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WA Votes, Vol 2

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Commend Solorni"" (December 28, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#273)
Reason for vote: While the resolution could have avoided being misleading to a degree, and a primary source of justification coming from Europeian administration may have been ambiguous, this was the right result and needed to happen. Some may be able to argue that the extent of manipulation may be in question, and it may not have crossed the line that the main offense did, but the main offense is reason enough. Trust was broken, and assumptions this community made about the individual in question were proven to be misguided or in unearned good faith. That is sufficient for this commendation to be stricken from the books.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Intersystem Space Stations Programme" (December 24, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This proposal is a bit convoluted and not very clear in its intent. It fails to cite any parameters for the proposed project and gives only vague indications of the project's eventual benefits to member nations. Without these things, the project has the potential to become a vast and costly white elephant in space, indefinitely hemorrhaging funds into the nearest singularity. Most problematic is the requirement to a mandatory, open-ended spend for all WA nations, many of whom have no interest in space exploration at all. This lack of clarity in authorship, and perhaps an ambition that has outpaced practical realities, renders the project difficult to envision, and the proposal difficult to support.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn United World Order" (December 21, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#272)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This is a Roleplay condemnation, and since they aren't that common, some explanation: A condemnation of this nature is designed to acknowledge both the outstanding roleplay of the nominee, as well as their contributions to the community while out of character. The form the nomination takes, either condemnation or commendation, will often be determined by the role. In the case of United World Order, the role is one of an insidious and villainous nation (in character) guilty of numerous atrocities and crimes against humanity. This condemnation is an extension of that roleplay, and an acknowledgement from their peers of outstanding dedication and commitment to their character. Out of character, UWO is an accomplished RPer with a history of high-quality roleplay for over 5 years. Respected in the community, UWO has always been approachable and willing to help new RPers with advice and feedback, and, has been an upstanding member of our allies Greater Dienstad for some time.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Preventing the Execution of Innocents"" (December 21, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The Ministry is nearly equally divided about this repeal. Among Ministry members, there is a majority objection to the practice of capital punishment, but the GA has elected to maintain this punitive option for member nations. GA#443 Preventing the Execution of Innocents (the target of this repeal) was passed to maintain checks and balances, and to create a WA body for sober second thought and review of such cases before executions may take place. The objective being to prevent innocent persons from being executed by overzealous, careless, or corrupted judiciaries. Noble in that cause, GA#443 also has its flaws and is perceived by some as too complex and invasive. As the Ministry vote is nearly equally split, the deciding factor must be the likelihood of passage of any replacing legislation, should the target be repealed. While this repeal makes a competent case in pointing out the flaws in the target, it is the opinion of the Ministry that the pursuant replacement would be unlikely to pass, leaving no protections whatsoever against unsound verdicts leading to the execution of innocents in a criminal context. At present, it is the belief of the Ministry that even a flawed legislation that saves innocent lives is better than no legislation at all.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Condemn Macedon"" (December 18, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#271)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This repeal is the coup de grâce in a strategy to repeal and replace previous Security Council ruling SC#1, but while taking a slightly different route: Passing first the replacement, then seeking the repeal afterwards. SC#1 was written in the infancy of the Security Council and was without precedent in terms of its structure. The result was a less than comprehensive resolution that failed to provide detail and context to the offences of the target region. The replacing resolution SC#269 accomplishes that, and in doing so renders SC#1 redundant - little more than a curiosity of a bygone era. While care should be taken against wanton revisions of the historical record of both the GA and SC, in this case the repeal of SC#1 poses no threat, and its replacement actually enhances our understanding of that period in our shared history.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Bachtendekuppen" (December 9, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#270)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): It is undeniable that Bachtendekuppen has made significant contributions to The East Pacific as delegate, mediator, diplomat, mentor, and archivist. The ongoing good work cited in the proposal is laudable and should be celebrated. Also notable is Bach's significant contribution to the treaty between TEP and The North Pacific, forming a long standing alliance between the regions, further strengthened by Bach's continued diplomatic efforts. This is a highly regarded player, and a respected diplomatic force in the wider world.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Macedon" (December 4, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#269)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Macedon is an ancient region who was among the first imperialistic regions in the NS community. In accordance with actions they committed during their active existence, they were condemned under the very first Security Council Resolution (SC #1). The reason for existence of this second condemnation is to expand upon the first, specifically in detailing the actions Macedon committed which warranted the original condemnation. These actions including using puppets to undermine other regional governments and overthrow sitting governments, invading and forcing out natives from their home region, passwording and refounding regions to prevent natives from reestablishing their community, and attempting to take over and/or refound France, Belgium, and Greece. Furthermore, the actions Macedon committed against Belgium helped pave the way for the creation of Liberations in the SC.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn the Pacific" (November 30, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#268)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The last time The Pacific was condemned, the current regime (the New Pacific Order) apologized for their actions and subsequent conduct in the 2015 coup d'état of Lazarus. As a result of the apology, the international community repealed the condemnation and attempted to start anew with the NPO. Unfortunately, recent events, including previously covered up events following the 2015 condemnation, have revealed to the international community that its trust in the NPO was misplaced and those apologies were hollow. Recent events include, the infiltration and espionage of Osiris and Lazarus by Feux and A Mean Old Man, and the forced exile of Topid from St Abbaddon. Furthermore, various NPO officials have been directly involved in coups in The North Pacific, The South Pacific, and Lazarus and concealing the true identity of a player who committed vandalism and destruction of various regional forums. The Pacific's resident regime of the New Pacific Order has proven to be aggressive, disrespectful of regional sovereignty, and willing to pursue their own agenda at any cost without fear of repercussion.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Liberate The East Pacific"" (November 26, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#267)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "Liberate The East Pacific", while a well written and humorous piece of legislation that has blessed these hallowed and secure halls for some time now, has appeared to have lost meaning in accordance with the raider princess being usurped latest election results. The new regime lead with changes in the hue of their official government documents; changing from an autocratic pink to a more democratic green as well as transforming the emigration process to be more shudders cosmopolitan friendly. Furthermore, despite everyone's hopes, TEP was never turned into a Black Hawk or West Pacific puppet state. As a result, the region has moved on and is not currently experiencing the various issues raised in the liberation.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "On Universal Jurisdiction"" (November 26, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#451)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "On Universal Jurisdiction", while well meaning in supporting the ability of WA member nations to prosecute war criminals and those who commit crimes against humanity, possesses critical flaws that are exposed upon further review. Specifically in section three where the resolution requires prosecution, but fails to require the sharing of pertinent evidence or information that will assist the prosecution in reaching a conviction, therefore harming the ability for nations to properly prosecute criminals. Furthermore, the requirement of prosecution will lead to criminals seeking out apathetic or even sympathetic jurisdictions in order to reduce or eliminate penalties all together. Additionally, section seven prevents the World Assembly, as a collective, from claiming jurisdiction over said criminals, therefore preventing any WA based court from effectively bringing up charges and using acquired evidence in prosecuting these types of criminals.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend The Church of Satan" (November 23, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Because this proposal reads more like a grocery list of government positions rather than citing accomplishments, the initial response might be to reject it. Taking a deeper read, however, it becomes apparent that Church of Satan has made significant contributions in leadership, to a variety of regions over time, and across the spectrum of the WA. The varying demands of each of those posts, within markedly different realms should not be overlooked. There is clear evidence here of a dedication to knowledge and the development of the sort of soft skills that led to CoS being elected to leading positions in region after region. One does not simply walk into The Rejected Realms and garner respect. It is by the years of commitment and hard work, abilities acquired, challenges encountered, lessons learned, that CoS has been able to instill in each region touched, a sense of pride, and so for TRR. This sort of long term, adaptable, get-the-job-done dedication is worthy of acknowledgement.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "International Aero-Space Administration" (November 23, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#450)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The support of development of space research is a laudable and very important goal for the World Assembly to promote and properly legislate. The proposal addresses a swath of space, engineering, and data issues that concern the way nations interact and share this information. This includes the publishing of donated research, coordination on spacecraft launches, assisting in the development of civilian space programs, and acting as an intermediary for international joint space programs. It further requires nations to coordinate flight plans for aircraft and spacecraft while not infringing on military secrecy or unreasonably requiring corporation. Lastly, and most importantly, the proposal allows for expansion upon the many topics it addresses and lays groundwork for proper space legislation in the future.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate The Coalition of Fascist Nations" (November 19, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This proposal represents the culmination of a series of ideologically driven offensive liberation attempts to an inevitable triviality. Where once liberations of this nature targeted overtly racist regions that celebrated historic atrocities, and had wide support within the Ministry, this proposal relies heavily on hyperbole in an attempt to equate the mundane with the Machiavellian. Coalition of Fascist Nations is an insignificant region, not actively campaigning, hosting roughly 80 nations, and posing no threat to the wider community. Some may find their political position offensive, and those individuals are well within their rights to support liberation. It is the opinion of the Ministry, however, that an indiscriminate use of this important and powerful tool will ultimately render the tool ineffective.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Preventing the Execution of Innocents"" (November 19, 2018)
