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World Assembly Resolution #249 [REPEALED]

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Fri May 31, 2013 6:59 pm

Stopping Suicide Seeds [Struck out by 366 GA]
A resolution to increase the quality of the world's environment, at the expense of industry.

Category: Environmental
Industry Affected: All Businesses
Proposed by: Christian Democrats

Description: The General Assembly,

Seeking to protect subsistence farmers and small farmers from multinational corporations (MNCs) that seek to maximize their profits at the expense of these individuals, thereby depriving them of their livelihoods and their ability to ensure dignified existences for themselves and their families,

Recognizing that MNCs, through genetic engineering, have developed technologies that try to make independent farmers dependent on the companies in order to maximize profit and to gain monopoly control over the agricultural industry,

Concerned by the possibility of widespread monopolization in the agricultural industry,

Identifying genetic use restriction technology (GURT) as a genetic modification technique that could be used by MNCs as a means to achieving the aforementioned ends,

Noting that this biotechnology produces what are known as terminator seeds or suicide seeds, which are seeds intentionally modified by the MNCs so that the seeds of their progeny are virtually useless and oftentimes unable to grow,

Realizing that the intent of this technology is to make seed saving obsolete and to make it necessary for farmers to buy seeds from the MNCs year after year,

Fearing that terminator genes inadvertently could escape into the general population of food crops, thereby resulting in decreased biodiversity, increased dependence on corporations, and increased world hunger due to the large number of intentionally sterilized seeds,

Aiming, therefore, to restrict GURT in order to protect small farmers from exploitation by biotechnology companies and to prevent genetic contamination of other crops or plants,

1. Defines the following terms for use in this resolution:

  1. Variety genetic use restriction technology (V-GURT): a genetic modification technique that renders the seeds of a plant sterile;

  2. Trait genetic use restriction technology (T-GURT): a genetic modification technique that leads to plants whose seeds are fertile; but those seeds must be treated with a special chemical (or chemicals), usually one that is produced only by a certain company, so that they will grow properly or so that the plants grown from them fully will express their genetic traits;
2. Requires that all member states ban or strictly regulate V-GURT and T-GURT;

3. Mandates that all companies, corporations, and other such entities that are engaged in GURT and in commerce within the jurisdiction of this Assembly disclose to the World Assembly Food and Drug Regulatory Agency (WAFDRA) all information regarding their activities related to GURT;

4. Bans government funding for any for-profit entity that is engaged in GURT or research of it subject to the provisions of this resolution and other active resolutions enacted by this Assembly;

5. Prohibits the transport across a national border, without preapproval from WAFDRA, of any plant or seed that has been modified using GURT subject to the provisions of this resolution and other active resolutions enacted by this Assembly; and

6. Calls upon member states, in their foreign policies (especially their trade policies) and in their laws regulating the biotechnology industry, to discourage V-GURT and T-GURT in other member states and in nonmember states.

Votes For: 9,956
Votes Against: 4,312


Implemented Thu May 16 2013

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World Assembly Resolution #250

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Fri May 31, 2013 7:15 pm

Repeal "Reduction of Abortion Act"
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.

Category: Repeal
Resolution: #44
Proposed by: Studly Penguins

Description: WA Resolution #44: Reduction of Abortion Act (Category: Social Justice; Strength: Mild) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: To People of the World Assembly:

APPLAUDING the author’s intention of helping reduce abortion rates worldwide.

APPALLED that this resolution has been allowed to stand due to the fact that it has done nothing to reduce abortions.

Examples from GAR #44:
STRONGLY URGES member states to research, invest in, and provide universal access to abortion reduction services

FURTHER ENCOURAGES member states to provide financial aid to pregnant individuals and parents to reduce or remove economic reasons for abortion and economic barriers to childbirth


This resolution should have required the state to provide stated services if there ever was any real intent to reduce abortion. Also it only guarantees a right to information, but not the right to receive anything from a decision derived from such information.

FURTHERMORE Without requiring member states to provide all the options or guaranteeing this right to its citizenry; it opens the door to more abortions or unwanted births and/or pregnancies. Article 5, section A and Article 6 render this resolution useless due to if it is all ready banned in a member state, no assistance can or will be provided. It takes away what little power this Resolution had to begin with.

ADDITIONALLY Hopes future legislation can be passed that allows a universal right to choose.

HEREBY repeals GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION # 44
Reduction of Abortion Act, rendering it null and void.

Votes For: 9,183
Votes Against: 3,977

Implemented Tue May 28 2013

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World Assembly Resolution #251

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:32 am

Repeal "Physical Sites Protection Act"
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.

Category: Repeal
Resolution: #244
Proposed by: The Dourian Embassy

Description: WA Resolution #244: Physical Sites Protection Act (Category: Environmental; Industry Affected: All Businesses) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: The World Assembly,

Acknowledging the good intentions of GA#244,

Believing, however, that the vast assortment of sites in WA nations would be better handled by those individual nations,

Further insisting that the WA cannot begin to comprehend the cultural significance, nor regulate the use of innumerable sites that exist in WA nations,

Clarifying that man-made sites may become significant through their commercial use, and that banning such use would irreparably harm a site's cultural significance,

Insisting that the PHPC’s interference in a nation’s preservation could actually cause more harm to the site’s integrity and value,

Noting the development of a culturally significant site may be tied directly to non-interference in its creation and maintenance,

Realizing that individual nations can protect their cultural heritage more efficiently and effectively than the World Assembly as a whole,

Considering the flaws present in the original resolution, and confident in the ability of WA nations to legislate on this issue individually,

Hereby repeals GA#244.

Co-Authored by Gatchina

Votes For: 9,593
Votes Against: 3,160

Implemented Sat Jun 1 2013

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World Assembly Resolution #252

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:36 pm

Repeal "International Competition Law"
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.

