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New West Indies Monthly Update: November




W E L C O M E B A C K !

Fellow New West Indians and readers from abroad, welcome to the Monthly Update for November! This is going to be the last Monthly Update of the year 2019, and the last of this executive term. Whereas the future of the Press Corps is uncertain and depends on what the next Secretary-General feels, what is absolutely certain is that this update will be full of exciting news!

This banner could have easily been one of a turkey and a US flag, as the end of November is known as Thanksgiving for many of our Northern American friends. However, the Update is not in the business of telling you what you already know, so we'll instead remind you that one day before Thanksgiving, on November 27th, the world celebrated Electric Guitar Day! The day commemorates famous guitarist Jimi Hendrix's date of birth and is the occasion to gossip about and listen to electric guitar music. If you knew that, you have the Press Corp's apologies, and the promise that at least one thing in this particularly filled update will surprise you.

Indeed, November has been a particularly newsworthy month, with two major proposals covering the New West Indies' brand new judicial branch being passed, one judicial election, one poll, two elections coming soon, fantastic roleplay, a Cabinet reshuffle, great foreign affairs achievements, and an interview with Secretary of Internal Affairs and long-time New West Indian Cymiopolis! This update might be a bit wordier than usual...

Please do tell us how you feel about it, any feedback, suggestions, requests for advertisements or articles submitted in your name or anonymously should all go to Press Director Celestiam (Seafarer#5810 on Discord). We are always appreciative of any comment you can bring to the table to make our Updates more agreeable and informative. If you liked this month's update, please upvote it so others can benefit from reading.

If you wonder why we have so much to say, you should definitely join LinkOur Discord Server. This is where a lot of the political and especially cultural life of the New West Indies takes place. Whether you are a citizen, resident, diplomat, or even just some random visitor who landed here, you are welcome to join. We look forward to seeing you there!

And now, with no further ado, let the November Monthly Update begin!





Important Announcements

Office of the Secretary-General

  • Many citizens have gotten themselves a government job and enjoy it! You can do too here by following this link. Want to have fun, develop skills, and get the fuzzy feeling that you’re helping out in the process? Nations are free to read and apply for positions!

Department of Internal Affairs

  • Cymiopolis is the new Secretary of Internal Affairs

  • Deugaw is now the Activity Moderator. He’ll be making sure people are active enough to be on the Regional Map.

Department of Foreign Affairs

  • A Treaty is currently being negotiated with our friends over in Alvaria. The Treaty is currently being pre-discussed in the committee chambers of the General Assembly on Discord.

  • The Secretary of Foreign Affairs is now PotaTown

  • The Department is still hiring Ambassadors! Check it all out here.

  • We now have an embassy on the Nationstates gameplay forums, where news of our fantastic region will be available for the whole world to see!

Department of Administration

  • Interested in a job that involves you directly with the inner workings of the New West Indies? That allows you to run this region's governance, roleplay, and functionings from the inside? That places you directly below the Secretariat, offering a promising entry into your governmental career? There is such a job as Administrative Assistant to the Secretary. Widely considered as an antechamber to the Secretary position, the Administrative Assistant provides a valuable aid to the Department of Administration. Interested? Contact New United Carolinas

  • Check out Nwi.gov, the Government’s new dispatch portal! You can find all your favourite dispatches linked there.

  • The Department of Administration, thanks to Portinabia, now has a Cultural Repository that you absolutely should check out.


A few words with... Cymiopolis


Text in italics directly quoted from interview with Cymiopolis, or RMB posts



Clock Tower Pier, in Montreal Canada, is where
Cymiopolis would meet us if he had a real interview.

Whether you are a roleplayer having interacted with this peculiar Venetian inspired South American nation, a Falklands nerd, an appreciator of good flags, or a political observer, it is nearly impossible not to have bumped into Cymiopolis. He's the man with the plan, Has the posts with the most, Flies a flag that is swag, he's a sightsee, he's lordly, and he's a Secretary. Besides he won last edition's monthly update game. That's the kind of person you'd pay to interview. Thankfully the busy statesman did not charge us for his time in answering a few questions...

Late afternoon, by the agreeable Old Port of Montreal, a luxurious black sedan bearing the logo of the Department of Internal Affairs pulls up. Out comes Cymiopolis. In his hands, no guns, and behind him no bodyguards. Instead, the nation famous In-Character for their fine wine exports comes with two bottles of Valpolicella wine. How did we even get here?

The answer comes from Cymiopolis and is a quintessential example of how lucky people can sometimes be "I was answering issues when I first started playing NS and got a recruitment telegram from Achipel. The region seemed relatively fleshed out and had a cool map so I decided to join and lay claim to Tierra del Fuego". Cymio then specified this was the first time he had ever gotten seriously involved with any region in Nationstates "I had done a small stint on NS with my puppet Lambrinia, but mostly answered issues until I got bored." This is how, on April 5th, 2018, Cymiopolis arrived in the New West Indies, where Founder Achipel welcomed him and an equally new nation...Volirum.

