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WA Votes, Vol 1

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Voting Equality for Freed Inmates" (December 31, 2017)
Result: passed (GA#419)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs has reviewed the current at-vote proposal and its intentions are straightforward. Voting Equality for Freed Inmates does exactly as its title says, and ensures that voting privileges are extended to convicted criminals, provided that they have completed their term of incarceration and are not subject to parole or a probation order. Exceptions are reasonably provided for instances where the voter has been convicted of crimes related to voter fraud or has aided a foreign or domestic power in subverting the lawful government. Democracy is one of the core values of The North Pacific and the Ministry believes that the right to vote is one that should be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of their past. Voting Equality for Freed Inmates accomplishes this without placing undue hardship on national and local governments.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Tsunamy" (December 28, 2017)
Result: passed (SC#239)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs believes that commendations should be reserved for nations that have had a lasting effect on their region or the international community at large. When it comes to the commendation of Tsunamy, there is a wealth of information to consider. We begin with noting their reestablishing The South Pacific's regional forum and salvaging the Coalition of The South Pacific's Charter after it was lost in the aftermath of the coup by The Xyz Affair. We must also take into consideration the numerous coup attempts that Tsunamy has defended The South Pacific against and their efforts to restore the region after such attempts have been successful. We should consider the loyalty and dedication they have shown to their region in the numerous elected and appointed positions they have held over the years, such as serving as World Assembly Delegate for over two years spread over three terms. During their tenure in The South Pacific, they have provided advice to newly formed national governments and played an integral role in shaping the culture of The South Pacific.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Liberate Dank memes"" (December 21, 2017)
Result: passed (SC#238)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The point of a liberation is to allow native and defender forces the opportunity to reclaim a region from invading forces. As Dank Memes has been refounded by invading forces, this is no longer possible and makes any attempt to return the region to native residents doomed to failure. This makes the Security Council's liberation of Dank Memes unnecessary.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Safeguarding Nuclear Materials (December 8, 2017)
Result: passed (GA#418)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA):"Safeguarding Nuclear Materials" aims to protect member nations' rights to possess nuclear weapons and use them in cases of defense and war against hostile forces. We wish to remind the WA nations of the region that there are no limitations on what nuclear armaments non-WA member nations may produce and how said nations may use them, and that two former resolutions regarding nuclear materials within WA member nations have been repealed. This creates a situation in which a single resolution limiting the nuclear power of WA member nations could cause detrimental and most certainly fatal military disadvantages for WA member nations against non-WA member nations. Additionally, this resolution ensures that member nations can call upon the Nuclear Energy Safety Commission to secure technology and scientific knowledge as well as provide denuclearization assistance to nations unable to defend said items from hostile forces.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Northern Redlands" (December 4, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): An important factor when determining whether a commendation is worthy of passage is that the author is not a member of, especially not a leader of, and most definitely not the founder of the region being commended, as a self-commendation is only self-serving and violates every rule of decorum. A region to be commended should be nominated by someone outside of the region, so as to ensure that the region is recognized by the entire NationStates community. Additionally, the commendation recognizes the region for actions that are not unique and warranting commendation. The ministry believes this commendation proposal is nothing more than an advertisement for the region.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Restrictions on Hydraulic Fracturing"" (December 1, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Restrictions on Hydraulic Fracturing, though well-meaning, fails to actually address the primary concerns raised about hydraulic fracturing operations. Rather than specifically address the causes of any environmental harm that may be caused by operations, such as proper disposal of well fluids, it vaguely attempts to restrict where hydraulic fracturing operations can take place. The ministry believes that to be effective a resolution which governs hydraulic fracturing, said resolution should address these concerns specifically. Restrictions on Hydraulic Fracturing can also have a detrimental effect on local and national economies that are reliant on the fuel obtained during the process. Of which said resolution introduces restrictions on its use as opposed to regulating its practices.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Condemn The Black Hawks"" (November 29, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Raider groups usually view condemnations as badges of honour, and The Black Hawks are no exception. It is the opinion of the ministry that condemnations should be reserved for individuals and organizations that can maintain their role as an in character villain while being a respectable part of the community. We would note that this is exactly what The Black Hawks have done since their founding and they have had a lasting impact on military-based game play. The ministry believes that The Black Hawks are deserving of both of their condemnations, as at the time of the repeal targets' writing, the threat posed by The Black Hawks was very real and while they may not have been a threat to feeder or sinker regions, or regions whose founders were still in existence, they did pose a threat to founderless regions.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Restrictions on Hydraulic Fracturing" (November 25 2017)
Result: passed (GA#417)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The current resolution at vote, while well meaning in its attempt to protect the the environment and local populations from the negative impacts of hydraulic fracturing, fails to consider that the probability of these negative effects occurring cannot be determined as they are not consistently observed in hydraulic fracturing operations. Restrictions on Hydraulic Fracturing makes many claims as to the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, yet offers no evidence to support its arguments, even going so far as to run counter to current scientific research. The resolution is also worded in such a way as to elicit an emotional response from voters in an attempt to gain support. Any restrictions on hydraulic fracturing would be best left to individual national governments, as the economic benefits currently outweigh the risk of environmental and health damages.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend The Macabees" (November 21, 2017)
Result: passed (SC#237)
Reason for vote: In my view the resolution's arguments are borne out and the commendation is earned and deserved. I see no reason not to support it.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on Ritual Sacrifice" (November 21, 2017)
Result: passed (GA#416)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The resolution does nothing that couldn't be handled under national law, as involuntary sacrifice is basically murder. The resolution also fails to consider the possibility that some religious practices may involve a person voluntarily offering themselves up for the ritual. An outright ban would be religious discrimination in that case.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal Freedom to Seek Medical Care" (November 14, 2017)
