme Leader Jimmy Kudo
Chancellor Nigel Uno
Attorney General Conan Edogawa
Secretary of Foreign Affairs Raphtalia Iwatani
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Postby States of Kumasunai » Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:31 am

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From the Kumasunese Ministry of Foreign Affairs


To the United Island States of AHSCA,

The States of Kumasunai would like to inform you that the National Liberal Party has our endorsement. Our opinion is that Miela of the NLP will be the best choice for AHSCA and its future.

Additionally, we also wish both candidates of both parties the best of luck in the elections and we will hapilly accept whoever is victorious in attaining the office of Majority Leader.

Warm Regards,
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Postby Astares Amauricanum » Sun Nov 01, 2020 8:14 am

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Imperial Department of State of Astares Amauricanum




To the United Island States of AHSCA,

The Federalis Imperium of Astares Amauricanum would like to first thanks the UIS for the warm relations that blossomed between our two countries in the past recent years.
This was made possible in part thanks to the efforts of both Legislative branches of our countries. As such, and considering the different candidate's platforms and legislations, the Federalis Imperium hereby announces officially its support and endorsement of both Her Excellency Ms Pacifica, and Her Excellency Ms Miela, and their respective parties.
We wish them the best of luck for the upcoming campaign.

Signed,
His Excellency Daniel Vincao, Ambassador of the Federalis Imperium of Astared Amauricanum to the United Island States of AHSCA.
His Excellency Michael Foxter, Secretary of State of the Federalis Imperium of Astared Amauricanum.
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Postby AHSCA » Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:14 am

Joint Statement from the United Island Party and National Liberal Party

Honorable Leader Kudo,

While our parties are of course running in opposition we always remain firmly united as citizens of these islands and of this Government under Her Majesty Duchess Marcella Villa. His Excellency's reservation on the endorsement of one candidate is understandable and regardless of whom will take the seat as the next Majority Leader, we are looking forward to the continued cooperation of our nations.

Yours Truly,

Pacifica, Senator for Corona Island
Miela, Senator for Corona Island

On Behalf of our respective parties.


Statement from Senator Miela, Campaign for Re-election

Honorable President Raharjo,

I thank you personally for your endorsement of myself and our party's bid to be elected to the Congress as the Majority. I will continue to work hard for all people of my island and our nation and with the nations of the world. However this election turns out, we shall look forward to brokering new warm relations with your country in the years to come. Her Majesty Duchess Villa no doubt will be thrilled to hear that.

Until then, go in friendship,

Miela.



Statement from Senator Pacifica, Campaign for Re-election

Honorable Ambassador, Honorable Secretary

I thank you personally for your endorsement of myself and our party's bid for re-election as the majority holding party. I will continue to work hard for all people of my island and our nation and with the nations of the world. AHSCA has come a long way in our 23 years of independence and rebuilding and we'll certainly have more challenges that face us in the future. However this election turns out, we shall look forward to continuing the new warm relations with your country in the years to come as will Her Majesty, Duchess Villa.

Until then, go in friendship,

Pacifica.
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Postby Kyrenaia » Sun Nov 01, 2020 11:41 am

To: Her Majesty, Duchess Marcella Villa United Island States of AHSCA.

From:
    Razia-Sultana Umm Albilad, Lady of the Five Deserts, Ilkhana of Utica, Daughter of Kyrenaia, Mother of Her People, Highest Servant of the Lioness.

Subject:
    Election time.

Diplomatic Correspondence.
Not to be released.


Dear Marcella,
I know, that usually, when you receive letters from the Five Deserts, it's someone else. To my knowledge, she is still writing you or will write or already has written - contact with my Granddaughter is a bit touch-and-go as of late as we are both bound by various duties, Aurelia with her Service and her being landed nobility by now (I am sure, that she told you in her last letter, that she is now the Beyeha of Malakiard near Larsa, a piece of land I picked out for her and it is a pretty piece, if I may say so myself) and I am bound with being the Sultana of Kyrenaia.
I am quite certain, that you find yourself in a similar predicament.

Regardless, I decided to write to you about an important matter: There are, to my knowledge, elections coming up in the UIS. I must admit, that my experiences with democracy in any meaningful way end above the mayoral level, but to my knowledge, it is handled a bit differently in the UIS. I also know, that you usually keep yourself out of the trench warfare that is party politics, much like your mother (please give her my best regards).
It is apparently custom in our modern world for foreign powers to endorse or not-endorse candidates in an election they have little say in. If I were to be asked, if I endorsed someone, I must admit, that I would be stumped: I have little knowledge of the internal politics of the UIS. I know, that Madame Pacifica did a good job in establishing and maintaining the diplomatic relations with the Sultanate, but I must also admit, that Madame Miela's plan to strengthen trade sounds appealing as well. So both would get an endorsement from me? Or neither? I do not know.
To my understanding, however, I would recommend to keep the AHSCA-CP as far away from any resemblance of power as humanly and lawfully possible.
This has less to do with them supporting a 'communist' platform and more with them being apparently in support of reducing the power of the Duchess, if not abolishing that position outright, thus ending the peace and stability a well-established monarchy founded on ideals and good heads in favour of the overgrown popularity contest known as democracy.
While I do admit, that some democratically elected rulers are wise and competent and that there are enough examples of monarch who's abilities are flattered by being called 'miniscule', I, personally, do not see, that such a move would benefit the UIS in any way, shape or form.
Let the more hawkish candidates rattle with their toy sabres as much as they want, before long, all of their grand plans will meet the concrete wall that is reality - the AHSCA-CP is quite dangerous, though, for their proposed changes are threatening the internal stability of the country and its order.
Perhaps it is my own, sometimes bitter experiences with the Democratic Movement of Kyrenaia, which cloud my judgement on this matter.
Regardless, should these communists find themselves in power, allow me to give you a small piece of advice: Sometimes, the feather is mightier then the sword, but the dagger is swifter and the law is more devestating. Take this advice from an old Dreadnought.

Signed, with the best wishes and the Lioness' Blessings,
Razia-Sultana Umm Albilad,
Lady of the Five Deserts, Ilkhana of Utica, Daughter of Kyrenaia, Mother of Her People, Highest Servant of the Lioness.
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Postby AHSCA » Sun Nov 01, 2020 12:07 pm

TO: Razia-Sultana Umm Albilad, Lady of the Five Deserts, Ilkhana of Utica, Daughter of Kyrenaia, Mother of Her People, Highest Servant of the Lioness.

From: Duchess Marcella Villa, Second Duchess of the United Island States of AHSCA

{{Private communique for your eyes only}}

My Honorable Lady,

I want to thank you for writing to me and taking an interest in our upcoming elections. You may or may not be aware that every six years AHSCA holds elections to elect it's legislative members to represent the states before myself and streamline the work needed to make a union like our own function. No doubt the presence of a newly established Communism party has raised eyebrows among yourself, the others of of our friends and allies and certainly within the union itself.

I appreciate the concern you've raised, truly, and I shall work with all my power and might to not let this Duchy which has stood for more than a thousand years in some form or another, through wars, calamities and a shifting world be taken down so easily. Like you and many others, I believe there is the stability that comes with a strong central government that holds a place for as long as the Heavens so will. Not to be a tyrant but to be a faithful long lasting servant who can faithfully execute and uphold the laws of the land. These are the ideals that my mother, and the other framers of our Constitution saw fit to create in those days of fighting for our independence and it's a value I hold to my core.