Cymiopolis' first few days in the New West Indies were spent doing what newcomers do best: asking as many questions about everything as he could fathom and worrying about his NS Stats. In one of his posts at the time, erstwhile newcomer Cymio said "At first I was disappointed this game didn’t have different forms of Anarchy (I lean towards Anarcho-Capitalism), but I was pleasantly surprised after an issue returned Cymiopolis to Anarchy AND upgraded my economy (the issue, in particular, was outlawing Eminant Domain)". Soon enough, they started moving to roleplay and made their first RP post in the New West Indies by building Hanging Gardens.

Cymiopolis' post quality went soaring, as the now-famous "Most Serene Ministry of Foreign Affairs" started imposing sanctions on the more belligerent nations of the New West Indies, and the nation was advancing to space mining and interest in extraterrestrial operations. Still today, Cymiopolis is one of the New West indies' prime spacefaring nations in character.

In early January 2019, Cymiopolis' career took a turn. The nation that had arrived on the same day as him, Volirum, was running for Secretary-General and looking for candidates to fill the NWI's four departments. "I felt like it was a good time to get involved in regional politics.", Cymiopolis now comments. Fascinated by regional mapmaking, Cymiopolis asked to become Secretary of Internal Affairs. " Sadly, Volirum had a man for the job who was doing great so I had to settle for SFA".
A few days later, Volirum triumphed in the Secretary-General elections and became the New West Indies' second elected Secretary-General. Cymiopolis took his first elected office.

During his time as Secretary, Cymiopolis remained extremely active in the regional roleplay. When asked how he managed to balance both responsibilities, he humbly replied "The balance was easy as SFA since my job only involved accepting or denying embassies. Not gonna lie, Achipel would do that anyways before I’d have the chance so it was a relatively slow job which left me more time to RP."

While Cymiopolis' first term saw some advancements in Foreign Affairs, the Department of Foreign Affairs really took off during Cymiopolis' second term as Secretary of Foreign Affairs, this time under Secretary-General Karteria. Of this time, Cymiopolis told us "Working under Karteria really changed the work dynamic since he had a more proactive approach. He let us do what we want, but he still gave us some guidelines to steer us on the right path".


What the regional flag would have looked like, had Cymiopolis' proposal won

But Cymiopolis certainly did not wait for Karteria to be elected to do what he wanted. While Karteria was preparing for the polls, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs started a flag competition. " As Secretary of Foreign Affairs, I've seen plenty of beautiful regional flags while establishing embassies with other NS regions."Cymiopolis explained. What with an active citizenry, quite a few good vexillologists, and a new vexillology channel on Discord, the competition drew much attention. Five submissions were placed, but in the end, the winner and the current flag of the New West Indies was designed by New United Carolinas.
Reflecting on those times, Cymio said: "While it didn’t have the desired effect of making my entry the official NWI, NUC did a stellar job along with the other participants and I loved the energy that the flag competition brought".

The energy it brought was a taster of the new Secretary-General's plans to make the New West Indies a more active place, and the Department of Foreign Affairs certainly was not left out of those plans. It is under Cymiopolis' tenure as SFA that the New West Indies' Embassy Policy, that is still relevant today, was published. The self-declared goal was to have more "meaningful diplomatic relations". Cymiopolis explains "A meaningful embassy would entail sending ambassadors (either the SecGen, SFA and/or diplomats) to a regions Discord, getting to know their government and sharing ideas amongst each other to grow our regions together". The policy has permanently shaped the way the New West Indies conducts interregional business, as many embassies with Collector, too small, or inactive regions are closed or never opened. In hindsight, Cymiopolis believes that the policy was "relatively successful. We now communicate with numerous other regions on the NWI Discord’s diplomacy channel."

Two weeks ago, in mid-November, Cymiopolis' dream was finally accomplished. He who had wanted to become Secretary of Internal Affairs, for now, a full year was finally rewarded as Secretary-General Karteria picked him to replace outgoing SIA Luraqau. "Wanted to be SIA ever since I decided to enter regional politics since I love making maps (I can draw the borders of the Balkans by heart)." The Press Corps was unable to fact-check this last assertion, but Cymiopolis' love for mapmaking was immediately apparent, as he worked through the backlog in map application to present a recently updated regional map. But that is not all. "My goal as SIA is to make the NWI maps the envy of all other regions" Cymio asserted, before adding "After looking at some other region’s maps, I reckon I’m almost there." He also told us he might experiment with new formats in the future, but kept his mouth shut when we asked for more (unless you count sipping tasty red wine).