Result: passed (GA#415)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Freedom to Seek Medical Care' is rather ineffective in that GAR #97 mandates that member nations must provide preventative care and other such care, as prescribed, to all people/entities who are in the country if they require such care. It should be noted that 'Freedom to Seek Medical Care' barely escaped legality challenges that would have most likely lead to a very heated debate on its interaction with GAR #97. The problem that arises with 'Freedom to Seek Medical Care' is that it promotes medical tourism when assuming that not all countries have equal care facilities. Under the current state, one may simply travel to a country with better facilities and reap the benefits of GAR #97 unhindered by any law described in the target resolution, which has to be fixed, despite the noble cause it hopes to achieve.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Ransium" (November 11, 2017)
Result: passed (SC#236)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This proposal outlines the achievements of Ransium in the international community as well as their clear leadership in their home region of Forest. The actions of Ransium have set clear benchmarks that fellow nations should aspire to achieve. Building regions based on a niche interest is no easy feat, but Ransium's drive to create an environmental and eco-friendly region is astounding, particularly when you consider the significant growth of Forest's population over its existence. Also admirable and commendable is Ransium's desire to step outside of their region and pursue lofty and elegant goals through, not only the General Assembly, but also through creating challenging scenarios to pose to fellow national leaders. They have stepped completely out of their comfort zone by becoming a clear leader in the Security Council, ensuring the creation and passing of resolutions that recognize the efforts and achievements of other great nations.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Freedom to Seek Medical Care" (November 9, 2017)
Result: passed (GA#414)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): While well intentioned to ensure that people could travel wherever necessary to receive medical care, the resolution unfortunately has a major flaw. Currently, GA 389 provides for the creation of quarantines to ensure patients infected with serious illnesses do not spread said illness elsewhere. If this proposal were to pass, and later on GA 389 were to be repealed, no further legislation to ensure nations could quarantine infectious patients could be created. This could lead to a serious gap in disease prevention and isolation that would threaten citizens of WA nations. A fix is available, however, which would require a resubmission. Instead of saying "restrictions previously imposed by the General Assembly" in Clause 1, saying "extant General Assembly resolutions" would leave the door open to ensuring the safety of citizens of World Assembly nations by permitting future legislation. We hope that the author resubmits this resolution with the proposed fix.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Wetland Protection Protocol" (November 4, 2017)
Result: passed (GA#413)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This resolution does not focus on a particular species, but on a whole type of ecosystem. Its main objective is to prevent the progressive loss of wetlands, and to ensure their conservation, as well as that of their flora and fauna, by harmonizing forward-looking national policies with coordinated international action, through the direct participation of WHAMMO. These policies and activities would be complemented by the promotion of research, the collection and exchange of data of environmental interest, and the carrying out of environmental impact studies. In addition to this, the text includes basic strategies for mitigation and repair of damages, without limiting more specific actions that could be promoted by member states to ensure the protection of wetlands as areas of ecological interest.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Candlewhisper Archive" (November 2, 2017)
Result: passed (SC#235)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Because of legal reasons, the resolution could only include three of Candlewhisper Archive's issues as evidence to support the commendation. Thus, the resolution appears weak on the surface. However, Helaw, another issues editor, pointed out that Candlewhisper Archive has actually authored thirty-two issues and edited one hundred and twenty. Candlewhisper Archive's total contribution to the NationStates community is well deserving of this commendation.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Public Health and Vaccinations Act" (October 26, 2017)
Result: passed (GA#412)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This resolution aims to improve public health and universal standards of healthcare by requiring all citizens of member nations to be vaccinated, except in the cases mentioned therein. Under no circumstances are member nations obliged to provide non-essential medical services to those citizens who refuse to adhere to the provisions of the text, except as required by WA. Likewise, it encourages the enactment of national laws that allow progress in terms of health and medical care, clarifies that the cost of vaccination services should not exceed minimum expenditure, and protects citizens from undesirable effects that may occur due to the alteration of the vaccines.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Convention on Domestic Partnerships" (October 22, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This resolution grants same-sex couples most of responsibilities and rights given to different-sex couples. Although, it reserves member states the right to define marriage as they see fit, which potentially allows them to label and define same-sex couples as "different". While different-sex couples will be married, the same-sex couples will be in a "domestic partnership" under this resolution. Thus, given that marriage equality includes the right to be able to call your union a "marriage", which is not granted under this resolution, and since nations should not be able to subjugate same-sex couples to the ignominy of being different, we demand a resolution that explicitly gives same-sex couples the full right to marriage, having the mentioned concerns covered.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Europeia" (October 17, 2017)
Result: passed (SC#234)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Europeia's list of accomplishments is extensive. The resolution highlights its independent military initiatives, including anti-fascism engagements, the development of government programs in allied regions, and its efforts in the World Assembly, especially as one of The North Pacific's allies in the World Assembly Legislative League. The ministry believes that the work Europeia has done across NationStates is sufficient to justify this commendation.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Marriage Equality"" (October 16, 2017)
Result: passed (GA#411)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This repeal attempt seeks to eliminate the redundancies found in terms of marriage equality, given that these rights are guaranteed by the "Charter of Civil Rights", which explicitly bans any discrimination on the basis of sexual preferences. Since the mandate of the target resolution is redundant, and since "Repeal: 'Freedom of Marriage Act'" set a precedent by eliminating similar redundancies, this repeal does not attempt to block present, nor future, legislation in terms of marriage equality, but encourages to adopt and promote legislation with a progressive content and scope when defending the right of equal marriage.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Freedom Of Language Act" (October 12, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This resolution presents a number of valid arguments in terms of defending freedom of expression and access to information without language barriers. However, the lack of definitions, the non-delimitation of its scope, and the non-specification of exceptions, make the resolution ambiguous and certainly redundant with respect to what has already been legislated in the matter. In particular, GA Res. 30, Freedom of Expression, requires member states to respect the right to free expression and enforce it fairly and equitably when applying their laws. This certainly includes the right to publish texts and other writings, with no more limitations than those expressly mentioned in that resolution and in the applicable national laws.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Zwangzug" (October 9, 2017)