The Communists can huff and puff but mine is a foundation of solid rock and I trust the voters of our nation see the same way which is why we do have two parties with similar but different values. This election will see a potential shift in the party leading the charge in the Congress, Possible Senator Miela, a fine woman, might take the helm or Senator Pacifica might ride the mighty ocean waves again to victory. I will inform them you wish both candidates luck in the spirit of comraderie and bipartisanship and rest assure the great relations. Whomever takes the lead, I will continue to lead the Charge as this Nations Duchess on the world stage and at home. The Sultanate in particular will always remain our close friend. Who knows, one day Dear Aurelia may finally stand by my side as Duchess Consort but until then we'll continue to do business as we do.

May the Heavens Bless you and your people always,

Marcella Villa.



Joint Statement from the United Island Party and National Liberal Party

Razia-Sultana Umm Albilad, Lady of the Five Deserts, Ilkhana of Utica, Daughter of Kyrenaia, Mother of Her People, Highest Servant of the Lioness.

While our parties are of course running in opposition we always remain firmly united as citizens of these islands and of this Government under Her Majesty Duchess Marcella Villa. Her Excellency's reservation on the endorsement of one candidate is understandable and regardless of whom will take the seat as the next Majority Leader, we are looking forward to the continued cooperation of our nations.

Yours Truly,

Pacifica, Senator for Corona Island
Miela, Senator for Corona Island

On Behalf of our respective parties.
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Postby Cartoonia » Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:18 pm

From The Office of The Chancellor of Cartoonia.

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1 November 2020



Dear Ms. Pacifica and Ms. Miela,

As the head of the Cartoonian government, and seeing how both our nations are good friends, I am writing to personally invite you both privately to my current residence for tea. This would be a good way to discuss plans for the future between both our nations and what the expectations are for our nations after your elections. I am sure this will help both our nations set a course regarding the relationship between our nations. This will I’m sure help both our nations to continue to grow our relationships and learn a bit about each other. This is after all my first year in office.

We would, of course meet separately. If none of you would be able to come, perhaps another arrangement can be placed where we can meet. I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

Nigel Uno
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P.S. If you do come, it would be wise to bring warm clothes. It is getting chilly this time of year,
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Postby Kyrenaia » Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:09 am

AHSCA wrote:
TO: Razia-Sultana Umm Albilad, Lady of the Five Deserts, Ilkhana of Utica, Daughter of Kyrenaia, Mother of Her People, Highest Servant of the Lioness.

From: Duchess Marcella Villa, Second Duchess of the United Island States of AHSCA

{{Private communique for your eyes only}}

My Honorable Lady,

I want to thank you for writing to me and taking an interest in our upcoming elections. You may or may not be aware that every six years AHSCA holds elections to elect it's legislative members to represent the states before myself and streamline the work needed to make a union like our own function. No doubt the presence of a newly established Communism party has raised eyebrows among yourself, the others of of our friends and allies and certainly within the union itself.

I appreciate the concern you've raised, truly, and I shall work with all my power and might to not let this Duchy which has stood for more than a thousand years in some form or another, through wars, calamities and a shifting world be taken down so easily. Like you and many others, I believe there is the stability that comes with a strong central government that holds a place for as long as the Heavens so will. Not to be a tyrant but to be a faithful long lasting servant who can faithfully execute and uphold the laws of the land. These are the ideals that my mother, and the other framers of our Constitution saw fit to create in those days of fighting for our independence and it's a value I hold to my core.

The Communists can huff and puff but mine is a foundation of solid rock and I trust the voters of our nation see the same way which is why we do have two parties with similar but different values. This election will see a potential shift in the party leading the charge in the Congress, Possible Senator Miela, a fine woman, might take the helm or Senator Pacifica might ride the mighty ocean waves again to victory. I will inform them you wish both candidates luck in the spirit of comraderie and bipartisanship and rest assure the great relations. Whomever takes the lead, I will continue to lead the Charge as this Nations Duchess on the world stage and at home. The Sultanate in particular will always remain our close friend. Who knows, one day Dear Aurelia may finally stand by my side as Duchess Consort but until then we'll continue to do business as we do.

May the Heavens Bless you and your people always,

Marcella Villa.



Joint Statement from the United Island Party and National Liberal Party

Razia-Sultana Umm Albilad, Lady of the Five Deserts, Ilkhana of Utica, Daughter of Kyrenaia, Mother of Her People, Highest Servant of the Lioness.

While our parties are of course running in opposition we always remain firmly united as citizens of these islands and of this Government under Her Majesty Duchess Marcella Villa. Her Excellency's reservation on the endorsement of one candidate is understandable and regardless of whom will take the seat as the next Majority Leader, we are looking forward to the continued cooperation of our nations.

Yours Truly,

Pacifica, Senator for Corona Island
Miela, Senator for Corona Island

On Behalf of our respective parties.


To: Her Majesty, Duchess Marcella Villa United Island States of AHSCA.

From:
    Razia-Sultana Umm Albilad, Lady of the Five Deserts, Ilkhana of Utica, Daughter of Kyrenaia, Mother of Her People, Highest Servant of the Lioness.

Subject:
    Election time.

Diplomatic Correspondence.
Not to be released.


Dear Marcella,
the more special nature of the diplomatic relations between the UIS and Kyrenaia, especially in the light of the relationship of yourself and my granddaughter, notwithstanding (I, too, hope, that the two of you will find happiness in whichever form it will take), I am certain, that the two nations we lead will be close no matter the outcome of these elections. Both Madame Pacifica and Madame Miela are capable and good leaders, who I could imagine as Viziers of mine, if the Gods would not have given them to the UIS.
But as capable as the two of them are, it would be for naught, if their Duchess would not be just as capable, if not more. I know, why Aurelia likes you - and to be honest, while she, of course, looks at you in a different light then I do, I can see many of your qualities as well.
Your strength will certainly help you in the times to come and with the challenges ahead of you. The AHSCA-CP might only be one challenge, however, I am certain, that you will overcome this challenge.
If you need it, however, I am willing to aid you in both word and deed - and a certain someone, who we both love, would most likely drop everything and rush to the UIS if she heard, that you required aid.

Signed, with the best wishes and the Lioness' Blessings,
Razia-Sultana Umm Albilad,
Lady of the Five Deserts, Ilkhana of Utica, Daughter of Kyrenaia, Mother of Her People, Highest Servant of the Lioness.







To:
    Pacifica, Senator for Corona Island.
    Miela, Senator for Corona Island.

From:
    Razia-Sultana Umm Albilad, Lady of the Five Deserts, Ilkhana of Utica, Daughter of Kyrenaia, Mother of Her People, Highest Servant of the Lioness.

Subject:
    Election time.

Official Correspondence.
Can be released.


Dear Madame Pacifica, dear Madame Miela,
thank you for your kind message. It is assuring to know, that no matter the outcome, the relations between Kyrenaia and the UIS will be fruitful.