Resuult: passed, but discarded due to rule violations
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The target resolution, while intending to modernize WA legal systems and ensure innocents are not unjustly killed, possesses various flaws that may lead to its downfall. Namely, the block of limits on discovery and admission of evidence, as well as requiring cases to meet a requirement of no doubt, well beyond that of reasonable doubt. Furthermore, the resolution possesses multiple points that appear to be selected arbitrarily; including the restriction on the amount of people affected by the crimes committed and the order and separation of the discovery periods by the Division and various council associated with the case. Lastly, a criminal could avoid capital punishment by indefinitely delaying appeals and other avenues that prevent the Division from certifying the case. We hope for a redraft or new draft addressing capital punishment in the WA.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "On Universal Jurisdiction"" (November 14, 2018)
Result: passed, but discarded due to rule violations
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "On Universal Jurisdiction", while well meaning in supporting the ability of WA member nations to prosecute war criminals and those who commit crimes against humanity, possesses critical flaws that are exposed upon further review. Specifically in section three where the resolution requires prosecution, but fails to require the sharing of pertinent evidence or information that will assist the prosecution in reaching a conviction, therefore harming the ability for nations to properly prosecute criminals. Additionally, section seven prevents the World Assembly, as a collective, from claiming jurisdiction over said criminals, therefore preventing any WA based court from effectively bringing up charges and using acquired evidence in prosecuting criminals. We hope that a corrected replacement or equivalent proposal is drafted.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Xoriet" (November 14, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#266)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Xoriet is a hard working contributor to the greater Nationstates community, and one who had a crucial role in The East Pacific and the East Pacific Sovereign Army (EPSA). They led its golden age and helped make it one of the preeminent militaries of its time between 2014 and 2015. They are also a nation that provided guidance on treaties with other regions, including TNP, and helped set new harassment policies around NationStates. Furthermore, the commendation itself is well written and spotlights a positive community contributor.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Don't Kill the Poor Act" (November 11, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#449)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The Don't Kill The Poor Act, whilst named in a more trivial way than perhaps it should, is a piece of legislation aimed at expanding the current definition of 'genocide' as set out in GAR#38 'Convention Against Genocide', to include those targeted due to economic status. The resolution, whilst short, contains adequate protections from overzealous definitions or accusations of genocide whilst protecting victims and vulnerable groups. Moreover, the resolution adequately helps those fleeing genocide and reinforces nations responsibilities as defined in aforementioned legislation.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Sensible limits on industry act" (November 6, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): While this proposal has clear ambition to achieve something positive, it suffers by the author's decision to rush it through the review process. The result is a hazy, half-formed blueprint, that outlines an immediate leap from vague premise of offence, to the most extreme consequence. There is little explanation as to how a nation would reasonably get from A to B, or, any detailed justification as to why nations should have this sort of unfettered power over industry. Reasonable regulation on the business sector isn't a bad thing, but there must be some manner of due process. Businesses need to know precisely what sort of actions would put them in peril, and, surely there must be other measures a nation can take prior to asset seizure and liquidation. Much of what this proposal sets out to protect is already covered by existing legislation with clearer definitions, more reasonable steps outlined, and less radical outcomes.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Right to Self-defense"" (November 3, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#448)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "Right to Self-Defense", while appearing to be well-meaning, is noticeably riddled with flaws. Most concerning, the resolution is overly broad and as a result unintentionally allows criminals to employ self defense against law enforcement To reiterate, the opinion of the Ministry is that any nation's rights to self-defense should develop organically, over time, and perhaps through individual judiciaries.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Minoa" (November 1, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#265)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Minoa is a hard working contributor to the greater Nationstates community. One who has authored and passed numerous General Assembly resolutions, maintained the database for passed Security Council Resolutions between 2009 and 2015, and maintained NSIndex as well as currently maintaining a database for tracking issues and the effects they have on member nations. Furthermore, the commendation itself is well written and spotlights a positive community contributor.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Right to Self-defense" (October 28, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#447)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): It is difficult to know if the current proposal is genuinely concerned with improving civil rights or if simply seeks to try and resolve violence by enabling further violence. The author cites the lack of legislation on this subject as a potential tool of oppressive regimes, but a right to self-defense never extends to acts of violence against one's government, so that argument makes little sense. The proposed justification for an individual's (often weaponized) self-defense is too broad and too open to interpretation. This leaves great potential for a disproportionate defense response, based not on the actual threat in each situation, but on the individual's interpretation of that threat. This often leads to fatal mistakes. A one-size-fits-all legislation does not work in this case, and it is the opinion of the Ministry that any nation's rights to self-defense should develop organically, over time, and perhaps through individual judiciaries.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Cyberweapons Control Act" (October 25, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): In attempting to protect society from civilian and collateral damages in regards to cyberwarfare, this proposal ultimately is stunted by its murky definitions and unclear language. The leading definition of cyberwarfare appears to encompass any and all ordinance that uses electricity, far overreaching the intended target of this proposal. Furthermore, the proposal attempts to distinguish cyberwarfare from espionage in a rather unnecessary and poorly written clause. The proposal goes on to outline an arbitrary list of potential 'protected sites' without giving any relevant parameters, rendering this proposal fairly unenforceable, especially when the punishment for attacking these undefined 'protected sites' is potential trial for war crimes.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Respondeat Superior" (October 22, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#446)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): While I'm comfortable with this, many are not, and read vagueries that I don't. In their view, the proposal would allow individuals to sue companies for acts of negligence committed by employees against individuals. They believe this to be a well-intentioned proposal, however they feel it is too vague to cover the issue at hand. The proposal appears to be vague/under developed which concerns may lead to a repeal which would further harm the chances of positive tort reform coming into effect. They hope for a redraft and subsequent resubmission.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Chan Island" (October 19, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#264)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): In acknowledging that some issues that come before our nations may be brought about by bad actors within the world assembly, we must recognize the primary abettor of this chaos and mayhem. Chan Island, formerly Annihilators of Chan Island, has contributed to at least 24 different situations that nations may encounter; in which your desired answer to these issues may not have the impact you had hoped for. To compound the villainy, Chan Island has also given direct assistance to occupiers and hostile invaders of various regions, some of which had to be valiantly liberated and fought for control of by those wishing to restore them. We understand that Chan Island only wants to watch the world burn despite his lack of predatory superweapon usage.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Convention on International Oil Spills"" (October 10, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#445)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): As exemplified in the original IFV sent, the target resolution commits improper and unprofessional grammar mistakes, uses unclear and vague language, and possesses a general feel of rushed authorship. This repeal properly addresses and presents these points before the General Assembly as well as meets the goal of repealing the resolution.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate Federation of Conservative Nations" (October 3, 2018)
Result: failed, discarded due to rule violations
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The liberation of the Federation of Conservative Nations is an unneeded liberation that would be much better served as a condemnation. Let it be known that racism in any form is toxic and should be condemned and ousted. However when confined to such a small regional discord, a liberation seems unnecessary to fight such transgression. the Ministry believes that the application of a condemnation would be much better served and in accordance with reasons stated above.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Lord Dominator" (September 28, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This proposal to condemn Lord Dominator is entirely undeserved. Its only purpose is to fulfill a desire to retaliate for the liberation that targeted the home region of this proposal's author, who also founded the region. Regardless of one's feelings about the use of liberations as an offensive tool, this presents a clear conflict of interest, is clearly an inappropriate use of the Security Council, and is not worth being entertained.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Convention on International Oil Spills" (September 22, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#444)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This proposal attempts to create a unified approach to the prevention and clean up of oil spills; however, the Ministry has identified some significant problems with the document, not the least of which is the poor quality of the writing and grammar. This is attributable to it being rushed through the drafting process, and a failure by the author to allow proper vetting of a document that aspires to become law. This leaves the proposal vulnerable to repeal.