Result: passed (SC#233)
Reason for vote: By a narrow margin, nations chose to recognize the efforts in a too-often overlooked area of the game, rather than be concerned with the nation's efforts in the R/D sphere, though many were concerned with the association with the UDL. My vote was cast in accordance with this narrow preference.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Marriage Equality" (October 8, 2017)
Result: passed (GA#410)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): General Assembly Resolution #313, which repealed this proposal's predecessor, the Freedom of Marriage Act, pointed out that "... subsequent to Freedom of Marriage Act's adoption, Resolution #35: The Charter of Civil Rights (COCR) was enacted, forbidding discrimination by governments and/or public-service providers based on any 'reductive categorisation,' not just sex or sexual preference." The intended effect of preserving equal marriage rights for both same-sex and different-sex couples is already in place through The Charter of Civil Rights, making this proposal redundant.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ocean Noise Reduction" (October 4, 2017)
Result: passed (GA#409)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): From the scientific point of view, the proliferation of underwater noise is increasingly worrying, as it represents a significant threat to marine ecosystems and to the survival of species such as cetaceans, which depend on a sophisticated echolocation system for their spatial orientation, feeding and reproduction. The present resolution promotes an international legal framework to reduce noise pollution in the ocean by establishing binding measures against excessive noise in propulsion systems, seismic surveys of seabed exploitation and even military practices while encouraging member nations to consider further actions to reduce ocean noise. All this ensures that sensitive marine habitats, in addition to marine protected areas, are not subject to sources of noise pollution and that environmental impact assessments are conducted.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Condemn The Black Riders"" (September 29, 2017)
Result: passed (SC#232)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Continuing on with Kaboomlandia's series of resolutions to purge condemnations related to the Predator scandal, this resolution targets one of the regions that was involved rather than individual actors. As stated before, Security Council resolutions should not bring wanted attention and desired infamy to users of illegal weapons, nor award condemnation badges to the same. Since The Black Riders's condemnation was related to the scandal, it should be removed so as not to recognize the efforts of those who ignore international law.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on Secret Treaties" (September 28, 2017)
Result: passed (GA#408)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Secret treaties lack promulgation and ratification, by their nature. Moreover, these tend to be of precarious value, because they are closed or quasi closed political treaties. The resolution at vote promotes the creation of a dedicated committee, which will keep monitoring the publication of all laws, treaties and international agreements. These actions would contribute to the formal follow-up of diplomatic agreements. However, GAR#323, "No Penalty Without Law", specifies that such treaties, laws or judicial precedents must be of a public nature, which leads us to reconsider the actual contribution of the committee that is intended to create under this resolution, since it would be redundant.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Freedom to Seek Care" (September 20, 2017)
Result: passed, but Discarded due to rule violations
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): As this resolution was illegal and discarding was expected, no response was prepared.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Commend Texas"" (September 12, 2017)
Result: passed (SC#231)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This resolution is clear when explaining the deficiency of what, at the time, was considered to commend Texas as a region. Such provisions are covered in a more reasonable and explicit manner in another resolution, "Commend NewTexas", the nation of NewTexas being the founder of the region of Texas. The fact that contributions from this region have taken place with little or no participation by many of its members, except NewTexas, makes it necessary to focus the merits individually, and this has already been achieved through "Commend NewTexas". Therefore, the individual commendation should stand and the regional commendation should be repealed.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Convention on Internet Neutrality" (September 11, 2017)
Result: passed (GA#407)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Network neutrality encourages ISPs to provide the same treatment to all users and services, making it easier to communicate, do business, and other activities without the intervention of a third party. This resolution encourages healthy competition between ISPs while protecting users from changes that affect the quality of service without prior notification. It also calls on member nations to regulate deeper issues through their own laws, so that privacy issues and specialized/priority services are not ignored.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Condemn Kknight"" (September 8, 2017)
Result: passed (SC#230)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Similar to Repeal: Condemn Gest and Repeal: Condemn General Halcones, this resolution intends to purge a condemnation that was issued as part of the Predator scandal. The intent is that active Security Council resolutions should not bring wanted attention and desired infamy to users of illegal scripts, nor award condemnation badges that raiders often pursue. As Kknight's condemnation badge was earned through cheating, it should be revoked.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Prevention of Torture"" (September 7, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA):The use of torture attacks the very core of civil and political freedoms. Moreover, it is necessary to promote universal respect and observance of fundamental rights. To repeal a resolution as significant as "Prevention of Torture" endangers the right to protection against torture, the duty to prosecute those who commit it, and the right of victims to file complaints to obtain fair compensation and to be protected against retaliation. The resolution text does not even define what kind of crimes would require torture as punishment or which cases make this practice necessary, so we determine that it encourages torture as a method of social control, which is a matter of great concern.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Wopruthien" (September 4, 2017)
Result: passed (SC#229)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This resolution highlights Wopruthien's contributions and achievements within the Founderless Regions Alliance, in which the nation has shown dedication and commitment over the past four years through participation in numerous operations and the exercise of important positions within the government of this interregional entity. Taking into account that such demonstrations of good leadership in regional/organizational governments deserve to be recognized, and that Wopruthien has also had remarkable global contributions in cultural and diplomatic affairs, we determine that there is sufficient merit for a commendation.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Freedom of Religion" (September 3, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This resolution calls for the right, within the jurisdiction of the WA, to maintain a religious belief, while requiring member states to refrain from criminalizing religious practices that do not violate existing laws. However, the concept and freedoms that are being protected in this resolution have already been affirmed in other resolutions such as GAR#2 (Rights and Duties of WA States), GAR#30 (Freedom of Expression) and GAR#35 (The Charter of Civil Rights). Moreover, the fact that the content and scope of clause eight is not defined, since it is indicated as non-mandatory on multiple occasions, is contradictory and worrying.