Speaking of the future, Cymiopolis confirmed he would be running for SIA again in December, claiming "Hell yeah. I live these maps like they were my children". The Father of Maps remained more elusive on potential Secretary-General ambitions in 2020, for which he is considered to be one of the most plausible candidates "Nah, Karteria is doing a great job as it is and I have no idea how he balances that job with his IRL life" he told us.

It was getting late on Clock tower Pier, and Cymiopolis the trilingual mapmaking vexillology-loving fervent Progressive ambitious Secretary had work to do. The Press Corps thanks him for his service to the region, and for having taken time off to answer questions.


Recent Activity

Roleplay (IC)

After weeks of raids in the anarchic Anatolian peninsula, the great leader of Idiocarasia, Yebelluv, has returned to his capital with much loot and slaves.

A major drought has hit Kilaguni, bringing the nation's welfare system to large levels of stress as the most disenfranchised citizens were unable to count on a decimated agricultural production.

While Kilagunians are starving, more nations have joined the International smoking competition held in The Anarchist Communist, while the Royal Ministry of Sport of the North Italian Union suggested adding a drinking contest to the smoking, making the contest even more degenerate.

In Kurdistan, The Greater Iran's armed forces successfully raided bunkers where Ottoman loyalists were hiding. The same Ottoman Loyalists issued an ultimatum to occupying forces in Anatolia to retreat, otherwise, 800 hostages would be culled.

Far from earth, in Neptune's atmosphere, a Portinabian space marine betrayed his colleagues and escaped from Neptune's orbit with an escape pod, leaving his fellow crewmates for dead.

In PotaTown, a violent coup has brought leader Ravi Olé to power. The government was reformed into an autocracy known as Oopsidroppedmyrightsburg. The regime's human rights violations have put it at odds with much of the international community, with the North Italian Union, The Anarchist Communist and Caves of Paradise applying sanctions and Cymiopolis refusing to sell a space station to them.

In Achipel, President Hatüey Cantù was forced to resign after corruption scandals, leading to the election of left-wing nationalist Bárður Néstor Morales Halldórsson as President of Achipel. Halldórsson's first act as President was to invite leaders of the Caribbean region to a summit in Paradí, the Capital.

In New United Carolinas, the Governor of Appalachia Province, who had been accused of bribery, money laundering, and other career-ending scandals, deserted his province. It was later revealed the governor had fled to morally doubtful international pariah Oopsidroppedmyrightsburg.

Siegfried's navy has been moved from the Baltic to the Atlantic to benefit from a larger training environment.

Cymiopolis and Portinabia have cooperated to create the Panamero Zone (PaZ), a single market in the Americas. The Government of Achipel has asked to negotiate a certain number of opt-outs.


Free Trade has been at the heart of Internation diplomacy this month

Government

Executive Decrees authorized in October.

Elections

We had a Judiciary Election at the end of which Twelve Titans was elected Chief Justice.

Secretariat elections are scheduled for December 14th, 2019

General Assembly President elections are schedules for December 25th, 2019 (Merry Christmas!)

Assembly Affairs

GA resolutions passed in November


There is still plenty of free space around the Capitol to build Congressional offices, so do join the General Assembly!


Opinion: A new era for Foreign Affairs

In mid-November, we had a Cabinet reshuffle that replaced our long-standing Minister of Foreign Affairs Cymiopolis with highly active career diplomat PotaTown. PotaTown had considered writing about foreign affairs for the Update and was recognised as a leading non-Cabinet foreign policy expert. This fresh face at the top of the Department of Foreign Affairs is already quite a change, but wouldn't make a whole opinion piece if it weren't for some other events.

We are currently negotiating a Treaty with Alvaria. Though it is not the first time the New West Indies negotiates a Treaty, it is the first time it is being done as a bilateral agreement between two active regions, whose heads of state seem to be in good standing with each other. The Treaty is not currently being too discussed in Alvaria, though the general feeling there is that the people like the New West Indies and wouldn't be opposed to tightening relations. In the NWI, we already started pre-debating some parts of the still unsigned treaty in the GA channels. The Treaty would establish real ambassadors, and sources close to the diplomatic proceedings claim clauses allowing NWI citizens to create a puppet and participate in the ALvarian army, or that Alvarians could roleplay in the New West Indies are being negotiated. Whatever is coming is quite exciting, and many agree.

Meanwhile, we were visited by the Vizier of Foreign Affairs of Osiris, who graciously invited us to build a Consulate on the forums of this prominent GCR. Ties with a wider NS world and NS Gameplay, that have started ever since the creation of our embassies on the NS forums, are starting to be formed.

But all of this will prompt legitimate questions. We will need to look at our stances on what can be traded in Treaties and what can't. We will need to look at how we think of our embassies and relations with regions that support or have supported actions that are not compatible with our morals. We will need to think of what image we want to give out to a world that will soon start seeing us.

