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November Embassy Update

Postby UDS Dispatch Office » Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:16 am

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November Embassy Update
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Constitutional Convention Comes to a Close with the December General Elections Looming
by North Plegia

The Constitutional Convention was terminated by the Attorney General on the 23rd of November for failing to meet its intended objectives, namely the ratification of a final Constitution for the Union of Democratic States to adopt. The Senate was not appealed to extend the Convention, therefore resulting in the closure of the convention, per the law.

The adoption of a new constitution alongside a legislative reset remains one of the primary priorities of the premiership of Prime Minister The Noble Thatcherites. In the words of Senator North Plegia, a leading figure of the Way Forward Caucus, this would provide "a blank slate -- a fresh page for the Union to work with, one where we can ratify new Acts and found new constitutional doctrines, not bogged down by outdated, arcane, obsolete, (and often conflicting) pieces of legislation."

Other Unionists are not impressed by this vision for the region and such sentiments will loom over the December general election. In December the positions of Prime Minister, Attorney General, and World Assembly Delegate will be open for contest. There exists significant pressure for the incoming 2020 Government to find a resolution to the constitutional impasse, and the future antidote for this problem is not entirely clear -- is it through another convention, or does it lie with improved administrative action in recruitment and management?

UDSAF Activity Report
by We The People

During the previous month, we have participated in one (1) piling mission to gather influence to support the rightful delegate of a region that was recently raided. No additional activities took place.

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Postby The Noble Thatcherites » Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:24 am

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November Embassy Update
Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Constitutional Convention Comes to a Close with the December General Elections Looming
by North Plegia

The Constitutional Convention was terminated by the Attorney General on the 23rd of November for failing to meet its intended objectives, namely the ratification of a final Constitution for the Union of Democratic States to adopt. The Senate was not appealed to extend the Convention, therefore resulting in the closure of the convention, per the law.

The adoption of a new constitution alongside a legislative reset remains one of the primary priorities of the premiership of Prime Minister The Noble Thatcherites. In the words of Senator North Plegia, a leading figure of the Way Forward Caucus, this would provide "a blank slate -- a fresh page for the Union to work with, one where we can ratify new Acts and found new constitutional doctrines, not bogged down by outdated, arcane, obsolete, (and often conflicting) pieces of legislation."

Other Unionists are not impressed by this vision for the region and such sentiments will loom over the December general election. In December the positions of Prime Minister, Attorney General, and World Assembly Delegate will be open for contest. There exists significant pressure for the incoming 2020 Government to find a resolution to the constitutional impasse, and the future antidote for this problem is not entirely clear -- is it through another convention, or does it lie with improved administrative action in recruitment and management?

UDSAF Activity Report
by The Noble Thatcherites

The UDSAF has not reported any activity for the past month.

All articles edited by North Plegia and The Noble Thatcherites
My team works very hard and, when I got bogged down with other work, I became the linchpin for this project and contributed to the delay of its release into the middle of December. I apologize for my failure to release this report earlier, although, I figure that it is usually better to get something done late than doing nothing at all.
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December Embassy Update

Postby UDS Dispatch Office » Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:19 pm

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December Embassy Update
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Prime Minister and Senate Elections Affirm the Dynamic Direction of the Union
by North Plegia

The Union of Democratic States recently held elections for the Office of Prime Minister. Incumbent Prime Minister The Noble Thatcherites ran against Minister of the Census Phoenix Coalition. With a decisive majority of 60% of the Union, Thatcher resoundingly won the election and was subsequently granted a second term as Prime Minister. In his Closing of Term Address Thatcher thanked his Executive staff. "I not only thank my Ministers, but I also thank my Deputy Ministers and Junior Ministers. Ever one of you contributed to the success of this term."

Alongside the Prime Minister election, the people also elected a new Senate. Long-standing Senators North Plegia and Tanisha remained in the chamber, with the latter elected as Speaker with a 3 to 1 majority. Asdersland, Comlogical, and Nova Blazeville were also elected as Senators. In her campaign for Speaker, Tanisha stated “I encourage all Senators to vote me for Speaker because I will focus on implementing a new constitution. After that, we can get back to what we should be doing: working to solve the problems that faces our Union.”

