Siwale for Delegate

Siwale

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Siwale for Delegate
Hello all!

As promised, I am running for Delegate of The North Pacific! Throughout my time in TNP, I have had the opportunity to serve in a number of different capacities, including Vice Delegate, Minister and Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Election Commissioner, and Deputy Speaker. Each of these positions has taught me valuable lessons and provided me with the experience needed to become a capable and effective leader of this region. I am active, reliable, and committed, and my prior record proves that I can deliver on the promises I make. I understand the challenges the region will be facing in the next term, and I believe I am the candidate for Delegate best equipped to take on these challenges. I invite you to click on the spoilers below to gain a better understanding of my vision for each area of the Delegate's Government.

Lately, TNP has been moving towards isolationism. We have failed to take a stance on current events abroad, failed to strengthen relations with some of our partners, including other GCRs, and failed to maintain our reputation as a leader in foreign matters. The largest problem I currently see is TNP's lack of a visible presence abroad. By remaining silent during important talks and not regularly engaging in conversations and collaborations with other regions, we are starting to get left behind.

For this upcoming term, the ministry and I will make it a priority to restore our leadership position abroad. We will be focusing on regularly engaging with leaders of foreign regions, initiating, hosting and promoting interregional events and other collaborative projects of global impact, and releasing public statements communicating TNP's positions on important events---even if our stance is one of neutrality. In particular, we will be spearheading an effort to create and maintain a system of scripted telegrams and dispatches that warn nations against moving to Nazi and fascist regions. This is an initiative that has recently received attention in the Gameplay forum, and we will be organizing a consortium of regions with the sole objective of bringing this system to fruition as an effective measure for the containment of Nazi and fascist ideals within the NS community.

To reinforce this proposed position of renewed extroversion and internationalism, the ministry and I will be seeking to create new partnerships that will serve TNP in many years to come. In particular, at a time when we are seeing the unfortunate resurgence of Francoist rhetoric in our fellow GCRs, we have a unique opportunity to re-assert our role as the preeminent GCR that stands against the artificial divides advocated by this rhetoric, and welcomes UCRs as equal and valuable partners. We will be reaching out to UCRs with whom we share community values that go beyond the dry affairs of NS gameplay: Europe and Forest, who share our passion for egalitarian development and growth on all matters relating to the World Assembly; Greater Dienstad, who share our focus on fostering an expansive and vibrant roleplay community that is the crown jewel of our regional community; and Gay, who share our commitment to an open and welcoming community that does not tolerate discrimination against LGBTQ+ players or of any other kind. I strongly believe that TNP stands to gain greatly by having these UCRs among its treatied partners, same as we gained and continue to gain from our partners in Equilism, Europeia, the International Democratic Union, Stargate, and Taijitu.

For these efforts to be successful, we will rely critically on the contributions of not only our foreign affairs leadership team, but also the Diplomatic Corps. The Diplomatic Corps is a vital component of the image we cast abroad. Our diplomats are the ones on the front lines, engaging with their assigned regions on a daily basis and facilitating communication. The Diplomatic Corps is currently a well-oiled machine, thanks to the efforts of Ghost and his team. While there is not a lot that needs to be changed in this area, it is important that we make sure that its effective administration and operation continues. This continued effectiveness will be one of the ministry's priority in this upcoming term.
TL;DR: This upcoming term, Foreign Affairs will work on strengthening and expanding our foreign relations, and reestablishing its position as an interregional leader with an active and vocal presence on global issues.

Home Affairs is a vital, and often overlooked, ministry in charge of a plethora of responsibilities necessary for the continued welfare of our regional community. It is also a ministry which I hold near and dear to my heart. Having served in its leadership for two terms, I have had the opportunity to see firsthand what works and what does not when it comes to forum recruitment and integration.

One of the biggest challenges with Home Affairs is managing all of its many moving pieces. It takes a dedicated and knowledgeable team to stay on top of all of the demands of the ministry, but it can be done. This past term, the ministry has been doing a good job sending out forum recruitment TGs on a frequent basis. Weekly recruitment TGs are incredibly important, and the ministry and I will be ensuring that this program continues to operate at full force in the upcoming term. But there are other key components to the ministry that have been neglected and will be revisited.

A major area needing improvement is the forum mentoring program. This program, which aims to assign experienced members as mentors to all new forum members, is key to the successful retention and eventual integration of new members to our regional forum. It is also a program that requires a considerable amount of focus and effort to be effective, and has unfortunately struggled to keep up recently. Several new nations join our regional forum every day but, without the proper support and guidance, they often become overwhelmed and leave before they start feeling at home in our forum community. In this upcoming term, the ministry and I will be looking to restore the forum mentoring program, and aim for the release of mentoring assignments on a weekly basis.