Thankfully we have an election coming quite soon. The December Secretariat elections will be our chance to discuss a subject once upon a time left to a few élites and nerds. Foreign Policy is relevant to every New West Indian, even those who are happy with roleplay posts. It affects who gets to RP here, how we are seen, and even how many people we get to join our region. Too long has Foreign Policy been restricted to a few lines on platforms about liking the Embassy Policy, and "privileging quality over quantity" without any other description. As this issue is starting to become more and more relevant, our dialogues about Foreign Polic need to gain in substance.


Game of the Month

This month's game of the month is a riddle! The first one of you to find the answer and contact Celestiam will get the chance to publish anything they want, be it text, memes, a video, countryballs, a poem, a complaint, ANYTHING (as long as it is legal and not obviously spammy/too heavy) in the next Monthly Update that will be the first update of 2020! The riddle is:

I have cities, but no houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I?

Good luck!


Scales tipped in favour of Regional Judiciary

We've been discussing, debating, speculating and spilling oceans of ink (or should we say pixels) over the question of a Judiciary over the past four months. Ever since Twelve Titans first proposed to establish real Courts best described by Cymiopolis as "a step above Hammurabi's "an eye for an eye"", the region has been waiting for it.

November is the month everything happened. After final amendments were made, GAR#21 "Establishment of a Judicial System"1, that had been nicknamed "The Judicial Proposal" by many General Assembly insiders, was put to vote. The months of consensus building and edits were well worth it, as after four final amendments the Proposal was adopted with 18 votes yea and 0 votes nay. The crushing 100% approval of the resolution reflects how all major parties were in support, and the bill had attracted a few major co-sponsors.
More than being Twelve Titans' second 1 proposal to be passed into law, GAR#21 ordered the Secretary-General to call for a special election to fill the unoccupied seat of Chief Justice.

Immediately after the passage of GAR#21, the Criminal Code Proposal that was numbered GAR#22 was introduced. Aiming to give the Court the teeth it needs to apply the Law on offenders, the Code was unanimously adopted with 15 votes yea to no nay votes. A few weeks and much discussion in the #judiciary channel of the Discord server, as well as official debating in the NWI General Assembly was necessary for Celestiam's first proposal to make it to law.

Meanwhile, candidates for Chief Justice prepared their platforms and campaigns. North Italian Union first considered a run but later stepped down, while Blankenheim, Twelve Titans, and Volirum all published platforms and tried their luck.

Two of them answered questions for the Press Corps and all three published platforms. You can see it all here:


Welcome to the election coverage of the 2019 Judicial Special election. In this election, the General Assembly will decide who will be the first holder of the newly created office of the Chief Justice, who will finish the construction of the new High Court, and administrate meaningful first cases that will cast long-standing precedent in procedure and questions of Law.

Polls have opened for the election, and if you are a confirmed citizen of the New West Indies you are invited to vote. Every vote will count for this election, so make sure to show support for your favoured candidate with a vote.

As this is the first part of the program and the polls have barely opened, we will not comment on the extremely early votes cast in favour of Twelve Titans that places him on a very slight lead. We will come back to analysing votes, speculating, and discussing the progress of the election later when an entire day will have passed for Europe and Africa, a full evening and early morning for Asia and Oceania, and an American evening for our voters in the New World.

Instead, we will reveal the answers we got by speaking to candidates days before the polls opened. We got answers from candidates Twelve Titans and Volirum, while the Honourable candidate Blankenheim was not at his office when we chimed in for an interview.

Twelve Titans

In bold questions by Celestiam. In italics answers by candidate Twelve Titans

We went to Twelve Titans' candidate office where we were able to have a chat with Twelve Titans, the Progressive candidate for Chief Justice, author of GAR#21 that established the Court, and author of amendments to GAR#22, the Criminal Code. We asked him our five standard questions, and five questions tailored on his platform that you can see here .

1. In your opinion, what is the role of Justice and the High Court in the New West Indies?
The High Court and the Chief Justice exist uphold the Laws of the region. When there is a dispute, the Court hears both sides and establishes the truth, before applying the appropriate remedies as prescribed by Law. The Court must remain impartial, must be an expert in the Law, and must uphold the highest personal ethics. They must be committed to transparency and communication, fairness to all parties in the case, and to finding the most just resolution. This is why I am running on the platform of Fairness, Access, and Justice.

2. Concerning the debates on executive flexibility that have been seen recently, what do you believe is the stance of current law on this contention?
While my public opinions are well known on this issue, the Law is the Law regardless. The Constitution and applicable legislation like GAR#10 (“Defining Executive & General Assembly Authority”) provide very specific guidance on this issue, setting forth a clear delegation of power. I have worked closely with Laws on this topic, such as a writing proposal to amend GAR#10 as well as amending the Constitution in CA#9/GAR#19 (“Increasing Impeachment Fairness and Reducing Constitutional Confusion”).