Religious freedom is certainly an important factor in strengthening the unity of a nation, provided that acts such as mistreatment, elitism, hostility, rejection, persecution, exploitation, among others, are condemned. In that sense, The Charter of Civil Rights stipulates that violence or intimidation towards any person will be a civil matter and a crime in all Member States, while the apparent lack of clarity of this resolution could contradict this principle.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend August" (August 31 2017)
Result: passed (SC#228)
Reason for vote: Despite the fact many felt the stated accomplishments were inflated or even exaggerated, most could at least agree the target for commendation is a significant player in world affairs and not completely unworthy of recognition. Those who felt this commendation was merited edged out those who did not, and therefore the vote was cast in favor.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "National Sovereignty Act" (August 30, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The resolution reaffirms the sovereign right of each nation to choose its form of government, while granting the exclusive power to legislate on electoral matters to nations that hold elections (in matters not covered by current international legislation). However, being somewhat vague as to the methods for achieving this, it represents a double-edged sword. Current legislation does not cover all aspects required for the holding of free and fair elections, and that passing this resolution would block any future attempts to legislate on electoral matters, including those seeking to cover existing loopholes and/or to guarantee the transparency of electoral processes at all stages.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Gay" (August 27, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This resolution represents Gay as a region that promotes equality for all members of the LGBTQ+ community. However, this is not necessarily true in all scenarios. Gay does not allow LGBTQ+ members to participate in the government if they are raiders, and even if they stop playing this role they are not treated the same as other members. Gay stated during a previous commendation attempt in January 2016 that they would eliminate all barriers to those who do not share their strict defender ideology. That did not happen, as checked on their Constitution, among other sources. Although Gay's purpose is certainly commendable, their failure (or little interest) in executing it is not.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Emergency Healthcare for International Travelers" (August 26, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The resolution is well intended to ensure that persons traveling abroad are afforded the same medical care as any other person in the event of the onset of an emergency medical condition regardless of the traveler's ability to pay. This much is admirable and could stand as a resolution by itself if measures were taken to ensure costs were covered.

However, although the proposal highlights basic rights travelers have to ensure they are cared for in an emergency medical event, this proposal also makes a problem out of what could be solved with a smaller and more efficient insurance program that member nations can use to ensure the safety and health of their citizens.

The proposal attempts to require member nations to foot the bill for medical expenses of tourists and then redirect the expenses to the home government of said tourists, assuming the home nation will be able to pay for the medical expenses of their citizens. Combined with an unintended prohibition on charging interest, the given invoice can create a long string of unpaid medical bills in tourism based countries.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Condemn General Halcones"" (August 23, 2017)
Result: passed (SC#227)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Raiders often see condemnations as badges of honor, and this resolution is another step at purging the Security Council records of condemnations given when the nation in question does not deserve to be recognized in such a way. General Halcones is an example of this, having violated international law through illegal recruitment methods and developing the Predator superweapon. General Halcones's only "achievement" was the destruction of their nation, and deserves no mention in the security council. Therefore, the existing condemnation should be repealed.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Against Political Discrimination" (August 22, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The World Assembly has before sought out legislation that furthers civil rights. However, as the proposal stands, its short length provides vague guidelines and omits any mechanism for enforcement. As there is no way to enforce the guidelines in this proposal, and Against Political Discrimination only applies to democracies, the proposal provides insufficient protection against discrimination.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Condemn Gest"" (August 18, 2017)
Result: passed (SC#226)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Condemnation is a badge of infamy, intended or not, but raiders wear most condemnations as badges of honor, who see them as an acknowledgment of their achievements. Gest's condemnation does not differ from this norm. However, The Black Riders and DEN, both of the regions Gest spent the majority of their raiding career in, were obliterated by the moderation team for rampant use of illegal scripts. Gest was one of the largest proponents of this illegal script use and attempted to dissuade other nations from sharing their knowledge of the "Predator" script with site moderation. As a result, Gest received a severe punishment just short of being declared Delete on Sight (DoS) for their involvement with the Predator scandal. Nations whose accomplishments were achieved primarily through cheating should not receive any special recognition from the World Assembly in the form of condemnation. Furthermore, as the repeal states, Gest has been blacklisted from membership and cooperation with almost every major invader or invader-leaning region in the world. As such, they no longer pose a significant threat to the many regions of the world.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Internet Neutrality Act"" (August 18, 2017)
Result: passed (GA#406)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA):The Internet Neutrality Act attempted to mitigate damage that internet service providers have caused with their restrictions on access to content, bandwidth limitation and anti-competitive behavior by prohibiting such practices. However, it contained a weakness in that it also prohibited the implementation of appropriate standard measures, such as prioritization of traffic in critical situations or the content filtering, by network administrators, in households, schools, etc. In order to fix this flaw, a replacement is necessary, and thus the original must be repealed.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Reventus Koth" (August 14, 2017)