Signed, with the best wishes and the Lioness' Blessings,
Razia-Sultana Umm Albilad,
Lady of the Five Deserts, Ilkhana of Utica, Daughter of Kyrenaia, Mother of Her People, Highest Servant of the Lioness.
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Postby AHSCA » Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:52 am

Aurora Island
Respondents: Pacifica, Miela

Honorable Chancellor Uno,

We're delighted to learn you wish to invite us for a private tea time with you to discuss our ongoing election season. We talked this over with Her Grace the Duchess and she has given us her blessing to attend and we'll be on the next ship out by the time you receive this letter. You are welcome to have us both because as a personal note, Pacifica and I have a relationship outside the office but if you still want to talk to us one on one, I'm certain we'll be happy to accommodate you as well. So why not a bit of both huh? We shall look forward to your meeting, until then,

Miela
Senator in the UIS Congress.
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Pacifica v. Miela Debate

Postby AHSCA » Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:50 pm

Election '20 Debate


Moderator: Shizuka Gozen, Officer for Culture and Information (United Island Office of Culture and Information)

Miss Gozen: Today we will have a debate of our two Congressional leaders, Senator Pacifica, Current Majority Leader and Speaker of Congress, running on the ticket for the United Island Party and Senator Miela, Current Minority Leader, running on the ticket for National Liberal Party. This year's election is looking to potentially see another shift in the balance with the NLP looking to reclaim the high seat, it would be the first shift since 2013. Both Senators will have a few minutes to go over their major points and other matters that come up during this debate. Senators, welcome. Senator Pacifica, we'll begin with you as you currently sit as the Majority Leader. Your Party has made great strides in bipartisanship. You were elected in a special election following the resignation of Senator Olaff. if your party remains, what do you intend to pursue in terms of dual support

Pacifica: Thank you, Thank you Officer Gozen and thank you Senator Miela. In my time as Senator I've worked across the aisle with my colleagues on the other side. Obviously education was a big one that we had to overcome and we managed to do it, even if Senator Miela has her own ideas about going about it further, but we'll get there. I think the biggest thing we still agree on two things right now, obviously there's the Storm Bank, a way to make sure we have an insurance for natural disasters. It's the biggest thing I think either of our parties have agreed on in quite some time. I feel when elected either of us would certainly push that as our first big piece of legislation. Trade and international relations we've come together with, minor differences here and there but we did it.

Gozen: Senator Miela, same question.

Miela: Thank you, Officer Gozen and Senator Pacifica. I don't feel there's much I can add to that but I'm proud we have found many ways to work together and I agree, the Storm Bank will be our first major push in the new Congress. I think safe to say either of us will certainly put that as a high item on our agenda. Just before recess we were talking about a revision to the Citizenship clause, and we'll have to work together to find the best solution to that.

Gozen:[i] Let's talk foreign relations. Senator Miela, your approach to foreign relations is a narrow focus, a inward look to our small sphere of friends, where your opponent is looking for broader relations, what is your stance?


Miela: The world is a vast and certainly complicated place. In the post-war years, AHSCA looked inward to itself and kept quiet and carried a big stick always. It's what's kept us on the path of piece for more than two decades now. Of course my predecessors in Congress largely believed in that isolationism but I on the other hand do feel we've healed enough to move along but that said the word is still what it is. Vast complex nations built into mega metropolises. Bustling but also rife with large inequalities and an overall degredation of the values we as islanders hold dear. Exploration is rampant, trade deals are one sided, imperialism and assimilating colonialism is what the rest of the world wants it's not what I want it's not what my voters want. What we want is to be our little slice of paradise carved by our Holy Mothers themselves. We've forged great friends who helped us before and since. I did stand opposed to another military base on our soil but that was established at her Majesty's Decree therefore I am bound to it.

Gozen: Senator Pacifica, your response.

Pacifica: To think the entire world is just out to get us, is irrational at best and fearmongering at worst. I don't doubt though my colleague's concerns are legitimate, there's always reasons to be weary but, we've come a long way in the world since the days of our war. Nobody says we have to lead the world coalition and stamp out raving dictators or we have to let multi billion dollar companies from overseas come and exploit us but our trade can always improve, which leads to a quality standard of living for all of us. We have built that over these two decades while keeping our values. We should broaden our relations with more nations. our bubble of friends are wonderful, we're appreciative of nations like Lamoni, Mokastana, Kyreneia, The Freelands, Kuronami and the rest and we've made new friends along the ways. AHSCA can be a positive influence in ways that go beyond global macro economics and military but of the kind of people we are and always want to be.

Gozen: Senators, Thank you. Let's move along to Education. There are talks of a new office for education which will standardize and modernize the curriculum of all schools. Senator Pacifica, you being the pro-education Senator, where do you stand on the creation.

Pacifica: Might I also add you are potential candidate for that position, Officer, I wish you all the luck. I think a central Office for our growing educational needs would be a great sensible idea. Do they need a vast national curriculum? I think that's something we can discuss after such an office is set up.

Gozen: Senator Miela?

Miela: I oppose any creation of another office. It's an unneeded weight on a system that needs to still grow and find the needs for it's students. Having another centeralized Officer to report to I think is simply unnecessary and troublesome. I also would mostly oppose a national standardized curriculum. We can talk general guides and ideas for teachers but I feel the schools of every state and village in the states need to make their own needed criteria. The needs of a Corona citizen will be different from an Auroran or Animalian. A standard system is old fashioned and a product again of the modern industrial world and what does it get their students, a lot of rote memorization of facts and test subjects they have no use for as adults. I want our schools to have general education for literacy and specialty to teach them proper life skills.

Gozen: Continuing on Education, Senator Miela, you've said you'd be in favor of an opt-out program. Currently for your party, a woman named Kiri Whatitiri on Hoshino is seeking to represent Hoshino, and proposes a full repeal. Given you showed support for the Education bill when it was first passed, why do you feel a need to have an opt out when a fellow nominee is seeking a full repeal

Miela: To be clear, my support of the bill was because of the desire to build school, give materials for teachers and the national funding for schools but I still support the right of a citizen to pick and choose the best needs for them. I don't support a full repeal that Missus Whatitiri is seeking, because I feel we can still have all the provisions the bill provides but without having to force anyone. I was taught by my parents and I value the wisdom they gave me as them. For some, a more traditional teacher might be needed and we should enable that. I supported the bill and voted in favor and encouraged others in my party to do so then, because it was the best solution to this debate and we didn't have to force the Duchess to Decree it thus leaving room to change it as we need. That's what I wish to do, change, not throw it away.

Gozen: Senator Pacifica, your response?

Pacifica: I'm very glad my colleague showed her support even if she did disagree with issues on the bill, and I thank her for wanting to keep installed even if others would like to dismantle it. But I see where her thoughts are about a need of a specialized system but I feel compelling all our kids to go to school from my daughter now and in the future. At the early age we can focus on the basics of literacy needs, at the tween years we focus on the starting for specialization and at their late teens is when they can decide if it's best to enter the work field or continue education for a higher field, be it government, medicine, education whatever it might be.

Gozen: Senators, thank you. Let's move onto some minor issues some of the other candidates have proposed. One is the needs of voting, recently there's been a movement to have a compulsory vote. Some candidates running like this others oppose it, Senators where do you stand, Senator Pacifica?

Pacifica: I like the idea of compulsory voting. Participation in civic government is very important. Even though our elections are limited to Congress and certainly will be for the time being, and we only elect every six years it's good to be ready and able to inform. Our parents, grandparents and other relatives fought hard to create a state and we gave an element of democratic participation to the people for a reason. Duchess Nanao-Villa wanted that enshrined in our Constitution and now with her daughter continuing the family legacy we should honor that legacy today.

Gozen: Senator Miela?

Miela: It's a nice idea but ultimately you can't force interest. There's no sense in making someone who just doesn't care to vote. On a ballot sheet, someone might punch me because they think I'm cute or they might go for Pacifica because she has pretty hair, they might not really care what our platforms or policies are. The informed voter is someone who cares about these issues enough to read up on all of us and chose who they want. I grew up with people in my village who honestly didn't care if the Duchess told them the Sun would rise tomorrow. We've made great strides to be as inclusive as possible. Near universal suffrage for all eligible citizens, absentee ballots for those who live abroad or are out of the country during an election. If they don't wish to participate, we need not force them. Let those who are interested vote and those who don't wish to, continue on with their lives.

Gozen: Senators, thank you. Next question I want to ask, the idea of nationalizing all shipping in the UIS. Thus all major ships would be subject to direct Government control eliminating a private market. Some say this would improve safety and conditions at sea. Where do you stand? Senator Pacifica?