In some instances, the proposal is extremely vague and informal, exemplified by the suggested timeline for maintenance of oil tanks. In other cases, the proposal is needlessly specific on matters previously addressed in existing law (specifically GA95). This creates the potential for redundancy and conflict, and could also lead to repeal.

Finally, the Ministry is concerned that a good portion of the onus for the prevention and clean up of such spills would be shifted to the WA instead of remaining on oil companies, where it belongs. While the Ministry acknowledges the importance of the subject, and feels it is an area worthy of legislation, the consensus is that this proposal fails to meet the standards of the Assembly.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate Confederation of Corrupt Dictators" (September 21, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#263)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA):

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Int'l Service of Process" (September 17, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA):
This procedural regulation sets out to establish universal rules for the distribution, delivery, and receipt of documents relating to legal action being taken by one business, against another, across international boundaries.
The goals of this proposal are to ensure the following:
(a)Entities launching an action are assured that the target of that action is aware.
(b)Entities against whom legal action is taken can respond.
(c)The minimal informational parameters and requirements of legal documents are harmonized, to a universal standard, and the method of service is in accordance with the laws of the nation in which the target resides.
(d)All WA Nations must openly accommodate those individuals delivering, or “serving”, such documents, without interference - or – provide someone from within their nation to deliver on that individual’s behalf
(e)All businesses assign an individual, office, or department to receive such documents, should they be served
After scrutiny, the Ministry has determined that this proposal will not create an increase in litigation between nations but will improve communication on legal matters that will be carried out, regardless. This regulation presents no threat to any nation’s sovereignty, or any complications to the workings of a nation's judiciary, as service of process is outside the actual realm of the courtroom. The proposal simply sets out reasonable parameters for the service of process in an increasingly globalized world, as stated.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Preventing the Execution of Innocents" (September 15, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#443)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): "Preventing The Execution Of Innocents" has significant pros and cons that one must consider when casting a vote, and because of this it's difficult for the ministry to outright support or oppose it. On one hand, the resolution may not outright ban capital punishment but it does add significant extra work to carry out such a punishment. The extra oversight provided by the Compliance Commission will hopefully ensure that only those fairly proven guilty on a higher standard than national levels are punished. On the other hand, it does effectively make the World Assembly the final arbiter of justice in capital cases. There is significant concern over whether the World Assembly should be in the business of signing death warrants.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on Capital Punishment" (September 9, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This proposal seeks to fully ban all forms of capital punishment, better known as the death penalty, across WA nations. The death penalty has proven to be an ineffective method of punishment for criminals, often having little to no effect on crime rates after being implemented. Noting that the death penalty cannot be reversed, innocent people may die due to judicial error and new evidence coming to light.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Circulation of World Assembly Law" (September 5, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#442)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The proposal is designed to improve the dissemination of information relating to World Assembly legislation, and ushers the development of a WA service branch to work with member nations in carrying out that task.

