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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!

As a new arrival, you may be bewildered with everything that is going on. We understand, and for this reason, we have prepared this quick introduction to TNP. Unpack your bags, make yourself at home, and enjoy your stay :) .

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Our Government

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.

If the description of the government has enticed you, you should definitely consider contributing in the various branches! As a citizen, you can take part in the Regional Assembly, where you can legislate and scrutinize the government. You can also apply to join the Executive Staff, and get involved in any Ministry that interests you.

If you would like to poke around the forum and interact with our community before deciding to become a citizen, you should register your residency. Once you do so, you will be able to access most of the areas of this forum and join the various other activities. Here is a sample:

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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If you have more questions, you can check for answers in the The North Pacific FAQs. The Yellow Pages in particular provide a comprehensive guide to the region in a single thread.

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The development of British and Commonwealth views on Homosexuality
Topic Started: Aug 9 2018, 03:40 PM (74 Views)
Owenstacey
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Equality for the LGBT community has flourished in many parts of the West in the last 20 years and marital equality in particular has driven the LGBT community forward. The UK has tried to maintain itself at the forefront of equal opportunity for people of all walks of life. However, it is undoubtable that the UK have dramatically changed this view on homosexuality and this past is maintained to this day by the stubborn views of some of its former colonies in the Commonwealth.

The argument of some Commonwealth members stubbornness over homosexuality was highlighted during the 2018 Commonwealth games when Tom Daley, an English diver, spoke out against 37 Commonwealth countries that still outlaw homosexuality. This makes it hard for athlete's like Tom Daley because, as he has admitted, it is hard for him to travel to these 37 countries because of the struggles that people in the LGBT community in these countries have to go through. This dedication shown by people like Tom Daley, shows that passion resilience is rewarded and can help a much wider range of people with the publicity he receives through sport. This therefore brings the question why, if the UK is so open to the LGBT community and homosexuality in general, then why is it not doing enough to help them in other countries?

As many people will already know, the UK legalised gay marriage in 2014 but it was a long road and whilst the Conservatives took the big step to legalise it, they were also the party that did everything they could in the 1980's to go against it. This is seen by Margaret Thatcher's introduction of Section 28, a policy introduced into British law which prohibited schools from intentionally promoting homosexuality or of the acceptability of it. This, in modern Britain, would be seen as a travesty as it would block young people from learning the truth and set the LGBT community back significantly in the 1980's when trying to promote it as being something that happens and not something that can be ignored. Therefore, this ignorant state of mind would have been known by many of the Commonwealth countries and earlier opinions on this would have been the reason for them adopting these views.

Therefore, it is simple that Britain have some part to blame in allowing these Commonwealth countries to adopt these extremely prejudicial views and at a time when we developed, should have campaigned harder for these countries to follow them in promoting equality. Britain cannot simply say that they are so strongly on the side of the LGBT community when so recently they prohibited the promotion of homosexuality but won't do enough now to rectify this. So, with Britain moving to an unpredictable period with its movement away from the European Union and Theresa May's suggestion of closer ties with the Commonwealth countries, it is clear that now is the time for Britain to stand up for the equality of the LGBT community in these countries, and help allow people the freedom of opportunity which is at the heart of British values.
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