Edre conducted an opinion poll regarding Thatcher’s administration at the close of the term and compared the results with the November poll.

Overall Approval: 80% (+40%)
Population Approval: 60% (-10%)
Embassy Approval: 50% (+10%)
Security Approval: 80% (+30%)
Appearance Approval: 80% (+10%)
PESAA Approval (Population, Embassy, Security, Appearance Average): 67.5% (+10%)

Unioncraft Members Defeat the Enderdragon
by North Plegia

Under the management of Deputy Minister of Culture Asdersland, the Union's Minecraft server, Unioncraft, impressively defeated the Enderdragon two weeks ago. For this exceptional achievement as well as for the improvements in town infrastructure, Asdersland's efforts have not gone unnoticed by the Prime Minister. Thatcher devoted a section of his end-of-term address to Deputy Minister Asdersland, bestowing him with the Order of Service and the Second Class Medal of Service for having provided "leadership and extensive service to the Union.”

Population Milestones Reached
by North Plegia

With Phoenix at the forefront of the Ministry of the Census, the Union has seen a net nation retention of more than 200%. The Union has finally surpassed and is currently sustaining a population of roughly 300 nations, a level not seen since one year ago. This is groundbreaking progress, especially when considering that the region was barely holding onto triple-digit numbers when Thatcher assumed office in August 2019. As a token of appreciation for the success under his Ministry, Thatcher awarded Phoenix with the Order of Service and the First Class Medal of Service.

Ministers Recognized for their Service
by North Plegia

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs North Plegia has was praised by Thatcher for attracting four new junior ministers to the Ministry and bringing a regimented order to his department by establishing two embassy portfolios. In his Closing of Term Address, Thatcher drew attention to Plegia's determination "to ensure that the Union’s presence was maintained on the international stage.” North Plegia received the Order of Service and the First Class Medal of Service for his accomplishments. Minister of Culture Tanisha was also commended for her innovative ideas in leading the Ministry of Culture, namely the introduction of fun polls. “Tanisha increased the visibility of the Ministry by attending UCR Con in November and giving a lecture. Tanisha was determined to ensure the survival of Union roleplay and the incorporation of Minecraft through her pragmatic and precedent-setting leadership of the newly-formed Ministry of Culture. Tanisha led equitably by appointed Wonkey as Deputy Minister of roleplay and Asdersland as Deputy Minister of Minecraft.”

UDSAF Activity Report
by The Noble Thatcherites

For the upcoming term Comlogical was nominated and confirmed to serve as the Union of Democratic States Armed Forced General-At-Arms. In his Closing of Term Address Thatcher stated, "For General-At-Arms I am nominating Comlogical. Comlogical, though a new addition to my cabinet, is not new to the Union of Democratic States Armed Forces. Comlogical joined the UDSAF in 2017 under Commander Kanglia and Commander Kade. He remembers their distinguished leadership of the UDSAF when activity was high. Comlogical has served the UDSAF for 3 years and currently serves as a Commander. Comlogical plans to run several detag and support missions."

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January Embassy Update

Postby UDS Dispatch Office » Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:43 pm

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January Embassy Update
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Constitution Ratified; Elections on the Horizon
by North Plegia

After months of deliberation, the Union of Democratic States has finally passed a new Constitution, fulfilling the primary campaign pledge of Prime Minister Thatcher Whitehall. Following months of tireless debate and a constitutional convention, the constitutional draft initially proposed by the Way Forward Caucus was unanimously ratified by the Senate on January 28th. The Motion for the Ratification of a New Constitution was then put to a vote of the Electorate. A sufficient number of votes was cast in favor of the motion, thereby ratifying the new Constitution.