Category: Repeal
Resolution: #70
Proposed by: The Dourian Embassy

Description: WA Resolution #70: International Competition Law (Category: Free Trade; Strength: Significant) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: The World Assembly,

Cognizant of the intentions of GA#70 to reduce anti-competitive practices in the international market,

Admiring those intentions and lauding the efforts of the International Trade Administration,

Believing that the resolution in question has limited effectiveness, because it does not account for new or evolved anti-competitive practices,

Disappointed that the failure of foresight has led to the proliferation of many such practices worldwide,

Recognizing that the methods of regulation tasked to the International Trade Administration are excessively cumbersome,

Noting that the resolution seeks an international solution to the problems many national regulatory agencies face,

Understanding, however, that easing the burdens national regulatory agencies face in the pursuit of good business practices, rather than assuming those burdens, would be a preferable solution to those problems,

Believing that the World Assembly can work to ease those burdens and stop anti-competitive practices more easily without GA#70,

Hereby repeals GA#70.

Co-Authored By Glen-Rhodes.

Votes For: 10,951
Votes Against: 1,634

Implemented Tue Jun 11 2013

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World Assembly Resolution #253

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:44 pm

Repeal "Freedom in Medical Research"
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.

Category: Repeal
Resolution: #171
Proposed by: Christian Democrats

Description: WA Resolution #171: Freedom in Medical Research (Category: Free Trade; Strength: Significant) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: The General Assembly,

Realizing that Resolution 171, Freedom in Medical Research, says the following,

  • "Doctors, and other medical professionals that utilize controversial forms of treatment shall not be penalized by either the individual, post-procedure, or the government, unless fully informed consent was not acquired,"
Regretting that this provision prevents patients from suing physicians who have harmed them while providing "controversial forms of treatment" and that it further prevents governments from prosecuting or removing the medical licenses of physicians who act negligently while providing "controversial forms of treatment," a phrase that the resolution never defines,

Believing that the patient, at least in some cases (which should be determined by law), is entitled to compensation for any loss or injury that he suffers at the hands of a physician, even if that patient did provide informed consent to the procedure that harmed him,

Opining that consent to a controversial procedure is not necessarily consent to every potential loss or injury that might result therefrom,

Suggesting that physicians who perform "controversial forms of treatment" and want to avoid lawsuits require the persons whom they are treating to sign contracts waiving the right to sue (see Resolution 205, Freedom to Contract) instead of relying on this Assembly to protect them from their own negligence or incompetence when they harm their patients,

Concerned that the provision quoted above unduly might restrict the authority of governments to regulate or to ban unproven medical procedures that are performed by charlatans and that are likely to cause severe harm or significant financial loss to patients and their families,

Noting that Resolution 171, Freedom in Medical Research, also says the following,

  • "Medicinal drugs, and other such substances shall visibly print the side-effects, ingredients, and the company in which the substance was produced on the vessel in which it's sold in,"
Understanding that it is often impossible to fit an entire list of the ingredients and potential side effects of a drug on the label of the vessel and that it is more reasonable for the drug and its container to be accompanied by a separate pamphlet or booklet that contains a full list of ingredients and potential side effects in a font size that is large enough to read,

Worried, therefore, that the requirement that all side effects and ingredients be printed on the vessel is unreasonable,

Holding the position that Resolution 171, Freedom in Medical Research, is flawed for the aforementioned reasons,

Clarifying that the passage of this repeal does not prevent member states from enacting and enforcing their own laws to provide legal protection or immunity to physicians who offer and provide controversial or experimental forms of medical treatment,

Repeals Resolution 171, Freedom in Medical Research, thus rendering it null and void.

Votes For: 8,777
Votes Against: 2,728

Implemented Fri Jun 28 2013

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World Assembly Resolution #254 [REPEALED]

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:51 pm

Invasive Species Response Act [Struck out by Resolution #258]
A resolution to increase the quality of the world's environment, at the expense of industry.

Category: Environmental
Industry Affected: All Businesses
Proposed by: Icamera

Description: The World Assembly,

CONCERNED that the serious universal issue of invasive plant and animal species has been overlooked by the international community;

HIGHLIGHTING accidental overproliferation of invasive species as not only a threat to ecosystems across the world, but also a significant, yet preventable financial burden for businesses and governments;

STRIVING to reduce such consequences by promoting international response to present invasive species outbreaks and cooperation in curbing future spread of dangerous species;

Hereby;

DEFINES "invasive species" as any non-sapient plant or animal species posing a serious risk of rapid, uncontrolled, and detrimental population growth upon being introduced to a new environment;

INSTITUTES an international ban on the unregulated introduction of potential invasive species to nations in which said species are likely to overtake or displace indigenous flora and fauna;

MANDATES that nations or other groups desiring to introduce any potentially beneficial non-native species conduct highly thorough research into the potential consequences thereof and maintain a fund for use in population control efforts should they become necessary;

REQUIRES that nations maintain a reasonably comprehensive, freely accessible registry of indigenous species indicating their reproductive capacity, biological predators, genetic variability, and ideal environmental conditions, among other information relevant to population growth capacity or pest control;

ENCOURAGES cooperation between member-states and the World Assembly Science Program in identifying species with the potential to thrive in and dominate certain environments or cause extinctions of native species;

PERMITS customs officials to take necessary action against individuals suspected of cross-border smuggling of potential invasive species via airports, docks, post, or national and local borders;

OUTLAWS practices of the shipping industry conducive to the accidental spread of invasive species, namely the discharge of ballast water in coastal waters or internal waterways and use of inadequate vessel-cleaning procedures;

GRANTS businesses, particularly those involved in agriculture, forestry, fishing, and other industries whose profitability is likely to be hampered by the costs of invasive species management, full access to the aforementioned registries;

FURTHERMORE AFFIRMS the right of said businesses to apply for guaranteed low-interest loans to be spent on management of harmful invasive species, upon the presentation of credible scientific evidence proving the necessity of assistance.

Co-authored by Ceni

Votes For: 7,321
Votes Against: 3,817


Implemented Sun Jul 7 2013

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World Assembly Resolution #255

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:56 pm

Rights of Neutral States
A resolution to slash worldwide military spending.

