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Postby The Collective Hivemind of the GA » Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:42 pm

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Hello, there denizens of the General Assembly:

Per the agreement of several General Assembly regulars in a recent symposium, we've set up this thread to help gather ideas for potential General Assembly proposal ideas that have not been covered by existing legislation, designed to help new writers find good and manageable topics to write about, as well as to connect with existing authors to potentially work with. We encourage regulars (and others) to submit/post any ideas they haven't gotten to, and might want to hand off to others, or any interesting ideas they've been thinking of. If they're willing to work with prospective authors on a variety of topics, they should indicate as much.



Topics Proposed | Sorted by Difficulty

    Novice:
  1. Standards for international road freight (trucking) (RL e.g. CMR Convention, Schengen Agreement) - possible categories: Regulation/Safety, Free Trade
  2. Active reduction/destruction of space debris (intended supplement to GAR #349/#303) - possible categories: International Security, Regulation/Safety
  3. Replace "Access to Science in Schools"
  4. Replacement protections for war correspondents (see GAR #282)
  5. International radio communications regs (replacement of GAR #75) - possible categories: Regulation/Safety, Free Trade
  6. Abolition of debtors' prisons, rights of debtors/bankrupted persons - possible categories: Social Justice, Furtherment of Democracy
  7. Regulations for labor union agency fees (i.e. fees paid to unions by non-members who are covered by a collective bargaining contract negotiated by that union) possible categories: Regulation/Labor Rights or Adv. of Ind/Labor Deregulation, depending which way you go

    Intermediate:
  8. International Criminal Court replacement - possible categories: International Security

    Advanced:
  9. Repeal/replace GAR #302 (in progress -- United Massachusetts)

    Heroic (do not attempt):
  10. Repeal/replace NAPA ("wrong hands")
  11. Repeal/replace Rights & Duties of WA States
  12. Repeal/replace 'The Charter of Civil Rights' (for better definition of what constitutes an allowable "compelling practical purpose")


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Postby Marxist Germany » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:05 pm

Seems like a good idea
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Postby Araraukar » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:07 pm

Perhaps as good as ideas for things would be ideas on what not to try, at least as your first proposal. My suggestions for that category are "any repeals" and "anything to do with guns or drugs". :P

EDIT: What if someone submits a topic that a regular has had a draft on for ages, or already has a drafting thread for (but it just currently happens to be on page 78 or something of the forum)? Also, telling people not to post drafts on a subject just because they've been around here for ages sounds... well, counterintuitive, if the point is to get activity here.
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Postby Tinfect » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:09 pm

Araraukar wrote:Perhaps as good as ideas for things would be ideas on what not to try, at least as your first proposal. My suggestions for that category are "any repeals" and "anything to do with guns or drugs". :P


We've been over that in considering this thread. We figured that a list like this would be the best way to help new players along, at least in terms of finding decent grounds for legislation.
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Postby Marxist Germany » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:11 pm

Araraukar wrote:Perhaps as good as ideas for things would be ideas on what not to try, at least as your first proposal. My suggestions for that category are "any repeals" and "anything to do with guns or drugs". :P

Abortion^
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Postby Araraukar » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:12 pm

Marxist Germany wrote:Abortion^

That goes under "repeals".
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Giovenith wrote:And sorry hun, if you were looking for a forum site where nobody argued, you've come to wrong one.
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Ethical treatment of animals in testing- Category, Health;Aoe, Bioethics.
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Postby Araraukar » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:30 pm

Marxist Germany wrote:Ethical treatment of animals in testing- Category, Health;Aoe, Bioethics.

Taking an idea that a forum newbie is already working on, to post it here, isn't exactly fair in my opinion.
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Giovenith wrote:And sorry hun, if you were looking for a forum site where nobody argued, you've come to wrong one.
Araraukar wrote:
Blueflarst wrote:a cosmopolitan hammer
United Massachusetts wrote:Can we all call ourselves "cosmopolitan hammers"?
Us cosmopolitan hammers
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Postby Marxist Germany » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:34 pm

Araraukar wrote:
Marxist Germany wrote:Ethical treatment of animals in testing- Category, Health;Aoe, Bioethics.

Taking an idea that a forum newbie is already working on, to post it here, isn't exactly fair in my opinion.

He kinda sorta vanished
His scheduled submission was 15 April
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Postby Araraukar » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:48 pm

Marxist Germany wrote:He kinda sorta vanished

Life is a thing that happens to people. Why aren't you stealing all of UM's ideas instead? Or SP's? Or IA's? Or anyone's who has passed more than three resolutions already? Here's an idea; let's ban anyone who has ever passed a resolution, from ever writing up a repeal! That'll get new names on the table.
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Giovenith wrote:And sorry hun, if you were looking for a forum site where nobody argued, you've come to wrong one.
Araraukar wrote:
Blueflarst wrote:a cosmopolitan hammer
United Massachusetts wrote:Can we all call ourselves "cosmopolitan hammers"?
Us cosmopolitan hammers
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Postby The Collective Hivemind of the GA » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:52 pm

Guys, let's calm down a little both ways. Thanks.