The Constitution ushers in new political institutions such as the Presidency and the Chancellory. Additionally, the region will see the return of a General Assembly. Other more familiar roles such as the Attorney General and the Supreme Court have slightly modified objectives, while the Senate remains largely untouched. The details of the Constitution can be found here on the forum.

Upon the ratification of the Constitution there was a complete legislative reboot whereby all pieces of legislation such as motions and acts, excluding treaties, were declared null. This reboot sets a clean slate for the next Government to operate and establishes the mission of the next Senate: to draft, discuss, and pass fundamental regional laws. The legislative reboot finally abolishes the convoluted and bureaucratic legislative system of the past.

The Constitution mandates that immediate elections for all electable positions be held. The results of such elections will be released in February. As for the Presidency, the Head of State of the region, North Plegia has filed his candidacy unopposed, with the Phoenix Coalition as his running mate. Additionally, seven players are running for Senate, a chamber with only five seats. With four political platforms already posted, the February general election is set to be an exciting one.

Last Prime Ministerial Address; Thatcher Praises Reform
by North Plegia

Shortly after the ratification of the Motion to Ratify a New Constitution, Prime Minister Thatcher addressed the Union by posting his Close of Term Address to the regional forum. Thatcher's Closing of Term Address serves as the final speech posted from the Office of the Prime Minister, as the office is replaced by the Presidency under the new constitution.

In his last speech as Prime Minister, Thatcher provided a brief overview of the four-year history of the region, as well as referencing the relatively high turnover between constitutional documents. Thatcher commented that while "it would be foolish to expect this Constitution, or any Constitution for that matter, to last forever", the new Constitution "provides a robust framework for the regional government to rest upon for years to come", "putting an end to the high turnover." Nonetheless, the Prime Minister warned that the new Constitution can only be a success "if the People are diligent and the Government effective." Thatcher's entire Closing Address can be found here.

Visit Held Between XKI and UDS
by North Plegia

The Union hosted representative from 10000 Islands from February 1st to the 2nd. The official visit, in commemoration of the long-standing friendship between the Union and XKI, included a game night on February 1st as well as an RMB & forum visit the following day.

UDSAF Activity Report
by Comlogical

The UDSAF participated in the liberation of Iran this January over the course of one (1) update. No other operations were conducted in this time.
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Postby Dome Artan » Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:23 am

Sounds like a great region :p

In all seriousness really well written stuff.

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Postby The Noble Thatcherites » Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:37 pm

Dome Artan wrote:Sounds like a great region :p

In all seriousness really well written stuff.
Thank you for the words of support, Dome. North Plegia and his team worked very hard this term to not only bring about this embassy update but all monthly updates since August. :D
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February Embassy Update
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North Plegia becomes First President
by Dome Artan

The Union of Democratic States held its first Presidential election from the sixth to the eighth of February after the passage of the new constitution resulted in a legislative reset. Despite the excitement surrounding these events, the Presidential race was only entered by one person, long time region resident North Plegia. A Senator during the passage of the new constitution, North Plegia ran on a platform that emphasized their ties to previous governments including their time as a Deputy Prime Minister under current Senators Comlogical and Thatcher Whitehall. As the new constitution had voided all the previous regional laws North Plegia’s platform was also based on the idea that a strong hand was needed to guide the region in laying the legislative groundwork. With running mate Phoenix Coalition, North Plegia received 20 of 23 votes in the Presidential election, with 3 votes to reopen the nominations and as such became the first President of the Union of Democratic States.


Second Presidental & Chairperson Election
by Dome Artan

The first Presidential and Senate elections were concluded on the 9th of February and the Union of Democratic States was full of post-election activity. All that was left was the election of the General Assembly Chairperson and the newly formatted Union government could truly get up and running. Yet technical problems and a severe lack of interest in the position meant it went unfilled for over two weeks. Finally, Firseria (featured in our New Players in Government article) stepped up to announce their candidacy in an election announced on the 24th of February. As the only candidate, Firseria ran on a simple but solid platform that focused on getting the General Assembly and the government as a whole finally operational. Firseria claimed 8 of the 10 valid ballots cast in the election and as a result, became the first Chairperson of the General Assembly.