3. Criminal sentencing can often be a delicate act. What standards do you plan to adopt for yourself when deciding the sentence of a convicted criminal?
I have, in fact, already put in place several sentencing considerations in the Judicial Resolution (GAR#21) with statutory sentencing enhancements/mitigations, but I also have several plans for the Court Procedures that relate to this issue. For example, I have already announced on Discord my plans regarding when to have sentences be consecutive or concurrent. I also plan to define in the Procedures several additional factors that the Court will assess, such as the Criminal History of the accused and the totality of the circumstances of the new offenses, including their motivations, severity, and impact.

4. Do you believe customary law to have any worth in Court when a subject is not covered by statute or case law?
While norms and customs may be a factor, far more important to the Court should be the letter and spirit of the existing laws.

5. Will you be sensitive to the amount of legal representation each party has when considering procedural errors?
Yes, in fact, I have already announced on Discord that pro se defendants (accused persons who forgo or otherwise do not have legal representation) will be granted some flexibility in this regard. A Twelve Titans Court would strive to make the Court accessible, and this includes making sure nations who find themselves in the Judicial System do not have to fear harsh consequences for innocent misunderstandings of procedure. However, should these breeches be repeated or malicious, the Court may elect to take stronger action to protect the integrity of the process and our Laws.

6. You placed much emphasis on the fact you have written GAR#21 that creates the very Court you are running for. How do you believe this will make you the best Chief Justice among candidates running?
For four months, I worked very hard with my honourable colleagues in the General Assembly to establish our Judicial System. I’ve also contributed to the Criminal Code proposal that is (at the time of writing) currently in debate. And I also have another proposal/Constitutional Amendment related to the Judicial System in the works as well. I know this system inside and out, because I’ve been so heavily involved in making them. I’m an expert in these Laws. Our first Chief Justice will be establishing important Court procedures and precedents, and so we need to elect the candidate who knows what they’re doing – who better than the guy who wrote the bill?

7. In Discord statements, you said you would allow Private Attorneys and Law firms to practice law before the High Court. Do you believe representation from private citizens is preferable to a Court bar association?
While I support allowing private attorneys to practice before the High Court, in the future there will need to be some sort of bar to regulate it. As our body of laws sees exponential growth, the knowledge required to competently serve as a lawyer increases, thus we will need a body to set standards, but not to replace private practice.

8. In your previous tenures at the head of judiciaries outside the New West Indies, you have heavily relied on amicus curiae briefs as opinions to read and consider when adjudicating. Will you be encouraging amicus curiae briefs in the New West Indies, and what importance do you intend to give to those?
I believe this question is a bit misleading. While I allowed for the submission of them, as most real-life Courts do, I certainly did not rely on them. In fact, in my last stint as Chief Justice, I only saw a single Amicus submitted – which I rejected on evidentiary grounds. I will plan to permit Amici in the NWI, however, their use will not be encouraged nor discouraged. And the Court does not place significant importance on them as they are not evidence. It is simply someone’s opinion, and the Court may or may not take them into advisement. All cases will be ruled on their merits, not on an Amicus.

9. In various Discord statements and through your platform you have held a very rigorous approach to the Chief Justice avoiding possible conflicts of interest and the importance of keeping the judicial branch separate from the legislative and executive branches. Why do you believe this amount of separation critical to the proper functioning of a Court?
It is essential for the Court to be independent from any other branch of Government. A Court cannot impartially rule in Criminal or State cases if it is partial to the state. This is why in the Section VI of the Judicial Resolution I put into place such tough conflict of interest clauses, and I have proposed legislation to make these even more strict. Independence of the judiciary is integral to the Court’s impartiality, credibility, and legitimacy.

10. In your previous tenures in judiciaries outside the New West Indies, you have gained the reputation of being a bureaucrat, mandating the use of specific filings for the Court. Will you uphold this view if you become Chief Justice, and if so, why?
I support the use of Filings because they implement a standard and organized way of submitting information and motions to the Court. They make it easier for the Court to establish standardized Court Records as well. However, if elected, I will be placing an extra focus on accessibility, and so I hope to make them easier to understand and implement by providing templates, better names, and simpler instructions. (It is also worth noting that NWI law requires the Court to devise filings in several specific instances.)

Volirum

In bold questions by Celestiam. In italics answers by candidate Volirum

We also visited candidate Volirum, who was generous enough to answer our questions. The candidate chose to take some time before responding, as he stated in his own words "The long wait was due to properly educated answers and reflective question". This is therefore what, with reflection, candidate Volirum has to say. Here again, the first five questions are asked to all candidates, and the following five were tailored to his platform that you can consult here .

1. In your opinion, what is the role of Justice and the High Court in the New West Indies?
We make sure criminals get brought to justice. We make sure we follow the Constitution.
We make sure others follow the Constitution.