Pacifica: Of course we are a seafaring public and I feel government oversight is always needed. I've been on many ships in all kinds of conditions. Stormy seas, calm seas, either way we all are aware of the risks of going to sea. We all bear that. Fisherman do it every day, those that travel abroad for leisure know it. It can be frightening and tough but we are a tough people who know how to deal with it.

Gozen: Senator Miela

Miela: My colleague is right, sea travel is tough, hard and dangerous. It's something we accept and deal with. We have modern naval ships because it's the world we live in but as citizens we've stuck to the old wood and iron ships because that's what we like. I think things are fine the way they are, no need for further nationalization or further oversight. It starts with our passenger ships then goes down to the smallest of fishing boats. It's just overreach and it's not needed.

Gozen: Sounds like you both agree, but Senator Pacifica, would you clarify are you in favor of more regulation but not nationalization?

Pacifica: My apologies, Officer, let me clarify that I feel we have good regulation in place already that I feel we don't need further.

Gozen: thank you, Senators. Next matter is the Faith Tax. Currently all religions pay a small income tax but some candidates have proposals to raise or lower it, where do you stand on it? Senator Miela?

Miela: I feel the rates are fine as they are, including our own faith. We all pay our taxes and the rates will be changed as our budget needs change.

Pacifica: I would support a modest increase. I think the extreme of 25% is certainly extreme, and feels more like subversive persecution. But as my colleague said our rates will always need to flex based on our fiscal needs every year.

Gozen: as I understand you both oppose a national sales tax?

Pacifica: I think with our boom of tourism over these last several years, a sales tax will really reduce overall tourist spending in our economy and just add an unnecessary burden to our population. I also would stand opposed to any state tax because I fear that could simply create more flight between states.

Miela: I largely agree with those points. But perhaps a small 1% sales tax on specialty goods from foreign nations would be something worth discussing in the future. If we cap it there, we wouldn't lose tourism dollars because to them that's a drop in the bucket and would continue us to innovate with our own home grown products. Kimono that are proudly tailored by fine people here for example, cloth woven from cotton grown here, food here, treats here. The best way to bolster our economy and keep it running is for all people

Gozen: Senators, I don't have to tell you I'm certainly biased on this front, but where would you stand on certain proposals to increase or decrease UNICIM funding?

Miela: Officer Gozen, I think you need to rest easy because Pacifica and I both agree our culture is something to be proud of and the works of your office are the best, between the state press which insures accurate reporting as well as allowing the flow of books, art and other great treasures of our home to be shared everywhere. I feel that the Offices are enshrined by Her Majesty and thus won't be eliminated or slashed. We hope to maintain current budget rates but I'm certain you as Officer will be flexable

Pacifica: Agreed, UNICIM and UNIMO are really under sung as our Offices go. I too would like to be able to possibly increase funding for both agencies under my tenure but I'm certain my colleagues across the aisle will also come to discuss that.

Gozen: I am certainly grateful though now I wonder if I'll finish my next novel. Oh well. Now I would like to talk of a broad topic that hasn't come up much, the role of a judicial branch in our Government. The Judicial branch is very new and mostly serves to manage our criminal law system do you feel judicial oversight should be expanded? Senator Pacifica.

Pacifica: Judicial oversight is not a concern of our government. The framers had a lot to think of when they wrote our Constitution and they felt the government needed to be composed of the Executive and Legislative. A court was not seen as needed because our system of government functions without one. We give a lot of power to our Duchess and in turn she gives us power and privileges. We speak to the people and we speak to the Duchess. We make laws she enacts them as she feels is needed. The implementation of a Criminal Court was needed to show we've developed nicely as a nation that can hold citizens accountable and give them a reasonable defense.

Gozen: Senator Miela.

Miela: I come from the world of Old Justice I'll admit. My parents said, criminals deserve what they get, punish them harshly. Well the question is of Judicial oversight I agree with Pacifica, it's not needed at all. Our system of Government functions fine. I also will stand against the idea of the creation of a civil case. Our court is not needed for any whiner who gets a burn, let's keep it as is, for the needs of dealing with criminals.

Gozen: Senators thank you very much for this debate, I feel many got to hear your answers in full You agree on subjects and disagree and some you just have different ideas of implementing them. I shall look forward to hearing more from you as this election goes on. Best of luck to you both.
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Postby Mervay » Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:36 am

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To whoever may concern. Her Majesty's Government has been watching the development of the elections closely as it would certainly affect one of Asteria's most closest allies such as the UIS. As such; it is very warm for us to see the fact that our relationship won't change regarding of who wins the elections, however; the Mervayan Government in it's policy of political neutrality has announced it won't endorse the parties present at the elections for the moment.

It is hoped if possible with the powers I have been given by Her Majesty; that a meeting between the two leaders of the most important political parties could be arranged. It wouldn't be needed that such meeting happens in Mervay but rather in the islands.

May I wish you luck in such important event.

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Postby Lillorainen » Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:47 am

(Lysköpinger Almindelige Bladden, English online version. November 3, 2020.)

AHSCA Votes - Another Cross, Another New Era?

An opinion piece by Lykke Hedegaard.