The lack of excitement surrounding the Chairperson elections was more than made up for by the drama of the Union’s second Presidential election which was announced at the same time. The candidates were Phoenix Coalition, running mate Asdersland, and the incumbent North Plegia, running mate Khevo. For those up to date on the UDS political landscape, Phoenix Coalition was the Vice President of North Plegia last term and the turn from running mates to rivals was the source of much interest from the citizen body.

The split between the two came over North Plegia’s belief in the need for yet another new regional constitution, claiming in a campaign statement that they had “[begun] to realize the Constitution was incredibly, incredibly broad”, to the point that it was unfixable. Phoenix characterized this approach as unreasonable and destabilizing in the extreme while instead offering an amendment package to the constitution with input from the entire region.

As a result of this massive split between the candidates, the election came to be seen as a referendum on the constitution and indeed the platforms of both candidates were almost entirely focused on the issue, with both attacking the other for their views on it. The attacks were broadened in scope by Phoenix who cited the region’s population decline and the lack of any activity in North Plegia’s term. This broadening of the debate and a subsequent endorsement by Speaker of the Senate Thatcher Whitehall seemed to place Phoenix in control of the race, as subsequent polling (done by Senator Glaciosia) showing Phoenix in a commanding lead on North Plegia despite a near-perfect split in opinion on the question of a new constitution.

Senator Glaciosia’s poll proved accurate as the election results were announced with 15 of 24 valid ballots claimed by Phoenix, nearly doubling up North Plegia’s 8 (1 vote was to reopen nominations). With this Phoenix Coalition became the 2nd President of the Union of Democratic States. View the February Presidental Election report, posted by Chancellor The Noble Thatcherites on our forums, here.


New Players in Government
by Dome Artan

The end of January was a busy time for the Union of Democratic States government. It saw the final passage of a new constitution for the region, one which involved a legislative reset and called for fresh elections at all positions. These snap elections were made all the more interesting by the unfortunate departure from the government by WA Delegate, and Senator at the time, Asdersland and Senator Nova Blazeville in dramatic announcements on the eve of the constitution’s passage. These successive step backs from the government were then followed up by yet another announcement that another former Senator, this time Second United States Republic, would not be seeking reelection. Indeed the only Senator seeking reelection from the previous terms five was Comlogical. At a time when the Union’s legislative reset would require a full Senate (and with the revival of the General Assembly another position known as the Chairperson would need to be filled), it seemed that the number of citizens able to fill government positions was at an all-time low.

However, the citizen body stepped up to this challenge. A number of new citizens, including Druing, Liberipolis, and Dome Artan submitted candidacy forms for the Senate race with Druing and Dome Artan eventually becoming Senators in the government. The influx of new nations into the Union of Democratic States government did not end here. The new Chairperson position, created to function as a Speaker for the citizen body rebranded as the General Assembly, was vacant and went as such until Firseria declared candidacy. Firseria had been a regional resident for a mere twenty days before this but as no other candidates were forthcoming they became the Union’s first Chairperson of the General Assembly.

When asked about their quick involvement with the regional government Firseria expressed initial hesitancy: “I was originally planning to wait a term before getting into the government but since no one else wanted to be Chairperson I figured I might as well start right away.” The Union definitely appreciates Firseria’s willingness to get involved, not only have they diligently fulfilled the duties of Chairperson but Firseria’s burst of activity in the General Assembly seems to have awakened the Senate to their duties.

In the end the Union is better off for having new citizens step forward into the government ranks. As the number of citizens with government experience grows the Union will be stronger than ever.

UDSAF Activity Report
by Comlogical

In February, the UDSAF has participated in on two (2) detag and one (1) defense operations, spearheaded by the UDSAF commander.

Recently, the UDSAF has been undergoing major reforms, such as removing unnecessary ranks and improving the leadership as a whole. Although due to unforeseen circumstances, developments have been delayed for 17 days.

