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World Assembly Resolution #74 [REPEALED]

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:26 am

Medical Blockade Restriction [Struck out by Resolution #181]
A resolution to reduce barriers to free trade and commerce.

Category: Free Trade
Strength: Strong
Proposed by: Philimbesi

Description: UNDERSTANDING that in the course of international affairs, nations may from time to time place trade blockades on other nations.

REGRETTING that at times said blockades might restrict life saving drugs and personnel from attending the sick and wounded in the blocked nations.

ASSERTING that life is fundamentally more important than political or international affairs.

The World Assembly,

DEFINES Medical Supplies as any item used directly in life saving actions, or those used to sustain life after injury or disease.

DEFINES Medical Personnel as civilian doctors, nurses, or paramedical personnel

REQUIRES any blocking force or forces to grant vessels carrying medical supplies and personnel passage.

PERMITS the searching of delivery vessels in accordance with WA statues.

PROHIBITS the blocking of delivery of medical supplies or personnel to the citizens of blockaded nations.

Votes For: 4,299
Votes Against: 1,371


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World Assembly Resolution #75 [REPEALED]

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:31 am

International Radio Act [Struck out by Resolution #280]
A resolution to reduce barriers to free trade and commerce.

Category: Free Trade
Strength: Mild
Proposed by: Linux and the X

Description: RECOGNISING that radio signals cannot be made to respect national boundaries,

BELIEVING that international legislation is needed to ensure that radio systems will not cause international interference, and

REALISING that standardisation of radio devices will promote international trade of the same,

THE WORLD ASSEMBLY

ALLOWS unrestricted use of any radio power and frequency in the immediate protection of life or property in situations in which normal forms of communication are unavailable or ineffective,

ALLOWS unlicensed use of low-power radio devices, so long as such use does not interfere with other uses, but allows such devices to be subject to inspection at the point of manufacture by the jurisdiction's regulatory agency,

REQUIRES that radio services include amateur, broadcast, experimental, personal communications, business communications, life and safety communications, radiolocation, governmental and military communications, and aerocraft, spacecraft, and watercraft communications.

ESTABLISHES the International Radiocommunications Commission to set more detailed standards, including specific services and frequency allocations (including specific frequencies for emergency calls),

FORBIDS the International Radiocommunications Commission from setting content standards, or station ownership standards beyond those clearly implied by the intended purpose of a service,

CLARIFIES that the standards set by the International Radiocommunications Commission must be followed by all member nations, but

PERMITS nations to create additional radio services in spectrum not used under International Radiocommunications Commission standards.

Votes For: 4,328
Votes Against: 1,505


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World Assembly Resolution #76

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:34 am

Standardised Passport Act
A resolution to restrict political freedoms in the interest of law and order.

Category: Political Stability
Strength: Mild
Proposed by: Cobdenia

Description: NOTING the potential security risks arising from being unable to accurately assess those entering and leaving a nation,

FURTHER NOTING that such a potential security risk may be exacerbated by the inability of relevant officials to guarantee the authenticity of a foreign passport,

BELIEVING that foreign nationals, excluding diplomatic and consular officers, should abide by the laws of the nation in which they are present, though mindful of the variation in law and legal systems between nations,

DEFINES a "Passport" as a travel document issued by the nation of which the person is a citizen, national, or subject, identifying the bearer as being a citizen, etc., of that country, and a "Visa" as a document issued by a receiving nations allowing a foreign citizen entry into that nation, subject to terms and conditions (made clear to those wishing to acquire a visa).

MANDATES that all citizens carry a Passport issued by a relevant nation in which they hold citizenship or other nationality status, when travelling abroad, except where deemed unnecessary through the existence of bilateral and multilateral border control agreement, or when unilaterally declared unnecessary by the receiving nation,

PERMITS issuing nations to allow children under the age of majority, or a specific age that is lower than that of the age of majority, in the issuing country to travel on the passport of one or both of their parents, as necessary under national law,

FOUNDS the Global Emigration, Security, Travel And Passport Organisation.
a) This organisation will establish minimum requirements of details to be included into passports, including but not limited to passport numbers, facial representations of the owner, name, date of birth, validity, and anti-forgery features;
b) Members states are required to abide by these requirements.

AFFIRMS that the passport entitles the holder to any of the consular services available from their nation's Embassies, Consulates, Consulates-General, High Commissions, Deputy High Commissions, & Legations as they may require,

ENSHRINES the right of consuls to visit nationals carrying an appropriate passport of the nation they represent when detained for legal reasons:
a ) allows consuls to give the detainee legal advice, lists of approved counsels and/or barristers, and guidance on the legal process of the nation in which they are detained;
b) in cases where there is no diplomatic or consular presence of the detainee's nation a consul of another nation may be substituted for a consul of the detainee's nation, where bilateral or multilateral agreements are in place for such.

AFFIRMS that any national of a member state, carrying a valid passport and visa cannot be denied entry to a nation, except where either the security of that nation is at stake, for reasons of medical quarantine, where there is reason to believe the terms of the visa are likely to be violated or if there is reason to believe the visa was obtained fraudulently,

URGES all nations to recognise the passports of nationals of member states,

MANDATES the publication of all passport appearances (including information about recognising counterfeits), to be made available to all relevant officials, including but not limited to: immigration officials, customs and excise officers, security personnel, and constables of the law.

Votes For: 3,573
Votes Against: 1,842

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World Assembly Resolution #77

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:40 am

Repeal "The Right to Education"
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation

Category: Repeal
Resolution: #59
Proposed by: Jey

Description: WA Resolution #59: The Right to Education (Category: Education and Creativity; Area of Effect: Educational) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: The General Assembly of the World Assembly,

COMMENDING the efforts of Resolution #59 "The Right to Education" for attempting to promote education "as a contributing factor to self and community betterment";

NOTING that clause 1-a: "Mandates that Member States shall: Not restrict the pursuit of learning for its citizens";

ALSO NOTING that clause 3-f: "Emphasises that this Resolution does not affect a member state's right to have: Any level of government to control the education system";

BELIEVING that both of these clauses, taken separately, allow for dangerously hyperbolic interpretations, simultaneously permitting citizens to pursue education in hazardous subjects, such as the construction of illicit arms or materials, and permitting nations to control any aspect of education systems, such as curricula and restrictions on who may be taught;

FURTHER BELIEVING that these clauses are internally contradictory, severely hampering Resolution #59's ability to provide citizens in WA nations with any of the rights it seeks to protect;

UNDERSTANDING that it is in the interests of the World Assembly to strike out contradictory legislation that become legally ambiguous;

CONVINCED that serious issues like the right of citizens to receive education can and should be approached by legislation more forthright in its application;

REPEALS Resolution #59 "The Right to Education".

