Trofy stands up to the stage.
"Hello, good people! I am sorry for my late entrance to the campaign, but with the recent passing of my uncle and cousin - a pair of men I am sure you all know to have been good, honest, caring, loyal, brave, sweet, kind, jolly, patient, humble, educated, cultured, a social butterfly, a bit of a heavy drinker, and so on- i have been forced to take a bit of a leave of absence to mourn.
And indeed, did not our whole nation mourn at the passing of two such valorous men? The passing of two men who fought for this great land, who worked for the people, who took the admittedly strong advantages given to them by society and used them to make the world a little bit better than it previously was?
Good people, I will continue their tradition! I have founded the Not-Greedy Capitalist Party! Our goal is to encourage the strong parts of capitalism while downplay its negatives. We will encourage economic growth while simultaneously discouraging the boom-and-busts associated with our system. Small business owners will have every opportunity offered to them, and big business owners will receive incentives to spend responsibly. Investment, growth and technological advance will be the benefits of a Not Greedy Capitalist Party government!
Good people, our nation is on the verge of a great new era. We stand upon the precipice of a great new era! Our nation will be the strongest in the world- if it is handled correctly.
We will throw our single vote to whatever benefits the people! We, those of the Not Greedy Capitalist Party, that is to say, me, will do what little we can do to assist in the advancement of this country. We hope that we will prove ourselves to uphold the Litznell name, worthy to help run this nation, worthy to represent you- the very very few who voted for us!"
One or two hands in the nearly empty crowd clap. The rest just sort of walk away.
Trofy hangs his head and walks off the stage dejected.
But as he exits, the shining sun seems to brighten everything up. The young man gets the spring back in his step as he blissfully walks home.
Things will be okay! Probably!
Last edited by Protoman; 06-13-2012 at 05:38 AM.
Thing is i havent even BEEN on the forums for about a week and a half.With the end of school and my subsequent vacation, things piled on too quick.
and the nepotism was meant more as a joke considering presumably /no one/ knows about my party :P
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I am advertising my own version of citystates with fable's permission, its called Elysium, and it is a sort of spinoff of citystates itself.
its called Elysium and is found >>here<<
"Everyone, I have an announcement to make," begins Angzet. Izetsyn stands up at this cue, and brightly smiles as a hush falls over the Parliament. "This afternoon, I received a letter from Mr. Frans Ludvich Magnus-Carlsen, in reply to earlier correspondences that the parties in cooperation with the SLP had sent and offers that were made. The Worker's Party, in the spirit of cooperation, has replied with the following:"
Izetsyn opens the slip of paper and reads aloud. "Right now, we must form a coalition government."
"Right," replies Angzet, as the murmur of the crowd increases in volume, with some sporadic clapping from the coalition parties. "This letter was addressed to three people- Sir Raptora, Mr. Vuelredel, and myself. Our discussions in private have culminated in a conditional agreement that serves all four of our parties, which combined form a voting majority of 65 seats, meaning that this will finally unite our parties into a working government. Mr. Izetsyn, please read Mr. Magnus-Carlsen's three demands."
"Okay," begins Izetsyn. "One- the party will have an equal say in introducing new legislation. Two- laws negatively affecting the working class will not be introduced unless absolutely necessary. Three- the Worker's Party must have a branch office in the Capital."
"Rather than wait for the mail to reach him, as he is in a remote location with poor communication, I am announcing that all three requests will be followed to the letter during this administration." There is applause from the Worker's Party's seats, which gradually spreads to the other coalition parties. Angzet stands up straight, looking out over the many faces in the crowd, and takes a deep breath. Is it really true? Has he won the Presidency after all?
THE FORMATION OF A GOVERNMENT
Following extensive negotiations and an extension into free-for-all coalition territory, a coalition has been formed. Headed by the SLP, the coalition also contains the Proservative Party, the Kaioronist Party and the Worker's Party. The new coalition has a majority of 65 seats, barely scraping the minimum.
Because of this, Kazka Angzet has officially been elected as the President of the UFFS, and gains full access to the priveleges of this office.