To quote from a certain 1977 book, which everyone in Lillorainen has read in school at some point or another: "Regardless of whether there is a desire within a society for a change, there is but one very essential condition for it: That it comes from within. Society as a whole has to agree on whether or not to accept a shift or keep things as they are; change forced upon from outside the society given almost never goes anywhere good. The country, the nation in its boundaries is the determining factor. If the initiative for a change does not originate from within said boundaries, any change is almost certainly doomed to failure. The society must be free from any potentially harmful influence from outside its defined boundaries."
With this said, if Siegfried Heiderich were still alive today, he would likely deem the practice of foreign governments endorsing candidates in an election outside their jurisdictions a gross nuisance, and at the same time, praise his successors for not following this fashion trend. This, of course, does not necessarily keep people not involved in government from commenting on it.
With the UIS of AHSCA being neither particularly powerful on an international scale, nor particularly rich, and with its history of foreign domination (they might get along well with Moana Nui Islanders in that regard), its society as a whole tends to ask somewhat different questions than other societies, and this year's election gives a good impression as to what these questions are, and what answers its leaders have.
For those unaware of the party landscape of AHSCA: The UIS has essentially a two-party system, with the currently ruling United Island Party, led by Senator Pacifica, and the National Liberal Party, led by Senator Miela. Smaller parties include the somewhat more hawkish National Islander Party - a breakaway from the UIP -, as well as the AHSCA Communism Party, because a multi-party democracy apparently cannot live without some revolutionaries-in-spe on the left end of the spectrum even in 2020.
Leaving the latter two fringe parties aside, the UIP and the NLP agree on a plurality of points, but when it comes to specifics, the latter can be considered the more conservative one than the former. Some say, one could easily merge the two parties to one, or alternatively, split our Meritocratic Unity Party into two, and our landscapes would almost look alike in either scenario. Nonetheless, the respective leaders live in a relationship with each other, which there doesn't seem to be a lot of stigmatization against, or at least doesn't seem to be considered mutually exclusive by many. The points agreed and disagreed upon by the Senators Pacifica and Miela were pointed out yesterday evening (Lillorainian time) during the debate moderated by Officer for Culture and Information Shizuka Gozen.
A major point is the creation of a Storm Relief Bank, which would make sure, that all AHSCA-Islanders have an insurance for natural disasters - an idea which enjoys bipartisan support, therefore will likely become a thing regardless of who ends up winning. I personally consider this a good thing, especially since not everyone in the UIS is able to afford an insurance themselves.
Foreign relations are a major point, and one of the points which may lead to the next major political shift, as it is certainly controversial within the society of AHSCA given its past, and not exactly a distant one - I'm old enough to remember hearing about the War of Independence back in the 1990s. Therefore, I consider it legitimate to be concerned about potentially selling the country out, but I do agree with Senator Pacifica, that it's not like the entire world is chafing at the bit waiting for the perfect moment to grab the place, exploit it, and alter its culture until it looks the same as everywhere else. We Lillos have experience with the struggle to overcome this unreasonable belief ourselves, but eventually, we carefully opened up under President Seelscheid in the early 1990s and joined the SEA last year. And we're still ourselves. I also agree with Pacifica, that AHSCA, despite its relatively small size compared to Kuronami, Kyrenaia, even Lillorainen etc. can be a great influential factor, for there quite are situations where it's the smaller and middle-sized nations who are the voice of reason, when things get heated among the big players.
Education is another major point more than one opinion exists on. In her last term, Pacifica introduced universal schooling, and Miela advocates for an opt-out system. That's a difficult point, for here in Lillorainen, we have compulsory school education in all states (enshrined in the Federal Constitution), and I wouldn't wish to change that, especially not with regards to the literacy rate, which isn't exactly the highest in AHSCA. If I were to speak for the UIS, I would want to raise a new generation that is close to a 100% literate, as education is simply the key in a modern society. On the other hand, there might be a cultural issue I'm unaware of, so I cannot speak for the UIS entirely. But in general, I would agree with Miela on the point, that a national curriculum, no matter how well-intended, can be more of a burden than a benefit. Here in Lillorainen, school curriculum is a state matter for the same reason - a Sigurdslander may have different needs than a Vedjadinger, and the cultural gaps between the states of AHSCA is still greater than it is across Lillorainen; still, minority languages and cultures are a thing in both countries, and the education system(s) should reflect this (a point I'm sure to be agreed with on wholeheartedly by activists like Sasae Mamea and Layla Murashiniq).
On compulsory voting, this is a tough issue as well - here in Lillorainen, nobody is forced to vote, and if we were to change that, this would likely push us further towards the dystopia foreign pro-democracy activists regularly depict us as. I also agree with Miela regarding her point, that compulsory voting does not solve political apathy - apathetic voters would likely pick their candidate based on appearance or other features that have nothing to do with their platforms, or just render their votes invalid by making more than one cross or trying to write Bugs Bunny in or something like that. On the other hand, I do understand Pacifica's point, that AHSCA-Islanders have a long history of fighting for where their country is now, thus considers voting a civic duty, and for example in Shamsiyya, some Cantons have compulsory voting for this very reason. It isn't easy to judge from a Lillorainian point of view.
Another idea is the nationalization of all shipping in the UIS. Coming from a country with efficacious private property protection laws, this would likely be considered unconstitutional in here; in the UIS, this doesn't seem to be an obstacle. Yet, I do believe, that a nation with a long shipping tradition and a similar reputation of being a country of great sailors that we have, shouldn't try to fix something that isn't broken. I do understand safety concerns, but a full nationalization isn't something I could support in good faith.
On a Faith Tax - I'm from a country where religious institutions are much dependent on private donations and revenues from side businesses such as stock ownership, so I can't say much about how religious institutions in AHSCA get their money, and how much they are willing to pay to the state. Leaving it flexible according to the fiscal needs seems reasonable to me, however.
Both candidates oppose a national sales tax due to the possible decline of tourism. The Federation of Lillorainen has a federal VAT of 12%, and we can't complain about the lack of tourism (well, we currently can, but this is more due to a certain pandemic). It is understandable, though, that introducing such a consumption tax would make goods more expensive, which might be an issue for the poorer citizens. Making this a state matter might create some interstate shopping tourism (for those who can afford it), which isn't deemed desirable. A small tax on special imported goods might be sensible, though, in order to protect local manufacturing.
With regards to the funding of government offices such as the United Island Office of Information and Culture (UNICIM) and the United Island Meteorological Office (UNIMO), I agree with both candidates, that they are essential. The former promotes the rich, strong, diverse, and unique, simply great AHSCA-Islander culture as well as news reporting accuracy, and the latter is a necessity for many people's lives in a country regularly hit by tropical storms. Slashing the funding for either Office would be atrocious. Of course, it also depends on the tax revenue of the fiscal year in question, but I generally do believe, that the funding for these Offices should be kept up at least and increased, should the budget allow for it.
The last question raised by Officer Gozen was judicial oversight - an institution which is a thing here in Lillorainen on both federal and state level. However, the system as thought of by the people who made the Constitution seems to be functional as it is, so both candidates don't see any point in fixing something that isn't broken, so no complaint from my end.
So, whom would I vote for? To be honest, I'm not sure. Both Senators have great ideas and raise good points. With some, I'm more leaning towards Pacifica, with others, I'm more leaning towards Miela, but at the end of the day, as long as either candidate wins, I don't see the future of AHSCA in peril. Quite on the contrary - no matter who wins, I have reasons to believe, that the next term will be the beginning of a new era for AHSCA - an era many people in the UIS will benefit from, without changing anything about the things that make the country great.
I wish both candidates all the best of luck in this election; may the election remain fair, and may the people decide for whom they consider the best one!
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Postby AHSCA » Tue Nov 03, 2020 10:53 am

Joint Statement from the United Island Party and National Liberal Party

Honorable Foreign Minister, Dileva

While our parties are of course running in opposition we always remain firmly united as citizens of these islands and of this Government under Her Majesty Duchess Marcella Villa. Her Excellency's reservation on the endorsement of one candidate is understandable and regardless of whom will take the seat as the next Majority Leader, we are looking forward to the continued cooperation of our nations. As it stands we have an invite from the Chancellor in Cartoonia so before the election, a meeting wouldn't be possible but in the months to come afterward, we would be most certainly glad to meet with you to discuss our nation further, be it with us or Her Majesty, Duchess Villa.

Until then, we wish you and all the wonderful people of Mervay well.

Yours Truly,

Pacifica, Senator for Corona Island
Miela, Senator for Corona Island

On Behalf of our respective parties.
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Radio 1, Free Lands of the Selkie.
Shortly after the 8 p.m. News.
Interview with Professor Leonard Riar of the Tribe of Monaghan (UoL), transscript.