Result: passed (SC#225)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This resolution against Reventus Koth cites multiple valid reasons that justifies condemning the nation, such as ruthless invasion, deliberate displacement of native nations of a region, and disruption of many communities. Being a leader in a region that has previously been condemned for gratuitous destruction of regions, Reventus Koth shares responsibility, and its misdeeds cannot be ignored.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Reproductive Freedoms"" (August 10, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The last time a repeal of Reproductive Freedoms was proposed, our recommendation pointed out that the resolution was "a hard fought compromise, stemming from a vicious debate no one wishes to repeat." It protects the right of individual beings to make decisions regarding their own reproductive rights. It also gives governments room to regulate procedures to ensure safety and even discourage abortions, just not ban them outright. Recent repeal attempts continue to suggest that a replacement resolution should be enacted, but without an acceptable replacement already drafted and debated, it would be dangerous to individuals' reproductive rights to move forward with a repeal.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Christian Democrats" (August 2, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Christian Democrats has been an highly active participant in the NationStates community with extensive contributions, authoring multiple resolutions, bringing to light several national issues, and being actively involved in regional governments and leadership. On merit alone, most will probably view this as sufficient to warrant a commendation, while a few may not be as impressed and expect more unique contributions. However, Christian Democrats's political and religious views are likely to swing voters in a specific direction based on their own views, especially when the first two preambulatory clauses bring them to the reader's attention. While we would hope the vote would be based on merit alone, it may ultimately be the individual voter's expectations of commendable actions mixed with political preferences that decide the fate of this resolution as a result of that early error.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Enabling The Disabled In Academia"" (August 1, 2017)
Result: passed (GA#405)
Reason for vote: Our position on this has not changed since the last vote and we look forward to a superior draft.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Limitations on banishment" (July 29, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The main goal of the proposal is to increase civil rights however the proposal does little to change law or increase the rights of banished peoples. This is due to the already existing resolution, Crime and Punishment, which already covers the main facets this proposal attempts to provide. The civil court's ability to take cases for banished peoples is also very limited and covered by Crime and Punishment. Finally, the restrictions provided in this proposal may infringe on a countries penal code and how law-breaking citizens are prosecuted.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Extrajudicial Punishment Ban" (July 25, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The proposal effectively codifies into WA law a ban on murder and assault when done as retribution or vigilantism either as individuals or as a mob, which is redundant as it is reasonable to assume that most nations already make such actions illegal. Mob violence occurs not because of failure to prohibit it, but inability to enforce, something not even a WA resolution can do.
In the case of governments conducting extrajudicial punishments, the WA already effectively bans it resolution 37, mandating that "all persons charged with criminal offences in the jurisdictions of member nations shall be brought to trial with such reasonable speed as is consistent with both prosecution and defence properly assembling available relevant evidence," and in GA Resolution 9 by outlawing torture, including "sensory deprivation, such as prolonged confinement to dark quarters and or use of a hood during interrogation."

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Enabling The Disabled In Academia" (July 20, 2017)
Result: passed (GA#404)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The current resolution at vote would require all schools to be able to accommodate all the various disabilities, which would be a huge cost to education budgets. As those budgets are not unlimited, and there exist limited resources, specialisation would be a far more practical alternative that would achieve the same goals at far less cost. This issue would have been something that could have easily been caught in drafting, which this proposal did not undergo. As passage would cause significant problems in member nation education systems, it would be best to return this proposal for rectifications.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Wrektopia" (July 3, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): While we understand the grievances of the nations of Osiris that have been affected by Wrektopia's pollution problem, the World Census does not even place Wrektopia in the bottom 1% in Eco-friendliness in the world or even the bottom 5% in the region. Wrektopia is certainly filthy, but it's not the worst place in the world or even its region when it comes to the build-up of refuse, and dirtier nations exist that are more deserving of condemnation for their refusal to clean up.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Trade of Endangered Organisms " (June 24, 2017)
Result: passed (GA#403)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The resolution focuses on economic efforts to preserve a species, with specific provisions focused in on the prohibition of poaching and over-harvesting, even if not explicitly stated in that way. The resolution permits economic incentives for keeping a species extant, not to destroy it, but we must remind ourselves that us that survival of a species depends on either the adaptability of the species, habitat preservation, or human intervention, which the resolution does not interfere with in any way. Scientific efforts from conservation groups should stand alone, but the resolution permits economic incentives that can provide an additional bonus to speed up the recovery of an endangered species. However, many nations were concerned about the resolution's potential side effects being more destructive for endangered populations and narrowly opposed it in TNP, so I voted against.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal 'Reproductive Freedoms'" (June 18, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The resolution in question, Reproductive Freedoms, is a hard fought compromise--stemming from a vicious debate no one wishes to repeat--on one of the most contentious issues with many hoping it was stronger in their direction. This repeal makes assumptions, overlooks opportunities for governments to regulate abortion, and paints a misleading picture of dystopias with commonplace procedure and genocidal implementation. While the repeal cites existing law that would further protect women's rights in this regard, it ought to remember the other laws that would curtail many of the ramifications it points out. This is fearmongering. The author admits nations will disregard the resolution but comply with the law. The resolution offers allowances to nations thus defeating the argument the resolution is too extreme. Those repealing ought to recognize a balance that provides nations with leeway to navigate this issue while respecting essential rights and giving room and voice to those opposed. Those opposed recognize it.