The only mandatory clauses to be followed by members are to make WA resolution texts available (not require forceful dissemination of them) and to not interfere with the Law Dissemination Service's work by deliberately discriminating against its employees.

The remainder of the resolution, specifically clauses 2 and 3 are optional, as their enacting clauses are "Urges" and "Recommends", respectively. Clauses 2 and 3 request that additional emphasis on WA law be entered into the education system and that member states make strident efforts to ensure the widest possible understanding and appreciation of both rights and obligations, among citizens. This to improve compliance among WA nations; but, also to ensure that the public has the ability to govern up, and ensure their nation is meeting its obligations to the Assembly, and the international community. However, as stated before this is technically optional, though highly encouraged.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Frattastan II" (September 2, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#262)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): No objections to the reasons laid out, the commendation seems well-deserved.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "On Universal Jurisdiction"" (September 2, 2018)
Result: passed, but discarded due to rule violations
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): No recommendation released due to discard.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Liberate The Communal Confederacy"" (August 29, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#261)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Barring any reason to maintain a liberation for symbolic purposes, once a region has been refounded and has an active founder nation, there is no need to maintain a liberation. Liberations only remove delegate-imposed passwords, not founder-imposed passwords. Since The Communal Confederacy has a founder, the liberation serves no further purpose.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Convention on Freshwater Shortages" (August 28, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#441)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Convention on Freshwater Shortages establishes a basic mission to preserve an ample supply of clean drinking water and prevent the loss of essential waterways to pollution. The operative clauses are mostly advisory and encouraging, leaving the details to individual nations and justifying its mild strength. However, this is a framework that works and is appropriate for the World Assembly, setting its goals for the future.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Confederation of Corrupt Dictators" (August 24, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This self-pat-on-the-back proposal is nothing more than a publicity stunt to bring attention to their region after recently starting a campaign of antagonism against the World Assembly. This region is near totally undeserving of any positive recognition from the greater WA community; particularly in that the proposal's arguments for said commendation hold no merit and the regions intent to undermine experienced and intelligent voices within the WA.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Administrative Compliance Act" (August 24, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#440)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The Administrative Compliance Act targets the frustrating behavior of noncompliance within the World Assembly. While it is a complicated law, it is also beneficial. Firstly, the ACA creates a committee that applies hefty fines to any nation that does not comply, within arguable interpretations, with WA resolutions. The payment of these fines will then be used to benefit compliant WA nations.This means that any nation that acts in conformity with WA law will be rewarded for their compliance! Secondly, the ACA requires members engage in stiff economic and political sanctions for any nation that refuses to pay said fines. This empowers individual nations to act directly to punish genocide, torture, rampant discrimination, and slavery in nations which commit those foul acts. Lastly, the ACA gives individual persons the right to sue in their nation's courts if that nation refuses to address their grievance, creating both an incentive for participation and a means of reparation. This proposal, when taken in full, curtails noncompliance in its worst forms. This will not only benefit the greater citizens on the WA as a whole but improve quality of life for those in non-compliant nations, and refuse to allow noncompliant nations to oppress people further.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Freedom of expression for organisations" (August 21, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Affirming that the importance of freedom of speech is paramount, we are disappointed in the stark lack of depth and confusing delivery that leaves us questioning the potential effectiveness of this proposal. This proposal intends to set free speech standards for organizations, however picks seemingly arbitrary points on which to base these standards. Noting the complexities of organizations and how they deal with free speech, especially in the vastly diverse members of this World Assembly, it becomes our belief at this time that these freedoms, or lack there of, are better handled by national governments and and not be regulated by the General Assembly at large.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Uniform Labeling of Hazardous Goods" (August 16, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#439)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The resolution proposes the labeling of hazardous materials in an effort to prevent undue loss of life and reduce inconsistencies of labeling systems between nations. In doing so, it commissions the International Transport Safety Committee (ITSC) with creating a universal labeling system and set of standards to achieve aforementioned goals. Such legislation is deemed to be an integral and necessary step in ensuring the safety of workers and the greater WA citizens alike.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Crime and Punishment"" (August 12, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#438)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): United Massachusetts proposed this repeal as the first step towards replacing it with a resolution to ban capital punishment, which would conflict with the currently standing resolution. UM highlights the irreversible effect that capital punishment inflicts, the loss of life. We concur with this and also raise the point that in the event of an error found later on, posthumous acquittals are only symbolic in nature, as they do not change the fact that the state executed an innocent. We believe that all persons have the right to live, and we believe this proposal is a step in the right direction.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly
Resolution "Ban on Conversion Therapy" (August 2, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#437)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The Ministry concurs with the author's justification for a total ban on conversion therapy. We believe this proposal is necessary to protect the lives of an often marginalized group of people. Conversion therapy is pseudoscience with no reliable evidence of its effectiveness and is potentially harmful to those who undergo it, especially in teens and children, who have higher suicide and self-harm rates after going through such procedures.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Free Expression" (July 29, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#436)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The current proposal seeks to replace the recently repealed WA#30, Freedom of Expression. It is worth mentioning that the justification for the repeal of the previous legislation are nowhere addressed in the current proposal. Unlike WA#30, which was an elegant, comprehensive defense of individual civil liberties (which had one important omission) the current proposal puts a much greater emphasis on nation's rights to suppress free expression in a variety of manners, rather than continuing the tradition of championing individual rights. In many cases, these limitations are arbitrary, vaguely defined, and may in fact empower nations to unnecessarily limit civil rights to expression that were previously granted. The Ministry acknowledges the author's noble attempt at this difficult subject but reminds WA members that there will be a variety of replacing proposals from which to choose, and there is no need to rush to law a proposal that does not meet the high standards of the original.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Ban on Secret Treaties"" (July 10, 2018)
Result: failed but discarded after vote
