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Most Nations: 38th Most Valuable International Artwork: 59th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 232nd+31
Largest Black Market: 678th Most Influential: 751st Most Inclusive: 872nd Most Compassionate Citizens: 937th Nicest Citizens: 1,016th Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,086th Largest Information Technology Sector: 1,090th Most Rebellious Youth: 1,105th Highest Economic Output: 1,130th Most Cultured: 1,420th Largest Publishing Industry: 1,425th Smartest Citizens: 1,564th Most Beautiful Environments: 1,658th Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,680th Most Corrupt Governments: 1,702nd Highest Average Incomes: 1,727th Most Subsidized Industry: 1,755th Highest Poor Incomes: 1,959th Most Developed: 2,011th Most Armed: 2,108th Most Advanced Public Education: 2,135th Healthiest Citizens: 2,196th Most Secular: 2,234th Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,249th Largest Retail Industry: 2,268th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,282nd Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,300th Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,335th Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,347th Best Weather: 2,367th Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,458th
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Welcome to NationStates, aiming to become one of the strongest ranking regions. Pro-Economy, Pro-Society, Pro-WA, Pro-Peace; Join our glory! Above all, freedom for all nations to control their own destinies in a region free from war.

NationStates stands AGAINST the Security Council

Endorsement Limit: 24

Forums: http://www.runboard.com/bnationstates

Regional Embassies signal that two regions have established formal ties with one another.
The NationStates Region remains a Neutral Region ~ Friends With All; Aligned With None.

Today's Featured Nation:
The United Socialist States of The Sovet Union of America



Embassies: the Pacific, The East Pacific, the West Pacific, The North Pacific, the South Pacific, Osiris, Balder, Capitalist Paradise, One big Island, Greater Dienstad, Antarctic Oasis, The Coalition of Democratic Nations, India, USSD, Yuno, Christmas, and 1 other.Wintercrest.

Construction of embassies with South Pacific has commenced. Completion expected .

Tags: Anti-Security Council, Enormous, Founderless, Independent, Neutral, and Pacifist.

Regional Power: Very High

NationStates contains 458 nations, the 38th most in the world.

Today's World Census Report

The Rudest Citizens in NationStates

World Census experts telephoned citizens from all nations at just before dinner time, in a study to determine which populations were most brash, rude, or brusque.

As a region, NationStates is ranked 2,885th in the world for Rudest Citizens.

1.The Rickenbacker Jangliness of The ByrdsAnarchy“I, I don't have the vaguest notion”
2.The Fore-Shortened Corn Flakes of Bongo FuryAnarchy“I wish I had a pair 'o bongos!”
3.The Semi-anarchist commonwealth of SkyhookedCivil Rights Lovefest“No gods, no masters, no hangovers. Only refreshment!”
4.The Imperial Dominion of AritheiCivil Rights Lovefest“Que sera, sera”
5.The Jingoistic States of DrumpfpocalypseCapitalist Paradise“When I think I’m right, nothing bothers me.”
6.The Republic of ArmsgradLibertarian Police State“Those who shop together, stay together.”
7.The Commonwealth of BassoeInoffensive Centrist Democracy“Politics done my way”
8.The Free Land of Port MyrealCivil Rights Lovefest“Loosen up a bit, be positive, have some fun”
9.The Most Serene Republic of Upper Lamennes CifreanCapitalizt“Sincerity,Empathy,Respect”
10.The Hipster Mecca of Austin TexasInoffensive Centrist Democracy“Keep Austin Weird”
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The Meditations of Happy Gilmour

Friday, 16 October, 2020 | 59

For governing a country well
there is nothing better than moderation.

The mark of a moderate man
is freedom from his own ideas.
Tolerant like the sky,

all-pervading like sunlight,
firm like a mountain,
supple like a tree in the wind,
he has no destination in view
and makes use of anything
life happens to bring his way.

Nothing is impossible for him.
Because he has let go,
he can care for the people's welfare
as a mother cares for her child.