Another component of the ministry that has fallen through the cracks is the Press Release Program. Consistently in the past, including during my term as minister, press releases have been effective for engaging our gameside community and keeping our member nations informed of happenings in the government. By being distributed through dispatches, telegrams, and RMB posts, press releases are also an excellent means to encourage nations to get involved in our offsite community. In the upcoming term, the ministry and I will work to resurrect the press release program, in the form of both regular bi-weekly updates and off-cycle updates when the news calls for it.

In the past four years, we have been served well by our scripted telegramming program, which complements our manual recruitment as a means to reach out to active nations and inform them of the opportunities our region offers them. Even though our scripted telegrams continue to run, this is another area of outreach that needs to be revisited. In the upcoming term, the ministry and I will be looking to redraft all of the telegram templates we have been using since 2014 in order to modernize them and organize the information they contain more effectively. We will also be considering new categories of scripted telegrams that can be used to reach out to groups of nations that show strong potential for activity. Finally, we will be looking to expand our mechanisms for automated outreach, by creating a series of regular scripted dispatches that direct groups of nations to educational material through dispatch-based notifications. Such dispatches have already been successfully utilized in the WADP, and they have a lot of potential to be useful for Home Affairs purposes as well.
I decided to place my plans regarding the Gameside Advocates (GAs) in a separate spoiler, even though they are part of Home Affairs. This is because I consider the lack of organized government presence on the RMB one of the most serious integration challenges we are facing right now, and because I believe that the GAs will be instrumental in overcoming it.

The GAs, together with other government officials with suppression powers, have been effective in keeping the RMB a friendly and welcoming environment. However, there is a lot more to this job than just suppressing posts. The GAs exist to help bridge the gap between the forumside and gameside communities, and to help ensure that our nations and our regional government continue to engage each other. Key to achieving these goals is establishing a continuous and diversified presence on the RMB by government officials.

In order to achieve these objectives, for this upcoming term, the ministry and I will be looking to greatly expand the role of the GAs. We will be creating a larger GA team consisting of between five and ten dedicated members, in addition to the minister and myself. The GA team will be responsible for actively promoting the latest government news and initiatives on the RMB, with an ultimate aim of having such a promotion post released three times a day.

Additionally, the GA team will be tasked with conducting regular surveys that gauge the opinion of the gameside community on the performance of the government and on specific government programs. Examples include the WADP, IFVs, TNL issues, recently concluded cultural events, and so on. For these surveys, we will be using the tried and tested model of questionnaires based on Google forms that are embedded on the regional forum (the 2017-18 WADP survey is the latest example of this). These surveys are an invaluable source of statistical data on how effective our various programs are and provide feedback on how to improve them. Additionally, they are a very effective means of engaging our gameside community, demonstrating to our nations that the regional government values and actively seeks their input.

Moreover, the GA team will be organizing regular gameside events, in order to help increase familiarity between our nations and government officials. These will include poll series and RMB-based trivia relating to different aspects of the government, as well as other games with a format that can be easily transferred to the RMB.

Last but not least, I want to emphasize that overcoming the challenges we are currently facing with respect to sustaining RMB government presence will only be possible through the collective effort of all our members that, in one way or another, contribute to the government. While I have described the above efforts as primarily the responsibility of the GA team, they will be a lot more effective if carried out in collaboration with other ministries and branches of government. Throughout the rest of my platform, my plans for each ministry include items relating to engagement of the gameside community; I will personally be working to make sure that the respective ministries coordinate with the GA team to jointly execute these plans to maximum effectiveness. I will additionally be encouraging all ministers and deputies to individually maintain an active presence on the RMB. Finally, I will be reaching out to the Security Council to discuss how they can work together with the GA team to improve the council's gameside visibility and activity.
TL;DR: This upcoming term, Home Affairs will focus on maintaining regular forum mentor assignments, and on greatly increasing gameside presence through the revival of the Press Releases program, the revamp of scripted outreach mechanisms, and the expansion of the role of Gameside Advocates.

Defense is an area of the executive where I have very little experience. Due to my passion for endotarting very early on in my career, followed by two terms in a position requiring a stationary WA nation, I have never had to opportunity to participate in this aspect of gameplay. Luckily, the North Pacific Army (NPA) is currently extremely active and largely self-sufficient due to the number of officers it has leading operations multiple times a week. My envisioned role in this ministry is mainly a supportive one. I will continue to promote activity in this ministry through frequent training operations, collaboration with allied regions for larger scale operations, and joint recruitment efforts with other ministries.