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The resolution "Ban on Secret Treaties" sought to end the deleterious effects of secret diplomacy, asserting that such conduct fostered an atmosphere of misunderstanding and miscalculation which ultimately resulted in greater conflict within and among member nations. The proposal at vote rejects this notion, asserting that the resolution had failed to account for the 'positive' aspects of secret diplomacy at the time of its passing. We find these claims of the supposed benefits of secret treaties in this proposal unconvincing, however, unsubstantiated either in the text of the proposal or other explanation by the author. Holding that the content of repeals should be based upon a compelling argument, we believe the proposal at vote fails to achieve this standard.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Greater Dienstad" (July 1, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#260)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Greater Dienstad is a stalwart of the NationStates roleplay community, fostering exceptional roleplay collaborations with various regions and hosting a variety of events, including our own 'The North Pacific-Greater Dienstad Roleplay and Cultural Exchange' held recently. Seeing the proposed commendation as a well deserved reward for Greater Dienstad's years of activity and service in the community, we urge you to vote for Commend Greater Dienstad.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Asbestos Consumption, Disposal and Worker Protection" (June 26, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#435)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): I liked the expertise the author demonstrated and appreciated the substance despite the imperfect style. That being said, we ultimately decided against the resolution. Calling for worker safety and standards for asbestos is a laudable cause. The substance of the resolution alone seems to be rather harmless in and of itself, however setting arbitrary execution deadlines as well as a lack of any real need - noting that worker safety is already blanket covered by GAR 7 - creates an awkward and improperly executed proposal. Such proposal should be better attuned to addressing building standards and safety to help prevent asbestos leaks from following society into the future.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate Boston" (June 25, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#259)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Boston is a region that will always be culturally significant and a prime target for raids due to its name. The recent invasion was assisted in part by Nazi-affiliated regions and the occupying force failed to remove them from the region when they had ample opportunity. Regardless of any dispute over whether the Nazi involvement is completely fair, liberations ought to protect communities from total destruction when no other option will succeed in preventing that destruction. Size and geopolitical significance are irrelevant. As long as there are displaced natives wishing to save their region, a liberation ought to be supported.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Preventing the Illicit Trade of Cultural Artefacts" (June 23, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#434)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Some issues can only be addressed with international legislation and this issue is certainly one of them. Preserving the cultural of the nations of the world is a worthy goal and this resolution succeeds in balancing reasonable and aspirational goals for combating illegal trade of artifacts with concrete steps that must be done to achieve this end. It is not too heavy handed nor completely toothless and outlines a strong process for making significant progress in this area.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Helaw" (June 21, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#258)
Reason for vote: I agreed that this long-time community member has done a lot in the world and has achieved some pretty big things. I agree they are worthy.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Freedom of Expression"" (June 19, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#433)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This call for the repeal of GA Resolution #30 is designed to open debate around amendments to the law relating specifically to a nation's right - for the public benefit - to regulate false, misleading, and potentially harmful forms of advertising. Given the importance of clear language around this controversial aspect of expression, and since direct amendments to existing law are not an option, repeal/replacement is the only means by which to expand the rights of nations in this regard. The author places faith in the GA to make these amendments while keeping the spirit of the law intact, and the Ministry shares confidence that a suitable and similar replacement, with slightly expanded rights for nations, will result from this repeal.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Liberate The Monarchist Entente"" (June 19, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#257)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The Monarchist Entente was raided by a group of raider regions, which are internationally blacklisted for their previous abhorrent behavior, in a pile that exceeded 100 endorsements on the delegate. This raid lasted for a little over a month, and was thwarted by the passing of a WA liberation preventing the raiders from placing a password upon the region. Now the region is under defender control, but that same liberation currently prevents the natives of TME from placing a password on the region to prevent further raids (a notion supported by a former delegate and native of the region). Repealing this liberation and allowing the natives to place a password upon their region is the first step to ensuring the well being of The Monarchist Entente's native community by preventing potential raids in the future.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Guy" (June 12, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#256)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Guy is a notable and respected player within NS and TNP who has made major contributions to TRR, 10000 Islands, and the greater NS community. Guy has worked with various authors and major players extensively within the World Assembly to refine and enrich the community as a whole as well as leading a charge to build up defensive forces which he used to protect regions and national self determination.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn The League of Conservative Nations" (June 9, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): We suspect this is a condemnation based on a distaste for the ideology espoused, rather than anything warranting an actual condemnation. The reasons cited are common for many regions, a region is not anti-democratic for having relations with a non-democratic region, and the government identified by this resolution can be understood to be a cabinet, much like the one TNP employs. This flimsy, poorly constructed window dressing does not hide what we deem to be the true motivation for condemning this region, and we support regions on both sides of the political aisle. Condemnations should be made of stronger stuff, and actually condemn something of substance.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Preventing Desertification" (June 3, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#432)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Preventing Desertification is an attempt to address the damaging consequences of desertification with a call to action on member states to confront the phenomenon within their nation and a grant of authority to the WA Environmental Council to oversee such efforts. We find the measures urged by this proposal both weak and noncompulsory, and the duties granted to the WAEC insufficient to address the magnitude of the issue, thus leaving a proposal that is both fiscally unproductive and blocks stronger potential legislation on the subject.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Agricultural Invasive Species Act" (May 31, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#431)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The Agricultural Invasive Species Act is a well meaning, however inherently flawed proposal. This proposal seeks to prevent the harm caused by the accidental introduction of non-native species into the environment. However, the Ministry would note that the proposal makes no provision for goods that are contaminated in transit, mandating that fines be imposed even though were previously uncontaminated. Furthering this concern is the fact that the resolution makes no indication of who should be fined.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Knootoss" (May 28, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#255)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The current Security Council resolution-at-vote seeks to commend Knootoss for their numerous accomplishments in the General Assembly, furthering democracy and human rights the world over. Their contributions to international law include the "Read the Resolution Act", a resolution that requires that every WA member state have an office staffed by a literate, sapient individual to review proposals before voting on the proposal and "Right to Petition" which enshrined the right to petition governments without fear or reprisal into international law.