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For the record, I was under the impression that we had generally agreed to leave off the request that regulars avoid the list? Or was that just me and Praetor, whatever he goes by on NS?
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Tinfect wrote:For the record, I was under the impression that we had generally agreed to leave off the request that regulars avoid the list? Or was that just me and Praetor, whatever he goes by on NS?

My bad, there. Just saw Banana's recommendation on Discord. Will fix.
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Postby Araraukar » Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:01 pm

With all the calmness of Lake Placid, I still think that "what not to try as your first proposal" should be a thing on here. Given the amount of newbies that come on the forum to bang their head against the wall and then leave, to never come back again (at least on the same account) is greater than the amount that post something workable here (even if it ended up not going anywhere in the end).
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Giovenith wrote:And sorry hun, if you were looking for a forum site where nobody argued, you've come to wrong one.
Araraukar wrote:
Blueflarst wrote:a cosmopolitan hammer
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Us cosmopolitan hammers
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Postby The Collective Hivemind of the GA » Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:03 pm

Araraukar wrote:With all the calmness of Lake Placid, I still think that "what not to try as your first proposal" should be a thing on here. Given the amount of newbies that come on the forum to bang their head against the wall and then leave, to never come back again (at least on the same account) is greater than the amount that post something workable here (even if it ended up not going anywhere in the end).

This is fair. I'll begin working on it.

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Postby Praeceps » Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:29 pm

Tinfect wrote:For the record, I was under the impression that we had generally agreed to leave off the request that regulars avoid the list? Or was that just me and Praetor, whatever he goes by on NS?

Praeceps on NS.

The Collective Hivemind of the GA wrote:
Araraukar wrote:With all the calmness of Lake Placid, I still think that "what not to try as your first proposal" should be a thing on here. Given the amount of newbies that come on the forum to bang their head against the wall and then leave, to never come back again (at least on the same account) is greater than the amount that post something workable here (even if it ended up not going anywhere in the end).

This is fair. I'll begin working on it.


It may also be helpful to describe why a topic for a first proposal is not a good idea. For example, I know abortion is not a recommended topic for newbies but is it because it has already been legislated? That the topic is too complex and controversial to create a resolution that will pass? Or are people just tired to death of debating it? I'm not looking for an answer here, nor wanting one, just demonstrating for illustrative purposes.
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Postby Sierra Lyricalia » Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:01 am

My $0.02, preceded by a short introductory piece (which obviously needs improvement, especially paragraph 1) which I think is more detailed and hopefully more useful than the haphazard welcome posts we sometimes make.

The sorting by difficulty level isn't necessarily required either, I just thought it might give a bit of humor/flavor to whatever we wind up using.

Welcome to the World Assembly! Before you get started you should be aware of a few things.

1) The General Assembly forum is in character. Sometimes it can be easy to forget that the ambassador allegedly "speaking" is not the player behind the keyboard. Even real life diplomacy can get heated. We don't excuse breaking the forum rules, but our characters pull no more punches than actual ambassadors would. Please report anything that crosses the line to moderation, but otherwise know that in character conversation is as true to life as we can make it - they don't call this place the festering snakepit for nothing.

2) This is the hardest part of NationStates to find success in - we are writing international law from whole cloth. The learning curve is pretty steep - do you have what it takes? Patience is the cardinal virtue, and if you have that and can take constructive criticism, you will excel here. Ability to research is essential; Google-fu is the martial art of the General Assembly - earn your black belt and change the world!

3) This place can be overwhelming. If you want to start easy and get a feel for things before jumping into the deep end, take a look at the Strangers' Bar - the venue of choice for off-duty diplomats to take the edge off, schmooze, BS, and otherwise do non-work-related things when we're not arguing on the debate floor. Come on in, have a drink, and meet some folks!

4) It bears repeating - criticism of the draft is not criticism of the person. If you had an idea today that didn't work, that doesn't mean there's nothing for you to contribute! Here more than anywhere else on the site, persistence is the biggest predictor of success, and everyone here has early drafts under their belt that didn't go anywhere.

All that said, here are some ideas that might bear fruit for the prospective GA author, sorted by difficulty level:

    Novice:
  1. Standards for international road freight (trucking) (RL e.g. CMR Convention, Schengen Agreement) - possible categories: Regulation/Safety, Free Trade
  2. Active reduction/destruction of space debris (intended supplement to GAR #349/#303) - possible categories: International Security, Regulation/Safety
  3. Replace "Access to Science in Schools"
  4. Replacement protections for war correspondents (see GAR #282)
  5. International radio communications regs (replacement of GAR #75) - possible categories: Regulation/Safety, Free Trade
  6. Abolition of debtors' prisons, rights of debtors/bankrupted persons - possible categories: Social Justice, Furtherment of Democracy
  7. Regulations for labor union agency fees (i.e. fees paid to unions by non-members who are covered by a collective bargaining contract negotiated by that union) - Regulation/Labor Rights or Adv. of Ind/Labor Deregulation, depending which way you go


    Intermediate:
  8. International Criminal Court replacement - possible categories: International Security

    Advanced:
  9. Repeal/replace GAR #302

    Heroic (do not attempt):
  10. Repeal/replace NAPA ("wrong hands")
  11. Repeal/replace Rights & Duties of WA States
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Postby Bears Armed » Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:28 am

Suggested addition For the Heroic section:
12.Repeal/replace 'The Charter of Civil Rights' (for better definition of what constitutes an allowable "compelling practical purpose")
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Postby The Collective Hivemind of the GA » Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:44 am

Thanks, Sierra Lyricalia and Bears Armed! Your suggestions have been added.