Comlogical, the Minister of Defense, has stated that due to RL community quarantines, he has more time to implement the changes intended for the last month for years to come.
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Postby The Noble Thatcherites » Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:22 pm

Hats off to the Phoenix Coalition administration of the UDS! Your hard work in putting this update together is evident in the number of articles and depth of reporting. A special shout out to Dome Artan for showing significant initiative by writing three articles as your first term as Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister. You will do great things in the UDS government! :clap:
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New Consulate and Embassy Policy
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The Union of Democratic States has undergone major policy and procedural shifts, following the ratification of the Constitution in January and the establishment of a new direction for the government by our President Phoenix Coalition. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has subsequently re-evaluated and reworked how it operates especially with regard to the establishment and maintenance of our respective forum consulate and in-game embassy systems.

These changes have resulted in a fundamentally new embassy policy. A forum consulate is now a prerequisite for consideration for an in-game embassy. The Union of Democratic States remains committed to those regions with which we have had long-term social and cultural relations and is open to building new friendships through a progressive relationship initially manifested through a consulate and finally manifested through an in-game embassy.

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March Embassy Update
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New Consulate & Embassy Policy
by Druing

Following the ratification of the new Constitution, the question of regions and embassies was up in the air and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs needed a new set of rules with which to apply. As a result, a new policy was drafted and implemented which is slightly more relaxed than the previous one, clearly lays out what is expected of a friendly region to improve relations with the Union and introduces the utilization of Consulates as the gateway for newer regions that the UDS has no existing connections with, but wishes to become friends.

Senate Election
by Dome Artan

The Union’s second Senate elections under the new constitution were commenced on March 31 by Chancellor Khevo. While the previous Senate election involved concern surrounding if enough citizens would run to fill the five senate seats after numerous announcements of Senate retirement, this Senate election was marked by its highly competitive nature. In total there were ten candidates in the running, four of whom had served in the last Senate. The lone incumbent Senator to not seek reelection was Minister of Foreign Affairs Druing. The ballot also saw former Senators Blazeville Isles Territory and Second United States Republic attempt to return to the upper house. Due to the high number of candidates the editors of two of the Union’s newspapers, The Union Free Press’ Glaciosia and The Flaming Truth’s Comlogical (both also candidates in the election), offered to host a voice chat debate amongst the candidates. This event was attended by most of the Senate candidates and ran for over an hour after which the election was officially opened.

The election results proved the well known power of being able to say reelect in campaign messages as all four incumbent Senators in the election (Glaciosia, Comlogical, Dome Artan and The Noble Thatcherites were returned to the upper house, joined by former Deputy Chairperson Blazeville Isles Territory.

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Legislative Activity
by Glaciosia


Both houses of the legislature adopted their own rules and procedures. The Standardization and Formalization of Legislative Formats Act were passed by both houses and signed by the President. The legislature made progress on creating legislation for Ministries and adopting constitutional amendments. In the second term, Glaciosia replaced The Noble Thatcherites as Speaker of The Senate, and the legislative formatting committee received appointments.

USDAF Update
by Comlogical


The Union of Democratic States Armed Forces is very happy to announce its military partnership with the Eastern Pacific Sovereign Forces. In a meeting held between commanders Comlogical and Atlae, the EPSA Overseeing Officer, the UDSAF and EPSA is to assist each other in their operations should it be required.

This April, the UDSAF has participated in one (1) liberation, 4 defenses and 16 detags.

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Postby Dome Artan » Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:20 pm

Too bad we couldn't talk about he who shall not be named, would've spiced up the update.