In particular, I will be looking to personally assist the Minister of Defense by acting as a conduit with allied governments to facilitate arrangements for collaborative efforts. The ministry and I will be endeavoring so that the NPA carries out at least one large-scale operation every two weeks, jointly with one or more allies. Additionally, we will be aiming for the NPA to have executed at least one, and ideally multiple, joint operations with each one of our (militarily-active) allies by the end of the term.

Another area of focus will be recruitment of new NPA members. This is an area that I am uniquely qualified to contribute to, given my experience in Home Affairs and with the World Assembly Development Program (WADP). It has been noted in the past that the WADP can negatively affect NPA recruitment, given that a prerequisite for exchanging large number of endorsements is constantly maintaining a WA nation in TNP. To counter this, the ministry and I will be working with the Security Council to revise all WADP materials (dispatch and telegram templates), to make sure that service in the NPA features prominently as an alternative WA-related way to contribute to TNP. Additionally, the ministry and I will be working with Home Affairs to run telegramming campaigns, both manual and scripted, that reach out specifically to nations highly active in the WADP (e.g., regular award winners or census top performers), and encourage them to consider joining the NPA. These are some of the nations with the highest potential to make good NPA soldiers, and therefore we should make sure to advertise the NPA to them properly.

Through the combination of regular large-scale operations, which are critical for maintaining a large Auxiliary force, and systematic recruitment, the ministry and I will be looking to set a new all-time deployment record, and hopefully break the barrier of 40 deployed soldiers.
TL;DR: This upcoming term, Defense will focus on continuing the NPA's excellent training and activity record, consistently carrying out large-scale operations jointly with allies, and boosting deployment numbers to new records through systematic recruitment.

The World Assembly has been a central portfolio to every modern-time TNP government. Through the Information for WA Voters (IFV) program, the collaborative power of the World Assembly Legislative League (WALL), and the enormous endorsement count of our delegates, largely driven by the World Assembly Development Program (WADP), TNP has managed to wield a tremendous influence on WA votes. In this upcoming term, the ministry and I will be looking to not only maintain, but further enhance this influence.

To maximize our influence in the WA, timing is crucial. An early vote by our delegate can determine the fate of most resolutions that go to vote. Therefore, for this upcoming term, I will personally strive to cast the delegate's vote within the first few hours of a proposal reaching the voting floor. I will be continuing the long-standing policy of voting in accordance with the running tally of forum polls where everyone with a WA nation in TNP can participate. Of course, an early vote only matters if it is a large vote. In this upcoming term, I hope to put my passion for endotarting and the skills I developed as vice delegate to good use, in order to greatly improve the delegate's endorsement count. Through frequent endotarting and collaboration with both the ministry and the Security Council, my goal is to replicate the success of former Delegates HMS Unicorn, mcmasterdonia, and Plembobria, and reach an endorsement rate of 80% by the end of my time as delegate.

As with the delegate's vote, the effectiveness of an IFV largely depends on how early it is released. In this upcoming term, the ministry and I will be focusing on releasing the IFV recommendations as early on in the voting period as possible without jeopardizing the quality of this program, and ideally within 12 hours of the vote starting. Obviously, this needs to be balanced against the need for each proposal to be adequately discussed within the ministry until a consensus position can be reached. Therefore, I acknowledge that posting an IFV within 12 hours will not always be possible, but I hope it will at least become the norm rather than the exception.

Key to achieving our objective of further increasing our influence on WA votes is the proper utilization of the collaborative opportunities provided to us by the WALL. In particular, the ministry and I, together with the other signatory regions, will be focusing on creating protocols for systematic joint drafting and publication of IFVs across all of the signatory regions and other public venues. This can not only help us achieve the objective of consistently early IFV publications, but also multiply the effectiveness of these publications: Instead of reaching out to just the 1600 WA nations in TNP, we can be reaching out to the more than 3000 WA nations across all signatory regions, plus the hundreds more of nations that read dispatches or visit the NS forums, with voting recommendations that carry the full weight of the joint endorsement by five of NationStates' most influential regions on WA matters. Additionally, we will be looking to promote the more frequent use of the sponsorship and opposition mechanisms, which have so far remained underutilized. We will also be working with the other signatories to increase the WALL's presence on the NS forums, in particular, to more effectively advertise the resources the WALL can make available to WA authors who choose to seek our sponsorship.