The President now has the opportunity to assign the ministerial positions to any members of the ruling coalition they like – spreading the power between multiple parties might help improve ties between parties, and keeping all the power within your party could lead to it being somewhat overwhelming. Furthermore, strategic positioning of ministerial roles may help to redirect blame if unpopular policies must be undertaken.
As this is not a forced coalition, the ministerial seats will not be automatically assigned or locked, and have the opportunity to be changed at the end of every year.
Congratulations to the ruling coalition, and to all seats, good luck in the coming year.
POLITICS IN THE U.F.F.S. FOR DUMMIES, VOLUME 3
The following Ministerial Powers are appointed to ruling party members by the President when he assumes office. The President can vest the powers in themselves or grant them to formerly-unnamed mambers of their own party if they wish, although a degree of delegation is expected.
-Treasury Minister: Responsible for balancing the budget and assigning additional funds to projects and states if they need them. States depend primarily on the Federal Government for financing as they do not levy a census tax.
-Military Minister: Head of the armed forces. In charge of army movements and recruitment. They cannot declare war but can do practically anything else military-related.
-Foreign Minister: Responsible for diplomatic relations with other states. Also responsible for trade.
-Press Minister: Responsible for making public statements to the populace, maintaining governmental support for unpopular actions and covering up government blunders.
This list could be grown if the parliament feels additional specific appointed roles are required and legislates them into existence. As it stands, however, the remaining responsibilities of the state are taken on by parliament as a whole. All ministerial actions can be vetoed by a >66.7% parliamentary vote.
THE STATE OF AFFAIRS IN THE UFFS
All states will remain independently-controlled until their democratic elections in two years time.
The President has the opportunity to assign ministerial positions as they see fit.
Governance and legislation will commence next year, after seats have been assigned.
"You talked to Jonath?" Angzet bolts to his feet at the news.
"No, I sent a letter to him. I was only doing what I thought would be best for the party."
"What's best for the... Komrov, you've handed our opponents the blueprints for the entirety of this session of Parliament. You're telling me that the Sovereignists know everything?"
"They know only the general scope, not the individual details." As usual, Komrov was showing his calm disposition, but this time he appears slightly shaken. Sweat is beginning to form on his forehead- he's never seen Angzet this angry before, and although he feels secure in his physical strength, he is now fearing that he has irreparably jeopardized his career. At the height of his parties success, in one fell swoop he could be brushed off and forgotten, as he, in error, had attempted to separately negotiate with Charles Jonath while the coalition had yet to be formed.
"I would fire you for what you've done, but I fear that it would send a bad message to our coalition allies if we were to be spotted in such a bad way. So here's what I'm going to do. I would have appointed you to lead the Treasury had you not..." Angzet pauses, gesticulating with his hands, unable to find the words- "...done that. Instead, I will be asking Kyro Komonik* to take the position." Komrov balls a fist, but hangs his head and accepts what's coming. "Instead, I'm sending you back to Latzsa to oversee the packing of our national headquarters. You'll be in charge of setting up the new offices in the Capital. When you're done, you'll keep your position as party Chief of Staff, and you'll oversee the party's operations, but you are not going to have a seat in this government."
Angzet picks up the telephone and dials Izetsyn's number to tell him that he is being appointed as the Press Minister. Later, he will contact Raptora and Magnus-Carlsen to tell them that they may assume the roll of Military Minister and Foreign Minister, respectively, if they so choose. Vuelredel will be appointed to another position once legislation allows for it to exist- Health and Human Services Minister.
*Kyro Komonik was one of the founding members of SLP, who was ousted from his position as Chief of Staff when he opposed Angzet's desire to see violent former SLP leaders arrested. Although Komonik was never involved in any violent activities, Angzet couldn't trust his divided loyalty and dismissed him instead. A year later, with Angzet elected president and Komonik entirely out of the political arena, it seemed like water under the bridge, and Angzet was able to make amends with his old friend. Originally, Angzet wanted him to take a seat in Parliament, but Komonik insisted that he place him in the administration instead. He is blond and brown eyed, and has a crooked nose from being beaten in a police arrest as a teenager. When in an argument, he will never concede ground, but otherwise, he has an agreeable and friendly personality.