Pallith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Drasnia" (June 12, 2017)
Result: passed (SC#224)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Drasnia has consistently worked to improve the quality of gameplay for a huge group of players that often see our regions as their first true insights into NationStates politics, while at the same time, being a stalwart colleague able and willing to assist us in forging a better environment in-game for communities and regions across the board.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Rights and Duties of WA States"" (June 7, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The fundamental basis of World Assembly membership is defined in 'Rights and Duties'. Repeal of such a fundamental resolution of the World Assembly, which effectively serves as the foundation upon which all other WA legislation is based, should not be conducted without a well thought out replacement effort. This has no replacement effort. The author of this resolution has no plan on what to do after repeal, beyond a vague idea of a proposal, to this date, seen by none. The author has further expressed a desire to rid the WA of any trace of national sovereignty and replace it with their view on the WA being an international federation. The reasons and the ends which the author has given are insufficient to justify repeal of such a critical resolution.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Liberate Dank memes"" (June 5, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Rather than justifying the repeal of the liberation by explaining the technical reasoning behind it, the resolution relies heavily on disparaging another nation's actions, which we believe is inappropriate outside of a condemnation. La Navasse's behavior may be worthy of criticism, but not within the text of a liberation repeal. While keeping the liberation in place and repealing it are both equally ineffective with regards to a founder-imposed password, a repeal would at least remove an unnecessary badge. The resolution should have only highlighted that.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution Repeal "Stock Exchanges And Foreign Investment" (June 2, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This repeal was founded on faulty logic. In regards to the stock market, the repeal states "it is irresponsible to encourage governments or corporations to borrow beyond their means." However, issuing stock is not the same, as it is done to raise money, not borrow.
With its observations, letter (b) is false because a corporation does not have to give part of their future profits to shareholders. If a corporation has a bad year, they can refrain from providing a dividend. In letter (c), interconnected stock exchanges can provide greater capital for corporations seeking it. Letter (e) is also false, considering that many investors are involved with currency trading to take advantage of fluctuating currency exchange rates. Parts (a) and (d) assume that the original resolution affects bonds when it only affects stock markets and currency trading.
Therefore, all the observations made in this repeal are false.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Choice in Education" (May 26, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The resolution attempts to promote parental rights and religious freedoms to create a positive obligation for states to guarantee choice in a child education. The parents' will, however, is not the sole purpose of schooling. Society has an interest in promoting education, both academic and civic. Public education also has the advantage of providing an environment for children to acquire necessary social skills and engage with society as a whole.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Regulation of Tobacco Advertising" (May 22, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote: Our position remained unchanged and was even more strongly opposed based on how the edit made reduced the scope of the resolution and worsened its defects.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Regulation of Tobacco" (May 17, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This resolution is well-meaning but leaves some dangerous loopholes. It tasks nations' "appropriate regulatory bodies" in labeling all tobacco products with warnings, but rather than enforcing that a government guarantees the existence of such a regulatory body, it leaves open the ability for a government to claim not to have any governing body. It also requires nations to provide affordable healthcare access for tobacco-related illnesses, but nations can deny any link between tobacco and disease. At best, these loopholes allow a government to ignore the resolution. At worst, it gives incentives to tobacco companies to encourage corruption in government through bribery and lobbying.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn The Order of the Grey Wardens" (May 16, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote: The source of the condemnation is suspect, and the specific condemnable acts are a mixed bag. There are some condemnable things but the political motivation for the resolution sullies any reasonable argument for a condemnation. Perhaps another condemnation focusing on these worthy acts and coming from a neutral perspective would be better.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Imperium Anglorum" (May 13, 2017)
Result: passed (SC#223)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This commendation is well deserved. Imperium Anglorum works tirelessly on behalf of the World Assembly, authoring fourteen passed resolutions, maintaining the 'Passed General Assembly Resolutions' index, and remaining omnipresent on the World Assembly forum to assist other nations in drafting resolutions. Imperium Anglorum exemplifies the "above and beyond" mentality that warrants this commendation.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "World Assembly Central Medicinal Database Compact"" (May 13, 2017)
Result: passed (GA#402)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The World Assembly Central Medicinal Database Compact contained two major defects that require the resolution to be repealed in order to fix. First, a contradiction between two clauses leaves it ambiguous as to whether non-WA nations have access to the database. Secondly, GA #400 defined "medicinal knowledge" but then used the term "medical knowledge" in the body of the resolution, completely defeating the purpose of the definition and leaving the definition of "medical knowledge" up to individual interpretations by member states.
Moreover, the information included in the database is already aggregated and available to member nations via the Universal Library Coalition (GA #78).