A key project the ministry and I will be focusing on involves replicating the WADP model as a means to encourage WA voting activity among our nations. The WADP has shown that a structured system of regular publications, notifications, and rewards can be incredibly effective in steering our gameside WA population towards positive activity. By using the same model for WA voting, we will be looking to greatly increase voter turnout among our WA population: Just a modest increase from the current 40% to 50% will mean an extra 160 WA votes for TNP. Additionally, by providing even more incentives for a nation to join the WA, such a program has the potential to provide another strong boost to our WA population, and therefore indirectly boost endorsement counts as well. The ministry and I will be coordinating with the Security Council to see whether this program can be made part of the WADP itself, in a way that does not compromise the Security Council's apolitical role: Considering that both the WADP and the proposed program encourage nations to join the WA and actively use their membership, I believe that the synergy of having the two campaigns in the same program can help increase both endorsement and voting activity more than keeping the two campaigns separate. If we cannot come up with a satisfactory solution on how to include this campaign within the WADP, the ministry and I will be working to launch the WA voting campaign as a separate full-fledged program of the same kind.
TL;DR: This upcoming term, World Assembly Affairs will enhance our position of power in the WA through consistent timely IFV publications, increased collaboration within the WALL, a new WADP-style program promoting WA voting activity, and record endorsement counts.

The May-August term is a busy one for Culture, with half of our regional holidays (Manumission Day, Democracy Day, Liberation Day, and Delegates' Day) falling during this four-month span. These holidays are a great time to reflect on our regional history and have some fun while doing it. Therefore, a strong focus for the ministry and myself this upcoming term will involve successfully planning and organizing events to celebrate these holidays.

Our regional holidays provide a first-rate opportunity to engage our gameside population, and interest our nations in the regional history and the unique elements of our identity. To fully take advantage of this opportunity, the ministry and I will be working to ensure that celebratory events are always adequately promoted on the gameside, through telegrams, dispatches, frequent RMB posts, and of course WFE advertisement. Moreover, we will be making it a priority that the events themselves include gameside components, such as polls, RMB competitions, and dispatch series.

In the downtime between regional holidays, the ministry and I will be looking to organise interregional cultural events with current or potential allies. Such events are a great way to advertise the diversity of our region abroad, and to promote continued friendship between ourselves and our regional partners. For these interrregional events, we will be exploring a return to the themed week format, analogous to the Game of Thrones Week and House of Cards Week events of the past. While I was not around for these events, they are remembered fondly by those who were. Theme weeks provide an excellent template for creative and truly engaging interregional events, both on the forumside and gameside.

Naturally, the ministry and I will be looking forward to continued collaboration with the roleplay leadership and community for this upcoming term. We hope to facilitate the continuation of programs such as the Eras Magazine, as well as help realize new ideas that arise from the interaction between the roleplay community and the ministry.
TL;DR: This upcoming term, Culture will work on planning celebrations for regional holidays, including both forumside and gameside events, will organize interregional cultural events in the form of theme weeks, and will continue collaborative efforts with the roleplay community.

Communications has an important job to do every month: Publish a new issue of our regional newspaper, The Northern Lights (TNL). TNL is a reflection of our community and culture that is distributed all across NationStates. Previous administrations have proven that four issues in a term is manageable. In the upcoming term, the ministry and I will be striving to achieve the same. We will additionally be looking to increase the number of editorial pieces that are included in TNL issues, in order to bring back the newspaper's focus on commentary and analysis of ongoing regional and interregional events. Finally, we will once again be soliciting contributions from guest writers from abroad, and especially from allied regions.

The Diplomatic Corps does a great job of distributing each issue of TNL abroad, but there is room for improvement in the distribution of TNL to the gameside TNP community. When compared to other TNP programs, such as the WADP awards or the IFV program, TNL lacks in terms of gameside promotion, with TNL dispatches only receiving a handful of upvotes from forum members. The ministry and I will be seeking to rectify this, with each TNL issue being accompanied by a regional telegram, RMB promotion, and enough upvotes to bring the dispatch to the top of the best new dispatches list for several days. This increased visibility of TNL can lead to a number of benefits such as increased awareness among our gameside community regarding regional happenings, increased prestige for TNL, and of course increased participation in the ministry itself.

Besides TNL, Communications is in charge of the Northern Broadcasting Service (NBS), TNP's own radio show. I love how this program is currently set up, and I believe it provides a very unique and distinctive communication platform for our region. The ministry and I will be working to ensure that there is a broadcast at least once a month for this upcoming term. Additionally, and echoing what was said above about TNL, we will be focusing on increased promotion of these broadcasts to the gameside community, given that they are a great way to keep our nations informed and engaged with our offsite community.
TL;DR: This upcoming term, Communications will aim to produce four TNL issues and four NBS broadcasts, bring about a return to editorial and guest articles for TNL, and greatly improve promotion of ministry productions to our gameside community.