Category: Global Disarmament
Strength: Mild
Proposed by: Sciongrad

Description: The World Assembly,

REAFFIRMING that it is a right of states to refrain from conflicts that do not directly involve them,

BELIEVING that it is a responsibility of this Assembly to uphold this right,

And to this end resolves;

The term "neutral state" shall be defined as any state that has formally declared a policy of non-involvement, either in a specific conflict that involves one or more other states or in all such conflicts beyond its own borders (as 'general neutrality'), that has not participated in a relevant current conflict, and is in full compliance with the obligations of neutrals as listed in this resolution;

The term "belligerent" shall be defined as any state with armed forces involved in a relevant conflict;

The obligations of neutral states are as follows:

The state shall not allow any belligerent’s forces to cross or remain within its lands, excepting as clause 5 of this resolution lists, to launch attacks from or through its territories, or to recruit therein, nor shall it be legal for its people to serve belligerents as mercenaries;

The state may not perform any actions within or against belligerents that this resolution forbids belligerents to perform within or against neutrals, except that it may use reasonable force to repel belligerent forces that are violating its neutrality;

The state must not sell or otherwise supply war materiel to a belligerent, or allow anybody within its borders to do so, or allow its agencies or businesses to transport war materiel for belligerents, or (except as any other WA law specifies) allow war materiel for belligerents to cross its territories;

The rights of neutral states are as follows:

Belligerents may not declare war or commit any acts of war against states neutral in the relevant wars, and no WA member may do so at all to states that follow ‘general neutrality’;

Belligerents may not send armed forces into or across neutrals’ territories, except as this or another WA resolution specifically allows;

Belligerents must not conscript people with a neutral’s nationality into their service, unless that neutral state agreed before the war that those people also hold the belligerent’s nationality;

Belligerents must not interfere with neutrals’ international trade, except as any other WA law specifically allows;

Belligerents must not compel prisoners of war (POWs) to enter a neutral’s territory with the express intent that those people be caught and interned therein;

The following individuals or groups of belligerent states have the right of free passage within the territories of neutral states and vice versa; furthermore, any states trespassed upon have the right and duty to intern any trespassing personnel until either the conflict ends or both sides agree to their release:

Accidental strays who intend on leaving immediately;

Warships that were in serious danger of wreck, for a reasonable time to have their own crew make repairs to improve seaworthiness (but not to improve specifically combat-related systems);

As members of diplomatic missions, within reason;

Casualties or POWs being repatriated with both belligerent sides’ consent;

Escaped POWs;

Member nations that form military alliances with any non-member nation must make full compliance with the provisions of this resolution by that ally a term of the alliance.

Votes For: 5,833
Votes Against: 5,508

Implemented Tue Jul 16 2013

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World Assembly Resolution #256

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:59 pm

Foreign Trademark Recognition
A resolution to reduce barriers to free trade and commerce.

Category: Free Trade
Strength: Mild
Proposed by: Auralia

Description: Recognizing that businesses often use trademarks to identify their goods or services,

Believing that international recognition of trademarks will reduce consumer confusion in the marketplace while rewarding businesses for producing higher quality goods and services,

The General Assembly,

  1. Defines "trademark", for the purposes of this resolution, as a group of words, a visual design, an auditory expression, or some combination thereof that is used to identify goods or services from a particular source;

  2. Further defines "trademark right", for the purposes of this resolution, as the set of exclusive rights granted to a distributor of goods or services regarding the use of a specific trademark, including the right:

    1. to use that trademark to identify goods or services from that distributor and to distinguish those goods and services from those of other distributors,
    2. to seek damages from and injunction against any other entity using that trademark in conjunction with the distribution of similar goods or services,
    3. to license any of these rights to others, and
    4. to extinguish any of these rights;
  3. Further defines "foreign trademark", for the purposes of this resolution, as any trademark for which a trademark right is recognized by the member nation where the relevant distributor is located;

  4. Mandates that each member nation recognize the exclusive rights associated with foreign trademarks for as long as the relevant distributors actively make use of their foreign trademarks when distributing goods and services in that member nation;

  5. Authorizes each member nation to create reasonable limitations and exceptions to the exclusive rights associated with certain foreign trademarks when such trademarks are:

    1. merely descriptive of a product or service, or synonymous with a particular type of product or service,
    2. deceptive or fraudulent,
    3. confusingly similar to a trademark already recognized by that member nation, or to the name of another distributor or geographical location in that member nation, except when that trademark or that name was purposefully chosen to cause confusion in the marketplace due to its similarity with a foreign trademark,
    4. in violation of general restrictions on freedom of expression, or
    5. prohibited by any additional trademark regulations created by that member nation, so long as such regulations remain consistent with the goals of this resolution;
  6. Clarifies that nothing in this resolution should be interpreted as requiring member nations to recognize domestic trademarks;

  7. Further clarifies that nothing in this resolution should be interpreted as limiting the World Assembly from further legislating on trademarks.

Votes For: 8,347
Votes Against: 1,774

Implemented Sat Jul 20 2013

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World Assembly Resolution #257 [REPEALED]

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Wed Jul 31, 2013 6:05 pm

Reducing Automobile Emissions [Struck out by Resolution #324]
A resolution to increase the quality of the world's environment, at the expense of industry.

Category: Environmental
Industry Affected: Automobile Manufacturing
Proposed by: Abacathea

Description: Commending the efforts of many WA member-states to improving the quality of the environment and their willingness to adapt feasible approaches towards achieving this goal;

Believing that the reduction of waste emissions from the automotive industry is an international issue with significant climate implications and that no simple solutions exist to tackling these issues;

Noting that waste products and emissions from mechanical forms of transportation such as cars, buses, trains, shipping, and air travel, constitute a significant source of atmospheric pollutants, and believing that every nation and industry should accept a collective responsibility and affirmative response attitude towards lowering their output of these pollutants;

The General Assembly;

1: Defines, for the purposes of this resolution;
"automobile" as a mechanically propelled vehicle designed for the carriage of goods or people powered in part or fully by an engine or likewise device, and
"emissions" as gases released into the atmosphere that are established to be harmful to persons or the natural environment,

2: Mandates, under this resolution;
(i) A requirement of all member nations to take any and all economically viable measures to reduce automobile emissions;

(ii) The establishment of the International Automobile Emissions Commission (IAEC) with the following mandate:
-to create procedures for the collection and publishing of automobile emissions data by member nations and automobile manufacturers,
-to establish recommended automobile emissions standards based on this data,
-to submit an annual report to the World Assembly on automobile emissions in member nations, including projections of future automobile emissions and progress towards the implementation of IAEC standards;

3: Further requires all member nations and automobile manufacturers to implement IAEC reporting standards;

4: Encourages member nations to incentivize the development of automobile emission reduction technologies, as well as the modification or replacement of in-service automobiles producing excessive emissions;

5: Further encourages member nations to share effective emissions reduction technologies with other nations.