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Stock Exchanges and Foreign investment" (May 11, 2017)
Result: passed (GA#401)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The only mandatory part of this resolution is in clauses 3 and 4 where it creates the International Securities and Exchange Commission and tasks it to regulate currency exchanges to prevent artificial manipulation of currency values and exchange rates. However, the resolution gives no specifics on how currency manipulation would be stopped. The content of clause 2 is only a recommendation for common sense actions that can and likely would be done without the need for specific WA legislation.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Condemn Canterlot"" (May 7, 2017)
Result: passed (SC#222)
Reason for vote: Just as I was against this when it first came up, so I am in favor now of repealing it.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "World Assembly Central Medicinal Database Compact" (May 5, 2017)
Result: passed (GA#400)
Reason for vote: Prior legislation has established a grand world library, which includes the same knowledge to be stored by this one. There is no small amount of duplication as a result and I deem this to be redundant and an effort by the author to become art of the assembly's history by virtue of piggybacking off of the work of prior others.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Yggdasil" (May 5, 2017)
Result: passed (SC#221)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This resolution fails to include examples of exceptionally beneficial contributions to the world that stand out above and beyond what the international community expects from individual nations and regions. Instead, the resolution relies too heavily on common and easily attainable achievements that alone do not warrant a commendation.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Pesticide Regulations"" (May 3, 2017)
Result: passed, but discarded due to rule violations
Reason for vote: The resolution makes a good point about the unfortunate consequences of the target resolution. These are serious concerns and it's certainly worth the trouble to try this legislation again.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Canterlot" (April 30, 2017)
Result: passed (SC#220)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The complaint against Canterlot is based on frivolous arguments against raiding in general. Nothing in the resolution indicates that Canterlot has done anything exceptionally heinous. In fact, their actions have been insignificant and unworthy of any attention. Canterlot does not compare to the more notorious raiding organizations that have previously been condemned, and passing this resolution would make condemnations worthless.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend The Rejected Realms" (April 21, 2017)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): A commendation is given as an award for a truly outstanding contribution. Unfortunately, the resolution written by Cepcecic Diplomacy does not provide any examples of unique achievements accomplished by The Rejected Realms that are worthy of a commendation. The examples of achieving democracy, running a regional newspaper, and achieving cultural diversity could be said for countless other regions. Commendations must be reserved for recognizing something exceptional, and not be handed out simply for being a good nation or region.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Responsibility in Transferring Arms" (April 14, 2017)
Result: passed (GA#399)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA Recommendation): The resolution is common sense legislation to ensure that weapons do not end up in the hands of individuals, groups, or even governments seeking to commit human rights violations, genocide, and the senseless conquering of neighboring nations. These are reasonable preventive measures that do not place a heavy burden on domestic arms manufacturing and sales and make the world a safer place.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Forest" (April 10, 2017)
Result: passed (GA#399)
Reason for vote: It's a bit thin and many people reasonably point out that commendations are properly given out to regions and nations that have done a lot more for a greater amount of people. But sometimes it is nice to recognize a region that is just decent and a force for good in the world. We should look around and appreciate such things now and then.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Internet Neutrality Act" (April 4, 2017)
Result: passed (GA#398)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA Recommendation): The Internet Neutrality Act fails to correctly implement the concept of net neutrality. While the resolution addresses the explicit throttling down of connection speed to specific content, it does not address the prioritization of content, leaving open the possibility of large corporations paying a bribe for more favorable traffic prioritization. Additionally, while the resolution prohibits WA Nations and ISPs residing in them to not block lawful content, it still leaves the definition of lawful content up to individual states, making that part of the resolution meaningless.

Pallaith was admitted to the World Assembly (April 3, 2017)
Pallaith resigned from the World Assembly (December 26, 2016)

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Securing Nuclear Materials from dastardly Menaces"" (December 19, 2016)
Result: passed (GA#392)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA Recommendation): "Securing Nuclear Materials From Dastardly Menaces" was previously opposed by the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs, and our position on it has not changed. Although those in support of the resolution believe that the concept of "wrong hands" is implied, this is a dangerous position to take, as it leaves the definition to those in power, no matter what reality demonstrates. Additionally, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, as destructive as nuclear weapons are, cannot be allowed to remain a free-for-all with guarantees from the World Assembly for nations to have unchecked access to the technology. The resolution "Securing Nuclear Materials From Dastardly Menaces" should never have been approved.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn The CAIN" (December 16, 2016)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA Recommendation): This resolution seeks to condemn the Coalition Against the Ideology of Nazism (CAIN), an interregional organization founded for the purpose of rooting out Nazism in NationStates. The author resides in the region KAISERREICH, which has been deemed a Nazi Region by CAIN on account of "...the use of Nazi Imagery in previous iterations of their off-site forums and sometimes blatant anti-Semitic tendencies from some of their leaders." The founder of the region, Scansinia, has made anti-Semitic comments on the Regional Message Board of Nazi Europa, with which KAISERREICH has an embassy. This condemnation clearly is without merit and the World Assembly should reject this as such.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Right of Emigration"" (December 16, 2016)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA Recommendation): The ""Right of Emigration"" resolution was well intended to prevent governments from trapping their residents within their borders, but was very broad in its approach, using a wide-reaching mandate with limited exceptions rather than a narrow and focused mandate that specifically targeted despotic dictators. ""Right of Emigration"" does not consider every possible reason why a person may want to leave their country, or why a government would have reason to compel a person to stay. However, the author of the repeal has stated that there are no plans to replace the target resolution, and would try to repeal any successful attempt at a replacement. The repeal is also based on a lack of exceptions for attempts to avoid the effects of civil judgments, even though a failure to abide by civil judgments in most cases is a crime, which is covered in the existing resolution. The repeal also mentions the need to maintain adequate labor for war industries, but ignores the more fundamental right of civilians to preserve their lives. Voting for the repeal of ""Right of Emigration"" returns the full responsibility of outbound border control law to individual states, while voting against the repeal retains the World Assembly's version of outbound border control which, except for very rare and specific instances, covers most cases in which a person's right to emigrate would be suspended, but otherwise guarantees it.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Securing Nuclear Materials from dastardly Menaces" (December 11, 2016)