The Meditations of Happy Gilmour

Saturday, 17 October, 2020 | 60

Governing a large country
is like frying a small fish.
You spoil it with too much poking.

Center your country in the Tao
and evil will have no power.
Not that it isn't there,
but you'll be able to step out of its way.

Give evil nothing to oppose
and it will disappear by itself.

The MikesHope Essence of Mikeswill

Today’s Featured Nation:

The Dictatorship of Kotar

” Arbeit macht frei”

WA Category: Iron Fist Consumerists

Civil Rights: Unheard Of
Economy: Frightening
Political Freedoms: Unheard Of

Kotar's national animal is the Hawk, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is BANNED.

Kotar is ranked 76,851st in the world and 158th in NationStates for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 297.87 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Mikeswill

The MikesHope Essence of Mikeswill

The Mikes Hope Essence of Mikeswill graciously extends a warm welcome to our newest Nations:

The Principality of The Accent Challenge Southwest Missouri
The Republic of Sendo
The Federation of Junobal-Wessex
The Dictatorship of Dethicla

Our Esteemed Region continues to attract the Most
Enlightened Nations in the JenGov Land.

MH

The Meditations of Happy Gilmour

Sunday, 18 October, 2020 | 61

When a country obtains great power,
it becomes like the sea:
all streams run downward into it.
The more powerful it grows,
the greater the need for humility.
Humility means trusting the Tao,
thus never needing to be defensive.

A great nation is like a great man:
When he makes a mistake, he realizes it.
Having realized it, he admits it.
Having admitted it, he corrects it.
He considers those who point out his faults
as his most benevolent teachers.
He thinks of his enemy
as the shadow that he himself casts.

If a nation is centered in the Tao,
if it nourishes its own people
and doesn't meddle in the affairs of others,
it will be a light to all nations in the world.

The MikesHope Essence of Mikeswill

The current WA Resolution, Repeal: “World Assembly Trade Rights” has been posted on our off-site forums at:

https://bnationstates.runboard.com/t84262

General Assembly Resolution At Vote

Repeal: “World Assembly Trade Rights”

A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.

Category: Repeal

Resolution: GA#209

General Assembly Resolution #209 “World Assembly Trade Rights” (Category: Free Trade; Strength: Strong) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

The World Assembly finds as follows:

Extending trade preferences on a most-favoured nation basis to all member nations requires that any further preference to an allied member nation also be given to other unfriendly member nations. Governments have interests in stopping the transfer of technology or linking of their industry with such unfriendly nations, motives which are not accounted for in GA 209, which only permits exceptions for 'vital national security interests during serious international disputes or times of war'.

Section 1(c) of the target resolution allows for existing trade zones to exist. But it is unclear how such existing trade zones can possibly 'ultimately lower trade barriers between their members' without inherently contradicting the most-favoured nation provision in section 1(a), as any members of a trade zone would by virtue of their membership be more favoured than non-trade zone member nations, putting such members in violation of section 1(a) unless their trade zone membership privileges were extended to all World Assembly member nations.

Section 2 does not give member nations authority to institute retaliatory tariffs against dumping or other unfair trade practices, instead only giving member nations the ability to support domestic industry with subsidies. This has two impacts. First, subsidies cost member nations money, while tariffs (being taxes) are net positive on a nation's treasury. By only allowing subsidies, this penalises member nations with weaker financial situations. Second, the use of subsidies instead of tariffs causes a race towards higher subsidies, as subsidies increase production, further driving down commodity prices, necessitating even higher subsidies to ensure viability. This singular-minded view on subsidies therefore harms the poorest member nations and saddles the Assembly as a whole with chronic overproduction and government support of inefficient industries.

GA 440 'Administrative Compliance Act' uses trade sanctions as a core means of enforcement of World Assembly legislation. It is unclear how strong such sanctions can be when section 1(a) requires equal treatment of nations regardless of their compliance with World Assembly resolutions. Basic fairness requires that member nations which are not compliant with Assembly legislation, a duty of membership in the Assembly, should not be given the benefits of membership. Repeal, therefore, repairs a sense of basic fairness necessary for the Assembly to operate justly and impartially.