Votes For: 8,365
Votes Against: 2,390


Implemented Mon Jul 29 2013

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World Assembly Resolution #258

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:31 pm

Repeal "Invasive Species Response Act"
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.

Category: Repeal
Resolution: #254
Proposed by: Bergnovinaia

Description: WA Resolution #254: Invasive Species Response Act (Category: Environmental; Industry Affected: All Businesses) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: The General Assembly,

APPLAUDING the intent behind GA #254, "Invasive Species Response Act;"

YET CONCERNED with the resolution's heinous failure to adequately define invasive species to include all known species that can destroy non-native ecosystems upon introduction;

NOTING that the resolution's definition of invasive species as "any non-sapient plant or animal species posing a serious risk of rapid, uncontrolled, and detrimental population growth upon being introduced to a new environment" alarmingly disregards bacteria, archaea, protists and fungi as potential invasive species threats;

OBSERVING that the biological domains and kingdoms omitted from the definition all contain species that can be considered invasive and highly dangerous if introduced into a non-native habitat;

REGRETTING that the resolution's "international ban on the unregulated introduction of potential invasive species to nations" is impossible to enforce, because in most cases the introduction of a potential invasive species is by definition "unregulated" anyway;

SADDENED that the target resolution merely "ENCOURAGES cooperation between member-states and the World Assembly Science Program in identifying species with the potential to thrive in and dominate certain environments or cause extinctions of native species," making a great policy optional instead of mandating the policy - something that would help to control the spread of invasive species in all member-states;

Hereby REPEALS GA #254, thereby making it completely null and void.

Editor: Discoveria

Votes For: 8,908
Votes Against: 1,814

Implemented Tue Aug 6 2013

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World Assembly Resolution #259 [REPEALED]

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:35 pm

Stopping Invasive Species [Struck out by 370 GA]
A resolution to increase the quality of the world's environment, at the expense of industry.

Category: Environmental
Industry Affected: All Businesses
Proposed by: Ceni

Description: The World Assembly,

SHOCKED that invasive species have massively impacted and changed the ecology of regions;

APPALLED at the economic damage caused by the impact of invasive species;

REALIZING that this is a major international problem which can be solved by cooperation of member nations;

HEREBY:

DEFINES "invasive species" as any non-sapient species posing a serious risk of causing detrimental effects upon being introduced to a new environment;

REQUIRES the following measures to prevent the introduction of invasive species to the environments of member nations:
Member nations shall treat ballast water on ocean going vessels to kill any invasive species that may be present.
Member nations shall screen imported species to determine whether such species pose a risk of becoming an invasive species or spreading disease.
Member nations shall develop specialized response units to eliminate or remove invasive species from the environment;

PROHIBITS the transfer of invasive species from one nation to another - member nations shall work actively to prevent the transfer of invasive species across their borders through all means necessary, except through closing national borders;

OUTLAWS practices of the shipping industry conducive to the accidental spread of invasive species, namely the discharge of ballast water in coastal waters or internal waterways and use of inadequate vessel-cleaning procedures; and

TASKS the World Assembly Science Program (WASP) with creating an international registry, with which member nations shall share information regarding invasive species, including, but not limited to: species that may be considered invasive, the conditions under which any given species may be considered invasive, and effective methods for dealing with invasive species.

Coauthored by Icamera

Votes For: 7,615
Votes Against: 3,517


Implemented Mon Aug 12 2013

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World Assembly Resolution #260

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:41 pm

Repeal "Access to Science in Schools"
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.

Category: Repeal
Resolution: #48
Proposed by: Auralia

Description: WA Resolution #48: Access to Science in Schools (Category: Education and Creativity; Area of Effect: Educational) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: Affirming the purpose of GAR #48, "Access to Science in Schools", namely to ensure that all students have access to a quality education in the sciences,

Noting that the target resolution requires that all schools that receive government aid include peer-reviewed science in their curricula,

Remarking that the term "school" includes institutions of higher learning,

Recognizing that many institutions of higher learning do not include peer-reviewed science in their curricula as it is irrelevant to the material being taught, such as:
  1. graduate schools teaching law and business,
  2. vocational schools teaching the vast majority of trades, such as locksmithing, piano tuning or tailoring, and
  3. arts schools teaching the visual or performing arts,
Emphasizing that in many nations, such institutions are attended exclusively by students who have already received substantial instruction in the sciences as part of their primary and secondary education, but who have ultimately chosen to specialize in another area,

Acknowledging that such institutions receive government funding in certain nations, placing them under the purview of the target resolution,

Concluding that the target resolution's requirements are completely impractical and inappropriate for such institutions,

Recommending that any replacement resolution simply mandate that all member nations provide students with a quality science education rather than micromanaging the affairs of particular schools,

The General Assembly,

Repeals GAR #48, "Access to Science in Schools".

Votes For: 6,046
Votes Against: 4,816

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World Assembly Resolution #261 [REPEALED]

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:47 pm

Rainforest Protection Act [Struck out by Resolution #262]
A resolution to increase the quality of the world's environment, at the expense of industry.

Category: Environmental
Industry Affected: Woodchipping
Proposed by: The Scientific States

Description: The General Assembly

Recognizing tropical rainforests as are forests characterized by high rainfall, home to many unique ecosystems with a variety of creatures, flora and fauna

Aware that tropical rainforests play a crucial role in maintaining a stable climate by absorbing and encapsulating vast amounts of CO2

Believing that the preservation of tropical rainforests is beneficial because they absorb vast quantities of carbon dioxide

Further believing that tropical rainforests are home to millions of different species, and contain many beneficial aspects to help the planetary climate

Concerned that continued degradation will tip the balance and transform them from carbon sinks into carbon sources, thus increasing the rate of global warming

Further concerned that the practice of slash-and-burn agriculture destroys vast swaths of tropical rainforests each year.