2. Concerning the debates on executive flexibility that have been seen recently, what do you believe is the stance of current law on this contention?
We don't hold the Secretariat to enough account. Rules are rules. We elect them expecting them to do their best.

3. Criminal sentencing can often be a delicate act. What standards do you plan to adopt for yourself when deciding the sentence of a convicted criminal?
I know when feelings matter and when they don't. I know when public opinion matters and when they don't.

4. Do you believe customary law to have any worth in Court when a subject is not covered by statute or case law?
No. A judge makes his own decisions. Holding by previous decisions will only open things up to lawyers already knowing what to do.

5. Will you be sensitive to the amount of legal representation each party has when considering procedural errors?
Yes. Every voice matters on alll sides of the matter

6. You have spoken of a Judge, Jury and Witness system. Does that mean you intend for the Court to set up Popular Juries?
I intend for the region to be the Jury. Those not allowed to vote will be Judge(me), Defendant and the Lawyer(s). This is to ensure the Jury remains multiparty.

7. You mention Loyalty to NWI Citizens... What does this imply in terms of how you consider rulings
It means I will make decisions that is best for the region. While we will have the Jury, I will determine if their choice is the best.

8. You claimed you are starting law school next year and have hence informed yourself in RL Law. How will this translate into your behaviour and the quality of your verdicts as a judge?
I educated myself on the principles of law AND the way a proper judge should behave. I will do the best of my abilities to follow that behaviour.

9. Though you are a former Secretary-General and top-level politician in the New West Indies, you were nowhere to be seen in the GA debates about the Judicial Proposal, did not vote on the Judicial Proposal, and did not debate on the Criminal Code. Do you believe this lack of presence in the creation of the juridical system could place you at a disadvantage?
Yes, I admit it might, but I can assure you that my girlfriend, friends and family come first. My girlfriend was going through many hurdles in life and I considered NS to be of little importance when it comes to her. I would have loved to be part of discussions, trust me, but I will not abandon those who matter most to me.I have caught up on all discussions and debates, as well as read the resolution.

10. You spoke of a duty of oversight on the General Assembly President and the Secretary-General. How will that affect your view of State Cases?
They are sworn to do their duties according to what the Constitution says. They will be granted no special rights and will be treated as the rest of the region.

The Press Corps thanks the candidates for their answers, and exhorts voters to read the platforms of all three candidates, linked here!

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Happy voting, and see you at the next report!

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After 72 hours of voting, Twelve Titans arrived on top with 14 votes to Volirum's 6 and Blankenheim's 1. Twelve Titans is, therefore, the Chief Justice of the New West Indies.

The Secretary of Internal Affairs should soon announce appointments for the vacant offices of Regional Attorney and Public Attorney.

1: 02/12/2019 22:20 GMT: The Chief Justice has gracefully pointed out a few inaccuracies that were edited out.


New Citizens

Please all congratulate David Harris and Tennor who joined us in the month of November!



Appreciate the old, seek the new says regionwide poll.

On November 29, 2019, the Press Corps opened a regionwide poll send by telegrams to all individuals that were citizens on November 29, for a total of 45 nations. Of those, 11 nations responded to a series of questions measuring their approval of the administration’s term, their opinion on policies old and new, and which candidates they would be the most excited to see run for office in the Secretariat and GA.
Here is what citizens have to say on governmental affairs, as elections approach in December (Dec 14th for Secretary-General, and Dec 25th for GA President.

Secretariat Affairs

This question sought to measure how satisfied citizens were with each executive department. “Approval” will here refer to the sum of the “very satisfied” and “satisfied” answers. Disapproval is the sum of the “very dissatisfied” and “dissatisfied” answers. Percentages will always be expressed with respect to the total responses.
Ranking on top is the Department of Administration, that boasts a 100% satisfaction rate, with 70% being “very satisfied”. The Department was placed under Kronshtadt’s control early in the term, before the latter’s resignation and the ascent of New United Carolinas. Both are popular among the citizenry. Besides, the Department of Administration has been diligently operating, amending the Constitution, updating dispatches, assisting in the Nwi.gov initiative and overall showing it is a department where proper conservation of existing dispatches and high initiative for new ones are both high.

The Secretariat in general also scores high, with a similar 100% approval of which 36.4% strongly approve. This may be due to the cohesion of the most recent Cabinet, or simply to the efforts provided by hyperactive Secretary-General Karteria. With achievements to show on the domestic and foreign fronts, the administration can pride itself for having accomplished, and those accomplishments seem to be appreciated.

The Department of Internal Affairs comes in with the third-highest satisfaction rate, at 72.8%. 45.5% of respondents strongly approve of the Department. However, the Department also has the highest disapproval rate, with 27.3% disapproving. The Department was controlled by long-time Secretary Luraqau until the most recent Cabinet reshuffle when Luraqau resigned in favour of Secretary Cymiopolis. The difference in approval could be explained by speculating that both Secretaries have different approvals, and people may have approved or disapproved of the Department un13.65%. der one Secretary but not the other.