Cut in from his home in Leuda now is Professor Leonard Riar of the Tribe of Monaghan, Professor for Political Sciences at the University of Leuda. Professor, thank you for joining us despite the situation.
I am glad to be here, Mister Ancar.
So... let us jump right in. Of course, the issue on many people's mind right now is the election in the United Island States of AHSCA. What is your opinion?
People are worrying about the wrong thing. Madame Pacifica and Madame Miela are excellent politicians, but they are far too similar. The recent debate made that quite clear. How did Miss Hedegaard phrase it? When comparing the political landscapes, she said, I quote: Some say, one could easily merge the two parties to one, or alternatively, split our Meritocratic Unity Party into two, and our landscapes would almost look alike in either scenario. While in a few finer points, I do not agree, the general idea is correct. Both parties click together like the pieces of a puzzle. The two being in a relationship currently, even being spotted together abroad like in Teressien, only reinforces that notion.
So, no spats in the future?
Most likely not.
What do you think, that people should worry about?
We, here, in the Free Lands, should worry about not who leads the Congress, but who makes up the Congress. Aurora Island displays the full range of political parties in the UIS, with the notable exception of the National Islander Party. It shows us the important issues of the day, though: A Storm Bank, to provide relief to those affected by the major storms every winter, is hotly discussed, another is a Faith Tax and its increase, decrease or even abolishment, the Defense Spending is under review and... UNICIM.
Maybe you should explain, what UNICIM is...
The United Island Office of Information and Culture, basically a Ministry of Culture. The Communists seek to increase the spending, Kiri Whatitiri, the candidate for Hoshino's seats by the National Liberal Party, wishes to abolish the Office in its entirety, as does Edvard Straum, the candidate of the National Islander Party for one of Stillestando's seats, while both Madame Miela and Madame Pacifica wish to keep it the way it is. The question is not only one of one further Ministry and thus intrusion of the State into yet another field, in this case into culture and arts and its spread over the world, a bloated government and so on, but also... one of the responsibilities of the UNICIM is to ensure accurate reporting. Abolishing the Office would either open the door for inaccurate reporting or would require that duty to be taken over by another Office.
Not to mention, that it also comes close to censorship.
In theory. I would not know of any case of censorship in the UIS, be it censorship of the press or censorship of an artist. In theory, that Office would allow the Office-Holder to censor what is published and what isn't published.
Putting internal issues aside for a bit, let's talk foreign relations...
Both Madame Pacifica and Madame Miela agree, that the UIS should not isolate itself. Madame Miela is for a narrow approach, to deepen the relations with the friends they already have, us included, Madame Pacifica is for a more general approach. Of course, both have their points, Madame Miela being focussed on the conservation of the Islands as they are and their thriving, fearing the modern world due to the inequalities it might bring. Madame Pacifica, on the other hand, wishes to expand the sphere of influence which the UIS has and establish trade with more nations. Both forget, that the world... kind-of ignored their decision already.
What do you mean?
The UIS is at the crossing of the spheres of influence of several powerful nations, of some, who believe they are, and of some, who don't give a damn about their power and just want to trade in peace. Lamoni, Mokastana, Kyrenaia, we, Astares Amauricanum, Kuronami, to name a few – whoever belongs into which group is for others to discuss. These spheres of influence, especially considering the military bases of Mokastana and the Sultanate, plus the latter being the country of origin of the Duchess' Girlfriend, the aggressive imperialistic landgrab of the Empire of Astares Amauricanum and the traditionally close relations between Kuronami and the UIS, are clashing. Right now, it is a minor clashing, but never underestimate the power of gestures.
I feel like I am repeating myself, but what do you mean?
As you might know, Princess Aurelia travelled to the UIS again this year to attend the Festival of Holy Light and to visit her girlfriend, Duchess Marcella. While that might sound more like a report for the Illustrated Post, she was not alone. Her Stepmother, the Princess-Regent of the Khanate of Tanin, and her Father, Prince Damir ibn-Razia, a.k.a. the Special Ambassador of his Grandmother the Sultana of Kyrenaia, accompanied her. Officially, it was for their honeymoon, as Prince Damir and Princess Yasmin married only a few months before.
And you believe, that this visit was not only festive in nature?
Whether or not the visit was solely festive in nature does not matter – fact is, that this visit did happen, maybe as a symbol of Prince Damir continuing to stand with his daughter in her struggle for a change in the law of marriage in Kyrenaia or maybe as a sign of the influence of Kyrenaia. I would be surprised, if neither of the four were aware of the implications it might have, especially with the family dog around as well.
And the fact that Prince Damir took his favourite ship to the UIS only enhances that image?
Exactly. Prince Damir does not take the Aurelia for a visit to a place the Kyrenaian Government or he himself has a special connection to – of course, one could argue, that the visit to the Empire of Astares Amauricanum earlier this year would speak against that, but I have it on good authority, that Emperor Adrean specifically requested the Aurelia. Who goes where how is an important gesture.
So, the next major war will start in the UIS?
No. The Empire of Astares Amauricanum seems, for now, being sated with what they have. Emperor Adrean is a young fool, but his government is made of capable people. Kyrenaia will defend the UIS when the UIS is attacked, but it will not start a war about who is the most influential down there. We are fine no matter who is in charge down there as long as we can trade. Kuronami, Lamoni and Mokastana do not strike me as countries, which will go to war over the UIS either. No, if you are looking for the next major war, then look no further then Cutantiram and Malali, two nations occupying the former Kyrenaian Colony of Eadhra. Lahharenyu might be worth a look, if you are looking for a major gang war in the making.
But what does that mean in regards to the foreign relations of the UIS?
Simple: None of the powers, who's spheres of influence cross there, will allow another one to intrude. The situation on that turf is already strange enough. None of these powers will make any larger push towards more influence in the UIS without angering and provoking a reaction from any of the other powers with influence down there. One needs to be careful in that minefield.
But the UIS is a free and sovereign state, they can do, whatever they want, can't they?
Of course they can. The problem is, they might, with any foreign diplomatic action, alienate their current friends.
And that can have serious implications.
You wouldn't believe how serious. It might even cost the UIS those sweet NSD they got from tourism. This year alone somewhere between five and six thousand Astarian tourists from the Islas Malditas alone visited the Festival of Holy Light. That is a serious amount of money and the owners of hotels, inns, restaurants, souvenir shops and so on would be tremendously stupid if they wouldn't see the opportunity that might bring. Of course, the numbers of this year are respectable, but not mass tourism in the strict sense, but with a bit of development, these numbers and thus the Tourism-NSD can shoot through the roof.
It would be similar to what the Archipelago experienced in the 2000s.
Exactly. It's like with people you know from a bar: Spend time with other people and you grow distant and your will to spent time with them diminishes... with nations, the addition of such things as bad press can be added in. In any case, the UIS might face a major transformation in its economy and, ultimately, in its way of living. If the right people make the corresponding decisions, that is.
And if the COVID-19 Pandemic does not make that all for naught.
I do not believe, that the Pandemic will affect this development in a major way. Or the mass tourism industry in general and over the long-term. Of course, now, the numbers and signs speak a different language, but ten years after a vaccine has been developed and distributed, mass tourism in general will be right back. In short term... it gives them time for these developments.
Is that already reflected in the platforms the major parties run?
Yes, and quite openly so. For example, both Madame Pacifica and Madame Miela are against a national sales tax. For one thing, it might affecting the own population negatively, while also affecting tourist spending negatively – Madame Miela seems to be inclined towards a minimal import tax on foreign imports.
In conclusion, no matter how the voters in the UIS decide, their will is irrelevant, you mean?
'Irrelevant' is the wrong word. The UIS is developing. It is changing. Whether or not its people want it or not is not up for discussion, it will happen either way. Who is in charge and who isn't will have a major impact on how politics will react to these changes and how these changes will affect the future of the UIS.
Thank you, Professor, for these valuable insights.
It was my pleasure, Mister Ancar.
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Postby AHSCA » Thu Nov 05, 2020 7:06 pm

Polls Tighten As Others Weigh in On Election


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by Shino Asagiri, Junior Reporter


In the race for Congressional Leader, the national poll is a tight one as Senators Pacifica and Miela both of Corona Island continue to be neck in neck in polling data with the final tallies showing The incumbent Senator Pacifica with a narrow lead as ballots from across the UIS (as a note to our foreign readership, the Congressional Head is voted upon by all citizens of the UIS). Ballots from Aurora to Animalpolis continue to be gathered, counted and tallied and the race remains too close to call. As the UIS continues deep into it's rainy season many are wondering if it'll be the extra boost the Liberal Party needs to pull through. The Liberal Party enjoyed a sweeping victory in 2000 and 2006 on the heels of particularly aggressive rainy seasons and historians at UNICIM consider that a strong factor, as citizens might fear a moral imbalance might be drawing the wrath of the Black Goddess Homukami. Though it's hardly a perfect metric, after all the vast majority of islanders in both parties are Madokamists at the end of the day, but as the United Island Party tends to favor a broader more progressive platform, including a potential shift towards secularism, globalism, etc, it is believed to have some of the more traditional folks, a bit spooked.