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World Assembly Delegate Appointment

Postby UDS Dispatch Office » Sun Apr 26, 2020 12:38 pm

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World Assembly Delegate Appointment
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Asdersland has served the Union well as World Assembly Delegate over the course of the past year and 104 days. Over this time, Asdersland has served as a proponent of World Assembly membership within the Union, voting in favor of or against historic proposals pertinent to the direction of the cabinet. Asdersland has presided over a historic period of time for both the Union and the World Assembly. In this time, Asdersland has watched over the commendation and condemnation of several distinguished nations and regions, noted the historic militarization of liberation proposals against fascist forces across NationStates, and witnessed the election of our Union’s friend, Kuriko, as World Assembly Secretary General. In recent days, Asdersland has garnered a total of 85 endorsements and the Union has seen a 167.1% increase in World Assembly Nations between the months of March and April. It will be noted in the pages of Union history that Asdersland served with integrity as a dedicated World Assembly Delegate.

For Asdersland’s extensive service to the Union as World Assembly Delegate, I hereby rename the World Assembly Affairs office in his honor. The “Asdersland World Assembly Affairs Building” will serve as a place for Unionists to discuss World Assembly matters for years to come. Asdersland is already a member of the Union’s Order of Service, with a Second Class Medal of Service. For his efforts as World Assembly Delegate and authorized by and on behalf of the Office of the President, I additionally bestow him with the First Class Medal of Service for his efforts.

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On the 21st of January, Asdersland announced that he would be stepping back from NationStates responsibilities to focus on his real life duties. “This is not to say I will be leaving definitively. I will stick around a little while longer as Delegate until I figure out how my replacement will work out.” As Article 6 Clause 6 of the Constitution charges the Office of the Chancellor with appointing the World Assembly Delegate, the search for a new delegate began. On the 7th of March, the Chancellors formally announced the terms of the search and the qualities sought in a World Assembly Delegate candidate, stating, “The Chancellors are looking for a nominee with the stamina and fortitude to maintain the position of World Assembly Delegate for a substantial period of time.” The Office of the Chancellor conducted four interviews, asking eleven aimed primary questions pertaining to the handling of the transition, promotion of World Assembly membership, ideas on fostering discussion, the role of the World Assembly in diplomacy, and the role of the delegate in the absence of the founder in the continuity of the Union’s community and government. The Chancellors looked for a delegate who is an active citizen, knowledgeable and able to give advice to the President, and equipped with feasible plans to promote World Assembly membership and endotarting. The Office of the Chancellor is proud to announce that the search for a new World Assembly Delegate has concluded.

The Chancellors have selected and hereby appoint Dome Artan World Assembly Delegate of the Union of Democratic States. The Chancellors believe that Dome Artan has the strength and fortitude to serve as World Assembly Delegate in the long run. Dome Artan has many specific ideas to increase the influence and participation of the Union in the World Assembly. Dome Artan has discussed multiple General Assembly and Security Council resolutions on the NationStates forum and understands his role as Delegate. Dome Artan knows the importance of promoting World Assembly membership and endotarting. Especially in the absence of contingency law, Dome Artan understands his duty to the region should the founder cease to exist, the threat that raiders post, and the necessary bars to entry that would need to be imposed. Dome Artan knows his role as World Assembly Delegate and the scope of his authority. He is prepared to advise the President and heed his direction on proposals brought before the World Assembly. In the coming days, the Chancellors are excited to see what Dome Artan will accomplish as Delegate.

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Postby Zukchiva » Sun Apr 26, 2020 5:04 pm

Happy congrats to Dome! Thanks to Asdersland for his valuable service as WA Del. :clap:
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April Embassy Update

Postby UDS Dispatch Office » Fri May 01, 2020 11:03 pm

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April Embassy Update
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"Drewpocalypse" Causes Massive Population Boom
by Druing

On the 20th of March, the entire community was taken by surprise when a large personality figure publicised a videopiece covering the founding and maintenance of a nation (and subsequently ten days later, a followup), which inspired an inrush of new nation foundings worldwide. The Union saw a major uptick in new arrivals as a byproduct of this, passing the 700 residents mark. As a result, the Ministry of the Census has been inundated with new citizenship applications from all the arrivals, triggering a change in Ministry policy: two new officials were allowed to approve applicants.