Noting that tropical rainforests may contain as yet undiscovered plant species who's potential medicinal properties may lead to important advances in medical science.

Further noting that tropical rainforests are home to many non-industrial tribes who's lives and lifestyles are threatened by deforestation and contact with diseases that they have no immunity towards.

Further concerned that there has yet to be a WA resolution to tackle the issues generated by tropical rainforest deforestation, which include extinction of species, displacement of native residents, and drastic environmental consequences.

Defining the following terms:

a. Tropical rainforest – a forest ecosystem characterized by mean annual temperatures above 24 °C and annual precipitation greater than 800 cm;

b. Slash-and-burn agriculture – an agricultural technique which involves cutting and burning of forests or woodlands to create fields.

c. Protected area – An ecosystem with an area of at least 1000 hectares of natural habitat, not altered by exploitation or occupation that is subject to special legal protection and restrictions to exploitation

Hereby

Mandates that tropical rainforest areas be given protected area status.

Bans the use of slash-and-burn techniques in rainforest areas of WA nations.

Also Bans the exploitation of mineral resources in tropical rainforest areas through any techniques that damage the surface ecosystem, in part or in full.

Exempts non-industrial tribes from those provisions that would lead to the destruction of their lifestyles.

Establishes the Tropical Rainforest Protection Agency (TRPA) to oversee exploitation and reforestation of tropical rainforest areas in WA nations.
Authorizes the TRPA to:

-(I)conduct inspections of national tropical rainforests in order to determine the state of said rainforests

-(II)establish, on a case by case basis, the quantity of timber that may be exploited from a nation's tropical rainforests.

-(III)monitor reforestation efforts and the effects mineral resource extraction for the purpose of establishing quotas and certifying compliance.

Prohibits WA nations from accepting imports of timber or mineral resources that are not obtained in a manner compliant with this resolution.

Strongly encourages nations to seek the development of new and more sustainable agricultural techniques that can improve the lives of farmers living in or around tropical rainforest areas.

Co-Author Grobladonia

Votes For: 8,966
Votes Against: 3,001


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World Assembly Resolution #262

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:53 pm

Repeal "Rainforest Protection Act"
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.

Category: Repeal
Resolution: #261
Proposed by: Auralia

Description: WA Resolution #261: Rainforest Protection Act (Category: Environmental; Industry Affected: Woodchipping) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: Affirming the purpose of GAR #261, "Rainforest Protection Act", namely to protect and preserve tropical rainforests,

Nevertheless believing that the flaws present in the target resolution necessitate its repeal,

Disturbed by the target resolution's ban on slash-and-burn agriculture in tropical rainforest areas, which fails to take into account that slash-and-burn agriculture:
  1. can be practiced in an ecologically sustainable manner and only causes environmental damage when insufficient time is allowed for vegetation regrowth, and
  2. is a necessity for subsistence farmers who would otherwise be faced with the prospect of starvation due to a lack of suitable farmland in forested areas,
Troubled by the target resolution's ban on mineral extraction in tropical rainforest areas when it causes any surface ecosystem damage, which fails to take into account that such damage may only be temporary and that the land can be restored to equivalent land capacity through replanting and soil replacement after resource extraction is complete,

Distressed by the lack of an appeals process or even any established criteria for the Tropical Rainforest Protection Agency's determination of logging quotas, which allows the Agency to arbitrarily restrict forestry industries in World Assembly member nations without any accountability,

The General Assembly,

Repeals GAR #261, "Rainforest Protection Act".

Votes For: 6,429
Votes Against: 5,183

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World Assembly Resolution #263

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:58 pm

Uranium Mining Standards Act
A resolution to increase the quality of the world's environment, at the expense of industry.

Category: Environmental
Industry Affected: Uranium Mining
Proposed by: Abacathea

Description: The World Assembly, noting its consistent efforts at bettering the environment for future and current generations;

Observing that the uranium mining industry plays a pivotal role in the economies of many member nations;

Concerned that whilst this industry is indeed of great importance to many member nations, this is often to ecological detriment;

Determined to ensure the least possible impact on the services this industry provides and the revenue it generates;

However refusing to allow this to take precedent over the often severe impact made on the landscape and environment;

Hereby;

i: Mandates that nations allowing uranium mining within their territory conduct an annual audit of each operational mine to ensure that basic radiation precautions are in place and being utilized.

ii: Charges all national governance with the responsibility of assessing operational mines for any issues relating to waste product disposal, radiation containment and structural integrity.

iii: Further requires all nations to conduct a survey on surrounding flora and fauna at potential mine sites and currently operational mine sites to ensure that the construction and resultant operation of the mine will not endanger nor has endangered any species in the general vicinity.

iv: Instructs nations who discover flora or fauna indigenous solely to the potential mine site to make documented efforts to relocate either the mine, or the relevant species to ensure that the species suffer as little impact as possible.

iv(a): In relation to mandate iv; should a nation be required to relocate a species they are required to coordinate these efforts with the Protection of Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) to ensure maximum efforts made at preservation.

v: Charges all national governments with assessing the areas directly around mining operations currently in progress and annually thereafter on all active mines, to ensure that no significant contamination of water supplies or soil has occurred and take all possible measures to treat and prevent the further spread of contamination if such is discovered.

vi: Re-establishes the Nuclear Energy Safety Commission (NESC) with the provision to assist nations with the testing requirements under this act should they require it.

vii: Directs the Nuclear Energy Safety Commission (NESC) to conduct these tests on behalf of nations and to give government mandates based off of these findings.

viii: Makes provision for nations to apply to the WA General Fund on the provision that they can show verified needs for assistance in order to conform to directives given by the Nuclear Energy Safety Commission (NESC) or by their own self audits.

ix: Empowers the General Accounting Office (GAO) to conduct any and all essential financial checks required to verify a nations economic requirements to conform to this act and to approve or deny funds appropriately.