Thank you for taking the time to read through my campaign platform! I invite you to post any questions you have for me below and I will respond to them in a timely manner. Additionally, please feel free to reach out to me individually through TG, forum PM, or Discord DM, if you would like to discuss any aspects of my campaign and candidacy.

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Owenstacey

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Siwale, you mention briefly in your FA proposals about the promotion of interregional events to work on our partnerships with regions we are close to but do not explicitly mention much in the way of work with our current treaty allies. In recent times we have not really interacted with the general citizenry of other treaty regions and seem to have been really focussed on ourselves.

So I ask you Siwale, what specific plans or ideas outside of interregional events do you have to work with our treaty allies to boost our cooperation and develop the relationship we have with them?

As well as this, it has been noticed that at times in the last 4-6 months that some regions have petitioned the government for closer relationships but have been ignored without willing to hear what the regions have to say. So will you ensure that a fair chance is given to any regions that want to work with us?
 

Siwale

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Owenstacey said:
Siwale, you mention briefly in your FA proposals about the promotion of interregional events to work on our partnerships with regions we are close to but do not explicitly mention much in the way of work with our current treaty allies. In recent times we have not really interacted with the general citizenry of other treaty regions and seem to have been really focussed on ourselves.

So I ask you Siwale, what specific plans or ideas outside of interregional events do you have to work with our treaty allies to boost our cooperation and develop the relationship we have with them?
My plans for interregional collaboration are distributed throughout my entire platform, since they extend beyond the work done directly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. To truly maintain and establish interregional relationships, just about every area of the executive needs to be involved. For example:
  • Through the Ministry of World Assembly, we will be working with the other WALL signatory regions to expand this organization in order to make it more influential and efficient. This includes joint IFV drafting, increased NS forum presence, and further distribution of the technology available to use for World Assembly purposes (such as the WADP).
  • Through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we will be working with other GCRs to launch a Nazi warning system in order to further educate nations moving to Nazi regions.
  • Through the Ministry of Defense, we will be encourage joint ops with treaty allies on a frequent basis with the goal of at least one joint op with all of our militarily active allies by the end of the term.
  • Through the Ministry of Culture, we will be hosting themed weeks (similar to how we have had things like GoT week and House of Cards week in the past) and inviting our treaty allies to participate.
  • Through the Ministry of Communications, we will be actively looking for guest writers from allied regions to contribute to TNL in order to make it a more diversified newspaper with greater international attention.
Through programs such as those list above, I believe our relations with allied regions will grow exponentially.

Owenstacey said:
As well as this, it has been noticed that at times in the last 4-6 months that some regions have petitioned the government for closer relationships but have been ignored without willing to hear what the regions have to say. So will you ensure that a fair chance is given to any regions that want to work with us?
Ignoring regions who are trying to further their relationships with us is disrespectful and casts a negative image of our region abroad. If I am elected Delegate, I will always hear what regions have to say and will keep an open mind at all times.
 

Zaz

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Your plans for the NPA are solid. It would be very interesting to see how recruitment numbers would be effected if the NPA was promoted by the WADP. All in all your plans for defense are exciting. Also getting 40+ deployed troops would be a great task. Our biggest pile op recently was The Backbone of Fascism when we managed 22 pilers. Should you be able to double our active Aux numbers that would be fantastic. Good luck in the election!
 

Siwale

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Zazumo said:
Your plans for the NPA are solid. It would be very interesting to see how recruitment numbers would be effected if the NPA was promoted by the WADP. All in all your plans for defense are exciting. Also getting 40+ deployed troops would be a great task. Our biggest pile op recently was The Backbone of Fascism when we managed 22 pilers. Should you be able to double our active Aux numbers that would be fantastic. Good luck in the election!
Thanks Zaz! Keeping in mind that the NPA's current record is 30 deployed troops, 40 troops is definitely achievable.
 

Malphe

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I appreciate that you have laid out concrete plans for the NPA's wellbeing. I'll be the first to concede that whilst the special forces has increased in proficiency and activity during my term, the auxiliary has been neglected to an extent so I like how you're giving it some attention.
Got to ask though, given that I haven't made a secret that I won't agree to be MoD this upcoming term, who would you appoint as your MoD if elected?
 

Siwale

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Malphe said:
I appreciate that you have laid out concrete plans for the NPA's wellbeing. I'll be the first to concede that whilst the special forces has increased in proficiency and activity during my term, the auxiliary has been neglected to an extent so I like how you're giving it some attention.
Got to ask though, given that I haven't made a secret that I won't agree to be MoD this upcoming term, who would you appoint as your MoD if elected?
It's a shame to hear that you won't agree to serve as MoD for this upcoming term. You have led the ministry phenomenally well this term and I hope to see your continued involvement in the NPA as an officer.