The Eagle Bearer Elected to Senate By Slim Margin
by Dome Artan

The Union of Democratic States' most recent Senate General Election was reported on in the March Embassy Update and saw incumbent Senators The Noble Thatcherites, Glaciosia, Comlogical and Dome Artan all returned to the legislature’s upper house along with Blazeville Isles Territory. A mere four days later, those disappointed on missing out in the election were given another opportunity. Blazeville Isles Territory suddenly resigned their office so recently won. A Senate by-election for the vacant seat was announced by the Office of the Chancellor on the 7th of April and saw many of the candidates from the General Election return to campaigning.

As only a single seat was up for grabs, the election was conducted in a single vote manner, as opposed to the Union’s typical usage of ranked voting; additionally the winning candidate required majority support not simply the most votes. The campaign period was less focused on debate than the General Election and was mostly notable for the endorsements that came in for candidate The Eagle-Bearer, particularly that of the region’s President Phoenix Coalition.

No candidate ultimately achieved the majority support required, with The Eagle Bearer and Second United States Republic coming closest with 30% and 25% respectively. As such the Office of the Chancellor announced a runoff between the two most supported candidates to determine who would become the newest Senator. Once again the race was incredibly tight with The Eagle Bearer pulling off a one vote victory 10 votes to 9. There was a hint of controversy about ballot disqualification but ultimately the vote was accepted by all candidates and The Eagle Bearer was inaugurated on the 17th of April by the Chief Justice.

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Asdersland Retires After Lengthy Career; Dome Artan Announced New WA Delegate
by Dome Artan


April was also notable for an event that had not occurred for well over a year in the Union, a World Assembly Delegate switch. Asdersland, the region’s longest serving Delegate had previously expressed a desire to step down from the delegacy stating “This is not to say I will be leaving definitively. I will stick around a little while longer as Delegate until I figure out how my replacement will work out.” The Chancellery, given the power to appoint the Delegate under the Constitution, announced on March 7th the beginning of an official interview process for the delegacy, “The Chancellors are looking for a nominee with the stamina and fortitude to maintain the position of World Assembly Delegate for a substantial period of time.”

After a lengthy review period which involved the conducting of four interviews of prospective delegates, Chancellors The Noble Thatcherites and Khevo made the official announcement of the region’s newest Delegate on April 26th. The statement, found here, honored Asderslands’ many contributions to the region with the formal renaming of the World Assembly Affairs office on the forum to the Asdersland World Assembly Affairs Building and jointly with the President awarded them the First Class Medal of Service.

The nation to take Asdersland’s place as the UDS’ Delegate was Dome Artan. Only 8 endorsements behind at the time of the announcement the transition period was set to be an historically short one. Indeed within the hour Dome Artan was in place to seize the Delegacy without needing an Asdersland resignation. The Chancellery statement cited their belief in Dome Artan’s “strength and fortitude to serve as World Assembly Delegate in the long run.” The delegacy switch comes at a time of great opportunity for the region, as mentioned in the new Delegate’s first dispatch, the so called “Drewpocalypse” resulted in the UDS seeing the greatest WA membership growth per the Shift.

USDAF Update
by Comlogical


For this April, the UDSAF participated in the liberations of Asia and Imperium of the Wolf. The organization further detagged ten regions, defended three and sieged two.

With regard to recruitment, six new members joined the armed forces, while two inactive members were reactivated to public service, including the former WA Delegate of the Union.

A Defense Memorandum was issued to outline the revamped ranking system in the Armed Forces.
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Postby Dome Artan » Fri May 01, 2020 11:09 pm

Zukchiva wrote:Happy congrats to Dome! Thanks to Asdersland for his valuable service as WA Del. :clap:

Oh man, I didn't see this earlier but thank you!