Votes For: 3,263
Votes Against: 2,610

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World Assembly Resolution #78

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:48 am

Universal Library Coalition
A resolution to promote funding and the development of education and the arts.

Category: Education and Creativity
Area of Effect: Cultural Heritage
Proposed by: Mousebumples

Description: THE WORLD ASSEMBLY -
CALLS for the formation of a Universal Library Coalition (ULC). The Universal Library provided by the ULC will be internet-based and may archive any published form of the written word including, but not limited to, fiction and nonfiction books, constitutions and laws from around the world, newspapers, magazines, and professional journals. The library will be indexed at minimum by author, title, nation of origin, keywords, and category, such as biography or periodical, as determined by the publisher.

ACCEPTS submissions from individual nations, in accordance with copyright laws. If the work is not in the public domain, it may not be archived unless permission is obtained from the holder of the rights to the work. This individual or group will receive an annual payment in return for allowing wide access to their work.

ENCOURAGES all nations to join the ULC, to allow for the spreading of information and ideas across the Nation States universe. Participating nations will have the Universal Library made available to all of their internet portals. Member nations may also choose to provide content filters for their citizenry. Participating nations may build physical libraries within their borders at their own cost. Each participating nation will maintain a backup of their national data archived within the ULC.

CREATES the ULC Executive Committee (ULCEC) that will consult with ULC member nations to manage all issues related to the maintenance and operation of the ULC and its infrastructure that arise.

PROMOTES cultural awareness by permitting the creation of the Universal Literary Exchange Network (ULEN). Any ULC member nation may designate a section of a physical library or museum to house a rotating collection of literary works provided by other ULC nations. In exchange, they will volunteer some works from their own nation to the ULEN for no more than twenty-four (24) months at a time. The ULCEC will arrange for works to be moved from one ULC member nation to another.

DETAILS that non-members are free to form their own libraries within their own borders and are in no way restricted from sharing information with other nations.

Votes For: 5,095
Votes Against: 693

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World Assembly Resolution #79

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:51 am

Ban on Ex Post Facto Laws
A resolution to improve worldwide human and civil rights.

Category: Human Rights
Strength: Significant
Proposed by: Hiriaurtung Arororugul

Description: Believing that ex post facto laws are violations of both the rule of law and the right of persons to fair treatment by the criminal justice system;

Asserting that one should not be penalised for doing something that is not prohibited by law;

Further, asserting that there can be no crime committed, and punishment must not be meted out, without a violation of the law as it existed at the time;

The World Assembly hereby:

Defines, for the purposes of this resolution, an ex post facto law as a criminal or penal law that retroactively changes the legal consequences of acts or the legal status of facts and relationships that existed prior to the enactment of the law. This includes laws that criminalize acts which were legal when committed and laws which retroactively increase sentences for crimes already committed;

Declares that:

(I) No person may be charged with or convicted of a criminal offence because of any act or omission unless, at the time of the act or omission, it constituted a criminal offence under the law of the jurisdiction in which the charge is brought or under international law.

(II) No nation or governmental subdivision thereof shall enact any criminal or penal law with ex post facto provisions that criminalize an act or omission, or that increase sentencing or punishment. Any such ex post facto provisions in existing criminal laws shall be rendered null and void.

(III) Any persons under sentence as a result of ex post facto laws shall have their sentence for any ex post facto offences nullified and their criminal record expunged of these ex post facto offenses.

Votes For: 4,372
Votes Against: 1,188

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World Assembly Resolution #80

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:54 am

A Promotion of Basic Education
A resolution to promote funding and the development of education and the arts.

Category: Education and Creativity
Area of Effect: Educational
Proposed by: Sionis Prioratus

Description: The General Assembly,

Alarmed at the lack of a primary education for citizens in numerous member nations,

Recognizing that a lack of basic and untainted education prevents literacy, political freedoms, cosmopolitanism and social, political and scientific development,

Alternatively Recognizing that education is a stable catalyst for the growth of economic sectors in national economies that otherwise cannot benefit off scientific and intellectual innovation and astuteness,

Hereby Solemnly:

1. Declares that all citizens have the right to be educated, and thus be provided with the following capabilities through some sort of variation of edification:
• Comprehensive literacy skills and fluency in the official or popular language(s) of their nation;
• An understanding of basic arithmetical operations, geometrics and fundamental mathematics;
• Cognizance of financial mathematics and concepts, currency and economics that is appropriate to the economy of their nation;
• A familiarity with their nation’s governmental policies, processes, civics, rights and freedoms;
• A fair and impartial recollection of historical national and international events, politics and society;
• An accurate understanding of ecological life, nature and the environment;
• A fair and impartial familiarity to common cultural customs, beliefs and ideologies in their nation of residence and abroad;
• Knowledge of the geographical and/or astrographical characteristics of their surrounding environment, including natural, political and demographical characteristics;

2. Further requires that member nations attempt to provide citizens of a nation the aforementioned education in the fullest possible form for any citizen that is mentally incapable, neurologically undeveloped, or otherwise incapable of learning or retaining within reason the fundamental aspects to a basic education;

3. Establishes a division of the WA General Accounting Office (GAO), entitled the Global Initiative for Basic Education (GIBE) to oversee the creation, accuracy and continuance of a registrar that lists all member nations that are currently deemed to be genuinely unable to economically support the requirements of basic edification based on this document;

4. Declares that the WA General Accounting Office (GAO) shall allocate and provide funds at the request of any nation for the purposes of complying to this legislation and providing quality education, so long as the recipient nation:

(a) Uses the donation(s) exclusively to provide a basic education to citizens of their nation;
(b) Is deemed to be genuinely unable to economically support the requirements of basic education based on this document;

5. Encourages further legislation on the rights and education of the mentally and physical handicapped.

Co-authored by Unibot

Votes For: 4,605
Votes Against: 1,550

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World Assembly Resolution #81 [REPEALED]

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:57 am

Disaster Preparedness Act [Struck out by Resolution #85]
A resolution to improve world security by boosting police and military budgets.

Category: International Security
Strength: Mild
Proposed by: Topid

Description:
The General Assembly,

Defining ‘disaster’ as an event that causes massive loss of life or property damage,

Noting the vast amounts of wealth spent annually by member states, NGOs, and the World Assembly itself in providing humanitarian aid after disasters,

Recognizing that some of the loss of life and damage to property could be avoided if a nation had some warning a disaster was pending,

Seeking to prevent the loss of as many lives or the damage of as much property as possible when disasters occur,

Hereby:

I. Establishes the Global Organization for Public Safety (GOPS) which shall be tasked with monitoring public hazards,
(a) Defines ‘public hazard’ as a condition, event, or situation that could become a disaster or makes a disaster possible or likely to occur,
(b) The GOPS shall operate:
(1) Meteorological centers to monitor the weather,
(2) Seismological centers to monitor risks such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic activity,

II. Authorizes the GOPS to inspect structures such as dams, levees, and high-rise buildings in urban areas, which could cause disasters if the structure was to fail,
(a) All the nations to be effected shall be alerted if there is a likely failure of the structure,

III. Mandates GOPS shall issue warnings to national governments when they suspect a disaster is pending, and shall also notify the various NGOs, WA Organizations, and National Governments which frequently send humanitarian aid, in the hopes the aid will arrive sooner if advanced notice is given;

IV. Declares member states maintain the right to operate their own disaster alert system,
(a) Such an organization must share all information about possible disasters with the GOPS,

V. Mandates member states to respond to alerts in a manner that will protect the lives of as many civilians as possible,
(a) If the GOPS finds a member state to have ignored an alert, or responded insubstantially to an alert, the member state shall be mandated to pay the victims of the disaster an amount determined by the GOPS.