Votes For: 6,868
Votes Against: 4,126

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World Assembly Resolution #264

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue Sep 24, 2013 4:02 pm

Repeal "Language Preservation"
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.

Category: Repeal
Resolution: #243
Proposed by: Saveyou Island

Description: WA Resolution #243: Language Preservation (Category: Education and Creativity; Area of Effect: Cultural Heritage) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: The General Assembly,

UNDERSTANDING the goal of resolution #243, which is to preserve languages,

NOTING that nations may have a large quantity of languages,

REALIZING such nations may be unable to record all languages,

SADDENED nations are required to interfere with languages lacking an alphabet, which may alter the language,

CONVINCED that some cultures would not like their languages to be recorded, for it is sacred to them and any interference made by the government would go against their beliefs,

ACKNOWLEDGING that some languages have an overwhelming amount of notable works of literature which have yet to be recorded, and recording these works is a task which may take many years of research,

FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGING that the term "notable works" used in the resolution is a vague term, as the resolution does not clearly state what makes a work of literature "notable",

BELIEVING the International Language Research Center is not needed to record the billions of languages, which already is an overwhelming task,

HEREBY repeals GA #243

Co-Authored by The Last Homely House

Votes For: 8,154
Votes Against: 2,756

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World Assembly Resolution #265

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:13 pm

Repeal "Animal Protection Act "
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.

Category: Repeal
Resolution: #228
Proposed by: The Dourian Embassy

Description: WA Resolution #228: Animal Protection Act (Category: Moral Decency; Strength: Significant) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: The World Assembly:

Praising the noble intent of the "Animal Protection Act"(GA#228),

Deploring however, that GA#228 is subject to many flaws and errors which make it more difficult to protect animals effectively,

Regretting that the resolution's limited definition of animals as only those species which are capable of experiencing "the unpleasant sensory experience associated with actual tissue damage" limits the capacity of that resolution to properly protect all domestic animals,

Further regretting that the restrictive definition of pain in the resolution does little or nothing to limit suffering nor does it completely prohibit non-painful abuse, including many forms of neglect,

Disagreeing that permanent responsibility for an animal should be so easily established without regards for the rights of temporary or transitory caregivers,

Understanding that GA#228's author surely meant to use the word "ancestor" rather than "descendant" in their definition of an owner, which would ensure the care of the children of a purchased animal,

Noting that the periods of time between PAWS Committee meetings are a detriment to the protection that committee is intended to provide,

Further noting that the need to hold meetings on a regular basis, or at the very least "as needed" is significant and would benefit any future resolution on this subject,

Believing that this resolution's many flaws make it a hindrance to the members of the World Assembly, rather than a boon,

Hereby repeals GA# 228, the "Animal Protection Act".

Votes For: 9,762
Votes Against: 2,259

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World Assembly Resolution #266 [REPEALED]

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:18 pm

Chemical Weapons Protocol [Struck out by Resolution #268]
A resolution to improve world security by boosting police and military budgets.

Category: International Security
Strength: Mild
Proposed by: Chester Pearson

Description: The World Assembly,

Acknowledging that nations may possess chemical weapons,

Realizing that some nations use chemical weapons both domestically and in military conflict,

Whilst understanding the massive casualties and long term environmental damage that these weapons may cause; also believing that small scale tactical defensive usage of these weapons is sometimes vital to the survival of smaller nations,

For the purposes of this protocol:

  • "Chemical agent" shall be defined as any substance that is capable of causing death or severe harm to a person, plant, animal, a habitable area or to the environment, primarily through its toxic chemical properties,

  • "Riot control agent" shall be defined as any lachrymatory chemical substance that is designed to non-lethally incapacitate and subdue any conscious sentient person, plant or animal, primarily via the chemical effects of such agent,
The General Assembly hereby declares:

  1. The use of chemical agents as weapons (hereafter referred to as chemical weapons) in any capacity that may injure or destroy military personnel, or the environment shall be limited to defensive or delaying operations of aggressive offensive forces,

  2. The use of chemical weapons that have a reasonable probability of affecting civilian populations shall be prohibited,

  3. Member nations shall be permitted to utilize riot control agents, within the boundaries of current and future World Assembly legislation,

  4. Member nations shall take all measures necessary and practical in preventing the production, sale, or transfer of chemical weapons from their own nation to another party, if the transfer process is considered to violate the intentions and provisions of this protocol,

  5. Member nations shall take all necessary, and available precautions to secure, and prevent their chemical weapon stockpiles from accidental release, or falling into the hands of individuals whom have the intent to violate the intentions and provisions of this protocol,

  6. The World Assembly Chemical Weapons Commission (WACWC) shall be established, and be tasked with the following mandate:
    1. To develop and maintain a library of known chemical weapons, and to share this information with member nations,
    2. To assist member nations in establishing effective programs meant to defend against chemical weapons,
    3. To provide medical and humanitarian assistance to member nations subject to unprovoked offensive chemical weapon attacks, in cooperation with the International Humanitarian Aid Coordination Committee.
  7. Member nations shall be permitted to stockpile chemical agents, so long as they are in compliance with the provisions and intent of this protocol.

Votes For: 6,857
Votes Against: 5,431


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World Assembly Resolution #267

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:23 pm

Sensible Limits on Hunting
A resolution to restrict civil freedoms in the interest of moral decency.