The Ministry, having reviewed the resolutions authored by the delegation from Knootoss believes them worthy of commendation by the Security Council.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Freedom of Religion" (May 28, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#430)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The current proposal is an earnest attempt at securing religious rights and freedoms for citizens of WA member nations who may otherwise be forced to worship or not worship specific deities. The proposal allows member nations freedom over the specific criminalization of acts that may threaten the safety, health, or good order when brought upon by religion or persecution thereof. It is important to mention that this proposal protects the rights of citizens to legally practice religion in groups and fear no repercussions as well as the right of citizens to refuse specific religious practices that may have formerly been prescribed by the member nation. Should future application of this resolution be abused, the ministry will seek a repeal and replacement for the abused piece of legislation.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn The Communist Bloc" (May 23, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The proposed condemnation of The Communist Bloc is a poorly written and fairly biased attempt at idelological revenge. The proposal does not substantiate its various presented arguments, but rather presents statements with what can reasonably be assessed as a confirmation bias. While we do not condone any malicious or anti-democratic acts by any region within the greater NS community, the content of this condemnation does not stand on its own to justify its passing.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate The conservative christians" (May 20, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Upon recent events, the natives have brokered peace with the invading faction and have begun the rebuilding process of the region. As quoted from the regional world factbook entry, "This region is in the process of rebuilding and as such is implementing password protection. If you wish to join or are a previous member, send me a message and I'll get back to you as soon as possible." The current leader of the region may institute a password to temporarily prevent raids until more natives return to provide better security for the region. Due to these happenings, the current liberation at vote is now no longer needed.

Not wanting to hinder the rebuilding process of the region and for reasons stated above, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against this liberation.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "pride and Prejudice" (May 14, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): My Dear Bears Armed Mission,
Allow me to extend my sincere gratitude for your proposal, it was received with open mind and heart. Your affections are appreciated and I will cherish always the manner in which you expressed yourself. Truly, sir, you are a gentleman. With these sincere and positive thoughts having been acknowledged, I must now acknowledge other universal truths. I have no desire to besmirch your honour, good sir, but previous suitors have declared their intentions with more spirited prose and more binding expressions of desire for my security, growth, and well-being. While fanciful, your proposal does not seem to reflect any genuine passion to bring deeper meaning into my life and has failed to touch my heart.

For these reasons I must respectfully beseech the gentlemen and women of The North Pacific to vote Against your proposal.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Traditional Medicine" (May 6, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#429)
Reason for vote: Seemed fine to me.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Democratic Empire of Romania" (May 6, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This proposal seeks a condemnation of The Democratic Empire of Romania (DER), founder of The New Mappers Union, a region of 82 nations. The proposal sites a failure to uphold certain standards of Democracy in the region, as defined by the author, notably: The removal of elected officials from office, and, the maintenance of puppets, in the elected government, by DER. The proposal fails to provide any significant proof of these accusations, and further investigation reveals that the author of the proposal may have been ejected from the region's government because they CTE'd. This suggests the potential for a certain frivolity in the proposal. The accusations may warrant additional scrutiny from the SC in future, but at this time, there is little evidence to support a condemnation.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Gay" (May 4, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#254)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA):