Votes For: 4,056
Votes Against: 1,988


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World Assembly Resolution #82

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:16 pm

Universal Clinical Trials Act
A resolution to reduce income inequality and increase basic welfare.

Category: Social Justice
Strength: Mild
Proposed by: Revolutionist Britain

Description: This World Assembly,

BELIEVING that clinical drug trials are essential to safe research and development of medication;

RECOGNISING that drugs which are initially tested before use are safer and more beneficial to the world healthcare system;

WISHING to create a uniform system, recognised by all WA-Nations, which can harmonise the system of drug trials across the world to improve medication therapy for the benefit of humanity.

Hereby:

REQUIRES Clinical Trials to be conducted along these lines;
1) Clinical Trials must have a placebo to be trialled alongside the actual drug, to counteract any possible psychosomatic interefence. These will then be trialled alongside a Control group, who receive no drug at all, to measure it's effects. Other formats of trials (variants of doses, comparisons of similar drug therapy options) will also be valid within this clinical framework.
2) Trials must be conducted in a Double Blind format, whereby neither the test subject, nor the person administering the drug is aware if the subject is taking a drug, or a placebo, in order to negate any influence from healthcare professionals, deliberate or otherwise.
3) All participants in Clinical Trials must have given their consent to be included in the trial.
4) All participants in a Clinical Trial must be made fully aware of any and all possible risks associated with the drug being trialled. Participants who wish to leave a trial, having been fully briefed of the side effects will be free to do so, subject to possible forfeiture of any possible monies earned for their participation.
5) Any persons who by way of age, disability, or mental competence are unable to give consent for the trial themselves, may be able to have a parent, guardian or ward of the court enter a consent on their behalf, if it is shown that there is a benefit to them participating in the trial.

CREATES the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC), with the authority of overseeing clinical trials are conducted along these guidelines, compiling all unedited trial results and storing them for access from any state or healthcare authority, along with holding enquiries into any potential malpractice;

MANDATES that Clinicians or Nations may apply for exemptions from the regulations to the CEC, but such matters would have to be reviewed on a case by case basis and if any exemptions are granted, it will be due to extreme extenuating circumstances.

RECOMMENDS that the CEC work alongside health authorities of individual member states, in order to promote clinical trial standards and improve the harmony of healthcare across the nations of the World Assembly;

Votes For: 3,981
Votes Against: 2,260

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World Assembly Resolution #83

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:19 pm

International Road Safety
A resolution to reduce barriers to free trade and commerce.

Category: Free Trade
Strength: Mild
Proposed by: New Rockport

Description: The World Assembly,

AWARE that commercial road vehicles carry cargo and passengers across international borders;

CONCERNED for the safety of operators and passengers of commercial road vehicles that travel internationally, along with those who share the roads with them; and

FURTHER CONCERNED that accidents involving commercial road vehicles can cause an extreme hazard to the safety of the passengers, operators, and cargoes of all road vehicles involved in the accidents, especially considering the relatively large size and weight of most commercial vehicles and their cargoes;

HEREBY

DEFINES "international commercial road vehicle" as a conveyance including and not limited to a truck, a trailer, or a motor coach, that
(a) is driven over public highways across one or more internationally recognized borders between member states, has a point of origin and a destination in two different member states, or both, and
(b) is used to transport freight or is used to transport ten or more passengers or both;

AUTHORIZES the International Transport Safety Committee to promulgate regulations related to the safety of international commercial road vehicles;

FURTHER AUTHORIZES the International Transport Safety Committee to promulgate training and competency standards for individuals who operate or maintain international commercial road vehicles;

FURTHER AUTHORIZES the International Transport Safety Committee to promulgate regulations related to the safety of roads and related infrastructure at points where roads cross international borders at which one or more member states operate customs, immigration, or other border checkpoints;

FURTHER AUTHORIZES the International Transport Safety Committee to recommend safety standards for domestic roads and related infrastructure;

REQUIRES the International Transport Safety Committee to assure that compliance with regulations promulgated pursuant to this resolution is feasible and that the costs of compliance with said regulations are justified by the benefits that result from them;

FURTHER REQUIRES the International Transport Safety Committee to assure that regulations promulgated pursuant to this resolution result in reasonable improvements to traffic safety;

REQUIRES owners of international commercial road vehicles to assure that their vehicles meet ITSC safety standards;

REQUIRES individuals who operate or maintain international commercial road vehicles to meet ITSC training and competency standards;

REQUIRES owners of bridges and tunnels that cross internationally recognized borders to assure that said bridges and tunnels meet ITSC standards;

REQUIRES governments that operate customs, immigration, or other border checkpoints to assure that signage, roads, gates, customs plazas, sidewalks, curbs, and streetlamps at those checkpoints meet ITSC standards;

STRONGLY URGES governments in member states to assure that their domestic roads and related infrastructure meet or exceed ITSC standards; and

PROHIBITS governments in member states from requiring international commercial road vehicles and operators from other member states to meet higher safety standards than those required by the ITSC, unless those higher safety standards also apply to domestic motor carriers.

Votes For: 3,212
Votes Against: 2,996

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World Assembly Resolution #84

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:22 pm

A Ban on Forced Disappearances
A resolution to increase democratic freedoms.

Category: Furtherment of Democracy
Strength: Significant
Proposed by: Unibotian WA Mission

Description: The General Assembly,

Appalled by governments that resort to enforcing disappearances, most commonly to deny individuals of their existing civil and political rights,

Defines a Forced Disappearance as a political tactic, where a government or government sponsored entity conceals the fate, or existence of an individual or a group of individuals who were required by said government to vanish from public view,

Hereby Solemnly:

1. Prohibits member nations, and the World Assembly from forcing the disappearance of any individual;

2. Requires the reversal of the political tactics used against victims of forced disappearance by …
(a) Releasing to the public all of the government documentation surrounding these cases of forced disappearances;
(b) Publicizing the whereabouts of these individuals, or the circumstances of their death;

3. Demands that there be no statute of limitation on forced disappearance;

4. Permits member states to protect the identities and whereabouts of an individual in a way that may bear characteristics of forced disappearances, provided that the intentions of this resolution are respected and that the said individual has given consent;

5. Declares that any organization of a member nation which utilizes the provisions of Clause 4 must be officially publicized to said member nation at least to the extent of the general purpose of the program or bureaucratic entity being publicly documented;

6. Requests that such public documentation must also include that the organization is utilizing Clause 4 of this document;

7. Welcoming the addition of further legislation on the subject by member states, such as providing reparations to victims of forced disappearances, or their families.