In terms of who I'd pick for MoD, I have to say that Zazumo has a pretty impressive record currently. He has served in the NPA for nearly two years and has been an incredibly active member ever since both organizing and participating in ops. I don’t know what his plans are for this upcoming term or his interest in this position, but I am definitely willing to consider him for it.
 

Siwale

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Owenstacey said:
Along the lines of Malphe's question, what would be your ideal Cabinet and why?
Minister of Defense: Gladio
Gladio has an unparalleled amount of experience in this ministry and has done an excellent job leading it for 6 full terms.

Minister of World Assembly Affairs: Sil Dorsett or Pallaith
Both are well-versed in World Assembly matters and have proven that they can keep the ministry running efficiently and effectively.

Minister of Foreign Affairs: r3naissanc3r
r3n is a well-known and well-respected player throughout the entire NS community. He is loaded with amazing idea and is great at executing them.

Minister of Home Affairs: abc
abc has been involved in HA's leadership for almost his entire time in TNP. He served well as minister last term and I am confident he would do an excellent job in this upcoming term.

Minister of Culture: McMasterdonia
McM is a cultural genius and always goes above and beyond. Every event that I have seen McM develop has been a huge success.

Minister of Communications: Kasch
Kasch is a natural writer and leader - a perfect fit for this ministry.
 

r3naissanc3r

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I've got to say, this is the most impressive platform for delegate I have seen in several years - and I am including my own ones here.

Every section is packed with specific, well-thought-out, creative, and realistic proposals.

This is quite a departure from the norm, which is platforms offering only very broad directions, mostly reiterating conventional wisdom, and being devoid of details or innovation.

I was already leaning towards supporting Siwale based on the... predeclarations I had seen. But now that I've read his platform, I am absolutely confident this is the right choice for delegate.

If he delivered on only half of what he primises in his platform, that would already be a great term for TNP. And, given his prior record, with Siwale we can actually expect that he'll deliver on all of it.
 

Mall

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Some would say that what can be put in a nutshell, belongs in a nutshell. Those same people would say that since you provided tl;dr for all your campaign points, you belong in a nutshell. How would you respond from within your nutshell?
 

Siwale

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r3naissanc3r said:
I've got to say, this is the most impressive platform for delegate I have seen in several years - and I am including my own ones here.

Every section is packed with specific, well-thought-out, creative, and realistic proposals.

This is quite a departure from the norm, which is platforms offering only very broad directions, mostly reiterating conventional wisdom, and being devoid of details or innovation.

I was already leaning towards supporting Siwale based on the... predeclarations I had seen. But now that I've read his platform, I am absolutely confident this is the right choice for delegate.

If he delivered on only half of what he promises in his platform, that would already be a great term for TNP. And, given his prior record, with Siwale we can actually expect that he'll deliver on all of it.
Thank you for your kind words and support, r3n!

SillyString said:
If you were to coup TNP, what previous coup of a GCR would you model your takeover after, and why?
Besides the ongoing events in Lazarus, I really haven't been around long enough to witness any GCR coups. Therefore, I have nothing to really use as a model unless I go digging through the NS archives. I would much rather spend this time focusing on ways to help TNP grow as a community rather than plotting to destroy it. :P

plembobria said:
OMG LOVE THE PLATFORM I'M SOLD
SO GLAD TO HEAR! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, PLEMBY!

Thomas Insaniac said:
A+

Siwale for Del!
Wow, that is quite the grade! Thanks for your support, Thomas!

Mall said:
Some would say that what can be put in a nutshell, belongs in a nutshell. Those same people would say that since you provided tl;dr for all your campaign points, you belong in a nutshell. How would you respond from within your nutshell?
Rather than my campaign being just a brief summary, I wanted to include a detailed plan for each area of the Delegate's Government so that our community knows exactly what to expect from a Siwale delegacy. If elected, there will be no surprises.

As for putting me in a nutshell, I may be a little too claustrophobic for that. :P
 
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Panama Coalition

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Your proposals are interesting. I agree with them.
 
I like your platform.
good luck
 

Deropia

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Hey Siwale! Excellent platform! You have my full support.

I just have a couple of questions for you in regards to the WA and WALL.

TNPs WA voting policy allows the Delegate to disregard the forum vote and cast the regions vote in opposition to the majority opinion in the voting thread, under what circumstances do believe it would be appropriate to do so?

