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The Aukumnia Times | Issue VI

Aukumnia Deleted
Written by Aurelian wonderland, edited by Xadrya

A few months back, Xadrya, the original founder of the region, resigned, which led to a short panic across the region. However, the panic subsided as Van demeins land, his successor, assured his trust in the institutions and to lead the region in the path set out by the former founder, led by the elected institutions and the like. As such, the immediate period following Xadrya's sudden departure was rather peaceful and showed great promise. However, the subsequent month foreshadowed what would ultimately lead to a major crisis that the region was faced with.

After a few weeks, it became rather clear that VDL was using his emergency founder powers rather frequently. This was in the form of revoking citizenship. However, this wasn't challenged per se because, legally, it was very much within his powers to do so, while morally, those individuals were seen to deserve such an action. However, this came to be scrutinized when he used his powers to remove the embassy permissions from Algerburg, the then Minister of Defence. This led to a court case being filed against him, which was the first case to be pushed against him as Founder.

Algerburg had permitted building of an embassy with a raided region which was opposed from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aurelian wonderland. Acting on behalf of the latter, apparently, he resorted to removing the ability altogether. However, the constitution granted the ability to the Ministers, and so, removing the ability was seen as unconstitutional, arbitrary, and, thus, abuse of power. This was the basic premise behind the court case. As the court case proceeded, it seemed as if Algerburg was to win. Against this backdrop, there were discussions of who he'd appoint as his successor, since his impeachment seemed rather likely.

At this point, Van Demeins Land constantly said he would not give away the founder account to anyone, irrespective of him being impeached. This lead to a number of back and forth between a number of individuals. This all culminated in him deciding to pull the plug on the region by banjecting all the nations and deleting the discord server, and all the dispatches. In an instant, the region of Aukumnia had essentially vanished. This left the citizens scattered as a few sought to join other allied regions while others reached out to the former founder, Xadrya, for help.

Fortunately, Xadrya pulled up his back ups of the dispatches and made quick work of the dispatches and the discord server. In merely hours, a new region under the name of the Aukumnian Imperium was established, and so was the discord. While the number of nations did take a hit, things seem positive as the region is steadily picking up. The task of rebuilding is being taken seriously, as the region seems to be heading into a new era, with new policies, and a new face.

New Supreme Chancellor, New Order
Written by Anonymous, edited by Xadrya

On the first of this month, a new Supreme Chancellor was elected, shaking Aukumnian politics at its core. This new Supreme Chancellor was built on the basis of the departure of Retiva, the former Chairman of The Imperial Front and one of the leading political figures of the region. He departed the region due to real-life concerns, but he still desired to see the political success of his movement continue beyond his presence. Thus, he promoted Prozera, one of the Imperial Councillors of his party, to the position of Chairman, and exited the server. Prozera swiftly took charge of the party and registered for the Supreme Chancellor elections, which were due to begin within the hour. The election was now a rush to see if Prozera could hold the same political popularity that Retiva once did and hold his own within this heated election.

The election lasted forty-eight hours and saw a turnout of forty-two voters, the highest in Aukumnian history. The results were released, and, to the surprise of much of the region, Prozera won with a six vote lead. Red (Gil lodihr), the Chairman of the Aukumnian Freedom Party came in second place, and Actobere, an independent candidate, and Eagle (North havenlock), the Aurelian Reformist Party's fielded choice, both tied for third with four votes. Prozera had served once before as the leader of the Imperium, but he failed to do anything substantial, now only time would tell if this term would be any different for him.

Immediately after the election ended, Prozera took his oath and put into place the first actions of his administration. He began with a restructuring of the Cabinet, which sought to streamline some of the processes and stamp out many of the overlapping duties which existed between Ministries. He completely abolished the Ministry of the Interior, and split its duties among the Ministry of Justice, a former Ministry, and the Ministry of Recruitment and Ministry of Culture, both new.

To the surprise of many, the often-partisan Prozera appointed a Cabinet which had one person from each party and an independent, effectively leaving only one position filled by a member of his own party. From here, he began by throwing his Cabinet into action. He made sure that each of them created some sort of bodies under their Ministry and appointed offices below them to handle tasks that they could not, and he ensured that each Minister had a plan for the actions they would take in the coming term.

Prozera implemented a new system which no prior Supreme Chancellor had ever thought of: Executive Reports. He promised to release an Executive Report at the end of each week, detailing the actions taken by his Cabinet that week and the plans for the following week. After forty-eight hours in the office, he released his first Executive Report, detailing the actions taken by his rather active Cabinet within a Weekly Bulletin which he sent out.

This new weekly bulletin detailed all of the news from the prior week, but it also contained the much-anticipated Report. The report detailed a rather active Cabinet. Not a single Cabinet members had accomplished nothing and all of them had rather ambitious plans for the coming weeks. From here, there are two possibilities: either Prozera will go on to lead the most active Cabinet in Aukumnian history, or his ambition will turn to null as he runs out of steam. Only time will tell which comes to fruition.