Votes For: 3,645
Votes Against: 1,941

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World Assembly Resolution #85

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:26 pm

Repeal "Disaster Preparedness Act"
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation

Category: Repeal
Resolution: #81
Proposed by: Charlotte Ryberg

Description: WA Resolution #81: Disaster Preparedness Act (Category: International Security; Strength: Mild) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: The World Assembly,

APPLAUDING the efforts of Resolution #81, Disaster Preparedness Act, for seeking to reduce loss of lives and damage to property by means of disaster preparedness and the coordination of national disaster alert systems;

UNDERSTANDING that disaster preparedness and the coordination of national disaster alert systems is indisputably crucial to reduce the loss of lives and damage to property when predictable disasters occur;

However,

ALARMED that the resolution concerned does not have an established funding program to financially help any member state install the required disaster response systems; with the assumption being made that all member states were able to install such systems independently, whereas in reality poorer member states may not be able to afford it;

SADDENED by the fact that the Global Organization for Public Safety (GOPS) was not equipped to act in the most effective manner possible as it was not formally directed to:
• Share disaster prediction data with national monitoring agencies;
• Collaborate with member states that already possess perfectly competent agencies of their own for such matters;
• Advise national disaster response agencies about "best practice" solutions to mitigate any potential risks:

APPALLED, with consideration to the arguments above, that GOPS would be able to penalise a member state for ignoring the warnings they issued, or for responding insubstantially to a warning; where in fact, the said member state could not afford to install any kind of disaster response system to adequately respond to such warnings;

FURTHER APPALLED that member states could be unfairly penalised for deploying their own (maybe long-established) disaster response plan that is sufficient enough, yet still viewed as being inadequate by GOPS for not being the best possible method of response;

Therefore,

HOPING that a more specific, well written and better thought out resolution concerning disaster preparedness can be drafted with due diligence;

HEREBY Repeals Resolution #81, Disaster Preparedness Act.

Votes For: 3,062
Votes Against: 2,777

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World Assembly Resolution #86

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:30 pm

Museums of Musical Heritage
A resolution to promote funding and the development of education and the arts.

Category: Education and Creativity
Area of Effect: Cultural Heritage
Proposed by: Serrland

Description: NOTING that music is often an integral part of a nation's culture,

AWARE that music evolves and changes,

FURTHER NOTING that the preservation of music (both past and present) for future generations is a worthy venture,

RECOGNIZING that an understanding of a nation's music and musical heritage can lead to better appreciation and understanding of said nation's culture,

SUGGESTING that greater understanding of a nation's culture facilitates a greater exchange of art and ideas

HEREBY

ESTABLISHES the Museums of Musical Heritage (MoMH), an association of museums working in cohesion,

DESIGNATES the MoMH as a partnership of museums and institutions dedicated to the compilation, organization, and presentation of music and music related materials, including but not limited to recordings, sheet music, lyrics, and musical instruments,

CREATES the MoMH Database (MoMHD) as an online companion to the MoMH, where musical recordings, sheet music, and documents regarding music can be easily accessed by interested parties, be they in government, academia, or otherwise interested in music. This is to be accessible via the internet or by computer labs at the various MOMH facilities,

REQUESTS WITH EARNEST that nations, musicians, composers, recording studios, and music publishing companies donate, lend, share, or otherwise make available the aforementioned materials to the MoMH. While voluntary donations are strongly suggested, pecuniary compensation (if necessary) will be arranged by an impartial arbitrator,

SUGGESTS that nations make access to MoMH facilities and/or MoMHD readily available

FURTHER SUGGESTS that nations work alongside scholars and researchers at MoMH facilities on matters of research and study of the cultural impact of music, musical tradition, and musical heritage.

Votes For: 3,944
Votes Against: 1,811

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World Assembly Resolution #87

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:33 pm

Meteorological Cooperation
A resolution to reduce barriers to free trade and commerce.

Category: Free Trade
Strength: Mild
Proposed by: Bears Armed Mission

Description: The World Assembly,

Understanding that accurate forecasting of the weather and of changes in the climate can be very useful for the agriculture, fishing, tourism, and transport industries, as well as for nations’ populations in general;

Noting that weather patterns are unlikely to fit neatly within national borders, especially when types of weather with potentially serious effects are involved; that climatic changes can have world-wide effects; and that the more information is available, the more accurately weather-forecasting models can be designed and used;

Realising that for national governments to hinder the flow of meteorological data internationally, whether by policy or neglect, therefore hinders not only other countries’ meteorological efforts but also those industries for which accurate information about the weather is particularly useful;

Understanding that nations may be reluctant to share information about their current and predicted weather when they are at war, in case that information is of use to their enemies;

1. Establishes a ‘WA Scientific Programme’ [or ‘WASP’], to administer and coordinate whatever agencies are placed under its jurisdiction so as to promote cooperation and reduce wasteful duplication between them;

2. Creates an agency within WASP that is named the ‘International Meteorological Organisation’ [or ‘IMO’], whose duties shall consist of _
A. Collecting information about weather, climate changes, and methods for forecasting these;
B. Conducting and sponsoring research into the development of better forecasting methods;
C. Disseminating this information promptly to any cooperating WA member nations' governments that request this service, with especial promptness when it concerns information about potential disasters, and also providing any WA member nations that request such help with the best possible advice about how to create or improve their own meteorological agencies;
D. Providing actual meteorological services within any WA member nations that currently lack adequate agencies of their own for this duty, if those nations’ governments request this, in which case reasonable fees may be negotiated depending on those nations’ abilities to pay;

3. Strongly urges all WA members to cooperate with the IMO by supplying it with all of the relevant information that they possess;

4. Strongly urges any WA members who choose to restrict the spread of relevant information during wartime to save that information and then to send it to the IMO for research purposes after hostilities have ended;

5. Strongly urges any WA members who currently lack adequate meteorological agencies of their own to seek aid from the IMO in this matter;

6. Strongly urges all WA members to have adequate plans in place for dealing with weather-related emergencies;

7. Instructs the IMO to cooperate with any other WA agencies that also have an interest in these matters;

8. Offers the services of the IMO to nations that are not members of the WA too, if their governments are willing to pay negotiated contributions towards its expenses and to send it all relevant information that they possess, except if and when those nations are at war with any WA members;

9. Requires that anybody receiving information originating from IMO must only pass this on to any subsequent users free of charge, rather than sell it.