In your platform, you mention increasing the usage of WALL opposition/sponsorship. Do you intend to consult with the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs before casting the regions vote or motioning that a proposal be sponsored/opposed?

Thank you in advance for your time :)

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SillyString

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I'm disappointed by your answer to my question, but I'm still impressed by your platform. You have my support.
 

Siwale

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Deropia said:
Hey Siwale! Excellent platform! You have my full support.
Thank you for your support, Dero!

Deropia said:
TNPs WA voting policy allows the Delegate to disregard the forum vote and cast the regions vote in opposition to the majority opinion in the voting thread, under what circumstances do believe it would be appropriate to do so?
In my opinion, the Delegate should very rarely go against the majority opinion in the voting threads. These threads exist to give WA nations in TNP a stronger voice and lose their purpose if the Delegate ignores them. One of the only times I think it would be appropriate to vote against the forum vote is if there is very little to no participation despite efforts by the Delegate and Ministry to encourage WA nations to vote in the designated thread.

Deropia said:
In your platform, you mention increasing the usage of WALL opposition/sponsorship. Do you intend to consult with the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs before casting the regions vote or motioning that a proposal be sponsored/opposed?
Of course! The WALL ambassador should be representing the interests of their home region at all times. Any WALL sponsorship or opposition vote should only be decided after consulting with the Ministry and Cabinet.

SillyString said:
I'm disappointed by your answer to my question, but I'm still impressed by your platform. You have my support.
Thank you for your support, Asta! Perhaps you could teach me about the the history of GCR coups at some point. :)
 

Siwale

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plembobria said:
What is your jobs plan?
Under my administration, there will be jobs available to every nation in TNP who is seeking employment. You can never have too many executive staffers! :P
 

abc

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Siwale said:
plembobria said:
What is your jobs plan?
Under my administration, there will be jobs available to every nation in TNP who is seeking employment. You can never have too many executive staffers! :P
:horror: The Secretary to the Assistant to the Deputy Minister
 

Syrixia

The one, the true, the great.
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abc said:
Siwale said:
plembobria said:
What is your jobs plan?
Under my administration, there will be jobs available to every nation in TNP who is seeking employment. You can never have too many executive staffers! :P
:horror: The Secretary to the Assistant to the Deputy Minister
Or the Assistant to the Assistant to the Regional Manager Deputy Minister!
 

Isimud

TNPer
There seems to be a large disparity in TNP experience between you and Bootsie. You've been in TNP for 16 months. Bootsie for nearly 4 1/2 years. Do you believe that your detailed plans and ministry appointments will make up for any shortfalls in your own knowledge?

There would appear to be a shortage of possible ministers: Deropia, Brendog, and abc are all running for other positions. Malphe won't be returning as MoD. Gladio and Yukkira on siesta from NS responsibilities, unless that last was serious in attempting to make a run for VD.
Have you been able to come up with a list of experienced potential ministers that may be willing to serve? In other words, how likely is your dream Cabinet to come to be, given the above exceptions, do you think?


Siwale on HA said:
In the upcoming term, the ministry and I will be looking to redraft all of the telegram templates we have been using since 2014 in order to modernize them and organize the
information they contain more effectively.
Deropia began this process in mid-April. Do you plan on scrapping that effort, which has stalled recently, and starting it anew or continuing with it?


You plan to make a determined effort at taming the RMB. With all your proposals in that direction how do intend to keep from completely derailing the RP that goes on there?
Many of those nations, from what I can determine, are active only there and, possibly, discord. What's to prevent them from simply joining, or making, their own UCR or discord server and continuing their creativity elsewhere?


How do you feel about TNP having a state-sponsored religion with flemingovianism? Particularly with an absentee god whose last proof of physical manifestation in his temples (both here and in Osiris) was just prior to 2017?


Edit: Ack! Didn't notice to till just now, but that should be Brendog, not Deropia mentioned above.
 

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Isimud said:
There seems to be a large disparity in TNP experience between you and Bootsie. You've been in TNP for 16 months. Bootsie for nearly 4 1/2 years. Do you believe that your detailed plans and ministry appointments will make up for any shortfalls in your own knowledge?
While I have only been in TNP for 16 months, I have tried my best to maximize my time here by getting involved in the government very early on. I have served in a number of different capacities but, like most candidates, there are areas where I still have a lot to learn. This is why collaboration is key among the cabinet and other experienced members of the community and I intend to work closely with these individuals next term, if elected.