Further legislation should be passed, patching the flaws present in GA 209, to ensure sufficient incentives for membership in the World Assembly.

Now, therefore, the World Assembly repeals GA 209 'World Assembly Trade Rights'.

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General Assembly Resolution # 209

World Assembly Trade Rights

A resolution to reduce barriers to free trade and commerce.

Category: Free Trade

Strength: Strong

Regretting that World Assembly member nations often face harmful and unnecessary barriers in their trade with other member nations,

Emphasizing that these barriers ultimately serve as obstacles to the economic prosperity of all member nations,

Recognizing that these barriers therefore constitute a serious hazard to national populations,

The General Assembly,

Grants the following rights to each member nation:

the right, for a good or service originating from said nation, to receive the most favourable trade preference from any other member nation that said other nation grants to any other member nation for the same type of good or service,

the right, for a good or service originating from said nation, to have applied the same taxes or regulations by any other member nation that said other nation applies to the same type of good or service of domestic origin, at least once the good or service has legally entered that nation,

the right to create or maintain existing free trade areas or customs unions, so long as such areas or unions ultimately lower trade barriers between their members, not raise trade barriers for non-members;

Clarifies that member nations may suspend their individual responsibilities under the above provision in the following cases:

in the event of a significant disparity in labour, environmental or human rights standards, or to ensure reasonable quality control on goods and services, but only if such a suspension does not constitute discrimination between goods and services from different member nations with similar issues,

to apply domestic subsidies, or to protect domestic industries against a discriminatory subsidy applied by another member nation, so long as any retaliation in the latter case is directly proportional to the original subsidy,

to protect vital national security interests during serious international disputes or times of war, or

to develop any other additional reasonable and appropriate trade regulations that are consistent with the goals of this resolution, as well as the interests of sustainable development and poverty reduction, either unilaterally through domestic legislation or collectively through World Assembly resolution.

Originally, World Assembly Trade Rights was passed 7,066 votes to 2,420 and amongst NationStates residents, voting was 12-2 (85% For).

Mikes Hope Essence of Mikeswill
WA Delegate
NationStates Region

The MikesHope Essence of Mikeswill

Today’s Featured Nation:

The United Socialist States of The Sovet Union of America

” Its our america not yours”

WA Category: Democratic Socialists

Civil Rights: Good
Economy: Weak
Political Freedoms: Average

The Sovet Union of America's national animal is the Sovet dog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.
The Sovet Union of America is ranked 172,798th in the world and 344th in NationStates for Rudest Citizens, with 33.02 Insults Per Minute.

Mikeswill

The Alex Trebek Nation of Jeopardy

Friday’s Answer: What is “Appalachian Spring”?

Congratulations:
The Free Land of Obro

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The MikesHope Essence of Mikeswill

Mikeswill voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "World Assembly Trade Rights"".

Amongst NationStates residents, voting is currently 10-4 (71% FOR).

MH

The MikesHope Essence of Mikeswill

AGAINST AGAINST AGAINST AGAINST

The current WA Resolution, Commend Kuriko has been posted on our off-site forums at:

http://www.runboard.com/bnationstates.f2.t84263

Security Council Resolution At Vote

Commend Kuriko

A resolution to recognize outstanding contribution by a nation or region.

Blah, Blah
Blah
Blah
Blah

Blah

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COMMEND / CONDEMN PROPOSALS:
These Condemn & Commend Resolutions are mostly a popularity contest and a waste of the World Assembly’s time. It is not the Business of the World Assembly to Honour Nations. The WA is not a Beauty Contest. We would ignore these Resolutions were it not for the ridiculous precedent these Resolutions present.

As such, Mikeswill voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Kuriko".

Mikes Hope Essence of Mikeswill
WA Delegate
NationStates Region

AGAINST AGAINST AGAINST AGAINST

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