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Gracious Litter Removal by UDS Armed Forces

Postby UDS Dispatch Office » Sat May 02, 2020 12:45 am

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Union Eagles Valiantly Removing Litter


The Eagles were busy flying on the 29th of April and found some posters from The Black Hawks. "It appears all that they want is to find their missing bot Penny” Comlogical uttered, much to the dismay of Kanglia, making his return to the field after years away. “No, they may say that they want their bot back, but they’ll forget these posters long after Penny returns. Let’s get the band back together and take them down before they forget to!” And so the Union scrambled their new wide-eyed Eagles for a proper cleaning of the town, carefully teaching them the proper methods of correctly removing adhesive stuck posts from walls, floors, and ceilings.





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Postby Tinhampton » Sat May 02, 2020 1:33 am

For pity's sake! Now how will people ever realise that we might have to resort to a third Penny if this whole shenanigans carries on like this? Don't ask me, I'm not the one in charge of the Artificial Stuff department :P
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Postby Kanglia » Sat May 02, 2020 10:07 am

Tinhampton wrote:For pity's sake! Now how will people ever realise that we might have to resort to a third Penny if this whole shenanigans carries on like this? Don't ask me, I'm not the one in charge of the Artificial Stuff department :P


Hey Tin, it's not my fault you guys never remember to take your posters down :p
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Postby Miravana » Sat May 02, 2020 12:05 pm

Congrats one the 10 detags, though I would be remiss not to notice you didn't detag one, and we retagged another before the report came out. Besides that, good operation!

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Postby Kanglia » Sat May 02, 2020 12:09 pm

Miravana wrote:Congrats one the 10 detags, though I would be remiss not to notice you didn't detag one, and we retagged another before the report came out. Besides that, good operation!


I've no idea what you're talking about :p
Lmao oops, but gg, you guys never sleep do you :lol:

(and in fairness, it was my first update in years, the rust is real)
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Postby Benevolent Thomas » Sat May 02, 2020 12:53 pm

Great work UDSAF! Keep the reports coming.
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Postby Daytime to Night » Sat May 02, 2020 12:54 pm

Well done UDSAF and welcome back Kanglia!
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Statement Regarding the Red Wolf Alliance

Postby UDS Dispatch Office » Mon May 11, 2020 1:44 pm

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Statement Regarding the Red Wolf Alliance
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It has come to the attention of the government of the Union of Democratic States that the Red Wolf Alliance has had serious challenges in administering it’s official regional discord server, particularly with regard to fostering a safe environment for players of all ages. When confronted about evident issues, members of both the moderation team and cabinet shrugged off such concerns with remarks such as “not our problem y’all have an issue,” “that sounds like a you problem not our problem,” and “that’s a completely subjective take” despite the fact that conduct on the server violated clauses one and nine of the Red Wolf Alliance Code of Conduct. Both the IC and OOC administrative elements of the Red Wolf Alliance failed to recognize the importance of rigorous administration in a game with players of all ages.

The Union of Democratic States takes administration seriously and puts the safety of our members first and foremost. Since the Union views embassies as important avenues for interregional communication wherein discord visitation is encouraged, the Union cannot maintain relations with a region that fails to foster a safe environment for all players as such would put Union citizens at risk. For these reasons, the Union of Democratic States is recalling its ambassador and rescinding the Red Wolf Alliance’s embassy status. It is the opinion of the Union of Democratic States that the Red Wolf Alliance must undergo significant improvement in administrative standards and procedures before interacting with other regions. Concerned administrators can contact the UDS Administrative Team for pertinent information.

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Postby Benevolent Thomas » Mon May 11, 2020 1:51 pm

This is the appropriate action to take. I'm rather unfamiliar with the Red Wolf Alliance, but that Delegate nation is cringe enough for me to not give them much of a glance. I must commend the decision you have made and I've noticed how active the UDSAD has been lately, which is also commendable.
Ballotonia wrote:Personally, I think there's something seriously wrong with a game if it willfully allows the destruction of longtime player communities in favor of kids whose sole purpose is to enjoy ruining the game for others.

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Postby Sebero Sree » Mon May 11, 2020 1:55 pm

I will always applaud regions that take stands against irresponsible adminstrative practices and those who foster unsafe player environments. Well done UDS!

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