Isimud said:
There would appear to be a shortage of possible ministers: Deropia, Brendog, and abc are all running for other positions. Malphe won't be returning as MoD. Gladio and Yukkira on siesta from NS responsibilities, unless that last was serious in attempting to make a run for VD.
Have you been able to come up with a list of experienced potential ministers that may be willing to serve? In other words, how likely is your dream Cabinet to come to be, given the above exceptions, do you think?
While my dream Cabinet may not be entirely possible, there are certainly a number of other talented individuals in TNP who could fill in the gaps. Not all of them may have experience as a minister, but they have all demonstrated their dedication and work ethic to the community in one way or another.

Isimud said:
Siwale on HA said:
In the upcoming term, the ministry and I will be looking to redraft all of the telegram templates we have been using since 2014 in order to modernize them and organize the
information they contain more effectively.
Deropia began this process in mid-April. Do you plan on scrapping that effort, which has stalled recently, and starting it anew or continuing with it?
Are you referring to the HA manual recruitment telegram template updates going on here? These are different than our set of scripted TGs which are sent out automatically to nations who meet certain criteria (i.e. 2nd day in the region, 3rd day in the region, etc.). In my platform, I am talking specifically about the scripted TGs. Any work being done with the manual TG templates will not be scrapped.

Isimud said:
You plan to make a determined effort at taming the RMB. With all your proposals in that direction how do intend to keep from completely derailing the RP that goes on there?
Many of those nations, from what I can determine, are active only there and, possibly, discord. What's to prevent them from simply joining, or making, their own UCR or discord server and continuing their creativity elsewhere?
My plans for the RMB are not intended to harm the RP which goes on there. Instead, my platform highlights ways to make the RMB more inviting to all nations, regardless of whether or not they choose to partake in the RP aspect of it, and encourages nations to get involved in our offsite community and our government.

Isimud said:
How do you feel about TNP having a state-sponsored religion with flemingovianism? Particularly with an absentee god whose last proof of physical manifestation in his temples (both here and in Osiris) was just prior to 2017?
While Flemingovia may not always be physically with us, he is always in our hearts. :P
 

Malphe

You dirty rat, you killed my brother!
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Siwale said:
In particular, at a time when we are seeing the unfortunate resurgence of Francoist rhetoric in our fellow GCRs, we have a unique opportunity to re-assert our role as the preeminent GCR that stands against the artificial divides advocated by this rhetoric, and welcomes UCRs as equal and valuable partners.
Just out of interest, could you elaborate on your opinions on Francoism and point to examples of it's resurgence in popularity?
 

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Owenstacey said:
You have my support Siwale
Thank you for your support, Owen!

Malphe said:
Just out of interest, could you elaborate on your opinions on Francoism and point to examples of it's resurgence in popularity?
There has been an increase in such rhetoric in the NSGP forum, to the point that TEP had to ban the word and UCR players have been feeling uncomfortable interacting with GCRs. This creates an opportunity for us to seek new partners among the pool of UCRs.
 

Isimud

TNPer
Unfortunately, I can no longer recall the incredibly incisive questions I had from last night.
However, I dorecall a number of comments that are utterly irrelevant to this thread.

Luckily, I do remember the most important part of all:
Siwale said:
While Flemingovia may not always be physically with us, he is always in our hearts. :P
I was afraid of this. Even an immigrant sloth has been affected by this religion, possibly a side effect of the brainwashing you underwent at the sloth sanctuary.
Myself, I prefer a more hands-on god, rare as those are, imo.
 

Mall

TNPer
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Mall said:
Some would say that what can be put in a nutshell, belongs in a nutshell. Those same people would say that since you provided tl;dr for all your campaign points, you belong in a nutshell. How would you respond from within your nutshell?
Rather than my campaign being just a brief summary, I wanted to include a detailed plan for each area of the Delegate's Government so that our community knows exactly what to expect from a Siwale delegacy. If elected, there will be no surprises.

As for putting me in a nutshell, I may be a little too claustrophobic for that. :P
And here I thought your response would be "HELP I'M TRAPPED IN A NUTSHELL"

You have won the election decisively, crushing the other mainstream candidates. How would you respond?
 

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Mall said:
And here I thought your response would be "HELP I'M TRAPPED IN A NUTSHELL"

You have won the election decisively, crushing the other mainstream candidates. How would you respond?
The voting period just started yesterday. There is still plenty of time left for the Regressive Party to make a comeback :P
 

Mall

TNPer
Siwale said:
Mall said:
And here I thought your response would be "HELP I'M TRAPPED IN A NUTSHELL"

You have won the election decisively, crushing the other mainstream candidates. How would you respond?
The voting period just started yesterday. There is still plenty of time left for the Regressive Party to make a comeback :P
Don't you patronize me :voldy:
 
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