The Department of Foreign Affairs comes in with an approval rating slightly above the 50% mark, with 54.6% approval. 27.3% strongly approved of the DFA’s work. 36.4% of respondents were neutral or had no strong opinion of the DFA this term, with only 9.1% disapproving. This is another switch Department, that was held under Secretary Cymiopolis until the most recent Cabinet reshuffle when Secretary PotaTown took the DFA’s reins. The approval disparity and high neutral rating could be explained by the fact the Secretary-General has taken a lot of tasks in the Department of Foreign Affairs, sometimes leaving the Department empty-handed. Alternatively, people may have different opinions of the Department under the two secretaries.

Coming in last among departments, the Department of Defense and Information can pride itself of a 0% disapproval rate, but approval of only 45.5%, 36.4% being “very satisfied”. The absolute majority of respondents (54.5%) had no opinion of the DDI. The Department of Defense and Information was the only department to be headed by the same Secretary for the entire term, at the command of Secretary The Sakura Nippon. The low disapproval and approval ratings are coherent with the DDI’s constitutional limitations. It is a department that has very little agency in anything and is generally unseen. As not much ever happens there, citizens did not forge a strong opinion either way.

The average department has a satisfaction rate of 74.58%, with a relatively high standard deviation of 25.2. The range/2, more appropriate for the small number of data points, is of 27.25 percentage points. The average disapproval rate was 7.28%. There were no “very dissatisfied” answers for any of the Departments. The standard deviation was 11.8, while the range/2 was 13.65 percentage points.

This word cloud shows the potential candidates for Secretary or Secretary-General, with the size of the names being proportional to popularity. The question for each candidate is whether one would want to see them run for office, to which the answers were yes, no, neutral, and later.

Top Five
Candidates are ranked by the number of "yes votes". When tied, candidates with the least no votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the least neutral votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the most "later" votes take precedence. If there still is a tie flip a three-dollar coin.

Name

Yes

No

Neutral/No Opinion

Later

Celestiam

9

0

0

1

New United Carolinas

8

0

0

2

New Sistonia

8

0

2

0

Cymiopolis

8

1

0

1

Karteria

8

2

0

0

For citizens' opinions for potential Secretaries or Secretaries-General Celestiam polls on top, only one vote ahead of the leading pack, composed of current Secretaries New United Carolinas and Cymiopolis, current Secretary-General Karteria, and reknowned roleplayer New Sistonia, who all have 8 yes votes each.

The meaning of these voices is to take with a grain of salt, as they are different for each individual. The question did not segregate between Secretaries and Secretary-General, so the "later" votes on non-Secretaries (Celestiam and New Sistonia) could mean a wish to see them in Cabinet, while the "later" votes on Secretaries such as New United Carolinas and Cymiopolis might mean citizens see potential Secretaries-General in these individuals. It can be added that in the case of Celestiam and New Sistonia, they are active individuals that people hence would expect to see as Secretaries, making their votes interest votes. In contrast, New United Carolinas and Cymiopolis have shown themselves, so the yes votes for them are more solid approval votes.

It is worth noting that Karteria's polling numbers do not necessarily reflect a weakness in the Secretary-General, who polls behind two Secretaries and two laymen. Instead, the Press Corp's analysts point to the riskiness and controversy around some functions as an uncounted factor. Press Director and prominent roleplayer are essentially riskless jobs, where anything you do will be more or less approved. Secretaries have it a bit harder, while the exceptionally hands-on Secretary-General Karteria will have a hard time not attracting any disapproval, as they are constantly amid important and sometimes controversial decisions. As Winston Churchill once said "You have enemies? Good. That means you stood up for something, sometime in your life". this statement applies to the Secretary-General and his Secretaries more than it does to the non-Secretaries who made the list. Finally, expectations are different, and citizens will see good work from Secretaries they elected as normal and part of their job, while dedication from other players who have not been entrusted with elected office will be seen as a positive character trait instead.

Secretary New United Carolinas can combine this second place and the top approval ratings for the Department of Administration as a show that the citizenry is confident in NUC's capacities and future.

Secretariat
Candidates are ranked by the number of "yes votes". When tied, candidates with the least no votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the least neutral votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the most "later" votes take precedence. If there still is a tie flip a three-dollar coin. This only includes this term's Secretaries, current and former.

Name

Yes

No

Neutral/No Opinion

Later

New United Carolinas

8

0

0

2

Cymiopolis

8

1

0

1

Karteria

8

2

0

0

Kronshtadt

7

2

0

0

PotaTown

4

3

1

2

Luraqau

4

4

1

1

The Sakura Nippon

3

3

3

0

Most promising in the near future
Candidates are ranked by the number of "later" votes. When tied, candidates with the most yes votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the least no votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the least neutral votes take precedence. If there still is a tie flip a three-dollar coin.