New Policies in a New Aukumnia
Written by Aurelian wonderland, edited by Xadrya

The last few months shed some light on a number of problems with the Constitution, which ranged from loopholes to vague clauses. These resulted in a number of court cases being filed, both for clarification of these clauses, and enforcement of the laws. As such, the previous Chamber seemed rather intent on making amendments and changing the Constitution to make it more foolproof and elaborate. Furthermore, there were steps taken to revise existing laws to make them more clear, in order to make them more enforceable. These came in the form of bills by a number of legislators from various parties.

A number of changes ranging from establishing a regional timezone to facilitating greater cooperation in organising of events and what not, to reforming legislations like the confidentiality bill, and various clauses of the constitution. The Chamber continued on this path until the region was deleted, which led to a new set of legislations taking the region on a different direction. The first of these was the SC powers act which empowered the executive, and in particular, the SC with regards to his own cabinet. This was in light of the recent public verdict in the polls.

After the region was reinstated, an opinion poll was set up which would decide the path region would take going ahead. It broadly raised questions as to what role the founder should play in the region. In light of VDL's recent actions, the region overwhelmingly voted for reducing the Founder's power, and empowering the democratic institutions. As a step in this direction, the SC was empowered through the legislation. Shortly after this, elections for the SC were held in which the new SC, Prozera, used these powers to streamline the cabinet, and increase efficiency.

The deletion served as a wake up call for the region as the institutions became a bit more proactive momentarily, at least. The Founder used this as an opportunity to push for greater WA membership and promote endotarting. Similarly, the new region served as a way for the Chamber to rethink its ways and push for a new policy and shape the future of the region, and at the same time, aid in the rebuilding after the sudden deletion of the previous region of Aukumnia. The role elected institutions play are paramount, and even more so in case of the legislature.

Overall, while the chamber hasn't been the most active, it has passed a number of deeply impactful bills which would greatly affect the region as a whole in a lot of ways, in the future. The laws of the region are by no means tight as of now, and so, there is a need for the legislature to step up and clear these potential problems, and at the same time, take steps to improve the institutions and the policies of the region, by being more proactive in its actions.

Just yesterday, the Imperium elected its Eleventh Chamber of Representatives. The past few Chambers, while proactive, have largely been rather quiet and filled to the brim with old guard politicians. While Retiva had often pushed for more popular involvement and the integration of newcomers into the political system, his ambitions never seemed to fully come into fruition. Until now.

As early as the registrations began, signs already seemed to indicate towards an upheavel of the old order within the newest election. With the influx of new citizens, many of them interested in politics, and the departure of several old politicians from the political scene, it was bound to happen at some point. The registration, towards it end, had achieved the largest number of participants any Aukumnian election had ever seen; And what's more, it saw the highest percentage of new participants Aukumnia had ever seen.

The pre-election period ensued with regular campaigning from several new politicians up until the election itself. The election began, and after forty-eight hours the results were released. The election saw the second highest turnout of any election, just one vote behind the prior election. The Emperor expanded the Chamber to thirteen members, allowing for almost half of the Chamber to have never served in the positions: a record high since the beginning of Aukumnia.

The newest Chamber saw the highest percentage held by The Imperial Front, followed closely by The Aukumnian Freedom Party, then the Aurelian Reformist Party. The remaining two seats were filled by independent candidates. While The Imperial Front is still the dominant party within the Chamber, the behemoth's grip over the Legislature is clearly slipping with each passing term. The only thing preventing the opposition from passing any legislation they please is the Supreme Chancellor in power. Late yesterday he threatened to veto any policy intiatives proposed by the opposition which opposed TIF's values.

Will this aggressive stance against the TIF opposition lose support for the Chancellor, or increase it? Is TIF's power slowly slipping from the Chamber, or will the party's grip remain for much time to come? Only time will tell.

The LKE Condemnation
Written by Aurelian wonderland, revised by Xadrya

Recently, the World Assembly saw quite a bit of activity surrounding the condemnation of LKE. The condemnation which seemed like a typical raider condemnation was unveiled as a blatant attempt at defamation and a personal grudge, rather than a structured WA resolution. This resulted in telegrams being sent by those against and those for the resolution, as the votes were split either way. While initially it seemed like the resolution would pass, the campaign by those against it created a huge surge which led to the resolution failing, and so, being defeated in the Assembly.

The Lands of Kings and Emperors, commonly referred to as the LKE, is a well-known invader organisation. They, whether they ackowledge it or not, have been part of a number of operations against other regions and as such, have gained quite a reputation as among the older and the well-established raider organisations. So, when the proposal emerged, it gained a number of votes for the condemnation, as it was a well-reputed raiding region, and as such, the WA had previously condemned a number of raiding regions and regions that have couped and infiltrated regions, NPO being the most well known of the latter while TBH's two condemnations are a testament to the former.

The telegram was sent to all the WA nations, which led to a number of against votes rising immediately, as the condemnation proposal now seemed go through a rather narrow margin. The telegram was met with a response by the author of the proposal, who circulated a telegram of his own among the WA nations. In his telegram, he refuted the claims made by the LKE, further strengthening his position, by claiming that simply claiming they were not leading an operation doesn't grant them immunity.