Co-author: St Edmund.

Votes For: 5,036
Votes Against: 958

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World Assembly Resolution #88

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue May 04, 2010 9:31 am

WA Numeration and Units Act
A resolution to promote funding and the development of education and the arts.

Category: Education and Creativity
Area of Effect: Cultural Heritage
Proposed by: Unibotian WA Mission

Description: The General Assembly,

COGNIZANT of the various units of measurement which nations use for a plenitude of reasons, and the attachment that a citizen generally has for their units of measurement or numeral system,

REALIZING that WA member nations' trade need not be conducted exclusively with other WA members, and thus an enforced unit of measurements for the sake of harmonization among member nations could disrupt trade between member nations and non-compliant, non-WA-members,

HAVING ASCERTAINED that it would be poignant, and a dissipation of the General Assembly's influence, for a nation to compromise their membership with the World Assembly to avoid the enforced usage of a foreign unit of measurement or numeral system,

HEREBY:

1. AFFIRMS that Member Nations are at liberty:
(a) To declare any variation of a mathematical unit as their official unit of their nation for whatever application;
(b) To declare any variation of numeration or mathematical notation as the official numeral system of their nation for whatever application;

2. FURTHER AFFIRMS that diplomats, ambassadors and any other international official have the freedom:
(a) To use any variation of a mathematical unit they wish to, for whatever application they choose to use it for (including for the purposes of WA documentation);
(b) To use any variation of numeration or mathematical notation they wish to, for whatever application they choose to use it for (including for the purposes of WA documentation);

3. ENABLES member nations with the freedom to determine if they shall prohibit their private enterprises or any non-plenipotentiary citizens of their nation from using any units of measurement or variations of numeration or mathematical notation;

4. ESTABLISHES the International Measurements Institute (IMI) to:
(a) Tabulate all of the units of measurements and numeration used by WA nations with a well maintained, and publicly-viewable registry;
(b) Devise (if not properly devised already) and publicly disclose the arithmetical methods of conversion for all the documented units of measurements and numeration which are mathematically possible to convert;

HAVING FURTHER ASCERTAINED that the conversion of values between systems will likely have undesirable rounding-based errors from arithmetical processes,

5. DEMANDS that the IMI shall devise (if not already devised) an effective, neutral and mathematically intuitive unit of measurement for any application of mathematics that can be considered as needing its own quantitative unit using a numeral system that has been devised (or chosen) by the IMI for its precision, neutrality and intuitiveness;

6. REQUIRES the tabulation and the publication of a comprehensive document to describe:
(a) The aforementioned units of measurement which shall be henceforth referred to as "IMI Units";
(b) The numeral system which IMI units utilize;
(c) Any standards that have been conceived by the IMI for the purposes of efficiency and standardization;

7. DECLARES that it is the right and the duty of the IMI to solve any disputes over proper conventions, standards, or newly discovered applications, which require the creation or the revision of a unit of measurement or its standards;

8. ENCOURAGES nations to use IMI units whenever standardization for extreme mathematical accuracy is necessary in international proceedings.

Votes For: 4,044
Votes Against: 1,289

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World Assembly Resolution #89 [REPEALED]

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue May 04, 2010 9:35 am

Internet Net Neutrality Act [Struck out by Resolution #273]
A resolution to promote funding and the development of education and the arts.

Category: Education and Creativity
Area of Effect: Free Press
Proposed by: Misrahistan

Description: The General Assembly,

RECOGNIZING the essential role of the Internet in fostering economic growth, spurring innovation, and in promoting free speech;

REALIZING that the Internet has historically operated as a free and open international market where developers and entrepreneurs have had access to potential consumers on an equal basis;

SHOCKED that Internet Service Providers may seek to increase their own profits by frustrating, impeding, or impairing, including through discriminatory pricing schemes, the right of consumers to access lawful Internet content, services, and applications;

DEFINES the Internet as the worldwide communications system that connects computers and networks of computers to each other;

FURTHER DEFINES Internet Service Provider as any person or entity that operates or resells and controls any facility used to provide Internet access directly to the public;

FURTHER DEFINES network discrimination 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 or imposing a fee beyond the end user fees associated with providing the content, service, or application to the consumer.

HEREBY:

(1) REQUIRES member countries to take immediate steps to adopt conforming laws, rules, and regulations, prohibiting network discrimination by Internet Service Providers in regard to lawful content, services, and applications;

(2) REQUIRES member countries to report back to the General Assembly within one year of the passage of this Act on their progress in implementing this Act;

(3) ENCOURAGES member countries to adopt laws, rules, and regulations providing a greater level of consumer protection than those provided for in this Act;

(4) PROVIDES that nothing in this Act shall be construed as prohibiting an Internet Service Provider from engaging in reasonable network management consistent with the principles of nondiscrimination and openness;

(5) FURTHER PROVIDES that nothing in this Act shall be construed as creating an affirmative obligation to provide Internet access or to limit the rights of member countries to enact laws regulating Internet content, applications, and services, including those relating to child pornography or laws limiting access to minors or persons under penal sanction, provided that such laws follow principles of network nondiscrimination and openness.

Votes For: 4,506
Votes Against: 1,220


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World Assembly Resolution #90

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue May 04, 2010 9:38 am

Drug Trafficking Act
A resolution to improve world security by boosting police and military budgets.

Category: International Security
Strength: Mild
Proposed by: Enn

Description: The General Assembly,

Recognising the right of nations to legalise, illegalise, restrict or tax recreational drugs as they see fit, within the bounds of any past or future WA resolutions concerning such substances,

Aware that nations with widely differing policies on recreational drugs may share borders,

Conscious of the high priority many nations place on maintaining strong border control,

Asserting that nations on both sides of any international border are equally responsible for the prevention of the illegal trafficking of any goods, in either direction, across said border,

Recognising the right of nations to punish, according to their own laws, persons convicted of the production, transport, purchase or supply of illegal substances within their borders,

Worried that lack of accord over such issues may lead to conflict and division between WA member states, persecution of innocent states or individuals ostensibly to prevent traffic of recreational drugs, and/or aggressive support of illegal traffickers in order to strain, subvert and destabilise national law enforcement agencies,

1. Defines, for the purposes of this resolution, drugs as chemical substances that affect the central nervous system, causing changes in behavior and/or potential addiction, and defining all drugs as being recreational, unless they are widely recognised within individual nations as legitimate medical substances and used in a manner deemed appropriate by medical experts, or they are used for a recognised sacramental purpose;