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate The Monarchist Entente" (April 30, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#253)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This proposal seeks to prevent a password from being imposed on The Monarchist Entente by the current raider Delegate. Three separate raider armies currently hold the region and are intent on refounding it, banning and ejecting natives as the Regional Officers and invading Delegate gain influence. The Ministry would note that nations native to the region are in favor of the liberation. Raider forces have also tried to prevent the passage of this liberation by masquerading as natives in the on-site forum thread.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Solorni" (April 24, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#252)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This proposal commends Solorni, a prominent ally of The North Pacific. Solorni, the Delegate of Balder, negotiated and enforced a mutual-protection treaty with The North Pacific between Balder. Furthermore, she co-founded the World Assembly Legislative League, an alliance which The North Pacific is a founding member of. Solorni has defended The North Pacific from hostile forces numerous times over the past 4 years.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Liberate KAISERREICH"" (April 22, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This proposal aims to repeal a recently passed liberation of the Nazi region Kaiserreich. The repeal makes bold claims about the target region that have no basis in reality. One of these claims is that the region is under threat of "invasion" while the whole point of a liberation is so that the region can be freed from government oppression. In addition, we believe strongly that Nazis should be fought on all fronts, and that the liberation is a blow to Nazis across the NationStates world.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "End Excessive Data Retention Act" (April 22, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Before us is a well-intentioned proposal that would ensure that states cannot force companies to keep excessive amounts of data on consumers. However, good intentions do not make a good proposal. The proposal often uses vague terms and language that makes it difficult to read. Additionally, we believe that this is not an issue worthy of being brought before this esteemed Assembly.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Alasdair I Frosticus" (April 16, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#251)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This proposal commends a prominent player in the NS Sports community. We believe that nations who contribute massively to the community should be commended and that the target nation deserves this commendation.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Agricultural Invasive Species Act" (April 16, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The proposal, while offering a noble objective, contains several flaws. The proposal appears to inadvertently ban the intentional and careful transportation of certain invasive organisms, creating an unneeded prohibition on the trade of such organisms which may otherwise pose no threat to the local agricultural ecosystem. In addition, the proposal encounters difficulties when considered on the international scale, specifically the viability of the proposal's rigorous mandate and the micromanaging provisions dictated to the member states.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Liberate Femdom Empire"" (April 12, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#250)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): We stand by our support for the original and will not yield.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on Statutory Limitations for Heinous Crimes" (April 12, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#428)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This proposal would ban limits on punishments for war crimes, crimes against humanity, or crimes against peace. The proposal reaffirms the World Assembly's goal of bringing justice to criminals, and we believe that this is a worthy goal.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Union of Confederate Regions" (April 8, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This proposal is part of a string of condemnations and offensive liberations submitted and passed in recent weeks. This proposal serves no purpose as the target region are not raiders, and the proposal does not serve as a serious reprimand. We believe that Security Council condemnations should correspond with grievous offenses against the international community.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Wintony" (April 4, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#249)
Reason for vote: The formatting and quality is inconsistent with existing commendations, the resolution tells a singular story and fails to demonstrate significant action having a broad or global effect, and fails to distinguish itself as a celebration of a culturally unique or noteworthy nation, so there is simply not enough substance and what is there is not significant or worth spending this kind of time and attention.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Convention on Foreign Political Corruption" (April 4, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#427)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Convention On Foreign Political Corruption aims to prevent international political bribery without infringing on ember states national sovereignty by allowing member states to decide through internal legislation how corruption should be dealt with. The Ministry finds that the resolution at vote prevents political corruption without the adverse effect of outlawing lobbyists or political action committees. The Ministry also believes that the passage of this resolution will do much to foster a healthier political climate within the World Assembly.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Ever-Wandering Souls" (March 31, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs, upon reviewing the condemnation of Ever-wandering Souls, would agree that as the leader of The Black Hawks, Ever-wandering Souls has been either directly or indirectly responsible for the occupation of countless regions. While the Ministry would normally support the condemnation of such a notorious raider leader, we find it important to note that this proposal was submitted by an admitted puppet of Ever-wandering Souls in a blatant attempt to gain what many raiders consider to be a badge of honour. This Ministry has always taken a firm stance on self-condemnations and commendations, believing that if a nation is truly worthy of recognition by the Security Council, a member of the community other than the recipient should be the one to propose such a resolution.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate Femdom Empire" (March 27, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#248)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Liberate Femdom Empire is the next proposal in a series of Security Council resolutions aimed at dismantling fascist regions and removing Nazi influences from NationStates. Unlike the recently passed liberations, Liberate Femdom Empire targets a region which not only lacks the presence of an active founder but also currently has a password in effect, preventing anti-fascist forces from taking the region. The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs believes Femdom Empire to be a prime target for liberation as the effects of the liberation are immediate and would allow for a refound in the near future.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate The East Pacific" (March 23, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#247)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Liberate The East Pacific, though well written, would have been better submitted as a condemnation. Liberations remove delegate imposed passwords from a region, however, since The East Pacific is a Game Created Region, a password cannot be imposed, thus making this liberation essentially pointless.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate Nazi Europa" (March 19, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#246)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Like the previous liberation that was before the Security Council, this proposal targets a nazi region in an attempt to make it vulnerable to refounding should the current founder cease to exist or be deleted by NationStates moderators. The Ministry would note however, that the proposal is poorly written and lacks the quality usually expected of World Assembly resolutions. That being said, the statement made by this proposal is clear and provides the community with a way to strike back against those who hold such hateful and bigoted ideologies.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate KAISERREICH" (March 15, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#245)
Reason for vote: The Nazi scourge must be opposed and destroyed at every turn.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Minority Languages" (March 12, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#426)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): In examining Protecting Minority Languages the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs has found that this proposal contains a common sense set of mandates to help protect the existence of minority languages, without infringing on a nations right to have its own official language, and a committee that helps protect this.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn The Black Hawks" (March 11, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Currently before the Security Council is yet another condemnation of The Black Hawks, one of the largest raider organizations in NationStates. This proposal acknowledges the fact that The Black Hawks views condemnations as badges of honour, yet says it seeks to curb raider activity through the issuance of this condemnation. Taking into account that this proposal merely reiterates actions already condemned by the World Assembly and that issuing a new condemnation would only encourage raider activity, the Ministry sees no reason to condemn The Black Hawks for a third time.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate The Communal Confederacy" (March 5, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#244)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This proposal seeks to Liberate The Communal Confederacy, a left-leaning region which had great potential. The region had over 40 nations when the founder Ceased to Exist. The region then declined, and eventually fell to Nazi raider region Kaiserreich. This region has a history of refounding regions it captures as Nazi colonies. We fear the same fate for The Communal Confederacy, and that the region has potential to grow if liberated by this proposal.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Freshwater from Manufacturing Bill" (March 3, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): This proposal attempts to address concerns that freshwater that is safe for drinking is becoming increasingly scarce. However, this proposal appears to be poorly written, with overly complicated definitions and vague language. Additionally, the proposal forgets the variety of WA member states, and uses fixed measures of time, both of which make the proposal more difficult to follow for member states. This ministry believes that the proposal has great potential, and that if the issues outlined here were addressed, there would be more support for it.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate Westphalia" (March 1, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Westphalia is a major and very old defender region who, among other things, founded FORGE - one of the biggest defender alliances in NationStates. However, due to recruitment infractions in the past, we do not find find ourselves to be on the best of terms. It should be noted that many among the participating powers who took control of Westphalia and currently have control of it are close diplomatic partners and friends of The North Pacific. Furthermore, many of our regional allies also supported and/or have relations with the powers that are now in control of Westphalia.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Protection of Biomedical Research" (February 27, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#425)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Protection of Biomedical Research seeks to reinstate rules previously repealed in the GA. The proposal has been modified to reflect concerns put forth by WA members.

