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The North Pacific is one of the oldest and most powerful regions in NationStates. We pride ourselves on our strong democracy, openness, and transparency.

The region is affectionately called TNP. TNP is home to over 4,000 nations, called TNPers, and we are always looking for more to join us. We are glad to see you here and hope you decide become a TNPer yourself!

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The North Pacific is a constitutional democracy. We have a constitution, a bill of rights, and a legal code, which you can read here. Our government has four branches:

The Legislature consists of the Regional Assembly (RA), which votes to enact and amend legislation. Discussions in the RA are moderated by the Speaker, who is elected from among the RA members, and their Deputies. Everyone with a nation in the region can apply to join the RA.

The Executive consists of the Delegate, Vice Delegate, the Cabinet of Ministers, and the Executive Staff. The Delegate and Vice Delegate are elected by the RA, and are accountable to it. The Ministers are appointed by the Delegate, and each one of them manage their own staff. Together, the Executive runs the day-to-day affairs of the government. Broad areas the Executive is responsible for include home affairs, foreign affairs, World Assembly affairs, communications, culture, and our military. Everyone with a nation in the region can apply to join the Executive Staff and work in one of the Ministries.

The Judiciary consists of a single court, which has two Associate Justices and one Chief Justice. All Justices are elected by the RA, and are accountable to it. The court can authoritatively answer questions of law, void actions of other officials that have been brought for review, and decide criminal cases. Interacting with the Judiciary is the Attorney General, also elected by the RA, who serves as the chief prosecutor in criminal trials and as legal counsel to the Executive.

The Security Council is generally considered as a separate branch. It is a body of members that monitor the region for security purposes. They help protect the in-game delegacy, help with delegacy transitions during elections, and also provide a mechanism of response in the case of an illegal in-game delegate. They are accountable to the RA.

You can find a list of current government officials here.

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The best way to start getting involved is to apply for citizenship. Citizenship allows you to access all forum areas and join the various government and community activities. The application process should be easy and fast, and the only prerequisite is having a nation in the region. Once you are a citizen, you will also be eligible to vote and be a candidate in elections for the various government offices, such as Delegate and Vice Delegate - there is an election roughly every two months.

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You can participate in our Role Play section, where you can write the story of your nation, interact with your neighbours on The North Pacific map, and join the Democratic Union.

You can drop by our World Assembly section, to discuss resolutions at vote, draft your own resolutions, and determine how our WA Delegate represents us in the World Assembly.

If you want to experience and learn about the military gameplay, one of the most exciting aspects of the game, you can enlist in the North Pacific Army and start serving TNP as a proud soldier!

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[GA, Failed] Freedom Of Language Act [Complete]
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Freedom Of Language Act
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Proposed by: [nation]South St Maarten[/nation] | No Onsite Topic



Whereas peoples have been denied the right to publish text in certain languages:

And whereas the denial of that right is a violation of the freedom of expression:

And whereas publishing text in different languages can help peoples understand the text better,

Therefore, be it enacted by the excellent World Assembly, with the imperative consent and advice of the delegates and members, in the session assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

All member states must allow all persons to publish text in any language

All member states must allow all persons to put up signage in any language

All member states will be encouraged to enforce this resolution


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  • Vote Against if you want the Delegate to vote Against the resolution.
  • Vote Abstain if you want the Delegate to abstain from voting on this resolution.
  • Vote Present if you are personally abstaining from this vote.


Detailed opinions with your vote are appreciated and encouraged!

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Edited by Sil Dorsett, Oct 14 2017, 11:12 PM.
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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.

For these reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote against the resolution.
Edited by Fawkes, Oct 17 2017, 02:53 AM.
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"Publishing text in different languages can help peoples understand the text better."

LOL, Against...

Really? What is wrong with these delegates approv... Imperium Anglorum, what the hell is wrong with you!?


Edited by Sil Dorsett, Oct 11 2017, 03:47 AM.
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By not understanding the background of this text (if any), and noting the lack of definitions, I vote against until I can find a reasonable explanation.

I defend freedom of expression without thinking twice, but this type of vague proposals with little (none, in this case) feedback from the drafting stage can be a joke, rather than an extension, of what has already been legislated in the matter.
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Well this is a stupid one, "persons" what if some one has a nation filled with only robots and the only language they know is binary? The what ifs could go on.

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*sneaks off her WA approval hoping no one noticed*

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Yeah, this proposal won't work for countries insular countries.
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For. That's a damn fine enacting formula. (my WA is elsewhere)
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Chief Justice. Formerly, the Speaker; dictatorial, arbitrary and capricious.

Actually not a Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

It's "Constibillocode" not "Constibillicode".
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Voting on this resolution has ended.

Thanks to those nations who cast their votes. Your participation is a great help to the region.

This topic has been locked and sent to the Archives for safekeeping. If you would like this topic to be re-opened for further discussion, please contact the WA Delegate, a Global Moderator, or an Administrator for assistance. Thank you.
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