2. Demands that all nations, in taking action to suppress illegal drug trafficking, recognise the sovereignty of other nations; neither pressuring said nations to adopt changes in their recreational drugs policy, nor violating international borders in military or policing actions, covert or otherwise, without consent; nor using domestic recreational drugs policy as justification for any breach of human rights or international law;

3. Requires that no nation take action against recreational drug production by biological, chemical or biochemical methods, such as the introduction of crop-destroying pests or of abortive strains, which may be judged likely to affect the production of nations wherein said crops are legal, or likely to create health risks;

4. Requests that the law enforcement, customs and border officials of any nations sharing borders cooperate and share information, as judged relevant by both nations, in order to better prevent illegal traffic;

5. Urges that all nations producing recreational drugs closely monitor and publish records dealing with the production capacity and exchange record of any body or individual producing, transporting or purchasing such substances other than for personal consumption;

6. Recognises the right of vessels, engaged in the transport of recreational drugs legal in both exporting and importing countries, to use international territory without threat of impediment or harassment from other nations;

7. Reaffirms the right of nations to monitor vessels using international territory in order to prevent illicit activity;

8. Recognises the duty of both exporting and importing nations to closely monitor said goods at point of departure and arrival;

9. Recognises the right of nations to deny entry to vessels transporting recreational drugs.

Co-authored by Rehochipe

Votes For: 4,391
Votes Against: 1,623

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World Assembly Resolution #91

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue May 04, 2010 9:41 am

A Convention on Gender
A resolution to improve worldwide human and civil rights.

Category: Human Rights
Strength: Significant
Proposed by: Sionis Prioratus

Description: AWED by the progress the World Assembly has made in Civil Rights;

AWARE that in spite of said progress, there are still persons who, while free from discrimination, are denied their basic self-sense of personhood & identity, an abuse often beginning in the earliest infancy;

FURTHER AWARE said denials are a source of untold countless horrors, among them depression & suicide;

DESIROUS of eliminating those horrors;

IT IS ESTABLISHED:

1) Definitions:

• “Majoritarian genders (MG)”: The most prevalent genders found on any given sapient species (e.g. female & male) defined not only by genetic and/or anatomical features, but also by cultural roles each culture usually ascribes them. This resolution does not in any way deny that many sapient species do not have dichotomy in gender; but may differ in number of prevalent genders;
• “Intersex persons”: Due to genetic variations, cannot be assigned to any MG by evidence of genetic and/or anatomical features;
• “Transgender persons”: Born in a given MG, their basic self-sense of personhood & identity belong in another MG;
• “Intergender persons”: Self-identify as belonging to more than one MG at once, or not belonging to any MG at all; may express combinations of MG attributes, or none at all; also may have any MG features;
• “Gender-adequation procedure (GAP)”: Medical procedures seeking to assign to intersex, transgender or intergender persons gender-related anatomical and/or genetic features needed to fit in a person-centered adequate gender.

2) No intersex, transgender or intergender person shall be considered diseased by the sole reason of being intersex, transgender or intergender;

3) No nation can prohibit GAPs to intersex, transgender or intergender persons; nor can they be prohibited to travel to other nations for the sole reason of seeking GAPs in said nations; nor can return be denied for the sole reason of having had GAPs;

4) No intersex, transgender or intergender person shall be forced to choose to fit in any gender; persons are free to keep whatever life-compatible features Nature gave them. They shall be recognized as “intersex” (or culturally equivalent gender terms) if documents require gender identification;

5) Full recognition shall be given to gender changes & intersex/gender status in international/national personal documents, if they mention gender;

6) No intersex, transgender or intergender persons of any age shall have GAPs until they are mature enough to make an informed decision regarding their own future;

7) Intersex, transgender & intergender persons shall be:

a) Provided access to a list of expert GAP providers, as well as peer support, before & after GAPs. Said support shall also be provided to intersex, transgender & intergender persons who choose not to have GAPs;

b) Consistently told the truth, within the limits of their advisors’ knowledge and belief (including providers’ honesty about uncertainty) & given copies of their medical records as soon & as often as they ask for them;

c) Allowed to have GAPs after they have been informed of the risks & benefits (plus evidence, or lack thereof, for both).

Votes For: 3,363
Votes Against: 2,560

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World Assembly Resolution #92 [REPEALED]

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue May 04, 2010 9:44 am

Cooperation in Science Act [Struck out by Resolution #319]
A resolution to promote funding and the development of education and the arts.

Category: Education and Creativity
Area of Effect: Educational
Proposed by: Gotham Network

Description: BE IT RESOLVED THAT THESE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD ASSEMBLED

CONSIDERING scientific research and advancement to be vital to the well-being, progress and development of sapientkind,

ASTONISHED that no provisions have been made for the international sharing and coordination of scientific research,

I. HEREBY task the WA Scientific Programme with the following responsibilities:

1) To collect, disseminate, and review such research as the governments and scientists of its member nations choose to release to public scrutiny, in compliance with all appropriate national and international laws regarding intellectual property and national security;

2) To coordinate scientific studies and research projects of international scope, which scientists from many WA nations may choose to participate in under the auspices of the WASP and in concert with their nations of origin or residence, such projects to be funded directly by grants from the governments, public research institutions, privately owned foundations, corporations, or other concerned entities, and donations from concerned individuals, at the discretion of these individuals and organizations;

3) To provide a public forum for free and unhindered debate on scientific research and issues which scientists from all member nations may participate in.

II. STRONGLY URGE all member states to contribute to scientific research and advancement, to the best of their ability, and to release any and all scientific research conducted under the auspices of their governments and public bodies for consideration by the WASP, save only for studies deemed directly related to national security and similar considerations.

Votes For: 5,033
Votes Against: 997


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World Assembly Resolution #93 [REPEALED]

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:36 am

The General Patent Charter [Struck out by Resolution #305]
A resolution to reduce barriers to free trade and commerce.

Category: Free Trade
Strength: Mild
Proposed by: Charlotte Ryberg

Description: SEEKING to establish international laws for:
• The mutual recognition of patents issued by member countries;
• The protection of the rights of patent holders within a member country;

The World Assembly,

DEFINES for the purpose of this resolution:
• Invention: a contrivance or construction of something which has not before existed, proven to be workable, useful and non-obvious;
• Patent law: any legislation that provides for issuing of Patents in exchange for the public disclosure of an invention; an official right allowing the Patent Holder to exclude unauthorised individuals or private entities from making or marketing an invention for a certain period of time, after which the invention enters the public domain;
• Patent Holder: a person, their assignee or an entity who holds the patent, regardless of whether they were the inventor or not;
• Public domain: patents that are not subject to protections of patent law or specific state ownership, making the invention freely available for use by anyone;
• Biological patenting: where research methods, specific sequences, chemical compositions or the process for creation of genetically engineered biological matter are patented;

