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[CONTEST DRAFT] Drill or no Drill

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[CONTEST DRAFT] Drill or no Drill

Postby Millenhaal » Sat May 18, 2024 4:01 pm

Before anyone asks, Ada Hassingman is a reference to the character Ava Hessington, a character from the show “Suits” who was under investigation for acquiring oil drilling rights illegally.


Prospectors struck oil in the waters outside @@NAME@@ last week, but because the deposit lies in international waters, the @@DEMONYMADJECTIVE@@ government isn't permitted to drill there. Not wanting to miss out on the wealth, people are wondering how @@NAME@@ can cash in.

[Option 1] Minister of Concrete, @@RANDOMNAME_1@@, strolls into your office carrying 2 30-pound bags of cement, filling your office with dust. "All we need to do is build a few small man-made islands, and magically the waters will become @@DEMONYMADJECTIVE@@ domain! If we put some people on there as permanent residents, they'll surely count as real @@NAME@@ territory. All we need is some rebar, steel, asbestos, and elbow grease!"

[Outcome 1] @@NAME@@ claims to own any water surrounding a @@NAME@@-made water buoy

[Option 2] Oil baron Ada Hassingman dramatically falls onto an office chair. "I would hate for the poor taxpayer to shoulder the burden for such an expensive project! If it's in international waters, then anyone should have access, don't worry about the legality! Now what we must do is prevent our enemies from getting there first. Call in the navy and protect my workers as we take what our country deserves! There could be something in it for you…" She winks as she surreptitiously drops a briefcase under your desk.

[Outcome 2] what happens in international waters somehow ends up in @@NAME@@

[Option 3] A nondescript civil servant collecting dust in the back of your office speaks up. "I'm sure the World Assembly has a procedure for situations like this. Submit an inquiry under the stipulations of Article 17 Section 20 Subsection 8 of the International Code of Resource Management requesting formal permission to access the material wealth of the outlying underwater oil fields near @@NAME@@'s waters due to their proximity to existing @@DEMONYMADJECTIVE@@ extraction infrastructure. It's the legal thing to do."

[Outcome 3] bureaucrats rejoice at the introduction of a regulatory body to regulate regulatory bodies

[Option 4] Moonshine O'Sunbeam, your Minister of Chillaxing, Vibing, and Good Times, seemingly materializes out of nowhere. "The environment is hurting, let's not euthanize her. She's like your girlfriend, you gotta protect her, man. Oil extracting is like. Putting a pickaxe through her skull in the parking lot of a McRonald's. Not that I'd. Like. Know anything about that. Let's stop drilling for oil altogether, it'll be better for our planet in the long term."

[Outcome 4] olive farms are under investigation for producing oil
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Postby Fachumonn » Sat May 18, 2024 5:12 pm

Interesting premise. Third option not so sure about this. International waters are definitely a complicated issue and it is detailed on decently well here.

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Postby Bowmanium Commonwealth » Sat May 18, 2024 6:43 pm

Hello, hope you are doing well! I have a few questions/comments:
Millenhaal wrote:the deposit lies in international waters

Since the deposit lies in international waters, no governments needs "permission" since it is not sovereignly controlled by any one country. Perhaps it could be specified to be in conflicting EEZs between @@NAME@@ and other countries? This would conflict with option 2, however.
Millenhaal wrote:I'm sure the World Assembly has a procedure for situations like this

The WA is a voluntary assembly, so this doesn't make sense for nations not in the WA. It might be better to go with some fictional regional association or agreement instead if you decide to go down that route.
Millenhaal wrote:All we need to do is build a few small man-made islands

I think this is similar to #1416, though in a different context. In my opinion, it's independent enough (especially considering it's a different point of view), but it might be worth looking at nonetheless.


I like the issue topic and I think this has a lot of potential!
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Postby Millenhaal » Sat May 18, 2024 7:00 pm

Response to Bowmanium Commonwealth (I am not individually quoting all of the points on mobile)

-According to real-world international law, at least according to my research, says that nobody is allowed to drill in international waters. That’s why I tried to make the issue more about finding ways to access it instead of fighting with others about it. About making it between two waters, we already have real-world precedent about what happens, like in the Persian Gulf and South China Sea. Every nation just drills in their own portion, and I could only see two options - war or nothing at all. Way less interesting to me.

-I hadn’t considered using the region tag to make an international body with rules and regulations, I’ll try that.

-I think it’s different enough, because it’s about resource extraction instead of trade, and it’s your nation considering doing it.
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Postby Verdant Haven » Fri May 24, 2024 6:44 pm

While I can work out what is meant, I do feel there's a bit of confusion liable to happen from the description stating "in the waters outside @@NAME@@... in international waters." That reads to me as being "in the EEZ, outside the EEZ." I would probably reframe it as something clearer like "in international waters just outside your economic zone."

What were the prospectors doing there? I feel like it's not clear why anyone was undertaking the expense of deep sea prospecting in an area it would be illegal to drill.

I feel like we've done the build-islands-to-manipulate-sea-claims thing (understandably... nations really do that!), so I wonder if there's maybe a different approach that could be suggested in option one? Perhaps if it's genuinely close to your waters, a lateral drilling operation could be suggested, appearing to be in legal territory but sneakily boring sideways to get at the oil? As it happens, the world's longest borehole is an oil well that goes a bit over 1,100m down, but nearly 11,000m horizontally.

I think option 4 could benefit from some kind of alternative suggestion beyond just stopping drilling. Replace oil with what?
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Postby Newland City » Sun May 26, 2024 6:32 am

I feel like option 3's fallout doesn't work that well; it doesn't really relate to or make sense for the option besides being a generic bureaucracy joke. Maybe something like, " The 783d-69b forms came back approved a year after the prospectors moved on to different projects," - not worded like that because it's not punchy enough but you get the idea
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Postby Australian rePublic » Sun Jun 02, 2024 6:05 am

I think that under international laws you can mine in international waters with certain restrictions
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