Name

Yes

No

Neutral/No Opinion

Later

North Italian Union

5

2

0

4

Blankenheim

2

1

4

3

Idiocarasia

2

4

0

3

New United Carolinas

8

0

0

2

Twelve Titans

7

1

0

2

General Assembly Affairs

The Office of the President of the General Assembly is also enjoying relatively high approval ratings, with 90.9% of poll-takers approving of the President’s work. 9.1% disapprove.
The President of the General Assembly is Reno Sheriffs Department, who reinjected activity in the GA. By creating the possibility that bills would be voted on, the President has encouraged the passage of numerous General Assembly resolutions, most notably the Judicial Proposal; but also other bills such as the Impeachment Fairness Act and the Criminal Code.
GA activity has reached its highest point in history, with three citizens having successfully passed their first written law, growing the number of experienced legislators from 2 to 5. Reno’s high activity and reviewing quality have satisfied the majority of citizens.

This word cloud shows potential candidates for General Assembly President, with the size of the name being proportional to popularity. The question was whether each citizen should run for GA President, and the options were “yes”, “no”, “neutral”, or “later”.
Top Five
Candidates are ranked by the number of "yes votes". When tied, candidates with the least no votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the least neutral votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the most "later" votes take precedence. If there still is a tie flip a three-dollar coin.

Name

Yes

No

Neutral/No Opinion

Later

Reno Sheriffs Department

7

0

0

0

New United Carolinas

7

0

1

0

North Italian Union

6

0

2

1

Celestiam

6

1

2

0

Twelve Titans

6

2

1

0

When asked to express their preferences for a potential GA President, citizens rank Reno Sheriffs Department, the incumbent, and Secretary of Administration New United Carolinas on equal standing, with Reno having a slight advantage. This is consistent with the high rate of approval towards the current GA Presidency.
This top duo points to the fact citizens appreciate Reno’s presidency, but would also be appreciative of the documentation and dispatch keeping skills of the Secretary of Administration, who has consistently updated the Constitution, showing their skill and interest in legislative affairs.

On the second tier, with six votes each, New Italian Union, Celestiam, and Twelve Titans stand. Twelve Titans’ presence makes sense given his previous run for President, though his acquisition of the High Court bench makes a Titans Presidency unlikely in the immediate future. Celestiam, who has shown some GA activity, is also a classic choice.
New Italian Union’s high position on the polls delineates the wish by some citizens for freshness in the GA, as North Italian Union has shown involvement to some degree (consistent voting) while lacking activity in proposing and debating. Importantly, North Italian Union is not part of the traditional politician line-up and could be a popular candidate or kingmaker in December, or more likely in a future GA election.

Most promising in the near future
Candidates are ranked by the number of "later" votes. When tied, candidates with the most yes votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the least no votes take precedence. If there is still a tie, candidates with the least neutral votes take precedence. If there still is a tie flip a three-dollar coin.

Name

Yes

No

Neutral/No Opinion

Later

PotaTown

4

2

0

2

North Italian Union

6

0

2

1

New Sistonia

5

2

0

1

Volirum

5

2

0

1

Ventus Prime

4

0

4

1

Policies

The survey also asked many questions of policy. Though there are too many for them to all be treated here, those are the ones that distinguished themselves from the rest. You may, however, request to see any numbers by contacting Celestiam by Telegram or Discord. Requests will be treated equally regardless of the chosen means to communicate.

Highest Agreement Rate

Highest Disagreement Rate

Most Controversial

😍 It is a responsibility of the Regional Attorney to be reasonable in sentencing requests (100% 0%)
😍 Our roleplay would be better if more people participated in it (90.9% 0%)
😍 I am excited by the increase of potential cultural events for our region (81.8% 0%)
😍 The negotiation of treaties with regions like Alvaria is exciting and should happen more often (81.8% 0%)
😍 We should be proactive rather than reactive in Foreign Policy (81.8% 0%)

💩 Standards for citizenship need to be tightened (9.1% 63.6%)
💩 Some regions are out of our league for interregional cooperation (36.4% 54.5%)
💩 The RMB Future-tech nation RP should be the only Roleplay in the New West Indies (18.8% 36.4%)
💩 The farther the government stands from roleplay, the better (27.3% 36.4%)
💩 The Secretary-General should be less hands on than he currently is (36.4% 36.4%)

😡 The Secretary-General should be less hands on than he currently is (36.4% 36.4%)
😡 The high number of Discord polls is beneficial (36.4% 36.4%)
😡 The Secretariat is not held into account strongly enough (27.3% 36.4%)
😡 We rely too much on Discord these days (45.4% 36.4%)
😡 The current Secretariat is not multipartisan enough (27.3% 36.4%)

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Produced by the New West Indies Press Corps
Published: November 2, 2019
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