Category: Moral Decency
Strength: Mild
Proposed by: Bears Armed Mission

Description: The World Assembly,

Recognising the wide ranges of cultures and economic systems that exist across its member nations,

Aware that hunting wild animals for their meat (which is sometimes called either 'bushmeat' or 'game') and maybe for other reasons too is an important activity within some of those cultures and economic systems, and that some people actually rely on those hunts for their own survival,

Concerned that increases in national populations and easier access to hunting grounds may increase levels of hunting, and might also cause the extension of hunting to non-traditional prey species, which could seriously threaten the survival of local stocks or even entire species,

Noting that some meats and other goods obtained by hunting are traded internationally, and that increased populations and/or wealth in importing nations may also promote increases in hunting,

Concerned also that meat obtained by hunting may be likelier than meat from domestic stocks to carry parasites and diseases that could affect people,

Determined that levels of hunting and the international trade in the products of hunting should therefore be regulated, to prevent over-hunting and to protect public health;

Hereby, within any limits set by earlier resolutions that are still in force:

1. Recognises member nations’ rights to allow and regulate the hunting of non-endangered animal stocks, and to ban hunting of any animals, within their borders;

2. Requires all member nations to regulate hunting within their borders, according to relevant expert advice, so as to keep the animal stocks involved at sustainable and environmentally suitable levels (except that they need not protect ‘invasive’ species, species parasitic on people or domestic livestock, or species carrying agents likely to cause serious epidemics in people);

3. Urges member nations that set quotas for the hunting of any animals to give adequate priority for hunting rights to those communities there for whom those hunts are economically and/or culturally the most important;

4. Requires member nations to prohibit the sale and use of meat or other goods obtained by illegal hunting;

5. Requires that meat, captive wild animals, and other goods obtained through hunting, may only be exported from or imported into member nations if they are correctly certified as having been
A. Obtained through legal hunting;
B. Tested properly for risks to public health, and confirmed as safe;
and
C. Taken only from non-endangered stocks, unless they are (i) live animals, embryos, or gametes, being sent for use in scientifically-run breeding programmes; (ii) previous exports being repatriated; (ii) live animals taken from captivity, being sent for release in the proper environment; (iv) obtained in ways that did not increase their stock’s endangerment, and being sent for academic use; or (v) materials included in artworks or antiques, and originally taken (from stocks then not obviously endangered) at least 99 years ago;

6. Urges member nations to teach their people about the ecological problems that unregulated hunting can cause;

7. Urges member nations to ban any hunting methods that are unnecessarily cruel, and the trade in meat or other goods gained using those methods;

8. Urges member nations to ensure that any goods obtained by legal hunting within their borders are properly tested for health risks before being sold or consumed there.

Co-author: Hirota.

Votes For: 7,463
Votes Against: 5,398

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World Assembly Resolution #268

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:28 pm

Repeal "Chemical Weapons Protocol"
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.

Category: Repeal
Resolution: #266
Proposed by: The Dourian Embassy

Description: WA Resolution #266: Chemical Weapons Protocol (Category: International Security; Strength: Mild) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: The World Assembly,

Believing that chemical weapons may cause loss of life and environmental damage that is unconscionable to the members of this august assembly,

Bemoaning, however, that the "Chemical Weapons Protocol"(GA#266) contains a number of flaws that preserve an environment in which chemical weapons may still easily fall into the hands of those who would use them recklessly,

Regretting that the resolution fails to make a case for the use of incapacitating agents, which are non-lachrymatory, non-lethal, and heavily restricted by GA#266,

Noting that nearly any chemical "is capable of causing death or severe harm... primarily through its toxic chemical properties" and therefore nearly any chemical is thus classified as a chemical agent for the purposes of GA#266,

Specifying that the World Assembly is committed to improving this legislation, to both reduce flaws, and ensure a more balanced resolution on Chemical Weapons,

Believing that under these circumstances a repeal of GA#266 is both reasonable and expected,

Hereby repeals the "Chemical Weapons Protocol"(GA#266),

Co-Authored by Chester Pearson

Votes For: 10,731
Votes Against: 2,036

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World Assembly Resolution #269

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Sun Dec 08, 2013 2:39 pm

Repeal "Against Corruption"
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.

Category: Repeal
Resolution: #248
Proposed by: The Dourian Embassy

Description: WA Resolution #248: Against Corruption (Category: Political Stability; Strength: Significant) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: The World Assembly,

Understanding the inherent problems of bribery and corruption,

Respecting the intent of "Against Corruption"(GA #248),

Noting, however, that the clause on the subject of individuals and organizations contains an error which was acknowledged after GA #248 was already at vote,

Further noting that the error(using the word "nation" rather than "organization") creates a severe flaw in the resolution, forcing organizations to be responsible for the independent actions of every employee, rather than protecting them from rogue actions as intended,

Believing that the appropriateness of gift giving is much easier to ascertain on a local level than through international legislation,

Hereby repeals "Against Corruption"(GA #248).

Co-Authored by Cormac A Stark.

Votes For: 10,679
Votes Against: 1,850

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World Assembly Resolution #270

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Sun Dec 08, 2013 2:47 pm

Repeal "Rights of the Disabled Act"
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.

Category: Repeal
Resolution: #227
Proposed by: Mosktopia

Description: WA Resolution #227: Rights of the Disabled Act (Category: Human Rights; Strength: Significant) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: Noting that GAR #227, the "Rights of the Disabled Act," is well-intentioned and seeks to protect the mentally disabled; but

Concerned that numerous problems in the text of "Rights of the Disabled Act" make it ineffective and sometimes even harmful;

Troubled that "Rights of the Disabled Act" classifies people as "mentally disabled" based on an arbitrary "two-out-of-four" system, rather than solid medical science and/or the professional opinion of a doctor;

Worried that such a system may be both over-broad by including individuals who are not truly mentally disabled and under-broad by failing to count others who are;

Also Troubled by the mandate in "Rights of the Disabled Act" requiring that the rights of mentally disabled people be exercised by a responsible adult in "necessary cases," without needed clarification about what constitutes a "necessary case" and without any regard to whether the mentally disabled person is able to make sound decisions despite their disability;

Worried that the ambiguity in such a system may result in mentally disabled people being wrongfully denied the ability to exercise their own rights;

Deeply Troubled by the flawed definition of a "responsible adult," which allows an uninterested, non-family member to exercise the rights of a disabled person "in lieu of a suitable candidate;"

Convinced that the many flaws in "Rights of the Disabled Act" render it problematic, unworkable, and sometimes harmful to the very people it is supposed to protect;

For all the forgoing reasons, THE WORLD ASSEMBLY HEREBY REPEALS: General Assembly Resolution #227: "Rights of the Disabled Act"

Votes For: 10,464
Votes Against: 1,936

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World Assembly Resolution #271

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Sun Dec 08, 2013 2:53 pm

Repeal "Protection of Outer Space Act"
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.