Now it is also important for our foreign readers to understand, AHSCA does have a formally recognized religion as it's state religion but our Constution guarantees free practice, which is why the Church of Holy Marsh retains such a strong presence here. It helps our nations still have such friendly ties, on top of a native born Marshite running for Congress.

Now we must digress to foreign reaction. A great deal of foreign nations have taken an interest in our ongoing elections across the islands. No doubt many eyes do focus on the broad HoC race between the two Corona Senators given these two senators enjoy a great amount of privilege in our Government. Both are the closest to the Duchess, outside her immediate Officers (our equivalent of Cabinet members) and both obviously control the bills and agenda of our legislative body when the Duchess does not preside or set one herself. The big take away that seems to be commonly shared among foreign observers are how similar the two major parties seem to be. An opinion piece authored by Lykke Hedegaard for Lysköpinger Almindelige Bladden, "Some say, one could easily merge the two parties to one, or alternatively, split our Meritocratic Unity Party into two, and our landscapes would almost look alike in either scenario." A similar sentiment was echoed by Professor Leonard Riar of the Tribe of Monaghan on a broadcast show through Radio 1, in the Freelands of the Selkie. Of course the Honorable Sultana of The Sultanate of Kyrenaia issues a broad general statement showing no favor for one party and wishing general luck. Of course we reporters of UNICIM do have good reason to believe Her Majesty Duchess Villa and Her Grace, Sultana Razia-Sultana Umm Albilad, have also been in private communicate but as such neither Majesties have wished to disclose anything further beyond that open communication.

From Mervay, The Honorable Chancellor Dileva issued a statement of Mervay's close observation of our elections as well and a desire to meet with the candidates. As such with both Senators visiting Cartoonia, such a meeting will likely have to wait until the Winter. At home, Corona Island seems a bit split on which of their beloved island icons they want to see take the seat. the port city Kino seems to Favor Pacifica with more rural villagers going for Miela. Aurorans largely favor Pacifica, Hoshinites are leaning more towards Senator Miela, write in provisions on the Stillestando ballot however are advocating for their own running candidate to be named the new Majority head instead. On Animalpolis again results seeming to be similar to Corona with a rural, urban split. Among the nation's younger, many can't help but want to see a change in the Government to allow the lovers become co-chairs! Of course such a thing would require a Constitutional Amendment. However this election turns out, both candidates have promised a peaceful concession. The national election is set to conclude Saturday, Island Time with the independent state elections continuing in the days and weeks ahead.
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Postby AHSCA » Sat Nov 07, 2020 12:16 pm

Race Called, Senator Pacifica Remains as Head of Congress; States Begin Elections Next Week



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by Shizuka Gozen

In the national election for Congress, the race between Senators Pacifica and Miela remained a tight and close one but now with all the votes tallied, the race has been called in favor of the incumbent Senator, Pacifica of Corona who is set to remain as Head of Congress and the Majority Leader and Speaker for the UISC for the foreseeable six years to come. The two senators while rivals in the world of politics remain close on the outside and jointly traveled to Cartoonia together to meet with the nation's Chancellor to discuss the election in greater detail. Many commentators from nations abroad weighed in on our national election all offering a variety of opinions about the candidates, while some did endorse one candidate, others simply wishing luck for both candidates. Big issues on the mind of voters, the Storm Bank, education, transportation, economy and others that candidates addressed and more issues are certainly to come up in the weeks ahead as now the individual states begin their elections to chose their senators to represent them. Aurora, with both seats open has the most diverse pool of candidates, with candidates of the two major parties, a candidate running as independent and the Communism party which previously ran in the Special Election is again seeking a spot in the Congress. As unlikely as it will be for the party to make any major changes, in spite of whatever the platform the party's candidate is being presented on, the party would see a successful election of a representative as a major success. A Marshite expat who gained citizenship in the UIS, could be the first foreign born Senator to represent the island.

On Hoshino Island the race is expected to be tight, with a wildcard NLP candidate running, the controversial Kiri Whatitiri is leading in the opinion polls as an early favorite (with a +/-8% margin of error). Of course as UNICIM's officer, it's my duty to report the truth however my personal feelings may go, obviously Ms. Kiri Whatitiri a mother of two and a staunch "conservative" of old island creeds, strongly advocating an abolishing of a handful of offices as a spending cut, a dismantling of the Education Programs forged by Senator Pacifica, a greater emphasis towards farming and fishing. No doubt the farmer from Hoshino will run a long hard fight to see her secure the seat. On the other side, Mr. Fox, considered also more on the conservative side but running for the UIP ticket, is running on a platform that seems to be hoping to galvanize some of Kiri Whatitiri's base but still appealing to the broader UIP base as well as a defensive hawk and agrees for a broad expansion of foreign relations.

Stillestando has another break-away-candidate with Edvard Straum, brother of Zwei Sturnum, a notable Hawkish militant candidate and another proponent of Officer downsizing, hoping yet again to abolish my position. I truly don't know if I've done anything to upset a handful of the candidates but I am sorry if I have. That said, he's hoping to redirect funding more into UNIMO, no doubt appeasing those who've liked the more robust meteorology forecasts. Even as the daughter of the old "Storm Watchers" clan of workmen and women, I too appreciate it. On the other side, Anya Strum (no relation to the Straum family who holds the power on Stillestando) is running on a dove policy, wanting to see a cap on further military spending and more education and culture programs and is hoping to maybe bump up the UIS Infrastructure with a green incentive going forward. Polls are pretty split about people's feelings about the two candidates it seems to be running even. The rather junta-esque government of Stillestando has been stable since the collapse of its democratic government in 2003 so it's unlikely many in that are hungry for rapid change.

Corona also had both seats open and with the Senator Miela conceding the race to her opponent and set to continue her position as the Minority Leader, her father, Koralo is now seeking the island's nomination unopposed. With the NLP usually achieving 95% popularity in Corona, it's not much of a surprise. His platform mirrors largely that of his daughter with a few other provisions in his platform. Will anyone else rise to suddenly challenge? That's hard to say right now, but there's no rules against it, even this close to election time.

Finally but no least is the big island of Animalpolis, with one new seat open to gain we again have a standard two-party race between the UIP and NLP. Kurlino Ueda seems to be the favorite to win among Animalians, she's running on more transit oversight and government regulation, even if the two major candiates of her party seem to be fine with the status quo. It's noted that Ms. Ueda was a passenger aboard the now infamous S.S. Yuzu and while a headline grabbing event, it seemed to have spurred little in the way of any reform. Most islanders who were asked, both seasoned sailor and novice tourist alike, seem to agree, it's just part of the risks that come with sea travel and the Yuzu was just a stack of bad events after another. Mr. Junpei Takiguchi a rather unknown old fella, noted for a quiet demeanor, old bits of elderly wisdom like any character from a story seems to be hoping to keep the UIS as old fashioned as the day he entered it. His advance age no doubt makes him remember different times so it is understandable. That said his platform has largely been focused on broad foreign policy, perhaps the most of any candidate in this race. Unusually, he's also pushing for a referendum on the matter of a possible Sales Tax. Well I suppose there's always that but to organize any kind of polling is a matter for the Duchess to decide. Her Grace has always shown a desire and willingness to go with the desires and wills of her subjects so it's not out of the realm of possiblity if Mr. Takiguchi can energize the voters enough to call for it. Until then, The UIS Congress remains in recess until the next session in March.
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OOC: I suggest making it so that people can vote for multiple options on the poll so that we can vote for all state elections.
Pro: Environmentalism, Eco-Socialism, Democratic Socialism, Social Democracy,Progressivism, Pro-choice, Pro-LGTBQ+ rights, Immigration, Bernie Sanders,Secularism, Palestine And Israel, Internationalism, Alter-Globalization.
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Postby AHSCA » Sat Nov 07, 2020 1:21 pm