"What do you mean he is sick?" Gerald* said, trying to keep his voice low. Right on the verge of a new government and the only reason Sovereigntists have any representation at all is currently bedridden. "Perfect timing and all blast it! Can he at least talk?"
"The doctors say he isnt coherent, it looks like he took a turn with the fever." The functionary said.
"Ah damn it all to hell... Right, i'll take over as head of the party until he gets better. Were there any notes left in his apartment?"
"None asides from the coalition correspondence, I don't think any of them are relevant right now." The functionary replied, Gerald sighed.
"Well, guess we'll just have to strap in and see where this leads."
*Gerald is the Sovereigntist chief of staff and former union leader.
First things first, congratulations to the new government ministers, and may you serve our country loyally and brilliantly.
Of course, things are not all well in the UFFS. You'll need to get to work immediately sorting out the economy so it can begin to grow again. For starters, industries throughout the country are suffering from the weak economy we've had since the late days of Wardell's reign. Business is slow in most places and many factories lie empty. We should stimulate demand in our economy, either by increasing exports or legislating projects within the country.
Industrial lobbyists say that a good way to deal with this would be to offer tax breaks or encourage banks to give cheaper loans to businesses. This would allow them to more easily invest in growth. Some economists, meanwhile are saying you should fund infrastructure projects and government industry, doing more to pour money directly into the economy.
In addition, workers at the moment have only a basic set of rights. Understandably, your party should seek to improve working standards, such as limiting working hours to something more reasonable. However, lobbyists argue that this would damage economic growth and prevent us from improving our economy, and should not be undertaken right now.
Most of our public services are also below par, when compared to international examples. Our healthcare, education, and other services are all understaffed, underfunded and undersupplied. In the west, in fact, there are many schools run by voluntary institutions (such as the Kaioronist sect there) as the state schools are very poor, and on the island of Yokubua, alternative remedies are popular as the state healthcare infrastructure is far too small to cope with the population of the island's four states – there isn't even an open hospital in the North state. The overseas state of Brandenlin has basically no public services at all.
Legislating the creation of special ministerial positions to oversee these fields would allow more effective and direct action to be taken on these fronts, but it would take away the democracy of legislative voting. As it stands, the Treasury Minister cannot create funding projects, only move funds between different projects, so any new funding projects (eg money to build new schools) would need to be passed by legislative vote.
In less dark news, a major oil company of the Valdeian Empire has announced that it has begun prospecting for oil in the Northern Sea, and that they expect promising finds based on official surveys. We could consider establishing a government organization to similarly prospect and potentially exploit oil reserves in the Northern Sea, but it may be expensive at this time when we need all the money we can get to finance our country's economy.
POLITICS IN THE U.F.F.S. FOR DUMMIES, VOLUME 4
Legislation can be proposed by any party in power, and requires that >50% of the parliament approve it for it to pass into law. Seats will generally vote in one of three ways; following their leader, following their parties' ideology or following their own common sense intuition. Once again, do not even try to corrupt the vote in any way – strictly not allowed. If a legislation fails to pass, similar legislation cannot be tried again that year. Similar voted approval is required for significant state actions, such as sending military aid or declaring war.
Presidential Powers and Responsibilities
There is no term limit on the Presidency. The President has power of veto over any proposed legislation. In addition, the President can declare war or make other military gestures without requiring a >50% vote, although their military actions can, in turn, be vetoed by a >66.7% majority of the parliament. The president does not lose these powers if they designate a Military Minister who is not themselves.
THE STATE OF AFFAIRS IN THE UFFS
The first test of the new government has begun – they have been thrown in at the deep end in regards to policymaking. How will they fare in learning the methods of legislation?
The new Ministers have also been given their issues of the year. They are technically required to report to the government as a whole on any actions they have taken. This is so that the government can intervene if it does not like these actions, as well as to promote transparency in the government. Any governmental ministers grossly abusing their positions or keeping important decisions secret should be sacked by the President.