The basic argument he had was, with evidence he gathered in the form of screenshots and form posts, that the LKE cannot claim that these claims are false simply because they helped in operations. Aiding in destruction makes them as accountable as any other, and so, they are far from being unreasonable. Nonetheless, despite the efforts of the author, the resolution failed all the same, in the face of the opposition. This was due to two factors.

LKE has a formidable diplomatic strength, in the form of ties with regions like TWP, Balder, and Europeia, among others. These regions, and even including themselves, have a considerable size, and number of WA voters. As such, the author in his telegram claimed too, the LKE used their diplomatic influence to persuade the delegates to vote against the resolution, which led to a strong surge of the against voters. This accompanied by a number of swayed votes due to the telegrams, ultimately led to the proposal failing to reach the majority mark in the assembly.

Another potential factor could be that, as LKE pointed out, the resolution had arisen from personal grudges and was framed as an attack rather than a condemnation proposal per se. This might have led a number of voters to vote against the proposal, and potentially look forward to a better framed one, if at all. However, it is clear that the former factor played a far more crucial role in the defeat of the proposal.

The Task of Rebuilding
Written by Aurelian wonderland, edited by Xadrya

Although the region came back up, with all its dispatches essentially untouched, and a discord identical to prior, the deletion itself has not left the region unscathed. The region has fell from growing steadily with over 200 nations, and a Delegate with just shy of 100 endorsements, to little over 60 endorsements. However, this is a good oppurtunity for the region to rethink it's strategies and potentially reinvent itself, as it has been granted this clean slate. It gives the region an opportunity, guided by a new system even though on the surface it may seem to be the same, to strive to be something different, and evolve once again. The immediate challenge that lies ahead is of rebuilding, and growing once again.

The immediate task that the region was faced with in the realm of foreign affairs of reinstating the ties with all the regions it had embassies with previously has more or less been achieved. However, it is imperative for the region to build on those ties and potentially even expand. The ties must be fostered with great care, to build closer relations with the regions to the point should a crisis emerge, such regions could come to our aid. However, that would be more of a longterm ideal, than something that can be achieved overnight. At the same time, however, the region must expand on its diplomatic ties and potentially create an influence sphere. It could serve as an ideal wa for the region to grow diplomatically.

The challenges the region faces within its borders are far more, however. Rebuilding is not merely gaining the number of nations. The region although had over 200 members, it's turnout struggled to get over 50, and it still does. However, the increasing turnout does show some promise. It is imperative that the task of recruitment must be taken alongside integration. Simply boasting about a huge number of nations, WA or not, while having a small active community is utterly useless, in the long term. At the same time, having a small number, however, every member being active, would be extremely useful to the region's growth as a whole. So, it is crucial for the region to grow and look towards integrating members and incentivising activity, rather than believing their job is over once a new member joins the region.

The next enormous task ahead is of leading the region. As previously mentioned, the task of rebuilding is not a minor challenge by any means. The region must build and innovate in every sphere and in every institution. It is only through initiatives taken by individuals in every field that the region can strive towards reinventing itself and reaching new heights. While the need for individual leaders to emerge was there since its inception, as the task of integration and recuitment grows even more challenging with the steadily growing membership, the need is even more than ever before. There is a need for individuals to step up, against the backdrop of political competition, and take the task of rebuilding upon themselves, and lead the region to a new era.

This task is by no means easy. Leaders cannot be created per se. Nonetheless, the region can most certainly create a platform where such leaders can emerge, and it is easy for them to make changes that they'd desire. The best way to achieve that is not by merely strengthening the elected institutions, but by strengthening institutions as a whole, and decentralising power to the lowest denominator. Breaking up of ministries to departments, and departments with staffs and their own hierarchy is an instance of that. The government could further decentralise itself, however, that is not the only place such things need to be pushed for.

Institutions like the Imperial Court, or the Electoral Commission, or even parties could think of strategies to involve the community in their activities, be it in the form of record keeping or reports, or having mock trials and the like for the former two. The issue with parties is a bit more difficult to tackle. While parties serve as a way of intensifying political competition, and they can serve as a platform for political competition, and to integrate the newer members of the region, they can also kill of the incentive for individuals to emerge as leaders, as the party elites could very well monopolise power, with the common members being merely faceless members of the party. As such, a case for removing parties altogether would be far from unreasonable, in the light of a number of factors the region is faced with at the current phase.

The region is faced with a number of challenges and a number of considerations, moving forward. It is imperative that the elected institutions, be it the chancellor, or the chamber, address these challenges going forward, making the changes whereever the need arises, and incentivise individuals to rise up, and as such, lead the region into a new era. Such a move must be guided by the individuals, for that would be the only way for the region to grow in the long term.

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Designed by Xadrya, produced, written, and edited by Aurelian wonderland, Xadrya, and Prozera. Any comments, suggestions, or criticisms may be directed towards Xadrya

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