The relatively mild proposal seeks to ensure a standard of ethics and scientific rigor in biomedical experiments within the World Assembly. It ensures that member states engage only in research where the well-being and ethical treatment of the subjects are prioritized, but in a manner which makes additional testing on both human and lab animal tests possible. More importantly, the proposal preempts future attempts to block biomedical research in the name of religious or moral objections, ensuring that WA members can engage in research in the best interests of their populations.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Protection of Biomedical Research"" (February 22, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#424)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): In regards to the various arguments made by the proposer, we believe that the author has misrepresented what the target resolution actually does. Specifically, it does not require that ethical requirements prevent "direct harm to particular sapient or sentient life". Indirect harm to sapient or sentient life, such as environmental impact, can be regulated under this resolution. Furthermore, as individuals in comas or persistent vegetative states are sapient (though not sentient), harm to them would be preventable under the terms of the target resolution. Continuing, the repeal of this resolution would open a path for future legislation to block biomedical research in the name of religious and moral objections. Ultimately, the issues raised within this repeal are not sufficiently concerning and the repeal of such a resolution could harm the security of research by allowing those who wish to overreach in the name of ethics and morals do so.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Promoting Sustainable Timber"" (February 11, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#423)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): General Assembly Resolution #422 Promoting Sustainable Timber, while well meaning in its goal of attempting to ensure timber used in WA member nations is produced in an environmentally sustainable manner, is inherently flawed and places the economies of WA members at serious risk. Given that GAR#422 also seriously harms international trade in the timber industry, in some cases forcing WA members to import timber at a drastically increased cost. The Ministry would also like to note, that due to the loss of some of their clientele due to the restrictions imposed by GAR#422, timber operations may be forced to take further cost-cutting methods of production, which in turn could cause Promoting Sustainable Timber to cause more environmental damage than it currently prevents.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate Westphalia" (February 3, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Westphalia is a major and very old defender region who, among other things, founded FORGE - one of the biggest defender alliances in NationStates. However, they have broken our recruitment policy in the past by trying to recruit nations from The North Pacific. Furthermore, the Ministry would note that a password has not been imposed on the region, and appears unlikely to be imposed in the future as the influence levels of the natives in the region have considerable regional influence making a refound extremely difficult. Thus, making this liberation unnecessary.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Promoting Sustainable Timber" (February 3, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#422)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Despite its laudable efforts and purpose to uphold the quality of timber production in order to provide a sustainable future for timber production, this proposal possesses two main flaws. The first being that the resolution bans import of 'timber products' which can greatly harm locations where timber product producing nations are using non-sustainable methods. This lack of ability to export timber would prove detrimental to the timber industries of non-WA member nation which would force them to potentially use cheaper and less sustainable methods than already used. Furthermore this proposal would greatly hurt trade relations between WA and non WA nations who consume or produce not only timber but any product that uses timber. The ministry believes that despite the potential positives provided by this proposal, it will ultimately harm the sustainability of timber rather than protect it.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Wrapper" (January 30, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#243)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): After spending one too many nights at the Strangers Bar, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs, nursing a collective hangover and saddened by the resignation of a number of its staff after one of the impromptu karaoke nights organized by Wrappian Deputy Ambassador Wad Ahume Orliss-Dorckes, has somehow managed to analyze the current Security Council resolution at vote. The Ministry has found it accurately documents the heinous actions perpetrated by the Wrappian delegation and delegations from their protectorates during their tenure in the General Assembly. These actions include, but are not limited to, actions that would violate World Assembly law and result in the arrest of one of the august bodies most esteemed ambassadors, firebombing the offices of other delegations, and misappropriating funds meant for disaster relief efforts. The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs believes that these actions are most unbecoming of any delegation to the World Assembly and should be condemned with all due haste.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Texas" (January 26, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#242)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Having examined this resolution, we believe that when we consider Texas' specific contribution to the events described in the proposal, the contribution of Texas has been relatively minor compared to those of the other regions that contributed to each of those instances. We also note that the Security Council has only very recently repealed a commendation of this very same region, needlessly revisiting a topic that had just been examined. We also believe that this proposed resolution is poorly written with awkward prose inappropriate for a WA resolution, despite four false starts of the author submitting this followed by retraction.

Pallaith voted against the World Assembly Resolution "The Cloning Conventions" (January 24, 2018)
Result: failed
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The Ministry of World Assembly Affairs, having reviewed the resolution currently at vote, has found that while it is undoubtedly well intended, has several serious flaws. Chiefly among these being that The Cloning Conventions would seem to outlaw cloning when used during IVF, as well as the cloning of embryos. Secondly, this resolution suffers from poor definitions and unclear language in some of its clauses. Finally, in its closing clause it again, using unclear language that leaves far too much room for interpretation, either strips the World Assembly Science Programme from any oversight over cloning or creates a bureaucratic competition between the Word Assembly Science Programme and the Biomedical Innovation Organization.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate Iran" (January 22, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#241)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The region of Iran was invaded 5 years ago and was left to die behind a password. Although a significant amount of time has passed since the region was passworded, this should have no effect on whether or not a region is worthy of liberation. The nations currently occupying the region are under the control of a puppetmaster, so the liberation will most likely be successful. Additionally, the author of the proposal reached out to former natives of the region, and there was at least one native that was interested in returning. The Ministry believes that so long as there is at least one native willing to return to their home, that a liberation is worthwhile.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ozone Layer Protection" (January 11, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#421)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): On oxygen rich planets, the Ozone layer acts as essential protection against harmful UV rays. However, some industrial chemicals currently used deplete this fragile layer. This resolution seeks to reduce the damage done to the ozone layer by some of the chemicals used by industry. It accomplishes this by mandating that member nations and a newly created subcommittee, the Atmospheric Chemistry Establishment, identify Ozone depleting chemicals and research alternatives. This resolution also tasks the ACE with setting deadlines for phasing out the use of ozone-depleting chemicals from use, and requires that member nations cease production and use of these chemicals by these deadlines. Ozone Layer Protection provides an exemption to this by allowing the ACE to provide waivers to member nations, provided that the chemicals are used in a closed system and can not harm atmospheric chemistry in other nations.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Protection of Biomedical Research" (January 7, 2018)
Result: passed (GA#420)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): Protection of Biomedical Research is a relatively mild proposal that seeks to ensure a standard of ethics and scientific rigor in biomedical experiments within the World Assembly. It ensures that member states engage only in research where the well-being and ethical treatment of the subjects are prioritized, but in a manner which makes additional testing on both human and lab animal tests possible. Further, it promotes additional research by tasking the World Assembly Science Programme to coordinate and advise international research efforts, as well as share data volunteered by researchers.

More importantly, the proposal preempts future attempts to block biomedical research in the name of religious or moral objections, ensuring that WA members can engage in research in the best interests of their populations.

Pallaith voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend The MT Army" (January 3, 2018)
Result: passed (SC#240)
Reason for vote (adapted from TNP MoWA): The MT Army is a dedicated and widely-respected anti-fascist and anti-Nazi military force who has served NationStates for the last 14 years. The MT Army worked alongside the Pacific Defenders which began the Anti Nazi Alliance who functioned as a bane against hatred and bigotry in NationStates through the early to mid-2000's. The MT Army's numerous laudable achievements in fighting hatred include the destruction of The URAP, Greater German Reich, and assisting the North Pacific Army, among others, in the destruction of NAZI EUROPE. The MT Army has also administered Antifa and inspired as well as guided many anti-hate regions that are currently active defending NationStates from hatred and bigotry. The Ministry believes that the significant contributions of The MT Army to the fight against intolerance, as well as their numerous military accomplishments and a long history of service to the community, is worthy of commendation.

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