1. MANDATES that national patent laws must grant the following rights to patent holders, whose patents are granted and filed at their patent office: to have their patents recognized in all member countries; and to exclude unauthorised persons or private entities from making, using, selling, offering for sale, or importing the patented invention;

2. SPECIFIES that the minimum term of the patent shall be at least 20 years, subject to renewal eligibility and fees as determined by the issuing member country, and member countries that require a payment of a renewal fee to keep a patent, or patent application in force, must ensure that the renewal fee is fair and sensible, and that the interval for the payment of such renewal fee is a year or longer;

3. CALLS FOR national patent laws to grant active patent applications that have been filed but not yet granted a "Patent Pending" status, which shall provide no legal protection unlike a granted patent, but will provide for protection in case of intentional infringement later, if that patent application is granted;

4. SPECIFIES that where no action is taken to renew a patent, even if renewals are permitted, when the patent term expires, that patent will automatically enter the public domain;

5. RESTRICTS biological patenting to the methods for creation of genetically engineered biological matter only;

6. CREATES the Universal Patent Archive (UPA), a branch of the Universal Library Coalition, and invites member countries to submit their patents to the UPA; inclusion of date & time stamps will determine who patented what first, for posterity and preservation of knowledge.

7. REQUIRES member countries to provide for patent holders to seek damages from anyone who can be proven to have intentionally infringed their patent(s), but states that the existence of such patents in the UPA is not a valid argument for infringement;

8. ALLOWS patent holders to licence; mortgage; assign, transfer, or give away the patent; place the patent into the public domain; or allow the patent to expire.

ASSURES that nothing in this resolution will affect the right of member countries to accept/reject patent applications or allow/disallow patent renewals after expiration.

Votes For: 4,435
Votes Against: 1,701


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World Assembly Resolution #94

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:37 am

Microcredit and Microgrants
A resolution to reduce barriers to free trade and commerce.

Category: Free Trade
Strength: Mild
Proposed by: Glen-Rhodes

Description: BELIEVING that through focused initiatives and international cooperation, poverty and suffering can be ended,

NOTICING that microfinance allows the impoverished access to much-needed financial assistance,

RECOGNIZING that those living in poverty may be targeted by unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent lending practices,

SEEKING to protect those persons from predatory lending through specialized, safe credit opportunities,

The World Assembly therefore

DEFINES microcredit as the extension of loans for small sums of money, by lenders to those in poverty, for the purpose of sustaining livelihood and encouraging entrepreneurship;

DEFINES microgrant as a gift of a small sum of money, for the purpose of sustaining livelihood and encouraging entrepreneurship;

DEFINES solidarity lending as practice of lending microcredit collectively to a group of persons, to decrease risk for lenders by increasing the probability of debt repayment;

DEFINES a defaulted loan as one that the borrower has failed to make scheduled debt payments for at least one year;

DEFINES borrower insolvency as the inability of a borrower to make scheduled debt payments, after all reasonable payment plans have been tried;

ENCOURAGES nations to strive to eliminate poverty through microcredit, social welfare programs, and other forms of assistance directed at the impoverished;

ESTABLISHES the World Microcredit Foundation (WMF) as a global resource for microcredit lenders and the world’s impoverished persons, which is tasked with establishing WMF chapters in willing nations and ensuring the safety and efficiency of microcredit by:
- Determining credible, honest, and fair microcredit lenders and authorizing such lenders to participate in the WMF initiative, a global effort to provide microcredit and stimulate entrepreneurship;
- Forming lending standards to which all authorized WMF lenders are bound, and routinely inspecting the practices and finances of authorized WMF lenders;
- Disseminating information about WMF lenders, the WMF initiative, and microcredit in general, to microcredit lenders and borrowers;
- Educating the general populace about the safe and responsible use of credit;
- Working with borrowers to ensure the repayment of loans;
- Reimbursing lenders the balance of the principle investment in cases of defaulted loans and borrower insolvency;

CLARIFYING that the WMF shall not be the originator of any loans;

ENCOURAGES WMF lenders to practice solidarity lending, believing it to be a building block of successful microcredit lending;

ENCOURAGES nations with areas of large numbers of impoverished citizens to inquire about and establish WMF chapters in those areas;

ENCOURAGES credit lenders to research and participate in the WMF initiative;

ESTABLISHES the Microgrant Institute as a subset of the WMF, which shall:
- Accept monetary donations from individuals, governments, organizations, corporations, or other entities;
- Determine individuals living in extreme poverty who are too risk-averse to seek out a loan or have been denied access to microcredit;
- Review applications and determining if those individuals genuinely require assistance;
- Distribute a microgrant, through the monies obtained through donations, to those persons, for the purpose of sustaining livelihood and encouraging entrepreneurship.

Votes For: 3,830
Votes Against: 2,215

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World Assembly Resolution #95

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:38 am

Responsible Offshore Drilling
A resolution to increase the quality of the world's environment, at the expense of industry.

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

Description: The World Assembly,

RECOGNIZING the vital role that petroleum products play in the economies of many World Assembly states;

RECOGNIZING that significant amounts of the world's oil lies offshore;

REGRETTING the resultant need many nations have for offshore drilling;

DEFINES offshore drilling as the discovery and development of oil and natural gas resources which lie underwater;

DEFINES an oil producer as any corporation, association, group, or state which engages in offshore drilling in the waters of any World Assembly member state;

DEFINES a safe drilling depth as that sea floor depth at which an oil producer has the technology to ensure the safety of the involved workers, and to contain, to a reasonable extent, the environmental effects should an offshore drilling system become compromised by fire, explosion, natural disaster, or other cause;

ESTABLISHES the World Assembly Responsible Offshore Drilling Administration, or WARODA, with the following purposes:
1. To assess the safe drilling depth of the oil producers operating in World Assembly member states,
2. To research methods and tactics for preventing the compromise of offshore drilling systems by fire, explosion, natural disaster, and other causes,
3. To research methods and tactics for containing and reducing the effects on the environment should such a compromise occur,
4. To establish reasonable limits on the release of contaminated water from offshore drilling systems,
5. To review proposed drilling sites with regard to the sensitivity of the surrounding environment,
6. To restrict drilling in areas determined to have extremely sensitive environments,

REQUIRES oil producers to be in compliance with the limits, rules, and regulations made by the WARODA;

REQUIRES oil producers to maintain insurance and/or an emergency fund to be used in the event of the compromise of one of their offshore drilling systems;

REQUIRES this insurance and/or emergency fund to be of sufficient size to provide for the cleanup operations should a drilling system be compromised

REQUIRES oil producers to attempt, to the best of their ability, to reduce the severity of the environmental impact in the event of a compromise of one of their offshore drilling systems;

PROHIBITS any oil producer from operate an offshore drilling operation at any unsafe depth;

REQUIRES oil producers whose origin is within a World Assembly member state to keep their operations in compliance with the provisions of this act, regardless of whether the operation is within the territorial waters of a World Assembly member state, those of a non-member state, or international waters.