Result: passed (GA#391)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA Recommendation): This resolution was previously known as Nuclear Material Safeguards (GA#351), and was passed in a very close vote only to be overwhelmingly repealed a few months later. The resolution is flawed most notably for a lack of definition for the concept of "the wrong hands", which is subjective in nature and changes depending on which side of a conflict a nation is. The clauses regarding manufacturing and trade also pave the way for the unchecked proliferation of nuclear weapons, even to "the wrong hands" as mentioned before. Since this new resolution is an exact copy of the previously repealed resolution, the concerns outlined in the repeal resolution (GA#361) remain unaddressed.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Compliance Commission" (December 9, 2016)
Result: passed (GA#390)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA Recommendation): The resolution currently at vote was the subject of a contentious ruling by the GA Secretariat. At issue here is the use of the name "Compliance Commission", which is the name of the body that regularly sends telegrams to WA member nations. Per Christian Democrats, who dissented from the GA Secretariat decision, "In the same way that the widely accepted theatrical convention against 'breaking the fourth wall' prevents confusion among the audience, the Metagaming Rule is, in part, supposed to prevent confusion among ordinary players." The author disingenuously claims that this resolution does not create a committee called the Compliance Commission, even though the title of the resolution is "Compliance Commission". In addition, the first action clause states that it "[e]stablishes and empowers the WACC, hereafter referred to as the Compliance Commission...". One can infer that "WACC" is an abbreviation for World Assembly Compliance Commission, the exact same name already used by the WA. We believe this resolution violates the Metagaming Rule, and will confuse casual players.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate Kingdom of Ireland" (December 6, 2016)
Result: passed (SC#211)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA Recommendation): The proposal to liberate the Kingdom of Ireland is premature. It will still be a couple of weeks before the raiders are able to establish a password, and months before they are able to evict all the natives and threaten to refound the region. We do not expect the raiders to maintain their presence for that long. Let it be known that we condemn the actions of The Black Hawks and their efforts to inflict harm on a vibrant and active community, and we wish for control of the region to be restored to the natives in prompt and secure fashion, but let it be done through means other than a Security Council liberation first if possible, as a liberation may further endanger the region as we nearly saw with Eternal Scholars if a repeal comes to vote.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Liberate Eternal Scholars"" (December 3, 2016)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA Recommendation): In the midst of this vote, Eternal Scholars was raided once again. Clearly it is too soon to allow for a delegate-imposed password, and therefore the liberation should remain in effect. At this point repealing the resolution will give the raiders an opportunity to lock down the region from any who would seek to save it.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Rights of the Quarantined" (November 29, 2016)
Result: passed (GA#389)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA Recommendation): The resolution is a resubmission of Quarantine Regulation (GA#385), which was repealed by its author in GA#387. The new resolution adds an ethics board, but the rest of the operative clauses remain effectively unchanged, and does not address all of the concerns the original author raised in the repeal of GA#385. We supported repealing GA#385 because it burdened nations with mandates that did not consider their own principles and existing healthcare systems, and this new resolution does not address the concerns raised in our recommendation for the repeal. Additionally, the new resolution only addresses those who are confirmed to be infected and sick, who should be isolated. It does not address those who may have been exposed to disease and need to be quarantined to see if they become sick. Regulating the specific actions a nation must take in the event of an outbreak is best left to that nation's government, but should the World Assembly decide to regulate this matter, the resolution should cover all possibilities.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Liberate Singapore"" (November 27, 2016)
Result: passed (SC#210)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA Recommendation): The native population of Singapore has returned to power with the withdrawal of raider forces, and the residents now wish to implement their own measures to secure the region. We must also not forget that the original liberation resolution was unsupported by both The North Pacific and the natives, as it contained a covert self-commendation for The Invaders. The Invaders have repeatedly attempted to use liberations and condemnations as a backhanded way of glorifying themselves and we will continue to oppose them. Security Council Resolution #209 must be repealed to allow the government of Singapore to bring security and stability to the region, and remove the taint The Invaders left behind.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Foreign Patent Act" (November 23, 2016)
Result: passed (GA#388)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA Recommendation): The diverse needs and makeup of this assembly's nations make legislating patents incredibly difficult, and this assembly has passed and repealed multiple resolutions on this subject. Even if we believed this proposal intended to create a means to regulate patents across the varied worlds and nations of this assembly, it places a great burden on nations filing patents without guaranteeing they will be honored by other member nations and would subject them to restrictions by less than scrupulous actors. These nations acting in bad faith could bind other nations with the same rules supposedly designed to protect their intellectual property, or overlook or ignore patents entirely if they were so inclined. As if these barriers were not enough, the proposal would also penalize nations who are economically disadvantaged, a factor that has no bearing on the validity of a patent and further allows nations with more means and opportunity to benefit. The true intention of this proposal, after all, is to prevent nations from being required to recognize patents. Any mechanism this proposal contemplates is made irrelevant by a nation's ability to ignore those provisions. If we are to go through the effort to create a patent recognition system, we must do so without sanctioning intellectual property theft.

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