Category: Repeal
Resolution: #63
Proposed by: The Dourian Embassy

Description: WA Resolution #63: Protection of Outer Space Act (Category: Environmental; Industry Affected: All Businesses) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: The World Assembly,

Applauding efforts to reduce the number of hazardous objects in the orbit of celestial bodies which either do support or may support life,

Understanding, however, that "Protection of Outer Space Act,"(GA#63) contains a number of flaws in its text including, but not limited to:

* Treating outer space as an "environment" to be "polluted," rather than protecting habitats from space borne debris,

* Failing to account for the fact that problems during recycling may be "unnecessary" while also being unintentional and unavoidable,

* Requiring recycling efforts to use methods that are "least likely to cause unnecessary risk" without expanding upon what unnecessary risks it is meant to reduce,

* Urging nations to "remain outside of Outer Space until their crafts and crew are compliant with its(COSC's) standards" without any regard for the fact that development of such technologies is often achieved during the early stages of space exploration,

* Restricting protections to planets that contain nations only, rather than those containing life or life supporting environments,

* Defining the term "outer space" in such a way as to include the space occupied by orbital habitats(while not necessarily protecting their surrounding area from space borne debris) and preventing any future resolution on that topic,

* Further defining the term "outer space" in such a way as to require the "Coordination of Space Consortium(COSC)" to be responsible for most of the observable universe(or approximately 4.077 times 10 to the 32nd power, cubic light-years of space),

Believing that, while the immediate area surrounding habitats and heavily traveled routes deserve some protection, it is lunacy to attempt protection of all of space and ultimately unneeded,

Hereby repeals "Protection of Outer Space Act"(GA#63).

Votes For: 10,895
Votes Against: 1,491

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World Assembly Resolution #272

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Sun Dec 08, 2013 2:59 pm

Chemical Weapons Accord
A resolution to improve world security by boosting police and military budgets.

Category: International Security
Strength: Mild
Proposed by: Chester Pearson

Description: The World Assembly,

Acknowledging that nations may possess chemical weapons,

Realizing that some nations use chemical weapons both domestically and during military conflict,

Whilst understanding the massive casualties and long term environmental damage that these weapons may cause; also believing that small scale tactical defensive usage of these weapons is sometimes vital to the survival of smaller nations,

For the purposes of this protocol "Chemical agents" shall be defined as:

  • "Chemical weapon": any substance that is used with the intention of causing death or severe harm to sapient beings, a habitable area or to the environment solely through the toxic chemical properties of such agent,

  • "Riot control agent": any chemical substance that is used with the intention of non-lethally incapacitating and subduing sapient beings solely through the chemical effects of such agent,
The General Assembly hereby declares:

  1. The use of chemical weapons in any capacity that may injure or destroy military personnel, or the environment shall be limited to defensive or delaying operations of aggressive offensive military forces,

  2. The use of chemical weapons that have a reasonable probability of affecting civilian populations shall be prohibited,

  3. Member nations shall be permitted to utilize riot control agents, within the boundaries of current and future World Assembly legislation,

  4. Member nations shall take all measures necessary and practical in preventing the sale or transfer of chemical weapons from their own nation to any other party if that transfer is intended to facilitate the violation of the intentions and provisions of this act,

  5. Member nations shall take all necessary and available precautions to secure their chemical weapon stockpiles, to prevent their chemical weapon stockpiles from accidental release, and to prevent those stockpiles from falling into the hands of individuals whom have the intent to violate the intentions and provisions of this act,

  6. Member nations shall use all available means to ensure chemical weapons remain fully under state control; furthermore private individuals, and corporate entities shall be prohibited from possessing chemical weapons,

  7. The World Assembly Chemical Weapons Commission (WACWC) shall be re-tasked with the following mandate:

    1. To develop and maintain a library of known chemical weapons, and to share this information with any nations that request it,

    2. To assist member nations in establishing effective programs meant to defend against chemical weapons,

    3. To assist member nations in the voluntary decommissioning and destruction of their chemical weapons,

    4. To provide medical and humanitarian assistance to member nations subject to unprovoked offensive chemical weapon attacks, in cooperation with the International Humanitarian Aid Coordination Committee.
Co-Authored by: The Dourian Embassy

Votes For: 6,689
Votes Against: 5,712

Implemented Mon Nov 25 2013

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World Assembly Resolution #273

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:04 pm

Repeal "Internet Net Neutrality Act"
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.

Category: Repeal
Resolution: #89
Proposed by: Auralia

Description: WA Resolution #89: Internet Net Neutrality Act (Category: Education and Creativity; Area of Effect: Free Press) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: Affirming the importance of network neutrality and regulating Internet service providers to prevent content discrimination and other anti-competitive business practices,

Regretting that the flaws present in GAR #89, "Internet Net Neutrality Act", necessitate its repeal,

Recognizing that the target resolution prohibits Internet service providers from engaging in "network discrimination," defined in part as "intentionally blocking, interfering with, discriminating against, impairing, or degrading the ability of any person to access, use, send, post, receive, or offer any lawful content, application, or service through the Internet,"

Alarmed that many standard, common sense Internet pricing models, such as charging more for faster speeds and greater usage, are prohibited by the target resolution because they technically constitute "interfer[ence] with...the ability of...person[s] to access...the Internet" as well as "discriminat[ion] against...person[s]" based on price paid,

Stunned that this restriction effectively requires Internet service providers to charge a person with very high levels of Internet usage the same amount for Internet access as a person with very low levels of Internet usage, which is ridiculous,

Concerned that this restriction harms both consumers and Internet service providers by preventing the former from purchasing an Internet plan appropriate to their needs and income while precluding the latter from recouping the costs of their substantial investments in network infrastructure,

Emphasizing that these pricing models are considered to be perfectly legitimate in virtually all other industries and markets, and there is no rational basis for singling out Internet service providers for special treatment,

Troubled by the redundancy in the target resolution's title ("Internet Net Neutrality Act"),

Hoping that a replacement network neutrality resolution will soon be passed without these flaws,

The General Assembly,

Repeals GAR #89, "Internet Net Neutrality Act".

Votes For: 10,019
Votes Against: 2,395

Implemented Fri Nov 29 2013

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