Hello my friends, how many of you are concerned about the state of the country as a whole? It is a serious situation that I have some solutions to. In fact, I have been looking over this problem thoroughly, and I have come to some conclusions. One way to solve the problems we have is to lower taxes, primarily on the weakened industrial system. Pump money back into the economy, so that it can pump money into you. I am sure you can all agree that this is good a start. Another way to solve our problems is to focus on the infrastructure and urban development of our nation, making our hospitals, schools and cities the envy of our neighbours. Of course, with such jealous people surrounding our borders we'd surely need to increase our national defences, but don't you worry. Vetunbaund Armaments Inc is prepared and honoured to arm and train a standing military to protect our beautiful land, all at the lowest prices possible, but we can only keep this promise if we are given the funds to start initial production. So my countrymen, let us cut taxes and build ourselves a country. Let us shine the gem that is the UFFS. Let it shine.
From the offices of the Worker's Party across the country, a newsletter is posted:
FIRST FOUR YEAR PLAN ANNOUNCED.
Our leader and comrade, Franz Ludvich Magnus-Carlsen, has formulated his first plan for the country over the first legislative session.
We have finally formed a government, but our country still has a long way to go. Right now, the state of worker's rights is unfortunately very poor. For this session, the following issues need legislation to address them.
1. A fair minimum wage must be established for the workers, based on the cost of living.
2. A five-day workweek with set rules for overtime is needed.
3. A system for worker's compensation due to work-related injuries should be developed.
4. A maximum working age and pension/retirement system needs to be created.
After the next elections, my next Four-year plan will be revealed.
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As promised, the Social Liberation Party introduces its first legislative proposals for this session of Parliament.
UFFS I: Establish Health and Human Services Department
Proposed- Establish an executive office for all future bills involving health, education, and social programs passed for the betterment of society. The sitting President may choose a Health and Human Services Minister to oversee these programs, who in turn may choose his own staff.
UFFS II: Establish Public Relations Office
Proposed- Provide an executive office for the Press Minister, for the purpose of establishing a clear hierarchy for government programs. Any future bills involving public relations will be tasked to the Public Relations Office to be executed by the sitting Press Minister.
UFFS III: Establish National Public Radio
Proposed- Purchase radio infrastructure and build needed components to allow for public broadcasting, under the authority of the Department of Defense and the Defense Minister, but control of the program may be reassigned by the President at a later date due to pending legislation for more appropriate administration. Program roles will include warning the public of dangerous weather, serving as an official public bulletin system during national crises, and peaceful endeavors such as educational broadcasting, and public air time (time allotted for local residents to voice their opinions and concerns on the radio system.) Excess air time may be sold to private interests to help pay for the program.
UFFS IV: Create Commemoration Day Holiday
Proposed- Declare the anniversary of the UFFS' transition from General Wardell's rule to democracy a national holiday.
UFFS V: Labor Bill of Rights
Proposed- Establish a National Labor Administration, lead by a Labor Minister. Limit workweek for full-time employees of most businesses to 40 hours per week before overtime. Businesses may apply for exception, but applications must be approved by the Labor Minister and voted on by Parliament. Minimum wage will be established for each state using a formula of x/20, wherein x is the cost of living for an individual living just above the poverty line over the course of one week in that state. This would mean that an individual would need to work for 20 hours per week to avoid poverty, regardless of the state in which they live, and a full-time worker who works 40 hours per week could support a single dependency. Overtime requires a pay-extension of 25% over standard hourly wages. Businesses may not give a salaried pay that is less than the income of a worker at the poverty line for a year's work. Workers who are injured while working due to employer negligence may sue said lawyer for compensation.
UFFS VI: Establish Government Accountability Office
Proposed- Create national office lead by Government Accountability Minister, responsible for finding corruption in government and exposing it.
In other matters, President Angzet announces that he is using his executive command over the military to require military bases to provide civilians with free vaccinations if vaccines are available. The base doctors are instructed that children are at the top of the priorities list, followed by the soldiers themselves, followed by adults, followed by the elderly. That is the reason for the following legislative proposal:
UFFS VII: Increase Funding for Vaccine Distribution
Proposed- Until a nationwide healthcare system is available, military bases shall be stocked with vaccines to common but dangerous illnesses such as smallpox. The extent of the funding will be determined by the Treasury Minister.