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Postby Araraukar » Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:58 am

Has non-transport border control gotten its resolution yet? I remember several drafts over the past few years. IntSec would likely be the category for that. And going for the NatSov version (letting nations decide who they want to allow into the nation) of it would be an easier pass in the current political climate.
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Araraukar wrote:With all the calmness of Lake Placid, I still think that "what not to try as your first proposal" should be a thing on here. Given the amount of newbies that come on the forum to bang their head against the wall and then leave, to never come back again (at least on the same account) is greater than the amount that post something workable here (even if it ended up not going anywhere in the end).

(OOC: I doubt some newbies will look at any threads at all, let alone one that criticises their idea, given that some of the posts look nothing like anything else in these threads. It could work, but I doubt more than the occasional few would take advantage of this.)
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Araraukar wrote:Has non-transport border control gotten its resolution yet? I remember several drafts over the past few years. IntSec would likely be the category for that. And going for the NatSov version (letting nations decide who they want to allow into the nation) of it would be an easier pass in the current political climate.

Mainly GAR #76 ‘Standardised Passport Act’. Also mention in #159 (nations can require visas for foreign students), and various mentions in the context of medical quarantines.
Also, there was a majority ruling by GenSec [with me in the minority] to the effect that GAR#35 bars members' immigration rules from discrimination on the basis of nationality even before the potential immigrants reach their borders.
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Bears Armed wrote:
Araraukar wrote:Has non-transport border control gotten its resolution yet? I remember several drafts over the past few years. IntSec would likely be the category for that. And going for the NatSov version (letting nations decide who they want to allow into the nation) of it would be an easier pass in the current political climate.

Mainly GAR #76 ‘Standardised Passport Act’. Also mention in #159 (nations can require visas for foreign students), and various mentions in the context of medical quarantines.
Also, there was a majority ruling by GenSec [with me in the minority] to the effect that GAR#35 bars members' immigration rules from discrimination on the basis of nationality even before the potential immigrants reach their borders.

Yeah, but I meant border control resolution. Don't you watch those shows? :P Don't need to be discriminatory if someone's trying to bring into the nation something that they were clearly told not to bring (I mean, everyone reads the small print, right?), before trying to enter the nation...

Kenmoria wrote:(OOC: I doubt some newbies will look at any threads at all, let alone one that criticises their idea, given that some of the posts look nothing like anything else in these threads. It could work, but I doubt more than the occasional few would take advantage of this.)

(I'm quite sure this is an OOC thread.) And they might not look at them, unprompted, but having a thread with ideas of what to do and what not to try, would be an easy link to add to the various regional forums' newbie help pages, and (with permission from regional leadership) post on the RMB. And to TG to anyone who does post a proposal here. Heck, even potentially gifted illegal proposal submitters.
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Postby Sierra Lyricalia » Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:46 am

My personal inclination would be a stickied READ THIS FIRST thread incorporating not only the GA TO DO list but also some kind of introductory information of the kind I put in my previous post in this thread. That might well replace the existing Q&A thread, honestly - cf. the Got Issues? forum's Writer's Block thread...
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Left-wing Utopia

Postby United Massachusetts » Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:03 pm

Sierra Lyricalia wrote:My personal inclination would be a stickied READ THIS FIRST thread incorporating not only the GA TO DO list but also some kind of introductory information of the kind I put in my previous post in this thread. That might well replace the existing Q&A thread, honestly - cf. the Got Issues? forum's Writer's Block thread...

This is a good idea. I'll put a little intro incorporating your little monologue.
United Massachusetts
World Assembly Mission

Pro-Life Social Democratic Catholic
Ambassador: Bishop Alexander Pierce

Deputy Outreach Minister, The Rejected Realms
Assistant: Father Carl Sullivan

President, Right to Life
Author/Co-author: 7 GA, 2 SC resolutions

Queen Yuno wrote:You have a very contradictory rep yourself, [UM].
Sanctaria wrote:We get it. You're pro-life.
Davelands wrote:(UM tries to slip another one by)
Wallenburg wrote:You've got to be the most ignorant person on this Discord.
Davelands wrote:Remember that United Mass is extremely on the religious right side. Look for hidden gotcha's for later. He is playing a long game with proposals...
Stat Crux dum volvitur orbis
The Cross stands steady, though the Earth is turning


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