REQUIRES all offshore drilling operations in the territorial waters of World Assembly member states to be in compliance with the provisions of this act, regardless of the origin of the oil producer overseeing the operations;

AFFIRMS that this act does not prohibit offshore drilling at a safe drilling depth, provided that all provisions of this act are met;

STRONGLY RECOMMENDS that World Assembly member states restrict offshore drilling beyond the requirements of this act, or ban it outright.

Votes For: 3,803
Votes Against: 2,562

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World Assembly Resolution #96 [REPEALED]

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:39 am

The Clean Water Resolution [Struck out by Resolution #101]]
A resolution to reduce income inequality and increase basic welfare.

Category: Social Justice
Strength: Significant
Proposed by: Pan Master

Description: The General Assembly,

CONCERNED that many of the water supplies are contaminated with harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, parasites, viruses, etc.

REALIZING that some individuals, businesses, and nations dump hazardous materials, including biological, chemical, and radioactive waste that can enter water supplies

MOST, if not all of the toxins and harmful micro-organisms can cause illness, long-term health problems, or even death

NOTING that water is essential for most forms of life

ALSO NOTING that there are WA nations that may have a weak economy and therefore are unable to afford purified drinking water

CONCERNED that national populations could become infected by water-borne disease, which could spread to cause an epidemic;

HEREBY:

CREATES the World Assembly Water Purification Treatment (WAWPT) to assist nations in cleaning and treating their water supplies

DECLARES that the WAWPT will create water purification systems to ensure the nations of clean water. If unable to place the water purification systems within their nation, the WAWPT will hire specialists to purify the water manually. If the WAWPT isn't able to purify the water manually, they would ask other nation neighbors whether or not it's possible to build the water purification systems within their land. If the WAWPT is unable to purify water manually, it will ask other neighboring nations for assistance to build water purification systems on their land with due financial compensation.

AFFIRMS that the WAWPT will create a clean universal water system to regulate nations that are low on water and would pump or irrigate water into that nation if it is low. The WAWPT will attempt to persuade and convince other WA members to create and enforce laws against pollution in international waters

PROHIBITS the dumping of toxins/toxic materials in any manner that could possibly contaminate water/water supplies

MANDATES basic education on water toxicity and waterborne disease

Votes For: 3,316
Votes Against: 3,144


Implemented Wed May 26 2010

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World Assembly Resolution #97

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:40 am

Quality in Health Services
A resolution to reduce income inequality and increase basic welfare.

Category: Social Justice
Strength: Significant
Proposed by: Sionis Prioratus

Description: RECOGNIZING health is a duty of every nation, aiming at universal & equal access to health services (promotion, protection & recovery);

FURTHER RECOGNIZING health services rank among the ones which have the highest public relevance;

AFFIRMING it is necessary, under the law, to have government regulation & supervision, to be carried out directly or through third parties, and the duty of the World Health Authority (WHA) in assisting such actions if, and only if, so asked by any nation;

IT IS THEREFORE ESTABLISHED:

1) The health services shall constitute separate systems in each & every nation, organized according to the following guidelines:

a) Full health services coverage;
b) Community participation;
c) Cooperation between nations that are not at a declared state of war amongst themselves.

2) The health system shall be financed by national budgets or the budgets of assigned political divisions, as well as other existing private voluntary sources. The WHA may also fund at the request of any nation, but never before a thorough audit of the health system, ensuring transparency & honesty. The WHA shall deny funding to any nation if there is:

a) Reasonable suspicion of occurrence of deliberate diversion of money from the health budget towards other uses; the WHA shall never cover deliberate budgetary shortages;
b) Reasonable evidence a nation’s economy is strong enough as to not actually need external help.

3) World Assembly members are strongly urged to provide voluntary health personnel & donated medical supplies to nations that ask for such help, due to issues such as, but not limited to, extreme poverty or disasters;

4) Nations, or any assigned political divisions, shall:

a) Provide health personnel & supplies to health services at least once every budget cycle, aiming at the gradual reduction of internal health disparities;
b) Establish the standards of review, evaluation & control of allocation of health personnel & supplies;
c) The WHA shall assist the shaping of said standards if, and only if, so asked by any nation.

5) Nations or any assigned political divisions shall retain full freedom to:

a) Allow or not, partial to full participation of private enterprise in their health systems;
b) Provide assistance only to those who cannot afford to pay for their own care, if compelling practical purposes for such a policy can be proven beyond any doubt.

6) The health system of a nation, or any assigned political divisions, is responsible for:

a) Helping the training of health personnel;
b) Participating in the effort of eradication of endemic diseases;
c) Participating in policy formulation & implementation of basic sanitation projects.

Votes For: 3,517
Votes Against: 1,903

Implemented Sun May 30 2010

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World Assembly Resolution #98 [REPEALED]

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:42 am

Oil Tanker Standards Act [Struck out by Resolution #295]
A resolution to increase the quality of the world's environment, at the expense of industry.

Category: Environmental
Industry Affected: All Businesses
Proposed by: New Tarsas

Description: OIl Tanker Standards Act
Environmental

RECOGNIZING the need to transportation oil and natural gas across oceans

RECOGNIZING that the transport of oil and natural gas is vital to many national economies

NOTING that many other nations rely on natural gas and oil imports for their oil and natural gas supply

RECOGNIZING the great danger oil spills pose to surrounding animals, plants, and the ocean environment at large

FURTHER RECOGNIZING that double hulled or double bottom ships significantly lower the chances of an oil spill

Therefore, the World Assembly,

ESTABLISHES the World Assembly Oil Transportation Committee to:
1. Ensure oil tankers are kept up to meet requirements
2. To research methods to improve oil tankers and reduce the chance of a spill
3. To research more efficient clean up methods if an oil spill does occur
4. To acquire new technology from member states already possessing it at the member state's consent.
5. To take suggestions of new technology from member states.

MANDATES that every new oil tanker must be equipped with at least a double hull or double bottom to decrease chances of an oil spill;

REQUIRES non-proprietary double-hulled technology be made available to shipbuilders, and that proprietary double-hulled technology be made available at reasonable rate of return for the developer of the technology;

ALSO REQUIRES that all single-hulled tankers are to be phased out and replaced with either double-bottom or double-hulled tankers at the earliest possible time;

MANDATES that each new tanker be equipped with a proper ventilation system for the main tank;

MANDATES that every tanker is to have proper equipment on board to quickly put out fires aboard the vessel;

MANDATES that tanker captains must quickly and promptly report oil spills to the marine and environmental authorities of member states affected so the spill can be quickly contained;

URGES nations to implement other or better safety features aboard oil tankers other than what is specified here

Votes For: 4,891
Votes Against: 1,580


Implemented Thu Jun 3 2010

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