Anatoliyanskiy wrote:OOC: I suggest making it so that people can vote for multiple options on the poll so that we can vote for all state elections.


ooc: oh you're so right, I should have set it that way. Thanks.
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Postby Kyrenaia » Sat Nov 07, 2020 2:00 pm

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On the matter of the Election Results in the United Island States of AHSCA:
    With great Interest, We observed the Elections for the Head of Congress in the United Island States of AHSCA, Our beloved friends. We were most pleased by the fairness, grace and civility and wished both candidates, Madame Senator Pacifica and Madame Senator Miela, all the best of luck.
    We were joyful upon receiving the message earlier today, that Madame Senator Pacifica was confirmed in this office. She has, in the past, proven her skill at handling the matters of great importance, which the World has confronted her with and We have no reason to believe, that this will change. We congratulate Madame Senator Pacifica on her re-election.
    We very much look forward to continue working together with her and with her boss, Her Majesty Duchess Marcella Villa, in the future, and We hope, that this cooperation will be as fruitful as it was in the past.




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To: Her Majesty, Duchess Marcella Villa United Island States of AHSCA.

From:
    Razia-Sultana Umm Albilad, Lady of the Five Deserts, Ilkhana of Utica, Daughter of Kyrenaia, Mother of Her People, Highest Servant of the Lioness.

Subject:
    Election time.

Diplomatic Correspondence.
Not to be released.


Dear Marcella,
it appears as if the first phase of the elections went through without major hitches - at least not that Naval Intelligence informed me about them. Being as that may, now to the individual states... good luck! From what they told me, you're going to need it...

Signed, with the best wishes and the Lioness' Blessings,
Razia-Sultana Umm Albilad,
Lady of the Five Deserts, Ilkhana of Utica, Daughter of Kyrenaia, Mother of Her People, Highest Servant of the Lioness.

P.S.: Damir sends his best regards as well and hopes, that you don't mind, if he and Yasmin send a hug for you along.
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Concession of the Race
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My greetings to all voters and members of the press at home and abroad. On behalf of members of my party and my colleagues in Congress who will be retiring or returning, I am hereby conceding the Congressional Race for Majority Leader to Senator Pacifica. We both ran a hard fought race, we both did our jobs to reach out to our voters and constituents and as such the people have spoken and the people feel confident that Senator Pacifica will continue to lead them in prosperity and health for the next six-years, as so willing by our Goddesses. I want to thank those who voted for me and participated in our civic system, a system that was fought long and hard for. We have different ideas but we share a lot in common. We are the United Islands after all and we will continue to work united even when our ideas are different. We know many more races are now going to be starting over the next several weeks and remember those who represent your states are just as important as who sits at the head of the whole congress. I shall look forward to continuing my duties as Minority Leader to represent the interests of those who align with our party but of course will not ignore those who align on the other side. The rain and storm that comes on us now will clear up in time as it always does and the sun will shine on our next session of Congress when we re-convene in March. Those who took a great interest in our election, whether you endorsed one of us or wished us both luck, we thank you too. May you be blessed as well and may we be blessed from now to all time.

Acceptance of the Race
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The results are in, the people have decided. Miela and I both ran campaigns that were long and hard fought. We both want what is best for our country and our people, even when those ideas split, we find ways to work together. Our friends and allies watched us very closely and to them I want to say thank you, thank you for your continued support of the UIS. The nations that saved us in our darkest hour and those that discovered our little islands in the new era of a new Duchess, we know you look at us to see just what our nation is all about and you have witnessed it. The UIS is a great representation of the balance of powers. Powers that let the people chose their representatives who will speak to us, so that we might speak to the Duchess. Together the powers of a standing Monarch and the powers of an elective legislative body work together to make us a harmonious nation. Every nation has its own way, the UIS is a firm believer that nations shall set their course and follow it and we know nations respect that in us. Thank you to all who elected me, I will work hard to hear the voices of all citizens. More is ahead of us as now our individual states take to their polls to chose who else will come to Congress in March. We'll be eagerly awaiting the results but until then may the Goddesses bless the UIS and may they bless the world.



To: Razia-Sultana Umm Albilad, Lady of the Five Deserts, Ilkhana of Utica, Daughter of Kyrenaia, Mother of Her People, Highest Servant of the Lioness.

From: Duchess Marcella Villa

Subject: Election

{{private communique; for your eyes only}}

Dearest Sultana,

Thank you for your latest message to me, I do appreciate it. I'm glad our first phase went without issue and that both candidates have graciously accepted the results. I'm looking forward to working with them in the years to come, may the Goddesses so will it. We have more races ahead and more candidates to hear from but AHSCA will continue to be grateful for all your love and appreciation for us.

Yours Truly,

Marcella.
-I willingly keep AHSCA relatively poor and underdeveloped, why? Everyone on NS is a developed nation already-
-CONCLUDED: 2020 AHSCA General Congressional Elections
-NS Factbooks here-

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Postby Astares Amauricanum » Sun Nov 08, 2020 11:01 am

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Imperial Department of State of Astares Amauricanum




To the United Island States of AHSCA,

After having observed with interest the race for the Elections of Head of Congress, the Imperial Cabinet, and Their Imperial Majesties Keisaer Adrean Blachkor and Keisaerina Anna Blachkor, would like to congratulate Miss Pacifica for her victory, and Miss Miela as well for her gallant efforts during the campaign.
The Federalis Imperium looks forward to continue working with the UIS, especially with two such capable senators leading its legislative body.

Signed,
His Excellency Daniel Vincao, Ambassador of the Federalis Imperium of Astared Amauricanum to the United Island States of AHSCA.
His Excellency Michael Foxter, Secretary of State of the Federalis Imperium of Astared Amauricanum.


From:
    Keisaer Adrean Blachkor "The Third", Son of the Imperium, Master of the Appalachia, Conqueror of the Rockyes, Lord of the Plains and Tamer of the Frost.
    Keisaerina Anna Blackor, Daughter of the Empire, Highest Servant of the Stars
To:
    Duchess Marcella Villa
Subject:
    Congressional Elections
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Dear Marcella,

first of all, we hope that this message finds you in good health.
As said in the Department of State's communiqué, congratulations to both Misses Pacifica and Miela. With two capable Senators like them at your side, the UIS is on the best track to advance.

On a side note, you may have heard that unfortunately, the Federalis Imperium of Astares Amauricanum finds itself once again dragged in war, this time with the nation called the Empire of Geonal.
As such, given the fact our armed forces are currently mobilizing in their entirety to prepare for the conflict, it is inevitable that the Islas Malditas will in a matter of days be preparing for this conflict too, to help our fleets gather before going on the offensive.
As such, we would advise that any UIS ship stays clears of the Islands. While the probability of the Malditas being considered a target of importance for Geonal is currently very low, we can't say for sure if this will stay like this in the upcoming future.
So, in order to avoid an innocent death of any UIS citizen that may found itself by error in the vicinity, and in order to avoid another needless bloodshed for your people, please stay clear from the Malditas for now.

Before we forget, the hospital ships we promised you back furing your state visit in July are nearing completion, and should arrive by the end of December (if the weather isn't too sortmy by then.

Kind Regards (send them to your sister and your mother as well please.)
Keisaer Adrean Blachkor
Keisaerina Anna Blachkor.
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